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Blu-ray Review – Carrie (1976)

Carrie, 1976.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring Sissy Spacek, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, P.J. Soles, and Betty Buckley.

Synopsis:

A shy teenage girl with a domineering religious mother unleashes hell with her telekinetic powers against all those who have wronged her.

On the back of their excellent release of John Carpenter’s The Thing on Blu-ray earlier this year, Arrow Video have yet again delved into the vault of horror classics from notable directors and given Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie a 4K restoration, presented here in a glorious limited edition featuring some juicy new extras.

Carrie White (Sissy SpacekJFK) is a shy teenage girl without any friends, bullied at school by the other girls and sheltered from the fun of regular teenage life by her overbearing religious mother Margaret (Piper LaurieThe Hustler), who punishes Carrie whenever
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Interview, Audio: Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Chicago – Gary Oldman has been generating memorable film portrayals since he broke through in the 1980s. From Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”) to Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) to Jim Gordon (Dark Knight Series), Oldman is a consummate actor. That is expressed in his latest role, as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”

The title refers to one of the most challenging moments of Churchill’s career. Newly minted as Britain’s prime minister in 1940, he faces the onslaught of Adolf Hitler’s attack on his homeland, including the surrounding of the British troops at Dunkirk. Gary Oldman embodies the pugnacious bulldog that characterized Churchill at the height of his power, including the soaring rhetoric that strengthened the morale of the British people.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour

Photo credit: Focus Features

Oldman was born in London, studied acting with the Young People’s Theatre and made his professional
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Film Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

Film Review: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’
Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” throttles along in a pleasurably bustling, down-to-the-timely-minute way. It’s a heady, jam-packed docudrama that, with confidence and great filmmaking verve (though not what you’d call an excess of nuance), tells a vital American story of history, journalism, politics, and the way those things came together over a couple of fateful weeks in the summer of 1971. That’s when The New York Times, followed by The Washington Post, published extensive excerpts from the Pentagon Papers: the top-secret government history of the Vietnam War that revealed, for the first time, the lies told to the American people about U.S. involvement in Indochina dating back to 1945. (Most destructive lie: the hiding of the fact that U.S. leaders knew the war was a losing battle.)

The heart of the movie is set at the Post, where the paper’s executive editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), with his urbane rasp, aristocrat-in-shirt-sleeves mystique
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Film News Roundup: Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts’ Thriller ‘Wolf Hour’

Film News Roundup: Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts’ Thriller ‘Wolf Hour’
In today’s film news roundup, Jennifer Ehle joins “The Wolf Hour,” Sherilyn Fenn is starring in “For Entertainment Purposes Only,” and Gary Oldman is honored by union hair stylists and makeup artists.

Castings

Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen, Brennan Brown and Jeremy Bobb have joined Naomi Watts in the psychological thriller “The Wolf Hour.”

The movie began shooting on Nov. 27 in New York with Alistair Banks Griffin directing from his own script. The project is supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.

Griffin’s first feature film “Two Gates of Sleep” screened in Director’s Fortnight at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and competed for the Camera D’Or.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Bailey Conway Anglewicz from Automatik will produce the film along with Bradley Pilz, who will fully finance and produce under his newly formed Bradley Pilz Productions. HanWay Films is overseeing international sales and distribution with CAA handling the domestic rights.

Watts portrays
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Gary Oldman to Receive Modern Master Award from Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Gary Oldman to Receive Modern Master Award from Santa Barbara Film Festival
Gary Oldman will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sbiff organizers announced on Wednesday. Oldman will be presented with the award, the highest honor among the several different prizes presented to awards contenders during that annual festival, on Friday, February 2, at the Arlington Theatre. The veteran actor has been performing since 1979, but has only been nominated for a single Academy Award, for 2011’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” His other films have included “Sid and Nancy,” Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Immortal Beloved,” “Prick Up Your Ears,” “JFK,” “True Romance” and “The Contender.” Also Read:.
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Gary Oldman Marries For the Fifth Time

Gary Oldman Marries For the Fifth Time
Gary Oldman is married man!

The 59-year-old actor and art curator Gisele Schmidt tied the knot in late August in Beverly Hills, California, according to the Associated Press.

The couple said "I do" at the actor's close friend and manager Doug Urbanksi's home. The wedding was an intimate affair and included several dozen friends.

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This is the The Dark Knight Rises star's fifth marriage. He was previously married to Leslie Manville, Uma Thurman, Donya Fiorentino and Alexandra Edenborough, who he divorced in 2015.

