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Beautiful Cult Horror Cinema Actress (and Bond Girl Contender) Has Died

26 April 2017 5:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula.' Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known for her roles in the 1960 British cult horror classics Circus of Horrors and The Brides of Dracula, died of cardiac arrest on April 18 in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. Monlaur was 77. According to various online sources, she was born Yvonne Thérèse Marie Camille Bédat de Monlaur in the southwestern town of Pau, in France's Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, on Dec. 15, 1939. Her father was poet and librettist Pierre Bédat de Monlaur; her mother was a Russian ballet dancer. The young Yvonne was trained in ballet and while still a teenager became a model for Elle magazine. She was “discovered” by newspaper publisher-turned-director André Hunebelle, »

- Andre Soares

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‘The Big Sick’ to Open 2017 Nantucket Film Festival

25 April 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the complete list of films it will screen at this year’s event, including opener “The Big Sick” and closer “An Inconvenent Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “Big Sick,” the romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter, centers around the writers’ real-life courtship and stars Nanjiani as a character based on himself, with Zoe Kazan as Emily. The couple struggles with cultural differences and the unexpected impact of a mysterious illness in the Lionsgate/Amazon Studios release, which also stars Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.


Sundance Film Review: ‘The Big Sick

Paramount Studios and Participant Media’s documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth the Power,” directed by Bonni Cohen and John Shenk, will close the festival, continuing where “An Inconvenient Truth” left off by charting Vice President Al Gore’s mission to solve our climate crisis before it’s too late. »

- Erin Nyren

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Interview: ‘Sweet Virginia’ and the Effect of Violence and Moral Ambiguity in Rural Towns

25 April 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Sweet Virginia’ and the Effect of Violence and Moral Ambiguity in Rural TownsWe chat with Jamie M. Dagg about his latest film ‘Sweet Virginia’…and Ewoks? It gets awesomely weird!Christopher Abbott and Jon Bernthal, the spider and the fly.

The Shallow Pocket Project is going to Tribeca (in spirit)! We’ll be chatting with several independent filmmakers making the trek to New York for this year’s film festival. Stay tuned! Check out our last Tribeca chat with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (‘The Endless’). Special thanks, as always, to In The Mouth of Dorkness, Brad Gullickson, and Darren Smith.

You never really know what’s going on in small town life. There’s a general perception that these sparsely populated towns are quiet places filled with people who know each other as well as I know my own family. We suppose that feuds can last generations, but we allow that it happens in the open »

- William Dass

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Suit up! The new trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle has arrived

24 April 2017 11:19 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Easily one the year’s most anticipated films, 20th Century Fox have unleashed the first trailer for their upcoming sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which you can view below.

Released in 2014, the first film, Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise mega-hit and grossed over $414million at the worldwide box office. Starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Sir Michael Caine and the film’s break-out star Taron Egerton, the film was loved by critics and audiences and introduced us the Kingsman, an international intelligence agency who were trying to keep the globe safe.

Original director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and co-writer Jane Goldman return for the sequel along with Egerton, Firth, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson but it says something of the success of the first film as to how they have managed to assemble an outstanding supporting cast for the follow-up: Academy Award Winners Julianne Moore »

- Scott Davis

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How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017

24 April 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.

The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »

- Kate Erbland

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‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ Review: A Stonewall Hero Is Mourned In Fascinating Detective Story — Tribeca 2017 Review

24 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David France’s Oscar-nominated “How to Survive a Plague” was a mesmerizing look at AIDS activism in the eighties and nineties, reconstructed with bountiful archival footage; France’s followup, “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” is a kind of thematic sequel, this time focusing on trans activism during the same time period. Both movies grapple with the reverberations of these dramatic efforts in the present moment, but “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” is particularly suspenseful for the way it recollects the past through the prism of a murder mystery, brilliantly fusing an archival history with the elements of a detective story.

Whereas “Plague” explored the efforts of Act Up and other institutions to combat the AIDS epidemic, “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” focuses on Greenwich Village “street queen” Johnson, a Stonewall riots hero who died under mysterious circumstances in 1992 when she was »

- Eric Kohn

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‘The Trip to Spain’ Review: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Michael Caine Return for Year’s Funniest Film – Tribeca 2017

24 April 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Firmly cementing its series’ status as the “Before” movies of male friendship, “The Trip to Spain” may seem like nothing more than a third taste of a favorite dish, but the best meals in life are worth eating thrice, and this one has been simmered in some tangy new spices and aged to perfection.

