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Martin Landau, Oscar-Winning 'Ed Wood' Actor, Dead at 89

17 July 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning Ed Wood actor who appeared in Crimes & Misdemeanors, North by Northwest and the Mission: Impossible TV series over a career that spanned over 50 years, died Saturday at the age of 89.

Landau died following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization" at the UCLA Medical Center, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor spent five years as a newspaper cartoonist in his native New York before deciding to focus on acting; As Landau often stated, he and Steve McQueen were notably the only two applicants accepted into »

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Newswire: R.I.P. Martin Landau, Oscar-winning actor

16 July 2017 6:58 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, actor Martin Landau—who won an Academy Award for his performance as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood—has died. Landau recently had a “brief stay” at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but he died yesterday due to “unexpected complications.” He was 89.

Landau was born in Brooklyn in 1928, and while he was still a teenager, he got a job as a cartoonist for the Daily News. After a few years, though, he abruptly quit his job to follow his dream and become a theatrical actor, something he recognized many years later as a “crazy” idea. Crazy as it was, Landau auditioned at the Actors Studio in 1955, and out of more than 2,000 other aspiring actors, only he and one other person were accepted into the program—the other being Steve McQueen. Later, in a production of Middle Of The Night »

- Sam Barsanti

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Film4 appoints Ollie Madden as head of creative

12 July 2017 3:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cassandra Carias also joins business affairs team.

Ollie Madden has been appointed as head of creative at Film4, joining from Kudos where he was executive producer.

He replaces Rose Garnett who left in February to head up BBC Films.

Madden previously worked at Warner Bros, Intermedia and Miramax before he joined Kudos as head of film in 2011. His credits include Spooks: The Greater Good, the Sherlock Holmes franchise, Magicians and upcoming BBC1 mini-series Gunpowder. The search for candidates was carried out by recruitment firm Mission Bay.

Cassandra Carias has been appointed head of finance, where she replaces Harry Dixon, who left in March to join House Productions. Starting in August, she is currently head of legal and business affairs at eOne Features.

She previously worked at Harbottle and Lewis for 14 years, rising from trainee to senior associate. She also had an 18-month secondment to Working Title Films. She has worked on Eye in the Sky, Les Miserables »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Britain’s Film4 Appoints Ollie Madden as Head of Creative

12 July 2017 2:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Britain’s Film4, which recently had four titles at the Cannes Film Festival, has tapped veteran production executive Ollie Madden as its new head of creative.

Madden will move to Film4 from his current role as executive producer at Kudos, where he has worked since 2011. He succeeds Rose Garnett, who recently left Film4 to oversee BBC Films.

Madden has worked in film and television in both the indie sector and studio system. His past stints have been at Warner Bros., Intermedia, Miramax, and Kudos, where he was head of film. His movie credits include “Spooks: The Greater Good,” based on the British TV show, and Warner Bros.Sherlock Holmes franchise, starring Robert Downey, Jr.

Madden said in a statement that joining Film4 “was too good an opportunity to pass up. I’ve had a creative crush on Film4’s output from my earliest days in the business, and it will be a real privilege to be involved »

- Henry Chu

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'Baby Driver': How Edgar Wright Staged the Crime Movie's Musical Action Scenes

28 June 2017 9:55 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Edgar Wright was, by his own account, "21 years old, living in North London, broke and on the dole – that's British for 'welfare'" in 1995 when he was struck by what he can only compare to a near-religious vision. The filmmaker was in the process of editing his first movie, a low-budget Spaghetti western homage, but the future director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz had nothing lined up and no sense of what he really wanted to do with his life. And then he put on "Bellbottoms," the first »

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All Eyez on Me Review

27 June 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

In the opening scene to Benny Boom’s Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, we see the esteemed rapper tell a reporter, in prison, he wants his real story to be told – and the interviewer responds by assuring the hotheaded wordsmith he’ll do all he can. Effectively working as something of a mouthpiece for the director, or a disclaimer even, sadly it’s not a promise kept – as we struggle to get beyond the facade of the infamous performer.

It’s a shame this be the case, for Tupac was a unique hip hop artist, who put everything on the line. Take Do For Love – he strips himself of that distinctive masculinity, and loses his dignity – it’s a song about being so deep in love he’s willing to forgive his partner for any wrongdoing. This was the sort of person Tupac was, and »

- Stefan Pape

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Film-maker Asif Kapadia: ‘Maradona is the third part of a trilogy about child geniuses and fame’

25 June 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director of Senna and Amy on falling in love with his subjects, tackling Maradona, and how his films resemble pop art

London-born director Asif Kapadia is known for his “true fiction” documentaries: 2010’s groundbreaking Senna, about the Formula One icon Ayrton Senna; and Amy, on the short life of Amy Winehouse, which won the Oscar for best documentary feature in 2016. He is currently working on a film about another troubled genius, Diego Maradona. Before factual films, Kapadia made narrative dramas. His first feature, The Warrior, will be screened this summer as part of a Bafta Debuts tour, which showcases a handful of Bafta-winning debut films from leading British directors, such as Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold and Steve McQueen.

