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‘The Reason I Jump’ Autism Movie in Development at Paul Allen’s Vulcan

‘The Reason I Jump’ Autism Movie in Development at Paul Allen’s Vulcan
Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions is developing Naoki Higashida’s bestseller “The Reason I Jump” as a documentary about autism, Variety has learned exclusively.

The book was written in 2005 by Higashida, who was 13 at the time, and published in Japan in 2007. The English translation was published in 2013. Higashida wrote the book to help communicate his own needs and thoughts to his family, and shine a light for other autistic individuals around the world. Most of the memoir is told through 58 questions Higashida and other people dealing with autism are commonly asked.

The film is presented by Vulcan Productions, the British Film Institute, the Idea Room, MetFilm Production, and Runaway Fridge. The producers include Stevie Lee, Jeremy Dear, and Al Morrow. Allen is an executive producer along with Carole Tomko, Jannat Gargi, and Rocky Collins.

The film, announced on Wednesday, is in production and part of a larger effort from Vulcan Productions to spotlight various issues,
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Disney CEO Talks Streaming Plans, #MeToo, James Gunn, Roseanne Barr, & Deadpool As An Avenger?

Disney is the resident behemoth in Hollywood. The company not only owns and distributes three of the biggest entertainment franchises in history, they also have a pretty solid selection of their own homegrown films, with the animated and recent live-action films topping the box office. Then in a startling case of the rich getting richer, they recent swooped in and bought one of their biggest competitors, Fox, which has a library of films and TV shows that is only rivaled by Disney itself.

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‘The Oath’ Red Band Trailer: Probably The Most F-Bombs At Thanksgiving Dinner You’ve Ever Seen

There are usually two topics that families like to avoid during the holidays — politics and religion. This can be especially true during politically divisive times. While there are instances where these topics of conversation can’t be avoided, usually things don’t get too out of control.

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Until you have to spend Thanksgiving with family members that lie on the opposite side of the political spectrum, during a time that the President asks the citizens of the nation to sign a loyalty oath, and two government agents show up.

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‘Doctor Who’ Trailer: The First Female Doctor Is Here, and She’s Glorious — Watch

‘Doctor Who’ Trailer: The First Female Doctor Is Here, and She’s Glorious — Watch
The news that Jodie Whittaker would be taking on the role of the 13th Doctor has been out for some time, but every new glimpse of her take on the iconic role seems to prove that gender has nothing to do with adventures through space and time.

Season 11 will be a fresh start for the series, bringing in not just Whittaker but incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall (succeeding Steven Moffat in the role) and a whole new cast. In the new trailer released below, we get glimpses of action, explosions, monsters, and the Doctor’s new companions, who have no problem pointing out who exactly is in charge.

Along with the trailer, the BBC released official descriptions for the first two episodes of the season, as follows:

Episode One – The Woman Who Fell To Earth – Sunday, October 7th

“We don’t get aliens in Sheffield.” In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair,
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‘Star Wars’ To Experience A “Slowdown” In The Production Of Films After ‘Solo’ Disappointment

It must be difficult owning the two biggest franchises in the world, huh? Well, if you’re Disney and you own both Marvel and “Star Wars,” you have to be thinking that right about now. As Marvel Studios continues its record-breaking dominance of the box office, “Star Wars” is starting to show signs of vulnerability. And the main culprit of this is frequency. And in a new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, it’s that frequency that seems to work for one and definitely not the other.

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How Donald Trump Could Help Michael Moore Return as the King of Documentary Box Office

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” (Briarcliff Entertainment) opens Friday in over 1,700 theaters. The release comes in a year that has seen three documentaries gross over $10 million: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “Rbg,” and “Three Identical Strangers.” But those successes pale against Moore’s: Three of his films grossed over $30 million at 2018 ticket prices, with “Fahrenheit 9/11” at a staggering $178 million.

