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I hope you'll join us tonight when we celebrate The Letter (1940) and I hope you enjoyed the first three episodes of Best Shot this year covering forgetful lovers, violent cops, and disco freaks. If you've never joined the party, please do. Try it. You'll like it. This year has been so fun with more participation than before. All you have to do is watch the movie, pick a shot, post it and tell us why.
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Tuesday April 22nd Pocahontas (1995)
For Earth Day, sing with all the colors of the wind.
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Tuesday April 29th 3 Women (1977)
Robert Altman's fascinating Persona-influenced actress triptych (Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule) went on to influence everyone's favorite amnesiac lebsian mystery Mulholland Dr. If you haven't seen it, you must.
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- NATHANIEL R
With almost 40 years of history - encompassing films, TV, comic books, video games and novels - there's a wealth of interesting facts and information about the vast universe hatched by George Lucas.
Here are ten fast facts we've discovered from a galaxy far, far away…
1. Inspired by the swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures that began in the '30s, a young George Lucas initially wanted to bring that serial to the big screen, but found the rights to the character difficult to untangle. From there he began to fashion his own space epic - a project that would eventually become the Star Wars we know and love.
However, things could have been a lot different as Lucas's first draft script was »
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
I am a huge fan of laughing at movies, and I love to be scared. However, when those two are combined into the same movie, results can be somewhat awkward. Although I am a huge fan of the whole “so bad it is funny and cool” aspect of cheesy horror films, it’s always weird when it is a serious horror movie meant to scare the hell out of you, with an unnecessary laughable scene mixed in unintentionally. Whether you laugh with me or not, we can all agree that some unfortunate situations can be funny..or maybe I’m just evil. Either way, here are Five Hilarious Scenes In Serious Horror Films, read on!
5.) Carrie – The “Plug It Up” Scene.
Ahh yes. When you really think about it, Carrie is not only a classic among us horror fans, but it also has its share of frightening moments. Depending on how you look at it, »
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Running Time: 100 minutes
Blu-ray Extras: Feature Film With Alternate Ending, ”Bringing Back Carrie” Featurette, Deleted/Extended Scenes with Commentary by Director Kimberly Peirce, Commentary by Director Kimberly Peirce, The Power of Telekinesis, Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise, Theatrical Trailer
There hasn’t been a more ambitious retelling of a classic horror story since the absolute disaster that was the Nicolas Cage rejig of The Wicker Man back in 2006. Like that movie, which was brought to the screen by Neil Labute, Carrie is helmed by a respected filmmaker in the form of Boys Don’T Cry’s Kimberley Peirce, who returns to direct for the first time since 2008′s lukewarm war drama Stop Loss.
Carrie is a modern-day version of the classic Stephen King novel which has been turned into a film very successfully in the past; the »
- Paul Heath
Sam Shepard has been cast as Kyle Chandler's father in an upcoming Netflix drama. The still-untitled show, from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, is about a family of adult siblings whose secrets resurface when their black-sheep brother returns. (Oooh, ominous.) Shepard will play the dad; Sissy Spacek will play the mom; and Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, and Ben Mendelsohn will play the kids, with Mendelsohn as said black sheep. Now all the show needs is a title. »
- Margaret Lyons
Sam Shepard (August: Osage County) has joined the cast of Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Kzk), the 13-episode series centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother (Mendelsohn) returns home. Shepard will play the patriarch of the family, with Sissy Spacek previously cast as his wife. Related: Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin To Topline Netflix Comedy Series »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Andy Cohen is packing up and heading to Austin for SXSW, and he’s really taken with the idea of Texas – open spaces, longhorns, cowboys, the birthplace of Morgan Fairchild, dipping with Sissy Spacek… all those manly things that Texas is known for. It’s probably a good thing he’s headed for Austin, because I’m not sure he’d be ready for Abilene.
The post Andy Cohen Trades His Wigs For Cowboy Porn In Texas appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
- Ed Kennedy
(Brian De Palma, 15, Arrow, 1974)
In 1974, after a decade making low-budget, semi-underground movies, Brian De Palma thought he was about to enter the big time when 20th Century Fox paid $2m for this wild satire on indulgent rock musicians and the corrupt industry that exploited them. Basically it's a transposition of The Phantom of the Opera to the modern pop world, where an evil impresario, Swan (the diminutive, baby-faced composer Paul Williams,, who also wrote the songs), steals a pretentious rock cantata from Winslow Leach, its naive author, and frames him on drugs charge.
After he's been disfigured by a record-pressing machine, Winslow returns to seek revenge by haunting Swan's theatre, the Paradise. The piece also draws on Goethe's Faust, Wilde's Dorian Gray and Edgar Allan Poe, and refers to movies ranging from Psycho (the shower scene is reprised using a plunger) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
But De Palma »
- Philip French
Hey, Toronto! The Twitch presented Stephen King retrospective Kingdom Of Fear continues at the Tiff Bell Lightbox tomorrow night with a screening of Brian De Palma's Carrie and we want you to be there!The very definition of the teenage outcast, sixteen-year-old Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is mousy, withdrawn, friendless, tormented at home by her fanatically religious mother (Piper Laurie) and at school by her mercilessly nasty peers -- not to mention the fact that she has powerful telekinetic abilities that wreak havoc when she loses control of her emotions. Things suddenly start looking up for the hapless Carrie when the most popular boy in school asks her to the prom -- but when the school bitch and her delinquent boyfriend (Nancy Allen and John Travolta)...
