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From The Room to Geostorm: how to make a movie so bad that people will love it

Terrible films are 10 a penny, but making something as magnificently, joyously awful as Showgirls or The Snowman? That takes real skill. Here are the rules of the Truly Bad Movie

Few things in life can rival the joy of watching a truly bad movie. Those of us who savour inept, high-profile, well-funded bombs can only look with pity on our forebears who had the misfortune to be born before motion pictures were invented. Unlike modern film buffs, who can conjure up literally thousands of bad films with just a few keystrokes (thanks to the cultural abyss that is Netflix), our luckless ancestors were forced to make do with bad plays, bad operas, bad circuses, bad auto-da-fés. How they got through their culturally barren lives without bad motion pictures is one of the great mysteries in human history. I know I couldn’t do it. Luckily we have had two films
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Cate Blanchett Responds to Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Scandal (Exclusive)

Cate Blanchett Responds to Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Scandal (Exclusive)
Oscar winner Cate Blanchett has come forth to make a statement on the bombshell sexual assault statements against Harvey Weinstein.

“Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it’s his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account. It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have,” Blanchett said.

Blanchett worked with the Weinstein Co. on films such as “Carol” and “The Aviator,” for which she won the best supporting actress Oscar. Earlier in her career, she starred in Miramax films such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “The Shipping News.”

She is currently appearing in “Thor: Ragnarok” and has “Where’d You Go Bernadette” coming out in 2018.

Harvey Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Co. Sunday after a report in the New York Times revealed that he had made
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Annie Proulx to Receive National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement

Proulx: Houston Public Media/YouTube

Annie Proulx is adding yet another major accomplishment to her storied CV. The Pulitzer and Pen/Faulkner award-winning author will be presented with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, The Guardian reports. The prestigious prize recognizes a lifetime of literary achievement.

“Authors are put forward for the $10,000 honor by U.S. literary experts, with the National Book Foundation’s board of directors making the final choice,” the source explains.

A number of Proulx’s works have inspired big-screen projects. Cowboy romance “Brokeback Mountain” was based on a Proulx’s short story of the same name in her collection “Close Range.” Her novel “The Shipping News” was adapted into a drama starring Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench, and Julianne Moore.

“I hope that it is going to start conversations and discussions, that it’s going to awaken in people an empathy for diversity, for each other and the larger world,” Proulx said when “Brokeback Mountain” was released in 2005. “I’m really hoping that the idea of tolerance will come through discussions about the film. People tend to walk out of the theater with a sense of compassion, which I think is very fine. It is a love story. It has been called both universal and specific, and I think that’s true. It’s an old, old story. We’ve heard this story a million times; we just haven’t heard it quite with this cast,” she observed.

Lisa Lucas, the National Book Foundation’s executive director, praised Proulx’s “ability to explore the nuances of the human spirit and render deeply moving reflections on rural life.”

The org’s Chair, David Steinberger, described Proulx’s works as “widely loved and uniquely significant,” and celebrated “her commitment to crafting compassionate, honest stories [that have] left an indelible mark on literature and created a powerful and enduring legacy.”

Proulx will accept the medal this fall. Previous recipients of the honor include Joan Didion, Judy Blume, and Toni Morrison.

Annie Proulx to Receive National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Misty Copeland Joins The Nutcracker And The Four Realms At Disney

The upcoming live-action Disney movie The Nutcracker And The Four Realms has welcomed its first cast member – legendary ballerina Misty Copeland. Her appearance in the movie will mark her first involvement in narrative cinema, having already featured on television reality shows, as well as a documentary about her own early career, A Ballerina’s Tale.

The film will be helmed by Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallstrom (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, The Shipping News, Chocolat), armed with a script by Ashleigh Powell, who makes her screenwriting debut here. With Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) producing the project, it is notable that the first casting choice is a strong one – recognizing that Misty Copeland is a world-renowned, award winning talent. It also indicates the tone that Hallstrom will be striving for – evidently mixing his own visual flair with the rich musical history of the tale.

