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Film News Roundup: Kristen Schaal, Holland Taylor Join ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

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Film News Roundup: Kristen Schaal, Holland Taylor Join ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
In today’s film news roundup, Kristen Schaal and Holland Taylor have joined the cast of “Bill & Ted Face The Music”; Gravitas sets a pair of release dates; Alamo Drafthouse unveils its “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” plans; and Peter Weir is set for an honor.

Castings

Kristen Schaal and Holland Taylor have joined the cast of “Bill & Ted Face The Music” as characters from 700 years in the future.

Schaal will play a messenger while Taylor is set to take on the role of The Great Leader, the most powerful person in the universe. Keanu Reeves will again portray Ted “Theodore” Logan, and Alex Winter will reprise his role as Bill S. Preston, Esq. Other cast members include Scott Mescudi – best known by his stage name Kid CudiWilliam Sadler, Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine.

Amy Stoch and Hal Landon Jr. have signed on to reprise their
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Peter Weir, Michael J. Meehan to Be Honored by Location Managers Guild

Peter Weir, Michael J. Meehan to Be Honored by Location Managers Guild
Initial honorees for the sixth annual Location Managers Guild International Awards (Lmgi) were announced Thursday by Lmgi President Mike Fantasia.

Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir will receive the Eva Monley Award, given to industry members who support the work of location professionals. Location Manager Michael J. Meehan (Dead Poets Society, Pirates of the Caribbean) will be honored with the 2019 Lmgi Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lmgi Awards spotlight international features, television and commercials that utilize filming locations to set the tone, enrich the character and enhance the narrative.

Weir is best known for his work on Witness (1985), Dead Poets ...
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Watch Hot Chip Soundtrack Bedroom Horror Show in New ‘Spell’ Video

A couple consumed by passion are ultimately consumed by their own bed in the new video for Hot Chip’s “Spell.”

The Simon Owens-directed clip captures a man and woman in the throes of a love so intense that neither notices that their bed sheets have started to get in on the action. The disembodied bedding starts with some creepy caressing, but soon it’s fully wrapped up the man, holding him down while the pillow smothers him. As the pillows and a nearby chair sing along to the steamy chorus of “Spell,
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Katy Perry Dances Freely in a Field in the Angelic Music Video For "Never Really Over"

Katy Perry Dances Freely in a Field in the Angelic Music Video For
Katy Perry is back with new music and an ethereal music video for our viewing pleasure. The singer just dropped her new single, "Never Really Over," and it will instantly get stuck in your head. This is Perry's first solo release since her 2017 album, Witness, and it represents a whole new chapter in her life.

She described the new song during a launch event at YouTube, saying, "This time, or this video, things that I'm touching on are kind of a time like age of Aquarius, new age, esoteric, California, healing, hippie, medicinal, plant-based . . . all those keywords," Entertainment Tonight reported. "There are many things like that, and honestly, these are the words that I've come to live by and incorporate these types of things and way of life in the past few years. So, I just wanted to put that in my music and my video." Watch the video for the Zedd-produced song above,
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Katy Perry Returns With "Never Really Over" and It's Totally Groovy

Katy Perry Returns With
Katy Perry is giving the people what they want.  The singer is back and better than ever with her new single, "Never Really Over," nearly two years after the release of her album Witness. Gone is the edgy persona that she birthed during her Witness era and in it's place is a floral, hippie-esque Katy with flowing red hair.  Like the song, Katy's new look and overall vibe truly speaks volumes to the growth she's experienced since the widely-panned release of Witness. Last year, she revealed that she suffered "situational depression" because the " public didn't react in the way I had expected to." Now, the 34-year-old is singing about...
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"Witness" Screening And Film Location Tour In Lancaster, Pa, June 15

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There will be a screening of the 1984 classic crime thriller “Witness” starring Harrison Ford in Lancaster, Pa, where much of the movie was filmed. Here are the details from the official web site:

Overview

This is an Exclusive experience that will be capped at 100 tickets.

