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American Gods Recap: Welcome to the Gun Show, or Shadow Vs. the Vulcan-o

American Gods Recap: Welcome to the Gun Show, or Shadow Vs. the Vulcan-o
Need to catch up? Check out the previous American Gods recap.

We meet a new god — who, ironically, isn’t a New God — in this week’s American Gods, and he’s seriously gunning for Shadow and Wednesday.

Sure, at first glance, Vulcan seems like your average gregarious, friendly bullet-factory owner. But there’s more to his ammunition than you might think, and he’s just as slippery as the molten metal flowing through his foundry.

Elsewhere in America, Laura “Dead Wife” Moon and Mad “Unlucky Charms” Sweeney run into someone new to them (but not to us). Read on
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Gillian Anderson Turned Into Lucy Ricardo and Took TV Viewers to Task in Her Heavenly ‘American Gods’ Debut

Gillian Anderson Turned Into Lucy Ricardo and Took TV Viewers to Task in Her Heavenly ‘American Gods’ Debut
We know it’s not healthy to watch too much TV. We were told that as wee little lads enraptured by reruns of “I Love Lucy” on TV Land, and it’s only getting worse as we age.

And yet we’re never going to kick our habit as long as TV keeps giving us such irresistible gifts like Gillian Anderson playing Lucy Ricardo in the most R-rated version of “I Love Lucy” we’ll ever see.

That’s the provocative point of Anderson’s debut on “American Gods.” Co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green know we all worship at the altar of screens big and small, and they know we know it. But they’re not about to let us off the hook.

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Sunday night’s episode introduced Media, one of the
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Gillian Anderson Turned Into Lucy Ricardo and Took TV Viewers to Task in Her Heavenly ‘American Gods’ Debut

  • Indiewire
Gillian Anderson Turned Into Lucy Ricardo and Took TV Viewers to Task in Her Heavenly ‘American Gods’ Debut
We know it’s not healthy to watch too much TV. We were told that as wee little lads enraptured by reruns of “I Love Lucy” on TV Land, and it’s only getting worse as we age.

And yet we’re never going to kick our habit as long as TV keeps giving us such irresistible gifts like Gillian Anderson playing Lucy Ricardo in the most R-rated version of “I Love Lucy” we’ll ever see.

That’s the provocative point of Anderson’s debut on “American Gods.” Co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green know we all worship at the altar of screens big and small, and they know we know it. But they’re not about to let us off the hook.

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Sunday night’s episode introduced Media, one of the
See full article at Indiewire »

‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast
American Gods” might be one of the most exciting series launching this spring. Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s novel, the supernatural drama leans way into the weird for a highly imaginative tale about Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a former convict who finds himself drawn into a strange world of old gods and new by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Whittle and McShane are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast accumulated for this show, representing some of today’s greatest talents — and Gaiman himself will not hesitate to sing their praises. In fact, when IndieWire got the chance to speak to the lauded author via phone, we took the opportunity to find out exactly what he thinks of his equally lauded cast.

For the record,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

  • Indiewire
‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast
American Gods” might be one of the most exciting series launching this spring. Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s novel, the supernatural drama leans way into the weird for a highly imaginative tale about Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a former convict who finds himself drawn into a strange world of old gods and new by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Whittle and McShane are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast accumulated for this show, representing some of today’s greatest talents — and Gaiman himself will not hesitate to sing their praises. In fact, when IndieWire got the chance to speak to the lauded author via phone, we took the opportunity to find out exactly what he thinks of his equally lauded cast.

