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Will ‘The Report’ finally deliver a long-overdue Oscar to Annette Bening?

Will ‘The Report’ finally deliver a long-overdue Oscar to Annette Bening?
Ever since she slinked her way onto the screen as a con woman who befuddles her targets with her luminous sex appeal in 1990’s “The Grifters,” Annette Bening has rarely been less than memorable on the big screen no matter the quality of the movie. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that early career-making breakout performance, but lost to Whoopi Goldberg in “Ghost.”

She has since collected a trio of Academy Award bids as a lead, starting with 1999’s “American Beauty”as a nagging suburban housewife who belittles and cheats on her husband (Kevin Spacey) as he suffers through a midlife crisis.

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Bening next was lauded for her scenery-chewing work in 2004’s “Julia” as a middle-age stage diva in 1938 London who isn’t getting the juicy roles and male attention that she desperately desires. On
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Robert Redford to Receive Career Tribute at Marrakech Film Festival

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Robert Redford to Receive Career Tribute at Marrakech Film Festival
Robert Redford will receive a career tribute at the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival.

The Marrakech fest will take place Nov. 29 to Dec. 7. As previously announced, Tilda Swinton will preside over the jury.

Redford, one of the leading figures of contemporary cinema, said it was “a great honor to be invited to Marrakech,

to meet creators and artists who will share with each other their unique voices and points of view….

“I extend my thanks to the Marrakech International Film Festival for this generous invitation,” he said in a statement.

The tribute will pay homage to Redford’s career as a director, producer, actor, activist and founder of the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Festival, the world’s first festival to be entirely dedicated to independent cinema.

Redford initially rose to fame as an actor. He landed his first starring role on Broadway in “Sunday in New York,
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Oscars: Uruguay Selects 'The Moneychanger' for International Feature Film Category

The Uruguayan Film Institute on Tuesday announced that Federico Veiroj's The Moneychanger will be the country's submission in the international feature film category of the 2020 Academy Awards.

A 1970s-set dramedy-thriller starring Uruguay's top actor-director Daniel Hendler (The Candidate, To Fool a Thief) and Argentina's Dolores Fonzi (The Summit), The Moneychanger follows protagonist Humberto Brause (Hendler), a man who furiously throws himself into the buying and selling of currency supported by his father-in-law, a veteran in the business of capital flight. Consumed by his outsized ambition and compulsive drive, Humberto assumes the direction of the family business and ...
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Kristen Stewart Says Cate Blanchett Should Serve as Humankind’s Ambassador to Alien Race

Kristen Stewart Says Cate Blanchett Should Serve as Humankind’s Ambassador to Alien Race
In a new interview with Deadline, Kristen Stewart is right to say that she wears her feelings. With each of her performances, from Olivier Assayas’ Gen-y ghost story “Personal Shopper” to Justin Kelly’s “Jt Leroy” and, now, Benedict Andrews’ “Seberg,” it feels like the actress is revealing another facet of her real self.

She’s currently at the Venice Film Festival to promote Amazon Studios’ “Seberg,” where the film will have its world premiere. In the politically charged thriller, Stewart plays ’60s New Wave icon Jean Seberg, complete with blond pixie cut, best known as New York Herald Tribune girl Patricia in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless.”

However, Seberg was equally notorious at the time for her association with Black Power advocate Hakim Jamal (played here by Anthony Mackie), turning her into a target of the FBI, which already had tabs on Seberg illegally in the Hoover days through its surveillance program Cointelpro.
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‘Nightingale’ and ‘Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Withdraws From Venice Jury

‘Nightingale’ and ‘Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Withdraws From Venice Jury
Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent will no longer be able to serve on the competition jury this month for the Venice International Film Festival, where last year she was the only woman in the competition lineup with her film “The Nightingale.”

IndieWire reached out for comment from Kent’s representatives, who said that Kent is dealing with an urgent family matter in Australia. “Due to pressing family matters in Australia, Jennifer regrets that she is unable to attend this year’s Venice Film Festival. As she loves the Venice Festival, which presented two prestigious awards to ‘The Nightingale’ last year, Jennifer has been very much looking forward to serving on the Competition Jury and hopes to return to the Lido to participate in a future edition of the Festival,” the statement said.

