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The Mummy Director Alex Kurtzman Isn’t Sure If He’ll Stay Involved In The Dark Universe

Earlier this year, the Tom Cruise-starring Mummy remake hit theaters. Admittedly, it was a film that not a lot of people were asking for, as we’d gotten our fix years prior with the Brendan Fraser remake. However, if there was one thing this film had that any previous incarnation didn’t, it was the prospect of a shared universe. Going straight into it, Universal planned on creating a self-proclaimed Dark Universe that would consist of many iconic monsters including the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Invisible Man, and many more.

Unfortunately, be it from the negative reviews of The Mummy, the lack of interest in a remake, or filmgoers’ aversion to the growing number of shared universes out there, but the film didn’t do well. When all said and done, it made less than $400 million worldwide, and likely last the studio north of $50 million. Suddenly, this
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‘NCIS’ Finale Ratings Fall From 2016, NBA Playoff Steady In Blowout, ‘Voice’ Down

Going straight for the old-school cliffhanger, NCIS (1.4/6) ended its 14th season last night as a slew of series wrapped their seasons and the Golden State Warriors thrashed the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs on Espn. Snagging a 4.3 in metered market results, the Warriors’ 136-100 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals could have been a big loss for the sports cabler. Instead, last night’s game was steady with Espn’s airing of the comparable May 19…
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Paul Verhoeven Sticking To Dark Habits, Making Erotic Nun Movie

Paul Verhoeven is a walking, talking trigger warning; it’s not difficult to imagine him sitting behind an Inside Out-style control center smashing his fist on every red button in sight, cackling with perverse glee as he crawls under your skin like a psychologically disturbed porcupine with a bad case of rabies. Fresh off the especially spiky heels of last year’s Elle – his infamous “rape revenge comedy” that catapulted légende française Isabelle Huppert onto the stages of American awards ceremonies, better late than never – Variety reports that the Dutch provocateur plans to grind out a 17th century nunsploitation flick entitled Blessed Virgin as his next feature, replete with Sapphic undertones and hellish visions of religious erotica; a series of descriptors that should surprise approximately no one when it comes to all things Verhoeven.

After all, this is the same director who obliterated the military-industrial complex with giant man-eating space bugs,
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Legendary Pictures’ ‘Spectral’ Going Straight To Netflix In December

Netflix have earned a reputation for having some of the best television around, and their documentary and original film slates are stepping it up too. But let’s face it, the streaming service is still bulked out by content they license from elsewhere, and some of the dustier corners of Netflix contain some real questionable titles. And “Spectral” is about to join them.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about the movie, don’t worry, because Legendary Pictures and Universal, who were originally slated to release it, have been doing a pretty good job of pretending it doesn’t exist.

Continue reading Legendary Pictures’ ‘Spectral’ Going Straight To Netflix In December at The Playlist.
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Telluride and Tiff’s Oscar Tea Leaves: How Two Key Festivals Could Predict This Year’s Winners

Telluride and Tiff’s Oscar Tea Leaves: How Two Key Festivals Could Predict This Year’s Winners
Telluride Film Festival programmers Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger pride themselves on curating the cream of the Hollywood crop, which has included Best Picture Oscar-winners “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

However, even a Telluride hit needs amplification from noisy Toronto as they head into awards season.

Launched at Venice and Telluride, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” has propelled Emma Stone and, possibly, costar Ryan Gosling into awards contention. How the audacious musical fares with critics and audiences will impact how far it goes with the Academy, who will give “Whiplash” nominee Damien Chazelle points for ambition and a relatable showbiz story. This film boasts passionate supporters, while many others don’t get the movie at all. The larger media presence in Toronto and New York will continue to ripple out and build must-see for the movie. So far I am discerning a slight generational divide,
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Telluride and Tiff’s Oscar Tea Leaves: How Two Key Festivals Could Predict This Year’s Winners

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Telluride Film Festival programmers Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger pride themselves on curating the cream of the Hollywood crop, which has included Best Picture Oscar-winners “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

However, even a Telluride hit needs amplification from noisy Toronto as they head into awards season.

Launched at Venice and Telluride, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” has propelled Emma Stone and, possibly, costar Ryan Gosling into awards contention. How the audacious musical fares with critics and audiences will impact how far it goes with the Academy, who will give “Whiplash” nominee Damien Chazelle points for ambition and a relatable showbiz story. This film boasts passionate supporters, while many others don’t get the movie at all. The larger media presence in Toronto and New York will continue to ripple out and build must-see for the movie. So far I am discerning a slight generational divide,
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BBC reviving Porridge with new pilot centred on Fletcher’s grandson

The BBC is set to revive the classic British sitcom Porridge, having commissioned original show creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to pen a new pilot.

