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Jose here. As a non-American, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite Us holiday because it's the time of the year when it's socially acceptable for people to put marshmallows and cranberries on everything. A practice which I refuse to stop during the other 364 days of the year, but which for 24 hours helps me bond with the people I love, as I argue about why movies with subtitles are as nourishing as turkey and gravy.
Other than complex carbs, I'm also thankful for
...J.Law away from Dior's gold and diamond shackles. She has rarely looked better than in the black Ralph Lauren she wore to one of the Mockingjay: Part 2 premieres.
...Charlotte Rampling's skinny jeans in 45 Years.
...3D movies that challenge everything I thought about the medium (thank you Gaspar Noe and Wim Wenders)
...for world cinema, and for the opportunity I've had to talk to so many international filmmakers this year. »
This week is Thanksgiving, pushing us full force into the holiday season. And to celebrate, Adam Sadler is bringing an early present for everyone! No matter what your religion is, you've probably enjoyed listening to his iconic Chanukah Song. Now, he's updated it. And there are some surprising and hilarious new inclusions.
As the title might suggest, this reworked Chanukah Song is the fourth version that Adam Sadler has released over the past 21 years. And as you can see, he's not really into celebrating the catchy holiday theme on its anniversary, instead surprising fans unexpectedly with his revised take on the classic. He opens the new video by gleefully telling those in the audience that he is about to introduce a fourth list of Jewish individuals. Not all of them, whom, mind you, should be celebrated.
Probably the biggest laugh in this new version of the Chanukah Song comes when he mentions Jared from Subway, »
David Heyman, producer of “Harry Potter” and “Gravity,” is forming a joint-venture with NBCUniversal Intl. Studios to create Heyday Television, which will produce premium television and digital content across all platforms, including free-to-air network, cable and subscription VOD.
Heyday Television has already received two series commitments from NBC. No further information about the shows were revealed. NBCUniversal will distribute content produced by the new company.
“David Heyman has created some of the most memorable and successful movies of our time. It is a pleasure to welcome him into the NBCUniversal family. We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come,” NBCUniversal Intl. Studios president, Michael Edelstein said.
Heyman commented: “I look forward to calling on many of the film relationships I’ve developed over the years — but also to working with many of the brilliant voices already working in television. »
- Leo Barraclough
Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Kellan Lutz, Dennis Haysbert, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin and John Leguizamo also star in Experimenter, which premiered at Sundance this year and is currently in release in the Us via Magnolia.
Deals have closed in: Canada (Vsc), Latin America (Impacto), China (DDDream), Japan (At), South Korea (Movement), Germany (Lighthouse), France (Septieme Factory), Scandinavia (NonStop), Benelux (Premiere), Italy (Barter), Turkey (Calinos), Poland (Sonovision), Greece (Feelgood), Portugal (Leopardo) and Middle East (Eagle).
The film takes place at Yale University in 1961 as Stanley Milgram conducts his notorious obedience tests involving electric shock treatment.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Michael Almereyda's thought-provoking and entertaining inquiry into the human condition, Experimenter, had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was a selection in the main slate of the New York Film Festival. It stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram and Winona Ryder as his wife Sasha, with Jim Gaffigan, John Leguizamo, Taryn Manning, Ned Eisenberg, Anton Yelchin, Dennis Haysbert, Lori Singer, Harley Ware, Tom Farrell, Emily Tremaine and Anthony Edwards. Milgram student Harold Takooshian was invited to join the cast, becoming a "Familiar Stranger".
Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram
No stranger to me, Harold met me at Lincoln Center, to discuss his role in the film and as Science Advisor to Michael Almereyda. On Tuesday, November 10, a public forum on Stanley Milgram: the Experimenter, will be hosted by Fordham University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, and Apa Division of Social Issues. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Things are getting strange over at Netflix, and they’re in need of some kid talents to set things straight. Its latest series, “Stranger Things,” is in search of boys and girls ages 9–13 to play middle school students on a Nov. 19 shoot in Atlanta, Ga. The series is a chilling thriller starring two-time Academy Award nominee Winona Ryder and David Harbour. Ryder plays a mother whose son goes missing. In order to get him back, she must confront terrifying forces—and certainly some “stranger things.” Executive producers Matt and Ross Duffer have requested male candidates have “shaggy or longer hair” and female candidates have “short hair and bangs.” For more details, check out the full casting notice for “Stranger Things” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings, which you can sort by age! »
By Sam Moffitt
If you were asked to participate in a behavioral science study, and got paid for it, and the study involved torturing and possibly killing another human being, would you see the study through to its end? Would you continue to administer electric shocks to a complete stranger, a person who has already said they have a heart condition?
