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Owen Wilson interview: Wonder, art in movies

Ben Mortimer Nov 30, 2017

Owen Wilson chats to us about Wonder, art, writing and more...

Wonder. It started life as an extraordinary book from R J Palacio, and it's now been turned into a hugely impressive film as well. Already a hit in the Us, the movie stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. And on the UK press tour for the movie, Wilson spared us some time to talk about the film...

[As I enter, I notice that Wilson is reading a book about Van Gogh. I make a comment about this just as I’m setting my Dictaphone to record]

Yeah, I just picked it up off the nightstand. But I’ve been there, to the museum in Amsterdam. Do you have a favourite Van Gogh painting?

Not particularly, Van Gogh. I’m more of a Dali fan.

Very trippy.

Have you been to any of the galleries in London while you’ve been here?

I went to go see the Basquiat show, over at the Barbican.

There was a good documentary on Basquiat recently.

My friend, [art dealer] Tony Shafrazi,
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Review: Kill Me Three Times

There is good news and bad news about Kriv Stenders’ neo-noir film Kill Me Three Times. The good news is that it’s fun to see Simon Pegg enjoying himself as a real scumbag of a hitman. The bad news is that if you’ve seen a handful of crime movies in the last 20 years, you’ve already seen most of what Kill Me Three Times has to offer.

Simon Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a contract killer we meet as he chases down and executes some poor sap in the desert. He’s hired to take out Alice (Alice Braga, Predators) for reasons not made clear at first, but when he shows up to do the job he discovers that she’s already been rubbed out by married dentists Nathan (Sullivan Stapleton, 300: Rise of an Empire) and Lucy (Theresa Palmer, Warm Bodies). They’re looking to cash in an
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VH1 Pseudo-Reality Barely Famous Gets Supertrailer

On March 18th, VH1 is bringing you Erin and Sara Foster‘s Barely Famous, a mocku-docu-something-reality show about two sisters who definitely do not want to be on a reality show.

Take a look at the supertrailer below, and get a feel for not only the harsh look at reality shows you’ll be getting, but also several of the guest stars who will be appearing on the show.

It’s not that this general idea hasn’t come our way before, including in the form of shows like Burning Love, but I don’t think we’ve had quite as blunt an effort that specifically took on the “We’re just famous,” sub-genre.

Potentially, this one could be hilarious, and I’ll let you know a little closer to the air date, but let me know what you think about the idea.

In “ Barely Famous,” Erin and Sara portray
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VH1 Orders ‘Barely Famous’ Reality Parody from Sara and Erin Foster

VH1 Orders ‘Barely Famous’ Reality Parody from Sara and Erin Foster
VH1 has picked up “Barely Famous,” a docudrama parodying reality television from hyphenate sisters Sara and Erin Foster.

The network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the comedy set to premiere in March 2015. The Foster duo, who are the daughters of music producer David Foster, will play sisters born into the Hollywood lifestyle trying to navigate their careers and dating lives while maintaining perfect public images.

“When we sat down to come up with the concept and story behind ‘Barely Famous,’ we kept referring to shows like ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ ‘Extras’ and ‘The Comeback’ as influences,” the Fosters said. “By design, the show pokes fun at the reality show genre as we play these stereotypical, delusional sisters who find themselves shooting a reality show, while also refusing to admit it to their friends.”

Erin Foster has written for NBC’s “The New Normal” and appeared in shows including “Reno 911!” and “The O.C.,
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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival to Open with Gala Screening of Newly Restored Oklahoma!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – November 25th 2013

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I made my Slim Pickings joke last week and this week, I got nothing. Things are a bit better this week anyway with a nice mixture of the new, the old and the quirky independent that has gone straight to VOD.

I imagine things will pick up massively into December as Now TV adds Iron Man 3 and Oz: The Great and Powerful and then the other service providers try and compete.

For now though below are the films to look out for this week, Enjoy!

