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The Snowman: what on earth went wrong?

Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017

Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.

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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?

The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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Antalya Festival: Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis Head Star Lineup

Antalya Festival: Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis Head Star Lineup
Turkey’s Antalya Film Festival has boosted the star wattage for its Oct. 21 opening night, with Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis and Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch regular Masatoshi Nagase (“Radiance”) set to attend the seaside event in Turkey.

During the festival, Walken and Lewis will discuss career benchmarks at In Conversation With sessions; Walken will take home an Honorary Golden Orange Award for outstanding contribution to the art of film.

Also on hand will be Sean Baker, screening “The Florida Project,” Ai Wei-Wei producer Chin-Chin Yap, presenting “Human Flow” and Cannes winner Aida Begic with “Never Leave Me.”

In addition, Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) will make his way to the historic resort city for a tribute to his work, along with that of late director Ömer Lütfi Akad, a pioneer of post-war Turkish cinema.

Palestinian filmmaker/provocateur Elia Suleiman will preside over a jury composed of Turkish actress, producer and writer
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Game of Thrones director defends Ed Sheeran’s cameo

Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones cameo has been defended by the director of the episode.

The world was alive with excitement for the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season 7, and once the episode arrived there was plenty for fans to sink their teeth into.

However, a certain cameo by pop star Ed Sheeran has caused some ire from audiences.

Sheeran only appeared briefly in the episode, singing around a campfire with some fellow soldiers. But it was enough to distract fans of the highly acclaimed fantasy series.

However, one person at least was a fan of Sheeran’s cameo, that being the director of the episode, Jeremy Podeswa.

“I think Ed did a lovely job — he’s a lovely actor and a lovely person,” Podeswa said to Newsweek. “He was appropriate for the part because he needed to sing. If people didn’t know who Ed was, they
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Here's How Ed Sheeran Landed That (Contentious) Game of Thrones Cameo

If you hated seeing Ed Sheeran in the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones, blame Arya Stark. In the episode, the youngest Stark girl comes across a group of Lannister soldiers in the woods, and the musician in question is among them. Many Game of Thrones fans, myself included, were pretty incensed by the moment, mostly because it's too late in the game for this kind of sensationalized, distracting casting. Plus, it just pulled us all right out of Westeros and back into reality. Why are we pointing a finger at Arya? It's not necessarily her appearance in the scene alongside Sheeran; it's actually more about the actress who plays her, Maisie Williams. Sheeran's cameo was confirmed way back in March, when creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff spoke during a panel at South by Southwest in Austin, TX. Apparently, the entire reason they wanted the musician on the
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Ed Sheeran Made His Game of Thrones Debut and the Internet Had A Lot of Thoughts

Ed Sheeran Made His Game of Thrones Debut and the Internet Had A Lot of Thoughts
Ed Sheeran made his Game of Thrones debut in the season seven premiere. The people of the internet had a lot of thoughts. The singer, who isn't the first musician to make a cameo on the series, appeared in a scene with Maisie Williams' Arya Stark, right after she did one of her most badass things (read all about that here). His appearance, which included singing, was done for Williams, a fan of Sheeran. "For years, we tried to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it," co-creator David Benioff said at a SXSW panel in March. Other musician cameos have included Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, Will Champion from Coldplay, Sigur Rós, and Mastodon, but...
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Watch Ed Sheeran Sing Campfire Song, Eat Rabbit on 'Game of Thrones'

Watch Ed Sheeran Sing Campfire Song, Eat Rabbit on 'Game of Thrones'
Ed Sheeran appeared on the Game of Thrones Season Seven premiere. The songwriter appeared around a campfire with a crew of Lannisters, eating rabbit and crooning the unofficially-titled "Hands of Gold." The song first appeared in A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin's 2000 installment of the Song of Ice and Fire series.

"For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm," the grinning Sheeran sang, as Arya Stark happened upon the dining Lannister clan. "It's a new one," the musician explained in close-up.

Sheeran celebrated the cameo on Instagram,
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'Game of Thrones': Ed Sheeran Lands in Westeros

[Warning: this story contains spoilers for the season seven premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones, "Dragonstone."]

Winter has arrived in Westeros, bringing with it superstar singer Ed Sheeran

Following months of buzz, Sheeran showed up on screen Sunday during in the season seven premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones, and the Grammy winner even sang a tune. Sheeran follows in the footsteps of other musically talented members of Coldplay, Sigur Rós and Snow Patrol who have appeared on the show. And he's not the first to sing: Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and Sigur Ros' Jónsi Birgisson also showed off their vocals. 

But it's just Sheeran...
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Ed Sheeran Makes His 'Game of Thrones' Debut in Season 7 Premiere -- Meet His Mysterious Musical Character!

Ed Sheeran Makes His 'Game of Thrones' Debut in Season 7 Premiere -- Meet His Mysterious Musical Character!
Welcome to Westeros, Ed Sheeran!