The movie will be played at Zoetropolis in historic downtown Lancaster and narrated by our veteran Amish historian, Phil Lapp, whose father grew up Amish and was in the movie! During the showing, we will have a 10 question game regarding various sites shown in the county, followed by a private tour of the actual farm, and sit-down meal to follow. This type of an experience is the first of its kind!

For details, click here.

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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]

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Who’s the most overdue after the 2019 Oscars: Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams …? [Poll]
We thought Glenn Close would finally win an Oscar on her lucky seventh try for her role as an underappreciated spouse in “The Wife,” but her surprise loss to Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) means that Close is now zero-for-seven. That extends her record as the most nominated living actress without a single victory. But she’s not alone. Other Oscar also-rans this year have racked up multiple nominations without any victories. So who really is the most overdue after the 2019 prizes were handed out? Consider them below, and then vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

Diane Warren (10 nominations) — Warren’s loss this year for Best Original Song came with a couple of doses of cruel irony. There was the fact that she lost to Lady Gaga (“Shallow” from “A Star is Born”), whom
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Harrison Ford's animation debut is as a grumpy dog in Secret Life of Pets 2

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Harrison Ford has a Hollywood resume anyone would shoot first for, including as Han Solo in Star Wars, Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones movies, and countless other action movies and dramas like Witness (earning him an Oscar nod). But, as weird as it is to imagine, the actor has never, across his whole career, ever lent his voice to an animated movie. Now that box has been checked, and in the…
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Varèse Sarabande’s Top 10 Sellers List Led by ‘Ghost,’ ‘T2,’ ‘Star Wars’ Albums

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Varèse Sarabande’s Top 10 Sellers List Led by ‘Ghost,’ ‘T2,’ ‘Star Wars’ Albums
John Carpenter’s “Halloween” music? A “Star Wars” compendium? It’s no shock to see these show up on a list of soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande’s historical 10 biggest selling albums. More surprising? Non-genre soundtracks like “Rudy” and “The Man from Snowy River,” which film music fans snatched up in numbers matching some of the more obvious fare. Here are the imprint’s 10 most popular releases from their first 40 years:

1. “Ghost

Maurice Jarre, 1990

Varèse’s sole platinum album to date, selling an estimated 1.5 million units. Its inclusion of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” accounted for many of these sales.

2. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Brad Fiedel, 1991

Fiedel’s electronic score proved enduringly popular.

3. “The Star Wars Trilogy”

Varujan Kojian conducting Utah Symphony, 1983

One of several classic film-score recordings produced for Varèse by George Korngold with London orchestras.

4. “The Last of the Mohicans

Joel McNeely conducting Royal Scottish National Orchestra, 2000

New recording
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Katy Perry Is 2018’s Highest-Paid Female Artist, But Not Because of Albums

Forbes’ annual ranking of the best-paid women in music is out this week, and the name atop this year’s list is Katy Perry — who pulled in $83 million between June 2017 and July 2018, beating out Taylor Swift (who netted $80 million) and Beyoncé ($60 million), according to pretax earnings sourced from Nielsen, insider interviews and the magazine’s own estimates.

One might assume that this cool stack of cash comes from Perry’s fifth album Witness, which came out in June 2017. But though the album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart,
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Viggo Mortensen to Receive American Riviera Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Viggo Mortensen to Receive American Riviera Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival
Green Book” star Viggo Mortensen will receive the American Riviera Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sbiff organizers announced on Monday.

In the film, Mortensen stars as Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, a real-life bouncer from a New York City nightclub who in 1962 served as the driver and road manager for black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) in a concert tour of the Deep South.

The film was directed by Peter Farrelly and has won 14 audience awards at film festivals around the world since its premiere in Toronto in September.

Also Read: 'Green Book' Film Review: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali Take a Perilous Road Trip Through the Deep South

Mortensen’s previous roles include Oscar-nominated performances in “Captain Fantastic” and “Eastern Promises,” as well as “Witness,” “A History of Violence,” “A Dangerous Method” and the three “Lord of the Rings” movies, in which he starred as Aragorn.
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Katy Perry Unwraps New Holiday Song ‘Cozy Little Christmas’

Katy Perry Unwraps New Holiday Song ‘Cozy Little Christmas’
Katy Perry unveiled a new holiday song, “Cozy Little Christmas,” that’s available exclusively via Amazon Music. The track can be purchased for $1.29, while it’s also available to stream for Amazon Music subscribers.

