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‘The Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Says Her Film’s Gay Icon Status Is ‘Charming’

‘The Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Says Her Film’s Gay Icon Status Is ‘Charming’
Earlier this month, distributor IFC Films announced it was partnering with Shout Factory for a gay pride limited edition Blu-ray release of “The Babadook,” considered one of the best horror films of the decade since its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The special release is debuting this June in celebration of gay pride month and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles Lgbt Center. While Australian director Jennifer Kent may have moved on,, Lgbt fans of “The Babadook” are keeping his memory alive.

“I’m still trying to work that one out… It’s quite perplexing,” Kent recently told EW about the status of her creation as a queer icon. “I feel it’s really quite beautiful, but I still have no idea why. … I mean, I kind of do.”

The Babadook” stars Essie Davis as a single mother haunted by the violent death of her husband.
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Already Pulled From Shanghai Festival, ‘The Eight Hundred’ Cancels Its China Release

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Already Pulled From Shanghai Festival, ‘The Eight Hundred’ Cancels Its China Release
Already pulled from its prestigious spot as the opener of the Shanghai International Film Festival, war epic “The Eight Hundred” has been dealt a further below with the cancellation of its scheduled release in China next week.

In a terse announcement on its official Weibo account, the film said late Tuesday that, “after consultation between the production team and other entities, ‘The Eight Hundred’ will cancel its original July 5 premiere and temporarily vacate the summer release date window. The new release date will be announced at a later time.”

The statement gave no indication as to what occasioned the cancellation. But China is undergoing a period of strong social and cultural tightening, and Chinese film censors have been especially active lately in ordering changes to films or yanking them from festivals and the domestic release schedule.

Besides “The Eight Hundred’s” announcement, an upcoming film whose original Chinese title translates
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‘Yellowstone Live’: Meet the Beavers, The Breakout Animal Stars of the Park

‘Yellowstone Live’: Meet the Beavers, The Breakout Animal Stars of the Park
Over the decades that the national park has fascinated the public, there’s an obvious list of animals that get associated with Yellowstone. From nature programs like the ongoing, four-night “Yellowstone Live” event happening this week on NatGeo to the gift shops in and around the park, images of grizzly bears, elk, bison, and bald eagles seem to go hand in hand with the park itself. But over the past two years, “Yellowstone Live” has also found a surprising addition to those ranks: the beaver.

James Hogan, a wildlife cinematographer who is following a number of animals for live broadcasts throughout the park for “Yellowstone Live,” has been filming beavers for decades. With his lengthy experience tracking these animals, he’s had plenty of experience in seeing how the tiniest exposure to them can garner fast fans.

“I gotta say that I’ve been filming these beavers for like 20 years
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‘The Office’ to Leave Netflix After 2020, as NBCUniversal Announces Exclusive Streaming Rights

‘The Office’ to Leave Netflix After 2020, as NBCUniversal Announces Exclusive Streaming Rights
The Office” is leaving Netflix, officially, after 2020. Starting in 2021, the only destination to watch online will be via NBCUniversal’s yet unnamed streaming platform.

NBCUniversal made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, confirming the long-feared yet largely inevitable result. As more and more streaming services are announced, and more and more profits stem from demand for popular, pre-existing properties, it was only a matter of time before “The Office” moved to its producers’ streaming home.

“‘The Office’ has become a staple of pop-culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before,” Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, said in statement to Variety. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.”

Netflix has been preparing for this eventuality. The streaming giant with more than 148 million worldwide subscribers
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‘The Loudest Voice’ Review: Russell Crowe Boosts a Pulpy Biopic of Roger Ailes’ Greatest Hits

When Laurie Luhn is first introduced in “The Loudest Voice,” Roger Ailes is a dark shadow in the corner of a bar. Diminished in the background of director Kari Skogland’s frame, the ousted MSNBC executive (given considerable range by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe) nevertheless looms like a boogeyman in the black and blue light of their Manhattan meeting spot, soon swaying his way over to Luhn (Annabelle Wallis) and pitching her on a new venture: Fox News. Ailes is building his right-wing news empire and wants to help his former research assistant move toward on-camera roles.

As the two talk, first about her “nice” boyfriend and unwillingness to relocate for work, there are flashes of Luhn standing in what appears to be a hotel hallway. As visibly reticent as she is in the bar, she’s far more uncomfortable in the well-lit corridor, and soon, it’s obvious why: Ailes appears behind her,
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‘Station Eleven’: Hiro Murai’s Next TV Directing Gig Is Adapting a Post-Apocalyptic Novel

‘Station Eleven’: Hiro Murai’s Next TV Directing Gig Is Adapting a Post-Apocalyptic Novel
In the five years since it was published, Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station Eleven” has been one of the top “Why isn’t this a movie or show yet?” books around. Now, “Station Eleven” is part of a pair of new additions to the ever-expanding WarnerMedia streaming service content landscape.

