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Burt Reynolds and Kurt Russell Join Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Burt Reynolds and Kurt Russell Join Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
With production slated to begin later this summer, Quentin Tarantino has added four more cast members to his 1969-set film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has joined the cast in a major role as George Spahn, the blind man who owned the ranch Charles Manson and his followers lived on for months, before they murdered actress Sharon Tate in cold blood in the summer of 1969. Also joining the cast in unspecified smaller roles are Qt regulars Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen.

Original reports claimed this movie would center on the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate by the Manson family, but that turned out to be incorrect. While the murder will be featured in this movie, the plot will revolve around a number of different stories, much like Tarantino's 1994 breakout hit Pulp Fiction. The two lead characters will be Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the
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‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch Asks and Answers Trivia on Part 18 — ‘This Is the Ending’

‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch Asks and Answers Trivia on Part 18 — ‘This Is the Ending’
Ever since David Lynch ended his return trip to “Twin Peaks” with a finale that’s up for interpretation, fans have been clamoring to know two things: What does it mean, and will there be more?

At the Showtime limited series’ Fyc event Wednesday night, the typically close-mouthed Lynch held true to his beliefs, but he did provide a few insights into the ending that had just screened for Emmy voters.

When asked by moderator (and self-confessed super fan) Andy Greenwald if he knew this was the ending and if he was writing toward this ending, Lynch replied quickly.

“This is the ending,” he said.

“You knew this was the ending?” Greenwald asked.

“This is the ending,” Lynch said. “It’s right there. You all just saw the ending.”

Whether that means Lynch is writing off the possibility for Season 4 remains unclear, as the director used most of his time
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Dark Star Pictures Launches With Thomas Middleditch’s ‘Entanglement’ (Exclusive)

Dark Star Pictures Launches With Thomas Middleditch’s ‘Entanglement’ (Exclusive)
Dark Star Pictures is launching as an independent film distribution venture at the American Film Market, with Thomas Middleditch’s comedy “Entanglement” as its first release.

Founded by Breaking Glass Pictures executive Michael Repsch, Dark Star Pictures will be looking to solidify a full 2018 release slate with finished films at AFM.

Dark Star Pictures is committed to bringing diversified and hyper-targeted content to a millennial-focused audience in the digital age,” Repsch said. “Our goal is to bring auteur-driven [and] unique voices to North American audiences, films that challenge viewers while keeping them wanting more and, most importantly, starting conversations.”

Entanglement” — slated for Feb. 9 — will be Dark Star’s first nationwide theatrical, VOD, and digital release. The film premiered at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival. Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) plays a man recovering from a suicide attempt who accidentally falls in love with a woman, portrayed by Jess Weixler (AMCs “The Son”).

Other upcoming titles on the Dark Star slate
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Why 'Twin Peaks: The Return' Was the Most Groundbreaking TV Series Ever

Why 'Twin Peaks: The Return' Was the Most Groundbreaking TV Series Ever
When some phrases pass through the prism of Twin Peaks, you can never hear them the same way again. "Damn good coffee" is one; "Gotta light?" is another. We'll submit a third candidate, one that the just-concluded third season of David Lynch and Mark Frost's supernatural murder-mystery masterpiece has marked for permanent retirement from the critical vocabulary: "Like nothing else on television." The TV landscape remains full of singular, spectacular shows, Peak TV fatigue be damned. But just as the original Twin Peaks inspired visionary showrunners from David Chase
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Kevin Smith, self-distribution, and the future of cinema

Thomas Hetherington Aug 9, 2017

How Kevin Smith challenged the distribution model for cinema, and what happened next...

Kevin Smith’s career has taken some interesting turns over its three decades and counting. He’s criticised Bruce Willis, parted ways with the Weinsteins, sewn Justin Long into a Walrus suit, given us the spectacle of Johnny Depp with a penis shaped nose, and even picketed his own releases. And he did those last two things twice over. He’s one of the most unpredictable filmmakers working today, he’s made podcasting a filthily brilliant art form and his projects frequently reach fever dream levels of brilliance and bizarre. But possibly the most interesting occurrence in Smith’s career was the furore and fallout, or lack thereof, surrounding his 2011 release Red State.

