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Zoolander 2 movie review: fashionably foolish

12 February 2016 12:09 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A tad dated and scattershot, but the messy package is inventively absurd… and unlike many Hollywood comedies, able to carry that absurdity to a silly end. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I barely remember Zoolander — it was 15 years ago, after all, and I haven’t seen it since — so I can’t exactly say if I’m surprised or not that I got a big kick out of Z2. It’s true that this overdue sequel feels a tad dated: its humor is at its best when it is snarking about how out of touch has-been 1990s supermodels Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller: While We’re Young) and Hansel (Owen Wilson: No Escape) are with 2016’s fads and fashions as they come out of reclusive retirement in a hoped-for comeback. One joke with massive potential to painfully backfire, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The surprising actor who almost played Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs'

12 February 2016 11:46 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Rolling Stone just published an interview with Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally for the film's 25th anniversary, and hey, did you know that Gene Hackman originally wanted to play Hannibal Lecter? And also write and direct the movie? Because I didn't. What a strange alternate reality to consider. As Tally tells it, Orion was in the process of buying the rights to Thomas Harris's novel as a vehicle for Hackman when Tally made his interest in the project known to Orion co-founder Mike Medavoy. From Rolling Stone:  "[Medavoy] said, 'Gene thinks he's going to write this, but don't worry, he'll find out how hard that is, and we'll get back to you.' Mike later called my agent and said, 'Gene's written 50 pages of the script, and he's only 50 pages into the book. So if you can meet with him and convince him that you're the right guy for it, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Silence of the Lambs Pt 5: The Nightmare Finale

12 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Team Experience tag-teams a revisit of 1991's Best Picture The Silence of the Lambs for its 25th anniversary. And now... the finale. 

Part 1 The case. The players. An FBI "errand" 

Part 2 Buffalo Bill's next "Special Lady"

Part 3 Clarice & Lecter's "Quid Pro Quo"

Part 4 Monstrous escape. Gruesome realizations.

pt. 5 by Timothy Brayton

Jose left us in the wake of a most repulsive discovery, and Agent Starling is beside herself with ragehorror.

01:31:55 "And he c- he can sew, this guy, he's very skilled-" Jodie Foster is so amazing in this brief little exchange. Pacing back and forth jabbing her hands in the air with anxious fury. It's such a perfect extension of the arc she's built all movie: she's horrified and disgusted, but funnels all of that into hyper-professionalism.

01:32:09 Starling's frenzy in the homey little suburban bedroom is sharply contrasted with the Tom Clancy-thriller interior of an FBI plane, »

- Tim Brayton

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Round-Up: Beasts Of Burden Comic, Warcraft Figures at Toy Fair, New Horror Decor Items, Lucifer, Deadly Famous

12 February 2016 7:50 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Burden Hill's finest return for Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, which hits shelves on May 4th. Also: details on the Warcraft figures featured at Toy Fair 2016, Horror Decor items to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Silence of the Lambs, Lucifer artwork, and release details on Deadly Famous.

Beasts of Burden: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Or—Evan Dorkin (Eltingville Club, Milk and Cheese), Sarah Dyer (The Dark Horse Book of Monsters) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) return to the characters that won them the Eisner Awards for Best Short Story and Best Publication for Teens with a new one-shot comic: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In!

This standalone adventure is a perfect entry point for readers new to the award-winning series. When curiosity gets the best of Burden Hill’s cats (and one reluctant raccoon), sleeping demons are awakened and black magic is unleashed on the town of Burden Hill. »

- Tamika Jones

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It's all over but the voting! Share your final FYCs...

12 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Oscar ballots are out today so we've reached the homestretch. Beginning today and continuing on through February 23rd, Academy members can decide if Carol takes costuming and Mad Max takes editing or whether they'd like something far inferior to win those particular statues?

