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The Worst Films of 2019

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The Worst Films of 2019
Keep in mind that we haven’t seen “Cats.” Or a single one of the half-dozen Nicolas Cage movies released “on demand” (to zero demand?) this past year. Still, in the ongoing quest to find the next masterpiece, film critics inevitably have to sit through a lot more turkeys than your typical moviegoer. Rather than let all that “cinemasochism” go to waste, we might as well amuse you with the fruits of our suffering. Below, Variety taste-makers Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman name — and shame — the most ill-conceived, ineptly executed, and all-around disappointing films of 2019.

Peter Debruge’s Five Worst Movies:

1. “Dumbo”

In a decade or two, we’ll look back at this period as the moment that Disney went through its archive, identified its most beloved classics, and rebooted them all as bombastic CG eyesores. Whereas the re-imagineering process has yielded mostly charming results on stage and ice (e.
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20 Great Indie Movies the Oscars Shouldn’t Totally Ignore in 2020

20 Great Indie Movies the Oscars Shouldn’t Totally Ignore in 2020
Indie movies such as “Marriage Story,” “Uncut Gems,” “The Lighthouse,” and “The Farewell” have had a strong presence so far on the awards circuit, and yet they barely skim the surface when it comes to great works of independent cinema this year that deserve to be taken seriously at the Oscars. An Oscar nomination for Harmony Korine? Never going to happen, but movies like “The Beach Bum” and “Midsommar” have such strong craftsmanship on display that to not even discuss them in the context of Oscar season is to overlook some of the best things about movies in 2019.

With Oscar nominations not too far in the distance, IndieWire looks back at the past several months and the indies that deserve a lot more Oscar buzz in a wide array of different categories.

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This Day in Horror: Happy Birthday Chloe Sevigny

On this day in 1974: Chloe Sevigny was born. Sevigny is best known as an indie film darling. After befriending Harmony Korine in her senior year in high school, she was cast in her first film, Kids, which Korine wrote. At age 19, it was her first acting gig. She would go on to appear in […]

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55th Chicago International Film Festival Review – Waves (2019)

Waves, 2019. Written and Directed by Trey Edward Shults. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sterling K. Brown, Alexa Demie, Neal Huff, Clifton Collins Jr., Krisha Fairchild, and Harmony Korine. Synopsis: Traces the journey of a suburban African-American family – led by a well-intentioned but domineering father – as they […]

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Blue Finch buys 'Big Lebowski' spin-off ‘The Jesus Rolls’ for the UK (exclusive)

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Cornerstone is selling the film which premiered at Rome Film Festival.

At the start of Afm, John Turturro’s Big Lebowski spin-off The Jesus Rolls has been picked up for the UK and Ireland by new UK distributor Blue Finch Film Releasing.

The film, which Turturro wrote, directed and stars in, premiered at Rome Film Festival last month and is being sold by Cornerstone Films. Carla Quarto di Palo, Cornerstone’s director of international sales, negotiated the deal with Blue Finch co-ceo Mike Chapman.

With Turturro reprising his role as Jesus Quintana from the Coen brothers’ comedy The Big Lebowski,
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‘Terminator: Dark Fate,’ ‘Dark Phoenix’ and 11 More Box Office Busts in 2019 (Photos)

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate,’ ‘Dark Phoenix’ and 11 More Box Office Busts in 2019 (Photos)
There have been plenty of box office hits in 2019 from “Avengers: Endgame” to “Joker” to “Us.” But as always, there are films that end up taking a dive once they hit theaters. Some have been failed attempts to revive flailing franchises. Others are poorly reviewed films that moviegoers barely notice on the cinema marquee. Either way, they’ve made this list.

“Replicas”

$9.2 million grossed ($30 million budget) — Keanu Reeves has had a great 2019. “John Wick: Chapter 3” was a hit, a viral video of his E3 appearance became a meme, and sequels to “Bill & Ted” and “The Matrix” are in his future. But back in January, he starred in this critically panned sci-fi tale of a neuroscientist who defies the law and scientific ethics to create clones of his dead family.

The Kid Who Would Be King

$32 million ($60 million budget) — Unlike other films on this list, critics were pleasantly surprised by this
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‘The Beach Bum’: Moondog & The Most Tripped-Out Cinematic Slackers

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Prepare to blaze as controversial director Harmony Korine brings his unique brand of arthouse provocation to the stoner comedy in The Beach Bum, starring Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey.

The Beach Bum follows the outrageous misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious weed-smoking, beer-chugging burnout who lives life by his own rules in the Sunshine State. If Moondog can put down the bong and brews for one minute, he might just be able to put his poetic talent to good use and write the next great American novel.