The Warrior won two Baftas – for best debut and for outstanding British film in 2003 – but it’s been seen less than some of your other films. Do you think it stands the test of time? »

- Tim Lewis

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‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Boards Steve McQueen’s Heist Drama ‘Widows’

24 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Fresh off her excellent turns as police chief Gloria Burgle in the third season of FX’s Fargo and as Nora Durst on HBO’s The Leftovers, actress Carrie Coon is the latest to join the superb cast of director Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist movie, Widows. Read all about the Carrie Coon Widows casting below. McQueen, who hasn’t directed a movie since […]

The post ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Boards Steve McQueen’s Heist Drama ‘Widows’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Carrie Coon joins Steven McQueen’s Widows

23 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Leftovers and Fargo star Carrie Coon has become the latest addition to the cast of Widows, the next film from acclaimed director Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave). Coon will start work on the film once she completes production on The Papers for director Steven Spielberg.

Widows is based upon the 1983 Lynda La Plante crime series has been scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. It follows a group of  women who team up to complete a heist when their husbands are killed on the job. Coon will play one of the widows who declines to join the heist.

Production on Widows is set to get underway this summer, with a cast that includes Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Andre Holland, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Garret Dillahunt. »

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‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

23 June 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Carrie Coon has made quite a name for herself on the small screen recently. Her roles in “Fargo” and “The Leftovers” are putting her in the Emmy discussion. Now, it seems, she’s ready to make that transition to the big screen, and she’s signed up for her next big film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coon will soon begin production on “Widows.”

Widows” is based on the 1980’s British TV series about a group of armed robbers who are killed during a heist attempt.

Continue reading ‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ at The Playlist. »

- Charles Dean

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Fargo’s Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s Heist Film Widows

22 June 2017 4:59 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Steve McQueen's upcoming heist thriller Widows casts Fargo and The Leftovers star Carrie Coon as one of the titular widows. »

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Fargo’s Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s Widows

22 June 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The heist thriller debuts in 2018

The post Fargo’s Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s Widows appeared first on ComingSoon.net. »

- Spencer Perry

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Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen's Heist Thriller 'Widows' (Exclusive)

22 June 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Carrie Coon, currently generating Emmy heat for her superlative work on Fargo and The Leftovers, is headed to the big screen.

The actress has joined the cast of Widows, the New Regency thriller being directed by Steve McQueen. Coon will shoot her part after she wraps work on The Papers, Steven Spielberg’s journalism drama for DreamWorks centering on the Pentagon Papers.

Widows, currently in production, features an ensemble that includes Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez as well as Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Daniel Kaluuya.

The story, based on the 1980s British TV series of the same name, starts »

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Fargo Season 3, Episode 10 Review: Somebody to Love

22 June 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

I gotta be honest, I wasn't looking forward to the Fargo Season 3 finale. There were a lot of balls up in the air and no clear way to tie off all the dangling plot threads. Last season's finale, with the crazy motel shootout and the sudden spaceship appearance, kind of left a bad taste in my mouth -- don't give me space aliens in my neo-noir, crime drama and then fail to explain it. Unfortunately, as events in this finale play out, prepare to be somewhat disappointed... but in a good way, I guess.

Gloria (Carrie Coon) writes a resignation letter in the cold opening, she's cleaned out her desk and headed for the door when the phone rings. IRS guy, Larue Dollard (Hamish Linklater), has built an epic case of fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion -- some of it actually illegal. Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) sent the care package to Dollard to take down Emmit. He's papered his conference room walls with the documents, it looks like a big deal but it's really not -- we later learn this is all just a false show of bravado, another red herring in a season of red herrings, and it makes the case (again) that we can't trust our eyes.

Related - Fargo Season 3, Episode 9 Review: Aporia

However, with that single phone call everything changes. Gloria's back... in an IRS team-up! What? Not the sexy, dramatic moment you were hoping for? Ok, then how about Nikki and Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard) sawing-off shotguns and prepping for a heavy assault inside a dimly lit motel room. That's more like it, amirite?

