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Movie Review – Widows (2018)

Widows, 2018.

Directed by Steve McQueen.

Starring Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Carrie Coon, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall, Jon Bernthal, Brian Tyree Henry, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Molly Kunz, Coburn Goss, Bailey Rhyse Walters, James Vincent Meredith, Eric C. Lynch, Michael Harney, Brian King, Ann Mitchell, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin J. O’Connor, Bailee Brewer, Lukas Haas, and Jacki Weaver.

Synopsis:

Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

The often depressing works from Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave and Shame) and twisty/satirical tone from the texts of Gone Girl novelist Gillian Flynn is an unlikely pairing, and while I was initially convinced that David Fincher’s adaptation of the aforementioned mystery
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Movie Rating Appeals Getting More Rare, According To MPAA Report Marking System’s 50th Anniversary

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Fewer appeals have been filed in recent years over ratings decisions rendered by the MPAA, according to a new report by the trade organization marking the 50th anniversary of the ratings system.

Introduced on November 1, 1968 by Jack Valenti in the wake of films such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? causing a stir with their provocative content, the ratings system has assigned letters to 29,791 films as of September 30.

Of those nearly 30,000 films, 17,202 were rated R, while just 1,574 have been rated G for general audiences.

A total of 428 films since 1968 have appealed the initial ratings decisions, with fewer than 1% succeeding in getting the rating overturned. Some of the cat-and-mouse exchanges over films such as South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, American Psycho and Natural Born Killers have attained near-mythic status in the industry and popular culture.

In 1984, the year that the PG-13 rating was introduced, 18 films (6% of the total number
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Venom Director Explains That Surprising Mid-Credits Scene in The Film

For those of you who saw Venom over the weekend and have questions about the surprising mid-credits scene, the director of the film, Ruben Fleischer, opens up and talks about it.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to skip article because it contains spoilers.

In the mid-credits scene, Eddie Brock goes to San Quentin State prison to interview the crazy-ass serial killer Cletus Kasidy. This is the killer that eventually becomes Carnage. This character is played by Woody Harrelson and the director explains that Harrelson was the only person he ever envisioned as the villain and confirms the Venom sequel would pit Venom against Carnage.

"He was the first person I thought of to play Cletus Kasady. And what will be fun is, if you think about Woody in Natural Born Killers, and that darkness and that menace that he can bring to a serial killer like Cletus Kasady,
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Venom director explains why he didn’t use Carnage as the villain

Sony finally realised its ambition of releasing a Venom movie this weekend, having been in development on a solo film for the fan-favourite anti-hero since his big screen debut back in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.

At several points during this development stage, the plan had been to include the character of Carnage as the villain (even going so far as to greenlight a project entitled Venom Carnage back in 2014) but director Ruben Fleischer chose to go down a different route for his film by utilising another symbiote, Riot.

During an interview with Cbr to coincide with the release of Venom, Flesicher has admitted Sony knows fans are keen to see Carnage – hence the reason he was kept out of this first movie:

“I think, you know, there’s a certain symbiote spawn that I think fans are most excited to see. So that one was off the table. Hopefully at some
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Why Ruben Fleischer Included That Venom Post-Credits Scene

Though it remains to be seen whether the new Venom movie will manage to land a sequel, it’s long been clear that director Ruben Fleischer and Sony Pictures harbor intentions for Eddie Brock’s first standalone film to be the first part of a larger saga. And since this is a comic book movie we’re talking about, a post-credits teaser was inevitable.

Sure enough, the clip in questions has now made its way online, and as per previous reports, the footage sees Tom Hardy’s title character meeting with one Cletus Kasady, played by Woody Harrelson. It had long been speculated that Fleischer’s old Zombieland collaborator would taking on the role of the murderous Carnage, but this newly leaked scene confirms it once and for all when the incarcerated Cletus mentions his future alter ego by name, albeit in the sense that “there’s gonna be carnage.
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‘Power’: Evan Handler, Monique Gabriela Curnen & Mike Dopud Set As Series Regulars In Season 6

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‘Power’: Evan Handler, Monique Gabriela Curnen & Mike Dopud Set As Series Regulars In Season 6
Californication alum Evan Handler is set as a new series regular on season 6 of Power, and Mike Dopud and Monique Gabriela Curnen, who recurred in seasons 4 and 5, have been promoted to regulars for the upcoming season of Starz’s hit drama series.

Handler will play Jacob Warner, the new U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, there to clean up one too many messes and not built to play nice. Formidable and powerful, he will use the position and authority to challenge those around him to get answers.

Dopud plays Jason Micic, a brutal and ruthless Serbian crime boss, and Tommy’s connect, with sights on expanding his network to both coasts at any cost.

Curnen plays Blanca Rodriguez, the incorruptible NYPD Internal Affairs investigator that zeroed in on Angela Valdes while conducting the investigation of the disappearance and probable murder of Detective Raymond Jones, Raina’s killer and a suspected dirty cop.
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‘The Conners’: Juliette Lewis Joins Johnny Galecki In ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff

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‘The Conners’: Juliette Lewis Joins Johnny Galecki In ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff
Juliette Lewis is set for a guest-starring role in The Conners, ABC’s spinoff of its revived-then-canceled comedy hit Roseanne.

