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Timeless Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Hollywoodland

Oh, c'mon.

It appeared that Lucy and Wyatt had gotten by their pasts and were looking forward to the future on Timeless Season 2 Episode 3.

But no.

Things just couldn't go easy for the Lifeboat team.

Well, at least their mission went fairly smoothly, anyway. Granted, it was the lesser part of the episode, but still ...

I'm loving the team's new, scrappy operating style.

For example, let's look at wardrobe.

Before, Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus could just dip into Mason Industries' comprehensive costume stores.

Related: Timeless Season 2 Episode 2 Review: The Darlington 500

Now that they are the rebels rather than the Empire, they have to improvise more. This means robbing clotheslines, shoplifting or breaking into a movie studio's costume department. That's certainly one effective way to acquire period-appropriate clothing.

Need transportation? Have Wyatt hot-wire a car. Or Rufus, for that matter.

The trio has always had to think on their feet, but
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The Best Fourth Wall Breaks In Movies

From a psychological perspective, a movie provides a portal to other worlds. It appeals to our desire for escape: exciting our imaginations and presenting moving images that bring to life our wildest dreams and our worst fears. The distance from the action we experience in the movie theatre or in front of the small screen constructs a protective sheath between you and the action. We become voyeurs; engaged in someone else’s drama – safe from the perils that the protagonist is forced to face.

The fourth wall, therefore, is the long-established, imaginary barrier between us and the action. We can peek in; safe from harm. Breaking the fourth wall is a commonly used device in theatre – so familiar, in fact, that we’re unsurprised when one of the characters suddenly steps out of the action and addresses us – the audience – directly.

The movie, however, has a literal, impenetrable fourth wall
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The adventuress by Anne-Katrin Titze

Diane Kruger reads from Lamarr's letters in Alexandra Dean's revelatory documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

In the final installment of my conversation with Alexandra Dean, the director of the revelatory documentary Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, we explore the background of the woman who inspired the looks of Catwoman, as well as Disney's Snow White, Mel Brooks and his Hedley Lamarr character (portrayed by Harvey Korman) in Blazing Saddles, the impact Hedy Lamarr had from the start with a role in Gustav Machatý's 1933 film Ecstasy (Ekstase), and the discovery of the interview tapes done by Fleming Meeks, that allow Hedy herself to guide us through her life.

With interviews (including Peter Bogdanovich, Jeanine Basinger, Robert Osborne, Michael Tilson Thomas, Mel Brooks, and Lamarr's family), expertly edited (by Dean, Penelope Falk and Lindy Jankur), Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is assembled with care. Her life plays out
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 9 Movies from the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 9 Movies from the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival
For all of its well-documented troubles, the Berlin International Film Festival is still a veritable smorgasbord for adventurous distributors who might be willing to take a chance on some exciting arthouse cinema. Most of the approximately 400 movies that play at the massive annual showcase will never see the light of day in the United States, either in theaters or even on streaming platforms, but the ones that are scooped up for domestic release tend to make an outsized impact once they land on these shores. Two of the current nominees for Best Foreign Language Film premiered at last year’s Berlinale (“On Body and Soul” and “A Fantastic Woman”), while other standouts from the 2017 edition like “Félicité” and “The Other Side of Hope” eventually became highlights of the fall movie season.

As always, the 2018 festival was completely overwhelming, and offered a handful of buried treasure that American audiences deserve to see.
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Review: Mario Bava's "Roy Colt And Winchester Jack" (1970); Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By Fred Blosser

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Kino Lorber has released Mario Bava’s “Roy Colt and Winchester Jack” (1970) in a handsome, restored Blu-ray edition as part of its extensive “Mario Bava Collection.” The disc will please devotees of the late Italian director, whose wide range of genre work is evident in this and the fifteen other Blu-rays that Kino Lorber has released in its series, from the celebrated Gothic trappings of “Black Sunday” (1960) to the Bond-era burlesque of “Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs” (1966). Bava is revered by his enthusiasts as one of the pre-eminent directors of horror and giallo in the 1960s Italian cinema, but like other workaday filmmakers in the busy European studios of the time, he made pretty much every kind of picture there was to make, riding successive surges of popularity for horror, sword-and-toga epics, westerns, thrillers, and sex comedies. “Roy
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018

Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in February 2018
Emmy winners Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) head up the new Hulu original series “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama Bin-Laden. Also featured in this docudrama about the inter-agency rivalry between the CIA and FBI in the first part of this century are Golden Globe nominees Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg. The first of the 10 episodes starts streaming on Hulu on Feb. 28.

Before then, Hulu viewers will get a chance to see another acclaimed docudrama, the film “Detroit” by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). She reteamed with screenwriter Mark Boal, who also picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” for this acclaimed film. “Detroit” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967 after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in February 2018

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon will bring content for fans of the holiday and those who have had enough of love.

Uma Thurman’s action-packed thrillers “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” can be added to Netflix queues starting in February. Other films coming to the streaming service are “Men in Black,” “Meet the Fockers,” and “Ella Enchanted.” Bravo’s “Imposters” and Netflix’s “Queer Eye” reboot will also be added.

A few classic movies are joining Hulu in next month, including Harrison Ford’s “Sabrina” and “Mystic Pizza,” starring Julia Roberts. For the kids, “Agent Cody Banks,” and “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds” will be added. Fans of “One Tree Hill” can watch all nine seasons of the teen series.

Amazon Prime will roll out new seasons for some of its original series in February, with the “The Tick: Season 1B” and the
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John Morris, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Composer, Dies at 91

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John Morris, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Composer, Dies at 91
John Morris, who provided the score for many of Mel Brooks’ films including “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” died Thursday at age 91, according to his daughter, Bronwen Morris. Morris’ partnership with Brooks dates back to 1967, when he wrote the score for Brooks’ film, “The Producers,” as well as the original arrangement for the musical’s showstopping number “Springtime for Hitler.” Morris received Oscar nominations for the title song from “Blazing Saddles” and another for the score for the 1980 drama “The Elephant Man,” which Brooks produced. He also received a Grammy nomination for his “Elephant Man” score. Morris’ other credits...
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John Morris, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Composer, Dies at 91

John Morris, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Composer, Dies at 91
John Morris, Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning composer for many of the classic Mel Brooks comedies including “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” died Thursday at his home in Red Hook, N.Y. He was 91.

Morris was Oscar-nominated for co-writing, with Brooks, the title song for “Blazing Saddles” – a sendup of classic movie cowboy tunes sung by Frankie Laine for the opening of Brooks’ 1974 film. Morris was nominated again in 1980 for his dramatic score for the Brooks-produced “The Elephant Man.”

Morris served as Brooks’ composer beginning with “The Producers” in 1967; he wrote the original arrangement for Brooks’ famous “Springtime for Hitler” song, and composed the rest of the underscore.

Morris’ most famous score is undoubtedly “Young Frankenstein,” for which he composed a memorable violin theme that plays a key role in the story. Under the title “Transylvanian Lullaby,” it has even been performed by top classical artists from violinist Gil Shaham to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The composer
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Sundance 2018: From Survivors to Killers, Women Dominated a Festival Without Weinstein

Sundance 2018: From Survivors to Killers, Women Dominated a Festival Without Weinstein
As Hollywood explores the notion that female-driven movies aren’t just a good idea but also seriously bankable, the Sundance Film Festival in the post-Harvey Weinstein era unspooled its most female-facing slate in years. This year’s festival boasted a lineup packed with films that happily subverted the “strong female character” trope. Instead, we had a sprawling selection of complex, messy, rich, and real roles for actresses.