While The Nutcracker is best known as a two-act ballet,
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Lennart Bjorck, International Distribution Exec, Dies at 91

Lennart Bjorck, who worked for Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures and formed his own company, Bjorck Film Corp., representing international distributors, died March 28 in Morro Bay, Calif. He was 91.

After decades working in international film distribution for various companies, Bjorck moved to Los Angeles in 1975, where he formed his own company, Bjorck Film Corp., a pioneering film company representing international distributors. He created the bridge that was needed culturally and the timing was right as the indie business was in its nascent form. He and his son and partner, Lars Bjorck, became an important part of the business in Los Angeles.

In 2001 Bjorck Film Corp. was purchased by company president Penny Karlin and VP Kelly Green, who formed Karlin-Green Media. Bjorck stayed on for a time as a consultant. At that point the company had recently been involved in projects including Michelle Pfeiffer-Sean Penn starrer “I Am Sam,
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Star Trek Voyager: an episode roadmap

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Our guide to jumping into Star Trek Voyager, if you want to get going quickly...

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to get the overall gist of
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The X-Files: an episode roadmap for beginners

If it's help navigating The X-Files' many, many episodes you're after, then you've come to the right place...

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to get the overall gist
See full article at Den of Geek »

Must-See 'Makers' Tackles 'Women in Hollywood'

Must-See 'Makers' Tackles 'Women in Hollywood'
I've been tracking women in Hollywood for three decades now and I remain shocked at what has not changed. In some ways it's about market forces, but why do men ignore statistics that women make money? Geena Davis, Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Meryl Streep, and many more have stated the case. But nothing seems to move the needle, even after the amazing year of the woman, 2013, when movies about and aimed at women grossed a record $2.5 billion worldwide--even as employment figures for women were still 6% of the top 250 highest grossers. For the best explication of what forces keep women in check in Hollywood, see the latest installment of the "Makers" series on PBS, "Women in Hollywood," which debuts October 7. Yes it's true, as narrator Julia Roberts states at the start, that "Hollywood measures success with awards and dollars." Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton (producer of "Whale Rider" and "The Shipping News" and.
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Ambitious Dylan Thomas Adaptation 'Under Milk Wood,' Starring Rhys Ifans, Headed for Production

Lit buffs rejoice! Iconic Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' 1954 radio play "Under Milk Wood" is slated for a new film adaptation, with Rhys Ifans tapped to star. It will be shot back-to-back in both English and Welsh for seven weeks this summer. Kevin Allen, who will direct and produce, and fFATTI fFILMS announced this morning that they finally secured the UK and international film rights to Dylan Thomas' wondrous literary work about the inner lives of the denizens of a fictional Welsh town.  In this "Play for Voices," Ifans stars as First Voice, a role once played by Richard Burton alongside Elizabeth Taylor in director Andrew Sinclair's 1972 film version. This latest iteration of "Under Milk Wood" will take a dark, dreamlike approach to the source material, while maintaining Thomas' bawdy sense of humor.  Ifans is Welsh himself and knows a thing or two about working with literature, as
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The Shipping News: Slash Fans v. Tyler Posey

Hey everyone! Adri here with the latest edition of The Shipping News. Let’s get to the biggest story in slash fandom right now: the heated clash between Sterek shippers and fans of actor Tyler Posey.

It all began with some comments the Teen Wolf star made to a Hollywood Life reporter who asked him about the popular slash coupling of Sterek (Stiles + Derek)…

(source: -beaconhills)

In response to the young actor’s comments, some Sterek fans reacted rather intensely on Twitter and Tumblr.

(source)

Even TheBacklot Tumblr took a pointed swipe at the actor… posting a gif of his remarks and then commenting “And this is why you’re not a fan favorite.”

Ouch.

Posey’s mother claims there have even been death threats against her son….

