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Trailer Watch: Elisabeth Moss Wakes Up in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

17 hours ago | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen,” says Offred (Elisabeth Moss) in a powerful — and disturbingly timely — new trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “When they slaughtered Congress we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution we didn’t wake up then, either. Now I’m awake.” Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. While the book was published in 1985, its storyline and themes about a horrifying government and women’s reproductive rights being taken away remain all too relevant today.

“Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world,” the show’s official synopsis details. “In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids — where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.”

“You girls will serve the leaders and their barren wives. You will bear children for them,” Offred and the other Handmaids are informed.

When the man who rules the household Offred lives in tells her, “We only wanted to make the world better,” she is incredulous, and asks, “Better?” “Better never means better for everyone,” he says. Yep, Gilead is a patriarchal hellhole, and the trailer does a beautiful job of establishing this fact.

Golden Globe winner Moss is supported by a cast that includes Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”), and Yvonne Strahovski (“Dexter”).

“The Handmaid’s Tale” isn’t the only high-profile Atwood adaptation in the works. Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Sarah Gadon (“Belle”) are set to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Atwood’s “Alias Grace,” a drama inspired by the true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks (Gadon), a young Irish immigrant and domestic servant living in Upper Canada. The miniseries is written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). The project will debut sometime in 2017.

High-Rise,” “Truth,” and “Meadowland” are among Moss’ recent credits. The “Mad Men” alumna will reprise her role as detective Robin Griffin for Season 2 of “Top of the Lake,” also due sometime this year. This season of the feminist murder mystery series, co-created by Jane Campion (“The Piano”), will feature Nicole Kidman and “Game of Thrones’” Gwendoline Christie.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” hits Hulu April 26. Reed Morano (“Meadlowland”) helmed the first three episodes of the 10-episode drama.

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- Laura Berger

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A Delightful SXSW Conversation with Some ‘Muppet Guys Talking’

15 March 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We talk to Frank Oz and the other original Muppeteers about creating characters, watching them evolve, and giving them sentience.

After a few moving documentaries about individual puppeteers, this year’s SXSW debuted a new documentary directed by Frank Oz called Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets of the Show the Whole World Watched. The film is an hour-long free form discussion with Jerry Nelson (The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus), Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew), Fran Brill (Zoe, Prairie Dawn), and Bill Barretta (Pepe, Tree-Face-Guy) loosely moderated by Oz. Because it features so many of the key personalities that have been only briefly touched upon in spotlight docs on Big Bird or Elmo, it’s a must-watch for any Muppet Show obsessive who wants to hear about what it’s like being buried in a room under a fire pit so they could perform a song with John Denver.

You wouldn’t know it from the way they talk »

- Da7e Gonzales

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Actors who have made the switch from England to Hollywood

14 March 2017 6:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

British actors have been creeping their way into Hollywood ever since the early days of Hollywood. Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor all had British roots, and yet they are still known as some of the greatest Hollywood actors of all time. So, why not celebrate the Brits that made their home in Hollywood? Hollywood should be a place of diversity and British actors have helped to make Hollywood what it is today. Actors from all over the world are making their way to Hollywood to find success and when you can find international freight forwarding at such great prices, why shouldn’t they? So, if you haven’t forgotten where they came from, here is a short list of the English actors making it big in Hollywood:

Danielle Radcliffe

Danielle Radcliffe has come a long way since his first appearance in the Harry Potter film series »

- David Agnew

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‘Apocalyse Kiss’ DVD Review

14 March 2017 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: D.C. Douglas, Carmela Hayslett, Tom Detrik, Tammy Jean, Tom Atkins, Michael Berryman, Lloyd Kaufman, Steve Blum, Bonnie Loev, Brian Anthony Wilson | Written and Directed by Christian Jude Grillo

I’ll freely admit there was a heavy dose of trepidation going into Apocalypse Kiss. You see I’ve had the “pleasure” of watching one of writer/director Christian Jude Grillo’s films (Deer Crossing aka Wasteland) before and it wasn’t the greatest of experiences… But just like you should never judge a book by its cover I feel you should never judge a filmmaker from just one film, even if that film was a complete shambles. Grillo’s previous effort was a backwoods thriller, a poor mans Texas Chainsaw Massacre if you will but this time out Grillo aims his sights higher, bringing us a dystopian vision of a city in ruin, controlled by corrupt politicians and evil corporations. »