A 30-second preview of the track is available and finds Perry crooning over an upbeat blend of pianos, shuffling drums and, of course, sleigh bells. “Nothing lights my fire or warms me up baby like you do,” Perry sings, “Just want a cozy, cozy little Christmas here with you.”

“Cozy Little Christmas” marks Perry’s first
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All 33 of People’s Sexiest Man Alive Cover Choices, From Mel Gibson to Idris Elba (Photos)

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All 33 of People’s Sexiest Man Alive Cover Choices, From Mel Gibson to Idris Elba (Photos)
Former wrestler and “Moana” star becomes only the second person of color named by People magazine as Sexiest Man Alive.

Mel Gibson was just 29 when he was named People’s first Sexiest Man Alive in February 1985.

St. Elsewhere” star Mark Harmon, then 34, became the magazine’s second choice.

L.A. Law” star Harry Hamlin was 35 when he was named.

Political scion John F. Kennedy Jr., then 27, was named Sexiest Man Alive in 1988.

At 59, Sean Connery became the oldest Sexiest Man Alive when he was chosen in 1989.

Tom Cruise, 28, had just opened “Days of Thunder” when he was selected in 1990.

Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” star Patrick Swayze was 38 when he was tapped.

In 1992, 51-year-old Nick Nolte followed up his performances in “The Prince of Tides” and “Cape Fear” with the Sexiest Man Alive title.

In a departure from tradition, the magazine in 1993 named Richard Gere and model Cindy Crawford as Sexiest Couple Alive.
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Helen Mirren movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Queen,’ ‘Gosford Park,’ ‘Red’

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Helen Mirren movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Queen,’ ‘Gosford Park,’ ‘Red’
It’s not uncommon for a prominent British actor to be labeled British acting royalty. All types, from Laurence Olivier to Maggie Smith, have worn the label but nobody perhaps has literally worn that title recently to the extent as Helen Mirren. She has had a long varied career and has earned her place as one of the holders of acting’s triple crowns by playing a variety of British monarchs.

Her Oscar came for playing the British Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” which dealt with her reaction to the unexpected death of Princess Diana. She would revisit the role nine years later for a Tony on Broadway in the play “The Audience,” which dealt with Elizabeth’s relationships with the various prime ministers who have served under her. It was a different Queen, Elizabeth I, that would bring Mirren one of her four Emmys, when she starred in
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From Bradley Cooper to Clint Eastwood: How Box Office Could Impact the Best Actor Race

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From Bradley Cooper to Clint Eastwood: How Box Office Could Impact the Best Actor Race
October sees the wide release of two studio films starring actors vying for Oscars: Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”) and Ryan Gosling (“First Man”). A win for either would fit within Academy tradition: Actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, and Russell Crowe were honored for mass-audience Oscar movies after establishing themselves as commercial successes.

But what is unusual this year is that Cooper and Gosling are just two of at least eight blockbuster veterans who could factor in the upcoming race. In fact, it’s possible all five Best Actor nominees could be actors familiar to moviegoers worldwide, and starring in films that grossed $100 million or more. At a time when the Academy is anxious about audience interest, that’s got to make Academy president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson happy. It’s a year when many industry folks are rooting for a big studio hit to win.
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Lawrence Kasdan Will Write and Direct November Road which is Set After JFK is Assassinated

Lawrence Kasdan is pushing the Star Wars franchise off to the side for a new film project called November Road that he will write and direct. The film is based on on an upcoming novel from Edgar Award-winning author Lou Berney and the story revolves around the period of the JFK assassination. Here’s the description that was provided:

