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50 Shades of Grey to Brokeback Mountain: are these really the most boring films ever?

Showgirls? The Blair Witch Project? And not a Bertolucci film in sight? The public’s judgment has hit a new low with this list of cinematic snorefests

The British public, wrong as they are about everything, have just outdone themselves. A survey has been published – a survey to promote a new type of washing machine, but still – listing the 20 most boring films of all time. And, lord, it is a mess. Let’s begin by showing you which films the public chose:

1. 50 Shades of Grey

2. The Blair Witch Project

3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

4. Brokeback Mountain

5. Transformers

6. The Postman

7. The Artist

8. Australia

9. Vanilla Sky

10. Seven Years in Tibet

11. Batman and Robin

12. 2001: A Space Odyssey

13. The Matrix Revolutions

14. Showgirls

15. Far and Away

16. The Tree of Life

17. Noah

18. Meet Joe Black

19. Lincoln

20. Cleopatra

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Grey's Anatomy Vet Patrick Dempsey to Make TV Return in Epix Drama The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Grey's Anatomy Vet Patrick Dempsey to Make TV Return in Epix Drama The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
No, you’re not McDreaming this: Patrick Dempsey is coming back to the small screen.

In his first television role since Dr. Derek Shepherd’s untimely demise, Grey’s Anatomy star Dempsey has signed on to play a man at the center of a murder mystery in Epix’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, the network announced Tuesday.

The 10-part series is based on Joël Dicker’s novel of the same name and chronicles Harry Querbert’s experience as he’s indicted for murder after a teenage girl’s body is found on his property years after her disappearance.
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Epix Orders Murder Thriller ‘Harry Quebert Affair’ Starring Patrick Dempsey, Damon Wayans Jr.

Epix Orders Murder Thriller ‘Harry Quebert Affair’ Starring Patrick Dempsey, Damon Wayans Jr.
Epix has given a series order to a murder thriller based on the 2012 novel “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.” The drama from MGM Television is set to star Patrick Dempsey, Damon Wayans Jr. and Virginia Madsen.

Lyn Greene and Richard Levine penned the pilot and several episodes. Jean-Jacques Annaud (“Seven Years in Tibet”) did an adaptation of Joel Dicker’s novel and will direct all 10 episodes of the limited series. Production is underway in Montreal. Eagle Pictures and Barbary Films are producing with MGM.

Dempsey will star as the title character, a literary icon who is indicted for murder after a teenage girl’s body is found buried on his property in Maine. Wayans plays the detective investigating the case. Madsen plays the owner of a local diner who discovers a secret about Quebert.

Annaud, Greene, Levine, Eagle PicturesTarak Ben Ammar, and Barbary Films’ Fabio Conversi are exec producers.

Joel Dicker
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Join HeyUGuys for a screening of Mad Max: Fury Road – Black & Chrome Edition with Q&A

Author: Jon Lyus

Join Pinewood Cinema at Pinewood Studios and HeyUGuys on Sunday 30th April for a special ‘black & chrome’ screening of Mad Max: Fury Road, featuring an exclusive Q&A with the film’s Executive Producer, Iain Smith, hosted by me.

An acclaimed producer, Iain is known for producing and executive producing such films as Children of Men, The Fifth Element, Spy Game, The Killing Fields and Seven Years in Tibet. As well as enjoying the full monochrome force of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road we’ll be asking Iain about his experience with the film, his work at Pinewood and his career in Film.

One lucky person, who will be chosen at random on the night, will also receive a signed Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome poster from Iain.

Book your tickets now – click here for details Screening Details

Sunday, 30th April

18.15pm | Q
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Tilda's Two Teasers: War Machine & Okja

Don't bother telling us that Tilda Swinton isn't the lead in these new Netflix movies! She's always a leading lady. Tilda approaches the mic in Okja And War Machine. The rest is noise but for our worry that no movies with big stars will ever go theatrical again with Netflix around

War Machine premieres on May 26th and Okja premieres June 28th.

