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Siberia review – Keanu Reeves ices up as diamond geezer

Reeves finds selling gems to the mob is trickier than he’d like in this violent romantic thriller, also starring Molly Ringwald

Keanu Reeves is back in action, after a fashion, in this drab downer romantic thriller – a less fighty, more arty version of John Wick from the indie director Matthew Ross (Frank & Lola). Fatally, the script requires Reeves, playing a black-market diamond trader, to do some serious acting over and above his usual stiff, stoical delivery of deadpan lines and punches.

Reeves plays Lucas Hill, an American visiting St Petersburg to flog $40m of rare blue diamonds to a Russian mobster. When his business associate vanishes with the ice, Lucas hotfoots it to Siberia on his tail, finding time to Facetime his wife (Molly Ringwald). I did wonder if pairing Reeves, 54, and Ringwald, 50, was an enlightened example of age-appropriate love interest casting. But no. In Siberia Reeves hooks up with bar owner Katya,
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The Best Movie Ensembles of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: In honor of “Widows,” what is the greatest ensemble cast ever assembled in a movie?

Emily Sears (@emily_dawn), Birth.Movies.Death.

On March 24, 1984, five high school students entered Saturday morning detention and taught us to never judge a book by its cover. Over the course of one day, the young ensemble cast of “The Breakfast Club” tear down the walls between their disparate characters by dismantling the stereotypes of the American teenager. Collaborating with writer-director John Hughes, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Judd Nelson contributed to the authenticity of characters that are still relevant and resonating more than three decades later. Hughes may have conceived his own idea of the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal on the page,
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‘Siberia’ Review: Dir. Matthew Ross (2018)

Siberia Review: Snow, sex and diamond trading form the set-up for Keanu Reeves’ latest project.

Siberia review. Image courtesy of Fetch Publicity

Keanu Reeves, though one of the most famous actors of our time, has had a very hit and miss movie career. Granted he’s had massive success with Speed, the Bill & Ted films, The Matrix films, and most recently, the John Wick movies, but for every one of them, there’s been a Chain Reaction, Johnny Mnemonic and Exposed. Somehow though, loyal fans continue to support him. However, even the most devout Keanu fan might find themselves challenged by his new film Siberia.

Keanu stars as Lucas Hill, a black-market diamond dealer. After his business partner Pyotr (Boris Gulyarin) disappears with the product ahead of an important meet, Lucas must travel to the outskirts of Russia to track him down. However, upon arrival, instead of finding Pyotr he
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‘The Midnight Club': 6 Best ’80s and ’90s Movie References in ‘Riverdale’s Tribute Episode

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‘The Midnight Club': 6 Best ’80s and ’90s Movie References in ‘Riverdale’s Tribute Episode
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of “Riverdale,” “The Midnight Club.”)

“The world was a different place, and we were very different people,” Alice Cooper (Madchen Amick) says, while recounting a blast from the past story for her daughter Betty (Lili Reinhart) on Wednesday’s episode of “Riverdale,” a flashback centering around the parents in Saturday detention appropriately titled, “The Midnight Club.”

The latest chapter of Season 3 of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s CW drama helps to move this whole Gryphons and Gargoyles plot forward by diving into the adults’ teen years, with the series stars playing their on-screen moms and dads: Camila Mendes as Teen Hermione Gomez, Reinhart as Teen Alice Smith, Kj Apa as Teen Fred Andrews, Madelaine Petsch as Teen Penelope Blossom, Cole Sprouse as Teen Fp Jones and Ashleigh Murray as Teen Sierra Samuels.

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TV Roundup: VH1 Announces ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular’ Special

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TV Roundup: VH1 Announces ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular’ Special
In today’s TV News Roundup, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” announces an hour-long holiday special, and Molly Ringwald joins the”Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” reboot.

Dates

VH1 will air “Rupaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular,” a one-hour special bringing back eight past franchise favorites to compete for the title of Drag Race Xmas Queen: Eureka O’Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique,and Trixie Mattel. The special will air on Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt.

