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Why Martin Starr Would Rather Avoid Fame Altogether

It doesn’t seem like it would be right to say that Martin Starr isn’t as big of a celebrity as he seems to think, because quite honestly he’s been featured in some rather big name shows and movies. But it might be a little more accurate to say that if he did want to avoid fame altogether all he would have to do is step away from the spotlight. Unless you watch the show Silicon Valley or remember him from Freaks and Geeks you might not know who he is at all without looking up his accomplishments. He does have

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Cannes Film Review: Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘The Image Book’

Cannes Film Review: Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘The Image Book’
“The Image Book,” the new film from Jean-Luc Godard, premiered today at Cannes with a sense of momentousness. It felt as though we were getting the Godard bulletin on the state of the world. At the same time, it’s the rare work of his that has the aura of a horror film. The two feelings are far from disconnected: “The Image Book” is a Godardian bulletin, and the world that he’s looking at through his color-saturated semiotic channel-surfing kaleidoscope is one that has fallen into horror and is spinning out of control. Or maybe it’s fallen under too much control.

Early on, there’s a chapter title that says “1. Remakes,” as if Godard were about to launch a riff on the corruption of Hollywood (if only!). The shot that follows is a retouched image of a nuclear bomb exploding. That’s a very Godardian black joke: the
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Yomeddine | 2018 Cannes Film Festival Review

Natural Selection: Shawky Shackled by Straight Story

Tackling notions of identity in both a figurative and transfigurative sense, Yomeddine teeters ever so lightly into fable terrain with a spirit akin to Miracle in Milan (1951) and proportionally Tod Browning’s Freaks. The antithesis of throw the baby out bleakness of a Bahman Ghobadi’s Turtles Can Fly, under the guise of the roadtrip buddy comedy (donkey is the favored mode of transportation here), we could coin Abu Bakr Shawky‘s feature debut has “hopeful” miserablism, a sincere, well-intention film with an attached quasi cathartic denounement that is simply too rough around-the-edges, formulaic to…
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‘Border’ Review: Gender-Bending Fairy Tale Is a Wild Ugly Duckling Story From the Writer of ‘Let the Right One In’ — Cannes

‘Border’ Review: Gender-Bending Fairy Tale Is a Wild Ugly Duckling Story From the Writer of ‘Let the Right One In’ — Cannes
At first, “Border” is the story of an ostracized woman named Tina (Eva Melander), who works at a remote Danish port where she sniffs out contraband, and long ago accepted that she was ostracized because of her unusual appearance. But this is not your average ugly duckling story. As the movie charts a path to her burgeoning self-confidence, it arrives at a sex scene so unexpected and ludicrous it instantly transforms the movie into a dark fairy tale.

Iranian-born director Ali Abbasi’s sophomore effort (following 2016’s “Shelley”), co-written by the author of the Swedish vampire novel “Let the Right One In,” builds out such an unusual premise that it risks devolving into quirky inanity, but Abbasi grounds the narrative in an emotional foundation even as it flies off the rails.

While Tina possesses unique abilities, she has sagged into a mundane routine. A short, bulky woman with a gnarly overbite and exaggerated snout,
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Salma Hayek teams with Paul Feig for new comedy series

Salma Hayek is set for her first U.S. TV starring role, with the actress teaming up to headline and executive produce an as-yet-untitled comedy series with Paul Feig (Ghostbusters), who will also direct.

The project has been written by Patty Breen (Divorce) and takes place in London with Hayek portraying an ambassador-type in the world of international diplomacy. The half-hour series is being produced by Image Television for Amazon, and is eyeing a pilot commitment to series.

While this will mark Hayek’s first starring role on the small screen in the States, she has previously guest starred in Ugly Betty and 30 Rock.

Freaks and Geeks creator Feig is also developing the female-led comedy pilot Girls Code from Kim Rosenstock, and has the Anna Kendrick / Blake Lively thriller A Simple Favor set for release in September. Watch the trailer here.

Via Deadline

The post Salma Hayek teams with
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Tribeca: 8 Revelations From 'Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary' Premiere

It's been 18 years since Freaks and Geeks was canceled after just one season on NBC. Though it wasn't a ratings hit, the one-camera sitcom's legacy has survived for nearly two decades thanks to a massive cult following and the advent of streaming services like Netflix, where you can binge all 18 episodes whenever you feel the call to revisit William McKinley High.