After months of speculation, the 26-year-old singer made his highly anticipated Game of Thrones debut in Sunday night's season seven premiere, and we're pleased to say that his mysterious character was worth the wait.

The "Castle on the Hill" singer appeared 39 minutes into the episode when his unnamed character's angelic voice caught the attention of young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) as she was riding through the forest.

"For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm," Sheeran's character croons while sitting fireside with a group of soldiers who have stopped to have a bite to eat before heading to The Riverlands.

"It's a pretty song, I've never heard it before," Arya says.

"It's a new one," Sheeran cheekily retorts.

Exclusive: Ed Sheeran Dishes on 'Game of Thrones' Cameo and His On-Set Mistake!

Et caught up with Sheeran last month at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 48th Annual
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Video of the Week: Melanie De Biasio - "No Reply"

Some artists transcend description, best they are not compartmentalized into a specific genre of music. Miss Melanie De Biasio is a Belgian artist that incorporates jazz, classical, nufolk, even electronica into her musically rich vocabulary to create her truly unique and atmospheric sound; not unlike Sigur Ros or Bjork or Joni Mitchell's jazz-informed work in the late '80s. This song was released on her 2014 album No Reply, an album I just got turned on to by my dear friend Michael Naso. This version of the song features strings and was recorded in a cathedral in Brussels. The arrangement is fantastic and it features a wonderful Gregorian contralto co-vocal by Romain Dayez. In fact, as much as I like this string-driven version of the title track, her song "The Flow" from that album is even better. It's got a killer groove. Think '70s era Gil Scott-Heron. And if
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Joshua Reviews Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time [Theatrical Review]

As far as feature documentaries about the history of film, be it about specific genres, films or film talent, are more often than not “tough sledding.” Droll, self serious and completely superficial, a vast majority of documentaries about the history of film feel lifeless and simply a series of facts told to the audience by whoever the filmmaker could get in the booth that day.

This, however, could not be further from the truth when discussing Dawson City: Frozen Time. Despite having a relatively dry title, Bill Morrison’s latest and possibly greatest work sends us back to the earliest days of the medium, or at least after initially setting the stage for what would come. In 1978, a man in the small Canadian village of Dawson City uncovered a treasure trove of roughly 500 nitrate film reels, with their origins in back half of the 1910’s. This discovery thrusts the viewers
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Review: Bill Morrison’s ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’ Is a Cold But Crucial Story Of How Film History Was Literally Buried

Review: Bill Morrison’s ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’ Is a Cold But Crucial Story Of How Film History Was Literally Buried
Bill Morrison is a passionate archivist and a gifted collage artist, and sometimes — at his best — he is able to be both at once, using one area of expertise to deepen the other. In 2002’s brilliant “Decasia,” for example, he reassembled snippets of exposed and decaying nitrate film stock into a quasi-structuralist (and entirely non-narrative) meditation on death. Morrison recognizes that objects are endowed with their own unique histories, that raw material can be a medium unto itself, and his work invites viewers to think about cinema as a product of — and a witness to — its environment.

In that respect at least, “Dawson City: Frozen Time” is vintage Bill Morrison. Almost entirely comprised of archival footage and monochromatic stills, the film tells the story of its own existence and does so in exhaustive detail. Fortunately, it’s an incredible story to tell.

Only James Comey could be expected to remember
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Trailer for Lost Silent Film Collection Doc 'Dawson City: Frozen Time'

"It was an incredible story.." Kino Lorber has debuted the official trailer for a very unique cinema history documentary titled Dawson City: Frozen Time, that is a must-see for any die-hard fans of silent films. This beautiful doc tells the bizarre true story of a lost silent film collection, lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. Dawson City is a gold rush town located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Canada, situated at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers and rests on a bed of permafrost. It was the "end of a film distribution line", and movies became popular in the town despite its distance. The old reels were discovered by a construction company in 1978, then recovered and restored. The film features a lovely original score composed by Alex Somers, from Sigur Ros, who also scored Captain Fantastic.
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Cinematic Gold is Struck in Trailer for ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time’

In 1978, a construction crew breaking ground for a rec center found something completely unexpected buried under ice and debris in an old mining town in the Yukon: a cache of lost nitrate films from 1910s and 20s Hollywood.

Gold was discovered in Dawson City in 1896, leading to a gold rush that caused the town’s population to boom. Dawson City became the end of a film distribution line that sent prints of films and newsreels to the Yukon. More often than not, the films were never returned, and many of them were thought lost forever.

