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Ten Conspiracy Thrillers with Cynical Resolutions

17 July 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Though there are some spoilers sprinkled throughout this piece for some of the films, they are largely vague for readers who have not seen the films in question.

In his book Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, journalist Rick Pearlstein posits that Nixon, one of history’s most reviled presidents, manipulated social trends, tense racial crises and even war to assume the office, and, perhaps inadvertently, created the way the Right and Left deal with each other in the present day. The scars of the seventies indeed still hang like a dark cloud over Washington, its internal systems ravaged by covert bugging operations and illegal payoffs. With Edward Snowden’s Nsa revelations and Wikileaks at the forefront today, America has once again regressed into paranoia, though nothing in contemporary cinema compares to the violent, bleak reactions filmmakers had to the Watergate scandal. The occasional modern conspiracy thriller, »

- Kenny Hedges

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6 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Vulture Peter Dinklage's high school yearbook folder -- Mullet!

The Playlist Darren Aronofsky might not be ready to lead apocalyptic floods behind. But this time it's for TV with a Margaret Atwood adaptation

The Wire a definitive ranking of Tom Cruise's leading ladies post-Kidman

Mnpp Bradley Cooper gets the hose again

THR ewww, Forrest Gump is going IMAX for a 20th anniversary rerelease. 'and that's all i have to say about that' 

Above Average every superhero movie (by which they mean mostly Spider-Man) in one take

TMZ George Jung penned a sequel to Blow while in prison (he just got out). TMZ calls the Johnny Depp movie of Blow a classic. Um... just because something is now 'old' does not make it classic. 

Critic Wire smart piece re: the ongoing story / speculation of why film critics are losing their jobs 

Guardian Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) will »

- NATHANIEL R

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George Jung -- I Wrote a 'Blow' Sequel in Jail

6 June 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Prepare for more tales of cocaine pure as the driven snow -- George Jung penned a sequel to "Blow" during his almost 20-year prison stint ... and his people say Hollywood's already knocking. The classic film starring Johnny Depp was inspired by Bruce Porter's 1993 book about Jung's life ... but we're told that was only a fraction of Boston George's cocaine adventures.A rep for Jung says his new book, entitled "Heavy" ... will detail more of »

- TMZ Staff

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Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts Among Maui Film Fest Honorees

4 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rainmaker Award – Lupita Nyong'o

The It Girl of the past season’s awards race, the Kenyan actress (pictured) burst onto the international scene with her charismatic feature debut in “12 Years a Slave,” winning the supporting actress Oscar alongside multiple other trophies. Nyong’o, who recently starred in the thriller “Non-Stop,” is also the creator, director, editor and producer of the documentary “In My Genes.”

Shining Star Award – Emma Roberts

The 23-year-old actress with a famous aunt (they co-starred in “Valentine’s Day”) made her movie debut opposite Johnny Depp in 2001’s “Blow.” Since then she’s racked up such eclectic credits as “Nancy Drew,” “Hotel for Dogs,” “We’re the Millers,” current release “Palo Alto” and TV’s “American Horror Story.”

Nova Award – Evan Rachel Wood

Coming from an acting family and in the business since she was 5, Wood says she felt “predestined” to act. Since her breakout role »

- Iain Blair

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George Jung -- Patching Up Relationship with Estranged Daughter

4 June 2014 12:50 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

George Jung's tragic relationship with his daughter was the emotional core of the Johnny Depp movie "Blow" -- and TMZ has learned he's already reconnected with her since getting out of prison. In the film, the infamous drug smuggler never sees his daughter Kristina Jung while in prison -- outside of that heartbreaking ending scene -- but Jung's rep tells us he and Kristina started to reconcile in the past couple of years. We're told »

- TMZ Staff

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'Blow' Inspiration George Jung -- My First Post-Prison Meal Was ...

