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No, Macaulay Culkin Won’t Do the ‘Home Alone’ Face for You (Video)

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No, Macaulay Culkin Won’t Do the ‘Home Alone’ Face for You (Video)
It’s been 28 years since “Home Alone” was released, and Macaulay Culkin still won’t do “the face” for you when you ask him to.

“No,” he told Ellen DeGeneres when asked what he says when he’s asked to do the face. “I’ve already been there, done that. I’m 37 now, okay mom?”

“Everybody wants me to do it,” he added.

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During his interview with DeGeneres, Culkin also says it’s been a “curse and a blessing” to have been so famous at such a young age. He says he can get any reservation he wants but will be stared at during the entire duration of his meal. And around Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the “Home Alone” films get played over and over again on TV, he tends to go out less and less.

“It’s Macaulay season,” he jokes.

Culkin starred in the films “My Girl,” the “Home Alone” movies, “Richie Rich,” “The Good Son,” “The Pagemaster” and in 2003, “Party Monster.” He stopped working at 14 and didn’t see his money until the age of 18 when he realized that he had made enough money working as a kid that he could do the rest of the things he does these days as just “a hobby.”

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“I do nothing for my dinner nowadays,” the actor revealed.

He also told DeGeneres about his time on “Saturday Night Live” alongside Mike Myers in 1991. While everyone, still to this day, uses cue cards on the show, Culkin’s dad didn’t allow it.

“I had to do a whole episode without cue cards,” Culkin said. “My father was quite insistent.”

Also Read: Macaulay Culkin Live-Tweeted the Oscars, 'Bummed' He Was 'Left Out of the In Memoriam'

When DeGeneres pointed out that everyone uses cue cards, he responded, “Not the 9-year-old, I guess!”

DeGeneres also showed the audience various photos of Culkin’s career, including a photo of him with Michael Jackson for the “Black or White” music video, and a picture of him with Will Smith and Steve Urkel.

“That is the most ’90s photo I’ve ever seen!” Culkin said.

Watch the two interviews above and below.

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What’s Leaving Netflix in March 2018

As March nears, Netflix will say goodbye to a mix of beloved franchises, tentpoles, and Hollywood classics.

The streaming giant will begin the month by removing the “Jaws” series, as well as newer flicks like “First Response.”

Christopher Nolan’s critically-acclaimed “Memento” will leave before the month comes to a close, along with Disney hits like “The Santa Clause” trilogy and “Zootopia.”

TV shows on the chopping block include the short-lived A&E crime drama “Breakout Kings,” as well as the first seven seasons of “Archer” and the first two seasons of “The Carmichael Show.”

Check out the full list of titles leaving Netflix below:

March 1

A Gang Story

Anastasia

Baby’s Day Out

Eyewitness

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

First Response

Forget and Forgive

Hitch

Jaws

Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Jaws: The Revenge

Less Than Zero

Memento

Slums of Beverly Hills

The Chase

The Craft

The Panic in Needle Park

Trigger Point

Two Wrongs

xXx

March 4

Chloe

Safe Haven

March
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Halloween 2017: 31 Movies to Watch on Netflix This October

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Happy October, boils and ghouls! Now that our favorite month has officially kicked off, that means many of us are putting together a list of must-watch movies to get into the Halloween spirit. With that in mind, this writer has once again pulled together a varied list of 31 (well, technically more than 31, but who can resist cheating a bit when it comes to horror movies?) films that are currently streaming on Netflix that should undoubtedly get you primed for the big day on October 31st.

It’s worth noting that several great titles not included on this list are making their way to Netflix during October that would also make for great Scary Movie Month additions, including Cult of Chucky on 10/3, Raw on 10/4, and the Stephen King adaptation 1922 on 10/20, with season 2 of Stranger Things kicking off on 10/27.

