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Oscar Isaac Reveals Poe Was Supposed To Die In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As promotion for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ramps up, the cast is cropping up in the press with increasing regularity – and every once in a while, an interesting nugget of information appears. The latest comes from Oscar Isaac, who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in the franchise. His character was introduced in opening sequence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, when the film arrived in theatres, it quickly became clear that he’d joined the ranks of the most beloved of Star Wars canon.

But, what audiences saw in theatres was the result of changes made to the story by J.J. Abrams – partly due to the insistence of Isaac, and partly due to fate and circumstance. Firstly, Poe Dameron was not supposed to survive the first act. In the film, when we see him help Finn escape the First Order, and then watch his Tie fighter crash into the sand,
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Natalie Portman Boards Animated Movie ‘Foxy Trotter’ From Bold Films (Exclusive)

Natalie Portman Boards Animated Movie ‘Foxy Trotter’ From Bold Films (Exclusive)
Bold Films will produce and finance its first animated film, “Foxy Trotter,” with Natalie Portman producing and voicing a role.

Chris Prynoski is directing from a script by Jess Rotter, Michael Reich, Jessica Hundley, and Mike Pinkney. In addition to Portman, the producers are Bold FilmsMichel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters, Titmouse’s Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Ben Kalina, Michael Reich, and Jess Rotter, who is also the art director. The executive producers are Lisa Zambri and Jessica Hundley

Foxy Trotter” is a motorcycle-riding, rock and roll photographer in the early ’70s on a mission to capture the perfect rock photo. Portman will voice Foxy’s best friend, Ronnie, who is seduced by her arch rival Gunter and offered as a sacrifice in Gunter’s evil plan to destroy the universe.

“We are thrilled to launch this inventive, sexy, psychedelic, hilarious, female-oriented animated film with such a glowingly talented star and producer like Natalie Portman,” Litvak
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Christopher Scott – Subject of True Conviction

True Conviction screens Sunday, November 5th at 4:00pm at Washington University’s Brown Hall (Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive – two blocks west of Skinker Boulevard) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. In attendance will be the film’s subject Christopher Scott as well as Antoinette (Annie) Grier, project manager of Washington U.’s Smart Decarceration Initiative at the Center for Social Development of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. This is a Free event.

Christopher Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. That nightmare scenario is far too common: More than 30 people like Chris have been exonerated in Dallas County, Texas. Most of them are black men locked up in their youth who emerged in middle age looking for a way to make sense of what happened. One day, at a support-group meeting for exonerees,
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Film News Roundup: ‘It’ Exec Producer Jon Silk Signs With Legendary

In today’s film news roundup, “It” exec producer Jon Silk signs with Legendary, “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce has a new movie project, and Industry Entertainment has a first-look with Bold Films.

Executive Hire

Legendary Entertainment has hired “It” executive producer Jon Silk as executive vice president of production.

Silk will join Legendary’s film division alongside Alex Garcia and Cale Boyter, who will also serve as exec VPs of production as well as Ali Mendes, who is VP of production and creative executive Jay Ashenfelter. He will report to Mary Parent, vice chairman of worldwide production.

Silk was Jeff Robinov’s initial creative hire at Studio 8 and served as exec VP and worked on “Nosferatu” and “White Boy Rick.” Silk also spent six years at the Warner Bros.-based Lin Pictures, where he focused on identifying properties with franchise potential including the recent film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.”

Legendary currently
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Bold Films Signs First-Look Deal With Industry Entertainment

Bold Films has signed a first-look deal with management company Industry Entertainment.

The partnership will focus on the development of features with Industry's roster of talent, which includes Jeff Goldblum, Krysten Ritter and Calista Flockhart, among many others.

“We are thrilled to be working with Industry Entertainment. They have a terrific track record along with an impressive pool of outstanding talent,” said Bold Films CEO Gary Michael Walters in a statement. “Joining forces with Industry aligns impeccably with Bold’s vision of developing and producing more feature films and content for television.”

Bold Films, whose previous credits include Whiplash, The Neon Demon and Drive, recently released...
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Bold Films Signs First-Look Deal With Industry Entertainment

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Exclusive: Indie production-finance company Bold Films has signed a first-look deal with management/production company Industry Entertainment to develop feature films. The newly formed partnership adds to recent production deals on Bold Films' résumé which includes Ben Stiller's Red Hour and Jake Gyllenhaal's Nine Stories. Bold Films’ track record includes Drive, Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Stronger. Bold Films executives Lisa Zambri and Jon Oakes will oversee the pact and…
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S. Craig Zahler interview: Brawl In Cell Block 99, Bone Tomahawk

Simon Brew Oct 20, 2017

Writer/director S. Craig Zahler talks to us about his films, his approach, and Ridley Scott adapting his work…

I loved Brawl In Cell Block 99, the second feature film from novelist and filmmaker S. Craig Zahler. His first? Bone Tomahawk. I love that too, for the record. Zahler already feels like a very different voice in American film, a man content for his budgets to be low and control over his material to be high.