To sweeten the deal, this adaptation of the 2014 post-apocalyptic novel has slated Hiro Murai as a director. It would be Murai’s first pilot since “Atlanta,” which coupled with the director’s extensive music video work, made him a sought-after filmmaker across TV. Murai has since directed episodes of “Barry,” “Snowfall,” and “Legion,” in addition to the Donald Glover-starring surprise Amazon release “Guava Island” earlier this year.

Told across various time periods and following multiple main characters, “Station Eleven” tracks the remnants of human society after a deadly flu ravages the global population. A roving group of actors,
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‘Too Old To Die Young’: Nicolas Winding Refn Crafts An Audacious, Hypnodrone Porno Nightmare of Post-Trump Polarity [Full Series Review]

God would forgive anyone who can’t stomach Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn‘s deeply flawed, sometimes repugnant, but utterly fascinating, “Too Old To Die Young.” A 10-episode, 13-hour TV streaming experience for Amazon Prime—hypnotic and sometimes mind-numbing in equal measure— ‘Totdy’ is a bold and blistering political treatise on American rot and the morally polluted septic tank our failing empire has become. It’s also a post “Twin Peaks: The Return,” Jodorowsky-esque, Jean-Pierre Melville-ian existential crime drama that seethes with anger and contempt.

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Spark ‘Breaking Bad’ Reunion Buzz With Cryptic ‘Soon’ Messages

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Spark ‘Breaking Bad’ Reunion Buzz With Cryptic ‘Soon’ Messages
Is the “Breaking Bad” movie closer to release than fans might think? Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have skyrocketed the buzz around the upcoming project thanks to a pair of cryptic social media posts. Both actors took to Twitter on June 25 and posted the same photo of two donkeys with the caption: “Soon.”

Breaking Bad” writer and “Better Call Saul” showrunner Peter Gould reacted to the photos with his own post that reads: “Looking forward to this.”

The “Breaking Bad” movie is one of the most secretive projects in Hollywood. It’s so secretive that nothing about the movie has been confirmed, even as it’s widely believed to be a sequel movie following Paul’s character Jesse Pinkman after the events of the series finale. Jesse was last seen escaping from a kidnapping and driving off to an unknown destination. Series creator Vince Gilligan is the driving force behind the film,
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WB’s Announcement Of Its New Chair & CEO, Ann Sarnoff, Was Hijacked By The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut Faithful

There are many ways you can describe the folks that have been begging for Warner Bros. to release the “Snyder Cut” of 2017’s “Justice League.” Passionate? Sure. Misinformed? Maybe. Persistent? 100%. You see, it’s been a year and a half since WB released the much-maligned superhero film and in that time, a growing contingent of superfans have relentlessly petitioned the studio to give them a cut of the film that was promised years prior.

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Ari Aster Breaks Down 10 Movies That Inspired ‘Midsommar,’ from ‘The Red Shoes’ to ‘Climax’

Ari Aster Breaks Down 10 Movies That Inspired ‘Midsommar,’ from ‘The Red Shoes’ to ‘Climax’
Ari Aster wants to make one thing perfectly clear: “Midsommar” is a horror movie. The writer-director, whose elegant and soul-scraping “Hereditary” inflamed a semantic debate about the limits of its genre by daring to possess routine tropes with real trauma, is eager to get ahead of that whole conversation the second time around. Not that he can do anything to stop it.

When IndieWire recently sat down with the director in the basement of a Manhattan hotel, Aster knew full well that his latest film was certain to resurrect all of the same talking points. Another indelible nightmare that blurs the line between tradition and heresy in order to stir the unholy spirits that live inside our wounds, “Midsommar” begins with a premise that sounds almost perversely basic after the madness of “Hereditary.” A grieving young American woman (Florence Pugh) joins her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his grad school chums
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Filmmaker Steve McQueen To Direct Anthology Series ‘Small Axe’ Coming To BBC & Amazon

After his Oscar-winning work on the film “12 Years a Slave,” filmmaker Steve McQueen took five years to work on his next project, last year’s “Widows.” Luckily for film and TV fans, it would appear that the director is lining up his next work in short order, but you likely won’t be able to see it on the big screen.

According to Variety, McQueen is prepping work on the upcoming limited TV series “Small Axe.” And best of all, the series has already lined up distribution in North America and the UK thanks to a partnership between the BBC and Amazon.

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Sophie Turner’s Axed ‘Dark Phoenix’ Look Debuts in Original Ending Concept Art

Sophie Turner’s Axed ‘Dark Phoenix’ Look Debuts in Original Ending Concept Art
Dark Phoenix” is already disappearing from movie theaters after a few weeks because of its dismal box office performance, but the debut of new concept art photos are revealing part of the movie fans never got to see. Much of the film’s behind-the-scenes troubles have been well documented, including a drastic overhaul of the film’s third act in reshoots, and the images released by concept artist Houston Sharp detail what would’ve been Sophie Turner’s appearance in the original ending.