Mama (2013)

The latest horror film to borrow Guillermo Del Toro’s name in order to present itself, is this ghost story from director Andres Muschietti. Jessica Chastain plays a woman who reluctantly becomes foster-mother to her partners’ two nieces after they are recovered from living feral in the wilderness. The problem is the girls were looked after by something nasty in the woods and
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Remember Me: Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) – “I Don’t Remember All The Bad Ones”

According to IMDb, close to 40 films and TV shows have Elmore Leonard’s name attached, some as creator, some as screenwriter, but about three-quarters because they’re based on one of his novels or short stories. Leonard, who died August 20 of complications following a stroke, didn’t like most of them. Actually, that’s something of an understatement. He hated most of them, the distinction being he hated some more than others.

Leonard had a love/hate thing going with Hollywood. He loved taking movie money, but usually hated what Hollywood did with his material. He went public with his revulsion over Burt Reynold’s thoroughly lousy 1985 adaptation of his novel Stick, and while I don’t know this for a fact, I’m sure he was shaking his head – at least at first — when Quentin Tarantino cast Pam Grier in Jackie Brown (1997) to play what had been a white character in his source novel,
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Elmore Leonard obituary

Crime writer known for Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Hombre whose work served as a barometer of modern America

When Elmore Leonard's Stick was published in Britain in 1984, one newspaper called it "a fine first novel". At almost 60, the author would have been amused at such an accolade; it was, in fact, his 21st novel, and Leonard, who has died aged 87, had been selling his fiction regularly, occasionally to Hollywood. But the genres in which he chose to work often failed to attract serious critical attention: westerns first, then crime novels set in the contemporary urban hinterlands.

Westerns as a literary genre still lack respectability, but the craft and energy of Leonard's crime novels, which include Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Labrava, eventually made them impossible to ignore. Still, recognition came late: only in 1992 did the Mystery Writers of America grant him its highest accolade, the Grand Master Edgar.
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‘Justified’s’ Graham Yost: Elmore Leonard Was ‘A Writer-Father to Me’

‘Justified’s’ Graham Yost: Elmore Leonard Was ‘A Writer-Father to Me’
Justified” showrunner Graham Yost became friendly with author Elmore Leonard during the development of the FX drama derived from Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole.”

Yost remembered Leonard, who died Aug. 20 at the age of 87, as skilled “raconteur” who adhered to his own strict rules for writing. One of them was to never to use the word “suddenly.” Another was to let the story do the talking and avoid telling the reader what to think about a scene with phrases such as “and then all hell broke loose.”

Earlier: Legendary Writer Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

“One of the great fun things about spending time with him was that he was a very friendly guy. He felt like another writer-father to me,” Yost said. “He was very supportive of me and he liked to talk about his writing lessons. His rules are famous. All writers should pay attention to them.
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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013
When the late Elmore Leonard began writing fiction in the early Nineteen-Fifties, Westerns ruled the roost, so most of his early heroes wore cowboy hats. When this great American writer, who died Tuesday at 87, went with the flow in 1969, and switched to writing urban thrillers (with the twice-filmed "The Big Bounce"), the change wasn't a wrenching one. He didn't ask his characteristically watchful and laconic heroes to change much more than their hats when they relocated from the deserts of the Southwest to the mean streets of Detroit and Miami. The best-known current incarnation of the Leonard hero, Timothy Olyphant's Marshall Raylan Givens on the FX series "Justified," brings the iconography full circle. He is a contemporary lawman who has traded in his six shooter for a Glock but still favors the hat and the boots and remains calm even when engineering a shoot out. Both Olyphant's portrayal and
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10 Elmore Leonard Movies You Can Watch Online Right Now