I kid I kid. They should vote on what they believe is "best". And that includes the Acting categories. Obstinate voters who refuse to run with the crowds / accept the status quo can decide who they'd most like for an "upset" in the Acting categories if they're not feeling the frontrunning quartet of Brie, Leo, Alicia, and Sly. But what the hell will they vote for in Best Picture and Best Director? It's a real scrappy fight this year but since it's the 25th anniversary of Silence of the Lambs, which happens to be both an atypical winner and one of their best, we hope they treat Mad Max Fury Road well. »


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'Silence of the Lambs' at 25: 'It Broke All the Rules'

12 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

I was terrified at the Academy Awards," screenwriter Ted Tally says. "I can't describe how nerve-racking it is. You go in the bathrooms, and people are boozing it up, smoking, doing lines of coke. You never saw so many famous people so nervous."

Twenty-five years ago on this coming Valentine's Day, The Silence of the Lambs opened in movie theaters. An intense, gritty crime odyssey, in which an FBI cadet (Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) hunts down a serial killer (Ted Levine as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb) with the help of another, »

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'The Silence of the Lambs': 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Serial Killer Classic

12 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's hard to think of a movie less suitable for Valentine's Day than "The Silence of the Lambs."

Yet that's the day the unforgettable thriller debuted 25 years ago, on February 14, 1991. The creepy, gory adaptation of Thomas Harris's bestseller was an enormous hit, made an enduring pop culture figure of sophisticated flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter, transformed Anthony Hopkins into a star, and became only the third (and so far, the last) movie to win the top five Oscars -- Best Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, and Screenplay.

As many times as you've seen Hopkins's Lecter casually mention how well human liver goes with fava beans and a nice Chianti, there's still much you may not know about "Silence." Quid pro quo -- we'll reveal the movie's secrets, if you read on.

1. Hopkins wasn't the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter; that honor went to Brian Cox (above), in Michael Mann's 1986 "Manhunter, »

- Gary Susman

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Catching Up: Depp's Trump, Ladd's Gripe, Amy's Drama

11 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We've been busy busy with interviews, awards pieces, Silence of the Lambs anniversary, and more so we're way behind on film news. So let's get caught up with news, awardage, and random recommended links...


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• Regal Cinemas cute teaser poster for Finding Dory

Casting & Production

• Variety Amy Schumer trying her hand at drama. She's joined the »


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Wrap-Ranker Poll: Who’s Best Actress to Win Oscar, Golden Globe for Same Role?

11 February 2016 9:09 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After covering the best actors to win an Oscar and a Golden Globe, it’s time we turn our attention to the leading ladies. Jodie Foster is a two-time winner of the Oscar/Globe sweep for playing a rape survivor in “The Accused” and FBI agent Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs,” arguably the role she is still known for today. Another two-time winner for both awards, Meryl Streep spanned a few decades between playing a grieving Holocaust survivor in “Sophie’s Choice” to portraying Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Also Read: Hey, Oscar Nominees: Here's the Secret to Winning Best Picture. »

- Matt Hejl

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Locarno Blog. Howard Shore

10 February 2016 11:39 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 3 - 13. Howard Shore. © Benjamin Ealovega Film music is a subject that requires very delicate handling. As if music, more so even than sound itself, had arrived in the cinema with the table laid and the party already begun, requiring it therefore to be a very discreet guest.It makes little difference that we know that the movies – well before they became the talkies – needed musical accompaniment; it makes little difference that film music, whether by pioneering pianists or great composers, has given greater depth to the moving image and developed »

- Carlo Chatrian

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Tyler Marceca Sells Specs to Armory Films and Endurance Productions

10 February 2016 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scribe Tyler Marceca, who sold his spec “The Disciple Program” to Universal with Mark Wahlberg attached to star, has started his year off strong, selling two specs: one to Armory Films and the other to Endurance Productions.

Armory acquired “Burnt Offering” from Marceca and attached John Swetman to produce. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project is described as “Prisoners” meets “Silence of the Lambs.”

Endurance acquired “Malpractice,” and sources describe the film as a thriller in the vein of “Taken” meets “The Fugitive.” Figure amounts were not disclosed for either sale.

Marceca broke onto the scene with “The Disciple Program” having never penned a script before. The spec caught several offers prior to Universal’s bid and is now being developed with Wahlberg starring and Morten Tyldum directing.