Varga (David Thewlis) has sequestered Emmit (Ewan McGregor) in his house, playing out this minor subplot's endgame. He's surrounded himself with a platoon of patrolling gunmen, fearful of the Swango and Wrench alliance -- rightly so. Emmit is tired, he just wants it all to be over, and though he makes a desperate play to kill Varga, he predictably fizzles. Emmit's story (and by extension, Ray's story too) is the least interesting of the season; things just happen to Emmit and he does little to stop them. It's not that Emmit is an unsympathetic character, rather it's that he's barely present at all, an ultimately inconsequential plot device. Fargo Season 3 has been all about Varga, Nikki, and Gloria.

Nikki lures Varga and his fireteam to an abandoned storage facility. They head for a third floor rendezvous, which is shot like a horror movie. A grim corridor of death awaits as they exit the elevator -- It's a trap (sorry, my inner Star Wars nerd got loose for a moment)!!! Shockingly, we don't witness the bloody ambush -- creator Noah Hawley is showing restraint? Naturally, Varga makes a hasty exit, sacrificing his own men to save himself. Nikki and Wrench subsequently settle their accounts, and Wrench reluctantly walks away with a pile of cash -- he's proven to be the most loyal and honest broker in this warped season, next to Gloria of course.

And then there's Ruby Goldfarb (Mary McDonnell). I kept wondering what an actress of her stature was doing in such a tiny cameo role? It didn't add up. And now we know why: she was the big boss all along; the least among us rises again. Goldfarb takes over Stussy Enterprises and shows Emmit the door in an epic power play!

Feels like we all need a warm hug in a nice Minnesota quilt, eh?

Alas, Nikki's story ends in tragedy and disgrace. She tracks down Emmit on a lonely stretch of Minnesota highway and levels a shotgun on him... until a state trooper rolls up and things go South. I can't say it makes much sense, Nikki is a smart character, a survivor -- it betrays her intelligence to go out in such a stupid fashion. But she's happier now, I guess, reunited with Ray (if you believe in that kind of thing).

But wait, there's more! Another time jump, and it's five years later. Emmit has reconciled with his family; Sy is... alive; Varga's still in the wind; and the big IRS case resulted in a limp misdemeanor and probation (Emmit's illicit earnings allegedly stashed overseas), until Mr. Wrench proves his loyalty one last time and finally settles Nikki's score with Emmit.

On a more positive note, Gloria has moved on, she's a special agent in the Department of Homeland Security. Varga turns up in a Dhs holding cell, and so we finally get our Gloria vs. Varga faceoff (referring to himself now as Daniel Rand, a software salesman out of Brussels -- Hawley is a Marvel fan too, apparently). We've come full-circle, the ending scene is reminiscent of the season's cold opening in East Germany. The dialog here is sharp and there's a fun back-and-forth tension to the scene, but it doesn't tell us very much. Varga tries to convince Gloria that he is about to go free and she contends that he's headed for federal lockup... we wait for the door behind Gloria to open. Will Varga, Rand, the Devil, or whoever he truly is walk away free or in handcuffs? The clocks ticks down and the lights go dark, roll credits. Hunh?

It's a convoluted, kind of unsatisfying ending... but I gotta give Hawley credit, he avoided the formula. I'm glad the season ended on character rather than spectacle. Season 3 really didn't connect with Seasons 1 and 2, and that's Ok. There's no good way to end any complicated story, particularly one this quirky and oddball. What's actually so surprising about this finale is that it's all about the ladies. Noah Hawley is a progressive! It's not the slam bang ending we were expecting, but dammit, it's the ending we deserved! We wish you well in your future endeavors agent Burgle, it's well-earned.

Grade: B

Was this the ending to Fargo Season 3 that you expected? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Marvel’s Defenders Gets A Series Of Motion Posters & One Standard Poster

22 June 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

We have just under two months until Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist unite to defend New York City in the upcoming limited series The Defenders. This has been a long time coming for the Marvel and Netflix franchise. Just as The Avengers was the culmination of everything on the big screen, The Defenders will serve as a culmination of everything that’s come from the four show and five seasons of television since 2015.

Thus far, we’ve seen a couple of teasers (the first of which was just a shot in the elevator), and from what we can tell, they’re really selling this group as a ragtag group. Unlike The Avengers, they don’t quite have the same polish you’d expect of most big superheroes, and they’re looking to capitalize on that for the new motion posters and poster.

Check them out below!

