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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

19 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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8 movie burgers to get your mouth watering for National Burger Day

22 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Start salivating. Prepare for meat sweats. Dab uselessly at that pesky blob of ketchup on your shirt. Yes, today marks National Burger Day, 24 hours in which to celebrate that magical combo of juicy meat pattie and toasted sliced bun.

Burgers have been gracing the silver screen for decades, from quotable Tarantino scenes to deadly weapons in Jim Carrey comedies. So let's serve up eight iconic burger scenes to watch with relish. Fries with that?

1. Pulp Fiction's Big Kahuna

The undisputed king of movie burger moments, Samuel L Jackson's Jules tucks into a Big Kahuna seconds before laying his vengeance upon a quivering Frank Whaley. See also: the Royale with Cheese scene and its painfully awkward homage in John Travolta's From Paris with Love.

2. American Beauty's Mr Smiley's

Kevin Spacey's Lester Burnham hits peak mid-life crisis when he takes a job behind the counter at Mr Smiley's in American Beauty. »

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Review: American Ultra, Ultra Violent Yet Ultra Forgettable

20 August 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

We've seen a lot of Americans at the movies in the past decade or so. American Beauty, American Sniper, American Gangster, American Movie, American Hardcore, American Pie - the list goes on and on. It's been a veritable melting pot of national introspection/navel gazing. But every pot has its boiling point, and with American Ultra, we seem to have arrived. The title tells us everything and nothing about this film, in so much as here we have a movie that aims to put everything it is on the table, but arrives at nothing. It's a surface-deep cheap thrill generator, ultimately about as memorable and as meaningful as its title. American Ultra is essentially The Bourne Identity meets True Romance with comedy, sans the vibrancy or immediacy of...

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BAFTA-LA to Honor Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes, James Corden

20 August 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will salute Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden with Britannia Awards at its Oct. 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Additional honorees will be announced soon.

Streep is the recipient of this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which the org said “is presented to a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights.” Prior recipients include Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.

Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The Great Britain Campaign. The award is named for the great British director. Mendes had a notable theatre career before »

- Tim Gray

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'Six Feet Under': The Oral History of HBO's Beloved Landmark Series

20 August 2015 7:54 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's easy to imagine that, 15 years from now, television audiences will take for granted the existence of groundbreaking series like Orange Is the New Black and Transparent. But it's impossible to look at the currently lush television landscape without acknowledging the debt that most popular shows owe to HBO at the turn of the new millennium.

While network television continued raking in the advertising dollars with surefire bets and lowest-common denominators, the premium cable channel was kickstarting its own quiet revolution, finding success in a variety of genres from pop-cultural »

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Monica Bellucci & Léa Seydoux Profiled in Latest 'Spectre' Featurette

13 August 2015 7:18 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"She needed to be soulful, feisty and complicated." Eon Productions has released a new featurette for Sam Mendes' Spectre, due out in theaters in just a few more months. This one profiles the Bond Women of Spectre, specifically two of the women from this Bond movie - Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra. They left out Moneypenny! But that's okay, she's still awesome. In this featurette, Sam Mendes profiles both characters and discusses their casting. Monica Bellucci looks very mysterious, but Léa Seydoux looks badass as she's apparently always on the run. Can't wait. In theaters fall. Here's the new featurette for Sam Mendes' Spectre about The Bond Women of Spectre, via 007.com: Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Revolutionary Road, Road to Perdition, American Beauty) and written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wave with John Logan, all with James Bond franchise experience. »

- Alex Billington

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'Fathers and Daughters' Trailer with Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe

10 August 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Russell Crowe reunites with his Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried in the first trailer from Voltage Pictures' Fathers and Daughters. The studio still has not issued a release date for this upcoming drama, directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), but it is expected to be released by the end of this year for Academy Awards season consideration. While we wait for that announcement, you can check out the first footage from this upcoming drama.

Jake Davis (Russell Crowe), a Pulitzer-winning novelist, finds himself fighting against the world when a fatal car accident leaves him to raise his 5-year-old daughter, Katie, all on his own. Overcome with guilt from the loss of his wife, he struggles with the daily routine of raising a child compounded by his overbearing relatives intent on taking her away from him. As the narrative weaves back and forth between the 1980s, and present day, »

- MovieWeb

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'Sunset Blvd.': 15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Hollywood Classic

10 August 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Long before the lurid "E! True Hollywood Story" series, there was "Sunset Boulevard" -- maybe the darkest, most cynical movie ever made about what Hollywood is really like.

