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17 items from 2017


Deadly Pleasures: Seed Of Chucky (2004)

20 February 2017 2:42 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Seed of Chucky is the best Child’s Play movie by John Waters that he never directed. And to me, it’s probably the most underappreciated entry in the entire series, because if you take a moment to look at what Don Mancini did with this 2004 sequel, you’ll realize it’s a brilliant celebration of B-movies that also cleverly mixes up the Child’s Play franchise formula once again.

Seed of Chucky picks up after the events of Bride of Chucky, addressing the deaths of both Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (voiced by Jennifer Tilly), and the birth of their unlikely progeny, who was rescued from the graveyard by a ventriloquist named Psychs (Keith-Lee Castle) and now works as a dummy named “Shitface” (voiced by Billy Boyd). One night, Tiffany and Chucky’s offspring sees what »

- Heather Wixson

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John Waters Lauded at Writers Guild Awards for ‘A Lifetime of Penning Trashy Screenplays’

19 February 2017 7:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Waters and his fight for the right to be trashy on film was celebrated with gusto on Sunday at the New York edition of the Writers Guild Awards ceremony.

Waters got two standing ovations for his legacy in battling film censors and going it alone as an independent filmmaker out of Baltimore in the 1970s. Waters reveled in the applause and the appreciation, telling the crowd at the Edison Ballroom that he has always thought of himself, first and foremost, as a writer.

“Every single weekday I get up at 6 a.m. and go into my writing room and think up something f—– up,” Waters said. “In the afternoon I go try and sell it. Isn’t that what all writers do?”

Preaching to the choir, Waters added: “Writing is the only part of filmmaking I really love.”

Waters couldn’t resist the platform to remind the room of »

- Cynthia Littleton

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I Just Can't Wait to be Link

18 February 2017 10:28 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

/Film Donald Glover will be the voice of Simba and James Earl Jones the voice of Mufasa in the forthcoming remake of The Lion King... I notice it's being lumped in with all the other Disney 'live action remakes of animated pictures' in articles but this one is not live action, but CG and mo-cap like The Jungle Book

E! News Malin Akerman recalls her nude modelling shoot with Jamie Dornan

AnOther interviews John Waters. Multiple Maniacs is getting a rerelease overseas... hence the interview. What I want to know is where in the box set of his complete filmography?

TV Line Darren Criss is Andrew Cunanan and Edgar Ramirez Gianni Versace in the next American Crime Story

Awards Daily TV Best Actress in a Limited Series is already crazy competitive for the next Emmys via Feud, Big Little Lies, and more...

Links after the jump including more Viola, plus Arrival, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Multiple Maniacs review – vintage John Waters is equal parts shock and schlock

16 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Waters’ 1970 B-movie about outsiders, a freak show and lobster sex is as gleefully subversive another time round

Only John Waters could stage a Charles Manson-style slaughter then think: “This could really do with a giant-lobster rape scene to spruce it up.”

Related: John Waters brings back Multiple Maniacs: 'Of course I went a little too far'

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- Steve Rose

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Film Festival Roundup: Sun-Ray Cinema Unveils Sleeping Giant Fest, Sfiff Announces Closing Night and More

16 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: Over the last five years, Jacksonville, Florida’s Sun-Ray Cinema has carved out a unique space for adventurous film programming while also reinventing how audiences enjoy blockbuster fare in Northeast Florida. Building on those successes, Sun-Ray has now unveiled their Sleeping Giant Fest. From March 30 – April 2, Sleeping Giant Fest promises to “open your eyes and perk your ears to work that often gets lost in the digital streams that dominate our viewing habits today.” The festival aims “to help you navigate an array of choices that often seems dizzying so you can immerse yourself in these so-called ‘less commercial’ films, repertory titles, and screenings with exciting special guests while enjoying the communal experience that the cinema provides.

