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What Happens to Jennifer Lawrence in Mother? Here's What the Actress Endures For Her Art

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Jennifer Lawrence suffers for her craft. That's just one of the many feelings you will probably have seeing Mother!, the latest creation from Darren Aronofsky, a director who previously tortured your eyes (and his actors) with films like Black Swan and Requiem For a Dream. But Lawrence goes the distance as the titular character on Aronofsky's modern allegory, until her character is reduced to, well, that's still up for debate. Though lots of moviegoers were interested in seeing the mysterious Mother! when it came out last year, I'm sure there are still many people who are either too scared to see it, or simply just curious to find out what happens in the movie. (Or maybe you've seen it but you're here because you watched the movie behind your hands and want to know what was going on). Either way, this is your last spoiler warning! Mother! is an allegory
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‘mother!’ Honest Trailer: If Extreme Makeover Were Directed by Satan

‘mother!’ Honest Trailer: If Extreme Makeover Were Directed by Satan
One of the most divisive and infuriating movies of the year was undoubtedly mother!, the latest film from director Darren Aronofsky. For some reason, audiences expected the filmmaker behind Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan and Noah to make a straightforward horror thriller starring one of the biggest stars in the world. But […]

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Roles Where Actors Gained Weight

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New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors who had to gain weight for roles.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation is not only a more accurate visual resemblance,
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Canon Of Film: ‘Requiem For a Dream’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we celebrate the recent release of ‘Mother!‘ on home video by delving into Darren Aronofsky‘s masterpiece, ‘Requiem for a Dream‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Screenplay: Hubert Selby Jr. and Darren Aronofsky based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr.

I saw a stat awhile ago, I don’t remember the exact numbers, but basically it said that most people are incorrect about what will make them happy. Happy. I suspect those are the same people that think happiness is a feeling that they need to achieve, or search for. The more I think about it, I believe more than anything, drug addicts have disillusioned themselves into believing such a feeling of happiness essentially exists. Happiness, pleasure, something along those lines, but whatever it is, the world
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5 reasons to see mother!

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5 reasons to see mother!5 reasons to see mother!Adriana Floridia12/19/2017 9:12:00 Am

If you have any interest in movies at all, chances are you've heard of a little film called mother!

Darren Aronofsky, the director of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, is back with his most controversial film yet. mother! is hard to talk about without going into spoiler territory, but we can assure you that it is a singular vision from one of our best working directors. If all of the talk and controversy surrounding the film isn't enough for you to check it out, we have five reasons why you need to see mother!

Michelle Pfeiffer is back It has been four years since Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on the big screen, and even then her past few films were a series of flops. That's why seeing her return in mother! is all the more satisfying.
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December 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Suspiria 4K Restoration, The Amicus Collection, American Gothic (1988)

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With Christmas now only a week away, there’s a big day of genre-related home entertainment releases to look forward to in the meantime, just in case you were in need of some last-minute gift ideas (or if you were looking to spoil yourself, which is totally cool). Easily my most anticipated Blu-ray release for all of 2017, Synapse Films' stunning 4K restoration of Suspiria gets the royal treatment via an incredible three-disc limited edition Steelbook set this Tuesday, and Severin Films is also keeping busy with their HD upgrade of The Amicus Collection, which includes Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts, and The Beast Must Die.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for December 19th include American Gothic, Leatherface, mother!, and the limited edition Steelbook for Donnie Darko.

American Gothic (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A new tale of terror from the director of The Legend of Hell House and The Incubus.
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch All 6 Seasons of Lost Before It Leaves Netflix

We were so busy obsessing over all of the new titles hitting Netflix in January that we almost forgot to pour one out for the many, many movies and TV shows that are bidding the streaming giant adieu. In exchange for Love Actually, Bring It On, and The Godfather, it looks like Netflix is giving up the Saw franchise, Pulp Fiction, and all six seasons of Lost. Check out the rest of the titles you need to watch Asap below! Jan. 1 Chicago Daddy Day Care Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Dressed to Kill E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Forrest Gump Four Brothers Free Willy Grease Gremlins I Am Sam Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fourteenth Year Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The
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Here’s What’s Leaving Netflix in January 2018

