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A ‘Sophie’s Choice': ‘Jaws’ Or ‘Goodfellas’?

19 August 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

We write about the film business cynically as a business, but we’re a bunch of film geeks, really. I thought this when I experienced moments ago the closest thing a guy on his couch will face to a “Sophie’s Choice.”  On Spike TV, there was the incomparable Roy Scheider slinging chum off the back of a boat, and a giant great white shark surfacing in Jaws, and Scheider telling Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And on AMC, at the same time, there’s Goodfellas, nearing its climax, when Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) is directed by Jimmy (Robert De Niro) to go in a storefront to pick out dresses. This after she sets up a meeting between Jimmy and her recently pinched husband Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who’s about to go rat on his Lufthansa heist pal. What would have happened had Karen gone »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Podcast Extra: The Trouble with Diane Keaton

17 August 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In this free flowing conversational extra [23 minutes]  Joe Reid tells Nick, Katey and Nathaniel  about where his devotion to Diane Keaton has taken him: to the "nothing" of And So It Goes (2014). We discuss the dangers of "comfort zones" and working with paychecks.

The conversation drifts to Edge of Tomorrow and Broadway musicals including Into the Woods. But mostly the 1989 & 1990 Oscar ceremonies. We always end up at Oscars. It's a sickness! Name checked in this extra episode: Emily Blunt, John Lithgow, Graham Greene, Michael Douglas, John Lithgow, Annette Bening, The Silence of the Lambs, Reba McEntire, Michelle Pfeiffer, and the musical stylings of Jasmine Guy

You can listen at the bottom of the post or wait till it shows up on iTunes (which usually takes about a day). Continue the conversation in the comments. We'd love to hear your comments on how it's going with Diane Keaton and your memories of the 89 and 90 Oscars, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Like The Giver? Here Are the Best Book-to-Film Adaptations Currently Streaming on Netflix

15 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.

Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.

Trainspotting (1996) based on the 1993 novel by Irvine Welsh

Starring: Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle

Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »

- Stacy Lambe

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Casting Net: Lizzy Caplan joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas comedy

8 August 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest in Sony’s untitled Christmas Eve-set comedy. Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie will star as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual night-before-Christmas bash. Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) will play Rogen’s wife in the film from writer/director Jonathan Levine, who previously worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt on the cancer comedy 50/50. [THR]

• Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci are all in talks for the sex abuse scandal film Spotlight. Ruffalo and McAdams would play reporters for The Boston »

- Jake Perlman

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The Butcher of Plainfield: Ed Gein’s Lasting Influence on Horror Films

7 August 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*this article is provided by guest writer Brandon Engel. Brandon is a horror and history buff. In this article, Brandon connects some of the biggest names in film with one of the world's most notorious killers and cannibals - Ed Gein. Ed Gein not only inspired a treasure trove of brutally beloved horror movies, including the first slasher film ever made, but he also defined an archetype and influenced a trope that has been used in popular fiction ever since his capture in 1957. Ed Gein was born in 1906 and raised in the tiny rural town of Plainfield, Wi, by his violent alcoholic father and religious zealot mother. His mother greatly influenced his warped view of women and sexuality. When his mother died of a stroke in 1945, Gein’s mental health steadily declined. Like the fictional Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre »

- noreply@blogger.com (Brandon Engel)

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Talking Heads on 'Stop Making Sense': 'We Didn't Want Any Bulls--t'

1 August 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"We didn't want any of the bullshit," former Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz says about Stop Making Sense, the band's influential 1984 concert film. "We didn't want the clichés. We didn't want close-ups of people's fingers while they're doing a guitar solo. We wanted the camera to linger, so you could get to know the musicians a little bit."

It was December 1983 when the group filmed three shows at Hollywood's Pantages Theater, while on a tour for Speaking in Tongues that found them playing in an extended lineup with extra percussion, »

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Watch: Meet the Man Who Writes All Your Favorite Movie Novelizations

30 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It’s controversial opinion time. If you want ham and cheese, there’s Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. If you want a quietly menacing (and believable) depiction of a cannibalistic serial killer, there’s Brian Cox’s Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter. With his sonorous voice, gleaming wit and Scottish brogue, the versatile actor has has made his mark in a number of films, from popcorn flicks (X2: X-Men United) to Oscar winners (Braveheart). In this Funny or Die skit, Cox plays esteemed author William St. Bromms, who teaches a master class on how to write the perfect novelization of a film. He recites excerpts from some of his greatest novelizations to inspire his students, which also leaves us in hysterics. “Indiana Jones...

