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The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '73 arrives on July 31st, just over two weeks from now. You need to get your votes in too if you want to participate (instructions at the bottom of this post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started.
The Smackdown Panel for July
Without further ado let's meet our panel who will be discussing popular classics Paper Moon, The Exorcist, and American Graffiti as well as the more obscure title Summer Wishes Winter Dreams. All of the Supporting Actress nominees this Oscar vintage were first timers and so are our Smackdown panelists.
Dana Delany is an actress working on stage, screen, television and now internet. She was last seen starring in "Body of Proof" on ABC. In August you can rate and review the pilot "Hand of God" in which she co-stars with Ron Perlman on Amazon. »
- NATHANIEL R
Yesterday, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto revealed plenty of new information about Season 2, including the fact that it will feature 4 main leads. Today, it looks like one of those central characters will be portrayed by Colin Farrell.
Colin Farrell is currently in deep negotiations to portray one of the main characters, in a storyline that takes place in the lesser known areas of California. The story may also deal with the little known occult history of the U.S. transportation system, but Nic Pizzolatto doesn't want to confirm that just yet.
Colin Farrell will follow in the footsteps of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who both earned Emmy nominations for their roles in True Detective Season 1. Colin Farrell will continue the HBO series' tradition of bringing in high caliber talent for just one 8 episode season. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain were previously rumored to be up for roles in True Detective »
William Friedkin and his wife Sherry Lansing He’s a bit of a dinosaur but he knows his craft and remains passionate about movie-making. William Friedkin whose name is stamped all over The Exorcist and The French Connection clears the air around his personal space by blasting current Hollywood thinking. Yet he still gets to make films ... and attend festivals such as the 49th edition of Karlovy Vary.
In conversation, you just have to light the fuse and stand well back. The touchpaper for Friedkin is to venture on to the territory of contemporary Hollywood and its outpourings. It’s not long before he’s fanning the flames of his own discontent.
He finds it hard to think of a film that has given him much pleasure in the recent past. He finds current Hollywood philosophy at odds with his filmmaking desires. “Eighty per cent or more of the films »
- Richard Mowe
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has confirmed that he is halfway through writing True Detective's Season 2 episodes, and that this new storyline will center on 4 lead characters as they traverse the lesser-known parts of California. No one has been cast just yet, and the plot may not revolve around the secret occult history of the transportation system as previously rumored.
Now an Emmy nominee for his writing work on True Detective Season 1, Nic Pizzolatto also hints that there may be multiple directors in the upcoming season. Cary Fukunaga, also nominated for an Emmy this morning, directed all 8 episodes of the first season by himself. Speaking with The Daily Beast shortly after the Emmy announcements were made, Nic Pizzolatto talked about the future of his hit show, a favorite amongst critics and audiences alike.
About the scripts, he offers an update on where he has landed in terms of the overall story. »
As it does every year, HBO lead the Emmy nominations this morning with a whopping 99 nods and it has a very solid chance at winning in some of the major categories thanks to the phenomenal True Detective. Though the anthology series wrapped up its complete story at the end of the first season, many (myself included) have been incredibly curious to see what True Detective season 2 will bring. Creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto has previously teased that the next batch of episodes takes place in the “psychosphere ambiance” of California and deals with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” Subsequently, speculation has run rampant with what little information we have, and casting rumors have been in abundance. During an interview earlier today regarding the first season’s nominations, Pizzolatto dropped a few more details about True Detective season 2, walking back the whole “occult history” angle and confirming »
- Adam Chitwood
When it was revealed that Cary Joji Fukunaga would more than likely return to direct only a couple of episodes of the next season of True Detective instead of each instalment as he did this year, fans of the critically acclaimed HBO series were left feeling very disappointed.
However, it’s clearly far too early to start worrying because it seems that writer and creator Nic Pizzolatto is still lining up some very impressive directorial talent for the mysterious second season.
The Playlist recently caught up with Killer Joe and The Exorcist director William Friedkin, and when talk turned to his thoughts on television and the fact that the site had named him as one of their favourite choices for season two of True Detective, his response came as a pretty huge surprise!
