Amy Schumer defends Chuck Schumer after Trump’s ‘fake tears’ insult

People need our help. We need to fight this now and together.”
Read her full post below. We need to wake up and rise up together. A spokesperson for the senator   said in a statement Tuesday   morning,   “President Trump should learn that name calling is not going to solve the many problems this administration has already brought upon itself. A Muslim ban is so unconstitutional and cruel. This was his tweet after his first soldier died. They are good, hard working people and a refugee from the countries he isn’t letting people in from have never committed any acts of terrorism on US soil. We can't get burnt out or overwhelmed and distracted. This is what he was thinking about at 621am. It does. In an impassioned Instagram post on Tuesday, the actress and comedian blasted Trump for accusing Senate Minority Leader   Chuck Schumer, her second cousin once removed, of   crying “fake tears” over the president’s recent executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world. Trump is about to bombard us with so many awful decisions. Also 8 Yemeni women and 7 children died and trump called the raid "successful" Also I know chuck Schumer and HE CANNOT act trust me. We need to fight this now and together. They are good, hard working people and a refugee from the countries he isn't letting people in from have never committed any acts of terrorism on US soil. Call congress. She wrote, “If you live somewhere where youve never even met a Muslim person and it feels like this doesn’t really affect you. A Muslim ban is so unconstitutional and cruel. Tell your friends who say "I'm just not political" that that doesn't cut it anymore. He was hurt for those people and all the people facing such unconstitutional injustice. His Supreme Court pick will be terrifying and he will try and stop same sex adoption and all our other nightmares. Never. He can’t help but be transparent and genuine. Never. Tell your sheltered friends to wake up and help. He can barely smile on cue. He was hurt for those people and all the people facing such unconstitutional injustice.”
Senator Schumer has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s   ban, calling it “un-American” and fighting back tears in a press conference Sunday. He can barely smile on cue. Amy Schumer is speaking out against President Donald Trump in defense of her family and her beliefs. We need people alert and fighting for each other's rights. He can't help but be transparent and genuine. He ought to repeal this un-American, poorly put-together, and rushed executive order that makes America less safe and figure out a real way to stop terrorism.”
In her Instagram post, Amy Schumer warned that “Trump is about to bombard us with so many awful decisions,” and she called on ordinary citizens to make their voices heard. It does. Call the senate. If you live somewhere where youve never even met a Muslim person and it feels like this doesn't really affect you. A photo posted by @amyschumer on Jan 31, 2017 at 8:04am PST

Show Full Article Scolding Trump for tweeting insults   instead of focusing on his presidential duties, Amy Schumer wrote,   “I know chuck Schumer and HE CANNOT act trust me. We need to stay focused and organized.

‘Friday Night Lights’ is a must-binge ahead of the Super Bowl

“It’s really about football,” says Touré. They also talk to the show’s stars, including   Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), Gaius Charles (Smash Williams), Scott Porter (Jason Street), Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), and Mrs. And, of course, catch this full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) at, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. It’s a lineup Coach Taylor would be proud of. Enjoy the full clip above and stream Friday Night Lights on Netflix   now. Show Full Article Coach herself, Connie Britton. “The games take a lot of time and you’ve got to kind of follow the game.”
Shaw has different ideas: “It’s this amazing show about marriage, about high school, about relationships, about…”
“Men coming together to talk about being men,” interrupts Touré. “My wife hates football and was so into this show and dragged me into it like, ‘I’m going to watch three episodes of Friday Night Lights a night!’”
With the Super Bowl almost upon us it couldn’t be a better time to catch up or re-watch the NBC cult classic. I love this show… I didn’t watch the show when it was on. Then head over to iTunes and   subscribe to EW’s Binge podcast as season 2 takes a deep dive into the show   with hosts Samantha Highfill and Darren Franich doing play-by-plays of all the football wins   and losses and small-town drama as well as answering all the burning questions the show left unanswered. On this week’s episode of   Bingeworthy,   hosts Jessica Shaw and Touré   agree that NBC’s high school football drama, Friday Night Lights, makes for an ideal binge. I binged it and it is such a good binge; you just get into it… I loved every second of this show.”
At least Touré agrees it’s great viewing, even for non-NFL fans. Send your questions and comments on Twitter to @SamHighfill and @DarrenFranich, or email However, that’s not to say they   agree on what the show’s actually   about. Unfazed, Shaw continues: “It’s about wine, it’s about big glasses of wine, Connie Britton’s hair.

Kesha says she could be ‘penniless’ after legal battles with Dr. Luke

Luke’s lawyer Christine Lepera responded to Kesha’s amended counterclaim   in a statement to EW and said, “Dr. “She is not demanding more money. Kesha’s counterclaim, obtained by EW, goes on to say that though Kesha has been recording music, “not one song has been approved, no release date has been set, and there has been no agreement on the critical issue of whether the album will be promoted commensurate with an artist of Kesha’s stature and historical success.” It also alleges that it wasn’t until this past December that Luke “released certain funds owed to Kesha” after her legal team “threatened further legal action” and that he still owes her money. Luke seeks to add an additional defamation claim against Kesha based upon the discovery of another false and defamatory statement she made about him that was part of her calculated effort to harm his reputation and business. Luke and Kesha both filed counterclaims in their ongoing suit on Monday. Luke fully disputes.”
According to   The Hollywood Reporter,   both parties will take part in depositions this coming week. Luke’s presence,” it “does not free her from her abuser’s control.”
Kesha and Luke’s legal battle has been ongoing since 2014 when she filed a complaint alleging the producer emotionally and physically abused her. He responded by filing a defamation suit and   denying the claims in court and on social media. “To be clear, Kesha does not seek the renegotiation of contractual terms,” the suit reads. Dr. Show Full Article Kesha asks for something far more basic: the freedom to make music without being bound indefinitely to the very producer who subjected her to years of abuse and continues that abuse to this day.” The documents then say that Luke is seeking “tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages from Kesha and her mother” that, if successful, would leave the two “penniless.”
Dr. Kesha’s new proposed counterclaim simply repeats the meritless and untrue allegations that were set forth in her earlier pleadings and which Dr. In Kesha’s, she claimed “to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship should be available to a recording artist” and that, even though she is now allowed to make music “outside Dr.

‘Suits’: Gabriel Macht talks Harvey’s ‘combative’ reunion with his mother

“I was very excited to read this episode,” Macht tells EW. What’s great about this episode is that we see Harvey grown up and taking responsibility.”
Suits airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. It’s   a storyline Gabriel Macht has been looking forward to for some time. “[She was] everything I wanted Harvey’s mother to be,” he says. “Someone who is grounded, had an edge to her, but also very sensitive and had this relationship with this guy where they are both responsible for certain things and the element of their displeasure with each other.”
It’s been seven years since Harvey last saw or spoke to his mother, which means their reunion probably won’t go all that smoothly. “We’re going to learn some things from Marcus that actually shows that Harvey has not shown up for his family. While in Boston, Harvey is also reunited with his brother Marcus (Billy Miller), whom he doesn’t visit because of his lingering anger issues with his mother. “I find that whenever I can be challenged dramatically as far as going into the history of Harvey’s relationship with his family or what makes him tick, that’s always extremely alluring as an actor.”
Macht was especially pleased with Thayer’s casting as his mother. In Wednesday’s episode, Harvey, follows Donna’s (Sarah Rafferty) advice and travels to Boston to see his mother Lily (Brynn Thayer) and hopefully forgive her for being unfaithful to his father. Show Full Article After numerous Suits   seasons of therapy sessions and flashbacks, it’s finally time for Harvey to confront one his demons: his strained relationship with his mother. “[Harvey’s] been failing at that relationship with his brother,” says Macht. ET on USA Network. “When they sit down for their first dinner, it is combative,” says Macht, adding that Harvey struggles to “confront her honesty and vulnerability.”
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However, this isn’t the only relationship Harvey has to mend in the hour.

