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Blu-ray Review – Rawhead Rex (1986)

Rawhead Rex, 1986.

Directed by George Pavlou.

Starring David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Hugh O’Conor, Ronan Wilmot, John Olohan, and Heinrich von Schellendorf.

Synopsis:

A farmer unleashes a demon known as Rawhead Rex, who proceeds to go on the rampage across rural Ireland.

There is an unwritten rule in horror filmmaking that you don’t reveal your monster too soon or too suddenly. All of the best horror movies take their time and, in a lot of cases, leave their villains lurking in the shadows so their dastardly deeds have more impact and shock value. In Rawhead Rex, based on the short story by Clive Barker, who also wrote the screenplay (or was at least credited with writing it), it takes approximately seven minutes for the titular monster to appear in all of his awkward, Halloween store costumed glory, which should give you an indication of what the filmmakers were going
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Mexico’s ArteCaryes Film and Arts Festival Marries Cinema With Mother Nature

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Nestled amidst a quiet, remote strip between Puerta Vallarta and Manzanillo on Jalisco, Mexico’s Pacific coast, Costa Careyes is a luxury resort paradise, lush with jungle and surf and bright, candy-colored casitas. Founded by Italian banker Gian Franco Brignone in 1968, Careyes has since become a coveted vacation spot for the elite traveler — Bill and Melinda Gates, Heidi Klum and Cindy Crawford have all been guests here — complete with a polo club, private villas and two oceanfront castles with moat-like infinity pools that blend in with the azure sky. With its bohemian flair and Mediterranean-esque architecture, the tropical hideaway is also home to ArteCareyes Film and Arts Festival, an annual gathering that celebrates film, photography, music and contemporary art from Latin America and around the world.

Entering its eighth year, the strictly invite-only event, running April 26-30, is not your typical film fest. Held in collaboration with the Careyes Foundation,
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What Were The Biggest Bombs At The 2017 B.O.? Deadline’s Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament

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What Were The Biggest Bombs At The 2017 B.O.? Deadline’s Most Valuable Blockbuster Tournament
Deadline’s annual film revenue tournaments have celebrated the triumphs of each year’s most profitable films. This year, we decided to look at the films on the opposite end of the spectrum. The big budget misfires that bled red ink and reminded everyone from the artists to the executives and studio executives that big swings don’t always clear the fences. These included passion projects, a blatant play for the movie going audience in China, while others were flat-out misfires. Some in the latter category included Justice League, The Mummy, Valerian and Blade Runner 2049. But guess what? They didn’t crack the Top Five. Here are the movies our experts said posted the worst losses.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

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The Film

Warner Bros has been fixated on the Camelot legend for years, developing several projects that included a remake of John Boorman’s Excalibur.
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Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis bows before queen Helen Mirren for 2nd Best Actor win [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis bows before queen Helen Mirren for 2nd Best Actor win [Watch]
Exactly 10 years ago at the 80th Academy Awards, Daniel Day-Lewis won his second Oscar as Best Actor. As he arrived on stage, he bowed before “queen” Helen Mirren as she used the statuette to knight him for his victory in “There Will Be Blood” (watch the video above).

After his surprise Oscar win for “My Left Foot” at the 1990 ceremony almost two decades earlier, Day-Lewis had become an official A-List star. He followed with memorable performances throughout the early 1990s, including “The Last of the Mohicans” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence.” He then received an additional Oscar nomination for “In the Name of the Father,” playing the wrongfully convicted Gerry Conlin but lost the award to Tom Hanks for “Philadelphia.”

See Daniel Day-Lewis movies: Top 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Then came a rather slow period in Day-Lewis’ career, making no movies between 1997 and 2002. He
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BAFTAs 2018: A goodbye trophy for Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Phantom Thread’) would tie the BAFTA record

BAFTAs 2018: A goodbye trophy for Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Phantom Thread’) would tie the BAFTA record
Phantom Thread” is expected to be the last film in Daniel Day-Lewis’s illustrious career as he has announced his plan to retire from acting. Could the Englishman get a farewell hug at the BAFTA Awards? Should he win Best Actor he would walk away from the industry tying the all-time record for most wins.