On Saturday night, fans of the beloved series packed into the Tribeca Film Festival hub to catch the premiere of Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, an upcoming A&E Cultureshock special directed by Brent Hodge, which offers a...
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A Brief History of Movies So Unsettling They Caused People to Faint, Vomit, or Even Die

A Brief History of Movies So Unsettling They Caused People to Faint, Vomit, or Even Die
Among the many differences between William Friedkin’s newest film and his most famous, one is considerably more visceral than the rest: “The Devil and Father Amorth” probably won’t make anybody faint and/or vomit. The Academy Award–winning director has revisited “The Exorcist” 45 years later with a documentary about an actual priest who performs actual exorcisms, making a kind of companion piece to his horror classic.

The Exorcist” was ahead of its time in many ways, not all of which were confined to the screen. Reports abounded — some confirmed, some not — of audience members having extreme physical reactions to the film. Nearly half a century later, that tradition continues in fits and starts — someone might even make a documentary about it one day.

The most recent of these is Julia Ducournau’s instantly infamous “Raw,” a cannibalistic horror offering that proved so unsettling to two attendees of the
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Busy Philipps Reveals the 1 Scene She "Couldn't Keep It Together" For in I Feel Pretty

We'll just come right out and say it: Busy Philipps is a freakin' delight. Whether it's in reruns of Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek or her hilarious turn in HBO's Vice Principals, the 38-year-old actress has a habit of stealing scenes in whatever she's working on. In her latest project, the rom-com I Feel Pretty, she's just as delightful, if not more so.

Philipps plays Jane, a vet tech who's trying to find love in New York City along with BFFs Vivian (SNL's Aidy Bryant) and Renee (Amy Schumer). It might sound like a common enough premise for a romantic comedy, but the film - which was directed by Abby Kohn and Busy's husband, Marc Silverstein - has a magical, empowering twist. After Schumer's Renee, a woman with deep insecurities, hits her head at a SoulCycle class, she wakes up feeling like a supermodel. What Renee doesn't realize
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Freeform announces the cast for Paul Feig’s comedy pilot Girls Code

Last month it was announced that Ghostbusters director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig will be returning to the small screen to direct a female-led comedy pilot at Freeform entitled Girls Code, which has been written and created by Kim Rosenstock (New Girl, Glow).

The workplace comedy pilot follows the odd couple partnership between two former MIT lab partners – Wendy, a brazen, self-centered tech CEO, and Angela, a community-building social entrepreneur – who must try to overcome their many issues and unfavorable history with each other in order to run a groundbreaking, all-female tech incubator.

Cast in the roles of Wendy and Angela are Sophia Di Martino (Flowers) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Downward Dog) respectively. Wendy is a wunderkind robotics engineer and CEO of Lighthouse Industries. While charismatic, successful, confident and seemingly unstoppable, a PR disaster and catastrophic malfunction force her to step back and figure out what to do next.
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‘Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy’ Crackle Series Sets Cast, Begins Production

Britt Baron (Glow), Eliza Coupe (Future Man, Scrubs), Billy Merritt (Happy Endings), Dave (Gruber) Allen (Love), Alison Rich (The Goldbergs), Carl Tart (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks) and Rizwan Manji (Mr. Robot) have rounded out the ensemble cast of Crackle’s Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy, which has begun production in Malibu. In the eight-episode series, Riggle, who is mostly known for his legendary ski master movies, has invested all of his money…
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The Forgotten: Trust No One, Except Professor Moriarty

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Seven Footprints to Satan (1929) was the middle of three spooky house films made by Danish director Benjamin Christensen, who's best known for the satanic documentary Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. The other films are lost, though the music and sound effects discs that once accompanied The Haunted House (1928) can be heard on YouTube: lots of whistling wind and hooting owls. You might want to imagine those sounds as you experience Seven Footprints, whose original score and FX are lost. Maybe you'd even like to play them together and see if they sync up, even though they're different films? Christensen came over at the same time as Garbo, and for a while looked to be making a go of it in Hollywood, directing successful films at MGM and Warner Bros. His very weird sensibility seems surreal now, but apparently fitted into the commercial cinema of the day. Seven Footprints is
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Tribeca: Festival TV Highlights Include Trayvon Martin Doc, Westworld Premiere, Paul Wesley Pilot

The Tribeca Film festival will continue to bring the best of television with world premieres of new and returning series.

