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Emily Rios Joins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; Craig Di Francia Cast In ‘Green Book’

Emily Rios Joins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; Craig Di Francia Cast In ‘Green Book’
Emily Rios has landed the key role of Victoria in Barry JenkinsMoonlight followup, If Beale Street Could Talk, which is currently in production. Starring KiKi Layne, the drama is based on James Baldwin's novel about Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. Rios joins an impressive cast roaster that includes Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Ed…
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The Safdie Brothers Are Releasing A New Hot Sauce — Here’s How to Get Your Limited Edition Bottle

The Safdie Brothers are spicing things up with Dark Matters Hot Sauce, partnering with the company to create their own limited edition hot sauce. Now available for pre-sale, the peach habanero-flavored hot sauce features acclaimed indie directors Benny and Josh Safdie’s faces on the label.

The pair behind films such as “Daddy Long Legs,” “Heaven Knows What,” and the Robert Pattinson-led “Good Time” have also included a bonus for a few lucky buyers: Some of the 1,111 limited-edition bottles will come with autographed certificates and pictures.

The combination of its peach and habanero flavors sound delicious without sacrificing its intensity. According to the Dark Matters website, the heat level is measured at “about an 8.85/10. It’s got a subtle sweet peach accent packed with lots of heat. This flavor goes great with poultry, sandwiches or lighter tasting foods.”

Read More:Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More
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Pedro Pascal joins Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk

Deadline is reporting that Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal has becom the latest addition to the cast of If Beale Street Could Talk, the next project from writer-director Barry Jenkins.

Based on James Baldwin’s novel, the film stars KiKi Layne as Tish, “a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.”

Also set to feature in the cast of the film are Stephan James (Race), Colman Domingo (The Birth of a Nation), Brian Tyree Henry (This Is Us), Regina King (The Leftovers), Dave Franco (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool).

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‘Get Out’ and ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Lead Sight & Sound’s Best Films of 2017 Poll

The best in 2017 polls and lists continue today with one of the most respected organizations, Sight & Sound. After polling over 180 critics from around the world, Jordan Peele’s Get Out landed in the top spot while close behind, with some controversy, is David Lynch and Mark Frost’s 18-part Showtime series Twin Peaks (which, fittingly, arrives on Blu-ray today).

Although the man who directed every episode has insisted his monumental undertaking is a film from the beginning, we imagine some may not agree with the distinction. Yet, three-plus decades later, many would classify Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 14-part, 931-minute miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz as a film, so perhaps we just need some more distance.

The excellent list also features Call Me by Your Name, Good Time, A Ghost Story, mother!, and Personal Shopper, as well as a handful of stellar 2018 U.S. releases (Zama, Western, You Were Never Really Here) and some 2016 U.
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Film News Roundup: Pedro Pascal to Star in Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Film News Roundup: Pedro Pascal to Star in Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
In today’s film news roundup, Pedro Pascal joins the cast of Barry Jenkins’ drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicole Kidman’s “The Destroyer” completes its cast, and Iatse chief Matthew Loeb gets an honor.

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Games of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal has joined the cast of Barry Jenkins’ drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opposite Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, and Regina King.

If Beale Street Could Talk” is adapted from the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name about a pregnant Harlem woman whose lover is falsely accused of rape. Production companies are Jenkins’ Pastel company, Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is also financing the film.

“Beale Street” is the first movie for Jenkins since “Moonlight” won the best picture Academy Award. The film marks the first feature under the production pact between Pastel and Annapurna and is also part of Plan B’s production
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2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor

2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor
Call Me by Your Name” was honored with Best Picture during the 2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards voting on Dec. 3. Meanwhile, the Best Director honors ended in a tie between Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”). Best Actor went to Timothée Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” and Best Actress to Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water.”

Lafca was founded in 1975 and includes both print and digital critics (including IndieWire’s own Michael Nordine). Last year’s big winner was “Moonlight,” which was awarded Best Picture and Best Director for Barry Jenkins. Top acting categories went to Adam Driver for Best Actor in “Paterson,” and Isabelle Huppert for Best Actress in both “Elle” and “Things to Come.”

