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Todd McCarthy: Telluride, And Movies, In Absentia

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Todd McCarthy: Telluride, And Movies, In Absentia
To rework an exchange William Wyler and Billy Wilder had at Ernst Lubitsch’s funeral 73 years ago: “’No more Telluride. ‘Worse than that, no more Telluride films.’” That’s the way I, and I know many others, feel with the announcement that the best-curated and, due to its small size and remote setting, most rarified and pleasurable of American film festivals has canceled its 2020 edition.

Right up to this week, festival personnel had been screening more new titles in its perennial effort to the show the best work the world of cinema has to offer entering the festival-loaded fall season. A serious cinephile destination since its inception in 1974, Telluride took more than 30 years to become, in spite of itself, the gateway to what is now called awards season; the first locally premiered film to go on to win the Best Picture Oscar was Slumdog Millionaire, from 2008 (Brokeback Mountain should have
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Is NBC’s Peacock Worth It? Here’s What to Know About the New Streaming Service

Is NBC’s Peacock Worth It? Here’s What to Know About the New Streaming Service
The streaming wars have gotten more heated with the launch of Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, which launches on July 15. Peacock joins legacy streaming services like Netflix and Hulu along with newer entrants like HBO Max and Disney+ in a bid for your time. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about the service, including our verdict on whether or not you should subscribe.

How Does Peacock Work?

Peacock is unique among its competition because it’s launching with a free tier that includes access to a smaller library.
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Michelle Williams, Oscar Isaac to Star in ‘Scenes From a Marriage’ Limited Series at HBO

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Michelle Williams, Oscar Isaac to Star in ‘Scenes From a Marriage’ Limited Series at HBO
Oscar Isaac and Michelle Williams are attached to star in an HBO limited series adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From a Marriage,” Variety has learned.

Bergman’s version aired on Swedish television in 1973, consisting of six episodes. Bergman directed the series with Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson starring. The new version is said to re-examine the show’s depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.

Williams and Isaac will also executive produce in addition to starring. Hagai Levi will write, direct, and executive produce. Michael Ellenberg will executive produce via Media Res. Amy Herzog, Lars Blomgren, Daniel Bergman, and Blair Breard will also executive produce. Media Res and Endeavor content will produce.

Ellenberg, the former head of drama for HBO, has been working on adapting “Scenes From a Marriage” for years. It was one of the first projects announced
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Why ‘Love, Victor’ Star Michael Cimino Took a Gay Role Against Industry Advice

Why ‘Love, Victor’ Star Michael Cimino Took a Gay Role Against Industry Advice
There are more LGBTQ stories and characters on TV than ever before, but some pesky Hollywood belief systems die hard. When 20th Century Fox released “Love, Simon” in 2018, it was the first major studio blockbuster to center around a gay teen character coming out. What had been an almost too common trope in queer cinema for decades only had its mainstream outing two years ago — making the milestone both momentous and years too late. As with other studio hits centering underrepresented identities, the fact that it took so long is indicative of Hollywood’s heel-dragging approach on progress.

That’s why it’s both demoralizing and unsurprising to learn that the long-held belief that unknown actors shouldn’t play gay is still alive and well in Hollywood; at least according to promising newcomer Michael Cimino, who plays a teenager discovering his queerness in Hulu’s adorable romantic comedy for young adults,
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Oscars Academy Class of 2020: Natasha Lyonne and 11 More Stars We’re Shocked Weren’t Already Members

Oscars Academy Class of 2020: Natasha Lyonne and 11 More Stars We’re Shocked Weren’t Already Members
It’s become a tradition every year when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invites its new members that we pour through the list of stars and Hollywood legends and look in amazement at how many big names were somehow not already part of the Oscars club.

This year, the Academy invited 819 new members, including a 2020 class that’s 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 49% international from 68 countries.

The diversity is always welcome, and the Academy has done loads in recent years to attempt to diversify its ranks. In fact, we count 10 different actors and below-the-line crew members involved with the Best Picture winner “Parasite” joining the Academy this year. And other emerging stars like Awkwafina, Zendaya, Zazie Beetz, Brian Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo and more are all among those who will vote on the upcoming Oscars.