Plenty of great titles are coming to Netflix next month, but that also means the streaming service is clearing out some titles as well. They’ve announced what will be leaving in January, and it includes the standard mix of movies and shows that will cause us to say a fond farewell and good riddance. Films and series leaving Netflix in January include Chicago, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Forrest Gump, Gremlins, Mean Girls, Miss Congeniality, Pulp Fiction, Requiem for a Dream, the first seven Saw movies, The Addams Family, The Mighty Ducks, Futurama Seasons 7-10, and the entire …
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Horror-on-Sea 2018 Interview: ‘Dead Love’ director Chris Gallagher

Dead Love is new unorthodox love story from writer and director Chris Gallagher, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Chris a few questions about making the film, working with Lloyd Kaufman and the seminal casting of Emily Booth whilst writing the script.

What can we expect from the film Dead Love?

Talking tables, cannibals, exploding hearts, an awesome soundtrack and many scenes of murder-sex (a term the actors coined on set). It’s essentially a love story concerning a man named Allan, a woman called Anne and a sentient piece of furniture! We’ve got all bases covered – if you want gore, we have scenes where some cast & crew had to watch through their hands. There’s a bit of comedy (hopefully) and underpinning that is the tale of two mismatched people finding love in an unlikely situation.
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New Image for DC’s ‘Titans’ Reveals Brenton Thwaites as the Live-Action Robin

Warner Bros. has revealed the first look at Brenton Thwaites as the live-action Dick Grayson, aka Robin, in the upcoming DC superhero series Titans and he looks legit. Robin's new super suit comes from costume designer Laura Jean Shannon, whose career ranges from Elf to Requiem for a Dream, and who has plenty of experience with designing superheroes after Iron Man, Black Lightning, and Blade: Trinity. They're clearly going for the classic, iconic Robin look with the new costume, from the logo to the weaponry. The new live-action DC superhero series comes from the team behind …
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‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten

‘Mother!’ Director Darren Aronofsky: Why His Home Invasion Thriller Is Like Kindergarten
Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is that rare movie that comes along every once in a while, a completely polarizing event that you have to experience, even if you ultimately think it is a train wreck. Count me among the admirers of a movie that is 69% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes but drew an 'F' on CinemaScore. The director of such films as The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Noah and others doesn't care about either group, but wears the disparate opinions…
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The Tree of Life: On Darren Aronofsky’s "The Fountain", A Decade Later

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Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain (2006) is showing on Mubi from November 12 - December 12, 1017 in the United Kingdom.“Finish it.”The exhortation is an integral part of the texture of The Fountain as a work of art, but it also refers, obliquely, maybe unconsciously, to all the toil and trouble that surrounded its six-year path to the big screen and its controversial reception. Darren Aronofsky—a headstrong filmmaker if there ever was one—could have simply shelved the project indefinitely after his original lead, Brad Pitt, bailed out prior to the start of the production. But, like the words that Izzi says to Tom and that echo throughout the film’s three interconnected timelines, he didn’t. He had to “finish it.” So Aronofsky did, regrouping, downsizing, rethinking a film that was inspired by both the out-there genre twisting of The Matrix and his own experiences with death. What emerged was
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‘The New Radical’ Trailer: The Controversial Bitcoin Documentary That Proves ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Real

‘The New Radical’ Trailer: The Controversial Bitcoin Documentary That Proves ‘Mr. Robot’ Is Real
As “Mr. Robot” fans fall further down the rabbit hole that is season three of the techno-thriller, a new documentary unveils the real hackers who using digital means to topple governments, banks, and society. One of the most controversial films that played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, “The New Radical” is a portrait of the founders of Dark Wallet, the bitcoin app that allows users to make purchases without leaving a digital fingerprint. It’s a chilling peak behind into the extremist techies, as you can see in the first full trailer.

Read More:‘The New Radical’ Review: This Bitcoin Documentary Is a Real-Life ‘Mr. Robot’ — Sundance 2017 Review

“In a very, I guess you could say ‘Jihadist’ way, I’m not afraid,” says Dark Wallet founder Amir Taaki in “The New Radical,” which explores the lives of various crypto-anarchists. Filmmaker Adam Bhala Lough focuses on the terrifyingly brilliant Cody Wilson,
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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10 Scariest Moments in Non-Horror Movies

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Horror movies aren’t the only films that can cause you to have nightmares. Here’s a look at some of the most frightening moments from movies that aren’t horror films.

