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DVD, Digital Release: Anna Nicole

19 December 2013 2:43 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD & Digital Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014

Price: DVD $22.99

Studio: Sony

Agnes Bruckner is Anna Nicole

Agnes Bruckner (TV’s Private Practice, The Citizen) stars as the late sex symbol Anna Nicole Smith in the cunningly titled made-for-tv biographical drama Anna Nicole.

The pneumatic Anna Nicole Smith was a modern-day Marilyn Monroe whose meteoric rise to fame took her from being a single mother in Texas to Playboy’s Playmate of the Year, international supermodel, actress, and reality television personality. But her sudden catapult to fame came with a price, as drugs, alcohol and reckless behavior led her down a path that ultimately resulted in her tragic death.

Directed by Mary Harron, written by John Rice and Joe Batteer, and co-starring Martin Landau (Cleopatra), Adam Goldberg (Untitled) Cary Elwes (No Strings Attached), and Virginia Madsen (Dune), Anna Nicole was produced by Sony Pictures Television and aired on The Lifetime Channel in June, »

- Laurence

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‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Review: A Riveting Chronicle of ‘The Greatest Movie Never Made’

22 November 2013 1:32 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Like most movies about moviemaking, “Jodorowsky’s Dune” is art-affirming – a celebration of the pursuit of cinematic greatness in an industry, or even a world, that doesn’t understand or isn’t ready for it. The advantage Frank Pavich’s documentary has over its counterparts, however, is that the truth behind Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic novel is genuinely stranger than fiction, a tapestry of before-their-time ideas, cartoonish star wattage and just enough genius-level insanity to almost – almost – pull it off. A riveting chronicle of “the greatest movie never made” and a great tribute to a golden age of auteur filmmaking, »

- Todd Gilchrist

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Watch Nearly an Hour of Deleted Scenes from David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet'

15 November 2013 10:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm writing this post for several reasons, first being I believe this is something many of you will be interested in, but also to bring to your attention a movie website you simply must add to your daily treks around the Internet. Cinephile Archive has just posted an epic David Lynch post focusing on his 1986 film Blue Velvet, a film you don't even need to like to spend hours upon hours discussing its ins and outs. In addition to the following 50+ minutes of deleted scenes from the film the post also includes downloads for two different versions of the script noting: Lynch wrote two treatments of Blue Velvet at Warner's request, but they hated both versions. The film was dead until Lynch finished filming Dune, and was asked by producer Dino De Laurentiis if he had any projects he'd like to do next. Lynch pitched Blue Velvet, with one condition »

- Brad Brevet

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Casting Near-Misses: Sting in 'The Terminator'?

6 November 2013 10:26 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's hard to think of James Cameron's The Terminator starring anyone other than Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the killer cyborg from the future. But what if Sting was the one traveling back to the '80s to prevent the machines from taking over? Or Bruce Springsteen on the run with Rosanna Arquette? Or Mickey Rourke? A comprehensive new book about the hugely successful franchise, Terminator Vault, reveals some interesting casting choices revealed in memos and other documents from the capricious pre-production process...

Et's Complete Holiday Movie Guide

Back in January of 1983, an offer of $350,000 went out to Sting to take on the role of Kyle Reese, but the Police frontman was not able to accommodate with a world tour coming that June as well as a May 13th commitment to star in Dune (and the world would definitely not want to miss seeing him in that spiky red hair and ridiculous futuristic »

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Hatchet jobs, anonymity and the internet: being a film critic in the 21st century | Mark Kermode

30 September 2013 6:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this extract from his forthcoming book, the Observer's new film critic, Mark Kermode, examines how the internet has changed the role of the professional reviewer. When everyone has an opinion, what value does the critic retain?

"Forrest Gump on a tractor." Those five words are probably my favourite film review ever. More importantly, they constitute the most damaging hatchet job I ever encountered, managing to do something I had often argued was impossible – to kill a movie stone dead. I didn't read them in a newspaper or on a blog, I didn't hear them on the radio or television; rather, they were whispered in my ear by a trusted friend and colleague, David Cox, as the house lights went down on a screening of David Lynch's The Straight Story.

I'd been really looking forward to that movie. I've been a huge Lynch fan ever since being blindsided by »

- Mark Kermode

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Watch: The Director of 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Explains the Lure of the Greatest Sci-fi Movie Never Made

26 September 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

In the pantheon of films that never got made but should have, it’s hard to top Alejandro Jodorowsky’s take on the sci-fi epic Dune. The Holy Mountain filmmaker’s planned adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel was going to be one for the ages – a fact confirmed solely by the people he’d enlisted to help him (Dan O’Bannon, Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd, and countless others) and by a screenplay that was reportedly the size of a phonebook (it appears that Jodo’s take on the material would have resulted in a 14-hour film – an unheard of undertaking in the 1970s, but not so strange when one looks at things like Harry Potter today). Unfortunately, the project hit some financial snags and eventually stalled out completely...

