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‘Imperium’ review: “Handled with maturity and gravitas.”

21 September 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Imperium review: Daniel Radcliffe goes undercover to take down white supremacists in this impressive drama from writer/ director Daniel Ragussis.

Imperium review by Luke Ryan Baldock, September 2016.

Imperium review

Remember how films sometimes come in twos? Volcano and Dante’s Peak, Antz and A Bug’s Life, White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen. Well, just a week after Bryan Cranston went undercover to fight Columbian drug runners, now Daniel Radcliffe must go undercover to take down white supremacists. Radcliffe clearly has the greater task, despite shedding his boy wizard image (successfully so far), can we really see him as an American FBI agent pretending to be racist? Funnily enough, yes. Imperium fully cements Radcliffe as a force to be reckoned with, even if the film never goes above and beyond.

Radcliffe is Nate Foster, an ambitious FBI agent looking to make his break. After head of undercover operations, Angela »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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‘Complete Unknown’ Exclusive Clip: Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon Pretend To Lead Different Lives In Romantic Identity Drama

16 August 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

People walk in and out of your life all the time, and it’s not clear what they do after they leave. Are they the same person? Did they become just like you? Did they drop off the face of the map? Or did they in fact leave their old life behind and become someone else entirely? Joshua Marston’s new romantic identity drama “Complete Unknown” centers around a woman (Rachel Weisz) who constantly leaves her identity behind and reinvents herself, and soon tries to bring an ex-lover (Michael Shannon) into her spontaneous life. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Sundance Review: Joshua Marston’s ‘Complete Unknown’ Starring Rachel Weisz And Michael Shannon

The film is written and directed by Joshua Marston. He’s best known for writing and directing the films “Maria Full of Grace” and “The Forgiveness of Blood,” as well as directing episodes of “Six Feet Under, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Complete Unknown’ Trailer: Rachel Weisz And Michael Shannon Star In Romantic Identity Drama

10 August 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What if you just walked away from your life and completely started over? What if you walked away from that new life and started over again? What if you did that again and again and again? That’s the premise of Joshua Marston’s new romantic identity drama “Complete Unknown,” starring Rachel Weisz as a woman who constantly reinvents herself and soon brings an ex-lover Tom (Michael Shannon) into her manufactured world.

Read More: Sundance Review: Joshua Marston’s ‘Complete Unknown’ Starring Rachel Weisz And Michael Shannon

As Tom celebrates his birthday with a group of close friends, he sees a woman from his distant past at the party. At first Jenny, or Alice as she prefers to call herself, pretends to have never met Tom before, she eventually reveals that she began to create different identities for herself after she left Tom’s life 20 years earlier, taking on new names and careers every time. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Michael Shannon Performs Pixies’ ‘Here Comes Your Man’ On Spike’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’—Watch

15 June 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Character actor Michael Shannon is best known for his intense, visceral performances, often playing troubled, disturbed characters who exist on society’s margins. But like most contemporary actors, Shannon also has a soft, silly side that shows itself infrequently, like his appearance in the stoner holiday comedy “The Night Before,” his violent cameo in David Wain’s “They Came Together,” and his recent turn as Elvis in “Elvis and Nixon.” However, if for whatever reason you wanted to see Shannon lip sync on television, you will now have your chance. On Thursday’s episode of Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle,” Shannon will perform The Pixies’s 1989 song “Here Comes Your Man” off of their seminal album “Doolittle.” He will be facing off against “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator and star Rachel Bloom. Watch a teaser for the performance above.

Read More: Interview: Michael Shannon Talks ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ Herzog’s ‘Salt And Fire’ & Working With Jeff Nichols

Shannon has been acting on stage and screen since 1991 after getting his start in Chicago theatre. He originated the role of Peter Evans in Tracy Letts’ acclaimed 1996 play “Bug,” which was later adapted into a 2006 film. He first came to attention for his role in “8 Mile,” playing the boyfriend of Eminem’s mother. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” co-starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. He gained further acclaim for his performances in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” “Premium Rush,” and most recently in “99 Homes” and “Midnight Special.”

Lip Sync Battle” airs Thursday night at 10pm Eastern on Spike TV.

