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Busan Film Review: ‘The Man From the Sea’

  • Variety
The story of a nude dude who washes ashore and into the lives of four young documentary filmmakers, Kôji Fukada’s “The Man From the Sea” probably wouldn’t be of much interest beyond Asian audiences if not for the fact that its director earned the Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard for his previous feature, “Harmonium.” This featherweight follow-up — which feels almost like a live-action manga, more concerned with the romantic entanglements of its central quartet than with the magical stranger referenced in its title — doesn’t necessarily belong on the festival circuit but could attract overseas distribution by virtue of such exposure.

More splish than “Splash,” the movie wants to be a modern-day fairy tale — yet another mer-myth rippling in the wake of “The Shape of Water” — but remains frustratingly ambiguous about the nature of the enigmatic Japanese guy (Dean Fujioka) who stumbles out of the crystal-blue water in the opening scene.
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Review: St. Paul and the Broken Bones Get a Little More Modern on ‘Young Sick Camellia’

Review: St. Paul and the Broken Bones Get a Little More Modern on  ‘Young Sick Camellia’
St. Paul & the Broken Bones, who have just released a new album titled Young Sick Camellia, operate in a crowded field of vintage soul fetishists. These guys pop out of bed with a glad James-Brown-like cry and a shiny horn section at the ready: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Allen Stone, Durand Jones & the Indications, Anderson East, the James Hunter Six, Eli “Paperboy” Reed. For a more reserved take on the style, there is Leon Bridges; for something more boisterous, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears; for a Norwegian twist, Bernhoft.
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‘Suspiria’: Why Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino Still Love Working Together After 19 Years

‘Suspiria’: Why Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino Still Love Working Together After 19 Years
Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino are reuniting for a fourth time with “Suspiria,” but their relationship started long before they even worked together for the first time on the 1999 crime thriller “The Protagonists.” Swinton recently told ScreenDaily she first met the Italian director 25 years ago, and it turns out they discussed their mutual obsession with Dario Argento’s 1977 “Suspiria” during their first conversation. Little did Swinton or Guadagnino know at the time they would reimagine the horror classic over two decades later.

“Several centuries we’ve been talking about it,” Swinton jokingly said about wanting to make a new “Suspiria” with Guadagnino. “It’s fantastically gratifying to be able to talk about it in the past tense.”

Guadagnino told ScreenDaily his “Suspiria” has been 33 years in the making, as he first became a devoted fan of Argento’s original when he saw at 14 years old. “I was understanding in an
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As Aspect Reaches 40, It Retools for the New Media Age

  • Variety
Creative agency Aspect’s Throwback Thursday Facebook postings of its past work offer a fascinating historical document. They not only showcase highlights from the company’s 40 years in the movie-trailer business such as “Men in Black,” “Misery” and “Wayne’s World,” they’re also a reminder of how much the medium has changed since the days when the sonorous and instantly recognizable voice of narrator Don Lafontaine graced thousands of trailers, promos and ads.

Then and now, Aspect reigns as one of the top trailer houses in Hollywood. Back in the old days, it had a reputation as the go-to place for comedies. But, today, it prides itself on its ability to work on projects of any genre, from “Ready Player One,” “Hell Fest” and HBO’s “Westworld” to “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” as well as every platform, from the big screen to smartphones.

Aspect’s reel can be seen here: https://wdrv.
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26 Bonkers Reality Competition Shows You Forgot Existed (Photos)

  • The Wrap
26 Bonkers Reality Competition Shows You Forgot Existed (Photos)
The Glass House

ABC put 14 contestants into a house, and let America vote to decide who would be evicted and who would win $250,000. But with low ratings and a lawsuit from CBS claiming the show was a ripoff of “Big Brother,” “The Glass House” lasted just one season.

“I Wanna Marry ‘Harry'”

More than a few dating competition shows involve some kind of deceit, but few were as ridiculous as the one at the center of Fox’s “I Wanna Marry ‘Harry.'” Starring a male lead with only a slight resemblance to the British prince, the show pushed the limits of credulity.

“Joe Millionaire”

Attempting to expand on the format perfected by “The Bachelor,” Fox debuted “Joe Millionaire” just one year later, pitting contestants against each other for the affections of an average Joe whom they believed to be rich. Over a decade later, star Evan Marriott is still apologizing for deceiving those women.
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Judge Dismisses ‘Shape Of Water’ Lawsuit Waged During Final Oscar Voting Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Picture Winner

  • Deadline
Judge Dismisses ‘Shape Of Water’ Lawsuit Waged During Final Oscar Voting Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Picture Winner
Exclusive: A federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the estate of playwright Paul Zindel accusing filmmaker Guillermo del Toro of appropriating plot elements from Let Me Hear You Whisper in his Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water. The suit was filed and fanned for maximum publicity on the day that Academy voters began filling out their final ballots for major category nominees, this after an ask for a settlement was rebuffed by Fox Searchlight. The film won four Oscars anyway, including Best Picture and Best Director for del Toro.