Merriam-Webster defines ‘betrayal’ for Sean Spicer

The use of the word “betrayal” didn’t sit well with many reporters, with one challenging Spicer to define the word, to which he responded, “I’m not going to define the word.”
Specializing in defining words, Merriam-Webster soon stepped in to do what Spicer wouldn’t. The dictionary’s website reports that searches for the definition of betrayal spiked after the briefing, so they decided to clear it up for Spicer and everyone else. “Betrayal means ‘the act of betraying or fact of being betrayed.’”
Watch video below of Spicer’s debate over the word. Sean Spicer is asked about the Trump admin.'s use of the word "betrayal" to describe former acting AG
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Show Full Article “Betrayal is the noun that came from the verb betray, which has several meanings, including ‘to deliver to an enemy by treachery,’ ‘to fail or desert especially in time of need,’ ‘to reveal unintentionally,’ and ‘to disclose in violation of confidence,’” the site defined. WH Press Sec. During a contentious press briefing on Tuesday, the White House press secretary contended that acting Attorney General Sally Yates committed an act of “betrayal” by refusing to defend the executive order on the immigration ban. Sean Spicer may not want to define the word betrayal, but Merriam-Webster is happy to do it for him.

‘Throwing Shade’ clip: ‘Tom Brady, stop Jordan Catalano-ing Donald Trump!’

But Brady has yet to admit publicly that he and the president are pals, instead dodging reporters’ questions about their friendship, an “Ice King” move hosts Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson find all too familiar. For months, Donald Trump has been claiming he and the New England Patriots star are close friends (“He’s a phenomenal guy, great athlete,” he’s declared in typical Trump fashion). Patriots superstar Tom Brady is usually the one who can be found throwing things (see: footballs), but in this exclusive clip from tonight’s episode of   Throwing Shade, it seems it’s time for Brady to find   himself on the receiving end for once (see: said shade). “Tom Brady, stop Jordan Catalano-ing Donald Trump!” Safi cries, effectively delivering the show’s trademark shade. “You can’t like, treat me one way in front of your friends, and the next minute,   leave me some note,” Claire Danes’ Angela Chase cries to Jared Leto’s moody bad boy Jordan Catalano. ET   on TV Land. Show Full Article You can’t have it both ways. “Tom is treating Donald one way in private and another way in public, and I know exactly who he got that move from,” Gibson says before diving into a clip from everyone’s favorite ’90s teen melodrama, My So-Called Life. Throwing Shade airs Tuesdays   at 10:30 p.m. Either admit you’re friends with the president and alienate half of America, or swear that you’re not and piss off the most powerful person in the world!”
Watch the hilarious clip above. “You are already married to the hottest woman on Earth, you’re going to the Super Bowl again, and you are the only person who can pull off a pom-pom hat!

Classic dystopian novels’ popularity surges in Trump’s America

Relevant Quotes:   “One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
4. To satisfy his longing, he goes to one of the Savage Reservations where life is as it used to be. 22 interview on Meet the Press,   George Orwell’s 1984   hit number one on Amazon’s Best Sellers list. The political regime is   English Socialism (Ingsoc) and the Party   leader is Big Brother. During the rise of fascism in Europe and the Great Depression in the U.S., Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip runs for president on a platform of drastic social and economic reform while promising to make America great again. This dystopian novel brings us into a world in which fertility is dangerously low and women who are fertile, known as handmaids, are assigned to men as sexual partners with the goal of conceiving a child. Relevant Quotes:   “Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”
“When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. The place is the Republic of Gilead,   a totalitarian theocracy within the borders of what was formerly the U.S. Certainly there was nothing exhilarating in the actual words of his speeches, nor anything convincing in his philosophy. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
Published: 1935
Current place on Amazon Best Sellers list: 12
Summary: It Can’t Happen Here is a   satirical tale of democracy gone wrong. Everyone is happy except Bernard Marx, who doesn’t like this life and longs to return to the old, imperfect one. And might not be so bad, with all the lazy bums we got panhandling relief nowadays, and living on my income tax and yours—not so worse to have a real Strong Man, like Hitler or Mussolini—like Napoleon or Bismarck in the good old days—and have ‘em really run the country and make it efficient and prosperous again.”
3. During his presidency, he rules as a totalitarian dictator. 1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Published: 1932
Current place on Amazon Best Sellers list: 29
Summary: This dystopian novel is set in 2540 AD and introduces   the World State, in which the World Controllers have created an ideal world through genetic engineering, brainwashing, and drugs. The sudden uptick in demand caused it to   sell out   on the site for a brief period of time and sparked a sales increase of +9,500%, a   spokesperson from the book’s publisher Signet told EW last week. We want to believe it was all like that.”

Show Full Article After Trump’s senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway, used the phrase “alternative facts” during a Jan. His political platforms were only wings of a windmill.”
“Why are you so afraid of the word ‘Fascism,’ Doremus? Signet has ordered a 75,000-copy reprint and the publisher “anticipates putting through additional reprints quickly.”
Other classic novels that contain themes of totalitarianism (think titles like Margaret Atwood’s   The Handmaid’s Tale   and Aldous Huxley’s   Brave New World) are also climbing the Amazon Best Sellers list   as readers search for tales starring fearsome leaders and unethical governmental officials. Relevant Quotes:   “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
“Big Brother is Watching You.”
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. Smith shakes things up when he dares to think for himself. Windrip defeats FDR and wins the highest office in the country. Relevant Quotes:   “The Senator was vulgar, almost illiterate, a public liar easily detected, and in his “ideas” almost idiotic, while his celebrated piety was that of a traveling salesman for church furniture, and his yet more celebrated humor the sly cynicism of a country store. Since Donald Trump’s election, classic dystopian novels have seen a major   surge in popularity. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Published: 1985
Current place on Amazon Best Sellers list: 27
Summary: The time is the near future. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”
2. Just a word—just a word! 1984   by George Orwell
Published: 1948
Current place on Amazon Best Sellers list: 1
Summary: In Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel, Winston Smith lives in the socialist superstate of Oceania, a world of surveillance and manipulation. In Salon’s 2015 article “It really can happen here: The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal,” Malcolm Harris compared Trump to the president in Sinclair Lewis’   It Can’t Happen Here, writing, “With his careful mix of plainspoken honesty and reactionary delusion, Trump is following an old rhetorical playbook, one defined and employed successfully in the 1936 presidential campaign of Senator Berzelius ‘Buzz’ Windrip.”
Below, EW breaks down the classic dystopian novels that have experienced newfound popularity in Trump’s America. The former was quoted on dozens of signs and posters at the Women’s March earlier this month and Atwood’s publisher has reprinted 100,000 copies in the last three months, her publisher tells the   New York Times.

Ellen DeGeneres uses ‘Finding Dory’ to critique Trump’s travel ban

She ends up at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. The host of “The Ellen Show” was not alone in speaking out about the travel ban. Because that’s what you do when you see someone in need —   you help them,” DeGeneres concluded. Latest updates Ellen DeGeneres took a moment Tuesday to register her disapproval of President Trump’s travel ban by way of her hit film “Finding Dory.” On Saturday, Trump held a screening of the film at the White House, just a day after signing the executive order restricting travel for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. Animals that don’t have anything in common with her,” DeGeneres explained. They all have to get over the wall and you won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out,” DeGeneres joked, to audience approval, a clear reference to the president’s plans to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border. After clarifying that she doesn’t like to get political, DeGeneres launched   into an explanation of the plot of “Finding Dory” and what message she hopes viewers take from it. “Even though Dory gets into America, she ends up separated from her family, but the other animals help Dory. “They help her, even though they’re completely different colors. “Dory arrives in America with her friends Marlin and Nemo. The topic proved popular in many late-night shows Monday night. Animals that don’t even need her.