The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival has announced its TV and N.O.W. selections and they're incredibly enticing.

From the TV standpoint, the premieres will include Starz’s Sweetbitter, National Geographic’s Genius: Picasso, HBO's Westworld, Netflix’s Bobby Kennedy for President, Paramount Network’s Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai, and feature documentaries Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary and Mr. Soul!

Many of the premieres will feature conversations with those involved with the works after the screenings.

After the premiere of The Trayvon Martin Story, there will be a conversation with co-directors Julia Willoughby Nason and Jenner Furst, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, executive producers Mike Gasparro and Chachi Senior, and special guest.

Related: Westworld Season 2: Super
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Let's Talk About the Final Shocking Minutes of On My Block

Warning: Big spoilers for the season one finale of On My Block below! On My Block is the latest coming-of-age comedy to hit Netflix, but don't misunderstand - this is not yet another attempt to re-create the magic of shows like Freaks and Geeks or Dawson's Creek. The young cast - Jason Genao, Sierra Capri, Diego Tinoco, Brett Gray, and Ronni Hawk - is incredibly talented, and also incredibly diverse. On My Block, cocreated by Awkward's Lauren Iungerich, Jeremy Haft, and Eddie Gonzalez follows lifelong friends Monse (Capri), Ruby (Genao), Cesar (Tinoco), and Jamal (Gray) as they navigate the ups and downs of both freshman year of high school and life in general in a rough neighborhood of South Central La. As the flawless soundtrack pulses in the background, the crew is forced to grapple with some seriously harsh realities when Cesar is basically forced to join his older brother Oscar's gang.
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The Greatest Showman review – roll up, roll up, zone out

Hugh Jackman is having a great time as circus impresario Pt Barnum, but the audience are left shortchanged

Imagine Tod Browning’s 1932 pre-Code horror film Freaks asset-stripped by a third-rate Baz Luhrmann wannabe, the chilling refrain “one of us” sanitised into something closer to a soft-drink commercial tagline than a menace. Imagine a musical that, like its score, is all air-punching chorus and no verse; a featherlight film in which what meagre narrative there is unfolds in endless, oily musical montages. Imagine a film that replaces an emotional climax with a scene in which the main character rides an enormous CGI elephant covered in glitter. In fact, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to conjure up a film such as The Greatest Showman, which is an uninspired plod through the life of Pt Barnum (Hugh Jackman). For all the skittish, pirouetting camera and sparkles, the characterisation is barely
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Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’

Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’
Your ultimate Halloween horror movie binge is here. Edgar Wright has joined forces with Mubi to list his 100 favorite horror movies, and the collection is full of classics and surprising choices that range from 1922 to 2016. The director, who himself has given the genre a classic title thanks to “Shaun of the Dead,” names recent horror hits like “Raw,” “The Witch,” and “Train to Busan,” as well as classics from horror masters James Whale and Mario Bava.

Read More:Edgar Wright’s 40 Favorite Movies Ever Made (Right Now): ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Suspiria’ and More

Wright wrote an introduction to his list, in which he makes it clear this is simply a list of 100 favorite titles and not his definitive list of the best horror films ever. You can read Wright’s statement below:

Here, for Halloween, is a chronological list of my favorite horror movies. It’s not in any way
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Adele Hints She May Never Tour Again: It 'Isn't Something I'm Good At'

Adele Hints She May Never Tour Again: It 'Isn't Something I'm Good At'
Agree to disagree, Adele!

The "Hello" singer could be saying "goodbye" to touring after completing her massive global trek this year, telling the crowd at her Auckland, New Zealand, performance on Sunday that "touring isn't something I'm good at."

"Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable," she explained during the rain-soaked show, packed with 40,000 fans. "I don't know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I've toured is you. I'm not sure if touring is my bag. My greatest accomplishment in my career is this tour."

