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Keeley Hawes is an Emmy triple threat in ‘Bodyguard,’ ‘Mrs. Wilson’ and ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Keeley Hawes is an Emmy triple threat in ‘Bodyguard,’ ‘Mrs. Wilson’ and ‘The Durrells in Corfu’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Keeley Hawes can be found on the Emmy ballot in three categories: for her leading role in the period piece “The Durrells in Corfu” and her scene-stealing supporting turns in the crime drama “Bodyguard” and the compelling true story “Mrs. Wilson.” She reaped BAFTA bids for the latter two and featured in the Must-See-Moment winner for the shocking scene in which her character on “Bodyguard” is assassinated.

That moment came halfway through the six episodes and was akin to Janet Leigh being killed off in “Psycho.” Like Leigh who was a star in Hollywood’s golden era, Hawes has ruled British TV for the better part of two decades. She was one of the reasons that “Bodyguard” attracted record ratings in the UK (20% of the country watched the finale) and some viewers still refuse to believe that her character is not coming back.

But as Keeley confirms in our interview
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Supreme Court Urged to Make Old Movies Digitally Available

There's not a single movie from 1960 streaming on Netflix. The absence of such classics as Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Billy Wilder's The Apartment and Stanley Kubrick's Sparticus was highlighted in an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court this week. While Netflix does feature A&e's Bates Motel and Starz's Sparticus, few cinephiles would accept such modern substitutes, and OmniQ, the company that told the justices of Netflix's dearth of old motion pictures, says it has a patent-pending technology to cure the problem. But it needs the high court's help.

OmniQ wants the Supreme ...
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Link Tank: Is Chernobyl Historically Accurate?

Spencer Mullen Jun 7, 2019

HBO's Chernobyl, The Handmaid's Tale, Keanu Reeves, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

How historically accurate is HBO's miniseries Chernobyl?

"We live in a time where people seem to be re-embracing the corrosive notion that what we want to be true is more important than what is true," Craig Mazin, the writer and creator of HBO's Chernobyl, told the Moscow Times; "This is why this story is more relevant than ever." And in many ways, his show is unbelievably painstaking in its fidelity to historical truth: Most of the actors play real people — saying and doing the things they are reported to have said and done — while everything from the graphite debris to the buckets used to take out the trash are scrupulous reproductions of the real thing. Entire scenes and storylines are lifted directly from Svetlana Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.
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Force of Nature Natalia – fascinating study of the Royal Ballet's star dancer

Shy of breathless revelations, this documentary about the sylph of steel is a strong introduction into Natalia Osipova’s magic

Film-maker Gerald Fox has made documentaries about artists Bill Viola and Marc Quinn, and directed an interesting feature adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s book Mother’s Milk. Now he gives us this lucid, high-minded study of the 33-year-old Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet.

She is shown in rehearsal for classical roles, but also combining this with a bold and exploratory approach to contemporary work, collaborating with dancers such as Jonathan Goddard and developing new pieces such as Arthur Pita’s wackily comic yet disturbing Mother, which requires Osipova to dance alongside a babushka figure that is a bit like the mother in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
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Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with Live Music by The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra June 22nd

“She might have fooled me, but she didn’t fool my mother.”

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is checking into the Bates Motel as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho comes to the big screen at Powell Hall for an evening of spine-tingling and hair-raising terror Saturday June 22nd at 7pm. From the shrieking strings and the slashing chords, the Slso performs Bernard Herrmann’s suspenseful score live and intensifies this black & white psychological thriller. Experience the dangerous duo of a cinematic masterpiece and iconic score from the safety of your red velvet chair. Conducted by Norman Huynh. Tickets can be purchased Here

Featuring the strings of the Slso.One of the greatest suspense thrillers of all time unfolds on the big screen.Film with live score.

Everyone remembers the most famous scene in Psycho: the oft-copied but seldom equaled artistry of the shower murder, with its nerve-wracking staccato string music, its implied nudity and stabbing,
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Vera Farmiga (‘When They See Us’): Will she cash in her Emmy Iou after ‘Bates Motel’ snubs?