Lewis will appear opposite Roseanne alum Johnny Galecki’s David as Blue, David’s girlfriend who was referenced last season on the Roseanne revival.

Lewis first shared the news on Instagram with a photo of herself seated on the Conners’ couch between Galecki and star and executive producer Sara Gilbert. See it below.

“Here’S The Big News!!,” Lewis wrote. “Look what I’m doin!!”

News of the casting follows an announcement earlier this month that Maya Lynne Robinson has been set as a series regular. She’ll play Geena Williams-Conner, wife of DJ (Michael Fishman) and mom of Mary (Jayden Rey), who returns home from active duty overseas in Afghanistan.

The cast (so far) is Robinson, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Rey.
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Score Jonah Hill's Mid90s Soundtrack

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Score Jonah Hill's Mid90s Soundtrack
Back in March of 2016 it was reported that Jonah Hill was going to direct his first film titled Mid90s. The movie is set to premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open everywhere in October. While that news is exciting enough on its own, it has now been officially announced that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scored the film. The duo last worked on Ken Burns' documentary series The Vietnam War in 2017, along with various other projects, and have been hard at work slowly releasing new Nine Inch Nails material throughout the last year-and-a-half.

Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year old in 90s era La, who spends his summer getting away from his troubled home life, escaping an abusive older brother. Stevie finds a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop. The film stars Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith,
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Review: ‘Who’s Watching Oliver’ Unpacks a Chaotic Mind With an Unfocused Message

To think about a romantic serial killer thriller is to conjure thoughts of Natural Born Killers and its duo of equally despicable characters. It’s easy to believe two psychopaths can fall in love because they share a predilection for violence no one else would. But just because they accept each other’s monstrous desires, any potential offspring wouldn’t automatically follow suit. This son or daughter would possess the agency to fear his/her parents and pray for escape. The parents would obviously work their twisted psychological claws into his/her skin, destroying his/her sanity if they cannot erase the pesky soul preventing full acquiescence. What’s left is a broken figure desperate for connection and warped into thinking Mommy and Daddy are its sole purveyors. He/she becomes a slave to their whims.

This is the position director Richie Moore and his co-writers Russell Geoffrey Banks and
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First Look: Matt Shaw’s Monster Based on Amazon Best-Seller

Author Matt Shaw is directing the adaptation of his Amazon best-selling book Monster, which hit number one on Amazon’s Horror Charts (beating the likes of Stephen King) several times since its release in 2014. The feature film is being promoted as a cross between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Natural Born Killers and stars Tracy […]

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Here’s What Carnage Could Look Like In The Venom Movie

When news first broke that Sony had a Venom movie in development, there were no doubt some comic book readers whose minds immediately jumped to the question of whether this means that Carnage will also be making it to the big screen.

Sure enough, it feels like the more we learn about Eddie Brock’s first solo outing, the more substance there seems to be to the speculation. And, naturally, fans have been offering their own artistic renderings of what popular supervillain Cletus Cassidy, aka Carnage, could look like in the live-action flesh, including this latest edit which uses Tom Hardy’s Venom as the template for its grisly design.

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Paul Schrader: Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’

Paul Schrader: Masterclass and Shows His Latest ‘First Reformed’
Taken from the Rotterdam (Iffr) Blog.Paul Schrader has always been exceptional, Though he is of the period of the first independent filmmakers, Coppola, De Palma, Lucas, Spielberg, he fits into no category. His screenplays and the films he directed are proof of this.Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Pau Schrader at a First Reformed event.

His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. And what is perfect for his attending Rotterdam, is that his ancestors come from the Dutch.

He came Iffr with First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric the Entertainer, a (kind of) spiritual follow-up to his screenplay for Taxi Driver, and in a masterclass he conjured up a cinematic resurrection of a troubled Nic Cage pic. As always with Schrader, the devil is in the detail.

The house was packed with an audience — most of whom hadn
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‘Roseanne’ Is More Critical of America Than Its Record-Breaking Audiences May Realize

The tenth season of “Roseanne” doesn’t exhume the ’90s sitcom so much as it functions as a meta-commentary on its original appeal. No matter how much the far right — and Trump himself — would like to embrace the show for foregrounding a prototypical working-class Trump voter as its hero, this commercial phenomenon critiques America in spite of itself. There’s something surreal, even a touch eerie about watching a family divided along political lines, jostling each other about unfunny topics like health care, gun rights, and sexism, while a live studio audience laughs on cue.

Written by liberals even as its creator endorses the president, “Roseanne” showcases irreconcilable belief systems under the guise of a laugh track. It’s an enthralling cultural paradox, no matter the original intentions, and far more critical of America than its voluminous working-class audiences may realize.

