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Every Time the Letter "A" Appears on The Walking Dead - and What It Means

Villain squads come and go on The Walking Dead, but there's one thing most of them seem to have in common: a fascination with the letter "A." Throughout the series's most recent seasons, the letter-slash-symbol has cropped up in some mighty conspicuous places - most recently, with Jadis painting it on the door of Rick's holding cell at her heap - and although the contexts have been very different, there seem to be a couple of common themes in the scenes involved with the letter's appearance. From physical captivity to tests of humanity, there's a lot to unpack from just a single letter. Since we don't think they're trying to pull off some massive Pretty Little Liars homage right now, let's take a look at what that alphabetical icon of the show might really mean. Season 4, Episode 16: "A" The first appearance comes along in the season four finale -
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Forbidden Tomes: New World Demons – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Bleak American Fables

When one is in the mood for a romantic stroll through autumnal New England, the stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne offer transport. His fables and novels evoke that era with atmosphere, bringing the reader into a landscape of brisk wind and rich colors, surrounded by the possibility of enigmatic sorcery. Amongst the dying forests and chilly winds, his characters encounter demonic entities, ghosts, and their darkest temptations. His collection of Twice Told Tales, published at the start of his career, showcases a broad example of his themes.

Some of Hawthorne's tales are simply depictions of pastoral New England life; describing a child’s view of her small town in “Little Annie’s Ramble,” or observing village courtship as a storm approaches in “Sights from a Steeple.” Morality inspires and buoys almost all of his substantial stories, often in rather surprising ways. When writing about the Puritans, whose culture is based on infamously rigid moral standards,
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‘In the Blood’ Theater Review: Suzan-Lori Parks Reimagines Hester Prynne as Welfare Mom

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‘In the Blood’ Theater Review: Suzan-Lori Parks Reimagines Hester Prynne as Welfare Mom
Several years before she won the Pulitzer Prize for “Topdog/Underdog,” Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a pair of plays seeking to riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlett Letter.” The more successful is “In the Blood,” which gets a spirited and stirring revival at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre complex — where its Brechtian counterpart, “F—ing A,” is playing just across the hall. For “In the Blood,” Parks reimagines Hester Prynne as an inner-city woman struggling to make ends meet as she raises her five children, each the product of a different, long-gone father. As played by the remarkable Saycon Sengbloh (“Scandal,
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Bww Review: The Scarlet Letter Stands For Abortionist in Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' may have served as the initial inspiration for Suzan-Lori Parks' ferocious 2000 drama, Fucking A, but, especially in director Jo Bonney's chilling Signature Theatre production, her sardonically abstract portrait of human cruelty may remind playgoers of another writer, Bertolt Brecht.
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‘F—ing A’ Theater Review: Christine Lahti Humanizes Suzan-Lori Parks’ Dystopia

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‘F—ing A’ Theater Review: Christine Lahti Humanizes Suzan-Lori Parks’ Dystopia
Suzan-Lori Parks has said that the original idea for her play “F—ing A” was something of a joke: “I’m going to write a riff on ‘The Scarlet Letter’ and I’m going to call it ‘F—ing A’!” This was before Parks had won the Pulitzer Prize for her breakout 2002 play “Topdog/Underdog.” More tellingly, it was also before she had even read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel. And like many an idea borne of an ill-informed joke, “F—ing A” doesn’t really sustain itself over its two-hour-plus running time. That’s the takeaway from director Jo Bonney’s occasionally stirring revival,
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Forbidden Tomes: The Haunted Conscience – Morality in Matthew Lewis’ The Monk

Gothicism has been around for centuries, pervading architecture, music, literature, and film alike. Its roots are deep, and its identifying factors are strong—baroque style, high passion, and a healthy heap of darkness. Compared to architecture and music, Gothic fiction is fairly young, developing in the late 18th century with English authors such as Horace Walpole and Ann Radcliffe. No one was prepared, however, for the arrival of Matthew Gregory Lewis, who published his deliciously controversial novel The Monk at the ripe age of 19.

When The Monk was unleashed, the literary world had already been introduced to Radcliffe and Walpole’s gloomy melodramas, along with Romantic works from Germany and France. None of these stories contained the moral quandaries, the viciousness, or the sex and violence of Lewis’ novel. It tells the story of Ambrosio, the titular Monk, who is considered the holiest man in all of Madrid, until he
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Bryan Cranston interview: Wakefield, Better Call Saul, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Paul Martinovic Aug 3, 2017

The great Bryan Cranston talks to us about his new film Wakefield, his signature role in Breaking Bad, and lots more...