As always, Moore is his film’s marketing campaign; he’s gambling that he can recreate the appeal of “Bowling For Columbine” and “9/11″after a decade of seeing his films face declining results. His biggest hits came in the early George W. Bush years, when he was positioned as part of the resistance. (His last two documentaries came while Obama was president.) His last film, “Where To Invade Next,” grossed just $3.8 million in February 2016 — but that was months before anyone took Donald Trump seriously.

This cycle works both ways. Moore
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Toronto: Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

Below you will find an index of our coverage from the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) in 2018, as well as our favorite films.Top Picksdaniel KASMANFeatures:1. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (Roberto Minervini)2. High Life (Claire Denis)3. Monrovia, Indiana (Frederick Wiseman)4. Green Book (Peter Farrelly)5. aKasha (hajooj kuka)6. Rojo (Benjamin Naishtat)7. Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)8. Belmonte (Federico Veiroj)9. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)10. Hidden Man (Jiang Wen)Shorts:1. Blue (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)2. Arena (Björn Kämmerer)3. Polly One (Kevin Jerome Everson)4. Colophon (Nathaniel Dorsky)5. Please step out of the frame. (Karissa Hahn)6. Wall Unwalled (Lawrence Abu Hamdan)7. Ada Kaleh (Helena Wittmann)8. Alitplano (Malena Szlam)9. Norman Norman (Sophy Romvari)10. Hoarders without Borders, 1.0 (Jodie Mack)Kelley DONG1. "I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians" (Radu Jude)2. High Life (Claire Denis)3. Our Time (Carlos Reygadas)4. Our Body (Han Ka-Ram)5. A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper
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‘Big Mouth’ Season 2 Trailer: Netflix’s Filthy Animated High Schoolers Are About to Get Even More Nsfw

Netflix’s “Big Mouth” was named one of IndieWire’s best new shows of 2017, which means anticipation is high for the animated series’ return this October. Created by and featuring the voices of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, “Big Mouth” follows a group of high school students as they navigate the wild world of puberty.

Cast members Kroll, Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, and Jessi Klein are all returning for the 10-episode second season. New addictions to the voice cast in season 2 include Gina Rodriguez as Gina, the first girl at the middle school who has developed breasts, and David Thewlis as the Hormone Monster’s mortal enemy, The Shame Wizard.

Big Mouth” Season 2 will be available to stream October 5 on Netlifx. Watch the official trailer below.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Official Trailer: Barry Jenkins Returns With an Acclaimed James Baldwin Romance

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Official Trailer: Barry Jenkins Returns With an Acclaimed James Baldwin Romance
Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” world premiered to universal acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and now Annapurna has debuted gorgeous new footage courtesy of the drama’s official trailer. “Beale Street” is Jenkins’ first directorial effort since “Moonlight” won him screenplay honors and best picture at the 2017 Oscars. The film is adapted from James Baldwin’s novel of the same name.

“Beale Street” stars newcomer Kiki Layne as Clementine “Tish” Rivers, a young woman who fights to exonerate her imprisoned boyfriend after he is wrongfully accused of rape. The pressure to get Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephen James) out of jail becomes heightened after Tish discovers she is pregnant. The supporting cast includes Regina King, Teyonah Parris, and Brian Tyree Henry.

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn hailed “Beale Street” as a “masterful poetic romance” in his A- review out of Tiff. The drama is one
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Trailer: Barry Jenkins Returns With A Festival Winner

With a stellar writer and director attached to its name and a glowingly-received and sold-out reception at the Toronto International Film Festival (apparently one of the runners-up of the coveted Audience Award), “If Beale Street Could Talk” is poised for further awards-season acclaim. The film is based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin and directed by Barry Jenkins who is fresh off the Oscar stage and, it seems, ready to step right back on.

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How Self-Distributed ‘Thunder Road’ Made Its Money Back in One Week

How Self-Distributed ‘Thunder Road’ Made Its Money Back in One Week
After winning the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival, director and star Jim Cummings was underwhelmed by the distribution offers he received. For a film based on a short that won Sundance in 2016 and cost $200,000 to make, Cummings was looking at offers that required him to hand over global rights for $100,000.

