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Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’

Movies New to Netflix in April: ‘Burning,’ ‘American Honey,’ and Extended Version of ‘Hateful Eight’
Netflix might be skipping this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but the streaming giant is offering a bit of a mea culpa in its April offerings, which come with some exciting options from bonafide auteurs who also happen to be Cannes regulars, including Lee Chang-Dong, Andrea Arnold, and Quentin Tarantino. Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” will also join Netflix’s ranks next month, along with classics like “All the President’s Men,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Deliverance.”

In April, Netflix will add Lee’s lauded Cannes competitor “Burning,” which missed out on Oscar love but picked up plenty of other accolades during last year’s awards circuit, including a number of nods for star Steven Yeun. It will be joined by Arnold’s 2016 Palme d’Or entry “American Honey,” along with an extended version of Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”.

The streaming service will also
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Norman Hollyn, Film Editor on 'Heathers,' Music Editor on 'Sophie's Choice,' Dies at 66

Norman Hollyn, Film Editor on 'Heathers,' Music Editor on 'Sophie's Choice,' Dies at 66
Norman Hollyn, the respected film editor and music editor who worked on such films as Sophie's Choice, Heathers and The Cotton Club, has died. He was 66.

Hollyn was lecturing students from Tokyo University of the Arts in Yokohama, Japan, where he died Sunday night from a coronary embolism and subsequent cardiac arrest, Elizabeth Daley, dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, wrote on Facebook.

An acknowledged expert in his field, Hollyn was a full professor at Sca and the inaugural holder of its Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing. "Norm was such an important member of our faculty for many ...
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Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66

Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66
John Carl Buechler, whose Hollywood horror makeup and special effects made movies like Hatchet, Deep Freeze and the Michael Moriarty-starrer Troll into classic frightfests, has died. He was 66. 

Buechler died Monday after a bout with stage 4 prostate cancer, New York City-based genre film and Fantasia Film Festival publicist Ted Geoghegan confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of Buechler's death also appeared on a GoFundMe page launched a month ago by his wife, Lynn Buechler, to help pay for medical expenses incurred as part of his treatment.

"His family is absolutely devastated as are many of his fans ...
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MoviePass Comes Full Circle With Its New “Uncapped” Movie Plans After A Terrible Start To 2019

If you don’t mind me being a bit crude for a second, the best way to describe MoviePass is to compare it to a certain illness spread amongst sexually active folks that a surprising number of people have but only shows up for brief periods before disappearing again. And try as you might, no amount of medication can get rid of it. It just sticks around, lurking under the surface. So, here we are, three months into 2019, MoviePass has reappeared and flared up, just to tell everyone that the unlimited movie plan that made people (like me) stupidly fall for back in early 2018 is back, albeit with a couple of key differences.

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How ‘Rogue One’ Changed From Its Original Script, According to Screenwriter Chris Weitz

How ‘Rogue One’ Changed From Its Original Script, According to Screenwriter Chris Weitz
Plenty of movies get changed on the way from the page to the big screen, but few perhaps as drastically (or infamously) as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The standalone Star Wars film went through dramatic changes in the summer of 2016, which saw significant plot points dropped and whole scenes that appeared in the trailer […]

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Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’

Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’
Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne.

Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had come on board the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since leaving “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in 2015.

“In the age of fake news, Jon Stewart continues to be the real deal. He’s been making us laugh at the bipartisan commitment to bending the truth for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him and Plan B as Jon brings his signature wit to the big screen with the incredibly versatile talents of Steve, Rose, and Chris,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.

Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Focus’ Josh McLaughlin,
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‘Aquaman’ Honest Trailer: From Fish-Talking Zero To Hunky Hero

Sometimes the folks over at Screen Junkies have to do a bit of reaching to really come up with funny things to comment on in their Honest Trailers. However, with “Aquaman,” you can’t help but think that the writers had plenty of extra jokes that they couldn’t fit into the video’s relatively short five-minute run-time.

Let’s be honest, despite making over $1 billion at the box office and making fans’ heads explode with superhero bliss, “Aquaman” is not a great film.