‘Making a Murderer’ season 2 likely coming in late 2017, Netflix exec says

“Laura and Moira are shooting regularly and working on what the right story is to tell in the next set, so we’re deferring to them on when it will be ready,” Holland said. Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. Show Full Article During the appeal, Dassey remains in prison. This article originally appeared on Avery claims   he was framed for Halbach’s murder as retribution for filing a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowac County and authorities for being wrongfully convicted of   sexual assault and serving 18 years in prison before   his 2003 exoneration. She added, “Very few people inside of Netflix actually know the details of what we’re getting because we’re wanting to keep it really under wraps and it is an ongoing case so we’re trying to be sensitive to that.”
• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Five months ago, a judge overturned the conviction of Dassey and ordered him freed —   a decision the state has appealed. • Pick up PEOPLE’s special edition True Crime Stories: Cases That Shocked America, on sale now, for the latest on Casey Anthony, JonBenét Ramsey and more. The second season of Netflix’s true crime docuseries Making a Murderer   will likely begin before the end of 2017,   a network spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE. The spokeswoman says while she expects new episodes by year’s end, “we have no launch date set as of yet.”
Currently, series creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi are in Wisconsin’s Manitowac County filming for the second season,   Netflix Vice President   Cindy Holland   told   USA Today. The judge said he had “significant doubts” about   the reliability of Dassey’s confession, noting authorities promised the teen prosecutorial leniency in exchange for his cooperation during his interrogation. The original ten-episode run, which began   airing in late 2015, examined the controversial case of Steven Avery, who was convicted   for the 2005 murder of   photographer Teresa Halbach. Dassey’s confession to law enforcement is perhaps the most debated aspect of Making a Murderer. However, both men have since maintained their innocence and insist Halbach’s real killer continues to walk free. (Avery ultimately settled for   $400,000.)
The first 10 episodes focused on the murder trials and eventual convictions of Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was 16 years old when he confessed to the crime and   implicated his uncle.

‘Bingeworthy’: ‘Powerless’ is reminiscent of ‘The Incredibles’

Powerless won’t really be adding to it. You need to know every reference and every minor villain,” says Shaw. “Some of the superhero shows, you feel like you need have to all of your geek cred checked off before you watch it. It’s a different take. If you’re feeling a little superhero show fatigue, don’t worry. Show Full Article “Superheroes are banging into the sides of buildings and they have to figure out how to protect the humans.”
Shaw’s co-host Touré agrees: “It had a little bit of   play on the superhero world that I loved in The Incredibles… It winks at you. It doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
For Shaw, part of the charm of the series lies in the fact that the show doesn’t require viewers to be familiar with the characters of the DC comic universe. Batman) as they attempt to create products for the superhero-filled world they live in. 3 at 8:30 p.m. “It’s so funny and smart. “This felt like a welcoming show. Watch this full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) at, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices. I love that they’re cleaning up the mess for superheroes,” says Bingeworthy host Jessica Shaw of the new NBC sitcom which follows a team of researchers and designers overseen by the cousin of Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. It was like a little starter superhero [series].”
Powerless premieres Feb. ET on NBC.