However, “Thunder Road” was one of the three 2018 films to receive a Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship grant of $33,333. This was earmarked for the cost of self-distribution, while also gaining access to the Sundance Institute’s expertise and connections to explore the still-uncharted territory of self-distribution. In exchange, filmmakers agree to be completely transparent, sharing their data and experiences to create a Sundance case study.

“Sundance encouraged us to try all these different things a smaller distributor would have never done,” said Cummings. “It’s been a total learning experience — some things I never would have guessed would work have,
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Tribeca TV Festival Grows As It Embraces Television Greats Like Bryan Cranston, Rosario Dawson, and Anthony Bourdain

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As the film festival world continues to explore how best to spotlight the explosion of great television within its programming, it’s perhaps the small-screen-specific fests that might be the best guide for doing it successfully.

For example, this weekend’s second annual Tribeca TV Festival, an offshoot of the well-established Tribeca Film Festival, will showcase some truly exciting TV, both studio and independent. “We’re aiming for TV experiences that mirror our programming goals for the main festival—that is, finding unique storytelling pieces for a wide range of audiences that promise a post-screening interaction with the creative talent in front of and behind the camera,” said senior programmer Liza Domnitz. “Whether that be a beloved, returning favorite series like ‘Ray Donovan,’ a premiere black comedy like ‘Wayne,’ or a commemoration of a new type of storytelling with ‘Shark Tank,’ we want to offer people the opportunity to have
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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Bond 25 With Daniel Craig, Becoming the Franchise’s First American Director

Cary Fukunaga to Direct Bond 25 With Daniel Craig, Becoming the Franchise’s First American Director
Cary Fukunaga is set to direct Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie following the departure of Danny Boyle. Bond producers have confirmed Fukunaga’s hiring, which coincides with the September 21 launch of the director’s Netflix series “Maniac.” Production on Bond 25 is now set to begin March 4, 2019 in London. MGM has set a February 14, 2020 release date, several months after the sequel’s original November 8, 2019 date.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said in a statement published on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga is best known for directing all eight episodes of the first season of HBO’s limited series “True Detective,” which won him an Emmy. The director got his start with the Sundance breakout “Sin Nombre” and has also directed an acclaimed “Jane Eyre” adaptation,
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Formal Distance: Fellowship and Concentration in the Films of Kevin Jerome Everson

Made in America: The Cinema of Kevin Jerome Everson is showing September 20 – November 24, 2018 on Mubi.The Island of St. MatthewsSome of the greatest resistance to common African American stereotypes in the media exist in noncommercial, experimental art films that are shown in galleries, museums, and cinematheques, whether online or in a theater. Kevin Jerome Everson’s seemingly straightforward and unadorned “fellowship films” picture an epic and extraordinary world of regular black people thinking, practicing their craft, minding their own business, or recounting an event, all in a highly skilled and imaginative way. Everson’s work presents us with films of fellowship and concentration, through his use of long takes and minimal exposition. For several minutes, we watch a man ski on water and later we see a scene of believers entering the water for a baptism, as in the opening sequences to The Island of St. Matthews (2013). Members of a
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The Forgotten: Loose Cruise

Frank Tuttle, the man who made a star of Alan Ladd with the twisted film noir This Gun for Hire (1942), began as a comedy specialist, churning out three or more films a year as vehicles for Eddie Cantor, Edgar Bergen and his knee-pal Charlie McCarthy, Burns & Allen et cetera. Pleasure Cruise (1933) is a pre-Code farce centered on improbably couple Roland Young and Genevieve Tobin.Young plays a penniless author working as house-husband to the gainfully employed Tobin, while seething with jealousy at the thought of the young blades romancing her in the office. In one of many unusual stylistic touches, we see her portrait come to life and watch as she mingles with the staff, none of whom looks to be under sixty, and they're not exactly silver foxes. The stage is set for a film mocking male paranoia and jealousy and questioning notions of fidelity, virtue, and honesty.Young is his usual self,
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‘True Detective’ Helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga Replaces Danny Boyle On ‘Bond 25’

