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Brad Pitt’s space drama ‘Ad Astra’ to premiere in competition at the 2019 Venice Film Festival

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James Gray’s Ad Astra, Todd Phillips’ Joker, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat are among the dozens of highly anticipated films that are set to compete at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, which unveiled its line-up early Thursday morning.

This year’s festival, which kicks off August 28, boasts an impressive out of competition slate as well, including David Michôd’s Shakespeare adaptation The King starring Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson and Benedict Andrew’s Seberg starring Kristen Stewart as actress Jean Seberg.

Interestingly enough, though, festival director Alberto Barbera seems to be making little to no effort to make up for the criticism he received last year for including only a single female director in the competition slate, as only two films directed by women will be competing this year: Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate and Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth.

To make matters even more controversial, Venice has opted to give one of its competition slots to accused child rapist Roman Polanski’s new film J’accuse, which chronicles the true story of the Dreyfus affair — a case where a Jewish French army captain was unjustly convicted of treason in the 1890s.

Polanski, who was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year along with disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, fled the United States to France in 1978 after admitting to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl the previous year.

The complete line-up for the 2019 Venice Film Festival is below:

VENEZIA 76 COMPETITION
The Truth, dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Perfect Candidate, Haifaa Al Mansour
About Endlessness, dir: Roy Andersson
Wasp Network, dir: Olivier Assayas
Marriage Story, dir: Noah Baumbach
Guest Of Honor, dir: Atom Egoyan
Ad Astra, dir: James Gray
A Herdade, dir: Tiago Guedes
Gloria Mundi, dir: Robert Guediguian
Waiting For The Barbarians, dir: Ciro Guerra
Ema, dir: Pablo Larrain
Saturday Fiction, dir: Lou Ye
Martin Eden, dir: Pietro Marcello
La Mafia Non E Piu Quella Di Una Volta, dir: Franco Maresco
The Painted Bird, dir: Vaclav Marhoul
The Mayor Of Rione Sanita, dir: Mario Martone
Babyteeth, dir: Shannon Murphy
Joker, dir: Todd Phillips
J’Accuse, dir: Roman Polanski
The Laundromat, dir: Steven Soderbergh
No. 7 Cherry Lane, dir: Yonfan

OUT OF COMPETITION – FICTION
Seberg, dir: Benedict Andrews
Vivere, dir: Francesco Archibugi
The Burnt Orange Heresy, dir: Giuseppe Capotondi
The King, dir: David Michod
Adults In The Room, dir: Costa Gavras
Mosul, dir: Matthew Michael Carnahan
Tutto Il Mio Folle Amore, dir: Gabriele Salvatores

OUT OF COMPETITION – SPECIAL SCREENINGS
No One Left Behind, dir: Guillermo Arriaga
Electric Swan, dir: Konstantina Kotzamani
Irreversible – Integral Verson, dir: Gaspar Noe
ZeroZeroZero, dir: Stefano Sollima
The New Pope, dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Never Just A Dream: Stanley Kubrick And Eyes Wide Shut, dir: Matt Wells
Eyes Wide Shut, dir: Stanley Kubrick

OUT OF COMPETITION – NON-FICTION
Woman, dirs.: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Anastasia Mikova
Roger Waters Us + Them, dir: Sean Evans, Roger Waters
I Diari Di Angela – Noi Due Cineaste. Capitolo Secondo, dirs: Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi
Citizen K, dir: Alex Gibney
Citizen Rosi, dirs: Didi Gnocchi, Carolina Rosi
The Kingmaker, dir: Lauren Greenfield
State Funeral, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
Collective, dir: Alexander Nanau
45 Seconds Of Laughter, dir: Tim Robbins
Il Pianeta In Mare, dir: Andrea Segre

HORIZONS
Zumiriki, dir: Osker Alegria
Blanco En Blanco, dir: Theo Court
Mes Jours De Gloire, dir: Antoine De Bary
Pelican Blood, dir: Katrin Gebbe
Un Fils, dir: Mehdi M Barsaoui
Nevia, dir: Nunzia De Stefano
Moffie, dir: Oliver Hermanus
Hava, Maryam, Ayesha, dir: Sahraa Karimi
Rialto, dir: Peter Mackie Burns
The Criminal Man, dir: Dmitry Mamuliya
Revenir, dir: Jessica Palud
Giants Being Lonely, dir: Grear Patterson
Verdict, dir: Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Balloon, dir: Pema Tseden
Just 6.5, dir: Saeed Roustaee
Shadow Of Water, dir: Sanal Kumar
Sole, dir: Carlo Sironi
Atlantis, dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Madre, dir: Rodrigo Sorogoyen

SPECIAL EVENT
Goodbye Dragon Inn, dir: Tsai Ming-Liang

SCONFINI
Effeto Domino, dir: Alessandro Rossetto
Once More Unto The Breach, dirs: Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini
The Scarecrows, dir: Nouri Bouzid
Chiara Ferragni – Unposted, dir: Elisa Amoruso

