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The unmade Planet Of The Apes movies of the 1990s

15 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Aug 17, 2017

Anyone for monkey baseball? We examine the weird and wonderful unmade scripts of the Planet Of The Apes series

In 2006, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were inspired by footage of domesticated chimpanzees who were unable to adjust to our lifestyles to write a sci-fi horror spec script that they called Genesis. Apparently, it was a while before the two of them realised that they were writing a Planet Of The Apes movie.

Their resultant pitch to 20th Century Fox led to 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the excellent, emotional prequel/reboot of the franchise that led to 2014's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and recent trilogy topper, War For The Planet Of The Apes. Together, the three films take Caesar from domestication to domination and have been huge critical and financial hits for the studio.

The development hell that plagued Fox's »

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6 Great Films About Female Obsession, From ‘Single White Female’ to ‘Heavenly Creatures’

9 August 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Matt Spicer’s “Ingrid Goes West” doesn’t shy away from its deliciously unhinged protagonist in the slightest, opening the comedy’s action with the eponymous Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) going full-tilt bonkers on the wedding of someone who initially seems like an old pal who has done her wrong. But Ingrid isn’t getting revenge on a lost friend who has bilked her for other people, she’s actually on hand to ruin the nuptials of someone she mostly knows from social media.

Ingrid eventually moves on (sort of), heading out west to make her way in sunny Los Angeles, where she’s convinced that a highly curated life is the cure for all her ills. What she really wants is someone else to emulate and follow, and she finds that in Insta-famous lifestyle blogger Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen), who makes the woeful mistake of liking one of Ingrid’s targeted posts. »

- Kate Erbland

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Bill Skarsgård To Star In Hulu’s Stephen King Compendium Series ‘Castle Rock’

10 July 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Castle Rock, a forthcoming Hulu series that will explore varying themes and worlds within beloved horror scribe Stephen King’s decades-spaning body of work, has announced its latest series regular: Bill Skarsgård -- who, coincidentally or not, is starring as Pennywise the clown in September’s reboot of King’s iconic novel, It.

In Castle Rock, Skarsgård, 26, will play a young man with an unusual legal problem. He will star alongside previously announced cast members Andre Holland (Moonlight), Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures), and Jane Levy (Evil Dead). Spacek, of course, previously starred in the 1976 film adaptation of King’s beloved novel, Carrie. Skarsgård, who is the younger brother of actor Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), previously starred in Netflix’s Hemlock Grove series.

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- Geoff Weiss

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Review: Alison Maclean Returns with 'The Rehearsal'

7 July 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

By Glenn Dunks

Alison Maclean is not a prolific filmmaker. While her resume is littered with TV (Sex and the City, The Tudors), music videos (Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn”) and short films (the superb domestic horror Kitchen Sink, and a segment in Subway Tales), films are few and far between. Her third feature is The Rehearsal and if its release feels awfully quiet then you can probably thank the near 20-year gap between feature projects and her return to her native New Zealand with a thorny film about tricky subject matter and written with a sense of ambiguous mystery.

My knowledge of New Zealand cinema is by far not as thorough as Australian film, but Maclean’s Crush is perhaps my favourite from there that isn’t Heavenly Creatures or The Piano. It is a film rife for rediscovery, not least of all for the delicious performance by Marcia Gay Harden »

- Glenn Dunks

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Melanie Lynskey joins Castle Rock as female lead

28 June 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hulu has announced another cast member for its Stephen King-inspired Castle Rock. Melanie Lynskey, who is known for Togetherness, Two and a Half Men and Heavenly Creatures, has been cast as the female lead.

Lynskey will portray Molly Strand, a woman who suffers from a rare medical condition and is having a hard time as a real estate agent in a town where many of the properties play host to horrifying nightmares. She joins Andre Holland and the recently cast Jane Levy and Sissy Spacek in the series, and much like Spacek – who portrayed the title role in Carrie – Lynskey has also starred in previous King project in the miniseries Rose Red.

Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine which has appeared in many of King’s novels, such as Cujo, It, Needful Things and several short stories. Castle Rock will bring together many elements of King’s »

- Ricky Church

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The 15 Greatest Lesbian Movies of All Time, Ranked

8 May 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Narrowing down the 15 best movies in any genre is tough, but for lesbian films you have to begin with a reductive question: What is a lesbian film? What, in fact, is a lesbian? (But that’s a different piece). Must the film focus primarily on a gay storyline, or can it feature strong lesbian characters doing something entirely different than just being lesbians? Is subtext enough? How much cinephile wrath will rain down on us for the absence of a certain recent Oscar nominee?

Ultimately, the best lesbian films honor the traditions of queer cinema in all of its glory: Strong women, high entertainment value, and bold visuals reign supreme. Too often, lesbian characters are either unattractive man-haters or used for titillation. These movies reclaim all of that; they’re the movies you will see played on a loop in the club, or at an underground rooftop movie night. Some »

- Jude Dry

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Anthony Lapaglia, Melanie Lynskey join Sbs crime thriller 'Sunshine'

26 March 2017 4:05 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Anthony Lapaglia in 'A Month of Sundays'.

Anthony Lapaglia (Lantana) and Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) are set to star in Sbs crime thriller Sunshine.

They.ll be joined by local actors Kim Gyngell, Tiarnie Coupland, Vince Colosimo, Leah Vandenberg, Paul Ireland and Trudy Hellier.

The four-part drama is set in the outer-west suburb of Sunshine and its surrounds, and is a co-production between Essential Media and Carver Films..

The show follows Jacob, a young South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by U.S. scouts for the U.S. College league. .

Lapaglia plays Eddie, an ex-player now operating a small sports store in Sunshine who agrees to coach Jacob.s underperforming team, The Sunshine Kings..

In the midst of doing everything he can to make the draft, Jacob finds himself answering to Sunshine-raised lawyer Zara Skelton (Lynskey) when he is caught up in a »

- Harry Windsor

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SXSW 2017 Interview: Writer / Director Michael O’Shea on The Transfiguration

14 March 2017 2:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

One of the more provocative and powerful Midnighters to play during the 2017 SXSW Film Festival is writer/director Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration, a powerful story of a troubled young man named Milo (Eric Ruffin), whose obsession with vampires manifests in a rather deadly fashion. One day, he meets Chloe (Sophie Levine), a teenage girl who has also suffered her fair share of loss, and as their bond strengthens, Milo finds himself conflicted by his primal urges and his newfound connection with the one person in the world who seems to care about him.

While at SXSW, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and chat with O’Shea about his feature film debut, and he discussed the challenges of creating an empathetic antagonist, paying tribute to his favorite vampire films and cinematic love stories, and working with his co-stars in The Transfiguration.

Congrats on the film, Michael. »

- Heather Wixson

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There’s Only One Melanie Lynskey, But These 5 Stories Will Make You Wish There Were More

12 March 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“I thought I was going to get fired.”

In a perfect world, such a thought would never cross Melanie Lynskey’s mind, for the talented actress would literally never be in danger of getting canned. She could throw fits next to crafty, punch a grip in the face, or burn down the sets, and we’d still forgive her because… Well, because Melanie Lynskey would never do any of that. She’s Melanie Lynskey.

But the actor you fell in love with during “Beautiful Creatures,” “Togetherness,” or the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” did have the thought cross her mind for the strangest of reasons: Tom McCarthy found out she was a recurring cast member on “Two and a Half Men.”

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Lynskey, speaking during a SAG-sponsored conversation at SXSW, »

- Ben Travers

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There’s Only One Melanie Lynskey, But These 5 Stories Will Make You Wish There Were More

12 March 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“I thought I was going to get fired.”

In a perfect world, such a thought would never cross Melanie Lynskey’s mind, for the talented actress would literally never be in danger of getting canned. She could throw fits next to crafty, punch a grip in the face, or burn down the sets, and we’d still forgive her because… Well, because Melanie Lynskey would never do any of that. She’s Melanie Lynskey.

