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December 10, 2017

Inside the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ World Premiere: Hollywood Celebrates Rian Johnson’s Movie

Misdirection: Keep that in mind when you check out the eighth “Star Wars” installment, “The Last Jedi,” next weekend.

That’s what writer-director Rian Johnson does throughout this dense, careening, seemingly unstructured movie’s 2-hour, 32-minute running time. The movie is worth a second viewing, as it demands that you pay attention. Every little detail pays off.

Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy pose together at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages ).

Daisy Ridley and Kathleen Kennedy

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At the world premiere — the first-ever public screening — Saturday night at downtown L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, security guards swept under every car, guests wore individual badges with seat assignments, carried their own smartphones in locked security bags to their seats, and kept their collectible “Last Jedi” popcorn buckets with them all night.

On crutches, veteran director and puppeteer Frank Oz headed into the auditorium to see the film for the first time. No one else gets to voice Yoda, he confirmed. As 2,200 guests at the Shrine watched red-carpet video of 25-year-old movie star John Boyega explaining how he almost didn’t make it out of snowbound Atlanta in time, director Jon Favreau (“Jungle Book,” “Lion King”) chatted with Edgar Wright and Jon Watts.

Seemingly the entire LA press corps and the extended Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm/Pixar family were on hand, revved to see this movie, which was deemed so strong that Disney and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has already signed Johnson up for three more “Star Wars” installments.

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Lining up on the Shrine stage were returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Lupita N’Yongo (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), as well as newcomers Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo), Benicio del Toro (DJ), and Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), who has built a rabid following ahead of anyone seeing the movie. The biggest applause of the night went to Anthony Daniels (Spoiler: both C-3PO and R2-D2 are back). Missing in action was Oscar Isaac (cocky fighter pilot Poe Dameron), who’s in France shooting Julian Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh movie “At Eternity’s Gate.”

Andy Serkis and Frank Oz share a moment at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages )

Andy Serkis and Frank Oz

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Johnson choked up as he dedicated the screening to the missing Carrie Fisher, whose role as Princess Leia in the movie is central, and was expected to be pivotal in the ninth “Star Wars” movie.

That was the subject of much speculation at the after-party that featured plenty of photo opportunities, blackjack tables, and wandering Storm Troopers (“May I take a picture?” “Affirmative!”). The reaction was largely positive (the movie is under review embargo until December 12), although some mentioned the long running time. Other hot topics: The movie is often funny (yes, the Porgs are used as comic relief), there’s a number of gorgeously designed new creatures, and a plot that not only deals with the balance of The Force but also power dynamics between men and women.

Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran pose with Praetorian guards at the after party for the world premiere of LucasfilmÕs Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, December 9, 2017..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner / ABImages )

Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran

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Hanging anxiously just inside the entrance to the after party, Johnson admitted that the movie took a long time to write and featured “many moving pieces.” The filmmaker held court to such admirers as Ryan Coogler, whose Marvel entry “Black Panther” is up in February. He told me he had to get back to the editing room, but now has an even higher quality standard to meet. Gina Prince-Bythewood thanked Johnson for giving her some tips as she heads into her next assignment, Marvel’s “Silver Sable.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens on December 15.

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December 10, 2017

‘Ready Player One’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Takes Us to the Oasis of the Future — Watch

If you’re done obsessing over the fact that a newly released “Ready Player One” poster makes it look like Tye Sheridan has a freakishly long leg, avail yourself of the new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming nostalgia fest.

Spielberg’s adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel of the same name tells of a virtual-reality game that brings together an array of ’80s pop-culture touchstones: “Back to the Future,” Freddy Krueger, “Mad Max,” and so on and so forth. That’s fitting of the director, whose own output in that most reminisced-upon of decades has inspired everything from “Super 8” to “Stranger Things” in recent years.

Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, a wayward youth living in Columbus, Ohio in 2045 whose visits to “The Oasis” are his only reprieve from the drudgery of daily life in the mid-21st century. Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance will co-star in “Ready Player One,” which Warner Bros. will release on March 30, 2018.

Source: IndieWire film

December 10, 2017

Sufjan Stevens Says ‘I, Tonya’ Didn’t Want His Tonya Harding Song, but You Can Listen to It Anyway

Sufjan Stevens contributed two highly acclaimed tunes to the “Call Me by Your Name” soundtrack, with both “Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon” considered likely nominees for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. To hear the indie-rock icon tell it, he almost had another in the mix this fall: “Tonya Harding,” which, despite his efforts, bears no relation to “I, Tonya.”

Margot Robbie stars as the disgraced figure skater in Craig Gillespie’s biopic, which has earned strong reviews since premiering in Toronto and opens later this month. Stevens writes on his website that he’s “been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I was 15” and that the final product is “not at all related to the new biopic” because he “sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn’t find a way to use it.”

