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Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Leaks Online After Comic Buys Back Film

Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Leaks Online After Comic Buys Back Film
The latest trouble for Louis C.K.’s film “I Love You, Daddy”: The comedy-drama has been widely leaked on pirate torrent websites just days after the comic bought back the film from indie distributor The Orchard. The piracy group Hive-CM8, which has made headlines in 2015 when it dumped dozens of Oscar-contending films on torrent sites from press screener DVDs before their release, claimed responsibility for the leak. “We decided to let this one title go out this month, since it never made it to the cinema, and nobody knows if it ever will go to retail at all,” the group wrote.
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Sophie Turner’s Drama ‘Josie’ to Launch Mammoth Film Festival

Sophie Turner’s Drama ‘Josie’ to Launch Mammoth Film Festival
Sophie Turner’s independent drama “Josie” has been selected as the opening night film for the inaugural Mammoth Film Festival on Feb. 8, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, formerly titled “Huntsville,” also stars Dylan McDermott and Jack Kilmer. It’s directed by Eric England from a screenplay by Anthony Ragnone II. The script, which made the 2014 Black List, centers on a solitary man living a dull existence in the sleepy town. He raises eyebrows when he develops a questionable relationship with a recently transplanted high school student.

Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones.” She portrayed Jean Grey in “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

The festival, which is being billed as a mini-Sundance, runs from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11 and will feature other indie world premieres, studio films, shorts, and episodics.

“It’s a real honor to have such a prestigious title as ‘Josie’ open our first ever Mammoth Film Festival,” said founder
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: The Personal Touches That Went Into Writing Rosa’s Coming-Out Story

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: The Personal Touches That Went Into Writing Rosa’s Coming-Out Story
[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Season 5, Episode 10, “Game Night” follow.]

The Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” for reasons made obvious by its title, chose to celebrate its 99th episode last week, putting the spotlight on each character during a crazy road trip from Los Angeles to New York. But it also included a big reveal that became a central part of the show’s 100th episode, “Game Night” — Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz), the show’s resident badass, coming out as bisexual.

Rosa’s coming-out, showrunner Dan Goor told IndieWire, was a story choice made in close discussion with Beatriz this season. “In a way, after Stephanie came out, and has really in so many ways become such an Lgbt advocate, we felt like it was really a meaningful opportunity for the character, and it definitely felt in-world for the character. It didn’t feel like, you know, we didn’t feel like people would be like, ‘What?!’ You know, and 100 episodes in it feels like a good,
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‘Ozark’: Golden Globe-Nominated Netflix Drama Will Teach You How to be a Criminal — Watch

‘Ozark’: Golden Globe-Nominated Netflix Drama Will Teach You How to be a Criminal — Watch
If you have ever wondered how Ruth Langmore (played by Julia Garner) from Netflix’s “Ozark” gets by in the Missouri criminal underworld, you can stop looking. Netflix released a new video on Tuesday afternoon with Garner in character explaining the knots and bolts on how to be a true criminal like Ruth.

Edited with infomercial-type graphics, Ruth instructs people that in order to be a successful criminal, for instance, you need to “learn some goddamn self defense.” Watch the video below to find out the other “trade secrets” that Ruth has so generously disclosed:

Related:Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ Was Most Popular Streaming Show This Summer, According to New Audience Metric

After a deal with a drug cartel goes south, “Ozark” follows financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and his family as they are forced to relocate from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Laura Linney stars
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Will Address Its Race Issues, But Will Stick by Its Controversial Soundtrack Choices

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Will Address Its Race Issues, But Will Stick by Its Controversial Soundtrack Choices
“The Handmaid’s Tale” showrunner Bruce Miller knows the show triggered “thousands of discussions” in its inaugural run — and as production continues on Season 2, Miller said he and his team have been paying attention to those conversations.

One major issue for the Emmy-winning Hulu series — nominated Monday for three Golden Globes — was that how to approach racial issues. While Margaret Atwood’s original novel took place in an all-white world (due to the ethnic purging orchestrated by the nightmare nation of Gilead), Miller and Atwood ended up making the decision to incorporate a diverse cast and focus on the treatment of women within this society.

“There was discussion and praise and criticism for how we integrated or dealt with race in Gilead,” he said. “It brought up a lot of questions that just didn’t come up in the stories in Season 1, that we were able to put it in
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Alex Pettyfer’s Challenge Of Direction Begins With ‘The Strange Ones’ [Interview]

Less than decade ago, at the height of Hollywood’s infatuation with Young Adult fantasy franchises Alex Pettyfer found himself in the spotlight as the “next big thing.” He was cast in the Michael Bay produced “I Am Number Four” and in CBS Films’ “Beastly” opposite everyone’s favorite Disney star Vanessa Hudgens. Needless to say, neither movie launched a franchise. Steven Soderbergh ended up giving him a gift, however, with “Magic Mike,” a commercially friendly indie made for just $7 million that became a massive critical and box office hit earning $113 million in the U.S.