“We were asked by the BBC to do a revival and decided to set it right up to date,” states La Frenais. “It will be set in a modern prison while Slade was of course Victorian.”

The remake will follow Norman Stanley Fletcher’s (Ronnie Barker) computer hacker grandson, with La Frenais adding that “He’s called Fletch too and has what I would call attitude.”

Porridge ran for 21 episodes across three series between 1974 and 1977, and was followed by the shortlived spinoff Going Straight, which saw Fletcher trying to become an honest member of society after his release from prison.
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UK TV ratings: New Tricks remains a Tuesday night favourite with 5.4m

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

New Tricks dipped slightly in the ratings, but was still Tuesday night's (August 18) most watched programme outside of the soaps, according to overnight data.

Episode three of the drama's final series attracted 5.39m (26.6%) at 9pm, while Don't Take My Baby followed with 1.19m (11.4%) at 10.45pm.

On BBC Two, Great British Menu rose to 1.62m (8.7%) at 7.30pm, before The House That £100k Built interested 1.59m (8.1%) at 8pm, and Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School averaged 1.33m (6.6%) for its final instalment at 9pm.

ITV's The Dales brought in 2.04m (11.0%) at 7.30pm (123k/0.6% on +1), while Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Garden was watched by 2.33m (11.8%) at 8pm (135k/0.7%). School Swap: The Class Divide followed with 1.42m (7.0%) at 9pm (176k/1.2%).

Over on Channel 4, The Three Day Nanny entertained 1.08m (5.5%) at 8pm (160k/0.8%), and Terror on Everest: Surviving the Nepal Earthquake shocked 850k (4.2%) at 9pm
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David Schwimmer Talked to Kris Jenner About Playing Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story: The People V Oj Simpson

David Schwimmer Talked to Kris Jenner About Playing Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story: The People V Oj Simpson
Going straight to the source! In the highly anticipated FX event series American Crime Story: The People V Oj Simpson, Friends star David Schwimmer will be portraying Simpson’s late attorney Robert Kardashian. Kardashian was, of course, the ex-husband of Kris Jenner and the father of now-famed reality stars Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Rob Kardashian. To prepare for his role, Schwimmer, 48, spoke to the momager, 59, about her late ex. "I was lucky enough to speak to [Jenner] for a few hours who was very generous with her [...]
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Diverse Writers Rose to the Top with UCLA's Screenwriters’ Showcase; Writer Callie Khouri to be Honored

Despite numerous efforts, the film and TV industry are still struggling with diversity. However, a sign of positive change are the many distinct voices from diverse backgrounds that rose to the top in UCLA’s 2014 Screenwriters’ Showcase competition. The school’s Bunche Center reported in its “2014 Hollywood Diversity Report” that the proportion of female and minority actors, writers, directors and producers ranges from just one-twelfth to one-half of their actual population percentage. This lack of diversity has had a trickle-down effect on Hollywood’s highest award accolades as well, according to the report.

However, more than 200 respected industry professionals who served as judges during this year’s UCLA Screenwriters’ Showcase chose a diverse group of writers to honor. During this annual competition, student scripts are submitted anonymously and voted on by a jury of development executives, accomplished screenwriters, producers, agents and managers. This year, the screenplays and teleplays that garnered recognition represent women, Lgbt screenwriters and writers of color.

During the Showcase event – taking place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 6th, at UCLA’s Bridges Theater, 235 Charles E Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA – the department of Theater, Film and Television will give special recognition to screenwriter and producer Callie Khouri. An acclaimed writer who won an Oscar as well as the WGA and Golden Globe awards for the legendary film “Thelma and Louise” is creator and writer on the hit television show “Nashville”, which has recently been renewed for a third season. At the event, Khouri will accept the school’s annual Excellence in Screenwriting Award, which honors trailblazers in the industry.

New Elements to Competition

Film Executive and Black List Founder Franklin Leonard has partnered with UCLA to offer Screenwriters’ Showcase honorees free hosting and reads on his Black List database site, www.blcklst.com. Winning scripts will have the opportunity to be evaluated by professional script readers, and subject to that evaluation and the site’s algorithm, be sent to the site’s more than 1,000 industry professionals.

Also this year, Showcase – the typically exclusively Mfa screenwriting competition – was opened up to include undergraduate UCLA students. As a result, undergrads also will be honored at this year’s competition.

Information on the Showcase student honorees and other current Mfa screenwriters will be featured on the re-launched UCLA Screenwriters’ Creative Directory. Visit www.uclascreenwriters.com to find loglines and contact information for featured students.