SXSW Film Festival 2017 lineup announced

Pinto, Mark Borchardt (North American Premiere)
DRIB (Norway)
Director/Screenwriter: Kristoffer Borgli
The inside story of how Amir (29) scammed his way to viral fame, fooled an advertising agency, and almost became the international face of a well-known energy drink – before everything went wrong. Selected from 973 feature documentary submissions in 2017. Cast: Francesca Eastwood, Clifton Collins Jr, Peter Vack, Leah Mckendrick, Marlon Young, David Sullivan, Michael Welch (World Premiere)
Most Beautiful Island (Spain, United States)
Director/Screenwriter: Ana Asensio
An undocumented young woman struggling to begin a new life in New York City is offered an opportunity she can’t pass up. 78/52
Director/Screenwriter: Alexandre O. The Big Sick
Director: Michael Showalter, Screenwriters: Emily V. Premiere)
On The Road (U.K.)
Director/Screenwriter: Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom follows acclaimed British rock band and Grammy nominees Wolf Alice on their tour, recording their gigs as well as the romance and routine of their daily life backstage. Cast: Amir Asgharnejad, Brett Gelman, Adam Pearson, Annie Hamilton, Alexandra Marzella, Hugo Armstrong, Joe Hartzler, Andrew Lauer (World Premiere)
Flesh and Blood
Director/Screenwriter: Mark Webber
Mark Webber boldly explores family dynamics using his real family as the cast and real-life situations for the story. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor (U.S. These films were selected from 2,432 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 7,651 films submitted this year. Diana suspects that she’s using voodoo against her after the quick improvements of her son. “Whether genre, big crowd pleasers, quiet meditations, hard-hitting docs, or microbudget indies, we can’t wait to share these films with our smart, passionate audiences.”
During SXSW’s nine days, 125 features will be shown, with additional titles yet to be announced. (North American Premiere)
Rat Film
Director/Screenwriter: Theo Anthony
Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori
Director/Screenwriter: Rachael Holder
Two inseparable and idiosyncratic best friends face the evolution of their friendship when one of them gets engaged. Cast: Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, Andrew Santino, Stephen Guarino, Erik Griffin, RJ Cyler, Al Madrigal, Dylan Baker (World Premiere)
Showrunner, Director: Michael McDonald, Pilot Director: Ben Falcone, Screenwriters: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras
The series is inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, who watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they were waiting for their one big break. Cast: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone, Ken White, Scott McMillion
Live soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. SXSW). The full lineup will include 51 projects   from first-time filmmakers, 85 world premieres, 11 North American premieres, and five   U.S. Cast: Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower, Daniella Pineda, Andre Hyland, Doug Benson, Armen Weitzman, Sergio Cilli (World Premiere)
Small Crimes
Director: Evan Katz, Screenwriters: Evan Katz, Macon Blair
Small Crimes is a delightfully suspenseful, blackly comic tale that follows a disgraced former cop, fresh off a six-year prison sentence for attempted murder, who returns home looking for redemption but winds up trapped in the mess he left behind. Executive produced by Jim Carrey. This performance features DakhaBrakha playing their own live score for this classic of Soviet cinema. Baby Driver
Director/Screenwriter: Edgar Wright
A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. Premiere)
The Hero
Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch
The Hero tells the story of movie star Lee Hayden whose career high as Western film icon is now several decades in the past. (World Premiere)
Give Me Future (a.k.a. It is the pride of nations. Premiere)
Earth (with live score by DakhaBrakha) (Ukraine)
Director: Alexander Dovzhenko
Earth.   (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Karam Gill
G-Funk is the untold story of three childhood friends from East Long Beach who helped commercialize hip hop by developing a sophisticated and melodic new approach – merging Gangsta Rap with elements of Motown, Funk, and R&B. Cast: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci, Larry Fessenden, Caprice Benedetti (World Premiere)
The Strange Ones
Directors: Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff, Screenwriter: Christopher Radcliff Mysterious events surround the travels of two brothers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected and unique one-off film events. Davis, Jessica Kaye
A woman learns her estranged father has died and returns with her brother and new lover to her childhood home of Belize, where she must face her past while fighting for intimacy in the present. (World Premiere)
Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Screenwriter: Chris Shellen
Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play. Behind this transformation lies one opaque multinational. Assholes
Director/Screenwriter: Peter Vack
Adah and Aaron are recovering addicts who are struggling to stay sober. Cast: Franjo Dijak, Nataša Janjić, Janko Popović Volarić, Goran Bogdan, Milan Štrljić (U.S. Prevenge (U.K.)
Director/Screenwriter: Alice Lowe
Alice Lowe (Sightseers) is a triple threat as the writer, director and star of this pitch-black comedy about a pregnant woman whose unborn child spurs her on to murder. (World Premiere)
Divine Divas (Brazil)
Director: Leandra Leal, Screenwriters: Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal, Lucas Paraizo, Natara Ney
Eight iconic performers of the first generation of Brazilian transvestite artists go on stage to celebrate their 50th career jubilee. A kaleidoscope of moments from life of Karolina – a scandalous writer obsessed with parties, drugs, sexuality and complex relationships, on her way to self-destruction. Francis
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me is a cinematic journey into the world of a monastic community who practice the art of mindfulness with Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Bad Lucky Goat (Colombia)
Director/Screenwriter: Samir Oliveros
After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s pick-up truck, two incompatible siblings in their teenage years, embark on a journey of reconciliation. Cast: Magdalena Berus, Lukasz Simlat, Tygo Gernandt, Hanna Koczewska, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Danuta Stenka (North American Premiere)
Tormentero (Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico)
Director: Rubén Imaz, Screenwriters: Fernando del Razo, Rubén Imaz
Romero Kantún is a retired fisherman, who lives mired in nostalgia, but feels that it is time to reclaim what he lost decades ago, when he discovered the great oilfield that ended fishing on his island and won him the fishermen’s rejection. (World Premiere)
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema. Daphne is the crowd of faceless strangers we brush past every day. This is an in-depth look at a complex character who is one of magic’s greatest hidden treasures. Show Full Article Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
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Join Cartoon Network for fun, games and NEW, NEW, NEW, NEW episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball, We Bare Bears, Ben 10 and Teen Titans Go! premieres. Daphne is being young and always searching for more. Cast: Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen, Giancarlo Esposito, Sarah Wayne Callies, Caitlin Fitzgerald, James Franco (World Premiere)
Us and Them (U.K.)
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Martin
Working class Danny aims to kick start a revolution by turning the tables on the establishment with a deadly game of chance. Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jacki Weaver, Robert Forster, Gary Cole, Molly Parker, Macon Blair, Pat Healy (World Premiere)
Small Town Crime
Directors/Screenwriters: Ian Nelms, Eshom Nelms
Ex-cop, Mike Kendall, finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. Cast: Aml Ameen, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Hyatt, Peter Vack, Hope Olaidé Wilson, Souléymane Sy Savané, Craig muMs Grant, Bill Sage (World Premiere)
Fits and Starts
Director/Screenwriter: Laura Terruso
A struggling writer can’t seem to escape his wife’s literary success. Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx (World Premiere)
Free Fire (U.K.)
Director: Ben Wheatley, Screenwriters: Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump
Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying action comedy about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Cast: Alice Lowe, Dan Renton Skinner, Jo Hartley, Tom Davis, Leila Hoffman, Kate Dickie, Kayvan Novak, Mike Wozniak, Tom Meeten, Gemma Whelan
The Transfiguration
Director/Screenwriter: Michael O’Shea
This atmospheric New York tale about love, loss, and vampires follows Milo, a 14-year-old boy with a dark secret. Cast: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Aaron Moten, Carter Redwood, Danny Flaherty, Larry Fessenden, Lloyd Kaufman (North American Premiere)
Director: Jennifer Brea
When Harvard PhD student Jennifer is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it’s “all in her head.” Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and a hidden world of millions confined to their homes. Cast: Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, John Cho, Greta Lee, Michelle Forbes, Nelson Franklin, Reeve Carney, Ricki Lake, Jessica Parker Kennedy, James Ransone (World Premiere)
Going to Brazil (France)
Director: Patrick Mille, Screenwriters: Julien Lambroschini, Sabrina Amara, Patrick Mille Four childhood friends are reunited at a wedding in Rio. (World Premiere)
Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (New Zealand)
Director: Annie Goldson
Discover the story of the most wanted man online. Cast: Atsuku Tanaka, Akio Otuska, Koichi Yamadera, Yukaka Nakano, Tamio Oki, Tessho Genda, Namaki Masakazu, Iemasa Kayumi
Hype!: 20th Anniversary Screening
Director: Doug Pray
Hype! For some it’s a path to salvation. Selected from 1,407 narrative feature submissions in 2017. A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Headley
Two would-be thieves forge a surprising relationship with with an unexpected housesitter when they accidentally trap themselves in a house they just broke into. Cast: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Gene Jones (World Premiere)
Ten world premieres: ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy and bold voices. A documentary about coming-of-age between boarding school corridors, wrestling gyms and boy band posters. An examination of the free press in an age of inequality. (World Premiere)
The Work
Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation. As previously announced, Terrence Malick’s latest feature, Song to Song, will open the SXSW Film Festival with a world premiere on March 10. Le Ride
Director: Phil Keoghan, Screenwriters: Phil Keoghan and Louise Keoghan
Television personality Phil Keoghan retraces the 1928 Tour de France riding an original vintage bicycle, with no gears, as he tells the forgotten ‘underdog’ story about the first English speaking team to take on the toughest sporting event on earth. Wilson, Taylor Richardson, Mary Catherine Garrison (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Aaron Katz
A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. (World Premiere)
Walk With Me (U.K.)
Directors: Max Pugh, Marc J. Cast: Kumail Nanjani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupani Euler, Zienobia Sfiroff, Adeel Akfitar, Bo Burnhani, Mary Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler
Chasing Coral
Director: Jeff Orlowski, Screenwriters: Davis Coombe, Vickie Curtis, Jeff Orlowski
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Cast: Mark Webber, Cheri Honkala, Guillermo Santos, Madeline Brewer (World Premiere)
Infinity Baby
Director: Bob Byington, Screenwriter: Onur Tukel
A comedy about babies that don’t age. Stranger Fruit is the unraveling of what took place that day, told through the eyes of Mike Brown’s family. Cast: Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden, Jeremy Gardner, Stuart Rudin, Nicolette Pierini (World Premiere)
Director: Natalia Leite, Screenwriter: Leah Mckendrick
