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Sir, I'm going to be smoking here," Ben Mendelsohn says, brandishing his cigarette carton at a fellow diner on the less-than-roomy terrace. "Just, you know, Fyi." It's a Saturday morning, and he's sitting out back of a neighborhood patisserie in tranquil west London, the sort of quirky-decor joint that would be rejected by Wes Anderson for being a little too Wes Anderson-ish. Anyone who's seen the 46-year-old Australian actor on screen, where he's portrayed assorted cads, slimeballs and psychos with unsettling intensity, would probably be more likely to tell »
Put down your buckets of pig's blood kids, it will not end well for you. In this round-up, we have a Q&A with Emily Lopez from Carrie the Musical which opens on October 8th. Also: more details from Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn season 2, and Shawn Scott's novel Apocalypse Swordsman.
Carrie the Musical Q&A: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – August 19, 2015) Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that Carrie The Musical will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theater, the first theatrical musical at that venue.
Tickets are available beginning Monday, August 24th at www.ExperienceCarrie.com. Carrie The Musical begins previews on October 1, 2015, and officially opens on October 8, 2015. Performances are on sale through November 22.
Directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Lee Martino, this immersive staging of Carrie takes the legendary musical off the stage and »
- Tamika Jones
The Horror Channel has announced its special Haunted Halloween Season, presenting a selection of movies which will take possession of the nation’s TVs every night for two weeks in October – from Saturday 17th to Saturday 31st, at 9pm.
Sat 17 Oct @ 9pm – An American Haunting (2005) *Network Premiere
The wind whispers ominous warnings of death before a malevolent entity arrives to claim the life of a young girl as director/writer Courtney Solomon brings author Brent Monahan’s chilling, fact-based story of supernatural murder to the screen in this tale of terror starring Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek & James D’Arcy.
Sun 18 Oct @ 9pm – Dark Summer (2015) *UK TV Premiere
From Paul Solet, director of the acclaimed hit Grace, comes a suspense thriller focusing on a 17-year-old boy, Daniel, on house arrest for stalking, Mona, a female classmate online. He thinks he has piggybacked his neighbours’ wireless signal but then things start to »
- Gary Collinson
[[tmz:video id="0_0vi51438"]] Stephen King has written more than 50 novels and most have become movies with huge actors ... yet he can pick a favorite. Stephen was in D.C. Thursday to accept the National Medal of Arts, when our photog asked a question that by all rights is impossible to answer, yet Stephen did the impossible, choosing from: -- Jack Nicholson, "The Shining" -- Morgan Freeman, "Shawshank Redemption" -- Kathy Bates, "Misery" -- Michael Clarke Duncan, "The Green Mile" -- Sissy Spacek, »
- TMZ Staff
Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews. Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott ("Plan 9 From Outer Space"!). »
- Trailers From Hell
Director Michael Ritchie’s lurid crime tale finds hot buttons to push you didn’t know existed. Lee Marvin plays a mobster trying to collect a debt from meatpacking boss Gene Hackman who runs a human trafficking ring populated by female virgins who, while awaiting the auction block, bide their time in cattle pens (naked, no less). Despite the dicey material (including scenes of animal slaughter), the film opened to fairly positive reviews. Ahh, the amazing ’70s! Notable as the first credited role for a frequently nude Sissy Spacek and a supporting turn from Gregory Walcott (Plan 9 From Outer Space!)