Happy viewing, everyone, and look for more Halloween-related articles coming your way all month long,
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[Podcast] We Need To Talk About Horror Episode 11: Death Note (2017), It (2017) and Remembering Tobe Hooper

Andy, Mike, Josh and Josh’s girlfriend, Janna fire up the microphones to have a discussion about Adam Wingard’s Death Note, the 2017 adaptation of It and we pay tribute to the late Tobe Hooper. Also, just when you thought it was safe…Horrorlimination!

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Show Notes:

00:02:50 – What We’ve Been Watching

Josh & Janna – Blood: The Last Vampire, Adam Wingard’s Death Note (discussion starts at 00:03:56), Firestarter, Miracle Mile, Sorcerer, The Good Son, Cat’s Eye, Die, Monster, Die, Shin Godzilla, The Killing of America, Stagefright (1988), Deranged, Demon Seed, The Boy (2016), Toolbox Murders (2004), Ghosts of Mars, The Hunger, Avgn X, Josh is also reading Bruce Campbell’s Hail to the Chin book and was called a genius. Janna started “Stranger Things” because Josh is procrastinating. Janna also watched Shiki and is reading “Ax Murders of Saxtown: The Unsolved Crime That Terrorized a Town
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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Zaida Bergroth — “Miami”

Miami

Zaida Bergroth is a Finnish film director whose works has been screened at several prominent festivals, including Tiff, and have received awards at Pusan International Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. Her previous feature films include “The Good Son” and “The Last Cowboy Standing.” Bergroth has also helmed several shorts like “Kunnanjohtaja” and “Heavy Metal.”

Miami” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Zb: “Miami” is a drama about two sisters finding each other again after many years. The older one is an irresponsible but magnetic show dancer, the younger one is a shy small-town girl. The film turns into a road movie and even a crime story, but the main focus is in the complex bond between the sisters.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Zb: A few years ago there were some scandals in Finland involving show dancers and public figures. The way these women were treated in the press and social media caught my attention; they were immediately ridiculed and looked down upon. The hate they were subjected to was shocking.

At the same time, there was something fascinating and somehow powerful in their shameless attention-seeking. This all gelled into the character of Angela.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Zb: Most of all, I want them to feel they have connected with the characters. Hopefully they’ve been immersed in a world and in characters who at the outset might seem outlandish and foreign, but by the end seem quite understandable.

The drama of how to handle a lovable but impossible family member has become more important than the exotic world surrounding it, and hopefully the central questions about responsibility and loyalty will linger in the mind of the spectator.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Zb: How to make a film about exotic dancers without succumbing to a male gaze — the culturally standard ways of looking at a female body — but at the same time without desexualizing the women and taking away their power. I hope we succeeded.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Zb: It was funded the normal Finnish way, meaning that the financing came from the national film fund and a public TV channel. It was a long process, all in all six or seven years, and the script went through different phases. But when we finally got the green light, everything went quite smoothly. The schedule was tight, but I had a great crew and really dedicated actors, and even the weather gave us some real gifts, such as a dramaturgically perfect snow storm near the end of the film.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Zb: It’s a wonderful recognition, of course. I was in Toronto with my last film, “The Good Son,” and the fact that we got such a good start for the film gave it a very good festival career. I hope we’ll do even better this time with “Miami” and I’m especially excited to have the main actors Krista Kosonen and Sonja Kuittinen accompanying me.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Zb: The best: With my first feature, in the editing room I was worried about images fitting properly together. My editor, who was really experienced, told me that they will fit if we just put them next to each other. The point was that one should focus on the essential and not create problems, not try to follow some preconceptions which have nothing to do with the task at hand.

The worst: Walk fast and talk quickly and unclear, so that everybody around you will be alert and on the edge.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Zb: The same as I would to a male colleague: love your eccentricities and “weaknesses.” They are what make you who you are and are a source of power. There’s no need to try to blend in.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Zb: There are so many: the works of Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, Lucrecia Martel, Sofia Coppola… They all have their individual, courageous voices. Just thinking of that gives one confidence in a moment of doubt.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Zb: I can only speak of Finland, where we’ve had the same discussions. The situation in Finland and the Nordic countries in general is surely better than in most other places, though there is still some way to go.

