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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

5 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

 Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation, »

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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

5 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

 Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation, »

- ryanlambie

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2015 Was an Outstanding Year for Co-Productions and Foreign Films Shooting in Poland

4 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.

In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).

The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.

However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).

The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.

The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).

The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund. »

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The Oscars' biggest snubs ever

3 February 2016 2:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Before we begin our rundown of Oscar snubs that still sting, a few words of disagreement about traditional choices in this category: I prefer Ordinary People to Raging Bull (especially since Op contains more than one great character), Kramer vs. Kramer to Apocalypse Now (Do we really need another '70s Best Picture winner with 0-1 viable female roles?), and Shakespeare in Love to Saving Private Ryan (thanks to performances and narrative payoff). But for the most part, it's easy to agree on Oscar's biggest misses, and we're counting up a whole bunch of them here.  »

- Louis Virtel

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Watch: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Influence on ‘The Revenant’ Explored in Split-Screen Video Essay

3 February 2016 11:26 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“I wouldn’t say that Westerns were a big influence on The Revenant at all, really,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu tells Film Comment. “I was looking more toward things like Dersu Uzala by Kurosawa, Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev—which is maybe my favorite film ever—Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, even Apocalypse Now. These are movies that are epic, that have spectacle and are very grand statements, but are informed by the crazy fucking theatrical show that is the human condition. The beauty and harshness of nature impacts your state of mind in these movies. There’s a very intimate point of view from one single character in each. That’s the challenge. Anyone can film a beautiful landscape. Unless you have an emotionally grounded story in there, it’s all just fucking sorcery.”

While we’ve debated the merits of The Revenant‘s “emotionally grounded story, »

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Top 10 Best Harrison Ford Movies of All Time

31 January 2016 2:58 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Jack Ryan. Indiana Jones. Han Solo. Take your pick – and those are only three of the numerous great characters immortalized by Ford. Since Harrison Ford played so many infamous characters in so many well-known films, we decided to take a look at his filmography altogether and came up with our own list of some of his greatest films.  And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Regarding Henry or Apocalypse Now, or even Mosquito Coast.  We just couldn’t get them top 10 nods.  And sorry Force Awakens, we just couldn’t give it to you! Here are the top 10 Harrison

Top 10 Best Harrison Ford Movies of All Time »

- Chris King

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New to Streaming: ‘The Assassin,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Hearts Of Darkness,’ and More

29 January 2016 9:27 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)

If the meditative stylings of Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky were applied to the martial arts genre, the end result would likely resemble Hou Hsiao-hsien’s rapturous tone poem The Assassin. As much concerned with the essence of nature as it is the essence of humanity, this endlessly beautiful film is equal parts enigmatic storytelling as it is purely enthralling cinema. Though »

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Sundance 2016 Interview: Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie Talk Grown-Up Horror, Criticism and More for 31

26 January 2016 2:11 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Over this past weekend, Rob Zombie’s latest genre effort, 31, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as part of the Midnight programming slate. Daily Dead had the chance to catch up with both Zombie and his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, the following day to chat about their latest collaboration.

During our interview, the duo discussed making "grown-up horror", the pros of utilizing some familiar faces from Zombie’s previous films for 31, dealing with criticism and so much more.

Thanks for chatting today guys and congrats on the movie, too. Not only is it really cool to see your evolution as a director over the years, Rob, but it's also really cool to see you, Sheri, change so much throughout all these different films too. I thought Charly was just a lot of fun in 31, and while I'm not going to ruin anything for anybody, that final scene with Richard [Brake] was so great. »

- Heather Wixson

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5 Late Greats We'd Like to See Tyler Henry Channel on Hollywood Medium

24 January 2016 3:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry is, as you may have guessed, a show in which Tyler Henry acts as a spiritual medium to members of the various echelons of Hollywood. In one recent clip, he connects Bella Thorne with her deceased father. While Henry, 20, usually works with the living to channel their relatives, it would be pretty interesting if he were able to channel the souls of any deceased Hollywood celebrity. In that spirit (pun intended), and with the show's new season premiering Sunday, I'd love to see an episode or five of the show where Henry spends time channeling »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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5 Late Greats We'd Like to See Tyler Henry Channel on Hollywood Medium