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He spared me some time for a chat to talk about the film, his approach, and what he feels about Drew Goddard and Ridley Scott adapting one of his books.

I came out of the movie being glad that
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Nicolas Winding Refn Is Launching A Free Streaming Service Online

Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn has revealed that he is setting up his own online streaming service, which will be 100% Free. byNWR.com will launch in February and is currently allowing users to subscribe early.

The service is a quarterly curated digital platform dedicated to restored movies and other cultural content with a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video, and photography.

The first volume will apparently focus on the exploitation works from the American South and will include a restored version of the rate 1965 cult film The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, and will be guest edited by Russ Meyer biographer and journalist Jimmy McDonough.

The second segment will be edited by Britain’s own Little White Lies and will feature forgotten works of American independent cinema, including a newly 4K restored version of Curtis Harrington’s 1963 Night Tide,
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Nicolas Winding Refn is launching his own streaming service

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Based on his movies, Nicolas Winding Refn seems like a man with very particular tastes. Drive, for instance, seems like a straightforward car chase movie about a quiet guy in a cool jacket, but it’s more of an homage to retro European action flicks than it is an artsy take on The Fast And The Furious. For people…

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Nicolas Winding Refn to Launch 'byNWR' Content Platform

Nicolas Winding Refn to Launch 'byNWR' Content Platform
Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon) was on hand at the ninth annual Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France, to launch his brand-new content platform byNWR.com.

The director's new venture is a quarterly curated website which will officially launch online in February. The diverse range of content will include a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video, photography and other “cultural ephemera.” Access to the platform will be completely free.

Refn unveiled the platform during a press conference Monday at the Institut Lumiere, which is headed up by Cannes topper Thierry...
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Film Review: ‘The Snowman’

Film Review: ‘The Snowman’
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but there’s no fire — delightful or otherwise — inside “The Snowman,” a suitably frosty but flaccid first attempt at Hollywoodizing the oeuvre of popular Norwegian noir merchant Jo Nesbø. On paper, this twisty, grisly serial-killer chiller seemed an optimum match of talent to material, with Swedish genre stylist Tomas Alfredson returning to his Scandi roots after a super-smart English-lingo debut in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” — taking the reins from Martin Scorsese, no less, who still offers his classy imprimatur as an executive producer.

You’d be hard pressed to trace either man’s touch, however, in this choppy, blizzard-brained adaptation of Nesbø’s 2007 bestseller, for which the best that can be said is that it reworks the text just enough to keep the author’s die-hard fans on their frost-bitten toes. Anyone else, however, is likely to be bewildered by a haphazard structure, a surfeit of dill-pickled red herrings and the
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The Snowman review

Michael Fassbender stars in the adaptation of Jo Nesbo's best-selling thriller, The Snowman. A satisfying mystery for the autumn? Well...

“I apologise for Oslo’s low murder rate,” says a police chief when boozy detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) complains about a lack of satisfying mysteries to solven one bitter winter morning. Fortunately for Hole, the renewed activity of an elusive serial killer soon gives him a case to wrap his big brain around. Unfortunately, the killer also has a macabre interest in Hole’s personal life.

Seemingly triggered by snowfall, a serial killer is kidnapping women across Norway’s cities, leaving their dismembered bodies to be found lying face down in a drift several days later. The killer’s calling card: a snowman in the victim’s front garden, usually oriented to face the house. To crack the case, Hole joins forces with new recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Snowman In St. Louis

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) leads an all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), CHLOË Sevigny (American Horror Story), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo NESBØ’s global bestseller.

For Detective Harry Hole (Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district. From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.

Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones. Succeed, and they will
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Box Office Carnage: Sony and Ryan Gosling Stand to Lose, but Roger Deakins Still Stands to Win

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Box Office Carnage: Sony and Ryan Gosling Stand to Lose, but Roger Deakins Still Stands to Win
It could have been worse: The final domestic weekend totals for “Blade Runner 2049” came to $32.7 million, about $1.25 million better than initial pre-Sunday estimates. That could mean all is not lost for Warner Bros. — but with production, marketing, and distribution around $300 million, it’s still a dreadful result. Who stands to suffer the most? Here are some losers — and, some possible winners.

Alcon Entertainment and Sony

Alcon, the 20 year-old production company founded by FedEx’s Fred Smith, has produced 31 films, with one big moneymaker (“The Blind Side”), some smaller successes (“Dude, Where’s My Car?,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Insomnia”) and several higher-budget flops (“Transcendence,” “Point Break”).

