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‘Beast’: Film Review | Tiff 2017

‘Beast’: Film Review | Tiff 2017
British thriller Beast takes a fistful of tired old tropes — like a hunt for a serial killer, and the ‘ol Joe Eszterhas-style is-he-or-isn’t-he-a-baddie tease — and manages to fashion something fresh, fierce and quite striking from them. A huge portion of the credit should go to Jessie Buckley (who made a vivid impression in the recent BBC adaptation of War and Peace and on the London stage in A Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade), starring here as an intense young woman haunted by her own past. She’s drawn to an enigmatic outsider played by Johnny Flynn (equally a knockout recently...
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Gina Gershon interview: Inconceivable, Nic Cage, The Exorcist

Ryan Lambie Aug 29, 2017

The great Gina Gershon tells us about her latest film, Inconceivable, co-starring Nic Cage, plus her love of The Exorcist, and lots more...

In a career spanning over 30 years, Gina Gershon's worked with an incredible range of filmmakers, from Walter Hill in the 1980s to Robert Altman, Paul Verhoeven, John Woo, Michael Mann and the Wachowskis in the 90s and William Friedkin in 2011's Killer Joe.

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Her latest film, the domestic thriller Inconceivable, reunites Gershon with Nicolas Cage for the first time since 1997's Face/Off - albeit in very different roles. In Inconceivable, Gershon plays a well-to-do parent who begins to suspect that the woman who's agreed to be the surrogate mother to
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Hoffman vs. Streep and Sharon Stone’s On-Set Affair: Biggest Bombshells from Revealing New Hollywood Tell-All

Hoffman vs. Streep and Sharon Stone’s On-Set Affair: Biggest Bombshells from Revealing New Hollywood Tell-All
Hollywood’s real leading lady is telling all.

Sherry Lansing, the first woman to ever head a major movie studio, is the subject of Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, a biography by Stephen Galloway that details her rise from struggling actress to Hollywood power player.

The Illinois native worked at MGM as a script reader and briefly worked at Columbia Pictures before becoming 20th Century Fox’s first female president in 1980. She then went on to become CEO of Paramount Pictures in 1992.

Lansing, who greenlit smash hits such as Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump
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Unforgettable review – Katherine Heigl goes gaslighting in a glossy erotic noir

Firmly in the mould of 80s thrillers like Basic Instinct or Jagged Edge, this outrageous revenge romp won’t win any awards, but is hugely watchable

Here is the week’s entirely innocent pleasure: a cheerfully outrageous gloss-trash erotic noir in the style that legendary screenwriter Joe Eszterhas used to crank out so lucratively in the 80s and 90s – we are plunged back into the world of Basic Instinct or Jagged Edge or indeed The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (written by Amanda Silver).

Katherine Heigl takes the creepy blondeopath role (which, in an earlier era, would have gone to Rebecca De Mornay) playing Tessa, the once-perfect wife and mother who has now been divorced for infidelity and lives near her ex-husband David (Geoff Stults). He has remarried online publishing editor Julia, played by Rosario Dawson. Tessa is furious that David and Julia get custody of her mini-me daughter two days a week and,
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Newswire: Showgirls’ Joe Eszterhas is now in the faith-based screenwriting game

Joe Eszterhas—the screenwriter best known for icepick-heavy ’90s sleaze like Basic Instinct and Showgirls—is returning to the world of writing scripts after more than a decade away. But rather than movies about sexy lesbian serial killers or ambitious strippers shoving each other down the stairs, Eszterhas has turned his mind to more spiritual matters. Deadline reports that he’s sold a spec script based on a famous “visitation” by the Virgin Mary to faith-based filmmakers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.

To be fair, Eszterhas comes by his latest career turn the semi-honest way; as recounted in his book Crossbearer; A Memoir Of Faith, he converted to Christianity in 2001 while dealing with cancer and a number of addictions. Since then, he’s attempted to apply his new religious mindset to the world of film, most notably in his attempt to make a “Jewish Braveheart” with fellow Christ-fan Mel ...
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Joe Eszterhas’ Our Lady Of Guadalupe Spec Acquired By Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media For MGM

Joe Eszterhas’ Our Lady Of Guadalupe Spec Acquired By Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media For MGM
The visitation of the Virgin Mary in a small town in Mexico and the subsequent push by a humble man named Juan Diego to get a temple erected in her name is being brought to the big screen, courtesy of screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s LightWorkers Media. Known as the Virgen de Guadalupe or Our Lady of Guadalupe the story is well-known and the site is revered throughout the world as sacred, but especially in Mexico and Latin American countries…
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The erotic thrillers that followed Basic Instinct’s success

Simon Brew Feb 3, 2017

When Basic Instinct hit big, Hollywood went hunting for more erotic thrillers. Er, it found some. Includes Kevin Spacey with odd hair.

