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If you live on the West Coast and you're a fan of Death Dealer Selene from the Underworld movies, then you'll want to mark the weekend of June 17th–18th on your calendar, because Kate Beckinsale will be a featured guest at Wizard World Sacramento. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on the Blu-ray / DVD release of Peelers and the lineup for Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest in Atlanta.
Kate Beckinsale to Attend Wizard World Sacramento: Press Release: "Sacramento, Calif., June 5, 2017 – Kate Beckinsale, star of such films as Underworld and Pearl Harbor, and Val Kilmer, standout in Batman Forever and Top Gun, have been added to the top-flight celebrity roster at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center. Both will appear on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, when they will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct interactive Q&A sessions with fans. »
- Derek Anderson
Twenty-six years after its original release, Julie Dash’s story of spirituality and family on a South Carolina island carries the mark of a true film-making talent
The big screen is the best place to see this restored 1991 gem from African American film-maker Julie Dash; it now has a cinema re-release, perhaps partly due to the fact that its imagery and style inspired Beyoncé’s Lemonade video. It is a mysterious, fabular and sometimes dreamlike film with its own theatrical poise. At times it reminded me of Chekhov, or maybe a performance of Shakespeare’s Tempest. (I wondered if this might not have been an influence on Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 screen adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.)
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- Peter Bradshaw
Au revoir, thanks for reading. Thanks for being online, and I hope this answers some of your questions. Toodle pip - and come as see The Goat!
Earlier in the year you commented that it was “a nonsense” that only privately educated actors were becoming dominant in acting. Don’t you feel that, due to the lack of funding in all the arts, such as the removal of grants and increase course fees, that it’s becoming less diverse? That there isn’t the healthy mix of students from different backgrounds that there once was?
You're right, we have to protect against lack of diversity. If theatre, film, TV, dance, opera, ballet are going to remain true artforms, they must be reflective of all society. »
- Guardian Staff
9 April 2017 6:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Michael Douglas was not afraid to share a few of his worst reviews Saturday at the TCM Classic Film Festival’s key annual Q&A at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood.
His very first critical notice came from his father, Kirk, who drove up to see him play his first theatrical role, a small part as a messenger in a 1960s Uc Santa Barbara production of Much Ado About Nothing.
“Dad came back and said, ‘Michael, you were terrible,’ Douglas related. "He was so relieved. He said, ‘Thank God, I don’t have to worry about my son going into this business.’”
- Chris Willman
A movie starring two famous actors who happen to be married in real-life: On paper, it sounds like it should be a sure-fire win. In reality? It’s not that simple.
It’s no wonder that famous couples might be hesitant to collaborate in a movie, even if it was guaranteed to smash the box office: Working with your spouse is hard, and it wouldn’t make it any easier to know that throngs of people would be examining the final product, looking for all possible glimpses into your personal life.
Occasionally, some famous couples have considered that possibility and decided, »
- Drew Mackie
Barcelona — “Rara,” “Neruda” and “A Monster Calls” have made the first cut, alongside another 142 features, for this year’s 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, the region’s highest-profile movie event. It is organized by Egeda Spanish Producers Rights Collection Society and backed by the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers (Fipca). National film academies and film funding boards across Latin America also back the Platinos.
The long-list was announced at this week’s Guadalajara Film Festival. It was made up from a record number of 847 submissions, according to organizers. In the most major innovation of this year’s edition, the Platino Awards will adds a TV series category.
“Rara,“ from Chile’s Pepa San Martin, weighs in as the film with most category confirmations, a somewhat remarkable fact given its a first feature. A Lgbt/arthouse family drama, “Rara” turns on two daughters, their biological mom and her partner, »
- Emilio Mayorga
Madrid — Chile’s “Los Perros” and Argentina’s “Hunting Season” and “The Desert Bride” are set for France’s 31st Toulouse Cinelatino Fest Films in Progress showcase, which has often proved a gateway to big festival selection, beginning with May’s Cannes Festival.
Of Toulouse’s six entries last year. “The Blind Christ” and “The Winter” went on play in competition at Venice and San Sebastian respectively; “Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!” was selected for Sundance.
Running March 23-24, Films in Progress will host four films from women directors and five debuts. That said, some titles are already currying expectation given the pedigree of their producers.
Lead-produced by France’s Cinema Defacto (“As We Were Dreaming”) and Chile’s Jirafa Films (“Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Blind Christ”), “Los Perros” marks the anticipated second feature from Marcela Said whose fiction debut, “The Summer of Flying Fish” was selected »
- John Hopewell
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