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The Son Season 2 Episode 10 Review: The Legend

The Son series finale makes a small revision to a tall tale to create a myth worthy of "The Legend."

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The Son Season 2 Episode 10

The Son, season 2, episode 10, "The Legend," concludes the series' run with the birth of a border town mythology and the lessons learned from the sins of a father. The great state, and former republic, of Texas is a land of tall tales. Last week's episode, "The Bear," included a version of the ultimate fate which befell Eli McCullough, leading the audience to a false conclusion. Oh, we doubted the accuracy, how could anyone know what was going through Eli's mind in his last hours facing off against the biggest bear in a state where bears are scarce. But we ultimately buy it. It's Texas, and it is a large enough story to give us a sense of comforting closure.
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The Son Season 2 Episode 9: The Bear

Eli McCullough moves all the pieces into place as The Son prepares for the conclusion of the series end game.

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The Son Season 2 Episode 9

The penultimate installment of The Son, season 2, episode 9, "The Bear," readies the series for a somewhat forgone conclusion. But the closure is coming like a set of pincers squeezing several wounds at once, and not all of them healing. All three generations of McCullough are in danger of facing change and loss of fortune.  All three face choices which alter their comfort, even as they move out of their comfort zones.

The episode centers, emotionally, on Jeannie McCullough (Sydney Lucas). Last week, she witnessed her mother cheating on her father with their son's music teacher. The young McCullough ran away from home to escape a lying family only to barely escape a back road rape from a travelling salesman.
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My Morning Jacket Collect Unreleased Songs for ‘Tennessee Fire’ 20th Anniversary Set

My Morning Jacket will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1999 debut The Tennessee Fire with a new deluxe edition featuring previously unreleased music. The collection is available to pre-order ahead of its August 2nd release via Darla Records.

The collection will feature the original 16-track album, as well as a second 16-track bonus disc that boasts a variety of rarities, including several previously unreleased songs, demos and alternate versions of album cuts like “Heartbreakin’ Man” and “I Think I’m Going to Hell.” The deluxe edition will be released digitally,
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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2019 Lineup Includes ‘The Lighthouse,’ ‘Zombi Child’ & More

Following the first batches of Cannes Film Festival lineup announcements, the slate has now been unveiled for the sidebar Directors’ Fortnight. Once again a stellar-looking lineup, it includes Robert EggersThe Witch follow-up The Lighthouse, starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child, plus new films from Takashi Miike, Lav Diaz, Bas Devo, and Rebecca Zlotowski (pictured above).

There’s also two Sundance films we’ve already reviewed: Wounds and Give Me Liberty. Premiering as a Special Screening is Luca Guadagnino’s new short The Staggering Girl starring Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, KiKi Layne, Alba Rohrwacher, Marthe Keller, and Kyle MacLachlan. See the lineup below, along with the Acid slate.

Directors’ Fortnight Lineup

Feature Films

Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux) – Opening Film

Yves (Benoît Forgeard) – Closing

Alice and the Mayor (Nicolas Pariser)

And Then We Danced (Levan Akin)

The Halt (Lav Diaz)

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
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Gary Busey Talks Buddy Holly, Almost Dying and Releasing His First Solo Song at 74

Gary Busey Talks Buddy Holly, Almost Dying and Releasing His First Solo Song at 74
“I’M Gonna Tell You How It’S Gonna Be!”

Gary Busey is pacing the studio at Rolling Stone‘s office, sing-shouting the lyrics to Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” He will do this often, without warning, in the middle of a conversation or just randomly as he sees fit, paying tribute to the rock pioneer who Busey considers a “spirit animal.” In Holly’s voice, it’s a confident ode to his eternal lover. For Busey, who’s long dabbled in music and whose recently released single is a cover of the 1957 song,
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Thad Mumford, Pioneering African-American Writer for ‘Mash,’ ‘Electric Company,’ Dies at 67

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Thad Mumford, Pioneering African-American Writer for ‘Mash,’ ‘Electric Company,’ Dies at 67
Thaddeus Q. Mumford, a pioneering African-American TV writer-producer who worked on shows ranging from “Mash” to “The Electric Company” to “Blue’s Clues,” has died after a long illness. He was 67.