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TV news and notes:
- Sundance will premiere Season 2 of its critically acclaimed drama "Rectify" on June 19. The new season will have freed death-row inmate Daniel (Aden Young) becoming more engaged with the outside world and even allowing himself to think about the future. It will also delve more deeply into the lives of people affected by Daniel's return.
- Comedy Central has renewed "Kroll Show" for a third season. The sketch show starring and created by Nick Kroll has been averaging 1.1 million viewers in overnight ratings for Season 2; there's no word yet on when Season 3 will premiere.
- The cast of "Constantine" continues to grow. The new members of the NBC pilot include former "Lost" star Harold Perrineau, "True Blood" alum Lucy Griffiths and "True Detective's" Charles Halford. Griffiths will play Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine's deceased friends who becomes targeted by demons. Constantine saves »
Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to co-star in an upcoming Netflix drama alongside Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek, Deadline reports. The show, from Damages' Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, focuses on a family of adult siblings (with Spacek as their mother) whose black-sheep brother (Mendelsohn) return and dredges up old secrets. Butz will play the youngest brother, "the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the 'unofficial mayor' of this small coastal town." Butz is great — two Tonys don't lie — but the dream of Kyle Chandler and James Wolk playing brothers endures. »
- Margaret Lyons
Exclusive: The Rayburn siblings are all in place. Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. It centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings (Chandler, Mendelsohn, Cardellini, Butz) whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Butz will play the youngest brother Kevin, the extroverted and charming owner of a boat repair yard who considers himself the “unofficial mayor” of this small coastal town. Butz, repped by CAA and Elin Flack Management, is one of only nine actors ever to have won a lead actor Tony Award twice. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Jacinda Barrett is set to co-star opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek in Netflix‘s 13-episode psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Swedish helmer Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Downloading Nancy) will direct the opening episode of the series written and executive produced by the Kessler brothers and Zelman. It centers on a close-knit family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Australian-born Barrett, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment, will play the strong-willed and devoted wife of the family’s “responsible” brother John (Chandler). She co-stared on ABC’s Zero Hour and has a recurring role on USA’s Suits opposite real-life husband Gabriel Macht. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We're in the 86th annual Oscar voting window and two weeks from today, we'll know the champions of the 2014 Academy Awards. Winners in the performance categories seem to be all lined up, though we've gotten a surprise in those four arenas the last couple of years. Maybe we'll get a few this year, too, but come what may, a quartet (or maybe more if there's a tie — who knows, given the events of this season) will join the echelon of Oscar winning actors dating back to inaugural victors Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor on March 2. With that in mind, HitFix's awards staff put our heads together to come up with a list of the best of, well, the best. We dug through the 325 actors and actresses to win (competitive) Academy Awards for screen performances over the years and we were left with 25 sterling examples from AMPAS' gallery of titans — well, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley
Vinessa Shaw (Vegas, 3:10 To Yuma) has signed on for a season-long arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. (Spoiler Alert!) Shaw will play Kate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe who is writing a book on Sully (James Woods’ character from last season) and comes to L.A. to investigate his death. She joins recently cast Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn in the upcoming second season. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Shaw is repped by ICM partners, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Gretchen Rush. Jamie McShane (Southland) has joined the cast of Netflix’s psychological thriller series Zkz from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Starring Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today. First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. THR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer. The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring. Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages. Hit the jump for more. Reports »
- Adam Chitwood
Oprah Winfrey has trod the Broadway boards before - only strictly behind the scenes, as a major investor in the not-quite-successful production of the 2005 musical The Color Purple. But now the media mogul, who helped bid a fond farewell to Jay Leno Thursday night, may actually appear in the flesh before New York theater audiences during the 2015-16 season. The vehicle, reports The New York Times, is likely to be a revival of Marsha Norman's somber 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother. The two-character drama, about a mother's last-ditch attempt to prevent her daughter from committing suicide, originally starred Kathy Bates as the daughter, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
News and notes from all around the TV landscape:
- "The Good Wife" has booked Michael J. Fox for a return visit, but it isn't just for one episode this time. Fox will reprise the role of Louis Canning for a multi-episode arc at the end of the current season. This comes in the wake of "The Michael J. Fox Show" being canceled by NBC, but the "Good Wife" creators were optimistic at winter press tour that Fox could come back either way, since his self-titled show had already wrapped for the year. [TVLine]
- Former "Happy Endings" star Zachary Knighton has booked a pair of gigs. He's joining NBC's "Parenthood" for a mutli-episode arc as a teacher at the school Kristina (Monica Potter) founded and will also star in a Fox comedy pilot called "Weird Loners," playing one of four social misfits who live in the same Queens townhouse.
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