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New to Streaming: ‘Logan Lucky,’ ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,’ ‘Mudbound,’ and More

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.

Allied (Robert Zemeckis)

That thing we can’t take for granted: a film whose many parts – period piece, war picture, blood-spattered actioner, deception-fueled espionage thriller, sexy romance, and, at certain turns, comedy – can gracefully move in conjunction and separate from each other, just as its labyrinthine-but-not-quite plot jumps from one setpiece to the next with little trouble in maintaining a consistency of overall pleasure. Another late-career triumph for Robert Zemeckis,
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Scott Z. Burns to direct action thriller The Bunker

Contagion’s Scott Z. Burns is set to direct Amazon Studios The Bunker, according to Deadline. The films comes from a script by former New York Times and Vanity Fair columnist Nick Bilton, making this his first original screenplay, with Burns also producing and developing the project.

The Bunker will see a group of billionaires seeking shelter after a devastating attack against the United States. As they hide out in a luxurious underground bunker, they quickly discover it takes more than money to survive as their worst instincts begin to surface.

Though this is Bilton’s first feature film screenplay, it is not the first time some of his work has been brought to television or film. The Coen Brothers are currently adapting his book American Kingpin, the true story of programmer Ross Ulbritch and his black market website The Silk Road. Meanwhile, Hatching Twitter, another one of Bilton’s
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‘The Bunker’ Acquired By Amazon Studios From Columnist-Turned-Screenwriter Nick Bilton

Exclusive: Some of the best screenwriters have come from journalism. Amazon Studios has acquired the screenplay pitch The Bunker from former New York Times columnist and current Vanity Fair correspondent Nick Bilton. Scott Z. Burns has become attached to direct and produce the project, which marks Bilton’s first original screenplay. Burns, who wrote Contagion and The Informant and wrote and produced Side Effects, is helping to develop the project. The Bunker follows a…
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Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Halloween With Epic Costume Recreating the Twist Ending of 'Se7en'

Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Halloween With Epic Costume Recreating the Twist Ending of 'Se7en'
While Halloween is still a few days away, we're just going to go ahead and call it for Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actress and her boyfriend, American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk, paid homage to Paltrow's 1995 mystery thriller Se7en with a brilliantly twisted couple's costume this year.

In the surprise twist ending of David Fincher's frightening crime drama, star Brad Pitt (who was Paltrow's on-screen and off-screen boyfriend at the time) is led to a mysterious box in the middle of the desert by the serial killer John Doe (played by Kevin Spacey).

22-Year-Old Spoiler Alert: The box contains Paltrow's severed head.

Photos: Spooktacular Halloween Costumes of 2017

In celebration of one of the greatest twist endings in modern cinema, Paltrow dressed up as her butchered character, complete with a cardboard box around her head and a shocked expression on her face.

Falchuk, in turn, rocked an orange jumpsuit with shackles binding his wrists and crisp white shoes, perfectly
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The Walking Dead: Rick vs Negan - who's the better leader?

Jamie Andrew Oct 19, 2017

With The Walking Dead returning, we appraise the respective leadership skills of Mr Rick Grimes and smiling villain Negan. Spoilers...

Warning: contains seasons 1-7 spoilers.

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As we prepare for an imminent return to the post-apocalyptic, pre-war, pro-tiger world of The Walking Dead, this feels like the perfect time to evaluate the leadership skills (or lack of them) of the show’s main protagonist and antagonist: watery-eyed psycho-sheriff Rick Grimes, and the bonce-bashing batsman y'all like to call Negan, but whose real name is probably Graham or something. Are these two guys effective leaders? Worthy leaders? Great leaders? And, more to the point, should either of them have survived this long into the zombie apocalypse?

Let's start with Rick: Rick is a great leader.
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Taken – Season One Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 26th

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy.

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy. With a loyal viewership, the show was one of the top 10 p.m. network dramas and one of NBC’s top primetime shows. The Taken: Season One Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 and $39.98, respectively.

Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken film franchise, The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives

Participant Promotes Jonathan King, Diane Weyermann to Lead Film, TV Initiatives
Participant Media has promoted Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann to the newly established roles of presidents, with King overseeing narrative film and television projects, and Weyermann handling documentaries.

The promotions were announced on Sunday by CEO David Linde. Both Weyermann and King report to Linde.

