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‘Boogie Nights’ Turns 20! Looking Back on Mark Wahlberg and the Ensemble Cast’s Breakthrough Performances

‘Boogie Nights’ Turns 20! Looking Back on Mark Wahlberg and the Ensemble Cast’s Breakthrough Performances
Dirk Diggler has great manners.

Every character in Boogie Nights has small details like this that encapsulate everything about them. Some of these qualities, such as Diggler's obsessive politeness whenever he's pulled away from a conversation, are written on the page. Others appear to be specific choices made by actors, like the way Philip Seymour Hoffman's Scotty J. nervously holds his arm during Jack and Dirk's confrontation.

As the film turns 20, Et is reexamining the breakthrough performances in Boogie Nights and Paul Thomas Anderson's showcase of incredible character actors.

Set in the late '70s, Boogie Nights chronicles 17-year-old busboy Eddie Adams’ (Mark Wahlberg) journey as he’s taken under the wing of pornography auteur Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) and into a world where he could finally become the bright shining star he always felt destined to be. Adams quickly transforms into the neon sign dynamite that is Dirk Diggler and takes the industry by storm
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In 1932’s Chandu The Magician, Edmund Lowe plays the titular wizard. What famous boogie man plays his adversary?

Bela Lugosi Boris Karloff Peter Lorre Correct

Lugosi is a lot of fun but the real star of this movie is director William Cameron Menzies whose distinctive visual style graces every scene.


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1953’s Houdini
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Always be closing: the manly world of David Mamet

Philip Laverty Nov 10, 2016

From The Edge and The Untouchables, to the mighty Glengarry Glen Ross: a salute to the movie writing of David Mamet.

Spoilers ahead for The Untouchables, The Spanish Prisoner, and House Of Games

There's a moment in 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross when Alec Baldwin, sent from head office on what he calls a “mission of mercy”, opens his motivational speech to an office of real estate salesmen by turning on Jack Lemmon’s Shelley 'The Machine' Levene.

“Put that coffee down,” he demands as Lemmon pours himself what he, probably reasonably, considers to be a well-earned cup of Joe.

“Coffee’s for closers only,” Baldwin points out, using the term for someone who can make a successful sale. The person who can close it.

Your name’s Levene?” he asks a few moments later. “You call yourself a salesman, you son of a bitch?”

The callous disdain of this moment,
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‘An Art That Nature Makes’ Exclusive Clip: Photographer Rosamond Purcell On Her Fascination With Conjoined Twins

Photographer Rosamond Purcell specializes in beautiful, yet unsettling images of natural and man-made objects. Her work has garnered international acclaim and she has released numerous books, including “Book Nest,” “A Glorious Enterprise: The Museum of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia,” and “Owls Head: On the Nature of Lost Things,” which covers Purcell’s 20-year photographic “excavation” of a Maine junk yard. She has also collaborated with historian Stephen Jay Gould, magician Ricky Jay, and Shakespeare scholar Michael Witmore.

Read More: ‘An Art That Nature Makes’ Exclusive Trailer: New Doc Examines Rosamond Purcell’s Essential Work

Now, director Molly Bernstein (“Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay”) has directed a new film entitled “An Art That Nature Makes,” that details the photographer’s oeuvre of work and how she has found unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed, straddling the line between the breathtaking and the disturbed. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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‘An Art That Nature Makes’ Exclusive Trailer: New Doc Examines Rosamond Purcell’s Essential Work

‘An Art That Nature Makes’ Exclusive Trailer: New Doc Examines Rosamond Purcell’s Essential Work
Molly Bernstein’s “An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell” examines the life and career of photographer Rosamond Purcell, bringing light to a major presence long unrecognized by the art world. A collector of objects that’s curious about human beings’ obsessive need to collect, Purcell is not an easily classifiable artist, but she’s someone who uses material objects as a medium to understand the collective human psyche. The daughter of an eminent Harvard University historian, she grew up in an academic environment where the written word was sacred, but eventually gravitated towards images both emotionally and intellectually challenging. Some of the images in her work include an old, discarded book transformed by the steady work of hungry termites, and a meticulously arranged box of human molars collected by Peter the Great. The documentary features interviews with not only Purcell, but admirers such as author Jonathan Safran Foer,
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Joshua Reviews Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate [Theatrical Review]

