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Sharon's Tate Sister Speaks about Manson Murders

29 August 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It was an unusually warm day in Southern California on Aug. 9, 1969. The Tate family had just moved from Northern California to the Los Angeles area, where their oldest daughter, Sharon Marie, 26, was winning fame as Hollywood's latest "It Girl."Married to acclaimed director Roman Polanski, Sharon was 8½ months pregnant with the couple's first child, a boy, and the family was eagerly awaiting the birth of the baby. "Sharon was my mother's world," Debra Tate, then 16, remembers. "And she was my sun and my moon and what I modeled myself after as a person." By mid-afternoon, as the temperatures rose, the girls' mother, »

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Sharon's Tate Sister Speaks about Manson Murders

29 August 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It was an unusually warm day in Southern California on Aug. 9, 1969. The Tate family had just moved from Northern California to the Los Angeles area, where their oldest daughter, Sharon Marie, 26, was winning fame as Hollywood's latest "It Girl."Married to acclaimed director Roman Polanski, Sharon was 8½ months pregnant with the couple's first child, a boy, and the family was eagerly awaiting the birth of the baby. "Sharon was my mother's world," Debra Tate, then 16, remembers. "And she was my sun and my moon and what I modeled myself after as a person." By mid-afternoon, as the temperatures rose, the girls' mother, »

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Adrien Brody Does Not Lead a Normal Life

29 August 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“In one way or another, we all want to escape,” Adrien Brody says at the start of “Houdini,” History's new two-part film. “An ordinary life shackles us. We need to get away. Get away from boredom, from pain, from fear.” Brody, who performed magic tricks as a child as “The Amazing Adrien,” says both acting and magic provide escapes from normal life – though not from boredom, pain or fear. Since becoming the youngest Best Actor Oscar winner a decade ago — for Roman Polanski‘s World War II film “The Pianist” — he has searched hard for roles he believes »

- Tim Molloy

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968) review

27 August 2014 11:32 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Grace Fontaine, MoreHorror.com

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Starring: Mia Farrow (Rosemary Woodhouse), John Cassavetes (Guy Woodhouse), Ruth Gordon (Minnie Castevet), Sidney Blackmer (Roman Castevet), Ralph Bellamy (Abe Sapirstein) and Clay Tanner (Satan)

Warning: I would not recommend watching this if you are pregnant, ladies.

“Rosemary’s Baby” does not thrive on eliciting base, violent terror upon its viewers, the aims it has is far sinister- it wants to put you off balance and keep you there.

Young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse have picked up sticks and set down in a grand yet somewhat ancient apartment building smack bang in the middle of cosmopolitan New York City. Rosemary is a clever yet naïve housewife who is quite content to be a homebody while Guy is a struggling actor who is desperate to make it big in the Big Apple. Although the couple share a loving and playful relationship, »

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45 Years After the Manson Murders: Sharon Tate's Sister Speaks About the Tragedy

27 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sharon Marie Tate was a star on the rise. The studios were grooming the 26-year-old California blonde to be the next Marilyn Monroe. She was married to acclaimed film director Roman Polanski and was on the verge of giving birth to their baby boy. But on Aug. 9, 1969, she and four others were found brutally murdered inside her Los Angeles home, the victims of a horrific plan by cult leader Charles Manson and his followers to start a race war they called "Helter Skelter." The killings terrorized the country, turning many of the people involved - including Manson - into household names. »

- Elaine Aradillas, @elaineja

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The Essential Films & TV to Stream This Week – August 26th 2014

26 August 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Not a lot to say in the pre-amble to this week’s selection of titles. Should probably apologise for the negativity in advance because a lot of the below is dreck this week across any content provider apart from the occasional bright spot and a new Netflix exclusive. Hopefully you will be able to at least find something worth a look that floats your boat.

This week’s titles of note are as follows:

Gravity (2013)

There really isn’t anymore praise that I can heap on Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thrill ride that hasn’t been heaped upon it already. Upon repeat viewing what impresses more and more is the technical marvel that this film represents with Gravity being a massive leap forward in the use of virtual sets as well as animation that looks like real people.

