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Walter Hill Talks ‘The Assignment’ and Making Movies in the 70s on ‘Wtf with Marc Maron’ — Listen

23 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Legendary filmmaker Walter Hill sat down with Marc Maron recently for an episode of his acclaimed podcast “Wtf with Marc Maron,” and the two men went deep on everything from “The Assignment” to Hill’s early days as a production assistant to the state of cinema today. Before carving out his own filmmaking career, Hill worked with directors including Sam Peckinpah and Woody Allen.

Read More: Netflix to Make ‘Outlaw King’ With ‘Hell or High Water’s’ David Mackenzie and Chris Pine

Here are some snippets from Maron’s conversation with Hill.

On working on educational movies at the start of his career:

It was an offshoot of Encyclopedia Britannica movies. They used to make these 16mm films for students….I did research and I wrote part of them, but I immediately said to myself, “What the fuck am I doing? I don’t even like these movies.”

On what »

- Graham Winfrey

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5 Perfect Shots With Ben Wheatley

21 April 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With ‘Free Fire’ hitting theaters this weekend, we enlist director Ben Wheatley in the selection of a few of his favorite Shots.

We’ve been out there stanning for Ben Wheatley’s new movie Free Fire from the moment we laid eyes on the first trailer. In fact, we’d heard rumors and rumblings about it well before that — a cavalcade of reliable voices telling us that this was going to be our kind of movie. When our Victor Stiff reviewed the film at Tiff in 2016, he wasn’t shy with his praise.

This weekend it arrives in a number of theaters around the country and we’re happy that everyone can see it and discuss it. It’s a lot of fun. But in true form, we also like the idea of going deeper with a filmmaker like Ben Wheatley — and in true One Perfect Shot form, that means digging into some of the filmmaker’s »

- One Perfect Shot

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Yes, The Justice League Movie Can Work - Here's How

3 April 2017 8:18 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

This year will see a bit of a culmination for the DC Extended Universe. Not only will we be getting a standalone Wonder Woman movie, but mere months later, we will be seeing her, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and (presumably) Superman take to the big screen together in Justice League.

Of course, in any shared universe, it’s impossible Not to make comparisons to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which boasted five standalone films before seeing them all team up in The Avengers. Dissimilarly, DC has only had one standalone film so far, two teamups, and will have one more standalone before Justice League hits the big screen. It’s a much different approach, to say the least, and while it’s all well and good that they’re trying to pave their own path, there is no denying that they’re in a bit of a rough spot. »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Sing,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Take Top Two Spots on Disc Charts

29 March 2017 10:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two new theatrical releases powered their way into the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ended March 26, bumping “Moana,” the musical fantasy from Walt Disney Pictures, to No. 3 after two weeks as the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Sing,” the computer-animated musical from Universal Pictures about a group of animals that enter a singing contest hosted by a koala seeking to save his theater, debuted at No. 1 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and Npd’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film, which earned just under $270 million in U.S. theaters, features more than 60 songs from famous artists, along with an original song by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, “Faith,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe award.

Debuting at a distant No. 2 was 20th Century Fox’s “Assassin’s Creed, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This April

29 March 2017 2:27 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This April will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Monday, April 3 The Chaos of Cool: A Tribute to Seijun Suzuki

In February, cinema lost an icon of excess, Seijun Suzuki, the Japanese master who took the art of the B movie to sublime new heights with his deliriously inventive approach to narrative and visual style. This series showcases seven of the New Wave renegade’s works from his career breakthrough in the sixties: Take Aim at the Police Van (1960), an off-kilter whodunit; Youth of the Beast (1963), an explosive yakuza thriller; Gate of Flesh (1964), a pulpy social critique; Story of a Prostitute (1965), a tragic romance; Tokyo Drifter »

- Ryan Gallagher

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CHiPs movie review: they promised chip would happen, and it did

27 March 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Toilet humor, cars exploding for no reason, random naked boobies, and gay panic… although, weirdly, also lots of awkward, unerotic nearly naked Dax Shepard. I’m “biast” (pro): enjoyed the TV show, but I was like eight then

I’m “biast” (con): enough with the reboots

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 2011, the comedian and actor Dax Shepard made his feature debut with the mockumentary Brother’s Justice. In it, he plays a version of himself as — in the words of Gary Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times — “an impulsive, clueless narcissist on a journey to reinvent himself as an action star.” The plot involves Shepard running around Hollywood trying to raise money to make a cash-grab action movie starring himself. His 2012 second feature as writer and director (and star), action comedy Hit and Run, might have looked like a fulfillment of that dream, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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African-Americans, Asian-Americans Went to More Movies in 2016 (Study)

22 March 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

African-Americans and Asian-Americans showed up in force at the box office in 2016 as major movies showed greater diversity in their casting and subject matter, according to a new report by the Motion Picture Association of America.