Mfa Showcase Winners and Honorable Mentions

This year’s Mfa TV winners include: Gaia Violo (“Absentia”), Kynan Dias (“Going Straight”), Jarod Roe (“Littlefoot”), Steven Canals (“Providence”) and Jessica Blaire (“Unheavenly City”). Feature winners include: Jason Romaine (“26.2”), Kameron Blake (“Forgive Me”), Novin Shakiba, (“Shallow Creek”), Noga Landau, (“Tau”) and Anastasia Matveyeva (“Woman Up!”).

Mfa TV honorable mentions include: Linda Sweigart (“Border Saints”), Beto Skubs (“Cataclysm”), Han-Yee Ling (“The Smart Ones”), Kiley Donovan (“The Tennants”) and Jennifer Gimblin (“Welcome to the Tlh”). Feature honorable mentions include: Jane Miller (“Beta Tester”), Daniel Sanchez (“Drone”), Kristin Vogelsong (“The Frozen Zone “), Bo Yeon Kim (“Magic Hour”) and Emily Bensinger (“Wood”).

The undergraduate winner is Johanna Mort for her feature “Heartless”. The undergraduate honorable mention goes to Sophie McLachlan-o’Hara for her feature “Chess+Nuts”.

During this event, which is open to the public, actors will perform staged readings of excerpts from the winning scripts, and UCLA faculty and prominent alumni will serve as award presenters
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The Recognitions

Michel Majerus Matthew Marks Gallery, NY "I create, you copy nature." Pablo Picasso, in conversation with Balthus "In the [19]90s painting didn’t repel criticism; it absorbed it… fake painting created fake criticism." Dr. Hope Ardizzone, The Death of the Death Motif in Post-Millennial Painting "Even the paintings looked dead…" Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale The audience has a taste for shit. The critics have a taste for shit. James Franco, Actors Anonymous "Wie man dem toten Hasen die Bilder erklärt" Joseph Beuys, Action, 26 November 1965 at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf

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James Franco's body was found yesterday in the toilet of a club called Cisboi, so we are at one of the Gagosian galleries tonight sitting shiv and waiting for Marina Abramović and Willem Dafoe to read excerpts from Franco's many books [James Franco: Dangerous Book Four Boys, A California Childhood, Actors Anonymous, Palo Alto: Stories] -- the "we" being Michael Lee Nirenberg,
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Porridge celebrates 40th anniversary with specials on Gold

UKTV's Gold will celebrate the 40th anniversary of iconic British sitcom Porridge with three new documentaries.

The classic Ronnie Barker series originally ran from 1974 to 1977 for three series and two Christmas specials.

Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the series also had a feature film and spin-off series, Going Straight. It was voted No.7 in a BBC poll for the greatest British sitcom of all time.

The new Gold documentaries will tell the real story behind the iconic programme, from the pilot episode, through to the Christmas specials and the spin-off follow-up.

Viewers will be taken on a tour of the pivotal places Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais visited during the creation and development of the series, including the pub where they first met, the prisons they researched, and the little known filming locations they used.

The show will also feature "classic sketches alongside rare and unseen
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Interview: A conversation with filmmaker Greg Olliver

Villordsutch chats with filmmaker Greg Olliver...

Greg Olliver is a producer and director as well as owner /operator of Secret Weapon Films. Greg is known for such films as Lemmy (winner of Best film In-Edit/Chile Film Film Festival), Turned Towards the Sun (Official Selection and BFI London Film Festival 2012) and Devoured (reviewed here at Flickering Myth). In the process of filming documentaries on both American Blues Star Johnny Winters and Boxing Legend Jake Lamotta, Greg takes a few moments out of his life to talk to Villordsutch for FlickeringMyth.com...

Villordsutch: Going straight for an easy one to perhaps allow you to delve into your stock answers for interviews I’m going to start with who, in the world of film, has perhaps had the greatest influence on you to date and why?

Greg Olliver: The Coen Brothers. My parents dragged me to “Raising Arizona” when I was
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'The Voice' UK second knockout round - who made it to the live shows?

It's the second knockout, round and time for Jessie and Danny to slim down their teams of seven to a top three. So with 14 acts singing for their survival, who goes to the final and who goes home? Each coach has one Fast Pass that allows a singer straight through to the semi-finals, and the remaining team must sing against the other contestants for a chance to get through.

First up is Team Jessie. She gave her Fast Pass to gentle giant Ash Morgan.

Her first battle was between Danny, Trevor and Sarah. Danny gave a unique twist to 'Be My Baby' by The Ronettes, but failed to make it through. Trevor also put his own spin on 'Gimme Some Lovin' by The Spencer Davis Group, although unfortunately it wasn't enough to win him a place on the team. It was 31-year-old Sarah who got through, after a powerful version
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'Arrow' Recap: Episode 1.13, 'Betrayal'

by Ryan Rigley

There's been a lot of trust issues on "Arrow" so far, but never before have they been made so prominent. Last night's episode, "Betrayal," puts a spotlight on all of the liars in Starling City; whether it's Oliver Queen, who is lying to his family and friends about his alter ego, or Detective Lance, who is lying to his daughter about putting a tracer on the vigilante's phone, there just doesn't seem to be an honest person in the entire town.

