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Michelle Yeoh to Be Feted at Macau Festival

Michelle Yeoh to Be Feted at Macau Festival
Malaysian star Michelle Yeoh is to be the subject of the In Focus section at next month’s International Film Festival & Awards Macao. The festival (Dec. 8-14) has also completed its lineup.

Yeoh, whose credits stretch from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” will appear in an in-conversation session Dec. 14. The festival will also screen her 2010 effort “Reign of Assassins,” directed by Su Chao-pin.

The festival added five films across its different sections and unveiled details of the Crossfire section, in which directors pick genre films that influenced them.

The festival added Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Korean blockbuster “The Outlaws,” French smash hit “C’est La Vie!” (aka “Le Sens De La Fete”) from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano; and Macau film maker Lorence Chan’s “Passing Rain.” Iffam jury president Laurent Cantet will introduce a special presentation of his latest film, “The Workshop
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The Criterion Collection Will Resurrect Night Of The Living Dead, Silence Of The Lambs With 4K Blu-Rays

The Silence of the Lambs and Night of the Living Dead, two bona fide horror gems, are officially joining the Criterion Collection.

Each film classic will receive a 4K restoration, along with scores of special features, which will be available from February 13th, 2018. Now how’s that for a Valentine’s Day treat?

On a more somber note, news of this re-release arrives at a difficult time for the horror community: Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme passed away back in April, while George A. Romero, the undisputed king of zombies, died in July. Indeed, it was difficult losing two legendary filmmakers in the space of three months, but this posthumous recognition ensures their finest achievements are ushered into the pantheon of great cinema.

Each release will come with different bonus features – Lambs, for instance, includes audio commentary from Demme himself, along with Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and screenwriter
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Criterion in February 2018: Living Dead, Lambs, Gallows and More

A fascinating lineup will be on tap from the Criterion Collection in February 2018. Widely available in horribly-presented public domain versions for years, a new 4K restoration of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead will be rolled out, including "never-before-seen footage from the production," according to the official statement, along with "hordes of interviews and programs exploring the incredible story of the making of this trailblazing independent film." I can't help proudly stating that I owned an original copy of Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs when Criterion first released the horror classic on DVD -- let's not talk about the awful moment I realized I'd lost it in a cross-country move -- so I am very happy to hear that the...

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George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead Criterion Collection Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
An absolute game-changer for the horror genre, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead introduced the modern zombie as we know it, packing in as much social commentary as it did gore. Now, nearly 40 years after its initial release, the influential horror film is getting The Criterion Collection Blu-ray treatment it so justly deserves. Criterion is coming to get us, Barbara...

Slated for a February 13th release, The Criterion Collection Night of the Living Dead Blu-ray features a 4K digital restoration that was overseen by the late, great Romero as well as John A. Russo, Gary R. Streiner, and Russell W. Streiner. The new Blu-ray is packed with bonus features both old and new, and you can get an idea of what to expect from the official release details and cover art below, as well as information on another February 13th Criterion Collection Blu-ray release: Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs.
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‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and More Join Criterion Collection in February 2018

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‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and More Join Criterion Collection in February 2018
The Criterion Collection will be paying its respects to the late Jonathan Demme and George A. Romero in February 2018 by finally making “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Night of the Living Dead” members of its prestigious library. The two horror classics are joining famous titles from Kon Ichikawa, Satyajit Ray, and Tony Richardson as February additions to the Criterion Collection.

Read More:The Criterion Collection Announces January 2018 Titles, Including ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake

Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of “The Silence of the Lambs,” which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring Demme, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas. “Night of the Living Dead” will also be released in 4K, with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature.
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Film Review: ‘Wonder’

Film Review: ‘Wonder’
Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), the central character in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” is a brainy 10-year-old boy with a sweet high voice and a congenital facial deformity, whom numerous corrective surgeries have left looking like a cherub after a car accident. His left eye tugs downward as if a teardrop were falling from it; his ears are bulbs of flesh, and his face is framed by a pinkish ring of scar tissue. That said, he’s not the Phantom of the Opera. He’s just an ordinary kid whose looks take a bit of getting used to.