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- Mike Bracken

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Fantastic Fest 2013: The Award Winners Have Been Announced

25 September 2013 10:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I’ve returned from Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, but the festival keeps on running until the end of the day tomorrow, September 26. And, like any self-respecting festival, there have been awards announced for various films and the people involved in their creation. The only award I can say I had even a slight hand in was the Audience Award–ballots were handed out after each public screening over the first four days of the festival. Sadly, though, I can’t even say that my votes mattered, as the Audience Award winner was a film I sadly didn’t get a chance to see. It’s Jodorowsky’s Dune, a documentary about a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi novel directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Of course, as we all know, that version never came to fruition, as the actual film was directed by David Lynch. But the story »

- Josh Spiegel

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Another Clip from Curse of Chucky

25 September 2013 9:26 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Curse of Chucky was released yesterday to VOD and digital services, and we’ll see a Blu-ray and DVD release in October. We gave you a look at four clips yesterday, but have on more that features a surprise cameo. *Spoiler Warning*

Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, “True Blood,” “Deadwood”), A Martinez (“Longmire,” “General Hospital”), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, ”CSI: Miami”) and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93, Double Jeopardy). Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings,Dune) once again returns to provide the voice of Chucky, the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who returns to settle some unfinished business.

The film is directed by Don Mancini, the Child’s Play franchise creator who has written or co-written each of the previous movies and was the director of Seed of Chucky. Also an integral part of the Child’s Play franchise from inception, »

- Jonathan James

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Fantastic Fest: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ – He Who Controlled the Spice, Did Not Control His Universe

25 September 2013 1:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

After the success of his film’s El Topo and The  Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky was given the green light to make whatever he wanted. Without hesitation he elected to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune. He had never read the book, and instead had only heard from a friend that it was good. His decision turned out to be one that he’d never regret, it would go on to haunt and influence the rest of his life and play a pivotal role in the future of science-fiction film. An artist first and filmmaker second, Jodorowsky aimed to assemble a team of warriors who fought for artistic merit over money. Luckily, producer Michel Seydoux was not only one such warrior but also one who could scare up big money to bring the collective to fruition. The talent pool for the project was impressive, especially by today’s standards. It included such notable  names as Dan O’Bannon »

- Michael Treveloni

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Clips from Curse of Chucky

24 September 2013 8:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Curse of Chucky is available on select digital services starting today and will see a Blu-ray and DVD release in October. If you’d like to get a good look at the movie before picking it up, we have a number of clips for you to watch.

Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, “True Blood,” “Deadwood”), A Martinez (“Longmire,” “General Hospital”), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, ”CSI: Miami”) and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93, Double Jeopardy). Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings,Dune) once again returns to provide the voice of Chucky, the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who returns to settle some unfinished business.

The film is directed by Don Mancini, the Child’s Play franchise creator who has written or co-written each of the previous movies and was the director of Seed of Chucky. Also an integral part of »

- Jonathan James

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1990

18 September 2013 11:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 19 Sep 2013 - 07:20

From dramas to action and everything in between, here's our pick of 20 underrated films from 1990...

Think back to the big films of 1990, and you'll probably immediately come up with things like Ghost, the year's top-grossing film, or maybe Home Alone, which made a star out of the young Macaulay Culkin.

If you're into sci-fi or action, you might pluck Total Recall, Back To The Future Part III or even Die Hard 2 out of your memory banks. But what about all those movies that didn't make it into the year's top 10 ranking films? As ever, there's a huge number of duds and forgettable flops, but there were plenty of films that were wrongly overlooked, too.

That's where this list comes in, which aims to shed a bit of light on 20 films that were either unfairly overlooked by audiences at the time, or »

- simonbrew

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The 20 underrated films of 1990

18 September 2013 5:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie

From dramas to action and everything in between, here's our pick of 20 underrated films from 1990...

Think back to the big films of 1990, and you'll probably immediately come up with things like Ghost, the year's top-grossing film, or maybe Home Alone, which made a star out of the young Macaulay Culkin.

If you're into sci-fi or action, you might pluck Total Recall, Back To The Future Part III or even Die Hard 2 out of your memory banks. But what about all those movies that didn't make it into the year's top 10 ranking films? As ever, there's a huge number of duds and forgettable flops, but there were plenty of films that were wrongly overlooked, too.

That's where this list comes in, which aims to shed a bit of light on 20 films that were either unfairly overlooked by audiences at the time, or have faded rapidly from general discussions about cinema. »

- ryanlambie

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Toronto 2013: Best of the Fest

16 September 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Canada was definitely the place to be this month if you, you know, like movies and stuff.

Another Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close and the 2013 lineup looks to go down in history as one of the best ever thanks to high-profile Oscar contenders like "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Our own Jordan Hoffman sums it up nicely: "I saw 29 films in one week's time and only a few of them were terrible."

Here are the ten Tiff films that belong on your must-see list.