When a movie hits big out of the blue, it’s unwritten Hollywood law that the imitators aren’t too far behind. That’s why, after American Pie brought Porky’s-esque sex-tinged (late) teen comedies back to prominence in 1999, the box office was flooded with similar fare for years after. The Blair Witch Project, meanwhile, hit out of nowhere, and found footage horror is only now dying away. The late Wes Craven, meanwhile, wryly noted just how quickly Hollywood had cashed in on the success of 1996’s Scream, when spoof Scary Movie popped out the year after.

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Going back to 1992, though, and it was the turn of the erotic thriller to enjoy its resurgence.
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Travis Scott’s ‘90210’ Music Video Is Stop-Motion Animated, Features Action Figure Sex — Watch

For those who’ve been craving stop-motion animation, there are two options currently available. First, there’s the fantasy adventure film “Kubo and the Two Strings” from Laika Entertainment, and then there’s hip hop artist Travis Scott’s latest music video “90210” taken from his album “Rodeo.” Directed by Hype Williams, the video features stop-motion animated action figure of Scott destroying a city like Godzilla and having sex with another action figure. Watch it below.

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Travis Scott began his career producing beats before shifting to a lead artist. He released his debut mixtape “Owl Pharoah” in 2013 where it was eventually nominated for Best Mixtape at the Bet Hip Hop Awards. He released his second mixtape “Days Before Rodeo” the following year. Scott then released his debut album “Rodeo” from Grand Hustle Records and Epic Records. It received generally positive reviews from critics,
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Director Arthur Hiller, whose 'In-Laws' was a perfect comedy, dies at 92

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Director Arthur Hiller, whose 'In-Laws' was a perfect comedy, dies at 92
Arthur Hiller was never the coolest filmmaker in the room. He leaves behind a list of films that were genuinely loved by audiences and an ocean of collaborators and friends who speak of him in glowing terms, and honestly, as a storyteller, what more could anyone ask? There’s certainly some cachet in the idea that you’re breaking new ground stylistically or you’re doing things that other people are ripping off or you’re part of some formal movement of deconstructionists. I like plenty of filmmakers who chase cool like it is oxygen, necessary for their entire existence. Arthur Hiller, though, was a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he made movies that spoke to his optimistic view of who we could be as people, shot through with just a hint of cynicism at times. My personal favorite of his movies is The In-Laws, which I just rewatched a few weeks ago.
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Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92

Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92
Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included “Love Story,” “The Americanization of Emily” and comedy “Silver Streak,” died Wednesday. He was 92.

Love Story,” based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFI’s list of the most romantic films of all time.

Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93 and of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 1993-97. He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “I
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Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92

Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92
Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included “Love Story,” “The Americanization of Emily” and comedy “Silver Streak,” died Wednesday. He was 92.

Love Story,” based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFI’s list of the most romantic films of all time.

Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93 and of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 1993-97. He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
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Betrayed

Costa-Gavras sets his focus on right-wing political terror in the American heartland, where FBI agent Debra Winger finds farmer Tom Berenger at the head of a clan of murderous white supremacists. Our friends and neighbors! Betrayed Blu-ray Olive Films 1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 127 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair, John Mahoney, Ted Levine, Jeffrey DeMunn, Albert Hall, David Clennon, Robert Swan, Richard Libertini. Cinematography Patrick Blossier Film Editor Joële Van Effenterre Original Music Bill Conti Written by Joe Eszterhas Produced by Irwin Winkler Directed by Costa-Gavras

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Filmmaker Cost-Gavras occupies a high roost where political activism is concerned. His most popular films 'Z', Stage of Siege, The Confession and Missing put strong values before wide audiences in the Nixon and Reagan years, when few major filmmakers would go near such touchy subjects. 1988's Betrayed is
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David Nicholas Wilkinson’s ‘The First Film’ Documentary Gets September Release

Guerilla Films has set a Sept. 12 North American release date for David Nicholas Wilkinson’s documentary “The First Film” across all major platforms, Variety has learned exclusively.

The movie argues that Louis Le Prince was the first person to serve as a cameraman, director, and producer of a motion picture, and that the first capture of moving images was produced in October of 1888 in Leeds, England, and shot on cameras patented in both America and the U.K.

However, in 1890, just days before he was due to sail to New York, Le Prince stepped onto the Dijon-to-Paris train and was never seen again. Because no body was ever found, no one could legally fight for the Le Prince claim that he invented a camera that recorded the very first moving image. As a result, Thomas Edison and the Lumiére Brothers were able to claim subsequently that they had been the first people to pioneer film.
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Joe Eszterhas: Trump Is an ‘A–hole,’ but I’m Still Not Voting for Hillary (Exclusive Video)

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Joe Eszterhas: Trump Is an ‘A–hole,’ but I’m Still Not Voting for Hillary (Exclusive Video)
Basic Instinct” screenwriter Joe Eszterhas says Donald Trump is an “a–hole,” but that won’t stop him from casting his ballot for the Republican presidential nominee come November. “Trump may be an a–hole,” Eszterhas told TheWrap at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio — his hometown — on Wednesday. “But, then, a choice between criminals and an a–hole, I’ll pick the a–hole.” Eszterhas has launched the website JoeUnchained, in which he weighs in on current events and offers screenwriting tips. In a recent post, Eszterhas named Trump “A–hole of the Week” after the Gop candidate
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Cleveland According to Movies and Television

Our perception of the Forest City having only seen it on screen.