But with a rag-tag bunch of friends including R&b singer Lingerie (Snoop Dogg) and pyromaniac ex-addict Flicker (Zac Efron) plus some wild, neon-soaked parties, perhaps Moondog is doomed to a life of slumming it on the sandy beaches of Florida…

To celebrate the release of The Beach Bum, we’re taking a look back at some of the best tripped-out slackers in film.
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Movie Review – The Beach Bum (2019)

The Beach Bum, 2019. Directed by Harmony Korine. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, Martin Lawrence, and Jonah Hill. Synopsis: Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) is a fun-loving, pot-smoking writer living in Florida. When he isn’t partying too hard, he’s trying to finish the next great American novel. Writer and director of […]

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The Beach Bum review – Harmony Korine reaches a Zen state of unfunny

Matthew McConaughey is insufferable as a stoner poet in Korine’s awful non-comedy, which also features Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Jonah Hill and Zac Efron

If you can imagine Matthew McConaughey doing a very, very creepy and rubbish version of the Dude from The Big Lebowski … well go ahead and imagine it if you want. However disagreeable an experience that would be, it could at least be over in a few seconds – less painful than seeing him do it for real over 97 minutes in this terrible film.

Writer-director Harmony Korine achieves a Zen state of unfunny with this pointless non-comedy, featuring McConaughey on insufferable form as a stoner and wild-man force of nature named Moondog who has neglected his vocation as a poet and is now just coasting on his charisma and big-dick energy – and the fact that he doesn’t need to worry about money because his wife Minnie (Isla Fisher) is very rich.
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55th Chicago International Film Festival Capsule Review – Waves (2019)

Waves. 2019 Written and Directed by Trey Edward Shults Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sterling K. Brown, Alexa Demie, Neal Huff, Clifton Collins Jr., Krisha Fairchild, and Harmony Korine Synopsis: Traces the journey of a suburban African-American family – led by a well-intentioned but domineering father – as they […]

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Julia Goldani Telles to Star in 3rd Season of Starz Anthology Drama ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

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Julia Goldani Telles to Star in 3rd Season of Starz Anthology Drama ‘The Girlfriend Experience’
Former “The Affair” star Julia Goldani Telles will star in the third season of Starz’s anthology drama “The Girlfriend Experience.”

Telles will play Iris, a young neuroscientist in the London tech scene who quickly learns that her client sessions as a high-end escort provide her with an edge in the tech world, and vice versa…until, that is, she begins to question whether her actions are driven by free will, or something else altogether.

Telles appeared as Whitney on Showtime’s “The Affair” and starred in Amy Sherman Palladino’s “Bunheads” that aired on ABC Family (which is now Freeform).

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The series is based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film of the same name. The first season starred Riley Keough, Paul Sparks and Mary Lynn Rajskub, while the second season starred Anna Friel, Louisa Krause, Narges Rashidi, Carmen Ejogo, Harmony Korine,
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The Milan Film Festival set to focus on cinema of change - Festivals / Awards - Italy

From 4-10 October, the Italian city will host the 24th edition of the event helmed by Gabriele Salvatores, with 7 titles screening in the International Feature Film Competition. New dates and a brand new setting are in the offing for the Milan Film Festival, which will be held from 4-10 October at The Space Cinema Odeon, with Gabriele Salvatores heading up artistic direction for the second year running, flanked by Alessandro Beretta. The twenty-fourth edition of the event will also be launching its new Industry section, which is scheduled to run from Saturday 5-Tuesday 8 October. The opening of this year’s Festival has been entrusted to the new stoner comedy by Harmony Korine, The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey, and two competitive sections are likewise in the line-up, namely the International Feature Film Competition, which comprises 7 first and second works set to be screened in Italian premieres, and the...
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Vincent Landay Partners With Eddy Moretti’s Unbranded Pictures

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Academy Award-nominated producer Vincent Landay is partnering with former Vice chief creative officer Eddy Moretti’s Unbranded Pictures in the hopes of building out a multimedia company, it was announced Wednesday.

Under Moretti and Landay’s leadership, Unbranded Pictures will develop, produce and finance original and engaging feature films and episodic television for global audiences. The duo recently collaborated to create Vice Studios.

“Vincent Landay ranks at the top of a rarefied list of creative, innovative, and accomplished producers, not just in Hollywood, but in the world of contemporary cinema. Full-stop,” Moretti said. “He has the rare ability to understand a director’s aesthetic, emotional and philosophical vision. He is an artist whisperer, a director’s accomplice and collaborator. He translates their wondrous ideas into a production solution tailored to bring their dreams to life. I look forward to this new storytelling adventure with Vincent. There could be no better
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‘Her’ Producer Vincent Landay Joins Eddy Moretti at Unbranded Pictures

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Oscar-nominated producer Vincent Landay has partnered with former Vice chief creative officer Eddy Moretti at Unbranded Pictures.

The duo previously collaborated to create Vice Studios, the scripted motion picture and production arm of Vice Media. Unbranded Pictures plans to develop, produce and finance original feature films and episodic television for global audiences.

