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Today in Movie Culture: Obi-Wan Kenobi's 'Star Wars' Spinoff, Martin Scorsese's 'Super Mario Bros.' and More

18 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fake Movie of the Day: Obi-Wan Kenobi gets his own solo Star Wars spinoff movie in this fan-made trailer featuring a lot of footage of Ewan McGregor as Jesus in Last Days in the Desert (via /Film):    Movie Parody of the Day: "Goodplumbas" mashes Goodfellas with Super Mario Bros. in this short comedy film by Nick Gregorio (via Geek Tyrant):   Vintage Image of the Day:  Robert Redford, who turns 80 today, with Paul Newman and an unidentified ping pong player on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1968:   Goofs of the Day: Stranger Things is a TV show, but this College Humor parody of...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Biehn & Jennifer Blanc-Biehn on Indie Filmmaking, Alien 5 & More

18 August 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Many know Michael Biehn from his iconic roles in James Cameron’s Aliens, The Terminator, and The Abyss, but in recent years he and his wife and business partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn have been a tremendous force on the indie scene with their production company, Blanc-Biehn Productions, which provides a platform for indie filmmakers—including themselves—to tell new stories and interact with their dedicated fan base.

Michael and Jennifer were recently at San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens, and I had a chance to sit down with the duo to discuss their grassroots approach to indie filmmaking, Michael’s desire to play Hicks once again in a new Alien movie, and much more.

Jennifer talked about the key to being a grassroots production company by interacting with fans and getting involved with talented actors, writers, and female filmmakers. 

Jennifer Blanc-Biehn: There are a lot of people like this. »

- Jonathan James

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

2 August 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Liz Taylor scorches the screen (as least as much as it could be scorched in 1958) in a watered-down yet still potent Tennessee Williams adaptation. Paul Newman gets his Brando act together, and the rest of the show is stolen by 'Big Daddy' Burl Ives. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1958 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date August 9, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson. Judith Anderson, Madeleine Sherwood, Larry Gates, Vaughn Taylor. Cinematography William Daniels Film Editor Ferris Webster Written by Richard Brooks, James Poe from the play by Tennessee Williams Produced by Lawrence Weingarten Directed by Richard Brooks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof might have been the big Oscar winner in 1959 if it were not for Gigi, another major MGM production. In other hands, with different stars in the lead roles, the show could »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Taxi Driver’ Trailer: Robert De Niro Still Wants to Wash the Scum Off the Streets in Martin Scorsese’s Haunting Classic

1 August 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fittingly enough for such a bloody, angry movie, “Taxi Driver” celebrates its ruby anniversary this year. Occasioned by that 40-year milestone, the fine folks at Park Circus are doing their thing and re-releasing Martin Scorsese’s classic, which remains a standout among his vast body of work and the watershed decade of which it’s an essential part. Watch its new trailer below.

Read More: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster Will Celebrate ‘Taxi Driver’ Anniversary at Tribeca

Like the film itself, this new look focuses on evincing a most unsettling mood: “All the animals come out at night,” Robert De Niro narrates as his Travis Bickle roams the streets of New York from behind the wheel of a cab. “Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum of the streets.” “Taxi Driver” may always be best remembered for its “You talkin’ to me?” sequence, »

- Michael Nordine

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

1 August 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

1. “The Get Down” Season 1, Part 1 (available August 12)

Why Should I Watch It? Baz Luhrmann brings his wild style to the small screen in a story inspired by the creation of hip-hop. I know, I know — you’re already in, but there’s so much more! Made from a carefully curated combination of experienced minds — including Grandmaster Flash, Nas and Nelson George — “The Get Down” chronicles how kids in Queens during the late ’70s blended disco and soul music to create what’s currently the most popular pop music genre. Oh, and did we mention it’s a love story? A handful of newcomers join respected actors like Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito for the 12-hour first season, but we’re only getting six episodes to start with. It can’t all be perfect.

Best Episode: While Luhrmann served as showrunner for the entire first season (and directed a few episodes »

- Ben Travers

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

1 August 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. “The Get Down” Season 1, Part 1 (available August 12)

Why Should I Watch It? Baz Luhrmann brings his wild style to the small screen in a story inspired by the creation of hip-hop. I know, I know — you’re already in, but there’s so much more! Made from a carefully curated combination of experienced minds — including Grandmaster Flash, Nas and Nelson George — “The Get Down” chronicles how kids in Queens during the late ’70s blended disco and soul music to create what’s currently the most popular pop music genre. Oh, and did we mention it’s a love story? A handful of newcomers join respected actors like Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito for the 12-hour first season, but we’re only getting six episodes to start with. It can’t all be perfect.

