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Aubrey Plaza Returning as Indie Spirit Awards Host

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Aubrey Plaza Returning as Indie Spirit Awards Host
Aubrey Plaza will return to the white tent on Santa Monica beach to host the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the second consecutive year.

Now in its 35th year, the ceremony honoring the year’s best independent cinema will be held on Feb. 8. The 2020 celebration will broadcast live on IFC.

“Like all great independent film performances, this one deserves a sequel,” Plaza said in a statement. “The people have spoken. Bow down to your host!”

Film Independent president Josh Welsh added, “At a time when the world is so bitterly divided and civil discourse is almost impossible, it’s nice we can all agree that Aubrey Plaza is the greatest host in the history of hosting. We are thrilled to have her back. Today is also the last day to join Film Independent as a member to get access to the nominated films and vote on the winners.”

Past Spirit
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Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott & Tiffany Haddish Lead Cast In Pic ‘On The Count Of Three’ For Valparaiso & Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment

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Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott & Tiffany Haddish Lead Cast In Pic ‘On The Count Of Three’ For Valparaiso & Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment
Exclusive: Lensing has begun in Ottawa, Canada on actor-comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s (The Carmichael Show) under-the-radar movie directorial debut On The Count of Three, in which he is starring alongside Christopher Abbott (Girls), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Henry Winkler (Arrested Development), J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Lavell Crawford (Breaking Bad).

Valparaiso Pictures is producing the darkly comedic thriller with Roseanne and The Conners producer Tom Werner’s Werner Entertainment. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Script comes from Ramy co-creators Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch. Producers are Werner and Jake Densen of Werner Entertainment, David Carrico and Adam Paulsen at Valparaiso Pictures and Carmichael and Jimmy Price. Christopher Storer is executive producer. UTA Independent Film Group is handling U.S. sales.

The project marks a rare foray into movies for veteran TV exec Werner, also well known for The Cosby Show and 3rd Rock From The Sun, as
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‘Waves’: Why Taylor Russell Is One of Oscar Season’s Biggest Revelations

‘Waves’: Why Taylor Russell Is One of Oscar Season’s Biggest Revelations
Taylor Russell is the first person you see in Trey Edward Shults’ devastating family drama, “Waves,” as her character, Emily, glides across the hot pavement of a quiet stretch of suburban Florida road on her trusty bike. You’ll be forgiven if you forget that part soon enough, as Shults pushes outward to introduce Emily’s vibrant big brother Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and his pals as they careen along a sun-drenched highway, music blaring and camera spinning. As the pulse-pounding first half of the film unfolds, it’s Tyler that consumes most of it, cast as a high school wrestler undone by familial pressures, a lingering injury, and a future very much in flux.

And yet Emily is always there, too, drifting in and out of scenes at home and high school. Eventually, Tyler’s dramas overtake the rest of the family, including father Ronald (Sterling K. Brown) and
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2020 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Brandon Cronenberg, Lila Neugebauer, Dave Franco, Josephine Decker

The Owners

French television director Julius Berg moved into feature filmmaking with Game of Thrones Maisie Williams toplining the English language tale about a group of friends who plot a burglary that spirals out of control.

Prediction: Midnight

Possessor

Production on Brandon Cronenberg‘s sophomore film took place in the first quarter of 2019 (Antiviral – Cannes 2012) in Toronto. He landed Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott for a project featuring the revolves around Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a secretive organization who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of high-paying clients.…
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2020 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Lawrence Michael Levine, Malik Vitthal & Michael Dowse

Black Bear

Gabi on the Roof in July (2010) and 2014’s Wild Canaries (review) filmmaker Lawrence Michael Levine landed the likes of Sarah Gadon, Aubrey Plaza and Christopher Abbott for an Adirondacks shoot this past July. His fourth feature centers on an expecting couple (Gadon and Abbott) who are confronted with an out-of-town guest Abigail (Plaza), a filmmaker suffering from writer’s block who seeks solace in the woods but finds herself at the center of a twisted love triangle. Significant other in filmmaker Sophia Takal (Black Christmas) is a producer on the pic.

Prediction: Midnight

Bliss

Dabbling once again in sci-fi elements, Another Earth (2011) and I Origins (2014) helmer Mike Cahill took on some television projects in the interim before taking off to Croatia (and backyard Los Angeles) for an Amazon Studios backed project with the likes of Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper and Owen Wilson.…
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Aubrey Plaza Joins Michael Caine In ‘Best Sellers’

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Aubrey Plaza Joins Michael Caine In ‘Best Sellers’
Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza is joining Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine in Lina Roessler’s feature directorial debut Best Sellers.

