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Why ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Creator Picked Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ to End the Season

Why ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Creator Picked Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ to End the Season
It was the final gut punch delivered in Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale:” Tom Petty’s “American Girl” thundering out as Elisabeth Moss’ Offred faced an uncertain future with a defiant smile.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is just one instance of classic Petty tunes punctuating pivotal scenes in movies and TV series. The musician, who died Monday at the age of 66, had a knack for capturing the essence of people, places and emotions in a plain-spoken way that made them a perfect accent for narrative storytelling.

“American Girl” was one of the songs on the playlist in the ear of “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Bruce Miller as he wrote the first episode of the Hulu drama series more than a year ago. Miller has been a fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for years, but it was his kids who more recently reminded him of the musician’s canon.

“They
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Lily Collins is on the Road to Recovery in Trailer for ‘To the Bone’

Premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, To the Bone marks the directorial debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon. Led by Lily Collins, it tells the story of a young adult afflicted with anorexia and her battle in attempting to overcome it. Set for a release on Netflix next month, the first trailer has now arrived for the film also starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato, Brooke Smith, and Ciara Bravo.

“Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone is an occasionally harrowing drama geared towards the Ya crowd from a filmmaker that knows the terrain well, having written Fright Night and I Am Number Four, as well as TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, and Angel,” we said in our review. “Exploring eating disorders, the film is fronted by a strong performance by Lily Collins as Ellen, a 20-year old artist from an upper middle-class household living with this battle. While the script is occasionally quite frank and knows the territory it’s exploring well, it falls back on the same tropes you’d expect from a network TV series, creating artificial drama and an attempt at a loveably quirky character that derails the entire picture.”

Check out the trailer below.

A young anorexic woman reluctantly enters an unconventional treatment program, where she bonds with other residents struggling with eating disorders.

To the Bone hits Netflix on July 14.
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Secrets of The Silence of the Lambs: Inside the Making of Jonathan Demme’s Killer Horror Classic

Secrets of The Silence of the Lambs: Inside the Making of Jonathan Demme’s Killer Horror Classic
Late director Jonathan Demme’s horror masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs was only the third movie to sweep “The Big Five” at the Academy Awards when it took home trophies for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the 1992 ceremony.

More than a quarter-century later, the first horror movie in history to win Best Picture remains a pop culture touchstone. The serial-killer thriller starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins earned more than $272 million worldwide, launched multiple sequels and a television series, and continues to spook new viewers — who may or may not watch with
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From the People Archives: How Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs Was Made — and the Real Serial Killers That Inspired It

From the People Archives: How Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs Was Made — and the Real Serial Killers That Inspired It
Director Jonathan Demme, known for his hit movie The Silence of the Lambs, died Wednesday due to complications from esophageal cancer at the age of 73. Here, People takes a look back at a 1991 story on the making of Lambs and the real-life serial killers and FBI agents that inspired its unforgettable — and horrific — characters.

The cell door opens. Into a dank asylum basement steps Clarice Starling, the FBI trainee dispatched by her driven boss to interview the mad doctor. Clang! The door slams shut behind her. Simultaneously fearful and determined, she makes her way down the dark corridor to confront psychiatrist Dr.
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Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of Silence of the Lambs, Dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of Silence of the Lambs, Dead at 73
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director behind The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, died Wednesday morning, People confirms. He was 73 years old.

A representative for Demme said he died at his apartment in New York City due to complications from esophageal cancer.

The family plans to hold a private funeral and asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, Florida, in lieu of flowers.

Demme first made his debut with the 1971 biker film Angels Hard as They Come.

