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Review: The Snowman (2017)

Ever looked at something and thought where did it all go wrong? Sometimes a movie has everything going for it, a great concept, a great cast, a great crew and some stunning ideas and then it just flat out does not work. Remember Hancock and how it derailed? Or Neveldine/Taylor’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? Well, I’m sad to report that director Tomas Alfredson’s (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let The Right One In) adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s novel The Snowman is a real disappointment to fans of the book and newcomers alike.

From the bleak first scene to the impressive who’s who opening credits backed by Marco Beltrami’s unnerving scoring (which practically melts away into unremarkable territory after this point), this is a film that looks like it could have that lingering Scandinavian Drama/Thriller inspired chill and a real horrific thrill. A
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The Snowman review

Michael Fassbender stars in the adaptation of Jo Nesbo's best-selling thriller, The Snowman. A satisfying mystery for the autumn? Well...

“I apologise for Oslo’s low murder rate,” says a police chief when boozy detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) complains about a lack of satisfying mysteries to solven one bitter winter morning. Fortunately for Hole, the renewed activity of an elusive serial killer soon gives him a case to wrap his big brain around. Unfortunately, the killer also has a macabre interest in Hole’s personal life.

Seemingly triggered by snowfall, a serial killer is kidnapping women across Norway’s cities, leaving their dismembered bodies to be found lying face down in a drift several days later. The killer’s calling card: a snowman in the victim’s front garden, usually oriented to face the house. To crack the case, Hole joins forces with new recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Snowman In St. Louis

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) leads an all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), CHLOË Sevigny (American Horror Story), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo NESBØ’s global bestseller.

For Detective Harry Hole (Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district. From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.

Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones. Succeed, and they will
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Angelina Jolie Still Breaks the Rules: Why ‘First They Killed My Father’ is the Movie No Studio Would Make

Angelina Jolie is basking in a standing ovation at Telluride after the first screening of “First They Killed My Father.” It’s the film she wanted to make: Based on the 2000 memoir of Loung Ung, who was five when the Khmer Rouge forced her family into work camps, it required a $24 million budget, a 60-day shoot, a two-hour, 16-minute cut. The only place she pitched the film is the only one who would let her make it: Netflix.

“She had a very specific view of the story she wanted to tell,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “It’s very traditional. It’s just as resource-intense to make a small film as a big film, where there isn’t much infrastructure in Cambodia. It would have been difficult to get made anywhere, with all local talent. It all pays off on the screen.”

While Jolie’s film may be traditional in some ways,
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Angelina Jolie Still Breaks the Rules: Why ‘First They Killed My Father’ is the Movie No Studio Would Make

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Angelina Jolie is basking in a standing ovation at Telluride after the first screening of “First They Killed My Father.” It’s the film she wanted to make: Based on the 2000 memoir of Loung Ung, who was five when the Khmer Rouge forced her family into work camps, it required a $24 million budget, a 60-day shoot, a two-hour, 16-minute cut. The only place she pitched the film is the only one who would let her make it: Netflix.

“She had a very specific view of the story she wanted to tell,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “It’s very traditional. It’s just as resource-intense to make a small film as a big film, where there isn’t much infrastructure in Cambodia. It would have been difficult to get made anywhere, with all local talent. It all pays off on the screen.”

While Jolie’s film may be traditional in some ways,
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6 Things We Learned at Telluride, Including Oscar Chances for Greta Gerwig, Angelina Jolie, and Gary Oldman

The Telluride Film Festival is about a lot more than Oscars. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger certainly set out to program the year’s likeliest Oscar contenders, including Joe Wright’s Gary Oldman vehicle “Darkest Hour,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” starring Sally Hawkins, and “Battle of the Sexes,” starring a luminous Emma Stone as real-life hero Billie Jean King.

But Telluride was also a crucible for conversations about the state of the motion picture industry throughout the weekend, as Netflix and Amazon threw parties and checked out several high-profile movies without distribution — including Francis Ford Coppola’s musically-enhanced “The Cotton Club Encore” — that banked on the festival boosting their critical and audience cred before top buyers.

Here’s what we learned over the Labor Day weekend:

1. Christian Bale is fat.

The subject of two well-deserved weekend tributes
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6 Things We Learned at Telluride, Including Oscar Chances for Greta Gerwig, Angelina Jolie, and Gary Oldman

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The Telluride Film Festival is about a lot more than Oscars. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger certainly set out to program the year’s likeliest Oscar contenders, including Joe Wright’s Gary Oldman vehicle “Darkest Hour,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” starring Sally Hawkins, and “Battle of the Sexes,” starring a luminous Emma Stone as real-life hero Billie Jean King.

But Telluride was also a crucible for conversations about the state of the motion picture industry throughout the weekend, as Netflix and Amazon threw parties and checked out several high-profile movies without distribution — including Francis Ford Coppola’s musically-enhanced “The Cotton Club Encore” — that banked on the festival boosting their critical and audience cred before top buyers.

