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Film Review: ‘Pretty Bad Actress’

Film Review: ‘Pretty Bad Actress’
Pretty Bad Actress” is a pretty muddled movie, distinguished by vertiginous tonal shifts, wildly uneven performances, hit-and-miss satirical thrusts, and cavernous gaps in narrative logic. Indeed, it’s not entirely clear just when this strained farce — involving a fallen-from-grace former child star who may get a career boost from her own kidnapping — is supposed to take place. Conspicuous displays of VHS tapes, flip-top phones, and other period indicators appear to be hallmarks of a 1990s period piece. Sporadically, however, there are pop-culture references that suggest a contemporary timeframe. Even before writer-director Nick Scown springs a brazenly absurd third-act plot twist, it’s tempting to entertain the possibility that, hey, maybe everybody involved in this untidy enterprise simply made things up as they went along.

Despite being cast in the title role, Heather McComb actually gives a credible and creditable performance that consistently stands out as one of the film’s few saving graces.
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Film Review: ‘Pretty Bad Actress’

Film Review: ‘Pretty Bad Actress’
Pretty Bad Actress” is a pretty muddled movie, distinguished by vertiginous tonal shifts, wildly uneven performances, hit-and-miss satirical thrusts, and cavernous gaps in narrative logic. Indeed, it’s not entirely clear just when this strained farce — involving a fallen-from-grace former child star who may get a career boost from her own kidnapping — is supposed to take place. Conspicuous displays of VHS tapes, flip-top phones, and other period indicators appear to be hallmarks of a 1990s period piece. Sporadically, however, there are pop-culture references that suggest a contemporary timeframe. Even before writer-director Nick Scown springs a brazenly absurd third-act plot twist, it’s tempting to entertain the possibility that, hey, maybe everybody involved in this untidy enterprise simply made things up as they went along.

Despite being cast in the title role, Heather McComb actually gives a credible and creditable performance that consistently stands out as one of the film’s few saving graces.
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Horror Highlights: Blood Clots on VOD, Mushroomhead’s Volume III DVD, Heretiks Q&A with Director Paul Hyett

The first Horror Highlights of the week has some pretty terrifying things to show you. Horror anthology Blood Clots starring Brooke Smith hits VOD this month! Also: Mushroomhead's Volume III DVD release date and tour details as well as a Q&A with Heretiks director Paul Hyett!

Blood Clots Release Details: Press Release: "Horror anthology Blood Clots, starring Silence of the Lambs’ Brooke Smith, hemorrhages on VOD this August!

Premiering on Vimeo and Amazon, August 3rd, Blood Clots is a collection of horror stories curated by Freedom Cinema, consisting of shorts by New York distributor Hewes Pictures. Featuring cannibals, zombies, and other funny creatures, the anthology stars many recognizable actors such as Brooke Smith ("The Silence of the Lambs"), Harry Sinclair ("Lord of the Rings"), Madalina Bellariu Ion ("Young Pope”), and Kristin Slaysman among many others.

The collection is made up of seven short, gore-filled stories that will surely please the fans of the genre.
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Cameron Britton (‘Mindhunter’): It was difficult to get into the mind of a killer, and to get out of it [Exclusive Video Interview]

Cameron Britton (‘Mindhunter’): It was difficult to get into the mind of a killer, and to get out of it [Exclusive Video Interview]
Cameron Britton realizes “you don’t get characters often that are that in-depth, especially as a guest star,” so he relished the opportunity to play serial killer Ed Kemper in the Netflix series “Mindhunter,” for which he’s nominated for an Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actor. But that doesn’t mean it was easy to get into the mind of a psychopath — or to get out of it. Watch our exclusive video interview with Britton above.

At first Britton didn’t realize Kemper was a real person. “The first thing I saw was him talking about being a regular guy most of his life,” he explains. “Then he says, ‘But at the same time I was living a vile, depraved, entirely parallel other life filled with mayhem and death.'” Then Britton “went down a rabbit hole” of research.

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Jonathan Demme’s Personal Archive Donated to University of Michigan Library

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Jonathan Demme’s Personal Archive Donated to University of Michigan Library
We lost a good one when Jonathan Demme passed away last year, as the “Philadelphia” and “The Silence of the Lambs” director was as respected as he was beloved. The Oscar winner continues to give more than a year after his passing: His family has announced that Demme’s personal archive is being donated to the University of Michigan Library. The items include “photographs, scripts, correspondence, personal notes, unfinished documentary film footage, promotional items, costumes and props,” according to a release sent by the school.