He gained fame in Hollywood in the 1980s with comedy films such as Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift
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Bates Motel: Season Five Ratings

The curtain is about to come to a close for the Bates Motel TV show on A&E. There's no need to worry that this series will be cancelled any longer and the series' creators have been allowed to bring the story to a conclusion. The ratings have been dropping for awhile. Will Bates Motel go out with a ratings rebound or, will they drop even lower? Stay tuned.Set in the small town of White Pine Bay in Oregon, Bates Motel tells the story of a troubled young man, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), and his unique relationship with mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga). The A&E series also stars Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, and Olivia Cooke. Recurring players include Kenny Johnson, Ryan Hurst, Rihanna, Brooke Smith, Isabelle McNally, and Austin Nichols.The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The
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Photos from Bates Motel Episode 502

In photos from the second episode of the fifth (and final) season of A&E's Bates Motel, we see that Caleb just can't leave well enough alone.

Episode 5.02 - The Convergence of the Twain synopsis (via SpoilerTV): "Norman's date doesn't go as planned; Romero's frustrations reach a boiling point; Chick brings Norman a gift."

Bates Motel Episode 502 will air on Monday, February 27th at 10:00pm Et on A&E.

"Fan favorite and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga returns for double duty as executive producer while also reprising her role as ‘Mother’ who is very much alive and well but only in the twisted, complicated mind of ‘Norman Bates’ played by Freddie Highmore.

This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho has provided fans with an intimate look into the unraveling of Norman Bates’ psyche throughout his teenage years. Fans watched as Norman’s dangerous transformation came full circle when
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See Rihanna as Marion Crane in New Images from Bates Motel’s Final Season

  • DailyDead
Following last month's reveal of Rihanna as Marion Crane, EW is back with new images of the singer/actress' take on the iconic Psycho character.

You can view EW's new images below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more coverage of Bates Motel ahead of the final season's premiere on Monday, February 20th at 10:00pm Et on A&E.

At Comic-Con 2016, Daily Dead and several other journalists spoke with Bates Motel executive producers / writers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, and they shared their thoughts on casting Rihanna as iconic Psycho character Marion Crane:

Carlton Cuse: We've been talking about putting Marion Crane in the show for a long time.We were very concerned about it because we wanted to make sure that we could do our own version of it. Funny, we ran all these things, people pitching actors who looked like [Janet] Leigh. We wanted to define
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‘Bates Motel’ Teases First Look at Rihanna as Janet Leigh’s ‘Psycho’ Character (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘Bates Motel’ Teases First Look at Rihanna as Janet Leigh’s ‘Psycho’ Character (Video)
A&E has released the first teaser and two images of Rihanna as Marion Crane in the final season of “Bates Motel.” The pop star will inhabit the role originally played by Janet Leigh in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film “Psycho” when the A&E drama returns for Season 5 next month. She joins Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, who star as Norman Bates and his twisted mother. Other new faces joining the series this season are Isabelle McNally (“House of Cards”), Austin Nichols (“The Walking Dead,” “Ray Donovan”) and Brooke Smith (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ray Donovan”). Additionally, Season 5 will see the return.
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New Images & Teaser Trailer Reveal Rihanna as Marion Crane in Bates Motel Season 5

  • DailyDead
Since it was announced at last year’s Comic-Con that Rihanna would play the iconic role of Marion Crane in the fifth and final season of A&E’s Bates Motel, many fans have been waiting to get their first look at the musician / actress’ take on the classic Janet Leigh character. That wait is now over.

Originally unveiled by EW, two new images of Rihanna as Marion Crane have been revealed, as well as a teaser trailer that features fresh looks at familiar faces who will cross paths with Norman in season 5, including Caleb, Chick, and Alex Romero.

At Comic-Con 2016, Daily Dead and several other journalists spoke with Bates Motel executive producers / writers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, and they shared their thoughts on casting Rihanna as iconic Psycho character Marion Crane:

Carlton Cuse: We’ve been talking about putting Marion Crane in the show for a long time.
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Sundance Review: ‘To the Bone’ Tells an Important Story Artificially

Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone is an occasionally harrowing drama geared towards the Ya crowd from a filmmaker that knows the terrain well, having written Fright Night and I Am Number Four, as well as TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, and Angel. Exploring eating disorders, the film is fronted by a strong performance by Lilly Collins as Ellen, a 20-year old artist from an upper middle-class household living with this battle. While the script is occasionally quite frank and knows the territory it’s exploring well, it falls back on the same tropes you’d expect from a network TV series, creating artificial drama and an attempt at a loveably quirky character that derails the entire picture.