In the spirit of No Country for Old Men, Man on Fire, and Witness, November Road is a story of second chances and redemption. It’s November 22, 1963, JFK has just been assassinated, and all Frank Guidry was supposed to do was get rid of the car – the same car, he realizes, that he had personally delivered to Dealey Plaza a week before. This connects him to the president’s murder and, when other loose ends begin dying all around him, Frank knows he’s next. Hunted by a ruthless hitman hired by his ex-boss,
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Lawrence Kasdan To Script & Direct Film Adaptation Of Lou Berney Novel ‘November Road’

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Lawrence Kasdan To Script & Direct Film Adaptation Of Lou Berney Novel ‘November Road’
Exclusive: Though the past several years have left Lawrence Kasdan focused in space writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Kasdan will now focus on the period surrounding the JFK assassination. Kasdan has made a six-figure acquisition of the film rights to November Road, the upcoming novel from Edgar Award-winning author Lou Berney. The novel is just being published by William Morrow HarperCollins.

Kasdan will write and direct, and will produce the film with Shane Salerno in a co-production between Kasdan Pictures and The Story Factory. The producers intend to fast-track the project, and for it to be Kasdan’s next film. Distributors are circling and that part of the deal should be made shortly.

In the spirit of No Country for Old Men, Man on Fire, and Witness, November Road is a story of second chances and redemption. It’s November 22, 1963, JFK has just been assassinated,
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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Ladyhawke

1985 was an eventful year for Hollywood, seeing the releases of such timeless classics as The Goonies, Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Brazil, Witness, Out of Africa, and Ran. It also saw the release of Ladyhawke, a medieval fantasy/romance/action/adventure telling the unforgettable tale of the love story between Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Navarre (Rutger Hauer).

The two lovers are placed under a terrible curse whereby she transforms into a hawk during the day, and he into a wolf by night. Together with the help of the crafty thief Gaston (Matthew Broderick), they must attempt to lift the curse for the sake of true love.

Since its initial release, Richard Donner’s Ladyhawke is probably best remembered among mainstream audiences today for its highly divisive synth-rock score. Any contemporary review or more recent retrospective of the film makes mention of Andrew Powell’s music. While certainly noteworthy and memorable,
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SAG-aftra Foundation To Honor Harrison Ford And Lady Gaga With Artists Inspiration Award

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SAG-aftra Foundation To Honor Harrison Ford And Lady Gaga With Artists Inspiration Award
Star Wars Acting legend Harrison Ford and singer-actress-pop cultural phenomenon Lady Gaga will be honored with SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Artists Inspiration Award at the Foundation’s 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards. The ceremony will be held on Nov. 8 at he Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Each year, the Foundation honors two artists who have used their platform to advance humanitarian and philanthropic causes with Artists Inspiration Awards. Previous honorees include Leonardo DiCaprio, Lionel Ritchie, and Kate Winslet.

“We are honored to recognize two of the most iconic and beloved artists worldwide who have not only made indelible impacts on our culture and the arts, but who have chosen to use their influence to make a difference for others,” said SAG-aftra Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams.

Williams adds, “Harrison Ford is an acting legend in every known galaxy, but what many do
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Korea Box Office: Headed by ‘The Witness’ Local Films Dominate the Weekend

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Korea Box Office: Headed by ‘The Witness’ Local Films Dominate the Weekend
A trio of locally-made films — “The Witness,” “The Spy Gone North” and “Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days” — took top three spots at the South Korean box office.

Opening on the National Liberation Day, crime thriller “Witness” debuted on top, beating the previous week’s winner, “49 Days.” The Next Entertainment World release earned $10.6 million from 1.37 million admissions between Wednesday and Sunday. Directed by Cho Kyu-hang, “Witness” revolves around a salaryman who watches a murder from the balcony of his apartment and struggles to protect his family from the murderer.

In second spot, Cj Entertainment’s “Spy” earned $6.3 million between Friday and Sunday for a running total of $31.1 million after two weekends on release. Lotte Entertainment’s “Along with the Gods” sequel “49 Days” earned $5.05 million for a three-weekend cumulative of $84.5 million from 11.32 million admissions. That makes “along With the Gods” the first Korean franchise where all parts have sold more than 10 million tickets.
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