Fox Sports Films has announce the television premiere of the upcoming docu-film “They Fight,” airing Sunday, Nov. 11 on Fox. The film will also have a theatrical debut in select New York City and Los Angeles theaters on Friday, Nov. 9. The story is set in Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 neighborhood, following young boxers Ragahleak “Peanut” Bartee and Quincey Williams as they train for the 2017 Junior Olympics.
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Tales of the City: Molly Ringwald Joins Netflix's 10-Episode Revival

Tales of the City: Molly Ringwald Joins Netflix's 10-Episode Revival
Molly Ringwald has joined the swelling cast of Netflix’s Tales of the City. TVLine has learned exclusively that the ’80s icon (and current Riverdale co-star) is set to recur in the 10-episode revival, although it remains unclear who exactly she is playing.

Set in present-day San Francisco, Tales of the City‘s fourth TV chapter find Laura Linney’s Mary Ann Singleton — in full-tilt midlife crisis mode — returning home to her daughter, Shawna (played by Ellen Page), and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career.

According to Armistead Maupin, who wrote the novels on which Tales is based,
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Riverdale: Season 3 Episode 4 Review - Chapter 39: The Midnight Club

Riverdale meets John Hughes in an absolutely bonkers flashback episode

This Riverdale review contains spoliers.

Riverdale Season 3 Episode 4

For those who came of age in the 1980s, The Breakfast Club is a pop culture touchstone. In the film, a group of archetypical high schoolers -- the nerd, the jock, the princess, etc -- are forced to spend a Saturday in detention. Over the course of this fateful day, they each begin to let their guard down, discovering that despite their social status they aren't all that different.

Written and directed by 'brat pack' auteur John Hughes, the movie was perceived by its target audience (including this writer) at the time to be a powerful rumination on the difficulties all teenagers face.

Simplisticly enough, these characters seemed to have life all figured out by the time Simple Minds' parenthetic anthem "Don't You (Forget About Me)" appeared over the end credits, and
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Afm: Film Financier Forest Road Secures $70 Million (Exclusive)

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Specialty film financier Forest Road Company has secured an additional $70 million in committed capital, in addition to the previously announced $50 million.

Forest Road made the announcement Wednesday on the opening day of the American Film Market.

The outfit, which is based in Los Angeles and New York, offers production companies the ability to capitalize their films by borrowing from Forest Road against their film tax credits and rebates at below-market rates. Forest Road can lend against credits tied to movie budgets as small as $100,000.

Forest Road has provided funding for more than a dozen films, including Jamie Bell’s “Skin,” acquired by A24 and DirecTV; Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Kindergarten Teacher,” acquired by Netflix; “Driveways,” directed by Andrew Ahn; and Molly Ringwald’s “All These Small Moments,” acquired by Orion.

“We strive to offer the most cost-effective and seamless financing solutions for filmmakers, and we are thrilled to continue to
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24 Hour Musicals Comes To Broadway For First Time

The 24 Hour Musicals is coming to Broadway for the first time.

The marathon process for The 24 Hour Musicals begins at 9 Pm the night before the performance. Writers, composers, directors, choreographers, actors, music directors, musicians and production staff — many of whom have never worked with or met each other before — gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage, as well as some singing and dancing. At 11 Pm, the composers and writers get to work crafting 15-20 minute musicals overnight; at 9 Am the next morning, the actors receive their roles and the directors, choreographers and musicians arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.

The evening will benefit The Lillys’ work supporting women in theater and promoting gender parity,
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Eden Brolin Joins Vince Vaughn In ‘Arkansas’; Fox’s ‘Ready or Not’ Adds Elyse Levesque

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Eden Brolin Joins Vince Vaughn In ‘Arkansas’; Fox’s ‘Ready or Not’ Adds Elyse Levesque
Eden Brolin will join Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, and Clark Duke in Duke’s directorial debut film, Arkansas, which follows a pair of low level drug runners in the Dixie Mafia, Kyle (Hemsworth) and Swin (Duke), who live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin Frog (Vaughn). The film, also written by Duke, is set to be presented at the American Film Market, which starts on October 31. Patrick Hibler, Jeff Rice, Martin Sprock, and Storyboard Media are producing. Jd Beaufils and Julie Paquit of Vmi Worldwide will handle sales in conjunction with Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard of Storyboard Media. Brolin (daughter of Josh Brolin) starred in Freeform’s supernatural series, Beyond, and co-stars in upcoming indie films Back Fork and King Fish with Molly Ringwald. She’s repped by Paradigm, Grandview, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Actress Elyse Levesque (CW’s The Originals) is set for the role of Charity
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Film News Roundup: High School Football Drama ‘Till the Whistle Blows’ in the Works

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Film News Roundup: High School Football Drama ‘Till the Whistle Blows’ in the Works
In today’s film news roundup, “Till the Whistle Blows” starts development, “All These Small Moments” is acquired, and End Cue invests in Greencard Pictures.

