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Feathers and Female Transformations: Becoming-Animal in ‘Black Swan’

20 April 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Darren Aronofsky’s film portrays the horror and violence of becoming a different species.

When I first watched Darren Aronofsky’s 2011 film Black Swan, I immediately knew that it was the kind of film that required multiple viewings. Naturally, I went back to the theater and watched it again before buying a DVD copy which I have since worn out with repeated viewings. Black Swan is a dense and layered film, with so much to focus on: the theme of doubles and doppelgangers, the prominence of mirrors, the way the plot matches the story of Swan Lake, the meticulously crafted visuals, and the film’s obsession with differing expressions of femininity. However, it wasn’t until I took a class focusing on Animals in Cinema that I realized this film deals with a woman’s literal transformation into a swan. Nina’s (Natalie Portman) transformation into a swan neatly matches up with French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and »

- Angela Morrison

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Electric Boogaloo, the wild untold story of Cannon Films

8 April 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Director and documentarian Mark Hartley scores both a film history and comedy success with this ‘wild, untold’ account of the 1980s film studio that was both revered and despised by everyone who had contact with it. The ‘cast list’ of interviewees is encyclopedic, everybody has a strong opinion, and some of them don’t need four-letter words to describe their experience!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

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2014 / Color / 1:77 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / Available from Umbrella Entertainment / 34.99

Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Dan Wolman, Daniel Loewenthal, David Del Valle, David Paulsen, David Sheehan, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Always in Style – The Forgotten Roles of Michael Caine

5 April 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

“You’re were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” is and will always be Michael Caine’s most iconic line of all time, uttered in the 1969 British Caper The Italian Job. With a career spanning a hefty 64 years between 1953 and 2017, Caine hits our screens yet again this week starring opposite Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin in Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 heist comedy directed by Zach Braff. It tells the story of a trio of retirees who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are cancelled, proving he isn’t quite ready to hang up his acting shoes to start drawing his own pension.

At the tender age of 84 the man previously known as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, now known as Sir Michael Caine after being knighted by the queen in 2000, has starred in a staggering 125 films in his career to date. His »

- Zehra Phelan

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Film History Royalty: Jean-Pierre Léaud as Louis Xiv

31 March 2017 10:52 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The 400 Blows. Courtesy of ShutterstockFor many directors, casting decisions are a crucial part of the writing process. They set the parameters in which the character can develop itself. Fundamentally, a good casting decision can make a character transcend its own scripted ambitions into wonderful, unexpected territories. But bad casting, as we know, can cripple not just a character’s potential but the entire film. It’s hard to talk about casting choices as creative decisions since they are so ingrained within certain creative impulses—the decision of choosing a particular actor over another can be based on mere gut feeling, a hunch, or an intellectual response. But of course, it can also depend (as it often does in large budget films) on an actor’s status, reputation or his or her monetary value. As we get to know actors, we see them typecast or cast against type but sometimes »

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The Ultimate Crossroad: The Trouble with "Silence"

28 March 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.—Flannery O’Connor The mist uncovers Japanese soldiers as well as the grim sight of severed heads by the side of the hot springs where Catholic priests are being tortured. A priest kneels down in horror, almost catatonic, unable to bring himself to believe in the evilness of these men, the men of the Inquisitor. Why are these priests, who came to this “swamp of Japan” to spread the Word of the Lord, suffering so immensely on the hands of these soldiers?To the modern, secular audience, the theme of Silence (2016) is of great irony: the all-powerful Catholic Church, the institution that spread terror across Europe for 700 years with her bonfires and witch hunts and enforcing an almost maddening outlook at faith and personal behavior, comes to an unconquerable land where »

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Wamg Giveaway – Win The 9th Life Of Louis Drax on Blu-ray

8 February 2017 7:50 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The 9th Life Of Louis Drax was released on DVD and Blu-ray February 7, 2017 and is also available on Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes.