Also Read: Oscars Finally Give Agents the Vote

But then there
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Diana Ossana

Diana Ossana
The Oscar winning co-writer and producer of Brokeback Mountain takes us on a cinematic journey through her life, and talks about the pleasures of writing with Larry McMurtry and Joe Bonnano, and what Ken Kesey’s favorite movie was.

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Red River (1948)

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Hud (1963)

Piranha (1978)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

They Drive By Night (1940)

Kings Row (1942)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

The Grapes of Wrath (1942)

Buffalo Bill (1944)

Laura (1944)

Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950)

The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Moby Dick (1956)

Village of the Damned (1960)

Written on the Wind (1956)

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

There’s Always Tomorrow (1956)

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Brazil (1985)

Lost In La Mancha (2002)

The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996)

The Fisher King (1991)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The Deer Hunter (1978)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

A History of Violence
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Lee Daniels Reveals He Wanted to Direct ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Before Ang Lee

Lee Daniels Reveals He Wanted to Direct ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Before Ang Lee
The musical chairs of hot directors once attached to direct the classic pastoral gay romance “Brokeback Mountain,” which ultimately went to Ang Lee, is the stuff of legend. Gus Van Sant was once set to helm the adaptation of Annie Proulx’s story, with Matt Damon and Joaquin Phoenix eyed to star in the roles that went to Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Joel Schumacher was at another point linked to direct the 2005 Academy Award-winning film, and co-screenwriter Larry McMurtry even offered the project to Pedro Almodóvar, who said he was tempted to make a more “animalistic” version of the love story.

But as revealed in a new interview with Insider, Oscar-nominated “Precious,” “The Butler,” and “The Paperboy” director Lee Daniels said he was also in talks to direct the film, but getting it off the ground proved to be complicated.

“I was going to be directing ‘Brokeback Mountain,'” the “Empire” creator said.
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Lee Daniels Reveals He Wanted to Direct ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Before Ang Lee

Lee Daniels Reveals He Wanted to Direct ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Before Ang Lee
The musical chairs of hot directors once attached to direct the classic pastoral gay romance “Brokeback Mountain,” which ultimately went to Ang Lee, is the stuff of legend. Gus Van Sant was once set to helm the adaptation of Annie Proulx’s story, with Matt Damon and Joaquin Phoenix eyed to star in the roles that went to Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Joel Schumacher was at another point linked to direct the 2005 Academy Award-winning film, and co-screenwriter Larry McMurtry even offered the project to Pedro Almodóvar, who said he was tempted to make a more “animalistic” version of the love story.

But as revealed in a new interview with Insider, Oscar-nominated “Precious,” “The Butler,” and “The Paperboy” director Lee Daniels said he was also in talks to direct the film, but getting it off the ground proved to be complicated.

“I was going to be directing ‘Brokeback Mountain,'” the “Empire” creator said.
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‘Barkskins’ Showrunner Elwood Reid & Stars On The Importance Of Authenticity: “We Built The Village” – Contenders TV

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‘Barkskins’ Showrunner Elwood Reid & Stars On The Importance Of Authenticity: “We Built The Village” – Contenders TV
Based on the 2016 bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx of Brokeback Mountain fame, National Geographic’s scripted drama series Barkskins is a savage trip back in time to the wild frontiers of the late 17th century. Set in the wooden settlement of Wobik, now the Canadian province of Quebec, the show features an ensemble cast that includes David Thewlis as the wealthy but eccentric landowner Claude Trepagny and Marcia Gay Harden as wily innkeeper Mathilde Geffard, keeper of the local community’s secrets.

Speaking during Deadline’s Contenders Television virtual event, showrunner Elwood Reid explained that it was Proulx’s consummate world-building—the book spans over 300 years—that inspired him to adapt it.

“As a writer, you’re always looking for those worlds that aren’t on television,” he said, “and it had these really interesting core characters in there [too], so I was immediately drawn in. Claude Trepagny is a character that,
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River Road Entertainment Taps MacRo Producer Kim Roth as Chief Creative Officer

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River Road Entertainment Taps MacRo Producer Kim Roth as Chief Creative Officer
Producer Bill Pohlad’s River Road Entertainment on Monday named veteran producer Kim Roth as co-president and chief financial officer of the company.

The move came as part of a major reorganization at the production company, which also promoted Christa Zofcin Workman to co-president and chief operating officer.