After yet another stint in an in-patient hospital, Ellen returns home to Los Angels, living with her step mom Susan (Carrie Preston) and half-sister Kelly (Laiana Liberto
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Sundance: Netflix Buys Global Rights for ‘To The Bone’

Sundance: Netflix Buys Global Rights for ‘To The Bone’
As the first week of the Sundance Film Festival comes to a close, Netflix continued its buying spree, picking up worldwide rights to the drama “To The Bone,” starring Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins, Variety has confirmed.

The movie, directed and written by Marti Noxon, follows a 20-year-old anorexic girl (Collins) who tries to get the medical help she needs at a group home. Reeves plays her doctor. The rest of the cast includes Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor and Alex Sharp.

The deal, estimated to be around $8 million, will allow the streaming giant to show the movie in regions around the world.

To the Bone,” which debuted in the festival’s U.S. dramatic competition, was produced by Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Karina Miller, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi. It was executive produced by Talal Al Abbar, Matthew J. Malek and Anita Gou.

Netflix has had a very active Sundance,
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Norman and Norma’s Everlasting Love Featured in Teaser Posters for Fifth and Final Season of Bates Motel

  • DailyDead
February 20th can’t get here fast enough for those of us waiting to see what Norman does next following the heart-stomping season 4 finale of Bates Motel. To help hold fans over until the premiere of the fifth and final season, A&E recently unveiled bone-chilling teaser posters for the show, giving viewers an unsettling look at Norman’s eternal love for his mother…

You can view the teaser posters below (spoiler warning if you haven’t finished watching season 4), and we also have the previous press release with full details on the upcoming fifth season. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for our continued coverage of Bates Motel’s final season.

From the Press Release:new York, NY – January 9, 2017 – The haunting fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed drama, “Bates Motel,” from writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”) will premiere on Monday,
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‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Trailer: Norman Bates’ Mother Comes Back to Haunt Him

  • Indiewire
‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Trailer: Norman Bates’ Mother Comes Back to Haunt Him
A&E Network has released the trailer for the fifth and final season of “Bates Motel,” which premieres on Monday, February 20. Check out the clip below.

Season five of “Bates Motel” marks the end of the contemporary prequel of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror film “Psycho.” In the four previous seasons, viewers have been given an intimate look into the psyche of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) throughout his teenage years. [Editor’s Note: Spoilers follow for “Bates Motel” Season 4.] They’ve witnessed how his dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), in the final episodes of season four.

Read More: ‘La La Land’ Leads the 2017 BAFTA Nominations with 11 Nods

This new season picks up almost two years after the murder. Now, Norman is a grown man living what to outsiders seems like a normal, happy life. But, at home, he struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as his deceased mother has come
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‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Trailer: Norman Bates’ Mother Comes Back to Haunt Him

‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Trailer: Norman Bates’ Mother Comes Back to Haunt Him
A&E Network has released the trailer for the fifth and final season of “Bates Motel,” which premieres on Monday, February 20. Check out the clip below.

Season five of “Bates Motel” marks the end of the contemporary prequel of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror film “Psycho.” In the four previous seasons, viewers have been given an intimate look into the psyche of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) throughout his teenage years. [Editor’s Note: Spoilers follow for “Bates Motel” Season 4.] They’ve witnessed how his dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), in the final episodes of season four.