Its total investment in “Blade Runner 2049” isn’t totally clear. Sony is reported to have contributed $90 million for international rights, with its share of marketing expenses uncertain. So Alcon will neither bear the entire expense nor keep all the revenues, but it
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sets Amazon Premiere Date — Watch Trailer

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sets Amazon Premiere Date — Watch Trailer
Amy Sherman-Palladino and late November — it’s becoming a thing.

The Gilmore Girls creator’s new dramedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, will make its official Amazon debut on Wednesday, November 29. Experiencing deja vu? That’s probably because Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life bowed during the dame timeframe (Nov. 25, to be precise) one year ago.

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All eight episodes of Mrs. Maisel‘s first season, which was written and directed by Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, will be available to Amazon Prime customers on that date.
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Ryan Gosling's Love Letters to Los Angeles

Ryan Gosling's Love Letters to Los Angeles
Ryan Gosling's most frequent co-star isn't Emma Stone. It's Los Angeles.

Over the past 10 years, Gosling has starred in seven movies where Los Angeles not only serves as the setting, but as a character. And he's the first to admit that the sunny, messy, dynamic sprawl is one of the keys to his storytelling.

"'L.A. worships everything and values nothing.' That was something my lady said to me one day, and I thought it was so funny I asked her if I could put it in the movie," Gosling told Et's Denny Directo during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he was promoting 2016's La La Land. (The lady in question, of course, is Gosling's longtime partner Eva Mendes, although this being L.A., we do love the noirish connotations of him not identifying her by name.) "She was kidding, but it's a funny thing to say... I loved when
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Blade Runner 2049 Review: A Dark Odyssey Flirts with Greatness

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Blade Runner 2049 Review: A Dark Odyssey Flirts with Greatness
Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is a towering sequel to the science fiction classic. It is visually spellbinding, a dark odyssey that flirts with greatness; but doesn't quite reach the lofty peak of sci-fi masterpiece status. Some parts are beyond exceptional. The exploration of artificial intelligence, what it means to love, and be loved, is handled superbly. It is a thoughtful treatise on the most basic tenets of humanity. The film's weakness, surprisingly, is the mystery at the core of the story. The reveal is severely drawn out. The characters motivations are clear, but the journey to understanding is overblown. At two hours and forty-three minutes, Blade Runner 2049's pacing is somewhat uneven. The third act needed to be as good as the build up to it.

The story picks up thirty years later in Los Angeles. Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner, a replicant
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"Barbarella" Live-Action TV Series

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Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #1 in support of the upcoming Amazon-produced, live-action "Barbarella" TV series pilot, is written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Kenan Yarar, with covers by Kenneth Rocafort, Joe Jusko, Josephn Michael Linsner, Robert Hack, Annie Wu, Kenan Yarar, Valentine DeLandro, Veronica Fish and Roberto Castro, available December 8, 2017:

"...Earth's star-crossed daughter is back! 

"When 'Barbarella' wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of 'Parosia' arrest and imprison her. 

"A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens...

"...Barbarella decides to make this fight her own..."

The "Barbarella" TV series pilot that landed at Amazon Studios, is written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of "Skyfall" fame.

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn will direct the pilot adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and
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The Essential Ryan Gosling Films

Continuing in the build up to Blade Runner 2049 [read our review here], Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the essential Ryan Gosling

In the past decade, Ryan Gosling has seen something of a transformation. He’s developed into an actor who can be relied upon to deliver a note worthy performance. He’s gone from being a romantic leading man to someone of diverse and dramatic range. An actor able to do quiet intensity as well as something more theatrical.

Blade Runner 2049 will see Gosling take a step into not only blockbuster territory but an iconic film world with a 35 year legacy. He’s never been one to do something lightly, and the step into the mega budget film arena was only ever going to be carefully chosen. It goes without saying though, that the combination of a returning Ford, Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins probably made this one a no brainer,
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Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’
The world as we know it has nearly caught up to the one Ridley Scott imagined when he directed the 2019-set “Blade Runner,” and yet, for all the influence the dystopian cult favorite has had on other sci-fi movies, Scott’s vision of Los Angeles still looks as mind-blowingly futuristic now as it did in 1982. That may well explain why its sequel, the Denis Villeneuve-directed “Blade Runner 2049,” doesn’t feel the need to reinvent the world in which it takes place, but instead is free to delve deep into the existential concerns suggested by the earlier film, as screenwriters Hampton Fancher (who also co-wrote the original) and Michael Green raise evocative questions about human-android relations and the nuances that will one day be used to tell them apart.

Sure as it is to delight “Blade Runner” fans, this stunningly elegant follow-up doesn’t depend on having seen the original — and like 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” may
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