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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 15)

15 April 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to streaming

The Invisible Woman: the story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either, but a tale of women being practical because they had to be [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: a cheery, airy fairy tale filled with a very modern ache and buoyed by an infectious joy; I love this movie [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

The English Patient: haunting and enthralling, a scrapbook of another world of romance and adventure and tragedy; Oscar winner for Best Picture [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Flight of the Phoenix: an inherently absurd survival adventure with an infectiously contradictory attitude: jaded and thrilled, cynical and expansive [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

have some Michael Fassbender

Jane Eyre: a sparse, harsh adaptation, with Fassbender as a grim Rochester to Mia Wasikowska’s Jane »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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why movies like Under the Skin and Nymphomaniac are not feminist

14 April 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Have a look around the Web, and you will find lots of reviews by lots of critics stroking their metaphorical beards and nodding sagely and declaring that the cinematic orgies of supersexed-up and frequently naked women they just saw in Under the Skin and Nymphomaniac are powerfully feminist. Um-hmm, powerfully feminist. These guys have gone practically Yoda-esque as they discuss the purely philosophical aspects of films that are about watching sexy women be sexy and do the sex with lots of men. (It is mostly male critics who’ve decided this, but since most critics are male, this was inevitable, though some of the minority of female critics agree. Also: some critics, male and female, don’t think these films are feminist. Still, both films are in Fresh territory at Rotten Tomatoes.)

But: Is this the poster of a feminist film? I ask you. Scarlett Johansson’s slim white hairless »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The British Cinema Dream Team

4 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Today sees the release of Richard Ayoade’s second feature film, The Double. Another solid instalment from one of Britain’s most promising new directors. Also released today is Shan Khan’s Honour, starring arguably the finest working British actor of his generation, Paddy Considine. Considine himself has made appearances in both Ayoade’s films, and with that in mind, here is one UK dream team that we would love to see.

Director- Richard Ayoade

Ayoade is well known for his comedic style. Bursting on to UK television with the It Crowd, his quirky sense of humour seeps through in to both The Double and debut feature, Submarine. The BAFTA nominated Submarine cemented Ayoade as one of the most promising new voices in the British film industry. The black humour, the gentle tragedy, and the hysterical performances is a refreshing voice in the doom and gloom of a lot of British Cinema, »

- Nia Childs

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Happy Birthday, Michael Fassbender! Stay Hot, You Sexy Ginger

2 April 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy Birthday, Michael Fassbender! Can you believe the Shame stud is 37 years old? Yeah, good genes must run in the Fassbender fam. From his winning smile to his abtastic bod to his killer acting chops, the handsome thesp continues to make us swoon, and we having a feeling he's not slowing down anytime soon. Heck, he's probably the only actor who's managed to make his penis a topic of common conversation in Hollywood after he went full frontal for Shame, considering Ben Affleck most recently joked about his big d--k and compared himself to Mr. Fassie. Oh, and we can't forget George Clooney, who thanked his co-nominee in his 2012 Golden Globes acceptance speech, saying, "I »

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30 Ways Michael Fassbender Puts the Sex in Sexy

2 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Michael Fassbender turns 37 today, and the fassinating actor is one to watch. We first set our sights on the sexy Irishman when he bared it all as a sex addict in Shame. Then he spanked Keira Knightley as psychiatrist Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, and he's done more than one striptease in magazine photo shoots over the last few years. Did we mention he speaks fluent German and is set to star alongside Ryan Gosling in an unnamed Terrence Malick project? Besides his devilish grin and proclivity toward playing naughty bad boys, here are a few of the many reasons Michael Fassbender is on our sexy radar. Source: Getty View Slideshow › »

- Tara Block

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Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina Join Jennifer Aniston in ‘Cake’ (Exclusive)

1 April 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy. Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters (“Shame”), Camille Mana (“Smart People”), Manuel Garcia Rulfo (“Bless Me, Ultima) and Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (“Secrets & Lies”) will join Jennifer Aniston in the indie movie “Cake,” TheWrap has learned. Daniel Barnz (“Won't Back Down”) will direct from Patrick Tobin's script, which was voted to the 2013 Black List. Also read: Jennifer Aniston in Talks to Star in New Line Comedy ‘Mean Moms’ (Exclusive) Aniston will play an acerbic woman named Claire who becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina (Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: April 1st, 2014

1 April 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Meshuggah, Motorhead, DragonForce, Chiodos, Sebastian Bach, Memphis May Fire, Slipknot, Gojira, Powerman 5000, Bane and more. Don't touch that dial.

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Did you know that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine makes his own wine? Mustaine Vineyards debuts with a Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, dubbed "Symphony Interrupted." More info is here.