Now, you cannot see the other person, as you administer the electric shocks from another room, but you can hear them beg for mercy, hear them ask to stop the experiment, and then finally grow silent, possibly unconscious or maybe even dead.
Would you continue the experiment? Especially if there were an ”authority figure” wearing a gray lab coat who insisted that you had to continue the experiment, no matter what. Especially that you had to continue even if you thought you were killing the other test subject, »
- Movie Geeks
James Franco is obsessed with Hermione Granger. Or perhaps, more so with the young actress who portrayed the Muggle-born witch in eight Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson. Today, the actor is showing off his latest work of art. Yes, he's gone and gotten himself an Emma Watson neck tattoo. But if you're worried that he's gone off the deep end, or that the object of his affection needs to file for a restraining order, don't. It's only temporary!
James Franco and Emma Watson co-starred in the hit apocalyptic comedy This Is the End way back in 2013, and it seems James still has a bit of a crush on his former leading lady. While she only had a minor role in that film, she was one of the few actresses to appear amidst the chaos. And now, Franco is celebrating his love for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast star. He »
11 years ago today, “Saw” opened in theaters, shocking audiences with its grotesque violence and securing director James Wan's place in the Splat Pack. The Halloween season theatrical release followed a January 2004 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride”), the film was a game-changer, opening up the elevator floodgates to gallons of blood that would pour out from a new level of extremely gory horror movies. A huge box office success, “Saw” has made over $103 million off of a reported $1.2 million budget. Six sequels continued the legacy of the sadistic madman Jigsaw. “Saw” was Wan's feature directorial debut. The Australian filmmaker went on to direct “Insidious,” “The Conjuring” and “Furious 7.” He’s also directing the 2018 movie based on the DC Comics character Aquaman. “Saw,” “Insidious” and “The Conjuring” all are on the Top 200 in HitFix’s Ultimate Horror Poll, for which we polled over »
- Emily Rome
Too often filmmakers interpret or reinterpret works from other media, nowhere near often enough creating new characters and situations. Look at Tim Burton, for example, he started off taking Pee Wee Herman and producing a feature version of his television series. He returned with the original and still funny Beetlejuice before tackling his version of Batman. Since then, he has not given us anywhere near enough original fare but all can be forgiven if you pause to consider Edward Scissorhands. Thankfully, 20th Century Home Entertainment has seen fit to cause us to consider the film since it has released Edward Scissorhands: 25th Anniversary on Blu-ray.
When it opened a quarter century back, I adored it, calling the Johnny Depp vehicle as a modern day fairy tale and it still holds up. I last watched it two years ago, showing it to my 9th graders as part of a film unit. »
- Robert Greenberger
Netflix’s new supernatural drama “Stranger Things” has added Matthew Modine to the cast, TheWrap has learned. The actor joins Winona Ryder and David Harbour in the eight-episode series. The drama is set in the 1980s and is about a mystery surrounding a boy who vanishes and the ever-expanding government conspiracy that unravels in its wake. Ryder will play the boy’s single mother while Harbour will play the town’s chief of police, tasked with investigating the disappearance. Modine has been cast in the role of Dr. Martin Brenner, a brilliant, enigmatic scientist who may or may not be »
- Linda Ge
A creepy-cool vibe of constructed cinematic artificiality echoes the illusory nature of Stanley Milgram’s notorious experiment into human behavior. I’m “biast” (pro): love stories about science and scientists
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
You already know who Stanley Milgram is: he was the psychologist and researcher into human behavior who conducted the now famous — some would say infamous — experiment in which people were instructed to administer increasingly strong electrical shocks to a total stranger; most complied even over their own personal moral objections. The study, conducted at Yale University in the early 1960s and published in book form by Milgram in the early 70s, is considered essential to understanding our willingness to obey authority, how ordinary “good” people allow themselves to be complicit in terrible crimes such as the Holocaust; as the film notes, the study is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Do not let your eyes see or your ears hear that which you cannot account for.” Abraham Van Helsing’s warning to three men in disbelief of the living dead has a blunt message: Our senses can lie to us. Anthony Hopkins’s off-kilter professor may be one of the top-billed “jewels” in what Francis Ford Coppola deemed his proverbial “crown” of 1992, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but his words feel ironic next to the lavish production design of Dante Ferretti and Thomas Sanders. Their work, along with Ishioka Eiko’s Japanese Gothic hybrid costuming, is a visual feast, sensual in its ebonies and crimsons and a sleek, sexy companion to Wojciach Kilar’s music. Coppola’s dramatic realization is overwhelmingly a sensory experience, a film engineered for appreciating how it looks and the way it sounds.