The accidental death of her rapist sets an art student on a course for justice, fueling the inspiration for her thesis exhibition. Killa P, a.k.a. The Documentary Feature Competition includes: Bill Frisell, A Portrait directed by Emma Franz; Dealt directed by Luke Korem; I Am Another You directed by Nanfu Wang; Let There Be Light directed by Mila Aung-Thwin; Maineland directed by Miao Wang; Mommy Dead and Dearest directed by Erin Lee Carr; Served Like A Girl directed by Lysa Heslov; The Blood is at the Doorstep directed by Erik Ljung; The Secret Life of Lance Letscher directed by Sandra Adair; The Work directed by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in a hidden world where a battle is brewing between Old Gods and New. Thompson; Like Me directed by Rob Mockler; MFA directed by Natalia Leite; Most Beautiful Island directed by Ana Asensio; The Strange Ones directed by Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling. Cast: Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Jonathan Tucker, Mousa Kraish, Betty Gilpin, Gillian Anderson (World Premiere)
Dear White People
Director/Screenwriter: Justin Simien
Based on the critically-acclaimed 2014 film by the same name, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity, as told from a biting millennial point of view. Cast: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett (World Premiere)
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan (World Premiere)
Directors: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley, Screenwriters: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley, Meghan Doherty
A small town gorilla joins a local TV program and a series of on-air mishaps threaten to shatter his identity, sending him on an adventure of self-discovery where reality and fantasy start to blend. (World Premiere)
Let There Be Light (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Mila Aung-Thwin
Let There Be Light follows the story of dedicated scientists working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean energy for mankind. There she finds herself in the awkward position of staying with her ex and his new girlfriend until the funeral, while trying to close old doors from her past. (North American Premiere)
Acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world. Combining reality with fiction he exposes a disturbing truth: his family tree is full of broken branches that may never be repaired. (World Premiere)
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Director: Jennifer M. Cast: Wyatt Cenac, Greta Lee, Maria Dizzia, Alex Karpovsky, Ben Sinclair, Onur Turkel, John Rothman, Louis Cancelmi, Larry Murphy, Sam Seder (World Premiere)
La Barracuda
Directors: Julia Halperin, Jason Cortlund, Screenwriter: Jason Cortlund
A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy—one way or another. (World Premiere)
Director: Pat Kondelis
The untold story of the summer of 2003 at Baylor University that exposes the attempted cover-up, and the corruption that became the most bizarre scandal in college sports history. The film depicts the human, personal dimension behind these icons, deconstructing gender stereotypes. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Cast: Algi Eke, Ozgur Cevik, Kadir Cermik, Asiye Dincsoy, Selen Ucer, Ipek Turktan Kaynak (North American Premiere)
Satan Said Dance (Poland)
Director/Screenwriter: Kasia Roslaniec
Satan Said Dance is an Instagram film in times of the selfie. But as day turns to night, she discovers she’s been lured to the center of a dangerous game. Cast: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Katharine Ross
Director: Janicza Bravo, Screenwriters: Janicza Bravo, Brett Gelman
A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his blind girlfriend. After meeting in their psychoanalyst’s waiting room, they fall in love, relapse on poppers, and become the biggest assholes in New York City. Cast: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta, Will Rogers, Jonny Mars, Sam Eidson, Jennymarie Jemison (World Premiere)
A Critically Endangered Species (Poland, United States)
Directors/Screenwriters: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
An internationally respected poet announces she is going to kill herself and needs an heir and executor. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Young writers drive up the mountain to compete for the position and are challenged intellectually, emotionally, and erotically. Starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor. premieres at SXSW. Gabriel, Renée Felice Smith, Dana Scanlon
After bonding over their mutual disinterest in relationships, self-proclaimed loners, Beck and Liam, decide to go away together on a ‘friend’ trip where things get weird. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity. (World Premiere)
Bill Nye: Science Guy
Directors/Screenwriters: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason. Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford (World Premiere)
This Is Your Death
Director: Giancarlo Esposito, Screenwriters: Kenny Yakkel, Noah Pink
This Is Your Death is an unsettling look at reality T.V. But when a rustler kills Eddie, Lefty is forced from his partner’s shadow and must confront the ugly realities of frontier justice. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren (World Premiere)
Paa Joe & The Lion (Ghana, United Kingdom)
Director: Benjamin Wigley
A true story about the art of love and death. Thompson
After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life. (World Premiere)
I Am Another You
Director/Screenwriter: Nanfu Wang
Through the eyes of a young drifter who rejects society’s rules and intentionally chooses to live on the streets, Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang explores the meaning of personal freedom – and its limits. Plus previously announced highlights: Song to Song directed by Terrence Malick; American Gods directed by David Slade; Residente directed by René Pérez Joglar; Small Town Crime directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms; Signature Move directed by Jennifer Reeder; and Spettacolo directed by Jeff Malmberg. With the Sundance Film Festival now in the review mirror, it’s time for moviegoers to set their sights on Austin and the annual South by Southwest Festival (a.k.a. Cast: Bailey Noble, Bill Sage, Jeanine Mason, Michael Grant Terry, Kurt Fuller, Dendrie Taylor, Grace Victoria Cox, Andrew Caldwell (World Premiere)
The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Director/Screenwriter: Jared Moshé
Aging sidekick Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) has ridden with Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) his entire life. A Life in Waves
Director: Brett Whitcomb, Screenwriter: Bradford Thomason
A Life in Waves explores the life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani. (World Premiere)
Pornocracy (France)
Director: Ovidie
Never before have we watched as much porn as today yet the traditional porn industry is dying. (U.S. Follow four generations of Valley musicians as they struggle to find a voice of their own in the land of charro beans and Tejano legends. After decades of failed attempts, a massive push is now underway to crack the holy grail of energy. Alien
Director: Ridley Scott, Screenwriter: Dan O’Bannon
In space, no one can hear you scream. “Rat Film” is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them. (North American Premiere)
Meth Storm: Arkansas USA
Directors: Craig Renaud, Brent Renaud
With unparalleled access on both sides of the law, METH STORM: Arkansas USA is a thrilling non-fiction cops and robbers drama told from inside the American drug war. The festival then runs through March 19. (World Premiere)
Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s Third Live… and More
Director: Benno Nelson
A celebration of the musical legacy of Memphis’ best-known secret – Big Star – performed by a collective featuring members of Big Star, the dB’s, Let’s Active, the Posies, R.E.M., Semisonic, Wilco and Yo La Tengo with the Kronos Quartet and more. Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. (World Premiere)
A diverse selection of international filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more. Cast: Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams, Luis Bordonada, Larry Jack Dotson, Butch Hancock, Bob Livingston, The Mastersons (World Premiere)
The Light of the Moon
Director/Screenwriter: Jessica M. Cast: Daniela Ramirez, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Aida Jabolin, Matias Bassi, Ignacia Allamand, Nicolás Durán (North American Premiere)
Most Hated Woman In America
Director: Tommy O’Haver, Screenwriters: Tommy O’Haver, Irene Turner
Darkly funny, true story of the rise and untimely demise of Madeline Murray O’Hair—crank, swindler, iconoclast, and America’s most outspoken atheist. Cast: Ashleigh Cummings, Emma Booth, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damian de Montemas, Harrison Gilbertson, Fletcher Humphrys (North American Premiere)
Lane 1974
Director: SJ Chiro, Screenwriters: SJ Chiro, Clane Hayward
At 13 years old and the eldest of three kids, Lane struggles to keep her family together as her iconoclast mother moves without warning through the communes and dusty back woods of Northern California. But when they accidentally kill a young man during a party that gets out of hand, they are forced to flee the city in a crazy adventure. (World Premiere)
Mommy Dead and Dearest
Director: Erin Lee Carr
Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. Includes rare performance footage, surprising stories and insights into how Jim led his team to produce legendary work. (North American Premiere)
Song to Song
Director: Terrence Malick
In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. Cast: Cory Zacharia, Patrick Llaguno, Neil Harley, Kevin Gilger aka K-Nine Dog the Impersonator, Carolan J. A selection of other highlights include: Baby Driver directed by Edgar Wright; Becoming Bond directed by Josh Greenbaum; Free Fire directed by Ben Wheatley; Gemini directed by Aaron Katz; Hot Summer Nights directed by Elijah Bynum; Lemon directed by Janicza Bravo; May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio; Mr. The lineup for this year’s slate of films was announced on Tuesday   and includes titles like Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the Brie Larson-starring action-comedy Free Fire, and recent Sundance breakout The Big Sick. Barbecue (Australia)
Director: Matthew Salleh
Barbecue is about more than grilling a piece of meat. (World Premiere)
Served Like A Girl
Director: Lysa Heslov
Five women veterans who have endured unimaginable trauma in service create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering a competition that unexpectedly catalyzes moving events in their own lives. Roosevelt directed by Noël Wells; Muppet Guys Talking directed by Frank Oz; Prevenge directed by Alice Lowe; Stranger Fruit directed by Jason Pollock; The Big Sick directed by Michael Showalter; Unrest directed by Jennifer Brea; Win it All directed by Joe Swanberg; in Episodics, I LOVE BEKKA & LUCY directed by Rachel Holder and The Son directed by Tom Harper. A thought provoking and cinematic documentary film rooted in the universal themes of love, death and legacy set against one of the most beautiful art-forms in the world – Ghana’s very own fantasy coffin. But don’t go anywhere before the big surprise!! (World Premiere)
Stranger Fruit
Director/Screenwriter: Jason Pollock
What happened on August 9th, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri? Premiere)
Win By Fall (Germany)
Director: Anna Koch, Screenwriters: Anna Koch, Julia Lemke
At the age of 12, Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle leave their home for a sports school in the East German province to become wrestlers. We intentionally curate a wide-ranging program reflecting unique and new voices that examine, explore, and celebrate the creative process, the cultural zeitgeist, and glimpses of the universal through deeply personal stories,” Janet Pierson, SXSW’s director of film, said in a statement. Cast: José Carlos Ruiz, Gabino Rodríguez, Mónica Jiménez, Waldo Facco (U.S. Roosevelt
Director/Screenwriter: Noël Wells
After a death in her family, struggling LA-based comedian Emily Martin returns to Austin. Cast: Melissa Leo, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, Vincent Kartheiser, Josh Lucas, Peter Fonda (World Premiere)
Mr. Cast: Jack Roth, Tim Bentinck, Andrew Tiernan, Daniel Kendrick, Sophie Colquhoun, Paul Westwood, Carolyn Backhouse, Louis Dempsey (World Premiere)
Win It All
Director: Joe Swanberg, Screenwriters: Joe Swanberg, Jake Johnson
Small time Chicago gambler, Eddie Garrett, agrees to watch a duffel bag for an acquaintance who is heading to prison. “It’s exciting for us to unveil the talent reflected in this year’s lineup. After her plans are foiled, she takes control of her life in a dramatic turn of events. rocks the definitive story of the birth and explosion of the Pacific NW music scene known globally as “grunge.” With humor and intense live performances, “Hype!” immerses you in the vibrant subculture and media madness of early ‘90s Seattle. Cast: Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Tommy Flanagan, Peter Fonda, Joe Anderson, Diego Josef, Michael Speers, Lewis Pullman, Joseph Anderson (World Premiere)
