"Cowboy Bebop" Live-Action Remake Of Cult Anime TV Series Picked Up By Netflix

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Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to "Cowboy Bebop," a live-action adaptation of the cult Japanese animated series. The Space western hails from Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios, which last year teamed on the project with Midnight Radio (Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg), writer Chris Yost as well as Sunrise, the studio behind the original series.

Written/executive produced by Yost based on the worldwide phenomenon, Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
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Popular Film Award Is Not Dead, Says Academy President John Bailey

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Will the Motion Picture Academy resurrect the idea of outstanding achievement in popular film? Will audience fragmentation continue to drive a wedge between films that are widely distributed and films that win Oscars? Will the Academy ever be able to halt the declining ratings of the Oscars broadcast?

These and other issues took center stage at a wide-ranging discussion about the work of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences held at the EnergaCamerimage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The participants were Academy president John Bailey; Carol Littleton, a member of the board of governors and the film editors branch; and Brooke Boles, associate director of membership and awards.

When the Academy announced the possibility of the popular film award last summer, it drew a backlash so fierce that the organization suspended the plan. And yet, said Bailey, having some kind of additional recognition for “for best picture or
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Beautiful Boy – Review

Timoth.e Chalamet as Nic Sheff and Steve Carell as David Scheff star in Beautiful Boy. Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

Addiction is an issue that seems to touch everyone in some way, directly or in directly, through family or friends. In Beautiful Boy, Timothee Chalamet gives a heart-wrenching performance as a teen who goes from alcohol to meth despite being a good student with a promising future and the support of his loving father, played by Steve Carrell. Based on dual memoirs by the father, David Sheff, a freelance writer, and his son Nic, Beautiful Boy takes us on the harrowing roller coaster ride of addiction, recovery and relapse, as this family goes through the steps of secrecy, denial, treatment and dashed dreams.

Timothee Chalamet, who many audience may know from his Oscar-nominated role in last year’s Call Me By Your Name or his role in Lady Bird,
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Tallinn Black Nights 2018 line-up includes Rajat Kapoor film despite harassment allegations

11 titles added to competition strand.

Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 11- 27) has announced the complete line-up for its competition strand, adding eleven titles to the previously announced eight.

Films having their world premiere at Tallinn include the Greek-French-Latvian co-production Still River by director Angelos Frantzis; Sunburn, a Portuguese production by director Vicente Alves do Ó, which was presented at the Locarno Iff’s First Look showcase this summer; and Indian-born filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta’s third film Slam. His last films Let The Wind Blow and Sunrise have screened at the Berlinale, the Busan Iff, Tribeca and London.
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99¢ rentals to fill in the Oscar gaps

While we wait (impatiently) for the major Oscar contenders to show themselves to general audiences, why not check out an older Oscar nominees for kicks and to fill any gaps in your Oscar knowledge. Here are a few that iTunes is offering to rent for just 99¢... naturally I have to share the posters for the ones with exclamatory taglines.

Sunrise (1927)/ Street Angel (1928) for Janet Gaynor, the very first Best Actress winner and the only Best Actress winner to win for multiple roles simultaneously (they changed the rule thereafter)

In Old Chicago (1938) Tyrone Powers in a six-time nominated film which won Alice Brady supporting actress

The Rains Came (1939) starring Myrna Loy and up for six Oscars

Blood and Sand (1941) this torreador drama starring Tyrone Power won Best Cinematography

This Above All (1942) a romantic drama starring Joan Fontaine and Tyrone Power received 4 nominations and a win for Art Direction

The Snake Pit
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Peter Bart: Academy Pushed The Envelope Too Far, Scratches Oscar Popularity Contest

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Peter Bart: Academy Pushed The Envelope Too Far, Scratches Oscar Popularity Contest
Having been a member of the Academy for several decades, I find myself suddenly embarrassed to admit it. The Academy made a grand, if puzzling, announcement last month, but now has decided to disavow it. Its board of governors, having watched Academy CEO Dawn Hudson crawl out on a limb, at this week’s board meeting decided to saw it off.

