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Awkwafina to Star in ‘The Last Adventure of Constance Verity’

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Awkwafina will star in the fantasy-adventure feature film “The Last Adventure of Constance Verity” for Legendary.

The production company has acquired the feature film rights to adapt the eponymous series written by A. Lee Martinez. John Raffo has written the script.

Jon Shestack, who brought the project to Raffo and attached Awkwafina, is producing. Jon Silk will oversee alongside Jay Ashenfelter for Legendary Entertainment.

The series follows Constance Verity who, for mysterious reasons, was thrust into a battle with the supernatural from the moment she was born, and has been saving the world from disaster ever since. She’s exhausted and wants to sample what she has missed out on: a boyfriend, a normal job, best friends. But it’s not easy to walk away from a life of adventure when in fact you are the chosen one.

Saga Press published “The Last Adventure of Constance Verity” in 2016 and a
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Roland Joffe’s ‘Mata Hari’ Series Tops Debut Slate at Palanquin (Exclusive)

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A TV series about the Wwi spy Mata Hari, directed by Roland Joffe, is one of two projects that adorn the debut slate of new production company Palanquin. Noir-thriller “Call Center” completes the initial line up.

Palanquin is jointly headed by producer Guy Louthan and Joffe. The company will focus on producing Southeast Asian projects including India-based film and television projects.

Joffe believes that that the true story of Mata Hari is more bizarre than the lurid reputation that she has since attracted as an exotic dancer and spy. To be produced by John Fitzgerald and Julian Grimmond (“The Amazing Race”), “Mata Hari” is structured as an eight-part series that charts the extraordinary life of Magritte, a Dutch girl who escaped an abusive childhood, fled to the Far East with a brilliant but manipulative adventurer who was more than twice her age, and was sucked into the world of espionage,
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Asc Awards: Cinematographers Guild Sets Robert Richardson & Jeff Jur For Career Honors

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The American Society of Cinematographers said today that Robert Richardson will receive its Asc Lifetime Achievement Award and Jeff Jur is set for the Career Achievement in Television Award. They will pick up their prizes February 9 during the 33rd Asc Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Asc also noted that it also will marks the guild’s 100 anniversary during the 2019 trophy show.

In a career spanning nearly four decades and counting. Richardson has won three Cinematography Oscars — for Hugo (2012), The Aviator (2005), and JFK (1992) — and been nominated six other times for The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Snow Falling on Cedars, Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon. His most recent film is A Private War, in is in theaters, and his latest of several Quentin Tarantino films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is slated for release next year.

Jur has a pair of Emmy
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Blood Simple: Director's Cut review – Coens' debut is an ingeniously horrible noir masterwork

A gloriously repellent performance by M Emmet Walsh is one of many highlights of this thriller – a drum-tight gem that launched a film-making phenomenon

The Coen brothers’ debut from 1984 is this superb, slightly atypical classic (which got a little-known and rather baffling Chinese-language remake from Zhang Yimou in 2009 entitled A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop). The original is now getting a rerelease: a gripping, drum-tight noir masterpiece to compare with Touch of Evil.

Apart from everything else, it has one of the most disturbing nightmare scenes I have ever sat through. Yet for all the mastery with which it is written and planned out, right down to the spectacular final line and the eerie brilliance of the dying man’s point of view, Blood Simple does not hint – or does so only indirectly – at the more prolix wit, the verbal, visual riffing and offbeat wackiness of the Coens’ later gems.
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Iron Fist Season 1 Episode 1 Review – ‘Snow Gives Way’

Shaun Munro reviews the first episode of Iron Fist

Iron Fist arrives on Netflix today amid the bad-pr double-whammy of whitewashing accusations and a fleet of negative early reviews, but for those prepared to keep an open-mind, can the streaming giant’s fourth Marvel show still deliver the goods?

Well, it seems to get one thing right from the up; the first two episodes are helmed by legendary film noir director John Dahl (Red Rock West, The Last Seduction), who in recent years has worked on a litany of acclaimed TV shows such as Dexter, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Hannibal, The Americans and House of Cards, to name just a few.

Sadly, however, this season primer isn’t the most invigorating introduction to Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to New York City after being presumed dead in a plane crash with his parents, to find the family business now controlled
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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Tops Disastrous Weekend

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Tops Disastrous Weekend
Thank God for Clint Eastwood. “Sully” is the sole bright spot during this disastrous fall 2016 box office decline.

This weekend three new studio wide releases —”Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox), “Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate) and “Masterminds” (Relativity) — grossed a total of $56 million! Compare that to the $54 million that “The Martian” grossed by itself exactly one year ago.

With “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) drawing little interest, “The Magnificent Seven” diving 55% on its second weekend and other films not holding well, the weakness is widespread. Only “Sully” is thriving among fall openers.

