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Elaine May’s ‘Mikey And Nicky’ Joins ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ & Hitchcock’s ‘Notorious’ In January’s Criterion Releases

Elaine May’s ‘Mikey And Nicky’ Joins ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ & Hitchcock’s ‘Notorious’ In January’s Criterion Releases
Sure, it may only be October, but it’s never too early to think about 2019. Skip past the holidays and those requisite family dinners. It’s time to talk January 2019 and specifically, which new Criterion films you’ll be purchasing in the new year.

Leading the way in January is actress, writer, and director Elaine May, who joins the esteemed Criterion Collection with her 1976 film “Mikey and Nicky.” The crime film stars Peter Falk and John Cassavetes as two former friends and mobsters that find their friendship brought back into light when one of them is scared for his life.

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Mira Sorvino To Topline Indie Drama ‘Butter’ From Paul A. Kaufman

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Mira Sorvino To Topline Indie Drama ‘Butter’ From Paul A. Kaufman
Exclusive: Mira Sorvino, an Oscar winner for her role in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, has signed on to star in Butter, an indie film written and being directed by Paul A. Kaufman (Run The Wild Fields).

The drama, which will begin shooting in La next month, follows a lonely, obese teenager everyone in his high school calls “Butter.” Tired of his ridiculed life and his inability to lose weight, he is going to eat himself to death – live on the Internet. When he makes the announcement online to his classmates he unexpectedly receives support from morbid cheerleaders rallying around his horrible, deadly plan. Yet as student’s dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that, for the first time, feels awfully good to Butter. But what happens when he reaches his suicide deadline?

Sorvino will play Marian, Butter’s co-dependent mother who can only
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Gareth Evans Frenzied Period Horror ‘The Apostle’: Netflix Makes A Strong Case To Stay Home & Watch [Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I riff at the open and catch up on recent screenings old and new, finding common ground in a pair of John Carpenter classics, “Halloween” and “The Thing.” We then briefly transition into some talk of “First Man” and realize we’ve neglected director Damien Chazelle on the podcast until now.

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Viggo Mortensen Filmed an Iconic ‘Lord of the Rings’ Scene Surrounded by Old Bombs, and Peter Jackson Feared for His Life

Aragorn rallying soldiers from Gondor at the foot of the Black Gate of Mordor is one of the most iconic scenes in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” but it turns out filming the moment wasn’t a walk in the park for Peter Jackson. Ian Nathan’s upcoming book, “Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-Earth,” includes never-before-known tidbits from the making of Jackson’s epic trilogy, one of which explains how Viggo Mortensen filmed the Black Gate scene surrounded by unexploded bombs (via Entertainment Weekly).

Jackson filmed Aragon’s speech at the Black Gate in a section of the Rangipo Desert once used by the New Zealand military, and the land was covered in unexploded artillery shells as a result. Prior to the film shoot, the New Zealand army designated a safe area away from the bombs where Jackson could
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Vera Farmiga & Patrick Wilson To Return As The Warrens In Latest ‘Conjuring’ Spin-Off ‘Annabelle 3’

Vera Farmiga & Patrick Wilson To Return As The Warrens In Latest ‘Conjuring’ Spin-Off ‘Annabelle 3’
The Warrens are coming back to the ‘Conjuring’ cinematic universe sooner than you may have thought. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who portray Lorraine and Ed, respectively, have signed on to star in the upcoming threequel in the “Annabelle” franchise.

Read More: ‘The Nun’ Doesn’t Learn From The Sins Of The Previous ‘Conjuring’ Films [Review]

According to Deadline, the Warrens will again be the focus of the haunted film universe as they attempt to protect their young 10-year-old daughter from the evil spirit inside the Annabelle doll.

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‘First Man’ Composer Justin Hurwitz Is the Real Obsessive Musician at the Heart of Damien Chazelle’s Films

‘First Man’ Composer Justin Hurwitz Is the Real Obsessive Musician at the Heart of Damien Chazelle’s Films
Damien Chazelle has never made a film without his go-to composer (and former college roommate) Justin Hurwitz. Moreover, one could argue that Chazelle has never made a film that wasn’t in some way about Justin Hurwitz.

That idea continues to hold true with his solemn but starry-eyed historical Neil Armstrong biopic, an intimate epic that can hardly be contained by the IMAX screens on which it debuted last week. Another visceral story about a man who’s caught in the grip of his own ambition, “First Man” may not focus on an obsessive musician — which, at this point, is enough to qualify it as a major departure for its director — but Armstrong’s tortuous journey from the depths of grief to the surface of the Moon nevertheless underscores Chazelle’s signature affinity for characters who are consumed by a single idea, often at the expense of their own well-being.
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Peter Jackson’s Stunning Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Brings World War I Into 3D [Lff Review]

It’s been a funny old decade and a half for Peter Jackson. After the critical, commercial, and awards triumphs of the “Lord of The Rings” trilogy — a blockbuster the lasting impact of which is as big as anything since “Star Wars” — he had the world at his feet. But, perhaps inevitably, given how entirely massive his initial Middle-Earth films were, his follow-ups since have struggled to get the same amount of love.

