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Ai Weiwei Was Cut From 'Berlin, I Love You' Because Backers Feared a China Backlash

Ai Weiwei Was Cut From 'Berlin, I Love You' Because Backers Feared a China Backlash
A segment of the ensemble drama Berlin, I Love You, directed by and starring Chinese dissent artist Ai Weiwei, was cut from the final version of the movie because some of the producers and financiers of the film feared a backlash from China.

The romantic drama — featuring 10 short films from 10 different directors all set in the German capital and centered on the subject of love — was released Feb. 8 in the U.S. by Saban Films. Berlin, I Love You is the latest installment in the City of Love series created by Emmanuel Benbihy, which also features Paris, je t'...
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‘Incredibles 2’ Director and Oscar Contender Brad Bird Believes in the Bermuda Triangle

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As an animation geek who tracked Pixar ever since “Toy Story” blew my gaskets and I traveled to the Bay Area to grill the likes of John Lasseter and Pete Docter, sitting down with Brad Bird — the legendary director of “Iron Giant” and Oscar-winning auteur behind “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” — is my idea of a good time. “The Incredibles” marked the first outside project to come into Pixar, which always gave Bird a wider berth than most.

I followed up with Bird on something I remembered from hanging with him at the Sheridan Bar at the Telluride Film Festival (he brings his family every year). When I made a reaction face of silent disgust, Bird leapt on it. “That’s an expression!” he said. He’s like a collector, capturing them for later use.

“I don’t consciously go into a room, I don’t need to observe,” he said,
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‘Fighting With My Family’: Florence Pugh Drops The Finishing Move In Final Trailer

Did you ever think a 5’4 little English actress could pull off the role of a WWE star? Well, the 23-year-old Florence Pugh, the breakout star of “Lady Macbeth” and “The Little Drummer Girl,” may be tiny in size, but she has a massive presence, and that’s really more than enough to convince. Ever since her breakthrough turn in “Lady Macbeth,” she’s been bagging roles everywhere.

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Jamie Bell On ‘Donnybrook,’ ‘Rocketman’ & Not Overcooking A Performance [Interview]

Often little movies come and go with great performances with established actors that get seriously overlooked. A textbook case of this is Tim Sutton’s “Donnybrook”, starring Jamie Bell, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and just hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles this weekend.

Adapted from Frank Bill‘s novel, it follows a young impoverished father (Bell) who is desperate to raise the funds to get his wife (Dara Tiller) into a drug rehab center.

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‘First Man’: Where Is the Support for Team Damien Chazelle’s Stunning Space Soundscape?

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‘First Man’: Where Is the Support for Team Damien Chazelle’s Stunning Space Soundscape?
When Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” fell out of the Best Picture Oscar race, much of its crafts prestige slipped as well. And, after being shut out last weekend from both the Mpse and Cas awards for sound editing and mixing, “First Man”‘s stunning sound work has drifted from favorite to underdog. It’s going to be very hard to beat the rock’n’roll force of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which has all the momentum.

But, regardless of what happens on Sunday, the dramatic and complex sound editing and mixing of “First Man” ranks as one of the best achievements in recent years. The way it authentically recreates Neil Armstrong’s (Ryan Gosling) journey to the moon, from teeth-rattling and dangerous supersonic test flights and documentary-like Houston home life to rocket blasts into space, led by the “La La Land” team of Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou achieved a tactile,
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Amazon Planning To Give Netflix A Run For Their Money In Streaming

Jennifer Salke left us wondering what Amazon had up their sleeve after she went on a major buying spree at the Sundance Film Festival. Now, the Amazon Studios Chief sits down with The Hollywood Reporter and opens up about what she has in store for the Studio. Namely, taking on the streaming giant Netflix.

Read More: New ‘Hanna’ Trailer: A Teenage Assassin Goes Wild For Amazon Prime

Between acquiring new movies and making their own, Salke looks to step up the number of films released every year on Amazon Prime.