I don't need sight to know you're staring. #Defend pic.twitter.com/ImHiFFvcCU

— Daredevil (@Daredevil) June 22, 2017

This is my face. Now get out of it. #Defend pic.twitter.com/UI6yYFGPNj

Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) June 22, 2017

Straight outta Harlem. #Defend pic.twitter.com/P859gY7wAm

Luke Cage (@LukeCage) June 22, 2017

They didn't teach this kind of focus in K'un-Lun. #Defend pic.twitter.com/0H2Qphr8EG

— Iron Fist (@MarvelIronFist) June 22, 2017

There's no 'us' in team. #Defend pic.twitter.com/jOFJUyYilq

— The Defenders (@TheDefenders) June 22, 2017

Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of the aesthetics here. I enjoy the music playing the background (which we already saw in the trailer), as well as that somewhat campy “we don’t give a s**t” attitude they have going on there, but from a visual standpoint, it all looks a bit cheap. The poster itself seems to be the biggest offender. Perhaps it's the way they're posed, or the faces they're giving, but something feels a bit off. As someone who’s a fan of the shows, I kind of get what they’re going for, but I’m not sure it’ll do much to convince anyone who’s uninitiated that it’s worth watching.

But of course, that’s just my opinion. What’s yours? Do you like what Marvel and Netflix have done with these posters? Let us know in the comments down below!

The Defenders hits Netflix on August 18, 2017.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Bashes Tupac Biopic Over Negative Portrayal

16 June 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The negativity surrounding the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me continues as Tupac's long-time pal Jada Pinkett Smith bashes the movie's portrayal of their friendship. The biopic has been criticized for being too surface level and for not digging into what made Tupac who he really was. Movieweb's Julian Roman calls the movie a "Wikipedia biopic," while declaring that the movie lacks depth. In other words, long time fans of 'Pac aren't going to learn anything new unless its fabricated', which unfortunately was the case for life long friend of Tupac, Pinkett Smith.

Pinkett Smith took to Twitter to air her grievances over her portrayal in All Eyez on Me. Pinkett explains.

"The reimagining of my relationship with Pac has been deeply hurtful."

Further in Pinkett Smith's tweet storm this morning she goes on to correct some of the fallacies depicted in the biopic. Read what she had to say below. »

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Review: ‘Scum’ is an Unflinching Powerhouse of Brute Force

14 June 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Though released nearly four decades ago, the impact of British director Alan Clarke’s stripped-down, visually matter-of-fact-yet-enrapturing “prison” drama Scum can still be felt in ripples throughout modern cinema, from the dirt-caked musings of the excellent Starred Up, to the philosophical discussion posed between a beaten Bobby Sands and stubborn priest in Steve McQueen’s Hunger. Shrouded in controversy upon its release, Scum has sat for years under the sort of “banned film” title that lends to a certain morbid fascination, which itself overlooks potential (or inherent) cinematic value. But Scum lives up to its title to this day, its manic energy balanced with an assured and naked openness that creates a searing level of realism and, as such, savagery.

Scum is set in a juvenile-offender institution that is more akin to youthful hell than a chance at redemption for its sordid inmates, who struggle, fall, and brawl in the »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Win Passes to the Advance Screening of Baby Driver In St. Louis

12 June 2017 7:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“He’s a good kid, and a devil behind the wheel.”

That’s Baby (Ansel Elgort), an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he’s got his escape route plotted to the beat of specific tunes that go from his well-curated iPod straight to his ears, and which translate into expertly timed hairpin turns, gear shifts and evasive maneuvers that leave his passengers on the ride of their lives.

Which makes Baby Driver, with its mixture of mph and music, the newest explosion of genre-crossing excitement from writer-director Edgar Wright, an action thriller unlike any other.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Baby Driver on June 21st in the St. Louis area.

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- Tom Stockman

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Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dead at 88 After Battle with Leukemia

10 June 2017 8:41 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Adam West, the actor known for playing the title role in the 1960s television series Batman, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed to Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and the BBC. He was 88.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

The actor is best remembered for his turn as Gotham’s Caped Crusader — though his career spanned six decades of film, stage and voice work.

Born William West Anderson on Sept. »

- Lanford Beard

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The Man in the Moon (1991)

9 June 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Robert Mulligan’s late career gem is a beautiful, fad-free tale of teenage romance with universal appeal, famed for introducing Reese Witherspoon to the screen. She’s truly a sensation, as is the actress Emily Warfield as the older sister who ‘steals’ Reese’s beau. Photographed by Freddie Francis, this tops even Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Man in the Moon

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1991 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date May 16, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland, Reese Witherspoon, Jason London, Emily Warfield, Bentley Mitchum.

Cinematography: Freddie Francis

Film Editor: Trudy Ship

Original Music: James Newton Howard

Written by Jenny Wingfield

Produced by Mark Rydell

Directed by Robert Mulligan

 

I certainly didn’t want this one to get away. I started work at the newly reconstituted MGM in 1991, when it was pretending that the ownership upsets and financial woes of »

- Glenn Erickson

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