Oldman and Schmidt were last seen together at the SAG-aftra Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards 2017 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Thursday. They also attended the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards together. 

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Playback: Honorary Oscar Recipient Donald Sutherland Reflects on His Career

Playback: Honorary Oscar Recipient Donald Sutherland Reflects on His Career
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

The film Academy’s Governors Awards ceremony is set for this weekend, honoring filmmakers Charles Burnett and Agnes Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman and actor Donald Sutherland. Sutherland’s name in particular was a heavy favorite in advance of this year’s honorees announcement, as Oscar recognition for the esteemed star has been elusive. So it’s a perfect time to dive into one of the legendary screen careers.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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Sutherland is currently filming James Gray’s “Ad Astra” and Danny Boyle’s “Trust” (in which he plays oil tycoon J. Paul Getty). So while these kinds of things can have a “lifetime achievement” vibe for some, the actor is still very much at the top of his
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Oliver Stone responds to our Oliver Stone piece in thoroughly Oliver Stone fashion

About a week ago, I published the article “Oliver Stone’s JFK Made Me A Creepy Kid, And Now A Disappointed Adult.” In it, I wrote about my teen years as a “JFK assassination buff,” a nascent fascination that Stone’s 1991 film stoked into a slightly morbid obsession. It was a piece about how my adolescent hours of…

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Conspiracy Nation: The JFK Documents and the Movie You Have to See (No, It’s Not ‘JFK’)

Conspiracy Nation: The JFK Documents and the Movie You Have to See (No, It’s Not ‘JFK’)
I’ll never forget the first time I understood, in my bones, how conspiracy theory works. It’s like understanding a drug — you can’t, really, until you’ve been high on it. It was four years after 9/11, and I was having dinner at a Thai restaurant that was empty save for myself and a friend and a trio of middle-aged men who were seated at a nearby table. They overheard our conversation — about the Iraq War, the media, etc. — and chimed in.

After a few minutes, one of them declared, quite casually, that 9/11 was an inside job, and the three began to explain how it all happened. I’d never paid much attention to 9/11 conspiracy theories, so this became an informal introduction, and I was struck by how levelheaded and informed the men sounded; they weren’t overheated crackpots. Intrigued, I went home and Googled “9/11 conspiracy theory,” and that’s when I got sucked in, linking
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Gary Oldman to Receive Variety Award at British Independent Film Awards

Gary Oldman to Receive Variety Award at British Independent Film Awards
Gary Oldman is to receive this year’s Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 10. The award recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.

Previous recipients of the award include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Paul Greengrass, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Naomie Harris, who was last year’s honoree.

Steven Gaydos, Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor, said: “In the 30 years since Gary Oldman galvanized global film audiences with his portrayal of punk rocker Sid Vicious in ‘Sid and Nancy,’ Oldman has blazed a path as one of international cinema’s most versatile and valued actors. From blockbusters to American indie classics and U.K. masterworks, Oldman has been a force of nature who’s brought life to a stunning variety of characters across all genres of film
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Red Dwarf: creating the pop culture of the future

Andrew Moir Oct 26, 2017

Andrew takes a nerdy dive into the pop culture real and fictional that's made its way into the world of Red Dwarf...

Creating culture within science-fiction can be tricky. It’s potentially alienating, with the audience required to understand allusions without a reference point. Then again, if you throw in too many contemporary references, the future starts to look dated pretty quickly. Red Dwarf has walked that fine line, building its own stars and entertainment but chucking in the familiar, just to keep the world grounded. We take a look at humanity’s future culture as seen through the eyes of Lister, Rimmer, Cat, Kryten and Holly.

See related Gunpowder episode 1 review Amazon Prime UK: what’s new in October 2017? New on Netflix UK: what's added in October 2017? Music

Red Dwarf set out its fictional musical world early on with the opening scenes of the first episode
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JFK Assassination Documents Are About to Be Released — Is Oliver Stone Responsible?

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JFK Assassination Documents Are About to Be Released — Is Oliver Stone Responsible?
Back and to the left. Back and to the left. Other than that line, the most enduring legacy of Oliver Stones’ “JFK” is its part in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act — a promise made by then-President George H.W. Bush in 1992 to release all documents pertaining to the event by this month.

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Stone, who was recently accused of sexual harassment after speaking up in Harvey Weinstein’s defense, told the New York Times before his drama starring Kevin Costner was released that the film “is not a true story per se. It explores all the possible scenarios of why Kennedy was killed, who killed him and why.”