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“It’s As If I Made A Suit Starting from the Buttons Instead of the Fabric”: Four Questions for Everybody Knows Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi

As in Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009), a woman’s disappearance in Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben—this is Farhadi’s first film in Spanish) is the inciting incident. This time it is Irene, the daughter of Laura (Penelope Cruz), swept from her bed on the night of her aunt’s wedding—either by her own anarchic free spirit, or a kidnapper, stranger, or kin. Irene’s absence turns up dormant family secrets and suspicions that, perhaps, they all already knew. Bare and exposed, the festered family wounds must be dealt with until new ones emerge to be cast aside. Everybody Knows is another social realist thriller in […]
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“It’s As If I Made A Suit Starting from the Buttons Instead of the Fabric”: Four Questions for Everybody Knows Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi

As in Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009), a woman’s disappearance in Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben—this is Farhadi’s first film in Spanish) is the inciting incident. This time it is Irene, the daughter of Laura (Penelope Cruz), swept from her bed on the night of her aunt’s wedding—either by her own anarchic free spirit, or a kidnapper, stranger, or kin. Irene’s absence turns up dormant family secrets and suspicions that, perhaps, they all already knew. Bare and exposed, the festered family wounds must be dealt with until new ones emerge to be cast aside. Everybody Knows is another social realist thriller in […]
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Watch: New Pixar Animated SparkShort ‘KitBull’

Pixar is working to enchant us all again with their animated shorts, this time not bothering to wait for a full-length feature to attach them too. Their most recent SparkShort, as they’re calling them, was just posted, and it is adorable.

“Kitbull” follows the story of an unlikely friendship between a fierce little stray kitten and a lovely pitbull, produced by Kathryne Hendrickson and directed by Rosana Sullivan, who worked on such films like “Coco,” “The Incredibles 2,” and “The Good Dinosaur.”

Read More: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland & More To Star In New Pixar Film ‘Onward’ Arriving In 2020

SparkShorts are videos under ten minutes long animated in a variety of different styles, meant to reflect the person who created them.

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‘The Aftermath’ Review: Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård Star in Mopey WWII Romance

‘The Aftermath’ Review: Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård Star in Mopey WWII Romance
As elegant post-war dramas about dark, romantic entanglements go, “The Aftermath” delivers the bare minimum. Director James Kent’s adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s novel is a sweeping, gorgeous, and even wistful look at the clandestine romance between the wife of a British colonel (Keira Knightley) and a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) in the aftermath of the Allied forces’ victory. But none of the pretty imagery or impassioned lovemaking can break free of a mopey old formula that sits on every scene with the same schematic quality that makes its weary setting so familiar from the start.

Which is not to mean it lacks historical vision. Set in Hamburg in 1945, as British forces sort through the ruins and overtake German property, “The Aftermath” finds Knightley’s Rachael Morgan arriving in the city to reunite with her estranged husband Lewis (a stern Jason Clarke). As British forces requisition German homes, Lewis
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Mark Ronson, Kesha, Diane Warren & More Discuss Scores, Soundtracks & Political Songwriting [Watch]

THR hosts only their second Songwriters Roundtable on this week’s “Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter.” The conversation includes Academy Award frontrunner Mark Ronson for “Shallow” (“A Star is Born”), in addition to nominee Diane Warren for “I’ll Fight” (“Rbg”). The other songwriters include David Crosby (“Little Pink Houses”), Kesha (“On the Basis of Sex”), Boots Riley (“Sorry to Bother You”), Tim McGraw (“Free Solo”), and Jack Antonoff.

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New Teaser Trailer for Brazilian Neon Styled Drama ‘Divine Love’

The film that swept through the Sundance Film Festival with stellar reviews has come out with a new trailer. “Divine Love” is a futuristic, neon piece that tackles the tough questions on faith, God, and love.

Read More: ‘Divine Love’ Is A Fluorescent-Coated ‘First Reformed’ [Sundance Review]

The Brazilian film stars Dira Paes, a highly lauded Brazilian actress, with many film roles, television shows, and awards under her belt. Her love interest in the film is played by Julio Machado, known for his roles in “The Seamstress,” “Velho Chico,” and “The Way He Looks,” which won two awards in the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

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‘Veep’ Trailer: Final Season Filled with Even More Campaign Craziness

We’re still a year away from the craziest part of the actual presidential election campaign, but leave it to Selina Meyer to kick things off as only she can.

When last “Veep” left off, the HBO series hinted that the former President might be trying to find a way back into the highest office, courtesy of a constitutional loophole. Even though her stalwart assistant Gary (Tony Hale) is in tow as usual, she’ll face the unlikeliest of foes, as Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons) stands opposite her in the race.

Of course Jonah is incapable of kissing a baby properly and eating a corn dog like a regular human being. This trailer also hints that the open questions of Selina’s daughter Catherine’s (Sarah Sutherland) new child and the ongoing attempt to craft a tell-all memoir are each going to figure into these upcoming final “Veep” episodes.

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Marvel Reportedly Hires Ned Benson To Write ‘Black Widow’ Movie

And so the elusive “Black Widow” movie is finally (hopefully) here for real this time, with the rumored hiring of Ned Benson to rewrite a script for the Marvel movie. The film has been rumored to be in the works since 2012 when the Black Widow got a co-starring role in “The Avengers,” yet nothing has ever been for certain until recently.

