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‘Patient Zero’ Trailer: Stanley Tucci Leads A Rabid Group Of Non-Zombies Against Matt Smith & Natalie Dormer

There are zombie movies and there are pandemic movies and while they may seem like the same thing, the creators are often very adamant about the distinction. Example, “28 Days Later” is probably seen as a zombie movie, but writer/director Alex Garland is very clear that the humans infected with the rage virus do not come back from the dead to become undead. Likewise, Steven Soderbergh’s pandemic movie “Contagion” is much more deadly global virus that kills instead of a zombie movie.

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Keanu Reeves Casts Doubt on ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Actually Happening: ‘It Still Has Its Challenges’

Keanu Reeves Casts Doubt on ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Actually Happening: ‘It Still Has Its Challenges’
“Bill & Ted” fans rejoiced in May when it was confirmed a third film in the franchise was on the way with original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Returning returning. The film, entitled “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” announced it was heading into pre-production with “Galaxy Quest” and “Red 2” filmmaker Dean Parisot directing from a script by Chris Matheson and Ed Soloman, both of whom wrote the 1989 original and its 1991 sequel. Unfortunately, the third installment might not be as much of a guarantee as originally reported.

Speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment, Reeves cast doubt on “Bill & Ted Face the Music” happening by teasing some behind-the-scenes issues. The actor did not get into any of the specifics, but he did mention he’s unsure as of July 2018 if a third movie is “a reality.” Reeves said the script is ready to go but that “financing, rights, deals” are standing in the way.
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Keanu Reeves Warns ‘Bill & Ted’ Sequel May Not Happen After All

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Keanu Reeves Warns ‘Bill & Ted’ Sequel May Not Happen After All
Fans erupted in cheers two months ago when it was announced that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter would reprise their roles as “Ted” Theodore Logan and “Bill” S. Preston Esq. in “Bill & Ted Face the Music” — but now, Reeves has warned the third film might not happen.

“I don’t know if it’s a reality,” Reeves told Yahoo Entertainment. “We’ve been trying for a long time to get that film made, and it still has its challenges.”

The actor said the challenges are financial ones, not creative ones, adding that he had ideas for the older version of Theodore Logan.

Also Read: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter to Reprise Roles in Third 'Bill & Ted' Film

“I really love the characters, and I think we have a good story to tell/ Part of it is show business stuff — financing, rights, deals. Nothing creatively,” said Reeves. “There’d be a
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‘Bull’ Star Annabelle Attanasio Exits CBS Drama Over Schedule Conflict

CBS’s “Bull” will be down one series regular when the Michael Weatherly-led drama returns in the fall.

Annabelle Attanasio, who has starred as computer expert Cable McCrory since the show’s 2016 premiere, will not return for the show’s third season.

“I’m excited to share that I have been given the opportunity to direct my first feature film, a story I’ve been shepherding for four years,” Attanasio said in a statement. “Sadly, the film conflicts with my role as Cable on ‘Bull.’ CBS and the show’s producers have graciously allowed me to leave the series so I can pursue this extraordinary opportunity.”

Also Read: CBS Fall Schedule: 'Big Bang,' 'Young Sheldon' to Kick Off Season, 'Murphy Brown' Returns Sept 27

“While I will miss Cable dearly, I am so thrilled about this new chapter in my career, and am forever grateful
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Can David Lynch (‘Twin Peaks’) still win Emmys for writing and directing despite the snub for Best Limited Series?

