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The 2019 Telluride Film Festival unveils a very impressive lineup ahead of its opening tomorrow

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With Venice currently underway and Toronto just on the horizon, one of the fall festival season’s other biggest events, the Telluride Film Festival, has just unveiled its very impressive lineup ahead of its opening tomorrow.

Among the film’s that will be screening at Telluride this year are James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, Rupert Goold’s Judy, Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts, Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Agnès Varda’s Varda by Agnès, Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, and Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow.

“We are fortunate every year to share some the finest films created with our audience in Telluride,” said executive director Julie Huntsinger. “This year is no exception. We are taken aback at the quality and variety of movies we’ve been lucky enough to include [and] are excited for our attendees to be as thrilled as we are by this year’s program.”

Needless to say, if you’re heading to Telluride this year, you’re going to be in for one hell of a treat with this lineup. You can check out the complete list of Telluride Film Festival selections for 2019 below.

Telluride Film Festival feature films lineup

A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, U.S.-Germany, 2019)

Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 2019)

Coup 53 (Taghi Amirani, U.K., 2019)

Diego Maradona (Asif Kapadia, U.K., 2019)

Judy (Rupert Goold, U.K.-U.S, 2019)

Family Romance (Werner Herzog, U.S.-Japan, 2019)

First Cow (Kelly Reichardt, U.S., 2019)

Ford v. Ferrari (James Mangold, U.S., 2019)

The Kingmaker (Lauren Greenfield, U.S., 2019)

Lyrebird (Dan Friedkin, U.S., 2019)

Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2019)

Motherless Brooklyn (Edward Norton, U.S., 2019)

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (Ric Burns, U.S., 2019)

Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodovar, Spain, 2019)

Parasite (Bong Joon-Ho, South Korea, 2019)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma, France, 2019)

Tell Me Who I Am (Ed Perkins, U.K., 2019)

The Aeronauts (Tom Harper, U.S-U.K., 2019)

The Assistant Kitty Green, U.S., 2019)

The Australian Dream (Daniel Gordon, Australia, 2019)

The Climb (Michael Angelo Covino, U.S., 2019)

The Human Factor (Dror Moreh, U.K., 2019)

The Report (Scott Z. Burns, U.S., 2019)

The Two Popes (Fernando Merirelles, U.K., 2019)

Those Who Remained (Barnabas Toth, Hungary, 2019)

Uncut Gems (Josh and Benny Safdie, U.S., 2019)

Varda by Agnes (Agnes Varda, France, 2019)

Verdict (Raymund Ribay Gutierrez, Philippines, 2019)

Waves (Trey Edward Shults, U.S., 2019)

Women Make Film (Mark Cousins, U.K., 2019)

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David Fincher, Robert Towne begin development on ‘Chinatown’ prequel series at Netflix

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A prequel series to Roman Polanski‘s 1974 neo-noir classic Chinatown from David Fincher and Robert Towne is in early development at Netflix, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Per Deadline, Fincher and Towne — the latter of the two having won an Oscar for his screenplay for the film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway — have closed deals to begin working on a pilot script for the series.

The duo will also executive produce the project, which centers around “a young Jake Gittes (played by Nicholson in Polanski’s film) as he plies his business in a town where the wealthy and corruption involves areas like land, oil, and gangs.”

Fincher has reportedly expressed interest in directing an episode of the yet-to-be-titled series, though his current deal with the streamer only includes the pilot script and his handling of directorial duties would have to be negotiated into the agreement.

Netflix has developed quite a relationship with Fincher over the past several years, having collaborated with the director on series such as Love, Death & Robots, House of Cards, and Mindhunter.

Fincher’s latest collaboration with Netflix — a feature film about the life of Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz titled Mank — stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Lily Collins, and is expected to begin shooting in Los Angeles later this month.

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Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver to be honored with acting award at Santa Barbara Film Festival

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Monday that it has selected Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Performers of the Year award for their work in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

The two stars — both of whom are considered to be major players this awards season — will be honored during a ceremony at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara on January 17, where Martin Scorsese and Renée Zellweger are also set to receive awards.

“Scarlett and Adam have had such admirable arcs to their careers — making smart choices between independent films and big Hollywood franchises. They both are such lyrical performers, imbuing their acting with keen sensitivity and intellect. Together in Baumbach’s Marriage Story, they regaled us with their best work to date,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said.

Previous recipients of the award include Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney for I, Tonya, and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for La La Land.

Marriage Story, which features an ensemble cast that also includes that likes of Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, and Merritt Wever, is currently playing in theaters in select cities and will begin streaming on Netflix next month on December 6.

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Nicolas Cage to play Nicolas Cage in meta drama ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’

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In a rather extremely unexpected development, Lionsgate is close to nearing a deal to acquire the rights to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a film that will find Nicolas Cage playing none other than Nicolas Cage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, centers on a fictionalized version of Cage who “is desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter.”

The plot only gets more bizarre from there, however, as Cage “is also under a mountain of debt and finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire, who happens to be a fan of Cage’s work.”

It isn’t long, though, before Cage finds out that the billionaire “is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee,” and that he will need to go undercover for the United States government to gather intelligence.

Gormican and Etten’s script reportedly features references to Cage classics such as Face-Off, Leaving Las Vegas, and Gone in 60 Seconds, and is tonally similar to JCVD starring John Claude Van Damme and Get Shorty starring John Travolta.

Cage is currently in talks to join the meta movie project, which has Gromican attached to direct and Kevin Turen to produce along with Cage and Mike Nilon.

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