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Hi, do you like scary things? If so, Fox's The Exorcist is for you, according to Geena Davis. The Oscar winner is coming to TV—yes, again—to start in The Exorcist, but mind you this is not a simple reboot. She is not playing Ellen Burstyn's character from the original movie. "I loved the whole idea when I heard about it and read the script for the pilot. I was a big fan of The Exorcist—although of course scarred for life as most everyone was from watching it—Just when I heard the title oh was like, 'Oh that could be good.' As long they're not remaking the movie. I don't want to be the Ellen Burstyn character, just remake it, but it's not at all. It's not at all. »
Everybody loves Marty.
Martin Scorsese became the seventh recipient of the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award Wednesday night in New York at Cipriani Wall Street.
“He tells a story well, that’s what a great director does,” said Larry King (the Friars Club’s current dean) on the red carpet. “He never fails.”
It was clear that the entertainment industry has a unique love and respect for the legendary director.
The extravagant ballroom of Cipriani was filled with some of Scorsese’s closest friends — Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Olivia Wilde, Sacha Baron Cohen, Juliette Lewis and Ellen Burstyn — all of whom presented speeches, which were shared in the form of funny stories, unforgettable moments and humbling words of appreciation.
“I thank you for everything you’ve done for me and our craft. You are my director, my collaborator, my friend,” DiCaprio said in his speech. “You are part of »
- Christina Dun
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
Full Lineup Announcements
– The fiercely independent 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival presents an outstanding lineup of films to be shown in Woodstock, New York, as well as Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston. The festival runs October 13 – 16.
The festival opens on October 13 with the World Premiere of “Blind,” a romantic narrative feature written by Michael Mailer (son of famed American author Norman Mailer) and starring Alec Baldwin (who will attend the screening with Mailer) and Demi Moore. You can find out more about the slate right here.
– The Mill Valley Film Festival, presented by the California Film Institute, has announced the complete lineup for the 39th edition of the Festival, taking place October 6 – 16. The 11-day event will screen films across Marin County and will feature premieres, panel discussions, »
- Kate Erbland
There’s a moment in the pilot for The Exorcist that is so spine-tingling and cool that it actually gave me goosebumps. Unfortunately, the reason the moment is so creeptastically effective has nothing to do with this show — it’s at the end of the hour when “Tubular Bells” from the 1973 movie gets cued up.
RelatedFall TV 2016: Your Handy Calendar of 120+ Season and Series Premiere Dates
I don’t mean that as a dis, either — not exactly. Fox’s take on the horror classic (premiering Friday, Sept. 23, at 9/8c) is a quality production from top to bottom. The cast, »
Considering how fashionable a “spiritual sequel” is in Hollywood these days, it’s a pity that those behind Katie Says Goodbye can’t legally flaunt it as one of the prequel variety to Martin Scorsese’s early drama Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Sharing more than just the pink waitress uniforms donned by Olivia Cooke and Ellen Burstyn, respectively, both films explore a seemingly inescapable life below the poverty line in the American southwest, with big dreams to emerge out of the rut. Wayne Roberts‘ directorial debut certainly gets darker than that 1974 drama, but, despite a transfixing performance from Cooke, it’s in search of a more distinctive personality on both the page and screen.
Katie spends most of her time working as a waitress at the local truck stop, seemingly the biggest attraction in her desolate town. At night, she tends to her alcoholic, unemployed mother (Mireille Enos »
- Jordan Raup
When this year’s Emmy nominations were announced, it was tempting to hand the TV Academy the honor of “most improved awards organization.”
Sure, there were some quibbles here and there about notable “snubs,” but reactions to the noms were generally positive. Credit the recognition for new shows (“Master of None,” “Mr. Robot”) and overdue veterans (“The Americans”), a racially diverse line-up of nominees that puts the Oscars to shame, and overall goodwill toward the season’s top contenders. We knew the razzle-dazzle of “Game of Thrones” would land the most noms yet again, but who can complain about “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo” following right behind?