This is distressing news for theaters. The 27 days of the season show a drop of 9% from last year. That’s $50 million. During the fall season a strong film or two (“The Girl on the Train” and “The Birth of a Nation” take their chances next week) can quickly change the direction, so it’s not fatal.
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The early screenplays of Jj Abrams

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

Before he hit big with Star Wars and Star Trek, Jj Abrams was penning films such as Forever Young, Regarding Henry and Armageddon...

Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.

You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his
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ABC’s Castle Has Good News This Week: Kate Beckett is Back!

For Castle season 8 the only episode that may have had more fan anticipation than Castle, “Fidelis Ad Mortem” is, “The Last Seduction,” which marked the beginning of the end in terms of Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) being estranged. This season has played havoc with the character of Beckett in the name trying to graft the LokSat and Castle P.I. storylines to the series. Because of this, many viewers have been looking forward to Castle, “Fidelis Ad Mortem”. Why? Previous spoilers about it have sounded like it would be a return to the Beckett

ABC’s Castle Has Good News This Week: Kate Beckett is Back!
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Castle season 8 episodes 13 & 14 review: And Justice For All & The G.D.S.

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Castle enacts another Firefly reunion as Summer Glau appears in season 8 of the Nathan Fillion-led detective show...

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8.13 And Justice For All & 8.14 The G.D.S.

I'm playing a little catch-up this week, after a bout of flu, and Castle had two interesting if flawed episodes to get me through at least some of the Nyquil-infused twilight.

And Justice For All is one of the sub-genres of Castle that I both love and hate. As an American, I appreciate anytime a show that doesn’t have to takes on a political issue and does something enlightening with it. And a few months ago, the topic of illegal immigrants being extorted to avoid deportation, and a sitting judge making kickbacks off funnelling those immigrants who cannot afford the payments into the private prison industry, was one that might have seemed, in my country, like
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Castle Bosses Address Final Season Talk: 'The Show Has a Lot of Life In It'

Castle Bosses Address Final Season Talk: 'The Show Has a Lot of Life In It'
ABC’s Castle has stories to tell beyond this season. But just in case, the showrunners — like those before them — are prepared to hedge their bets and work toward a season finale that doubles as a capper to the series as a whole.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

When TVLine spoke to co-showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter about the fall finale, we pointed out that the series had been hovering — though quite steadily — around ratings lows since returning down in September. As such, the conversation turned to:
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Castle season 8 episode 7: The Last Seduction

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8.7 The Last Seduction

I signed off last week’s review by pointing out that the absence of Kate in the episode had the unfortunate effect of making us realize that we didn’t really miss her all that much. So it was wise—and possibly the first truly smart thing done all season—to follow that up with The Last Seduction, an episode that reminds us precisely why we should miss our female lead.

The episode revolves—ostensibly—around the murder of a gigolo: a handsome actor who seduces older, rich, married women for initially unspecified but obviously nefarious purposes (boy, wouldn’t it be nice to see more May-December romantic or sexual attachments with women in the December role that were actually based in mutual attraction?). He ends up dead at just about the moment he decides that what he’s doing isn’t very nice,
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Castle Season 8 Winter Finale Sneak Peeks & Preview Spoilers

Monday is the Castle Season 8 winter finale! After last week’s episode, I’m sure fans are really curious about what Castle 8×08 is going to bring! “The Last Seduction” had Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) take a “time out” from Beckett’s self-imposed separation to celebrate their anniversary. That was great, but soon after the sexy times, she had to leave because of a text from her secret partner Vikram Singh (Sunkrish Bala). Castle knows about the text, but not who it’s from or what it means. (If you want more specifics about last week, check out the Castle 8×07 review.) That’s all we know when Castle Season 8 Episode 8, titled “Mr. & Mrs. Castle” opens…and that’s mostly all I can tell you because, yes, I’ve seen the winter finale. There are a few tidbits I can share about that, but let’s start with the basics.
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Castle Season 8 Spoilers for “The Last Seduction”

We could call these Castle Season 8 spoilers for “The Last Seduction” the “penultimate spoilers,” as after this airs the following week is the Castle winter finale. The series then goes on hiatus until February. What can we expect from this next to last episode (for the fall)? Well, the new showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter have been promising all kinds of things. This season has not been going well for Castle. It is fair to say that the storyline decisions made by the showrunners have not been well received as the show’s ratings have hit an all-time low. In particular, many online have harped on the choice to split up Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). In a recent TVGuide.com article, Winter promises that a change is coming and that “viewers are going to be very satisfied.” When reading the ABC
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New Castle Season 8,Episode 7 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By ABC