The festival’s most-talked about film, Jennifer Fox’s semi-autobiographical narrative debut, “The Tale,” offered that trope’s richest rebuke. The heartbreaking drama ostensibly follows Fox’s on-screen surrogate (Laura Dern) as she comes to terms with a decades-old molestation experience; it’s spawned by her mother’s (Ellen Burstyn) discovery of a “story” she wrote when she was 13, documenting her experiences with a pair of older coaches (Jason Ritter and Elizabeth Debicki). But Fox also uses the film as a clever way to explore memory,
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Black Dynamite 2 Teaser Announces 2018 Release Date

Black Dynamite 2 Teaser Announces 2018 Release Date
A new cryptic social media post by Michael Jai White strongly hints that the long-awaited Black Dynamite 2 is coming in 2018. The actor posted a 30-second clip along with a caption that reads, "Black is Back." It's been 9 years since the release of the Blaxploitation movie Black Dynamite and a sequel has been talked about ever since, but nothing has happened for the big screen since then. We've seen the animated show on Adult Swim, but haven't heard Michael Jai White and director Scott Sanders talk about any real sequel plans since 2012.

Michael Jai White took to Twitter to share the teaser for Black Dynamite 2. A fan on Twitter asked if it was real, to which White responded, "stay tuned." The 30-second clip features White's glorious handlebar mustache, taking a cigar to light some dynamite in the same Super 16 grainy film look of the original. The voiceover says, "We been gone for a while,
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‘Damsel’ Review: Mia Wasikowska and a Pony Rule Zellner Brothers’ Poetic Take on ‘Blazing Saddles’ With a Feminist Twist — Sundance 2018

‘Damsel’ Review: Mia Wasikowska and a Pony Rule Zellner Brothers’ Poetic Take on ‘Blazing Saddles’ With a Feminist Twist — Sundance 2018
The mad science behind the filmmaking trickery of Austin sibling directors David and Nathan Zellner is that they make wise movies that seem like superficial larks. From their outrageous suburban comedy “Goliath” all the way through the surreal meta “Fargo” riff “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” the Zellners excel at transforming absurd circumstances into trenchant observations of human behavior. With the wildly adventurous “Damsel,” they conjure a kooky Old West setting with antics straight out of “Blazing Saddles,” unearthing a poetic vision of desperate men and the woman who wants nothing to do with them.

See More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

That’s Penelope (Mia Wasikowska, in a wonderfully spunky performance), a fierce-minded pioneer incapable of evading various attempts to woo her. However, the exact nature of her situation remains shrouded in mystery for the meandering first act, when it seems as
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‘Beirut’ Review: Jon Hamm Stars in Standard-Issue Spy Thriller From Resurrected Tony Gilroy Script — Sundance 2018

‘Beirut’ Review: Jon Hamm Stars in Standard-Issue Spy Thriller From Resurrected Tony Gilroy Script — Sundance 2018
Perhaps it’s time that Jon Hamm finally got his own action franchise, one that’s lighter on actual stunts than “Taken” and with a little less brain than a John Le Carre thriller. With that in mind, Brad Anderson’s “Beirut” just might fit the bill as an origin story.

It opens in 1972, when diplomat-turned-sorta-spy Mason Skiles (Hamm) is hosting a rollicking house party with his lovely wife; they’re aided by their orphaned Lebanese charge Karim, who is happily delivering finger foods to government VIPs. And then, everything goes topside when his best pal Cal (Mark Pellegrino) arrives at the party with frantic news: Karim isn’t an orphan, and in fact has a big brother with major ties to terrorism.

This accidental crisis doesn’t seem unlikely; Mason is a bit of a smoothie, a negotiator who likes talking his way out of a situation and happens
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From Tim Allen to Tom Hanks: The 15 Most Memorable Cinematic Santas

From Tim Allen to Tom Hanks: The 15 Most Memorable Cinematic Santas
Who rocks the best bowl-full-of-jelly belly in movie history? Father Christmas has shown up in enough movies that he has his own subgenre: the Santa Claus movie, a whole category of family friendly fantasy films dedicated to exploring the magic of St. Nick.