But the actor you fell in love with during “Beautiful Creatures,” “Togetherness,” or the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” did have the thought cross her mind for the strangest of reasons: Tom McCarthy found out she was a recurring cast member on “Two and a Half Men.”

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Lynskey, speaking during a SAG-sponsored conversation at SXSW, »

- Ben Travers

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I Don’T Feel At Home In This World Anymore – Review

28 February 2017 8:33 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Is everyone an a-hole? The Us Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival this year, I Don’T Feel At Home In This World Anymore, seems to be a very easy answer to that question, or at least a comforting distraction. Distraction, then again would be giving it too little credit. I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore deserves every reward coming to it for its hysterical, yet sad script, pitch-perfect direction, and solemnly hilarious performances. After all, when asking such a difficult question of the audience it’s a good idea not to take yourself too seriously.

I Don’T Feel At Home In This World Anymore (which has been written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier bit part player and best actor of his kind maybe since Paul Giamatti, Macon Blair) follows Ruth (Melanie Lynskey, still as excellent as she was in Heavenly Creatures until… »

- Movie Geeks

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Melanie Lynskey Talks ‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore,’ Working Outside The Studio System, More [Interview]

24 February 2017 2:08 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey kickstarted her career alongside Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson‘s masterful “Heavenly Creatures.” Ever since then she has built up a career as an indie queen, refusing to adhere to Hollywood conventions and going at her own free-spirited pace to smaller, more original scripts that the mainstream would never touch.

Her latest film, Macon Blair’s fantastic “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Continue reading Melanie Lynskey Talks ‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore,’ Working Outside The Studio System, More [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Hamptons Film Festival to Celebrate 25 Years With 25-Film Screening Series

9 February 2017 11:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special screening series of 25 films. As part of “25 Years: 25 Films,” Hiff will screen one film from each year of the festival in 24 different screenings spread across the Hamptons, Palm Beach, New York City and Los Angeles, culminating in a final screening and Lifetime Achievement Award presentation before the 25th annual festival in October.

The series kicks off Feb. 17 at Guild Hall in East Hampton with “The Piano,” which originally screened at Hiff in 1993. The series will then head to Palm Beach on Feb. 23 for 2010’s “Black Swan.” Other films to be screened include “The Artist,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Still Alice,” “The Cove,” “Open Water,” “Heavenly Creatures” and “Searching for Sugarman,” as well as the Oscar-nominated “Diving Bell and Butterfly,” “Embrace of the Serpent,” “I Am Not Your Negro.”

“We thought this would be a great opportunity to bring »

- Dani Levy

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Melanie Lynskey Kicks Serious Ass In ‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore’ [Sundance Review]

20 January 2017 5:49 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Park City – Melanie Lynskey has been an indie film darling since she first made a global impression in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” over 22 years ago. She’s played all sorts of roles, but she’s never pulled off anything close to the performance she gives in Macon Blair’s bizarre, twist-filled dark comedy “I Don’t Feel At Home In The World Anymore” which was one of four films to open the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Thursday night.

Continue reading Melanie Lynskey Kicks Serious Ass In ‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore’ [Sundance Review] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Sundance Film Review: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’

19 January 2017 11:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You’d have to go all the way back to “Heavenly Creatures” to find a role that understands what actress Melanie Lynskey brings to the table as clearly as does Macon Blair’s “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.” And yet, the fact that it’s taken 20-odd years — this despite lead roles in such even-keel melodramas as “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Happy Christmas” along the way — for someone else to tap her good-girl-pushed-too-far potential is cause for celebration among the actress’s fans, who’ll have the chance to discover this odd-bird Netflix original on demand soon enough, as the company plans to release it via its online platform on Feb. 24.

This is the sort of fresh indie voice people come to Sundance to discover, and it’s an apt choice to open the 2017 festival, capturing a sort of “I’m as mad as hell, »

- Peter Debruge

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