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‘Hangman’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson, Sarah Shahi, Sloane Warren, Chelle Ramos, Steve Coulter, Michael Rose | Written by Michael Caissie, Charles Huttinger | Directed by Johnny Martin

[Note: With the film finally coming to physical formats, here's a repost of our review of Hangman, a 90s-esque thriller starring Al Pacino]

Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city’s notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of murder inspired by the children’s game Hangman. Every 24 hours, a body is hung revealing the next letter carved into the victim’s body. As crime journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the crime spree, the trio must race against the clock to prevent further murders. Archer and Ruiney become more entangled in the ruthless game than they could ever have imagined, but they must keep playing to save lives and attempt to catch the Hangman.

From the get-go Hangman
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‘Gosnell’ Film Review: Dean Cain Investigates Killer in Anti-Abortion Screed Disguised as Drama

  • The Wrap
‘Gosnell’ Film Review: Dean Cain Investigates Killer in Anti-Abortion Screed Disguised as Drama
Nick Searcy’s “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” doesn’t so much play like a movie as it does an oversized episode of “Law & Order.” The events have been ripped from horrifying headlines. The first half is all about catching a killer. The second half is about prosecuting him. And when its done, you can’t help but feel you didn’t get the whole story.

Unlike “Law & Order,” Searcy’s film isn’t just inspired by reality. “Gosnell” tells the story of Kermit Gosnell, a doctor who ran a Pennsylvania abortion clinic which, for many years, operated in unsafe, unclean and unprofessional conditions. His staff was untrained. His methods were monstrous. Gosnell was directly responsible for the death of at least one patient, and gave illegal, late-term “abortions” by killing living infants outside of the womb.

It’s hard to calculate the atrocities Gosnell committed,
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World War Z sequel aiming for June 2019 production start date

Now, we’ve been down this road before on a couple of occasions, so you may not want to get too excited just yet, but it seems the oft-delayed World War Z sequel may finally be about to escape Development Hell.

Speaking to Variety, producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner have revealed that a June 2019 production start date has been set, with both Brad Pitt and his Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher still on board.

Kleiner went on to state that work continues on the screenplay for the follow-up to the 2013 zombie blockbuster, with Dennis Kelly (Utopia) rewriting an original draft from Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders).

The first World War Z shrugged aside production troubles to gross $540 million worldwide back in 2013, with the sequel announced almost immediately. However, it subsequently encountered a number of setbacks, the latest coming earlier this year when
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13 Scary Shows to Stream Now

  • Variety
Scary movie marathons are a staple for Halloween, but in recent years the small screen has exploded with Demogorgons and serial killers, and television has never been scarier. From psychological thrillers to dark comedies, everyone can find their favorite kind of spooky series to gorge on all throughout October. Check our recommended list of 13 horror series available on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime right now, starting with “The Haunting of Hill House,” which comes out Friday on Netflix.

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The Haunting of Hill House” (Season 1)

Many have called Shirley Jackson’s gothic novel the scariest book of fiction, as it drew from characters’ psyches rather than spotlighting cheap scares or the house itself. Starring Carla Gugino and Michiel Huisman, the Netflix adaptation looks to inspire terror in the same way, by plunging into the deepest fears and psychological scars of the now grown-up inhabitants of Hill House.

Stranger Things” (Seasons
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David Fincher and Brad Pitt's World War Z 2 Starts Production Next Summer

Yes, the long-awaited World War Z sequel is still going to happen. David Fincher is officially set to direct the film and Brad Pitt will return to reprise his role.

Regardless of the production problems surrounding the first film, it actually turned out really good! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and with Fincher directing the sequel I’m even more stoked about World War Z 2! He’s one of my favorite directors and I can’t wait to see what he does with this next chapter of the story!

We’ve now learned that Fincher will start shooting the sequel next summer! Producer Dede Gardner recently confirmed:

“We're starting to shoot in June.”

That’s exciting news for fans of the first film! We don’t know much about the story that the sequel will tell, but a previous report has said that "Fincher was
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Arnold Kopelson, Oscar-Winning ‘Platoon’ Producer, Dies at 83

  • The Wrap
Arnold Kopelson, Oscar-Winning ‘Platoon’ Producer, Dies at 83
Arnold Kopelson, the Oscar-winning producer behind films such as “Platoon,” “The Fugitive” and “Se7en,” has died. He was 83.