“It feels so right on a number of levels that Jonathan’s archive is at U-m,” said Philip Hallman, who curates U-m’s Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection. “He’s worked with Nancy and Ira and John before, so there are actually many items related to his work that can already be found here. This donation both provides another important window into the world of indie film,
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Blood Clots Trailer Bursts with Cannibals, Zombies and Scary Monsters

It's been a while since we've gotten a good horror anthology in our filthy little hands. And no summer is completely without a visit from the local boogeyman. Today, we have the thrilling first trailer for Blood Clots. And it's a depraved shot of blood-soaked fun that we think you'll enjoy.

Premiering on Vimeo and Amazon, August 3rd, Blood Clots is a collection of horror stories curated by Freedom Cinema, consisting of shorts by New York distributor Hewes Pictures. Featuring cannibals, zombies and other funny creatures, the anthology stars many recognizable actors such as Brooke Smith (The Silence of the Lambs), Harry Sinclair (Lord of the Rings), Madalina Bellariu Ion (Young Pope) and Kristin Slaysman among many others.

The collection is made up of seven short, gore-filled stories that will surely please the fans of the genre. Whether it is an awkward dinner with an ancient creature in "The Call
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Anthology horror Blood Clots gets a trailer and images

Coinciding with its release, a trailer, poster and images have arrived online for the upcoming anthology horror Blood Clots which features seven shorts from directors Evan Hughes, Sid Zanforlin, Luke Guidici, Carl Timms, Patrick Longstreth, Timothy J. Richardson, Martyn Pick and Nick Spooner; check them out here…

Blood Clots is a collection of horror stories curated by Freedom Cinema, consisting of shorts by New York distributor Hewes Pictures. Featuring cannibals, zombies and other funny creatures, the anthology stars many recognizable actors such as Brooke Smith (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Harry Sinclair (“Lord of the Rings”), Madalina Bellariu Ion (“Young Pope”) and Kristin Slaysman among many others.

The collection is made up of seven short, gore-filled stories that will surely please the fans of the genre. Whether it is an awkward dinner with an ancient creature in “The Call of Charlie”, or a rightfully justified fear of basements in “Time
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Jodie Foster Leaves ICM for CAA

Jodie Foster Leaves ICM for CAA
CAA has signed two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster in all areas. She had previously been with ICM Partners.

Foster won the best actress Academy Award for “The Accused” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” She was nominated for “Taxi Driver” and “Nell,” and has appeared in more than 40 movies, most recently starring in Drew Pearce’s action-thriller “Hotel Artemis.”

Foster made her film directorial debut in 1991 with “Little Man Tate,” in which she also starred, and has since gone on to helm “Home for the Holidays,” which she also produced; “The Beaver,” starring Mel Gibson; and “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell.

She received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in 2013.

Foster recently made her TV directorial debut. She helmed episodes of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” and “Black Mirror.”

Foster earned
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Jodie Foster Signs With CAA

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Jodie Foster Signs With CAA
CAA has signed two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster in all areas. She had previously been with ICM Partners for acting and UTA for directing.

Foster won the best actress Academy Award for “The Accused” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” She was nominated for “Taxi Driver” and “Nell,” and has appeared in more than 40 movies, most recently starring in Drew Pearce’s action-thriller “Hotel Artemis.”

Foster made her film directorial debut in 1991 with “Little Man Tate,” in which she also starred, and has since gone on to helm “Home for the Holidays,” which she also produced; “The Beaver,” starring Mel Gibson; and “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell.

She received the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in 2013.

Foster recently made her TV directorial debut. She helmed episodes of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” “House of Cards,
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Jodie Foster Signs With CAA

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Jodie Foster Signs With CAA
Two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster has signed with CAA in all areas, the agency announced Tuesday.

In the past, Foster was represented for acting by ICM’s Joe Funicello up until his retirement, and by UTA for directing since 2012.

Foster has appeared in more than 40 films, including “Inside Man,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Accused.” Most recently, she starred in Drew Pearce’s “Hotel Artemis.”

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The actress made her motion picture directorial debut in 1991 with “Little Man Tate,” in which she also starred. Since then, she has directed films like “Home for the Holidays,” “The Beaver” and “Money Monster.” She also made her television directorial debut with episodes of “Orange Is the New Black,” “House of Cards” and “Black Mirror.”