24 January 2016 3:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry is, as you may have guessed, a show in which Tyler Henry acts as a spiritual medium to members of the various echelons of Hollywood. In one recent clip, he connects Bella Thorne with her deceased father. While Henry, 20, usually works with the living to channel their relatives, it would be pretty interesting if he were able to channel the souls of any deceased Hollywood celebrity. In that spirit (pun intended), and with the show's new season premiering Sunday, I'd love to see an episode or five of the show where Henry spends time channeling »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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8 Terrible Films That Somehow Won The Best Picture Oscar

24 January 2016 3:29 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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While the Oscars often get it spectacularly wrong, it remains that, when choosing a Best Picture winner, they’re usually right. That’s not right in that the absolute best film of the year has won (hell, the best film of the year is rarely even nominated anymore), or that the best nominee has actually won, but rather right in that despite everything, the Best Picture winner is nearly always, at the very least, a good film.

For instance, in 1979 Apocalypse Now should have of course won Best Picture, but it didn’t, losing out to Kramer vs. Kramer instead. That’s not the right choice, but Kramer vs. Kramer is still a very good film in it’s own right. For a more recent example, Boyhood absolutely deserved to win in 2014, but the film it lost out to, Birdman, is too an extraordinary film.

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Why 'The Beach' Is a Lost Leonardo DiCaprio Classic

22 January 2016 8:23 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Every few months, RollingStone.com shines a spotlight on a forgotten, neglected, overshadowed, underappreciated and/or critically maligned film that we love in a series called "Be Kind, Rewind."  In honor of The Revenant and Leonardo DiCaprio's widely predicted Oscar win, we're focusing on an older Leo movie that's been unfairly put in the "noble failure" pile: The Beach.

It's February 2000, a little over two years since Titanic plowed directly into the zeitgeist, and the film's 25-year-old star is now slightly more famous than the ship of dreams itself. »

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Set Visit Interview: Talking 'X-Men: Apocalypse' with Bryan Singer

21 January 2016 6:14 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

While visiting the set of "X-Men Apocalypse" and after a full day of shooting a scene where Apocalypse comes and recruits Angel with his three other horsemen, we find time to sit with director Bryan Singer in his trailer and pick his brain about what we just saw. This time around Bryan is shooting using a 3-D camera, has set this film in the 80's, and has introduced a new set of actors to play younger versions of our favorite characters.

The last scene that we have witnessed today deals with the special powers that pertain to Apocalypse. With the brush of his hands he can enhance your mutant powers as he does with Angel. Here is what Bryan had to say about his version of Apocalypse. 

How has your day played out today?

Bryan Singer: It was a very intense day. Just quite a day, extraordinary. I wrote »

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' New Photos; Singer Makes 'Game of Thrones' Comparison

20 January 2016 11:31 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This summer, the X-Men trilogy that started with 2011's X-Men: First Class and continued with 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to a close with X-Men: Apocalypse. The story is set in 1983, 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, centering on the villainous Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) and his plan to conquer the world. Yahoo! Movies UK spoke with director Bryan Singer on the set, where he compared this upcoming action-adventure to the beloved HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

"I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan. There's a crossover between X-Men and Game of Thrones, they're both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is. I like how the show's about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don't even know if that's the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? »

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Singer Compares New "X-Men" To "Thrones"

20 January 2016 6:41 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One of the first set visit essays from the Montreal studio shoot of "X-Men: Apocalypse" has emerged with Yahoo posting their report suggesting the new film will not just be the most epic, but also the bleakest installment yet in the franchise. Talking with the outlet, director Bryan Singer likens it to HBO's fantasy series "Game Of Thrones":

"I'm a huge 'Game Of Thrones' fan. There's a crossover between 'X-Men' and 'Game Of Thrones', they're both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is. I like how the show's about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don't even know if that's the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? I don't! Everyone in King's Landing is miserable. But for some reason they want that power."