The issue, of course, focuses on the Academy’s decision to award a new Oscar to this year’s “most popular” film — this in addition to its regular Oscar winner. Upon reading this announcement, all of us quickly inquired about the criteria for “popular.” The Academy has an “awards” committee to make exactly those decisions.

Guess what: The committee forgot to do it. So did the governors.

This is doubly ironic in that, at the very first Oscar show in 1929, the award was divided between a popular movie, Wings,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Sunset’

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Venice Film Review: ‘Sunset’
Expectations were always going to be too high for “Sunset,” László Nemes’ follow-up to his extraordinary Oscar-winning “Son of Saul.” Given how his first feature re-invented the Holocaust film genre, jettisoning the usual sentimentality for a terrifyingly immersive plunge into hell, it was natural to think he’d take his next subject, Budapest on the brink of World War I, and show a refined world careening towards chaos. Alas, the chaos is there but without the coherence necessary to balance sensorial turmoil with genuine meaning.

In terms of pure visual impact, Mátyás Erdély’s 35mm camera impresses with bravura agility, wandering through the impressive sets with Kubrickian urgency, yet the befuddling story of a young woman encountering seething violence while searching for her brother destabilizes without making any situation or character either real or interesting. Sales have been brisk in the lead-up to the Venice premiere, yet distributors like Sony Picture Classics (who has U.
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Laszlo Nemes on Venice Title ‘Sunset’ as a Period, Political and Personal Piece

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Laszlo Nemes on Venice Title ‘Sunset’ as a Period, Political and Personal Piece
After walking a laurel-strewn path with 2015’s Oscar-winning “Son of Saul,” Hungarian auteur Laszlo Nemes didn’t get lured in by Hollywood. Instead, he chose to dive into his own cultural heritage and explore the flaws of European civilization through the tale of a mysterious woman lost in Budapest on the eve of World War I.

Sunset” re-teams the director with “Son of Saul” actress Juli Jakab, who he said looks convincingly as though she’s stepped from a time machine. Chosen out of hundreds of actresses who auditioned for the part, Jakab plays Irisz Leiter, a young woman who travels to Budapest in 1913 with hopes of pursuing a career at her late parents’ famous hat store. She soon learns of a brother she never knew she had and embarks on a journey to find him. During her quest, she stumbles upon secrets and witnesses the chaos foreshadowing the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
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New Trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam Nt Shows Off Some More Cool Footage

We all need a little more mecha in our lives so here's a brand new teaser trailer for you to watch for Mobile Suit Gundam Nt (Narrative) from Sunrise showing off some more cool footage from the upcoming film. This is a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and is set in the same Universal Century (U.C.) timeline.

The 30-second new teaser announces its theatrical release in 90 theaters across Japan on November 30, 2018, and it also highlights the characters and some new mecha suits. Here's the synopsis:

U.C. 0097, one year after the opening of "Laplace's Box." Despite the revelation of the Universal Century Charter that acknowledges the existence and rights of Newtypes, the framework of the world has not been greatly altered.The conflict later dubbed the "Laplace Incident" is thought to have ended with the downfall of the Neo Zeon remnants known as the Sleeves. In its final battle,
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New Details Surface on The Live-Action Gundam Film and The Pitfalls it Will Avoid

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Sunrise had teamed up with Legendary Pictures was developing a live-action feature film adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam. There wasn't a lot of information revealed about the project when it was initially announced, but today we've learned a few new details that might make fans happy.

During an interview with Weekly Playboy (via Gundam Universe), Sunrise President Yasuo Miyakawa revealed that Sunrise has maintained almost all of the control over the adaptation. That control was a requirement for Sunrise to agree to the project. Obviously, Legendary will act as an active collaboration on the project, and Miyakawa says their relationship there will be a genuine one. It's explained that the film will not be a "Sunrise movie, nor a legendary movie, it will be a real collaboration."