Up until 1967 the BAFTA Film Awards actually handed out two acting trophies per category: one to a British performer and the other to a foreigner. The current record is five wins and is held by a trio of acclaimed Brits: Maggie Smith, Peter Finch and Judi Dench — Dench technically has six competitive wins if you count the now-defunct category of Most Promising Newcomer, which she won for “Four in the Morning” (1965).

Finch won both the BAFTA and Oscar together just once: Best Actor for “Network” (1976); unfortunately, both of those victories were posthumous as he passed
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2018 Oscar Previews: Part 2

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The 90th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday March 4th at 7pm Eastern time. Here is the continuation of our overview of the major awards nominees in case you didn’t get to see them yourself.

For Part 1 of our 2018 Oscars Previews, click here.

There’s always a lot of talk leading up to the big day about who will win what awards. We try to make our predictions based on trends from the past, but we can’t help to be swayed by our own personal opinions. Some movies truly strike a chord with us, while others aren’t interesting at all. Furthermore, Oscar films are usually heavy in the drama department and therefore they aren’t always the easiest or most entertaining movies to watch.

That’s why we’re here. Here is your guide to the nominees of this year’s Academy Awards. We’ve compiled the following brief summaries,
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Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis wins the “handsomest bludgeon in town” for the second time

Oscars flashback: Daniel Day-Lewis wins the “handsomest bludgeon in town” for the second time
Daniel Day-Lewis is going for his record fourth Best Actor Oscar for Paul Thomas Anderson’s haute couture drama “Phantom Thread.” It was his first collaboration with Anderson on “There Will Be Blood” that won Day-Lewis his second Oscar 10 years ago — or as he calls it in his speech you can watch above, “the handsomest bludgeon in town.”

Day-Lewis dominated the circuit that year for his turn as greedy, vicious oil man Daniel Plainview in “There Will Be Blood,” which was up for eight Oscars and also won Best Cinematography for Robert Elswit.

“I’m looking at this gorgeous thing that you’ve given me and I’m thinking back to the first devilish whisper of an idea that came to him and everything since and it seems to me that this sprang like a golden sapling out of the mad, beautiful head of Paul Thomas Anderson,” Day-Lewis said in his speech.
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Revisiting Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington’s intertwined Oscar history

Revisiting Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington’s intertwined Oscar history
Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”) and Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israsel, Esq.”) have a date at the Oscars — and it’s not their first. The Best Actor nominees, who’ve never starred in a film together, have a lot of shared Oscar history, going back to their big breakthroughs early in their careers. Half of the six nominations for Day-Lewis have overlapped with Washington, who’s on his eighth acting nomination (he has another one for producing Best Picture nominee “Fences” last year). But even when the two weren’t nominated simultaneously they still crossed paths somehow.

Day-Lewis and Washington both won their first Oscars on the same night 28 years ago — the former took Best Actor for his portrayal of Christy Brown in “My Left Foot” (1989) and the latter won Best Supporting Actor for playing runaway slave soldier Pvt. Tripp in “Glory” (1989). They both returned the following year to present Best
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Overstylized ‘Monster’ Can’t Hide Film’s Conventional Core [Sundance Review]

Based on a Ya novel by Walter Dean Myers, “Monster,” adapted by Radha Blank, Cole Wiley and Janece Shaffer, is a messy, conventional but likeable film that will likely strike a chord with unadventurous moviegoers rather than cinephiles who are used to these kinds of stories by now, most notably in pictures like “The Hurricane,” “The Green Mile,” and “In the Name of the Father.”

The story revolves around Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a well-mannered, law-abiding Harlem teenager who winds up arrested for his involvement in a robbery and murder at a 7/11.

Continue reading Overstylized ‘Monster’ Can’t Hide Film’s Conventional Core [Sundance Review] at The Playlist.
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Daniel Day-Lewis is an Oscar good luck charm

Daniel Day-Lewis is an Oscar good luck charm
“Phantom Thread”’s over-performance with six Oscar nominations was one of the biggest surprises during Tuesday’s announcement. But maybe we should’ve seen its major nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson) and Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville) coming because it has an Oscar good luck charm: Daniel Day-Lewis.

