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The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has locked in the group of filmmakers that will serve as mentors for the fest’s 17th annual Screenwriters Lab, with a roster of participants including including Robin Swicord (pictured above), screenwriter of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Wakefield”; David Siegel, the co-writer, producer, and director of the indie-film “Uncertainty”; and Ted Griffin, co-writer of “Ocean’s Eleven” and producer of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch Panel at Hamptons Film Festival (Full Video)
Screenwriter and producer Michael H. Weber (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Fault in Our Stars”), who served as a mentor at last year’s festival, will speak at a Master Class during the lab, set to run over three days in April.
The Hamptons Lab pairs up-and-coming scribes with established screenwriters, directors and producers for a weekend of one-on-one mentoring sessions. For this year’s program, »
- Sarah Ahern
The Los Angeles conservancy group is gearing up for its 31st season of “Last Remaining Seats,” and the full lineup for the event (which begins June 3) has been revealed. The nine films included cover a wide range of classic, foreign, and Oscar winning films, proving that this year’s showings are not to be missed if you’re a film fan in L.A.
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The event will also hold two showings in the Warner Grand Theatre for the first time in its history, among other prestigious venues. Here’s the full list, including dates and locations:
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre (1926), downtown L.A.
Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre (1918), downtown L.A.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m.
Warner Grand Theatre (1931), San Pedro
On the Waterfront (1954)
- Michael Gonzalez
‘The ’90s were ripe with sexually charged thrillers featuring scheming femme fatales. With the genre-defining classic “Basic Instinct” turning 25 this week, here are the era’s best villains. Alicia Silverstone, “The Crush” Before she was “Clueless” as Cher, Silverstone made her feature film debut in this tawdry thriller as a 14-year-old who goes ballistic on a journalist (Cary Elwes) after he refuses her sexual advances. Word to the wise: Don’t cross Alicia. Drew Barrymore, “Poison Ivy” Barrymore ditched her good girl “E.T.” personae in this slithery tale about a seductive teen who schemes her way into the lives of her friend’s family. »
- Nigel M. Smith
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, arguably the biggest drinking holiday of the year, we looked at some of the best drunk moments to grace the silver screen. From Humphrey Bogart’s classic, heartbreaking “of all the gin joints” speech in “Casablanca,” to the utterly ridiculous scene in “Team America” when the puppets spew their guts up, here are the 28 best drunk scenes on film.
“Leaving Las Vegas” — Booze Run
Although not a traditional “drunk scene,” the opening scene of “Leaving Las Vegas” — which sees Nicolas Cage’s Ben Sanderson dancing through a liquor aisle piling his cart sky high with booze — is as good a prelude to this list as any.
“Arthur” — Introducing Princess Gloria
Dudley Moore’s Arthur spends the majority of the film tipping back drinks, but his introduction of “Princess Gloria” to his aunt and uncle at a restaurant — and his insistence that Rhode Island could »
- Jacob Bryant
Exploring the director’s fascination with spying.
The cinema of Steven Spielberg is one that’s built around fascination and a need to understand. As a director he is an explorer, but not one interested in unearthing grand artifacts, rather one in search of intimate treasures, an explorer of explorers, so to speak, someone to whom the process of discovery is much more interesting than the discoveries themselves.
As such, his films are rife with surveillance, characters spying on or otherwise surreptitiously watching other characters, tracking their behavior, their actions, their being, for the purposes of gathering information, good and bad. Think of the Nazis on the trail of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark peering over newspapers, or the future crime detectives in Minority Report scanning time for illegalities, or the government scientists after E.T. creeping about suburbia.