Auggie is a science geek who loves “Star Wars” and Minecraft, ice cream and X-Box sports games; he’s fueled by all-American fantasies of going to outer space. (He likes to walk around in a toy astronaut helmet that conceals him and feeds his dreams.) His face, which looks youthful and old at the same time, is jarring
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‘Princess Cyd’ Director Stephen Cone is the Best Queer Filmmaker Working Today

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‘Princess Cyd’ Director Stephen Cone is the Best Queer Filmmaker Working Today
Princess Cyd” is a delightful gem of a film, a delicate piece of naturalism centered around not one, but two, fully realized women characters. While it may technically be Stephen Cone’s eighth feature, the Chicago-based filmmaker has never seen a film play at Sundance, SXSW, Tiff, or any other major film festival. That’s about to change: With “Princess Cyd” receiving glowing reviews, earning Cone comparisons to the late Jonathan Demme, and an early career retrospective at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), Cone won’t be an outsider much longer.

“I’ve gotten used to the rejections,” Cone told IndieWire during a recent interview. “I’ve learned to be patient. But, I won’t lie, it’s been extremely unusual to fall through what feels like a very special crack in the floor.” Though the major American festivals have so far shut him out, Cone
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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were considered for Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins had competition for the role of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, with both Al Pacino and Robert De Niro also considered.

The Silence of the Lambs remains a classic to this day and one of the most iconic thriller’s Hollywood has ever produced. And while it seemed difficult to see anyone else as Lecter after Hopkins rendition of the character, the recent performance by Mads Mikkelsen as the title character in NBC’s Hannibal series has shown there are other ways of successfully bringing the character to life.

Therefore the news from Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster that two legends of the industry Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were also considered for the role is a little easier to imagine.

Revealing the casting gossip to Deadline, she also mentioned that Dustin Hoffman was also being talked about for the part, but
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The Role Of Hannibal Lecter Could’ve Gone To Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Or Dustin Hoffman

If you enjoy movies of a darker nature, then you may agree with us in saying that not only was The Silence of the Lambs one of the best horror/thriller flicks the 1990’s produced, but perhaps one of the greatest of all time. Admittedly, we could probably talk about the many things that made it special all day, chief among which were Anthony Hopkins’ chilling performance as Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill’s legendary dance scene set to “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus – but let’s talk about the good doctor for a moment, shall we?

As you may know, this wasn’t the first of Thomas Harris’ series of books to have been adapted to film, with Manhunter preceding it in 1986. Furthermore, Brian Cox originally inhabited the role of Lecter, although it was spelled “Lecktor” the first time around.

Anyway, when it came time to get the followup off the ground,
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Jodie Foster Lifts The Lid On ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ At BFI – Q&A

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Jodie Foster Lifts The Lid On ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ At BFI – Q&A
Jodie Foster declared that The Silence Of The Lambs is a "timeless" film that is still "relevant" today as she introduced the Jonathan Demme-directed movie to an audience at the British Film Institute (BFI). In a wide-ranging Q&A on Friday to promote the re-release of the film in the UK, Foster, who played FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the 1991 movie, lifted the lid on the challenges of making the film, the casting of Anthony Hopkins as well as details of her latest…
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The Silence of the Lambs review – psycho-killer Hannibal still chills

Jonathan Demme’s thrilling masterpiece holds up terrifically well after 26 years, as Anthony Hopkins plays perilous mind games with Jodie Foster

It’s a film with the most sensational “entrance” scene in modern film history – and the person doing the entering is entirely still. This is also the least cute meet-cute. FBI rookie Clarice Starling is sent to interview notorious incarcerated serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter in his glass cell, to see if he can be intrigued, or persuaded, or teased, into helping the agency track down another psychotic murderer, nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who is still at large.

We come upon Lecter, along with Clarice, as he stands ramrod straight with his impassive black stare and thin smile, as still as a reptile in his tight-fitting prison fatigues. It’s a measure of the film’s horribly potent entertainment value that we take this preposterous situation seriously as a toughly realist,
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The Silence Of The Lambs: the thinking person's monster movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 3, 2017

As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Silence Of The Lambs

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"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"

The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Returns in Trailer for New Theatrical Restoration

The Silence of the Lambs is not a documentary, but rather a story that stems from an exaggerated version of our own terrible reality,” said our own Willow Maclay this summer when writing about the Best Picture winner. “Clarice Starling is a defining character of her generation for her guile, strength and intelligence in the face of inhumane problems, but more so than an archetype or a hero, she’s an incredibly interesting woman — one of many in the filmography of Jonathan Demme.”