Metal Blade Records has signed Nonpoint. The band's eighth album is due out in the fall.

Music

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor's covered Dio's "Rainbow in the Dark" for the new Ronnie James Dio tribute compilation. Listen to it here. This Is Your Life is out this week.

DragonForce have announced their sixth album, Maximum Overload, which will be released on August 18 via Metal Blade Records. Listen to a demo of a new track titled "Defenders" here. »

- Alex DiVincenzo

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The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 10-1

31 March 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that we’ve hit the apex, it’s clear that these are, regardless of influence, quality films. What sets them apart is their ability to evoke Kubrick’s greatness (or inspire it), while delivering a stand-alone masterpiece. If Kubrick took the helm for any of these films, the result wouldn’t delineate too much. Still. Kubrick is a genius because he always kept us guessing.

courtesy of theweeklings.com

10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Directed by Werner Herzog

What makes it Kubrickian? It’s a film about extreme obsession and the unreasonable lengths a man will go to when consumed by it. Fitzcarraldo is the story of Brian Sweeny “Fitzcarraldo” Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) and his entry into the rubber industry. »

- Joshua Gaul

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UK industry reacts to Tessa Ross leaving Film4

26 March 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kevin Macdonald, Stephen Woolley, Ken Loach and others speak about their respect for Tessa Ross.

Film4 head Tessa Ross’ decision to step down from her job next September (story here) has taken the UK film industry by surprise.

Leading industry figures have been lavish in their praise of Ross’ achievements since she joined Channel 4 in 2000. (She became Head of Film4 in 2003, followed by Controller of Film and Drama in 2008.) Some have also expressed wariness that a period of instability could follow her departure from the Channel.

Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald, in post-production on Film4-backed The Black Sea and who also has a new feature on the Lockerbie bombing in development at Film4 with producer Christopher Young, acknowledged he had no prior inkling of Ross’ plans. “I only heard this morning. Tessa sent an email saying what was happening. I think it is going to leave a huge hole in British film that will be »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Meme: Jennifer Lopez To Receive GLAAD Vanguard Award, Justin Bieber Is Joffrey Baratheon, Jared Leto Almost Attended Oscars As Rayon

25 March 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Michigan not recognizing weekend marriages, Brooklyn Nets uniforms are gay, Stephen Fry explains How To Be Happy

Jennifer Lopez is set to receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, their highest honor, for her work as an ally and for bringing The Fosters to television. I’m sure Peter Paige will get a lovely seat.

There are set photos from The Avengers: Age of Ultron that show the first looks at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. I’m sure CGI will be used to help these looks, but don’t get your hopes up. The best part of it is either Aaron Johnson has been lifting even more weights or his suit is padded.

Io9 says that Prometheus 2 is being rewritten, and “it’ll have the most Michael Fassbender of any movie, ever.” Which is a bold claim unless the android David is cloned multiple times and also drops trou. Because in my book, »

- Ed Kennedy

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2015 Oscar Predictions: First Look at Best Picture

19 March 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's too early to know much of anything about the race for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars, but that being said, two of the films in my list of early predicted nominees have already been seen, one is even in theaters. So, is it really all that earlyc Also, isn't it about time we start seeing more Oscar contenders at the beginning of the year rather than the back-loaded log jam at the end of the year that seems to continually prove opening your film in December isn't exactly the best way to find Oscar gloryc However, for those of you that are likely to rush to the comments saying, "This is ridiculous! Wait until later in the year." All I can say is you ought to reevaluate your definition of the word "ridiculous" for more important matters, this is about fun and about getting excited for what are likely »

- Brad Brevet

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Sofia Coppola to Direct 'Little Mermaid'

18 March 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Sofia Coppola is likely headed under the sea to direct an upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, Deadline reports. Coppola is reportedly still negotiating a deal with Universal Pictures and Working Title, but with the studios hoping to move things along quickly, it looks as if the deal will go through.

This new adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale is being rewritten by Caroline Thompson, who penned Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. The script has also been worked on by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey, »

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Sofia Coppola in talks to direct a live-action 'Little Mermaid'

18 March 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

She might be best known for her quiet, lyrical portraits of loneliness and privilege, but Sofia Coppola is looking at a very different type of film. EW confirmed Tuesday that the Lost in Translation and Bling Ring director is in talks to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Deadline first reported the news.

