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‘The Big Lebowski’ Reunion: Steve Buscemi Tells Jeff Bridges and John Goodman Why He Almost Turned Down the Cult Classic

‘The Big Lebowski’ Reunion: Steve Buscemi Tells Jeff Bridges and John Goodman Why He Almost Turned Down the Cult Classic
20 years out, The Dude still abides.

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi recently reunited for the 20th anniversary of “The Big Lebowski,” the cult classic that made Joel and Ethan Coen modern legends to slackers and stoners the world over. Though “The Big Lebowski” disappointed at the box office when it premiered in 1998, earning a relatively meager $17 million against a budget of $15 million, word-of-mouth buzz and home video sales turned it into the cult sensation it is today. Thanks to The Today Show, the three cast members recently took a nostalgic sit-down through their initial reactions to the script, favorite fan interactions, and one of The Dude’s most abiding legacies.

On their initial reactions to the script, Goodman said he loved it right away. Buscemi, who plays the much-maligned Donny Kerabatsos, had the same reaction, but almost turned down the project nonetheless. “When I was reading the part of Donnie,
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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M

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A Very Happy ‘Halloween’: Thursday Night Previews At $7.7M
Friday AM Update after Thursday night Exclusive: Universal is calling Miramax/Blumhouse’s Halloween at $7.7M in Thursday night previews which began at 7PM, at 3,200 venues, still a fantastic result for a horror pic even though our estimates overshot. Last night’s take bests The Nun‘s $5.4M preview and it’s just under the $8M of Paranormal Activity 3‘s midnight previews. Given the funky, front-loaded nature of horror movies –they don’t exactly leg out like superhero ones– makes this a tricky one to peg in regards to how high it will go. Already we were hearing that advance ticket sales today are enormous, and that’s after last night’s show. We heard there were presales in certain multiplexes that are beating It‘s sales. Already, Fandango reported that Halloween is the best horror pre-seller of the year, well ahead of The Nun.

Should Halloween follow a
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020
Disney has moved “Jungle Cruise,” the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt starring vehicle, back nine months to July 24, 2020.

Disney also unset an untitled Marvel movie that was previously set for one weekend after “Jungle Cruise’s” new date on July 31, 2020. “Jungle Cruise” was previously dated for October of 2019.

Dwayne Johnson also tweeted the announcement for the film’s new date, promising an “adventure of a lifetime.”

It’s Official – July 24th, 2020.

Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.

My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for The Adventure Of A Lifetime.

All aboard…????@DisneyStudios Jungle Cruise

???? ????????❤️???? pic.twitter.com/DNTnqSb3QD

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 19, 2018

Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) is directing the film based on the Disney World ride, which takes guests on a tour of the rivers,
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'Halloween' Looks to Scare Up $70M Opening, Helping October 2018 Maintain a Record Pace

'Halloween' Looks to Scare Up $70M Opening, Helping October 2018 Maintain a Record Pace
As of yesterday, October is pacing a massive +42.3% ahead of October 2017. In fact, October 2018 is narrowly outpacing October 2014, the largest October on record, and this weekend should help increase that lead. Universal and Blumhouse's Halloween is poised to deliver what will now be the second largest October opening ever behind Venom, which broke the record only a couple weeks ago. The weekend also sees the nationwide expansion of Fox's The Hate U Give, which is expected to deliver in the mid-to-high single digit millions, but could break out a bit higher after a strong showing in limited release. October 2018 is going big when it comes to new releases and after this weekend the month will feature three of the top ten October releases of all-time after Venom's chart-topping, $80.2 million debut and A Star is Born's $42.9 million opening on the same weekend. Added to the list will be this
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Long, Lost ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Behind-The-Scenes Documentary Resurfaces After Almost 40 Years

Welcome to #FlashbackFriday, where we look at past moments with filmmakers, actors, etc. and highlight something in cinema history that’s fascinating, amusing, perhaps something you never knew or have seen, you name it.

The behind-the-scenes stories surrounding the original “Star Wars” trilogy are fairly well-known. Throughout the decades, books, videos, interviews, and so much more have been released detailing every nook and cranny of the creation of the three legendary sci-fi/fantasy films.

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Gareth Evans on ‘Apostle’ and Creating His Creepy Mythology

It's not often a filmmaker comes along with a movie that makes them legions of instant fans the way Gareth Evans did with his action masterpiece The Raid (and it's equally brilliant sequel). Naturally there was a lot of curiosity about what Evans would do next after his masterful one-two punch. While there were a number of potential projects since The Raid 2 dropped in 2014, Evans wound up leaving action behind for his next film and dipped a toe (or a whole severed foot) in the horror genre with the thrilling and gruesome Apostle. Legion star …
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Gorgeous ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Footage Revealed in Post Malone Music Video

Recording artists Post Malone and Swae Lee have released their music video for “Sunflower”, an original song recorded for the upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and it’s packed full of new footage from the movie. Even if you’re not a fan of the song, this is worth watching just to get an extended look at the gorgeous, wholly unique visual style of Into the Spider-Verse. This is one you’re gonna want to see on a big screen. Directed by Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Bob Perschietti (The Little Prince), and Rodney …
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Amazon Studios appoints James Farrell head of international originals

Executive is based in La, previously served as head of content for international expansion.