Released 65 years ago this week (on August 10, 1950), director Billy Wilder's classic explored fame from the perspective of those who had it and lost it (like Gloria Swanson and her "waxwork" friends, playing lightly fictionalized versions of themselves) and those who never quite made it, like the struggling young screenwriter (William Holden) and the failed actress-turned-script reader played by Nancy Olson.

Even if you haven't seen "Sunset Boulevard," you may feel like you have, whether because of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical it spawned, the movies that copied it (particularly "American Beauty," with its narration from beyond the grave), and the countless parodies of Swanson's final "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" scene. In honor of the film's anniversary, »

- Gary Susman

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Round-Up: New Final Girl Clip, The Devil Of Kreuzberg Trailer, The Wicked Within Release Details

8 August 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In anticipation of Final Girl's release next Friday, a new clip has been revealed courtesy of Cinedigm. Also: the visual-gasm continues with a trailer for The Devil of Kreuzberg and finally, release details for The Wicked Within.

Final Girl: Making his feature directorial debut, Tyler Shields' Final Girl arrives in select theaters and VOD on August 14th:

Press Release: "Renowned photographer to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Tyler Shields will captivate audiences with his debut feature film, the “sardonic, smart, stylized, thriller” (Dennis Dermody, Paper), Final Girl. Starring Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), Final Girl will debut in select theaters, Digital HD and Video on Demand August 14 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq:cidm) and Nasser Entertainment.

Also starring BAFTA® Film Award nominee Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games,American Beauty), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor), Francesca Eastwood (Jersey Boys), daughter of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, »

- Tamika Jones

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Round-Up: Hellboy In Hell #7 Preview Pages, Watch a Clip from Final Girl, Shivers Down Your Spine Details

1 August 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When will Hellboy learn that there's always a catch? A four-page preview of Dark Horse Comics' Hellboy in Hell #7 is below. Also: a Final Girl clip starring Abigail Breslin and Blu-ray / DVD details for Shivers Down Your Spine.

Hellboy in Hell #7: “The Hounds of Pluto” Part 1 of 2.

A sickness eats away at Hellboy. Though he’s dead, he risks losing himself and becoming one of the hollow phantoms that haunt Hell. A team of doctors promises a cure, but they need something from him first.

Writer: Mike Mignola. Artist: Mike Mignola. Colorist: Dave Stewart. Cover Artist: Mike Mignola. Publication Date: August 26, 2015. Format: Fc, 32 pages; Ongoing. Price: $2.99"

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Final Girl: Making his feature directorial debut, Tyler Shields' Final Girl arrives in select theaters and VOD on August 14th:

Press Release: "Renowned photographer to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Tyler Shields will captivate audiences with his debut feature film, »

- Tamika Jones

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Morgan Freeman to Star in ‘Down to a Sunless Sea’

27 July 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Freeman has signed on to star in action movie “Down to a Sunless Sea,” set up at Focus Features.

Focus has bought the script by David Gleeson. The logline is under wraps, but is said to be similar in tone to “Air Force One.” Producers are Bruce Cohen and Freeman’s Revelations, which is headed by Lori McCreary. CAA brokered the package deal.

Freeman starred in last year’s sci-fi hit “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson and in “Ted 2.” He’ll be seen next year in “London Has Fallen” and the “Ben-Hur” remake.

Cohen’s producing credits include “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Milk” and “American Beauty.”

Gleeson was attached in 2013 to write a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, “Tolkien,” for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment. Gleeson is repped by CAA and Warren Dern.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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- Dave McNary

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Michael Fassbender Goes ‘A Little Too Method’ in ‘Big Lebowski’ Live Read

25 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Fassbender put his magnetic superpowers aside Friday night to play stoner icon “the Dude” in a reading of “The Big Lebowski” in Montreal, but it was Patton Oswalt’s performance as Walter Sobchak (the role originated by John Goodman) that stole the show.

Organized by the Just for Laughs comedy festival, the sold-out Live Read — at which a cast of nine read the Coen brothers’ cult-favorite screenplay for an audience of 1,300 — took clever advantage of the fact that “X-Men: Apocalypse” is shooting in the same city where North America’s biggest comedy festival is headquartered. As such, the fest managed to lure X-women Jennifer Lawrence (who performed Julianne Moore’s Maude) and Olivia Munn (stepping in as Tara Reid’s Bunny) to join Oswalt and a handful of “Silicon Valley” players — T.J. Miller as Brandt, Martin Starr as Jesus and showrunner Mike Judge doing a dead-on Sam Elliott as »

- Peter Debruge

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Exclusive: Ana Lily Amirpour talks A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

22 July 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen sits down with Ana Lily Amirpour to talk her vampire movie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Lo: Would you class A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night as a Horror film? You grew up watching Horror Movies, what do you think of the genre in 2015?

