Sharknado 3 To Be Filmed in Florida

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Forget the umbrella and grab a chainsaw: We're getting closer to the dream. SyFy announced this week that Sharknado 3, the third installment to the ridiculous fish gore flick, will hit our TVs in 2015 -- and this time, it's set closer to our South Florida shores.

"Starting in Washington D.C. and moving down to Orlando, FL - no seaboard city below our nation's capital is safe!" Syfy says on its website. It ain't Miami, but we'll take it.

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Camp X-Ray Director Peter Sattler on Gitmo and Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart and director Peter Sattler on the set of Camp X-Ray.
Though he is working with drama on a very pure level in his feature debut, filmmaker Peter Sattler admits there are some surreal aspects to his movie, Camp X-Ray. "It had a very universal message of just finding commonality in a stranger that transcends language and cultural barriers," says the director from his hotel room at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables.

It takes place in Guantanamo Bay, where a fresh new army private comes face-to-face with detainees allegedly connected to the attacks on Sept. 11. Kristen Stewart plays Private Cole who connects with Ali Amir played by noted Iranian actor Peyman Moaadi, who burst onto the scene starring in the Oscar-winning movie A Separation, in 2011. The relationship, though impeded by all sorts of strict rules and barriers, creeps up on the viewer both through Sattler's patient but precise screenplay and the acting of the two leads.

Cultist asked Sattler about why he chose to set his first film in Gitmo and about the film's other surreal aspect: the underrated acting chops of Stewart.

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The Best Halloween Movies to See Around Miami

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It's October folks, specifically the back half of October, which means we're getting incredibly close to Halloween. Some people like to head out and party the night away, but for others, a low-key night at home or at the movies seems like a better plan.

This year, there's an abundance of flicks available all throughout the remainder of the month, and we've collected as many as possible right here. From O Cinema and to Miami Beach Cinematheque, to Cosford and Coral Gables, the art houses in town have put together some fantastic Halloween frights.

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Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse Returns with Part Two and Kickstarter

In 2013, a strange and wonderful thing happened in Miami. The Heat, with its Big Three -- Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh -- and a little help from Ray Allen, won the NBA Finals again; its second consecutive championship win.

It's most certain that the reason for this victory and the one prior was because of the success and brilliance and mere creation of the short film Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse in 2012. Crafted by the two sick but luminous minds of Bleeding Palm and commissioned by the Borscht Film Festival, the video not only went viral to much critical shock and admiration, it also spurred a cease-and-desist letter from the muse himself, to which the filmmakers responded with a gif.

And now, the minds behind the first film are returning with a second edition which you, dear friends and film fanatics, will help them fund through Kickstarter.

But let's start at the beginning.

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Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talks Working with Juliette Binoche and the Weird World of Celebrity

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Juliette Binoche in 1,000 Times Good Night.
Though he's probably best known as the "Kingslayer" Jaime Lannister on the hit HBO swords and sorcery series Game of Thrones, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been a respected actor in world cinema since his breakout performance in the 1994 film Nightwatch. That film was remade in 1997 starring Ewan McGregor, but Coster-Waldau would soon return to Hollywood's radar in 2001 working with McGregor again in Black Hawk Down.

He's continued to balance work in Hollywood and important world films throughout his career. Speaking via phone from Seville, Spain, where he is currently shooting season five of Game of Thrones, Coster-Waldau reveals his personal connection to his latest indie/world film by Norwegian director Erik Poppe. In 1,000 Times Good Night, Coster-Waldau plays the husband of a war photographer whose passion for her work tears her family apart.

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Film Podcast: Oscar Season Opens with Birdman and Listen Up Philip

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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.
It's awards season and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve.

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Sundance Institute Brings Film Development Workshops to Miami

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A still from Yearbook, Bernardo Britto's Sundance award-winning short film.
Miami's film community is on fire. From big festivals to international screenings, local filmmakers are making waves, and indie heavyweight Sundance is taking notice.

The Sundance Institute announced this week that they will use $1 million in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring artist development day labs to eight cities across the U.S. over the next three years, including Miami. Programming will target a wide range of filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and composers with workshops building on the experience of Sundance Institute's renowned residency labs.

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Miami Jewish Film Festival Starts Community Cinema Series With Women in Hollywood

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Another month, another exciting announcement from the Miami Jewish Film Festival on a new project to benefit the community. In partnership with Independent Lens Television Service (ITVS), WPBT2, the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, and Temple Beth Sholom, MJFF is launching the Community Cinema series, which will feature six films over the span of six months. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The six films featured in Community Cinema come from the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and each will premiere ahead of its broadcast date. Of the six features, the first will be Makers: Women in Hollywood, this Thursday, October 23, at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom.

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Guillermo del Toro on The Book of Life: "This Film Is Unapologetically Latin and Mexican"

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For all the works that U.S. studios make that are set in foreign countries, it's tough to come up with American animated films that are genuinely linked to the country that they portray. You've got things like Madagascar and Ratatouille set elsewhere, but these and others don't engage with the culture of the location they're set in quite as much as they should. With Jorge R. Gutierrez's debut feature film, The Book of Life, hitting theaters this weekend, it's an appropriate time to discuss the way films reflect the culture of their location.

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MIFFecito: The Highs and Lows of Vara: A Blessing, Raiz, and Life is Good

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Vara: A Blessing
Vara: A Blessing
Khyentse Norbu's Vara: A Blessing begins strong, introducing audiences to Lila, a young woman who practices the art of bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance that evokes the art of temple dancers. In its first act, the film proposes a bit of a flip on the typical route for women that involves choosing men over religion, presenting a girl who genuinely has no interest in being married. The film soon leaves reality and indulges in fantasy sequences of Lila falling into romantic situations with God.

Its problems, however, come early in the second act, when Lila's narrative ditches all semblance of character development. This section's depiction of the male gaze is as impressive as it gets, with the leering eyes of the community's landlord resulting in constant quick cuts and closeups of hands, faces, shoulders, and feet. Yet Vara takes pains to present as much of a female perspective in its first act as possible, which makes the mid-film shift and everything that follows so much more disorienting.

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