“If and when the last remaining government documents about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination are made public next week,” points out the Washington Post, “historians may
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After Defending Harvey Weinstein, Oliver Stone Hit With Sexual Assault Allegations

Innocent until proven guilty may still apply in a court of law, as it should, but given the overwhelming amount of sexual assault charges and evidence piling up against beleaguered studio chief Harvey Weinstein, perhaps sticking up for the guy isn’t the best look right now, if at all ever. Especially if the defense comes from a privileged white male director from a similar era when, as Weinstein wrote recently, “all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

Read More: Quentin Tarantino “Stunned And Heartbroken” Over Harvey Weinstein Allegations

JFK” director Oliver Stone recently demonstrated sympathy for Weinstein, the producer fired from his own company and besieged with allegations of harassment, assault, and even rape.

Continue reading After Defending Harvey Weinstein, Oliver Stone Hit With Sexual Assault Allegations at The Playlist.
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Oliver Stone Accused of Sexual Harassment After Defending Harvey Weinstein

Oliver Stone Accused of Sexual Harassment After Defending Harvey Weinstein
Oliver Stone has been accused of sexual harassment by actress and model Carrie Stevens. Stevens revealed in a Twitter post that Stone groped her while walking out of a party, and the revelation was a response to Stone’s own comments defending Harvey Weinstein against many sexual harassment allegations.

When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!

Carrie Stevens (@CarrieStevensXO) October 13, 2017

Stone was asked to weigh in on the Weinstein scandal during a panel at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, to which he responded: “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either.” He continued by saying the right thing to do would be to “wait and see” whether or not the many accusations
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Superman: The Movie – 2 Film Collection

I guess there are plenty of adults now too young to remember when Christopher Reeve made his debut as The Man of Steel. It was a massive hit across the full spectrum of moviegoers. Warners is taking good care of everyone’s favorite undocumented visitor from Planet Krypton, and has assembled two separate cuts of his big-screen premiere.

Superman: The Movie

Blu-ray

2-Film Collection

Warner Bros.

1978 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 188 min. Extended Cut + 151 min. Special Edition orig. 143 min. / Street Date October 10, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O’Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Diane Sherry, Randy Jurgensen, Larry Hagman, John Ratzenberger, Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill.

Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth

Film Editors: Stuart Baird, Michael Ellis

Production Design: John Barry

Assistant Director: Vincent Winter
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American Made – Review

Oliver Stone’s films from the 1990s feel substantially more radical than the anarchic, protest-cinema label that many seemed quick to slap on them. Like Stone’s JFK or Natural Born Killers, American Made is a barrage of visual and aural cues slapped together to create that same kinetic spirit that Stone so artfully mastered. Yet, in its attempt to be a Stone-level critique of America, director Doug Liman instead just apes the style without any discerning commentary. It’s like a high-schooler giving the middle finger to the Reagan-era policies without fully understanding the why.

Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge Of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, to tell the true story of a pilot who is unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history in the late 70s. What starts out as a few trips taking aerial photos of enemy bases in South America,
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‘Yup, We’re Embarrassed Too’: Viral Photo Shows Wh Chief of Staff John Kelly Face-Palming During Trump’s Un Speech

A photo of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reacting to President Donald Trump‘s menacing United Nations address on Tuesday has gone viral.

The photo, taken by Mary Altaffer of the Associated Press, shows Trump’s homeland security secretary turned chief of staff holding his face in his hand while listening to his boss, with First Lady Melania Trump seated in front of him.

The photo quickly made the rounds on Twitter, where many shared Kelly’s apparent distress over the president’s first speech at the U.N. in which he called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Lady Bird’

Telluride Film Review: ‘Lady Bird’
By the time you read this, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of what the movie “Lady Bird” is about, seeing as how it’s the kind of modest, miraculous low-budget gem that takes on a life of its own. But sight unseen, the title sounded a lot like a sequel to last year’s “Jackie,” seeing as how Lbj succeeded JFK in office, and Lady Bird was the name of his wife. Turns out Lady Bird was also the name restless high school senior Christine McPherson picked for herself — a first act of defiance in a battle to assert her own identity as separate from her parents.

Lady Bird” is indie darling (and one-time mumblecore muse) Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, and the character is basically her, 15 years younger and played by Saoirse Ronan, sporting a vampire-red rinse and a face full of acne (both signs of its attention to detail). Early Telluride reactions
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