“I am incredibly excited to re-energize River Road and its mission as a filmmaker-friendly home to extraordinary creative projects as well as a developer and producer of its own home-grown material,” Pohlad said in a statement. “So much is changing in the industry and in the world, but we remain optimistic and excited to have Kim and Christa leading River Road into the future.”

Also Read: 'Jurassic World: Dominion' to Resume Production at UK Pinewood Studios by Early July

Roth, who spent 16 years at Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, joins River Road from Macro, a multi-platform media
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Film London’s Production Finance Market moves online, James Schamus joins line-up

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Film London’s Production Finance Market moves online, James Schamus joins line-up
Film financing event to be held during the BFI London Film Festival.

Us producer and filmmaker James Schamus is to speak at Film London’s Production Finance Market (Pfm), which is shifting online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The 14th edition of the film financing event will run from October 12-13 during the BFI London Film Festival (Lff), which has yet to confirm how the virus crisis will impact its own plans.

Announcing that Pfm applications are open from today, screen agency Film London said the move online put the health and safety of delegates at the forefront of
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Hollywood Reporter Film Critics: 10 Great Overlooked LGBTQ Movies

Hollywood Reporter Film Critics: 10 Great Overlooked LGBTQ Movies
We all know titles like Call Me by Your Name, Brokeback Mountain, CarolMoonlight and Boys Don't Cry. But there's a wealth of terrific LGBTQ movies out there that were either under-appreciated at the time of their release or too quickly forgotten, sometimes even with a big-league festival imprimatur and strong reviews behind them.

There are inconsistencies in the exposure even of the work of celebrated filmmakers. For instance, Robin Campillo's pulsing chronicle of AIDS activism in early-'90s Paris, Bpm (Beats Per Minute), was a critical success three years ago, while comparatively few people saw the same writer-director's riveting 2015 ...
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Pixar Short ‘Out’ Proves Gay Stories Can Live on Family-Friendly Disney+

Pixar Short ‘Out’ Proves Gay Stories Can Live on Family-Friendly Disney+
The existence of “Out,” an animated short film on Disney+ about a gay man’s coming-out story, might come as a shock given recent barbs thrown at the studio. Disney+ shuttled another coming-out story, “Love, Simon” spinoff series “Love, Victor,” to Hulu due to its mature themes. The platform also covered up Daryl Hannah’s naked rear in “Splash!,” and cut a joke about casting couches from “Toy Story 2.”

But “Out” illustrates that Disney+ content can be both family-friendly and deal with serious issues, and it’s a historic moment also because it gives animation studio Pixar its first-ever gay lead.

“We’ve always approached this as family film. It’s about common family issues that are true to human experience. It’s a story that is a reflection of truths that exist in the world,” “Out” producer Max Sachar said in a phone interview. “When we first created
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‘Barkskins’ enters Creative Arts Emmy races for Nat Geo with recreation of 1690s New France

‘Barkskins’ enters Creative Arts Emmy races for Nat Geo with recreation of 1690s New France
Barkskins” is the first novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx since the Oscar-winning adaptation of her source material for “Brokeback Mountain.” National Geographic actually optioned the rights to the epic in 2016, months before its publication and it is arriving on our screens four years later, just in time to qualify for the 2020 Emmys. Set in New France toward the end of the 17th century, Nat Geo has invested in the craft of this period drama as it eyes nominations below the line in Creative Arts categories. The network hosted the press privately at a virtual premiere event this past Sunday, featuring webcam panels that included not only the cast, but also costume designer Anna Terrazas and production designer Isabelle Guay, affirming a comprehensive push for the show as Emmy voting approaches.

Terrazas contends in the Best Period Costumes category, in which Nat Geo has been nominated twice in recent years,
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‘God’s Own Country’ Director Criticizes Distributor for Censoring Gay Sex Scenes on Prime Video

‘God’s Own Country’ Director Criticizes Distributor for Censoring Gay Sex Scenes on Prime Video
Update (4:20pm Et): Sources close to Amazon Prime tell IndieWire the censored cut of “God’s Own Country” was uploaded by distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films through the company’s Prime Video Direct service. Films uploaded through Prime Video Direct that contain depictions of pornography or explicit depictions of sexual acts or nudity are labeled as featuring “sexually explicit content,” which prevents the title from appearing on certain carousels on the Prime Video website. By censoring “God’s Own Country,” the free stream of the film available for Prime subscribers bypassed an explicit rating and thus increased its visibility on the website. The censored cut has since been pulled from Amazon Prime. The original theatrical cut is still available for rent or purchase. IndieWire has reached out to Samuel Goldwyn Films for comment.