- Phil Wheat

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Donald Trump Jr. And “I’m Eric” Are Ready For Their ‘SNL’ Power Grab

5 March 2017 5:31 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Eric and Donald Trump Jr. stepped from under their dad’s Saturday Night Live shadow last night – or at least their stinging SNL doppelgängers did. Usually relegated to the quiet sidelines of Alec Baldwin’s Djt sketches, the American Psycho-haired Trump boys, surgically carved by Mikey Day (as Donald Jr., the most Donald-like) and Alex Moffat (as a single-syllable simpleton Eric), arrived for a spot on “Weekend Update” and were ready to talk (or blurt, as the Trump may… »

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New to Streaming: ‘One More Time With Feeling,’ ‘Memento,’ ‘Frailty,’ and More

3 March 2017 9:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Catfight (Onur Tukel)

Who knew that one of the year’s most potent representations of America’s addiction to abrasive conflict would be Anne Heche and Sandra Oh beating each other to a pulp? Onur Tukel’s Catfight is an unabashedly silly and political film, but it’s also a funny one, with its two lead actresses literally and figuratively hurling themselves into their roles. Heche and Oh play »

- The Film Stage

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'Arrow' Star and Ep Dish on the Shocking Prometheus Reveal and 'Psychological Torture' to Come for Oliver

1 March 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched this week’s Arrow! If you know Prometheus’ true identity, carry on.

Arrow’s season five big bad was finally unmasked on Wednesday’s episode, revealing the villainous Prometheus to be none other than Star City District Attorney Adrian Chase!

The no-nonsense Da had seemed to be one of Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) closest allies as mayor, but after a battle with another Arrow unknown, Vigilante, Chase (Josh Segarra) removed his Prometheus mask to reveal his true identity as the cold-blooded killer whose only goal is to ruin Oliver’s life after suffering a loss at the hands of his season one persona, The Hood.

“We really did want to, this season, build a villain that would be a dark mirror for Oliver, in the tradition of the comic books,” Arrow Ep Wendy Mericle explained on a conference call with reporters last week. “Really honoring »

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Captain Fantastic director to helm sci-fi mystery Tomorrow and Tomorrow

23 February 2017 5:29 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I'm sure you recognize Matt Ross from his appearances in Big Love, American Psycho, Silicon Valley and many others, but lately Ross has been generating critical acclaim not for his acting, but for writing and directing Captain Fantastic. The recent comedy/drama has nabbed plenty of attention, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for Viggo Mortensen, and it seems that Ross is... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Dolph Lundgren and ex-wwe star Shad Gaspard to fight aliens in sci-fi horror Welcome to Willits

7 February 2017 11:57 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We don’t just cover movies on Flickering Myth. We also write extensively about professional wrestling. That particular Venn diagram has been crossing over more frequently in the last decade, with John Cena falling in with Judd Apatow’s comedy gang, Dave Bautista playing Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy, and, of course, Rock ‘The Dwayne’ Johnson frequently topping the highest grossing actors in the world lists.

Fresh off his real life role of breaking up an armed robbery at a Florida gas station, former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard – who formed the tag team Cryme Tyme with partner Jtg – is starring, quite aptly, as Dolph Lundgren’s police captain in the “psychological sci-fi horror” Welcome to Willits. Watch the trailer below…

Former WWE pro wrestler, and recent real life hero, Shad Gaspard, will be starring in Welcome To Willits alongside Bill Sage (American Psycho) and Dolph Lundgren (Rocky, Expendables). Directed by Trevor Ryan, »

- Oli Davis

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Ranking The Modern Batman Actors - Who Is The Best?

4 February 2017 12:21 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

This editorial must be started with a few things: First, I will not be including Lewis G Wilson, Robert Lowrey, or Adam West. They played Batman before many of us were born, it was a different time where campy jokes were abound, and I simply have never seen two of the three actors in action. Second, I am also not including the voice actors, and while Kevin Conroy is greatness, I can't list him here. Finally, I will try my best to not include the performance of the movie while judging the actor's work. At times this will be impossible, as seen in my pick for #5.