The story follows a has-been author, played by Caine, who is on a wild book tour with a young editor, Plaza, trying to save her father’s boutique publishing house. Caine’s miserable and sharp-witted author just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar, and his orange Tabby cat, but Plaza’s hopeful editor pulls him out of his reclusion.

The project is based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, and will be an official Canada-uk co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes (Braid), Cassian Elwes, Petr Jákl and Wayne Marc Godfrey on the UK side and Jonathan Vanger (Wishing Tree Productions: Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even on the Canadian side. EPs include Martin Barab, Jere Hausfater, and Mark Damon. Adam Goldworm is also an Executive Producer

Foresight Unlimited handled foreign sales, while Elwes will handle the domestic sale. Cameras roll this month.

Roessler is a Canadian actor, writer and director. Her previous short films Little Whispers: The Vow and Winter have won several awards and screened at prestigious festivals around the globe. Her feature script, The Rescuer, recently placed in top selections across a number of Canadian competitions and is one of ten scripts selected to partake in the 2019 Tiff Writers’ Studio.

Plaza recently wrapped production on the feature, Black Bear, a suspenseful meta-drama, which she produced and stars in opposite Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. Also upcoming for Plaza is the Netflix feature Hope from New Zealand duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami. The Parks and Recreation actress’ other feature film credits include: this past summer’s Child’s Play, Matt Spicer’s critically acclaimed, Ingrid Goes West (which she produced and received a 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature), Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours (also producer), Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Judd Apatow’s Funny People, among others. On television, Plaza most recently starred in Noah Hawley’s Legion on FX. Additionally, she hosted the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Plaza is repped by CAA, Mgmt Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham Llp.
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Arclight Films boards world sales for Afm on thriller 'Let It Snow' (exclusive)

Gary Hamilton sets debut market screenings.

Arclight Films has boarded as worldwide sales agent on the thriller Let It Snow starring Ivanna Sakhno, Alex Hafner, and Tinatin Dalakishvili (Abigail).

Chairman and CEO Gary Hamilton and his team will launch sales at Afm next week and has set debut market screenings for the feature directorial debut by Stanislav Kapralov from a screenplay he wrote with Omri Rose.

Let It Snow follows Mia, a free-spirited snowboarder who gets separated from her fiancé after sneaking onto a restricted slope and must not only survive against nature, but a masked snowmobile rider in black out for blood.
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‘The Grudge’ Director Nicolas Pesce Says 2020 Film ‘Way More F*cked Up’ Than J-Horror

‘The Grudge’ Director Nicolas Pesce Says 2020 Film ‘Way More F*cked Up’ Than J-Horror
After making his mark on indie horror with his 2016 feature directorial debut “The Eyes of My Mother,” director Nicolas Pesce is going studio for the first time with Sony’s 2020 horror release “The Grudge.” The movie, also written by Pesce, is based on Takashi Shimizu’s 2003 Japanese horror film “Ju-On,” which inspired a 2004 English-language remake directed by Shimizu and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Unlike Gellar’s PG-13 rated horror film, Pesce and Sony are going with a hard R rating for “The Grudge” this time around, which should be welcoming news for fans of Pesce’s grisly and disturbing “The Eyes of My Mother.”

When asked at New York Comic Con how his “Grudge” would be different from all the previous movies in the franchise (the 2004 movie spawned two sequels), Pesce promised Sony’s openness to an R rating would result in the most disturbing “Grudge” yet. “The movie’s way more fucked up,
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Aubrey Plaza to star in Netflix comedy feature Hope

Aubrey Plaza has signed on to star in the cast of Hope, a comedy set up at Netflix which is being directed by Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami, the filmmaking and acting duo behind the 2018 New Zealand comedy The Breaker Upperers.

Plot details on Hope are being kept under wraps, but the script is being written by Karen McCullah and Kristen ‘Kiwi’ Smith, whose credits include 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s the Man and Legally Blonde. The duo are also currently working on the script for the recently announced Spice Girls animated movie.

Plaza was last seen on the big screen in the Child’s Play remake, and also starred in FX’s Marvel series Legion which finished up its run this month after three seasons. She recently completed filming on the suspense thriller Black Bear, where she stars alongside Christopher Abbott (Catch-22) and Sarah Gadon (True Detective
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Aubrey Plaza Feature Comedy ‘Hope’ Set At Netflix With Jackie van Beek & Madeleine Sami Directing

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Aubrey Plaza Feature Comedy ‘Hope’ Set At Netflix With Jackie van Beek & Madeleine Sami Directing
Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza will star in the Netflix movie Hope, directed by New Zealand duo Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.