As the first trailer shows ahead of a release next month, Bill Morrison’s documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time digs into the story of the lost films, telling the story almost entirely through clips from the re-discovered films, as well as archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, all set to score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers.
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Ed Sheeran's Musical Game of Thrones Cameo Is Already Our Most Anticipated Season 7 Moment

We have lots of information about Game of Thrones season seven, but perhaps the most exciting news of all came when we learned that Ed Sheeran would guest star on an upcoming episode. Yes, that Ed Sheeran, the Ed Sheeran who broke your heart with "Supermarket Flowers" and who may or may not have hit Justin Bieber in the face. So . . . who will he play? That's complicated. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss love tossing musicians into the show, but they usually only get bit parts. Members of Sigur Rós, Mastodon, and Coldplay have all popped up, but their appearances are less than memorable. This led us to believe that Sheeran would be little more than a background actor . . . until Sheeran mentioned during an interview that he sings to Arya in his scene. Seeing as Maisie Williams is a huge fan, we're already excited for her. He talks about his part in the video below.
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Dash Shaw on His Influences and the Process of Creating ‘My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea’

My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea is more than just another animated comedy full of high school angst. Written and directed by Dash Shaw with a voice cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, John Cameron Mitchell, and Susan Sarandon, the film enjoyed an acclaimed run on last fall’s festival circuit, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and going on to screen at Fantastic Fest and the New York Film Festival. As the film arrives in limited release courtesy of Gkids, we spoke with the filmmaker about the inspiration behind and process of bringing the semi-autobiographical, small-budget high school adventure comedy to the big screen.

The Film Stage: Thanks for speaking with us. We’re about the same age and I think I recognize a few of the influences in the film from comics, cartoons, books and movies. What were you watching
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Kino Lorber Goes Back In Time For ‘Dawson City’; The Orchard Picks Matthew Morrison-Sarah Chalke Indie ‘After The Reality’

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Dawson City: Frozen Time, a film about the true history of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s lost for more than 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool in the Yukon Territory. Bill Morrison’s film uses the silent movies and newsreels to tell the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect. Sigur Rós and…
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The Final Two Seasons Of Game Of Thrones Will “Break Boundaries,” According To Kit Harington; Ed Sheeran Cameo Confirmed

Don’t be fooled into thinking that HBO plans to quietly wind down Game of Thrones just because of the reduced episode count; if anything, the final, truncated two seasons will give showrunners the ability to “break boundaries” through the use of cutting-edge CGI and new camera techniques.

That’s according to Kit Harington, whose Jon Snow quite literally received a new lease of life in Game of Thrones season 6. Now appointed King of the North, Harington has spoke at length about the monumental encounters that await in this year’s seventh season, and during a recent interview with the Huffington Post (via Comic Book), the actor touched base on the scale and scope of Game of Thrones season 7, and why it’s shaping up to be the biggest yet – even if it’s technically the shortest.

They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s
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Ed Sheeran Will Guest Star on Game of Thrones Season 7

Here's your Wtf news of the day: Game of Thrones has tapped none other than Ed Sheeran to be a guest star in an episode of the upcoming seventh season. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss announced the big news during an appearance at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival on Sunday, saying that star Maisie Williams's love of the singer-songwriter was the reason behind it. "For years we were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it," Benioff told the crowd. Although Sheeran might be the biggest name Game of Thrones has snagged for a cameo, he won't be the first famous musician to take a walk through Westeros. Bands like Sigur Rós and Mastodon have popped up, as well as Coldplay's Will Champion and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. "A lot of [musicians] say they would like
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'Game of Thrones' Creators Reveal Shorter Season 8, Upcoming Ed Sheeran Cameo

'Game of Thrones' Creators Reveal Shorter Season 8, Upcoming Ed Sheeran Cameo
If you're a Game of Thrones fan who didn't like the idea of a short season 7, you're not going to love the latest news about the show's eighth and final season.

After announcing that season 7 will only contain seven episodes -- a break from the show's usual 10-episode schedule -- it was revealed on Sunday that the final season will only contain six episodes.

Series showrunner David Benioff shared the news at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas over the weekend, during a Game of Thrones Q&A.

News: Kit Harington Says 'Much Grander' New Season of 'Game of Thrones' Has 'So Much More Ambition'

However, while the series may not go on for as long as many fans would hope, it was reported that GoT was originally planned as a 70-hour series, and will end up clocking in at 73 hours.

Aside from the truncated final season, Benioff also revealed
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'Game Of Thrones' showrunners hint at possible spin-off

'Game Of Thrones' showrunners hint at possible spin-off
SXSW: HBO considering spin-off to fantasy smash; musician Ed Sheeran to make appearance in Season 7.

Days after the announcement that Season 7 of Games Of Thrones will premiere on July 16, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss joined cast members Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner in an entertaining Q&A exchange on Sunday at SXSW.

Programmer Austin Nauert introduced the panel, expressing concern the highly anticipated event “might just break us.”

Despite the chaos within the crowded halls of Austin’s Convention Centre, where former Us vice-president Joe Biden was simultaneously speaking, the event went without any glitches, with key announcements including confirmation that Season 8 would comprise six episodes and that HBO was considering a spin-off show.

“We’ve talked about this, that we should all go on and do different things,” co-creator Benioff said. “I think HBO may well do a spin-off, but I think they should get new blood in.”

Co-creator Weiss added:
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