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Nicolas Cage Teases Acting Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years,’ Wants to Become a Director

Nicolas Cage Teases Acting Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years,’ Wants to Become a Director
Nicolas Cage isn’t going to be acting forever. Speaking to The Blast (via Complex), Cage revealed that he plans to retire from onscreen acting in “three or four years” because he wants to focus exclusively on directing in the next phase of his career.

“Directing is something I look forward to down the road,” Cage said. “Right now, I’m primarily a film performer and I’m gonna continue doing that for three or four more years and I’d like to focus more on directing.”

Cage only has one feature directorial effort under his belt, the 2002 crime drama “Sonny.” The movie featured Cage in a cameo appearance and starred a young James Franco in the titular role. Harry Dean Stanton and Mena Suvari appeared in the supporting cast. “Sonny” tells the story of a discharged solider who returns home to New Orleans and tries to break away from
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Movie Review: Blockers

Teen-sex comedies are nothing new to filmgoers. From classics like Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and American Pie (1999), to modern day favorites like Superbad (2007) and Easy A (2010), audiences continue to connect with that awkward sexual time present in most high schooler students’ life. It’s a scenario that is both relatable and offers screenwriters an opportunity to sprinkle in some coming-of-age tropes. The writers of Blockers, Brian and Jim Kehoe, certainly chose to do just that, and while their screenplay nails the comedic aspect of teen sexuality and the concerns such presents their parents, the Kehoes fail to create anything meaningful with their story’s dramatic elements. This certainly doesn’t damage the overall enjoyment to be had with Blockers, it just prevents it from being considered among the great teen-sex comedy movies that came before it.

Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena), and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) all have daughters
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'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'

'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'
Kay Cannon is ticking off names, one finger at a time. "There's Amy Heckerling," she says, mentioning the Fast Times at Ridgemont High director, "and Tamra Davis ... Nora Ephron did at least one ... and the two women behind the Bridget Jones' movies, I can't remember their names." After some memory-jogging, both Betty Thomas (Private Parts) and Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl) are added to the list; so is Rough Night's Lucia Aniello and, thanks to Jumpin' Jack Flash, Penny Marshall. "You know, there's a pot-smoking scene in It's Complicated,
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Canon Of Film: ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look back at Amy Heckerling‘s high school coming-of-age-classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Director: Amy Heckerling

Screenplay: Cameron Crowe based on his book

I think the best high school movies are not the ones that show the over-the-top journeys of a few drunk, stoned, and/or sex-crazed low-life students going to have the defining life-changing moments with their best friend’s slutty mom or whatever, insignifcant pitiful high school goal they aim for.… but instead the better films are the ones that are more slice of life films, the ones that show just how nieve and stupid we were when we younger and how that influenced but didn’t necessarily defined our life. If you ask Freud, we have already had
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Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced

Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 retrospective programme announced
’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’ is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America.

The retrospective programme for the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 20-July 1) has been announced.

Titled ’Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist’, the section is inspired by current affairs in Trump-era America and will focus on Us cinema from the 1980s.

It will be comprised of three strands. Firstly ’American Woman: Female Directors in American Cinema’ will screen work by female directors from 1980-1990 including Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls and Kathryn Bigelow’s western horror Near Dark.
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Domenica Cameron-Scorsese on the Redemptive Power of Love in “Almost Paris”

“Almost Paris”

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is a Tribeca alum whose short films “Spanish Boots” and “Roots in Water” played the festival. Her first short, “A Little God,” won the Torchlight Short Film Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. In addition to film, Cameron-Scorsese directs theater: her production of “A Number” by Carly Churchill is currently playing at Chicago’s The Runcible Theatre Co. She is the daughter of filmmaker Martin Scorsese and author Julia Cameron.

Almost Paris” made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and hits VOD today, January 9.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Dcs: “Almost Paris” is a very personal view of an incredibly complex financial story. As we follow the journey of Max, a former banker who returns to his childhood home to get back on his feet in the wake of the mortgage lending crisis, we discover the impact of
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A New Leaf – Olive Signature

Filtered through her experience as an unequalled comic performer, writer-director Elaine May scores a bulls-eye with this grossly underappreciated gem, fashioned in a style that could be called ‘black comedy lite.’ And that’s the release version mangled by the producer. What might it have been if May had been allowed to finish her director’s cut?

A New Leaf Olive Signature

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date December 5, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.99

Starring: Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, George Rose, James Coco, Doris Roberts, Renée Taylor, William Redfield, David Doyle.