Here’s what we learned over the Labor Day weekend:

1. Christian Bale is fat.

The subject of two well-deserved weekend tributes
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‘First They Killed My Father’ Review: Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian Drama Is Her Best Film

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‘First They Killed My Father’ Review: Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian Drama Is Her Best Film
“First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” is the movie that Angelina Jolie has been working toward for the duration of her short filmmaking career. With each directing effort, Jolie has dismantled any semblance of the glossy stardom that burdens her reputation. Her slick 2011 debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey” was a grim tale of star-crossed lovers set against the Bosnian war, while 2014’s survival saga “Unbroken” had the scope and visceral intensity of a WWII epic. “By the Sea” was an uneven expressionistic romance in which she co-starred alongside then-husband Brad Pitt, but it hardly glamorized the couple’s insular world.

Now comes a more focused, involving work than any of her earlier efforts, a taut wartime tale about surviving the Khmer Rouge that’s rooted in a child’s perspective rather than a simplistic, westernized gaze. Despite a few missteps, it’s the
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The Top 12 Composers of the 21st Century, From Hans Zimmer to Nick Cave

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The Top 12 Composers of the 21st Century, From Hans Zimmer to Nick Cave
In an age where special effects reign supreme, there’s one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn’t gone through a radical transformation — music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century.

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Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn’t make the cut — Danny Elfman and John Williams, we’re looking at you — but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.

Hans Zimmer
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30 Things We Learned from James Mangold’s ‘3:10 to Yuma’ Commentary

“No one, and I mean no one wanted to make this movie.”

James Mangold delivered one of this year’s best films with Logan, and among its many acclaimed aspects is its vibe and feel of a modern-day western. It’s something he’s done before with Cop Land, but Mangold also made a point of directing an actual western as well.

Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for…

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Commentator: James Mangold (director)

1. He assumes the first question we might have for him regarding this film is “why” make a remake at all? “That original film had had such power on me ever since I saw it when I was seventeen years old, and I felt that the story could have power again in a very relevant way now.”

2. While he thinks most remakes are motivated by greed in his eyes for easy, recognizable
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Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace to Star in Michael Mann’s Ferrari Biopic

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Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace to Star in Michael Mann’s Ferrari Biopic
Michael Mann’s Ferrari movie may make it to the finish line after all. Hugh Jackman is now in negotiations to star as Enzo Ferrari in the biopic, with Noomi Rapace playing his estranged wife Linda; Christian Bale was previously attached to the long-in-the-making film, but departed early last year due to a scheduling conflict.

Read More: Michael Mann Once Again Eyes Directing Movie About Crime Kingpins Tony Accardo & Sam Giancana

Troy Kennedy-Martin (“The Italian Job,” “Edge of Darkness”) wrote the screenplay, which takes place in 1957 and is based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari, the Man, the Cars, the Races.” Mann first began working on the project in the very early aughts, initially in collaboration with the late Sydney Pollack.

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Jackman most recently starred in “Logan,” of course, while
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Film Critics Pick the Best Superhero Movie Performance — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Film Critics Pick the Best Superhero Movie Performance — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

Iconic, textured, and scarred beneath the surface, Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Logan puts the “human” in “superhuman.” In honor of his recent farewell as the man formerly known as Wolverine, we’ve asked our panel of critics to name the best performance in the history of superhero movies.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance for Vox, Vulture, the Verge

My head tells me the correct answer is probably something like Heath Ledger’s swan song as “The Dark Knight”‘s rabid Joker or Michelle Pfeiffer as the kinked-up Catwoman in “Batman Returns.” But my heart’s in a cage — Nic Cage, to be specific. I recently revisited the
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Rose McGowan Composed an Alternative National Anthem Called ‘Planet 9’ — Listen

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Rose McGowan Composed an Alternative National Anthem Called ‘Planet 9’ — Listen
Dazed recently asked 12 different artists to compose alternative national anthems, Rose McGowan among them. The actress, director and singer responded to that call to action with the spoken-word piece “Planet 9,” a feminist anthem she describes as a “new place where we are all safe and loved.” Listen below.

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Here’s McGowan’s statement about her song: “I feel like women have not been able to properly mourn what it means to lose to this man and all men, continually. This one feels particularly vicious, but what he’s about is what we’ve been saying all along. The system is rigged against women. I wanted to give voice to our emotions and thoughts. I’ve spoken to so many women about how we are not represented in the media in the aftermath of the election.

“Trans bathrooms,
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‘Deadpool 2’ Teaser Airing Before ‘Logan’ Spoofs Superman and ‘True Romance’ — Watch

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‘Deadpool 2’ Teaser Airing Before ‘Logan’ Spoofs Superman and ‘True Romance’ — Watch
Hugh Jackman’s “Logan” opened in theaters this Friday, and moviegoers were treated to a special teaser featuring Deadpool. In the clip, the superhero spoofs Superman and the iconic 1993 film “True Romance.”

Read More: ‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie

In the teaser, Wade Wilson witnesses an armed robbery as he walks down a run-down street. After vowing that this will not happen on his watch, he runs to a nearby phone booth to change into his Deadpool costume —very much like Superman does— as John William’s iconic score from the 1978 superhero movie plays in the background. But unfortunately, the superhero spends too much time putting on his uniform and by the time he’s ready he hears a gunshot and then finds the victim dead.