Can David Lynch (‘Twin Peaks’) still win Emmys for writing and directing despite the snub for Best Limited Series?
When the Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday morning, July 12, it looked like it might have been a complete shut out for “Twin Peaks.” The Showtime revival was snubbed for Best Limited Series and Kyle MacLachlan was also missing from Best Movie/Mini Actor. But when the entire list was released it turned out the show had done pretty well for itself in behind-the-scenes categories. It picked up nine total bids including Best Movie/Mini Directing for David Lynch and Best Movie/Mini Writing for Lynch and Mark Frost. Could the show still win those categories despite its snub in top categories? Yes, because “The Hour” is at hand.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

It’s very rare for a movie or miniseries to win for its writing or directing without a corresponding nomination in the top category, but that’s exactly
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Leslie Harris: 'We can’t get a film financed with a black woman lead'

The director’s debut, Just Another Girl on the Irt, was an instant classic – 25 years ago. But she still can’t get a followup off the ground

It’s a familiar story: a young director heads to the Sundance film festival with their debut feature. The crowd is wowed; jury likewise. The movie gets picked up for a major distribution deal and is deemed an instant classic. But while the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson and the Coen brothers have converted Park City acclaim into enduring careers, even Oscars, things turned out rather differently for Leslie Harris.

I meet Harris, now 57, for tea at the Trade Union Cafe in Brooklyn, not far from the home she shares with her husband, a New York Times photographer. Soft-spoken and gentle, she was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She loved cinema from an early age and,
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David Fincher (‘Mindhunter’) could steal Drama Directing Emmy from reigning champs since voters love A-list filmmakers

David Fincher (‘Mindhunter’) could steal Drama Directing Emmy from reigning champs since voters love A-list filmmakers
This year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Directing is shaping up to be a battle royale between two defending champs that have yet to go head-to-head: “Game of Thrones” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But there’s another past winner waiting in the wings: David Fincher, who’s in the running this year for his Netflix series “Mindhunter.” The TV academy often loves to shower well-known film directors with accolades, as Fincher himself has proven before.

The two-time Oscar nominee (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008 and “The Social Network” in 2010) followed his big-screen successes by winning an Emmy for directing the pilot of “House of Cards” (2013). Now he has returned to the small screen with “Mindhunter,” a serial killer drama about FBI criminal psychologists studying the minds of murderers. He’s on the ballot for the show’s season finale, “Episode 10,” in which the team starts to
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sex, lies, and videotape

Is this show still as daring as it once seemed? How does it fare in this year of #MeToo? Where are the personal boundaries in relationships, when nobody can risk being entirely honest? We discover a man who wants to relate with women solely through the recordings he makes of them talking about sex — is that Ok, or not Ok? Steven Soderbergh’s micro-budgeted intimate drama was the definition of independent filmmaking success.

sex, lies and videotape

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The Criterion Collection 938

1989 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 17, 2018 / 39.95

Starring: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo, Ron Vawter, Steven Brill.

Cinematography: Walt Lloyd

Film Editor: Steven Soderbergh

Original Music: Cliff Martinez

Produced by John Hardy, Robert Newmyer

Written and Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Director Steve Soderbergh has been making features for almost thirty years, as one of the few filmmakers to find something
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Ocean’s 8: Fashioning Costume

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Movies that feature contemporary fashion, particularly high-end and particularly for women, are a tricky sell costume wise. While men’s semi-formal to formal attire is generally shaped around the fundamental guise of the lounge suit, women’s clothing has a lot more avenues and possibilities. In addition to colour and pattern there is shape and form, which can vary dramatically for the fashionable wearer. What can vary dramatically can also date dramatically and this can be major stumbling block for costume designers. Films centred around the world of fashion, or those that include a lot of fashionable garments such as The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Clueless (1995) and Funny Face (1957) are at the mercy of a strict philosophy: look current but not so innovative that, a) garments will appear dated when trends alter and b) prioritise costume over character (unless that is a narrative point or personality facet). Tricky in the extreme,
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Emmy Predictions in Movies and Miniseries: Gianni Versace, 9/11 and ‘Twin Peaks’ Strangeness

Emmy Predictions in Movies and Miniseries: Gianni Versace, 9/11 and ‘Twin Peaks’ Strangeness
Is David Lynch just too damn weird for Emmy voters?

That’s a question that could be answered by Emmy nominations in the limited series and television movie categories, where Lynch’s return to “Twin Peaks” on Showtime is both a monumental achievement and one of the strangest things ever put on television.

