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The Hospital

A story of murders in the ER becomes, courtesy of writer Paddy Chayefsky, either a preview of social breakdown or an impassioned examination of why we invest our lives and souls in imperfect institutions. George C. Scott is the doctor coming apart at the seams, who meets his match in a New Age hippie from a New Mexico commune. My instinct is that such a person would not look like Diana Rigg, but everybody needs a dream girl.

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Twilight Time

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 103 min. / Street Date December 19, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes, Richard A. Dysart, Stephen Elliott, Donald Harron, Andrew Duncan, Nancy Marchand, Jordan Charney, Roberts Blossom, Lenny Baker, Richard Hamilton, Katherine Helmond, David Hooks, Frances Sternhagen, Robert Walden, Jacqueline Brooks, Stockard Channing, Dennis Dugan, Julie Garfield, Christopher Guest, Janet Paul, Sab Shimono, Tracey Walter.

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper
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Lord of the Flies Is Getting an All-Girl Reboot

Lord of the Flies Is Getting an All-Girl Reboot
The classic William Golding novel Lord of the Flies, which has been adapted twice for the big screen, will be adapted yet again, only this time, with a huge twist. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal with filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) to write and direct a new version of Lord of the Files, which will have an all-female cast. The filmmakers will reportedly be incredibly faithful to the original novel, while, at the same time, gender-swapping all of the character.

Deadline reports that it took some time to get the film rights intact, since the whole situation is rather complicated. The original novel, which was published in 1954, was adapted into the 1963 film Lord of the Files, which starred James Aubrey, Tom Chapin and Hugh Edwards, and was directed by Peter Brook. Then in 1990, Castle Rock released a new adaptation from director Harry Hook, which starred
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Samurai Jack: Phil Lamarr Talks About the Show's Ending

Did you see the series finale of Samurai Jack? Recently, star Phil Lamarr spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the Cartoon Network TV show's emotional ending.Lamarr voices the titular character on the animated series, which follows a samurai who travels to a dystopian future in order to defeat a shape-shifting demon. The voice cast also includes Greg Baldwin, Sab Shimono, John Dimaggio, and Tara Strong.Read More…
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Legends Of Tomorrow: Season 2, Episode 3: Shogun Trailer & Images [The CW]

Legends of Tomorrow Shogun Trailer & Images The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow ‘Shogun’ TV show trailer & photos feature Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Franz Drameh, Caity Lotz, Nick Zano, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, and Dominic Purcell. Guest stars include Stephen Oyoung, Christopher Naoki Lee, Mei Melançon, and Sab Shimono. The Legends of Tomorrow time trip to feudal Japan (kind of a must, if you’re […]
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Blu-ray Review – Suture (1993)

Suture, 1993.

Directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee.

Starring Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono, David Graf and Michael Harris.


Two brothers meet up following the death of their father. The wealthier of the two plans to fake his own death by using his brother to escape suspicion. However, the brother survives and a deadly showdown become inevitable…

Suture is a resolutely smart film. The title refers to the film theorist’s view of a film stitching ideas and themes into an audience’s perception of a film so wholly and completely that all sorts of things can be accepted. We as humans love to look for order in chaos, to find patterns where there may be none and to create plausibility for all kinds of bizarre outcomes.

The neo-noir crime story takes this view of film and uses it to explore a variety of moral and philosophical questions.
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'Samurai Jack' Returns in 2016 with a New Season

'Samurai Jack' Returns in 2016 with a New Season
Adult Swim is excited to announce that Jack is Back. Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky continues the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season that will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block in 2016. The new season is currently in production in Los Angeles at Cartoon Network Studios. Adult Swim has released the first trailer for the return of Samurai Jack, along with a new poster.

Samurai Jack originally aired for four seasons on Cartoon Network, with a 52-episode run that aired between 2001 and 2004. The series is set in a distant land, following a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. The world has become a bleak place under the rule of Aku, segregated into fantastic tribes and ruled by Aku's evil robot warlords. Jack travels this foreign landscape in search of a time portal that can return him to his
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5 Things You Might Not Know About John Milius' 'Conan The Barbarian'

These days, after "Lord of the Rings" and "Game Of Thrones," fantasy isn't just big business, but a genre that's spawned critically acclaimed awards favorites, and picked up Oscars and Emmys by the handful. As such, it's easy to forget that prior to the 1980s, the genre barely existed on screen, with animated takes on Tolkein's works the only really significant blip on the radar. But in 1977, "Star Wars," a film that owed as much to high fantasy as to science-fiction, became the biggest hit in history, and that opened the door to all kinds of new fantasy worlds.