Now you can own the Blu-ray of The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie directed by Alexandre Aja? (mine is Piranha 3D). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses.  No P.O. Boxes.  No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

No purchase necessary   

On Louis Drax’s ninth birthday, he takes a terrible fall and is nearly killed. This would be traumatic enough for anyone, but what is especially alarming is that this is only the latest in a long »

- Tom Stockman

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Beaches: 19 Changes Made in Lifetime’s Small Screen Remake of the 1988 Classic Tearjerker

21 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lifetime’s remake of the classic 1988 tearjerker Beaches aired Saturday night — with Broadway star Idina Menzel and Big Momma’s House Nia Long stepping into the iconic roles of entertainer C.C. Bloom and her aristocratic Bff Hillary Whitney — made famous on screen by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

The made-for-tv movie did an excellent job of capturing the ups and downs of a 30-year friendship, staying true to most of plot points in the Garry Marshall feature and Iris Rainer Dart’s original book. (Spoiler alert: that death is still there, and it’s just as devastating).

But there »

- Dave Quinn

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Lifetime's Beaches Remake: Was It Everything You Would Like It To Be?

21 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Lifetime braved sacred waters on Saturday night, serving up a remake of Beaches, the fondly remembered 1988 feature film that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.

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In this version, Tony winner Idina Menzel and Nia Long played Cc Bloom and Hillary Whitney, who as young girls first met not in Atlantic City but on the Venice Beach boardwalk, where they instantly formed a friendship that would first be tested by distance. Yet despite Hillary attending boarding school across the country in Connecticut, and then attending Harvard, the two »

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Allison Anders on Why Remaking ‘Beaches’ Made Sense, And What She’s Learned From Directing TV

21 January 2017 8:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Lifetime asked iconic indie filmmaker Allison Anders to direct the network’s “Beaches” remake, the director found herself in an interesting position: She’d never seen Garry Marshall’s 1988 melodrama.

“In fact, I can say this to IndieWire — I was like, ‘Well fuck no, I haven’t seen “Beaches.” That’s everything my generation of filmmakers was against,'” Anders said.

Read More: ‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo

Nonetheless, she decided to check out the original, and found herself deeply surprised by Marshall’s depiction of the decades-long bond between Cc (Idina Menzel in the remake, originally played by Bette Midler) and Hillary (Nia Long in the remake, originally played by Barbara Hershey). “I feel like the messiness is what was appealing to me, and that they endure through that messiness,” Anders said. “I mean, that’s the key, the endurance of the friendship. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Allison Anders on Why Remaking ‘Beaches’ Made Sense, And What She’s Learned From Directing TV

21 January 2017 8:18 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

When Lifetime asked iconic indie filmmaker Allison Anders to direct the network’s “Beaches” remake, the director found herself in an interesting position: She’d never seen Garry Marshall’s 1988 melodrama.

“In fact, I can say this to IndieWire — I was like, ‘Well fuck no, I haven’t seen “Beaches.” That’s everything my generation of filmmakers was against,'” Anders said.

Read More: ‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo

Nonetheless, she decided to check out the original, and found herself deeply surprised by Marshall’s depiction of the decades-long bond between Cc (Idina Menzel in the remake, originally played by Bette Midler) and Hillary (Nia Long in the remake, originally played by Barbara Hershey). “I feel like the messiness is what was appealing to me, and that they endure through that messiness,” Anders said. “I mean, that’s the key, the endurance of the friendship. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Can Lifetime’s Beaches Do the Movie Beaches Any Justice?

21 January 2017 5:46 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?  It’s something you’re going to be hearing Idina Menzel belt out on Lifetime tonight at 8pm.  In what seems to be a fairly big surprise to a lot of Beaches fans, Lifetime is doing a reboot of the classic movie Beaches that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.  Only this Beaches is starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long.  From what I can gather there’s a collective “sigh” from about 50% of people and another collective “this should be interesting” from the others. We all know how amazing Idina Menzel’s voice is and

Can Lifetime’s Beaches Do the Movie Beaches Any Justice? »

- Nat Berman

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Idina Menzel Previews Lifetime's "Daunting" Beaches Remake

20 January 2017 1:00 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Idina Menzel knows just how you feel about Lifetime's Beaches remake. "It's exciting, it's scary too because it's such a beloved movie. People, including myself, saw it back in the day and loved it…I just hope people will open their hearts and realize we think it's like an homage to the original, sort of just an update, it's exciting," she told E! News. Menzel is taking on the role of Cc, the role Bette Midler made famous in the film version. Nia Long also stars as Hillary, the role Barbara Hershey played. The movie follows the friendship of Cc and Hillary, from their first meeting through decades and varying degrees of ups and downs. The classic songs, like "Wind Beneath My »

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New vs. Classic 'Beaches': 13 Changes Lifetime Made to the Beloved Tearjerker

20 January 2017 7:50 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Warning: Spoiler alert! If you've never watched Beaches, read at your own risk.