Here are his full liner notes, which evince a deep love of Harding:

“I wrote a song for Tonya Harding. It’s not at all related to the new biopic (I sent it to the music supervisors but they couldn’t find a way to use it). This song has been years in the making. I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I was 15. I wrote a short piece about it here. There are two versions of the song and we are releasing them on tape cassette (available now) and on 7-inch (available soonish). All digital versions are available now:

http://smarturl.it/tonya-harding

“Please enjoy. If you don’t know who Tonya Harding is, go see the movie, or read her Wikipedia page. She’s amazing. My prayer is peace on earth. Lord help us.

“I love you Tonya.”

Listen to the song below:

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December 10, 2017

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions Are Highly Positive: ‘It Will Shatter You — and Then Make You Whole Again’

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” had its long-awaited premiere last night in Los Angeles, and early word is highly positive for Rian Johnson’s contribution to the space-opera franchise. Formal reviews won’t be published for another few days, but praise like “so beautifully human, populist, funny, and surprising,” “spectacular and unpredictable,” and especially “SPACE DERN” indicate that they’ll be similarly enthusiastic.

Here’s what people are saying:

Source: IndieWire film

December 9, 2017

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Meets ‘Monsters University’ in Hilarious Trailer — Watch

Later, Sully. Now that “Call Me by Your Name” has emerged as an awards-season favorite and bonafide art-house hit, two things are certain: hot takes and memes. “We Are Bears” writer Mikey Heller has gifted us with the latter, recutting the “Call Me by Your Name” trailer using clips from “Monsters University.” Why, you ask? No, reader — why not?

Like most of these exercises, this one cleverly capitalizes on the two films’ superficial plot similarities — Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama deals with academia, as does Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” sequel; too, both involve unexpected friendships. Only the former delves into romance, of course, which is where this gets truly inventive.

Watch as Mike and Sully realize that, like Elio and Oliver, there may be something between them — all as the dulcet tones of Sufjan Stevens gently guide them along. Watch the trailer below and long for a time when Michael Stuhlbarg tells you about love.

Source: IndieWire film

December 7, 2017

Meet the 2018 SXSW Wellness Expo Advisory Board

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As part of the SXSW Wellness Expo, we’re honored to present our 2018 Wellness Expo Advisory Board who will help ensure that SXSW is bringing the most reputable companies, ideas, and trends to the exhibition.

Our mission is to showcase all that holistic living has to offer. From mental and physical fitness, to alternative healing, clean eating, and spiritual exploration, our esteemed Advisory Board members represent the best in these fields.

Read on for bios of advisory board members and make sure to mark your calendars! The SXSW Wellness Expo happens March 10-11 at the Palmer Events Center and will be open to SXSW attendees as well as the general public.

Lauren Ash


Lauren Ash is a visionary credited for centering black women in wellness. As founder of Black Girl In Om, she promotes self-love for women of color through BGIO’s online publication, podcast, creative agency, and social media platforms. Nike, Well+Good, Shape, Girlboss, NYLON, and ESSENCE recognize Lauren as an industry trailblazer.

Kelly Brogan, MD


Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the International and New York Times bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, serves as Medical Director for Fearless Parent, and is a founding member of Health Freedom Action.

Toni Carey


Toni Carey’s passion for health and fitness led to the co-creation of Black Girls RUN!, a grassroots organization that encourages and inspires African-American women to live a healthy and active lifestyle.She is currently the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at a non-profit located in Washington, D.C. while she pursues her next entrepreneurial venture Keeping Balanced, an online platform that explores the true meaning of work/life balance, while helping women reclaim their time, health and sanity.

Daphne Cheng


Daphne Cheng is the founder/CEO of Superhuman, a food media e-commerce platform aiming to change the way China’s 1.4 billion populations eats and lives. Cheng is a pioneer in plant-based cuisine, focusing on making vegetables as delicious as possible. Superhuman’s approach uses psychology and behavioral economics principles to make it easy, fun, and appealing for people to change their unhealthy behaviors.

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davidji is a globally recognized mindbody health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author, credited with creating the 21-day meditation process which spawned hundreds of 21-day meditation experiences & challenges around the world.

Derek Flanzraich


Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to give everyone a healthyish attitude. He is the CEO & Founder of Greatist, a next-generation media startup working to make healthy living cool and build the first truly trusted consumer-facing healthy living brand for this generation. Greatist reaches 10-15 million unique visitors per month. Flanzraich graduated from Harvard, and has been building brands and organizations since founding a dog-walking business at 10 years old.