Best Episode: While Luhrmann served as showrunner for the entire first season (and directed a few episodes »

- Ben Travers

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Netflix in August: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone

26 July 2016 3:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Even though favorites like “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “The Best Man” are taking a leave of absence, there are plenty of new options to Netflix and chill with. What’s coming: “Louis Ck: Live at the Comedy Store” is exactly about what it’s titled: Louis Ck’s standup night at the Comedy store in Los Angeles. This gem will be available Aug. 15 What’s coming: “No Country for Old Men” has been on multiple “Best Films of the Decade” lists and now it’ll be available for your streaming pleasure Aug. 11 What’s coming: Paul Newman‘s classic courtroom drama, »

- Rasha Ali

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Stanley Kubrick & ‘2001’: Over Budget and Behind Schedule — but a Radical Classic

26 July 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

July 26 would have been the 88th birthday of Stanley Kubrick, one of Hollywood’s all-time greats. His output was slim — only 13 films in a 40-year career — but his batting average was very high.

Over the decades, Variety chronicled his various films, including “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It began filming in London in December 1965, aiming for a Christmas 1966 release. In September 1966, MGM president Robert H. O’Brien told Variety that the film had been delayed and its original $6 million budget wasn’t enough. “Stanley is an honest fellow and he simply admitted to me that he hadn’t anticipated the tremendous technical problems he’d have with all the fantastic special effects he wanted. For $6 million, we could have had a Buck Rogers sort of thing, but for the extra million we’ve got what we originally planned. Should we have told him to stop at $6 million? Why have Buck Rogers »

- Tim Gray

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The Forgotten: Leo McCarey's Rally "'Round the Flag, Boys!" (1958)

21 July 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The marvelous season of Leo McCarey films at New York's Museum of Modern Art features a few real rarities and a whole passel of acknowledged classics: features like Duck Soup and Make Way for Tomorrow and hilarious shorts programs featuring Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase and others. Perhaps the rarest item is Part Time Wife, a 1930 rehearsal for the greatness of The Awful Truth, complete with Airedale, but only slightly less obscure is late-career entry Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958), a strange quasi-satire which folds together several late-fifties concerns without actually addressing them or working out what it is, or what it's for.Whether it's actually true that right-wingers can't do satirical comedy, McCarey certainly lost the fire that made Duck Soup so truly anarchic during the years when he moved away from comedy to make beloved, sentimental and sincere dramas. Returning to broad comedy is something many of his fan probably wished he would do, »

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On this day in pop culture history: the first ‘X-Men’ movie opened in theaters

14 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

16 years ago today was (arguably) the beginning of the modern superhero movie era. Even if you give that distinction to Spider-Man or Iron Man, it’s undeniable that the first X-Men movie paved the way for the proliferation of caped heroes in Hollywood today. In 2000, the only other superhero movies released were negatively received comedies The Specials and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable — a superhero movie in a time before they could be baldfaced superhero movies. Now, everyone wants in on the superhero genre, which is now producing the buzziest and most lucrative blockbusters of 2016. The ninth and most recent X-Men movie, Apocalypse, ultimately delivered disappointing numbers in the ever-more-crowded superhero line-up, but that didn’t stop Fox from ordering a pilot for what looks to be a series based in the X-Men world. Other notable July 14 happenings in pop culture history: • 1966: »

- Emily Rome

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On this day: Billy the Kid, The Dark Knight, Hello Nasty

14 July 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Happy Bastille Day! Isn't it weird that violent/bloody days often become holidays later on?

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

Howard Hughes The Outlaw (1943)

1862 The Artist Gustav Klimt is born. Later Dame Helen Mirren will fight for custody of one of his most famous paintings in the bad movie Woman in Gold (2015).

1868 Explorer Gertrud Bell is born. Nicole Kidman played her in an ill-fated unreleased Werner Herzog movie Queen of the Desert

1881 Outlaw Billy the Kid is shot and killed outside Fort Sumner. Numerous stars have played him in movies including Roy Rogers (Billy the Kid Returns), Kris Kristofferson (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid), Emilio Estevez (Young Guns), and Paul Newman (The Left-Handed Gun). The most famous film version of his story may well be The Outlaw (1943) the Howard Hughes film which starred Jack Buetel as Billy and Jane Russell, in her star-making role, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Bob Costas Remembers an Early Announcing Gig That Led to His Future in Sportscasting

12 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bob Costas has been regaling fans with encyclopedic sports acumen from his perch at NBC since the early 1980s, as a broadcaster on “Inside the NFL,” “Sunday Night Football,” and numerous basketball finals, skating competitions, and World Series. This August, the 64-year-old, Emmy-winning legend will host NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage for a record-breaking 11th time.

But in October 1974, Costas was a wet-behind-the-ears student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. It was then he landed a plum gig as the play-by-play announcer for the American Basketball Assn.’s Spirits of St. Louis at radio giant Kmox, a move that would set his celebrated career on course. The gig was his first mention in Variety, on Oct. 23, 1974.

How did you score such a prestigious gig at such a young age?