- TFH Team
'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as the troubled police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, writer-director Paul Schrader's 1998 film doesn't quite reach such heights.* Based on a novel by Russell Banks (who also penned the equally snowy The Sweet Hereafter), Schrader's Affliction relies on a realistic wintry atmosphere (courtesy of cinematographer Paul Sarossy) to convey the deadness inside the story's protagonist, the middle-aged small-town sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte). The angst-ridden Wade is intent on not ending up like his abusive, alcoholic father, Glen (James Coburn), while inexorably sliding down that very path. Making matters more complicated, Wade must come to terms with the fact that his ex-wife, Lillian (Mary Beth Hurt), will never return to him, »
- Andre Soares
One of my favorite online series of the year was Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman's Florida neo-noir "Bloodline," a dysfunctional family drama that explains just how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother, played memorably by Ben Mendelsohn, who is nominated for a supporting actor Emmy. He played the family black sheep Danny Rayburn, who, Glenn Kessler revealed at the TCAs, will return in Season Two via flashbacks (do catch up with the first season on Netflix to find out why). One newbie joining the cast when the new season goes up on Netflix in the first half of 2016 is John Leguizamo, TVLine reveals. Clearly, Leguizamo's Ozzy Delvecchio will function similarly to Danny, as a volatile wild card who disrupts the Rayburn family, led by matriarch Sissy Spacek and local sheriff Kyle Chandler (Emmy nominated for Best Actor). I can't wait. »
- Anne Thompson
One of my favorite online series of the year was Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman's Florida neo-noir "Bloodline," a dysfunctional family drama that explains just how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother, played memorably by Ben Mendelsohn, who is nominated for a supporting actor Emmy. He played the family black sheep Danny Rayburn, who, Glenn Kessler revealed at the TCAs, will return in Season Two via flashbacks (do catch up with the first season on Netflix to find out why). One newbie joining the cast when the new season goes up on Netflix in the first half of 2016 is John Leguizamo, TVLine reveals. Clearly, Leguizamo's Ozzy Delvecchio will function similarly to Danny, as a volatile wild card who disrupts the Rayburn family, led by matriarch Sissy Spacek and local sheriff Kyle Chandler (Emmy nominated for Best Actor). I can't wait.
- Anne Thompson
Brian De Palma, the Us director of Scarface, Carrie and Carlito’s Way, is to receive the Venice International Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award, dedicated to those who have made significantly original contributions to contemporary cinema.
The award will be given to De Palma on Sept 9 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the world premiere of documentary De Palma, directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. The film is billed as an intimate conversation between filmmakers, chronicling De Palma’s 55-year career, his life, and his filmmaking process.
De Palma has previously presented seven films at Venice, the first being crime thriller Blood Sisters in 1975.
In 1981, De Palma screened Blow Out in the section Mezzogiorno/Mezzanotte; in 1987, The Untouchables, out-of-competition; in 1992, Raising Cain, the closing film in competition; in 2006, The Black Dahlia, the opening »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Joan Crawford Movie Star Joan Crawford movies on TCM: Underrated actress, top star in several of her greatest roles If there was ever a professional who was utterly, completely, wholeheartedly dedicated to her work, Joan Crawford was it. Ambitious, driven, talented, smart, obsessive, calculating, she had whatever it took – and more – to reach the top and stay there. Nearly four decades after her death, Crawford, the star to end all stars, remains one of the iconic performers of the 20th century. Deservedly so, once you choose to bypass the Mommie Dearest inanity and focus on her film work. From the get-go, she was a capable actress; look for the hard-to-find silents The Understanding Heart (1927) and The Taxi Dancer (1927), and check her out in the more easily accessible The Unknown (1927) and Our Dancing Daughters (1928). By the early '30s, Joan Crawford had become a first-rate film actress, far more naturalistic than »
- Andre Soares
Lovers of odd and neglected vintage cinema can rejoice in the repackaging of Michael Ritchie’s weird sophomore title, Prime Cut. With all the menace of a Dick Francis novel and a perverse comedic streak akin to the tastes of John Waters, this misbegotten feature hasn’t received the notable following it deserves for one glaring reason—it’s increasingly warped treatment of women, which may have seemed enlightened for the period, but eventually only adds to the problematic misogyny that never abates. As far as its handling of more sensational, exploitational elements, Ritchie and screenwriter Robert Dillon manage to smooth its edges with breakneck pacing, sarcastic repartee, and a handful of impressively orchestrated face-offs.