Tiffany Kieran


Tiffany Kieran’s passion and expertise is in film production and the planning and organization of film, art, music events and fundraisers aimed at raising awareness of social causes.

She has served on the PR and Advisory Council for the International Rescue Committee, worked as a City Leader for Call + Response and Free the Slaves and led yoga and wellness outreach programs for shelters and organizations.

Kyle Kingsbury


Kyle is a lifelong athlete who played Division 1 football at Arizona State and fought professionally in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for 6 years. As Director of Human Optimization at Onnit, Kyle is committed to understanding the ways we can better our lives physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Alyssa Malehorn


Alyssa Malehorn is a spiritual teacher. Her work includes support and education in the healing arts and meditation along with the Raw Spirituality podcast.

Coss Marte


Coss Marte is the founder of ConBody, a prison-style bootcamp which hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness classes. After being sent to prison in 2009, Marte developed exercise techniques using simple movements and his own body weight to combat his own obesity, which he shared with other inmates and now with the general public.

Adriene Mishler


Adriene Mishler is an actress, yoga teacher and entrepreneur from Austin, Texas.. Her Youtube channel Yoga With Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes across the globe. Drawing on a background in professional theatre, Adriene also works in television, voiceover, film and dance and is a regular contributor for magazines and blogs.

Reid Tracy


Reid Tracy is the president and CEO of Hay House, Inc. He has also produced more than 12 successful PBS Specials, raising more than $100 million for public television.

Shawn Ullman


Shawn Ullman is the co-founder and CEO of Feel Rich, the market leader in delivery branded celebrity health and wellness content, influencers, products, and live events. The network has a reach of over 300 million followers, delivering groundbreaking celebrity content in social media and live events.

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December 7, 2017

25 Years of SXSW Film Festival – Kat Candler, Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers, Trey Shults

To commemorate the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, we continue our weekly alumni spotlight on careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more with filmmakers Kat Candler, Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers, and Trey Shults.

Kat Candler

Candler has had numerous films screen at the SXSW Film Festival including Jumping off Bridges (world premiere,
2006), Hellion (2012), Black Metal (2013), and the feature-length Hellion in 2014. Currently, Candler directs and produces episodes of the critically acclaimed tv series, Queen Sugar, created by 2015 SXSW Film Keynote, Ava DuVernay.

“I love SXSW because it fosters gorgeous collaboration among a community of wickedly talented artists.”

Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers

Bliss and Rogers presented the world premiere of their film Fort Tilden in 2014 where it won the Jury Award for Narrative Feature Competition. The pair next co-created the dark comedy Search Party with Michael Showalter which premiered at SXSW in 2016. The second season of Search Party is currently airing on TBS.

“SXSW changed our lives by legitimizing us as filmmakers and giving us the confidence to continue with our creative lives. The festival essentially helped us launch our careers and made our dreams come true. The programming is varied and takes risks. It helps launch the careers of unknown filmmakers and the parties are flirtatious.

I’ll never forget how our hearts beating at a rapid pace for two hours straight while we sat through the awards ceremony holding hands with the creative team of Fort Tilden, anxiously awaiting the results and dripping sweat onto each other.”

Trey Shults

Shults world premiered his narrative short Krisha at SXSW 2014 where it won the Special Jury Award for Cinematography. In 2015, he debuted his feature of the same name, where it received both the Jury and Audience Award for Narrative Feature. For his direction, Shults received Best Directorial debut from the National Board of Review and the Bingham Ray Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director. His latest film, the psychological thriller, It Comes At Night was released earlier this year.

“I will never forget the week we played Krisha at SXSW. It was surreal, humbling, and unforgettable. SXSW gave me a huge platform to present my small film and it changed my life.”

Stay tuned to SXSW News each week for more 25th edition stories.

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Grab your Film Badge today for primary access to all SXSW Film events including world premieres, roundtables, workshops, and parties. Register to attend by Friday, January 12 and save. Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates.

Stay tuned for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup which will be announced in January.

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See you in March!

Screening of Hellion -Photo by Chris Saucedo
Wolrd Premiere of Fort Tilden – Photo by Andy Pareti/Getty Images for SXSW
World Premiere of Krisha – Photo by Waytao Shing/Getty Images for SXSW

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December 6, 2017

SXSW Film Festival Headliner The Disaster Artist In Theaters Now

“It would have been easy to make a movie making fun of The Room – clowning it, or objectifying it in some way – but we love it,” said producer and cast member Seth Rogen.

James Franco‘s wildly popular film The Disaster Artist is currently playing in select theaters and will open nation-wide on December 8. The SXSW Film Festival Work-In-Progress screening received an enthusiastic response as well a standing ovation. Since its SXSW debut, the film has garnered critical acclaim, particularly praising Franco’s direction and performance as Tommy Wiseau. Check out our latest edition of SXSWorld for in-depth look at The Disaster Artist written by film journalist Eric Kohn.

