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Mom Wins $10,000 Lottery While Evacuating From Hurricane Irma: ‘We All Started Screaming’

15 September 2017 4:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

During a time of worry and confusion, one Florida woman happened to find a stroke of sweet, sweet luck.

As Hurricane Irma approached her home in Ocoee, Tiffany Hatfield and her three young daughters prepared to make a 700-mile drive to Virginia to stay with a family friend. Hatfield drove all night through heavy traffic on Sept. 8 until she reached Rocky Mount, N.C., where she pulled over at a convenience store early the next morning for a bathroom break.

“We were rushing because it took us awhile to find a store,” Hatfield, 28, tells People. “But while my daughter was in the bathroom, »

- Jason Duaine Hahn

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Seven: extra nerdy facts about David Fincher's classic

15 September 2017 6:36 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 18, 2017

Go a little bit deeper behind the scenes of David Fincher's iconic thriller, Seven...

Kicking off a new video series, we’re going to be looking at well-known movies, and just quickly digging up some nerdy facts about them that you may or may not know. But hopefully, you didn’t know. We’ll soon find out.

We’re starting with one of our favourite films: Seven.

By the time the movie arrived in UK cinemas at the start of 1996, it was already earning itself outstanding word of mouth, courtesy of its

Us

release. Still, I was one of many who went about watching it the wrong way. I walked into the cinema armed with a mountain of pick and mix, and too much drink (I’ve learned my lesson since), and was expecting a standard

Hollywood

thriller.

I didn’t get one. This was something much more special. »

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BBC Culture Names the Top 100 Comedies of All Time, From ‘Some Like It Hot’ to ‘Airplane!’

22 August 2017 6:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Well, nobody’s perfect,” may be the last line of “Some Like It Hot,” but BBC Culture’s newest list of the 100 greatest comedies of all time comes pretty darn close. Billy Wilder’s cross-dressing buddy comedy earned the most votes, but the rest of the list is as robust and varied as one would hope, containing slam dunk smash hits as well as lesser known hidden gems.

Read More:The 25 Best Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

The survey included responses from 253 film critics internationally, with freelancers writing in from Syria, Azerbaijan, and Montenegro. For a deeper dive into your favorite critics’ comedic tastes, each individual top ten list is also available for perusal. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, and Kate Erbland participated; their number one picks were “City Lights,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” respectively.

Read More:Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies at 91

Dr. Strangelove, »

- Jude Dry

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First trailer for ‘Puppet Killer’

18 July 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The much anticipated trailer for Lisa Ovies’ film Puppet Killer has arrived! And it comes on the heels of some amazing additions to the team. Joining Lisa is producer Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), composer Stephen Gallagher (The Lovely Bones, The Hobbit Trilogy) and Darren Leader of Steel Panther, who is working on several exclusive songs for the film. Says Leader: “I jumped at the chance to work with Lisa. She is incredibly talented and she just knows how to make a killer movie! Puppet Killer is a great homage to the movies I grew up on and it is an honor to be a part of it. “

The film, which features a ensemble cast including Aleks Paunovic (War For the Planet of The Apes, Van Helsing, iZombie), Richard Harmon (The 100, Bates Motel), Lee Majdoub (Supernatural), Lisa Durupt (Murder She Baked), Kyle Cassie (Deadpool) and Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, »

- Phil Wheat

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Horror Highlights: Dynamite Entertainment to Develop Elvira Comics & Collectibles, Puppet Killer Trailer, Haunted Towns

18 July 2017 7:14 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Dynamite Entertainment will honor the Queen of Halloween with new comic books and collectibles, and we have all of the details in today's Horror Highlights, which also includes a look at the trailer for Puppet Killer (produced by Jessica Cameron) and information on the new Destination America series, Haunted Towns.

Dynamite Entertainment Teams Up with Elvira: Press Release: "July 17, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Elvira, Mistress of the Dark - the beloved horror icon brought to (after)life by actress Cassandra Peterson - will join their line of licensed pop culture properties courtesy of a new licensing agreement with Queen "B" Productions and DevlinAgency. The publisher will develop and manufacture a wide variety of product categories including comic books, trading cards, posters, lithographs, card games, and board games.

With her signature blend of sex appeal, fearlessness, sarcasm, and smarts, Elvira rose to stardom in 1981 as »

- Derek Anderson

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Every 2017 4th of July TV Marathon, Ranked by Watchability

3 July 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

And so we’ve arrived at an ultra-rare Tuesday national holiday in the States. For some, that means an extra-long holiday weekend. Others might be taking advantage of the day off by watching the Coney Island hot dog-eating contest and then departing from the living room for the remainder of the day.

But for those who will remain glued to the couch on this July 4th, the world of TV has once again provided a treasure trove of non-stop programming. By our count, 36 networks are devoting significant amounts of their Independence Day airtime to a single series. In the spirit of comprehensiveness and giving everyone an equal chance to join in on the fun, here’s a list of this year’s TV marathons, arranged by how well they’ll add to the quality of your holiday.

36. Discovery Life – “Body Bizarre”

Starting at 3 p.m.

There is an episode called »

- Steve Greene

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Every 2017 4th of July TV Marathon, Ranked by Watchability

3 July 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

And so we’ve arrived at an ultra-rare Tuesday national holiday in the States. For some, that means an extra-long holiday weekend. Others might be taking advantage of the day off by watching the Coney Island hot dog-eating contest and then departing from the living room for the remainder of the day.

But for those who will remain glued to the couch on this July 4th, the world of TV has once again provided a treasure trove of non-stop programming. By our count, 36 networks are devoting significant amounts of their Independence Day airtime to a single series. In the spirit of comprehensiveness and giving everyone an equal chance to join in on the fun, here’s a list of this year’s TV marathons, arranged by how well they’ll add to the quality of your holiday.