On the Biennale website, it was noted that Kent’s name was replaced with “American Psycho” director Mary Harron,
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Venice Juror Jennifer Kent Disappointed Only Two Women Directors Competing at 2019 Festival

Venice Juror Jennifer Kent Disappointed Only Two Women Directors Competing at 2019 Festival
When Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” debuted at the Venice Film Festival last year, it was the only film in competition from a woman director. Upon her return to the lauded Italian festival as a jury member, the filmmaker was dismayed to find that the numbers haven’t improved. The 2019 festival will host just two films from women directors, a whopping one more than last year. Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “The Candidate” and Shannon Murphy’s “Babyteeth” will vie for the Golden Lion at this year’s festival. Speaking to The Wrap recently, Kent, whose previous film “The Babadook” became one of the defining horror films of the century to date, made no secret of her disappointment with the dismal numbers.

“I think it’s an issue. I hoped there would be more. I really did,” Kent said. “There are some incredible women out there making films, and we need to see them,
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Venice Film Festival’s Women Director Problem: Gender Parity Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Venice Film Festival’s Women Director Problem: Gender Parity Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Same festival, different year. While this year’s Venice Film Festival includes a marked uptick in competition films directed by women, that’s only the case because last year’s numbers were so dismal: 2019 will host two competition titles directed by women, up from just one title last year. And while artistic director Alberto Barbera was eager to trot out excuses like “not enough women make movies,” he also landed on another reason why this year remains dominated by male filmmakers: Now they make movies about women, too.

At a press conference held this morning to unveil the year’s slate, Variety reports that Barbera told the assembled press, “Women directors are unfortunately still a minority. But these portraits of women, even when they are directed by men, reveal a new sensibility geared towards the feminine universe, as had rarely happened in the past. This is a signal that perhaps
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Release Date Set For Spanish Political Thriller ‘The Candidate’

Signature Entertainment has set a release date for the gripping Spanish political thriller The Candidate. It will hit cinemas at the start of next month.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Manuel (Antonio de la Torre), an influential regional politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business, had everything in his favour to take the leap into national politics. However, as a leak involving him in a corruption scandal threatens to break his entire party, he becomes trapped in a struggle for survival.

Related: The Captor review

The film is being described as House of Cards meets Michael Clayton and will arrive in cinemas and on digital download on 2nd August.

We have the brand new UK trailer to share along with some brand new images.
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Antonio de la Torre in First Trailer for Spanish Drama 'The Candidate'

"Do you really consider yourself a normal citizen?" Signature Ent. has debuted an official UK trailer for a political drama titled The Candidate, originally titled The Realm or also El Reino. This Spanish dramatic thriller is about a politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business threatens to break his entire party after a newspaper exposes the truth to the public. Antonio de la Torre stars as an influential regional vice-secretary "who had everything in his favor to take the leap into national politics", until he gets caught up in a scandal that changes everything. Also starring Mónica López, José María Pou, Bárbara Lennie, Nacho Fresneda, Ana Wagener, Luis Zahera, Francisco Reyes, and María de Nati. This premiered at the Toronto & San Sebastian Film Festivals last year, and is getting a UK release this summer but nothing in the Us yet. Looks damn good. Perhaps a story real-life politicians should heed.
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Robert Redford to Receive Honorary Cesar Award

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Robert Redford to Receive Honorary Cesar Award
Legendary American actor and director Robert Redford is set to receive an honorary Cesar award, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, at the 44th annual Cesar ceremony, which will take place Feb. 22 in Paris.

“An iconic actor, an exceptional director, a passionate producer, founder and president of Sundance, the most revered festival of independent films in the world, Robert Redford has left his mark through all his endeavors in the film world,” said Alain Terzian, the president of France’s Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema.

In the statement announcing Redford’s honorary Cesar, Terzian praised Redford’s career as an actor, filmmaker and philanthropist.

“Robert Redford is definitely a monument. Many of his films, in front or behind the camera, have now become classics. Rare are the careers which have had such a lasting impact on the history of cinema,” said Terzian, citing Redford’s Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film “Ordinary People,
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‘Thirteen’ Drama Based On Graphic Novel ‘Six’ In Works By Circle Of Confusion TV Studios & Amazon Studios

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Circle of Confusion TV Studios, a joint venture between Circle of Confusion and ITV Studios America, has partnered with Amazon Studios to develop Thirteen, an hourlong drama based on Mike Oeming and Dan Berman’s Image Comics graphic novel Six. The project hails from Stefan Jaworski (Those Who Kill), who will write, and Michael Dinner (Justified), who will direct. Circle of Confusion TV Studios will serve as the lead studio.