For the record,
See full article at Indiewire »

James Bay Covers Coldplay and Beyoncé's 'Hymn for the Weekend' for BBC's Live Lounge

  • PEOPLE.com
James Bay Covers Coldplay and Beyoncé's 'Hymn for the Weekend' for BBC's Live Lounge
James Bay dropped by BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, and he didn't "Hold Back" during his set. The English singer-songwriter - whose debut, Chaos and the Calm, scored three Grammy nods this year - performed a soulful take on Coldplay and Beyoncé's clubby collab "Hymn for the Weekend." Known for his hits "Hold Back the River" and "Let It Go," Bay, 25, put his raspy signature vocals on display, putting a broody spin on the party-starter. As for the Chris Martin-fronted band's reaction? Nothing but love. "Beautiful cover of Hymn from the incredible @JamesBayMusic," the pop-rock quartet's official Twitter account
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James Bay Covers Coldplay and Beyoncé's 'Hymn for the Weekend' for BBC's Live Lounge

  • PEOPLE.com
James Bay Covers Coldplay and Beyoncé's 'Hymn for the Weekend' for BBC's Live Lounge
James Bay dropped by BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, and he didn't "Hold Back" during his set. The English singer-songwriter - whose debut, Chaos and the Calm, scored three Grammy nods this year - performed a soulful take on Coldplay and Beyoncé's clubby collab "Hymn for the Weekend." Known for his hits "Hold Back the River" and "Let It Go," Bay, 25, put his raspy signature vocals on display, putting a broody spin on the party-starter. As for the Chris Martin-fronted band's reaction? Nothing but love. "Beautiful cover of Hymn from the incredible @JamesBayMusic," the pop-rock quartet's official Twitter account
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

We Were Here and Flushed scoop Wasa nominations

  • IF.com.au
The Legend of Gavin Tanner.

We Were Here and Flushed have scooped the nominations for the West Australian Screen Awards.

The West Australian Screen Awards celebraes excellence and achievements in feature film, short film, web series, music videos, television production, documentary, games and interactive productions.

Short drama We Were Here, directed by David Vincent Smith and produced by Joshua Gilbert and Simon Camp, earned six nominations, the most for the awards.

Short comedy Flushed, directed and produced by Richard Eames, also received six nominations.

ABC comedy TV series The Legend of Gavin Tanner, written and directed by Matt Lovkis and Henry Inglis and produced by Lauren Elliott received five nominations, as did short drama Sol Bunker, produced by Glen Stasiuk and directed by Nathan Mewett.

Film and Television Institute Wa (Fti) chief executive, Paul Bodlovich, said the WASAs were one of the most important events on the cultural calendar in Western Australia.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Tiff 2015. Wavelengths, Part Two: The Features

  • MUBI
Going UNDERGROUNDEverybody and their dog, it seems, feels this off imperative to try to identify common themes in the handful of festival films they (we) (I) see in a given year. It's the Ghost of Hegel, I suppose, demanding that we make sense of our times by referring to some Zeitgeist. (Zeitgeist? Isn't this just as likely to Strand the FilmsWeLike in some oh-so-precious Music Box, to be unearthed years later by members of some as-yet-unassembled Cinema Guild? But I digress.) There may or may not be tendencies running through this year's feature selections, and if there are, that could have as much to do with the people who selected them than with any global mood. But there does seem to be a generalized turning-inward, with filmmakers making works about themselves and their immediate lives, the cinematic process, and the very complexities of communicating with other human beings. There are
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Gone Thriller Casts Sebastian Stan and Socratis Otto

  • Filmofilia
Captain America star Sebastian Stan and Aussie thesp Socratis Otto have joined the cast of Summit Entertainment’s thriller Gone.

Stan and Otto will join the previously announced Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley and Emily Wickerhsham. Awarded Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia will direct Gone thriller from a script by Allison Burnett whose debut novel, Christopher, was a finalist for the 2004 Pen Center USA Literary Award.

The story follows a young woman called Jill (Seyfried) who returns home from working the night shift to find her sister’s bed totally empty. She is assured that the serial killer of whom she was held hostage two years before, has come back to finish a long job. The police don’t believe Jill, who knows time is limited. With no one else to turn to, she leaves to find her sister and lastly face her kidnapper.

For the roles Stan and Otto
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Star Leslie Simpson Talks A Reckoning

  • Dread Central
Horror fans everywhere should recognize the name “Leslie Simpson” from such favorites as Dog Soldiers, where he played Pvt. Terry Milburn, The Descent where he played one of the horrific Crawlers and Doomsday where he was Carpenter, one of the soldiers that were to escort heroine Eden Sinclair into the “Hot Zone”.