- Nicholas Bell
Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell, Sierra Pecheur, Craig Richard Nelson, Maysie Hoy, Belita Moreno, Leslie Ann Hudson, Patricia Ann Hudson, Beverly Ross, John Davey | Written and Directed by Robert Altman
There are some movies that just get under your skin and cause you to have to think, and the worst part is you realise that they aren’t meant to be understood, and that is how they get their hooks into you. Robert Altman’s 3 Women was said to be based on a dream. I guess it comes as no surprise that it feels like it is one of the most haunting dreams you’ll have. With Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray it is also a dream of a release…
- Paul Metcalf
3 Women, 1977.
Directed by Robert Altman
An awkward adolescent begins work at a spa in the Californian desert. The shy and reserved young woman becomes overly attached to her more confident co-worker and eventual room-mate.
3 Women is a memorably disturbing film with its heart set firmly on the art house. Said to be inspired by a dream, Robert Altman’s (M.A.S.H., Short Cuts, The Player) feature is also strongly reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman’s beautifully nightmarish Persona. Indeed, both films focus on the transient nature of behaviour and psyche, and reveal the unlimited potential for personalities to rebuild and redevelop.
Taking a look at the mysteries of femininity through a male filmmaker’s hazy vision is something else both films have in common. This fear of pre-judged emotional unpredictability and instability has been »
- Robert W Monk
"Bloodline" fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with the cast and crew of Netflix's suspenseful family drama? We've listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini and series creators Glenn Kessler and Todd A. Kessler. -Break- Watch almost 200 video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders Kyle Chandler, (below with Ben Mendelsohn) on playing opposite A-list co-stars: "I think also there's a competitive spirit on set, and I like that. It is a sport. We're allowed to play with the words and play with the meanings. We're asked to do different things with these scenes, so there's a competitiveness. It's like duking it out with other actors using your acting skills." Sissy Spacek reflects on the story of a black sheep returning home: "I know most mothers, certainly I'm that kind of mother, that you never give up »
"I did know that I had to make a decision. Do you want to jump with these three guys or not? And I decided yes," says Kyle Chandler in a new featurette for the Netflix drama "Bloodline," discussing the leap of faith it required to undertake the mysterious drama. (Watch the complete video below.) -Break- Watch Our "Bloodline" Interviews: Kyle Chandler & Ben Mendelsohn | Sissy Spacek | Linda Cardellini | Glenn & Todd Kessler "These guys do have a process that's quite different … It's a pretty exhilarating way to work," adds co-star Ben Mendelsohn, describing the loose, seat-of-the-pants style adopted by series creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, who previously earned multiple Emmy nominations for their similarly complex legal drama "Damages." "Bloodline" follows the Rayburn family, a respected clan in the Florida »
When Bloodline producers Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman set out to create an entire world around their Netflix family drama, they went south because, as Glenn recently told AwardsLine, “The Florida Keys was something that we had not seen explored.” And much the same way Albuquerque is such a fitting backdrop for Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, the Keys—idyllic by day, “anti-glamorous,” as Sissy Spacek describes it, by night—parallels the… »
It's been almost three months since "Bloodline" debuted on Netflix. In a traditional distribution model, the show's first season would be wrapping up right around now. In the world of the binge, most of the people who cared about that show finished it within a week or two of its release. I took my time, not because I'm opposed to a good binge (I zipped through "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which debuted only the week before), nor because I felt like "Bloodline" was something worth savoring. Rather, I felt so lukewarm about the three episodes Netflix made available to critics prior to its premiere that I was in no hurry to watch the rest. There was enough there — a great cast, a strong sense of place, a rich atmosphere — that I was willing to see where it was going, but only in those occasional gaps in my schedule where there weren't »
- Alan Sepinwall
Gary McCurry reviews the twelfth episode of Bloodline…
It’s at that point now that we’re watching the Rayburn’s crumble. Bit by bit each member is falling and they’re also taking their families down with them. John orders his wife, Diana to take the kids and leave town in the aftermath of Danny’s stunt with their daughter. Danny has had a showdown with pretty much everyone he’s ever met in his hometown and now comes the time to watch the spiral begin towards the end that was shown to us in the pilot.
The penultimate episode of Bloodline is here so expect a whole bunch of nasty spoilers.
The previous installment was a masterclass in many areas. Although it has been said by many, including me, the two leads, Ben Mendelsohn and Kyle Chandler are stunning. When either, and particularly both are on-screen you are drawn into that world, »
- Gary McCurry
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