All this week, Cleveland, Ohio, is being overrun with politicians, their supporters, and protestors of their platforms as the Republican National Convention is being held at the Quicken Loans Arena through Thursday. To help get a better sense of this “Cleve-Land,” as Howard the Duck calls it, we’re looking to entertainment, specifically movies and television, for what it can tell us about this city. If there’s anything we miss or misunderstand, blame Hollywood.

Cleveland Rocks

It’s the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s not surprising that, to an outsider, Cleveland primarily looks like a city where music reigns. You could make a nice concert with all the fictional bands based there, including Cherry Bomb from Howard the Duck, The Barbusters from Light of Day, the
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Simon Mayo interview: Blame, writing, Kermode, Stephen King

Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016

Simon Mayo chats to us about writing, the importance of Stephen King, politics, Blame, and Basil Exposition...

Simon Mayo is a man of many talents. To cinema folk, he's one of the two voices behind Wittertainment, the BBC's flagship film programme (wassup, etc). To others, he plays choice songs on Radio 2. To me: he was also chairman of Melchester Rovers. And to a growing number of people, he's the author of some really fine works of fiction.

His latest, Blame, sees him heading into the world of Young Adult. And over a hot drink (him: civilised green tea, me: coffee caffeine rocket fuel concoction, no biscuits) we had a chat about what could almost be an accidental shift into non-fiction...

The last time I interviewed you I messed up my opening question when I tried to follow the Simon Mayo interview handbook, but I think I’ve got this nailed now.
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Shane Black and the 90s spec script gold rush

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A rush for original scripts led to Shane Black being among the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood. Ryan takes a look back...

Shane Black, 28 years old, poses for a photograph outside his Los Angeles bungalow. It’s 1990, and Black’s name has appeared all over the Hollywood trade press thanks to his latest script sale - or, more specifically, how much Warner Bros had spent on purchasing it. The script was for The Last Boy Scout, an action thriller that would eventually appear in cinemas in 1991 starring Bruce Willis. Black sold it for $1.75m - said to be the highest price ever paid for a screenplay at that time.

So here’s Shane Black, standing barefoot on the concrete paving slabs outside his house, which he and his roommates had dubbed the Pad O’Guys. Black’s wearing ripped jeans and a threadbare-looking lumberjack shirt; to his right
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19 ambitious movies that didn't go to plan

Andrew Blair Jan 30, 2017

Sometimes, the best of intentions don't always lead to the best movie. Here are 19 films where everything didn't quite go to plan...

As Alan Parker said ‘no one sets out to make a bad film’. Yet in spite of good intentions, sometimes a project doesn't quite go to plan. We're going to look at a bunch of movies here that aren't always well liked, and give a flavour of the problems the beset them.

So, in no particular order, here are twenty of the films that have ever been made, which are considered by at least one sentient being to be bad. That's not the interesting thing about them....

Robin Hood (2010)

Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris had written a spec script with a twist on the Robin Hood legend: the Sheriff of Nottingham was the hero, a sort of medieval forensic investigator, and Robin was the bad guy.
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Watch: First International Trailer From Paul Verhoeven's Thriller 'Elle' Starring Isabelle Huppert

In the late 1980s/early ‘90s, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven was everything. "RoboCop," "Total Recall," and "Basic Instinct” is about as perfect a run as you can get, and these films made a huge pop cultural mark that will likely never be erased. But like Joe Eszterhas, the hot screenwriter paid exorbitant sums of money for his scripts, Verhoeven tumbled rather hard with the Eszerhas-penned “Showgirls.” His next film, “Starship Troopers,” was a bit of a critical reclamation, but it didn’t quite light up the box office. From there it was diminishing returns until the filmmaker took a long break from Hollywood. Read More: Interview: Paul Verhoeven On 'Tricked' & What's Next Including 'Rogue,' 'Hidden Force' & 'Jesus Of Nazareth’ Verhoeven roared back with the excellent and critically acclaimed “Black Book” in 2006, but his 2012 follow-up, the experimental “Tricked,” which used mobile apps and tied into a user-generated TV show,
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All Guilt, No Pleasure: ‘Showgirls’ 20 Years Later

Adored by legions as a supposed trash classic, beloved seriously by the likes of Jacques Rivette and Jonathan Rosenbaum, and hated by as many more, Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 film Showgirls is one of the most peculiar pictures ever released in the history of American studio filmmaking. Showgirls has played many roles within the popular imagination since its release twenty years ago, from box office bomb to home video success story, from critical laughingstock to midnight sensation. It’s been both derided and acclaimed for its camp sensibility, Lifeforce levels of nudity, and Elizabeth Berekley’s outrageously over-the-top performance as showgirl Nomi Malone. Show this film to almost anyone and they’d agree that it’s disgusting, but I have to confess that I find myself among the camp that think it’s disgustingly brilliant: all guilt, no pleasure.

Showgirls opens on Nomi, a naïve girl with a shady past, who
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