3 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

George Jung arrived in San Francisco on Monday night to move into a halfway house ... but tells us the Massachusetts native dined on a hometown favorite before his flight.As TMZ first reported, Jung -- the prolific cocaine smuggler portrayed by Johnny Depp in the movie "Blow" -- was released from prison yesterday after serving nearly 20 years behind bars."Boston George" -- who looks good for having spent two decades behind bars -- told a »

- TMZ Staff

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Speed Read: Kendall and Kylie's Acting Debut Will Make You Scream

3 June 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

When you think of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, do you think of blood and chainsaws? Well, you might after watching their promo video for the upcoming MuchMusic Video Awards. Solange Knowles and Rachel Roy reportedly avoided each other at the Cfda Awards. Rachel's reported flirtations with Jay Z at the Met Gala were allegedly the reason that Solange attacked Jay in an elevator at an afterparty. In related news, 50 Cent said that Beyoncé once "jumped off a ledge" to confront him about his supposed beef with Jay. Watch Rihanna and Anna Wintour "exchange" text messages about fashion. Yes, they include Emojis. Cocaine smuggler George Jung was released from prison after serving almost 20 years behind bars. He was the real-life inspiration for Johnny Depp's character in Blow. Two 12-year-old girls stabbed their friend 19 times to impress Slender Man, a fictional Internet meme character. The victim was reportedly "one millimeter away from certain death" but survived, »

- Alyse Whitney

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'Blow' Inspiration George Jung -- Ex-Cocaine King Back on the Street

3 June 2014 12:02 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The infamous smuggler Johnny Depp played in the movie “Blow” is free again after flooding America with endless piles of primo cocaine ... and spending nearly 20 years in the pokey. So that's awesome--ly horrible? Umm ... drugs are bad. Depp's cool though. Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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George Jung, Inspiration For Johnny Depp's 'Blow' Character, Released From Prison

2 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

George Jung, the cocaine smuggler and dealer that inspired Johnny Depp’s character in Blow, has been released from prison after serving 20 years.

George Jung Released

Jung, 71, was scheduled for release in November of this year. However, for reasons unknown, he was released from the Fci Fort Dix in New Jersey several months early. Now that he’s out from prison, Jung is being sent to a half-way house on the West Coast, reported TMZ. There, he’ll be aided in transitioning back into society after a pair of decades behind bars.

During the 70s and 80s, Jung was regarded as one of the largest movers of cocaine. At one point, it was believed he was responsible for nearly 90% of the cocaine brought into the United States.

Describing his high-rolling life before the major bust, Jung said it was as though he was a “coke star” comparable to other celebrity types. »

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Johnny Depp's 'Blow' Inspiration George Jung -- Released From Prison ... After Almost 20 Years Behind Bars

2 June 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

George Jung -- the prolific cocaine smuggler portrayed by Johnny Depp in the movie “Blow” -- has been released from prison after serving almost 20 years behind bars -- and TMZ has a pic of his first moments of freedom. Jung (now 71-years-old) was doing time at Fci Fort Dix in New Jersey and was supposed to be released in November ... but for some reason the ex-drug smuggler got out early.For those of you who »

- TMZ Staff

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Penélope Cruz Is 40! See Her Hottest Moments on the Beach and Beyond

28 April 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Penélope Cruz is 40 today! The Spanish actress has made a name for herself in Hollywood with roles in films like Blow, Nine, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she won an Oscar in 2010. Of course, Penélope's most beloved roles at the moment are as a mother to Leo and Luna and wife to husband Javier Bardem. In honor of Penélope's big day, we've rounded up some of her hottest moments on the beach, the red carpet, and beyond. Scroll through to see them all now! Source: Bauer-Griffin Online, INFphoto.com, FameFlynet »

- Brittney Stephens

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Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries

8 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather GrahamAnton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.

In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.

Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:

World Competition Categories

The jurors for »

- Jeff Labrecque

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New Patrick Viral Features an Experiment Gone Wrong... Really Wrong

13 March 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A new viral video in promotion of the Aussie chiller Patrick (review) is here to make a real mess of things. Look for the flick in theatres and on VOD This Friday, March 14, 2014. Check it out, or we will force you to telepathically!

At the helm of the remake is Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), and the flick stars Richard E. Grant (Dracula, Corpse Bride), Rachel Griffiths (Blow), and Sharni Vinson (You're Next).

Synopsis

When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.

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- Uncle Creepy

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Johnny Depp Isn't Quite Human In Latest Transcendence Poster And Pics

13 March 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Once upon a time, Johnny Depp played human characters. He revealed his natural features to create recognizable roles in movies like What.s Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco, Chocolat and Blow. Then there are "The Tim Burton Years," followed by the various Pirates of the Caribbean movies (of which a fifth, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is in the works). Transcendence looks like a return to the former titles, with Depp avoiding the white-faced makeup yet choosing to hide behind Another device in what looks like a twisty, techno-narrative. He plays Dr. Will Caster, whom the studio describes as "the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions." We.re not exactly sure what all of that means, but we know that it makes him the target of »