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- Alison Nastasi

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“Annie Hall”: The Top 25 (Best Picture)

28 July 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

All good things must come to an end at some point. Yes folks, this is the final installment of this series of mine, and as such, it’s (hopefully) a bit of a doozy…the Best Picture field. Without a doubt, this is the big one, so it’s the one where the list will be the most important and I hope interesting to look at as well. Obviously, I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic and teasing, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard one more time. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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'Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller: Expect 'mayhem' in season 3

25 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

As creator Bryan Fuller puts it, the last season of Hannibal “ended with everybody bleeding, and Hannibal dropping the mic and walking out,” but the next season is about to get even more intense. At EW’s Comic-Con hideout, Fuller offered some hints about the next season, including clues as to how the series will incorporate Hannibal and Dr. Du Maurier back to the rest of the characters, and talked about the various Alien collectibles he’d like to pick up in San Diego. The big prize? Sigourney Weaver, who Fuller admitted he’d love to sign for a spot on the show. »

- Jackson McHenry

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Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood to Star in HBO's 'Westworld'

22 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are heading West for HBO and J.J. Abrams. The Silence of the Lambs Oscar winner has been tapped to star in the premium cable network's Abrams-produced Westworld adaptation, which has been formally picked up to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Wood set to co-star.  Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. Person of Interest's

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden linked to new Westworld TV project

22 July 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having made such an impression on cinema back in 1973, Michael Crichton’s Westworld was surely due for the reboot/remake/refresh treatment back on the big screen. However, no-one has really come close to making a new version into a reality. Then, last year, HBO announced that J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII, Star Trek) and Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Person of Interest) had signed on to produce a pilot/movie for the cable network, with Nolan writing and directing.

Now, it seems that the network has zoned in on some of the talent they want to star in the project. Film Divider has report that offers have been made to Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) to come aboard the project.

The concept, says the site, “will be similar—set in a futuristic, »

- Scott Davis

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Diane Keaton: The Top 25 (Best Actress)

14 July 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s almost over folks. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This is really about as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen, give or take how you stack Picture/Director/Actor. I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or two and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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Diane Keaton: The Top 25 (Best Actress)

14 July 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It’s almost over folks. Yes, this penultimate time around I’ll be tackling one of the very biggest of the big eight categories, one of the only two left. This one is arguably the second or third biggest of them all…it’s the Best Actress field. This is really about as prestigious a category as there is ladies and gentlemen, give or take how you stack Picture/Director/Actor. I could go on and on in preparation right now, waxing poetic, but at this point I know how the game works here for everyone. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be patient over the next paragraph or two and you’ll get the goods front and center for your reading pleasure… »

- Joey Magidson

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Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases

11 July 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The obligatory movie catchphrase…memorable golden dialogue for the cinematic soul. What film fan does not enjoy reciting and repeating their favorite movie quotes? After all, there are countless catchphrases in films–some are famous, some are familiar, some are obscure. Still, paraphrasing movie quips has become an art onto itself?

So what are your all-time movie catchphrases? Perhaps it is Jimmy Cagney’s “You dirt rat…you killed my brother?”. Maybe it is Cary Grant’s “Judy, Judy, Judy”? Or how about Lauren Bacall’s “You know how to whistle, don’t you? Just blow…” Whatever movie catchphrases catches your fancy is fine so long as it brings up memories of the film or film characters tat have made a big impression on your cinema experiences.

The Lip Service: The Top 10 Movie Catchphrases selections are: (in alphabetical order according to film title):

1.) “Fasten your seat belts, it »

- Frank Ochieng

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Of Age and Monsters

5 July 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It was July 4th 1985. While the annual Independence Day block party raged, full of worthy distractions for a young lad, I was more concerned with what the older kids were doing, the gaggle of cousins and my brother, to old and cool to be seen in the daylight. I found them crowded on and around my aunt and uncle’s sofa in the darkened living room. Their eyes wide and unblinking in concentration on the television screen.