36. Discovery Life – “Body Bizarre”

Starting at 3 p.m.

There is an episode called »

- Steve Greene

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Johnny Galecki’s House Burns Down in Massive Fire; Actor Unharmed

27 June 2017 9:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki’s large ranch burned down on Monday night in a massive fire, Variety has confirmed with the actor’s reps.

Galecki was not at the property at the time of the fire and is unharmed.

The hideway home was in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to the TMZ, who first broke the news, the 1,200 acre fire burned down the ranch and other property on the estate. As of press time, 40% of the fire had been contained.

The actor’s rep confirms the report that states Galecki has not yet seen the property, but plans to check out the scene once the fire is completely contained.

According to a statement from Galecki, no one was harmed in the fire. »

- Variety Staff

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Film Review: ‘Better Watch Out’

13 June 2017 11:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Home Alone” meets “The Bad Seed” in “Better Watch Out,” a clever black comedy-cum-horror pic in which the apparent home invasion that traps a babysitter and her charges turns out to be something else entirely. This macabre Christmas movie, a co-production shot in Australia but set in Anytown USA, seems destined to become one of those Yuletide perennials for people who like their holiday-themed entertainment as perversely un-wholesome as possible. It’s already sold to numerous territories (including Well Go for North America) with an eye toward a seasonally appropriate late-2017 release.

Squabbling as usual before leaving for a dinner party, the Lerners (expert comic turns by Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton, seen again just briefly at the end) leave only-child Lukas (Levi Miller) in the care of Ashley (Olivia DeJonge). At age 12, you might expect Luke to chafe at still requiring a sitter. But in fact he has high »

- Dennis Harvey

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Neca unveils Chainsaw Clark collectible figure from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

23 April 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neca has revealed its eight inch Chainsaw Clark figure which is based on the likeness of Chevy Chase in the classic festive comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The collectible figure comes with a range of accessories including a Marty Moose mug, a removable hockey mask and a chainsaw and is set to go on sale in July; take a look below…

This Christmas, in Clark’s quest for the perfect family gathering, he’ll short out Chicago’s power grid, electrocute a cat, battle a tree-loving squirrel, hold his boss hostage and spend some quality time with the local police department… maybe it’ll be a Merry Christmas after all!

Celebrate more than 25 years of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with this clothed action figure from the hilarious holiday classic movie.

Chainsaw Clark stands 8” tall and has fabric clothing. The figure features the authorized likeness of Chevy Chase and »

- Amie Cranswick

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The Films of Frank Capra III, Ranked

14 April 2017 5:51 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As The Fate of The Furious enters theaters, a ranking of its 1st Assistant Director’s oeuvre.

Friday brings us the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in The Fast & The Furious series. Thus, there could be no better time to look back and rank the previous works of one of the films most notable craftsmen, a man whose name is legendary. I speak of course of First Assistant Director Frank Capra III.

Capra III is the grandson of director Frank Capra, a Hollywood legend whose work includes It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life. How did that pedigree fare two generations removed? This exhaustive look at Mr. Capra III’s 1st Ad career will tell the tale.

While the film’s director often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the First Ad is one of the most critical positions on set. In »

- The Bitter Script Reader

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Seven: the brilliance of David Fincher’s chase scene

30 March 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Apr 3, 2017

At the centre Seven lies a nerve-jangling chase sequence - one that sums up David Fincher’s brilliance as a filmmaker...

Spoilers for Seven lie ahead.

See related  The quiet brilliance of Mackenzie Crook's Detectorists

There are occasions where we have sheer luck to thank for the existence of a movie. Take Seven, David Fincher’s atmospheric thriller from 1995; had the studio behind its making, New Line, not sent Fincher the wrong draft of the script, the film may never have been made - at least, not by Fincher, who at that time was still smarting from the experience of making his debut, Alien 3.

Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker had initially written Seven as a spec script - the kind of high-concept thriller that would get him noticed, get him out of his day job at Tower Records and into a career as a writer. About »

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Santa Clarita Diet Review: Un-Death Becomes Her

3 February 2017 12:21 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

It seems impossible that a new television show about the undead could possibly offer anything fresh.

The mere thought of the undead bring up visions of a pleathora of zombie shows already on the air. Whether it's violent horror or light-hearted attempt at comedy, we're already doing it.

But before Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet, Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted), hadn't yet joined the fray. Suddenly the smell of death is sweet again.

There are many ways to look at what Fresco is offering with his look at the sudden eruption of undead in suburbia. It's a reminder that life is short – and ironic, too – since it's often under the worst circumstances that we come to realize the beauty that already surrounds us.

It's also an effective tale of a marriage that needed a boost, a look at commitment and what it's like to stand by your partner through the good times and the really, »

- Carissa Pavlica

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‘Seven’: How a David Fincher Mail Mix-Up Lead to the Legendary Ending

14 January 2017 10:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David Fincher’s 1995 thriller “Seven,” starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, has a shocking ending that almost didn’t happen due to a mail mix-up.

The cult classic was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, who at the time had optioned the script with “Christmas Vacation” helmer Jeremiah Chechik on board to direct. But Chechik had a different movie in mind and told Walker to rewrite the ending.

[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Seven” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]

The movie  as we know it ends with John Doe (Kevin Spacey) delivering Detective Mills’ (Pitt) wife’s head in a box. Walker’s reworked version didn’t include that scene. After Chechik moved on from the project, the original version of the script with the shocking twist accidentally landed in the hands of Fincher.

“[Fincher] expressed some interest [in directing], but in expressing his interest to them, had mentioned there was a head in the box,” Walker told The Hollywood Reporter. “And they were like, »

- Liz Calvario

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