Now most of us can agree that Tyler Posey’s remarks about Sterek were unfortunate, but that certainly doesn’t justify threats of bodily harm.
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The Shipping News: The Year in Slash

Hi everyone. This is Adri coming to you with a month by month slash fandom recap of the year 2013!

January

We started out the year with a great big nod at fandoms from our beloved Chris Colfer during the People’s Choice Awards. A lot of us know the burn of getting snubbed or laughed at for our enjoyment of fanwork, so it was lovely to hear such praise from Colfer.

“It is so flattering to be exploited in your fanfiction. I can’t tell you. It is the ultimate high-five. Thank you to our wonderful fans, the Klainers, the Gleeks, all the names you have for yourselves. It’s amazing to be the subject of your fandom.” – Chris Colfer

February

One day in February we woke up and turned on the radio and then checked our calendars and looked over our shoulders for any signs of a Tardis. Fall Out Boy?
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The Shipping News: Comic Book Superheroes

Fandom News

The fandom who waited doesn’t have to wait much longer: BBC’s Sherlock will air the three episodes of season three on January 1st, 5th, and 12th.

The first episode, titled “The Empty Hearse” was written by Mark Gatiss and will hopefully reveal to us how in the world Sherlock survived his swan dive off a building at the end of season two. PBS begins airing season three starting January 19th, so fans have a choice to make: watch episodes online shortly after they air in the UK, or wait to watch them on TV a few weeks later? Either way, don’t miss out on the influx of new stills just released or on the mini-episode airing on Christmas! And start placing bets on how long John’s mustache will last, or perhaps even how he realizes that it’s just not a good look for him.
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Shipping News: Best Slash Saturday Ever!

Plus, shipping all the Doctors, the Sherlock trailer has finally arrived and the Internet spent seven hours watching One Direction?

There is so much to talk about that I really don’t know where to begin. Honestly it’s overwhelming, but in a good way. I mean we got new Teen Wolf footage, Larry King interviewed Misha Collins, Doctor Who turned 50, One Direction did unmentionable things in front of a webcam and there was a Sherlock teaser… finally.

Fandom News Round-up

Let’s start with Misha Collins because he’s always a wonderful place to start any discussion of fandom. I already said he was interviewed by Larry King and you can make of that what you will but more importantly he tweeted this:

#5 below makes me sad. If we each pledged to spend an hour a day on adult-content websites, we’d reverse this trend! http://t.co/uoPbdIxgnq
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The Shipping News: Dean Winchester Can’t Say “I Love You” and it Hurts

In this week’s Shipping News we get our first look at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, the Sleepy Hollow fandom stole my heart and I recommend some Welcome to Night Vale fic. Also, the tragic life of Dean Winchester and nce upon a time I accidentally shipped Prince Charming with Captain Hook.

Fandom News Round-up

As the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special draws near, we have been treated to the first in-studio images of Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt from “The Day of The Doctor”. Excitement is reaching critical levels!

Can we OT3 if they are all the same person?(Source)

Not content with the fandom explosion one picture caused they also released a teaser trailer. Brace yourselves fandom – “The Day of The Doctor” is coming… #SaveTheDay

Want to spend a whole weekend hanging out with Teen Wolf fans? Well that’s exactly what’s going
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The Shipping News: Finding the Potential Slash in Fall TV

Plus, finding the potential slash in Fall TV and People’s Choice want to know which couples (and non-couples) have chemistry.

Hi there slash fans! Everything is very exciting at the moment what with all the new and returning shows but I have managed to stop flailing for a little bit just to bring you the round up on all things slash.

Fandom News Round-up:

As Hannah mentioned last week September 18th was Destiel Day, marking the 5th anniversary of Dean and Castiel’s first meeting (you know that one time Cas raised Dean from perdition and then fell in love with him). Here’s a little something to mark the momentous occasion:

(Artist: loliyanderesha)

According to Forbes the majority of workers waste time on Tumblr! Congrats Tumblr users, you’re part of the majority. You’re welcome to waste your time with us on The Shipping News Tumblr.