In 2013, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Lifetime Achievement.
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Two-Time Oscar Winner Jodie Foster Inks With CAA In All Areas

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Two-Time Oscar Winner Jodie Foster Inks With CAA In All Areas
Jodie Foster has signed with CAA in all areas.

The Accused and Silence of the Lambs actress and Money Monster filmmaker previously was repped by ICM’s Joe Funicello for acting throughout her career up until his retirement, and UTA for directing since 2012. Foster continues to be represented by attorney Matt Saver.

Foster recently appeared on screen in Drew Pearce’s noir thriller Hotel Artemis, and she has also been busy with television episodic directing including Netflix’s Black Mirror, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black, the latter earning her a nomination for a 2014 Primetime Emmy in the comedy series directing category and a DGA nom. Foster also received a DGA nom for her TV drama directing work on House of Cards.

Foster has been nominated for four Oscars including best supporting actress for Taxi Driver, and lead actress for Nell, The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.
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‘Operation Finale’ Trailer: Ben Kingsley, Oscar Isaac Spar In Adolf Eichmann Capture Thriller

‘Operation Finale’ Trailer: Ben Kingsley, Oscar Isaac Spar In Adolf Eichmann Capture Thriller
“We’re all animals,” says Sir Ben Kingsley’s Adolf Eichmann in this intense trailer for Operation Finale. “Some of us just have bigger teeth than others.”

So it goes in director Chris Weitz’s thriller about the Israeli “catch and extract” operation in Argentina to bring to justice the chief architect of Hitler’s Holocaust.

This trailer – the last look at the thriller before MGM releases the film in theaters on Wednesday, August 29 – highlights, among other aspects of the movie, the psychological battle of wills between Kingsley’s Eichmann and Oscar Isaac’s Peter Malkin, one of the Israeli agents tasked with capturing the Nazi.

In exchanges that recall the evil mind games from classics like The Silence of the Lambs and The Exorcist, Eichmann, sounding like evil incarnate, tells Isaac’s agent, “My job was simple: save the country I love from being destroyed. Is your job any different?
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‘Castle Rock’ Season Premiere Recap: King’s Landing

‘Castle Rock’ Season Premiere Recap: King’s Landing
Stephen King is a one-man Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a Thanos down every suburban street. For decades, the Master of Horror has terrified readers — and moviegoers, via many mixed-bag movie adaptations — by rounding up an army of telepathic prom queens, demons in denim jackets, killer cars, rabid dogs, ancient vampires, cannibalistic clowns et al. and setting them loose in small-town America.

One imaginary burg, however, has gotten more than its fair share of these pestilential residents: Castle Rock, Maine, a quaint New England municipality that’s doubled as the nexus
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Jodie Foster: ‘I wasn't very good at playing the girlfriend'

Five years after her last acting role, the double Oscar-winner is back with Hotel Artemis. She talks about always playing tough characters, the lack of roles for older women and her friendship with Mel Gibson

Over the course of her 52-years-and-counting career, her roles have included a child prostitute, an FBI agent, a feral woman in the woods, a scientist who communicates with aliens, a mother searching for her missing child and, perhaps most notoriously, a woman whose husband can only communicate via a beaver puppet, so you can’t really say there is a typical Jodie Foster role. There is, however, a typical Foster expression. Think of Foster on screen and it’s likely that you picture her staring furiously ahead, her lips thin, every nerve radiating rigid control. And given Foster’s own life, that seems apt.

Seriously, imagine how much self-control you would need to survive a
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Opinion: SE7EN’s John Doe Didn’t Succeed as He Planned

David Fincher’s 1995 psychological horror/thriller Se7en is one of most enduring and terrifying films of its kind, standing alongside the likes of The Silence of the Lambs, Zodiac, Frailty, and The Vanishing, amongst others. The tale of two detectives, one new to the force and one on the way out, searching for a serial killer […]

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Jodie Foster reportedly in talks to star in comic book adaptation Y: The Last Man

After several years in development, FX finally granted a pilot order to its long-gestating comic book adaptation Y: The Last Man back in April, and now That Hashtag Show is reporting that Jodie Foster is in talks for a key role.