Well, besides Tommy that is.

"Betrayal" begins with A-list criminal Cyrus Vanch exiting the Starling City penitentiary. Catching a ride with his leggy blonde cohort, Cyrus makes his way to a mansion belonging to one of his former associates. Cyrus threatens the man, prodding him about the triads and this new vigilante they're calling the Hood but to no avail. Then, suddenly, Cyrus stabs him in
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Hold On - Spielberg Says 'Robopocalypse' is Not Dead, Still Around

Wait just a minute! Yesterday, amidst a flurry of exciting news before the Oscar nominations, word came out that apparently Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi Robopocalypse was "indefinitely postponed." The project, which was going to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway, was scheduled for release in April 2014 and was supposed to start production this year, until this news hit. Word from a "Spielberg spokesmen" is that "it's back to the drawing board to see what is possible." Not so fast. Going straight to the source, EW.com spoke with Steven Spielberg himself and got a quote in response to this news from yesterday. Read on! He doesn't say much or reveal anything new that we didn't already know, but it sounds like Robopocalypse is not dead at all. EW's Anthony Breznican spoke to Spielberg and got this reply from him about its status: "We found that the film was costing
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Our Favorite Horror Sidekicks - 'Phantasm's' Reggie

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Our Favorite Horror Sidekicks - 'Phantasm's' Reggie
This week's sidekick pick is Phantasm's Reggie, an average guy-turned-hero who transforms from wingman to gun-toting Tall Man hunter.

Film: Phantasm Series

Year: 1979

Sidekick: Reggie (Reggie Bannister)

Why this Sidekick Is Better Than the Lead: Reggie is the classic good guy and a hopelessly devoted friend to protagonist Mike and his little brother Jody. Later in the series, Reggie is the lone adult left in Jody’s life, taking on the role of his caretaker after Mike gets lost in mirror-land. He’s also an ice cream man, amateur musician and lover of the ladies. Most importantly, he kicks ass on many different levels as he searches for the Tall Man.

Moment of Glory: Reggie’s moment of glory isn’t really a moment. It’s the fact that he endured, graduating from supporting character to main role in Phantasm 2, going from nice guy to badass and really
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Revisiting Lynch – Part Five: Going Straight to Mulholland Drive

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For his next trick David Lynch changed tack and shifted gears completely to tell the true story of Alvin Straight, a man who travelled across America to visit his estranged and ailing brother…on a lawnmower. The film was made independently based on a screenplay from Lynch’s frequent collaborator Mary Sweeney and even filmed chronologically along the route that Straight took from Iowa to Wisconsin.

After a successful debut at Cannes, the film was picked up by Walt Disney Pictures for distribution. In a case of art imitating life imitating art, Richard Farnsworth who played the title role was stricken with bone cancer during filming and so much of the frailty he exhibits on screen is in fact real. The following year Farnsworth would tragically commit suicide aged 80.

The Straight Story (1999)

At the time, people were puzzled as to Lynch’s decision to direct this film. The film is
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Revisiting Lynch – Part Four: Fire Walk With Backlash and 21st Century Noir

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With the series over and having made a decision to not leave Twin Peaks just yet, David Lynch set about making a prequel to the TV series as part of a newly signed four picture deal with production company Ciby 2000. Much of the cast would be reprising their roles from the series to tell the tale of the last seven days of Laura Palmer.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Filming began in September 1991 back in Snoqualmie, Washington. Sheryl Lee went from being mainly dead in the series to being the main role in the movie. The film begins with a television set being destroyed signifying that the safe standards of television censorship are over. We then find ourselves in the company of one FBI Agent Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) who is assigned to the murder of Teresa Banks with his bookish partner Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland). The two of them investigate the murder,
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The Audition – Chapter II Ep Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Release date: 11th June

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If you’d stopped pretending to be busy or just fancied a break from your punishing revision schedule that leaves you exhausted and irritated because your life revolves around that now – it doesn’t, get off it – then maybe you stumbled upon my review of Slam Dunk Wales. If you did, you’ll remember that I wasn’t too fussed on The Audition’s appearance there and was kinda disappointed because I was hoping for them to impress me. You see, they’re a band who I’ve always tried to like, a band who have always seemed to be a popular one with a few people I’ve spoken to about so I thought that maybe it was just me – me being self-righteous and self-contained; my brain not willing to appreciate the band even though my synapses were jangling and grooving.
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