Read More: Michael Shannon Reteams With Jeff Nichols For ‘Loving

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Related stories'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Star Rachel Bloom on the Unsung MVPs of Season 1 (Consider This)Guillermo del Toro's Cold War Love Story: Michael Shannon & Sally Hawkins In Talks To ToplineTony Awards Nominations 2016: Michael Shannon, Michelle Williams & More Get Stage Nods »

- Vikram Murthi

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Michael Shannon Performs Pixies’ ‘Here Comes Your Man’ On Spike’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’—Watch

15 June 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Character actor Michael Shannon is best known for his intense, visceral performances, often playing troubled, disturbed characters who exist on society’s margins. But like most contemporary actors, Shannon also has a soft, silly side that shows itself infrequently, like his appearance in the stoner holiday comedy “The Night Before,” his violent cameo in David Wain’s “They Came Together,” and his recent turn as Elvis in “Elvis and Nixon.” However, if for whatever reason you wanted to see Shannon lip sync on television, you will now have your chance. On Thursday’s episode of Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle,” Shannon will perform The Pixies’s 1989 song “Here Comes Your Man” off of their seminal album “Doolittle.” He will be facing off against “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” creator and star Rachel Bloom. Watch a teaser for the performance above.

Read More: Interview: Michael Shannon Talks ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ Herzog’s ‘Salt And Fire’ & Working With Jeff Nichols

Shannon has been acting on stage and screen since 1991 after getting his start in Chicago theatre. He originated the role of Peter Evans in Tracy Letts’ acclaimed 1996 play “Bug,” which was later adapted into a 2006 film. He first came to attention for his role in “8 Mile,” playing the boyfriend of Eminem’s mother. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” co-starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. He gained further acclaim for his performances in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” and “Mud,” “Premium Rush,” and most recently in “99 Homes” and “Midnight Special.”

Lip Sync Battle” airs Thursday night at 10pm Eastern on Spike TV.

Read More: Michael Shannon Reteams With Jeff Nichols For ‘Loving

Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

Related stories'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Star Rachel Bloom on the Unsung MVPs of Season 1 (Consider This)Guillermo del Toro's Cold War Love Story: Michael Shannon & Sally Hawkins In Talks To ToplineTony Awards Nominations 2016: Michael Shannon, Michelle Williams & More Get Stage Nods »

- Vikram Murthi

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William Friedkin on the Cannes Film Festival, Steve McQueen, His ‘Disaster’ Movie (Video)

10 May 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin will be at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18 to take part in the Cinema Masterclass, hosted by film critic Michel Ciment. Friedkin sat down with Variety at his home in Los Angeles to discuss his experiences at the festival, including when his 2006 film “Bug” won the Fipresci Prize.

Friedkin, who won an Academy Award for directing the 1972 classic “The French Connection,” and was nominated again for 1973’s “The Exorcist,” calls the Cannes crowd “an audience of people who love cinema — not just like to go to the movies.”

Also screening at Cannes this year will be two of Friedkin’s movies, 1977’s “Sorcerer” and 1985’s “To Live and Die in L.A.

Based on the Georges Arnaud novel “The Wages of Fear,” “Sorcerer” was a flop when it came out, though it has gone on to build a massive following in recent years and a »

- Jenelle Riley

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Cinemascore and exit polling in Hollywood: what is it?

9 May 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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If a film gets a Cinemascore of B or C, it's often classed as a disappointment. But what is a Cinemascore?

The process of marketing a movie is now an operation that lasts many months across all sorts of media, from bus stop posters to social media campaigns, all in pursuit of making sure the movie makes an impact in its opening weekend. Tracking and analytics can give an indication of how audiences are responding before the movie even hits cinemas, but it's only in that opening weekend, once they've actually seen the movie, that you can get a more accurate read on public opinion.

Box office aside, one way in which Hollywood's studios reads public response after release is Cinemascore, the Las Vegas-based market research firm which conducts nationwide exit polls. Billed as “Hollywood's Benchmark”, the company's researchers gathers information from filmgoers and the results, expressed as letter grades, »

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Theatre Review: Killer Joe in Toronto

14 April 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shock reviews the new Toronto production of Tracy Letts’ horrifying melodrama Killer Joe. Like many (if not most) of you reading this, this writer’s point of entry into the world of playwright Tracy Letts came via director William Friedkin. His “return” to horror after a lengthy hiatus, 2006’s Bug, blew my mind; a dialogue-driven two-hander…

The post Theatre Review: Killer Joe in Toronto appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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Cannes: William Friedkin to deliver Cinema Masterclass

4 April 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French Connection director highlights “challenging time” for the future of world cinema.

Us director William Friedkin is to deliver the Cinema Masterclass at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22). Filmmakers to previously give the masterclass include Martin Scorsese, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar-wai, Quentin Tarantino, Marco Bellocchio, Philip Kaufman and Jacques Audiard.