Judge Percy Anderson issued a brief ruling yesterday dismissing the suit and saying that del Toro and Fox Searchlight are entitled to recover the costs of defending against the legal claim.

The copyright infringement claim, filed in February in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges del Toro “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes
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‘Solo’ In-home Release Will Be Loaded With Extras

Solo: A Star Wars Story is ready to fly into your home in under twelve parsecs! The Ron Howard film is hitting in-home release in September with digital, 4K Ultra HD pack and Multi-screen Edition. You can get all the details on the in-home release below and be sure to check out our review of the film.

Burbank, Calif. — Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett
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‘Solo’ Blu-ray Trailer Announces Release Date and Features

Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Parenthood and Splash—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Watch instantly on September 14th …
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Underappreciated Solo hits Home Video in September

  • Comicmix
Burbank, Calif. — Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Parenthood and Splash—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and on Movies Anywhere, and bring the adventure home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.

Solo: A Star Wars Story bonus content takes fans behind the scenes to experience compelling discussions with
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Solo: A Star Wars Story 4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray Details and Date Revealed

  • Cinelinx
The latest Star Wars adventure is coming home this September, as Disney/Lucasfilm have revealed all the details on the home release, including all the special features coming with it. Come inside to learn more.

If you've been eager to dive back into Solo: A Star Wars Story (or watch it for the first time based off the box office), you'll get your chance this September. Disney/Lucasfilm announced this morning the most recent Star Wars film will be landing digitally on September 14th, with the 4K Ultra HD and blu-ray arriving September 25th, along with a plethora of bonus features for fans to check out (including 8 deleted scenes):

Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and “Splash”—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the
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Edgar Wright Surfaces Ron Howard’s Painfully Dated Race Car Movie (Video)

  • The Wrap
Edgar Wright Surfaces Ron Howard’s Painfully Dated Race Car Movie (Video)
Actor and director Ron Howard is best known for critically acclaimed movies such as “American Graffiti,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and “Apollo 13,” but “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright has reminded us that the “Splash” filmmaker also has roots in the automobile action genre.

After Howard congratulated Wright for his “original and excellent” car film on its one-year anniversary in a tweet on Friday, Wright responded with a throwback to one of the earliest films of Howard’s career: a little-known action comedy from 1976 called “Eat My Dust!”

In the film, Howard played the son of a local sheriff who steals a racing car with his girlfriend and then faces a pursuit from his father and the car’s owner and professional racer. According to PopMatters, Howard’s role in the movie was the result of a deal with director Roger Corman: If Howard acted in “Eat My Dust!,” Corman
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Dick Delson Dies: Longtime Hollywood Publicist Was 81

Dick Delson Dies: Longtime Hollywood Publicist Was 81
Longtime Hollywood publicist Dick Delson died following a lengthy illness Sunday. He was 81. His death at an assisted-car facility in Yarmouth, Maine, was announced by niece Joanna Delson.

A member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, Delson had more than 50 years of public relations, advertising, promotional and marketing experience. Delson supervised the press activities of hundreds of major motion pictures, independent films, television series and specials, many involving campaigns for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2003, he and George Lucas were recipients of the Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy for Outstanding Service to the Entertainment Industry.

In addition to fronting his own Delson and Associates La-based firm, Delson teamed with the late Murray Weissman on Weissman Delson Communications from ’98-2005.

Prior to forming his own agency, Delson was National Director of Publicity/Promotion and Television Advertising for Walt Disney Productions,
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Dick Delson, Longtime Hollywood Publicist, Dies at 81

  • Variety
Dick Delson, Longtime Hollywood Publicist, Dies at 81
Dick Delson, a well-known Hollywood publicist who worked with stars including Sylvester Stallone, Walter Matthau and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and on campaigns for films including “The Deerhunter” and “Jaws,” died Sunday in Yarmouth, Maine. He was 81.

His niece, Joanna Delson, said he died in his sleep at a longterm care facility.

Among his other clients were James Coburn, whose Oscar campaign for “Affliction” Delson designed, Robert Culp, Peter Graves, Lou Gossett, Jr., Marsha Mason, George Segal, Fred Dryer and Roddy McDowall, as well as authors Harold Robbins and Iris Rainer Dart.

Before forming his own firm in 1984, Delson was national director of publicity/promotion and television advertising at Walt Disney Productions, where he worked on campaigns for films including “Tron,” “Tex” and “Fantasia” as well as for “Splash” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Prior to Disney, he served as national director of publicity for Filmways Pictures, promoting titles like “Dressed to Kill,
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Tom Hanks' Classic Big Is Returning to Theaters This Summer

Tom Hanks' Classic Big Is Returning to Theaters This Summer
Big is returning to theaters in honor of its 30th anniversary. The Tom Hanks classic was released thirty years ago this summer, On June 3, 1988, to be precise. It's been a full three decades since an unsuspecting 12-year-old Josh Baskin uttered a secret wish to a carnival fortune-teller machine and he grew up overnight and now, those of us who never got the chance to experience Big the right way, on the big screen, will have the chance to do so next month.