The clip, which features a cameo by Marvel comic-book legend Stan Lee,
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‘Logan’ Composer Marco Beltrami on R-Rated Wolverine Minimalist Score

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‘Logan’ Composer Marco Beltrami on R-Rated Wolverine Minimalist Score
Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold both wanted to end the Wolverine saga on a grace note. The fact that it’s uncompromisingly brutal (fully justifying its R-rating) only reinforces the final salvation. It’s their version of western classic “Shane,” and the minimalist score from Marco Beltrami (Oscar-nominated for “The Hurt Locker”) hits the right emotional chord.

“I knew it was going to be tricky because the visuals were going to lead and the music played more of a textural role,” Beltrami told IndieWire. “Jim didn’t want a [traditional] thematic score — he wanted an emotionally supportive score. So there was a delicate balance, and I experimented with some unique instruments for it.”

For “The Old Man Logan” theme (which you can listen to below courtesy of Lakeshore Records), this included Hammond organ, glass harmonica, and drum kits. This established the world-weary mood of the mutant hiding out in a
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‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie

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‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie
Logan” will open huge this weekend, but the well-reviewed R-rated “Wolverine” sequel starring Hugh Jackman will provide Hollywood with something it needs more than great box office: It means permission to challenge the status quo.

Studios are in trouble. Box office is down four percent for the year to date — and the main culprit is combining familiar franchise properties with tried-and-true formulas.

Of course, “Logan” is the 10th installment in the “X-Men” franchise, which 20th Century Fox launched 16 years ago with producer Lauren Shuler Donner. But “Wolverine” director James Mangold didn’t direct it like a sequel.

Here’s how Mangold threw out the studio rulebook — and why Fox let him.

1. Get the backing of a major star.

Immediately after finishing “Wolverine” in 2013, Jackman and Mangold had a chat: Did they want to do this movie again? “If there was one, it would be his last one,” Mangold told me in a telephone interview.
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 2 Soundtrack: Relive the ‘Lemonade’ Tribute, ‘Greg’s Drinking Song’ and More Gems

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 2 Soundtrack: Relive the ‘Lemonade’ Tribute, ‘Greg’s Drinking Song’ and More Gems
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” may not be returning for a while, but at least we can relive every moment from Season 2.

The show has released the soundtrack for the second season on iTunes and lists 34 songs, including the tribute to Beyonce’s “Lemonade” called “Love Kernels,” “Greg’s Drinking Song,” the Jewish homage “Remember That We Suffered,” “Period Sex,” and many more beautiful earworms.

Read More: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 2: Series Creator on Crazy Finale Twists and What to Expect From Season 3

Here’s a reminder of a few of the gems:

The album also includes five demo versions of songs as bonus tracks: the Jack Dolgen demos for “Sex Toys” and “It’s Not Difficult to Define Miss Douche,” Adam Schlesinger’s demo for the new theme song “I’m Just a Girl in Love,” and Rachel Bloom’s demos for “Santa Ana Winds 6 am” and “Rebecca’s Reprise.”

The soundtrack
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‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to Be Adapted into a Global TV Series

‘Like Water for Chocolate’ to Be Adapted into a Global TV Series
Like Water for Chocolate,” the best-selling novel that was turned into a hit movie, will now be adapted as a TV project.

Endemol Shine Studios announced Thursday that it had acquired the rights to “Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate),” by Laura Esquivel, to adapt as a global television franchise.

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The book will be turned into an English language series, but Endemol Shine plans to adapt it in other languages, as well.

“It fills me with joy to know that Like Water for Chocolate will be brought to television screens throughout the world,” Esquivel said in a statement.

Added Endemol Shine Studios President Sharon Hall: “The opportunity to adapt this beloved novel is a privilege. Laura’s epic love story has all the ingredients of a breakthrough drama.”

Like Water for Chocolate,
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“Logan” is one of the best comic book adaptations of all time

It’s rare that a comic book or superhero movie becomes truly critically acclaimed and catches on with awards season. It happened with The Dark Knight, for example. To a lesser extent, it happened last year with Deadpool. This week, Logan opens and very well might become the next. This is not only one of the most mature outings of this nature, it’s one of the most violent as well. Closer to a western than an action flick, it’s really something special. Fans of Wolverine will both be delighted and shocked at what everyone has accomplished here. This film really gets 2017 going. The year has its first actually great movie now. The film is the latest in a long line of X-Men sequels, while also functioning as a third solo Wolverine flick. It’s a loose adaptation of the Old Man Logan storyline, set in the future and
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Exclusive: Stream Marco Beltrami’s “X-24” From The ‘Logan’ Soundtrack

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Logan” is not your standard superhero movie, and in fact, it shakes off many off the tropes we’ve come to associate with the genre. James Mangold‘s film offers a despairing view of Wolverine, a broken man, who’s chasing his demons down the bottle, in a picture that often feels more like a western than your average blockbuster. It’s those qualities that make the film so unique, and the aim to do something different carried over to the score, with Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami (“3:10 To Yuma,” “The Hurt Locker“) meeting the challenge head-on.

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