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‘Pet Fooled’ Exclusive Clip: A Documentary on the Inner Workings of the Commercial Pet Food Industry

20 January 2017 2:59 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Many pet owners don’t quite understand the consequences of what they feed their dogs and how the commercial pet food industry is pumping their products full of unhealthy chemicals. The new documentary “Pet Fooled” investigates the inner-workings of the pet food industry and their multi-conglomerate owners. With the help of high profile veterinarians Dr. Barbara Royal and Dr. Karen Becker, the film explores all facets of an industry that has largely gone unchallenged. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below which explores how dog food went from being packed in metal cans to paper bags because of WWII and the modern processing of kibble.

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The film is directed by Kohl Harrington. He previously directed the documentary “A Broken System,” about capital punishment in America and the various actors behind the scenes of the death penalty system. He »

- Vikram Murthi

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Oscars 2017: All the Evidence That Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Completely Shut Out

17 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield on the set of ‘Silence’ (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Martin Scorsese has been a force at the Oscars for decades now with nine films earning some sort of recognition by the Academy but his latest showing, Silence, is looking to be completely glanced over. There much evidence pointing to this happening — lack of precursor nominations, opening weekend box office numbers, domestic box office performance thus far, and critical evaluations. Let’s take a deep dive into these aspects and see if there’s any saving grace for Silence this awards season.

At this point, with the Academy currently voting for the Oscar nominations, signs are pointing to Silence getting completely get shut out. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg list the film as a frontrunner in any category — including the categories Scorsese’s films have been nominated in before. Those are best picture, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Penny Dreadful #1 Covers Tease the Comic Book Series That’s Set Six Months After Season 3

12 January 2017 12:13 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This April, Titan Comics will take fans back to the Gothic world of the Showtime series Penny Dreadful with a new comic book series set six months after the end of season 3, and we have a look at the six versions of cover art for the first issue.

"Titan Comics are excited to share with you the covers from Penny Dreadful #1 - a brand-new ongoing series, entitled "The Awaking", set six months after the shocking events of Season Three from Showtime original series Penny Dreadful!

Written by Penny Dreadful TV series Co-Executive Producer Chris King, with interior art from Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy), this new comic sees Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night! »

- Derek Anderson

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Exclusive: Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield Garfield & Martin Scorsese Talk ‘Silence’ In New Featurette

12 January 2017 8:43 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over the past decade, Martin Scorsese has given us “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” “Hugo,” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” but this weekend comes something very different from the filmmaker. “Silence” is the director’s decades-long-in-the-making passion project that tackles head-on the struggle of the devout to maintain their faith during life’s most trying times.

Continue reading Exclusive: Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield Garfield & Martin Scorsese Talk ‘Silence’ In New Featurette at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Live By Night’ review: “Perfectly enjoyable, but lacks pizzazz”

12 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Live By Night review: Can Ben Affleck follow-up the Oscar success that he enjoyed with Argo with this ambitious period gangster epic?

Read our Live By Night review below.

Live By Night is Ben Affleck‘s fourth film as director after cutting his teeth with his debut feature, the impressive Gone Baby Gone, followed by the slightly superior The Town ,and then the Oscar-winning Argo. One might say that he’s on a cinematic roll, at least behind the camera, so it’s no surprise that he has aimed high for his latest, the period gangster epic Live By Night.

The film opens in 1920s Boston where Affleck’s character, local hoodlum Joe Coughlin is introduced as the son of the local chief of police (and Wwi veteran) Thomas Coughlin, played by Brendan Gleeson. Joe is carrying out petty crimes to finance his lifestyle, gradually moving up the crime food chain. »

- Paul Heath

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Titan unveils covers for Penny Dreadful sequel comic

11 January 2017 2:58 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in October it was announced that Titan is set to publish an official comic book sequel series to the Showtime hit Penny Dreadful, and now we have a look at the cover artwork for the first issue of Penny Dreadful: The Awakening; check them out here…

Written by Penny Dreadful TV series Co-Executive Producer Chris King, with interior art from Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy), this new comic sees Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night!