Sharp has served as a concept artist on several major studio tentpoles over the last several years, including “Wonder Woman” and its upcoming sequel “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Tomb Raider,” “Rampage,” and Dwayne Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise.” For “Dark Phoenix,” Sharp and the creative team were planning for an ending where Turner’s Jean Grey resembled the fiery look of the character from the comic books. “Dark Phoenix
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Amazon Boards Steve McQueen’s West Indian BBC Series — One Problem: He Hates TV

Amazon Studios has come onboard the upcoming BBC drama from “Widows” director Steve McQueen, according to Georgia Brown, Director of European Originals at the streaming platform, speaking at the House of Lords’ Communications Committee discussion on the future of public service broadcasting in the UK.

Although what specific territories the deal for the six-part series covers isn’t clear.

The drama, which will tell stories of the West Indian experience in the UK, will follow a group of friends and their families over a period of almost 50 years, from 1968 to 2014.

It will begin at the moment of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968, when a small restaurant called The Mangrove opens in Ladbroke Grove, a place of camaraderie and friendship that becomes a social heart for the community — and, over time, a flashpoint for resistance.

Enoch Powell was an English right-winger who gave a hard-hitting speech attacking the
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Olivia Cooke & Lakeith Stanfield To Star In A New Live-Action Fairy Tale Film For Disney+ From Director Susan Johnson

Over the last several years, actors Olivia Cooke and Lakeith Stanfield have cemented themselves as talents deserving of your movie and TV-watching time. But we have to admit, this latest news is really putting that love to the test.

According to Deadline, Cooke and Stanfield have agreed to star in the upcoming, untitled fairy tale film being developed for the streaming service Disney+. The details about the film are still being kept a secret, but the fairy tale is written by newcomer Cat Vasko and is set to be directed by Susan Johnson.

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Favorite Teen TV Shows of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What is your favorite teen show of all time? Why?

Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire

I presume like many others, my favorite teen show is heavily swayed by when I saw it — so while “Friday Night Lights” is inarguably a better series, my favorite is “The O.C.” While Ryan Atwood was fighting his way into Orange County’s good graces, I was wading through the awkward social structures of a small Midwestern high school, and despite the incredible disparity in wealth, each crush, dance, and trip around the ferris wheel rang all the truer. The setting made for impossibly high melodrama, as parents lost millions and teens took trips to Hollywood to do shots with Paris Hilton, but the smaller, intimate moments between friends resonated just as they were intended to: universally.
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Don’t Expect Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ to Screen at Fall Film Festivals

Waiting for Ilm. That’s what Martin Scorsese is doing right now with “The Irishman.” And he’s not going to show some kind of work in progress, as he did with “Hugo” at the New York Film Festival in 2011, because he’s waiting for the complex, groundbreaking de-aging of characters played by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to be just right, as the movie toggles back and forth between the older characters and their younger selves thirty years ago. Ilm is using the actors’ full filmographies as sources for how the men look at different ages. But this kind of wrinkle-and-jowl-tweaking can be painstaking at best.

So don’t expect “The Irishman” to turn up at Venice, Telluride, Toronto, or New York. It’s more likely to be ready to screen to critics and other groups some time after that. However, Netflix head of original films Scott Stuber
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‘Forman Vs. Forman’ Trailer: Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Milos Forman Is The Subject Of This Cannes Doc

It’s been a little over a year since the passing of Oscar-winning filmmaker Milos Forman. And thanks to the people responsible for the upcoming documentary, “Forman vs. Forman,” we have a new film that is set to honor the legacy left by one of the most talented filmmakers the industry has ever seen.

In the new trailer for “Forman vs. Forman,” we see that the film utilizes the director’s own words to tell his story.

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Natalie Portman Drama ‘Lucy In The Sky’ Primed For A Fall Film Festival Slot According To Director Noah Hawley

With summer in full swing, we can already start to lay out which films will be ready to go for the upcoming fall film festival. That’s the time of year when the studios trot out their best contenders for hopes that the festival appearances will build buzz leading into the coveted awards season. And while we don’t know for certain, according to Noah Hawley, Fox Searchlight is likely going to include the upcoming “Lucy in the Sky” as one of those fall festival picks.

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Diana Rigg & Terence Stamp Join Anya Taylor-Joy In Edgar Wright’s New Film ‘Last Night In Soho’

According to reports, production has just started on the upcoming film “Last Night in Soho,” from writer-director Edgar Wright. And as is normally the case, when production begins, we learn the rest of the names that will fill out the cast.

Variety is reporting that Diana Rigg and Terrence Stamp are the latest actors to join Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, and Thomasin McKenzie in Wright’s latest thriller.

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Judi Dench Says Accusations Against Kevin Spacey & Harvey Weinstein Shouldn’t Take Away From Their Previous Work

There seem to be plenty of folks still out there defending the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and the other Hollywood figures that were subjects of #MeToo accusations. While the majority appear to support the idea that these men should be held accountable for their actions, there are others that have voiced their concerns that these allegations and stories are taking away from the work these people contributed to film and TV.

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