The problem for actors in portraying Batman is the fact that they also have to be Bruce Wayne as well. This can be problematic as the characters are almost a complete opposite from one another. Bruce Wayne is the mask of Batman, and it »

- Drew Carlton

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5 Directors Who Could Replace Ben Affleck On The Batman

4 February 2017 4:34 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tai Freligh looks at five directors who could replace Ben Affleck on The Batman

It’s no secret that Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film, The Batman, has had its ups and downs.  Starting with script rewrites and tinkering and then moving on to the intense pressure Affleck felt to make the best possible film he could while both directing and starring as the lead, The Batman has been the subject of intense scrutiny, intensified in part by the critical drubbing of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Affleck had become more vocal about the status of the film in recent weeks, even going so far as to assure fans that he was still directing the movie less than a month ago.  That all changed on January 30th when it was announced that Ben Affleck would no longer be directing the film, but would stay on as actor and producer. »

- Tai Freligh

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Sundance Film Festival Movies

31 January 2017 7:41 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Generally speaking, this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a very healthy marketplace that guaranteed many of its highlights will make it to audiences beyond the festival circuit soon. From heavy hitters like “The Big Sick” and “Mudbound” to discoveries like “Thoroughbred,” there was plenty of buyer interest spread throughout the lineup. As usual, though, plenty of worthy titles ended the festival with uncertain futures.

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

Here are a few memorable ones that deserve distribution.

Bitch

There are plenty of stories about domestic housewives who grow tired of their oppressive routines, but none quite like Marianna Palka’s vicious feminist satire “Bitch,” in which the writer-director-star plays a woman who assumes the identity of a wild dog. It’s a blunt metaphor, but Palka transforms the absurd premise into a chilling look at the destruction »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry

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‘Thoroughbred’ Review: Anton Yelchin’s Final Performance Highlights Cory Finley’s Remarkable Debut — Sundance 2017

27 January 2017 11:37 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that not giving a shit about other human beings is the best way to get ahead in life. Empathy is a weakness. It’s a virtue, of course — and hopefully part of our natural condition — but it’s also a weakness. Empathy is one of the few things that money can’t buy, and the only thing that the rich can’t afford. “Thoroughbred,” Cory Finley’s delightfully vicious and mind-bogglingly confident first feature, is a pitch-black comedy about the danger of being around people of privilege when they first start to figure that out.

Set in the affluent suburbs of Connecticut (the word “Greenwich” is somehow never spoken), “Thoroughbred” unfolds like “American Psycho” meets “Heathers” as directed by a young and extremely class-conscious Park Chan-wook. Picking up where “Equus” left off, the story begins as a teenage girl »

- David Ehrlich

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Win a copy of ‘The Girl On The Train’ on DVD!

27 January 2017 12:35 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray from 6th February and Digital Download from 28th Jnuary is the superb big-screen adaptation of the worldwide bestselling novel The Girl On The Train, and to celebrate we have three copies of the film to give away on DVD!

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is infatuated with the seemingly perfect couple she sees from her daily commuter train that runs past their house.  One day, she witnesses an event on the balcony of the house that disturbs her deeply and in that moment, everything changes.

Driven by intrigue, passion and a thirst for the truth, Rachel becomes increasingly embroiled in the trials and tribulations of the couple she’ s watched from afar for so long. She soon discovers that the couple’s destiny is intrinsically linked to someone from her past, and inevitably realises that the demons that have plagued her since the divorce are not what they seem. »

- Paul Heath

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31 Days Until Oscar

26 January 2017 2:45 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today's magic number is 31. Can you believe it took Christian Bale 31 movies to win Oscar's love?

He debuted in the Steven Spielberg film Empire of the Sun (1987) which was nominated for six Oscars so they knew of him straight from the get-go. But nothing seemed to do it -- not literary adaptations (Little Women, The Portrait of a Lady), neither relationship dramas (Metroland, Laurel Canyon), nor glam rock epics (Velvet Goldmine). Of course it didn't happen for superheroes or serial killers (Batman, American Psycho) but even war dramas (Empire of the Sun, Rescue Dawn) didn't do it. And then suddenly The Fighter (2010) did. He crushed his competition on the way to a win.

