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Exclusive Interview – Lin Shaye on Insidious: The Last Key, “silly” modern action heroines and the future of the franchise

Insidious: The Last Key is returning to UK cinemas on April 20th, so Tom Beasley took the opportunity to discuss the franchise with star Lin Shaye, as well as the opportunities for female stars today and the future of the Insidious movies…

Like any memorable horror franchise, the Insidious movies have shown remarkable staying power and considerable box office clout on relatively low budgets. At the centre of that success is Lin Shaye, who stepped forward to lead the franchise in its third installment and is back at the forefront of the narrative for fourth film The Last Key, which did solid business in cinemas at the beginning of this year.

To mark the upcoming cinema re-release of Insidious: The Last Key on April 20th, Shaye sat down with Flickering Myth to discuss the horror genre as a whole, as well as the state of play for women in modern
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2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand & Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) are 6th duo to win Best Actress & Best Supporting Actor

2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand & Sam Rockwell (‘Three Billboards’) are 6th duo to win Best Actress & Best Supporting Actor
By winning Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor during Sunday’s ceremony, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”) just became only the sixth duo in Academy Awards history to claim both acting prizes. McDormand and Rockwell were heavily favored to win after claiming similar trophies at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Indie Spirits. “Three Billboards” now joins this esteemed list of five Oscar movies that took home both acting kudos:

Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Best Actress for Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald

Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman as Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris

Terms of Endearment” (1983)

Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine as Aurora Greenway

Best Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson as Garrett Breedlove

See 2018 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 90th Academy Awards [Updating Live]

Cabaret” (1972)

Best Actress for Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles

Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey as
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‘Three Billboards’ outside Oscars: Frances McDormand & Sam Rockwell will be 6th duo to win Best Actress & Best Supporting Actor

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When the Oscars are handed out March 4 on ABC, expect Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” to become only the sixth film in Academy Awards history to win both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. These standout performances by Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell have already been rewarded at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards, making the dynamic duo odds-on frontrunners at the Oscars. “Three Billboards” is also predicted to win the Oscar for Best Picture, according to Gold Derby’s combined predictions.

See 2018 Oscar Best Picture predictions by experts: ‘Three Billboards’ coming on strong against ‘The Shape of Water’ as voting ends Feb. 27

If McDormand and Rockwell prevail, “Three Billboards” would join this esteemed list of five Oscar movies that took home both acting prizes:

Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

Best Actress for Hilary Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald

Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman as Eddie
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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Of all the ‘depressed relationship’ dramas of the early ’70s, this may be the most rewarding. It also sports one of the longest titles on record. Paul Zindel’s award-winning play gets a marvelous adaptation for the screen, thanks to Alvin Sargent, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. There’s also the stealth input of the star couple’s daughter Nell Potts, whose restrained performance is the happy opposite of mawkish and maudlin.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

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Twilight Time

1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101 min. / Street Date February 20, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Joanne Woodward, Nell Potts, Roberta Wallach, Judith Lowry, David Spielberg, Richard Venture, Jess Osuna, Will Hare.

Cinematography: Adam Holender

Film Editor: Evan A. Lottman, Craig McKay, assistant

Original Music: Maurice Jarre

Written by Alvin Sargent from the play by Paul Zindel

Produced and Directed by Paul Newman

The late-’60s freedom of
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2018 BAFTAs: ‘Three Billboards’ could deliver the first pair of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor winners in 19 years

2018 BAFTAs: ‘Three Billboards’ could deliver the first pair of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor winners in 19 years
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is predicted to take home five BAFTA Awards on Sunday, including trophies for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. That combo for one film is rare at BAFTA, and if they pull it off, they’d only be the fourth duo to do so and the first in 19 years.

Since BAFTA added supporting categories for the class of 1968, the only films to nab Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor are “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), which was released a year later in the U.K., for Louise Fletcher and Brad Dourif; “A Private Function” (1984) for Maggie Smith and Denholm Elliott; and “Elizabeth” (1998) for Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush.

See 2018 BAFTAs: Complete racetrack odds in 21 categories

In Oscar history, five films have accomplished this, but there is no overlap with BAFTA: “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) for Vivien Leigh
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Independent appoints former Goldcrest executive (exclusive)

Asia Muci joins as sales executive.

Source: Independent

Asia Muci

UK sales outfit Independent has appointed former Goldcrest executive Asia Muci to the role of sales executive.

Muci will report to head of sales Sarah Lebutsch and will handle sales to Italy, Spain, Latin America, Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South East Asia, South Africa and selected Eastern European countries.

Her appointment bolsters the team after Cora Palfrey’s recent appointment as COO and Sonny Gill as acquisitions and development executive.