There are apparently whole entire scenes here featuring Sandra Bullock and »

- Chris Holt

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Frightfest 2014: ‘Starry Eyes’ Review

23 August 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Nick Simmons, Maria Olsen, Marc Senter, Louis Dezseran | Written and Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Determined to make it in Hollywood, reluctant waitress Sarah Walker (Essoe) goes on countless casting calls in hope of getting her big break. After a series of weird auditions at the mysterious Astraeus Pictures, she lands her dream part. But with this opportunity comes with ramifications that will change her life… literally.

Part occult tale of ambition, possession and the true cost of fame and fortune. Skilfully and scarily showing the ways in which tarnished Tinsel Town can turn a sweet starlet into an ego-maniacal monster, this nightmarish tragedy reveals for all to see what it means when actors talk about putting their soul on the screen.

Yet another example of a slow-burning horror movie, Starry Eyes has a very old-school feel about it. »

- Phil Wheat

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Sin City and the eternal, seductive allure of film noir

21 August 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...

"Things go dark. I don't mind much. It's okay." John Hartigan, Sin City.

We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)

We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator »

- ryanlambie

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Preview: Schedule of the Biggest Film Festivals This Fall

20 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aug. 21-Sept. 1

Montreal World Festival

Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.

ffm-montreal.org

Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind. »

- Iain Blair

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 11-15, 2014)

15 August 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Expendables 3

(Lionsgate)

In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would »

- Variety Staff

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The Double DVD review

15 August 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Richard Ayoade's murky, surreal comedy drama The Double arrives on disc. Here's Robert's review of a fascinating film...

Richard Ayoade is the UK's most cinephilic filmmaker. While he clearly possesses a raw talent for the craft as well, his playful early efforts in film make him something altogether more volatile and exciting. His second feature, The Double, sometimes loses itself in a world of references to other filmmakers, but it amounts to something gripping and unique enough to already have me eagerly anticipating the director's next film.

The Double is based on Fyodor Dostoyesky's novel of the same name. A lonely office worker Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), marooned in the same job in the same company for the past seven years, becomes infatuated with a pretty, equally lonely office worker, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), but is so socially inept that he's helpless to communicate with her, as he is with anyone else. »

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Carlo Chatrian talks Locarno highlights

15 August 2014 4:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Locarno director talks highlights and UK presence at the festival and looks to 2015.

Locarno festival director Carlo Chatrian has outlined some of his highlights and regrets from this year’s festival, and ambitions for next year, in an exclusive interview with ScreenDaily ahead of the event’s closing weekend.

“Experiencing cinema as a community”, is high up on the list of this year’s treats, he said.

The world premiere of Swiss film-maker Peter Luisi’s Unlikely Heroes on Wednesday (Aug 13) was “one of those nights on the Piazza where you really felt that the audience is with the film.

“There was a lot of applause and people came up to me afterwards with great enthusiasm. I think Unlikely Heroes is the kind of film which works very well because it’s strongly experiencing cinema as a community,” he continued.

He added that he had also been “very happy“ with the night on the Piazza Grande when Agnes Varda »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Carlo Chatrian talks Locarno highlights and looks ahead

15 August 2014 4:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Locarno director talks highlights and UK presence at the festival and looks to 2016.

Locarno festival director Carlo Chatrian has outlined some of his highlights and regrets from this year’s festival, and ambitions for next year, in an exclusive interview with Screen Daily ahead of the event’s closing weekend.

“Experiencing cinema as a community”, is high up on the list of this year’s treats, he said.

The world premiere of Swiss film-maker Peter Luisi’s Unlikely Heroes on Wednesday (Aug 13) was “one of those nights on the Piazza where you really felt that the audience is with the film.

“There was a lot of applause and people came up to me afterwards with great enthusiasm. I think Unlikely Heroes is the kind of film which works very well because it’s strongly experiencing cinema as a community,” he continued.

He added that he had also been “very happy“ with the night on the Piazza Grande »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Locarno in Robin Williams tribute

14 August 2014 4:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The film festival will screen the late actor’s 2002 drama, One Hour Photo.

The Locarno Film Festival is to pay tribute to Robin Williams, the comedian and actor who died on Monday, with a screening of One Hour Photo on the Piazza Grande.

The psychological drama, directed by Mark Romanek, played in Locarno’s International Competition in 2002.