Amazon Studios has appointed James Farrell, previously the streamer’s head of content for international expansion, to the new post of head of international originals.

Based in Los Angeles and reporting directly to Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, Farrell will lead Amazon’s international originals teams in Japan, India, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, and territories where the company forms new teams.

In a release, Amazon said the creation of Farrell’s new role was part of a larger global content strategy “one aspect of which is to
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‘A Star Is Born’: The Songwriter Behind ‘Why’d You Do That?’ Weighs In on Lady Gaga’s Polarizing Pop Song

‘A Star Is Born’: The Songwriter Behind ‘Why’d You Do That?’ Weighs In on Lady Gaga’s Polarizing Pop Song
Ask anyone about the most polarizing song on the “A Star Is Born” original soundtrack and you’re bound to hear the same track listed over and over again: “Why’d You Do That?” The divisive song is performed by Lady Gaga’s Ally during her appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” and marks the character’s transition from singer-songwriter to full-blown pop star. The song’s narrative purpose in the film has become a point of contention, while the track’s opening line, “Why’d you come around here with an ass like that?,” has made it something of an instant classic.

“It’s getting a life of its own!” songwriter Diane Warren told The New York Times about the song. “I have to take guilty credit for that [opening line]. I remember when we were working on it, I said, ‘Can we say that?’ And Gaga went, ‘Yeah, why not?'
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‘Cats’ Movie Adds Judi Dench as Gender-Swapped Old Deuteronomy

‘Cats’ Movie Adds Judi Dench as Gender-Swapped Old Deuteronomy
Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench is the latest performer to join the cast of Tom Hooper‘s Cats movie musical. She’ll play a gender-swapped version of the Jellicle cats’ leader, Old Deuteronomy. She also has some interesting history with this show that makes her casting here seem like a nice “full circle” moment in her impressive career. […]

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‘Mid90s’ Review: Jonah Hill’s Soulful Directorial Debut Is a Gem

Add Jonah Hill’s name to the list of actors who have made the successful jump to full-blown director. Two Oscar nominations and a bevy of scene-stealing comedic roles into his career, Hill has written and directed an ambitious, assured, and rich gem of a movie in Mid90s. The film takes no shortcuts as Hill charts the coming-of-age story of a young boy in the mid 1990s, and he does so with such a confident touch that you’d swear he’d learned from the best. And of course he has, from Martin Scorsese to the …
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’: How They Recreated an Analog Pre-Amazon Literary World for Melissa McCarthy’s Forger

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’:  How They Recreated an Analog Pre-Amazon Literary World for Melissa McCarthy’s Forger
Two analog New Yorks collide in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” the true-life story of biographer-turned forger Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy): the gritty, AIDS-inflicted urban life of the early ’90s, and the alluring, untouched literary culture of a bygone era inhabited by quaint bookstores, dive bars, and studio apartments.

For production designer Stephen Carter (“Birdman”), there was plenty of detective work and devoted recreation, spanning the Upper West Side and Greenwich Village, as well as Manhattan’s Westside, where Israel resided.

“We wanted it to all have the feel of a nostalgia piece,” Carter said. “But, for Lee, there’s contemporary 1991, and there’s the world she wishes she had been born into, which would’ve been probably somewhere between ’25 and ’65, when many of her icons [Dorothy Parker, Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead] were still around. But this sense of mid-century classicism that we wanted to allude
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‘Black Monday’ Trailer: Don Cheadle’s New Series Presents A Wild Look At The Worst Day In Wall Street History

What do you get when you combine the style and humor of Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg, the acting chops of Don Cheadle, and the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street? You get what looks like a pretty damn good Showtime series, titled “Black Monday.”

In the first trailer for the series, Don Cheadle stars as a rising star on Wall Street in the mid-‘80s that is all about showboating.

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Sharon Stone rom-com on CineTel Films Afm slate as Eric Brenner joins company (exclusive)

Industry veteran co-founded Crazy Heart producer-financier Informant Media.

Producer-financier Eric Brenner has joined CineTel Films as in-house executive producer in the run-up to Afm and brings a trio of features that includes Sharon Stone rom-com A Little Something For Your Birthday.

CineTel will launch worldwide sales at Afm later this month on the film, which also stars Tony Goldwyn, Famke Janssen and Ellen Burstyn, as well as two others from Brenner.