Well, forget about those excellent performances because Simpson has gone one Much better in his role as The Lone Man in writer/director Ad Barker’s A Reckoning (aka Straw Man). Whether the film is post-apocalyptic or the tale of a man who has taken himself out of society or simply the story of a man going insane, Simpson’s performance is nothing short of breath-taking. And the sad thing is is that so very few people have seen this film, to date. Hopefully That oversight is being corrected and quickly because A Reckoning Needs to be seen.
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For Your Consideration: The 2011 Oscars

  • BestWeekEver
Best Timing For Mid-song Diarrhea Gwyneth Paltrow Waxiest Dinosaur Hand Brendan Fraser She’S Finally Resorted To Just Holding A Giant Beard Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness (A couple I love) “I Finally Won A Flaaaaaask!” David Seidler For Your Consideration of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Continues Ahead… Most Disappointed To Find Out It Isn’T A Flask David Seidler My 14 Year Old Self Is Secretly Cutting Out Of Jealousy Hailee Steinfeld Most Hoping To Be Thanked By Natalie Portman As Inspiration Sharon Stone Best Gown To Eat Lobster In Nicole Kidman Stroke Of Genius Kirk Douglas The Russian Prostitutey Bridal Gown I’Ve Always Dreamed Of Melissa “F*cky” Leo Photo Taken Moments Before Douglas’ Earlobe Bodyslammed This Dude Kirk Douglas Sure, Put The Spanish Looking Guys In Valet Suits Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem Best Suxedo (As In Sucks, Not Succeeds) Anne Hathaway in Custom Lanvin
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Beautiful (2009)

  • The Cultural Post
Here's the reason why I decided to rent this Australian film: the DVD artwork which features the lovely Tahyna Tozzi. Speaking about the plot, Dean O'Flaherty's Beautiful is not the most original thriller set in suburbia that one will see. With that said, the only good thing about this film is definitely the cast's performance.

While the film was shot in Adelaide, the story takes place in an Australian suburb called Sunshine Hills. Behind its veneer of perfection, the town is shaken by three teenage girls' mysterious disappearance. Besides, the prime suspects are the owners (Asher Keddie and Socratis Otto) of the house number 46 to be behind these abductions.

After she had broken up with her boyfriend, Suzy (Tahyna Tozzi), the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams, persuades Daniel (Sebastian Gregory), a fourteen-year old boy and also her neighbour, to uncover the truth for her. Obviously, Suzy expects Daniel to do all the legwork,
See full article at The Cultural Post »

Beautiful (2009)

  • The Cultural Post
Here's the reason why I decided to rent this Australian film: the DVD artwork which features the lovely Tahyna Tozzi. Speaking about the plot, Dean O'Flaherty's Beautiful is not the most original thriller set in suburbia that one will see. With that said, the only good thing about this film is definitely the cast's performance.

While the film was shot in Adelaide, the story takes place in an Australian suburb called Sunshine Hills. Behind its veneer of perfection, the town is shaken by three teenage girls' mysterious disappearance. Besides, the prime suspects are the owners (Asher Keddie and Socratis Otto) of the house number 46 to be behind these abductions.

After she had broken up with her boyfriend, Suzy (Tahyna Tozzi), the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams, persuades Daniel (Sebastian Gregory), a fourteen-year old boy and also her neighbour, to uncover the truth for her. Obviously, Suzy expects Daniel to do all the legwork,
See full article at The Cultural Post »

[DVD Review] Beautiful

Long before David Lynch’s brilliantly subversive Blue Velvet (the trend-setting and utterly unforgettable intro of which you can see here) once again turned the suburban thriller genre on its (severed) ear, the idea of suburban disdain and despair bubbling under an all-too-idyllic surface had been done to death, and beyond. Most film goers will unrelentingly cite 1999's (has it been that long?) American Beauty, which kicked off a trend of dark-side-of-suburbia dramedies every bit as persistent as the slacker-hitmen permanently etched into public consciousness by Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and the imitators that followed. Thumbsucker, The Chumscrubber, Little Children, the list goes on and on, with a few choice flicks bucking the trend and updating the already ambitious but admittedly dated template of Beauty.