Fathom Events has partnered with Turner Classic Movies and Twentieth Century Fox for the 30th anniversary screenings. On Sunday, July 15, and Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day (local time), Big will play in more than 700 movie theaters across the U.S. The screenings are part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series. The screenings will also include pre and post-film commentary by TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz.
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Tom Hanks Brings His Heavyweight Talent to Shakespeare’s Falstaff in ‘Henry IV’

Tom Hanks Brings His Heavyweight Talent to Shakespeare’s Falstaff in ‘Henry IV’
Tom Hanks took to the stage last weekend as we’ve never seen him before — in a fat suit as a barreling and rambunctious drunk.

No, he wasn’t appearing in a “Saturday Night Live” skit, but instead bringing one of William Shakespeare’s most iconic comedic characters to life: John Falstaff in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry IV,” now playing through July 1.

While the Oscar winner consistently captivated in his L.A. stage debut as the overweight, vain and boastful cowardly knight who befriends the future king of England, the outdoor setting for the play could not have been more tranquil.

Also Read: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson to Take on the Bard in La Production of 'Henry IV'

The intimate stage at the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles Va Campus had a natural wooded backdrop, twinkling lights and bubbling streams that swept
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Ron Howard movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘Splash,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind’

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Ron Howard movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘Splash,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind’
Sometimes it feels like Ron Howard has been around forever. Although the actor/director is in his 60’s, he’s been a star in TV and movies for over 55 years. From his early days playing Andy Griffith‘s son Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show” to his directing of the latest “Star Wars” story, “Solo,” the unassuming Howard still finds himself the center of attention.

Now primarily known as a director, Howard has won two Academy Awards — for producing and directing 2001’s Best Picture winner “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe — and has two more nominations to his credit for producing and directing 2008 nominee “Frost/Nixon” starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella.

With “Solo” in theaters, let’s take a photo gallery tour of his 15 greatest feature films, ranked from worst to best. Keep in mind that our gallery strictly focuses on his directing career and leaves out his terrific work as an actor in movies.
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Ron Howard movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Ron Howard movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Sometimes it feels like Ron Howard has been around forever. Although the actor/director is in his 60’s, he’s been a star in TV and movies for over 55 years. From his early days playing Andy Griffith‘s son Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show” to his directing of the latest “Star Wars” story, “Solo,” the unassuming Howard still finds himself the center of attention.

Now primarily known as a director, Howard has won two Academy Awards — for producing and directing 2001’s Best Picture winner “A Beautiful Mind” starring Russell Crowe — and has two more nominations to his credit for producing and directing 2008 nominee “Frost/Nixon” starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella.

With “Solo” in theaters, let’s take a photo gallery tour of his 15 greatest feature films, ranked from worst to best. Keep in mind that our gallery strictly focuses on his directing career and leaves out his terrific work as an actor in movies.
See full article at Gold Derby »

Brian Grazer & Ron Howard Launch Global Content Accelerator Imagine Impact: Cannes

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Brian Grazer & Ron Howard Launch Global Content Accelerator Imagine Impact: Cannes
Exclusive: On a day when director Ron Howard introduces Solo: A Star Wars Story to Cannes, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Howard are launching another major initiative, one designed to transform good ideas into successes in narrative and documentary film, TV, Vr and other platforms. Imagine Impact is a fully funded global content accelerator program that will start in Los Angeles this fall, and branch out to Latin America, United Kingdom, the Middle East and China. It core is an eight-week creative boot camp that will discover new voices and empower content creators and narrative storytellers from around the world.

While Hollywood has shown anxiety over the growing infiltration of Silicon Valley into the entertainment business, Grazer and Howard and their exec Tyler Mitchell modeled the new program after Y Combinator, which grooms aspiring entrepreneurs by incubating their ideas in a boot camp before placing them in front of
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Ron Howard Says There Has Been “A Little Talk” About ‘Willow’ Sequel

It appears like Ron Howard’s forgotten fantasy epic “Willow” might be getting the reboot/sequel treatment.

Released on the heels of hits “Splash” and “Cocoon,” “Willow” was Howard’s attempt at fun high-fantasy, based on a story written by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. Unfortunately, the film wasn’t a runaway success, at the time, but has developed a strong cult following over the years.
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Fox Searchlight Defends ‘Shape of Water’ From Plagiarism Suit

  • Variety
Fox Searchlight has fired back against a lawsuit that claims “The Shape of Water” is based on a 1969 play about a janitor who befriends a captive dolphin.

The studio’s attorneys argue in a motion to dismiss that the differences between the best picture winner and the play, titled “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” are so great as to make the lawsuit without merit. They also contend that any thematic similarities are also shared with a number of other films, and are not protected by copyright.

“Any ‘similarity’ between these vastly different works derives from the nonprotectible idea of a relationship between a person and an animal (in the case of the Play) or mythical humanoid creature (in the case of the Film) that scientists wish to kill and/or study and experiment on — an idea that has previously been the subject of numerous films, including ‘Free Willy,’ ‘Starman,’ ‘Splash!
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