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Blu-ray Review – Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition

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Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Edition

Directed by Jim Henson

Starring Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie and Toby Froud.

Synopsis:

Labyrinth arrives on Blu-ray again in a new 30th Anniversary Edition that ports over the materials from the 2009 release and adds some new supplements. The package resembles a hardback book, with a small booklet bound into it. A code for a digital copy of the film is included too.

I’ve often wondered what else Jim Henson would have accomplished had he lived longer. His family has admirably carried on in his absence, but I’m sure we lost some wonderful movies that would have furthered the legacy he established with not just the Muppets films but also The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. (And, yes, he would have done more on TV too.)

I won’t rehash the plot of Labyrinth, since I assume you’re familiar with it and want to »

- Brad Cook

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Ewan McGregor on 'American Pastoral', Danny Boyle and directing again

10 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

McGregor’s directorial debut played at this week’s Zurich Film Festival.

During this week’s Zurich Film Festival, Ewan McGregor expressed regret over falling out with director Danny Boyle and said that shooting Trainspotting 2 together over the summer has healed old wounds. McGregor and Boyle fell out after Boyle cast Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach in 2000.

Speaking at the Zurich fest, where McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral is screening and the actor will take part in a Zff Master talk on Tuesday (Sept 27), McGregor said, “Danny and I didn’t have any interaction for years, which is a shame. I do regret the years we didn’t work together because I love working with him.”

The actor has reprised his iconic role as Renton in Trainspotting 2, citing the quality of the screenplay as the main reason he agreed to return. “It was fun, it was good to be back with Danny,” said McGregor »

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'Zoology' scores North America, UK deals with expanding Arrow

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Exclusive: Ivan Tverdovsky’s supernatural drama scores deals for New Europe Film Sales.

Arrow Films has picked up North American and UK rights to Ivan Tverdovsky’s supernatural drama Zoology from New Europe Film Sales.

The deal was concluded shortly after the film’s North American premiere screening in at Toronto International Film Festival and ahead of its screening at this week’s Zurich Film Festival.

Zoology, which won the special jury prize at Karlovy Vary, follows a middle-aged zoo worker whose quiet life in small coastal town seems to be going nowhere until one day she undergoes a supernatural transformation.

Producers are New People Film Company (Russia), Arizona Productions (France) and Moviebrats (Germany).

Read: Karlovy Vary Q&A: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, ‘Zoology’

Arrow plans to release the film theatrically in all three territories as part of a theatrical push into the North American market.

The expanding outfit launched Us classics/cult label Arrow Video 18 months ago and »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’ Wins San Sebastian Festival: Complete List of Winners

24 September 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — Marking a year when Asian cinema pretty well cleaned up on top plaudits at San Sebastian, “I Am Not Madame Bovary,” from vet Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, (“The Banquet,” “Assembly,” “Aftershock”), won the top Golden Seashell Saturday night at the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival.

Saturday night’s topped a 64th San Sebastian edition marked by a mass presence of new directors and across-the-board growth – in star presence, prizes, industry programs and news. Beyond actors’ kudos, 20 out of 31 film awards announced Saturday went to first features.

Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing, who plays a woman cafe proprietor who takes on the Chinese legal system, scored best actress for “I Am Not Madame Bovary.”

A marked move to more artistic realms by Feng, China’s best-known film director abroad, “I Am Not Madame Bovary” had scored a Fipresci prize at Toronto, but was not a competition front-runner in San Sebastian »

- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

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September 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Beware! The Blob, Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition

19 September 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.

Beware! The Blob (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge »

- Heather Wixson

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Geeks Bake Things: the nerdy make-a-cake challenge!

19 September 2016 2:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Den Of Geek Sep 20, 2016

Can you bake a nerdy cake for around a fiver? Enter our competition! These 4 writers' entries get the ball rolling...

People have a right to cake. That's why Madeira sponge is at the top of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

With the imminent demise of The Great British Bake-Off in its current form, Den Of Geek saw a gap in the cake-based competion market and duly filled it. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Geeks Bake Things!

The idea is simple: make a nerdily themed cake for something in the area of five pounds (we're not expecting receipts but don't go mad), send us in a picture to denofgeek@yahoo.com and you could win something brilliant out of our cupboard. The deadline for entries is one week from today, Tuesday the 27th of September.

Four writers below tried it, and here's how they got on...

Entry 1: »

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San Sebastian Festival Spotlights Young European and Latin American Talent

16 September 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While the San Sebastian festival ranks — with Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur — as one of the world’s two biggest Europe-Latin American meet-marts, 2016 looks to also be a standout fest for young talent.

This year, nearly half (47%) of San Sebastian’s 17 competition entries are first features or made by directors under 40, vs. 9.5% of Cannes’ and 15% of the Venice Festival’s. That figure rises when factoring in two other San Sebastian sections: New Directors and Horizontes Latinos, a Latin America showcase.

This bold bet on a new generation of filmmakers looks set to help define this year’s San Sebastian Intl. Festival.

“This year, there are six first features [in competition] which will certainly get people talking,” says San Sebastian director Jose Luis Rebordinos. “Many films are not only made by young people, but talk about youth and its problems with social integration.”