At Goldcrest Muci represented titles including BBC Earth Films’ Earth: One Amazing Day, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall as well as the upcoming Untitled Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal biopic. Prior to Goldcrest, she held roles in the sales and marketing department of West End Films and the programming department of the Milano Film Festival.

Independent’s Sarah Lebutsch said: ”Asia immediately convinced us with her energy and enthusiasm. She is joining Independent at an exciting time of growth
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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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The Miracle Worker

Anybody that appreciates good theater and good moviemaking will be in awe of Arthur Penn’s marvelous visualization of this tale of a determined woman achieving the impossible — teaching a child that can neither see nor hear. The knock down, drag ’em out scenes between Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke are unique, to say the least.

The Miracle Worker

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Olive Films

1962 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine, Judith Lowry.

Cinematography: Ernesto Caparrós

Film Editor: Aram Avakian

Art Direction: George Jenkins

Original Music: Laurence Rosenthal

Written by William Gibson, from his stage play

Produced by Fred Coe

Directed by Arthur Penn

I can barely believe that Arthur Penn’s obviously superior picture The Miracle Worker wasn’t picked off by Criterion years ago. It’s that good — it ought to
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Rebecca Ferguson joins Hugh Bonneville in Roald Dahl biopic

Back in May it was announced that Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville will be taking on the role of Roald Dahl in an as-yet-untitled biopic of the legendary author, and now Deadline is reporting that Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) is set to portray his wife, the Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal.

The film is being directed by John Hay (Lost Christmas), and is described as “a bittersweet, comedic and heart-warming story of Neal and Dahl’s marriage.” It takes place in the early 1960s in New York, Los Angeles and England, and explores Dahl’s struggles to pen some of his most famous books while Neal returns to acting. Principal photography is set to get underway in January 2018.

Ferguson will next be seen alongside Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, and is reprising her role as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible 6, which is set to arrive this coming summer.
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Rebecca Ferguson in Talks to Join Hugh Bonneville in Roald Dahl Biopic

Rebecca Ferguson in Talks to Join Hugh Bonneville in Roald Dahl Biopic
Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to star opposite Hugh Bonneville in John Hay's untitled biopic about Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal.

The actress of the Mission: Impossible franchise and the upcoming all-star musical The Greatest Showman is eyed to play the Oscar-winning actress Neal (Hud, The Subject Was Roses) in the bittersweet and comedic story of her marriage to best-selling children's author Dahl (played by Bonneville).

Set in New York, England and Los Angeles at the start of the 1960s, the film will chronicle Dahl's struggles to write some of his most famous works (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,...
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Rebecca Ferguson in Talks to Star in Roald Dahl, Patricia Neal Movie

Rebecca Ferguson in Talks to Star in Roald Dahl, Patricia Neal Movie
Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to star opposite Hugh Bonneville in the upcoming film about the relationship between actress Patricia Neal and children’s author Roald Dahl. Swedish actor Ferguson would play Neal and Bonneville Dahl in the yet-to-be-titled project from Goldcrest Films.

Based on Stephen Michael Shearer’s novel “An Unquiet Life,” the film is written by John Hay and David Logan and set in New York, England and Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1960s. It shows Dahl’s struggles to write some of his most famous works and Neal’s return to acting with “Hud,” for which she won an Oscar.

Dahl was one of Britain’s most successful novelists, with bestsellers such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Bfg,” all of which have adapted as feature films. Neal starred in Hollywood classics including “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Ferguson
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Rebecca Ferguson In Talks To Star In Patricia Neal/Roald Dahl Project – Afm

Rebecca Ferguson In Talks To Star In Patricia Neal/Roald Dahl Project – Afm
Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to play Oscar winner Patricia Neal alongside Hugh Bonneville as children’s novelist Roald Dahl in John Hay’s Untitled Roald Dahl & Patricia Neal project. Goldcrest Films is financing, co-producing and handling worldwide sales, introducing the pic to buyers at the Afm. Principal photography is scheduled to commence late January 2018. The film is described as a bittersweet, comedic and heart-warming story of Neal and Dahl's marriage. The…
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Captain from Castile

One of the best Hollywood historical epics takes Technicolor to Mexico for a Production Code version of La conquista: the Inquisition is still bad, but the Church is exonerated. Likewise with the invasion — Cesar Romero embodies a marvelous Hernán Cortés, substantially less murderous than the one we now know from accurate history books. Tyrone Power is the heartthrob hero and newcomer Jean Peters the lowborn girl who loves him. The magnificent scenery is matched by the music score of Alfred Newman.

Captain from Castile

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Twilight Time

1947 / Color / 137 Academy / 141 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb, John Sutton, Antonio Moreno, Thomas Gomez, Alan Mowbray, Barbara Lawrence, George Zucco, Roy Roberts, Marc Lawrence, Reed Hadley, Robert Karnes, Estela Inda, Chris-Pin Martin, Jay Silverheels, Gilberto González.