Miyakawa is well aware of how the live-action adaptation of anime is being received, saying:
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Legendary Pictures announces live-action Gundam movie

In news coming out of Anime Expo, Legendary Pictures is set to produce a live action Gundam movie, teaming up with Sunrise, the owners of the franchise.

Launching in 1979 with the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, the franchise includes 14 television series, along with numerous OVAs, manga, books and video games, with annual sales reaching as high as ¥80 billion ($725 million).

Gundam takes place in a fictional universe in the Universal Century, where humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. One such colony, the Principality of Zeon, declares independence from Earth, leading to a war which is fought with mechas known as Gundam.

The live-action Gundam movie becomes the latest Japanese property in the works at Legendary after the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu, both of which are set for release in 2019.

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Live-Action Gundam Movie in the Works at Legendary Pictures

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Legendary Pictures and IP owner, Sunrise, took to Anime Expo 2018 to announce the development of a live-action Gundam movie!  More within...

Since 1979, the Gundam series has been one of the biggest, most profound animes of all time.  Spanning across every source of media from televised anime, manga, toys, video games, and animated film, Gundam has become a billion dollar IP, over the course of its illustrious existence.  The one thing it hasn't become is a live-action movie.  Legendary Pictures and Sunrise were obliged to change that.

Taking the stage during Anime Expo 2018, in La, Sunrise and Legendary Pictures dropped a bombshell on the first day.  The two have come to terms and a Gundam movie is now in the works!

While this is exciting news, to be sure, both sides are being very coy on the details of the project, but it's easy to assume that this first film will tackle Mobile Suit Gundam,
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William Fox and His Friends, Part 2

Dressed to KillMore from MoMA's spectacular retrospective (see part 1 of our guide here), skimming the cream from the top of the William Fox archives, a major studio whose films, apart from a few known classics by Frank Borzage, John Ford, et cetera, have been sunk in obscurity for too long. Fox opened his doors to experimental geniuses like F.W. Murnau and Erik Charell, and encouraged major talents like Ford, Howard Hawks, Raoul Walsh and Borzage to spread their wings.In Borzage’s masterpiece 7th Heaven, how many viewers have any problem with the glaring fact that the garret where Janet Gaynor lives is apparently reached by two completely different stairwells, one that’s angular, for the crane shot, and one that’s spiral for the overhead angle?UpstreamThe idea is consistent with the expressionist approach at Fox. Edgar G. Ulmer claimed that the German expressionists would build a new set for every camera angle,
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Jennifer Lawrence Says She Felt ‘Empowered’ Filming ‘Red Sparrow’ Nude Scenes

Jennifer Lawrence is opening up about the experience of shooting nude scenes for her dark, new, spy thriller “Red Sparrow”. Related: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Dropping Out Of Middle School: ‘I Wanted To Forge My Own Path’ The 27-year-old was interviewed for the Australian morning show “Sunrise” on Monday and described what it was like to film
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Oscars 2018: Best Picture & Best Actress have gone hand-in-hand only 7 times in 75 years – will they match again?

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Oscars 2018: Best Picture & Best Actress have gone hand-in-hand only 7 times in 75 years – will they match again?
This year’s Oscars are unique in how much more female-driven the Best Picture nominees are. Five out of the nine contenders in the top category have female leads, and four of the Best Actress nominees are in films that are also up for the top award: Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water“), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”). If one of those films wins both Best Picture and Best Actress, it would be only the 8th to pair those up in the last 75 years.

In the last three-quarters of a century the seven Best Picture/Best Actress match-ups were as follows:

1975 — “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and lead actress Louise Fletcher

1977 — “Annie Hall” and lead actress Diane Keaton

1983 — “Terms of Endearment” and lead actress Shirley MacLaine

1989 — “Driving Miss Daisy” and lead actress Jessica Tandy

1991 — “The Silence of the Lambs
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Chris Hemsworth Is Open To The Idea Of Playing James Bond

Despite Daniel Craig being officially locked in to star as 007 one more time in the upcoming Bond 25, the discussion rages on over who should play the iconic hero next after he hangs up his Aston Martin car keys for good. By this point, it seems that every actor under the sun has been linked with the part, but there’s always room to add another, right?