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‘The Highwaymen’ Review: Costner and Harrelson Hunt Bonnie and Clyde

Netflix's new original film The Highwaymen has a lot going for it. It has a cool premise, some heavy-hitters in front of and behind the camera and the supportive structure of the streaming giant with seemingly bottomless pockets. Too bad it's as dull as dishwater. Story-wise it sounds like it should be great. It focuses on the other side of the Bonnie and Clyde story, following the aging ex-Texas Rangers who were brought in to hunt down the famous criminal duo. The idea of Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson playing the law that tracks and …
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The ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Raises Some Terrifying Questions About the Nature of This Universe

The ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Raises Some Terrifying Questions About the Nature of This Universe
When the first teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 arrived, we were introduced to Forky, the latest addition to the roster of characters in the franchise from Pixar Animation. However, unlike the rest of the toys that Bonnie inherited from Andy at the end of Toy Story 3, Forky wasn’t really a toy. He’s a […]

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‘Gentleman Jack’ Trailer: One Kickass Woman Fights Expectations in HBO’s New Series

For those of us who have adored the excellent series Happy Valley (as well as the series Last Tango in Halifax), the good news is that Sally Wainwright has a new show for us to fawn over. Created, written, and co-directed by Wainwright, Gentleman Jack tells the story of a true-to-life figure, Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) who was a landowner uninterested in living according to society's male-dominated rules. Fiercely intelligent and without compromise, Anne lives on her own terms -- including her seduction of a woman she wishes to be her wife. In the vein of …
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‘Shrill’: Can This ‘Revolutionary’ Fat-Positive Comedy Inspire Industry-Wide Change?

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‘Shrill’: Can This ‘Revolutionary’ Fat-Positive Comedy Inspire Industry-Wide Change?
Like the Lindy West memoir that inspired it, Hulu’s “Shrill” tackles abortion, Internet trolling, love, and being fat. It’s a perspective that executive producer Elizabeth Banks describes as “revolutionary” — especially after she was left nonplussed when a female journalist at the Television Critics Association winter press tour asked: “You’ve been gorgeous your whole life. What did you understand about this material?”

Banks answered the question by simply saying the Aidy Bryant comedy is “something that everyone can relate to.” But afterward, she told IndieWire, “We left the panel, and we thought, ‘We have to make a hundred more of these shows, so that this just gets normal. … Lindy’s book points out that if you put a character like this on television, and make her a role model, that will be revolutionary.”

Added West, “There’s this great lie that if you spend all your money and
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‘Your Son’ [‘Tu Hijo’]: A Father’s Love Leads To Violence In This Gritty Psychological Thriller [Review]

Jaime Jiménez (Jose Coronado) lives an everyman nightmare: A middle-aged surgeon in Sevilla, he drives numbly through rainy streets, with the backdrop of radio presenters murmuring about unemployment and economic dissatisfaction. Jaime is constantly shut out of his daughter Sara’s life (Asia Ortega). Meanwhile, his wife, Carmen (Ana Wagener) is barely a presence in his life. The only tether to the real world is Jaime’s beloved son, Marcos (Pol Monen), a high school-aged runner and his father’s jogging partner, who is, in every way, the golden boy.

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Wong Kar-Wai Reveals Next Film ‘Blossoms’ Is a Follow-Up to ‘In the Mood for Love’ and ‘2046’

Wong Kar-Wai has announced he will return to feature filmmaking by the end of the year or in early 2020 with his long-in-the-works drama “Blossoms.” According to Chinese newspaper Ming Pao (via The Film Stage), Wong confirmed the start date to press after receiving an honorary award at the Hong Kong Screenwriter’s Guild on March 17. “Blossoms” is based on Jin Yucheng’s 2013 novel and follows the lives of three Shanghai residents from the end of China’s cultural revolution in the 1960s through the 1990s.

Blossoms” has been in development for the last several years, with Wong spending at least four years finishing the script. The director told IndieWire in 2017 the film would be more personal than anything he’s done previously.

