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It’s Showtime! Beetlejuice Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

5 April 2015 8:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”

Beetlejuice plays this weekend (April 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.

It’s showtime! The spring season of the Tivoli Theater’s ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ midnight series really kicks off this weekend (unless you count this past weekend’s Rocky Horror) with the 1988 favorite Beetlejuice

There’s never been a horror comedy like Tim BurtonBeetlejuice before or since. The film is a nugget of precise mayhem that never seems to get old. Tim Burton and Danny Elfman’s partnership is at or near its peak at this point in their careers, delivering a perfect blend of wildly original visuals and unusually appropriate musical cues, and they get plenty of extra help from the cast; Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice (Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr for the role! »

- Tom Stockman

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See "Heathers" In a Whole, New Light!

31 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

So a while back, we posted a fun music video about Julian Sands appropriately called "Prayer for Julian Sands." Well, the fantastic songrwiter, Homer Marrs, is at it again and this time, his focus is on the cult-hit "Heathers." I still love the movie starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, oh and Shannen Doherty too, and I think you'll like this new music video. It's a witty homage to the wonderful dark comedy "Heathers."


- Manny

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Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Experimenter'

26 March 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.

Michael Almereyda directed the story starring Peter Saarsgard as Stanley Milgram, who rocked the world in the 1960s with his infamous Yale study on obedience to authority.

Rounding out the key Experimenter cast are Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert.

Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof produced.

Magnolia brokered the deal with Cinetic Media for the film-makers. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Magnolia Buys Sundance Drama 'Experimenter' Starring Peter Sarsgaard

26 March 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ahead of the film's Closing Night screening at the Sf International Film Festival, the psychological drama "Experimenter" has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which plans a 2015 theatrical release. Directed by Michael Almereyda (2000's brainy Shakespeare update "Hamlet"), the film stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram whose 1961 "obedience" experiments at Yale asked participants to send harmful electric shocks to strangers in order to test their will toward authority.  Read More: Sf Film Fest Gets 3 Films From Sundance and SXSW The rest of the cast includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. "Experimenter" was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof. Sundance reviews were mostly positive. Variety wrote: "Michael Almereyda dissects the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Peter Sarsgaard’s ‘Experimenter’ Bought by Magnolia for U.S. (Exclusive)

26 March 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter,” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year.

The film portrays Stanley Milgram’s experiment, in which subjects were made to believe they were administering electric shocks to others in order to test why people will cede to authority. The San Francisco International Film Festival announced Wednesday that “Experimenter” would be its closing-night film on May 7.

Experimenter” premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. The cast includes Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. The film was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof.

Variety‘s Scott Foundas gave “Experimenter” a strong review, calling it “highly formal, always fascinating.”

Milgram, a social psychologist, conducted the “obedience experiments” at Yale University in »

- Dave McNary

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Sf Film Fest Gets 3 Films from Sundance and SXSW

25 March 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Now in its 58th year, the San Francisco Film Society's two-week festival will kick off on April 23 with Alex Gibney's SXSW premiere "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a probing documentary portrait of the Apple guru. On May 2, the Centerpiece screening will be James Ponsoldt's acclaimed Sundance feature "The End of the Tour," starring Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg as the budding Rolling Stone journalist who follows him. The fest closes on May 7 with Michael Almereyda's "Experimenter," also a Sundance premiere, starring Peter Sarsgaard as scientist Stanley Milgram opposite Winona Ryder. The full lineup lands next Tuesday, March 31. Read More: Here Are the 19 Films in Sf Film Fest Competition Sfiff previously announced a special award tribute to Guillermo Del Toro, where we'll see footage from his fall tentpole "Crimson Peak," along with the 19 films in competition including Sundance premiere "The. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ to Open San Francisco Film Festival

25 March 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alex Gibney’s documentary “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has been selected as the opening film of the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 23.

Gibney is expected to attend the screening of the film, which includes interviews with Jobs’ close friends and former colleagues, at the Castro Theater.

Magnolia Pictures  acquired North American rights to the documentary following its world premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival, where it earned strong reviews for its look at Jobs’ prickly leadership style and his influence in shaping Silicon Valley culture.

Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic, starring Michael Fassbender, opens Oct. 9. Gibney is an Oscar winner for “Taxi to the Dark Side.”

“The End of the Tour,” James Ponsoldt’s portrait of David Foster Wallace starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, has been set for May 2 as the festival’s Centerpiece title. Ponsoldt and Segel are expected to attend. »

- Dave McNary

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'Pretty Woman': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Julia Roberts Classic

23 March 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

No one expected much from "Pretty Woman" when they were making it. It was a modestly-budgeted romantic comedy whose stars were Richard Gere (then in the depths of a career slump) and Eric Roberts's kid sister. But when the movie was released, 25 years ago this week (on March 23, 1990), the project was transformed from overlooked stepsister to box office royalty. Mirroring her on-screen Cinderella makeover, Julia Roberts went from little-known ingenue to queen of Hollywood. Plus, the film saved Gere's career and (along with 1989's "When Harry Met Sally") revived the romantic comedy genre in Hollywood.

