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Venice Film Review: George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

Venice Film Review: George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’
The names Joel and Ethan Coen pop up on a lot of screenplays these days (“Bridge of Spies,” “Unbroken”), now that they’re getting credit for the kind of script-polishing they used to do anonymously. But “Suburbicon” marks the first time a script that could have been a full-blown Coen brothers film has been brought to the screen by someone else. The movie, directed by George Clooney, who along with his partner Grant Heslov re-wrote an old unproduced Coen brothers script (all four are now credited), stars Matt Damon as a dour, weaselly, amateur family-man criminal in the U.S. suburbs of 1959, and it’s clearly a close cousin to “Fargo.”

There are moments when you can taste the heightened comic spin that the Coens, as filmmakers, would have brought to the material. They would surely have made a bigger fetish of the Atomic Age trappings and decor (the way they did with the mid-’60s Midwestern
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Blu-ray Review – Barton Fink: Special Edition (1991)

Barton Fink, 1991.

Directed by Joel Coen.

Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, and Jon Polito.


Barton Fink has been reissued by Kino Lorber in a new Blu-ray edition that doesn’t say “Special Edition” anywhere on the packaging but basically is one (hence the use of “(Special Edition)” on their site and here). The print has been improved a bit since the previous Universal release, and Kino commissioned some new interviews that are included here, along with eight deleted scenes.

“I thought it was a strange film,” actor John Turturro recalls in the new 14-minute interview on this Barton Fink (Special Edition) Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. As Coen brothers movies go, this one veers a bit into David Lynch territory as it tells the satirical story of a Broadway playwright seduced by Hollywood’s siren call during the 1940s.

Fink (Turturro) arrives in Los Angeles,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Strange Invaders (1983)

  • DailyDead
Long live Michael Laughlin. Two years after he released one of my favorite early ‘80s oddities, Strange Behavior (I wrote about it here), he was back to unleash the next chapter in a proposed ‘Strange’ trilogy, Strange Invaders (1983). And while the former is a tribute to Mad Scientist films of the ‘50s via an updated Slasher take, the latter tips its fedora to the great Alien Invasion films of the same era. It may not reach the same dizzyingly weird heights, but Strange Invaders is an affectionate romp that captures the feel of those bygone drive-in classics and solidifies Laughlin’s unique voice.

A co-production between Emi Films and Lone Wolf McQuade Associates, Strange Invaders was released by Orion Pictures in mid September stateside to positive reviews and lackluster box office. Returning only a quarter of its $5 million plus budget, this was the Way of the Laughlin – everyone liked his movies,
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Why Allison Janney's First Sex Scene Was 'Tragically Wrong and Funny'

  • PEOPLE.com
Why Allison Janney's First Sex Scene Was 'Tragically Wrong and Funny'
Allison Janney isn't an Olympian, but she still has the chance to break a world record this year. If the actress wins the Emmys for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for Mom and outstanding guest actress for Masters of Sex (as she did last year), Janney would break Cloris Leachman's record for most Primetime Emmy wins. "I feel the pressure," Janney, 56, tells People. "But truthfully I'm just happy to be invited to the party."Regardless of whether she breaks the record, Janney has enjoyed a long and prosperous career in Hollywood - not that it hasn't had its bumps along the road.
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Great Job, Internet!: Wrestle with the devil on Barton Fink’s 25th anniversary

  • The AV Club
Twenty-five years later, and the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink meaning is still being debated. Is the Hotel Earle actually hell? Is this just a case of two filmmakers writing about their experiences in Hollywood? Does the threat of Red Scare loom over its every scene? Viewers may never know for certain, but it is fun to theorize and discuss the film at length; it’s a deep enough film that is open to multiple interpretations that rewards with every rewatch.

The Coen brothers’ tale of a playwright in 1941 going west to write a wrestling picture for Capitol Pictures has long stayed in the minds of the audiences that saw it. Though it’s not typically one of the go-to films people mention when discussing the Coens’ filmography, it does contain great dialogue; exceptional performances from John Turturro, John Goodman, Michael Lerner, and Judy Davis; and a fine blend of ...
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16mm Double Feature Night August 2nd – King Kong Vs Godzilla and St. Ives

Join us for some old-school 16mm Movie Madness! – It’s our monthly 16Mm Double Feature Night at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis)! Join Tom Stockman and Roger from “Roger’s Reels’ for a double feature of two complete films projected on 16mm film. The show is Tuesday August 2nd and starts at 8pm. Admission is Free though we will be setting out a jar to take donations for the National Children’s Cancer Society.

