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Indie Horror Month 2021: Under The Skin Still Gets Under Your Skin

Indie Horror Month 2021: Under The Skin Still Gets Under Your Skin
The little indie gem that I chose to discuss for Indie Horror Month is Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin (2014), starring Scarlett Johansson and based on the novel of the same name by Michel Faber. Although indie films, regardless of their genre, have existed for many decades, I truly believe that A24 has made their mark as the face of the modern indie film—especially the horror indie film. The company's fingerprints can be spotted on many of the indie horror films that we have deeply enjoyed for over nearly a decade now.

The VVitch (2015), Midsommar (2019), Hereditary (2018), It Comes at Night (2017), just to name a few, tell their stories in a way where the audience can read what is going on as either a slow-paced drama or a slow-paced horror story. If watched on just a surface level, A24 films have a reasonably understandable plotline. However, if the audience peels back that surface level,
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‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Author on the Liberties of Charlie Kaufman’s Wild Adaptation — Spoilers

‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Author on the Liberties of Charlie Kaufman’s Wild Adaptation — Spoilers
While this story contains big spoilers for Charlie Kaufman’s movie “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” it might not matter. It’s a tough movie to spell out, as it’s mostly internal and unfolds inside the characters’ heads, even as their environments grow to be an extension of them. Iain Reid’s page-turning novel from 2016, which provides the template for Kaufman’s film, is equally elliptical, and shimmies between many genres at once, including philosophical horror and existential absurdity.

While Kaufman’s novel deviates widely from Reid’s novel, the basic premise remains the same: A woman named Lucy (or is it Lucia? Louisa?), played by Jessie Buckley, is on a road trip with her new boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), whose isolated farmhouse is at the other end of a hastening blizzard. At the farmhouse, Buckley’s character’s grasp
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Silver Reel Beats A24 To The TV Rights To Jonathan Glazer’s Cult Sci-Fi Film ‘Under The Skin’

Silver Reel Beats A24 To The TV Rights To Jonathan Glazer’s Cult Sci-Fi Film ‘Under The Skin’
Exclusive: Film and TV financier Silver Reel has beaten studio A24 in a bidding war for the rights to make a television spin-off of British director Jonathan Glazer’s cult sci-fi feature Under The Skin.

The Silver Reel deal comes after the producer originally bankrolled the 2013 Scarlett Johansson movie alongside Film4 and the BFI, and brings to a head its protracted attempts to get a television series off the ground.

Silver Reel was involved in appointing administrators last year to wind up Under The Skin‘s production vehicle Seventh Kingdom Productions. Insolvency company Cork Gully was put in charge of selling Seventh Kingdom’s assets, including the TV rights.

Deadline reported in January that Silver Reel and A24 were both making rival bids for the rights, and late last month, Cork Gully awarded the TV and film assets to Silver Reel, according to company filings.

The financier bid £730,500 in cash
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Streaming: where to find Joan Didion gems

Streaming: where to find Joan Didion gems
The Us writer’s acerbic crispness is ill-served by a new adaptation of her 90s thriller The Last Thing He Wanted – but other Didion works are just waiting to be streamed…

There are certain novels that get widely branded by critics as “unfilmable” – usually only after someone has gone to the trouble of trying to film them. The term is rarely justified: even the most abstract and abstruse prose can translate to the screen with enough interpretive bravado and rich visual imagination. Still, it is more often attached to films that can fairly be regarded as failures, and it’s with a heavy heart that I add Dee Rees’s perplexing new adaptation of Joan Didion’s The Last Thing He Wanted to that list.