A quarter-century later, "Pretty Woman" remains a fan favorite, one you've seen a million times on cable. Even so, there's much you may not know about the movie -- the difficulties in casting (Gere and Roberts weren't anyone's first, second, or third choices), crises on the set, what was left out of the final film, »

- Gary Susman

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$3,000, porn parodies and Roy Orbison: 25 facts about Pretty Woman

23 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Can you believe it? Pretty Woman, the movie that turned Julia Roberts into a rom-com queen, was first released in cinemas 25 years ago today (March 23).

To mark the occasion, Digital Spy has unearthed 25 fascinating facts about the beloved 1990 film. Read on to find out why Vivian is a Disney princess, how Superman himself Christopher Reeve almost played Edward and the film's straight-to-the-point title in China.

1. The original script for Pretty Woman was titled $3,000 and was a dark drama about prostitution in La. Vivian was a drug addict trying to go clean to save up money for a trip to Disneyland. Disney-owned Touchstone Pictures developed the idea into a more conventional romantic comedy, meaning Vivian is something of an edgier Disney princess.

2. Werner Herzog claimed he was approached to direct Pretty Woman by Richard Gere when it was still being touted as a dark cautionary tale. Herzog being Herzog, though, we »

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There's a Little Women Remake in the Works: Which Young Stars Should Play the March Sisters?!

19 March 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Get ready for a new generation of March sisters! There's a Little Women remake happening, sources confirm to E! News. Former Sony executive Amy Pascal will reportedly produce this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book, and she won't be the first one to do so. There have been many Little Women remakes before—including a 1933 version starring Katharine Hepburn and a 1949 film starring Elizabeth Taylor—but the most recent 1994 adaptation is the one with which you're probably the most familiar... Yes, that Little Women remake, starring Winona Ryder (as Jo), Kirsten Dunst (Amy), Trini Alvarado (Meg) and Claire Danes (Beth) is a classic in its own right! Admittedly, it's going to be tough »

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Directors: Sarah Polley Penning 'Little Women,' John Woo To Remake 'Manhunt' And More

19 March 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While we eagerly await Sarah Polley to get back behind the camera and direct another movie, she's been busy on the screenwriting front. Last summer, she was hired by Paramount to adapt "The Fault In Our Stars," based on author John Greene's "Looking For Alaska." Now, she's been tapped by Amy Pascal to pen a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" for Sony. The book has already seen a few iterations on the big screen, the most recent being the 1994 outing featuring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, and more. For now, Polley isn't attached to direct, and won't make that decision until the script is done. [The Wrap] Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man behind "The Kings Of Summer," and who will next helm the blockbuster "Skull Island," is adding the sci-fi "The Stars My Destination" to his plate over at Paramount. Based on the book by Alfred Bester, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sarah Polley Pens "Little Women" Remake

19 March 2015 6:08 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Actress and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley has been brought onboard to pen a new film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women" at Sony Pictures.

Loosely based on the author and her three sisters, the period drama follows the four March sisters as they come of age following the Civil War. At least three previous film adaptations have taken place, the most recent being a 1994 film starring Winona Ryder.

Polley is only writing for now and does not have a deal to direct at the moment - though it could well happen. A decision about that won't take place until she finishes writing the script.

Former Sony chief Amy Pascal has come onboard to produce the film alongside Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord.

Source: The Wrap »

- Garth Franklin

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'Little Women' Remake in the Works!

19 March 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Over  20 years after Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst made us sob in the 1994 drama Little Women, the classic tale is returning to the big screen once again.

Former Sony executive Amy Pascal will produce the remake for Sony Pictures, while Oscar nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley will adapt Louisa May Alcott's novel, TheWrap confirms.

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The beloved story follows the March sisters as they live and grow up in a post-Civil War America.

Currently, the new Little Women movie will be an all-female undertaking. In addition to Polley adapting the female writer's work, Pascal will produce with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord.

Video: Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy Don't Want a Breakfast Club Remake

Little Women seems to be revived as a movie every few decades. Prior to the 1994 film, Katherine Hepburn starred in a version of Little Women in 1933, and Elizabeth Taylor did also in 1949.

Who would »

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Little Women movie remake to be written by Sarah Polley

18 March 2015 4:36 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Away from Her writer Sarah Polley will oversee a new film version of Little Women.

The 1868 Louisa May Alcott novel has been adapted for the screen on numerous occasions, most recently in a film starring Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst in 1994.

Little Women chronicles the trials and tribulations of four sisters growing up in the post-us Civil War era.

Polley's film version of the classic family drama will be produced by former Sony executive Amy Pascal as part of her new partnership with the production company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Polley first rose to prominence as an actress in Last Night, The Weight of Water and Dawn of the Dead, while simultaneously moving into writing and directing.