The Amityville Murders stars John Robinson and Chelsea Ricketts, while horror-thriller The Toybox features Mischa Barton and Denise Richards.

The former Informant Media co-founder reports to CineTel president and
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Sharon Stone rom-com on CineTel Afm slate as Eric Brenner joins company (exclusive)

Industry veteran co-founded Crazy Heart producer-financier Informant Media.

Producer-financier Eric Brenner has joined CineTel Films as in-house executive producer in the run-up to Afm and brings a trio of features that includes Sharon Stone rom-com A Little Something For Your Birthday.

CineTel will launch worldwide sales at Afm later this month on the film, which also stars Tony Goldwyn, Famke Janssen and Ellen Burstyn, as well as two others from Brenner.

The Amityville Murders stars John Robinson and Chelsea Ricketts, while horror-thriller The Toybox features Mischa Barton and Denise Richards.

The former Informant Media co-founder reports to CineTel president and
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Asian World Film Festival Showcases 14 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

One of the goals of the Fourth Annual Asian World Film Festival (October 24 to November 1) is to showcase awards titles at the Arclight Cinemas in Culver City. This year, 14 Oscar and 7 Golden Globes submissions are included in the program.

The festival invites all films chosen by their countries as Oscar or Golden Globe Foreign Film submissions to be part of the selection. One of the festival’s sponsors, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), recognizes selected showings as the required official screenings for their members who vote on the Golden Globes.

The competition, to be judged by a jury led by actress-producer Vivian Wu, includes Oscar titles “Sobibor” (Russia), “Cake” (Pakistan), “Buffalo Boys” (Singapore), “Namme” (Georgia), “Ghost Hunting” (Palestine), “The Signal Rock” (Philippines), “The Journey” (Iraq), “No Date, No Signature” (Iran), “Operation Red Sea” (Hong Kong), “Village Rockstars” (India), and “Panchayat” (Nepal). Out-of-competition titles are Cannes entry “Burning” (South Korea
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Animation Is Film Review: ‘Seder-Masochism’

Animator Nina Paley’s wit and imagination provide such unique delights that it seems almost churlish to complain that her second feature feels more like a tray of hors d’oeuvres than a full meal — even if it’s inspired by the traditional ritual feast of Passover Seder. But “Seder-Masochism” plays as considerably less of an organic whole than her prior “Sita Sings the Blues,” no doubt in large part because its concept evolved over several years’ course, during which some individual parts were released as standalone shorts.

Nonetheless, this antic nonbeliever’s take on the Book of Exodus is so full of invention that, moment-to-moment, its somewhat disjointed and episodic nature is easy to forgive. Even more than with “Sita,” music rights issues (Paley is a professed “open source activist” and “copyright abolitionist”) will complicate any prospective commercial distribution. But as that film ultimately found a substantial audience despite such hurdles,
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‘Making a Murderer’ Review: Part 2 Is a Long, Painful Look at Old Evidence with Little New to Say

‘Making a Murderer’ Review: Part 2 Is a Long, Painful Look at Old Evidence with Little New to Say
Near the end of “Making a Murderer” Season 2, Steven Avery’s father, Allan, walks into his kitchen and has a telling series of reactions to five thick stacks of paper on his table. Initially, he’s horrified at the sight of these updated evidentiary documents, collected over 400 days by his son’s attorney and filed with the court house that morning. The looming tower of reports represents every bit of information that might prove relevant to freeing his imprisoned boy. Along with the rest of his family, Allan has been wrestling with disputed facts and supported theories about Steven’s actions for decades, and for a moment, it looks like the daunting sight of their summation might be too much for him to take.

But then Allan hears his son’s voice on the phone. His spirits pick up, and a gap-toothed smile cracks his face. Suddenly, he’s hopeful,
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15 Female Filmmakers That Could Kill It At Horror [Hi, Jason Blum!]

Movie producer Jason Blum rightly found himself in the doghouse yesterday after he asserted, in an interview with Polygon, that his horror giant Blumhouse has never hired a female director because “there are not a lot of female directors, period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” To save face, Blum’s team then rattled off a number of female directors (read: ungrateful bitches) who purportedly turned down their oh-so-tantalizing offer to helm a “Fantasy Island” film.

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‘I Know This Much Is True’ Series Headed to HBO with Mark Ruffalo Playing Twins

‘I Know This Much Is True’ Series Headed to HBO with Mark Ruffalo Playing Twins
Get ready for two Ruffalos for the price of one. Mark Ruffalo will headline HBO’s I Know This Much Is True series, a six-episode limited series based on Wally Lamb’s novel. The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance will write, executive produce and direct the series, which joins the recent HBO trend of adapting novels into miniseries events. […]

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