P.S. Is this a silver fox look on Brad Pitt or as blonde as Seven Years in Tibet (1997) or is this some mashup of the two?
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Watch: Emrhys Cooper in First Trailer for Bhutanese Film 'Kushuthara'

"You don't seem happy. I'm just worried about you." A trailer has debuted for a charming new film titled Kushuthara, a rare romantic drama from the tiny Himalayan country Bhutan. Historically, the Bhutanese film industry has looked east for inspiration, modelling itself on the films of Bollywood. Kushuthara is one of the first films to be made in a more western style, with a storyline that draws on Buddhist spirituality. Emrhys Cooper, the first western actor to appear in a Bhutanese film, stars with Kezang Wangmo, and Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuck (who appeared in Seven Years in Tibet). The dialogue is very cheesy, but I must admit there's a charm to it that makes me want to see it anyway. Plus, I totally love the Himayalas. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Karma Deki's Kushuthara, direct from YouTube: One single thread, as if lost in the woven cloth, weaves together
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‘Kushuthara: Pattern of Love’ Exclusive Trailer: A Western Journalist Falls For Bhutanese Girl as Past and Present Collide

Bhutan has a population of less than one million people but nevertheless contains a thriving film industry. Though the Bhutanese film industry has largely looked east for inspiration, modeling itself on Bollywood, director Karma Deki has decided to adopt a more Western style with her new love story “Kushuthara: Pattern of Love,” the first Bhutanese film to star a western actor, and one that will receive a North American release.

Read More: How to Launch an International Film Festival in a Small Buddhist Country

Set in parts of the Himalayas usually inaccessible to foreigners, the film stars Emrhys Cooper (“Vanity”) as Charlie, a western photojournalist who engages in a love affair with Bhutanese girl Chomiko (Kezang Wangmo). As the two get to know each other, they realize that their lives are entangled and they’ve been destined to meet. The film also co-stars Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuck, who starred alongside Brad Pitt
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Brad Pitt All Smiles at 'Allied' Premiere in China -- See the Pics!

Brad Pitt All Smiles at 'Allied' Premiere in China -- See the Pics!
Brad Pitt appeared to be in a pretty great mood on Monday, promoting Allied in Shanghai, China. The visit marked his first promotional appearance for a movie in China since reportedly being banned over his 1997 film, Seven Years in Tibet, due to its portrayal of harsh Chinese rule in the Himalayan region.

The 52-year-old actor looked svelte in an all-black outfit, looking youthful as always.

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Watch: Brad Pitt Makes First Red Carpet Appearance Since Divorce, Poses With 'Allied' Co-Star Marion Cotillard

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Pitt signed autographs for fans for 40 minutes, and questions were strictly limited to the film itself, and not about his recent divorce from Angelina Jolie.

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"It's a nod to the classic films of the past," Pitt said about his new romantic thriller co-starring actress Marion Cotillard. "It's got good set pieces, good sense of action, but ultimately it's one of those really strong romantic thrillers that many of
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'Salt' TV Series In The Works

Since 2010's Angelina Jolie-starring spy thriller "Salt" earned nearly $295 million worldwide, Sony predictably saw franchise potential as such. Kurt Winner, who penned the first film, wrote a draft for "Salt 2" which was apparently turned down by Jolie, and at the end of 2012, “The Prince of Tides” and “Seven Years in Tibet” scribe Becky Johnston was tapped to write another version. But it seems Sony has finally realized no one wants a "Salt" sequel, and are exploring an option that makes a bit more sense in terms of brand extension. Read More: Angelina Jolie Pitt's Commendable, Arty And Retro "By The Sea" Co-Starring Brad Pitt Screen Daily reports that a "Salt" TV series is in the works. “We want to bring it to Europe in a completely different way,” said Diego Suarez, Sony's Vice President Of International Television Production. There is no word yet on the talent that will be involved,
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'Salt' TV Series In The Works