Some movies, such as Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “May God Save Us” rage against the system. »

- John Hopewell

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Tiff Movie Review: American Pastoral

16 September 2016 5:39 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Ewan McGregor showcased his directorial debut with the premiere of American Pastoral at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. The movie, based on the novel by Phil Roth, is a somewhat tragic tale of a family torn asunder after the young daughter gets involved with radical leftist groups in the midst of the Vietnam War. Though clearly a powerful novel by Roth, the interesting social commentary that laces it never shines through in the more staid adaptation by McGregor. There are moments of powerful emotion, but the first-time director plays it safe—too safe—and delivered a mostly uninteresting product.

The story begins at a fifty plus class high school reunion where former student David Strathairn wonders whatever happened to the most popular kid in his class—“Swede” Levov. He’s quickly informed by the man’s brother that the former prom King has just died and that his story is a sad one. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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‘Loving,’ ‘American Pastoral’ Secure Prime Screenings at Hamptons Film Festival

14 September 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Loving” and “American Pastoral” have locked in prime slots at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, screening as the opening and closing night films, respectively.

Writer-director Jeff Nichols will open the festival with “Loving,” which tells the real-life story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving as they fight for the right to live as a family in a segregated town. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga lead the cast of the Focus Features film, set for release Nov. 4.

Ewan McGregor’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, “American Pastoral,” closes the festival with a look at an all-American family whose illusions are shattered when a high school athlete turned successful businessman and his former beauty pageant wife discover their daughter has been accused of a heinous crime. McGregor, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly star in the film, to be rolled out for release by Lionsgate beginning Oct. 21.

“Every year the festival aims to bring topical, »

- Joshua Terry

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Tiff 2016: Ewan McGregor and cast discuss American Pastoral

14 September 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ewan McGregor and the cast discuss American Pastoral at the Toronto International Film Festival…

When a high-profile actor decides to turn his eye to the director’s chair, the decision generates a lot of interest over how they’d handle their role. A lot of eyes were on Ewan McGregor as he took on American Pastoral, a film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The story revolves around Seymour ‘the Swede’ Levov, an all-star high school athlete turned successful businessman in his hometown who is seemingly living the American Dream with a beautiful wife and daughter. Their world is shattered though when their daughter is radicalized against the Vietnam War and runs away after an act of terrorism in their town. As the Swede attempts to locate her, his life takes a downward spiral as he discovers people aren’t just what they seemed.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, »

- Ricky Church

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Ewan McGregor to Be Honored With BAFTA-LA’s Humanitarian Award

13 September 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor actor-director Ewan McGregor with the Britannia Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.

The celebration will take place on Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted by British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall.

The Britannia Humanitarian Award has previously recognized Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo, and Orlando Bloom. McGregor is being honored for his work with Unicef, having recently travelled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. He worked with Unicef to help provide food and water, child protection services, and healthcare to those families in need.

Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, »

- Dave McNary

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77 Eye-Popping Portraits From TheWrap’s Toronto Film Festival Studio (Exclusive Photos)

12 September 2016 6:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Toronto 2016: Ewan McGregor, David Oyelowo and Dakota Fanning are among the stars who stopped by TheWrap’s studio at the Thompson Hotel.   Actress Natalie Portman stars in “Planetarium” and “Jackie.” Photographed by Geneviève Caron (Fh Studio) for TheWrap at The Thompson Toronto. Toronto 2016: Ewan McGregor, David Oyelowo and Dakota Fanning are among the stars who stopped by TheWrap’s studio at The Thompson Toronto. Ewan McGregor, director and star of “American Pastoral.” Photographed by Geneviève Caron (Fh Studio) for TheWrap at The Thompson Toronto. Jennifer Connelly, actress, “American Pastoral.” Photographed by Geneviève Caron (Fh Studio) for TheWrap at The Thompson Toronto. »

- Photographed by Geneviève Caron (FH Studio)

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How Tiff 2016 Rocked The Oscar Race: Why ‘Moonlight’ Glows, ‘Birth’ Struggles, and More Revelations

12 September 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year’s Oscar race is in crazy flux, moving and changing every day. Every year the Toronto International Film Festival pushes a new slate of high-profile Oscar hopefuls, adding more players—and media—to the season’s ongoing awards trajectory. And many movies that don’t make the grade fall by the wayside.

Jackie,” which tells the JFK assassination aftermath from the perspective of widow Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman), was not a Tiff debut; that honor went to Venice, where it was a hit and Noah Oppenheim won for best screenplay. However, it was Tiff’s Sunday night screening where the bidding began in earnest — and with it, the possibility that Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain’s  film would be an Oscar contender.

Fox Searchlight, which has first and last dibs on the movie, may want to rush it into the awards season, as they’ve done in the past »

- Anne Thompson

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How TIFF 2016 Rocked The Oscar Race: Why ‘Moonlight’ Glows, ‘Birth’ Struggles, and More Revelations

12 September 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s Oscar race is in crazy flux, moving and changing every day. Every year the Toronto International Film Festival pushes a new slate of high-profile Oscar hopefuls, adding more players—and media—to the season’s ongoing awards trajectory. And many movies that don’t make the grade fall by the wayside.

