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It Follows director writing adaptation of horror short They Hear It

THR is reporting that Legendary Entertainment and The Picture Company have tapped It Follows director David Robert Mitchell to pen a feature adaptation of the horror short They Hear It.

The project is being directed by Julian Terry, who helmed the original short, and revolves around a mysterious presence called “The Sound” that once heard by anyone has terrible consequences.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights to the short back in July, and are fast-tracking the feature adaptation, which according to THR’s sources, “will have the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds and Stephen King’s adaptation It as touchstones.”

Mitchell’s latest film Under the Silver Lake stars Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough; it premiered in Cannes earlier this year but its release was then pushed back six months to December to allow Mitchell time to rethink and rework the film.

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The Director of It Follows is Taking on a New Horror Thriller Called They Hear It

Director David Robert Mitchell's horror film It Follows has a pretty big cult following. A lot of horror fans really loved what he did with that film. It was certainly an intriguing concept. The filmmaker now has a new film project he's developing for Legendary Pictures.

The film is called They Hear It and it's based on a horror short, the story of which revolves around "a mysterious presence called 'The Sound' that once heard by anyone has terrible consequences." According to THR, the movie will have "the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds and Stephen King’s adaptation It as touchstones."

Mitchell will write the script for the adaptation, but he will not direct. He is currently working on his next film Under the Silver Lake. They Hear It will be helmed by Julian Terry, who is the same filmmaker that directed the short film.

Even though Mitchell isn't directing,
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It Follows Mastermind Takes on Horror Thriller They Hear It

It Follows Mastermind Takes on Horror Thriller They Hear It
They Hear It, and guess what? So do we. Every once in a while, a horror movie comes along that divides genre fans down the middle and sends them to extreme opposite ends of a spectrum. The 3 most infamous examples from recent years are The Babadook, The Witch, and It Follows. Horror connoisseurs either loved these films or hated them, with no one occupying a gray area or sitting on a fence; and everyone had an opinion.

While dialog was heated and included terms like "metaphorical storytelling" and "elevated horror", It Follows seemed especially prone to dissection, as it's the most surreal and open-to-interpretation of the bunch. As a result, writer/director David Robert Mitchell was thrust into a position of prominence and, whether you loved It Follows or hated it, everyone is curious to see what he'll do next.

Mitchell wrote and directed Under the Silver Lake, a crime
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They Hear It: It Follows' David Robert Mitchell to Write Adaptation From Short Film Whisper

THR reported yesterday that Legendary Entertainment and producer The Picture Company have fast tracked the feature film They Hear It an adaptation of Julian Terry's horror short film Whisper (see image above and the short below). The companies bought the rights to adapt his short film this Summer and will let Terry direct the feature version. Legendary have also hired It Follows director David Robert Mitchell to write the feature length screenplay. The story revolves around a mysterious presence called "The Sound" that once heard by anyone has terrible consequences. Sources say the expanded feature will have the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds and Stephen King’s adaptation It as touchstones. Though he has usually only written for his own films Mitchell recently...

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Cool Stuff: Alfred Hitchcock Gets His Own Funko Pop Vinyl Figure in Black and White

Cool Stuff: Alfred Hitchcock Gets His Own Funko Pop Vinyl Figure in Black and White
Alfred Hitchcock has directed some of the most iconic movies of all time. Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window, The Birds, Dial M for Murder and the list goes on and on. That’s enough to ensure that he gets added to the growing number of filmmakers being turned into the stylized vinyl collectible figures […]

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Video: Laura Benanti Stops by Jordan Roth's The Birds And The Bs to Talk #MeToo

The Birds and The Bs is the kids show for adults Because we forgot everything we learned in kindergarten. Join Mr. Jordan and his especially animated friends as they sing you towards the right path... but you know, left. In this episode Laura Benanti explains how YouToo are part of the MeToo problem. In song. And as a man. Just watch.
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45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’

The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.

Shore Scripts is an organization made up filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States that seeks to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The team is offering free downloadable scripts for films as classic as “The Iron Giant,” “Goodfellas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The full list of free screenplays by genre is below. Click here to
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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Gave Birth to a New Breed of Terror When It Premiered 50 Years Ago

‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Gave Birth to a New Breed of Terror When It Premiered 50 Years Ago
June 12 marks the 50th anniversary of “Rosemary’s Baby,” which still remains a gold standard for suspense movies. Though Ira Levin’s novel was a hit, the film adaptation “remained a big question mark until its initial screenings,” Variety wrote on May 29, 1968. The skepticism was because director Roman Polanski’s 1967 “The Fearless Vampire Killers” lost money, while star Mia Farrow was unproven at the box office. But Variety reviewer A.D. Murphy predicted it would be a success and praised the film’s “brilliant” work, above and below the line. With a budget of $3.2 million, the movie was one of the year’s biggest winners, bringing $12.3 million in rentals to Paramount. It was also subtly radical: While other 1960s shockers took place in isolated locations or creaky old homes, “Rosemary’s Baby” found horror in everyday urban settings. And after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy that year,
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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Gave Birth to a New Breed of Terror When It Premiered 50 Years Ago

‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Gave Birth to a New Breed of Terror When It Premiered 50 Years Ago
June 12 marks the 50th anniversary of “Rosemary’s Baby,” which still remains a gold standard for suspense movies. Though Ira Levin’s novel was a hit, the film adaptation “remained a big question mark until its initial screenings,” Variety wrote on May 29, 1968. The skepticism was because director Roman Polanski’s 1967 “The Fearless Vampire Killers” lost money, while star Mia Farrow was unproven at the box office. But Variety reviewer A.D. Murphy predicted it would be a success and praised the film’s “brilliant” work, above and below the line. With a budget of $3.2 million, the movie was one of the year’s biggest winners, bringing $12.3 million in rentals to Paramount. It was also subtly radical: While other 1960s shockers took place in isolated locations or creaky old homes, “Rosemary’s Baby” found horror in everyday urban settings. And after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy that year,
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Feature: TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz on His Father & 50 Years After Robert F. Kennedy’s Death

Chicago – It was 50 years ago today – June 6th, 1968 – that Robert F. Kennedy died, struck down by an assassin’s bullet while in California on the presidential campaign trail. His press secretary, Frank Mankiewicz, delivered the news to the media, emphasizing that Rfk was only “42 years old.” Frank Mankiewicz was the father of Ben Mankiewicz, the current host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

”It’s On to Chicago, and Let’s Win There”: Robert F. Kennedy, Moments Before He was Shot

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In 2012, Ben Mankiewicz was touring on behalf of TCM for their Classic Film Festival, and sat for a duo interview with HollywoodChicago.com with actress Tippi Hedren (“The Birds”). After talking movies, the subject turned to his father’s work with Bobby Kennedy during that fateful campaign of 1968. Kennedy entered the race as incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson dropped out, leaving the Democratic nominee field wide open.
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Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films

Universal Pictures' silent film initiative, first announced in 2012, has led so far to the restorations of films like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds and Touch of Evil. On Wednesday, at a screening of a restoration of The Man Who Laughs at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the studio revealed that it will be restoring 10 new titles in the next few years as part of the ongoing project.

The 10 titles will be included in an initiative first announced in 2015, which declared the restoration of 15 films such as Outside the Law, Oh, Doctor!, The Last Warning and Sensation Seekers.

"These ...
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3 New Films that Expand the Possibilities of Documentary Cinema — The Art of the Real 2018

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It’s only been around for five years, but The Art of the Real has already established itself as one of the world’s most essential showcases for game-changing, rule-breaking, genre-busting new cinema. Dedicated to films that blur the line between fact and fiction — or reveal to us how blurred that line is and always will be — this annual Film Society of Lincoln Center series is the kind of thing that makes you want to put quotation marks around reductive terms like “documentary” and “non-fiction.” These are unclassifiable works of freeform cinematic innovation, movies that are more accurately defined by their inclusion in this program than they are by any of the words we often use to describe them.

The 2018 edition of The Art of the Real is predictably stacked with strong work, from a movie about a tennis player that reimagines how we think about sports, to a movie
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Alan Cumming Sings Of American No-Know-How In Latest Jordan Roth Video

Broadway producer Jordan Roth is schooling us with another episode of his mostly-animated The Birds and the Bs, the kids show for adults that routinely features some of Broadway’s biggest voices.

This time around: Alan Cumming. The subject: The American Dream.

The cartoon Cumming stops by the show to refute Roth’s suggestion that the American Dream has “shriveled up like a xenophobic raisin in the sun.”

Not so, counters the former Cabaret emcee. These days, you don’t even “have to know how to do it to do it.”

Do what exactly?

“The honcho at the Epa treats oceans like a big bidet,” sings Cumming, and “The head of education wants public schools’ elimination.”

And this: “Wife abusers and child molesters we are happy to adore/We’ll give you an Oscar or a vote if you’re Roy Moore.”

Check out the funny video above, with script and lyrics by Roth,
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‘A Quiet Place’ Review: John Krasinski’s Almost-Silent Film Is About Terrifying As Movies Get

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‘A Quiet Place’ Review: John Krasinski’s Almost-Silent Film Is About Terrifying As Movies Get
Horror films might have not lost their popularity, but a vast majority of them these days prove the well-worn genre is losing its mojo. Heightened sound effects and music cues are all-too-predictable ways to try to scare audiences, but truly innovative or classic contemporary examples — with the occasional exception of a not easily defined hybrid that comes along to break the mold like Get Out — are not easy to find. Well, I have found one.

