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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018

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Ben Stiller to Direct Jonah Hill in Adaptation of Sundance-Winning Documentary ‘We Live in Public’ — Sundance 2018
Ondi Timoner’s 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, “We Live in Public,” will become a feature film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jonah Hill as Josh Harris, the dot-com millionaire who carried out a surveillance experiment with 150 residents at a Manhattan hotel amid Y2K panic.

Bold Films will finance the project, which Timoner will produce with Stiller’s Red Hour Films. Timoner announced the project during an interview at a January 20, Dell-sponsored panel, “Life After Sundance — Building a Career in Indie Filmmaking.”

Timoner also briefly discussed “Mapplethorpe,” her just-completed biopic of Robert Mapplethorpe with “The Crown” star Matt Smith in the lead. She said Sundance accepted the film for the 2018 festival, but it hit “a bump” that prevented its screening.

Read More: Portraying Chaos: Ondi Timoner’s “We Live In Public” (Sundance ’09)

Red Hour Films CEO Nicky Weinstock told IndieWire that “We Live In Public” will be penned
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'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Not since American Splendor explored the curmudgeonly everyman sensibility of comic-book artist Harvey Pekar has the complicated headspace of a cartoonist been entered with such infectious fondness as in Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. A return for Gus Van Sant to the loose-limbed chronicles of outsider existences in Portland, Oregon that first put him on the map, like Mala Noche and Drugstore Cowboy, this unwieldy but consistently enjoyable portrait of paraplegic local hero John Callahan is notable for its generosity of spirit and gentleness. For want of a better word, it's disarmingly chill.

In a terrific performance...
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'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53

'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Producer Allison Shearmur Dies at 53
Allison Shearmur, who produced the Hunger Games films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, died Friday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 53.

Shearmur was an executive at Paramount and Lionsgate before making a transition to a producer role, becoming involved in some of the biggest movies in recent years.

She spent years in the executive trenches, acting as executive VP production at Universal Pictures and then co-president of Paramount.

On the TV side, her Allison Shearmur Productions was behind an ABC musical remake of Dirty Dancing.

As president of...
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Weinstein Company Pulls ‘War With Grandpa’, ‘The Upside’ & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Off Release Schedule

Weinstein Company Pulls ‘War With Grandpa’, ‘The Upside’ & ‘Mary Magdalene’ Off Release Schedule
While the Weinstein Company deals with a few internal matters, it has pulled three Dimension films from their 2018 release dates. Robert De Niro-Christopher Walken starrer The War with Grandpa had been set for February 23, Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart comedy The Upside gives up its March 9 date, and biblical biopic Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara has exited the March 30 slot.

War with Grandpa and The Upside were set for wide release, and Mary Magdalene had been slated…
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Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films

Steven Spielberg Eyeing ‘Indiana Jones 5’ & ‘West Side Story’ For His Next Films
Steven Spielberg is not one of those filmmakers who sits around waiting for projects to develop. There’s rarely a year that passes where he isn’t working on something, and across the past twelve months or so, he simultaneously shot, edited, and released “The Post,” all while juggling post-production on “Ready Player One.” So it goes, the director is now looking to fill up his calendar with something new (or two).

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Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)

Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)
Ethan Hawke deserved to kick back after making the rounds for two films at Sundance Friday night, “Blaze,” which he wrote and directed, and “Juliet, Naked,” which he stars in. But Lena Waithe and Issa Rae did anything but that at Showtime’s party at the IMDb Studio for Waithe’s new series “The Chi.” How is Nic Cage so cool? Remember, he is a Coppola. Before a midnight screening of “Mandy,” on Friday night (Jan. 19), Cage and Kevin Smith held the early lead for one of the top shots of the festival so far. What are the Black Eyed Peas doing...
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Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal

Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal
Exclusive: Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s new take on the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden has found its director. Marc Munden will helm from a script penned by Jack Thorne. Shooting starts in the spring with Studiocanal fully financing. David Heyman will produce via his Heyday banner with the company’s Rosie Alison producing alongside him. The picture will be out to cast soon. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, the story centers on Mary Lennox, a…
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Sundance: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Be the Toast of the Fest

Sundance: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Be the Toast of the Fest
RBG, the documentary about her life and legacy that first screens at Sundance on Jan. 21 — could be the toast of the fest. "Millennials are big fans of hers," says Julie Cohen, who directed the film along with Betsy West. "What they love about her is the contrast between her seriousness of purpose and her lighter side."