The number of frequent African-American moviegoers nearly doubled to 5.6 million last year, while the number of regular Asian ticket-buyers jumped from 3.2 million to 3.9 million. The MPAA defines frequent moviegoers as people who attend the cinema once a month or more. Both groups were over-represented on a population basis. African-Americans made up 15% of frequent moviegoers, while comprising 12% of the U.S. population. Asians account for 8% of the population, but made up 11% of frequent moviegoers.

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Global Box Office Hits Record $38.6 Billion in 2016 Even as China Slows Down

In 2016, Asians over-represented the most of any group in terms of per capita ticket buying. They went to the movies an average of 6.1 times last year, up from »

- Brent Lang

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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

17 March 2017 8:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

17 March 2017 8:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Great Job, Internet!: Meet the man who played Godzilla

9 March 2017 12:08 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Despite the widely held belief that every movie monster is either played by Doug Jones in makeup or Andy Serkis in a ping-pong-ball-covered bodysuit, there are actually a number of actors that have graced the silver screen in elaborate costumes and achieved a sort of anonymous fame thanks to their iconic roles. One such actor is Haruo Nakajima, the man who first wreaked havoc on a miniature Tokyo dressed as the monstrous, ocean-dwelling lizard Godzilla.

Recently, the mini-documentary makers at Great Big Story sat down with Nakajima and got to the bottom of how he got into that suit. The 88-year-old actor’s career began soon after World War II, when he became a stunt man for samurai films such as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. But it wasn’t until he performed stunts for the WWII film Eagle Of The Pacific that Nakajima caught the eye of future Godzilla »

- Dan Neilan

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‘Doctor Strange’ Joins Trio of Oscar Winners on Disc Sales Charts

9 March 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The latest Marvel superhero movie distributed by Walt Disney Studios, “Doctor Strange,” shot to the top of the national home video sales charts the week ended March 5, outselling its nearest competitor by a margin of more than four to one.

The film, which earned nearly $233 million in U.S. theaters, topped both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and Npd’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Meanwhile, this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, Lionsgate’s “Moonlight,” debuted at No. 6 on both charts.

Hacksaw Ridge,” one of two Academy Award winners – and Best Picture nominees – released on disc by Lionsgate just before the Oscars, slipped to No. 2 on both charts. Directed by Mel Gibson, the biopic about a pacifist war medic won Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.

The other Oscar winner, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Oscar Winners ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Manchester’ Soar to Top of Disc Charts

2 March 2017 3:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two Academy Award winners – and Best Picture nominees – were released on disc by Lionsgate just before the Oscars and promptly vaulted to the top of the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 26.

Hacksaw Ridge,” the Mel Gibson-directed biopic of a pacifist war medic that won Oscars for Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, debuted at No. 1 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and Npd’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc Sales chart.

The film earned $67 million in U.S. theaters.

Manchester by the Sea,” the $46.9 million-grossing drama about an uncle (Casey Affleck) forced to return home to take care of his nephew after the death of his brother, debuted at No. 4 on both charts. Affleck won an Oscar for Best Actor; the film also picked up Best Original Screenplay honors for Kenneth Lonergan, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Best TV to See in March: 'Feud,' Time Travel and the Return of Samurai Jack

28 February 2017 11:41 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Did you know time-travel is having something of a moment, with a new buddy-buddy sitcom and a historical crime procedural offering two differing takes on the topic? And networks are offering harshly critical perspectives on exploitation of undocumented labor and the racial underpinnings of police shootings? There's a bounty of interesting programming dropping this month, as well as a trio of beloved shows returning: Welcome back, The Americans! How we've missed you, Review! Has it really been a dozen years since we saw you last, Samurai Jack!?! Here are 10 shows »

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Voyage of discovery by Jennie Kermode

23 February 2017 10:57 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Lost In France and The Maurons at the O2 ABC Photo: Neil Thomas Douglas

Tuesday at the Glasgow Film Festival was an opportunity to catch up on some of the great films shown over the past week, and to enjoy some classic slices of cinema, including Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, one of several of his collaborations with Toshirô Mifune being shown this year. There was also a potent portrait of modern Japanese life in the form of troubling family drama Harmonium, winner of last year’s Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes, which attendees described as depressing and fascinating in equal measure, and which is part of an evolving trend in Japanese cinema focused on exploring the role of women, which critically acclaimed works like Creepy and Happy Hour have also contributed to.