Spielberg is constantly exploring surveillance and the various mindsets behind it, and »
- H. Perry Horton
Drew Barrymore had an adorable date night on Tuesday when she took her 2-year-old daughter, Frankie, to the Society of Msk's Bunny Hop in New York City. While the Santa Clarita Diet star, who we've been obsessed with since the '90s, posed for photos with her little one on the red carpet, we couldn't help but notice how much Frankie looks like her famous mom. Since Drew grew up in the spotlight after her breakout role as Gertie in 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, there are plenty of photos of the star as a young girl to look back on. Between their beautiful eyes and their little button noses, Drew and Frankie look so much alike (and we love it so much). »
- Caitlin Hacker
It's like stepping into a time machine...no, actually, into that other '80s movie. Drew Barrymore brought daughter Frankie to the 2017 Society of Msk's Bunny Hop in New York City Tuesday and the two walked the beige carpet together, marking the almost 3-year-old girl's official "red" carpet debut. And little Frankie is almost the spitting image of her mom when she was a child star—if anyone decides to reboot the 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the child could totally take over Drew's role of Gertie. Drew dressed her little girl in a warm, fuzzy light gray coat, worn over a patterned dress, white tights and silver Mary Janes. »
The danger of living is lurking at every corner at the start of Katell Quillévéré's medical thriller Heal The Living (Réparer Les Vivants), co-written with Gilles Taurand, based on a novel by Maylis De Kerangal, starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Kool Shen (Catherine Breillat's Abus De Faiblesse with Isabelle Huppert), Tahar Rahim, Gabin Verdet, Théo Choldbi, and Finnegan Oldfield (Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys).
I first met Katell Quillévéré when she was presenting her film Suzanne, which stars Sara Forestier, Adèle Haenel, François Damiens, and Paul Hamy. Katell also participated, along with Julie Gayet, Axelle Ropert, Isabelle Giordano, Rebecca Zlotowski, Stacie Passon, Ry Russo-Young, Deborah Kampmeier, and Justine Triet, in activities at the French Institute Alliance Française on International Women’s Day during the 2014 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Lewis Teague’s horror/thriller adaptation of the Stephen King novel Cujo was one of the biggest horror hits of 1983. Starring Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling, The Hills Have Eyes), the film followed a mother and son who are trapped in… Continue Reading →
The post Nope, Nothing Wrong Here: The Making of Cujo Book Cover Revealed appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Arrow Films recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko with a new 4K restoration, and after taking it on the road in the UK, Arrow Films has now announced a Us theatrical re-release of the cult film:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - Arrow Films has announced the March 31st domestic theatrical debut of the 4K restoration of Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko. Following a wildly successful re-release in the UK for its fifteenth anniversary, the film will return to theaters in cities across the United States. Fifteen years before "Stranger Things" combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Kelly set the template and the benchmark with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. The 4K restoration of Donnie Darko will premiere »
- Derek Anderson
The series of films screened with a live orchestra at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall have been incredibly successful. In recent months we’ve seen the likes of The Godfather, Aliens, Jurassic Park and even E.T. The Extra Terrestrial screened to thousands of fans, all backed with a full 30-piece plus orchestra. Well, the tradition is continuing as the venue today announced that another Spielberg classic, perhaps the greatest blockbuster of all-time is set to headline their second annual Festival of Film later this year.
As well as Jaws In Concert, there will also be a Halloween screening of The Addams Family with live orchestra, and celebrations of three of the movies’ finest composers: Michael Giacchino, James Newton Howard and James Horner.
- Paul Heath
Newer fans might not realize this, but E.T. is officially part of the Star Wars canon. At least his extraterrestrial race is. And now, a fan theory claims to have proof that E.T. was a Jedi stranded far from home. This theory has been around for a little while, and you can't put too much weight behind these things. But it is fun to imagine that it might be true, as it doesn't really wreck or ruin the story in either the Star Wars franchise or E.T. itself.
