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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.

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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.

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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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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

Blind
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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

Blind
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‘mother!’ is the Smartest Comedy of 2017

‘mother!’ is the Smartest Comedy of 2017
Reviews for “mother!” have called it everything from “sickening” to “a berserk feast of filth,” but the most shocking thing about Darren Aronofsky’s wildly divisive new movie is that it’s hilarious. You wouldn’t expect to laugh so much during a movie that includes more disturbing Wtf moments than you can count, but “mother!” shatters expectations. As A.O. Scott puts in his review for the New York Times: “Don’t listen to anyone who natters on about how intense or disturbing it is; it’s a hoot!”

Aronofsky is the farthest thing from a comedic filmmaker. Take one look at “Requiem for a Dream” or “Black Swan” and you’re more likely to recoil from shock and discomfort than crack up. “mother!’s” grand statements on the history of humanity and its relationship to the Earth make it a successor to “The Fountain” and “Noah,” but Aronofsky’s
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Paramount Doesn't Care How Much You Hate Mother!, Ok?

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To call Mother! a divisive movie would be just about the biggest understatement of 2017. Darren Aronofsky's brutal new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem is essentially a violent, bloody allegory for . . . a few things, actually. Audiences who flocked to theaters expecting to see a run-of-the-mill horror movie might not have been disappointed, but a lot of people certainly walked out confused (or walked out of the movie early, period). Because of all this, the daring film, which isn't exactly a surprise from the director of Black Swan and Requiem For a Dream, ended up pulling in a shockingly bad "F" rating on poll-based website Cinemascore (the worst score that can be given by audiences). The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Paramount worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan to get her take on why it's inspired such backlash. "This movie is very audacious and brave. You are
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5 reasons to see mother!

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5 reasons to see mother!5 reasons to see mother!Adriana Floridia9/19/2017 4:11:00 Pm

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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What ‘mother!’ Says About Darren Aronofsky’s Personal Brand of Horror

Darren Aronofsky has been looking for a way to understand and communicate with the world for some time. In Pi, his galvanic debut feature, math, science, literature, and computer led a young genius to a series of numbers that could unlock the secrets of the stock market and the Torah, amongst other things. Requiem for a Dream depicted drugs as a way of both processing, funding, and ultimately corrupting or losing life. Physical and mental performance offered a way out for the lost souls at the center of The Wrestler and Black Swan, often requiring the destruction of the body …
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3 Reasons ‘Mother!’ Couldn’t Turn Festival Buzz Into Box Office Dollars

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3 Reasons ‘Mother!’ Couldn’t Turn Festival Buzz Into Box Office Dollars
Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” is the sort of film that Hollywood has not seen from a major studio in a very long time. Even for a director like Aronofsky, who has earned a reputation for being a provocateur with films like “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream,” “mother!” was a tale that aimed to challenge audiences in a way that no one could have expected. Critics who saw the film at Venice and Toronto wrote shocked reviews with wildly different opinions. Some denounced the film as too extreme with its disturbing, violent climax designed to break all sorts of taboos.
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