When Danny Boyle unexpectedly left the job of directing the 25th James Bond adventure last month over creative differences, it left the producers in a bit of a pickle. Boyle was a coup for the franchise — the second Oscar-winner to take on a 007 joint, and his take, with long-time writer John Hodge, was said to be a very particular pitch that had caused Eon to abandon a previous iteration that had directors like David Mackenzie, Denis Villeneuve and Yann Demange circling.

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‘The Sinner’ Boss on the Finale’s Horrifying Daddy Issues, Julian’s Fateful Decision, and Ambrose’s Dark Urges

‘The Sinner’ Boss on the Finale’s Horrifying Daddy Issues, Julian’s Fateful Decision, and Ambrose’s Dark Urges
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for the Season 2 finale of “The Sinner.”]

This season of “The Sinner” began with a boy murdering two people who appeared to be his parents and then concluded by upending the picture-perfect image of a man who was supposed to be a model father. The challenges of parenting, the hopes a parent has for their offspring, and the ways in which children could be damaged by those who raise them all came to a head in the finale, which exposed a few more secrets while still leaving some lingering questions.

Perhaps the most horrifying revelations, however, involved Marin (Hannah Gross), whom last we saw dead from a gunshot wound on the grounds of the First Nations reservation. It turns out that she had met up with Jack (Tracy Letts), the father of her former best friend and cop Heather (Natalie Paul). An argument and struggle ensued, and her gun went off, accidentally killing her.

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‘Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable’ Review: A Nuanced Portrait of a New York Legend

Garry Winogrand hated being called “a street photographer,” even if he was regarded as the most essential of them all. The great success of Sasha Waters Freyer’s straightforward but evocative documentary “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable,” is how well it explains why someone could have such a strong aversion to a term that was practically invented to describe them.

Winogrand, for better or worse, was allergic to bullshit. A hyper-masculine Bronx Jew who many of Freyer’s interviewees graciously refer to as “a man of his times” (perhaps because “misogynist” would end the inquiry they’re hoping to deepen), the late artist is often likened to the Norman Mailer of the visual world, a comparison that grows more fraught — and less flattering — by the day. “A photograph is a literal description of how a camera saw a time and space,” we hear Winogrand say in his thick Cassavetes
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‘Smallfoot’ Review: Channing Tatum Is a Yeti Good Time, But This Animated Musical Tries Too Hard

‘Smallfoot’ Review: Channing Tatum Is a Yeti Good Time, But This Animated Musical Tries Too Hard
Phil Lord and Chris Miller may be executive producers on “Smallfoot,” but the movie feels like a pale imitation of their unique comedic energy. The double entendre-laden humor and catchy tunes that made “The Lego Movie” a hit are woefully missing from “Smallfoot,” a musical that tries too hard to educate kids and not hard enough to entertain them.

The premise of “Smallfoot” is inventive enough — what if Bigfoot not only existed, but lived among a whole clan of other bigfeet in a highly advanced society on a mountaintop above the clouds? Such is the adorable village where we meet Migo (Channing Tatum), a simple gong-ringer’s son who wants nothing more than to grow up and continue his father’s (Danny DeVito) legacy. What, you may ask, is a gong-ringer? It’s not good to ask too many questions in this village, but…the gong-ringer rings the gong every
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The New One Sucks But Don’t Sleep On The Other Three: Hunting Down The ‘Predator’ Series [Ayt Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I use the release of “The Predator,” the third direct sequel in the alien hunting humans for sport series, to dive into all four movies. (We ignore the “Alien Vs. Predator” movies because we just don’t care. Deal with it.) “The Predator” has mostly been beat up by critics (though The Playlist’s review from Tiff was one of the more positive takes) yet it took the top spot at the box office this past weekend.

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