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Daily Briefing. Charlie Kaufman vs Hollywood, “Liquid Sky” and More

Also: Terry Gilliam on (not really) slowing down at 70.

The Wrap's Steve Pond has read some version or other of Charlie Kaufman's screenplay for Frank or Francis and finds it to be "a twisted and bitter broadside against nearly every aspect of the movie business, from filmmakers to critics to audiences." As Movie City News warns: Spoilers ahead. Kaufman will begin shooting in January with with Nicolas Cage, Jack Black, Steve Carell and Kevin Kline.

For the Independent, Rob Sharp talks with Terry Gilliam who may or may not direct an English National Opera production of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini and may or may not direct an adaptation of Paul Auster's novel Mr Vertigo.

Melissa Anderson for Artforum: "Slava Tsukerman's 1982 cult classic, Liquid Sky, may be the first example of heroin cheek, imagining an invasion of extraterrestrials drawn to a city where new-wave androgynes languidly hope to score and the Empire State Building looms as a giant hypodermic needle."  Tonight at Anthology Film Archives; Alt Screen's got a roundup.

From today through Friday at the Harvard Film Archive: Agnès Godard's Inexhaustible Landscapes.

Tonight at REDCAT in Los Angeles: Animation of the Unconsciousness: CalArts and the Teachings of Jules Engel.

Shirley MacLaine will receive the AFI's 40th Lifetime Achievement Award.

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