VENICE CLASSICS
The Incredible Shrinking Man, dir: Jack Arnold
The Grim Reaper, dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
The Spider’s Strategem, dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
The Criminal Life Of Archibaldo De La Cruz, dir: Luis Bunuel
The Crossing Of The Rhine, dir: André Cayette
Maria Zef, dir Vittorio Cottafavi
Crash, dir: David Cronenberg
Francisca, dir: Manoeul De Oliveira
The House Is Black, dir: Forough Farrokhzad
The White Sheik, dir: Federico Fellini
Current, dir: Istvan Gaal
The Hills Of Marlik, dir: Ebrahim Golestan
Death Of A Bureaucrat, dir: Tomas Gutierrez Alea
Out Of The Blue, dir: Dennis Hopper
Ecstasy, dir: Gustav Machaty
Mauri, dir: Merata Mita
Pigeon Shoot, dir: Giuliano Montaldo
New York, New York, dir: Martin Scorsese
The Red Snowball Tree, dir: Vasiliy Shukshin
Way Of A Gaucho, dir: Jacques Tourneur

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY (In competition – Interactive)
These Sleepless Nights, dir: Gabo Arora
Loveseat, dir: Kiira Benzing
Glimpse (Preview), dirs: Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor
Porton Down, dir: Callum Cooper
Bodyless, dir: Hsin-Chien Huang
Pagan Peak VR, dirs: Ioulia Isserlis, Max Sacker
A Life In Flowers, dir: Armando Kirwin
The Line, dir: Ricardo Laganaro
Inori, dir: Miwa Komatsu
Cosmos Within Us, dir: Tupac Martir
Doctor Who The Edge Of Time, dir: Marcus Moresby
Britannia VR: Out Of Your Mind, dir: Kim-Leigh Pontin
Downloaded, dir: Ollie Rankin
The Key, dir: Celine Tricart

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY (In competition – Linear)
Battle Hymn, dir: Yair Agmon
Battlescar – Punk Was Invented By Girls, dirs: Martin Allais, Nico Casavecchia
Daughters Of Chibok, dir: Joel Benson
Only the Mountain Remains (5×1 Project), dir: Chiang Wei Liang
Ghost In The Shell: Ghost Chaser, dir: Hirokai Higashi
Passenger, dirs: Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine
The Waiting Room VR, dir: Victoria Mappleback
Black Bag, dir: Qing Shao
VR Free, dir: Milad Tangshir
Gloomy Eyes, dirs: Tereso Jorge, Fernando Maldonado
O [5×1 Project], dir: Qiu Yang
Ex Anima Experience, dirs: Pierre Zandrowicz, Bartabas

BIENNALE COLLEGE CINEMA
The End Of Love, dir: Keren Ben Rafael
Lessons Of Love, dir: Chiara Campara
This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection, dir: Jeremiah Lemonhang Mosese

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to a screening of Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

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Warner Bros. will release Motherless Brooklyn, the new crime drama from writer, director, and star Edward Norton, on October 19 and its giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to claim their free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Motherless Brooklyn happening at Harkins Scottsdale 101 on Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Keep in mind that these free passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to claim yours as soon as possible before they run out. Below is the official trailer for Motherless Brooklyn as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Edward Norton

Cast: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe

Opens: Friday, November 1

Rating: R for language throughout, including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

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Paul Dano in talks to play the Riddler in ‘The Batman’ as Jonah Hill passes on the role

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Paul Dano is headed to Gotham City as the actor is in talks to play the classic comic book villain the Riddler in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Dano joins a star-studded cast that already includes the likes of Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon. Reeves is expected to round out the rest of the cast before the year’s end in anticipation of an early 2020 production start.

The news of Dano’s casting comes less than a day after reports surfaced about Jonah Hill turning down the role after he and his team failed to reach an agreement with Warner Bros. after spending weeks at the negotiating table.

Sources tell Silver Screen Beat that Hill’s camp was trying to broker a $10 million deal for the actor, which is more than half of what Pattinson — the star of the film — is reportedly making.

Reeves, who first boarded The Batman in early 2017 following the unsurprising departure of Ben Affleck, is directing the film from a script he wrote, in addition to producing along with his Planet of the Apes collaborator Dylan Clark.

The Batman is scheduled to be released June 25, 2021.

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Oscars: Disney not submitting ‘The Lion King’ for consideration in Animated Feature Film

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released Wednesday a list of the 32 features that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards.

Among the many titles that appear on the list are Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen II, Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, Laika’s Missing Link, and Warner Animation’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Notably absent from the list, however, is Disney’s photorealistic CGI remake of The Lion King, which — despite being billed by the studio as “live-action” in its marketing — was the textbook definition of an animated film and certainly would’ve qualified in the Animated Feature category had Disney submitted it.

The nominations for the 92nd Oscars will be announced Monday, January 13, while the ceremony itself will be held Sunday, February 9.

The complete list of submitted animated features are:

“Abominable”
“The Addams Family”
“The Angry Birds Movie 2”
“Another Day of Life”
“Away”
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”
“Children of the Sea”
“Dilili in Paris”
“Frozen II”
“Funan”
“Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales of Savagery”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“The Last Fiction”
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“Marona’s Fantastic Tale”
“Missing Link”
“Ne Zha”
“Okko’s Inn”
“Pachamama”
“Promare”
“Rezo”
“The Secret Life of Pets 2”
“Spies in Disguise”
“The Swallows of Kabul”
“This Magnificent Cake!”
“The Tower”
“Toy Story 4”
“Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris”
“Weathering with You”
“White Snake”

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