First up is King Kong Vs Godzilla (1962)

Lets get ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!! In the far corner of Tokyo, weighing in at 127 tons. 407 feet tall. Wearing a rubber lizard suit. He represents the island nation of Japan. He is the slayer of the shipping lanes! The smasher of cities! The self-proclaimed King of All Monsters! The one and only………Godzilla!!!!!! *Applause*. In the other corner wearing the world’s largest ape suit…..he represents the United States.
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Superherostuff: 9 Dollar T-Shirt Sale Just Got Even Better

You guys liked it...you really liked it! Who knew that you people would be such fans of a 9 dollar t-shirt sale. It's like you can't get enough of sweet deals and a blank check to one of the world's largest internet superhero stores! Not Blank Check staring Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, Miguel Ferrer, James Rebhorn, Tone Lōc, Jayne Atkinson and Michael Lerner though...even though if we had our own roller coaster in the back it would be pretty sweet. Say, maybe if you guys get enough 9 dollar t-shirts I'll be able to convince them to allow me to do that and then I'll totally invite you guys over and we can party and eat pizza! Oh, and we can get one of those giant moon bounce things too! So we started a 9 dollar t-shirt and you guys couldn't get enough of it so as a way of saying thank you,
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No one can agree on the top 5 greatest Coen Brothers films

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No one can agree on the top 5 greatest Coen Brothers films
As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies
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200 Greatest Horror Films (140-131)

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Special Mention: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Directed by Dario Argento

Screenplay by Dario Argento

1970, Italy

Genre: Giallo

One of the most self-assured directorial debuts of the 70’s was Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Not only was it a breakthrough film for the master of Giallo, but it was also a box office hit and had critics buzzing, regardless if they liked it or not. Although Argento would go on to perfect his craft in later films, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage went a long way in popularizing the Giallo genre and laid the groundwork for later classics like Deep Red. A difficult film to discuss without spoiling many of its most impressive and famous scenes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, albeit with many twists, turns and one of the best surprise endings of all time. But
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Film Review: ‘Ashby’

Film Review: ‘Ashby’
Starring Mickey Rourke as a retired CIA assassin turned improbable mentor to Nat Wolff’s next-door-neighbor misfit, “Ashby” is a genre jumble that makes half-baked use of high-school sports, crime comedy, teen romance and other formulae to mildly diverting ends that are never quite convincing or funny enough. Paramount launched a limited theatrical rollout on Sept. 25, simultaneous with on-demand availability, but Aussie tube scribe Tony McNamara’s U.S. feature will definitely fare best as a viable if innocuous cable/rental time-filler.

Moving from Oregon to some heartland small town (the pic was shot in North Carolina, though no one onscreen sports a regional accent), 17-year-old Ed Wallis (Wolff) is a round peg in a square hole — an early-John-Cusack-type wise-guy newbie in a school environment where having read Hemingway makes you “gay,” and football is the religion of the land. He’s landed here after a divorce that has left
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Brahmin Bulls to release in September this year

  • Bollyspice
For Sid Sharma (Sendhil Ramamurthy), life has not quite worked out the way he planned. A thirty-something disillusioned architect struggling to save his failing marriage, Sid stumbles through his days on a self-destructive path while holding his wife’s beloved cat hostage. Meanwhile Ashok (Roshan Seth), Sid’s estranged and widowed father living in Boston, decides to make a last-minute trip to La for an academic conference. When Ashok arrives at Sid’s doorstep unannounced, the two men begin a journey to mend their strained relationship until Sid discovers the true purpose behind his father’s visit – a woman with whom he had an affair years ago.

Starring Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty and the Beast, Covert Affairs, Heroes, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife), BAFTA nominated actor Roshan Seth (Gandhi, Indiana Jones, Monsoon Wedding), Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen (Back To The Future Part 3, Melvin and Howard, Gulliver’s Travels), Justin Bartha
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Time Machine: Lawrence Is Dazzling Woman in Red

Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.
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Youthful Redford Immersed in Dirty World of Politics on TCM Tonight

Young Robert Redford and politics: 'The Candidate' and 'All the President's Men' (photo: Robert Redford as Bob Woodward in 'All the President's Men') A young Robert Redford can be seen The Candidate, All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor, and Downhill Racer as Turner Classic Movies' Redford series comes to a close this evening. The world of politics is the focus of the first three films, each one of them well-regarded box-office hits. The last title, which shows that politics is part of life no matter what, is set in the world of competitive sports. 'The Candidate' In the Michael Ritichie-directed The Candidate (1972), Robert Redford plays idealistic liberal Democrat Bob McKay, who, with no chance of winning, is convinced to run against the Republican incumbent in a fight for a California seat in Congress. See, McKay is too handsome. Too young. Too liberal.
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Review: “St. Ives” (1976) Starring Charles Bronson And Jacqueline Bisset; Warner Archive Streaming Service

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By Don Stradley

Charles Bronson was 55 at the time of “St Ives” (1976). He was just a couple years past his star-making turn in “Death Wish”, and was enjoying a surprising run of success. I say surprising because Bronson had, after all, been little more than a craggy second banana for most of his career. Now, inexplicably, he had box office clout as a leading man. In fact, Bronson reigned unchallenged for a few years as the most popular male actor in international markets. Yes, even bigger than Eastwood, Newman, Reynolds, Redford, or any other 1970s star you can name. Many of Bronson’s movies were partly financed by foreign investors, for even if his movies didn’t score stateside, they still drew buckets of money in Prague or Madrid. Some have suggested that his popularity on foreign screens was due to how little he said in his movies (there was
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Quiz: How well do you know X-Men: Days of Future Past?