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Keira Knightley Banned Her Daughter From Watching Disney Films Like ‘Cinderella’ Because They’re Not Empowering to Women

Keira Knightley Banned Her Daughter From Watching Disney Films Like ‘Cinderella’ Because They’re Not Empowering to Women
Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid” are Disney animated classics beloved by adults and children all over the world, but that isn’t stopping Keira Knightley from banning the titles in her house. The actress told Ellen Degeneres during an appearance on her talk show that she isn’t letting her three-year-old daughter watch certain Disney princess films because they are not empowering to women.

When it comes to “Cinderella,” Knightley explained the storyline just doesn’t set a good example for young women. “She waits around for a rich guy to rescue her,” Knightley said. “Don’t. Rescue yourself — obviously.” The actress feels the same about “The Little Mermaid,” even if she admits the songs are good. “Do not give your voice up for a man!” Knightley noted.

Knightley got her career breakthrough thanks to Disney by starring as Elizabeth Swann in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Although the
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Keira Knightley Explains Why She Banned Her Daughter From Watching Some Classic Disney Films

Keira Knightley is probably best known around these parts for her Academy Award-nominated roles in “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Imitation Game.” However, she’s also been in quite a few major Disney films, including the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise and the upcoming “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” in which she’ll portray the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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Richard Linklater’s New Ad Questions Ted Cruz’s Love of Texas Because of His Odd Fast Food Choices — Watch

Richard Linklater’s New Ad Questions Ted Cruz’s Love of Texas Because of His Odd Fast Food Choices — Watch
Richard Linklater isn’t letting Ted Cruz off the hook. On the heels of an October 8 advertisement in which Linklater questioned whether or not Cruz was “tough as Texas,” as his political slogan claims, the director has released a second anti-Cruz political ad on behalf of the Fire Ted Cruz Pac that asks whether or not Cruz truly loves Texas or not. Texas senator Cruz is seeking re-election this November against Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

Cruz dissed O’Rourke earlier this year by referring to the democrat as a “Triple Meat Whataburger liberal who is out of touch with Texas values.” O’Rourke responded by taking a video of himself ordering food at a Texas Whataburger following a September debate against Cruz. Linklater’s new ad, once again starring his “Bernie” actor Sonny Carl Davis, plays directly into the feud.

“Everybody I know in Texas likes Whataburger,” Sonny says in the ad.
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AFI Fest World Cinema Lineup Boasts Seven Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

AFI Fest World Cinema Lineup Boasts Seven Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders
The last festival on the fall calendar, AFI Fest, always offers a few late-breaking possible Oscar contenders — including opener “On the Basis of Sex” and closer “Mary, Queen of Scots” — as well as a strong World Cinema line-up packed with foreign-language Oscar submissions.

This year is no exception: Seven possible Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders are in the lineup of 28 titles from 27 countries, including Cannes prize-winners “Capernaum”, “Shoplifters” (Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Magnolia), and “Dogman” (Italy’s Matteo Garrone, Magnolia), along with Cannes entry “The Wild Pear Tree”, Karlovy Vary Festival winner “I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History as Barbarians” (Romania’s Radu Jude), and two Tiff titles from Spc, “Never Look Away” (Germany’s Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) and “Sunset” (Hungary’s “Son of Saul” Oscar-winner László Nemes).

Also in the lineup are several strong festival titles not submitted by their countries for the Oscars,
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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s Fate In ‘Game Of Thrones’ & Admits ‘Rick And Morty’ Is The Best Show On TV

Sure, Peter Dinklage is an incredible actor that has been in acclaimed films such as “The Station Agent,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and the upcoming “My Dinner with Hervé.” But for most of the general population, the actor is, and will always be, Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” And while he had plenty to talk about in a new interview with Vulture about his upcoming ‘My Dinner,’ the conversation turned to ‘Thrones’ and particularly, what fate might befall the smartest Lannister.

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Alfonso Cuaron Describes “Darwinian Adam And Eve” Film That He Almost Made Before ‘Roma’

Alfonso Cuaron is making the rounds around the world premiering his upcoming Netflix drama “Roma.” While at Thierry Fremaux’s Lumiere Festival, the acclaimed director discussed his Golden Lion-winning film and how Fremaux (who is the director of the Cannes Film Festival) helped steer the direction of “Roma.” Also, Cuaron dropped an interesting nugget about what film could have come next, if “Roma” had not been developed.