With forty film and music events over four lively days, »

- Kate Erbland

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John Waters: ‘A new kind of anarchy is going to happen next’

13 February 2017 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Hairspray director is famed for his boundary-trashing B-movies but he hopes Trump’s presidency will inspire the next wave of punk-rock film-makers

Related: John Waters: my family values

John Waters, the iconic director famously known as the Pope of Trash or the Prince of Puke, has never been one to shy away from a spectacle. When we meet in London’s West End, where he’s recovering from seeing both parts of the Harry Potter play (he’s not a fan himself, he says, but he went with a friend), he’s in a bright purple suit, that famous pencil-thin moustache still present, as it has been since he was a teenager. “I dressed just for you,” he purrs. He’s 70 now and has been in the business for six decades.

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- Rebecca Nicholson

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Sleeping Giant Fest Nestles Down in Jacksonville, Fl

10 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Let us introduce you to the inaugural Sleeping Giant Fest coming to Jacksonville, Fl, at the end of March. The festival will be held at the historic Sun-Ray Cinema at Five Points. The theater has been through many guises and facades during its ninety year history! Since new owner Tim Massett took over five years ago the cinema offers a mix of new releases and cult fare. And like many great local cinemas before it the Sun-Ray also has seatside service with food and beverages of the alcoholic variety.    Back to the Sleeping Giant Fest! Read in the press release below that John Waters is coming to town to offer live commentary on his film Serial Mom. During a revival screening of Tampopo there...

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Stock Up On Pussywillows, Serial Mom Is Coming To Blu-ray From Scream Factory This Spring!

1 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Cult film legend John Waters sure knows how to keep his profile up. While it's been a torturously long 12 years since his last feature, A Dirty Shame, Waters has hopped back on the radar with a high profile restoration and re-release of his underground classic Multiple Maniacs from the Criterion Collection next month and now the surprise announcement that Scream Factory will be tackling his hilarious homicidal homemaker flick, Serial Mom. The brand new Blu-ray will be the first time the film has been released on the format in the Us, though several overseas versions already exist. Scream Factory plans to go above and beyond to make their edition of Serial Mom definitive version with loads of bonus material including a new fascinating sounding...

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John Waters’ Serial Mom Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

1 February 2017 9:26 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

You don’t dare cross Beverly Sutphin… Scream Factory has a special treat in store for John Waters fans, as they have announced a new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of 1994’s Serial Mom that will make its North American Blu-ray debut this May, including a new conversation with Waters himself.

Press Release: If you are ill-mannered, have a poor sense of social etiquette or just plain irresponsible, then beware of the cheerfully psychotic housewife Beverly Sutphin from John Waters’ wickedly hilarious cult classic, Serial Mom. She will stop at nothing to rid of anyone failing to live up to her moral code! Starring Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone) as Beverly Sutphin, Sam Waterston (Grace and Frankie) and Ricki Lake (Hairspray), writer-director and pop culture icon John Waters puts a twist on the everyday mediocrity of suburban life in this outrageous dark comedy brimming with his unique brand of perverse humor and high camp. »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Moonlight’ Sweeps Gay and Lesbian Critics Association’s Dorian Awards

27 January 2017 4:38 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” took home six Dorian awards from the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, also known as Galeca. The evocative coming of age drama won Best Film of the Year, as well as Lgbtq Film of the Year. Jenkins won for Best Director and Best Screenplay, Mahershala Ali won for Best Actor, and Trevante Rhodes was recognized as Rising Star of the Year.

Viola Davis was recognized for her performance in “Fences,” and Park Chan-Wook’s “The Handmaiden” won Foreign-Language Film of the Year. “The Dressmaker” won Campy Film of the Year, and Antonio Campos’ “Christine” won Unsung Film of the Year.

Read More: Oscar Nominations Analysis: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Best Picture, Unless Voters Let ‘Moonlight’ Shine

On the television side, “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” won big, as well as “Transparent.” ABC’s “The Real O’Neals” was recognized as Unsung TV Show of the Year, »

- Jude Dry

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Trailer Park: Chips get Raw with Their Finest Founder

13 January 2017 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including Chips, Their Finest, Raw, Sadako vs Kayako, Kong: Skull Island, The Founder, the restored release of John WatersMultiple Maniacs and the fifth season of Prison Break.