Accepting the invitation, the director of The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973) said: “This is the most challenging time I can recall for the future of world cinema. There are massive changes coming for production and exhibition, more than I’ve experienced in over 50 years.”

He added it would be “an honour to share my thoughts and ideas with an audience at Cannes, the home of world cinema.”

Friedkin, who won the Oscar for Best Director in 1972 for The French Connection, is also known for features including Sorcerer (1977), Cruising (1980), To Live and Die in La (1985), Rampage (1987), The Guardian (1990), Bug (2006) and Killer Joe (2011).

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Michael Shannon interview: Midnight Special, Friedkin

30 March 2016 4:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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He's the star of Man Of Steel, The Iceman and now the sci-fi drama Midnight Special. We chat to the great Michael Shannon...

We find Michael Shannon in a reflective kind of mood. In the corner of a plush London hotel room, he fixes himself a cup of coffee before settling down into a tub chair, sipping thoughtfully at his brew between questions.

You can see why Shannon would be cast as General Zod in Man Of Steel, or the real-life contract killer Richard Kiklinski in The Iceman. He has the cool, charismatic, terse toughness of a golden-era Hollywood actor like James Cagney.

Midnight Special, Shannon's fourth collaboration with Take Shelter and Mud director Jeff Nichols, is a change of pace and genre for both actor and filmmaker. It's a sci-fi drama about a father [Shannon] on the run with his gifted son, Alton [Jaeden Lieberher], as they're pursued across »

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Interview: Michael Shannon Talks 'Midnight Special,' 'Nocturnal Animals,' Herzog's 'Salt And Fire' & Working With Jeff Nichols

17 March 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Continuing our series of interviews with the principal players in Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special" (Joel Edgerton is here; Nichols himself is here; Kirsten Dunst is coming soon), next up is the wonderful Michael Shannon, who teams with the director for the fourth time. Here he plays the father of an uncannily gifted child who must evade the clutches of a cult and of the government, to get his son not just to safety but to a place where the mystery of his powers might be explained. The hardworking Shannon, who will also appear in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" next week, has impressed us in almost everything he's done, from his standout turn on "Boardwalk Empire," to Ramin Bahrani's recent, incendiary "99 Homes," all the way back to William Friedkin's "Bug" and beyond. But it's the increasingly indelible partnership between him and Nichols that has yielded some of his very finest work, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Listen: William Friedkin Talks ‘French Connection,’ ‘Sorcerer,’ ‘The Exorcist’ & More In Epic 2.5 Hour 'Wtf' Podcast Interview

26 February 2016 1:13 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There is no hashtag called #FriedkinIsAGod, but really, there should be. The director of “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer,” “Cruising,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Bug,” and “Killer Joe,” to name just a few, William Friedkin is one of the greats to emerge from the 1970s brat pack director’s scene that included Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, and more. Now 80-years-old, the mythic filmmaker recently sat down with podcaster Marc Maron for an epic two-and-a-half-hour chat on his "Wtf" podcast. Maron describes the director as a “consummate storyteller” and he’s not wrong. The far and wide-reaching conversation spans Friedkin’s career with many, many highlights, not to mention wise words to live by. Read More: William Friedkin Talks Diversity, Says Cinema Is "An Open Playing Field," And "Women Have To Put Themselves Forward" There are great stories about “The French Connection” — “I found by treating. »

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[Sundance Review] Antibirth

5 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ugly and occasionally entertaining, the female-led Antibirth is a punk rock horror thriller set in a decaying suburb somewhere in Michigan. Opening in the middle of a hardcore rager, we’re introduced to pals Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and Sadie (Chloe Sevigny), two aging party girls pushing 40 who are living fast in a landscape that offers little else. The film takes this element seriously, even if its surely an ugly one. Lou, a military vet, lives rent free in her dead father’s trailer. To make ends meet she cleans rooms part time at a local budget motel, snorting a few lines of whatever to make it through the day.

With a background in music videos and shorts, director Danny Perez strings together a few sequences that seem to work. The opening moments are punk rock trashy as is the film’s over-the-top sequences. Style creeps in over substance in the more surreal moments which, »

- John Fink

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Sundance 2016: Most Anticipated

13 January 2016 5:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.

Love & Friendship

Directed and written by Whit Stillman

Ireland/France/Netherlands, 2016

The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona were amongst the best of 90s independent cinema, if one had the stomach for incessant dissections of ego, academia, and capitalism. With more talking than action, director/writer Whit Stillman brought us complex comedies of manners that had to be intently listened to in order to distill satisfaction. Selfish and »

- Lane Scarberry

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