Once again, British comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan eat their way through a week-long drive through some repugnantly gorgeous European countryside. Once again, their playful (but gently existential) rivalry is expressed through dueling impressions of the more famous men who came before them; despite an obligatory appearance from Michael Caine(s), this installment belongs to Mick Jagger and Roger Moore. And once again, a bouquet of melancholy notes results in a bittersweet aftertaste that lingers on the tongue, as our two heroes — recast as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza tilting at wind turbines — struggle to »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review: A Fun Space Opera That You’ve Seen Before

24 April 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve seen “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you already know a lot about “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” — a lively comedic space opera filled with banter between humans and imaginative aliens, astonishing visual effects, and the most idiosyncratic set of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (As a bonus, no distracting Iron Man cameos.) However, if you’ve seen “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you’ve also encountered a better version of this experience.

Still, Gunn doesn’t fall short of the potential; he excels at turning cheesy, technologically overwrought material into next-level spectacle. There’s so much to enjoy about the “Guardians” that one can easily relax into its formula. It’s often a thrill to simply roll with the lively classic rock soundtrack, smarmy banter, slapstick battle scenes, and a wooden alien named Groot, now more adorable than ever.

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- Eric Kohn

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Roger Stone Makes Surprise Tribeca Appearance, Says He Talks to Trump ‘From Time to Time’

23 April 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Roger Stone wasn’t part of the Q&A following the world premiere of the new documentary “Get Me Roger Stone” at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, but the infamous political consultant did sneak into the screening shortly after it began and took one question from his seat after it was over.

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Asked if he still advises president Donald Trump, Stone replied that he talks to Trump “from time to time,” adding, “I certainly wouldn’t divulge the content of those conversations or they would end. The president needs to be able to get advice and not have it end up on the front page of The New York Times.”

A Netflix original documentary directed by Dylan Bank, Daniel Dimauro and Morgan Pehme, “Get Me Roger Stone” was produced over the course of more that »

- Graham Winfrey

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Review: ‘Get Me Roger Stone’ Is An Essential, Infuriating Portrait Of The Political Supervillain Behind Donald Trump — Tribeca 2017

23 April 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

You may not know Roger Stone’s name, but I absolutely guarantee that you’re familiar with his work. A self-described “agent provocateur” who’s dedicated his entire life to becoming (and remaining) the Machiavellian puppet-master of American politics, Stone is the closest thing that Washington D.C. has ever had to a genuine supervillain. Transformed by a chance encounter with a radioactive Barry Goldwater book when he was just a kid, Stone immediately began fashioning himself into a destructive force of nature. It would take a while before the body-building dandy started dressing like the Riddler, but in first grade he was already feeding his classmates disinformation about how a certain presidential candidate was in favor of school on Saturdays, and at 19 he became the youngest person named in the Watergate scandal (and he was proud of it).

In the ’80s, he practically invented the SuperPAC, supported dictators, and »

- David Ehrlich

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Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Stays on Top; ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘The Promise’ Bomb

23 April 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Fate of the Furious” is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases including “The Promise” and “Unforgettable” are being left in the dust.

Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering $532.5 million. This time around looks to tell mostly the same story — while domestic grosses slipped 61% from its first to second weekend, the movie is still easily topping the box office with $38.7 million from 4,329 locations.

But slipping domestic earnings (and lower U.S. grosses than “Furious 7,” which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus “Fate’s” current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie’s international appeal. A bankable, diverse cast including Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron is leading the film, directed by F. Gary Gray, »

- Seth Kelley

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Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance at Kathryn Bigelow’s Vr Event to Speak Out Against Elephant Poaching — Tribeca 2017

23 April 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On Earth Day, the environment was front and center at the Tribeca Film Festival as Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow’s talk about the need to protect elephants against poachers.

“Here it is Earth Day and we are marching on behalf of science,” Clinton said to the Tribeca crowd. “And part of science is understanding the intricate relationships that we share with all those on this planet and in particular large mammals, like elephants.”

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Clinton says she first became really engaged on this issue as Secretary of State because it was becoming clear this was not only a horrific slaughter of elephants that endangered their survival, but also a national security issue as the funds from the lucrative trafficking of ivory was funding “a lot of bad folks,” including terrorist activity.

“I’m very »

- Chris O'Falt

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Tribeca Review: ‘The Trip to Spain’ is a Wholehearted, Hilarious Excursion

23 April 2017 6:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Averting the bigger is better approach that plagues most franchises, The Trip series is attuned to life’s simple pleasures: cuisine, comedy, and companionship. For Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, and Rob Brydon, their third outing, The Trip to Spain, refreshingly doesn’t stray from the charismatic formula that has resulted in perhaps the most delightful series of films this decade.