Day-Lewis boasts one of the best Oscar track records, with a record three Best Actor wins from his previous five nominations from a comparatively scant resume of 20 films. He received his sixth nomination as expected for “Phantom Thread,” and now for all six of his bids, his films and directors earned nominations as well. The previous five are: 1989’s “My Left Foot” and Jim Sheridan; 1993’s “In the Name of the Father” and Sheridan; 2002’s “Gangs of New York” and Martin Scorsese; 2007’s “There Will Be Blood” and Anderson; and 2012’s “Lincoln” and Steven Spielberg. None of them won.
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Gabriel Byrne to be honoured at Irish Academy Awards

Gabriel Byrne to be honoured at Irish Academy Awards
The Usual Suspects star to receive lifetime achievement prize at 2018 IFTAs.

Gabriel Byrne will receive an honorary lifetime achievement prize at this year’s Irish Film & Television Academy Awards (IFTAs).

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Gabriel Byrne

Now in their 15th year, the IFTAs celebrate the best in Irish film and TV from the past 12 months.

The president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will present the award to Byrne.

Dublin-born Byrne has more than 70 film credits to his name including Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, and In Treatment. He was also an executive producer of the Oscar-nominated film In The Name Of The Father. He recently appeared in the Netflix series Marco Polo.

Responding to the news, Byrne said: “I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award from the Irish Academy and it means a lot to me to receive it in my home town of Dublin.”

Áine Moriarty, chief executive of Ifta, added: “Gabriel has paved
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Daniel Day-Lewis Made A Balenciaga Dress From Scratch To Prepare For ‘Phantom Thread’

Daniel Day-Lewis Made A Balenciaga Dress From Scratch To Prepare For ‘Phantom Thread’
Daniel Day-Lewis, with three Oscars already in the bag, retired from acting this past year, with his final role being another brilliant performance in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Phantom Thread.” The ultimate method actor, Day-Lewis is known for taking extreme measures to perfect a given role. He apprenticed with an actual butcher for his role as Bill “The Butcher” in “Gangs of New York“; he was fully in character, both on and off-screen, as Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln“; he learned to build canoes, lived with Native Americans, learned to track and skin animals for his role in “The Last Of The Mohicans“; he refused to use his hands, only using his feet to complete daily tasks, for his role as cerebral palsy-inflicted, celebrated painter Christie Brown in “My Left Foot“; he learned to speak Czech for “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” oh, and lest we forget, he spent nights in jail,
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Comic Book Review – Superman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1

Ricky Church reviews Superman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1…

Its an easy argument to say Superman has had a tough time in comics in the last few years. DC’s New 52 reboot was, many fans felt, contrary to many of the core characteristics and ideals of Superman in his line of comics. Gone was his marriage to Lois Lane, instead replaced by relationship with Wonder Woman, and, for most of the New 52’s time, his job at the Daily Planet. Even his demeanour was different; depending on the writer, Superman was depicted as fairly brooding and grim with the exception of Grant Morrison’s run on Action Comics and Geoff John’s brief arc on Superman.

DC Rebirth has not only been a return to form for the company, but for the Man of Steel himself. Superman by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason sees his marriage with Lois not only restored,
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Phantom Thread Preview Teases Daniel Day Lewis' Final Moments on Screen

Phantom Thread Preview Teases Daniel Day Lewis' Final Moments on Screen
Focus Features has released a new trailer for Phantom Thread, which reveals that there will be sneak peek screenings in New York and Los Angeles between November 24 and November 30. The preview, released earlier today, has already proven to be quite popular, since all of the screenings in both cities are sold out. Given the immense demand for what will be iconic actor Daniel Day-Lewis' final film, it wouldn't be surprising if even more sneak peeks are added between now and the December 25 release date.

Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young,
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Phantom Thread Trailer: Daniel Day-Lewis' Final Movie

Phantom Thread Trailer: Daniel Day-Lewis' Final Movie
The first trailer for Phantom Thread arrives as Oscar season really begins to heat up. The drama is especially noteworthy, as it marks Daniel Day-Lewis' final movie as an actor. With this film wrapped, the Oscar-winner claims he's officially retiring.

