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It (2017) Actor Jackson Robert Scott to Play Key Role in New Horror Film from Orion Pictures

You may know him as Georgie, the boy who talked to Pennywise through the sewer drain one fateful rainy day in Derry in the new It movie, but Jackson Robert Scott is wasting no time taking on other roles in the genre, as the young actor will play one of the lead roles in an untitled horror movie from director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) and screenwriter Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train), which is in development at Orion Pictures:

Press Release:Los Angeles – March 2, 2018 — Orion Pictures announced today that breakout star Jackson Robert Scott will play the young lead in Nicholas McCarthy’s upcoming untitled horror film, formerly known as Descendant, the announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Scott, most recently seen as Georgie Denbrough in the blockbuster Stephen King adaptation of It, joins previously announced Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black
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Orion Pictures Acquires Rights to Holiday Zombie Musical Anna And The Apocalypse, Release Planned for 2018 Holiday Season

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Since Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson gave it a five-star review at Fantastic Fest, we've been excited for readers to check out the zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, and now horror fans are one step closer to seeing the horror comedy deck the cinematic halls, as Orion Pictures has acquired the film and is planning a holiday season release this year.

Press Release: Los Angeles – January 9, 2018 — Orion Pictures, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a new, stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to John McPhail’s award-winning zombie holiday musical Anna and the Apocalypse. The announcement was made today by John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures. Orion plans to release Anna and the Apocalypse in the 2018 holiday season.

The film stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, Mark Benton (The Halcyon), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and
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LeBron James To Produce ‘Best Shot’ Docuseries At YouTube Red

YouTube Red has tapped one of the biggest names in professional basketball, LeBron James, for an upcoming docuseries titled Best Shot.

The eight-episode series, which will arrive on YouTube Red next year, will follow a group of promising high school basketball players and chronicle life lessons learned as they’re mentored by former Chicago Bulls star and current Espn analyst Jay Williams, according to Variety -- whose career prematurely ended after a 2003 motorcycle accident. Best Shot is being produced by James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment, alongside Boardwalk Pictures and Blue Ribbon Content -- Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital series production unit.

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YouTube Red Sets Jay Williams Docuseries ‘Best Shot’; LeBron James Among EPs

YouTube Red has ordered Best Shot, a documentary series featuring Jay Williams, the newly minted College Basketball Hall of Famer who was chosen second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft but whose career was ended by a motorcycle accident a year later. The series will debut in 2018. Watch a trailer above. The eight-episode series will chronicle the lives of the students he hopes to inspire – as the Espn analyst shares his journey from his championship college career at Duke to…
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LeBron James' SpringHill Entertainment Sets Basketball Docuseries at YouTube

YouTube is going into business with LeBron James

The Google-owned streamer has ordered basketball-centric docuseries Best Shot from James' SpringHill Entertainment, Boardwalk Pictures and Blue Ribbon Content, the digital arm of Warner Bros. Television Group.  

The eight-episode series, which will debut on YouTube's Red subscription service in 2018, will follow a group of high school basketball players. Former NBA player and Espn analyst Jay Williams will work with the team to reach its goals. 

Best Shot will be directed by Michael John Warren, who is known for his work on Netflix series Fearless and documentary Jay-z Fade to Black

James and business...
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Blade Runner 2049's Three Prequel Shorts. Excited Yet?

What’s good? My name is Salim Garami. You may have read my stuff at Movie Motorbreath under my initials, STinG, where I sometimes participated in Nathaniel's "Best Shot" series. I’m happy to be here writing my very first post for The Film Experience.

What better way to introduce myself than to explore one of my favorite movies of all time Blade Runner and its imminent follow-up Blade Runner 2049. This week has been filled with whoppers of new revelations on the sequel - from director Denis Villeneuve saying the theatrical 163-minute version is his final cut to the late great David Bowie being the original choice for apparent antagonist Niander Wallace or the initial responses from advance screenings, some even suggesting it surpasses the original.

All of these stories - as well as my recent positive turnaround on Villeneuve in consideration of his last three films - are
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MGM Re-Launching Orion Pictures as Distributor, Taps John Hegeman

MGM Re-Launching Orion Pictures as Distributor, Taps John Hegeman
MGM is re-launching Orion Pictures as a new, standalone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company to distribute Orion’s productions and acquisitions.

MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber made the announcement on Wednesday on the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival. Veteran executive John Hegeman has been hired in the newly-created role of president of Orion Pictures and will reported to Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group.

Orion was created in 1978 and had a mixed record for the next two decades. Its releases included “Hoosiers” and “The Terminator,” and it won four Academy Awards for best picture with “Amadeus” in 1984, “Platoon” in 1986, “Dances With Wolves” in 1990, and “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991. It also declared bankruptcy that year and was bought by MGM in 1997, then brought back as a distributor in 2013. Orion has teamed with Samuel Goldwyn Films as a co-distributor on several films recently.