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In praise of filmmakers that go out on a limb

18 January 2016 8:12 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Filmmakers go to incredible lengths to tell stories. Here‘s why movies like Apocalypse Now and The Revenant deserve our praise...

“We were in the jungle. We had too much money. We had too much equipment. And little by little, we went insane” - Francis Ford Coppola

You wouldn’t necessarily have wanted to be a member of the cast or crew on the set of Apocalypse Now, but you can’t argue with the results. Director Francis Ford Coppola intended to spend five months in the Philippines shooting his Vietnam war epic; instead, he was stuck there for a year, caught in a quagmire of illnesses (lead actor Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack), typhoons and a rapidly-expanding budget.

Apocalypse Now’s nightmarish shoot was captured for posterity in the documentary Heart Of Darkness, largely shot by Coppola’s daughter Eleanor and eventually released in 1991. What »

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Figures in a Landscape

16 January 2016 11:19 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Where was Leonard Pinth Garnell when we needed him?  Joseph Losey is often accused of pretension but in this case he may be guilty. Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell are escapees scrambling across a rocky terrain, pursued by a helicopter that seems satisfied to just harass them. Keeping the audience in the dark doesn't reap any dramatic or thematic benefit that I can see. Figures in a Landscape Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Street Date January 12, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Shaw, Malcolm McDowell, Roger Lloyd Pack, Pamela Brown. Cinematography Henri Alekan, Peter Suschitzky, Guy Tabary Film Editor Reginald Beck Art Direction Ted Tester Original Music Richard Rodney Bennett Written by Robert Shaw from the novel by Barry England Produced by John Kohn Directed by Joseph Losey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Joseph Losey is a gold mine for film criticism but a real problem for simple film reviewing. »

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The American Friend

16 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Wim Wenders goes neo-noir in this wonderfully moody character-driven crime tale. Soulful art framer Bruno Ganz is the patsy in a murder scheme, but Dennis Hopper's sociopath / villain has a change of heart and befriends him. This modern classic looks great and features movie directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in major guest roles. The American Friend Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 793 1977 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 127 min. / Der Amerikanische Freund / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 12, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller. Cinematography Robby Müller Art Direction Heidi & Toni Lüdi Film Editor Peter Przygodda Original Music Jürgen Knieper Written by Wim Wenders from the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith Produced by Renée Gundelach, Wim Wenders Directed by Wim Wenders

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Fourteen years ago Anchor Bay released a Wim Wenders DVD collection with excellent extras provided by the director himself. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Directing dictators: bringing an authoritarian regime to the big screen

15 January 2016 12:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From North Korea kidnapping Shin Sang-ok to Richard Burton being hired by Tito, fame-hungry demagogues have always understood the power of the movies. But, as new comedy Lost in Karastan shows, working with tyrants can be tiring

There were many reasons why Apocalypse Now fell behind schedule. Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos was just one of them. He was happy to loan his helicopters, but then he wanted them back – the better to crush pesky rebellions. But his martial law did at least mean locals were braced for another formidable taskmaster: the film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola. These people were prepped for high-maintenance leaders. “Coppola was God,” the director’s Filipino liaison later said. “Our mantra was, if he asks for a pink elephant, you shout: ‘Coming!’ and figure it out later.”

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- Phil Hoad

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' VFX Reel, Hologram Versions of Classic Movies

14 January 2016 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Visual Effects Reel of the Day: See why Star Wars: The Force Awakens was nominated for a visual effects Oscar today in this reel showing the making of practical and computer-generated spectacle:   Cosplay of the Day: This is part of a great photo shoot of Rey cosplay from Star Wars: the Force Awakens. See more images at KamiKame.   The Future of Movies? Watch a couple of guys make hologram re-creations of scenes from The Big LebowskiApocalypse Now and more (via Devour):   Film History Lesson of the Day: Today is the 120th anniversary of the premiere of Birt Acres's Rough Sea at Dover, the first film publicly screened in England. Watch...

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