A Quiet Place is a genuinely effective, brilliantly executed piece of horror, a truly terrifying movie that earns its screams by essentially turning off the sound. Not since a blind Audrey Hepburn turned off the lights in Wait Until Dark a half-century ago have I had this kind of anxiety watching a movie. Director John Krasinski — who also co-wrote with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, co-produced, and co-stars with wife Emily Blunt — has delivered an
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Last Remaining Seats 2018: L.A.’s Historic Theater Event Lineup Includes ‘Mr. Smith,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Roger Rabbit’

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The Los Angeles Conservancy is back with the 32nd season of its “Last Remaining Seats” festival, and the full lineup for the event (which begins June 2) has been revealed. The seven films included cover a wide range of classic, more recent and Oscar-winning films, all screened at Los Angeles’ historic theaters, particularly on Broadway, which is the first and largest historic theater district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The event will also return to downtown’s historic State Theatre for the first time in 20 years, and will expand to San Gabriel, at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, for the first time ever.

Here’s the full list, including dates and locations:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.

State Theatre (1921), downtown L.A.

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m.

Million Dollar Theatre (1918), downtown L.A.

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Wednesday,
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 7 Recap: We Have To Be Better Teachers

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X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.This one’s a keeper. The latest X-Files episode—titled “Rm9sbG93ZXJz” (Base64 code for “Followers”), directed by series executive producer Glen Morgan, and co-written by Shannon Hamblin and Morgan’s wife Kristen Cloke—begins with a story surrounding the story. An unseen narrator tells us that an artificially intelligent Talkbot was released on Twitter in 2016. Meant to mimic the half-formed mind and naïve locutions of a teenage girl, it quickly adapted its replies to all responses and retweets, thinking (or perhaps “thinking”) more and more for itself. The problem was that the bot mirrored the worst of us rather than the best of us, promoting half-assed conspiracy theories and spouting racist rhetoric, among many bad virtual behaviors. Its knowledge became, like so many of those who live the majority of their lives online,
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Berlinale 2018. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Second Alien Invasion

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Last year, Kiyoshi Kurosawa made one of his most purely fun pictures, Before We Vanish, adapted a play by Tomohiro Maekawa into a genuinely zany science fiction film, a chance at a bigger budget the Japanese filmmaker relished through a clever homage to 1980s blockbusters, an elastic tone of silly graveness, and vibrant dashes of special effects. Kurosawa has unexpectedly returned to this same material (another play by Maekawa, who co-wrote the script) with a new film set in the same world: Foreboding, a 5-part miniseries shown in Japanese TV last September and trimmed by an hour into a straightforward but terrific and phantasmal thriller that premiered at the Berlinale. The premise is the same across the films: in advance of an invasion, aliens are quietly inhabiting the bodies of normal people, finding human guides to escort them around, and harvest “concepts” (work, love, death) from the minds of those
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The Forgotten: James Whale's Zip-up Straitjacket

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The Impatient Maiden (1932) is an almost entirely overlooked film, and it's easy to see why, falling as it does between Frankenstein (1931) and The Old Dark House (1932) in director James Whale's Universal career. Those two films are important classics of the horror field, whereas Maiden is a modest romantic comedy that probably nobody had any particular hopes for. Still, as some of Whale's other, lesser-known movies are getting more attention (The Road Back has been restored, and Whale's own favorite film, By Candlelight, has had recent revivals; I'd like to see more attention paid to The Great Garrick and The Man in the Iron Mask) this one might reward attention—or at least I supposed so.How it came into the world: Universal had bought the novel The Impatient Virgin as a vehicle for fading star Clara Bow, who promptly rejected it. The censors mandated a change of title, despite
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Injured Eagles Qb Carson Wentz Proposes to Girlfriend After Super Bowl Win: We 'Both Got Us a Ring'!

Wedding bells are ringing for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

The 25-year-old athlete revealed in a Tuesday Instagram and Twitter post that he proposed to girlfriend Madison Oberg — and she said ‘yes!’

“She said Yes! And now Maddie and I both got us a ring can’t wait to marry my best friend!” he captioned the photos. “God is doing some amazing things and I can’t thank him enough!”

In the main shot, Wentz is shown down on one knee, looking into Oberg’s eyes. In other photo, the couple embrace and Oberg shows off her sizable engagement ring.
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From Tippi Hedren to Uma Thurman, being a muse means being abused

As Thurman recounts how she fought off Weinstein’s advances and was injured in a car crash filming Tarantino’s Kill Bill after she says she was refused a stunt double, it seems some directors put female stars on pedestals just to pull them off

Alfred Hitchcock used to go berserk if he saw Tippi Hedren talking to other men. He had a mask made of her face. A couple of times he threw himself on top of her and assaulted her. When they were making The Birds, he told her mechanical birds would not work and she would have to be attacked by live ones. They were attached to her body with elastic bands. One almost pecked out her eyes. Unsurprisingly, she broke down.

She is still spoken of as his muse.
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