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Horror Highlights: Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years Book, The Mystic Museum, Hella Horror Night, Scare Slam at London Horror Fest, Umbra, Guts

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Mary Shelley's iconic creation turns 200 in 2018, and to celebrate two centuries of Victor Frankenstein and his monster, author Christopher Frayling has written a new book (coming out this Halloween from Reel Art Press) exploring the rich history of Shelley's now legendary novel and the influences it has had on pop culture—on the screen, stage, and page. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a look at Nerdist's short film The Mystic Museum, and details on the HelLA Horror Night charity event at the Los Angeles Theatre, Blackshaw's Scare Slam at the London Horror Festival, the Filipino folklore animated series Umbra, and the video game Guts.

Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years Book: Press Release: "It all began with a ghost-story contest, a parlour-game, a serious young woman of eighteen years old who had run away with her boyfriend, and some very stimulating company—and a thunderstorm which
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Hoffman vs. Streep and Sharon Stone’s On-Set Affair: Biggest Bombshells from Revealing New Hollywood Tell-All

Hoffman vs. Streep and Sharon Stone’s On-Set Affair: Biggest Bombshells from Revealing New Hollywood Tell-All
Hollywood’s real leading lady is telling all.

Sherry Lansing, the first woman to ever head a major movie studio, is the subject of Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, a biography by Stephen Galloway that details her rise from struggling actress to Hollywood power player.

The Illinois native worked at MGM as a script reader and briefly worked at Columbia Pictures before becoming 20th Century Fox’s first female president in 1980. She then went on to become CEO of Paramount Pictures in 1992.

Lansing, who greenlit smash hits such as Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump
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Brad Pitt Almost Played William Wallace in Mel Gibson's Braveheart

Mel Gibson's Braveheart is one of my favorite movies of all time. That movie holds my record of most times I've watched a movie in a theater at a solid eight times! Then I've watched it countless times on VHS and DVD and Blu-ray.

Mel Gibson not only did an incredible job directing the movie, but he also gave an amazing performance as William Wallace. It turns out that he wasn't originally going to take on the role. Gibson and the studio were actually looking at casting Brad Pitt in the role, which would have been so weird!

It's hard to imagine Pitt in the role, but in the beginning, they felt they needed a younger actor to play Wallace. Pitt would have made the film around the same that he made Legends of the Fall. I'm actually curious to know what Braveheart would've been like had Pitt starred in the film,
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Mel Gibson Threw an Ashtray Against the Wall During Braveheart Budget Negotiations

Mel Gibson Threw an Ashtray Against the Wall During Braveheart Budget Negotiations
Mel Gibson momentarily lost his cool during budget talks for his 1995 film Braveheart — and even the famed actor and director admits his actions may have been “a little over the top.”

According to a new excerpt from Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker in The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson hurled a glass ashtray through a wall when money negotiations weren’t going well for the film that went on to win five Oscars.

After securing two-thirds of the film’s $65-$70 million budget from 20th Century Fox, Gibson reportedly met with Paramount Pictures over breakfast.
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Mel Gibson’s Crazy Reaction During Braveheart Budget Talks

Hollywood is crazy. I thought I’d get that out of the way. It’s a business made up of creative egos, and when you combine the two together, it’s possible to create a perfect storm of ridiculousness. One man who is considered to be one of those creative egos is Mel Gibson. Don’t get us wrong, the man knows his way around a camera like nobody’s business. But oftentimes, when people speak about Mel Gibson’s talent, it comes with a giant asterisk.

If you’ll recall, some years ago, Gibson landed in some hot water due to his racist comments, and until Hacksaw Ridge came out late last year, there had been very little news regarding Gibson in the industry. Sure, he popped up in The Expendables 3, but apart from that, it was virtually radio silent. Following those comments, it took the industry some
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Blu-ray Review – Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory, 2016.

Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane.

Featuring the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olsen, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Kate McKinnon, Sloane Murray, Bill Hader, Sigourney Weaver, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Vicki Lewis, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, and Willem Dafoe.

Synopsis:

Pixar continues its string of great animated movies with Finding Dory, which successfully continues the Finding Nemo story in a way that doesn’t feel like a cash grab. This set, which includes two Blu-rays and a DVD, has a nice smattering of bonus features, although a solid making-of documentary is conspicuously missing.

I had a couple young children when Finding Nemo came out, so the film hit me between the eyes as a parent (and still does, since my wife and I had another child a few years later). Its
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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Six picked for Sundance composer lab

Sundance Institute has announced the six participants for the seventh annual Sundance Institute Composers Lab, which runs July 20-Aug. 4 in Sundance, Utah. The fellows are: Peter Fitzpatrick, Aiko Fukushima, Joseph Julian Gonzalez, Gary Louris, Raz Mesinai and Michael Torke. During the two-week lab, participants will workshop and do creative exercises under the guidance of film composers and film music professionals. This year, creative advisors include film composers Jeff Beal, Camara Kambon, Rolfe Kent, Thomas Newman and Ed Shearmur. Other advisors are music editor Bill Bernstein, music supervisor/consultant Evyen Klean, music supervisor Tracy McKnight, film music agent Robert Messinger, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, sound designer Leslie Shatz and director Mark Water.

Tobey exec vp Viacom, Par groups

Paramount executive Bruce Tobey has been promoted to executive vp at the Viacom Entertainment Group and the Paramount Motion Picture Group. He will assume administrative responsibilities from Bill Bernstein, who remains with the company in the newly created position of executive vp special projects. Tobey, who has been executive vp at the Paramount Motion Picture Group since 2001, will now report to Motion Picture Group chairman Sherry Lansing on matters of the Motion Picture Group and to Viacom Entertainment Group chairman Jonathan Dolgen on all other matters.

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