Why
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Why Movies Tailor-Made for Oscar Often Kinda… Suck

By Doreen Alexander Child

Contributor

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Based on the number of stars in the cast of August: Osage County, the big screen adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the film looked like a sure-fire best picture Oscar contender. Some even began referring to it as “August: Oscar County” before anyone had even seen a frame of it. But then the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and was met with reviews that one might call very mixed, if one was feeling generous. Some of the performances that it showcases were cheered — particularly those of Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale — but the movie itself clearly had problems, with director John Wells even admitting that its ending might have to be changed prior to its Christmas Day release.

This isn’t the first time that a film that looked like an Oscar powerhouse on paper
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The Shipping News: Kirk/Spock Edition

From November 1st to November 3rd, the Embassy Suites at Boston’s Logan Airport will host the 2013 KiScon, the fourteenth incarnation of the convention dedication solely to Kirk/Spock, both from the original series and Jj Abrams‘ recent reboot. This was the perfect excuse (occasion, I mean the perfect occasion) to devote an entire column to the most popular slash pairing of all times, so I jumped on the opportunity like a Denevan parasite. Whether you are a Trekkie, a casual fan or a K/S skeptic, you should learn a thing or two about the One Slash Fandom to Rule Them All.

(source)

What’s so great about Kirk and Spock, exactly?

You might know them as K/S, Spirk, Spork or Space Husbands. What was the true extent of their relationship? Gene Roddenberry used the Vulcan term “t’hy’la” to explain their bond in his novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture,
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Tiff 2013: ‘Philomena’, with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, releases its first clip

One of the most well-respected actresses working today is Dame Judi Dench. A career spanning over 50 years has seen her work in both film and television, appearing in A Room With A View, Shakespeare in Love, and The Shipping News, as well as numerous Shakespeare adaptations, including Hamlet and Henry V, and memorably playing James Bond’s superior M in films such as Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Her involvement in a film automatically elevates a project, and her newest feature has been no different. Working with High Fidelity and The Queen director Stephen Frears, Dench stars in the film alongside Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote the screeplay with Jeff Pope. The first clip from the film, which will be screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.

(Source: Thompson on Hollywood)

The post Tiff 2013: ‘Philomena’, with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan,
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And the 2013 Ultimate Slash Madness Winner Is…

Supernatural‘s Destiel was your pick for Slash Madness Champion in our 2013 Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney, putting some teeth in the claim that the characters Dean and Castiel really do share a “profound bond“.

(source)

We here at TheBacklot are in awe at the level of intensity that slash fans brought to the competition this year. An astounding 9 million plus votes were cast, and there were more than 25,000+ user comments, plus countless tweets and #slashmadness Tumblr postings.

Regardless of which of the 32 competing OTPs (“One True Pairings”) you were ultimately rooting for, everyone who participated should be proud of the result. Teen Wolf‘s Sterek fans in particular should be commended for how passionately they fought in the final round. For much of it Sterek and Destel were locked in a 50/50 split, separated by just a few hundred votes.. Here’s the closing tally…

We’ll be featuring our favorite
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2nd Annual Ultimate Slash Madness: Nominations

Can you believe we’re coming up on a year since we ran the original Ultimate Slash Madness tournament? After 4.7 million votes, 4000 plus comments, hundreds of thousands of Tweets and a mountain of Tumblr postings that little tourney celebrating popular slash couples and the fans who ship them turned into quite possibly the biggest thing we ever did on the old AfterElton site.

Since then a lot has happened in the world of slash. We launched our popular weekly column, The Shipping News and for better or for worse references to “slash”, “shipping”, “Otp”, “fandom” and the like busted out of Tumblr and other online fandom hangouts and began to invade mainstream media and the popular vernacular. Actors and TV showrunners commented on it, tweeted about it, cheered it on… and in some cases probably wished it would simmer down. It’s true, all that fan fervor for certain non-canon
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