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INTERVIEW: Barry Jenkins on being an active ally, who he’s influenced by and the ensemble of MOONLIGHT

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I recently sat down for a conversation with writer/director Barry Jenkins to talk about his extraordinary new film Moonlight. The film tells the story of a largely under-represented section of society – queer African-American males. In this interview, we discuss the film, what it means to be an active ally, his cinematic influences, and his incredible ensemble cast. READ: Review: ‘Moonlight’ ...

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‘Lion’ and ‘Moonlight’ Win 39th Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Awards

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The Weinstein Company’s LION and A24’s MOONLIGHT walked away with the top Audience Awards from the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival, which concluded last Sunday with the film LOVING. During the festival LION‘s Nicole Kidman was on hand to receive a tribute and present her film and MOONLIGHT director Barry Jenkins was on hand to present his film for the festival’s Director’s ...

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Annette Bening Tribute Set for AFI Fest, 20th Century Women to Screen

Annette Bening in 20th Century Women

Annette Bening is set to be feted at the AFI Fest on November 16th in a tribute that will also feature a screening of her newest film, and Oscar hopeful, 20th Century Women. The film, about a bohemian family in 1979 Santa Barbara, received high praise after its debut as the Centerpiece film of the New York Film Festival last week. ...

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New ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Featurette

Ang Lee, right, directs newcomer Joe Alwyn, left, in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

This new featurette for one of the most anticipated films of the fall, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, gives us new insight into director Ang Lee’s choice to film the movie in 3D, 4K and at 120 frames per second. Trying to create a revolutionary, completely immersive experience in a drama as opposed to a sci-fi blockbuster like we’re used ...

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2017 Oscars: 85 Countries Will Compete for the Foreign Language Film Oscar

From left; Neruda (Chile), The Salesman (Iran), Toni Erdmann (Germany), Land of Mine (Denmark) and Elle (France)

  LOS ANGELES, CA – Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®.  Yemen is a first-time entrant. This marks the 60th anniversary of the Foreign Language Film category. You can hop over to our Foreign Language Film submission watch list for more details like trivia, Oscar history per country, distributor ...

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Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner Character Posters for ‘Arrival,’ Plus TV Spots

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The marketing blitz for Paramount’s sci-fi drama Arrival, starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, is hitting full steam this week with two brand new character posters for each actor, a collection of the multiple TV spots for the film and culminating in the film opening the Mill Valley Film Festival last night with Adams in tow. The film also recently ...

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Natalie Portman is exquisite in the first trailer and poster for JACKIE

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The first teaser trailer for Pablo Larraín’s Jackie is here and it’s quite a moody, creepy piece. Set to the reprise of “Camelot” and shot in a standard aspect ratio and with Natalie Portman voiceover as First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the 1:40 teaser evoked Birth, starring Nicole Kidman, for me. It’s lush and spooky and intriguing all at once ...

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PATRIOTS DAY – Watch the Teaser Trailer

Mark Wahlberg stars in Patriots Day, will close AFI Fest

The first teaser trailer for Peter Berg’s Boston bombing drama Patriots Day, starring Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, is here and it’s chock-full of Americana from beginning to end. Set to the strains of the Star Spangled Banner, we see police sergeant Wahlberg kiss his wife goodbye in the morning not knowing what would be in store for him later that ...

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