Despite being one of the most in demand actors on the planet, we were lucky enough to catch up with Bryan Cranston while he was over in the UK to promote his new film Wakefield, a dark, literate tale of midlife crisis and male entitlement. Our interview took place mere hours after the Breaking Bad star scandalised the nation’s breakfast tables by casually dropping the word ‘shite’ in an interview on Good Morning Britain with a star struck Kate Garraway. Of course, Bryan Cranston being Bryan Cranston, nobody really minded all that much.

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It’s this butter-wouldn’t-melt, all-pervading likeability that is used to killer effect in Wakefield, the story of
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'Wakefield' Review: Bryan Cranston Shines as Man Who Blows Up His Life

'Wakefield' Review: Bryan Cranston Shines as Man Who Blows Up His Life
Ambition in film doesn't get enough credit these days – maybe because it's so rare. But the daring of writer-director Robin Swicord is all over Wakefield. Based on a 2008 short story by E.L. Doctorow (and before that, an 1835 tale from none other than Nathaniel Hawthorne), the film gets whisper-close to Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), a New York lawyer who turns his life upside down. He's so fed up with the Groundhog Day-ish sameness of his routine – working in his Manhattan office, commuting home to his wife Diana (Jennifer Garner) and
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Elisabeth Moss Stars in The Handmaid’s Tale, the Mother of All Totalitarian Nightmares

Elisabeth Moss Stars in The Handmaid’s Tale, the Mother of All Totalitarian Nightmares
Offred, wearing a uniform of prim hood and draping gown — its color might be described as Nathaniel Hawthorne Scarlet — is in the supermarket, moving past armed guards and listening to other hooded women prattle on about oranges.

“I don’t need oranges,” we hear her thinking to herself. “I need to scream. I need to grab the nearest machine gun.”

Could any actress other than Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss say that line with such a precise distillation of despair and scorn, fire and ice?

She’s perfect in this fascinating Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, the famous
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Q&A: Co-Director Pamela Romanowsky on Collaborating with James Franco for The Institute

Starting today, horror fans can check into The Institute at theaters and on VOD via Momentum Pictures, and we caught up with co-director Pamela Romanowsky to discuss collaborating with co-director James Franco, the movie's unique filming location, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Pamela. What attracted you to telling this story by Adam and Matt Rager?

Pamela Romanowsky: Well, the first question for me was “why a horror film?” I like films across lots of genres, but I’m not a horror buff, so this was a first for me. The horror films I do love are genre blending, movies that are character-based and explore things that are dark but still based in reality, and in the dark corners of human psychology. I’ve never really been scared of the supernatural, but people are certainly capable of terrifying and very dark things.
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Review: "The Mad Magician" (1954) Starring Vincent Price; Twilight Time Blu-ray Release

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By Hank Reineke

Though Vincent Price would eventually garner a well-deserved reputation as Hollywood’s preeminent bogeyman, it was only really with André De Toth’s House of Wax (1953) that the actor would become associated with all things sinister. In some sense the playful, nervously elegant Price was an odd successor to the horror film-maestro throne: he was a somewhat aristocratic psychotic who shared neither Boris Karloff’s cold and malevolent scowl nor Bela Lugosi’s distinctly unhinged madness or old-world exoticism.

His early film career started in a less pigeonholed manner: as a budding movie actor with a seven year contract for Universal Studios in the 1940s, the tall, elegant Price would appear in a number of semi-distinguished if modestly-budgeted romantic comedies and dramas. His contract with Universal was apparently non-exclusive, and his most memorable roles for the studio were his earliest. In a harbinger of things to come,
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Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki join Peter Rabbit movie

Joseph Baxter Sep 27, 2016

Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have been cast in a live-action/animated hybrid Peter Rabbit movie.

The upcoming Peter Rabbit movie is set to mix live action and animation to bring the venerable children’s book series from Beatrix Potter to life on the big screen. And we've got some new casting information.

For the Peter Rabbit movie has added Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki to the cast. Neither the identity of the duo’s roles nor the capacity in which they play them were confirmed. However, what is clear is that Ridley and Debicki will be supporting players in the family film extravaganza, since America-dwelling talk show carpooler James Corden is already confirmed to provide the voice of the film’s titular, carrot-crunching hole-dweller and actress Rose Byrne will field the co-lead as a character named Bea.