Development

Winter State Entertainment is producing high school football drama “Till the Whistle Blows” with plans to start shooting next year in Idaho Falls, Id.

The movie follows the story of 1967 high school football coach Vernon Ravsten, who saw his Idaho Falls team go undefeated as he battled cancer during his final season, and is based on the novel “A Promise Kept” written in 2000 by brothers Bruce K. Couch and Robert M. Couch, who both played for Ravsten.

“Till the Whistle Blows” is produced by Patrick Werksma, Mark Smith, and Winter State’s Hamid and Camille Torabpour, with the screenplay adapted by Hamid Torabpour, Werksma, and Smith. Chris Brewster will direct “Till the Whistle Blows.”

Brewster is also directing the zombie action-thriller “Outbreak Z” for Winter State.
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Orion Classics Picks Up Tribeca Drama ‘All These Small Moments’

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Orion Classics Picks Up Tribeca Drama ‘All These Small Moments’
Orion Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to All These Small Moments, Melissa Miller Costanzo’s feature directing debut that premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. A January 17 theatrical release has been set, followed by a digital bow the next day.

The coming-of-age drama penned by Miller Costanzo centers on a teenage boy (Brendan Meyer) who becomes infatuated with a woman (Girls‘ Jemima Kirke) he sees on the bus, further complicating his already tumultuous adolescence. Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James, Sam McCarthy and Harley Quinn Smith also star.

All These Small Moments was produced by Lauren Avinoam and Jed Mellick of Jemstone Productions (formerly Moving Pictures Artists) along with Vineyard Point ProductionsKatie Leary. Executive producers include Vineyard Point’s Bob Leary and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
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Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James Drama ‘All These Small Moments’ Acquired by Orion Classics

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Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James Drama ‘All These Small Moments’ Acquired by Orion Classics
Orion Classics has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to Melissa Miller Costanzo’s drama “All These Small Moments,” the distributor announced Thursday.

The drama stars Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James, Brendan Meyer, Sam McCarthy, Harley Quinn Smith and Jemima Kirke. “All These Small Moments” is Miller Costanzo’s directorial debut, and she also wrote the screenplay for the film, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Orion Classics will release “All These Small Moments” on January 17 and on VOD and Digital HD on January 18.

In the film, a teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus further complicates his teenage years.

“As a stalwart supporter of some of the most memorable films in our collective lexicon, and a champion for thought provoking, character driven films,
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Orion Classics picks up 'All These Small Moments'

Coming-of-age drama premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.

Orion Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Melissa Miller Costanzo’s drama All These Small Moments starring Molly Ringwald and Brian d’Arcy James.

Brendan Meyer, Sam McCarthy, Harley Quinn Smith and Jemima Kirke round out the key cast on the film about a teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus.

Costanzo made his feature directorial debut and wrote the screenplay. The film premiered at Tribeca and most recently screened at Mill Valley Film Festival.

Orion Classics will release All These Small Moments theatrically
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‘Dead To Me’ Casts Sam McCarthy; Fabrizio Guido Joins ‘Mr. Iglesias’

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‘Dead To Me’ Casts Sam McCarthy; Fabrizio Guido Joins ‘Mr. Iglesias’
Sam McCarthy (Condor) is set as a series regular opposite Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini on Dead To Me, Netflix’s half-hour dark comedy series from writer Liz Feldman, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez Prods. and CBS TV Studios. Written by Feldman, Dead to Me has been described as a comedic Big Little Lies. It is about a powerful friendship that blossoms between Jen (Applegate), a tightly wound widow, and Judy (Cardellini), a free spirit with a shocking secret. McCarthy will play Charlie, Jen’s (Applegate) older, edgier son. Like his mom, Charlie harbors a simmering anger as he tries to grapple with the sudden loss of his dad. McCarthy made his feature film debut alongside Molly Ringwald, Brian D’Arcy James, and Jemima Kirke in All These Small Moments, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. He will next be seen in the independent feature 18 To Party,
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Molly Ringwald Admits She Was 'Bothered' By Some 'Sixteen Candles' Scenes During Filming