Focus Features will release Phantom Thread in select cities on December 25, 2017. This will make it eligible for Oscar consideration. And considering it's pedigree, we could be looking at the movie that brings us Best Director, Best Actor and Best Movie when the Oscars are announced next year.

Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young,
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At Last! See the Moment Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth Share Their Very First Kiss

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At Last! See the Moment Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth Share Their Very First Kiss
Sealed with a kiss!

On Monday’s Counting On, viewers got to watch a two-hour special episode documenting Joy-Anna Duggar‘s wedding to Austin Forsyth — including their much-anticipated first kiss. (The Duggar family’s extremely conservative version of dating bans kissing until marriage and generally limits physical contact to “side-hugs.”)

“Are you ready?” Austin, 23, whispers to his bride in a clip from the scene.

“By the power vested in me in the state of Arkansas, I do pronounce that you are husband and wife,” their pastor announces. “In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,
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Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up

Review: ‘The Foreigner’ Pits Jackie Chan Against James Bond In a Very Awkward Mash-Up
The Foreigner” is a twisty political thriller about an deputy minister (Pierce Brosnan) who’s plotting to pardon some imprisoned Ira fighters without reigniting the Troubles. “The Foreigner” is also a revenge saga in which Jackie Chan plays a Vietnamese (?) explosives expert who’s obsessively determined to identify and eliminate the bombers who blew up his teenage daughter. Believe it or not, those two narratives don’t really complement one another all that well. It turns out there might be a good reason why no one’s ever watched “In the Name of the Father” and thought to themselves: “You know what that movie was missing? Jackie Chan.”

On paper, it almost makes sense why someone would try to sandwich these very different storylines together — immigrants, so often assumed to be the perpetrators of domestic terrorism, are often the most overlooked of its casualties. And it’s possible this mash-up
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Johnny Depp says he would have 'taken a bullet' for Gerry Conlon

Hollywood star reveals close friendship with one of Guildford Four, who suggested he play him in film that became In the Name of the Father

Johnny Depp has described his close friendship with Gerry Conlon, saying he would have “taken a bullet” for him, in a moving foreword to a new biography of the man who spent 15 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted as an Ira bomber.

The unlikely friendship between the Hollywood actor and Conlon, one of the Guildford Four, began when the pair met in the Us in 1990, the year after Conlon had his conviction overturned and was released from prison. Their friendship was sealed at a gig by the Pogues, where Depp described Conlon and his brother as looking “just like the miscreant, unhinged maniacs I always tended to hang out with”. Depp describes the book, In the Name of the Son, as “a story
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Rooney Mara Experiences Romance and Hardship in U.S. Trailer for ‘The Secret Scripture’

Rooney Mara may not have any new premieres this year, but a pair of films from last year’s Tiff will finally be hitting U.S. theaters. Just a week after Una arrives, The Secret Scripture, directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), will get a release. The story follows Vanessa Redgrave as an older version of Mara’s character, reflecting on her traumatic life in Ireland through writing a diary alongside a cast including Jack Reynor, Theo James, Aidan Turner, and Eric Bana.

We said in our review, “The result falls flat and all too conventional for the talent involved. The problem lies more in Sheridan’s direction than in Mara’s acting, which is to say that she does deliver another good performance here, but everything else does her talent a major disservice. Redgrave is also a stand-out, but the film feels
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Director always in the firing line by Richard Mowe

Terry George in Deauville: 'it was like flying under the radar until we got this made' Photo: Richard Mowe It was never going to be an easy task to mount a film about the Amernian Genocide in which almost two million Armenians were systematically killed or relocated by the Ottoman authorities in 1915. The Turkish Government still denies that it ever happened.

Writer and director Terry George who came to prominence making films about the troubles in Ireland (such as In the Name of the Father and The Boxer as well as the Oscar nominated Hotel Rwanda about the Tutsi genocide) is used to subjects with a touch of controversy.

As his film The Promise bows on DVD in the UK this week and is about to be released in French cinemas later in the year, George reflected on the backlash the film has attracted during his visit to the Festival of American Cinema in Deauville.
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