In the film, Williams gives a chilling performance as an employee of a one-hour photo lab who becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.

The amended line-up this evening is now:

9.30pm: Pause, by Mathieu Urfer

followed by

One Hour Photo, Mark RomanekVenus In Fur, Roman Polanski »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Ambitious RatPac-WB Deal Deserves a Closer Look

13 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

I usually nod off when a slate deal is announced (I don’t really care how a studio funds its movies), but the Warner Bros.-RatPac arrangement has piqued my interest.

As negotiations evolved (the basics of the pact were announced in April), it’s clear that the strategy here is more ambitious, the content more diverse, the numbers more exotic (potentially involving as much as $1 billion) — and a filmmaker, not a banker, will be calling the shots. That filmmaker, Brett Ratner, is off to China this week to expand the venture’s involvement in that skyrocketing territory, but before he left, we sat down to discuss the deal’s particulars.

At a time when the flow of Hollywood product is not only shrinking but also suffering from creative atrophy, RatPac clearly deserves scrutiny. It envisions not only co-funding studio features, but also backing midbudget films, documentaries and high-end television miniseries. »

- Peter Bart

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Roman Polanski withdraws from Locarno Film Festival amid protests

12 August 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Roman Polanski has withdrawn from the Locarno Film Festival amid protests.

The controversial filmmaker was to accept a special lifetime achievement at the Swiss event, but pulled out when the announcement was met with heavy criticism.

"Dear Friends, I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit," he wrote in a statement.

"I am deeply saddened to disappoint you. Roman Polanski."

He was also scheduled to introduce his new film Venus in Fur alongside his actress wife Emmanuelle Seigner.

The festival organisers called the opposition to the 80-year-old director's visit "unacceptable interference of some in the artistic liberty of the festival".

"We are greatly saddened that the public will thereby be »

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Polanksi bows to "pressures" by Richard Mowe - 2014-08-12 15:47:41

12 August 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Director Roman Polanski reluctantly has decided to cancel his visit to the Locarno Film Festival this weekend because of what he describes in a letter to organisers as "outside pressures."

Polanski, 80, was scheduled to give a masterclass and also to present his film Venus In Fur, starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner.

His letter to the Festival organisers said: "I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit. I am deeply saddened to disappoint you."

The choice of 80-year-old Polanski for a Festival honour was the subject of debate among local politicians, some of whom were opposed to the visit.

Since he was convicted of sex offences (statutory rape) in the United »

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Roman Polanski backs out of Locarno Film Festival over backlash

12 August 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, who was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award at this week’s Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, informed the festival’s organizers that he would not attend in light of recent protests. “Dear Friends,” the 80-year-old director wrote in a statement released by the festival. “I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit. I am deeply saddened to disappoint you. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Why Do Awards And Festivals Honor Controversial Artists Like Roman Polanski?

12 August 2014 6:11 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

It seems odd that either the Festival del film Locarno or Roman Polanski thought that honoring the filmmaker for lifetime achievement would be a good idea. This is the second recent time–after Woody Allen’s Golden Globe tribute was followed by a phalanx of nasty tweets from his ex-wife Mia Farrow and estranged biological son Dylan Farrow–that an award sparked more shame than honor on its recipient. Citing “unacceptable interference of some in the artistic liberty of the Festival,” Locarno announced that Polanski pulled out of the fest’s 67th edition scheduled for later this week. This followed threats that protests would […] »

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Roman Polanski cancels Locarno visit

12 August 2014 4:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Roman Polanski has cancelled his visit to the Locarno Film Festival following opposition from some local politicians and media.

The director of Chinatown and The Pianist, who was due to receive a special award and give a masterclass at the festival, issued the following statement:

”Dear Friends, I am sorry to inform you that having considered the extent to which my planned appearance at the Locarno Festival provokes tensions and controversies among those opposed to my visit, even as I respect their opinions, it is with a heavy heart that I must cancel my visit.

“I am deeply saddened to disappoint you. Roman Polanski

The festival called the move a “setback” and lamented the “unacceptable interference” from those who vocally criticised Polanski’s attendance at the Swiss festival.

The 80 year-old Polish auteur and Oscar winner - who lives between Paris and Swiss town Gstaad - was previously arrested and held under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009 while »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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