The first movie
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Best Shot: The Parent Trap (1961)

The weirdest thing happened to me this week. My life and plans were entirely thrown off when I discovered I had an identical twin in... no, no. That's what's happened to Hayley Mills. I have no such excuse other than that life has proven very complicated lately. I will. will. will. return to former blogging glory soon. Until then... please enjoy these fine articles on my favorite movie when I was a wee thing, Disney's The Parent Trap (1961)

The Entertainment Junkie

Jason Henson writes...

Running parallel to the twins' attempts to mend their broken family is an examination of why it fell apart in the first place. It's here that, for a family film, The Parent Trap entertains some complex ideas about marriage...

Film Actually

Shane Slater chose the same scene and writes...

Maureen O'Hara's Maggie is indeed the most fascinating character in "The Parent Trap"

and how's this for crazy.
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I'm wishing... (I'm wishing)...

Someday our funds will come...Hello dear readers!

Today is your host's birthday (c'est moi, Nathaniel R) and I want to thank my team for filling in for me while I was on a wee vacation --special thanks to Chris Feil who has been a superstar since joining the team and really jumped in daily in my absence. In case you don't follow me on twitter or instagram, I was away at Disney World, a birthday treat from my bestie.

I'm not quite back up to speed from the trip so I shall return in the morning with a jampacked Wednesday through Friday of blogging for y'all since I know you haven't heard from me in a bit. I'll answer reader questions, return to Pfandom retrospective, oh and also Best Shot - Parent Trap (tomorrow night - pushed back 24 hours so you still have time to join us!), and more.
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Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.

On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.

Dante, for whom Goldsmith scored “Gremlins,” “Explorers,” “Innerspace” and other films, cited “his brilliance and versatility. Any film he scored was automatically improved tenfold.”

Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new,
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Duggars Celebrate Josh’s 29th Birthday with Family Photo: ‘We Pray that You Diligently Follow and Serve the Lord’

Duggars Celebrate Josh’s 29th Birthday with Family Photo: ‘We Pray that You Diligently Follow and Serve the Lord’
The Duggar family is celebrating Josh Duggar‘s 29th birthday.

On Friday, the reality stars took to their official Facebook page to wish the oldest of 19 kids a happy birthday.

“Happy birthday, Josh. We love you, your amazing wife and sweet children,” they captioned a rare family photo of Josh alongside his wife Anna Duggar, 28, and their four kids: Mackynzie, 7, Michael, 5, Marcus, 3, and Meredith, 19 months.

“We pray that you diligently follow and serve the Lord with your whole heart all the days of your life and that this year is a wonderful year for you and your family,” continues the caption.
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Dennis Hopper’s 110-Piece Vinyl Collection Is Being Sold For $150K

Dennis Hopper’s 110-Piece Vinyl Collection Is Being Sold For $150K
When Dennis Hopper passed away in May 2010, he left behind a handful of iconic movie performances thanks to the likes of “Apocalypse Now,” “Hoosiers” and “Blue Velvet.” But it turns out those weren’t the only things, as Pitchfork reveals the late actors massive vinyl collection is now being sold for $150,000. The collection, which includes 110 vinyls, is now for sale on the womenswear retail site Moda Operandi, with part of the proceeds going to the The Future Heritage Fund.

Read More: The 10 Best Dennis Hopper Performances

As you’d expect from the man who gave us such cinematic classics as “Easy Rider,” Hopper’s collection is made up culture-defining musicians like Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen and Simon and Garfunkel. Handwritten notes to the actor from artists are also included, as well as some unreleased material he acquired throughout the years. Check out pictures of the collection below, courtesy of Moda Operandi.
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Making a "Splash"

I'll be doing that tomorrow as I've been under the weather today. But don't despair if you needed a fix of Ron Howard's best movie (you heard me), the charming fish out of water comedy Splash from 1984. Here are seven articles from Best Shot participants to enjoy. Click on the photos to dive into their takes on this romantic winner about a man and his mermaid. 

Scopophiliac at the Cinema

Antagony & Ecstasy

Rachel's Reviews

Sorta That Guy

Dancin Dan on Film

Christian Bonamusa

Allison Tooey
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Best Shot/Best Costume: "Les Girls"

For this week's episode of our cinematography series Hit Me With Your Best Shot we wanted a slight curveball as a way to celebrate the release of the Costume Design documentary Women He's Undressed. It's now available to rent on iTunes or purchase on other digital platforms. (Jose's interview with the director here). The film is about the legendary Orry-Kelly, who designed a truckload of classic Hollywood features and stars, and won three Oscars in the 1950s for An American in Paris, Les Girls  and Some Like It Hot.  So those playing "Best Shot" this week could choose any of those three. I watched Les Girls since it gets the least attention and they even use its image for the documentary's poster (left).