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‘Apostle’: Gareth Evans Left ‘The Raid’ Behind to Imagine a Sinister Cult, Inspired by British Folk Horror and Caravaggio

‘Apostle’: Gareth Evans Left ‘The Raid’ Behind to Imagine a Sinister Cult, Inspired by British Folk Horror and Caravaggio
Welsh director Gareth Evans burst onto the scene in 2011 with his searing action film, “The Raid,” which showcases the traditional Indonesian martial art Pencak Silat. The film was a huge hit, leading to a 2014 sequel, “The Raid 2,” and both films cemented Evans’ place in action film history. But with his latest feature film, “Apostle,” Evans left martial arts behind for horror: in 1905, Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister, who has been kidnapped by a strange cult.

Apostle” isn’t the first time Evans dabbled in the horror genre, nor is it his first take on a cult. In 2013’s “V/H/S 2,” Evans co-directed “Save Haven” with Timo Tjahjanto, which follows a documentary crew who attempt to infiltrate an Indonesian cult, and discover unimaginable horrors in the process. But while “Safe Haven” was a hit with horror fans, Evans knew
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‘At Eternity’s Gate’: Julian Schnabel Explores Van Gogh The Man And The Myth Via Willem Dafoe [Nyff Review]

128 years after his death, Vincent Van Gogh is understood perhaps more as an archetype than a flesh and blood man. While his paintings are widely viewed and celebrated, the mythos of his life – his inner torment, his contemporary neglect, the ear incident – has taken such hold in the popular imagination that even for the majority who care little about painting, Van Gogh is the patron saint of the misunderstood and the misbegotten, for anyone who feels they’re working not for their peers but for future generations.

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Louis C.K. Says He Lost $35 Million and Went to ‘Hell and Back’ Due to Sexual Misconduct Fallout

Louis C.K. Says He Lost $35 Million and Went to ‘Hell and Back’ Due to Sexual Misconduct Fallout
Louis C.K.’s comeback train shifted from New York City’s Comedy Cellar to the West Side Comedy Club on Wednesday, October 10. Comedian Billy Procida gathered intel about C.K.’s latest set for a report published on the comedy news website Laugh Spin, which includes some details about the set provided by the evening’s host, comedian AMarie Castillo.

“It’s like he didn’t even skip a beat with the year he had,” Castillo told Laugh Spin about C.K.’s October 10 set. “He was so genuine and reflected on how weird his year was, tried out some new dark and dirty material…Sounds to me he is owning up, acknowledging, and trying to figure it out.”

While C.K. didn’t blatantly address his history of sexual misconduct, Castillo said he did discuss some of the fallout he has faced and alluded to the elephant in the
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‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Review: Peter Jackson’s Colorized Wwi Documentary Resurrects the Drama of the Battlefield

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Review: Peter Jackson’s Colorized Wwi Documentary Resurrects the Drama of the Battlefield
They Shall Not Grow Old” arrives as clinching proof of just how far Peter Jackson has traveled in three decades. Few would have predicted that the beardy yahoo mixing oatmeal and yogurt to make alien vomit for 1987’s “Bad Taste” would wind up collaborating with London’s hallowed Imperial War Museum on a project to mark the centenary of Wwi, but then, history has a way of surprising us all. Now an Academy Award-bearing elder statesman, Jackson has been entrusted with the keys to the archive containing some of the so-called Great War’s most delicate and indelible images. Wearing its sincerity like an Armistice Day poppy, the resulting montage-film – which premiered at the London Film Festival ahead of future TV transmissions – does its utmost to honor the conflict’s fallen.

Jackson’s boldest choice has been to colorize some footage, and – for theatrical screenings – retrofit it with the 3D of his Hobbit sagas.
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‘The Aftermath’ Trailer: Keira Knightley Gets Cozy With Alexander Skarsgård in Steamy WWII Drama

Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for “The Aftermath,” a steamy post-wwii drama starring Keira Knightley in a love triangle with Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Clarke. Based on the novel by Welsh writer Rhidian Brook (“Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle”), “The Aftermath” is directed by James Kent (“Testament of Youth”), from a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, the writing team behind “Race” (2016) and “Frankie & Alice” (2010).

Per the official synopsis: “Set in postwar Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan (Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere,
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‘The Aftermath’ Trailer: Keira Knightley & Alexander Skarsgård Grapple With Post-wwii Tension, Passion & Betrayal

Filmmaker James Kent is probably best known for his work on the 2014 film, “Testament of Youth.” However, since then, the director has worked mainly on the TV side of things. But Kent is back with his big-screen follow-up “The Aftermath,” and he’s brought on an incredible cast to tell the story of post-World War II Germany.

The Aftermath” stars Keira Knightley as Rachael Morgan, the wife of a British colonel that is given the job of helping rebuild the devastated city of Hamburg, Germany.

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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: The Bullet Settles Everything In Gina Rodriguez’s New Thriller

For most people, Gina Rodriguez is probably best known for her work on the CW comedy/soap “Jane the Virgin.” However, in recent years, the actress has been making interesting film choices, with roles in “Deepwater Horizon” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.” And now, with “Miss Bala,” Rodriguez is ready to step into the starring role in her first action/thriller.

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