For instance, Marvel’s Chris Hemsworth was asked if he would consider playing James Bond while appearing on Australian morning news show Sunrise. Like any sane actor, he of course said that he would, though he did humbly point out that he believes many other performers would be better suited to the role.

“Yeah, I mean, I think any actor would jump at that opportunity. I’m certainly a fan. A whole lot of pressure comes with that, though. I think the Bond fan
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Chris Hemsworth Is Down to Play James Bond

Chris Hemsworth Is Down to Play James Bond
Could Chris Hemsworth be making the jump from God of Thunder to greatest spy in the world? While there's no official word on who The producers of the James Bond franchise are looking at to potentially replace Daniel Craig as 007 following the release of James Bond 25, Chris Hemsworth has thrown his hat into the ring. Or, at the very least, he's not taking his hat out of the ring as he's said he'd be game to possibly take on the role of the famed MI6 spy, should the opportunity arise.

The famed Australian actor recently sat down to chat on the news program Sunrise, which airs in his home country. His appearance came following the Super Bowl Dundee ad, that had everyone convinced a Crocodile Dundee reboot was on the way prior to the big game. During the conversation, he was asked about the possibility of throwing on a suit,
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2018 Oscars trivia: 15 Fascinating facts, figures and milestones

2018 Oscars trivia: 15 Fascinating facts, figures and milestones
With his farewell film, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis could break the record for most wins by an actor while Meryl Streep, who just extended her nominations record with bid #21, could match the achievement of four-time winner Katharine Hepburn.

Below, we offer up 13 more facts, stats, and figures regarding this year’s Academy Awards nominees announced on Jan. 23. Winners of the 24 competitive races at the Oscars will be revealed on March 4 during a live telecast on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

Lucky 13?

The Shape of Water” is the tenth film in Oscar history to earn 13 nominations. The current record of 14 nominations is held by three films, “All about Eve” (1951), “Titanic” (1998) and “La La Land” (2017)

Best Actor mainstay

With his sixth Best Actor Oscar nomination, Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”) is now tied with Richard Burton for recognition in the category.
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Foreplays #7: Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville’s "Liberté et Patrie"

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Foreplays is a column that explores under-known short films by renowned directors. Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville's Liberté et Patrie (2002) is free to watch below. Mubi's retrospective For Ever Godard is showing from November 12, 2017 - January 16, 2018 in the United States.I. One of the most beautiful essay films ever made, Liberté et Patrie (2002) turns out to also be one of the most accessible collaborations of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville. The deeply moving lyricism of this short may astonish even those spectators who arrive to it casually, without any prior knowledge of the filmmakers’s oeuvre. Contrary to other works by the couple, Liberté et Patrie is built on a recognizable narrative strong enough to easily accommodate all the unconventionalities of the piece: a digressive structure full of bursts of undefined emotion; an unpredictable rhythm punctuated by sudden pauses, swift accelerations, intermittent blackouts and staccatos; a mélange of materials where
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79 Movies to See Before You Die, According to the Dardenne Brothers

79 Movies to See Before You Die, According to the Dardenne Brothers
Any list of the greatest foreign directors currently working today has to include Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The directors first rose to prominence in the mid 1990s with efforts like “The Promise” and “Rosetta,” and they’ve continued to excel in the 21st century with titles such as “The Kid With A Bike” and “Two Days One Night,” which earned Marion Cotillard a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Read MoreThe Dardenne Brothers’ Next Film Will Be a Terrorism Drama

The directors will be back in U.S. theaters with the release of “The Unknown Girl” on September 8, which is a long time coming considering the film first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. While you continue to wait for their new movie, the brothers have provided their definitive list of 79 movies from the 20th century that you must see. La Cinetek published the list in full and is hosting many
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