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Weekly Rushes. 22 July 2015

Trailers for films by Iñárritu & Alex Ross Perry, MUBI's 1st theatrical deal; the theft of Murnau's head; a tribute to Chuck Jones, & more.
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.

  • Above: The trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant, his follow-up to Birdman.
  • MUBI has signed its first theatrical deal, to distribute Miguel Gomes' beautiful three-part epic Arabian Nights in the UK.
  • The big news of the week is the theft of F.W. Murnau's head. No kidding.
  • At Film Comment, Portuguese master Pedro Costa, subject of a retrospective at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, has written on Howard Hawks' Land of the Pharaohs, which Costa has selected to show in his carte blanche program there.
  • Above: Tony Zhao's Every Frame a Painting series of video essays continues with Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist.
"The sheer amount of Woody Allen films means that each one—especially the less sensational among them—seems to lose its identity. Yet each should be admired or at least seriously regarded for whatever singular expression it contains, for the ways in which all these elements work together to fuel an engine for each title’s philosophical and aesthetic aims."
  • That's Michael Koresky, above, at Reverse Shot with a consideration of Woody Allen's predictably casually dismissed new film, Irrational Man.
  • Remember the stilted CGI retro sci-fi action spectacular Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow? Perhaps not, but that film and what happened to its groundbreaking filmmaking team is mighty interesting.
  • Above: The French trailer for Alex Ross Perry's excellent Queen of Earth. We loved the film at Berlin, where Adam Cook interviewed the American indie director. Below you'll find the French poster for the film.
  • Chantal Akerman's new film, No Home Movie, is set to premiere in August at Locarno, and here you can find an extract and images.
  • Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer's Trainwreck came out last weekend, and here are two unusually strong takes on the film: the New York Times's Manohla Dargis (pro) and Film Comment's Violet Lucca (con).
  • Mashups these days are a time a dozen, but we're real fond of this blend of the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with 1963's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
  • "I live in the margins of their Spam internet," says Vadim Rizov at Filmmaker Magazine, of what is sadly considered the norm of online criticism.
  • Above: The only thing we like more than a good ol' zoetrope is an embroidered zoetrope!
  • Amazon has not only picked up Spike Lee's next film, Chi-Raq, for digital distribution, it has been reported that Amazon will give it a theatrical run as well.
  • Tom Cruise on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, on a treadmill in front of a back projection of New York City.
Chantal’s ‘No Home Movie’ seems like a sequel of sorts to ‘News From Home’, can’t wait!

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