Daphne (U.K.)
Director: Peter Mackie Burns, Screenwriter: Nico Mensinga
Daphne is London. Cast: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tanisha Long, Alexis Denisof, Christopher Nicholas Smith (World Premiere)
i’m Dying up here
Director: Jonathan Levine, Screenwriter: Dave Flebotte
Set in L.A.’s celebrated, infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s, this new series delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh. Really, really weird. As their fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, their relationship to home takes on a poignant new aspect. The arrival of web sites showing amateur clips has transformed the way porn is made and consumed. This 1930’s silent film tells the story of farmers resisting Stalin’s plan to collectivize their farms. Colossal
Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo
An unapologetic party girl (Anne Hathaway) dreams of a fresh start only to discover a mysterious and fantastical connection between herself and a city-wrecking monster on the other side of the globe. Ghost in the Shell
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Ghost in the Shell questions human existence in the fast-paced world of the information age, this award-winning, cyber-tech thriller has established itself as one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time. By redesigning their needs, education and relationship with other people and with nature, they search for a simpler and sustainable life. Cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, Jordan Gavaris, Alexander Koch, Nathan Keyes, Chris Voss (World Premiere)
Dara Ju
Director/Screenwriter: Anthony Onah
A young Nigerian-American financier struggles with love, family, and a prescription drug dependency as his ambitions steer him down a criminal path. The Archer
Director: Valerie Weiss, Screenwriter: Casey Schroen
Archer champion Lauren Pierce escapes a corrupt juvenile correctional facility with Rebecca, a fierce but alluring inmate and together they must survive a desperate warden who is bow-hunting his prey to make sure his secret stays buried. (U.S. Cast: Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Nathaniel Martello-White (World Premiere)
Easy Living
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Keleman
Sherry Graham, a self-destructive makeup saleswoman, hopes a new man and business venture will provide her a fresh start. Frisell said of the film, “It’s like the inside of my brain!” (World Premiere)
The Blood is at the Doorstep
Director: Erik Ljung    After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform as the investigation unfolds. (World Premiere)
Long Strange Trip
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Emerging from the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture, the Grateful Dead were a motley crew whose unique sound sprang from an eclectic blend of influences: bluegrass, folk ballads, R&B, free-form jazz, classical, and jug band. American Gods
Director: David Slade, Screenwriters: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. (World Premiere)
Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking. (North American Premiere)
The Cloud Forest (Mexico)
Director/Screenwriter: Mónica Álvarez Franco
A small community in Veracruz is the guardian of one of the ecosystems facing the most risk: the cloud forest. (World Premiere)
The Secret Life of Lance Letscher
Director: Sandra Adair
Witness the collision of memory, color, and chaos in this unprecedented journey through the visionary mind of collage artist Lance Letscher. Cast: Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long, Shiri Appleby, Rhea Perlman, Fred Melamed, Gillian Jacobs, Martin Starr, David Paymer
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press
Director/Screenwriter: Brian Knappenberger
The trial between wrestler Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, but ended up as a case study in how big money can silence media through legal means. Bill Frisell, A Portrait (Australia)
Director/Screenwriter: Emma Franz
An intimate, behind-the-music portrait of one of the most unassuming yet influential creative artists of our time, guitarist Bill Frisell. As I Walk Through The Valley
Directors: Ronnie Garza, Charlie Vela
As I Walk Through The Valley is a journey into the underground music scene of Texas’ southernmost border-region. May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Directors: Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio
An intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band the Avett Brothers, as they create their hit album “True Sadness.” (World Premiere)
Patti Cake$
Director: Geremy Jasper
Straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Cast: Alison Wheeler, Vanessa Guide, Margot Bancilhon, Philippine Stindel, Patrick Mille (International Premiere)
Hot Summer Nights
Director: Elijah Bynum
Hot Summer Nights is a dark coming-of-age story set in Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the sweltering heat of summer 1991. (World Premiere)
Director: Luke Korem, Screenwriters: Bradley Jackson, Luke Korem
Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. It’s a ritual performed religiously across the world. The 2017 SXSW Film Festival will include:
Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson
GORAN (Croatia)
Director: Nevio Marasović, Screenwriter: Gjermund Gisvold
Some good news lead to chaos. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Cast: Honlenny Huffington, Kiara Howard, Elkin Robinson, Michel Robinson, Ambrosio Huffington, Jean Bush (World Premiere)
The Challenge (France, Italy)
Director/Screenwriter: Yuri Ancarani
In The Challenge, the director crosses the Persian Gulf to accompany a falconer to an important competition. (North American Premiere)
Inflame (Turkey)
Director/Screenwriter: Ceylan Ozgun Ozcelik
Her nightmare is reality, and the reality is a nightmare. When a road trip to a publisher’s salon takes an unexpected turn, he has to face his own creative shortcomings and find a way to regain control of his life and work. Cast: Renée Felice Smith, Matt Bush, Eric Christian Olsen, Linda Hunt, Nelson Franklin, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Sally Struthers, Georgia Mischak, Owain Rhys Davies (World Premiere)
Signature Move
Director: Jennifer Reeder, Screenwriters: Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato
A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. The surprise of the Cannes Film Festival 2016. (World Premiere)
California Dreams
Director: Mike Ott
A look at how the American Dream and Hollywood affect those they touch. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. Cast: Kieran Culkin, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, Kevin Corrigan, Megan Mullaly, Noel Wells, Stephen Root (World Premiere)
Directors/Screenwriters: Laura E. While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger. Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty
Residente (Armenia, Burkina Faso, China, Georgia, Mongolia, Niger, Russian Federation, USA)
Director: René Pérez Joglar
After taking a DNA test, Latin America’s most decorated artist – Rene Perez (AKA Residente), embarks on a global adventure, to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album. See below for more highlights and the full lineup of films announced Tuesday, via the festival’s announcement:
The 2017 SXSW Film Festival will include:
The Narrative Feature Competition includes: A Bad Idea Gone Wrong directed by Jason Headley; A Critically Endangered Species directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak; Dara Ju directed by Anthony Onah; Fits and Starts directed by Laura Terruso; La Barracuda directed by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund; The Light of the Moon directed by Jessica M. Cast: Jessica Kaye, Daniel Ahearn, Mark Webber, Shamira Gill-Card, Myrna Manzanares, Louis Oberlander (World Premiere)
Director: John Carroll Lynch, Screenwriters: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton), having outlived and out smoked his contemporaries, as he comes to terms with his own mortality, and searches for ever elusive enlightenment. Her reality quickly splinters into a surreal nightmare as her exploits spiral out of control. Philippe
A feature-length documentary about the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, 78/52 takes an unprecedented look at the ‘man behind the curtain’ and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. And the stories told around the fires become a way to bring the world together. Cast: Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez, Joe Lo Truglio, Keegan-Michael Key (World Premiere)
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Cast: Betsey Brown, Jack Dunphy, Peter Vack, Patrick LaBella, Jane Brown, Ron Brown, Eileen Dietz (World Premiere)
Becoming Bond
Director/Screenwriter: Josh Greenbaum
The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond despite having never acted a day in his life. Kroot
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives. premieres at SXSW. Among SUVs, Lamborghini, private jets and Mad Max-like dune bashing contests, the film tells the story of an intense weekend in the desert. Cast: Caroline Dhavernas, McCaleb Burnett, Elizabeth Marvel, Charlie Hofheimer, Jen Richards, Daniel Eric Gold, C.J. where a disturbing hit game show has its contestants ending their lives for the public’s enjoyment. Cast: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras (World Premiere)
The Son
Director: Tom Harper
Based on the New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, The Son is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. Gabriel, Screenwriters: C.A. Cast: Sophia Mitri Schloss, Katherine Moennig, Sara Coats, Linas Phillips, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sarah-Eve Gazitt, Annette Toutonghi, Harry Curtis, Ronin West, Shayla Timbermoon (World Premiere)
Madre (Chile)
Director/Screenwriter: Aaron Burns
A pregnant woman, who is taking care of her son with development problems, is at her breaking point when a caregiver from the Philippines steps into her life. Daphne is life, an unpredictable mixture of comedy and tragedy. (World Premiere)
Muppet Guys Talking – Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched
Director: Frank Oz
Five of the original Muppet performers come together for the first time ever to share behind-the-scenes secrets of the Muppets. Walking Out
Directors/Screenwriters: Andrew Smith, Alex Smith
Based on the masterpiece, American short story, Walking Out, follows David (Josh Wiggins), a typical teenage urbanite as he travels to rural Montana to go hunting with his estranged, ‘off the grid’ father, Cal (Matt Bomer). Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, Catherine Curtin, Olga Merediz, Cindy Cheung, Susan Hayward, Craig Walker, Cara Loften, Michael Cuomo (World Premiere)
Like Me
Director/Screenwriter: Rob Mockler
A reckless loner, desperate for human connection, sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. Cast: Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley, Tallie Medel, Meghan Doherty (World Premiere)
Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond. It captures the sad truths about the world’s desire to be famous. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to dark and complex truths. (World Premiere)
Todrick Hall Documentary
Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright
After building an empire on YouTube, Todrick Hall leaps beyond his comfort zone and deep within his own backstory to create his most dazzling and vital work yet, but with only a few weeks and a few coins, will he crush it or will it crush him? When he discovers cash in the bag, he hatches a plan to win big, against the advice of his gambling sponsor and his brother. Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Maia Mitchell, William Fichtner, Thomas Jane, Emory Cohen (World Premiere)
Hounds of Love (Australia)
Director/Screenwriter: Ben Young
In the mid 1980’s seventeen-year-old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jacob Lofland, Henry Garrett, Paola Nunez, Carlos Bardem, Zahn McClarnon, Jess Weixler, David Wilson Barnes, Sydney Lucas (World Premiere)
Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary. (World Premiere)
Maineland (China, United States)
Director: Miao Wang
Chinese teenagers from the wealthy elite, with big American dreams, settle into a boarding school in small-town Maine. On that hot summer day, Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Premiere)
The Relationtrip
Directors: Renée Felice Smith, C.A. Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory. Incoming Transmission) (United States, Cuba)
Director: Austin Peters Cuba as you have never seen it before.