There was just a debate about the fact that the screenwriting grants are already divided quite equally in Finland, but when it comes to the scripts actually getting into production, there is still a clear difference between male and female directors. But I am optimistic that this problem will slowly fade away with the next generation: We have so many recognized female directors, including Selma Vilhunen, who was in Toronto last year with her film “Little Wing.”

I expect that the commissioning editors will be more alert to the existing imbalances in the future. We have a community of female filmmakers in Finland who keep in touch and support each other, and we keep these things in discussion.

Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Zaida Bergroth — “Miami” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Miami’: Film Review | Tiff 2017

‘Miami’: Film Review | Tiff 2017
In Miami, a winding road trip of a slow-burning crime thriller, the exotic-dance gyrations of half-sisters Anna and Angela have a silly, sexy charm. It’s the offstage dance between them, and the shifting interplay of affection, admiration, distrust and resentment, that fuels this absorbing journey through genre territory.

With exceptional lead performances by Finnish star Krista Kosonen and Sonja Kuittinen, in her first film role, Zaida Bergroth’s third feature (after Last Cowboy Standing and The Good Son) is a compelling double character study. Though its central section could be tighter and its final stretch presents an overload of incident, the...
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Haugesund: Sisters’ Tale ‘Miami’ Gets World Sales Deal With LevelK (Exclusive)

Haugesund: Sisters’ Tale ‘Miami’ Gets World Sales Deal With LevelK (Exclusive)
Haugesund, Norway — Portraying “The Good Son” (“Hyvä poika”) in her 2011 feature, which won top prizes at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Mons International Festival of Love Films, adding a Jussi, Finland’s national film award, Finnish director Zaida Bergroth is now reuniting two sisters in her third feature, “Miami.”

It will have its international premiere in the New Nordic Films market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs Aug. 22-25.

Prior to the market, Danish international sales boutique LevelK. represented in Haugesund by executive coordinator Stine Bomholt, has picked up world sales rights for the crime drama, which was produced by Miia Haavisto for Helsinki-Filmi. It is backed by the Finnish Film Foundation, Finnish pubcaster Yle and Nordisk Film Finland. It was launched domestically on Aug. 4 by Nordisk.

Scripted by Bergroth and Jan Forsström, from an original idea by Kaarina Hazard and Leea Klemola, “Miami” is set in the world of night
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‘Miami’ Trailer: Sexy and Ambitious Tiff Drama Follows a Pair of Stripper Sisters on the Run — Watch

‘Miami’ Trailer: Sexy and Ambitious Tiff Drama Follows a Pair of Stripper Sisters on the Run — Watch
A heady mix of crime caper, neon dazzle, and American-ized dreams, all topped with a generous nod to movies like “Magic Mike” and “Showgirls,” Zaida Bergroth’s ambitious “Miami” appears to be taking the “stripper movie” into an entirely new direction. The filmmaker’s third feature — following festival favorites “The Good Son” and “The Last Cowboy Standing” — turns her keen eye for fraught familial relationships to something new: sisters.

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Miami” follows the glamorous Angela (Krista Kosonen), who arrives in a tiny Finnish town armed with her exotic dancer pals and her dazzling personality, only to get mixed up with some bad dudes after the show is over (one gets the sense that Angela is always just one big scrape away from disaster). Angela hightails it out of town, armed with a brand-new sidekick: her shy
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August 1st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Shin Godzilla, Colossal, Slither Collector’s Edition

August’s home entertainment releases are off and running in a big way with this week’s crop of horror and sci-fi titles, as we have nearly two dozen movies coming our way this Tuesday.