Among the top contenders in the limited series category, the 18-episode “Twin Peaks” is longest piece of work by more than six hours — and it’s also so bizarre that it makes the last season of “Westworld” look like a model of concise storytelling. There’s a real question as to whether Lynch’s flights of fancy will be embraced or scorned by voters.

Among the other contenders, FX’s Ryan Murphy is always a major presence in these categories, with his big entry this year not the post-election edition of “American Horror Story” but the second
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‘Now Apocalypse’: Kevin Daniels & Avra Friedman Set To Recur On Starz Comedy Series

Sirens alum Kevin Daniels and Avra Friedman (Stop the Bleeding) are set for recurring roles opposite Avan Jogia, Kelli Bergland, Beau Mirchoff and Roxane Mesquida on Now Apocalypse, Starz's upcoming original half-hour comedy series from creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh. Co-written by Araki, who also directs, and Vogue.com sex columnist Karley Sciortino, Now Apocalypse is a 10-episode surreal, coming-of-age comedy that follows Ulysses (Jogia)…
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'Sicario 2' stumbles as football and sunshine take their toll at UK box office

'Sicario 2' stumbles as football and sunshine take their toll at UK box office
Sicario’ sequel opens behind ’Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, ‘Ocean’s 8’.

Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (June 29-July 1) Running gross Week 1 ’Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ (Universal) £2.0m £34.5m 4 2 ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Warner Bros) £1.3m £6.9m 2 3 ’Sicario: Day Of The Soldado’ (Lionsgate UK) £657,675 £700,059 1 4 ‘Tag’ (Warner Bros) £468,000 £468,000 1 5 ’Sanju’ (Fox) £445,000 £445,000 1

Source: Screen International

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom defied the warm weather and competition from the World Cup football tournament to stay at the top of the UK weekend chart for the fourth week in a row.

It grossed £1,989,779 from 641 sites, a decline of just 38% week-on-week, to take its total gross to date to
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‘Now Apocalypse’: Rj Mitte & Grace Victoria Cox Set To Recur On Starz Comedy Series

Breaking Bad alum Rj Mitte and Grace Victoria Cox (Under the Dome) are set for recurring roles opposite Avan Jogia, Kelli Bergland, Beau Mirchoff and Roxane Mesquida on Now Apocalypse, Starz's upcoming original half-hour comedy series from creator/executive producer Gregg Araki and Steven Soderbergh. Co-written by Araki, who also directs, and Vogue.com sex columnist Karley Sciortino, Now Apocalypse is a 10-episode surreal, coming-of-age comedy that follows Ulysses (Jogia)…
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Matthew McConaughey Looks Back at the ‘McConaissance’ and Why the Term Was A Bit of an Exaggeration

Matthew McConaughey Looks Back at the ‘McConaissance’ and Why the Term Was A Bit of an Exaggeration
Where were you the first time you heard “McConaissance”? The term went viral between 2011 and 2014 as Matthew McConaughey transitioned away from light romantic-comedies to more serious fare and/or auteur collaborations with “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Bernie,” “Killer Joe,” “Mud,” “Magic Mike,” and more. Suddenly, McConaughey was earning the best reviews of his career and turning into the most exciting actor in Hollywood.

The “McConaissance” hit its peak in 2014 when McConaughey’s role in “Dallas Buyers Club” won him the Oscar for best actor. At the same time, McConaughey was dazzling television with his stellar work on HBO’s “True Detective,” which netted him an Emmy nomination later that year. His 2014 success continued with the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” in November, but since then the “McConaissance” has been on hold. The actor’s “The Sea of Trees,” “Free State of Jones,” and “Gold” were all dismissed by critics and audiences,
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Review: Ocean’s 8 (2018)

Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven – a slick remake of The Rat Pack‘s 1960 film – kick started a trilogy that would dominate the early millennium on the big screen. Amassing a star-laden cast list collective, the Ocean’s trilogy remains fondly recalled by many as top notch Hollywood escapism and, flaws notwithstanding, an example of confident, classy, big budget, filmmaking. Since its finale in 2007, many pondered whether we would see an Ocean’s Fourteen but a few were caught by surprise by the announcement of not only a lower digit titled spin-off/sequel but one led by an all female cast.