Quiz: How well do you know X-Men: Days of Future Past?
X-Men: Days of Future Past is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.

Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to test your knowledge on the most successful X-Men movie to-date. Take part in our quiz below to see if you know your Logans from your Jennifer Lawrences.

Q: In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan is sent back in time to save the present - in what year does he arrive?

A) 1973

Correct! Wolverine wakes up on a water bed and peers out at Times Square before facing off against gangsters.

B) 1964


C) 1955


Q: In comic book lore Quicksilver Peter Maximoff is the son of which X-Men character?

A) Charles Xavier


B) Wolverine


C) Magneto

Correct! This is hinted at in the jailbreak scene when Quicksilver tells Eric: "They say you can manipulate metal. My mum used to know a guy who could do that.
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Obsessed with betting? These are the movies for you

For people who get a real rush of adrenalin when they have a bet on a game or sports fixture that they’re watching, it’s great when you can find movies that have a similar theme in the plot.

Today, almost no-one places their bets in the traditional way; down at the bookies. You can bet on your computer or mobile, using one of the many different betting apps. For the more serious bettors amongst us, there are even specific betting trading apps like Betpractice score grid for football which help manage multiple markets at once.

How times have changed since the following movies were released – when the only way to place a bet was at the bookies, at the races or over the phone. For a bit of betting nostalgia, check out one of these movies.

Owning Mahowny

Sports betting features in this 2003 movie; if only as a sub-plot.
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Casting: Bentley, Lerner, Malone, Bratt, Martin

Broken Vows

Wes Bentley and Jaimie Alexander will star in Belgian commercial director Bram Coppens' psychological thriller "Broken Vows". James Agnew and Sean Keller penned the script and filming begins late June.

The storey follows a charming yet troubled man named Patrick (Bentley) who seduces Tara (Alexander), but when she rejects him, he is sent spiraling into madness and delusion, erupting into psychotic rage. [Source: THR]


Michael Lerner, Kevin Dunn, Zach Knighton, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman have joined Mickey Rourke in Tony McNamara's "Ashby" which started shooting this week in North Carolina.

The story follows the relationship between neighbours Ed Wallis, a high school student (Wolff) and Ashby, a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) who only has a few months left to live. Kevin McCormick and Rory Koslow will produce. [Source: Screen]


Jena Malone ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") has scored the lead role in "Claire," Dori Oskowitz's U.
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New cast added to Mickey Rourke's Ashby

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New cast added to Mickey Rourke's Ashby
Exclusive: Oscar nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) [pictured], Kevin Dunn (Veep), and Zach Knighton (Happy Endings) have joined Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which started shooting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Nat Wolff (The Fault In Our Stars), Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman also star.

Tony McNamara (The Rage In Placid Lake) writes and directs.

The story follows the relationship between neighbours Ed Wallis, a high school student (Wolff) and Ashby, a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) who only has a few months left to live.

The producers are Langley Park Pictures’ Kevin McCormick and Rory Koslow; Tagline Pictures’ Josh Kesselman; and Head Gear Films’ Phil Hunt and Compton Ross. Stephen Kelliher and Hilary Davis of Bankside Films serve as executive producers; Bankside also handles international sales. CAA-uta jointly rep North American rights.

Bankside has already pre-sold the film to Cis & Baltic States (Exponenta), Greece (Hollywood Films), Middle East (Shooting Stars), and South Africa (M-net).

Stephen Kelliher, Head of Sales
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Latest X-Men Movie: Director Singer Has a Surefire (Adult-Oriented) Hit in His Hands, Superior to Other Superhero Movies

X-Men: Days of Future Past’ review: Bryan Singer has a surefire hit with latest ‘X-Men’ sequel (photo: Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) With yet another spring and summer movie season overstuffed with superhero extravaganzas, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series, which debuted in 2000 and spans more than half a dozen films, now feels like the granddaddy of the genre. It certainly felt ready for retirement at the conclusion of Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), a sequel so over-amped and underfed that it mothballed the series, allowing 2008’s first Iron Man movie to usher in the era of Marvel-produced spandex spectaculars. Nowadays though, franchises don’t die, they’re rebooted with a 9-figure budget and an eye towards an exploding Chinese moviegoing market that was hardly a consideration during the high times of DVD. That’s why Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class (2011) was such a pleasant surprise.
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‘Million Dollar Arm’ a decent, but not truly memorable, sports drama/showcase for Jon Hamm

Million Dollar Arm

Written by Tom McCarthy

Directed by Craig Gillespie

USA, 2014

There’s a scene roughly halfway through Million Dollar Arm that speaks to the film’s inherently generic nature. In it, our ostensible hero, workaholic agent/pitchman Don Draper—er, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is brought in to talk with USC baseball coach Tom House (Bill Paxton) to talk about Bernstein’s two Indian prospects and the recent troubles and frustrations they’ve faced. House alludes to the fact that one of the boys lashed out at a USC player who called him a derogatory name, presumably a race-based one. Bernstein asks, “What’d they call him?” House says, “That doesn’t matter.” The issue is never again broached or even referenced by any of the characters (and none of the USC players are even given dialogue). That a Disney movie would shy away from even a
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