The Universal Pictures and Working Titles film is still in the script phase, according to the report. Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands scribe Caroline Thompson is at work on a rewrite. Previous versions were written by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Sofia Coppola to Direct Live Action 'Little Mermaid'

18 March 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Joe Wright was previously attached to direct a live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, but he's currently putting together Pan for Warner Bros. and it would seem only one live action at a time is appropriate. Enter Sofia Coppola who will apparently step away from her tradition of working from her own screenplay to bring to life the Hans Christian Anderson tale for Universal Pictures. Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragate) wrote the first draft of the screenplay, Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) stepped in next and now Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) will take a stab at it. While this is a departure for Coppola, it seems this might be a perfect fit for her first, bigger budget studio picture. As far as what direction the narrative will take, I'm sure we can expect something darker than Disney's animated portrayal of the mermaid who offers her beautiful voice for a »

- Brad Brevet

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Sofia Coppola to Direct ‘The Little Mermaid’ for Universal

18 March 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct a live-action take on “The Little Mermaid” for Universal and Working Title, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Coppola may strike fans of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale as an odd match for the material given the adult themes of her previous films, but the pairing may be inspired. Also read: Sofia Coppola: I Want You to Think, Not Just Bombard You Coppola will be working off a script by Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands”), who is working off past drafts by Kelly Marcel (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Abi Morgan (“Shame”). That's a. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Sofia Coppola to Direct Universal's Adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid'

18 March 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Way back in 2010, Atonement director Joe Wright was circling an adaptation of The Little Mermaid, a new live-action take on the classic fairy tale from Hans Christian Andersen. However, Universal and Working Title have found a new director to take on the project previously written by Fifty Shades Of Grey scribe Kelly Marcel and Shame writer Abi Morgan. Deadline has word that The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola is currently in talks to take on the film, and it's certainly much more family friendly than any of the director's previous filmmaking efforts on the big screen. A new draft comes from Edwards Scissorhands writer Caroline Thompson (which is great since that Tim Burton film is a fairytale in itself), and Universal wants to move quickly to get this one off the ground. The question is whether Coppola will make this a little more of a grown up version, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Joe Wright Out, Sofia Coppola In For Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'

18 March 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Perhaps only one live action, children's fantasy adventure is enough for Joe Wright. With the director busy ramping up "Pan," his new take on the stories of J.M. Barrie, he's exiting a long developing project that he's been linked to for a while. Sofia Coppola is stepping in to direct "The Little Mermaid," which certainly marks an entirely different kind of project for the usually indie minded director. Abi Morgan ("Shame") was the first one to deliver a draft, with Kelly Marcel ("Fifty Shades Of Grey") hired last summer to put pen to paper, and now Caroline Thompson ("Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas") is tackling it. Plot details have been scarce as well, though Morgan once said the intention to was veer closer to the tragic ending of the Hans Christian Anderson fable, and away from Disney's take.  "We're going the much more traditional route," she said in 2011. "It's »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sofia Coppola to direct live-action The Little Mermaid movie

18 March 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sofia Coppola may direct a new version of The Little Mermaid.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker is currently negotiating with Universal Pictures and Working Title to make a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale.

Edward Scissorhands screenwriter Caroline Thompson will work on the script for the film, reports Deadline.

Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr Banks writer Kelly Marcel and Shame's Abi Morgan had previously worked on the film, while director Joe Wright once circled the project.

Anderson's story, about a mermaid who makes a Faustian pact with a sea witch in order to live on land, was previously turned into a Disney musical in 1989.

Coppola's most recent film was the teen crime drama The Bling Ring. Watch an interview with the director about the film below: »

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Sofia Coppola to Direct 'The Little Mermaid'

18 March 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sofia Coppola is set to direct the live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid for Universal and Working Title.

Caroline Thompson, best known for Edward Scissorhands, is penning the screenplay, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. This will be the third swing at the material after Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Abi Morgan (Shame) both attempted to come up with a workable draft. Joe Wright, who has since moved onto another fairy tale adaptation with Pan, was at one time in negotiations to direct.

The story follows the tale of a young mermaid who makes a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love. Universal and Working Title plan to move swiftly into production.

This will be a departure from Sofia Coppola's previous films, such as The Bling Ring and Somewhere, which were adult dramas with a serious outlook on the human condition. »

- MovieWeb

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Sofia Coppola To Helm ‘The Little Mermaid’

18 March 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Sofia Coppola is negotiating to direct The Little Mermaid, a live-action version of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale for Universal Pictures and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Caroline Thompson of Edward Scissorhands fame is rewriting the script, about the mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love. Previous drafts were done by Fifty Shades Of Grey scribe Kelly Marcel and Shame scribe Abi Morgan, and Joe Wright was at one time eyeing this to direct. The intention is to move quickly. This is a departure for Coppola in that her projects are usually focused on adult themes. She’s got kids and it wouldn’t be shocking if she wanted to please them with a movie they can see and understand. Working Title is currently in production on Everest, the drama about the climbing disaster. The »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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