Amidst the wave of change blowing through the industry, gender and diversity are the biggest issues in modern movie making and this film has understandably garnered a few headlines. From breaking new box office ground for the series to some sniffy (albeit overall more positive) reviews from critics leading
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‘The King’ Film Review: Glorious Documentary Takes American Road Trip With Elvis Presley

Director Eugene Jarecki’s “The King,” an audacious travelogue that views America through the windows of Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce as well as the prism of his career, challenges viewers to embrace the Elvis-as-America metaphor. Some may resist the ride, but those who climb in will be rewarded with a sharp, provocative and surprisingly emotional work of cultural and political criticism.

Jarecki’s big, bold and overreaching film — a trimmed and re-edited version of the documentary that screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival under the title “Promised Land” — is in love with but also skeptical of its own central metaphor of Elvis’ career as a version of America’s own history. Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Rosanne Cash and Errol Morris, this is a film about the poor boy who loses himself in a rich man’s life and ends up stuffed into a spangled jumpsuit, and about a
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Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling Toast to Ocean's 8 Crossing $100 Million at Box Office: 'Sequel Much'

Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling Toast to Ocean's 8 Crossing $100 Million at Box Office: 'Sequel Much'
Ocean’s 8 was a box office smash so could a sequel be next?

That’s what Mindy Kaling predicts as she and costar Anne Hathaway celebrated their all-female heist movie crossing the $100 million mark at the U.S. box office this weekend. “Whoa!!! Congrats #Oceans8! $100 million!?! #SequelMuch,” Kaling, 39, wrote on Instagram and Twitter Monday.

Meanwhile, Hathaway, 35, shared a throwback selfie of her raising a glass of champagne with costars Sarah Paulson and Rihanna chatting in the background. “Oh hey $100,000,000… #oceans8,” Hathaway wrote on Instagram.

In the film, Kaling plays jeweler Amita while Hathaway plays Daphne, an actress who wears the
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'Ocean's 8' and 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' battle for UK box office crown

Sunny weather and World Cup take their toll at cinemas.

Further distributors to follow.

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Sunny weather and the World Cup football tournament made for a slow weekend at the UK box office.

Ocean’s 8 was the only major new studio release, topping the weekly chart thanks to four days of previews - it opened on Monday June 18.

Its three-day weekend total was £2.3m which, added to the £2m it garnered from Mon-Thurs, took it to £4.3m to date.

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett lead the cast of this heist caper. Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven is the
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Unsane, The Woman in the Window, and Black Lightning: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Blu-ray Picks

Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane, which was released theatrically earlier this year and is now available on Blu-ray and multiple streaming platforms, is yet another of the director’s fascinating experiments with narrative structure and genre, and another instance of Soderbergh responding to cultural shifts with astonishing speed. In this case, as opposed to the 2003 HBO series K Street or Soderbergh’s 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience, some of the relevance seems to be a bit accidental, as Unsane was in the works long before the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement. Yet there’s no denying that screenwriters […]
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Unsane, The Woman in the Window, and Black Lightning: Jim Hemphill’s Weekend Blu-ray Picks

Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane, which was released theatrically earlier this year and is now available on Blu-ray and multiple streaming platforms, is yet another of the director’s fascinating experiments with narrative structure and genre, and another instance of Soderbergh responding to cultural shifts with astonishing speed. In this case, as opposed to the 2003 HBO series K Street or Soderbergh’s 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience, some of the relevance seems to be a bit accidental, as Unsane was in the works long before the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement. Yet there’s no denying that screenwriters […]
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