Terror and fear are common traits in all movies, not just horror films. Frightening moments happen in everything from children’s films to blockbuster action flicks. The reason is that fear is an effective tool for filmmakers. First, it is easy to create. Dark picture quality, demonic makeup or special effects, even a simple jump scare can do the trick. As compared to genuine emotional connection to characters or a film’s themes, creating scares doesn’t tax the script too heavily. Furthermore, fear is a very effective way to connect with the audience. If they are scared, there is a vulnerability that the filmmakers can take advantage of to create a more emotional viewing experience.

Horror films
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Review: Mother! (2017)

Darren Aronofsky can perhaps be most appropriately described as a polarising director. His films are often of such an extreme and filthy aesthetic that as an audience member you’ll either stare in awe or well, puke up your popcorn. His films often operate in the realm of tragic narratives detailing the darker aspects of the human psyche. His films can be considered a study into what makes us human (mostly our weaknesses) and how often-invisible emotions can be represented and communicated on screen. With Requiem for a Dream he depicted the vice like grip of addiction and dependency; Black Swan portrayed the dangers of obsession and ambition; and The Wrestler dealt with regret and the consequences of sacrificing everything for your craft. Mother! represents an evolution for Aronofsky as he throws everything he has at the canvas in what becomes a fascinating look at humanity as a whole.

Mother!
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Darren Aronofsky Tapped as Keynote Speaker at SXSW

Darren Aronofsky Tapped as Keynote Speaker at SXSW
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has been selected as a keynote speaker for March’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals.

Featured speakers added to the programming lineup including musician Keith Urban, Luvvie Ajayi, W. Kamau Bell, investor Steve Ballmer, Yiying Lu and Stefan Blom.

“A provocative and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “He’s been an original since his first independent work, and we know it will be a blast for our passionate SXSW audiences to hear his story.”

Aronofsky’s latest film “Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film was not a strong box office performer with $39 million in worldwide grosses since its Sept. 15 debut. His 2010 film “Black Swan” grossed $340 million worldwide. His other films have included “The Wrestler,” “The Fountain,” “Requiem for a Dream,” and “Pi.”

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The Essential Jared Leto Films

Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential Jared Leto films…

Concluding our build up to Blade Runner 2049 with a series of essentials on the principal cast, we finish with Jared Leto. A musician/actor who seems to have been around for a while now, ageless and when perusing his CV you will find that he’s not done quite as many films as you’d think. Needless to say though, he doesn’t merely flit in every now and again between music just on a whim. Leto takes the acting craft incredibly seriously and has been known in a number of roles to be intensely method in his approach.

So, as I itch with bated breath to see Blade Runner 2049, here is (in no particular order) the essential Jared Leto.

Requiem for a Dream

Leto doesn’t often headline. He’s the antagonist, the support man and a chameleon-esque character actor.
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‘Mother!’ Is the Best Horror Movie in a Year Full of Great Horror Movies

Without having ever seen a trailer for Mother!, I knew that I was going to see it in theaters. I didn’t have to. The fact that it was a horror movie directed by Darren Aronofksy (of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream fame) and starred Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer was enough to sell me on the concept. What it was actually about – how they chose to advertise the movie – was entirely besides the point. It didn’t matter that it got an F cinemascore or was positively rated on Rotten Tomatoes. The talented

‘Mother!’ Is the Best Horror Movie in a Year Full of Great Horror Movies
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Jared Leto Never Saw Suicide Squad

Jared Leto Never Saw Suicide Squad
Warner Bros. Suicide Squad earned an impressive $745 million dollars at the worldwide box office, but Jared Leto did not add to that total as he has never seen the final cut of his performance as the Joker. The movie was divisive for a number of reasons, but one of the larger points of contention was Leto's portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime and how he was barely in the movie. The Joker was advertised as a major selling point in all of the marketing for Suicide Squad, but when moviegoers got into the theaters, he was barely in the movie.

Jared Leto never saw his performance as The Joker, but it isn't over sour grapes or anything of that nature. Leto just doesn't like to watch his own movies. The actor recently spoke to SyFy Wire to promote the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 and he revealed that he has
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