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‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’: Inside the Year’s Darkest, Most Daring Hand-Drawn Animated Movie

‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’: Inside the Year’s Darkest, Most Daring Hand-Drawn Animated Movie
While “The Breadwinner” has deservedly grabbed all of the accolades for GKids (including a Golden Globe nomination), Oscar voters should not overlook another GKid animated feature contender: “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.” The Spanish dystopian fable, directed by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero, is the darkest and most daring hand-drawn animated movie of the year. It alternates between the horrific and the comical, and its imagery assaults the viewer like a nightmarish Goya painting.

Indeed, the twisted tale about troubled animated critters living on a post-apocalyptic island first sprung from Vázquez’s graphic novel. It was initially adapted into a short by the two filmmakers as a prequel to the feature. Following an ecological crisis that fosters crime, repression, and drug trafficking, Dinky, a young teen mouse, hatches a plan to escape with her friends, including Birdboy, a shy, tormented bird who lives in a lighthouse and consumes drugs to subdue the demon living inside him.
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Reviewers Hail Video Performance of Apple’s New iMac Pros

After neglecting the pro market in recent years, Apple is out with the first of two new machines this Thursday, the iMac Pro. (The redesigned Mac Pro is expected sometime in 2018). The ultra-high-end 18 Xeon core processor version won’t be available until next year, but the 10-core version seeded to reviewers this week is receiving very high marks for power and speed. Over at Mkbhd, Marcus Brownlee posts a seven-minute video with his thoughts, including how Final Cut Pro on the machine has handled 8K Raw files with simultaneous color correct and use of plug-ins. Regarding Final Cut use, […]
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Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ Renewed For Season 2

Marvel‘s new Netflix shows didn’t quite get a lot of love this year. No one liked “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders” was rather wanly received, and even the “The Punisher” didn’t fare so well with critics (though our usually Netflix Marvel show allergic critic dug it). Well, not matter what the critics say, it’s all about data and content, and there’s gonna be more Frank Castle.

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Luca Guadagnino Replaces Gary Ross On ‘Burial Rites’ Starring Jennifer Lawrence

One point in her career, Jennifer Lawerence was plotting a string of features with “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross. The duo had planned to tackle two adaptations, John Steinbeck‘s “East Of Eden” and Hannah Kent‘s bestselling “Burial Rites.” Neither project really got off the ground, and both them have gone on to other things.

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‘Burial Rites’: Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Luca Guadagnino’s True-Crime Drama About Iceland’s Last Public Execution

‘Burial Rites’: Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Luca Guadagnino’s True-Crime Drama About Iceland’s Last Public Execution
Luca Guadagnino is quickly becoming one of our most prolific filmmakers. With “Call Me by Your Name” currently in theaters and his “Suspiria” remake on the way, the Italian auteur will next direct Jennifer Lawrence in “Burial Rites.” The news comes from Variety, who note that the true-crime drama is in the works at TriStar Pictures.

Read More:Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky Each Processed Mixed ‘mother!’ Reviews Differently

The film is to be based on Hannah Kent’s novel of the same name, which tells of Agnes Magnúsdóttir — the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland. That event took place in 1830 and was the result of her conviction for killing two men and setting their home on fire, suggesting that “Burial Rites” will be a light, airy affair that definitely won’t anger viewers for killing off J-Law’s character.

Read More:Luca Guadagnino Couldn’t Direct the
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‘The Big Sick’ Star Kumail Nanjiani’s New Reason to See ‘Last Jedi’ is a Sweet Story About Director Rian Johnson

‘The Big Sick’ Star Kumail Nanjiani’s New Reason to See ‘Last Jedi’ is a Sweet Story About Director Rian Johnson
The star and writer of “The Big SickKumail Nanjiani took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share a humble and unforgettable encounter he had with director Rian Johnson, whose film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will rule the box office this coming weekend. This encounter happened in 2012, before Nanjiani starred in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” when he was doing interviews on a San Diego Comic-Con red carpet.

Nanjiani details in his 12-tweet thread how stressful the job was for him to do interviews on a red carpet, a situation only made worse by an interviewee who was extremely rude to him and made a mockery of him.

After that unfortunate encounter, Nanjiani went to the “Total Recall” and “Looper” red carpet and saw that Johnson was one of the people he was interviewing. Never leaving his comedic charm aside, Nanjiani recounts how the situation could have gone so much
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Power and Perspective in Storytelling: How To Support Each Other, Authentically Represent Characters, and Dismantle The White Power Structure

Discussing the Other, race, and privilege in documentaries is no straightforward task. Who can tell whose story to whom using whose story-telling techniques have been questions since before 1922’s Nanook of the North, and when we toss in why, and whose paying for it, it doesn’t get simpler. At a panel on perspective and point of view in storytelling at Doc NYC Pro, filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña deftly moderated as five award-winning filmmakers who present as non-white grappled with some of the issues around representation, the white gaze, and what we as individuals can do to support each other, act authentically […]
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Film Comment’s Best Movies Of 2017 Includes ‘Good Time,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird’ & More

Everyone needs a bit of distraction from staying away from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” spoilers. One way you can do that is by going through our Best Films Of 2017, and once you’ve done that, you might want to see how it stacks up against the selections from the venerable Film Comment.

The votes from contributors to the terrific movie magazine lean arthouse, but we have (mostly) no fault with their selections.