As TV grows in prestige and power — and continues to come into its own as a true art form — so do the Emmys. And while the Academy has done a solid job of living up to that responsibility, it’s worth considering a few areas that could make »
- Geoff Berkshire
“Columbus” marks the feature directorial debut of Kogonada, who has been noted for his visual work and film criticism commissioned by the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound.
The movie is being produced by Superlative Films and Depth of Field in association with Nonetheless Productions. Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Ki Jin Kim, and Giulia Caruso serve as producers. Superlative Films is financing the pic.
The film is currently shooting in Columbus, Ind., which the director said inspired him due to its modern architecture.
“After visiting the town, I felt an immediate sense for a film that would take place there, which would implicitly explore the promise of modernism (an ongoing quest for me),” he said. “The story revolves around a man and young woman from opposite sides of the world, »
- Dave McNary
Elle's published a delightful conversation between Aaron Paul and Millie Bobby Brown, the breakout star of Stranger Things. We've also gathered interviews with, among others, Kristen Stewart, Kazik Radwanski (How Heavy This Hammer), David Mackenzie and Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass), Ben Wheatley (High-Rise), Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs), David Lowery (Pete's Dragon), Mark Pellington (Blindspot), Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa), Deborah Stratman, Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), Todd Solondz and Ellen Burstyn (Wiener-Dog), Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Bérénice Bejo and Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) and Paulina García (Little Men). » - David Hudson »
IndieWire’s Vote: “The Americans”
We’re obviously big fans of a lot of these shows. “Better Call Saul,” “Mr. Robot” and even “House of Cards” are deserving nominees, and there’s no shame in voting for any one of them. But come on: “The Americans” getting an Emmy nod for Outstanding Drama Series is like the Chicago Cubs reaching the World Series. If they made it this far — finally — they better freaking win. “The Americans” has been the best drama on cable for four years. An intricate spy thriller side-by-side with an equally compelling family drama, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have crafted a series as appealing as it is relevant. When it comes to FX’s best show (which is saying something), it’s more than just “you should »
- Ben Travers
Ellen Burstyn received her first Emmy nom in 1981 for the telepic “The People vs. Jean Harris.” She finally won nearly 30 years later for a guest spot on “Law & Order: Svu.” With three noms during that span, and three more since (including one this year as Robin Wright’s steely mother on “House of Cards”), the Oscar- and Tony-winner is clearly a TV Academy favorite.
What are your memories of winning that first Emmy?
When you’re a guest on a series you don’t get your award at the ceremony. You go to the kiddie table. Then when you get an award, you get to be a presenter on the big show. I was sitting next to Carol Burnett, we were both nominated. When they called my name I hugged her as though she would be happy for me. When I thought about it later, I thought “That was a little inappropriate.” But »
- Geoff Berkshire
In a powerful interview with the Telegraph this week, Ellen Burstyn said that she can “no longer make a living” from acting. It’s a depressing and indicative statement from an award-winning actor who, at the age of 83, has found herself cast aside by an industry that continues to deprioritise older women, regardless of their talents.
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- Benjamin Lee
Ellen Burstyn won an Oscar in 1975 for her role in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” but her award-winning performance may never have come…
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- Laura Berger
Emmy voters are playing right into the election year by pointing a spotlight on strong guest performances in drama, comedy, and satirical series with political themes. Among the 24 Emmy-nominated guest roles, nine have a direct political tie-in.
It raises the question: Who’s winning in the battle of most outrageous storylines — the fictional or the factual politicians?
In many ways, TV seems like it’s trying to keep up with real life: Be it “Veep” politico Selina Meyer’s determined, misguided attempt to navigate Washington, “House of Cards” power couple Frank and Claire Underwood’s power-hungry mission to manipulate and take down anyone who stands in their way, or “Saturday Night Live’s” vision of a presidential candidate seeking counsel from her former self.
