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Peter Jackson Claims Weinsteins Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino

Peter Jackson Claims Weinsteins Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson revealed in a new interview that he was strongly urged, likely under false pretenses, to avoid casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in his Lord of the Rings franchise by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, back in the late 1990s. Judd and Sorvino have both come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, which prompted Jackson to recall his meetings with Miramax back when they were trying to cast the Lord of the Rings. Weinstein denies any sexual misconduct and also denied that he had Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd blackballed from projects. Peter Jackson has since come back with a rebuttal to Weinstein with more details.

In a statement released by Harvey Weinstein's publicist, the disgraced Hollywood mogul claimed to have respect for Peter Jackson, but went on to say that Miramax lost out and the project went to New Line.
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Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’

Peter Jackson Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blacklist Denial as ‘A Deflection From the Truth’
Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein are engaging in a war of words over the audition process for “The Lord of the Rings.” Jackson claims when he was working with Miramax on early development of the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation in 1998 that Weinstein blacklisted actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from auditioning, allegedly telling Jackson that both were a “nightmare to worth with.”

Weinstein quickly responded to Jackson’s story and denied the claims were true. A publicist for the disgraced former studio executive issued a statement in which Weinstein said he has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson” and assured that he was not involved in casting. Weinstein noted that “Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line.”

Jackson has now responded
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Daniel Day-Lewis: "Phantom Thread"

"Phantom Thread" is the new, award-winning dramatic feature written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood"), opening December 25, 2017, starring 3-time Oscar winner Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, who said this will be his last film as an actor:

"...amid the glamour of London in the 1950's, renowned dressmaker 'Reynolds Woodcock' and his sister 'Cyril' dress members of the royal family, film stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames...

"...in the distinctive style of 'The House of Woodcock'. 

"Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across 'Alma', a strong-willed woman who soon becomes a fixture in his life as a muse and lover. 

"Once controlled and planned, Woodcock now finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by passion..."

Like other acclaimed film actors who said they were quitting, but didn't, including Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix and Liam Neeson, Day-Lewis may be gambling on his career,
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Love Actually Sucks, Actually, and You All Know It

"Solid gold sh*t!" - Love Actually describing Love Actually I know many of you are probably seething just reading the headline. But the fact is you're here now. Something deep inside of you knows I'm right. Let's get a few things out of the way: I'm a devout Christmas enthusiast. I openly celebrate the reason for the season, I'm known to sport inappropriate Christmas sweaters (at Disneyland, no less), I start my Christmas music listening extravaganza in late October, and I'm a mulled wine fanatic. You need to know that I do have merriment in my heart; I'm not some Grinch who hates the holiday spirit. Furthermore, I am obsessed with British people and will forever feel inadequate for not having an adorably chic English accent. But Love Actually is a flaming turd among sparkly baubles within the holiday film genre. These yuletide films tend to have a specific formula,
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Third & Final Trailer for Train Movie 'The Commuter' with Liam Neeson

"You're trying to set me up." Lionsgate has debuted the third and final trailer for the action-thriller train movie starring Liam Neeson, titled The Commuter. This trailer doesn't waste time setting up the story or the first conversation, it just gets right into it and shows some of the action. From the same director of Non-Stop (the airplane movie) and The Shallows, this is about solving a crime on the train. Neeson plays an insurance salesman who gets mixed up in a conspiracy on his daily train commute home. Vera Farmiga, a "mysterious stranger", sits with him for a chat and things get very interesting. The cast includes Patrick Wilson, Killian Scott, Jonathan Banks, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Florence Pugh, and Damson Idris. I am still curious about this, but really not expecting much with this January release date. Here's the third & final trailer (+ poster) for Jaume Collet-Serra's The Commuter,
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Polka King Trailer Has Jack Black Locked in a Twisted Scandal

Polka King Trailer Has Jack Black Locked in a Twisted Scandal
Jack Black is set to make his big screen return this Christmas in the long-awaited sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. But the iconic comedic force is trying something new for his next project. He is starring in his first ever Netflix original movie. And it premieres this January.