“By shepherding inspiring and highly compelling films over the last decade, Diane and Jonathan have played integral roles in shaping Participant into the dynamic company it is today,” Linde said. “Their promotions are not only well deserved, but also reflect their substantial commitment to our success and Jeff Skoll’s prescient mission of creating socially impactful content that inspires audiences to action.”

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable titles have included “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Spotlight,” and “Citizenfour.”

King and Weyermann said, “We are grateful to all the talented artists who share our belief that films can be both popular and
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Surprise NBC Hit Taken Comes to Disc in Sept.

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Program Description

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy. With a loyal viewership, the show was one of the top 10 p.m. network dramas and one of NBC’s top primetime shows. The Taken: Season One Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 and $39.98, respectively.

Official Synopsis

Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken film franchise, The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) delivers an action-packed prequel to the international blockbuster Taken franchise. Clive Standen (Vikings) stars as Bryan Mills, a younger, hungrier version of the iconic character played by Liam Neeson in the Taken films.

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features
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Why Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Solaris’ Sets the Standard for Movie Remakes

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Why Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Solaris’ Sets the Standard for Movie Remakes
“I could tell you what’s happening, but I don’t know if that’d really tell you what’s happening.”

Steven Soderbergh could have done anything he wanted after the hugely successful trifecta of “Erin Brockovich,” “Traffic,” and “Ocean’s Eleven.” What he did was remake Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Solaris,” perhaps the headiest science-fiction film ever made — and one that didn’t necessarily seem suited to his sensibilities. The film has its defenders 15 years later — Barry Jenkins expressed his love for it just last week — but is rarely mentioned in discussions of the versatile filmmaker’s best.

Read More:‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Steven Soderbergh Returns From Retirement with a Silly Heist Movie That Has Real Soul

Maybe that’s because it’s something of an outlier in his already varied filmography. Soderbergh has dabbled in genre pictures as often as any other filmmaker not specifically thought of as a genre director,
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The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made

The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made
Just because you’re a well-established director with award-winning hits and/or commercial successes doesn’t mean you can make any movie you want. Just ask Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, and more. All these auteurs have had passion projects over the years they’ve had to kill or put on indefinite hiatus for a variety of reasons, which is a shame given how incredible all of them sound on paper.

Read More30 Essential Directing Tips From 30 Master Filmmakers

Christopher Nolan taking on Howard Hughes. Spike Lee making a boxing epic around Joe Louis. Kathryn Bigelow resurrecting Joan of Arc for a female warrior saga unlike any the big screen had ever really seen in the 1990s. We’d buy a ticket for all them years in advance if we knew they were definitely happening.

With many of our favorite auteurs currently in production on new movies,
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Review: ‘Logan Lucky’ Finds Steven Soderbergh Playing Loose and Humorous

Steven Soderbergh is back, baby — assuming you put less-than-a-film’s worth of stock into two ten-hour seasons of television, a premium-cable something-or-other we might (please?) one day witness, a stage play, various fan edits of classic cinema, a Twitter novella, and editing/cinematography duties on one of the 21st century’s greatest sequels.

All of which is to say that Logan Lucky, his first theatrical feature since 2013 — debates about whether or not Behind the Candelabra is at or after the cut-off point will be carried out elsewhere — probably doesn’t befit a greeting tantamount to Christ emerging in Revelations, nor come close to having that in mind. But a heap of goodwill is deserved, not least of all for how it evinces so much of what’s made him that rare journeyman between arthouse and multiplex; and while one is by and large well-inclined not to presume much about career-sized intentions,
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Who are the contemporary Masters of Cinema?

Anghus Houvouras on the contemporary Masters of Cinema…

Sometimes a good movie conversation can lead you to interesting places. Take the discussion around the wildly overpraised Baby Driver; a good movie that’s being called a ‘masterpiece’ (it’s not). During the discussion my friend Simon Columb posted this on Twitter:

Edgar Wright ain't no "master". Bloomin' eck pic.twitter.com/4HJzn2sS8X

— Simon Columb (@screeninsight) July 2, 2017

I love Edgar Wright. I’ve watched the entire catalog of his work many, many times. Hell, I’ve watched the two series of Spaced At Least a dozen times. The man has an amazing sense of style and kinetic storytelling that feels uniquely his own. But even with a gun to my head I would not list him among the modern contemporary masters of cinema (even one that shoots cars). But, thanks to that hyperbolic burst of circle-jerk fandom, a thought came to mind?
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Demetri Martin on ‘Dean,’ Learning from Steven Soderbergh, and Writing Female Characters

The most piercing comedy is often mined from the darker aspects of life, presenting our fears in a new, hopefully amusing light. While Demetri Martin‘s stand-up has tinges of this, represented in his lo-fi sketches and carefully constructed one-liners, his directing and writing debut Dean effectively melds, both on the page and stylistically, a dramatic backbone with his personal brand.