Michael Koch Photo: Alyn J Smith

The evening saw two very different stories about refugees: »

- Jennie Kermode

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‘Trolls’ Trumps ‘Arrival’ to Remain No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

22 February 2017 3:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Despite a tough challenge by Paramount’s newly released “Arrival,” 20th Century Fox again topped the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 19 with “Trolls,” the DreamWorks Animation family feature based on the toy dolls.

“Arrival,” a sci-fi actioner that grossed just over $100 million in U.S. theaters, finished a close second on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and Npd’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc Sales chart.

Npd research shows the film sold 66% as many units its first week in stores as “Trolls” did in the latter’s second week of release. On Blu-ray Disc the race was tighter, with “Arrival” selling 78% as many units as “Trolls.”

“The Arrival,” according to Npd, generated 61% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to 51% for “Trolls” (down from 53% its first week of release).

The No. 3 spot on the sales »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘The Red Turtle’ Director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s 10 Favorite Films

16 February 2017 11:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If one is looking to experience a dose of astonishing beauty, now in theaters in the Oscar-nominated animation The Red Turtle. A co-production with Studio Ghibli, Michaël Dudok de Wit’s first feature-length film is a humble, patient drama with an emotionally rich finale. To celebrate its theatrical release here in the U.S., we’re highlighting the director’s all-time favorite films, which he submitted to BFI‘s latest Sight & Sound poll. Featuring classics from Kubrick, Cimino, Kurosawa, and more, on the animation side, he makes sure to recognize a Miyazaki masterwork, along with a seminal Disney film.

“Just before the team arrived, Studio Ghibli called me and said, ‘We’ve been thinking about the list of words that are supposed to be spoken in the film and we think you should drop the dialogue entirely,'” the director told us, speaking about the production process of his film. »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Trolls’ Tops Disc Sales Charts

15 February 2017 5:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twentieth Century Fox topped the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 12 with “Trolls,” the DreamWorks Animation family feature based on the iconic toy dolls.

The film, which earned more than $153 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and Npd’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc Sales chart.

The computer-animated film, about two trolls trying to save their village from troll-eating adversaries, generated 53% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, Npd research shows.

Also new to the charts is the animated superhero film “Justice League Dark,” from Warner Bros. Animation, which generated 69% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc. “Justice League Dark” bowed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, behind Lionsgate’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which held onto the No. 2 spot it debuted in the prior week. »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Tspdt’s 1,000 Greatest Films 2017 Edition Adds ‘The New World,’ ‘Amour,’ ‘Hunger,’ and More

13 February 2017 11:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s just a few weeks until this year’s Oscars, which means the Hollywood machine is running out of steam to provide “new angles” on various awards season campaigns and Oscar bloggers are trying to squeeze traffic out of last-minute prediction shifts. It’s fitting, then, that around this time every year we get a rather substantial update of one of the most comprehensive polls on the greatest films of all-time, not simply the November/December releases with the biggest marketing budget come Academy Awards time.

That’s right, They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? has now published their 2017 edition of 1,000 Greatest Films, culled together from an exhaustive list of major publications and critics. Still topped by Citizen Kane, I often find the most interesting portion to be those films that have most moved around, for better or worse, especially those with newfound critical admiration. This year, Terrence Malick »

- Jordan Raup

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Berlin: South Korean Political Thriller 'Master' Sells to Multiple Territories

9 February 2017 11:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

South Korean giant Cj Entertainment has unveiled a slew of deals as the European Film Market in Berlin kicked off Thursday.

The deals come under the leadership of newly appointed head of sales and distribution Yoonhee Choi.

Master, starring The Magnificent Seven star Lee Byung-hun, has sold to China (Lemon Tree), Japan (Twin), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Hong Kong, Macau (Deltamac), Singapore, Malaysia (Clover Films), Australia and New Zealand (Jbg Pictures), Turkey (Medyavizyon), the Philippines (Viva Communications), Mongolia (Bloomsbury), India (Vr Films & Studios), Italy (Minerva) and Thailand (M Pictures).

Cj is directly distributing the film in North America (Cj Entertainment America), Vietnam (Cj E&M Vietnam) and Indonesia »

- Lee Hyo-won

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The Greatest Western Films

2 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Whether it’s the golden era of spaghetti westerns or the more blood soaked appeal of the Tarantino films, there’s no denying that Hollywood loves the appeal of the old west. From books, to video games, and even casino slots, the world loves a good western. We take a look at some of the greatest films in history!

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

Without a doubt, one of the most popular westerns in cinematic history, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was released in 1969. Directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman the film is loosely based on a true story. It tells the story of the outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, known as Butch Cassidy and his partner Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid, who are on the run after a string of train robberies. The pair, along with Longabaugh ‘s lover Etta Place flee to Bolivia in »

- The Hollywood News

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