In The Polka King, Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan, a Polish immigrant who became the "King of Pennsylvania Polka." A believer in the American Dream, Jan worked hard and dreamed bigger, but with big dreams come big mistakes. Based on a true story, the film, co-written and directed by Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, mixes comedy and tragedy showing the world's only known Polka Ponzi scheme. The Polka King co-stars Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove and Willie Garson.

The Polka King is the official selection of the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Netflix will debut The Polka King,
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New trailer for Liam Neeson’s thriller ‘The Commuter’

Check out this new (and apparently Final) trailer for The Commuter – the latest action-thriller thriller from director Jaume Collet-Serra, which reunites him with his Unknown and Non-Stop star Liam Neeson, who appears in the film alongside Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Sam Neill.

Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

The Commuter is released in cinemas on 19th January 2018.
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Women Screenwriters and Animation Pros Open Up About Sexism in Hollywood

Animator/director Nora Twomey: Dylan Vaughan/Cartoon Saloon

In 2016 women represented only 13 percent of the writers on the top 250 films, and according to 2015 research, women comprise only 10 percent of animation directors and producers. Obviously Hollywood’s misogyny problem is no secret, but it’s hard to appreciate just how systemic it really is until you consider the data. Or hear from the women themselves.

In separate conversations, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with screenwriters Lindsey Beer (“Barbie”), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (the new “Tomb Raider,” “Captain Marvel”), and Amanda Silver (“Planet of the Apes” franchise), and with animation filmmakers Nora Twomey (director of “The Breadwinner”) and Lori Forte (producer of “Ferdinand”) about how women are treated in the industry. During their chats, the women revealed the difficulties of writing female characters while adhering to (male) executives’ notes, and discussed the importance of inclusivity and encouraging other women in their fields.

Here are
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Here’s The Final Trailer For ‘The Commuter’ Starring Liam Neeson

The final trailer for the next big Liam Neeson action film The Commuter has landed. The action-thriller will arrive on screens in 2018 with Neeson starring alongside Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, and Patrick Wilson.

Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Non-Stop) is the man behind the camera. The film arrives in cinemas from January 19th. Watch the final trailer here:

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Final trailer for The Commuter starring Liam Neeson

With The Commuter set to arrives in cinemas next month, Lionsgate has released the final trailer for Jaume Collet-Serra’s upcoming action thriller which sees the director once again reteam with star Liam Neeson alongside Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Banks, and Patrick Wilson; watch it here…

“In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers.”

The Commuter is set for release on January 12th in the States and on January 19th in the UK.
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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Wants to Stop This Train, Now

‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Wants to Stop This Train, Now
Here’s a nice distraction from current events: a final trailer for The Commuter. Liam Neeson, action star, is back once again with lurid, style-overload director Jaume Collet-Serra for a whole new ridiculous thriller. This final trailer is loaded with some shaggy CGI, a quick shot of Sam Neill with a mustache, and explosions. But the real draw […]

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‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Can’t Stop The Train

It’s the time of year when we’re all eating up prestige pictures, and getting healthy on the best that cinema has to offer. But sometimes you just want to dive face first into a movie that’s high on calories and low on nutrition, so thank god for “The Commuter.”

Liam Neeson is coming to punch people — again — this time on a train, in a movie where he gruffly demands, “Stop this train now!” My ticket is fucking sold.

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Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line

Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line
With its release less than a month away, Lionsgate has debuted the final trailer for The Commuter, which stars Liam Neeson as an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. Unlike his character in the smash hit Taken series, Liam Neeson's Michael McCauley doesn't have a "a very particular set of skills," but still he's required to rely on his wits and instincts when dragged into a treacherous game of life or death while minding his own business on the commuter train he takes to work every day.