Earlier this week, the New York Film Critics Circle voted on and announced their awards, giving top honors to “Lady Bird
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Obama/Biden Bromance ‘Barry & Joe: The Animated Series’ in the Works With Help From Conan O’Brien

Obama/Biden Bromance ‘Barry & Joe: The Animated Series’ in the Works With Help From Conan O’Brien
The storied bromance between Barack Obama and Joe Biden reached new heights last week when 44 tweeted a happy-birthday message to his veep in meme form. It’ll soon get even more serious courtesy of “Barry & Joe: The Animated Series,” a new show in development that counts Conan O’Brien among its executive producers.

Read More:‘The Final Year’ Documentary Crew Only Had One Rule While Filming Obama’s White House

Creator Adam Reid describes the project as a “bromantic comedy” and raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter to finance the pilot. Here’s the premise for the show, which finds the two world leaders “bromancing the multiverse as they try and save us from ourselves”:

Read More:Keegan-Michael Key Resurrects Obama’s Anger Translator Luther to Rant About Trumpcare

“Moments after the inauguration of the forty-fifth President, Barack Obama and his best friend Joe Biden were escorted to a secret lab,
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Obama/Biden Bromance ‘Barry & Joe: The Animated Series’ in the Works With Help From Conan O’Brien

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Obama/Biden Bromance ‘Barry & Joe: The Animated Series’ in the Works With Help From Conan O’Brien
The storied bromance between Barack Obama and Joe Biden reached new heights last week when 44 tweeted a happy-birthday message to his veep in meme form. It’ll soon get even more serious courtesy of “Barry & Joe: The Animated Series,” a new show in development that counts Conan O’Brien among its executive producers.

Read More:‘The Final Year’ Documentary Crew Only Had One Rule While Filming Obama’s White House

Creator Adam Reid describes the project as a “bromantic comedy” and raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter to finance the pilot. Here’s the premise for the show, which finds the two world leaders “bromancing the multiverse as they try and save us from ourselves”:

Read More:Keegan-Michael Key Resurrects Obama’s Anger Translator Luther to Rant About Trumpcare

“Moments after the inauguration of the forty-fifth President, Barack Obama and his best friend Joe Biden were escorted to a secret lab,
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Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2018

Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2018
Two days after Sundance unveiled its 2018 lineup, Variety has named its 10 Directors to Watch, featuring five filmmakers whose movies will be screening in Park City at the festival in January.

This year’s list runs the gamut from awards season hopefuls to first-timers who are just about to break, representing a diverse sampling of talents from various backgrounds. The directors range from indie darling Greta Gerwig (whose “Lady Bird” just won the New York Film Critics Circle best picture prize) to Chloé Zhao (the Chinese-born helmer whose Cannes-launched “The Rider” was just nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award, despite the fact it doesn’t open theatrically until April 2018).

The 2018 lineup includes four women, two of whom (Augustine Frizzell and Claire McCarthy) have films world premiering at Sundance, and Moroccan-born Belgian duo Adil and Bilall, tapped to direct the next “Beverly Hills Cop” movie. Samuel Maoz is representing Israel in the Oscar foreign language race with his
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Director Luca Guadagnino Hates Actors Who ‘Act’: ‘It’s Almost Pornographic’ – Toolkit Podcast

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Director Luca Guadagnino Hates Actors Who ‘Act’: ‘It’s Almost Pornographic’ – Toolkit Podcast
Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer are racking up accolades and early awards for playing lovers in “Call Me by Your Name,” but director Luca Guadagnino insists he didn’t cast them as a a pair or because he sensed they would work well together.

“I felt that if I loved them and wanted them, they were going to want and love one another,” said Guadagnino when he was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “It was a bet, but you always have to make a bet. Filmmakers are all charlatans, you have to pretend you know what you are doing and you have to pretend that you are doing something very deep, but sometimes you are just improvising.”