Cinematography: Arthur Arling, Charles G. Clarke, Joseph Lashelle

Film Editor: Barbara McLean
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Trevor Reviews Michael Curtiz’s The Breaking Point [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review]

From the beginning of Michael Curtiz’s 1950 film The Breaking Point, things are dire for Captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield). Since serving in the military, Harry’s ambition has been to start a fleet of boats to escort sport-fishermen through the waters around Southern California and the Baja Peninsula, but that venture has failed to take off. He has one boat, the Sea Queen, and he’s the only captain in his fleet. When the film begins, Harry has a new client but has to spend the last of his cash to fill up his boat with fuel for the pending excursion. This particular job is a matter of survival, not prosperity.

But his own survival is only a part of this transaction. Curtiz quickly takes us into Harry’s modest seaside home, which, at first, looks as charming as any in an old sitcom. After spending the last of
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Best Supporting Actor 1963: Melvyn Douglas in "Hud"

The Film Experience is taking a brief trip to 1963 for the forthcoming Smackdown. That year's supporting Actor winner was Melvyn Douglas in Hud...

by John Guerin

Paul Newman as Hud makes me forget everything else. All my attention is funneled into those blue-grey eyes, the nucleus of Newman's swaggering energy. Hud emerges from this drowsy Midwestern tapestry like a geyser springing up from a desert. Why look anywhere else? The film hardly forfeits narrative or photographic attention from Hud, but he's not the only performer doing expert work in Martin Ritt’s 1963 masterwork. There's Patricia Neal's Alma, an iconic intersection of Southern exhaustion and eroticism. There's also Melvyn Douglas' Homer, which, to my constant surprise, remains perhaps the films best performance...
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The Breaking Point

You can tell it’s film noir — even the cabin cruiser has Venetian blinds. Ernest Hemingway’s favorite film adaptation of his work is this uncompromised story of a good man taking a criminal course on the high seas. John Garfield is again ‘one man alone’ against the system, and the moral quicksand all but swallows up Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter and Wallace Ford.

The Breaking Point

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The Criterion Collection 889

1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 97 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 8, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernandez, Wallace Ford, Edmon Ryan, Ralph Dumke, Guy Thomajan, William Campbell, Sherry Jackson, Donna Jo Boyce, Victor Sen Yung, Peter Brocco, John Doucette.

Cinematography: Ted D. McCord

Film Editor: Alan Crosland Jr.

Original Music: Howard Jackson, Max Steiner

Written by Ranald MacDougall from a novel by Ernest Hemingway

Produced by Jerry Wald

Directed by Michael Curtiz

After
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TCM goes to war on Memorial Day: But thorny issues mostly avoided

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around the globe during the last century or so. On Memorial Day proper, TCM is offering a submarine movie evening. More on that further below. But first it's good to remember that although war has, to put it mildly, serious consequences for all involved, it can be particularly brutal on civilians – whether male or female; young or old; saintly or devilish; no matter the nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other label used in order to, figuratively or literally, split apart human beings. Just this past Sunday, the Pentagon chief announced that civilian deaths should be anticipated as “a
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Notes On The Breaking Point, Alien: Covenant And The Return Of Twin Peaks

God bless the Criterion Collection for their forthcoming Blu-ray of a nifty 2K restoration of The Breaking Point (1950), the second swipe at Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which is on the company’s release schedule for August 2017. You may have heard of the first version… Bogie, Bacall, Hawks, “You know how to whistle, don’t ya?” Remember that one? Well, this one, the story of a down-on-his-luck charter boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) who gets manipulated into a deadly smuggling run to help make ends meet, is directed by Michael Curtiz, and it trades Hawks’ larky, Casablanca-derived vibe for something decidedly darker, a daylight-splashed noir that somehow ferrets out all the chiaroscuro shadows in Hemingway’s material nonetheless. Throughout The Breaking Point, but especially in the movie’s riveting second half when Morgan allows himself to get roped into a second, even more dangerous scheme,
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Notes on Criterion: August 2017 Releases Include Hopscotch, La Poison, and More

This summer (or winter, depending on where you live), the Criterion Collection will release five movies on Blu-ray and DVD that may be less familiar but are no less potentially fascinating. First up on August 8 is Michael Curtiz's The Breaking Point, arriving on Blu-ray for the first time. Curtiz will forever be remembered for Casablanca, but as a Hollywood studio veteran, he applied his talents to a bewildering range of material. Released the same year as the director's Young Man with a Horn (a musician's melodrama) and Bright Leaf, (pro-cigarette Southern drama), The Breaking Point stars John Garfield and Patricia Neal in an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel about the financially-strapped captain of a charter boat who is drawn into illegal activities. On August...

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