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More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals

4 July 2017 11:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

(See previous post: Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year.) On the evening of the Fourth of July, besides fireworks, fire hazards, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, if you're watching TCM in the U.S. and Canada, there's the following: Peter H. Hunt's 1776 (1972), a largely forgotten film musical based on the Broadway hit with music by Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, who was recently on TCM talking about 1776 and a couple of other movies (A Thousand Clowns, Dodsworth), has one of the key roles as John Adams. Howard Da Silva, blacklisted for over a decade after being named a communist during the House Un-American Committee hearings of the early 1950s (Robert Taylor was one who mentioned him in his testimony), plays Benjamin Franklin. Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, a role he would reprise in John Huston's 1976 short Independence. (In the short, Pat Hingle was cast as John Adams; Eli Wallach was Benjamin Franklin.) Warner »

- Andre Soares

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Recommended Films in Times of Madness: Singing Kidnappers and Dancing Puerto Ricans Will Make You Forget Ballistic Missiles

4 July 2017 11:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Fourth of July movies: A few recommended titles that should help you temporarily escape current global madness Two thousand and seventeen has been a weirder-than-usual year on the already pretty weird Planet Earth. Unsurprisingly, this Fourth of July, the day the United States celebrates its Declaration of Independence from the British Empire, has been an unusual one as well. Instead of fireworks, (at least some) people's attention has been turned to missiles – more specifically, a carefully timed North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test indicating that Kim Jong-un could theoretically gain (or could already have?) the capacity to strike North America with nuclear weapons. Then there were right-wing trolls & history-deficient Twitter users berating National Public Radio for tweeting the Declaration of Independence, 140 characters at a time. Besides, a few days ago the current U.S. president retweeted a video of himself body-slamming and choking a representation of CNN – courtesy of a gif originally created by a far-right Internet »

- Andre Soares

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Game Of Thrones season 7: new trailer breakdown and analysis

21 June 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Jun 22, 2017

We break down the second Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer, figuring out who is fighting whom... and who might just be teaming up!

Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 6.

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Thank the gods old and new, the Seven and the weirwood. Hell, maybe even throw a little praise R'hllor’s way while we’re at it! Because even that fiery demon god seemed chill with giving us a second full Game of Thrones season 7 trailer. And considering how mum HBO and the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been this year, we didn’t even expect that!

Yes, the second trailer is here and with Ramin Djawadi’s haunting season 6 finale music from Cersei’s trial (aka “she just killed everyone! »

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How Mark Hamill wanted to change Han Solo’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens death

25 May 2017 6:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One of Episode VII’s most important scenes comes towards the end of the picture when Kylo Ren murders his father Han Solo on Starkiller Base with Rey and Finn watching from afar. It was a tragic moment to be sure, and a pretty grim way to say goodbye to Harrison Ford’s much beloved and iconic character.

Well it turns out that Mark Hamill, whose own legendary character, Luke, was revealed in the film’s final moments, thought he had a better idea for Han’s death. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hamill explains in detail what he wanted to occur, with Luke and Leia to be present at the scene of the crime.

“Now, remember, one of the plots in the earlier films was the telepathic communication between my sister and me,” Hamill explains. “So I thought, Carrie will sense that Han is in danger and try to contact me. »

- Samuel Brace

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The Scariest Scenes in TV History — IndieWire Critics Survey

23 May 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the scariest moment or scene on TV?

Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire

Though there are moments within “Penny Dreadful” (the seance) and “The X-Files” (“Home”) that left me spooked, the title for scariest TV scene has to go to the only show to give me nightmares — actual, legitimate nightmares. After watching the first two episodes of “Hannibal,” I woke up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat and haunted by a bright red room with blood running down the walls — twice! Two weeks in a row, “Hannibal” ruined my peaceful slumber, and I had to stop watching the show live (and during the night entirely). Each week, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Scariest Scenes in TV History — IndieWire Critics Survey

23 May 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the scariest moment or scene on TV?

Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire

Though there are moments within “Penny Dreadful” (the seance) and “The X-Files” (“Home”) that left me spooked, the title for scariest TV scene has to go to the only show to give me nightmares — actual, legitimate nightmares. After watching the first two episodes of “Hannibal,” I woke up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat and haunted by a bright red room with blood running down the walls — twice! Two weeks in a row, “Hannibal” ruined my peaceful slumber, and I had to stop watching the show live (and during the night entirely). Each week, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Pelle the Conqueror

16 May 2017 11:35 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Bille August’s 1987 award winner is yet another full cinema meal, a deeply satisfying drama about working conditions among Scandinavian immigrants back when being poor was a life sentence. Max von Sydow’s performance is stunning, as an aging stock tender forced to begin again as a veritable serf. He and his good son Pelle are surrounded by little dramas dealing with injustices among the workers and servants, as well as between the landholders in the big farmhouse.