Sparing little narrative formalities, as has become part and parcel for these expeditions, Coogan, having concluded a series with Martin Scorsese, and Brydon, eager to take a break from child-rearing duties, set off on another assignment, this time heading to the southwest of Europe. Coogan takes on a Cervantes-inspired “Don Quixote”-esque journey as he reads Laurie Lee’s “As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning” and attempts to write his own book about his voyage, while Brydon is once again filing restaurant reviews. Aside from the expected, but still as-hilarious-as-ever host of impressions, »

- Jordan Raup

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‘The Trip to Spain’ Review: Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden Impersonate Caine Mainly on the Plain

22 April 2017 10:59 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Trip to Spain” is the third movie in a series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as versions of themselves. (It has also played as an expanded group of episodes on television.) In their first film from 2010, “The Trip,” they toured restaurants in Northern England and did many impressions of actors, most notably dueling impersonations of Michael Caine so stingingly accurate that it will probably be impossible to watch Caine ever again without thinking of Coogan and Brydon and their send-up of him. They took “The Trip to Italy” in 2014 and reprised their Caine impersonations amid many »

- Dan Callahan

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'The Trip to Spain': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

22 April 2017 6:26 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Trip to Italy, Michael Winterbottom's second improvised travelogue starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, was the Godfather II of food-porn comedies that revolve around impressions of Michael Caine: It offered all the pleasures of the original (2010's The Trip) while deepening its themes and giving viewers more to look at.

The good news for fans is that The Trip to Spain is no Godfather III. The moderately bad news is that this sometimes hilarious outing is the one in which the conceit comes to resemble a lushly produced, irregularly broadcast TV series, each episode built of recombinations of now-familiar »

- John DeFore

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Peter O'Toole's Personal Archives Acquired by the University of Texas

21 April 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The personal archives of Peter O'Toole, the late and legendary British star of Lawrence of Arabia and so many other memorable films and plays, have been acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

The veritable treasure trove contains O'Toole's correspondence with Laurence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, John Gielgud, Katharine Hepburn, Jeremy Irons, Paul Newman, Kevin Spacey and others; diaries, notebooks, and theater and film scripts; photos, both professional and personal; and audio recordings of O'Toole rehearsing lines and reciting poetry (those alone are surely worth the price of admission).

The collection, held in 55 »

- Mike Barnes

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Peter O’Toole Archive Acquired by University of Texas

21 April 2017 10:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin has acquired the archive of British theater and film actor Peter O’Toole.

O’Toole began his career as a theater actor in Britain and went on to receive eight Academy Award nominations for films including “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” “My Favorite Year,” and “Venus.” His 1962 role as the titular character in “Lawrence of Arabia” made him a household name. In 2002, O’Toole received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime of work.

The archive contains several theater and film scripts, as well as O’Toole’s writings, including drafts and notes from his three memoirs, the last of which remains unfinished and unpublished since his death. Letters between O’Toole and other renowned members of the film and theater industries are also included, with correspondents like Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Michael Caine, Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, and Laurence Olivier among them. »

- Erin Nyren

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New to Streaming: ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Antichrist,’ ‘The Prestige,’ and More

21 April 2017 4:23 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Antichrist (Lars von Trier)

Like the majority of Lars von Trier films, from the first moments of Antichrist, one will be able to discern if it’s an experience they want to proceed with. For those will to endure its specific unpleasantness, there’s a poetic, affecting exploration of despair at its center. Chaos reigns, indeed. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: FilmStruck

Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)

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- The Film Stage

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‘Contrived, vulgar and stupid’: Going in Style and the rise of the geriatric buddy movie

20 April 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Oap gangster caper is the latest example of a Hollywood staple that’s well past its sell-by date – manipulative, nauseatingly heartwarming films that invariably seem to star Michael Caine

In the predictably inert, if not explicitly vile, geriatric buddy movie Going in Style, Michael Caine plays an octogenarian prole who is about to lose his home to a heartless bank. His cashflow problems necessitate the obligatory senior tete-a-tete with the obligatory insensitive bank manager, a stock character previously seen in Saint Vincent and Drag Me to Hell. Dissatisfied with the result of their little chinwag, Caine and his fellow retirees Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin decide to rob the bank.

Going in Style was co-produced by Steven Mnuchin, a hedge-fund manager recently named secretary of the Us treasury by the irrepressible Donald Trump. During the financial crisis of 2009, Mnuchin made a fortune for himself by investing in a mortgage »

- Joe Queenan

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Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Buzziest Titles From Jenny Slate to Jeffrey Dahmer

19 April 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In its 16th year, Tribeca has become the Duane Reade of film festivals. There’s something for everyone, but you can’t always find the right aisle. As the Manhattan gathering has expanded into TV and virtual reality, with panels featuring the likes of Barbra Streisand and Kobe Bryant, it’s still most closely associated with a sprawling lineup of indie films. Here are nine titles that, at least on paper, look the most promising.

(1) “Flower

Zoey Deutch, resident “it girl” and Lea Thompson offspring, stars as a sexually promiscuous teenager who takes her psychologically damaged stepbrother under her wing with disastrous consequences. The pitch-black drama could be a hot sales title at the market given Deutch’s rabid social media following and a supporting cast that includes Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn. Max Winkler, son of Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, directs.

(2) “The Trip to Spain

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- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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