Jackie,” which tells the JFK assassination aftermath from the perspective of widow Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman), was not a TIFF debut; that honor went to Venice, where it was a hit and Noah Oppenheim won for best screenplay. However, it was Tiff’s Sunday night screening where the bidding began in earnest — and with it, the possibility that Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain’s  film would be an Oscar contender.

Fox Searchlight, which has first and last dibs on the movie, may want to rush it into the awards season, as they’ve done in the past »

- Anne Thompson

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[Tiff Review] American Pastoral

11 September 2016 6:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If my limited experience with Philip Roth adaptations is any indication, his novels deal in emotion. There are existential crises concerning identity involved, each a character study about life’s impact beyond the surface experiences propelling them forward. This isn’t something easily translated from page to screen when so much consists of internalized motivation. You must really look into the text, ignoring plot to find the core reactionary cause for everything occurring. If a daughter’s disappearance indelibly changes every second of her parents’ lives in the aftermath, we must see their psychology driving every move — not simply the over-the-top breakdowns shoving their turmoil in our faces. Success arrives in how powerful a pause between chaotic highs and lows proves. With American Pastoral, I only felt that power’s potential.

Many will place blame on Ewan McGregor simply because he may have been ill-prepared to handle such a dense work as his directorial debut. »

- Jared Mobarak

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Photos: Deadline Studio At Tiff 2016 – Day 1: Ewan McGregor, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, Oliver Stone & More

10 September 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

On Day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival, the high-powered casts of several Tiff premiering films came by the Deadline Studio at Calii Love, ranging from Oliver Stone’s Snowden, to Ewan McGregor’s Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral, to Amma Asante’s winning crowd-pleaser A United Kingdom. Talent appearing at the studio included Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Anne Hathaway, Isabelle Huppert and… »

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‘American Pastoral’ is a Grim Debut For Ewan McGregor — Tiff Review

10 September 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the most perceptive novels of the 20th century becomes one of the most ill-conceived movies of the 21st as Ewan McGregor tries his hand at directing with this ruinously streamlined adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1997 masterpiece, “American Pastoral.” It’s a disaster, but could it really have been anything else?

Roth’s writing is notoriously difficult to capture on camera, even for filmmakers with years of experience. James Schamus knocked it out of the park with “Indignation” earlier this year, but the former head of Focus Features spent decades shepherding (and writing) stories of similar sensitivity, and learned to recognize why certain texts might be — or might not be — suited for the screen.

Read More: Uzo Aduba Joins Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Others in ‘American Pastoral’ Adaptation

However, anyone who believed it was a good idea to adapt “American Pastoral” doesn’t share the same intuition. All of »

- David Ehrlich

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Toronto Film Review: ‘American Pastoral’

9 September 2016 8:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Much like his beloved New York Mets, the novels of Philip Roth have repeatedly frustrated the grandest hopes of many a fervent follower, at least as far as film is concerned. From Ernest Lehman to Robert Benton, Barry Levinson, and most recently James Schamus, the author’s peculiar brew of existential angst has simply proven too elusive for filmmakers great and small.

And so it proves for first-time director Ewan McGregor, whose “American Pastoral” tackles the greatest of Roth’s late-period works with obvious admiration and attempted fidelity, only to see the beating heart of the book slip further and further from his grasp with every scene. Groping for grand tragedy and finding only actorly melodrama, shooting for political contrarianism but landing instead on reactionary conventionalism, “American Pastoral” is as flat and strangled as its source is furious and expansive. 

In addition to directing, McGregor also stars as the ill-fated protagonist Seymour “Swede” Levov, »

- Andrew Barker

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‘American Pastoral’ Toronto Review: Ewan McGregor Travels to Philip Roth Country, and Fits Right In

9 September 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With his movie-star looks and his bottomless reservoirs of charm, Ewan McGregor figured to be a good match for Philip Roth‘s “American Pastoral.” The book, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and features Roth’s frequent alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman, is about a golden boy whose looks and charm can obscure but not overcome the wreckage that lurks beneath the gleaming surface. McGregor chose “American Pastoral” as his directorial debut, working from a screenplay by John Romano with a cast that includes Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. The result premiered on Friday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival, »

- Steve Pond

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American Pastoral Review [Tiff 2016]

9 September 2016 7:49 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Adapting a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a nearly impossible task for a seasoned director, let alone a first-timer, but Ewan McGregor accepts this challenge with American Pastoral. Actors-turned-directors always seem to assemble a team of highly talented collaborators, and for this film, it’s no different, as the likes of Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba and Molly Parker join McGregor in a formidable cast along with Alexandre Desplat providing the score.

There’s also a beautiful and compelling story at play here: our narrator learns about (and shares with us) the trials of an old high school friend known as “The Swede” who seemed ready to conquer the world before being affected by the turbulent era of the 1960s, essentially throwing his life into disarray. As a capsule of the social and political revolution of this time period, the chaotic dissolution of innocence in white male America, »

- Darren Ruecker

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