Cinematography: Gayne Rescher

Original Music: Neal Hefti

Written by Elaine May from a story by Jack Ritchie

Produced by Hilliard Elkins, Howard W. Koch, Joseph Manduke

Directed by Elaine May

Olive’s next title up for Signature Collection status is A New Leaf, the directing debut of comedienne-writer Elaine May. It’s certainly a worthy title.
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Horror-on-Sea 2018 Interview: Chris Moore talks ‘Blessed are the Children’

Blessed are the Children is new thriller from co-writer and director Chris Moore, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Chris a few questions about his inspirations for making the film, his influences and what makes Blessed are the Children stand out in the horror genre.

What can we expect from the film?

I think you can expect a slasher film that’s fun, has something to say, and characters you actually care about. It’s one of the most important things in a horror film, but a lot of people seem fine with just throwing in a gaggle of busty 20-somethings and calling it a day. I want you to actually feel something when these people are terrorized. I never want you rooting for the killers. I usually come up with a story or concept first
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Cindy Crawford Shows How a Supermodel Swims With 'Morning Dip' Gif

Cindy Crawford Shows How a Supermodel Swims With 'Morning Dip' Gif
Cindy Crawford shared a Gif with her Instagram followers that looks like a scene right out of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

On Friday, the 51-year-old supermodel posted a video of herself coming out of the pool in a teeny blue bikini by Melissa Odabash. "Morning dip," she captioned the playful Gif. 

Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber, are clearly good at vacation. While the mother of two was sharing pool pics, the 55-year-old Casamigos mogul posted a photo of the beautiful view. "Mornings like this with coffee and croissants," he wrote. 

Gerber also appears to be quite good with a mango ...or is it a football?

While Crawford's vacation pics are pretty flawless, she told New Beauty that she's seen a change in her looks over the years.

"I don't need everyone on Instagram pointing out that I don't look the same way I did when I was 20. I know that," she said. "[link
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The Triumphant Return of the 80’s Style Synth Score!

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the return to popularity of the 80’s style synthesizer score…

Cinema and the orchestra have had a long-standing relationship. Over the years the big screen has been almost as much about the accompanying music as the film. When someone like John Williams creates iconic, rousing, emotional, bombastic and beautifully crafted scores like Star Wars, Superman and Indiana Jones, it enraptures an audience.

In the late 60’s, through the 70’s, people began toying with synthesizers more and more to create sound scapes and scores. Other wordly, and more ambient and enveloping than emotionally manipulative. They lacked a certain refined quality that the Orchestral score would give you but that sound in its own way (and in the right film) worked. Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells as a companion piece to The Exorcist is supremely effective and iconic. Or Wendy Carlos and the score for The Shining.
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2017
November may mean the end of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that the creepy fun has to end as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to add some freaky films to November’s list of streaming content.

Netflix will start the month off with films like “Oculus” and “Silent Hill” for fans of big scares and “Casper” and “Scary Movie” for those who looking for a milder way to keep the Halloween spirit alive, and will also add in “9” and “Piranha” later in the month. For those who would rather leave the October spookiness behind, science fiction comedies like “Chappie” and “Men in Black” or family-friendly films like “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Boss Baby” should make for fun movie nights.

Hulu will also keep the frights coming with offerings like “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Beowulf,” but will also get a headstart on the winter holiday season with “Christmas with the Cranks,” Happy Christmas,” and collection
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Why ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Creator Picked Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ to End the Season

Why ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Creator Picked Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’ to End the Season
It was the final gut punch delivered in Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale:” Tom Petty’s “American Girl” thundering out as Elisabeth Moss’ Offred faced an uncertain future with a defiant smile.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is just one instance of classic Petty tunes punctuating pivotal scenes in movies and TV series. The musician, who died Monday at the age of 66, had a knack for capturing the essence of people, places and emotions in a plain-spoken way that made them a perfect accent for narrative storytelling.

“American Girl” was one of the songs on the playlist in the ear of “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Bruce Miller as he wrote the first episode of the Hulu drama series more than a year ago. Miller has been a fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for years, but it was his kids who more recently reminded him of the musician’s canon.

“They
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'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie

'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie
By the time Cameron Crowe made Singles in 1992, the 35-year-old director was already a decade into his career's second act. A former journalist for Rolling Stone, he'd pivoted towards the movies after adapting his book about going undercover at a Los Angeles high school – Fast Times at Ridgemont High – for the screen in 1982. And his directorial debut, Say Anything... (1989), proved that he had a knack for capturing teen spirit.

Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings.
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Contest: Win The Resurrected on Blu-ray

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Several years after unleashing clever zombies with an appetite for brains in The Return of the Living Dead, Dan O'Bannon turned his attention to H.P. Lovecraft with The Resurrected, coming to home media in high definition on September 12th, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Resurrected.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

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2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Resurrected Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on September 18th.
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Plot Details For Cancelled Friday The 13th Reboot Emerge

The last time we saw Jason Voorhees on the big screen, it was in a 2009 reboot which may have made a healthy profit, but certainly didn’t sit well with fans or critics. However, being Hollywood, money talks and of course, another Friday The 13th was ordered up. Unfortunately, though, it never got off the ground and has seemingly slipped into development hell. That’s a real shame, too, as it sounded like the filmmakers had some pretty exciting ideas for the flick.

Screenwriter Nick Antosca sat down with Bloody Disgusting (via Cinema Blend) recently for an interesting interview, where he discussed why things fell apart, what the plot of the film would have entailed and a lot more, which all paints an intriguing picture for what could have been if the reboot took flight. Of course, it might still one day come to fruition, but for now, we’ll
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Flashback Weekend 2017: Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, and Ronee Blakley Reflect on A Nightmare On Elm Street [Part 1]

From August 4th through August 6th, Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con took over the Windy City, and Daily Dead was on hand for all the horror-fied festivities. Throughout all three days, this writer served as one of Flashback’s co-hosts, and brought back some highlights from several of the panels held over the course of the convention.

Below is the first part of our excerpts from the panel featuring the women of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, and Ronee Blakley. The trio discussed their careers at the point of being involved with the first film in the Nightmare franchise, how the project came about, and their experiences seeing Wes Craven’s landmark film for the very first time.

Be sure to check back here on Daily Dead for more from the women of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

I would love to start off by hearing
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Fast Times at Ridgemont High

For those of us that can recall this movie it’s a little tough to think that it’s celebrating it’s 35th year since it’s initial release. While the current generations have little if any real interest in a lot of movies from the past is still remembered as one of the absolute classics of the time and has enjoyed a cult following for many years now. After all it was films like this that showed us what high school could really be like if we just tried, for good or for worse. But how much do you really know about the

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Fast Times at Ridgemont High
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David Lynch Almost Directed ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ Reveals Cameron Crowe

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David Lynch Almost Directed ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ Reveals Cameron Crowe
Fast Times at Ridgemont High” turns 35 tomorrow, a milestone Variety has marked by speaking to director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe. Among the revelations: the fact that David Lynch, who was also offered directing duties on “Return of the Jedi” at around the same time, was approached to helm the classic teen comedy. “I had a meeting with David Lynch,” says Crowe, apparently on the recommendation of Universal exec Thom Mount.

“He had a very wry smile on his face as I sat talking with him,” continues Crowe, who won an Oscar for writing “Almost Famous.” “He went and read it. We met again. He was very, very sweet about it, but slightly perplexed we thought of him. He said this was a really nice story but ‘it’s not really the
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How Sean Penn Saved Fast Times at Ridgemont High from Being a Disaster

How Sean Penn Saved Fast Times at Ridgemont High from Being a Disaster
In addition to saving Brooke Shields from drowning, Jeff Spicoli also saved Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The cult classic high school movie is celebrating its 35th anniversary and writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling have recently shared some little-known facts about the making the movie and one of them is that Sean Penn's Spicoli character saved the movie and lead to its success on home video. Another fact that was shared was that David Lynch was recommended to originally direct the comedy.

Heckerling and Crowe spoke to Variety about the making of the movie and some of the hardship that they faced. The studio didn't think that there was any money to be made from a movie about high school kids and thought that it was a complete waste of time. Fast Times at Ridgemont High initially only opened in just 200 theaters in the United States and
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Infinity Link

• Coming Soon Glow, Netflix's addictive series about the gorgeous ladies of wrestling has been renewed for a second season - yay!

• Metrograph NYC's coolest repertory movie theater has a series on Fire Island set films this weekend including Barbara Hershey in Last Summer and seminal queer indie Parting Glances

• Show-Score I did a piece for their new series on 'first times' with my experience sitting in the back row at a musical

• Variety here's a new possibility for the animated category at the Oscars this year -- Big Bad Fox and Other Tales from the director of Ernest & Celestine

• Coming Soon filming has begun on Avengers 4 which doesn't have a title yet but will end Marvel's Phase 3 in May of 2019

• Variety looks back at Fast Times at Ridgemont High as it turns 35

• Gold Derby Meryl Streep is an Emmy nominee this year. Whaaaa?

• La Times New AMPAS president John Bailey
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