With SXSW 2016 beginning this weekend, film fans will descend upon Austin, Texas to see some of the latest, and hopefully greatest, films that studios and distributors have come down the pipeline. However, not every film that plays this prestigious festival, even those that become buzzed about hits, end up getting a speedy release. Take Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate for example.

Becoming something of a small hit at last year’s festival, Lerner’s new film is finally arriving in theaters on March 11 thanks to Film Movement, and will hopefully find an eager audience going forward.

His follow-up to 2010’s oddly magnetic Girlfriend, a film that’s an engaging piece of craft more than it is a genuinely great narrative feature, Automatic Hate is a beast of a different color. Davis Green (played by Joseph Cross) is an unassuming chef in the throes of what may or may not
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Watch the trailer for The Automatic Hate

Ahead of its release next month, a trailer has arrived online for writer-director Justin Lerner’s upcoming drama The Automatic Hate; take a look below after the official synopsis…

When Davis Green’s (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side of his family has been kept secret from him. Against his father’s wishes, Davis travels to rural, upstate New York to meet his other cousins. While wrestling with a taboo attraction to one another, he and Alexis attempt to reunite their families, uncovering the reasons behind a long-standing rift and the shocking secret that tore their fathers apart. Together, their discoveries force them to confront the temptation to keep their familial grudge going rather than end it.

The Automatic Hate is set for release on March 11th and features a cast that includes Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens,
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Exclusive: Trailer For 'The Automatic Hate' With Joseph Cross , Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff & Ricky Jay

Family secrets and a taboo attraction clash in director Justin Lerner's "The Automatic Hate." And after spending last year on the festival circuit stopping at SXSW, Seattle, and Woodstock (and picking up a Silver Audience Award at Mill Valley), the film is headed to theaters and today we have the exclusive trailer. Read More: SXSW Adds Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Demolition' Plus New Films By Ty West, Mike Birbiglia, And More Joseph Cross , Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff, and Ricky Jay, star in the drama that follows Davis Green who discovers he has a family didn't know about, when a cousin he never knew one day lands on his doorstep. But soon something brews between them beyond a shared past. Here's the official synopsis: When Davis Green's (Joseph Cross) alluring young cousin Alexis (Adelaide Clemens) appears on his doorstep one night, he discovers that a side
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I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Drawing by a Man With No Hands or Feet

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I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Drawing by a Man With No Hands or Feet
The first thing you’ll think while looking at the infinitely intricate art of Matthias Buchinger — possibly through extra-large magnifying glasses — will be Unbelievable. Consider the interlacing ornamentation, teeny-tiny penmanship, minuscule portraits, and other feats of drawing that dazzle on their own terms; then consider that Buchinger was born in Germany in 1674 without hands or legs and, with the help of brushes and tools attached to his stumps, became, in addition to a world-class illusionist and magician (part of the exhibition is drawn from the collection of Ricky Jay), among the greatest calligraphers of his time and a master of the art of micrography (drawing with words). Also, he could thread a needle, was a marksman, and worked in four languages all over Europe. And he fathered 14 children by four wives and was famous enough for his profligacy, in addition to his work, that in England “Buckinger’s
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Film Review: ‘The Automatic Hate’

Film Review: ‘The Automatic Hate’
The family you never knew you had turns out to be the family you may wish you never met in Justin Lerner’s “The Automatic Hate.” This arresting seriocomedy deftly walks a tightrope between droll and tense, over a gaping pit of crazy. It will require very careful handling to access appreciative audiences, not least because broadcasting some of its more marketable aspects would amount to major plot spoilage. Film Movement currently plans a limited theatrical release early next year.