Thirteen is a sci-fi thriller about a cold-blooded alien agent who comes to Earth to track down and bring back 12 alien defectors. As a result of her actions, she starts to experience the same thing that infected the others – human emotion. Feeling joy, anger, love and hate for the first time in her life, she decides to stay on Earth to find the truth the twelve were seeking, before her own emotional awakening transforms and ultimately destroys her.

Jaworski, Dinner,
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The Crucial Mistake of ‘The Front Runner’: It Turns Gary Hart Into a Poster Boy for Idealism (Column)

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The Crucial Mistake of ‘The Front Runner’: It Turns Gary Hart Into a Poster Boy for Idealism (Column)
The Front Runner,” Jason Reitman’s political docudrama about the disaster that befell Gary Hart’s 1988 campaign for the presidency, is a movie that pulses with the twitchy electronic-nerve-ending hunger of mass media. Reitman, a director of up-front humanity and skill, has figured out a way to jam the contemporary American news circus into a movie, so that it buzzes with the sound of truth being sliced, diced, and packaged. “The Front Runner” has a tantalizing atmosphere of viral spin and information addiction. It’s the sort of thing I wanted more of from Steven Spielberg’s “The Post.” Reitman, in striking the tone for his movie, has learned from the best — “The Candidate” and “All the President’s Men,” and also the films of Robert Altman, with their layered POVs and soundtracks of overlapping voices that seem to anticipate the nattering narcissism of the digital era.

As a viewing experience,
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‘The Front Runner’: Here’s How to Mic 20 Actors and Mix Their Sound at the Same Time

‘The Front Runner’: Here’s How to Mic 20 Actors and Mix Their Sound at the Same Time
In Jason Reitman’s films, dialogue is often the engine that drives a scene. That is certainly the case with “The Front Runner,” which follows Gary Hart’s tumultuous three-week presidential campaign in 1988, but he also wanted it to sound like like a 1970s film. Specifically, the political dramas like “All The President’s Men” and “The Candidate,” and the long-take, multi-character films of director Robert Altman (“Nashville”).

As cinematographer Eric Steelberg’s camera wove through the ensemble cast, Reitman wanted to enter and exit various conversations and feel the commotion behind the scenes.

“He wanted to hear everybody all the time in the sense [of the] normal life of a political campaign, where everybody’s just talking and working all at once,” said sound mixer Steve Morrow. “Depending on who the camera is focused on is who you’re hearing and understanding what they’re saying.”

Morrow, whose three-person team was responsible for mic’ing,
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Peter Bart: After Election Season Where Truth Was Casualty, Hollywood Chases Truth With Fact-Based Films

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Peter Bart: After Election Season Where Truth Was Casualty, Hollywood Chases Truth With Fact-Based Films
There’s a certain perversity in the decision to open “fact-based” movies at the close of an election season. After months of political noise, facts have become something like black holes in our public conversation – rhetoric in search of truth.

Still, having been trained as a newsman, I habitually welcome films like Green Book, The Front Runner, Roma and First Man — stories forcefully based on real lives and real events. Fact-based movies offer an authenticity and verisimilitude (that ugly word from school) that are missing from Hollywood dramas like A Star Is Born. But the genre also offers its own afflictions: Films can be pedantic, or by contrast, aggressively ambiguous, and hence particularly vulnerable to critics. Pure fiction can be attacked as dopey; a fact-based movie can be dismissed as “fake news.”

The healthiest antidote to months of political noise, of course, is to avoid the genre completely and bask in vintage MGM musicals,
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Listen: Jason Reitman Explores the Unanswered Questions Posed by ‘The Front Runner’

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Listen: Jason Reitman Explores the Unanswered Questions Posed by ‘The Front Runner’
Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

Jason Reitman is having a big year. Two major festival debuts from the Oscar-winning director have hit screens in 2018: Sundance player “Tully” in the spring and this week, Telluride selection “The Front Runner.” Together the two films represent an interesting evolution for Reitman, and they were made virtually on top of each other. In fact, he was in the editing suite with both at one point. A shot from “Tully” even ended up in “The Front Runner” when Reitman realized he needed something for the fall release, which tells the story of disgraced politician Gary Hart.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“It’s been an exciting year,” Reitman says.
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‘Front Runner’ Director Jason Reitman Explains How Gary Hart Changed Elections Forever

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With the country in the grip of midterm election fever Tuesday, Sony Pictures is opening the Hugh Jackman political drama “The Front Runner” in two theaters in Los Angeles and two in New York City.