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 11 Performances - Songs From The Cinema

12 March 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wednesday (March 12) night's "American Idol" is officially called something like Soundtrack To Our Lives, which is what we're calling this year's permutation on the always-confusing Music From The Movies theme, in which singers go through contortions to justify performances from songs which, indeed, may have once popped up in a movie at some point. Several of the songs teased by "Idol" for tonight actually *do* seem to hail meaningfully from movies. I can't quibble with "Skyfall" or "Falling Slowly"  or "Sound of Silence." The idea that "Sweet Home Alabama" fits the theme is a complete cheat but... That's how this goes!  Click through and follow along! 8:01 p.m. I'm pretty sure that "Ocean's Eleven"-themed opening was produced by somebody who never watched either version of "Ocean."  8:02 p.m. More close-ups of the audience, please! I want to see all of the people who will be clapping off-the-beat tonight. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Exclusive Patrick Clip Gets Through to You

10 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The updated version of the Aussie chiller Patrick (review) will be in theatres This Friday, March 14, 2014, and right now we have a look at an exclusive clip for you. Check it out, or we will force you to telepathically!

At the helm of the remake is Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), and the flick stars Richard E. Grant (Dracula, Corpse Bride), Rachel Griffiths (Blow), and Sharni Vinson (You're Next).

Synopsis

When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.

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Got news? Click here to submit it! »

- Uncle Creepy

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'How I Met Your Mother': Going through the 5 stages of grief in 'Vesuvius'

3 March 2014 9:10 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Monday's (March 3) "How I Met Your Mother" piled one emotional scene on top of another at the end of the episode, and the ending pretty well confirmed a prevalent  theory about how the series itself will wrap up.

Spoilers, unless you've been on a "Himym" message board in the past several months.

"Vesuvius" very, very strongly suggested that the reason Ted is telling all these stories about the years leading up to his meeting the Mother is because she's dead. The final scene, with Bob Dylan's "If You See Her, Say Hello" and Ted choking up after his wife says, "What mother wouldn't be there for her daughter's wedding?," all point to confirmation of that theory.

The show could be pulling one last twist, but it sure doesn't feel that way. It feels like a lot of other things, though, so let's Kubler-Ross this thing.

Denial

No. Come on. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Johnny Depp Officially On Board For Black Mass, Tom Hardy In Talks

7 February 2014 7:46 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Johnny Depp hasn't shied away from playing real-life criminals, like gangster John Dillinger in Public Enemies or cocaine kingpin George Jung in Blow. So we shouldn't be too surprised that Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media have convinced the eccentric A-lister to play the notorious Whitey Bulger for Black Mass. Reporting out of the European Film Market, Deadline reveals Depp has officially signed on to star in Black Mass, a biopic that will chronicle the highlights of career criminal Bulger, who went from Boston's cruel kingpin to a fugitive at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted list. Joining him in this endeavor could be English hunk Tom Hardy, who has earned a reputation for growling tough guys with lead roles in Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Bronson. Hardy is said to be in early talks for the film's other lead role. Rush producer Mark Mallouk wrote Black Mass »

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New Patrick One-Sheet and Trailer Do Remarkable Things

31 January 2014 12:32 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The updated version of the Aussie chiller Patrick (review) will be in theatres on March 14, 2014, and right now we have a look at the film's new one-sheet and trailer. Check it out, or we will force you to telepathically!

At the helm of the remake is Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), and the flick stars Richard E. Grant (Dracula, Corpse Bride), Rachel Griffiths (Blow), and Sharni Vinson (You're Next).

Synopsis

When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.

Visit The Evilshop @ Amazon!

Got news? Click here to submit it! »

- Uncle Creepy

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Get a bloomin' move on – the music of Michael Caine films

31 January 2014 7:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Caine's early films defined the look of an era, but with scores by John Barry, Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins they also defined its soundrack

There is a kind of music in Michael Caine's voice: deceptively flat, barely inflected, emitting just the tiniest glints of detached insolence and laconic menace as it maps the area between the pre-war docklands community of Rotherhithe, his birthplace, and Elephant and Castle, where his family was rehoused in a prefab built on bomb-damaged land not far from the location of Shakespeare's theatres. Few people alive know more about the actor's craft than Caine, none is more gifted in the art of underplaying, and that voice is integral to his virtuosity.

But there is music of a more conventional kind in the films that made him famous – when the former Maurice Micklewhite rather unexpectedly became the model of a new kind of English leading man, »

- Richard Williams

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