Scream Factory is putting in overtime with a handful of stunning steelbooks celebrating three great John Carpenter films—They Live, The Fog and Escape From New York—as well as a Collector’s Edition of James Gunn’s Slither and the indie horror films Don’t Knock Twice and House on Willow Street (which they’ve teamed up with IFC Midnight for).

As far as recent genre movies go, Colossal, Shin Godzilla, and Phoenix Forgotten are all primed for their home bow on August 1st, and both Paramount and Universal are dusting off a bunch of recent titles on both DVD and Blu-ray, including Disturbia, The Machinist, Red Eye, and the unrated version of The Ruins.
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Tender & The Fury

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Beacon Theatre, NYC June 15, 2017

Much is being written that Nick Cave's current tour of Skeleton Tree may be his best yet. Seeing Mr. Cave and The Bad Seeds' performance last night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, I would agree. Playing every song from that album except "Rings of Saturn" plus another eleven classic songs (set list here) from his catalog, it was a show that will be difficult to rival by any touring act this year or quite possibly until Mr. Cave decides to tour again. Quite remarkable given that he's a few months shy of his 60th year on Earth.

Channeling both rage and ragged beauty, he is singer of staggering charisma. Plunging himself into the open arms of adoring fans almost from the start, his rich, booming baritone never missed a note in any of songs, even those
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Want to Get Really Freaked Out? Watch “The Good Son” as An Adult

I was watching TV the other day and The Good Son was on. When I first saw it I think I was a teenager. The movie came out in 1993 so I’d have been 14 at the time but there’s no way I saw it in the theater. I want to say I first saw it when it aired on HBO. Remember when they’d play movies 1600 times when they first aired on the channel? Actually they still do that but I digress. At that time, to my teenage self The Good Son was merely just a “thriller” type movie

Want to Get Really Freaked Out? Watch “The Good Son” as An Adult
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Bloody Birthday (1981)

Blame The Bad Seed (1956) for every murderous moppet that has skipped across the screen in subsequent years. Village of the Damned, The Omen, The Good Son, The Children, and many more have explored the taboo of killer kiddies. One of the oddest of the bunch is Ed Hunt’s Bloody Birthday (1981), a ridiculously fun turn with not just one, but three mini-Mansons on hand to clean up the schoolyard.

Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer, as our rascally trio tends to focus on grown ups, what with their stupid rules against homicide and premature burial. (Don’t worry – one of the protagonists is a classmate who is put in mortal danger. All’s fair.) Bloody Birthday was rolled out twice; first in limited release in April of ’81, and then in ’86 (also limited release). The film made its money back but didn’t earn any good grace from critics
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Films people agreed to make to get their dream projects made

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From Demolition Man and James Bond through to Speed 2 and Steven Seagal: the movies filmmakers took on to get other projects made.

One for the studio, one for yourself? That’s sometimes been the case when it comes to making movies, and we suspect – under the surface – it happens more than we’re ever told. However, every now and then, it becomes clear that someone has signed up for a movie, with getting the film they really, really want to make as the hidden reason. Such as in these cases…

Nigel Hawthorne: Demolition Man

The late, great Nigel Hawthorne wasn't much of a fan of the much-liked Sylvester Stallone-Wesley Snipes showdown, Demolition Man. In his autobiography Straight Face, Hawthorne called the experience of making the film "miserable", and wasn't impressed with the time lost on set waiting around for Stallone and Snipes.

But
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Elijah Wood Says Hollywood Has a Pedophilia Problem

Elijah Wood Says Hollywood Has a Pedophilia Problem
Before Elijah Wood starred as Frodo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, he was a child actor — and now he’s making some explosive allegations about the state of Hollywood.

The actor, in a new interview with the Sunday Times, is accusing Tinseltown of having a pedophilia problem, saying “a lot of vipers” are preying on children in the business.