In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is unwittingly caught up in
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‘The Commuter’ Final Trailer Has Liam Neeson Punching Everybody on a Train

Lionsgate has released the final The Commuter trailer. The film stars Liam Neeson as an average insurance salesman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy that forces him to uncover the identity of one of his fellow passengers. Punching ensues. This looks about as silly and fun as Neeson’s other collaborations with director Jaume Collet-Serra, and while it probably won’t end up on anyone’s Best of 2018 list, that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun way to kick off the new year, especially since it looks like Neeson is retiring from the action-…
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‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw

‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw
It’s been somewhat impossible to detangle any critical consideration of Fox’s “The Orville” from “Star Trek,” the franchise to which it’s hard to deny a connection. But even when evaluating “The Orville” on its own merits at the start of Season 1, the first three episodes screened by critics were hard-going, as Seth MacFarlane’s “space adventure” featured a wildly fluctuating tone, major pacing issues, and entire scenes that served only to deliver exposition.

It was enough to inspire a harsh review when the show premiered. But while the problems with those early episodes were numerous, some of them could be attributed to the sort of stumbles that occur at the beginning of any new series.

Read More:‘The Orville’ vs. ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ratings: The Battle of TV’s New Space Dramas Hits Warp Speed

After seeing the full first season, there’s no denying that there
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‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw

‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw
It’s been somewhat impossible to detangle any critical consideration of Fox’s “The Orville” from “Star Trek,” the franchise to which it’s hard to deny a connection. But even when evaluating “The Orville” on its own merits at the start of Season 1, the first three episodes screened by critics were hard-going, as Seth MacFarlane’s “space adventure” featured a wildly fluctuating tone, major pacing issues, and entire scenes that served only to deliver exposition.

It was enough to inspire a harsh review when the show premiered. But while the problems with those early episodes were numerous, some of them could be attributed to the sort of stumbles that occur at the beginning of any new series.

Read More:‘The Orville’ vs. ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ratings: The Battle of TV’s New Space Dramas Hits Warp Speed

After seeing the full first season, there’s no denying that there
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The Reason Liam Neeson Turned Down the Role of James Bond

It’s easy to see that Neeson’s career didn’t tank after he turned down the role of the infamous spy, Bond, James Bond. In fact the only reason why he did so was pretty simple, his fiancee told him firmly that they would not be getting married if he decided to take the role. That’s it. That’s the whole reason that Neeson didn’t take a role that could have ended up defining the rest of his career. And to be honest it was probably the best reason in the world. It’s never been revealed just why Liam’s wife, Natasha Richardson, didn’t

The Reason Liam Neeson Turned Down the Role of James Bond
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Easter Eggs, 'Star Wars' vs. 'Transformers' and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Easter Eggs of the Day: You've watched the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer, now watch Mr. Sunday Movies humorously highlight the Easter eggs and other things you may have missed:   Fake Trailer of the Day: New York Magazine's Vulture blog imagines what Quentin Tarantino's version of Star Trek will look like:   Dream Crossover of the Day: Optimus Prime and the Autobots go up against Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire in Alex Luthor's fan-made Star Wars vs. Transformers fan trailer:   Mashup of the Day: Liam Neeson's Taken character and the iconic villain Anton Chigurh from No...

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‘Happy!’ Review: Ho-Ho-Holy Smokes, Patton Oswalt’s Odd Couple Christmas Story Is Divine Lunacy

‘Happy!’ Review: Ho-Ho-Holy Smokes, Patton Oswalt’s Odd Couple Christmas Story Is Divine Lunacy
Mere seconds into the first episode, “Happy!” almost earns the exclamation point in its title. As Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni), a disgraced ex-cop with booze running through his veins, stares into a dirty barroom mirror, he pulls two pistols from his pockets and blows the back of his head off.

That’s a good thing — using the weird logic of the scene — considering how much blood was being kept at bay by the top of Sax’s skull. A flood of red sprays from his open cranium like water bursting from busted fire hydrant, and Sax’s joyfully exuberant reaction is mirrored by the new environment around him. As his innards paint the ceiling, a bunch of half-naked dancers twirl around the lobotomized cop to an electro-tinged version of “Jingle Bells.”

It is Christmas time, after all.

Whether or not Sax comes back to reality is a question viewers will
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