The 1980s would see many, many examples of the genre, from "Labyrinth" and "Legend" to "Krull" and "Ladyhawke," but the film that started it all -- and was probably the finest of that decade's wave in the genre, was 1982's "Conan The Barbarian." Written and directed by gonzo, gun-loving genius John Milius
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Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas and More Join Shinsai: Theaters For Japan Benefit

Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas, Mary Beth Hurt, Jay O. Sanders and Henry Stram will join forces with the previously announced Michi Barral, Cindy Cheung, Joel de la Fuente, Angel Desai, Ann Harada, Jennifer Ikeda, Paul Juhn, Peter Kim, Ken Leung, Li Jun Li, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Paolo Montalban, Olivia Oguma, Jon Norman Schneider, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Jade Wu, Jonny Wo, James Yaegashi and Stacey Yen to raise funds that will go directly to Japanese theater artists devasted by last years earthquake when they appear in this Sundays March 11 benefit performances of Shinsai Theaters for Japan, at the Great Hall at Cooper Union Seventh Street at Third Avenue.
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Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas and More Join Shinsai: Theaters For Japan Benefit

Patti LuPone, Richard Thomas, Mary Beth Hurt, Jay O. Sanders and Henry Stram will join forces with the previously announced Michi Barral, Cindy Cheung, Joel de la Fuente, Angel Desai, Ann Harada, Jennifer Ikeda, Paul Juhn, Peter Kim, Ken Leung, Li Jun Li, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Paolo Montalban, Olivia Oguma, Jon Norman Schneider, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Jade Wu, Jonny Wo, James Yaegashi and Stacey Yen to raise funds that will go directly to Japanese theater artists devasted by last years earthquake when they appear in this Sundays March 11 benefit performances of Shinsai Theaters for Japan, at the Great Hall at Cooper Union Seventh Street at Third Avenue.
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Episode Recap: Hawaii Five-0 - 1.20: "Ma Ke Kahakai"

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Have I mentioned how much I hate all these breaks between new episodes? Not only does it hurt the show's ratings because people don't know when a new episode is airing, it's also very hard to remember continuity. But the PTBs at Hawaii Five-0 (TV) land came bearing gifts of awesome last night, and truly, this is going to be hard to get through without dissolving into idiotic squeals. Yeah, it was That good. The name of the game from here to the finale is "Family," people. Remember that. It's important and is being fed to us in subtle quantities in these episodes. We're brought in with sweepingly beautiful vistas of the Hawaiian countryside, which I plan on seeing in person before I die. Steve (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) are on a hiking date. Apparently Steve wanted to bring Danny out to the cliffs to see the petroglyphs
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When Men Age

Recently, casting director Amanda Mackey told Back Stage that the key to casting the leads in "The Men Who Stare at Goats" was finding actors who could age believably, since the film spans several decades. Of course, such opportunities are few and far between; mostly you'll be cast close to your own age.But there is much to be learned from playing characters older than yourself when the chance arises. Also, once you are in fact older, there's much to value in your newfound understanding of how to play certain roles. To hear older actors' perspectives on aging and how it affects their craft, I made a few calls. This column will talk about how men face the issue. We'll have a companion column about women in February.Lear at 60Austin Pendleton played King Lear nine years ago, when he was 60, and he says now he'd love to revisit it.
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The apocalypse goes "1970s pop sci-fi" in The Arcadian

The Arcadian is an upcoming post-apocalyptic adventure that follows actor J. Larose (of Saw III, Saw IV, and Repo! The Genetic Opera fame) as an enigmatic warrior called "The Lighthouse Keeper" who goes on a quest for "revenge and redemption in a strange future world" we're told is "reminiscent of wild 1970s pop sci-fi."

Inspired in equal parts by samurai movies, rock operas, and underground comics, we're told that the visual world of The Arcadian will be an homage to the work of underground illustrators and be something quite unique due to the fact that it was shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II camera - chosen for its unparalleled low-light sensitivity.

The Arcadian has just wrapped principle photography and is heading into an intense round of post. It is due Q2, 2010.

To make up for the fact that we have no detailed plot synopsis yet, we've included a
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San Francisco -- Despite its frank approach to the controversial issue of race, Americanese, writer-director Eric Byler's lethargic adaptation of Shawn Wong's novel, American Knees, limps along without a sense of narrative drive. A collection of scenes in search of a coherent story, the film's characters don't develop, and plot lines fail to coalesce by the movie's conclusion. In a word: it's dull.

