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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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‘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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Nsfw Trailer for Showtime’s Comedy Series ‘Black Monday’ Goes Retro

Showtime has unveiled the official trailer for its new comedy series Black Monday, not coincidentally, on the 31st anniversary of the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, dubbed “Black Monday.” The comedy takes viewers back to October 19, 1987 to tell the fictional story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine and the glass ceiling, all of which is teased in the first Nsfw trailer. Created by David Caspe (Happy Endings) and Jordan …
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‘Black Monday’ Trailer: Don Cheadle Takes Over in Showtime Comedy About Historic Wall Street Crash

‘Black Monday’ Trailer: Don Cheadle Takes Over in Showtime Comedy About Historic Wall Street Crash
Hollywood’s been no stranger to Wall Street, but with the help of Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells, one new Showtime series is looking to dig deep into one of the financial sector’s darkest hours.

Black Monday” is one of Showtime’s biggest 2019 bets, a comedy about the lead-up to and aftermath of October 19, 1987, a day of a global money meltdown that saw nearly a quarter of the Dow Jones average disappear almost overnight.

Giving that day the “Big Short” treatment, this ten-episode series will chart the exploits of high-stakes Wall Street player Rod “The Jammer” Jaminski (Cheadle), who entices pure-intentioned Blair Shmerman (Rannells) to join his team. Fresh off a summer of “Support the Girls,” Regina Hall plays Jaminski’s second-in-command.

The trailer below definitely has some “Wolf of Wall Street” vibes too, featuring some trading room antics and some slow-motion realization that money situations are about to get very bad very soon.
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As Netflix and At&T Take On Nigerian Cinema, the Country’s Film Industry Is Searching to Define Itself

When Netflix acquired “Lionheart” following its Toronto International Film Festival world premiere, the acquisition marked a new arena for the global streaming platform — Nigeria. The directorial debut of Nigerian superstar actress Genevieve Nnaji, “Lionheart” drew a new level of international attention to Nigerian cinema. However, as Nigerian movies get more notice outside the country, it’s also raising the issue of exactly what a Nigerian film is supposed to be.

“It’s a complicated question,” said 31-year-old Nigerian-American filmmaker Faraday Okoro. He’s the writer and director of “Nigerian Prince,” the first film to win the At&T/Tribeca “Untold Stories” initiative, a multi-tier alliance between At&T and the Tribeca Film Institute that supports underrepresented filmmakers and awarded $1 million in funding for the winning script. Okoro is Nigerian born, but was raised in the Us, a graduate of both Howard University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received his Mfa.
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Jeff Bridges, John Goodman & Steve Buscemi Talk ‘Big Lebowski’ And Why One Of Them Almost Turned It Down

It’s been 20 years since the film world was introduced to the iconic character known as The Dude. That’s right, in 1998, following the Oscar-winning success of “Fargo,” Joel and Ethan Coen released “The Big Lebowski.” And frankly, at the time, no one knew what the hell to think about it. But over the course of years, ‘Lebowski’ has turned into one of the biggest cult classic films of all time.

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Sony Classics Buys Water Documentary ‘Aquarela’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa, and India from Participant Media to Victor Kossakosvky’s water-themed documentary “Aquarela.”

The film had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and also screened at the London Film Festival. Sony Classics is planning to release “Aquarela” in 2019.

Aquarela” is filmed at a rare 96 frames-per-second and attempts to capture the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.

“For me, ‘Aquarela’ represents a personal journey that encapsulates every possible emotion – from joy and ecstasy to angst and awe – providing a unique lens that allows audiences to develop a deeper connection to the beauty and power of water in all its forms,” Kossakovsky said. “I am deeply grateful and excited to be working with Sony Classics; their track record for bringing thought-provoking and inspiring films like ‘Aquarela’ is unparalleled.
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The VHStival: Alamo Drafthouse and American Genre Film Archive Will Preserve VHS Movies

A certain kind of cinephile bemoans the fact that some movies have never made the jump from DVD to Blu-ray; another kind laments those that are only available on VHS. On the eve of the first-ever VHStival (which takes place this weekend and is exactly what it sounds like), the American Genre Film Archive and Alamo Drafthouse have announced a plan to preserve VHS-only movies. Agfa led the way in acquiring VHS masters from the Something Weird archive and a tape-to-digital transfer station for the project, and Alamo is releasing a VHS-themed board game called “Video Vortex: Analog Apocalypse” through Mondo next year.

“Up to this point, Agfa has focused on preserving movies that exist on 16mm or 35mm film prints,” Agfa director and Bleeding Skull founder Joe Ziemba said in a statement. “This is an expansion of that mission. Movies like Herencia Diabolica, a Mexican Child’S Play rip-off
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Let’s Talk About the ‘Halloween’ Ending (And if a Sequel is Even Possible)

Let’s Talk About the ‘Halloween’ Ending (And if a Sequel is Even Possible)
Halloween is now playing everywhere, and there’s a good chance many of you went out and saw it at a Thursday night screening. So let’s talk about the ending, shall we? This goes without saying, but if you haven’t seen David Gordon Green‘s Halloween yet, and want to remain spoiler-free, you should get the heck out […]

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Geena Davis, Joan Chen Join Jessica Chastain’s Action Movie ‘Eve’

Geena Davis, Joan Chen Join Jessica Chastain’s Action Movie ‘Eve’
Academy Award winner Geena Davis and Joan Chen have joined Jessica Chastain’s action-drama “Eve” from Voltage Pictures and Freckle Films.