Hope, whose plotline is under wraps, marks the second feature to be directed by van Beek and Sami following their female-driven comedy The Breaker Upperers, which they also co-wrote and starred in. That pic, which was produced by Taika Waititi’s company Piki Films, premiered on Netflix in February. The Breaker Upperers made its world premiere at SXSW in March 2018.

Writing Hope is comedy screenwriting duo Karen McCullah & Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, who were behind such comedies as Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth and She’s the Man. They will serve as EPs with Adam Wagner. Smith and McCullah are writing the Spice Girls movie for Paramount Animation and an original live-action pitch for Paramount with Todd Garner producing called Party

Smith
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‘Bosch’: Julie Ann Emery To Recur In Season 6 Of Amazon Series

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‘Bosch’: Julie Ann Emery To Recur In Season 6 Of Amazon Series
Exclusive: Better Call Saul alumna Julie Ann Emery is set for a recurring role on the upcoming sixth season of Amazon’s Bosch.

Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, Bosch stars Titus Welliver as homicide Detective Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets, Madison Lintz as Maddie Bosch and Lance Reddickas Deputy Chief Irvin Irving.

Emery will play Sylvia Reece, one of the FBI agents brought in to investigate a murder on Bosch’s turf.

Developed for television by The Wire alum and co-showrunner Eric Overmyer, Bosch is executive produced also by Connelly, the other co-showrunner Daniel Pyne, Fabrik Entertainment CEO Henrik Bastin, Henrik Pabst, President of Red Arrow Studios International, as well as Pieter Jan Brugge, John Mankiewicz, Jan David Frouman and Elle Johnson.

Emery is best known for her breakout role as Betsy Kettleman in AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
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Aubrey Plaza & Sarah Gadon Take on Psychological Thriller Black Bear

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Productivity Media Inc and Oakhurst Entertainment announced today that Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon are set to join the cast of the upcoming thriller Black Bear, directed by Lawrence Michael Levine.&#160 Penned by Levine, the film will be produced by Tandem Pictures' Julie Christeas and Jonathan Blitstein, Richard J Bosner (Blue Creek Pictures), Sophia Takal and Oakhurst's Marina Grasic and Jai Khanna. Productivity will finance the film.&#160 Shooting is underway in the Adirondack Mountains in Long Lake, NY.

Black Bear is a suspenseful meta-drama. An expecting couple (Sarah Gadon & Christopher Abbott) is confronted with an out of town guest Abigail (Plaza), a filmmaker suffering from writer's block who seeks solace in the woods but finds herself at the center of a twisted love triangle. &#160Black Bear explores those parts of ourselves we are most afraid of. Said Lawrence Michael Levine.

"Black Bear is a thriller that
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Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon join Black Bear

Aubrey Plaza (Child’s Play), Christopher Abbott (Catch-22) and Sarah Gadon (True Detective) have been cast in Black Bear, a new thriller from director Lawrence Michael Levine.

The film sees Abbott and Gadon as “an expecting couple who are confronted with an out-of-town guest Abigail (Plaza), a filmmaker suffering from writer’s block who seeks solace in the woods but finds herself at the center of a twisted love triangle.”

Black Bear is a thriller that depicts broken characters wrestling with a seemingly shattered world that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats” states Levine. “I am thrilled to have such a talented trio of actors on board.”

Via Deadline

The post Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon join Black Bear appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ Returns for 40th Anniversary

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Film News Roundup: ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ Returns for 40th Anniversary
In today’s film news roundup, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” comes back, Aubrey Plaza gets cast in a thriller and the Ruderman Family Foundation honors two series and two movies.

Re-release

Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures have scheduled 40th anniversary showings of “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” on Sept. 15 and 18.

It’s the first nationwide cinema release since the film premiered in December, 1979. The presentation will also feature the behind-the-scenes documentary short “The Longest Trek: Writing the Motion Picture.”

Robert Wise directed “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” which became the fourth highest grossing film of the year and earned Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Music, Original Score. It starred William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan.

“’Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ is a visual marvel and a film that even many ardent ‘Star Trek
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Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott & Sarah Gadon To Star In ‘Black Bear’ Thriller From Lawrence Michael Levine

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Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott & Sarah Gadon To Star In ‘Black Bear’ Thriller From Lawrence Michael Levine
Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, and Sarah Gadon are set to star in Black Bear, suspenseful meta-drama written and directed by Lawrence Michael Levine. Currently shooting in the Adirondack Mountains in Long Lake, NY, the film hails from Productivity Media and Oakhurst Entertainment.