Domestic life is already bumpy enough for mild-mannered Bostonian Davis (Joseph Cross): We meet him just as he’s returning from the bathroom to find himself locked out of his own bedroom because (for reasons that are only made clear much later) his professional-dancer girlfriend, Cassie (Deborah Ann Woll), abruptly needs some “alone time.” He’s a successful chef, yet his emotionally distant parents, both academics (Richard Schiff and
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Joel McHale Is Cast In The X Files, Confirming The Re-Boot Is Getting It Right

Over the course of its 202 episodes, The X Files attracted many notable guest stars. Some appeared before they hit the big time (Ryan Reynolds, Jack Black, Seth Green, Felicity Huffman, Shia Labeouf, James Franco, Jane Lynch, Bradley Whitford, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Luke Wilson, Grant Heslov, Giovanni Ribisi and Titus Welliver), while many appearances were made by people who were already legends in their own fields, with talented performers such as Lily Tomlin, Ed Asner, Michael McKean, Peter Boyle, Gary Shandling, Lance Henriksen, Roy Thinnes, Veronica Cartwright, Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Brad Dourif, Kathy Griffin and Ricky Jay providing some of the show’s most memorable moments. With six new episodes about to shoot for a limited series event, that prestigious list of guest stars is already expanding, with Joel McHale being the latest addition.

The plot of the brief new series remains unknown, but Deadline is reporting
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Justin Lerner’s SXSW Pic ‘The Automatic Hate’ Acquired By Film Movement

Justin Lerner’s SXSW Pic ‘The Automatic Hate’ Acquired By Film Movement
Film Movement has acquired all North American rights to Justin Lerner’s The Automatic Hate. The distributor plans a winter theatrical release for the film, which world premiered at SXSW. The Automatic Hate stars Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Richard Schiff, Ricky Jay and Deborah Ann Woll. The film's screenplay is written by Lerner and Katharine O'Brien, and produced by Lerner along with Lacey Leavitt and Anonymous Content's Alix Madigan-Yorkin. Daniel Alexander
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Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray Today!

Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Seasonnow Available On Blu-rayfrom Warner Archive Collection

First 52 Episodes of Popular Animated Series Arrive Today on Two Blu-Ray Discs

Teen Titans Go!, the popular Warner Bros. Animation television series airing on Cartoon Network, gets the full HD treatment via Warner Archive Collection when Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-rayTM today (April 21). Orders are now available via wbshop.com.

What happens after everyone’s favorite teenage super heroes have saved the planet from total annihilation? Swing by Titans Tower and find out as Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy chill out after a hard day of crime fighting and take on some real challenges like laundry, chores, video games and plain ol' trying to get along! Enjoy the laughs when Beast Boy introduces his new villainous girlfriend, Raven's demonic father stops in for a visit, or Cyborg has his birthday
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‘Manglehorn’, ‘Spy’, ‘Brand’ headline South by Southwest 2015 film lineup

South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.

SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.

Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.

On the small screen,
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TCA press tour preview: Hello 'Better Call Saul,' goodbye 'Mad Men' & 'Parks and Rec'

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We're about 15 minutes from the start of the winter 2015 Television Critics Association press tour, or TCA for short. If you've been following me for a while, you know all the ins and outs of press tour. If you haven't, the primer that I published again back in the summer is still very useful(*). (*) Tweeting a link to that primer last night led a fellow TCA member to unearth this picture of me inadvertently photobombing a young, unknown Jennifer Lawrence, back when she played Bill Engvall's daughter on a short-lived TBS sitcom. Press tour is a strange place, man. I actually won't be there for the tour's first few days, or its last few, as I'm trying to cut down the amount of time I'm away from my family, but Fienberg will be there today, and for virtually the entire tour (look for coverage on his blog), and I wanted
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'Boyhood' feature splices 12 years of behind-the-scenes videos into one 10 minute ode