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Castle" episode 7 of season 8. The episode is entitled, "The Last Seduction," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff go down as Don Juan becomes the main focus of Castle and Beckett's latest investigation after a seducer comes up murdered, and more. In the new, 7th episode press release: On Their One-year Anniversary, Castle And Beckett Investigate The Death Of A Don Juan, On ABC's "Castle." Press release number 2: In order to hunt down the brutal murderer of a grifting seducer, Castle & Beckett is going to have to investigate New York's elite. In the meantime, Castle will plan to surprise Beckett on their one-year wedding anniversary. Guest stars feature: Sunkrish Bala as Vikram Singh, Lindsay Price as Lindsey Trent, Sheldon Bailey as Anton Ford and Andrea Roth as Nancy Underwood. The episode was
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Castle Photos: Rick's Anniversary Surprise, Kate Gets 'Steamed'

Castle Photos: Rick's Anniversary Surprise, Kate Gets 'Steamed'
Castle‘s Captain Kate Beckett is scantily clad on the occasion of her first wedding anniversary — though probably not for the reasons one might suspect/hope, as seen in these photos from the fall’s antepenultimate episode.

RelatedNovember Sweeps Preview: Scoop on Castle, Once and More

In “The Last Seduction” (airing Nov. 16), Rick and Kate manage to mark a milestone in their admittedly fractured marriage, all in the course of hunting down a murderous grifter. Lindsay Price (All My Children) and Andrea Roth (Rescue Me) guest-star.

“What’s exciting about the episode is that this is the first anniversary for
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Scorpion, Quantico, Major Crimes, Castle, Blindspot, Supergirl and More

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Scorpion, Quantico, Major Crimes, Castle, Blindspot, Supergirl and More
Can someone make sense of the Once Upon a Time and Castle schedules? Which Scorpion secret shall be revealed? Will the Sleepy sisters enjoy some sibling revelry? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

I hope you can clarify: I thought Once Upon a Time Episode 510 was supposed to be finale before hiatus, and 511 (the 100th episode) was the spring premiere? —Katrina

Clarify, I shall! Or rather, co-creator Adam Horowitz shall. He told me that Episode 10, titled “Broken Heart,
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10 Great Movies That Only Became Hits After They Went to Video

10 Great Movies That Only Became Hits After They Went to Video
"Red Rock West" (1994) "Red Rock West" takes us back to a time when Nicolas Cage was a great, risk-taking actor. Director John Dahl had the misfortune of having both "Red Rock West" and "The Last Seduction" get troubled releases in 1993/1994. "The Last Seduction" had its debut on HBO and thus was ineligible for the Oscars, which essentially robbed Linda Fiorentino of a much deserved nomination (the film did, however, get a limited theatrical run after its HBO debut). "Red Rock West" was Dahl's indisputably great straight-to-video movie. When Cage's Mike enters a mysterious small town and is mistaken for a hitman, he takes the money and runs before the kill. Bad idea, Mixing surreal sequences with nasty violence, Dahl is a master at work here, infusing his film with clever noir relics and an abundance of plot twists. Best of all is Dennis Hopper, who basically does what Dennis Hopper does best: Play a homicidal.
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The Lego Movie, Oscar snubs, and what matters

The Lego Movie has earned prizes far beyond an Oscar nomination. But the snub still hurts...

The dust has settled somewhat on last week's Oscar nominations, and as is the norm, controversy has not been in short supply. The more Oscar-friendly films - such as The Imitation Game - have already arguably been over-rewarded, whereas edgy, genuinely brave and daring movies such as Nightcrawler have been all but blocked out. To be fair, that's a surprise to virtually nobody: rarely have the Oscars ventured too far out of a mainstream comfort zone when it comes to giving out main prizes.

Yet the snub this year that's got people talking the most is the bizarre failure to nominate The Lego Movie for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.

It is, to be fair, a fairly staggering omission. For many people, The Lego Movie was the finest animated production of last year; a film bubbling with ideas,
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Peter Berg on His Wild The Last Seduction Sex Scenes With Linda Fiorentino

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Peter Berg on His Wild The Last Seduction Sex Scenes With Linda Fiorentino
Welcome to Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV. A good sex scene is about a lot more than just showing some skin. (Though sometimes it's about that, too!) In director John Dahl’s 1994 neo-noir The Last Seduction, Linda Fiorentino’s femme-fatale character Bridget Gregory turns sex into a spider’s web — a tool for ensnaring her victims. As the hapless Mike Swale, Peter Berg played one of Bridget’s character-revealing sexual conquests. He tells us about the experience.I was hanging on for dear life in those scenes. Linda was by far the aggressor. There’s a scene where I had to tell her I was hung like a horse, and she stopped and said, "Really? Let’s see." She unzipped my pants, reached down, and grabbed a hold of me and squeezed hard with a handful of ice. That’s when I
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