Take a look at our red carpet coverage and enjoy the hilarious Q&A!

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Grab your Film Badge today for primary access to all SXSW Film events including world premieres, roundtables, workshops, and parties. Register to attend by Friday, January 12 and save. Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates.

Stay tuned for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup which will be announced in January.

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Work-In-Progress Screening of The Disaster Artist – Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW

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December 5, 2017

Make Your Mark: Apply to the Social Impact Pavilion

The Social Impact Pavilion at the 2017 SXSW Trade Show

If your organization seeks to inspire action, challenge the status quo, and make a profound difference in the world, the Social Impact Pavilion within the SXSW Trade Show is right up your alley. Lucky for you, applications are still open.

Last year, the SXSW Trade Show brought more than 300 thriving, creative businesses from 27 countries together under one roof. As the largest exhibition at SXSW, it’s dedicated to launching innovation and promoting discovery. This is your chance to work and network among elite industry leaders. Falling under the Trade Show umbrella, the Social Impact Pavilion is the ultimate opportunity to share your mission with more than 74,000 exhibition attendees.

We’ve devoted an entire section of the SXSW Trade Show to non-profits and organizations whose focus is to bring awareness to distinct causes. Educate attendees on the vitality of global philanthropy. Discuss animal rights and adoption processes. Empower masses of people who have been searching to be a part of a movement greater than themselves. No matter the objective, the SXSW Social Impact Pavilion enables you to amplify your call to action.

Be the change. Make your mark. Space is limited so apply to be a part of SXSW Social Impact Pavilion!

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Photo by Jay Willingham

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December 5, 2017

SXSW Alumni Film Releases – December 2017

Discover some of the SXSW alumni films on release this month, such as The Ballad of Lefty Brown, The Disaster Artist, and Spaceship. Continue on for a complete list with trailers and more info.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

A classically styled western with a contemporary edge, The Ballad of Lefty Brown centers around a typically nuanced, understated performance from Bill Pullman.

Now On Demand
In Theaters December 15

Bill Frisell: A Portrait
Documentary Feature, World Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

Years in the making, this is a warm-hearted, revealing portrait of an under-appreciated but highly influential musician, Directed by Emma Franz (Intangible Asset No. 82)

Now In Theaters

The Disaster Artist
Narrative Feature, Work in Progress, 2017
Website | Trailer

The so-called Worst Film Ever Made gets a loving, hilarious homage in James Franco‘s film, featuring Franco himself in a pitch-perfect performance as underground auteur and cult hero Tommy Wiseau.

In Theaters December 1

Fits and Starts
Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

This idiosyncratic charmer from Laura Terruso (My Name is Doris) stars Wyatt Cenac and Greta Lee as a literary couple caught up in the hilarious throes of creative dysfunction.

Now Available On Demand

Maya Dardel (world premiered at SXSW as A Critically Endangered Species)
Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

Lena Olin’s ruthlessly effective performance in the title role anchors this gripping examination of art, mortality and eroticism.
Now In Theaters

On Demand November 14

Porto
Narrative Feature, North American Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

In one of his final roles, Anton Yelchin stars with Lucie Lucas as fleeting lovers in this gorgeous film, steeped in melancholy and romance.
In Theaters November 17

The Price (world premiered at SXSW as Dara Ju)
Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

This cautionary tale follows a young Nigerian-American financier as he attempts to navigate the difficult terrain where ambition, temptation and responsibility collide. A striking debut feature.
In Theaters November 10

On Demand November 28

Song of Granite
Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

Uncategorizable and mesmerizing, Song of Granite is truly unique, hybrid portrait of Irish folk music hero and icon Joe Heaney.
In Theaters November 15

Spaceship
Narrative Feature, World Premiere, 2016
Website | Trailer

Alex Taylor‘s striking debut feature is a fresh, feverishly psychedelic take on the coming of age genre, and marks him out as a distinctive new film artist.

On Demand December 12

The Work
Documentary Feature, World Premiere, 2017
Website | Trailer

A powerful examination of rehabilitation and masculine fragility that’s as compassionate as it is confrontational and emotionally hardcore. A truly unmissable film. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the 2017 Documentary Feature Competition.
Now in Theaters

Now On Demand

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Grab your Film Badge today for primary access to all SXSW Film events including world premieres, roundtables, workshops, and parties. Register to attend by Friday, January 12 and save. Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates.

Stay tuned for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup which will be announced in January.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SXSW News for the latest SXSW coverage, announcements, and updates.

See you in March!

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