The BAFTA Award-winning Penny Dreadful TV show — created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator, Skyfall, Spectre) — features classic characters from Victorian gothic literature and a host of brand-new characters including: Vanessa Ives, »

- Gary Collinson

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Martin Scorsese’s Lost Masterpiece: Remembering The King of Comedy

11 January 2017 6:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Silence getting the critics salivating, Sean Wilson examines what is possibly Martin Scorsese’s greatest – and almost certainly most underrated – film, The King of Comedy

Do portrayals of celebrity culture and fan worship get more lacerating and acute than 1983’s masterpiece The King of Comedy? Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to Raging Bull is quite brilliantly perceptive, taking the hatchet to narcissistic wannabes in the form of Robert De Niro’s seminal Rupert Pupkin whilst also taking us behind the curtain and depicting the loneliness that comes with those who’ve made a success of themselves. The latter is personified by Jerry Lewis’ alienated comic star Jerry Langford, one who can barely leave his New York apartment without vitriolic ‘fans’ wishing he gets cancer. In Scorsese’s utterly damning depiction of fame, there are no winners: neither aspiring stars nor established A-listers come out of this one clean.

On the »

- Sean Wilson

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Silence movie review: not golden

9 January 2017 11:29 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… This overlong, underpowered tale of Christian martyrdom, in which iconography and allusion stand in for character, is a challenge to even the Scorsese faithful. I’m “biast” (pro): big Scorsese fan

I’m “biast” (con): big atheist

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

For the most part, when people stubbornly cling to a belief despite all evidence to the contrary — such as, say, that the CIA is controlling their minds by remote beams, or that the Earth is flat — we ridicule them or pity them or ignore them. Unless those beliefs involve the existence of deity, in which case we call it “faith” and generally consider its adherents to be brave and noble and devout. Often the veneration of their dedication is, ironically, increased when they overtly consider the absence of actual support for the belief, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Martin Scorsese's Frank Sinatra Biopic Has Been Canceled

6 January 2017 5:16 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in 2009, Martin Scorsese came aboard to direct a biopic based on the life of iconic crooner Frank Sinatra. Over the years, there have been a few updates on this project, with writers and cast members coming and going, but production never fully got under way. While promoting his new film Silence, which is currently in theaters, Martin Scorsese confirmed that this project is dead, due to complications with the singer/actor's family.

This Frank Sinatra biopic once had stars like Al Pacino eyeing the project, with the director teasing several years ago that he also wanted Robert De Niro to play Frank Sinatra's fellow Rat Pack member Dean Martin. Still, neither of those actors signed on, and there hasn't been any word on the project in quite some time. The Toronto Sun caught up with Martin Scorsese, who revealed that the remaining members of the crooner's family »

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New to Streaming: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Operation Avalanche,’ ‘Hugo,’ ‘Tower,’ and More

6 January 2017 8:55 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)

As we await Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film later this year, one now has the chance to see his sprawling second feature about the world of pornography in a 70s and 80s Los Angeles on Netflix. Boogie Nights, which features much of the ensemble — including Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham — at their best, »

- The Film Stage

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Revisiting The Visual Effects Of ‘The Jungle Book’ Where ‘Everything Was Hard’

4 January 2017 12:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rob Legato clearly loves a challenge. His two Academy Awards are for supervising the visual effects of both “Titanic” and “Hugo,” two films that featured complex and realistic computer graphics. Both films might pale, however, to the work his team pursued for director Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book.” And now, the critically acclaimed spring blockbuster is on the shortlist for this year’s Best Visual Effects Oscar.

Continue reading Revisiting The Visual Effects Of ‘The Jungle Book’ Where ‘Everything Was Hard’ at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Martin Scorsese’s Silence In St. Louis

3 January 2017 9:26 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of Martin Scorsese’s Silence starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson.

Silence Opens In St. Louis On January 13.

Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Silence on Tuesday, January 10 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

Answer the following:

Scorsese has directed critically acclaimed, award-winning films including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, »

- Movie Geeks

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The Best Trailers of 2016

2 January 2017 10:17 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s easy to bemoan the majority of trailers for giving away too much or, upon seeing the film, ending up with something far different than what was marketed. However, a few times a year, a trailer works on its own terms; as an impressive piece of editing in its own right and/or as the ideal tease for an highly-anticipated film. We’ve selected our 20 favorites from the last year, ranging from some of 2017’s biggest films to the best in arthouse and foreign films to a handful of surprises.

Check them out below and let us know which trailers you were most impressed with in 2016.

20. The Lost City of Z

A late contender to the list, this brief preview for The Lost of City of Z was perfect tease for James Gray‘s period epic. Giving us our first glimpse at Darius Khondji‘s stunning, shot-on-35mm visuals, »

- The Film Stage

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