“I am considering it.” Friedkin revealed. “I like this writer [Nic Pizzolatto] very much. I’ve met him, and »
- Josh Wilding
A bit of Intriguing news regarding HBO’s True Detective coming out of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. During an interview with Legendary director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, French Connection) The Playlist asked him if he would consider directing any episodes of the upcoming season. Check out his response:
“I am considering it. I like this writer [Nic Pizzolatto] very much. I’ve met him, and he’s the real deal as far as I’m concerned. Now, all the new seasons are different so I’m not committed—this new season has nothing to do with the last one. Except for him and his sensibility, which I think is extraordinary.”
"I'm… I can't say much more at this time. But I'm a fan of his writing, even though this will not be a continuation of what was done before with McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. So what you can say is »
- Chris Connors
One of several ways that HBO's first season of its anthology series "True Detective" was unique was that all eight episodes were not only written by one man, Nic Pizzolatto, but also all directed by one - Cary Fukunaga.
While Pizzolatto is back behind the keyboard for the second season, Fukunaga is moving on and it is expected that multiple directors will be employed to helm episodes of the new season due to the tighter turnaround time. Various names have been suggested, but no-one has been confirmed as yet.
Appearing at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection" director William Friedkin spoke with The Playlist about the filmmaker's admiration of long-form television and his future plans to get into the format with shows based on his films "To Live and Die in La" and "Killer Joe".
During the talk, they asked Friedkin about "True Detective »
- Garth Franklin
The BadRobot Twitter account has dropped a new official set photo from Star Wars: Episode VII, which confirms that IMAX cameras are being employed by director J.J. Abrams on the eagerly-anticipated first chapter of Disney’s Star Wars Sequel Trilogy….
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release on December 18th 2015, with returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist) and newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen.
The post Star Wars: Episode VII set photo confirms use of IMAX cameras appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
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Last week we brought you the news of Kevin Smith talking about what he saw on the set of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. And while the Clerks director is sworn to the non-disclousure agreement, he took the time out to guest blog for The Hollywood Reporter with some other thoughts of what he saw…
“So we go to the set and they’re actually shooting, and they’re shooting – and I can’t tell you what they were shooting – but what I saw I absolutely loved,” Smith said. “It was tactile, it wasn’t a series of f***ing green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there it was happening.”
“I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven’t seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real. I walked across the set, »
- Luke Owen
Last year, Disney and Lucasfilm embarked on a talent search for Star Wars: Episode VII, launching an open casting call across the States and the UK which resulted in over 67,000 applications, and now it has been announced that two entrants have secured roles in the eagerly-anticipated sequel.
According to the official Star Wars site American actress Crystal Clarke (The Moon and the Sun) and British actor and parkour practitioner Pip Andersen (who recently demonstrated his skills in a Spider-Man ad for Sony) have both signed on for unrevealed roles in the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII.
“The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition,” states Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. “We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to »
- Gary Collinson
Cemetery Dance just announced Detours, featuring some of the biggest names ever collected in one book (like King, Koontz, Barker, Blatty, and Straub), so of course it's selling fast. Don't be disappointed; read on for ordering info and to see some of the amazing art it contains.
Every now and then your favorite author takes a detour while writing a new novel: a chapter gets chopped, a connected short story is dreamed up, an essay about the book's origins is composed, or an oddity is created on a day off.
Collected here together for the first time are such Detours. Join these bestselling authors as they share the other works they wrote while they were writing the books you already know and love.
Detours is edited by Brian James Freeman with cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin. Visit Cemetery Dance's online store to pre-order your copy. At this time the publication date hasn't been revealed, »
- Debi Moore
Might there be a new Princess Leia?
In this week’s episode of Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys finds out if the negative critical reaction to Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has affected its box office takings, discusses one big(ish) confirmation and one intriguing rumour from Star Wars: Episode VII and checks out Mark Ruffalo’s thoughts on a standalone Incredible Hulk movie after Avengers: Age of Ultron.