Chips

Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (Chp) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the Chp. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike »

- Phil Wheat

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"Moonlight" Tops Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Awards

12 January 2017 4:05 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I'm a proud voting member, has revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" led the pack with 7 nods followed by Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" with 6. Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 26.

Complete List Of Galeca 2016/17 Dorian Awards Nominees:

Note: Categories with more than five nominees involved a tie)

Film of the Year

Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)

Moonlight (A24)

20th Century Women (A24)

Director of the Year

(Film or Television)

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)

Pablo Larraín, Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)

Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Film Performance of the Year . Actress

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (A24)

Viola Davis, Fences (Paramount)

Isabelle Huppert, »

- Manny

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Gay and Lesbian Critics Association Honor ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Jackie’ with Dorian Award Noms

12 January 2017 12:29 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For the second year in a row, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) have rallied around an obvious favorite: “Moonlight.” Last year, Todd Haynes’s “Carol” swept Galeca’s Dorian Awards, and from its prominence amongst the nominees announced today, “Moonlight” will likely do the same.

Read More: The 20 Best Queer Films on Netflix Right Now

Not restricted to films with explicit queer themes, the films nominated for film of the year are “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land, “20th Century Women,” and “Moonlight.” The nominees for Lgbtq Film of the Year are “Being 17,” “Closet Monster,” “Moonlight,” “Other People,” and “The Handmaiden.”

Judging by its very strong Oscar chances, the enthusiasm for “Moonlight” has overshadowed all other worthy queer films. “The Handmaiden” was notably absent from the Oscar short list for Best Foreign Language Film, and the other three Dorian nominees are not in contention at all. »

- Jude Dry

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Jelani Cobb Tapped for Writers Guild East’s Walter Bernstein Award

11 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America East has named “Policing the Police” filmmaker Jelani Cobb as the inaugural winner of its Walter Bernstein Award.

Cobb will be presented with the honor at the 69th annual Writers Guild Awards at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 19. The award is presented “to honor writers who have demonstrated with creativity, grace and bravery a willingness to confront social injustice in the face of adversity.”

“Policing the Police,” which aired in June as part of the PBS investigative series “Frontline,” explores the complexities involved in reforming the Newark Police Department and its fractured relationship with the community. Cobb embedded with two detectives in the Newark Police Department’s gang unit to witness firsthand how undercover officers operate following a 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Justice that showed Newark’s police had engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional conduct.

Bernstein, who is 97, became »

- Dave McNary

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UK poster and trailer for John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs

11 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in December Park Circus and Janus Films announced that they are bringing John WatersMultiple Maniacs to UK cinemas in its uncut form for the very first time this February, and now we’ve got a poster and trailer for the release; check them out here…

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to cinemas at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. 

Starring Waters’ beloved regular cast, »

- Gary Collinson

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Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Set to Host Spirit Awards

3 January 2017 11:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been set to co-host the Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, the day before the Academy Awards.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2 pm Pt / 5 pm Et. Past Spirit Awards hosts have included Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Queen Latifah and John Waters.

“From film to television to Broadway, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been almost everywhere – and now their world domination will be complete when they host the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “We couldn’t think of two smarter, funnier people to host our show, and look forward to having them on the beach on Saturday, February 25.”

Kroll is in “Loving” and in the Broadway production of “Oh, Hello on Broadway,’ which he created and wrote alongside Mulaney. »

- Dave McNary

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Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Set to Host Spirit Awards

3 January 2017 11:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been set to co-host the Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, the day before the Academy Awards.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2 pm Pt / 5 pm Et. Past Spirit Awards hosts have included Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Queen Latifah and John Waters.

“From film to television to Broadway, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been almost everywhere – and now their world domination will be complete when they host the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “We couldn’t think of two smarter, funnier people to host our show, and look forward to having them on the beach on Saturday, February 25.”

Kroll is in “Loving” and in the Broadway production of “Oh, Hello on Broadway,’ which he created and wrote alongside Mulaney. He »

- Dave McNary

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