Read More: ‘La La Land’ Leads the 2017 BAFTA Nominations with 11 Nods

This new season picks up almost two years after the murder. Now, Norman is a grown man living what to outsiders seems like a normal, happy life. But, at home, he struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as his deceased mother has come
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Take a Tour of Norman’s Home in Haunting New Teaser Video for Bates Motel’s Final Season

  • DailyDead
The fourth season of Bates Motel ended on an utterly haunting note, so it's no surprise that the first teaser video for the show's fifth and final season is the stuff of nightmares.

Press Release: New York, NY – January 9, 2017 – The haunting fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed drama, “Bates Motel,” from writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”) will premiere on Monday, February 20 at 10Pm Et/Pt on A&E. Fan favorite and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga returns for double duty as executive producer while also reprising her role as ‘Mother’ who is very much alive and well but only in the twisted, complicated mind of ‘Norman Bates’ played by Freddie Highmore. In addition, eight-time Grammy Award winner and series super fan Rihanna checks in to play the role of ‘Marion Crane,’ putting a newly reimagined and contemporary spin on the iconic character.
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See Lily Collins’ Shocking Weight Loss in Exclusive First Look at To the Bone with Keanu Reeves

See Lily Collins’ Shocking Weight Loss in Exclusive First Look at To the Bone with Keanu Reeves
Lily Collins is almost unrecognizable in the first image from her new film To the Bone.

In this exclusive first look at the film — a dark comedy about a woman’s struggle with anorexia — Collins appears gaunt sitting in a doctor’s office wearing a medical gown. Keanu Reeves, who plays Collins’ physician in the film, stands across from her with a stethoscope in hand.

Based on writer-director Marti Noxon’s real-life experiences, the film tells the story of a young artist of divorced parents (Collins) going through an emotionally turbulent time. Carrie Preston plays her difficult stepmother, while Reeves
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Bates Motel Elects Grey's Anatomy Alum Brooke Smith (New) Sheriff

Bates Motel Elects Grey's Anatomy Alum Brooke Smith (New) Sheriff
There’s a new sheriff in town on Bates Motel — and that’s not just an expression!

TVLine has learned exclusively that Grey’s Anatomy grad Brooke Smith is joining the A&E thriller’s fifth and final season as Sheriff Dana Green, the new face of the law in White Pine Bay. She succeeds the now-incarcerated Alex Romero (played by Nestor Carbonell, who will nonetheless be returning as a series regular.)

RelatedBates Motel Casts Rihanna as Marion Crane for Fifth and Final Season

Smith’s Dana is described as competent, professional, moralistic and sharp. She possesses a small-town
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Great... Train Robbery, Detective, Balls of Fire

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1859 Arthur Conan Doyle is born. Probably rolls over in his grave 150 years later when Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes premieres and the great detective becomes a slo mo action hero

1868 The Great Train Robbery happens. It's the subject of a highly influential 10 minute silent film (embedded above) as soon as people figure out what to do with cameras and celluloid in 1903. Cross-cutting, breaking the fourth wall, inventing the western action movie genre? It's all happening right here. 

1907 Laurence Olivier is born. Not yet a "Sir" but already expecting a cooing audience

1945 Paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren are married. They become the fab Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016) 

1958 Jerry Lee Lewis tells the world he's married his 13 year old cousin Myra. Later they look just like Dennis Quaid and Winona Ryder in a movie

1967 Brooke Smith,
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Prince Remembered as a Stunned Hollywood Pays Tribute

Prince Remembered as a Stunned Hollywood Pays Tribute
The film and music world is in mourning once again after another legend has died far too soon. We reported the tragic news earlier today that Prince has passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, at the age of 57. While no details have been given regarding the cause of death, tributes have already started flooding in through social media as the news broke.

Initial reports revealed that Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in the a.m. hours. TMZ obtained audio of the 911 dispatch call, where an unidentified caller said there was a "male down, not breathing." The singer had recently cancelled two concert dates due to health issues, and his representatives said he had been battling the flu, when his private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois on Friday, April 15. An exact cause of death hasn't been released yet, but we'll be
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