Director Francis Lee confirmed the news in a Twitter post, writing: “After investigation, ‘God’s Own Country’ was not
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I Wish I Knew How To Quit You: 10 Of The Best Quotes From Brokeback Mountain

I Wish I Knew How To Quit You: 10 Of The Best Quotes From Brokeback Mountain
When it was released in 2005, Brokeback Mountain was one of the most talked-about films of the year. More than a decade later, Ang Lee's epic romance drama is viewing as a stunning achievement and a ground-breaking film in mainstream Hollywood.

Related: I Wish I Knew How To Quit You: 10 Behind-The-Scenes About Brokeback Mountain

The film stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two men who fall in love while working as sheepherders in the 1960s. The movie is a beautiful and moving story about a love that is deemed unacceptable in their society. It makes for an unforgettable movie to experience. Here are some of the best quotes from Brokeback Mountain.
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Netflix’s Hollywood Ending Explained

Netflix’s Hollywood Ending Explained
This article contains major Hollywood spoilers. You can find our spoiler-free review here.

It certainly is a Hollywood ending. On the corner of Hollywood Boulevard, a gas station that should be consigned to obscurity and whispered reveries is now going to be immortalized as the opening scene of a big Hollywood movie. In the year 1948, nearly 60 years before Brokeback Mountain, most of the cast and crew behind Ace Pictures’ Meg are reunited for the first glossy romance about two gay men. And in it, Rock Hudson (Jack Piercing) wears a spiffy white uniform while promising to take a skittish John (David Corenswet playing actor Jack Castello) to Dreamland. Together they drive off to a better future.

Thus the title card that ends the series is “The Beginning” instead of “the end.”

An unmistakable declaration of intent, creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan do not view this as the end of
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Trevor Green Dies: Entertainment Film Distributors Co-Founder & UK Distribution Giant Was 66

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Sad news coming to us in the UK. Distribution giant Trevor Green, one half of major local independent distributor Entertainment Film Distributors (Efd), has died in London aged 66, according to associates.

Green has run Efd with brother Nigel since they founded the company with their father Michael – himself an industry vet – in the late 1970s. They distributed movies from Teen Wolf to The Artist and were well known for their lucrative deals with New Line and The Weinstein Company.

Efd has been one of the UK’s biggest independent distributors for decades, achieving notable success with Oscar-winning titles such as The Departed, Gosford Park, Million Dollar Dollar Baby,
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Jake Gyllenhaal Jokes That He's in a "Relationship" With Sourdough Bread

Jake Gyllenhaal Jokes That He's in a
We feel you, Jake Gyllenhaal. During Tuesday's at-home episode of The Late Show, the Brokeback Mountain star hilariously revealed that he's got a newfound love of sourdough bread. As he caught up with host Stephen Colbert, he joked that the comedian needed to be quiet to prevent disturbing his rising dough. "Shh, I have sourdough rising," Gyllenhaal warned. "Shh. It needs to rest. It's resting." Fighting back his laughter, Colbert asked him to explain how he became part of the "sourdough cult" during social distancing. "As my hair's grown longer and as I've sort of slowly inched into the hipster world, I've found myself falling in love with sourdough,"...
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Stream of the Day: ‘God’s Own County’ Deserves to Be a ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Sensation

Stream of the Day: ‘God’s Own County’ Deserves to Be a ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Sensation
With readers turning to their home viewing options more than ever, this daily feature provides one new movie each day worth checking out on a major streaming platform.

Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and Francis Lee’s “God’s Own Country” both world premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to universal acclaim and ended the year as two of 2017’s best reviewed movies..

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And yet, the coupling of Elio and Oliver is bound to inspire more swoons in the collective hearts of moviegoers than the coupling of Johnny and Gheorghe. You’d be hard pressed to find many moviegoers who even know who Johnny and Gheorghe are in the first place.

God’s Own Country” marked the
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