Having embraced the hip-hop moniker Notorious Rbg (originally bestowed upon her by an NYU law student), Ginsburg doesn't shy away from the notoriety...
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Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

Sundance: Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Hearts Beat Loud’
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” in advance of its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The tender drama about a father (Nick Offerman) trying to convince his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) to form a band premieres on the festival’s last night. It marks Haley’s third Sundance film in four years — he previously debuted “The Hero” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” at the mountainside gathering. It’s a showy role for Offerman, allowing an actor best known for his comedic turn on “Parks & Recreation” to flex some dramatic muscles.

The deal excludes North American rights and was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Endeavor Content. Sony’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz, and Jon Freedberg negotiated the deal for the studio.

The film co-stars Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette, with original music by Keegan DeWitt, and is set
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Juliette Binoche Receives UniFrance’s French Cinema Award

Juliette Binoche Receives UniFrance’s French Cinema Award
Following the footsteps of Isabelle Huppert, critically-acclaimed French actress Juliette Binoche received UniFrance’s French Cinema Award during a ceremony hosted at France’s Culture Minister in Paris.

Binoche, who’s just wrapped the shoot of Olivier Assayas’s “Non Fiction,” was celebrated by UniFrance’s new president Serge Toubiana and managing director Isabelle Giordano and several filmmakers she has worked and bonded with over the years, such as Claire Denis, Jean-Jacques Rappeneau and Danièle Thompson.

The actress was honored for her contribution to making French cinema shine abroad. Binoche remains one of the rare French actresses who have earned global recognition, including in the U.S. where she won an Oscar for her performance in “The English Patient” and earned an Oscar nomination for “Chocolat.” A passionate and thoughtful actress, Binoche has been praised for making consistently good career choices and taking roles that push out of her comfort zone, such as [link
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Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97
Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off a particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he...
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'Valerian' Lifts French Film Abroad in 2017

'Valerian' Lifts French Film Abroad in 2017
Despite the international box office disappointment of Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the sci-fi epic ushered in a stellar year for French film abroad.

Foreign ticket sales nearly doubled from 2016 with Valerian leading the charge, to 80.5 million admissions worldwide. While the highly anticipated movie was a let down for both French cinema promoters and the company’s bottom line, the film sold 30.6 million tickets and raked in $209 million (€170.9 million) worldwide.

Overall the increase in sales translated into $572.5 million (€468 million) for the French foreign box office, a jump of...
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Idris Elba on directorial debut 'Yardie', #MeToo and "pinnacle role" James Bond

Idris Elba on directorial debut 'Yardie', #MeToo and
Idris Elba discusses his Sundance debut Yardie.

Source: BBC Films

‘Idris Elba and Aml Ameen on the set of Yardie’

In 2015, Idris Elba was about to board a flight from London to La when he bumped into fellow actor Aml Ameen. The two didn’t know each other well but had met a couple of times before. The encounter would prove serendipitous.

After seeing Ameen in Maze Runner, Elba had wanted to get in touch with the rising actor’s representatives to talk about the lead role in his directorial debut Yardie, an adaptation of Jamaican-born British writer Victor Headley’s 1992 crime novel about a courier carrying cocaine from Jamaica to London who decides to go it alone and disappears into the mean streets of Hackney with a kilo of white powder. The thriller has a cult reputation in the UK where it proved a publishing hit.

“I was like, ‘Oh right, I know
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Deadline And Women In Film’s ‘The Road To 50/50’ Panel – Sundance Livestream

Deadline And Women In Film’s ‘The Road To 50/50’ Panel – Sundance Livestream
Deadline's annual Sundance Series panels continue with a timely conversation considering today’s Respect Rally that took over downtown Park City. Deadline, Woman In Film and Stella Artois are co-hosting “The Road To 50/50,” a live Q&A with top female filmmakers who are pushing forward the mission for inclusion and gender parity in Hollywood. The event kicks off at 5 Pm local time at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Main Street. Panelists include director Amy Adrion
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Nancy’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Nancy’
Christina Choe’s “Nancy” opens on a gray winter in a crumbling town. The strip malls are battered, the dining rooms are dim, and there’s silver in 35-year-old Nancy’s (Andrea Riseborough) hair. At 35, she’s a temp who still lives at home with her mom (Ann Dowd). No wonder she reaches for cheap, black dye — and no wonder she lies to make life more interesting, brandishing cellphone pictures to prove she’s vacationed in North Korea. Anywhere, and anything, is better than here.