Productivity is financing the project, which Oakhurst’s Marina Grasic and Jai Khanna are producing with Julie Christeas and Jonathan Blitstein of Tandem Pictures, Richard J Bosner of Blue Creek Pictures, and Sophia Takal.

The thriller centers on an expecting couple (played by Gadon and Abbott) who is confronted with an out of town guest Abigail (Plaza), a filmmaker suffering from writer’s block who seeks solace in the woods but finds herself at the center of a twisted love triangle.

Black Bear is a thriller that depicts broken characters wrestling with a seemingly shattered world that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. I
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TV Review – Catch-22 Episode 5

Matt Smith reviews the fifth episode of Catch-22

If the previous weeks are anything to go by, Catch-22 is a show that loves to play with different tones while trying to keep the feeling of the series under the umbrella of cynicism.

Episode five is another example of this tonal shift and juxtaposes nicely with the previous episodes overly positive outlook (forgetting the horrible last five minutes). This week’s episode features arguably the darkest part of Joseph Heller’s novel, wherein Yossarian is just trying to ensure one thing is right amongst a plethora of wrongs. It is here that Yossarian is probably most pitiful and Christopher Abbott shows us a man who has never been as lost.

The hopelessness and apathy outweigh any laughs in this episode. This word, ‘feeling’, being much more at the forefront than in previous episodes as Yo-Yo is swept along on a tour of Hell.
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Emmy Predictions for Limited Series and Movies: Dark Subjects and Big Movie Stars Dominate the Categories

Emmy Predictions for Limited Series and Movies: Dark Subjects and Big Movie Stars Dominate the Categories
The pendulum swings in the Emmys limited-series and television-movie categories, which were merged for three years beginning in 2011 because there weren’t enough limited series to fill out their own category. These days, though, there are more limited series than TV movies competing for Emmys, and the heat is all on the side of the multi-part dramas that tend to attract top-drawer talent both in front of and behind the cameras.

It wouldn’t be surprising to find no more than one or two TV-movie actors nominated in the four acting categories in which limited series and movie performances go head-to-head. And you can expect to find lots of Academy Award winners and big movie stars competing for Emmys in these categories, because potential nominees include Sam Rockwell, Patricia Arquette, Mahershala Ali, Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Amy Adams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Williams and Benicio Del Toro.

Outstanding Limited Series

Timing
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TV Review – Catch-22 Episode 2

Matt Smith reviews the second episode of Catch-22

After last week’s tone setting but emotionally bereft first episode, Catch-22 felt like it needed to hit the ground running if it wanted to maintain an audience. There is so much on television and on streaming sites that something that is slow off the mark these days is, unfortunately, more likely to fall than if this were a few decades ago.

This second episode does bring a few extra laughs than before as well as more emotional connections as the characters reveal more about themselves. This series will find a home with viewers who have a liking for low-key humour, such as the mind-twisting explanation of both the series title and the quandary many of the characters find themselves in.

The one simultaneously well-publicised and eye-catching piece of casting, George Clooney as Lieutenant Scheisskopf, was a cartoon character of a performance.
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George Clooney to Direct and Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ at Netflix

George Clooney to Direct and Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ at Netflix
George Clooney has found his next feature film to both direct and star in. Clooney is currently in pre-production on an untitled film based on the sci-fi novel “Good Morning, Midnight” for Netflix, the streamer announced Monday.

This is Clooney’s first film acting role since 2016 starring in “Money Monster” and his first directorial project since 2017’s “Suburbicon.” Clooney will also produce with Grant Heslov for Smokehouse Pictures and will do so alongside Anonymous Content and Syndicate Entertainment, which originally sourced the novel.

Production is set to begin on the film in October. Mark L. Smith wrote the screenplay adapting the novel “Good Morning, Midnight.”

Also Read: George Clooney Launches PSA Combating All the 'Dumbf--ery' He Sees (Video)

Brooks-Dalton’s novel “Good Morning, Midnight” is a post-apocalyptic tale about the parallel stories of Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to make contact with the crew
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TV tonight: George Clooney brings Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 to the small screen

  • The Guardian - TV News
Uplifting comedy and existential crisis in this fine adaptation of the 1961 Us novel. Plus: the troubles facing Philip Green’s Topshop. Here’s what to watch this evening

The comedy in Luke Davies and David Michôd’s fine adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 American novel does a good job of leavening the existential crisis faced by Us Air Force bombardier John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott). He is a man desperate to get out of combat duty, who finds himself trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare. Disappointingly, director and producer George Clooney seems miscast in the role of Lieutenant Scheisskopf. Mike Bradley
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