Vera Farmiga (‘When They See Us’): Will she cash in her Emmy Iou after ‘Bates Motel’ snubs?
Ava DuVernay‘s fact-based limited series “When They See Us” premieres on Netflix on May 31 with a large cast that includes Niecy Nash, Joshua Jackson, Michael K. Williams, Famke Janssen and many more. It can be difficult to pick out individual standout performances from the crowded ensemble, but one of its likeliest acting nominees according to our current racetrack odds is Vera Farmiga. Will she earn a Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress nom for playing a zealous prosecutor? If so, will she cash in her Emmy Iou after going unrewarded for “Bates Motel”?

Farmiga plays Elizabeth Lederer, the real-life prosecutor who tried the Central Park Five for the 1989 rape of a jogger, leading to their wrongful conviction. Though Lederer’s actions don’t exactly endear her to the audience, it often pays at the Emmys to have your day in court. Just look at all the Emmys David E. Kelley
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Blood on Black Wax Book Review: A Must Have for Freaky Horror Vinyl Collectors

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Blood on Black Wax Book Review: A Must Have for Freaky Horror Vinyl Collectors
Collecting vinyl is an arduous task. And focusing in on horror soundtracks can often be very frustrating. The field is so wide and vast, it's imperative to lock in on one artist or sub-genre when building your record collection. But how do you know what you're even looking for? A lot of the best scores are long out of print. Many never before pressed. There are also a lot of re-issues and reprints, some of which are worth as much as the original releases. Blood on Black Wax comes as the perfect field guide, breaking down what's available, what's been released in the past, and why certain records should be sought out, even if the movie they are attached to is not worth revisiting or even watching. It's an impassioned love letter to the craft of movie music, paying as much attention to the score as the individuals behind each scary note.
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Layers of Fear 2 Review

Layers of Fear 2 is a psychological horror game that will mesmerize you. Our review...

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Release Date: May 28, 2019

Platform: PC (reviewed), PS4, Xbo

Developer: Bloober Team

Publisher: Gun Media

Genre: Psychological Horror

There’s a fascinating juxtaposition that runs throughout Layers of Fear 2. It’s a trippy, terrifying horror experience that conjures grotesque visions you won’t likely be able to unsee. But at the same time, the game is positively ravishing, a technical and artistic powerhouse that’s gripping the whole way through even if it isn’t exactly the scariest horror game on the market.

Layers of Fear saw you inhabit a maddened painter; this time around, you play as a troubled thespian wandering the halls of an ornate ocean liner from the early 20th century. Psychological horror is the going concern here, and the game creates an intoxicating sense of disorientation by ushering you through
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Quentin Tarantino’s Spoiler Warning for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Was a Very Bad Idea — Analysis

Quentin Tarantino’s Spoiler Warning for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Was a Very Bad Idea — Analysis
Many filmmakers view themselves in opposition to the dialogue around their work, and often grow paranoid once it takes on a life of its own. For years, Quentin Tarantino has been a welcome contrast: A restless cinephile who values the discourse surrounding movies, he advocates for the process of engaging with the art form as much as creating it. By running a movie theater in Los Angeles and presenting restorations around the world, Tarantino may be one of the most famous film educators ever. In interviews, he has said that he would have been a film critic if filmmaking hadn’t found him first. This guy gets it.

But then came the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the imminent premiere of Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and a curious edict. Ahead of the 1969-set epic, in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays a fading movie star and Brad Pitt his devout ex-stuntman,
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Cannes Review: Broadly Comic Noir Makes for Surprisingly Subpar Porumboiu in ‘The Whistlers’

Of all the great deadpan, acerbic realists that the Romanian cinema has thrown our way in the last twenty years, Corneliu Porumboiu has always been the best at using humor to compliment the more dense and philosophical aspects of his movies. He has managed to strike that delicate balance time and again, so it’s difficult to know quite how to react to a film as broad as The Whistlers, a sort of sun-holiday noir in which the director’s fellow New Wave veteran Vlad Ivanov (on autopilot here) plays a cop who’s in too deep with the mob and, for some reason, must now learn to “speak” Silbo–a centuries-old whistling language from the island of La Gomera–in order to bust out an old accomplice before he rats Cristi and his pals out to the police.