Elmore Leonard has died at the age of 87, leaving us with millions of already well-worn copies of novels and short story collections. He was a raw talent with a knack for delivering stark, bloody drama that worked strongly both on the page and on the screen. If you don’t already have the physical copies on your shelf, there are more than a few options (some of them free) for streaming Leonard’s adaptations online. 3:10 to Yuma (1957 and 2007) One of two westerns from Leonard that came out that year (the other being The Tall T), it helped solidify him as a go-to for tough guys and became a kind of icon in its own right. It tells the story of a struggling farmer who joins a posse attempting to take the brutal, captured outlaw Ben Wade to the closest town with a railway station. The goal is to turn him over to the authorities on their
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'Get Shorty' and 'Out of Sight' Author Elmore Leonard Dies at Age 87

An adaptation of the novel The Swtich is on the way with John Hawkes, Yasmin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Will Forte, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins starring, but author Elmore Leonard won't be around to see one more of his books hit the big screen. The New York Times reports that the author behind such novels as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, The Big Bounce, Jackie Brown and 3:10 to Yuma, all of which became major motion pictures, has passed away at his home in Michigan at the age of 87. But despite his books serving as inspiration for so many films, Leonard was never really a big fan of the adaptations themselves. Read on. In fact, as the newspaper points out, Leonard would often pan the film adaptations with great comic effect, even the more popular and successful films like Get Short and Out of Sight. The paper recalls, "His first novel,
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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard (1925 - 2013)

Celebrated American novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard has died aged 87 after complications from a stroke he suffered last month. A statement on his official website revealed that Leonard "passed away this morning at 7.15 Am at home surrounded by his loving family."

Born in New Orleans in 1925, Leonard began his career as a writer penning Western short stories in the 1950s, before turning his attention to crime fiction the following decade. During his career he penned 45 novels, with many of his tales adapted for the screen, including Hombre, The Big Bounce, The Tall T, 3:10 to Yuma, Mr. Majestyk, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Be Cool, Rum Punch (filmed as Jackie Brown), Killshot and the FX television series Justified, on which he also served as executive producer.

Flickering Myth would like to pass on our condolences to Mr. Leonard's family and friends at this sad time.
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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Review

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Written and Directed by: Roman Coppola Starring: Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Katheryn Winnick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney When Roman Coppola's new film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III was first announced, Charlie Sheen's firing from Two and a Half Men and his subsequent public meltdown were still fresh in our minds. The movie was poised to capitalize on the situation by having him play a fictional character in a similar predicament, potentially adding an interesting meta layer to the story. However, now that the movie has been released a year and half later, things have changed. Sheen has returned to a successful TV career with Anger Management, "Winning!" is no longer a thing that people say, and most of the relevance that this movie might have once had now seems all but lost.
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You May Not Kiss the Bride Movie Review

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You May Not Kiss the Bride Movie Review
Title: You May Not Kiss the Bride Director: Rob Hedden Starring: Dave Annable, Katharine McPhee, Ken Davitian, Vinnie Jones, Mena Suvari, Rob Schneider, Tia Carrere, Kevin Dunn, Howard Bishop, Kathy Bates, Stephen Tobolowsky An uneven action-comedy of unconvincingly forced hijinks, “You May Not Kiss the Bride” plays like a strange, misbegotten mash-up of “The Bounty Hunter,” “Green Card,” “Get Shorty” and “The Big Bounce.” The cross-pollinated ensemble story of an arranged marriage, unlikely budding romances and a bunch of criminal mischief and double-crossing, it’s amiable yet still consistently wearying — a movie that never figures out a way to stitch together all of its incongruous elements. After a mishap involving a customer’s [ Read More ]
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Giveaway: Win Demoted Blu-ray

Giveaway: Win Demoted Blu-ray
Anchor Bay Home Entertainment will release the office comedy Demoted on Blu-ray and DVD June 12, which stars Michael Vartan, Sean Astin, and David Cross. We have a contest lined up where our readers can take home the Blu-ray for their own collection. These prizes will go fast, so enter this giveaway today.