Jason Reitman, director of “The Front Runner,” told Variety that his film is especially relevant now — even though the events in it took place 31 years ago. And he’s riveted by the current election.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen,” he admitted. “Today feels like a mystery because the country is so divided. The movie asks questions that are very timely — about how we consume news and what is relevant versus what is private.”

Jackman brings Gary Hart to life as a charismatic presidential candidate whose campaign crashes and burns in 1987, thanks to the revelation of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. The Miami Herald newspaper followed Rice on a flight from Miami to Washington,
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10 Election-Themed Movies to Watch When You’re Finished Voting in the Midterms

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10 Election-Themed Movies to Watch When You’re Finished Voting in the Midterms
As you may have heard, there’s an election today. Its importance is impossible to overstate no matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, and Bill Hader thinks you’d be “a moron” not to vote. Our imperfect electoral system has inspired many great movies over the years, a few of which celebrate it but most of which either lampoon it or show how vulnerable it is. After you, being the responsible citizen you clearly are, fulfill your civic duty by voting in the midterm election today, take a break from anxiously watching the results by watching one of these 10 films instead.

“All the President’s Men”

The soft glow of Deep Throat’s cigarette in a shadowy garage; Ben Bradlee’s (Jason Robards) “Okay we go with it” order to Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) as his elevator doors lightly close in
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‘The Front Runner’ Star Hugh Jackman Won’t Say If Gary Hart Was a Villain or a Hero

We live in a time where the foibles of political candidates receive round-the-clock coverage, and on Election Day Sony will release Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner,” a film about the man who started it all. Hugh Jackman portrays former Colorado Senator and 1988 presidential candidate Gary Hart, who saw his fortunes crash from presidential favorite to political pariah in a single week.

At early festival showings at Telluride and Toronto, “The Front Runner” generated mixed critical reactions (Metacritic: 65) as it roused audiences to debate its provocative concerns about campaign transparency and gender politics: Could Bill Clinton be a good president, even though he had a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky? Did Hart’s demise stem from hubris, the tabloid press, political skullduggery, or some combination of these?

“I’m trying to figure this out for myself, like most people are,” Reitman said. “That’s what makes it
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‘The Front Runner’ Star Hugh Jackman Won’t Say If Gary Hart Was a Villain or a Hero

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We live in a time where the foibles of political candidates receive round-the-clock coverage, and on Election Day Sony will release Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner,” a film about the man who started it all. Hugh Jackman portrays former Colorado Senator and 1988 presidential candidate Gary Hart, who saw his fortunes crash from presidential favorite to political pariah in a single week.

At early festival showings at Telluride and Toronto, “The Front Runner” generated mixed critical reactions (Metacritic: 65) as it roused audiences to debate its provocative concerns about campaign transparency and gender politics: Could Bill Clinton be a good president, even though he had a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky? Did Hart’s demise stem from hubris, the tabloid press, political skullduggery, or some combination of these?

“I’m trying to figure this out for myself, like most people are,” Reitman said. “That’s what makes it
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‘The Front Runner’ Film Review: Hugh Jackman Is Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s Enjoyable, Slight Political Saga

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‘The Front Runner’ Film Review: Hugh Jackman Is Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s Enjoyable, Slight Political Saga
To dramatize the scandal-ridden ups and downs of the current presidential administration is to consider all manner of genres: Python-esque satire, journalism drama, social-issue tragedy, gilded ’80s-style sex thriller, even dystopian mind-screw. Is it even possible to tell the story of a rise and fall like Gary Hart’s — smart politician felled by a combination of personal arrogance and journalistically exploited national prurience — without the whole thing seeming morally quaint, like storybook time during a home invasion?

The answer is no, albeit an entertaining no, if the example is Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner,” his self-consciously on-point, briskly enjoyable version of the three weeks in 1988 that took the Colorado senator from shoo-in for the Democratic presidential nomination to ousted cautionary tale after allegations surfaced regarding his extramarital affair with Donna Rice. The film’s assets are like an attractive party platform for discerning moviegoers: wonderful actors, crisp dialogue, and
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