See More:‘Roseanne’ Review: ABC’s Revival Is a Flailing Mess,
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“I Always Had Two to Three Cameras Rigged”: Dp John Behrens on The Game Changers

Louie Psihoyos, the Oscar-winning director of The Cove, returns to the Sundance Film Festival with The Game Changers, his new documentary on the health and environmental impacts of plant-based diets. Psihoyos premiered his previous doc, Racing Extinction, at the festival in 2015. John Behrens (The Mask You Live In) served as a cinematographer on that project, and he reunites with Psihoyos as the Dp of The Game Changers. Below, Behrens speaks with Filmmaker about shooting in five different countries and the influence of Natural Born Killers (of all films) on the project. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? […]
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Like Me and Like Nothing Else in this Preview

After seeing Like Me on Dreadit yesterday and on Quiet Earth today, Like Me steps out of the ordinary. Developed by director Robert Mockler, the film involves a lonely, young woman. She documents her crime spree, via social media. Slightly reminiscent of Natural Born Killers (1994) on a smaller scale, the film involves: violence, chaos and recording it all for a live audience. The film's trailer was released late in December. New stills and a concept poster have also been released. Fans of the surreal should take a look at this intriguing film. The trailer shows Kiya (Addison Timlin) interacting with bizzare characters. A drifter tells her to stop filming. Not much later, the screen is full of strange, unconnected imagery. What happens next? Film fans will have to wait until the end of January. In late January, the film will show in select theatres, before moving to Video-on-demand in February.
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Scream 2 Writer Discusses Scripting Multiple Endings With Different Killers

Whenever I stop to think about how long it’s been since the Scream movies first debuted in theaters, it makes me feel, well, old. Heck, the installment we’re discussing today – Scream 2 – was rolled out during my freshman year of high school, and is now celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

Now, all these years later, I can’t help but appreciate the franchise for the same reasons I did back in the day: It had all the elements of the classic slasher, while also serving as a commentary on the horror genre itself and, on top of that, succeeded in enthralling moviegoers such as myself with its whodunit nature. In other words, perhaps the biggest appeal in watching any Scream movie is eventually finding out just who’s under the iconic Ghostface mask that time around.

Well, believe it or not, screenwriter Kevin Williamson – the mind from which Scream
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Video Supercut of Avengers Actors Being Killed in Horror Movies

Before the Avengers assembled in the McU, the actors who played them met their horrific demise in previous horror films that they starred in. A video supercut has been put together by Films Against Humanity featuring the many different deaths of these actors.

Witness the deaths of Robert Downey Jr. in Natural Born Killers, Mark Ruffalo in Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance, James Spader in Wolf and The New Kid, Josh Brolin in Mimic, Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea, Scarlett Johansson in Eight Legged Freaks, Jeremy Renner in 28 Weeks Later, Chris Evans in Sunshine, and Chris Hemsworth in Cabin in the woods.

As you'll see they all die in a variety of ways. This is also a reminder that a few of these actors starred in some really bad movies in their acting careers. 
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Watch Marvel Superheroes Die in Horror Movies

Watch Marvel Superheroes Die in Horror Movies
A new YouTube video has compiled an epic list of every Avengers star's death in a horror movie before they joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe and rocketed into the stratosphere. The nearly 6-minute video is a violent collage of all of our beloved Marvel characters getting brutally killed in some really well-known horror movies, as well as some lesser-known (and pretty cheesy) Drive-In flicks. While not horror movies, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are going to have some pretty major fatalities, so this list might get an epic, superhero-sized makeover in the next few years.

The video starts with the man who started it all: Robert Downey Jr., the man behind Mr. Tony Stark, aka, Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. is seen in 1994's incredibly violent Natural Born Killers getting gunned down, execution style, by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis. It's an overly dramatic, but fitting clip to start this compilation.
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Tom Sizemore is ‘Made Vicious’ at Afm

Tom Sizemore is ‘Made Vicious’ at Afm
Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Natural Born Killers), Larry Herron (Adam Ruins Everything), Shara Connolly (American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story) and Jaime Gallagher (Trapped, Know Your Enemy) are set to star in the indie feature, Made Vicious, written and to be directed by David Prindle of Snow Monster Studios. “The film follows Jim, (Herron) a grieving widower who has to find the strength […]
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10 Beetlejuice Facts You Never Knew Until Now

10 Beetlejuice Facts You Never Knew Until Now
Beetlejuice is the goth/comedy/horror mash-up of our blackened dreams. It was the Tim Burton Michael Keaton movie we didn't know we needed, when those two Caped Cruder capers were but bats in their belfries. Beetlejuice sits mightily alongside the rest of peak Tim Burton. Feel like your whole life is a dark room? One, big, dark, room? It's time to call the Ghost with the Most. Sure, he'll probably wreck everything, in this life and in the afterlife, but it'll be a blast. If he gets too bothersome, just call on a sandworm or two. Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! So shrink your head and get undead, crank up the Harry Belafonte, and journey into the Netherworld as we rediscover at 10 things you never knew about Beetlejuice.

Original Beetlejuice script was much more grim.

The original Beetlejuice script describes the title character as a leather-winged demon, with a human form
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