“Shanghai is my hometown and the time that the book describes is the time of my absence because I went to Hong Kong when I was 19, in ’63,” Wong said.
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First Look at ‘Rocketman’ Suggests Elton John Biopic Will Be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’-Level Hit

It was fitting that Paramount chose West Hollywood’s historic Troubadour as the site of Monday night’s sneak peek of “Rocketman,” the eagerly awaited Elton John biopic, opening May 31st. That’s where John made his U.S. debut and skyrocketed to superstardom in the summer of 1970. The reception featured Taron Egerton as Reg Dwight-turned Elton John, Bryce Dallas Howard as mother Sheila, Jamie Bell as long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin, and producer David Furnish (John’s husband). (Director Dexter Fletcher was in post-production and unavailable for the event.)

The 20-minute presentation, starring an eerily spot-on Egerton (who does his own singing), covered all of the ups and downs of the rock star’s rollercoaster ride throughout the ’70s and ’80s, but in a much more audacious and unconventional way than the popular Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (on which Fletcher replaced Bryan Singer as uncredited director).

The fantasy musical
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‘Rogue One’ Writer Chris Weitz Talks Differences Between Script & Tony Gilroy’s Final Cut

Over the last several years, there have been a few high-profile blockbuster films that have had historically troubled productions. In 2017, there was all the behind-the-scenes drama with the finishing of “Justice League.” A year prior, David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” went through its fair share of issues. But perhaps the most troubled of them all is 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” And thanks to a new interview with one of the writers, we are finally getting a sense at what all changed between all the drafts, reshoots, and the final product that was presented for fans and earned over $1 billion at the box office.

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MoviePass Goes Back to Their Movie-Per-Day Plan, Refuses to Die

Somehow MoviePass is still a thing that exists. After a long history of constantly changing subscription plans and the rules users had to follow in order to be able to use it, not to mention the significant loss of money and severe hits to their reputation, you would think MoviePass would be dead. Instead, the […]

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Qumra 2019: Oscar Winner Eugenio Caballero On ‘Roma,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ And The “Az-Tech” Approach To Production Design

Qumra is an industry event comprising lectures, masterclasses, labs, and mentoring sessions, held annually in the Qatari capital Doha for the benefit of emerging filmmakers from the region and worldwide, sponsored by the increasingly influential Doha Film Institute.

“Production designers are the great unsung heroes of the film world,” declared one audience member soberly during the Q&A portion of Eugenio Caballero‘s Qumra masterclass. “That’s the fun part,” Caballero replied impishly.

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‘Star Wars Resistance’ Season 1 Was an Exercise in Watching a Slow Burn Achieve an Exhilarating Payoff

‘Star Wars Resistance’ Season 1 Was an Exercise in Watching a Slow Burn Achieve an Exhilarating Payoff
(This post contains spoilers for season 1 of Star Wars Resistance.) Like its spiritual animated predecessors, Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, Star Wars Resistance complements the Star Wars movie trilogies. In this case, it’s the Sequel Trilogy, with a tale of underdogs fighting their battles in other corners of the galaxy. This time, […]

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Cardi B, ‘Riverdale’ Star Lili Reinhart Join Jennifer Lopez in Ex-Stripper Saga ‘Hustlers’

Music superstar Cardi B and Riverdale star Lili Reinhart have signed on to join Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez in STXfilms' drama Hustlers, Collider has learned. Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles and Mercedes Ruehl have also joined the cast, while Mette Towley (Cats) and Trace Lysette (Transparent) are in negotiations for supporting roles. Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler) will direct from her own screenplay, which was inspired by a 2016 New York Magazine article that went viral. Wu and Lopez will lead a savvy group of former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. …
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MoviePass launches new uncapped plan

MoviePass’ Select, All Access and Red Carpet plans no longer available for purchase.

After a tumultuous 19-month ride and financial woes sparked by unexpected uptake on its low-cost unlimited subscription plan, MoviePass brass announced on Tuesday (19) it was introducing a new uncapped plan.

The plan is priced $9.95 for an unspecified limited time and is available effective immediately for a 12-month subscription when paid in advance.

Subscribers who want to pay monthly will be charged $14.95 per month for an unspecified limited time. The standard price of MoviePass Uncapped will be $19.95 per month upon the expiration of the limited time offers.

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