Mumford died Sept. 6 at his father’s home in Silver Spring, Md., according to his sister-in-law, Donna Coleman.

With his longtime writing partner Dan Wilcox, Mumford worked on the final three seasons of “Mash,” as well as such shows as “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Alf,” “B.J. and the Bear,” “Coach,” “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” “Home Improvement,” and “Judging Amy.”

Mumford was a quick wit who had a knack for coming up with jokes and punch lines. “He was incredibly fast with a fully formed joke,” Wilcox told Variety. “Sometimes you wondered where they came from.”

Wilcox recalled an episode of “Mash” in which David Ogden Stiers’ stuffy Major Charles Winchester character balks at trying acupuncture to treat his back pain.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Alien Predators (1985)

Like most folk, I’m a sucker for alien invasion films; I’m also down with conspiracy flicks, and I love seeing beautiful photography in foreign lands. If only there was a horror film that combines these somewhat disparate elements into a cohesive, satisfying whole. I honestly can’t think of one; but there is Alien Predators (1985), a pretty damn fun and nonsensical trip through Spain.

Filmed in ’84 and released on video in the U.K. in August of ’85, Alien Predators saw a very brief theatrical U.S. run in February of ’87 before being dumped onto video shelves for curious horror fans…like myself; as that’s when I first saw it, and I remember digging its pleasant nature and sparse but effective effects. A recent revisit however disclosed its greatest asset: a make-it-up-as-we-go willingness on the part of writer/director Deran Sarafian (Terminal Velocity) that results in a freewheeling travelogue with Nasa espionage,
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U.K. Casting: Join Zoe Squires Play ‘The Bear,’ Performing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Hello and welcome to one of our shoutouts for projects casting around the U.K. As always there’s a mix of opportunities for all ages, abilities, and locations but do remember to check if you fit the bill before applying. Although we make every attempt to verify castings before we hit publish, please ensure that you do your own research before firing off those headshots and Backstage links. Acclaimed director and designer of Pins and Needles, Zoe Squires, is casting for her production “The Bear,” heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. The adaptation of Raymond Brigg’s story involves movement, puppetry, and song and rehearses in Bristol before going up to Edinburgh for a full run. The team is looking to cast two roles, Mum/Polar Bear, and a supporting role. Both roles are open to male and female talent, aged 18 and older. Rehearsals begin in July
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Canneseries: Jean-Jacques Annaud on His TV Debut, Hitchcock, and Sean Connery’s Socks

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Canneseries: Jean-Jacques Annaud on His TV Debut, Hitchcock, and Sean Connery’s Socks
Cannes — Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,” the Patrick Dempsey drama which will be showcased via a sneak peek of select scenes tonight at Canneseries, was inspired in part by advice given to a young Annaud by Alfred Hitchcock.

The French director’s first feature, the Africa-set “Black and White in Color,” won him a foreign-language Oscar, and bought him a ticket to Hollywood. Once there, he was asked if he’d like to meet Hitchcock at his chalet on the Warner Bros. lot.

“Most of all, don’t do like me; the same thing all the time. That’s very boring,” Hitchcock told him. “Crime stories bore me out of my brains.”

At a Canneseries masterclass on Friday, which was rich is such anecdote, Annaud reviewed a career which includes some of the great movies of the post Nouvelle Vague, led by “Quest for Fire
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The Silver Brumby rewatched – a natural beauty that doesn't age

It may have been one of Russell Crowe’s first films, but the focus of John Tatoulis’s classic adaptation remains equine over man

When endeavouring to tell live action stories from the perspective of animals, film-makers generally choose between three approaches. They can follow their subjects from a documentary-esque perspective (like director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s astonishing nature-drama The Bear), assign them voices and make their mouths move (Babe) or provide narration articulating their thoughts and feelings (The Adventures of Milo and Otis).