Film School Rejects helps flush out this fan theory a little bit more, giving some definitive proof that E.T. might have once wielded a lightsaber before winding up on Earth with Elliot and his family. It's well know that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial director Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are friends and collaboraters, having developed the Indiana Jones franchise together. And they often visit each others' sets. »
By Lee Pfeiffer
When it comes to sci-fi films I will admit that I'm generally turned off by plots that involve peace-loving aliens who come to earth to help us lead better lives. I'd much rather have some insidious creatures with ray guns who are seemingly invulnerable as they try to pulverize mankind. Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "E.T." were certainly landmark films with much to admire about them, but I'm generally more in the mood to watch his terrific remake of "War of the Worlds" in which we learned that if demonic aliens are to take on humanity, they apparently are going to start the attack in Bayonne, New Jersey. Director Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed Oscar-nominated film "Arrival" manages to convey enough ambiguity about the motives of visiting aliens to build genuine suspense. The film is the latest in a long line that refreshingly »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Drew Barrymore first entered our lives as Gertie in 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and has since made a name for herself as one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. Despite hitting some hard times as a teenager, Drew picked herself up and has come a pretty long way since her days as a child actress, rebellious teen, and '90s romantic-comedy icon. Even though Drew has lived her life in the spotlight, there are probably still some things you don't know about her. Scroll down as we go over some of her most interesting facts. Related:17 Lucky Guys Who Have Fallen For Drew BarrymoreThese Pictures of Drew Barrymore Will Remind You Why She's Always Been the BestThe '90s It Girls You Wanted (and Still Kind of Want) to Be »
- Brittney Stephens
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSSeijun SuzukiThe great Japanese studio rabble rouser Seijun Suzuki, best known for his crazed remixes of pulp genre films in the late 1950s and 1960s (Tokyo Drifter, Branded to Kill) and also for his late career renaissance (Pistol Opera, Princess Raccoon), has died at the age of 92.On the other side of the industry, Time critic and documentary filmmaker Richard Shickel has also passed away.On a more positive note, the second film program for the great Knoxville music festival Big Eats has been announced, and it's a humdinger, ranging from a focus on directors Jonathan Demme and Kevin Jerome Everson to programs of new avant-garde work.Recommended Viewinga researcher in Quebec has identified the only known moving image footage of Marcel Proust, found in a 1904 recording of a wedding.Finally, a view at Terrence Malick's long-in-the-works drama set in the Austin music scene, »
C. Thomas Howell has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” TheWrap has learned. The former “Outsiders” star will recur on the upcoming fifth season of the drama, playing Dr. Brogan, the court-appointed therapist for Liev Schreiber’s title character. Howell is the latest actor to be cast on the show, joining “Quantico” alum Graham Rogers, who will star in a season-long arc next year. Adina Porter, Brian White and Lili Simmons will also appear. Also Read: Showtime Partners With Alex Gibney for 'American Jihad' Documentary In addition to his breakout role in “The Outsiders,” Howell »
- Reid Nakamura
Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
By: Carson Blackwelder
There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?
As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as »
- Carson Blackwelder
Graeme Robertson on why film quality is subjective…
It’s a wonderful job being a film critic. Being able to watch films and write about them all hours of the day and night, discussing them with your fellow critics and generally have a merry old time talking about how wonderful it is to be a film critic.
Although when we disagree on something that’s when the fights start, with critics climbing into the steel cages ready to defend the honour of the films that they proclaim to be the best against the wretched scum who think otherwise.
Or something a bit less dramatic than that, like a polite discussion or a particularly stern talk over a pint or two.
Recently my Flickering colleague Samuel Brace penned an article (which you should all read by the way) in which he argued that with regards to films, “Quality is very much objective. »
- Graeme Robertson
This article first appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
Stopping by The Tonight Show to chat about her upcoming Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, Barrymore took on three separate Guinness world records live, with the help of the host and her Fever Pitch costar. Fallon decided apart from “holding the record for being one of the coolest people in the world,” the actress needed some technical records under her belt.
Her first challenge: apply lipstick to »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Netflix hit the jackpot with Stranger Things. It’s a show with mass appeal that has garnered heavy comparisons to the early films of Steven Spielberg. However, things were originally intended to be much darker.
In an interview with Vulture, show creators The Duffer Brothers touched on this, with Ross saying: “The Eleven character, the kind of powers she has and to have a young protagonist that’s violent — it’s not E.T. It’s not a happy situation. She’s killing people, and brutally murdering them,” and Matt adding “The original pilot was much more violent. It was originally like an R-rated thing. Winona Ryder’s character was like, ‘Eff this, eff that!’ It felt a little bit unnecessary. I don’t feel like we sacrificed anything by toning it down a little bit”.
Ross also gave a brief tease for season two, »
- Robert Kojder
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