After the critical mauling Smith received for his studio project Cop Out in 2010, he returned to his indie roots with the
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Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist

Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist
When Quentin Tarantino comes knocking, you answer the door. If that’s not an unspoken rule among Hollywood actors, then it very well should be. Tarantino has given movie history badass female protagonists like The Bride and Jackie Brown and wicked villains like Hans Landa and Calvin Candy. Even his cameos often pack more of a wallop than other director’s leading roles (see Michael Parks in “Kill Bill Vol. 2” and Jonah Hill in “Django Unchained”). All of this is to say the obvious: Tarantino creates unforgettable characters, and it wouldn’t be in your best interest to pass on it.

Tarantino is prepping his ninth feature, and if his earlier claim that he’ll retire after 10 films, this one will be his penultimate movie. Working once again with Bob and Harvey Weinstein,
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Contest: Win The Evictors on Blu-ray

In 1976, he took viewers to The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and just a few years later, Charles B. Pierce introduced them to the horrors of the Monroe house in The Evictors, now out on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Evictors.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Evictors Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on July 5th. This
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Moose Jaws Teaser Poster Shared by Kevin Smith

A few months ago, filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that his next movie would be Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, a sequel to his 2001 comedy Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. Some fans were left somewhat confused, though, since many thought that his next movie would be the conclusion to his True North trilogy, Moose Jaws. As it turns out, the filmmaker isn't abandoning that project at all, taking to Facebook Live earlier today to reveal the first sales artwork for the movie, as it starts to seek funding. Now it seems that this project will come together after Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, which begins production this fall.

Kevin Smith revealed this Moose Jaws artwork during a Facebook Live video, where he explained how he has been "building" the story for awhile, and that his old friend Tony Disanto, who runs a company called Diga, will help the director get financing for this final True North trilogy movie.
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Michael Parks obituary

Actor likened to James Dean in his youth who was adopted in middle age by hip directors such as Quentin Tarantino

Michael Parks, who has died aged 77, was a softly spoken character actor who enjoyed a prolific and chequered film and television career, largely in the exploitation genre. In middle age he was adopted as something of a mascot by the hip directors Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith. “Michael was, and will likely for ever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known,” said Smith, who directed him as a menacing preacher in Red State (2011) and as a sinister seaman with a bizarre walrus fixation in Tusk (2014). Both roles were written especially for him by Smith, who said: “He will take a page of dialogue and deliver it in a different way than anybody else.”

Parks had appeared earlier as the mobster and drug-runner Jean Renault in David Lynch
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Wamg Podcast – Alien Covenant, King Arthur, Snatched, Chuck, and More!

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Cate Marquis, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman talk movies. We’ll discuss the weekend box office and review Alien Covenant, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, Snatched, Sleight, Chuck, The Lovers, and Whiskey Galore. We’ll also discuss all the local movie-related events and we’ll pay tribute to Powers Boothe and Michael Parks.

Here’s our show:


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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Michael Parks

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Michael Parks I was very sad to hear, last week, that veteran character actor Michael Parks had died (and don’t even get me started on Powers Boothe, who’ll be this column’s next subject). I actually saw Parks once, at a screening of Red State at Sundance, where he did a Q&A for the audience with director Kevin Smith, and he seemed very soft spoken and polite, which... Read More...
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"I am Diane Keaton's Crisp White Shirt" an imagined monologue by Charlotte Barnett. I can't even describe how much I love this, guys. I love it as hard as Diane Keaton's crying jag in Somethings Gotta Give is long.

I am immaculate, woven by gods from fibers of cotton and Nancy Meyers’ discarded screenplays...


EW talks to Cate Blanchett about Manifesto but works in a Carol bit, too, bless them.

Interview talks to Tracy Letts of The Lovers about his dual career as acclaimed actor and award winning playwright

Go Fug Yourself Elle Fanning on the cover of Vogue

Tracking Board Jeff Goldblum's career is busiers than ever. Now he's signed on for a thriller called Hotel Artemis with Jodie Foster and Sofia Boutella

EW Anya Taylor-Joy and Maise Williams will play Magik and Wolfsbane in the New Mutants movie. (But it's still
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See David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan in Mysterious New 'Twin Peaks' Teaser

See David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan in Mysterious New 'Twin Peaks' Teaser
The latest Twin Peaks trailer, which comes a little over a week before the series is set to return, offers more glimpses at the show, building more intrigue about the mystery. A black-and-white stairway with electricity sounds, a figure walking in the shadows, a policeman grabbing a bag from the trunk of his car, an Rv set up in the woods. Those scenes, along with shots of the seedy Bang Bang Bar, director David Lynch as his FBI character and series star Kyle MacLachlan, create a purposely curious mosaic, some
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Judge Dredd TV show, cancelled Hellboy movie, Wonder Woman plot details and more – Daily News Roundup

Dredd 2 No More?