While Hillary Clinton was scrutinized for using a private email server, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) deployed an internal investigation into which staffer called her a profane name (the verdict: everyone). Donald Trump caused »
- Seth Kelley
Mark Harrison Aug 1, 2016
Fed up of big blockbusters right now? Here are some smaller movie treats to be found in August in UK cinemas...
Around this time of the year, we like to shine a spotlight on the slightly smaller films coming out after most of the box office juggernauts have been and gone. But with each annual feature, we've noticed that the year is filling up with blockbusters more and more. The year's first comic book movie was February's Deadpool, a surprise box office smash and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice got 2016's blockbuster season started much earlier than usual.
We're late enough in this elongated season that August will find the blockbuster schedule repeating itself - Ben Affleck's Batman will be back on screen for a cameo in DC Movies' Suicide Squad, Disney follows The Jungle Book with a live-action remake of Pete's Dragon, and Ricky Gervais »
The story follows a teenage boy who lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who has spent the last eleven years homeschooling him on the teachings of futurist, architect and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
“The House of Tomorrow” tells the story of futurist, architect and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods and survive high school. The novel, published in 2011, is set in Iowa, where a teenage boy lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who has spent the last 11 years homeschooling him on the teachings of Fuller. When his grandmother has a stroke, he’s »
- Dave McNary
Peter Livolsi’s big screen adaptation of Peter Bognanni’s award-winning novel “The House of Tomorrow” has added a slew of impressive new cast members. The film, which has already started shooting in Minnesota, is set to star Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow and Michaela Watkins.
The film follows “futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller’s incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school.” The book was published in 2011.
The film is Livolsi’s feature debut, and he is set to serve as both writer and director on the project. He previously participated in the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the project was a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Grant.
Of the news, Livolsi commented, “Peter Bognanni »
- Kate Erbland
Plus: Comic-Con panel talks diversity and Vr; Ellen Burtsyn joins The House Of Tomorrow; and more…
Dolby and The Walt Disney Studios announced on Monday that seven new titles will be shown at Dolby Cinema locations around the world.
Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 will be the 50th title to be colour-graded in Dolby Vision and mixed in Dolby Atmos for Dolby Cinema in just over one year.
Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow and Michaela Watkins have joined Superlative Films’s The House Of Tomorrow. Peter Livolsi’s directorial debut is currently shooting in Minnesota and tells of a quest by two teenagers to have sex, become punk gods and survive high school.Virtual reality has the potential to create real change for minorities »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Chicago –Director Todd Solondz has made a career out of not shying away from the most uncomfortable negativities of life. From extreme disconnection (“Happiness”) to pedophilia (“Life During Wartime”) to the sad rejection of pre-teen years (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”), Solondz pulls no punches. He achieves that harsh intent yet again in “Wiener-Dog.”
This is an anthology film, about a group of disparate people who somehow own the same female dachshund dog (the long bodied wiener dogs). It contains a quasi-sequel to “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (1995) – with Greta Gerwig portraying main character Dawn Wiener as an adult – and it tests the patience of any dog loving person as the pooch goes through a series of sorrowful circumstances. But this is what real life is, and Solondz to his credit is not afraid to expose it cinematically. It is tough stuff, and also tends toward the cynical dark side of human nature, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“You were robbed,” I told Jay Duplass at Amazon Studios’ “Gleason” premiere last week. He was a tad crestfallen about not landing a supporting actor Emmy nomination for his excellent performance as Josh Pfefferman on “Transparent,” until I reminded him how hard it is to get nominated for the first time. There’s often a lag.
Look at “The Americans.” It took four seasons of campaigning and increasingly positive reviews for it to finally land a Best Drama slot this year. The TV Academy turns to the same old popular favorites so often that it’s tough for someone new to break into the ranks.
This year, during the intense campaigning for the Emmy Awards, I realized that my hard-won understanding of how Oscar voters think does not apply to the TV Academy. I felt out of step with some of the Emmy pundits on Gold Derby who were picking »
- Anne Thompson
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