The second of Netflix’s fresh-from-Sundance titles to head to the streaming service – after the lower-profile but superior Horse Girl, discussed last week – was raked
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Under the Skin heading to the small screen with TV adaptation

Deadline is reporting that a bidding war is underway for a potential TV series adaptation of the 2013 sci-fi horror film Under the Skin, with the movie’s original financier Silver Reel and studio A24 said to be going “toe-to-toe” over the rights. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin was directed by […]

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‘Under The Skin’: A24 & Silver Reel In Bidding War For TV Rights To Jonathan Glazer’s Cult Sci-Fi Film

‘Under The Skin’: A24 & Silver Reel In Bidding War For TV Rights To Jonathan Glazer’s Cult Sci-Fi Film
Exclusive: A potential TV spin-off of British director Jonathan Glazer’s cult sci-fi feature Under The Skin has sparked a bidding war between the film’s original financier Silver Reel and studio A24.

Based on a novel by Michel Faber, Under The Skin was director Glazer’s first film in a decade when it landed in 2013, winning awards and critical acclaim for its story about an alien, played by Scarlett Johansson, who preys on men in Scotland. Now, seven years after its first release, a protracted discussion about a television series, and the demise of the company that produced the movie, has culminated in Silver Reel and A24 going toe-to-toe for the TV rights.

Under The Skin was made by Seventh Kingdom Productions, which counts Glazer and producer James Wilson among its directors. Silver Reel was involved in appointing administrators last year to carve up its assets — the equivalent of
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Toni Collette, Jessie Buckley & David Thewlis Join Charlie Kaufman’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things‘

Following his stop-motion animation Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman will return to the realm of live-action with I’m Thinking of Ending Things, an adaptation of Iain Reid’s hit novel. As production begins on the psychological thriller, Netflix has now announced the final cast which has a switch-up.

While Jesse Plemons is still on board, Brie Larson has been replaced by Jessie Buckley, who broke out in last year’s Beast. Also joining the cast is Toni Collette and David Thewlis. The story is told from Buckley’s perspective as she goes on a road trip with her boyfriend Jake but secretly harbors the idea of breaking up with him. In perhaps the most exciting update, the film will be shot by Cold War and Ida cinematographer Łukasz Żal.

Having just read the book, one imagines that Collette and Thewlis will play Jake’s parents. If Kaufman faithfully adapts the twisty novel,
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Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s great big quiz of the year

Put your trivia knowledge – and your knowledge of Delaney and Horgan’s show Catastrophe – to the test

This year Teen Vogue published an article with which of the following titles?

Who is Karl Marx: Meet the Anti-Capitalist Scholar

Meet Hannah Arendt: Queen Who Coined 'The Banality of Evil'

Here’s William Moulton Marston: Wonder Woman’s Polyamorous Dad

Dario Antiseri: The Link Between Fallibilism and Hermeneutics

What awful facial adornment did Ted Cruz debut in late 2018?

A beard

A nose ring

Noticeably whitened teeth

A spider tattoo

What did the pope tell Juan Carlos Cruz, a gay man, this year?

'God loves you like this'

'God hates you'

'God can cure you'

'I like your hair'

What did Rudy Giuliani accuse Twitter of this year?

Reducing the number of his followers

Shadow-banning his associates

Allowing his account to be hacked

Deliberately holding back the edit button

Which
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Brie Larson Set To Star in Charlie Kaufman's Netflix Film I'm Thinking Of Ending Things

Captain Marvel star Brie Larson is set to star in the new Charlie Kaufman Netflix film I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

The film is based on Iain Reid’s 2016 novel, and the plot centers on Jake, “who is on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm with his girlfriend (Larson), who is thinking of ending things. When Jake makes an unexpected detour leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty and sheer terror ensues.”

That sounds like it will make for an interesting film that is right up Kaufman’s ally. It will be interesting to see how he implements his quirky style and humor into the film.

Here’s a more detailed description of the story from the book:

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

Jake once said,
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The Miniaturist review

Aliya Whiteley Dec 27, 2017

Spoilers ahead in or review of BBC One's sumptuous Christmas drama, The Miniaturist...

This review contains spoilers.