More than 30 years after Brat Pack hit Sixteen Candles premiered in theaters, the film's star, Molly Ringwald, admitted there are some scenes in the movie that "bothered" her during shooting. In a candid new interview with NPR, the 50-year-old star opened up about certain plotlines that are especially problematic today in the wake of the #MeToo movement. For example, at one part in Sixteen Candles, Molly's character Samantha Baker's love interest, Jake Ryan (played by Michael Schoeffling), thinks about "violating" his unconscious girlfriend, Caroline. Later, Caroline also doesn't remember having sex with Anthony Michael Hall's character, Ted. (Photo Credit: R/R) "Everyone says and I do believe is true, that times were different and what was acceptable then is definitely not acceptable now and nor should it have been then, but that’s sort of the way that it was. I feel very differently about the movies now
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Molly Ringwald Reflects on Sixteen Candles in Wake of #MeToo: 'There Were Parts That Bothered Me'

Molly Ringwald Reflects on Sixteen Candles in Wake of #MeToo: 'There Were Parts That Bothered Me'
In light of the recent #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, 80s icon Molly Ringwald is opening up about what scenes bothered her from John Hughes’ 1984 teen classic Sixteen Candles.

In the romantic comedy, Ringwald’s character’s crush Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) suggests taking advantage of his passed out girlfriend after a party at his house.

“I’ve got Caroline in the bedroom right now passed out cold,” Ryan says in the movie. “I could violate her 10 different ways if I wanted to.”

“You know, when I made those movies with John Hughes, his intention was to not make Porky’s or Animal House,
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Molly Ringwald Agrees with Idea That Sixteen Candles Glorifies Rape Culture

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Molly Ringwald Agrees with Idea That Sixteen Candles Glorifies Rape Culture
Molly Ringwald says she "could not agree more" that John Hughes' Sixteen Candles glorified rape culture in the 1980s. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh's testimony are the big news in politics this week, bringing 2018 back to the early 1980s, which was a different time in our culture. Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by Ford and four other women as of this writing, dating back to the time when they were in high school and college freshman. The accusations have brought up questions about the culture towards women in the 1980s and the lasting trauma of sexual abuse.

In a new article, writer Constance Grady attempts to examine 1980s rape culture through the lens of John Hughes' classic teenage love story Sixteen Candles. Grady doesn't lump the movie in with other comedy classics of the time that are more aimed towards sex like Revenge of the Nerds and Animal House.
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Molly Ringwald ‘Could Not Agree More’ That ‘Sixteen Candles’ Exemplifies Rape Culture

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Among the countless articles written about Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh this week, Constance Grady’s “The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles” may have the most original premise. The piece, published by Vox, connects the Supreme Court nominee’s high school and college days to the John Hughes comedy, which includes a reference to date rape that’s played for laughs. Molly Ringwald, who starred in the oddly beloved teen movie, shared the article on Twitter and included a simple note: “I could not agree more.”

“‘Sixteen Candles’ isn’t a college sex romp like ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ or ‘Animal House,'” writes Grady after pointing out that those two films are extremely problematic in their own right. “It’s a high school love story. It’s been celebrated for 34 years for its sweet, romantic heart. Yet it is entirely willing to feature a lengthy,
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The Goldbergs Sneak Peek: Adam Plots a Sixteen Candles-Inspired Rager

The Goldbergs Sneak Peek: Adam Plots a Sixteen Candles-Inspired Rager
Adam Goldberg is feeling Molly Ringwald’s pain: During this Wednesday’s Sixteen Candles-themed The Goldbergs season premiere, Adam’s parents forget their son’s birthday — but the disappointment is not without its upside.

“I always thought Sixteen Candles was a delightful comedic premise, but when it happens to you, it’s more shocking and hurtful,” Adam laments to his friends in TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek.

Dave Kim, however, thinks the parents’ slip-up may be the key to moving up the high school social ladder. “You’re finally under your parents’ radar. Let’s use this chance to throw a big-ass birthday rager!
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