Since its release, fans have been clamouring for a sequel to Dredd, the live-action adaptation of 2000Ad’s classic character starring Karl Urban. There has been a lot of back and forth, but the poor box office return has hindered Dredd’s return to the big screen. However new dropped yesterday seemingly out of nowhere that we’re going to get a brand new live-action TV series based on the character titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. No casting details yet, but you can check out the poster for it here.

Merc With A(Nimated) Mouth

Hot off the heels of the surprise hit Deadpool last year, Marvel and Fxx have announced a new animated series for the Merc with a Mouth featuring Donald Glover. The show will debut sometime in 2018. Read more here.

Wonder Woman Details

There’s an awfully common trend among blockbuster movies where
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Michael Parks Passes Away

Kevin Smith had the sad news of announcing the passing of legendary actor Michael Parks on his Instagram page today. Calling Parks his muse, he related the reaction he had of first seeing Parks in the movie From Dusk Till Dawn and telling his producer and friend Scott Mosier that he wanted to work with the Yoda of acting one day. That movie ended up being Red State. Smith also wrote a part for him in his movie Tusk. Quentin Tarantino had utilized Parks in dual roles for Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2. Robert Roderiguez of course used him as Sheriff Earl McGraw, a role Parks would reprise in Kill Bill and Grindhouse. David Lynch used him to great effect in the original Twin Peaks as the character Jean Renault.

While I can't say I liked every movie I saw Mr. Parks in, I do like his work as an actor.
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'Kill Bill,' 'From Dusk Till Dawn' Scene Stealer Michael Parks Has Passed Away

All good actors are, in theory, character actors, but the only ones who ever tend to be called "character actors" are those who spend their entire careers playing small parts that wind up stealing scenes from the main actors around them. And few could do that with the ease and immediacy of Michael Parks, who sadly passed away this week. Kevin Smith, who directed Parks' in Red State and Tusk, shared the unfortunate news. Parks had been acting since the '60s, popping up in such TV staples as Gunsmoke and Wagon Train, but it was really in the '90s that Parks started to obtain cult status thanks to a run of terrific performances in equally terrific shows and movies, like Agent Cooper's criminal foil Jean Renault in Twin Peaks and a beleaguered Texas Ranger...

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Michael Parks, ‘Kill Bill’ And ‘Tusk’ Actor, Dies At 77

Michael Parks, a character actor best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino movie “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2” and Kevin Smith film “Tusk”, died Tuesday at age 77. No cause of death was announced. Smith himself shared the news of Parks’ passing on his Instagram account, which was then confirmed by his agent. Smith called […]
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Nicki Minaj and Nas Spark Dating Rumors With Cuddly Instagram Snap

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Nicki Minaj and Nas Spark Dating Rumors With Cuddly Instagram Snap
More details on their recent night out - Us Weekly Here's what Taylor Swift has been up to - Lainey Gossip Actor Michael Parks dies at 77 - HuffPost Celebrity Kelly Clarkson may be returning to American Idol - Dlisted Miley Cyrus will be debuting new music at the Billboard Music Awards - JustJared Ariel Winter gets festive on Snapchat - Hollywood Tuna Are Lana Del Rey and G-Eazy dating? - The Superficial
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R.I.P. esteemed character actor Michael Parks (1940-2017)

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I'm sad to report that esteemed character actor Michael Parks has passed away today. While never a household name, Parks has had a long and storied acting career in both TV and film. He's probably best known now for his lead roles in Kevin Smith's two horror films, Red State and Tusk, but he had been in the entertainment business long before that, starting in 1958 on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Since then... Read More...
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Rip Michael Parks

Earlier today, filmmaker Kevin Smith took to social media to announce the passing of actor Michael Parks at the age of 77. Whether you knew Parks from his work with Smith, with Robert Rodriguez, with Quentin Tarantino, or elsewhere, he was never less than a captivating performer. Getting baity parts in Red State and Tusk over the last handful of years had introduced him to a whole new audience. Smith can be thanked for that, much like Rodriguez and Tarantino did in years prior. This is a loss that stings more the more you recognize his work. A veritable character actor of the finest degree, it’s a shame that the Academy never recognized him. Oscar or no Oscar, he’s still a master of the craft and will be greatly missed. This is what Smith wrote on Instagram a few hours ago: I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away.
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