Related: Mad Max rewatched – gas-fuelled action pic or just plain weird?

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How Jean-Jacques Annaud Made Chinese Oscar Entry 'Wolf Totem' (Exclusive Video)

How Jean-Jacques Annaud Made Chinese Oscar Entry 'Wolf Totem' (Exclusive Video)
In order to make his 13th movie "Wolf Totem" without CG wolves, Jean-Jacques Annaud ("Quest for Fire," "Wings of Courage"), who has made a career out of shooting with animals in exotic locations, had to grow wolf cubs--as he did with "The Bear"-- over two to three years and train them to trust humans. The production had to wrangle 480 technicians, 200 horses, nearly 1,000 sheep, and 50 trainers and handlers, including armed guards and local farmers. Annaud dreaded filming one sequence involving an aerial drone filming 200 horses and 25 wolves running together in a blizzard at night, which was more difficult and dangerous than you can imagine. "Digital can’t capture the soul or the instinct of an actor - human or animal," says Annaud, who prefers to use CG for post-production fixes. He's never happier than when he's working with his crew on remote terrain away from the comforts of home. It's when he.
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The Bear

Animal movies aren't just for kids anymore, but nobody made one better than this French production, which stars a pair of talented Ursine thespians doing their thing amid more beautiful mountain scenery than seems decent. It's guaranteed perfect 'watch something with the kid' material, and more than intelligent enough for consenting adult fans of the great outdoors. The Bear 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition Shout! Factory Savant Blu-ray Review 1988 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 96 min. / 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition / L'ours / Street Date September 29, 2015 / 19.99  Starring Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Tchéky Karyo, Jack Wallace, André Lacombe. Cinematography Philippe Rousselot Film Editor Noëlle Boisson Original Music Philippe Sarde Animal specialists Dieter Krami, Steve Martin, Doug Seus, Lynne Seus, Clint Youngreen, Jean M. Simpson. Written by Gérard Brach from the novel by Jame Oliver Curwood Produced by Claude Berri Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Bear charmed big audiences
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Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies

It can be such a beautiful happening when the natural forces of humanity and the wild kingdom can get together and establish a sense of harmony in motion pictures. Also, it can be a compelling yet regrettable conflict as well when man and beast decide to collide in the interest of big screen entertainment. Whatever the case may be certainly does not matter because the concept of beasts of all species (rather it be of the four-legged or two-legged variety) collectively clashing or cooperating sends a special message about triumph, tragedy and just plain tenderness.

In Beast of Burden: Top 10 Human-Animal Combinations in the Movies we will look at some of the best selections where man and animal co-exist whether it be in calmness or chaos. There is no doubt that one can come up with numerous top ten lists detailing their ideal man-animal themes in cinema. The struggle for
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Jj Annaud: 'Lots of lickings then you lose a leg'

The director on the joy of China, his affinity with Inner Mongolian wolves, and why embracing their bestiality might help keep people from therapy

As soon as he finishes his coffee in Cannes, Jean-Jacques Annaud will take a plane to Paris, then another to Beijing, then a third to Inner Mongolia. There he will drive for six hours to Ölgii and the set of his new film, a 1960s-set steppes epic. It's a monthly commute, one the 69-year-old has been making for three years since he started pre-production on the film, likely to be finished next year ("No fatigue! It's like love! You climb mountains, you cross oceans"). When he arrives, there will be no need to freshen up: a 75lb wolf will lacquer him in saliva the second he steps from the car.

This is Cloudy, one-time alpha male of the 30-strong pack. "We have a very extraordinary relationship,
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'Game Of Thrones' Is Upping The Blood

'Game Of Thrones' Is Upping The Blood
In celebration of "Game of Thrones" Season 3, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hosted "An Evening with 'Game of Thrones'" on March 19, with everyone from creator George R. R. Martin to stars like Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) in attendance. (You can watch the full panel, courtesy of Emmys.com, below.)