‘Six’ sneak peek: Walton Goggins plots his escape

The show focuses on the struggles of a Navy SEAL team, and on their former trooper leader “Rip” Taggart (Justified‘s Walton Goggins), who was taken captive in the premiere by extremist group Boko Haram. Brownie Harris/A&E/History
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Show Full Article EW has some exclusive photos from the episode, titled “Tour of Duty.” Things   look bad for Goggins, though the situation still seems more hopeful than   The Hateful Eight. History’s new military drama   Six debuted strongly   in mid-January, with 2.6 total million viewers tuning in to check out the   combat series. on History. The third episode of   Six‘s eight-part season airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. While his former compatriots struggle to free him, on Wednesday’s episode, Rip   will try to escape his captors.

Why Glenn Close agreed to star in zombie film ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’

“She’s seen every zombie movie multiple times and her desire was to be in a zombie movie. We turn a corner and she’s right there. “Colm’s a very, very good director.”
The actress also had another, more personal   reason for wanting to appear in the film. [She’s a zombie] and I look at her.”
Watch the trailer for The Girl with All the Gifts, below. But why did the six-time Academy Award nominee decided to appear in a zombie movie? Caroline Caldwell, who is determined to find a cure for the undead plague even if it means killing an infected, but still very cute, child played by newcomer Sennia Nanua. 2), the actress reprises her Tony-winning performance as faded silent movie star Norma Desmond. I said, ‘If you can get yourself over to England, you can be in a zombie movie.’ So, she’s in the movie! “I thought it was a very smart script,” Close says of the project, whose other cast members include Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine. In the new Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard (previews begin Feb. Meanwhile, in the new, Colm McCarthy-directed zombie film The Girl with All the Gifts (out Feb. “My sister-in-law is a zombie freak,” says Close. Over the next month, audiences will have the opportunity to see Glenn Close in two very different roles in two very different projects. The Girl with All the Gifts can be seen now exclusively on DirecTV. 24), she plays a hard-nosed scientist called Dr. Show Full Article It is easy to understand why Close would wish to return to Sunset Boulevard.

Watch Kitty Gaga’s bonkers Puppy Bowl XIII halftime show performance

The   Arm & Hammer   Clump & Seal   Kitty Halftime show (rolls right off the tongue, no?) will feature a performance by the Chicago Rock Cats, headlined by Kitty Gaga (not to be confused with Katty Furry) singing, er, meowing her way through “Puparazzi.” Are there cats playing guitar and scratching records on the turntable? Is there any chance you are not clicking on this video to watch them in action? ET/noon ET on   Animal Planet. There are. Is Kitty Gaga wearing a vegan meat dress? Absurdly adorable puppies will be the focus of this year’s Puppy Bowl, naturally. Show Full Article But once again, some kittens will be trying to claw   their way into your heart as well, even if they don’t exactly grasp the magnitude of the spectacle that they are creating. There is not. She is. Puppy Bowl XIII, not to be confused with Super Bowl LI, kicks off Sunday at 3 p.m.