Guadagnino also did not spend much time rehearsing with the two actors beforehand. Shooting the film largely in chronological order, the director said he and his leads just “figured it
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South African Film ‘The Wound’ Tackles Taboos of Homosexuality Amid Controversial Circumcision Ritual

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South African Film ‘The Wound’ Tackles Taboos of Homosexuality Amid Controversial Circumcision Ritual
If “Moonlight” had been about male circumcision in South Africa, it might look a lot like “The Wound.” Like Barry Jenkins’ hit film, the official South African submission to the Foreign Language Oscar race “The Wound,” tackles the taboos of being a young gay man in a black culture — and it does so with the same intimate and poetic cinematic style as 2017’s Best Picture winner. Director John Trengove talked to TheWrap as part of the Awards and Foreign Screening series at the Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles on Wednesday, explaining why making this film was an act of illuminating.
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Ventana Sur: Miami’s FiGa Films Boards Eduardo Nunes’ ‘Unicorn’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires — Leveraging a knowledge of brazil’s art film scene which no other sales can match, Sandro Fiorin’s Miami-based FiGa Films has boarded Eduardo Nunes’ bold parable “Unicorn,” from Brazil. Vitrine Filmes will distribute the title in Brazil.

FiGa will handle word sales and is introducing the title to select buyers at this week’s Ventana Sur market. The acquisition comes as Zeca Rezende who has a background in economics and business administration in Brazil, is in the process of becoming a partner of FiGa, acquiring a 25% stake in the company. Lidia Damatto has recently relocated to São Paulo taking on the new role of director of FiGa/Br as FiGa establish it as not only a label but also as a brand new company in Brazil that will eventually co-produce and distribute FiGa titles in the country.

Nunes’ second feature, “Unicorn” follows on “Southwest,” a debut that screened in competition at the Rotterdam Festival
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National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director

National Board of Review 2017 Winners: ‘The Post’ Named Best Film, Greta Gerwig is Best Director
The National Board of Review (Nbr) has made their selections for the best films and performances of 2017. “The Post” has taken top honors, winning the Best Film prize, while Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep all received acting honors. Greta Gerwig earned the Best Director prize.

The Nbr is often one of the first organizations to announce their end-of-the-year selections, followed closely by the New York Film Critics Circle (which makes its announcement on November 30). Awards season officially kicked off with the Gotham Awards on November 27, where “Get Out” earned three awards and “Call Me By Your Name” won Best Feature.

Read More:Gotham Awards 2017: Complete Winners List

While the Nbr awards are considered a forerunner to predicting Oscar nominations, the organization’s prizes don’t always line up with the Academy’s final choices. The Nbr Best Film prize has gone to Best Picture nominees like “Manchester By the Sea,
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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Breaks the Rules of Narrative and Finds Truth in the Cracks — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Breaks the Rules of Narrative and Finds Truth in the Cracks — Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast
Mudbound” is not a multi-character film in the spirit of director Robert Altman, or 2006 Oscar-winner “Crash.” Instead of being a sprawling tapestry, the intertwined stories of two very different farming families (one black, one white) unfolds into one increasingly cohesive narrative.

“It’s almost like one story [that is] being handed off and everyone is [unaware] they are having similar conversations with themselves,” said director Dee Rees when she was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “At one point [cinematographer] Rachel [Morrison] was like, ‘When has this ever worked?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know, but this will be the film where it works.’”

To accomplish this, Rees grounds the audience in the subjectivity of six different protagonists, each with their own internal monologue. It’s something a novel — like Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound,” which Rees and co-writer Virgil Williams’ adapted — can do effortlessly by accessing the internal thoughts of various characters,
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Watch the 2018 Film Independent Spirits Awards Nominations Live, Hosted by Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins

Watch the 2018 Film Independent Spirits Awards Nominations Live, Hosted by Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins
Awards season is seemingly already at a full sprint, hence this morning’s very exciting — and very live — announcement of the 2018 Film Independent Spirits Awards nominations, hosted by Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins. The live event will kick off at 1:00Pm Et / 10:00Am Pt, live from The Jeremy in West Hollywood.