We still haven't stopped crying 30 years after Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey starred in late director Garry Marshall's crushing cult classic Beaches.

Now, with Frozen star Idina Menzel playing Midler's iconic "C.C." Bloom role and Nia Long as her ailing best friend, Hillary Whitney, the gut punch of a weepie has returned thanks to a Lifetime remake (hey, ladies and gay men, it's not bad!) to offer new generations of sad-movie lovers years of sloppy sobfests.

Though the 1988 dramedy's themes of friendship, loyalty and loss remain intact, check out some of the major changes made to this contemporary take on the ultimate chick flick.

1. No Letter Writing Because 2017 and Smartphones

Good ol' letter writing was a delightful pastime -- and one of Beaches' now-nostalgic charms -- until email, iPhones and smiling poop emojis forever changed communication. Though we never »

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Idina Menzel And Nia Long On Why Now Is The Perfect Time For Their Updated ‘Beaches’ TV Movie

17 January 2017 1:32 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Now is the perfect time for a movie about friendship, according to “Beaches” stars Idina Menzel and Nia Long. The ladies are taking on the iconic roles made famous in 1988 by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey for a new TV movie reboot airing on Lifetime. “This is a good time to remind people how […] »

- Rachel West

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Et Obsessions: ‘Split,’ ‘The Young Pope’ and ‘Beaches’ Remake

16 January 2017 7:45 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 16-22, this is what we’re most excited about:

The Young Pope

Ridiculous is just about everyone’s consensus (see: The New York Times and The Av Club) when it comes to HBO’s new miniseries, The Young Pope, starring Jude Law as Pope Pius Xiii, who is not only the youngest leader of the Catholic Church, but also the first American. While director Paolo Sorrentino’s farce verges on camp and indulges a juvenile sense of humor (Diane Keaton’s Sister Mary owns a T-shirt that reads “I’m a Virgin, But This Is an Old Shirt”), Law keeps it balanced with a delicious performance -- and we’re still intrigued by the dancing Greenlanders that appear later in series.

More: Jude Law Reveals Why He Turned Down the Role of Superman

The Young Pope airs Sundays at 9 p »

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Why Idina Menzel Was Hesitant to Join Lifetime's Beaches Remake

13 January 2017 1:28 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

In a week's time, fans will get to see Idina Menzel and Nia Long do their best Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey when Lifetime's remake of the iconic Garry Marshall film Beaches premieres. But stepping into Midler's shoes—and taking on "Wind Beneath My Wings"—wasn't exactly something the Broadway vet was looking to take on. "Well, if you've noticed, I've never—I don't usually do revivals. There's a reason. Because I'm terrified," she told reporters during the remake's panel at the 2017 Winter TCA Press Tour. "I'm scared s--t to do that. I like to originate so I don't have to walk in someone else's footsteps, which is why this is actually a »

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‘Beaches’ Cast, Producers on Why They Remade ’80s Classic

13 January 2017 12:29 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The cast and filmmakers of Lifetime’s “Beaches” remake addressed why they decided to shoot a new version of Garry Marshall’s classic 1988 movie that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. “This is like phenomenal, raw art now, compared to what women get to do on the screen presently,” director Alison Anders said of the first time she saw the original film, while presenting her remake at the Television Critics’ Association’s press tour on Friday. “It was completely female-driven… and the friendship was so messy, I was shocked, watching it, even all these years later,” Anders said. “It was like, »

- Linda Ge

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Why Lifetime Is Rebooting 'Beaches'

13 January 2017 12:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

When Lifetime announced that it was rebooting Beaches with Idina Menzel and Nia Long, the TV movie was met with a series of questions, among them: Why would the female-driven cable network rework the Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey classic?

The cable network's creative team told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that they were daunted to adapt the Garry Marshall feature film but see new opportunities to reach younger viewers and tell a timely story.

"There's a whole young generation of kids who haven't seen Beaches," said Menzel, calling the reboot an "homage." "But if »

- Lesley Goldberg

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