Peter Rabbit will be directed by Will Gluck, helmer
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Wakefield’

Telluride Film Review: ‘Wakefield’
“Who hasn’t had the impulse to put life on hold for a moment?” asks New York lawyer, husband, and father Howard Wakefield, who decides to spend his mid-life crisis holed up in the attic above his own garage in “Wakefield” (which is certainly a lot cheaper than buying a fancy new sports car to park inside it). No, Howard, this is not everyone’s fantasy, though it is perhaps relatable enough to serve up some valuable lessons in life and marriage, as Bryan Cranston — who carries nearly the whole show in a performance that’s less “Breaking Bad” than an embittered version of his “Malcolm in the Middle” suburban dad — allows us to vicariously experience how such a divorce from reality (if not his Stepford-perfect spouse, played by Jennifer Garner) might go down.

Adapted from an E.L. Doctorow short story published by the New Yorker three months after the
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25 great music scores composed for not very good movies




Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...

Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.

25) Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman, 1998)

This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.

24) Timeline (Brian Tyler,
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Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s Revival In Development, Status Update on The Stand

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If you've seen Stuck in Love, then you know Josh Boone is a huge Stephen King fan. The author has a key voice cameo in the film and his novel It is discussed passionately on more than one occasion. While Boone has been writing a big screen version of The Stand, he's now focused on adapting another, more recent, King novel: Revival.

Deadline reports that Boone is set to direct and has written the screenplay for a feature film adaptation of Revival, King's 2014 novel about a preacher's dangerous dealings with the healing powers of electricity—a nerve-jangling journey witnessed by his younger assistant. The completed script is now awaiting the green light at Universal, with Boone hoping to hit the gas pedal on the project and begin filming later this year with backing from producer Michael De Luca.

Prior to turning his attention to Revival, Boone was (and still is
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s




The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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Barbary Coast

Crime, lust and vigilante lynchings in the wide-open city on the bay, back in the gold rush days. Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson and Joel McCrea form a spirited triangle as a sharp roulette dealer strings one man along and can't prevent another from throwing away a fortune. Sam Goldwyn's impressive production shows Howard Hawks developing strong characters, in a somewhat old-fashioned story. Barbary Coast DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1935 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 90 min. / Street Date June, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Joel Mccrea, Walter Brennan, Frank Craven, Brian Donlevy, Clyde Cook, Harry Carey, Matt McHugh, Donald Meek. Cinematography Ray June Original Music Alfred Newman Written by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur Produced by Sam Goldwyn Directed by Howard Hawks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

A Sam Goldywyn film through and through, Howard Hawks' Barbary Coast could almost be a template for a standard 'golden age' Hollywood movie.
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Bryan Cranston Is Unrecognizable In First Wakefield Photos As Jennifer Garner Joins Cast

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We’ve seen Bryan Cranston teeter on the edge of insanity in Breaking Bad, but the first slew of set photos for Wakefield showcase the Emmy award-winning actor like we’ve never seen him before.

Hunched over on a park bench clutching some food, Cranston’s groggy appearance reflects the nature of his character in the drama. You see, he’s set to play a successful and married lawyer living in New York. With seemingly everything in place for a happy life, his life is suddenly sent into a tail-spin when his wife discovers he’s been having an affair with a young woman, triggering a nervous breakdown that condemns him to live in his attic for several long and gruelling months.

After being shunned from his family home, Cranston’s lead decides to live in secrecy in the attic, emerging only at night in order to rummage for food.
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Jennifer Garner to star opposite Bryan Cranston in drama Wakefield

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Variety has learned that Jennifer Garner has been cast as Bryan Cranston's wife in Wakefield, a big screen take on author E.L. Doctorow's short story adaptation of the original "Wakefield" story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Production is already underway on the quirky drama, with Robin Swicord (The Jane Austen Book Club) directing from her own script. The film will see Cranston... Read More...
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Jennifer Garner Joins Bryan Cranston’s ‘Wakefield’ (Exclusive)

Jennifer Garner Joins Bryan Cranston’s ‘Wakefield’ (Exclusive)
Jennifer Garner is starring opposite Bryan Cranston as his wife in the drama “Wakefield” with Robin Swicord directing from her own script.

Production has started in Los Angeles. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn are producing through their Mockingbird Pictures banner with Broadway producers Wendy Federman and Carl Moellenberg.

The film is based on a short story of the same name by E.L. Doctorow — which is a retelling of a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, also called “Wakefield” — about a man who unexpectedly leaves his wife for an extended period of time.

Cranston revealed the project during a November interview on “The Howard Stern Radio Show,” explaining that he will play a married Manhattan lawyer who sees a raccoon in the attic of his home and winds up staying in the attic for several months due to a nervous breakdown. He also said his character will become romantically involved with a younger
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