Les Girls  (George Cukor, 1957) is not well remembered today but curiously it reminds us yet again that mainstream Hollywood in the 50s and 60s paid a lot
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How I Feel / How I Wish I Felt

How I Feel / How I Wish I Felt as demonstrated by DeliveranceI seem to have done something to my shoulder* so typing has become painful. People are performing superhuman feats at the Olympics whilst looking sexy and I'm watching like a mangled corpse in my living room. Fun times. Alas, that means this week's Best Shot Special Edition focusing on both cinematography and a Best Costume choice (as tribute to Orry-Kelly with the release of the documentary "Women He Undressed") might be very late. I'm taking frequent long stretching breaks.

Best Shot Articles Elsewhere

Jason Choi *first time participant* looks at the final sequence in An American in Paris (1951)

• I Want to Believe relates to Sugar Kane in Some Like it Hot (1959)

• Dancin' Dan on Marilyn's curves and despair in Some Like It Hot (1959)

• Allison Tooey looks at the musical Les Girls (1957)

• Timothy Brayton has a lot to say about
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Hmybs: Close Encounters of the Julia Kind

Best Shot 1977 Party, Finale

Julia Cinematography by: Douglas Slocombe (2nd of 3 nominations)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Cinematography by: Vilmos Zsigmond (1st of 4 nominations. His only win)

In case you missed our little Cinematography 1977 party we previously looked at the Oscar nominees Looking for Mr Goodbar, The Turning Point, and the little seen Ernest Hemingway inspired drama Islands in the Stream. Now that we're entirely out of time (Supporting Actress Smackdown Of 1977 Is Tomorrow!) here's a quick look at our final two nominated pictures. This time we'll do it in the abbreviated spirit we always intended for the series but could never manage due to longwindedness: a single image and why we claim it as "best".

Julia
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Hmwybs: A Sensational Diane Keaton in "Looking for Mr Goodbar"

Best Shot 1977 Party. Chapter 3

Looking for Mr Goodbar (1977)

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Cinematography by: William A Fraker

Finally with chapter 3 in our look back at the Cinematography nominees of 1977 -- a little prep work for the Supporting Actress Smackdown (last day to get your ballots in) -- a real threat to Close Encounter of the Third Kind for the Best Cinematography crown. Close Encounters won the Oscar, its sole competitive Oscar, but William A Fraker was more than worthy as a nominee for his evocative experimental work on Looking for Mr Goodbar. The cinematography (along with its swinging partner, the editing) are ready and able to capture the whirlwind moods, liberated momentum, self-deprecating humor, and multiple flashes of fear within this time capsule of the sexual revolution.

My only regret in showcasing the cinematography for this series is that good images are hard to come by. More (a little bit Nsfw) after the jump.
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Hmwybs: "Islands in the Stream"

Best Shot 1977 Party. Chapter 1

Islands in the Stream (1977)

Directed by: Franklin J Schaffner

Cinematography by: Fred J Koenekamp

No, dear readers, quit humming.

Though this post is retro it is not about Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers' classic Grammy-winning 80s duet. Islands in the Stream is also the name of a 1977 movie very loosely adapted from a collection of possibly unfinished Ernest Hemingway stories which were released after his death under this title. I regret to inform that I had not even heard of it, the film or the book. The three sections of Hemingway's posthumous book include his previously published "The Old Man and the Sea," something I had heard of. (I'm not an animal.) 

The poster to your left begins with the tagline:

How long has it been since you've seen a really good movie?

Which was maybe not the best marketing tactic in March of 1977 considering what
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Best Shot(s): Disney's "Zootopia"

Each year we throw an animated movie into the mix of our Best Shot season. It's a handy reminder that Best Shot is about more than just camera work and lighting actors and sets but how filmmaking teams choose to tell the stories they're telling. But even if we think of it only as a celebration of cinematography, animated films have been upping their game there, too, famously hiring high profile cinematographers as consultants as CG animation really took over the world in the last 20 years.

Since we're counting on Zootopia, one of the year's most beloved films, to be one of the nominees (though it's too early to say "frontrunner") for Best Animated Feature we give it pride of place here today now that it's out on BluRay and DVD. My own choice will come tomorrow due to a last minute screening. But please do enjoy these Best Shot
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Next Two "Best Shot" Episodes: Zootopia + Cinematography of '77

Watch the movies. Pick a shot. join us! You can see all the past episodes here.

 

Tuesday Evening, July 19th

Zootopia (2016, Howard, Moore, Bush. 108 minutes)

It's the second biggest global hit of the year and now that it's available for home viewing let's have a second look at this delightful animated comedy about a utopia threatened when predators go wild again. 

Best Shot Special: Mon Jul 24- Fri Jul 29th

Oscar Battles: Best Cinematography 1977

Close Encounters Vilmos Zsigmond

Islands In The Stream Fred J Koenekamp

Julia Douglas Slocombe 

Looking For Mr Goodbar William A Fraker

Turning Point Robert Surtees 

Choose one or more of Oscar's 1977 Cinematography nominees for your "Best Shot" pleasure. We'll reajudicate the cinematography Oscar battle of 1977 over the final week of July. If this sounds crazy, please note that 1977 happens to be our "Year of the Month" and four of those five titles were also nominated for
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