So where does Dean O'Flaherty’s Beautiful fall on that scale of mostly tired indies? Unfortunately, the O'Flaherty-penned and directed film is a cluttered canvas
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2010 Onion City Experimental Film And Video Festival: Official Lineup

The 22nd annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival is set to run in Chicago on June 17-20. That’s four nights of some of the best short-form experimental video from all over the world.

The festival opens with a real bang this year as it screens the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or prize winner, A Letter to Uncle Boonmee, directed Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who actually studied filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other opening films are by Daïchi Saïto, Michael Robinson, Sharon Lockhart and more.

Throughout the fest there are also new works by several longtime experimental filmmakers, including Kenneth Anger, Dominic Angerame and Lewis Klar; as well as films by media artists such as Stephanie Barber, Deborah Stratman, Thorsten Fleisch and Robert Todd. Plus, on the 20th, there will be a special tribute screening to the late JoAnn Elam, Chick Strand, and Callie
See full article at Underground Film Journal »

Hugh Jackman Reveals His Bedtime Secrets - for His Kids

  • PEOPLE.com
How do you get your kids soundly asleep? Give them a good workout before bed, Hugh Jackman suggests. "First of all, you gotta run them around before the bath. Play a game of hide and seek or wrestle or muck around," Jackman, 40, tells People. "Then they're exhausted. Then we all fall asleep on the bed!" The star of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was in daddy mode Tuesday night as he pushed his sleeping 3-year-old daughter, Ava, in an orange stroller - with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness by his side - to the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in New York's Central Park.
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Nbff 09: Review of Aussie thriller Beautiful

Year: 2009

Directors: Dean O'Flaherty

Writers: Dean O'Flaherty

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: cyberhal

Rating: 8 out of 10

[Newport Beach Film Festival coverage]

Many of the things I fear and loath about suburban living were nailed beautifully by first time director, and Australian, Dean O’Flaherty. Beautiful, portrays the thin veneer of affluence covering a writhing mass of pain and suffering. It’s a dark coming of age film in which an obsessive and innocent young boy is sucked up into a twisted world. It’s a journey into urban myth and reality where the guardians perpetuate the distortion. A movie that takes the time to explore the emotional space between people, and between the surface beauty an image and its deeper meaning. I liked the film so much, I even forgave the fact that the Newport Beach festival people made we-the-audience sit through 6 (yes 6) speeches and had the audacity to give me a magnetic toy koala bear.
See full article at QuietEarth »

Things Aren’t All What They Appear In Australia’s Beautiful

Yeah, sometimes I’m a little slow getting to things sometimes, as was the case with Australian thriller Beautiful, a film that the Quiet Earth boys wrote about a little over a week ago - right about the same time that the sales agent was handing me a screener to the film, which I then knew nothing at all about, saying “Maybe you’d like this ...” Well, that screener was a random selection from the pile last night and yes, yes I do like it rather a lot. A gorgeously shot, seductively slow burning affair blessed with a lead performance from young Sebastian Gregory from Acolytes - watch this kid, he’s going to be a big time star - this one puts a decidedly darker spin on adolescence in suburbia.

Shy and awkward, fourteen year old Daniel Hobson is a quiet boy living on a quiet street in the idyllic,
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Trailer for Australian thriller Beautiful

When I saw that Sebastian Gregory, a lead actor in the film Acolytes (which is actually quite good) was in this, I was immediately interested. Playing an awkward teenager, the story revolves around a community with a lot of secrets, and while the photography looks fantastic, the whole trailer just landed a big one, and that's me. It's dropping in Australia on March 5th, let's hope we don't have to wait much longer.

Shy and awkward, fourteen year old Daniel Hobson is a quiet boy living on a quiet street in the idyllic, picture-perfect suburb of Sunshine Hills. Viewing his world through the lens of an old camera, Daniel is – like many in the neighborhood – both entranced and disturbed by the sinister rumors that circulate in whispers from house to house.

A third teenage girl has just disappeared without a trace, and while the police don't seem to have any answers,
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