Kopelson died in his home in Beverly Hills Monday, a representative at Kopelson Entertainment tells TheWrap. He is survived by his wife and producing partner of 42 years, Anne Kopelson, as well as three children, Peter, Evan and Stephanie.

Kopelson won an Oscar in 1986 for Best Picture for “Platoon” directed by Oliver Stone, and was nominated again for Andrew Davis’ “The Fugitive” in 1993. His last film was 2004’s “Twisted” at Paramount with Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson and Andy Garcia. In all, he produced 29 features.

Also Read: Is 'The Fugitive' Based on a True Story? Not So Fast

Born in Brooklyn, Kopelson graduated from New York University and earned a law degree from New York Law School. He began his career with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in
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Les Moonves Tried To Buy Accuser’s Silence With Job At CBS & Is Unlikely To Get Any Severance Pay — Report

  • Deadline
The CBS board’s support for Leslie Moonves finally ran out following the revelation that he tried to buy an accuser’s silence by getting her a job at the network, according to the New York Times.

The Times article, citing unnamed senior sources, claims that multiple board members were determined to support Moonves until they were made aware of this deception and understood that the unnamed accuser was prepared to go public with her allegations.

The story claims up until that point multiple board members had staunchly supported Moonves, with one — William Cohen — reportedly saying during a late July conference call, “We are going to stay in this meeting until midnight if we need to until we get an agreement that we stand 100 percent behind our C.E.O., and there will be no change in his status.”

Board member and producer Arnold Kopelson, who won Best Picture Oscar for Platoon
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Official Trailer for Danish Mystery Thriller 'The Purity of Vengeance'

Time for a taste of some Danish mystery. Zentropa Entertainment has debuted the full official trailer for a Danish thriller titled The Purity of Vengeance, originally titled Journal 64. This film is about a series of mysterious disappearances in 1987 that are all eerily connected to the same person. The investigative thriller follows Carl Mørck and Assad from Department Q, who try to figure out how a bunch of dead bodies are connected and who's behind everything. The Purity of Vengeance stars Fares Fares, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Nicolas Bro, Anders Hove, Søren Pilmark, and Elliott Crosset Hove. This looks very cool, a bit like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films or even Fincher's Se7en, but with some unique twists. I am curious to see more footage from this and check it out whenever it hits theaters outside of Denmark. Dig in. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Christoffer Boe's The Purity of Vengeance,
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The Thrilling Parallels Between Detective Somerset and John Doe in ‘Se7en’

How can the good guy and bad guy be so similar? At the core of any story is the relationship between protagonist and antagonist, especially in a story where the protagonist must understand his enemy in order to find him. The best battles between good and evil are convoluted with characteristics that could be categorized […]

The post The Thrilling Parallels Between Detective Somerset and John Doe in ‘Se7en’ appeared first on Film School Rejects.
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Locarno Festival 2018 line-up revealed

Locarno Festival 2018 line-up revealed
New films from Hong Sangsoo, Abbas Fahdel, Radu Muntean in competition.

The line-up for Carlo Chatrian’s last outing as the artistic director of the Locarno Festival (Aug 1-11) in Switzerland includes the world premieres of Swiss filmmaker Bettina Oberli’s Le Vent Tourne and German director Sandra Nettelbeck’s tragicomedy Was Uns Nicht Umbringt.

Both will screen as part of the non-competitive Piazza Grande open-air programme.

Scroll down for full line-up

Further Piazza Grande films include Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, actor-director Ethan Hawke’s Blaze, Aneesh Chaganty’s debut feature Searching, and the late Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka’s
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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 […]

The post Opinion: SE7EN’s John Doe Didn’t Succeed as He Planned appeared first on Dread Central.
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‘Hangman’ VOD Review

Stars: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson, Sarah Shahi, Sloane Warren, Chelle Ramos, Steve Coulter, Michael Rose | Written by Michael Caissie, Charles Huttinger | Directed by Johnny Martin

Decorated homicide detective Ray Archer (Al Pacino) partners with criminal profiler Will Ruiney (Karl Urban) to catch one of the city’s notoriously vicious serial killers, who is playing a twisted version of murder inspired by the children’s game Hangman. Every 24 hours, a body is hung revealing the next letter carved into the victim’s body. As crime journalist Christi Davies (Brittany Snow) reports on the crime spree, the trio must race against the clock to prevent further murders. Archer and Ruiney become more entangled in the ruthless game than they could ever have imagined, but they must keep playing to save lives and attempt to catch the Hangman.

