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Exclusive interview with actress Julia Farino

26 October 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Senior Staff Writer sits down with British actress Julia Farino about her new career in the Us, her upcoming role in a new version of Lady Windermere’s Fan and her aspirations for the future…

Scott J. Davis: How did you get started as an actress-singer? Was it always your dream?

Julia Farino: Well, I didn’t dream of being a pop star or film star when I was a kid. It was only when I was 15 and wanted something to do over the summer holidays that I joined a local, youth, drama group and I fell in love with performing. I pleaded with my parents to let me leave school at 16 and apply for drama school and I was amazed as, contrary to what I expected, they agreed and backed me all the way. I enrolled in a 3 year musical theatre course at the London Studio Centre – winning »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Returned series 2: the delay, Us remake, and answers

16 October 2015 1:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




The Returned series 2 arrives on More4 in the UK tonight, Friday the 16th of October. We spoke to its creators and cast…

Fabrice Gobert, the French creator of supernatural drama The Returned, speaks good English. An inevitability of using a second language though, is the odd grammatical slip. One such slip made by Gobert at the press launch for The Returned series two is too perfect to let pass by. A pitfall of writing fantasy TV, Gobert said, is that “you can lost yourself”.

Add a capital letter to the ‘l’ word, and you can say that again.

During its enviably long run, Lost became both the high and low benchmark for atmospheric, existentially fraught TV dramas. Its early seasons gripped viewers, but its later runs frustrated many by failing to achieve the perfect ratio of mysteries to answers. That’s the tricky challenge The Returned is facing in series two. »

- louisamellor

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Crimson Peak: how Guillermo del Toro sketched its visual style

10 October 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A look at the film’s attention to gothic detail, from its Victorian architecture to its grisly ghosts

Guillermo del Toro: ‘I make eye-protein, not eye candy’

• Del Toro’s pop-cultural influences

Kim Newman on gothic cinema

Edith Cushing’S Costumes

Edith seems a typical carefree lady of the late 19th-century upper classes; her dress is sculptural to an extreme and the colouring is perhaps a reference to Symphony In Yellow, Oscar Wilde’s short paean to decadence and the aesthetic movement. “An omnibus across the bridge/ Crawls like a yellow butterfly”, go the opening lines. The butterfly was a reoccurring symbol in Victorian culture (not least its adoption by painter Whistler as his signature), in which it represented freedom.

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- Oliver Basciano

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Episode 164 – The Importance of Being Earnest

5 October 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and Sean Hutchinson to discuss Anthony Asquith’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

About the film:

Oscar Wilde’s comic jewel sparkles in Anthony Asquith’s film adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. Featuring brilliantly polished performances by Michael Redgrave, Joan Greenwood, and Dame Edith Evans, the enduringly hilarious story of two young women who think themselves engaged to the same nonexistent man is given the grand Technicolor treatment. Seldom has a classic stage comedy been so engagingly transferred to the screen.

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- Scott Nye

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[Tiff Review] The Women He’s Undressed

25 September 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A performative exploration of Australia’s own Orry-Kelly, perhaps most infamously known as Cary Grant’s lover, Women He’s Undressed is a playful look at the man behind the costumes worn by Marilyn Monroe, Betty Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, and Errol Flynn, amongst other legends of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The film’s story is told via an electrifying mix of first-person interviews, performances of Orry-Kelly’s letters, and archival materials, including clips from his films Some Like It Hot, The Maltese Falcon, Les Girls, and Arsenic and Old Lace.

The film’s charms exist in the performative elements contextualized amongst the film’s interviewees. Director Gillian Armstrong (known for her narrative films Little Women and Oscar and Lucinda) paints a picture partially routed in national pride, about a small town boy from rural New South Wales who makes good in Hollywood. The fragmented nature of the narrative »

- John Fink

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Revoltin’ Reviews: Shocker, Hellions, The Curse Of Downers Grove, and more!

10 September 2015 4:40 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Didn’t get enough red-hot reviewin’ action in my last mega-column, creeps? Well e’en if ya did—too bad! Here comes another crapload of monsters, madmen and my patented high-larious wiseass ass-wisery!


Clive Barker’S Origins: Salome/The Forbidden

•             Release Date: Available Now on DVD

•             Written By: Clive Barker

•             Directed By: Clive Barker

•             Starring:  Doug Bradley, Clive Barker, Peter Atkins, Anne Taylor, Graham Bickley

Here are a couple of flicks that I have a real history with! Way back in the distant past, a gaggle of my ghoulish gang would huddle around the ol’ cathode ray tube and blast our eyeballs with all manner of vicious visuals that were contained in these magical black rectangles called VHS tapes. Now, a lot of what some of you fiends take for granted these days (Italian gore, splatter flicks, etc.) could be damn hard to get unless you dipped yer toes in some pretty grey waters. »

- DanielXIII

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Demolition Trailer: Why Does Hollywood Keep Killing Jake Gyllenhaal’s Wives?