To its detriment, this has the feel of a film that
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‘The Whistlers’ Film Review: Romanian Wild Ride Runs on Black Humor

‘The Whistlers’ Film Review: Romanian Wild Ride Runs on Black Humor
When Corneliu Porumboiu began making films in Romania just after the turn of the century, we knew what Romanian cinema was like — or, at least, we knew what the branch that came to be known as the Romanian New Wave was like. The movement, one of the most vital cinematic eruptions of the 2000s, was full of dark, minimalist, realist films that depicted, either overtly or implicitly, a society that was rotten to the core.

There’s some of that in Porumboiu’s “The Whistlers,” which had its world premiere on Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is dark and it’s set in a world where you can’t trust anyone — but it’s also got John Wayne and Alfred Hitchcock homages and enough twists and turns to require a detailed scorecard.

The Whistlers” is no minimalist slice of realism, but an oversized, deliciously twisted ride that
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‘The Whistlers’ Review: A Delightful Romanian Twist on ‘Ocean’s 11’ — Cannes

‘The Whistlers’ Review: A Delightful Romanian Twist on ‘Ocean’s 11’ — Cannes
Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu makes playful movies with a lot to say. From the chatty historical inquiries of his debut “12:08 East of Bucharest” to the deadpan musings on the language of justice in “Police, Adjective” to the ethics of filmmaking in “When Evening Falls in Bucharest or Metabolism,” Porumboiu has managed to mine compelling ideas out of slow-burn narrative techniques loaded with unpredictability. With 2015’s heartwarming father-son story “The Treasure” — in which the roving narrative builds to sentimental payoff — he started to enrich his style with more approachable methods. That proclivity grows even stronger with his entertaining noir “The Whistlers,” a polished mashup of genre motifs that suggests what might happen if the “Ocean’s 11” gang assembled on the Canary Islands.

That’s right: One of the directors tied to the so-called Romanian New Wave of the aughts, when dreary masterpieces like “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and Two Days” and “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
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‘Little Joe’ Review: A Horror Film that Dangerously Compares Antidepressants to an Alien Invasion — Cannes

‘Little Joe’ Review: A Horror Film that Dangerously Compares Antidepressants to an Alien Invasion  — Cannes
In lesser hands, “Little Joe” would be a very dangerous film. As it stands, the latest masterful psychodrama from Austrian powerhouse Jessica Hausner still has plenty of potential to offend. A horticultural riff on “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” that broadly likens the spread of antidepressants to a dehumanizing alien force, “Little Joe” can be seen as a direct attack on anyone who’s ever appreciated the benefits of a mood-enhancing pharmaceutical, either firsthand or otherwise; the movie isn’t the least bit subtle in its suggestion that people on Prozac are addicted to their own well-being, and that their dependency siphons away at the full spectrum of who they are.

At the same time, Hausner — whatever her personal feelings on the matter — is too cunning an artist to launch such an uncomplicated broadside against millions of human beings who are just trying their best to put one foot in front of the other.
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Artsploitation Films to Release Pulp Horror ‘Rondo’ This June

Artsploitation Films to Release Pulp Horror ‘Rondo’ This June
In the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Brian De Palma’s Body Double, Drew Barnhardt‘s Rondo (read our review) is said to be “a sexy, funny, and distinctly modern update to the suspense thriller.” Artsploitation Films will release the film festival and critics favorite on DVD and VOD June 4th. Bloody Disgusting previously shared this exclusive clip from the film that’s […]
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Watch: Selena Gomez and Austin Butler Search for Haunted Motels in The Dead Don’t Die Scene

Watch: Selena Gomez and Austin Butler Search for Haunted Motels in The Dead Don’t Die Scene
Selena Gomez is returning to the big screen!

The actress, 26, stars as Zoe in the upcoming comedy horror film The Dead Don’t Die opposite Austin Butler.

In a People exclusive clip, Zoe, Jack (Butler) and Zack (Luka Sabbat) stop by a convenience store where they ask small-town cashier Bobby Wiggins (Caleb Landry Jones) if there’s a motel nearby.

“There is one down the road,” Bobby says as Zoe picks up a CD called “The Dead Don’t Die.”

