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8 items from 2017

Jodie Whittaker on Becoming Doctor Who: 'The Rules Went Out the Window'

30 August 2017 5:57 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"I'm the type of person that you'd walk past and go, 'I think I went to school with her,' or 'I know her and I can't quite place it.’" says Jodie Whittaker, calling from the kitchen of her London flat. "It certainly isn't, 'I know her full name, and I can tell you who she is.'"

For the British actress, that's probably about to change. On July 16th, it was announced that she would be playing the next Dr. Who – the 13th incarnation of the time-traveling alien, and »

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The 15 greatest John Williams scores you've forgotten about

1 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017

Yes, Star Wars. But what about all the great John Williams scores from less famous movies? Here are 15 of them...

Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.

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However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy. »

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Destroy All Monsters: In Light of Wonder Woman, It's Time To Reconsider 1984's Supergirl

14 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

"Squirt? Squirt." - Peter O'Toole as Zaltar in Supergirl (1984) Wonder Woman continues to dominate the box office both domestically and abroad, adding a disproportionately low second-weekend drop (for this genre, the best since Batman Begins) to its list of achievements. It's weird and sad to keep condescending to the film as the ultimate in superhero movie edge cases - "look, a movie about a woman can make money!" - but media's incessant need to compare like against like leaves few alternatives in the desert-like "female superhero movie" sub-genre. So, I might as well throw my hat into the ring, and point out that most of the commentary around Wonder Woman only seems to have cultural memory going back to the Catwoman/Elektra days, and in...

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Review: Wonder Woman is a Huge Step in the Right Direction for the DC Extended Universe

3 June 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While walking into the anticipated screening of director Patty Jenkins' film Wonder Woman, two women were walking a few steps in front of me and one of them proudly said, "We finally have a superhero we can call our own." It's a pertinent comment because this Wonder Woman film is a huge step in the right direction for female-fronted superhero films, but also the DC Extended Universe, which has seen a string of disappointing superhero/antihero films, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

Looking at the history of superhero/comic book films provides an even greater depth to the comment made by the two women walking into a predominantly male-driven character genre of film. And when you look at the comic book films that promote a female lead, the results are less than favorable. DC Comics' Supergirl was released in 1984 and starred Helen Slater, »

- Monte Yazzie

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"The Ruling Class" Screening, L.A., April 25

23 April 2017 12:28 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

The Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 45th anniversary DVD screening of Peter Medak’s 1972 film The Ruling Class. The 154-minute film, which stars Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Caroline Seymour, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, and Peter O'Toole, will be screened on DVD on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, director Peter Medak is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit:

The Ruling Class (1972)

45th Anniversary Screening

Tuesday, April 25, at 7 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Followed by Q & A with Director Peter Medak

Presented on DVD

This biting black comedy, in the tradition of such British classics as Kind Hearts and Coronets, focuses on a fierce battle for succession within an aristocratic family. Peter O’Toole plays a »

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‘Logan’ Behind the Scenes: Hugh Jackman Growls and Punches His Way Through Awesome Adr Video

7 March 2017 8:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hugh Jackman, global treasure, is having a moment, courtesy of “Logan,” the latest incarnation of his X-Men hero Wolverine to hit the big screen. The newest installment in the superhero franchise was an instant success upon its release last week, and is showing no signs of slowing down. And, really, it makes sense that Jackman would want to keep the momentum going by sharing some cool behind the scenes stuff.

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In a new video the actor posted on Twitter, Jackman records the Adr for a “Logan” action sequence, featuring all the heavy breathing and yelling anyone could ever ask for out of Wolverine. And he gets into it, seriously.

If you’ve ever wondered how all that grunting you hear in every superhero movie ever gets picked up, it seems to be pretty similar to the actual filming, »

- Allison Picurro

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Hellfire and ‘Brimstone’: Guy Pearce Is An Off-Kilter Man of the Cloth in Creepy New Exclusive Clip — Watch

6 March 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With an impending release this Friday, Martin Koolhoven’s “Brimstone” promises to be an enticing take on the classic Western. With a hefty runtime and secrets to spare, “Brimstone” should stir up its own kind of hellfire.

Set in the troubled inferno of the old American West, the story follows Liz (Dakota Fanning) a young woman accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Forced into a life as a fugitive, Liz must escape the menacing acts of the town’s vengeful Reverend (Guy Pearce).

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Our exclusive clip teases the tense relationship between Pearce’s reverend, his wife (played by his real-life partner, “Game of Thrones” star Carice van Houten) and their young daughter, who has just recently “come of age.” Pearce’s character has some thoughts on that life change — and they »

- Kerry Levielle

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Prometheus: is David the franchise's hidden protagonist?

3 January 2017 6:25 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 4, 2017

Does Prometheus make more sense if it's viewed as David the android's story? And where does it leave Alien: Covenant? Here's one theory...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Prometheus and speculation about this year's Alien: Covenant.

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One of the best bits in 2012's Prometheus was one of the quietest: an early sequence where Michael Fassbender's android, David, pads around a deserted ship, alternately watching Lawrence Of Arabia, styling his hair after Peter O'Toole and watching over the slumbering humans in their cryo chambers.

It's a great introduction to a character who, like the androids of Alien and Aliens - Ian Holm's Ash »

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