Tate Taylor is directing with production underway in Boston. Colin Farrell, Common, John Malkovich, and Diana Silvers are also starring.

Voltage will fully finance “Eve” and handle worldwide sales at the American Film Market, which opens on Oct. 31 in Santa Monica, Calif. Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam are producing for Voltage, alongside Chastain and Kelly Carmichael, who are producing for Freckle Films. Jonathan Deckter, John Norris, Erika Hampson, and William Earon are executive producers.

Chastain is portraying the title character, who works for a black ops organization led by Farrell’s character. Common will portray her ex-fiance.

Davis won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in “The Accidental Tourist” and was nominated for best actress for “Thelma & Louise.” Davis won the Golden Globe Award
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Joan Chen, Geena Davis join 'Eve' for Voltage Pictures, Freckle Films

Principal photography began September 24 in Boston.

In the approach to Afm, Joan Chen and Geena Davis have joined the cast of the upcoming Eve for Voltage Pictures and Freckle Films.

The character-driven action-drama stars Jessica Chastain who reunites with her director on The Help, Tate Taylor.

Colin Farrell, Common, and John Malkovich also star in the film. Plot details remain under the proverbial wraps. Principal photography began on September 24 in Boston.

Voltage is fully financing Eve and handles worldwide sales. Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam are producing for Voltage, alongside Chastain and Kelly Carmichael for Freckle films.

Jonathan Deckter, John Norris,
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Luca Guadagnino On Directing Bob Dylan-Inspired ‘Blood on the Tracks’: ‘I Don’t Believe in Originality in Filmmaking’

Luca Guadagnino On Directing Bob Dylan-Inspired ‘Blood on the Tracks’: ‘I Don’t Believe in Originality in Filmmaking’
This week, it is was officially announced that Luca Guadagnino would direct an adaptation of Bob Dylan’s 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” The script, written by Richard Lagravenese (“The Fisher King”), is a drama based on the album’s themes that follows characters throughout the ’70s. In an interview with IndieWire, Guadagnino talked about what drew him to the project, and why he wasn’t worried about doing justice to the source material.

“It is an idea of Rodrigo Teixeira, one of the producers of ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ whom I started to have a great relationship with,” said Guadagnino. “He said to me, ‘You know, I have the rights to make a movie out of ‘Blood on the Tracks’ by Bob Dylan. What do you think?’ And I found this concept very good because, as I’ve said many times, I don’t believe in originality in filmmaking.
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Jane Fonda Wows Lumière Festival, Embraces Militancy, Recalls 1968 Paris

Jane Fonda Wows Lumière Festival, Embraces Militancy, Recalls 1968 Paris
Lyon, France — Jane Fonda wowed a packed house at Lyon’s majestic Théâtre des Célestins on Friday, delivering a masterclass at the Lumière Film Festival, in French no less, that was in turns humorous, emotional and downright militant, at one point even expressing gratitude to Donald Trump for making activism stronger than it has ever been.

Speaking with Institut Lumiere director and Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux, a relaxed Fonda joked with the crowd and with her interpreter, who was left with little to do as she spoke about her love of France, her favorite directors, her campaign of protest agains the U.S. war in Vietnam and the impact that had on her career, and her call for activism not only against the current U.S. regime but also against rightwing, patriarchal movements across Europe and other parts of the world.

Fonda said her early activism ultimately made her a better actress.
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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Release ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ Music Video

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Release ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ Music Video
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have released the official music video for “I’ll Never Love Again,” the heartbreaking final track on the “A Star is Born” soundtrack.

Gaga teased the video on her Twitter Friday after it was released exclusively on Apple Music.

Watch the music video for #IllNeverLoveAgain now on @AppleMusic https://t.co/9fKhYBsMCd pic.twitter.com/uCI60XjMUs

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 19, 2018

Gaga, Cooper, Interscope Records and Warner Bros. developed a campaign for the soundtrack that involved being deliberately stingy about giving audiences too much of the music (or its accompanying imagery) too soon. They released the soundtrack album day-and-date with the film, and only issued one audio track, “Shallow,” a week prior to the movie’s release. But now that large swaths of America have seen the film, the stars and producers aren’t being so protective of the songs as spoilers.

“I’ll Never
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‘Brewmaster’ Review: An Intoxicating Look at the History and Hierarchy of Craft Brewing

If you ever have the pleasure of stepping into a cold-storage room full of hops, or smelling the earthy scents of malt in a kiln, or plucking a fresh hop cone from the vine to rub it between your fingers and inhale the aroma, you might just think to yourself, "This is what heaven must smell like." If none of that rings true for your or doesn't sound particularly appealing, then perhaps writer/director Douglas Tirola's documentary Brewmaster is not your cup of tea, or pint of ale, as the case may be. But if all that …
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