“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind,” he said. “There is darkness in the underbelly. What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: they can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”

“If you’re innocent, you
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Village Of The Damned (1960)

Presenting murderous moppets on screen is always a dicey proposition. For every The Bad Seed or The Omen, there is always The Good Son or Mikey skulking about. It’s all about the fear – making a five or ten year old believably frightening is hard to do. As audience members, we put our faith in filmmakers to produce tension, conflict, and danger in a palpable (but not necessarily plausible) way, and when it’s tested we end up wading through Children of the Corn. But when our faith is rewarded, we find ourselves in the Village of the Damned (1960), a seminal killer kid chiller.

Based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, Village was produced by MGM’s British division and distributed there in July, with a December rollout in the States. The film was a great success, both with critics and audiences alike, luring them in with
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All the New Movies on HBO Now and HBO Go in December

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If you've already cherry-picked what you wanted to watch from HBO's November releases, then it's time to start looking to December! A ton of great titles are headed to the premium network's streaming services, including The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Longest Ride. Remember when you had to wait a year and a half just to rent a video tape? Those days are clearly gone. Get a look at all the new movies coming to HBO Now and HBO Go in the upcoming month, and take note of what's disappearing! Saturday night premieres: Dec. 5: Get Hard Dec. 12: The Divergent Series: Insurgent Dec. 19: The Longest Ride Dec. 26: The Water Diviner Original programming highlights: Dec. 1: Vice Special Report: Countdown to Zero Dec. 6. The Leftovers, season finale Dec. 13: Getting On, season finale Other notable movies coming Dec. 1 10 Things I Hate About You Annie Hall Brokeback Mountain
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The Movie Doctors by Simon Mayo & Mark Kermode review

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The Movie Doctors is more than Wittertainment jumping from the airwaves to the printed page. Here's our review...

How do you write a review about The Movie Doctors, by Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode? Well, you just…, ah I suspect many of you got there first.

And if you did, this is your book. A fascinating, broad and beautifully presented collection of arguments, articles, diagrams and disputes that leap from the airwaves of Wittertainment (aka The Kermode & Mayo Film Review on Radio 5 Live/Radio Five/Five Live/we keep forgetting what they're officially called these days) and onto the printed page, there’s plenty that others could learn from this.

For in an era where books for fans of things have a habit of taking that audience for granted, that’s absolutely what The Movie Doctors doesn’t do. Running to over 300 pages, and with sky-high production values,
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Top 5 Films about Killer Kids

Sure, children are our future. But what if they turn out to be our demise? Whether kids are compelled to murder through the extremity of a situation or because they are seemingly rotten to the core, the idea that precious innocence can be twisted into something hideously unrecognizable continues to be a terrifying trope of the horror genre. Here is a list of movies where creepy little hands commit unspeakable deeds.

5. The Bad Seed

Written by John Lee Mahin, Maxwell Anderson, and William March

Written by Mervyn LeRoy

USA, 1956

The Bad Seed’s Rhonda (Patty McCormack) is a pig-tailed little girl who threatens, hurts, and murders anyone who hinders her from getting every whim. Although the film skirts around this truth for too long, it is clear from the beginning that she is the culprit of any pain being inflicted. The movie contains lengthy intervals where almost nothing happens, but
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10 Former Child Stars, Then & Now…

Ah, the child actor. For everyone that makes it, there’s about a dozen that don’t. Not all former child stars can be as lucky as the likes of Natalie Portman or Jodie Foster… Some make that one magical movie and are never seen again.

In a new feature on The Hollywood News, we take a look at ten former child stars then, and now.

Let’s kick this one off with an obvious one.

Macauley Culkin

Then…

Macauley Culkin charmed the world with his debut in the classic Home Alone movie from 1990, but following an okay-ish sequel and a few hits in the years that followed (Richie Rich, The Good Son etc), Culkin disappeared off the map for a while. There was a comeback, briefly in 2003 with the film Party Monster, featuring a 23 year-old Culkin, but then nothing. Culkin is enjoying some success in recent years with appearances
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