When parents Leo and Ellen (Steven Buscemi and J. Smith-Cameron) on the TV news insist they’re continuing the search for their missing daughter Brooke, who was kidnapped from a mall in the ’80s, Nancy picks up the phone and says she might be their stolen child. Only, this time she might be telling the truth. Her mother wasn’t much of a mother. Plus, Nancy looks exactly
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Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’

Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’
Amid awards season recognition as a producer, Amy Pascal has admitted that her 2015 dismissal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment was probably merited.

Pascal made the remark Saturday at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills at the Producers Guild of America’s panel discussion featuring the nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Pascal is the only producer nominated this year for two films — “Molly’s Game” and “The Post” — and was asked by PGA co-president Gary Lucchesi if she loves being a producer.

“I think I should have gotten fired much sooner,” she said in response, evoking laughter and applause from the capacity crowd.

Pascal stepped down in February, 2015, in the wake of the massive computer hack of Sony Pictures email system, and segued into a producing deal at the studio.

Pascal was asked by “The Big Sick” producer Barry Mendel about what she had learned as a producer since leaving Sony.

“I learned
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Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review

Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review
Even before Nicolas Cage does a line of coke off a shard of broken glass in “Mandy,” the movie is batshit crazy. Panos Cosmatos’ followup to his wacky debut, “Beyond the Black Rainbow,” is another stunning dose of psychedelia and derangement, this one folded into the constraints of a woodsy revenge thriller, but that’s mainly an excuse for Cage to unleash his most psychotic extremes. Cosmatos gives him plenty of opportunities in this hypnotic midnight movie, which veers from astonishing, expressionistic exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise.

See More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

A glimmering font establishes the rural setting as “1983, A.D.,” and it may as well be a forgotten relic of eighties B-movie excess, funneled through Cosmatos’ own creative indulgences. The grainy 16mm imagery, a vibrant mixture of neon hues and shadows set to Johan Johansson’s disorienting score,
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Exclusive First Look At Hot Sundance Sales Title ‘Burden’

Exclusive First Look At Hot Sundance Sales Title ‘Burden’
Here is an exclusive first look at Burden, the Andrew Heckler-directed fact based drama that stars Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Usher Raymond and Tom Wilkinson. The film premieres in competition tomorrow 6:15 at the PC Library, and is based on a true story about a taciturn repo man (Hedlund) who is rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina. Fiercely loyal to the local Klan leader and toxic father figure (Tom Wilkinson), the…
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Terry Crews on Time’s Up Movement: ‘Until You Hold Everyone Accountable Every Time, Nothing Will Change’

Terry Crews on Time’s Up Movement: ‘Until You Hold Everyone Accountable Every Time, Nothing Will Change’
Terry Crews has to wonder whether the time is really up.

“For everyone saying time is up, is it really up?” he asked at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival. “[Adam Venit]’s working. There’s no repercussions.”

Crews’s film “Sorry to Bother You” is premiering at the festival, and when he sat down with Variety to discuss it, the topic of the Time’s Up movement arose. The movement is particularly relevant for Crews in light of the charge of sexual harassment he leveled at Wme agent Adam Venit and Venit’s continued employment at the agency.

“You can see it right in front of your eyes,” Crews said, when asked if he feels that Venit got a free pass. “I don’t even have to say anything. Can you get away with doing something like that to another human being? And the answer is yes, cause he’s working.
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Allison Shearmur Funeral Service Set For Monday: Pals Pay Tribute To Late Tastemaking Studio Executive & Producer

Allison Shearmur Funeral Service Set For Monday: Pals Pay Tribute To Late Tastemaking Studio Executive & Producer
Update: Allison Shearmur, who died yesterday after a quiet battle with lung cancer at age 54, will have her funeral Monday at 4:30 Pm at Temple Israel of Hollywood. Her family is requesting that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Simms Mann Cancer Center at UCLA. The film community is reeling from the death of Shearmur, the diminutive studio executive and producer who seemed an indestructible force of energy to so many. I’ve been told what a champion she was for…
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