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Boxing Day evening has become a strong slot to kick off dark BBC drama, with two excellent Agatha Christie adaptations being shown in recent years that have relished in the kind of misdeeds that suit the post-gift comedown. This year we had a break from the golden era of crime for something contemporary: Jessie Burton’s bestselling novel The Miniaturist, published in 2014, adapted for the screen by John Brownlow. Still firmly in the realm of mystery, this was not about murder, but offered a very intriguing set of puzzles to be solved - although the answer were, perhaps, less suited to the screen than the page.

Some elements were a gift to the eyes: seventeenth century Amsterdam brings to mind the paintings of masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer,
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Amazon open to smaller indie pitches in UK

SVoD service is keen for smaller UK TV indies to pitch ideas.

Amazon Prime Video is opening its doors to smaller UK indies and “boutique” producers as part of the next stage of growth.

The SVoD service is keen for fledgling producers and filmmakers to pitch projects to sit alongside ideas from high-end, Hollywood-backed firms.

Head of international originals Morgan Wandell told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast: “We are very open. Sometimes, the most original voices and distinctive filmmakers come from boutiques or the independent film world. We love that kind of talent.”

Last month, the digital streaming service ordered Le Mans: Racing Is Everything from New Black Films.

The series, commissioned by head of unscripted Conrad Riggs, tells the story of the gruelling 24-hour race, which was founded in 1923.

The indie, run by Senna line producer Victoria Gregory and director James Erskine, is one of the first British producers to win a factual commission from Amazon
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Ranking Amazon's 2017 Spring Pilots: The Good, the Bad and the Genuinely Wtf

Ranking Amazon's 2017 Spring Pilots: The Good, the Bad and the Genuinely Wtf
Another season, another batch of Amazon pilots – it's the gift that keeps on giving. In the spirit of a true democracy (feel free to add your own cynical popular-vote joke here), the streaming service will offer up a number of first episodes for maybe-possibly future shows. The audience gets to decide what series should get full orders. You may get the next Transparent; you may get a burning pile of trash. Regardless, it's the viewer who gives these would-be TV classics the thumbs up, thumbs down, or sideways-thumbs-across-the-throat gesture. You
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best
Amazon released five new pilots on Friday, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “The Legend of Master Legend,” “Budding Prospects,” “The New V.I.P.’s,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Oasis” make up the 2017 Amazon pilot season. Some are good, some are bad, but the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read our reviews below to get a little insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

The Legend of Master Legend

John Hawkes can’t catch a break. When he nabbed the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot — Charlie Kaufman — it didn’t get picked up. He landed an Oscar nomination for “The Sessions,” but his follow-ups have meant diddly-squat comparatively. Sure, he stole a few scenes in “Lincoln” and got to take part in Amy Schumer’s amazing sketch,
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Amazon Pilots: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ‘Gilmore Girls’ Follow-Up and a ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Goes to Space

Amazon is delivering some prime content (see what we did there?) for its spring season of pilots.

On March 17, the streaming service will launch its new pilot season, which will consist of two hourlong pilots and three half-hour pilots. Amazon claims that after watching the pilots, its customers can review them, which offers feedback on which series will become the next Amazon Original Series.

Read More: Amazon Pilot Reviews: ‘The Tick,’ Jillo Soloway’s ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Ranked

Check out first-look photos and a rundown of each of the pilots below:

Oasis

Good-bye, Robb Stark. Hello, space chaplain! “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden trades his winter furs for a clerical collar to play an English pastor who must leave his wife and become a missionary, based on the Michel Faber sci-fi novel “The Book of Strange New Things.” Instead of being sent to a new country though,
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'Bridge Of Spies' writer to adapt spy novel 'M: Maxwell Knight' for TV

'Bridge Of Spies' writer to adapt spy novel 'M: Maxwell Knight' for TV
Forthcoming novel chronicles real life story of the man who was the inspiration for the character M in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.