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'Boyhood' feature splices 12 years of behind-the-scenes videos into one 10 minute ode
In a new (and fittingly lengthy) "Boyhood" feature, Richard Linklater describes how he wound up embarking on his "12 year project." "I was turning 40 and I had been a parent for 8 years," he says. "I wanted to say something about childhood. The dilemma hit me: What part of childhood?" Never has indecision gone so, so right. It’s almost impossible to separate the "making of" narrative behind "Boyhood" from its on-screen story. There’s a meta layer running through Linklater’s slice-of-life drama: We know what it took to accomplish this feat. "Boyhood" is basically the Ricky Jay magic trick of movies; The process is apparent, yet its cohesive writing and consistent performances perform a slight of hand trick to suck us in. So if you’re like me and find yourself a little choked up watching home videos of Linklater, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelai Linklater working on set,
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'Bourne' director Paul Greengrass to docudramatize a Berlin Wall escape

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'Bourne' director Paul Greengrass to docudramatize a Berlin Wall escape
Paul Greengrass is like the Ricky Jay of Hollywood directors. Every few months, the “Captain Phillips” filmmaker becomes attached to a new project, the likelihood of it actually happening a complete unknown, but fascinating nonetheless. Maybe it’s a Martin Luther King biopic. Or an adaptation of “Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda.” Or a crime picture with George Clooney. Or Aaron Sorkin’s long-gestating “The Trial Of The Chicago 7.” Or even a triumphant return to the “Bourne” franchise! When Greengrass eventually makes a movie, it can come out of nowhere. He (or his agent) is the master of industry illusions. The latest sleight of hand trick arrives from Variety, who reports that Greengrass is attached to helm the Berlin Wall drama “The Tunnels,” based on a book proposal by Greg Mitchell. Mark Gordon (“The Messenger,” “Saving Private Ryan”) will produce and it’s unclear if Greengrass
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - iconic villain to be included?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - iconic villain to be included?
It has been hinted that a classic DC Comics villain may feature in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The movie's cinematographer Larry Fong recently uploaded a photo to Instagram that has caused many fans to speculate about its possible significance for the Man of Steel sequel.

Fong's picture shows a playing card, which has long been a trademark of the iconic Batman villain The Joker.

Warner Bros has yet to issue any formal comment on if The Joker will in fact be seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The picture has caused tremendous speculation online, although some have pointed out that the playing card could have been in reference to a trick by magician Ricky Jay.

The so-called 'Clown Prince of Crime' has previously been played on the big screen by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

It was recently confirmed that The Joker will eventually appear in
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Batman vs Superman Set Photo Hints at The Joker

We already know that Lex Luthor will appear in "Batman vs Superman." But is there a chance that director Zack Snyder will bring back The Joker as well? The Joker rumors started circulating online after "Batman vs Superman" cinematographer Larry Fong posted a photo of a playing card on the film's set. As soon as he noticed how much of a buzz he created, he quickly commented that the card has nothing to do with the Joker. According to Fong, he was attempting to do a card-throwing trick that he previously saw magician Ricky Jay perform. I tend to believe him, since Snyder would have likely posted the photo himself and because most directors would not be interested in casting The Joker after the death of Heath Ledger. But at this point, it's anyone's guess what exactly is going on. Stay tuned. Photo: (click to enlarge)
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Is the Joker in 'Batman vs. Superman'? Here's the Photo Sparking Rumors

"Batman vs. Superman" cinematographer Larry Fong set off internet alarm bells recently after he posted a photo of a playing card on the film's set, instantly fueling rumors that the Joker will be making an appearance in the "Man of Steel" sequel.

But just how much stock should superhero fans put in Fong's photo? At this point, it seems not much.

As Fong and another Instagrammer hinted at in the pic's comments section, the card is most likely sticking out of a piece of foam from a green screen set, which landed there after Fong performed a trick in homage to a card throwing master named Ricky Jay. Fong even posted a link to a video showing Jay perform some well-known tricks.

Still, that didn't stop people from speculating that the cards were on set precisely because a new Joker is, too, though Fong dismissed such talk. (He later tweeted about the brouhaha,
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