Nominations will be announced for categories including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead, and Best Female Lead, along with supporting nods and technical categories like Best Editing and Best Cinematography. The Indie Spirits also honor Best First Feature and Best International Film, and offer a number of speciality awards, including the Robert Altman Award, the John Cassavetes Award, and the Someone to Watch Award.

Read More:Save the Dates: Here’s the 2017-2018 Awards Calendar

Last year’s ceremony saw lots of love doled out for filmmaker Barry Jenkins and the cast and crew of his “Moonlight,
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Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker

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Robert Pattinson Reveals That ‘Good Time’ Was ‘Much More of a Comedy’ Before the Safdie Brothers Made It Darker
Good Time” isn’t exactly a laugh riot. Robert Pattinson stars as one of two bank-robbing brothers in the Safdie Brothers’ latest, the title of which is about as ironic as Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.” In a new Los Angeles Times interview, however, the “Twilight” star–turned–arthouse staple reveals that the film’s first draft was “much more of a comedy.”
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Mahershala Ali to Star in, Executive Produce Crime Thriller ‘Burn’

Mahershala Ali to Star in, Executive Produce Crime Thriller ‘Burn’
Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali is starring in and executive producing a crime thriller movie based on A.J. Wolfe’s upcoming book “Burn.”

Anonymous Content has acquired the movie rights with Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter producing the project. Fredrick Kotto, a former detective who has become a screenwriter, has been hired to write the adaptation and will executive produce along with Ali and Artillery Creative’s Tom Carter.

The book is a contemporary crime thriller and love story set in the ultra-violent world of organized crime. It follows a Northern California detective who destroyed a cartel while keeping his undercover life secret from his family. Paradigm is handling the publishing rights.
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Sean Baker Cut Up Paul Thomas Anderson Long Takes To See if a Doc-Style Steadicam Would Work on ‘The Florida Project’

Sean Baker Cut Up Paul Thomas Anderson Long Takes To See if a Doc-Style Steadicam Would Work on ‘The Florida Project’
Sean Baker is a filmmaker who puts a premium on making his films feel as authentic as possible. For example, sometimes he will use a handheld camera to follow his characters — who are often played by first-time performers — to give a scene a sense of documentary realism. After “Tangerine” — Baker’s iPhone-shot indie breakout — he started to wonder if image stabilization advances in smartphone cameras was changing what audiences thought “real” footage looked like.

“Audiences see homemade raw footage, but with a stabilizer on,” said Baker when he was guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “So everybody is shooting their Youtube and Instagram videos and they are all very smooth — so we’re changing the way audiences think about how cameras are held and if shots are stable or not.” This led Baker to consider if he could employ a documentary-style steadicam effectively to his next film, “The Florida Project.
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Finn Wittrock & Aunjanue Ellis Cast In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Finn Wittrock & Aunjanue Ellis Cast In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Exclusive: Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story, The Big Short) and Aunjanue Ellis (The Birth of a Nation, Quantico) are set for Barry Jenkins’next film If Beale Street Could Talk. Currently in production, the drama is based on James Baldwin's novel about Tish (newcomer KiKi Layne), a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first child to term. The two join an already impressive cast roster that…
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Barry Jenkins, Emma Stone Filming in NYC + Other Projects Around Town

NYC actors, pay attention! Stay in the loop and be sure to check back every week for projects currently filming in the city you call home. Here’s the 411 on what’s filming (big and small) around the island. Barry Jenkins (of Oscar-winning “Moonlight”) is back with his latest feature, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. Filming has been underway since October with production predominantly in Harlem, but it’s also been spotted in the Bronx. If you’d like to be on set for this exciting project, get going! Grant Wilfey is casting background right here on Backstage! Remember the two-man prison break that rattled the country in 2015? Well, it’s back and on the small screen. Showtime has ordered an eight-part mini-series based on the true crime event, to be directed by Ben Stiller. Debbie DeLisi is casting and
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