The film may resonate with Asian-American audiences, too long deprived of seeing images of themselves onscreen, especially as romantic leads in a modern love story. It should have long a run on the festival circuit but has limited art house potential.

Perhaps stymied by the inherent difficulty of transforming the internal world of a novel into a movie, Byler, who demonstrated more storytelling finesse in his feature debut, Charlotte Sometimes, hasn't succeeded in opening up his story to cinematic or dramatic effect. However, he does convey the confusion that follows a breakup, how rapidly intimacy turns into estrangement. To be fair, Byler had his work cut out for him. Somehow, he had build an entertaining film around characters who are stuck and not particularly interesting to begin with.

The story begins after the protagonist, Ray (Chris Tashima), a middle-aged, divorced Chinese-American professor, and his considerably younger bi-racial girlfriend, Aurora (Allison Sie), have broken up. She wants to move on, he can't let go. Tashima, a classically handsome, photogenic actor, struggles to make a stiff, inexpressive character, short on charisma, psychologically interesting. Unfortunately, Ray remains opaque as he mopes his way through life and, sadly for the audience, the entire movie. It's hard to tell if the fault lies in the script's uninspired dialogue, ineffective direction, poor acting or a combination of all three.

Things heat up when Ray embarks on a troubled love affair with Betty (Joan Chen), who delivers a raw performance as a needy, neurotic co-worker with a mysterious past. Betty adds intrigue and a needed injection of adrenaline, but then she suddenly drops out of sight. Kelly Hu overacts as Allison's friend, Brenda -- a loud, nasty vixen and a misogynist stereotype.

Veteran actor Sab Shimono is marvelous as Ray's heartsick father, a man still deeply in love with his late wife. The film perks up whenever Shimono is onscreen. With his vitality and endearing goofiness, it's tempting to wish that the story centered on him rather than his self-absorbed son.

Americanese, with its focus on love, race and sexuality, is a departure from Asian-American films that have focused primarily on cross-generational conflict, the tension between traditional immigrant parents and their pop-culture-intoxicated American offspring. If only the film was good as its intentions.


American Knees Prods.


Director: Eric Byler

Screenwriter: Eric Byler

Producer: Lisa Onodera

Executive producer: Allison Sie

Director of photography: Robert Humphreys, Stacy Toyama

Production designer: Ben Woolverton

Music: Michael Brook

Costume designer: Jeanette Fuller

Editor: Kenn Kashima.


Raymond Ding: Chris Tashima

Aurora Crane: Allison Sie

Wood Ding: Sab Shimono

Brenda Nishitani: Kelly Hu

Jimmy Chan: Michael Paul Chan

Betty Nguyen: Joan Chen

Steve: Ben Shenkman

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 114 minutes


This film was originally reviewed Sept. 21 at the Toronto Festival of Festivals. It opens in select markets on Friday.

Murder, amnesia and the quest for identity are the stuffings for this surrealistic cerebral chiller from first-time filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Archly elliptical, ''Suture'' is a stunning first film, but its chilly tone and detached narration will win favor only among serious cineastes. Still, as an example of new directorial talent, this complex visualization is a first-rate calling card.

Although it's scoped through the dry, searing heat of the Phoenix summer, writer-directors McGehee and Siegel tell their story with clinical cool. It's Southwest noir -- hot sun, cold-blooded murder -- looped around a surreal post: White gangster Vincent (Michael Harris) plans his own demise, mainly as a plot to make it appear he's dead, by blowing up his half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) in his shiny Corniche. But even with meticulous planning and the best of gadgetry, his plan goes awry -- Clay survives, although encased head-to-toe in traction. Weird thing about this mistaken identity thriller -- Clay is black. Although he doesn't lose his life, Clay loses his memory and even the relentless promptings of a Freudian (Sab Shimono) spur little connection to his real past.

The minimalist murder plot and surreal contortions aside, ''Suture'' is primarily a depiction of the synapses of reality: Unconscious memory catalyzed by abstract associations with the everyday jars true identity. Tapping into the inner nature of the psyche is the underlying drama of this black-and-white, associative narrative.

Invariably, some of the surreal histrionics (namely the different races of the ''brothers'') lose their edge and ultimately become only a stylistic conceit, but McGehee and Siegel's sophisticated string of cinematic associations is, at the very least, a beguiling and entertaining visual divertissement.

Haysbert, as the befuddled amnesiac, is a nicely sympathetic character, while Harris brings a properly menacing edge to his performance as the satanic gangster.

Technical contributions are first-rate, including cinematographer Greg Gardiner's icy compositions and editor Lauren Zuckerman's slashing cuts.

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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