Here are some of the most memorable movie portrayals of Santa Claus.

1. Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The gold standard for cinematic Santa Clauses, Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who insists he’s the real thing. Gwenn’s performance as Kringle was so convincing that he won the Oscar for Best Supporting
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Own The Nine-Film Mel Brooks Collection For $20

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Today on Amazon, $20 gets you nine popular Mel Brooks films on Blu-ray, including Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and Spaceballs, plus a ton of special features. That’s an all-time low, and the first time it’s been under $30 in months. Needless to say, it would make a great gift for the comedy buff in your…

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October 17th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Rawhead Rex, Wes Craven’s Summer Of Fear, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Criterion Collection

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With Halloween only two weeks away now, that means we have another killer batch of home entertainment releases arriving this Tuesday, primed to get everyone in the mood for the macabre. Cult film lovers should get those wallets ready, as Kino Lorber is keeping busy with The Terror Within II, Revenge of the Dead, and a 4K special edition of RawHead Rex, too.

For those who still venture out into the real world to make their media purchases, Target has the exclusive on season one of Stranger Things that comes in nifty retro packaging, and Criterion has put together a stellar Blu for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Other notable releases for October 17th include American Gods: Season One, Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear, Red Christmas, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Honor Farm, and Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Collection.

American Gods: Season One (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

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It’s a Shame a Movie Like “Blazing Saddles” Would Never Fly Today

Remember the days when we could laugh about racial inequality and throw off the casual racist remark as a bit of slapstick? Yeah, those times might not be coming around again until we’re all dead and gone, if then. Director/actor Mel Brooks was talking about one of his most offensive films some time ago and happened to comment that it’s quite possible that if the film Blazing Saddles were to ever be recreated in this day and age it would most likely never fly in the current political climate. That seems an understatement really since if you’ve ever watched the

It’s a Shame a Movie Like “Blazing Saddles” Would Never Fly Today
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Bodied Review [Fantastic Fest 2017]

From the moment Bodied opens with a promotional advert for the Killafornia Battle League (in which we’re *immediately* told to “suck a dick!”) to the very last insert-rap-lyric-here outro line, director Joseph Kahn and co-writer Alex Larsen assassinate political correctness with pop-culture lyricisms and heat-seeking regard. Ninjas of the rapped word in their ranks, racial appropriation and misrepresented social justice tenacity in their crosshairs. We no longer can share a single thought without offending someone, somewhere, who wants to score uncashable “woke points” – and Kahn wants to make their fragile little minds explode. This is two straight hours of offensive battle rap bars, non-stop hilarity, layered introspection and the most stylized, take-no-prisoners commentary on what a black-and-white minefield our behavioral ethics have become.

That, and it’s the most motherflippin’ fun you’ll have in a theater of any kind this year, the next, and probably many to come.
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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks

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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks
Full credit where “It” is due: Currently standing at $266 million through its third weekend, “It” is a stunning success and boosted a domestic box office in serious crisis. A reasonable estimate, if somewhat conservative, is a domestic gross around $325 million.

All this, from a September horror film made for $35 million? That’s a stunning performance. And it’s by far the best-performing Stephen King adaptation. But it’s far from the top horror movie in history.

At $325 million, here’s where “It” will stand in adjusted totals:

Horror films The Exorcist (1973) – $983 million The Sixth Sense (1999) – $512 million House of Wax (1953) – $449 million Psycho (1960) – $379 million Signs (2002) – $345 million It (2017) – $325 million (projected)

House of Wax” was by far the biggest 3D hit in that technique’s first wave. “The Exorcist” is the ninth biggest-grossing of the post-silent era and a social phenomenon in its time. M. Night Shyamalan’s films both had high-end casts and
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