As the film churned with the muted pulse of the DJ thumping from outside I soon came face to face with the monster that would haunt my dreams and symbolize all of my fears and insecurities throughout my developmental years and deep into my 20’s.

The movie was A Nightmare on Elm St. and like most kids at that age, I discovered within it something primal that reached out from the dark and touched me. »

- James Merolla

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Eiff 2014: ‘Let Us Prey’ Review

4 July 2014 3:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Liam Cunningham ,Pollyanna McIntosh, Sophie Stephanie Farmer, Niall Greig Fulton | Written by David Cairns, Fiona Watson | Directed by Brian O’Malley

Review by Andrew McArthur

Despite a promising opening and some interesting thematic concepts, Scottish horror Let Us Prey quickly goes off the rails veering into sloppy bog-standard genre territory.

Brian O’Malley’s feature sees the workings of a small Inveree police station flipped upside down when a mysterious figure (Liam Cunningham) arrives bringing madness and bloodshed with him.

The rich Gothic opening sees the a figure in a long cloak standing beside roaring waves and masses of shrieking crows. Initially reminiscent of Hitchcock’s The Birds, Let Us Prey is a film that wears its influences on its sleeve with hints of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Silence of the Lambs all suggested, yet sadly this is a film that pales in comparison to these features. »

- Guest

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Entertainment Geekly: Why 'Hannibal' is the better version of 'True Detective' and 'Fargo'

26 June 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

To clarify the headline above: I liked True Detective and Fargo. They were well-acted, well-shot, well-dialogued. HBO’s mystery melodrama and FX’s Coen remix had different tones and different site-specific atmospheres–moody nihilism vs. screwball nihilism, sunbaked desolation vs. snowcaked void, Southern Swamp Gothic vs. Frozen Norman Rockwell–but if you watched them live when they aired, then you knitted together an 18-episode viewing experience representing a snapshot of Why TV Drama Is Interesting Now. »

- Darren Franich

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10 Star Trek Guest Stars Who Played Iconic Movie Characters

21 June 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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For many actors, playing even just a small role in an illustrious franchise such as Star Trek is a highlight of their career. Idolised celebrities including Tom Morello and Seth MacFarlane, and even King Abdullah bin al-Hussein of Jordan consider their briefest of appearances to be among their happiest of moments.

Whilst it is fair to say that anyone who has graced Star Trek with their presence would describe it as a proud achievement, there are also those from whom it was just one part in a distinguished career. Whether they had yet to make it when they made their appearance, or were chosen because of their renowned career, there are those with resumes so impressive that even Star Trek can be overshadowed.

These include David Warner, for whom even multiple appearances sit nicely alongside other cult roles in films such as The Omen, and Tron. Charles Napier »

- Ian Coomber

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Eye on Emmy: Hannibal's Hugh Dancy on Will and Lecter's 'True Love,' the Possible Meaning of the Stag's Death

20 June 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hugh Dancy has always been “an adventurous, not to say foolhardy, eater,” and his appetite has stayed strong and steady despite continued exposure to stunningly beautiful, undeniably horrifying cannibalistic dinner scenes on NBC’s Hannibal. “Nothing’s changed!” he says, with a hearty laugh.

The same cannot be said, however, for Dancy’s character — the addled FBI profiler Will Graham — over the course of Hannibal‘s critically lauded second season.

“The first half of the season, Will progressed to the point where he really embraced the part of him that was prepared to do something heinous,” Dancy says of his »

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Review: Joy Ride 3: Road Kill!!

19 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

 

The third film in a series featuring Rusty Nail, a malicious and downright evil trucker getting his kicks by taking people who piss him off and giving them gruesome death scenes, Joy Ride 3 is no Citizen Kane, but instead, one hell of a silly and fun little splatter flick. Walking into the movie expecting something completely wonderful will leave viewers disappointing, but having expected yet another throw away straight to DVD/Bluray sequel to the 2001  studio film co-written by J.J. Abrams, it was a pleasant surprise to not only find a popcorn gorefest, but one that provides more than its fair share of laughs and one-liners.

From the opening scene, Joy Ride 3 makes it Well known what kind of film it is, beginning with a sex scene that is definitely one for the books and then resulting in pre-credit carnage that gives “crack kills” a brand new meaning. »

- Jerry Smith

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