Winners Receive:

Demoted Blu-ray

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Fusing the corporate shenanigans of Nine to Five with Office Space, and in the same vein as Horrible Bosses, Demoted boasts a star-studded ensemble cast including Michael Vartan (Hawthorne, Alias), Oscar nominated actor Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Celia Weston (Observe and Report), Sara Foster (90210, The Big Bounce), Cleo King (Pineapple Express,
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Contest: Win Demoted Blu-Ray

Join us this week for another contest as we give away a Blu-Ray copy of Anchor Bay’s upcoming release Demoted. Starring Sean Astin, Michael Vartan and David Cross, the upcoming comedy promises to “fuse the corporate shenanigans of 9 To 5 with Office Space” and give us something in the vein of Horrible Bosses.

Check out the plot summary below.

Fusing the corporate shenanigans of 9 To 5 with Office Space, and in the same vein as Horrible Bosses,Demoted boasts a star-studded ensemble cast including Michael Vartan (“Hawthorne,” “Alias”), Oscar® nominated actor Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Celia Weston (Observe and Report), Sara Foster (“90210,” The Big Bounce), Cleo King (Pineapple Express, “Mike and Molly,”), Ron White (Horrible Bosses, Blue Collar Comedy Tour), Robert Klein (Reign Over Me) and Emmy® award winner David Cross (“Arrested Development,” “Modern Family”).

For Mike (Astin) and Rodney (Vartan), life is good at the Treadline Tire Company.
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Exclusive: Demoted Blu-ray Clip

Exclusive: Demoted Blu-ray Clip
We have an exclusive clip from the upcoming Anchor Bay comedy Demoted, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 12. David Cross plays Kenny Castro, a timid tire salesman who is constantly picked on by Mike (Sean Astin) and Rodney (Michael Vartan). Take a look at this scene where Kenny is rattled in front of his boss and peers.

Demoted - Exclusive Conference Room

Fusing the corporate shenanigans of Nine to Five with Office Space, and in the same vein as Horrible Bosses, Demoted boasts a star-studded ensemble cast including Michael Vartan (Hawthorne, Alias), Oscar nominated actor Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Celia Weston (Observe and Report), Sara Foster (90210, The Big Bounce), Cleo King (Pineapple Express, Mike & Molly), Ron White (Horrible Bosses, Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie), Robert Klein (Reign Over Me) and Emmy award winner David Cross (Arrested Development, Modern Family).

For Mike (Astin) and Rodney
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Deep Thoughts With Morgan Freeman: The Mashup

When you see Morgan Freeman, maybe you see God. Or the president of the United States. Or Nelson Mandela, or a kindly old convict, chauffeur, boxing trainer or superhero's business manager. Because he's played all those roles, and he always seems to have the answers to everything, doesn't he? And that voice! We'd buy a bag of broken light bulbs if he only narrated the commercial.

Everything out of Morgan Freeman's mouth not only sounds wise, it Is wise -- and we have proof in this video compilation of every deep, life-changing line the man ever said. Get busy watching this mashup, or get busy dying.

Movies Included (Click to Buy):

Glory | The Bucket List | Evan Almighty | March of the Penguins | Feast of Love | Dreamcatcher | Invictus | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves | Amistad | Moll Flanders | Unleashed | Edison Force | Along Came a Spider | The Shawshank Redemption | An Unfinished Life |  10 Items
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Elmore Leonard: the great American novelist

Leonard is regarded as the greatest American crime writer, surpassing even Raymond Chandler. But it is time to drop the qualification of genre

The best novelists create a world around the reader. You can feel it bubbling up in irrepressible invention. So we have "a guy by the name of Booker, a twenty-five-year old super-dude twice convicted felon" in his Jacuzzi when the telephone rings. No one answers it, and Booker gets out of the Jacuzzi. At the other end of the line, a woman, Moselle, asks him to sit down. When he does, she informs him that he's triggered a bomb in the chair – "when you get up, honey, what's left of your ass is gonna go clear through the ceiling". The bomb-disposal boys arrive in their nonchalant way: "Booker said 'Another one goes hmmmmm. I'm sitting here on high explosives the motherfucker goes hmmmmm.'" Is there a bomb?
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