Pelle the Conqueror

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1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 150 min. / Pelle erobreren / Street Date May 30, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Pelle Hvenegaard, Max von Sydow, Erik Paaske, Bjorn Granath, Astrid Villaume, Axel Strobye, Troels Asmussen, Kristina Tornqvist, Karen Wegener, Sofie Grabol, Lars Simonsen, Buster Larsen, John Wittig, Troels Munk, Nis Bank-Mikkelsen.

Cinematography: Jörgen Persson

Film Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen

Original Music: Stefan Nilsson

Written by Bille August, Per Olov Enquist, Max Lundgren, Bjarne Reuter

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- Glenn Erickson

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‘Conan the Barbarian’ at 35: How Darth Vader Helped Arnold Schwarzenegger Beat the Muscle Man Stereotype

13 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films have grossed $1.9 billion in North America. Among his classics are James Cameron’s 1984’s “The Terminator”; 1991’s “The Terminator 2: Judgment Day”; and 1994’s “True Lies,” as well as such hits as 1987’s “Predator” and 2012’s “The Expendables 2.”

His movie catch phrases such as “I’ll be back”; “Hasta la Vista, Baby”; and “Get to the chopper” have become part of the pop culture lexicon.

Schwarzenegger even served as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. And has recently has gone mano y mano in a Twitter feud with President Trump. Guess who won?

But would he have been as big a star — let alone as governor — without his breakout role in John Milius’ “Conan the Barbarian”? The violent, erotic R-rated sword-and-fantasy adventure based on the stories of 1930’s pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard opened in 1,400 theaters on May 14, 1982. Though reviews were decidedly mixed — Variety »

- Susan King

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Pelle The Conqueror Screens This Weekend at Webster University

26 April 2017 6:48 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You’ll have to go without me, Pelle. I don’t have strength to travel anymore. I’m too old. Too old. I don’t have a future. Do you understand?”

Pelle The Conqueror (1987) screens Friday April 28th through Sunday April 30th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30 all three evenings.

In the Oscar-winning classic Pelle The Conqueror, Lassefar (Max von Sydow), an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle (Belle Hvenegaard), join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark’s Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship, which sustains them through a difficult year. Pelle The Conqueror offers a deep insight into the life of immigrants from one country of Scandenavia to the other. »

- Tom Stockman

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Pelle The Conqueror (1987) Screens This Weekend at Webster University

25 April 2017 7:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You’ll have to go without me, Pelle. I don’t have strength to travel anymore. I’m too old. Too old. I don’t have a future. Do you understand?”

Pelle The Conqueror (1987) screens Friday April 28th through Sunday April 30th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30 all three evenings.

In the Oscar-winning classic Pelle The Conqueror, Lassefar (Max von Sydow), an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle (Belle Hvenegaard), join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark’s Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship, which sustains them through a difficult year. Pelle The Conqueror offers a deep insight into the life of immigrants from one country of Scandenavia to the other. »

- Tom Stockman

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16 April 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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Woody is killed in a bloody gun ambush. Woody becomes president. Woody appears to tear a hole in the movie screen and “escapes” into the theater. »

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Mark Hamill would have had Luke and Leia present during Han’s death in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

16 April 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During Star Wars Celebration on Friday, Mark Hamill had some very interesting comments regarding the amount of screen time for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, mentioning that he would have introduced the classic character much earlier as well as offering up a suggestion that would have upped the emotional ante of one of the blockbuster’s most emotional moments.

Speaking to Fandango on the red carpet of Star Wars Celebration, Hamill said that by introducing Luke earlier the character and Princess Leia could have been a part of Han Solo’s death sequence, stating that “We’re too late to save him, but (are) witnesses” and that it would “carry so much emotional resonance into the next film” if he and Leia were there alongside “two characters that have known him, what, 20 minutes?”

See Also: Mark Hamill on the end of the Jedi and whether Luke »

- Robert Kojder

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William Hurt, Bob Balaban Join Audience Network Series ‘Condor’

12 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

William Hurt and Bob Balaban have joined the main cast of the upcoming Audience Network series “Condor,” Variety has learned.

Written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, the series will follow Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Smilovic also serves as showrunner and Katzberg executive produces alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Larry Trilling and Marcy RossMGM Television and Skydance Television will produce while the series was developed in association with Paramount TV.