(Capsule contributions by Jordan Hoffman and Laremy Legel)

'12 Years A Slave' (U.S. Release: Oct. 18)

Chiwetel Ejiofor's life is about to change forever, as his haunting eyes will now become the visual symbol of America's original sin. This devastating true story about an educated, free-born African-American who was kidnapped and sold into the pre-Civil War slavery system »

- NextMovie Staff

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Two New Clips from Curse of Chucky

10 September 2013 12:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Curse of Chucky will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in October, and will see an early VOD release later this month. We gave you a look at the first clip last week and now we have two more for you to watch:

Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, “True Blood,” “Deadwood”), A Martinez (“Longmire,” “General Hospital”), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, ”CSI: Miami”) and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93, Double Jeopardy). Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings,Dune) once again returns to provide the voice of Chucky, the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who returns to settle some unfinished business.

The film is directed by Don Mancini, the Child’s Play franchise creator who has written or co-written each of the previous movies and was the director of Seed of Chucky. Also an integral part of the Child’s Play franchise from inception, »

- Jonathan James

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Tiff 2013. Correspondences #2

7 September 2013 9:56 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Only Lovers Left Alive.

Caro Danny,

Thank you for setting the stage with your lovely intro, my friend. Film festivals have always struck me as sci-fi experiences, a procession of visions that heighten the traveling cinephile’s dislocation, tossed from one flurry of images to the next with often very little time to process them. “Did I watch that, or dream it?” That’s the question I’ve been asking throughout my first day here at Tiff, as much for the inherently oneiric nature of cinema as for the fact that I’ve made my way through almost half a dozen screenings while running on about three hours of sleep.

Jet-lagged, perplexed, suspended between time zones—the ideal mood, in other words, to watch Only Lovers Left Alive. Jim Jarmusch’s characters dwell in the margins of the world, and the world here is all margins. Or maybe that »

- Fernando F. Croce

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Tiff 2013 – Jodorowsky’s Dune Review

7 September 2013 8:41 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Years before David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel earned its undisputed place as the worst film of his career, another visionary director came close to making a version of it that may well be the greatest film never made. Alejandro Jodorowsky, the psychedelic surrealist and creator of such trippy classics as Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre and the original ‘Midnight Movie’ El Topo, came very close to making a hugely (possibly too) ambitious version of the book, and the story of his film’s rise and fall makes for an intriguing documentary.

Extensive interviews with the vibrant Jodorowsky, now in his mid 80s, form the core of the film, along with animated versions of story board drawings by French artist Moebius and interviews with other key members of the creative team as well as Jodorowsky admirers including Nicholas Winding Refn and Richard Stanley. The storyboard book »

- Ian Gilchrist

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Tiff 2013: Jodorowsky’S Dune Review

7 September 2013 4:49 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As I’ve said in previous reviews, I love watching artists be passionate about their art.  True artists create not because they want to, but because they have to.  As one of the interviewees says in Frank Pavich’s documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, “You can’t make a masterpiece without madness.”  The work of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is certainly mad, but the documentary is welcomingly sane as the acclaimed director takes us on a journey that guides us through the imagination and inspiration of he and his collaborators to build what ended up being called “the greatest film never made.”  But as we look at the storyboards, the concept art, the exacting detail and, most of all, Jodorowsky’s passion, we can’t help but ask, “Can you make a film without the film?” Walking in to Jodorowsky’s Dune, I was worried I would be out of my depth. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Tiff 2013: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ is essential viewing

6 September 2013 3:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Directed by Frank Pavich

USA, 2013

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, Frank Herbert, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, Moebius, Magma, Pink Floyd, Dan O’Bannon, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Amanda Lear, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali. Yes, that’s quite an array of figures, isn’t it? Frank Pavich’s historically illuminating and expertly constructed documentary on one of the greatest films never made, Jodorowsky’s Dune, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival today. It’s no mean feat to win over a gaggle of cynical jaded hacks but that’s exactly what was achieved with this post-mortem on the omnipresent lack of originality among Hollywood executives, a impenetrable wall of financiers who crushed the dreams of one the industry’s most idiosyncratically original postwar shamans. After a whistle-stop tour of Jodorowsky’s phantasmagorical curriculum vitae—he’s a Mexican surrealist provocateur par excellence, the twisted psycho-nautical genius behind »

- John

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Jodorowsky’S Dune New Poster Arrives

6 September 2013 12:17 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The new poster for director Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’S Dune is here.

It is the story of legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s staggeringly ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel Dune.

Jodorowsky’S Dune is Pavich’s first feature and the documentary had its premiere in Cannes at the 2013 Quinzaine des Realizateurs.

In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films El Topo and The Mountain launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet.

Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including Hr Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune was poised to change cinema.

“For me, Dune will be the coming of a god. »

- Michelle McCue

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Fantastic Fest announces closing night film

5 September 2013 7:59 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Filmmakers don’t get much more fantastic — in every sense — than Terry Gilliam, the agreeably bonkers auteur whose filmography includes Time Bandits, Brazil, and Twelve Monkeys. So it seems appropriate Fantastic Fest has decided to close this year’s event with his new movie, The Zero Theorem. The Christoph Waltz-starring film, which concerns a reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst, will screen at the Austin, Tx.-based genre festival on September 26.

And there’s more! Other Fantastic Fest films announced today include the long-delayed horror movie All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, the Disney World-shot Escape From Tomorrow, »

- Clark Collis

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