Poldark producer Mammoth Screen is to adapt Henry Hemming’s upcoming non-fiction book M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster.

The ITV-owned indie optioned the rights to the spy book from Gemma Hirst Associates on behalf of the Jonathan Conway Literary Agency.

Bridge Of Spies writer Matt Charman is adapting the book as a series and the deal includes the option for two further projects.

M tells the story of MI5’s Maxwell Knight, a spymaster who helped break up British fascism during the Second World War.

The character is the inspiration of the agent in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, most recently played on screen by Judi Dench in films including Quantum Of Solace and Ralph Fiennes in Spectre.

The book will be published Preface in the UK on 4 May and by
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How Does ‘Jackie’ Composer Micachu Fit Into the Brief History of Women in the Best Original Score Category?

Micachu (Courtesy: Daniel Bergeron Photography)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

When it comes to the world of composing for films, it’s most definitely a man’s world — but this year there’s one woman who is a part of the conversation: Mica Levi, a.k.a. Micachu. Let’s get to know the 29-year-old talent that is garnering Oscar attention this year for working on Jackie and see where this talent fits into Academy Awards history.

Micachu, the daughter of two musicians who began writing and playing music at the age of four, is an English multihyphenate — singer, songwriter, composer, and producer — best known for creating experimental music in the band Micachu & The Shapes. The Surrey native has released six mixtapes, six albums (two of which were soundtracks — more on those later), and, while at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, even wrote an orchestral piece for the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations

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'The Crown' producer lifts lid on Netflix, Amazon collaborations
Pilot for upcoming Amazon sci-fi costs $15m.

Left Bank Pictures CEO Andy Harries has lifted the lid on what it is like working with Netflix, the famously secretive online giant which fully-financed the company’s £100m series about the royal family, The Crown.

During a Screen Film Summit session about high-end TV, Harries described the Svod service as “the most supportive and hands-off – while also being available – partner I have ever worked with.”

However, even after Netflix committed to the show during its first meeting with Harries, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry, it will not disclose to the producer how the series has performed on the service.

“We absolutely don’t know how it’s doing,” he admitted. “We have no indication on how it has done. I’m not sure they will ever tell us. I’ve asked them. We’ll have to wait to see its next trading results to maybe get a sense
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Amazon’s ‘Book of Strange New Things’ Pilot Casts Anil Kapoor

Amazon’s ‘Book of Strange New Things’ Pilot Casts Anil Kapoor
Bollywood legend Anil Kapoor has been cast in the pilot for Amazon’s adaptation of “The Book of Strange New Things.” Based on the cult novel by Michel Faber, “Book of Strange New Things” concerns a priest who is sent into space to help form a new colony but instead winds up making some unpleasant, even terrifying discoveries. Kapoor will play Vikram Danesh, leader of the Oasis base visited by the priest. To American audiences, Kapoor is best known for playing the game show host in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire.” He was also seen on Season 8 of the Fox political thriller.
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Anil Kapoor Joins Amazon Pilot Based On ‘Book Of Strange New Things’

Renowned Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, 24) has been tapped for a key role in Amazon's upcoming sci-fi drama pilot based on Michel Faber's cult hit book The Book of Strange New Things. Kapoor will play Vikram Danesh, the authoritative head of the base on Oasis, joining previously announced Richard Madden and Haley Joel Osment. The still untitled TV adaptation follows a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends…
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TVLine Items: Dirk Gently Renewed, Showtime's Twin Peaks Binge and More

BBC America is keeping things weird: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will return for a second season.

The network announced Monday it’s renewing the surreal mystery series, which stars Samuel Barnett as the titular detective and Elijah Wood as his reluctant sidekick. Dirk‘s freshman season wraps up Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Showtime will make the first two seasons of the cult ’90s hit Twin Peaks available for binge-watching starting Monday, Dec. 26, via its streaming service, on-demand and the Showtime Anytime app. This will serve as a warm-up for
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