8 September 2015 1:29 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Demolition, directed by Dallas Buyers Club and Wild's Jean-Marc Vallée, was supposed to be the movie that got Jake Gyllenhaal over the Oscar hump — until Fox Searchlight decided to release it in April instead of this fall. But the film's still the opening-night selection at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and today brings the first trailer for the indie drama, which stars Gyllenhaal as an investment banker picking up the pieces (literally) after the death of his wife. As it turns out, the film looks much sunnier than Southpaw, the other movie where Jake Gyllenhaal loses his wife in a tragic accident. As Oscar Wilde once said, to lose one of Jake Gyllenhaal's onscreen wives is a tragedy; to lose two of Jake Gyllenhaal's onscreen wives looks likes carelessness. »

- Nate Jones

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Mom and Me review: devastating study of motherly love in Us's 'manliest state'

6 September 2015 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Irish documentarian Ken Wardrop heads to Oklahoma for an examination of mother/son love with universal appeal despite its limited scope

All women become like their mothers.

That is their tragedy.

No man does.

That’s his.

- Oscar Wilde

So opens Ken Wardrop’s deeply affecting documentary Mom and Me, a movie sure to bring sons and their mothers closer together – and further devastate those who have lost theirs.

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- Nigel M Smith

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Wes Craven, Creator of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', Dies at 76

30 August 2015 6:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Legendary horror movie director Wes Craven, who is responsible for classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away earlier today at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. After college, he was briefly a humanities professor at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. »

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Alliance for Women Film Composers Head Leads By Example

25 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For film and TV composer Laura Karpman, versatility isn’t merely about alternating between comedy and drama.

Her landmark concert work “Ask Your Mama,” based on poetry by Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes, is just out on CD. Her multimedia piece “Siren Songs,” a symphonic tone poem about the relationship between women and the oceans, was unveiled last month by the Pacific Symphony.

She is just starting work on “Underground,” Wgn’s new series about the Underground Railroad starring Christopher Meloni, and on a children’s opera based on Oscar Wilde stories for New York’s prestigious Glimmerglass Festival for next year.

And she’s founder and president of the Alliance of Women Film Composers, which is helping to promote her fellow female composers by calling widespread attention to their work in films, TV and video games.

“I live a beautiful life of daily musicmaking,” she says in her compact, »

- Jon Burlingame

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August 25th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Walking Dead Season 5, Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness

24 August 2015 5:36 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The last week of August features an eclectic array of titles that should be of interest to horror and sci-fi fans. In order to give viewers a chance to revisit last season before the next run of the series begins in October, Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing season five of The Walking Dead on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Scream Factory has put together another killer cult classic double feature with their Blu-ray presentation of Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness, and for those of you Clive Barker enthusiasts out there, you’ll finally have a chance to own the Master of Horror’s visionary short films, Salome and The Forbidden, for the first time ever this Tuesday.

Other titles arriving on August 25th include Blu-ray releases for The Sender and Student Bodies from Olive Films, newer indie horror films like Beg, Morbid and Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer, and both Jacob »

- Heather Wixson

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Best Of Enemies – The Review

20 August 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Cate Marquis

Once upon a time, there was a news media covered that politics in a calm, pointedly-neutrally way. Then the televised debate between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal happened. Nielsen numbers went through the roof and TV political coverage was never the same. Television news discovered political coverage as blood sport and traded dispassionate reporting for the entertaining fireworks of shouted confrontation and punditry.

In the highly entertaining, engrossing documentary Best Of Enemies, directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon make a credible case for the Buckley-Vidal debates, a political face-off between, intellectual giants with opposing  views, as a turning point in how the American media covers politics. The film takes us back to 1968 and the TV broadcasts of the Republican and Democratic political conventions, when these two prominent cultural and intellectual figures debated the direction of the nation.

In 1968, before cable and the internet, »

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Michael Emerson, Sally Field, Darren Criss to Star in Charity Reading of Oscar Wilde Play

20 August 2015 11:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Emerson will star in a one-night benefit reading of the Moisés Kaufman play “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” A revival of the drama, which chronicles Wilde’s trial for homosexuality, was blocked in Moscow by the Kremlin earlier this year for its Lgbt content. The reading is being staged to raise awareness of the rights being denied Russia’s Lgbtq community. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Groff, Sally FieldMichael C. HallDavid Hyde Pierce, Tony Kushner, Judith LightDarren Criss, Tituss Burges, David Burtka, Andy Mientus, Jose Llana, Will Carlyon and Jake Shears. »

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Michael Emerson & Sally Field Will Lead All-Star Reading Of Oscar Wilde Docu-Drama Banned By Kremlin