Unbranded’s first feature film, “The Report,” opened at the Telluride Film Festival and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The political thriller is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and stars Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm. The film was developed, produced and financed by Unbranded Pictures and Vice Studios and will be released theatrically by Amazon Studios in November.

Landay received a best picture Academy Award nomination for Spike Jonze’s “Her.” His credits include Jonze’s features “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” He is
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‘It Chapter Two’ Star James Ransone Almost Quit Hollywood Before His Big Studio Breakout

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‘It Chapter Two’ Star James Ransone Almost Quit Hollywood Before His Big Studio Breakout
James Ransone isn’t taking it for granted. He’s not taking “It” for granted, either. While the long-time television actor and indie mainstay has been working in Hollywood for nearly two decades, his latest role in Andy Muschietti’s much-hyped “It Chapter Two” is his biggest gig yet. It almost didn’t happen, and not just because of good old-fashioned industry drama or scheduling issues, but because the Indie Spirit winner nearly left the business long before he could dig into a breakout 20 years in the making.

“I’ve just never been in a pop culture thing like this, I’ve never had a moment like this,” Ransone said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I didn’t know this thing was as big as it was, I had no idea it was going to be as massive as it was. It feels like some like hand of God,
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Matthew McConaughey’s New Job: Communications Professor

Matthew McConaughey’s New Job: Communications Professor
Matthew McConaughey has landed a surprising new role as the actor has signed on as a faculty professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication. The Oscar-winning actor will start in the Fall 2019 term with the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

McConaughey — who graduated with a film degree from Ut Austin in 1993 — has served as a visiting instructor since 2015, when he started co-teaching the “Script to Screen” course with director and faculty member Scott Rice. The Texas native and Austin resident also developed the course’s curriculum,
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Matthew McConaughey Is Now a Professor at Ut Austin

University of Texas students, meet your newest professor: Matthew McConaughey.

The Oscar-winning actor has been appointed as a professor of practice at Ut Austin’s Department of Radio-Television-Film, the university announced Wednesday. Those appointments are often bestowed on people who lack PhDs, but have the experience and skills to make up for it.

The appointment might seem out of left field, but McConaughey has actually been a visiting instructor at the school for four years.

He co-teaches and developed the curriculum for a class called “Script to Screen,” which provides students an insider’s look at every step of the film production process using real-life case studies — films starring McConaughey.

This semester, the class studied the Harmony Korine stoner comedy “The Beach Bum” and the upcoming Guy Ritchie-helmed crime comedy “The Gentleman.”

The reading list includes script drafts, shot lists, and storyboards. Students also get guidance on pitching and workshopping their own projects.
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Daisy Ridley Starrer ‘Ophelia’ Gets UK Distribution Deal With Blue Finch Film

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Exclusive: Sundance 2018 title Ophelia has been picked up for UK and Ireland distribution by Blue Finch Film Releasing.

U.S. sales outfit Covert struck the deal on the title, which was released by IFC in North America earlier this year. The UK deal was closed between Jim Harvey on behalf of Covert and Mike Chapman for Blue Finch.

A retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective, pic stars Daisy Ridley, Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, George MacKay and Tom Felton.

Claire McCarthy directs from Semi Chellas’ script, based on the novel by Lisa Klein. Producers are Daniel Bobker, Sarah Curtis, Ehren Kruger, and Paul Hanson in association with Freebury Productions Limited. Funding came from Ingenious Media and Bert Marcus Film.

Fledgling outfit Blue Finch plans to release the film later this year with a theatrical component. The distributor’s first theatrical title, Charming, is currently on release. Movies on
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Wme Signs Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey

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Breaking: Wme just signed Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning actor.

McConaughey had been at CAA, and his move follows the exit of his longtime agent Jim Toth, who left for a big job at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi in March. McConaughey won his Oscar for 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club, and his credits include Dazed and Confused, Magic Mike, Lincoln Lawyer, Mud, Killer Joe and the groundbreaking HBO limited series True Detective.

McConaughey next will be seen starring in the Guy Ritchie-directed The Gentlemen (fka Toff Guys), which Stx releases in January.

He has gone the indie route most recently, to mixed results, including the Harmony Korine-directed Beach Bum and Serenity. Recent screen turns also have included White Boy Rick and The Dark Tower.

As McConaughey figures out the next steps in his career, I hope he goes back and dusts off the edgy comedy The Grackle, a damn funny
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New to Streaming: Werner Herzog, ‘Amazing Grace,’ ‘True Stories,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack)

A time capsule that’s as fresh and powerful an experience as it must have been when recorded live in Watts in 1972, Amazing Grace is arguably one of the year’s most-anticipated films arriving after years of litigation and a fetal technical glitch that was resolved thanks to digital workflows. The film that exists, finished by producer Alan Elliot, bursts with intimacy and immediacy capturing a captivating and sublime performance by Aretha Franklin. In between the incredible artistry we discover and are introduced to several influences of Franklin’s including her father the minister and civil rights activist Cl Franklin who provides
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