Ahead of the film’s release this Friday, I had the opportunity to speak with Martin about his feature as we discussed what he learned from his past experience being directed by the likes of Steven Soderbergh and Ang Lee, how he’s trying to write better female characters, balancing tones, giving a voice to his supporting ensemble, and more.

The Film Stage: Congrats on the film. I’ve seen it twice now. I was at the premiere at Tribeca and I really enjoyed it.

Demetri Martin: Oh,
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Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World review

Simon Brew May 27, 2017

With spoilers, our review of Doctor Who series 10 episode 7, The Pyramid At The End Of The World...

This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.

10.7 The Pyramid At The End Of The World

This is an episode, I’d suggest, where the bulk of conversation is going to be centered on the ending. But we’ll get there. Because it’s also one that demonstrates it’s the small things that matter. In the case of the world ending this time around, it’s miniscule details that can kickstart the process. A dropped glass after a few drinks the night before. A pair of spectacles getting smashed in an innocent accident, in turn limiting the eyesight of Rachel Denning's otherwise super-efficient scientist. A Time Lord losing his sight – save for the ability to read some emails in his glasses - by trying to save his companion.
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Win Why Him? on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Why Him? on 1st May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Bryan Cranston and James Franco fight the ultimate battle of wits and wills in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy from filmmaker John Hamburg (I Love you Man, Along Came Polly, Meet the Parents, and Zoolander). Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

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Why Him? is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 1st May,
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Jude Law Set To Star As Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts sequel

As fans across the globe eagerly await the next adventure in the “Fantastic Beasts” feature film series, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the actor who will take on the role of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law has been set to star as Albus Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In the much-anticipated new Wizarding World film, Law will portray Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard became the Headmaster at Hogwarts, as he has been known in the Harry Potter books and movies. We meet him decades earlier, when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor. He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs.

J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting
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Jude Law Cast as Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2

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Everyone's favorite Hogwarts headmaster will have a place in the next Fantastic Beasts film, and now we know that the actor playing young Albus will be renowned actor Jude Law! More details below!

Every Harry Potter fan who saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them knows that the film was mainly a vehicle to set the stage for a much bigger story, in Harry Potter lore. The battle and relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. We know from the first Fantastic Beasts that Johnny Depp is the Dark Wizard Grindelwald, however, we didn't know who would be cast as the eventual headmaster of Hogwarts, until now.

Jude Law has been announced, by Warner Bros. Studios, to play young Albus Dumbledore in the next Fantastic Beasts film.

Unlike his elder self, this version of Dumbledore will find him, not as headmaster but, as the Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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Jude Law Is Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2

Jude Law Is Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts 2
As fans across the globe eagerly await the next adventure in the "Fantastic Beasts" feature film series, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced the actor who will take on the role of one of J.K. Rowling's most beloved characters. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law has been set to star as Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In the much-anticipated new Wizarding World film, Law will portray Dumbledore long before the iconic wizard became the Headmaster at Hogwarts, as he has been known in the Harry Potter books and movies. We meet him decades earlier, when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school's Transfiguration professor. He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizards are superior to Muggles and No-Majs.

J.K. Rowling, who
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4 board games that should be movies

Brendon Connelly Apr 20, 2017

The complexity of modern board games lends itself to the big screen. Pandemic: The Movie, anyone?

In the last few years, two potential big-screen adaptions of board games seemed to get a little traction with the Hollywood studios. Several drafts of a Monopoly movie were prepared, and at one point, it even seemed like Ridley Scott might saddle up to shoot the thing. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler orbited around a comedy based upon the brain-curdlingly dull Candy Land.

Now, I can’t tell you how those films would have turned out, and I’m certainly not going to say Monopoly and Candy Land absolutely, definitely should not be movies. But I am happy to say, with 100% certainty and even a bit of simmering frustration, that Monopoly and Candy Land should not be board games.

At least not board games anybody ever plays. Just put the dang things in a museum already.
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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during
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