From the get-go Hangman seems like a film out of time.
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Michael Kaplan (‘The Alienist’ costume designer) waited 24 years to work on this ‘designer’s dream’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Costume designer Michael Kaplan‘s interest in “The Alienist” stretches back to when Caleb Carr‘s original novel was first published in 1994. “I just loved so many elements of it,” he recalls. “It seemed like a designer’s dream to be able to illuminate everything that was going on in 1896.” Produced by Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”), this TNT limited series focuses on a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans) who teams up with a criminal psychologist (Daniel Brühl) and a headstrong NYPD secretary (Dakota Fanning) to investigate a serial killer in 19th century New York City. Kaplan kept a close watch on the project’s development for 24 years before finally landing the job. Watch our exclusive video interview with Kaplan above.

See Dakota Fanning (‘The Alienist’): ‘I tend to be drawn to darker subject matter’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

“I always loved the contrast between the various levels of the society,” Kaplan explains. “The Alienist
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The Best Movie Plot Twists of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: Last weekend saw the release of “Adrift,” a true-life survival story that builds to an improbably big plot twist.

With that example fresh in our minds, we asked critics to pick the most satisfying plot twist they’ve seen in a film, and to expound upon why it worked so well for them.

This should go without saying, but spoiler alert.

Emma Stefansky (@stefabsky), Vanity Fair, Uproxx

I tend to miss out on classic film twists that have become so deeply entrenched in the culture that it’s easy to have them casually spoiled for you. I knew about the Keyser Söze thing before I watched “The Usual Suspects,” and I don’t think “I am your father” really registered for me when I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” as a kid.
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey (1944 – 2018)

Golden Globe-nominated American actor R. Lee Ermey – best known for his role as the no-nonsense Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket – has passed away aged 74. The actor’s manager Bill Rogen shared the sad news on Twitter.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

After a career in the United States Marine Corps, Ermey made his feature film debut with a brief role in Apocalypse Now, and also served as a technical advisor to director Francis Ford Coppola. He was later hired as a technical advisor to Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket,
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'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74

'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74
Former gunnery sergeant earned Golden Globe nomination for Kubrick’s Vietnam war classic.

R. Lee Ermey, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his iconic portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

His
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey. ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Star Dies At 74

Legendary character actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away. He was 74 The actor had a career that spanned .

Ermey’s management confirmed the new on the actor’s official Twitter page late Sunday.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet says.

Before being an actor, Ermey was a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant,
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R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74

R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74
R. Lee Ermey, the gunnery sergeant turned actor who portrayed the scene-stealing drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, died Sunday at the age of 74.

Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin confirmed Ermey's death on the actor's Facebook account. "It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote.

"It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for," Rogin added. "He
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R. Lee Ermey Has Passed Away

With a relentless delivery of some of the most head-turning lines in cinema, R. Lee Ermey had a commanding, unparalleled screen presence in films and television, and we're sad to share the news of the iconic actor's passing at the age of 74.

The news of R. Lee Ermey's passing was shared on Twitter by his manager, Bill Rogin, who posted:

"It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

A Us Marine, Vietnam veteran, and drill instructor in real life, Ermey brought that same military intensity, determination, and passion to the big screen in 1987 for his standout role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.

Although he's perhaps best known for his award-worthy work in Full Metal Jacket,
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R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Golden Globe Nominee, Dies at 74

  • Variety
R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Golden Globe Nominee, Dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. He was 74.

Ermey’s longtime manager announced the news via a tweet to Ermey’s official Twitter account.

“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet reads.

In addition to his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-nominated film, which earned him a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod, Ermey had several other mostly authority figure roles to his credit, including Sheriff Hoyt in 2003’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a police captain in “Se7en,” and the voice of the plastic army men’s leader Sarge in “Toy Story.”

Ermey was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant,
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