'Salt' TV Series In The Works
Since 2010's Angelina Jolie-starring spy thriller "Salt" earned nearly $295 million worldwide, Sony predictably saw franchise potential as such. Kurt Winner, who penned the first film, wrote a draft for "Salt 2" which was apparently turned down by Jolie, and at the end of 2012, “The Prince of Tides” and “Seven Years in Tibet” scribe Becky Johnston was tapped to write another version. But it seems Sony has finally realized no one wants a "Salt" sequel, and are exploring an option that makes a bit more sense in terms of brand extension. Read More: Angelina Jolie Pitt's Commendable, Arty And Retro "By The Sea" Co-Starring Brad Pitt Screen Daily reports that a "Salt" TV series is in the works. “We want to bring it to Europe in a completely different way,” said Diego Suarez, Sony's Vice President Of International Television Production. There is no word yet on the talent that will be involved,
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The 10 most important Asian films of 2015

2015, once again confirmed the continuous progress of Asian cinema, and particularly of the countries of South-East Asia that seem to be the most influential from the continent in the global scene. Here are the ten most influential of them, though not solely due to their quality as films, but for other reasons as well.

Monster hunt

Though not of so much quality as a masterpiece, this particular film entailed elements that echoed the tastes of the majority of the Chinese movie fans, including video games, kung fu, comedy, musical a little drama and much action. Thus, “Moster Hunt” is currently the most commercially successful film of all times in China, having income that surpass $370 million.

Spl 2: A time of consequence

The long awaited sequel of the initial movie that had made quite an impression with its action scenes and totally unexpected finale, was a sequel just in name. The
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What’s new on Amazon November 2015

New on Amazon November 2015 will be the fascinating original series The Man in the High Castle on Prime Video (pictured), while Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation is a blockbuster available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video. Piv: New In November 2015 — Available for Streaming on Prime Instant Video Available November 1 Desk Set The Enemy Below The Craft Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights The Newton Boys Available November 5 Tell Awakenings The Adventures of Milo and Otis The Mask of Zorro Seven Years in Tibet The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Available November 7 The Yes Men Are Revolting Available November 10 Prince Wolf Hall Available … Continue reading →

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Director Jean-Jacques Annaud Slams Academy Over China Oscar Rejection (Q&A)

Director Jean-Jacques Annaud Slams Academy Over China Oscar Rejection (Q&A)
Few filmmakers have experienced such remarkable reversals of fortune while straddling the divide between Hollywood and China — the world's largest and second-largest film markets, respectively — as French director Jean-Jacques Annaud. After the release of his Brad Pitt-starring drama Seven Years in Tibet in 1997, Annaud was reportedly informed that he would be denied entry to China for the rest of his life because of official outrage over his portrayal of the politically sensitive topic of Tibet. Remarkably, Annaud was able to repair his relationship with the Chinese, returning to the country to shoot the period

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Multicultural and multinational 88th Academy Award Submissions

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016: 'Viva' with Héctor Medina. Multicultural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016 submissions Nearly ten years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed a key rule regarding entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar;* since then, things have gotten quite colorful. Just yesterday, Sept. 16, '15, Ireland submitted Paddy Breathnach's Viva – a Cuban-set drama spoken in Spanish. And why not? To name a couple more “multicultural and multinational” entries this year alone: China's submission, with dialogue in Mandarin and Mongolian, is Wolf Totem, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud – a Frenchman. And Germany's entry, Labyrinth of Lies, was directed by Giulio Ricciarelli, who happens to be a German-based, Italian-born stage and TV actor. 'Viva': Sexual identity in 21st-century Cuba Executive produced by Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Viva tells the story of an 18-year-old Havana drag-club worker,
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Last Call! These Movies Are Leaving Netflix at the End of June