Zack asks Bobby if the motel is similar to “the old-school horror movies, like in Psycho with the separated bungalows.
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‘The Hot Zone’: Companion Podcast ‘American Epidemics’ Will be Released in Run-Up to Nat Geo Show

‘The Hot Zone’: Companion Podcast ‘American Epidemics’ Will be Released in Run-Up to Nat Geo Show
The day might be near when it will be news if an upcoming TV series doesn’t have a podcast to go along with it. For now, add Nat Geo’s “The Hot Zone” to the growing list of series enlisting some audio companionship. The story, which tells of Lt. Col. Nancy Jaax’s (Julianna Margulies) efforts to contain the Ebola virus after its first appearance on American soil, also will be addressed in “American Epidemics,” a Wondery audio series produced in conjunction with the TV show.

Lindsay Graham, the podcast host behind “American History Tellers” and the presidential-themed fiction series “Terms” and “1865,” will head up this new series, which will span three episodes. The second episode of “American Epidemics” will focus on the production of “The Hot Zone,” featuring interviews with Margulies and showrunners Kelly Sounders and Brian Peterson.

“American Epidemics” premieres May 10, with new episodes debuting every Friday.
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‘Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoilers: Just How Much Are We Responsible For Protecting the Element of Surprise?

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‘Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoilers: Just How Much Are We Responsible For Protecting the Element of Surprise?
Eric Kohn: We are here to render judgement on the state of spoilers. On the one hand, spoiler culture has become the single most annoying cultural obsession, with the acceleration of social media catalyzing greater paranoia about which plot points should be leaked, in fear that any of them could ruin the prospects of viewing something cold. I also sense a certain degree of commercial exploitation here: When a massive blockbuster event comes along, the marketing hype often hinges on viewers having zero expectations from the start. This allows companies to play off (and usually heighten) audience excitement before it settles into a more accurate assessment of the product at hand. All you spoiler-phones are getting played!

But this is an old story. When “Avengers: Endgame” directors Anthony and Joe Russo implored Marvel junkies on Twitter to join the fun and “#DontSpoiltheEndgame,” their plea joined a continuum: Modern storytelling
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You'll Cringe Watching Zac Efron Backtrack After Accidentally Insulting Christian Bale

Zac Efron stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, where he spoke about his new movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. In chatting about taking on the dramatic role playing serial killer Ted Bundy (who he calls "not a good dude"), Efron found himself talking about the movie Psycho and poked fun at the concept of playing a serial killer as a way of proving your acting skills. "We've all seen Psycho, the movie that is the dramatic jump, and 'look, now I'm a serious actor, right'."

He then quickly apologized to Christian Bale, at which point it became clear Efron actually meant the movie American Psycho. "I'm sorry Christian Bale, now for two things," Efron joked as he continued to backtrack for insulting the "phenomenal" British actor. Watch the awkward moment for yourself now. Here's hoping Christian Bale never stumbles across it!
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The New Classics - Eastern Promises

Michael Cusumano here to argue a case for the the best fight scene of the last two decades.

The Scene: The Sauna Fight

It’s no surprise that just about every discussion of the sauna fight from Eastern Promises dwells on the bare skin. If the King of Middle Earth strips down to his tattoos and takes on two goons in a bathhouse brawl it’s gonna dominate the conversation.

And it’s not only gawking. It’s thematically on point. This scene uses nakedness to make you feel a character’s vulnerability as effectively as any film since Psycho, plus all the skin on display reflects the film’s obsession with bodies -- bodies as currency and bodies defaced and disfigured...
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Shanthanu Bhagyaraj’s next film titled 'Ravana Kottam'

KollywoodThe film will be directed by Vikram Sukumaran and is currently being shot at a village near Ramanathapuram.Digital NativeActor Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, son of veteran director Bhagyaraj, is known for his work in films such as Sakkarakatti and Vaaimai, has signed his next project titled Ravana Kottam, which will be directed by Vikram Sukumaran. The film is currently being shot in a village near Ramanathapuram. After playing urban roles so far in his career, Shanthanu will sport a completely rural look in the film. “As preparation, for the last three months, I've regularly been donning veshti and lungi. I also had to let go of slippers for the role, and we recently shot a sequence where we had to play Kabbadi at peak noon. You know how hot Ramnad can get during summers,” Shanthanu was quoted by The New Indian Express. Director Vikram rose to fame with his critically-acclaimed film Madha Yaanai Kootam,
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