Marceca is repped by Wme and Anonymous Content.


- Justin Kroll

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Silence of the Lambs Pt 3: Quid Pro Quo

10 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

image via FangoriaTeam Experience is revisiting 1991's Best Picture, Silence of the Lambs for its 25th anniversary.

In Pt 1 We met Clarice and Hannibal and heard about the horrifying Buffalo Bill case.

In Pt 2 The FBI's investigation picked up steam with the discovery of another victim and The Death's Head Moth. Finally, we met Buffalo Bill and his latest victim Catherine, now "the girl in the pit." When we left her she was a disembodied voice shouting for help. Why won't you answer me please?

Answers are coming but not without a price. 

Pt 3 by Nathaniel R

00:49:50 A smartly judged sharp cut takes us from the dark abyss of Bill's pit to the brightly lit FBI training facility. It's like blinking from too much sun when you leave a movie theater in the middle of the day. Though Silence of the Lambs deals with gruesomely complex psychology its »


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Silence of the Lambs Pt 2: Head in Jar, Moth in Throat, Girl in Pit

9 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Team Experience is revisiting 1991's Best Picture, Silence of the Lambs for its 25th anniversary.  In Pt 1 we met our protagonist FBI student Clarice Starling, given an errand by her boss to question serial killer Hannibal the Cannibal in hopes of gaining insight into a new case, a killer named "Buffalo Bill". We begin where Kieran left us with our intrepid heroine, Clarice Starling, sliding herself narrowly into an ominous storage facility thanks to a lead (of sorts) from Hannibal Lecter.

Let’s see what she finds inside, shall we?

Pt 2 by Angelica Jade Bastién

00:24:43 A bloody cut from some rotten wood will be the least of Clarice’s problems

00:25:35 Creepiest storage facility ever, right? Thus far we’ve seen disparate parts from pale mannequins, a taxidermy owl suspended mid flight, and other odd oddities covered in dust. 

00:26:05 The fear and curiosity on Clarice’s face is palpable. »

- Angelica Jade Bastién

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5 years ago today: We said goodbye to ‘Friday Night Lights’

9 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t Lose.” It was five years ago today that Friday Night Lights fans said goodbye to Coach Taylor, Tami, Julie, Matt, Riggins, and the rest of the residents of Dillion, TX they had grown to love. On February 9, 2011 the series finale aired on DirecTV’s 101 Network. A re-broadcast of the fifth and final season aired a few months later on NBC (where the show debuted in 2006). NBC had cut that deal with DirecTV for the final three seasons of the show because it never gained a large audience. But it was hailed by critics and had a strong devotion from its small following. Celebrating 10 years since Fnl’s premiere, some cast members of the show are set for a reunion at Atx Fest this June. Other notable February 9 happenings in pop culture history: • 1953: The Adventures of Superman first aired in Los Angeles (a syndicated »

- Emily Rome

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Cool Stuff: ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Gets a Gorgeous Print from Grey Matter Art

9 February 2016 4:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Plenty of blockbusters and classic sci-fi movies have gotten the collectible artwork treatment from Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more, but the modern classic Silence of the Lambs has rarely been afforded such a tribute. Previously, Mondo had Caesar Moreno create a couple of pieces, and Ken Taylor crafted one a little while back as well. […]

The post Cool Stuff: ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Gets a Gorgeous Print from Grey Matter Art appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Why 'Mad Max: Fury Road' does not deserve the Best Picture Oscar

8 February 2016 1:48 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Under the headline “Why 'Fury Road' deserves the Best Picture Oscar,” Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd attempts to counter the arguments against George Miller’s “Mad Max” reboot deserving the Best Picture Oscar: that it has no plot; it is wall-to-wall action without three-dimensional characters; and it is not serious or important. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions To that last criticism, Hibberd writes “What is Serious and Important anyway? And is 'Fury Road' any less serious and important than Best Picture winners like 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,' 'The Departed,' or 'Silence of the Lambs'?” Mentioning those three Oscar winners is not an argument; it’s a subjective judgment. Hibberd is saying he doesn’t believe that one of the greatest adaptations of a literary classic o »

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Oscars 2016: David vs. Goliath In Best Picture Race

8 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The stage is set for a David vs. Goliath battle at the 88th academy awards.