Hurt will play Bob Partridge, a decorated CIA field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. He’s tried to make changes for the better while at the CIA, including recruiting a team of the country’s top young minds to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to some of the United States’ most intractable problems. Balaban »

- Joe Otterson

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Mark Hamill voices Han Solo in Bad Lip Reading of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

7 April 2017 8:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The folks at Bad Lip Reading have secured a very special guest for their latest video, as Mark Hamill channels his best Harrison Ford to lend his voice to Han Solo in the Bad Lip Reading of Star Wars: The Force Awakens; check it out here…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Ken Leung (Lost), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day »

- Gary Collinson

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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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Bleed For This: Sporting Injuries On Film

30 March 2017 8:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every sensible person loves a good sports movie. Hell, even people who can’t abide actual sport can’t fail to be roused by the Rocky overture or, um, The Mighty Ducks. An occupational hazard in a sports film, though, is the increased likelihood of a bone-crunching or leg-snapping injury, something that is never more clearly illustrated than in the brilliantly visceral, utterly absorbing boxing thriller Bleed For This, available digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD from March 27th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution, and as showcased in the below list of ‘look away now’ moments from sporting cinema:

Bleed For This (2016)

This underdog story starring Miles Teller as you’ve never seen before, documents one of sport’s most incredible comebacks. The film follows the cocky and sure footed Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who teams up with one of the sport’s most »

- The Hollywood News

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J.J. Abrams discusses showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to terminally ill fans

27 February 2017 2:21 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Throughout the lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens it was repeatedly noted, and rightfully so, that Disney and director J.J. Abrams made a touching decision to screen the film prior to the general public for terminally ill fans who would possibly unfortunately pass away by the time the monumentally anticipated next entry in the saga would be released to theaters.

This week, Abrams spoke to LAGoss regarding the decision (specifically referencing Daniel Fleetwood) and what it meant to him, saying: “He was one of a number of people who were tragically not going to live to see the release of the movie. It was very important to us that those who were reaching out to us, as much as we could – and we couldn’t get everyone of course – got a chance to see the movie even though it was unfinished. So there were »

- Robert Kojder

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Sideshow unveils Rey and Bb-8 Premium Format Figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

17 February 2017 2:12 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sideshow has unveiled its Rey Premium Format figure which is based on the likeness of Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with promotional images for the upcoming Bb-8 Premium Format figure. The Collectibles are available to pre-order now, priced at $479.99 (Rey) and $284.99 (Bb-8) or can be bought as a bundle with a $40.00 discount; check them out below…

See Also: Force Friday II gives us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

 

Standing 20 tall from the bottom of her sandy base to the tip of her trademark staff, this limited edition Premium Format Figure captures Reys likeness so perfectly that it is almost like a snapshot of a moment in time. The beautiful and thoroughly lifelike portrait of Daisy Ridley, with her determined expression and intricately sculpted hair, is utterly entrancing. Every piece of her outfit has been painstakingly »

- Amie Cranswick

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First Order Stormtrooper Egg Attack figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens revealed

11 February 2017 2:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story figure reveals, we now have a look at Diamond Comic Distributors and Beast Kingdom have now unveiled their Previews Exclusive Egg Attack action figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens which includes a Megablaster Heavy Assault Trooper and a Riot Control Stormtrooper; check them out here…

See Also: Star Wars 40th anniversary Black Series figures revealed by Hasbro

You’ll be able to build your own First Order army with these highly mobile Storm Trooper figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Artists designed both figures to be true to the film: they’re equipped with the standard First Order blaster pistol, as well as a repeating blaster. Both Stormtroopers come with removable vests and three sets of interchangeable hands for enhanced customization.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams »

- Amie Cranswick

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Max Irons to lead the cast of Three Days Of The Condor TV remake

6 February 2017 11:29 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Max Irons, star of TV’s The White Queen and the upcoming Bitter Harvest, has been cast in the new TV remake of Three Days Of The Condor. The TV event will be an update of Sydney Pollack’s iconic 1975 political thriller, which starred Robert Redford in the lead role.

Here’s the plot.

On a seemingly ordinary day, Joe Turner (Robert Redford), a quiet CIA codebreaker, walks into his workplace and finds that all of his coworkers have been murdered. Horrified, Joe flees the scene and tries to tell his supervisors about the tragedy. Unfortunately, he soon learns that CIA higher-ups were involved in the murders. With no one to trust, and a merciless hit man (Max von Sydow) close on his tail, Joe must somehow survive long enough to figure out why his own agency wants him dead.

Deadline reports that the new version sees Turner as an »

- Paul Heath

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