Read More: Scarlett Johansson Finally Catches Up With The Other Avengers With Massive ‘Black Widow’ Payday

Since Marvel’s “The Avengers,” DC has come out with their beloved female-centric “Wonder Woman” in 2017, and Marvel has announced “Captain Marvel” will be hitting the big screen in March.

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Ridley Scott’s New Short Film With ‘Blade Runner 2049’s Sylvia Hoeks Is A Thriller For Turkish Airlines [Watch]

The Super Bowl featured all sorts of buzz-worthy ads and most of which, were actually pretty terrible, to be honest. There was the lackluster ‘Big Lebowski’-inspired Jeff Bridges ad for beer, there was something going on with Asmr and Zoe Kravitz. But then there’s Ridley Scott. And while his latest “short film” is nothing more than a six-minute ad, it’s still a short film from Ridley Scott featuring a great actress.

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Alfonso Cuarón Wants the Oscars to Do More Than Just Air Each Category Live

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Alfonso Cuarón Wants the Oscars to Do More Than Just Air Each Category Live
Alfonso Cuarón is as happy as anyone that the Academy decided to change course and air all 24 categories live during the Oscars this weekend, calling the decision “inevitable” in a Variety interview at last night’s Writers Guild Awards in New York. Now that that’s out of the way, the “Roma” filmmaker wants AMPAS to go even further.

“Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he said. “By calling them ‘technical’ and ‘below-the-line,’ there’s already kind of an invisible wall that creates a very false perception. They’re all artists.” In addition to writing and directing his latest film, Cuarón also shot it — and received an Oscar nomination for his black-and-white cinematography, which was one of the awards scheduled to be given out during a commercial break.

He was one of many members of the film community to criticize that move:

In the history of Cinema, masterpieces have existed without sound,
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Watch: A Sneak Peak At The Final Episode Of ‘True Detective’ Season 3

As the third season for “True Detective” draws to its conclusion, HBO gives us an inside look at the final episode in this thrilling crime series.

Each season of “True Detective” has its own narrative and story arc. Following Detectives Wayne Hayes and Roland West, the third season explores the investigation into the disappearance of two missing children, as well as the detectives’ own troubles, over the course of three separate time periods.

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‘Combat Obscura’ Trailer: A Wartime Documentary the Marines Don’t Want You to See

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has released the trailer for “Combat Obscura,” a war documentary that first premiered at last year’s True/False Film Festival. Directed by Miles Lagoze, who served as a videographer while deployed as a soldier in Afghanistan, the film also screened at AFI Docs and FIDMarseille, among others. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis: “Just out of high school, at the age of 18, Miles Lagoze enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Combat Camera — his unit’s official videographer, tasked with shooting and editing footage for the Corps’ recruiting purposes and historical initiatives. But upon discharging, Lagoze took all the footage he and his fellow cameramen shot, and he assembled quite simply the very documentary the Corps does not want you to see. ‘Combat Obscura’ is a groundbreaking look at the daily life of Marines in a war zone
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Trailer For Final Season Of ‘Veep’ Dropped, And It’s Going Out With A Bang

After seven long years of hilarity and commentary, award-winning HBO show “Veep” is finally coming to an end. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the President of the United States, the political satire series took on exposed the problems of our country while making us laugh out loud, and it’s not over yet.

Read More: ‘Veep’ Is Still At Its Peak As Season 6 Gets Off To A Roaring Start [Review]

Based on the BBC show “The Thick of It” with a similar premise, “Veep” was adapted for American television by writer Armando Iannucci (“The Death of Stalin“).

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The Oscars Won’t Have a Host, but It Will Have 40,000 Real Roses Onstage

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The Oscars Won’t Have a Host, but It Will Have 40,000 Real Roses Onstage
The Oscars won’t have a host or “everyday people” (who show producer Donna Gigliotti says “don’t get me ratings”), but it will have 40,000 real roses onstage. That’s according to production designer David Korins , who offered a preview of this year’s “Crystal Cloud” stage on Instagram.

“I think we can all agree that the world is filled with too many straight lines & rigid thinking,” he wrote while introducing the curved design. “For this years #oscars I have designed a world based on the ideas of inclusion & community. The design uses warm welcoming shapes that will not only reach out & wrap around the audience but towards the viewers at home. We call this piece the Crystal Cloud. It’s only one of many looks for the #oscars on February 24 (a week from today). It weighs 1600 lbs & I can tell you (because we teched it yesterday) that it’s truly spectacular in person.
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