20 August 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

What Moscow rejects, Manhattan embraces: Moisés Kaufman’s celebrated 1997 docuplay Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, recently canceled by the Kremlin during pre-production, will be presented in October by a star-driven cast as a fundraiser in New York. Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person Of Interest) and Oscar winner Field (Norma Rae) will be joined by Jonathan Groff (HBO’s Looking and currently on Broadway in Hamilton), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s De… »

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Michael Emerson & Sally Field Will Lead All-Star Reading Of Oscar Wilde Docu-Drama Banned By Kremlin

20 August 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

What Moscow rejects, Manhattan embraces: Moisés Kaufman’s celebrated 1997 docuplay Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, recently canceled by the Kremlin during pre-production, will be presented in October by a star-driven cast as a fundraiser in New York. Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person Of Interest) and Oscar winner Field (Norma Rae) will be joined by Jonathan Groff (HBO’s Looking and currently on Broadway in Hamilton), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s De… »

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Interview: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke Discover ‘Mistress America’

17 August 2015 6:19 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Greta Gerwig’s persona as a character actress has blossomed in the last three years, as she has taken on three women in their twenties at the crossroads of life, in that life decade of consequence. In addition to her title roles in “Lola Versus” and “Francis Ha,” her latest is “Mistress America,” which she also co-wrote.

Directed by Noah Baumbach, the film is essentially a buddy comedy, if the buddies are two women – one a Freshman in college and aspiring writer named Tracy (Lola Kirke), and the other (Gerwig) a overwrought urban survivalist named Brooke – living with uncertainty, guile and pomposity in New York City. Like the Greta Gerwig characters of Lola and Francis, Brooke is an achiever in a different way, as they all learn to understand what their purpose is, when challenged with life altering change that is not necessarily what they wanted.

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The Importance Of Doubting Tom Filming in St. Louis – Wamg Coverage

12 August 2015 8:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It’s always exciting when there’s a new feature film being shot in St. Louis! We Are Movie Geeks was recently on the set of The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic comedy set in the world of dart throwing where the “competitions play out echoing and mirroring the games that lovers play”. It’s loosely based on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance Of Doubting Tom is written and directed by Vanessa Roman, who has been actively working in the local theater and film industry for 15 years. Her first film, Play Dead, won Best Horror Short and Best Juvenile Actress at The St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and her second, The Inheritance won Best Experimental film at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.

Vanessa has assembled a first-rate cast and crew for The Importance Of Doubting Tom.

Director of Photography Chris Benson has shot many commercials, »

- Tom Stockman

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Film Review: ‘Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F’

12 August 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F,” the latest feature in the long-running anime franchise, the runty sycophant Sorbet revives the shredded super-villain Frieza, with a little help from the magical dragon Shenlong, thereby enabling Frieza to seek revenge on the Saiyan warriors Goku and Vegeta, who must heed the wise words of Beerus, the feline god of destruction, and Whis, martial artist extraordinaire, to save Earth from destruction. If any of that makes any sense to you, consider yourself among the many “Dragon Ball Z” aficionados likely to be amused and excited by this fantastical feature, which should have a long life in various platforms after its fleeting (yet profitable) run in North American theaters. But if you’re thoroughly befuddled by that plot precis — well, the movie itself won’t provide much enlightenment.

A strictly members-only entertainment for a dedicated target audience, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F »

- Joe Leydon

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Who Killed Captain Alex? or Where's John Wayne When You Need Him?

10 August 2015 10:41 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

"You think I'll sit back and do nothing as you try to eat me like a juicy grasshopper?" shouts Richard, the thuggish head of the Ugandan crime syndicate, the Tiger Mafia.

This unraveling gent has been raving ever since his brother was captured that afternoon by Captain Alex and his commandos. That Richard discovers his wife was spared provides no solace to him. In fact, just the opposite. Richard yells at her, "I don't need you. I have dozens of wives. I only have one brother." Then he bellows to his second-in-command, "Instead of my brother, you saved this bitch." He then shoots his spouse. (This isn't as sexist as it sounds since Richard tends to shoot everyone whether friend or foe.)

Sadly, this drug-dealing villain is not the only one on the set who's psychotically unsettled. There's the hired gun who notes, "I'm a mercenary from Russia. I came here to kill. »

- Brandon Judell

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Seven shorts honoured by Miff

9 August 2015 10:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Seven films have been recognised for their strength, technicality and ingenuity in the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff) best shorts awards.

The jury consisting of producer Anna McLeish, author and writer Christos Tsiolkas and Rialto Distribution.s Hayley Weston. awarded the following films: The Rmit University Award for Best Experimental Short Film went to French film Tehran-geles by director Arash Nassiri and producer Eric Prigent, in which a futuristic vision of Tehran is constructed using aerial shots of Los Angeles at night. The jury said, .Nassiri.s astonishing and mesmerising film, that blurs the lines between animation and the real, between science fiction and documentary, is a visually inventive exploration of what the future of the moving image might look like.. Pond5 Award for Best Documentary Short Film was given to Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island by director/producer Lukas Schrank, in which animation is used to depict »

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