I was actually past what would have been my senior year. I got a job in Syracuse on Wsyr broadcasting minor-league hockey »

- Variety Staff

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Review: ‘The Night Of’ ‘Serial’-izes ‘Law & Order,’ But It’s All About ‘The Verdict’

10 July 2016 7:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sidney Lumet’s 1982 courtroom masterpiece “The Verdict” is oft-referenced today in regard to Paul Newman’s show-stopping performance, but it’s the script — the construction — that’s marked the film’s indelible impact on storytelling. Newman plays Frank Galvin, an alcoholic ambulance chaser trying to scrounge together whatever money he can to keep the lights on, when he’s handed an easy payday: a comatose client whose family is suing for malpractice. The case is expected to settle out of court — and net Frank a fat check for very little work — but upon seeing the woman lying there, helpless, left to die or live out her days on a respirator, a fire is rekindled within the once prominent lawyer. He takes the case to trial, against the advice of his peers and the wishes of his clients, leading to a verdict that only really matters to him: Was Frank right »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘The Night Of’ ‘Serial’-izes ‘Law & Order,’ But It’s All About ‘The Verdict’

10 July 2016 7:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Sidney Lumet’s 1982 courtroom masterpiece “The Verdict” is oft-referenced today in regard to Paul Newman’s show-stopping performance, but it’s the script — the construction — that’s marked the film’s indelible impact on storytelling. Newman plays Frank Galvin, an alcoholic ambulance chaser trying to scrounge together whatever money he can to keep the lights on, when he’s handed an easy payday: a comatose client whose family is suing for malpractice. The case is expected to settle out of court — and net Frank a fat check for very little work — but upon seeing the woman lying there, helpless, left to die or live out her days on a respirator, a fire is rekindled within the once prominent lawyer. He takes the case to trial, against the advice of his peers and the wishes of his clients, leading to a verdict that only really matters to him: Was Frank right »

- Ben Travers

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Paul Newman Talks About The Joy (And Pain) Of Finally Winning His Oscar In 1987 Interview – Watch

30 June 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Color of Money” wasn’t a Martin Scorsese project: iI was a Paul Newman project. The acclaimed actor, an enormous fan of “Raging Bull,” wrote the director a fan letter asking to make a picture based on a 1984 novel by Walter Tevis. The resulting film is one of Scorsese’s most uncharacteristic, framing the story as comeback narrative for Newman’s pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson — though it’s arguable they never really show him leaving the game at all.

The final film lets Newman’s star persona bounce off the power of a rising Tom Cruise in an oddly sweet and optimistic package, one that would finally win Paul Newman his first Oscar in 1987 for Best Actor. A few weeks before the ceremony, Newman sat down with “Film 87” host Russell Harty to talk about that elusive trophy, as well as what it’s like to be Paul Newman »

- Russell Goldman

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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

29 June 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »

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The Battle for Prince's Estate: A Complete List of Who Is Staking a Claim to His Millions

27 June 2016 11:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The future of the late Prince's estimated $250 million estate is still undetermined - but interested parties met in Minnesota Monday morning for the latest hearing in the matter. On the topic of locating a will, "We've looked under every box lid," said David Crosby, a lawyer for Prince's bank Bremer Trust, according the Star Tribune. He added, "The inquiry is coming to a close very soon." Prince was 57 when he died at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. Six weeks after his death, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office released a statement announcing the music icon died of an opioid overdose, »

- Jeff Nelson and Jordan Runtagh

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The Battle for Prince's Estate: A Complete List of Who Is Staking a Claim to His Millions

27 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The future of the late Prince's estimated $250 million estate is still undetermined - but interested parties met in Minnesota Monday morning for the latest hearing in the matter. Last week, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide press would be allowed to cover the hearing, where arguments regarding genetic testing protocols were expected to be heard; the judge said in an order that he did not expect to hear arguments regarding the claims of potential heirs. Prince was 57 when he died at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. Six weeks after his death, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office »

- Jeff Nelson and Jordan Runtagh

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Talk About an All-Star Team! Brad Pitt, Jackie Chan and Patrick Dempsey Turn Out to Le Mans

18 June 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Brad Pitt waved the start flag Saturday for the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans - the world's oldest active sports car event in endurance racing. Held annually since 1923 in France, the prestigious automobile race began behind a Safety Car, as heavy rain fell as the cars were lining up on the grid. To acclimate themselves to the falling water, drivers were allowed to take a few laps around the 8.5-mile woodland track before Pitt threw the green flag. Rain has been a problem in the week leading up to Saturday's running. Thursday's qualifying 3 was interrupted mid-race due to the adverse driving conditions. »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Rollercoaster

18 June 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A mad extortionist is blowing up rollercoaster rides. Put-upon George Segal must stop him because we all know that the time, the tide and roller coasters wait for no man. Producer Jennings Lang's by-the-numbers suspense thriller is light on suspense and thrills, but the cast is good and the screenplay at least partly intelligent. And hey -- it's got a teenage Helen Hunt! Rollercoaster Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 19.99 Starring George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda, Helen Hunt, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Craig Wasson, Robert Quarry, Quinn Redeker, Dick Wesson, Gary Franklin, Steve Guttenberg. Cinematography David M. Walsh Original Music Lalo Schifrin Written by Richard Levinson, William Link, Tommy Cook Produced by Jennings Lang Directed by James Goldstone

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Jaws inspired plenty of rip-off movies about sharks, bears, killer whales and monster octopi threatening beaches. Since it wasn't safe to go back to the water, »

- Glenn Erickson

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