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  • Get Out: Making of the Thriller

    Casting the Thriller To set up the culture clash at the heart of Get Out, Peele cast a wide net to find his players.  From critically lauded performers to young upstarts who are just breaking into the business, he filled the thriller’s roster with an unexpected array of talent.  For Peele, all his experience as […]

    In Search of Fellini: Directed by Taron Lexton

    The closing ceremonies of Italia Week will be followed by the world premiere of Taron Lexton’s In Search of Fellini (AMBI Pictures), the story of a shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality.

    Collide

    Open Road’s Collide, an action thriller with Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, is expected to generate only $3 million to $5 million, when it hits 2,045 locations, a muted result for the $21 million film. IM Global partnered with China’s DMG on financing the film and limited its financial exposure through foreign pre-sales. The picture […]

    Get Out: Interracial Thriller

    Get Out, the thriller about a young African-American man’s visit to his white girlfriend’s estate has scored good reviews for mixing thrilling scares and relevant social commentary. Right now, it enjoys a rare 100% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. The raves are ensuring that Get Out will get a warm reception at the multiplexes when […]

    Land of Mine: What You Need to Know about Denmark’s Oscar Nominee

    Land of Mine is Denmark’s nominee for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Oscar The Geneva Convention of 1929 forbids forcing Prisoners of War to carry out hard labor or dangerous work. However, there is evidence that British and Danish commands deliberately changed the wording of the text from “prisoners of war” to “voluntarily surrendered enemy […]

    Lord of the Rings: Uma Thurman Declined Role of Eowyn

    During the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Oscar nominee Uma Thurman revealed she was offered the role of Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy but turned it down.

    They Knew What They Wanted: Garson Kanin Directs Howard Play Starring Carole Lombard and William Gargan in Oscar Nominated Performance

    Directed by Garson Kanin, They Knew What They Wanted is adapted to the screen from Sidney Howard’s 1924 Pulitzer Prize play.

    Other Side of Hope: Aki Kaurismaki Wins Best Director at Berlin Film Fest

    Acclaimed Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki won the 2017 Berlin Film Fest’s Silver Bear for best director for The Other Side of Hope, a dramedy about the European refugee crisis.

    Insyriated: Tale of Syrian Household Under Siege Wins Audience Award

    Insyriated, a drama from Belgian director Philippe van Leeuw about a Syrian household under siege during the civil war, took the top prize for fiction voted on by the festival’s some 250,000 cinema goers.

    God’s Own Country: Gay Love Story

    God’s Own Country, Francis Lee’s love story between a Yorkshire farmer and a Romanian itinerant worker, took The Harvey, the prize awarded by readers of Berlin’s Manner, a gay monthly magazine.

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