Rightfully so! When Adele's current tour wraps with four sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium in her native London this summer, she will have performed more than 120 shows spanning three continents since kicking off in February 2016.

Watch: Adele Hilariously Freaks Out Over a Mosquito While Performing 

While she's certainly earned a break, Adele also seems to have expressed interest in expanding her family. The 28-year-old
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Adele Goes Makeup-Free to Meet Elmo -- See the Pic!

Adele is flaunting her natural beauty!

The 28-year-old singer took to Instagram on Friday to share a fresh-faced photo with none other than Elmo

Related: Adele Hilariously Freaks Out Over a Mosquito While Performing in Australia: 'It Was Sucking My Blood'

"Elmo, I love you. Thanks for coming, See you in New York X," Adele captioned the pic.

Related: Adele Cancels Concert Fireworks After Her Son Angelo Is Injured by Debris

The meeting was a dream come true for Elmo, who spent the week reaching out to the singer on Twitter and TV.

"Adele! Elmo loves you with all of Elmo's heart. Elmo wants to sing 'Rolling In the Deep' with you, wherever you are. Elmo will fly there. Call Elmo! Thank you," he said on the Australian TV show The Project on Wednesday right before singing "Rolling In the Deep."

"Miss @Adele, Elmo's been wondering if after all these years you'd like to
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Maleficent's Robert Stromberg to direct new slasher film

Tony Sokol Feb 13, 2017

Robert Stromberg is going from Disney's Malificent to a new slasher movie called Carnival...

The upcoming noir slasher film Carnival is about a knife-throwing artist performing at a traveling circus. But the barnstorming blade buff is not the villain, he is the hunter. In the tradition of Tod Browning’s Freaks, Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre, Hammer’s Vampire Circus and Halloween perennial Carnival Of Souls, Carnival will be a three-ringed affair.

Carnival will be directed by Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning production designer who made Maleficent (2014) with Angelina Jolie as the sympathetic, malicious witch. Stromberg was the first production designer to ever win back-to- back Oscars, for Avatar and Alice In Wonderland. He turned the lonely journey of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) from Ridley Scott’s The Martian into The Martian: Vr Experience, which was released at Sundance last year. Stromberg also directed the pilot Dawn for Hulu and MGM.
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Film Review: ‘Indivisible’

Film Review: ‘Indivisible’
“I feel like I’m dreaming,” says young Dasy to her sister Viola over halfway into “Indivisible”, and it’s a sentiment likely to be echoed by audiences. A subtle, appealing and slightly unreal Neopolitan fable that unfolds with the often brutal logic of a fairytale, Edoardo De Angelis’s conjoined-twins drama has the feel of updated folklore — a Brothers Grimm classic, perhaps — relocated to contemporary Italy. While hardly a picture with blockbuster pretensions, a modest post-festival life on the arthouse circuit seems entirely possible, since despite its neo-gothic trappings the narrative is at heart warm and accessible.

Dasy and Viola (presumably named for real-life English conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who were exploited by various handlers and went on to appear in Tod Browning’s 1932 classic “Freaks”) are played by debut performers Angela and Marianna Fontana. The young actors are identical twins: Unlike their onscreen characters, they are not conjoined,
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Lumière Festival: Walt Disney’s ‘Alice Comedies’ Being Restored, Distributed by France’s Malavida

Lyon, France — Walt Disney’s “Alice Comedies,” a series of cartoons made before Disney went to Hollywood, have been freshly restored and re-packaged for global distribution by France’s Malavida Films, one of the specialty cinema companies announcing their 2017 lineups at Lyon’s Lumière festival vintage cinema market.

Disney made the silent shorts starting in 1923 when he was still a struggling cartoon filmmaker in Kansas City. They feature a young girl named Alice, originally played by Virginia Davis, who interacts with animated characters. Local company Laugh-o-gram Films produced them and subsequently went bust. Now they are in the public domain.

“These are the only films in the Disney catalogue that are not copyrighted,” said Malavida co-chief Lionel Ithurralde.

Malavida is a niche vintage arthouse movies outfit whose upcoming French releases include several works by British director Derek Jarman, including his 1976 drama “Sebastiane,” the first film ever shot in Latin.

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