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Mel Gibson’s Past Sins Get Changed by a Time Traveler in Insane Short Film ‘Pumpkin’ — Watch

Mel Gibson’s Past Sins Get Changed by a Time Traveler in Insane Short Film ‘Pumpkin’ — Watch
They say you should never meet your idols, and this short film learns that lesson the hard way.

Pumpkin” centers on Brian, a Mel Gibson superfan who has “What Women Want” and “The Patriot” posters tacked on his bedroom wall and who attends a Mel Gibson “support group.” Brian wishes he could go back in time and stop his idol from making “The Beaver” (don’t we all?) and one of his fellow superfans has a plan. Taking a page from “Black Mirror,” Brian is given a Tamagotchi that transports him back in time, but what he discovers there will change him and the course of movie history forever.

Read More:‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Review: Mel Gibson Proves to Be One Daddy Too Many in Queasy Holiday Comedy

Pumpkin” was co-written by Brendan Walter (who also directed the short), Jon Lullo, and Dan Shepard. Brian Bonz, who starts as the main character,
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Jessica Chastain on Speaking Up About Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m Really Terrified I’m Destroying My Career’

Jessica Chastain on Speaking Up About Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m Really Terrified I’m Destroying My Career’
Jessica Chastain received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in “Molly’s Game” yesterday, which didn’t surprise many awards prognosticators. The actress herself was taken aback, however, as she feared that her outspokenness on sexual harassment in the film industry would incite backlash. In a New York Times interview, Chastain even says she’d privately told friends that “I’m really terrified I’m destroying my career right now.”

Read More:Rotten Apples Allows You to See How Many Alleged Harassers Were Involved in a Movie or TV Show

“I’m mainly surprised about my nomination. As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?” she tells the paper of record.

“When the article came out about Weinstein,
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Michael Haneke Says He’s Not ‘Dark’ but If ‘Happy End’ Disturbs, That’s Your Problem

Michael Haneke Says He’s Not ‘Dark’ but If ‘Happy End’ Disturbs, That’s Your Problem
Michael Haneke received worldwide acclaim and two Oscar nominations for his tragic romance “Amour,” the mesmerizing tale of an elderly couple facing the inevitable specter of death. Though downbeat in the Haneke fashion, “Amour” also registered as the Austrian filmmaker’s most emotionally accessible work. His followup, “Happy End,” found a more mixed response — and yet, for serious Haneke devotees, it should hit all the right buttons. Still, Haneke remains such a singular director that, 30 years into his career, he continues to challenge even his greatest devotees.

For those among us, “Happy End” delivers one of the most enjoyably twisted movies of Haneke’s career. The story of a dysfunctional bourgeois family where self-loathing and suicidal thoughts loom large, it’s a profoundly cynical work so incisive that it renewed a once-familiar element in Haneke’s career trajectory: divisiveness. Following the filmmaker’s back-to-back Palme d’Or wins for “Amour” and “The White Ribbon,
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Jada Pinkett Smith Says Golden Globes Voters Didn’t Even Screen ‘Girls Trip’

The Golden Globes nominations were unveiled, and as per usual, the punch was spiked as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association logged their votes. However, the this year the hooch was stronger than usual with some truly oddball nominees, and huge snubs. The latter category is where the Golden Globes raised the most eyebrows this year. The populist awards largely ignored acclaimed horror hit “Get Out,” which earned nods for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor, but with nothing for creator Jordan Peele.

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‘The Detour’ Season 3 Trailer: Jason Jones Goes Off-Road Boating, Sinks, Remains the World’s Best Dad — Watch

‘The Detour’ Season 3 Trailer: Jason Jones Goes Off-Road Boating, Sinks, Remains the World’s Best Dad — Watch
The Detour” began as two parents recounting a disastrous road trip, but what happens when the road runs out? That’s what Season 3 of the hilarious TBS comedy is all about, as the Parker family finally stops running and settles down.

In the first trailer for Season 3, Nate (Jones), Robin (Natalie Zea), and their two kids (played by Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll) try to make a home for themselves in small-town Alaska. Spurred on by a mishap involving a snowmobile and a lake — more of a “final straw” kind of deal — the Parkers still can’t slow down while trying to settle down, and the 10 new episodes look just as wild as the first 20.

Read More:‘The Detour’ Review: Season 2 Switches Drivers, Keeps Pushing the Boundaries of Family Comedy

The Detour” debuted on TBS in 2016 to solid reviews and has steadily proven itself to be one of the most surprising,
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“To Dominate out of Fear is Our Worst Characteristic as Humans”: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Their Oscar-Shortlisted One of Us

Directing partners Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady — selected for Filmmaker‘s 25 New Faces in 2005 — first came on to the filmmaking scene with heartfelt documentaries The Boys of Baraka and Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp. In their latest documentary One of Us, currently available on Netflix and just shortlisted for the Best Documentary Academy Award, their signature cinema verite style of filmmaking unveiled a level of suspense and drama they were not expecting. Centered around three people who are attempting to leave the tight reigns of their New York-based Hasidic Jewish communities, the film goes deep inside an overly controlling, […]
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