Her Alzheimer's disease drama Away from Her earned two Academy Award nominations in 2007.

Polley most recently directed the 2012 documentary Stories We Tell about a shocking secret within her own family. »

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Amy Pascal and Sarah Polley Team for 'Little Women' Remake

18 March 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Former Sony executive Amy Pascal has come aboard Sony Pictures' "Little Women" remake and has hired Sarah Polley, Oscar-nominated writer/director of "Stories We Tell" and "Away From Her," to adapt the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. (The Wrap reports.) Originally published in 1868, the post-Civil War period drama about the times and trials of the four March sisters has been adapted by the likes of George Cukor (1933) and Mervyn LeRoy (1949) and was last reprised on the big screen by Sony arm Columbia Pictures in 1994. That film starred Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst. So let the casting speculation begin. Read More: How the North Korea Hack Set Amy Pascal Free Meanwhile Pascal, who is gearing up for Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" (set to shoot in June) and Spider-Man restarts at Sony, will produce with the 1994 version's Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Sony Pictures toyed with the "Little Women" idea back. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Sony’s ‘Little Women’ Reboot Set with Amy Pascal

18 March 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal has come on board to produce the studio’s reboot of “Little Women” with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord.

Sony has also hired Sarah Polley to adapt the script from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about four sisters coming of age in a post-Civil War era.

The project was set up in 2013 with Di Novi and Swicord while Pascal was co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chair of its motion picture group. Di Novi also produced the 1994 Winona Ryder version with Swicord writing that screenplay.

Pascal signed a first-look deal with Sony last month as part of her exit. She’s also producing the upcoming “Spider-Man,” “Ghostbusters,” “Barbie” and folksinging vehicle “Girls Like Us.”

Polley’s credits include directing and writing “Away From Her,” “Take This Waltz” and the documentary “Stories We Tell.”

Polley is represented by Wme, Circle of Confusion, Gary Goddard Agency »

- Dave McNary

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Sarah Polley and Amy Pascal Will Team Up to Remake Little Women

18 March 2015 3:17 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

According to The Wrap, Amy Pascal (the former Sony exec) will co-produce a Sony reboot of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women that will be adapted by Stories We Tell filmmaker Sarah Polley. Do we need another Little Women? Always! It's not clear yet if Polley will direct as well, but if she does, it'll be a rare studio film produced, written, and directed by all women. (How's that for the Little Women spirit?) Let's dream-cast this thing right now: Shailene Woodley, Kiernan Shipka, Girl Meet World's Sabrina Carpenter, Tavi Gevinson, and Winona Ryder as Marmee. Let's go!  »

- Lindsey Weber

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Screenwriter-Director Allison Burnett Signs With Paradigm

28 February 2015 4:52 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Allison Burnett, who has been behind such screenplays as Autumn in New York starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder as well as the Kate Beckinsale vampire warrior sequel Underworld: Awakening has inked with Paradigm Talent Agency. Among Burnett’s projects in development are Oxford, which he sold on spec to Screen Gems with Temple Hill producing, as well as A Beautiful Disaster, which he is writing for EuropaCorp. Other Burnett writing credits include Feast of Lov… »

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Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection: given a raw deal?

26 February 2015 10:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is the recent hint that the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection are to be overlooked a little too drastic?

This article contains spoilers for Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.

If there’s one thing that is, for me, an unqualified triumph in Alien 3, it’s Elliot Goldenthal’s score. With its cacophonous drums and heart-rending strings, it soared where the film itself faltered.

But as I’ve argued many, many times on these pages, Alien 3 is itself a flawed masterpiece. Sure, it stepped roughly all over the story established in Aliens, but there were plans to kill off Newt and Hicks before first-time director David Fincher even came aboard.

Saddled with a film without an adequately finished script, an interfering studio and a looming release date, Fincher remained true to the gloomy vision laid out for him: Sigourney Weaver wanted the sequel to be her last, »

- ryanlambie

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In Defence Of... Alien: Resurrection, the franchise's ugly duckling

19 February 2015 5:28 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Take a director who didn't speak English, a studio desperate to resuscitate one of its most profitable franchises, a writer who later disowned the finished movie (and wasn't afraid to be vocal about it) and what do you get? The weird, gloopy, tonally incongruous Alien: Resurrection, aka the ugly duckling of the Alien franchise, and the one that killed off Ellen Ripley and the xenomorphs for good. Instead of resurrecting the Alien franchise, the fourth Alien film buried it.

"They said the lines... wrong," opined writer Joss Whedon in 2006, years after the film's 1997 release. "And they cast it wrong. And they designed it wrong. And they scored it wrong. They did everything wrong that they could possibly do." Whedon was biased. Of course he was. He wrote the thing imagining a quip-y, taut little horror movie that mashed Ridley Scott with James Cameron. In short, he imagined Firefly with xenomorphs. »

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