HuffPost TV will have full interviews with the cast ahead of the Season 3 premiere on Sunday, March 31 (9 p.m. Et on HBO), but to whet your appetite, here's what we learned from Martin on the red carpet ...

On Season 3:

"I've actually only seen the episode that we premiered last night, because I've been very busy this past year. I wanted to make it over to the shoot to see some of it being shot as I've done in previous years, but I wasn't able to do it this year.
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Thn’s Top Ten Bears

This week sees the release of Ted, Seth MacFarlane’s comedy about a pot-smoking, foul-mouthed teddy bear. And here’s our review.

With Ted’S success at the Us box office and a guaranteed warm welcome here in the UK, his popularity isn’t in doubt. But which are the best bears in cinema? And are they all from Disney movies?

Read on, and Thn will bear all (bare all).

10. Yogi Bear (Yogi Bear – 2010 dir. Eric Brevig)

Classic cartoon characters Yogi and Boo Boo make their big screen debut in a live action family romp.

Proving that all you had to do to get on this list was ‘be a bear,’ Yogi swiped many a pic-a-nic basket back in 2010, to the amusement of nobody. It’s not through want of trying, though, as Dan Aykroyd did a terrific job voicing the thieving hat and tie enthusiast. Justin Timberlake also nailed
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Marrakech Film Festival '11: Jean-Jacques Annaud Talks 'Black Gold' & The Importance Of "Discovering The Jungle Of One's Heart"

For director Jean-Jacques Annaud ("The Name of the Rose," "Quest For Fire," "The Bear"), having served as President of the Features Jury some years ago, returning to the Marrakech International Film Festival with his new film "Black Gold" in tow was in some ways coming full circle. "[Marrakech] is a special city because this is the first Arab city I ever visited. There is no doubt that the beauty and the medieval ambience of the place inspired my desire to make a movie about this world -- this movie," he explained when The Playlist got to sit down with him prior to his Masterclass. Perhaps surprisingly, Annaud is comfortable with, and indeed encourages, a contemporary political reading of his films, despite the fact that on the surface anyway, many of his period films seem designed as pure entertainments. "I like history when it reflects contemporary times, when it can show the constant functioning of society.
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Watch: Charlize Theron Takes It Off & Puts It On In Jean-Jacques Annaud Directed Dior Ad

So here's a little bit of glamour to start your week after the last long weekend of the summer. Jean-Jacques Annaud, the director of fare such as "The Bear," "Enemy At The Gates" and "Seven Years In Tibet" is the latest in a long line of directors to go down the fashion route, and his latest endeavour is making Charlize Theron look even more glamorous in a new ad for the fragrance Dior J'Adore. The spot features Theron rushing to the runway and as she gets ready to strut her stuff folks like Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe
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Weekend Shopping Guide 5/7/10: Big Blue Bridges

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

The epic films of David Lean are an essential part of any cinematic library, and the first to make the transition to high definition is the sweeping Doctor Zhivago (Warner Bros., Rated PG-13, Blu-Ray-$35.99 Srp), and it looks and sounds absolutely incredible. Just to add icing to the cake, it’s packed with bonus materials, including an audio commentary, a new retrospective, a making-of documentary, vintage featurettes and interviews,
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Fi's Fave Films! - An Alternative List

Since I so royally dissed Empire and its reader t'other day for their downright dispicable "500 Greatest Movies Of All Time" poll, I thought it might be a suitable time to finally get around to posting a little list of my own. Yes, as part of a sometimes series which I shall simply call 'Lists' for ease of use, I present to you my top 10 favourite films, so I may in turn be royally dissed.

Please note this list if "favourites" and Not "greatest" and as such is not a claim by myself to be the most incredible standout pieces of cinema the world has ever seen. These are all films which, for reasons both known and unknown, are very dear to me.

And so, in no particular order bar No.1, I present to you Fi's Fave Films!...

1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch, 1992)

This is my all-time favourite film,
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