And does it “sound.” The story of Dracula is legend, and along with qualifying »
- David Klein
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. In this rapid-round Q&A, the 44-year-old old star of The Experimenter opens about about what it's like working with Woody Allen, his perception of Experimenter co-star Winona Ryder and why he's happy working outside of the Hollywood system. In Experimenter (in theaters Oct. 16), you play Stanley Milgram, who did research studies on obedience and authority. Of the directors you've worked with, who gave the most orders? Martin Campbell [2011's Green Lantern].
- Pamela McClintock
Read More: Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder Stare You Down in Exclusive 'Experimenter' Poster Michael Almereyda's uncluttered film "Experimenter" stars Peter Sarsgaard as psychologist Stanley Milgram and Winona Ryder as Sasha, his wife. The story details Milgram's contentious experiments in the '60s, inspired by the Holocaust and ideas about the destructive potential of obedience. During Milgram's trials, a participant was convinced they were delivering painful electric shocks to a stranger in another room; even as that stranger begged for mercy, subjects continued to administer possibly fatal electric charges. Most participants were uncomfortable harming somebody — but a polite authority encouraged them not to stop. With these tests, Milgram attempted to prove the plasticity of human nature; suggesting it is obedience to authority, rather than innate cruelty, which allows something like the Holocaust to unfold. Seeming to grow more wide-eyed with age, Ryder is »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Dreams and hallucinations can be the broadest of horror staples. Throw in some weird imagery, maybe a few jarring cuts, and you have an instant scare. But an effective dream sequence is more than technique, it’s a filmmaker capturing a specific type of fear: losing control, having your life shattered, or meeting a manifestation of your guilt. The dream or the hallucination is the character’s psyche putting the pieces together or falling apart completely. Of course, dreams don’t always require messages. Sometimes, they’re just damn scary.
Aliens (1986)- Ripley’s nightmare
Aliens is the perfect sequel for many reasons. It follows in the footsteps of the original 1979 classic while existing as its own entity and delivering new characters that are just as memorable as the first’s. What’s more, it favors high-tension action scenes over more traditional horror-centric scenes, demonstrating the malleability of the series. »
Experimenter Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Michael Almereyda Screenwriter: Michael Almereyda Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Dennis Kaysberg, Jim Gaffigan Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 8/6/15 Opens: October 16, 2015 We Americans like to think of ourselves as a nation of individualists, resistant to authority, “Don’t tread on me,” The Marlboro Man. But some social psychologists think differently. Social psychologists deal with the behavior of people in groups, and one of the famous psychologists from the last century is Stanley Milgram (1933-1984). At the age of 28 he conducted a major endeavor in the field, one which was praised by [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
This thriller is based on the true story of Stanley Milgram, the famed social psychologist who tested the power of the human will in a 1961 experiment.
Milgram's psychological breakthrough brought him tremendous notoriety – but at a great cost.
Experimenter has a limited cinema and VOD release in the Us on October 16. »
Experiment This: Almereyda Revisits Classic Social Psych Progenitor
American filmmaker Michael Almereyda brings to the screen a pseudo-biopic on one of the more famous social psychologists, Stanley Milgram, whose name should, at the very least, rumble through the memory bank of anyone who has ever taken a Psychology course. But Experimenter, much like academia, is concerned mostly with Milgram’s famed early 1960s obedience experiments, which yielded disturbing results about easily conditioned human beings that society at large was not quite ready to accept, leading to Milgram being treated as something of a pariah within his own academic community. Filmed with a desaturated palette and utilizing props and set backdrops to inflect rather than convey period, Almereyda’s created a cold, clinical portrait of a man whose own familial background informed his timely social experiment, one that’s been referenced and recreated as a tenet of understanding unnerving truths as concerns human behavior. »
- Nicholas Bell
Most female characters in film succumb to the Devil. They are used as vessels or conduits for the Anti-Christ, lesser demons or the grandiose ideas of an occult. More often than not- they are chased, seduced or beaten into submission by satanic happenings. But some of these women do display degrees of ingenuity, agency, and physical prowess in their battle against coercion and the corruption of souls. Ranked from weakest characterization to strongest, the following list discusses the faculties that these women retain in the face of evil. (Minor spoilers ahead).
Lisa Reiner in Lisa and the Devil (1973)
Lisa (Elke Sommer) is overtaken by the spirit of a long deceased woman named Elena and the Devil all at once. Trapped deep in her mind, we hardly know Lisa outside of her light, carefree existence as an American tourist right before her possession. Purely a vessel for the malevolent temptation of »
- Lane Scarberry
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