Based on on the Brian K. Vaughan comic book series, Y: The Last Man follows Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two surviving males on Earth after a mysterious plague wipes out the world’s male chromosomes.

Foster is reportedly in negotiations to star as Jennifer Brown, Yorick’s mother, in a role which will be greatly expanded from the original source material.

Michael Green is serving as showrunner on the potential series, while Melina Matsoukas is on board to direct the pilot, which is expected to shoot this summer.

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Richard Alan Greenberg Dies: Title Designer On ‘Alien’, ‘Superman’, ‘Matrix’ & Many More Was 71

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Richard Alan Greenberg Dies: Title Designer On ‘Alien’, ‘Superman’, ‘Matrix’ & Many More Was 71
Richard Alan Greenberg, an Oscar-nominated title designer and motion-graphics pioneer, died June 16 in New York City. He was 71.

Greenberg scored his Oscar nom for Best Visual Effects on the 1987 Anrold Schwarzenegger thriller Predator. Among his many other notable opening-sequence credits are Superman, Alien, Dirty Dancing, Zelig, The Untouchables, The World According to Garp, Altered States, Independence Day, Seven, The Matrix and the Lethal Weapon series.

After teaching at the University of Illinois and the Institute of Design in his native Chicago, Greenberg produced the short film Stop, which was shot at the Democratic National Convention that summer in the Windy City. It took the top prize at at the New York Film Festival Student Competition, which led to a job working for Pablo Ferro, who’d done the title design for such classics as Dr. Strangelove and Bullitt.

Greenberg launched R/Greenberg Associates in 1977 with his brother Robert. The company
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‘Versace,’ ‘Ahs: Cult’ and ‘9-1-1’ composer Mac Quayle explains how he scores so many shows at once [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Versace,’ ‘Ahs: Cult’ and ‘9-1-1’ composer Mac Quayle explains how he scores so many shows at once [Exclusive Video Interview]
Ryan Murphy is one of the busiest people in Hollywood and his composer is just as prolific. Since 2014, Mac Quayle has been Murphy’s go-to guy for hypnotic, absorbing scores for his programs. He’s worked on every “American Horror Story” season since “Freak Show,” both seasons of “American Crime Story,” “The Normal Heart,” “Scream Queens,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “9-1-1” and the just-premiered “Pose.”

“Fortunately it’s never more than three at a time and usually less,” Quayle said during Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Music panel, moderated by this author (watch above). When he is working on multiple shows at once, Quayle “tries to keep them separate.” “It’s like I put these walls up in between the shows, starting with the sounds.”

Currently, Quayle is just working on one show, which “is really, really nice,” he said. “It’s kind of gentle. I have some help.
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Jodie Foster movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Accused,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

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Jodie Foster movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Accused,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’
Jodie Foster has been a working actress for over half a century. That fact is a bit surprising since she is only 55 years old. Foster started acting when she was only three and was cast in a famous Coppertone sun tan lotion commercial. The appearance led to numerous other commercials and guest appearances on practically all the popular TV shows of that era such as “Bonanza”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, and “Gunsmoke”. She would also take over Tatum O’Neal’s Oscar winning role in “Paper Moon” when that show was made into a television series. While she worked steadily none of her television series were particularly successful which probably helped her avoid the typecasting that kids from “The Brady Bunch” and other shows faced.

She only began to earn name recognition in her early teen years when she starred in a number of successful films, some directed by Martin Scorsese.
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‘Hereditary’ reviews: Could the acclaimed horror film follow in the Oscar footsteps of ‘Get Out’?

‘Hereditary’ reviews: Could the acclaimed horror film follow in the Oscar footsteps of ‘Get Out’?
You don’t tend to think of the horror genre as a source for prestige filmmaking. That could be changing with the Oscar winning success of 2017’s “Get Out,” the acclaimed release of “A Quiet Place” earlier this year, and now the thriller “Hereditary,” which opened June 8 to some of the year’s best reviews. Horrific Oscar contenders aren’t unheard of — consider Best Picture nominee “The Exorcist” (1973) and Best Picture winner “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) — but they are uncommon.

As of this writing “Hereditary” has scored 87 on MetaCritic based on 42 reviews and 94% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes based on 138 reviews (only 8 of those are negative). The Rt consensus describes it as a “harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.” And it might actually have an Oscar-good-luck charm: star Toni Collette, who previously appeared in the Best Picture nominated horror film “The Sixth Sense
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