Just in time for Halloween we have a new trailer for a new 4K restoration of the film, and although it’s only currently scheduled to tour the U.K., hopefully we’ll learn of a U.S. run soon. While you binge David Fincher’s Mindhunter, see how Demme perfected the serial killer analysis thriller with the new trailer below.

FBI agent Clarice Starling, a specialist in serial killers,
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
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Oscars Not So White: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Mudbound’ Lead Diverse 2018 Contenders

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It would be lovely to think that last year’s “Moonlight” Oscar wins presaged a long and permanent shift in Hollywood movie culture. At the heart of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. That helps to explain why the Academy voters did far better with their 2017 Oscar nominations than the year before, when their 6,000 members failed to nominate any actors of color at all.

Read More:Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele Among the 774 Invited to Join the Academy As It Pushes for Inclusion

The Academy’s recent diversity push added more younger and international members; its 7,000 voters are now 28 percent women and 13 percent people of color. But will the new membership shifts make a major impact on the 2018 Oscar nominations? Despite the new voters, the organization is still under the
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BFI India on Film presents Death and Deception as part of Thriller season

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The BFI is bringing a special Thriller season! It is a suspense-filled presentation titled BFI Thriller: Who Can You Trust?, that began on 20 October and is running through Sunday 31 December at BFI Southbank, online on BFI Player and at selected venues across the UK. Through October and November, BFI’s India On Film season will join forces with BFI Thriller, screening four, contemporary Indian thrillers which offer powerful social critique and richly diverse insights into criminal worlds.

Talvar (Meghna Gulzar, 2015) is a police procedural based on a real-life double homicide. Starring Irrfan Khan and Konkana Sen Sharma, the film is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case, in which a teenage girl and her family servant were found murdered and her parents were convicted for the crime. The film is directed by maverick, female filmmaker, Meghna Gulzar, who is currently directing Dharma ProductionsRaazi with Alia Bhatt.

NH10 (Navdeep Singh,
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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ 4K Restoration Trailer: Hannibal Lecter Returns to Terrify the Big Screen

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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ 4K Restoration Trailer: Hannibal Lecter Returns to Terrify the Big Screen
Few performances are as iconic as Anthony Hopkins’ turn as Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs.” Hopkins is only on screen for approximately 15 minutes of the two-hour film, and yet his chilling glare and menacing calm are so skin-crawlingly terrifying that he was able to write himself into the movie history books.

Read More:‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Making-Of Documentary: How the ‘Replacement Players’ Made an Enduring Classic

The Silence of the Lambs” is returning to UK theaters next month thanks to a brand new 4K restoration, courtesy of the British Film Institute. For the uninitiated, Jodie Foster plays FBI agent Clarice Starling, whose hunt for the psychopathic serial killer Buffalo Bill leads her to interviewing the dangerous and highly intelligent psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter. But little does Clarice know that Dr. Lecter has something in store for her.

The movie won Oscars in
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‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ Terrifies Again In New Re-Release Trailer

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A riveting, chilling masterpiece, “The Silence Of The Lambs” is perfect nerve-jangler for this time of year. And while fans of Jonathan Demme‘s classic won’t see it on the big screen in time for Halloween, they can keep the holiday’s spirit alive when it returns to the big screen just a few days later in the U.K., in a crisp new 4K restoration.

We all know the story, which follows rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling who is plunged into serial killer case that sees her cross paths the calculatingly maniacal Dr.

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Movie Review: The Snowman

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From Silence of the Lambs (1991), to Zodiac (2007), to Se7en (1995), detective thrillers can prove to be a great escape for the moviegoing audience. It puts us in the shoes of a profession we’ll probably never be in and most of the time it asks us to participate in actively solving the mystery at hand. You usually receive the clues at the same time the characters do and it can be endlessly engaging to help solve the puzzle. When the genre works, it works well. When it doesn’t, you get movies like The Snowman. The intentions might have been to produce a film in the same vein as the previously mentioned thrillers, but The Snowman completely misses the mark. With a plot that is scattered, a terribly miscast group of actors, and shaky direction, The Snowman is a slow-burn that eventually melts from its own stupidity.

The Snowman is inspired
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