Sometimes not being nominated but being routinely excellent is a good way to build crazy momentum for a win. Which working actor do you think is heading straight to an Oscar win as soon as they're finally nominated? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Newswire: Elton John is writing a Devil Wears Prada musical

26 January 2017 1:20 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Creating what is sure to be a fantastic role for Patti LuPone, Elton John is working on a musical version of The Devil Wears Prada aiming for Broadway. John, who is co-writing the musical with playwright and humorist Paul Rudnick, said in a statement that “re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theater is super exciting.” He added: “I’m a huge fan of both the book and the feature film, and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can’t wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture.” We can’t wait to see what ballad John weaves from Meryl Streep‘s cerulean speech. It’s worth noting, however, that the flopped American Psycho show had a song riffing on the names of designers, so he may want to avoid doing that.

The Devil news comes on the heels of the announcement that »

- Esther Zuckerman

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‘Bitch’ Review: Marianna Palka’s Vicious Feminist Satire Has Plenty of Bark and Bite — Sundance 2017

21 January 2017 10:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are plenty of stories about domestic housewives who grow tired of their oppressive routines, but none quite like Marianna Palka’s vicious feminist satire “Bitch,” in which the writer-director-star plays a woman who takes on the identity of a wild dog. It’s a blunt metaphor, but Palka transforms an absurd premise into a chilling look at the destruction of the nuclear family with a vivid, snarling vision driven by the propulsive energy of its biting critique.

Inspired by a real-life case study documented by psychologist R.D. Lang, “Bitch” follows the plight of afflicted matriarch Jill (Palka) and her clueless husband Bill (Palka regular Jason Ritter). The usually sweet-natured Ritter boldly plays against type, initially coming across as an “American Psycho”-like creep who sleeps with his secretary and buries himself in the office, leaving the care of his three young children to his clearly unstable wife. When she snaps, »

- Eric Kohn

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Arden Rose: From Beauty Vlogger to Digital Comedy’s Go-To Snarky Actress — Online Essentials

6 January 2017 2:04 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Online Essentials is a monthly column where we introduce you to an influential digital content creator in their own words.

If you’re embarrassed by old Facebook photos, imagine having seven years of YouTube videos from the age of 14. It’s just a fact of life for rising actress Arden Rose, star of New Form’s “Mr. Student Body President” and the second season of AwesomenessTV’s “Guidance.”

Rose began her YouTube channel in 2009 with hair and make-up videos, counseling her peers on curing acne and how to grow hair more quickly. Over the past seven years, her videos have quickly evolved from the ubiquitous talking head tutorial video to more stylized fare; with editing, music choices, and feminist politics, Rose’s channel stands out in a sea of clickbait titles and the viral challenge of the moment.

Read More: Kristen Wiig and Jerry Seinfeld Eat Pie On Season 9 Premiere »

- Jude Dry

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Arden Rose: From Beauty Vlogger to Digital Comedy’s Go-To Snarky Actress — Online Essentials

6 January 2017 2:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Online Essentials is a monthly column where we introduce you to an influential digital content creator in their own words.

If you’re embarrassed by old Facebook photos, imagine having seven years of YouTube videos from the age of 14. It’s just a fact of life for rising actress Arden Rose, star of New Form’s “Mr. Student Body President” and the second season of AwesomenessTV’s “Guidance.”

Rose began her YouTube channel in 2009 with hair and make-up videos, counseling her peers on curing acne and how to grow hair more quickly. Over the past seven years, her videos have quickly evolved from the ubiquitous talking head tutorial video to more stylized fare; with editing, music choices, and feminist politics, Rose’s channel stands out in a sea of clickbait titles and the viral challenge of the moment.

Read More: Kristen Wiig and Jerry Seinfeld Eat Pie On Season 9 Premiere »

- Jude Dry

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Newswire: John Carpenter thinks internet Nazis need to quit misinterpreting They Live

4 January 2017 1:04 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Plenty of films are open to interpretation. Was Deckard a replicant in Blade Runner? Were Patrick Bateman’s grisly murders a figment of his imagination in American Psycho? Who was The Thing at the conclusion of John Carpenter’s The Thing? One thing was always certain, though: Carpenter’s They Live is not an allegory for Jews secretly controlling the world.

Nevertheless, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists have been perpetuating the myth that They Live has an anti-Semitic message since at least 2008. And the horror master himself must have heard about these conspiracy theories, because last night he took a break from noodling on his synthesizers and took to Twitter to call any insinuation that They Live was anti-Semitic “slander and a lie.”

They Live is about yuppies and unrestrained capitalism. It has nothing to do with Jewish control of the world, which is slander and a lie.

John Carpenter »

- Mike Vanderbilt

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