Ala: I personally don’t like categorizing films at all, in general. Especially the kinds of films I watch and make. I would say they don’t tend to come off in black and white. I wouldn’t, myself. There can be horror aspects in lots of movies that wouldn’t necessarily be thought of this way. American Beauty, to me, is a horror film. I guess it depends on what upsets you

Vampire films have been around for 100+ years. How hard was it to come up with something so fresh and original?

When you set out to make a »

- Luke Owen

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Why Sam Mendes will make a third James Bond movie (even if he doesn't know it)

21 July 2015 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sam Mendes has declared now that he will not direct a third James Bond movie. I would like to declare that I don't believe a word of it. It was absolutely a career transition for Mendes when he took the job making "Skyfall," and he was a surprising choice in many ways. Before he ever broke through as the filmmaker behind "American Beauty," he was already acclaimed for his stage work, and he has continued to return to the theater between film jobs as often as possible. Normally, I'd say, "film is where the money is," but Mendes has been behind some genuinely massive stage successes, including the recent theatrical production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which is one of those shows that will play for the next 50 years in various touring productions, lining the pockets of Mendes as well as the Roald Dahl estate. I have no doubt »

- Drew McWeeny

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Film Review: ‘I Am Belfast’

18 July 2015 4:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Any old documentary can give you the history of a city, but it takes a special kind of movie to capture its spirit, from the way the sun reflects off its walls to the smell of rain on its streets. Mark Cousins’ “I Am Belfast” transcends what is expected of such a portrait, inviting audiences on a sensory journey of the Northern Ireland capital, patiently guiding them through a deeply personal visual essay, where a radiant copper-headed woman embodies the very essence of the city — a 10,000-year-old soul sent to welcome visitors and bless those who have criss-crossed its neighborhoods all their lives. Cousins, a free spirit who spends much of his time on the festival circuit, duly earns his latest round of world travels with this entrancing project, while his reputation has reached the point that it should find limited distribution in other ports as well.

In recent years, »

- Peter Debruge

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Movie Review – True Story

17 July 2015 3:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

True Story, 2015.

Directed by Rupert Goold.

Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Ethan Suplee.

Synopsis:

New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.

Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »

- Gary Collinson

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Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray / DVD Release Details and Cover Art

14 July 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of new twists on classic literary horror characters can now rejoice, as Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment have revealed the cover art and details for the Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray / DVD, due out on October 6th.

TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season will come out on respective 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets on October 6th, complete with the following special features:

Video Production Blog Reeve Carney Round Table History of the Occult Character Profile Evelyn Poole's Mansion Interview/Behind the Scenes

Last month, Showtime officially renewed Penny Dreadful for a nine-episode third season that is set to premiere in 2016 and will begin filming this autumn in Dublin, Ireland.

"Penny Dreadful’s second season has found Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway »

- Derek Anderson

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Hamish Linklater to Star in Hot TV Land Comedy 'I Shudder' (Exclusive)

13 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TV Land's reinvention is continuing in a big way. The Viacom-owned cable network has tapped Hamish Linklater to star in hot comedy pilot I Shudder, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy, from writer Paul Rudnick (The Addams Family Values, In & Out), has been generating solid buzz around Hollywood for its originality, fresh concept and sharp biting humor. Oscar-winner Dan Jinks (American Beauty, Milk) is set to executive produce the CBS Television Studios comedy via his Dan Jinks Co. banner alongside Rudnick. I Shudder marks Rudnick's television writing debut. See more Broadcast TV's New Shows

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Scream: The TV Series Season 1 Episode 2 Review – ‘Hello, Emma’

11 July 2015 2:42 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the second episode of Scream: The TV Series

It is now officially time for the gloves to come off. Scream: The TV Series rolls into episode two with mild invention and solid character development. Lifting dialogue from the film canon as a tagline and name dropping Manhunter references, this series is being coy in its self-awareness. Rather than being 90210 or The Oc with added carnage, a unisex triumvirate of actors are moving front and centre giving audiences someone to invest in.

Willa Fitzgerald’s central protagonist Emma works hard with minimal material, whilst being ably supported by Bex-Taylor Klaus as Audrey Jensen. Beyond these two is movie trivia guru geek and orator of slasher convention Noah Foster. Fulfilling Scream conventions, by being both nerdy and vaguely suspect, John Karna adds elitism to that persona. Which has the potential to make him annoying, yet Karna walks the line »

- Gary Collinson

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