That’s all the biggest film stories of the week in one easy-to-digest Movie Newsgasm video! Watching it will make you 15% cooler (effects noticable immediately). Check it out here…
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- Oliver Davis
[Image via Every '70s Movie] Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, who is famous for his work in horror cinema (An American Werewolf in London, The Exorcist, Videodrome) is a frequent Tweeter. Thank goodness for that, since the FX designer recently took to the social media website to share a photo of the first gig he ever got. Octaman was unleashed on the masses back in 1971 and was met with dismal ratings. The monster movie, about a team of researchers who are terrorized by a humanoid octopus, has since developed a cult following. If you’re thinking, “Gee this all sounds awfully familiar,” you would be right, as director and screenwriter Harry Essex also wrote the famed Creature from the Black Lagoon. Octaman doesn’t pretend to be something...
- Alison Nastasi
This week marks the theatrical release of Deliver Us from Evil, the latest horror film from Sinister director Scott Derrickson. Based on true events, the film follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), who begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.
He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Before you head to your local theater to be spooked by this summer’s most anticipated horror film, we thought it only fitting that we first prime you up with a look at 10 real-life stories of demonic possession, which prove that the real world is a whole lot more horrifying than anything that we’ve ever been witness to on the big screen.
So proceed with caution because the shit you’re about to read is as nightmare-inducing as it gets! »
- John Squires
If there is one filmmaker who is not hiding his excitement for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, it’s Kevin Smith. The Clerks director is currently in the UK touring animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie along with Jason Mewes and his podcast Hollywood Babble-On with Ralph Garman. Before the show last night in London however, Kevin Smith was invited to the set of Star Wars Episode VII, the details of which he spoke about before the Hollywood Babble-On show.
Smith noted that he had signed a non-disclosure agreement so he couldn’t talk any specifics, but he did say that he saw costumes, characters and sets that took him back to his childhood.
“They had a sign at on the stage – I can’t even say which stage – which had the Imperial Starship logo and it said, ‘loose lips sink starships”.
“I’m really excited and you know, »
- Luke Owen
Stephen Pizzello, the longtime executive editor of American Cinematographer magazine, has been bumped up to dual duty, now serving as editor-in-chief and publisher of the monthly magazine. In addition to overseeing editorial coverage, Pizzello will now be in charge of circulation and advertising.
The board of the American Society of Cinematographers made the appointment, elevating Pizzello — a fixture at Asc events and its annual kudofest, for which he put together the clip package that opens to show up until recently — from a position he held for 19 years. Martha Winterhalter served as publisher for the last decade.
As part of the shuffle, Jon Witmer has been promoted from associate editor to managing editor, while Rachael Bosley went from senior editor to managing director of the Asc’s website (theasc.com) and social media channels. In addition, Andrew Fish was recruited to serve as associate editor, and Kelly Brinker was brought in »
- Steve Chagollan
Regan MacNeil, Father Lankester Merrin, Lieutenant William F. Kinderman: in The Exorcist film series, these and other characters encountered demons in varying ways, and soon you can experience each one’s trial by fire with the upcoming release of all six films in The Exorcist series on Blu-ray.
With a street date of September 23rd, Warner Bros. is spreading the high-definition treatment across The Exorcist series like never before. The 6-disc anthology Blu-ray will be listed at about $36.00, with each of the available individual Blu-ray releases set to sell for around $17.00.
While the original film, directed by William Friedkin and based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, had previously been released on Blu-ray in both its original and extended editions, the sequels have never received this type of high-definition upgrade. It should be noted that both director Renny Harlin’s (Exorcist: The Beginning) and Paul Schrader’s (Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist »
- Derek Anderson
There is no official word yet, but the good folk over at Dread Central have unearthed a sales sheet that shows plans to release The Exorcist Anthology on Blu-ray.
The set will include the theatrical cut of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist as well as the extended Director’s Cut, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Exorcist III, Exorcist: The Beginning, and Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist.
Further to the anthology release, all Blu-rays will be released singularly, but oddly with the exception of Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist. Guess you’ll have to pay the full price if you want to get your hands on that one.
Considered one of the most controversial movies of all-time, The Exorcist was released in 1973 and has been labelled as one of the scariest movies ever made. The film was thought to be banned in the UK but actually it just wasn’t submitted to »
- Luke Owen
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