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‘Suspiria’ remake and the Coen brothers join the star-studded 2018 Venice Film Festival lineup

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The 75th year of the Venice Film Festival is shaping up to be one of its best as the festival has unveiled its star-studded lineup for 2018 that includes hot projects from the likes of Luca Guadagnino, Damien Chazelle, Bradley Cooper, Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cuarón, and Yorgos Lanthimos.

The festival, which marks the official start of the 2018 awards season, will feature Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, Guadagnino’s remake of the Italian horror classic Suspiria, Greengrass’ 2011 Norway terrorist attack drama 22 July, Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, Cuarón’s family drama Roma, and Lanthimos’ period piece The Favourite.

Multiple Oscar-winners have launched their awards season bid at the Venice Film Festival in recent years including last year’s Best Picture-winner The Shape of Water, which also won the festival’s top prize, and the 2015 Best Picture-winner Spotlight.

You can check out the complete lineup for the 2018 Venice Film Festival below.

Competition: 

First Man, Damien Chazelle (U.S.)
The Mountain, Rick Alverson (U.S.)
Doubles Vies, Olivier Assayas (France)
The Sisters Brothers, Jacques Audiard (France, Belgium, Romania, Spain)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Ethan and Joel Coen (U.S.)
Vox Lux, Brady Corbet (U.S.)
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico)
22 July, Paul Greengrass (Norway, Island)
Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
Work Ohne Autor, Florian Henkel Von Donnersmark (Germany)
The Nightingale, Jennifer Kent (Australia)
The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos (U.S.)
Peterloo, Mike Leigh (U.K., U.S.)
Capri-Revolution, Mario Martone (Italy, France)
What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?, Roberto Minervini (Italy, U.S., France)
Sunset, Laszlo Nemes (Hungary, France)
Freres Ennemis, David Oelhoffen (France, Belgium)
Neustro Tiempo, Carlos Reygadas (Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweeden)
At Eternity’s Gate, Julian Schnabel (U.S., France)
Killing, Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)

Out of competition special events:

The Other Side Of The Wind, Orson Welles (U.S.)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, Morgan Neville (U.S.)

Out of competition special screenings: 

My Brilliant Friend, Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Belgium)
Il Diario Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti, Yervant Gianikian (Italy)

Out of competition fiction screenings: 

Una Storia Senza Nome, Roberto Andò (Italy)
Les Estivants, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France, Italy)
A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper (U.S.)
Mi Obra Maestra, Gaston Duprat (Argentina, Spain)
A Tramway in Jerusalem, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
Un Peuple et Son Roi, Pierre Schoeller (France, Belgium)
La Quietud, Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
Dragged Across Concrete, S. Craig Zahler (U.S.)
Shadow, Zhang Yimou (China)

Out of competition non-fiction screenings: 

A Letter to a Friend In Gaza, Amos Gitai (Israel)
Aquarela, Victor Kossakovsky (U.K., Germany)
El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema, Emir Kusturica (Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia)
Process, Sergei Loznitsa (The Netherlands)
Carmine Street Guitars, Ron Mann (Canada)
Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls Of Mosul, Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi (Italy, Germany)
American Dharma, Errol Morris (U.S., U.K.)
Introduzione All’Oscuro, Gaston Solnicki (Argentina, Austria)
1938 Diversi, Giorgio Treves (Italy)
Your Face, Tsai Ming-Liang (Chinese Taipei)
Monrovia, Indiana, Frederick Wieseman (U.S.)

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New photo teases Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys in Marielle Heller’s Mister Rogers biopic

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Tristar Pictures has released a new image from A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the upcoming Mister Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks in the role of the beloved children’s television show host. The film comes courtesy of Can You Ever Forgive Me? director Marielle Heller.

Per the film’s official synopsis, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is “a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod,” who you may have seen featured in the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? last year.

Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, the story begins when a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on Mister Rogers, following him as he overcomes his skepticism about Rogers and learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor in the process.

Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, and Youree Henley are producing the film, which also stars Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson, Enrico Colatoni, Maryann Plunkett, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Sakina Jaffrey, Carmen Cusack, Noah Harpster, and Maddie Corman.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will open in theaters just in time for awards season on November 22, 2019.

You can check out the newly released image above.

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Amid an intense wave of backlash, the Academy has decided to air all Oscar categories live

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In the wake of an intense wave of backlash, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that they will be reversing their controversial decision to present four technical categories their awards during commercial breaks at the 91st Oscars ceremony next Sunday.

“The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling,” the AMPAS board of governors said in a statement. “All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format.”

Sources familiar with the matter tell Silver Screen Beat that the Academy’s change of heart came after AMPAS president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson met with members of the group’s cinematography branch Thursday evening to discuss the decision, which did not go over well with many Hollywood filmmakers and craftspeople.

“Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession,” read an open letter to the Academy signed by dozens of industry figures, including directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee and cinematographers Roger Deakins and Rachel Morrison.

The letter ends with a quote from Academy member Seth Rogen, who tweeted earlier this week, “What better way to celebrate achievements in film than to NOT publicly honour the people whose job it is to film things.”

The 91st Oscars will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ officially wraps principal photography with an emotional cast photo

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Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams announced today via Twitter that the highly anticipated final chapter in the Skywalker saga has officially wrapped principal photography, leading us to believe that our first look at the film could be just around the corner.

“It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all,” Abrams wrote in his tweet this afternoon.

Abrams’ tweet also includes an emotional set photo featuring cast members Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, John Boyega, who plays Finn, and Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, embracing on their final day of shooting.

“That’s a wrap on Star Wars episode 9 and the end to a chapter of my life that I couldn’t be more thankful for,” Boyega wrote in a tweet of is own. “What a process! It really has been a joy to be in these movies surrounded by amazing people. JJ, thank you for making my dreams come true.”

Abrams, who launched a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens in 2015, will now take Episode IX to the editing bay, where it will remain in post-production for the next 10 months or so until its December 20 release date.

You can check out the tweets from Abrams and Boyega below.

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