In one corner are the Goliath box office hits that Oscarcast viewers have heard of — and maybe even seen: This year’s top three on the nominations tally are Fox’s “The Revenant” (12 noms), Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10) and Fox’s “The Martian” (seven).

Together, they’ve amassed over $1.2 billion at the global box office.

In the other corner are the likes of Fox Searchlight’s “Brooklyn,” which was acquired at Sundance and had a production budget of $11 million, and A24’s “Room,” which is the first best picture nominee for the emerging studio.

Together, they’ve made just over $40 million at the domestic box office (though neither one is close to finished, especially with three weeks to go until the Oscars).

Blockbuster Oscar winners such as “Rocky” and “Titanic” have given way »

- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray

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Silence of the Lambs Pt 1: The Grisly Case and a Hustling Rube.

8 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For the 25th anniversary of the influential horror classic Silence of the Lambs, winner of 5 Oscars for 1991 (Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, and Adapted Screenplay), Team Experience is revisiting the picture, tag-team style all week long.

Cue: opening credits.

Pt 1 by Keiran Scarlett

00:00:01 – Howard Shore’s score always transports me into the mood of this film. It’s at once simple, yet incredibly evocative and iconic. 

00:00:24 – Seeing the Orion logo calls to mind Jodie Foster’s Oscar speech where she thanked Orion Pictures “as it used to be and how it will always be in [her] heart”. Amen, sister.  Seriously, check out the slate of Orion releases. There are some true gems in there.

00:01:31 – The opening montage of young FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the woods near Quantico, Virginia (thanks, super!) I love how Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling as incredibly enthusiastic, but not naïve. That »

- Kieran Scarlett

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Oscar Trivia: Facts About the Academy Awards

8 February 2016 8:03 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

With the Oscars quickly approaching, here are some fun facts about the Academy Awards throughout the years.

 Oscar Facts:

Q) Which films have won the most academy awards?

A) It was a three-way draw between Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of Rings: Return of the King at 11 each.


Q) Which films have the most Oscar nominations?

A) All About Eve and Titanic are tied for the most nominations, with 14 each.


Q) What was the longest film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar?

A) Gone With the Wind at 3 hours and 56 minutes.


Q) Which was the shortest Best Picture winner?

A) Marty at 90 minutes.


Q) Which sequels have won Best Picture?

A) The Godfather Part 2, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.


Q) Which movies won best picture but were not nominated for Best Director?

A) Wings (1928), Grand Hotel (1931), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Argo (2012)


Q) What was the »

- (Rob Young)

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Box Office: Caesar wasn't quite hailed

7 February 2016 1:48 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A somewhat quiet week for moviegoing as all eyes turn towards the Superbowl. Well, not all eyes. I don't know who's playing other than Beyoncé. Kung Fu Panda had no trouble fending off newcomers. Star Wars recently crossed the $2 billion mark worldwide (though it's still behind Titanic and Avatar globally) but the new movies didn't make enough of an impression for ticket buyers. Unfortunately Hail, Caesar! opened significantly below the gross of the last widescreen comedy from the Coen brothers Burn After Reading.

Box Office

01 Kung Fu Panda 2 $21 (cum. $69)

02 Hail, Caesar! $11.4 new Coen Brothers - 17 Films, Interview: Score

03 The Revenant $7.1 (cum. $149.7) Interview: Costumes, Interview: Production Design 

04 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6.9 (cum. $905.9) Review, Podcast

05 The Choice $6 new

06 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies $5.2 new Review

07 The Finest Hours  $4.7 (cum. $18.3)

08 Ride Along 2  $4.5 (cum. $77.2) 

09 The Boy $4 (cum $26.8)

10 Dirty Grandpa  $4 (cum $29.3)

What did you see this weekend? 

I rewatched Silence of the Lambs (for »


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