Time to get cracking on that Netflix queue! A whole bunch of titles are about to disappear in July, including movies like Super Troopers, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Cast Away. Even if you're only halfway through June's new movies, it's time to take a break, because this may be your last chance to see She's All That for a while. Check out the full list of movies and shows below! Expiring July 1 Big Fish Big Top Pee-wee Bowling for Columbine Cast Away Cheech and Chong's Next Movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Four Weddings and a Funeral Fried Green Tomatoes Harper's Island: The Complete Series Jack Frost Louis C.K.: Hilarious Melrose Place 2.0 Melrose Place (Seasons 1-7) Moonstruck Natural Born Killers: Director's Cut Patton Racing Stripes Seven Years in Tibet She's All That Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Space Cowboys Stephen King
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What's Leaving Netflix in July 2015

Want to revisit "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" before "Terminator: Genisys" opens? Better do it before July 1, when Netflix says "Hasta la vista" to the 1991 sequel.

If you have a hankering to watch "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Moonstruck," "Cast Away," or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," get on it, because those are also disappearing in July.

And start marathoning these TV classics before they go poof: "Leave it to Beaver," "Dragnet," "Mission: Impossible," "Hawaii Five-o," "Magnum P.I.," "Miami Vice," "Knight Rider," "Melrose Place" and "Wings." Also bid goodbye to the Stephen King miniseries "The Stand" (1994) and "The Langoliers" (1995).

Below is a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in July 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)​

Leaving July 1

"Beauty and the Beast" Seasons 1-
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Wolf Totem’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Wolf Totem’
Despite its magnificent natural vistas and some pulse-pounding action in stunning 3D, “Wolf Totem” boils down to a familiar environmentalist allegory that doesn’t move or provoke too deeply. A wildlife drama centered on a Chinese man who embraces the spirit of the Mongolian wolf, the Sino-Gallic co-production is helmed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (“Enemy at the Gates,” “Seven Years in Tibet”), whose adaptation of Jiang Rong’s semi-autobiographical novel offers a simplistic interpretation of the author’s Blakean political visions. With a reportedly $38 million budget, the pic boasts outstanding production values that will represent its biggest draw, but the rural setting and arthouse trappings may alienate mainland viewers in the mood for glossy urban romances during Chinese New Year.

A former editor of the political magazine Beijing Spring who was imprisoned for three years following the student movement of June 4, 1989, Jiang (real name Lu Jiamin) spent 11 years in Inner Mongolia
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Watch: Nature And Man Collide In First Trailer For Jean-Jacques Annaud's Epic 'Wolf Totem'

For months now, rumors have been circulating (well…mostly overseas) about the jointly produced Franco-Chinese film, “Wolf Totem.” One of the biggest rumors was that legendary Hollywood composer James Horner would lend his talents to the film. That has now been confirmed. Based on Chinese novelist Jiang Rong’s semi-autobiographical 2004 novel, “Wolf Totem” tells the story of a young student, Chen Zhen (played by Shaofeng Feng), dispatched from Beijing to rural Mongolia with the task of educating herders. The film adaptation is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, the helmer behind “Seven Years in Tibet,” “Enemy At the Gates,” and about ten other films since 1976. Annaud recently had the following to say to James Horner Film Music about the project: "I feel proud, so proud for the film. I was thrilled when I finished watching it in advance. (…) It will be touching, it will be about the harmony between humans and nature,
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Brad Pitt Facts: 35 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Fury' Star

Since breaking out over 20 years ago in "Thelma & Louise," Brad Pitt has been difficult to miss.

After landing his place in cinematic history as a hunky (and shirtless) criminal, Pitt's career blossomed with starring roles in critical and box office hits alike, such as "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "Seven" (1995), and "12 Monkeys" (1995) -- just to name a few. In the past two decades, Pitt has become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but his role has expanded beyond just acting. In only the past few years, he's produced two Best Picture nominated films, "Moneyball" (2011) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). This fall, he's back in front of the camera leading his battle-hardened platoon into Nazi Germany in "Fury."

From his early days in Missouri to his unlikely romances, here are 35 things you probably don't know about Brad Pitt.

1. Brad Pitt was born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Hillhouse and William Pitt.

2. His mother was a school counselor,
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Spotlight on the Stars: Brad Pitt

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on
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