Watch Samara crash a plane in the ‘Rings’ opening scene

The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki has a supporting role in Rings, as does   Friday Night Lights   actress Aimee Teegarden. Show Full Article Rings   haunts theaters nationwide this Friday. The film stars Matilda Lutz as Julia, a young woman whose curious boyfriend (Alex Roe) takes a deep dive into the urban legend surrounding   a mysterious video tape that kills its viewers   seven days after   watching it. Nearly 15 years after The Ring   — based on the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu —   became a worldwide hit, Rings   continues the series’ legacy, picking up more than   a decade after the events of the last installment, 2005’s The Ring Two. What’s scarier than Naomi Watts not returning for another round of the horror franchise she launched in 2002? Watch the film’s opening sequence above. Just about everything in the first three minutes of Rings,   which Paramount released online Tuesday afternoon. Jurassic World star Vincent D’Onofrio also appears in the   F. Julia soon discovers the realities of the sinister forces at work, and finds herself making an unexpected discovery: the   tape hosts a   “movie within a movie” no one has ever seen before. In the clip above, the nefarious spirit otherwise known as Samara wreaks havoc on passengers inside a commercial jet, proving that whether you’re hiding in the pantry or soaring thousands of feet in the air, there’s no escaping her grasp. Javier Gutiérrez-helmed production, which was written by   David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, and Akiva Goldsman.

NBC orders ‘Drama High’ pilot from ‘FNL’ showrunner, ‘Hamilton’ producer

Jason Katims is headed back to high school. Show Full Article Also on board is   Hamilton producer Seller, who is serving as an executive producer alongside   Michelle Lee and Flody Suarez. Based on the book of the same name from Michael Sokolove and the life of its subject, Lou Volpe, Drama High goes inside the high school drama department in a working-class town. Katims most recently created CBS’ Pure Genius, which didn’t get extended past its initial 13-episode order. After serving as executive producer and showrunner on FNL, he shepherded another successful film adaptation with Parenthood, and a slightly less popular   one with About A Boy. NBC has ordered a pilot for Drama High, written and executive produced by former Friday Night Lights boss Jason Katims, who has teamed up with   Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller for the project. Drama High,   from Universal Television, brings Katims back to NBC, a partnership that has netted   strong results. Headed by an impassioned teacher, the students and their performances   electrify their area.

In the final ‘Beauty and the Beast’ trailer, everything as old as time is brand new again

“Beauty and the Beast”   also includes Luke Evans as Gaston;   Josh Gad as Lefou;   and   Ewan McGregor,   Ian McKellen and   Emma Thompson as Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. While it has been touted that the film will feature the original music as well as some brand-new songs, the latest trailer sticks to the classic title track of the soundtrack, this time sung by   Ariana Grande and John Legend. The trailer also features the pair in various iconic scenes familiar to fans of the original 1991 film, from the ballroom dance to the way they eat their soup. The final trailer for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” has been released and it’s full of familiar scenes and sounds. “Beauty and the Beast” is set for a March 17 release. Watch the trailer above. Potts, respectively. The upcoming film will see Emma Watson as Belle, a girl “so ahead of [her] time.” As the trailer reveals, Belle   goes to live with the Beast, played by Dan Stevens, in order to save her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline). Latest updates

‘Bates Motel’: Get your exclusive first look at Rihanna

20 at 10 p.m. Bates Motel is putting Rihanna to work, work, work, work, work — and EW has the exclusive first look. Show Full Article “We’re taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different,” executive producer Kerry Ehrin tells EW. He’s in a very fragile and lonely place, and Marion Crane is a charismatic woman, she’s super present when she’s with him and she’s very attractive — all those things are exactly what he needs right at this moment.” Note to Riri:   Don’t take a shower! Bates Motel returns Monday, Feb. ET on A&E. During the A&E drama’s fifth and final season, the eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer will check into Bates Motel as Marion Crane, the character first made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller Psycho. But viewers will meet a very different, fleshed-out version of Marion when she arrives on Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) doorstep. In one of the most stunning twists in cinematic history, Marion — who had stolen her boss’s money for her divorcé boyfriend and landed at Bates Motel while on the lam — was killed in the film’s first act. In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. 10. We never really got to see that. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn’t perfect, who isn’t always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we’re rooting for her to get what she wants.”
What Marion probably doesn’t want is a newbie serial killer taking a shine to her, but that’s exactly what she’ll get during the character’s multi-episode appearance. “Norman is in an incredibly intense and interesting place that we’ve built him to when that sequence of episodes starts,” Ehrin says, noting that the new season picks up about 18 months after Norma’s (Vera Farmiga) death. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling. The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. “It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. For more inside info on Rihanna’s trip to Bates Motel, pick up the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Feb. Check out an exclusive promo and some first look photos of Rihanna on Bates Motel:
A&E Network. “It’s this collision of Bates Motel storytelling and then Marion Crane showing up into that. A&E Network.

Game lets players adjust Conan’s penis size — NSFW

If a player selects a female character to play instead, they can adjust the size of her breasts. Show Full Article I hope this is earning me XP
— Chris Livingston (@screencuisine) January 30, 2017

Conan Exiles is in early access (which means you can buy it now, but it’s still considered unfinished, though it sure looks pretty complete to us). This is a first. Who cares. What follows is NSFW so if you have aversion to animated Conan the Barbarian dongs,   you might want to stop reading now (we’re betting none of you will). Gamers can also choose how much nudity is shown overall. An upcoming   RPG-style video game titled   Conan Exiles allows players the luxury of making their warrior avatar an even bigger barbarian. Letting players customize their avatars in a character-creation menu is pretty routine in gaming. But this is apparently the first time any major title has made the size of character sex organs adjustable. Holy Crom! He’s jarringly naked:

NSFW, more cock & balls from Conan Exile. First up is the slider. As spotted by PC Gamer, the open world survival game has an adjustment slider for Conan’s, uh, dagger. This could indeed help Conan on his quest to “hear the lamentation of the women.” See the gif below:

NSFW but Conan Exiles has an endowment slider. Big dong, little dong, big dong, little dong
— Chris Livingston (@screencuisine) January 30, 2017

The game-play action then features shots like this, with Conan going balls-out in his quest to … whatever it is that Conan is trying to do.

‘Supergirl’ adds ‘Lois & Clark’ alum Teri Hatcher

Hatcher will be playing a mysterious new role that will become the new Big Bad of Season 2. And if so, will that reunite her with Dean Cain, who portrays the M.I.A. Hatcher is no stranger to the world of Superman. Danvers patriarch? Show Full Article Fun fact: The first big bad of the season, Lillian Luthor, was played by Hatcher’s former Desperate Housewives co-star Brenda Strong. “No offense to any of the wonderful actresses who have also played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all time favorite Lois Lane,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. Lillian has since been arrested, but an upcoming storyline will find her going on the lam. Teri Hatcher is returning to the world of tights and flight. Could Hatcher’s mysterious character be the new leader of Project Cadmus? Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. The Lois & Clark alum has booked a multi-episode arc on Supergirl, EW has learned. “To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, Greg [Berlanti], and the fans.”
The actress — who joins other familiar faces on Supergirl from the world of superheroes, like Cain, Helen Slater, and Lynda Carter — is set to join the series this winter. ET on The CW. She most recently appeared on CBS comedy The Odd Couple. Following her turn as Lois Lane for The New Adventures of Superman, the actress had a brief role on Smallville.