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Black Panther movie review: absolute Marvel

MaryAnn’s quick take… Classic comic-book stuff made fresh by drawing on underexplored mythologies and cultures, yet still deeply resonant and deeply universal. An exhilarating pulp-fiction dream that ups the ante on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Marvel Cinematic Universe

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Wakanda forever!” It’s patriotic sentiment, a battle cry for warriors, and maybe it would be the slogan of Wakanda’s tourism board if it welcomed visitors.

The small nation of Wakanda is a protected valley enclave in east Africa, hidden from outside eyes by some very advanced technology fueled by the alien metal vibranium, which arrived via asteroid millennia ago. As Prince T’Challa — whom we last saw in Captain America: Civil War as superpowered Black Panther — arrives
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Best 25 Horror Oscar Winners, Ranked

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Best 25 Horror Oscar Winners, Ranked
Most people think that snobby Oscar voters through the decades have turned their backs on the horror genre. Not so. True, far more horror flicks have been nominated for Oscars — including many Alfred Hitchcock movies — than have won. Hitch was nominated six times for Best Director and never took home a gold statue, which is why he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1968. “Thank you,” he said, and walked offstage.

We scoured the record books to find 25 Oscar-winning horror movies, and herewith rank them for you.

After heated arguments among the IndieWire staff, we threw out a dozen or so monster movies (“King Kong,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Jurassic Park”), ghost films (“Ghost”) and scary psychological thrillers like Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” that just didn’t feel like horror flicks to us.

Defining a horror movie is subjective. Is it about gore and guts and supernatural beings, or how it makes you feel?
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September 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Mummy (2017), Phenomena, The Resurrected

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This week’s list of horror-themed home entertainment releases is almost exhausting, as we have well over 30 titles coming our way on September 12th. For those who may have missed them in theaters earlier this year, you can now finally catch up with both The Mummy (2017) and It Comes At Night, as they’re both headed home on multiple formats.

Cult film fans should keep an eye out for an array of releases this Tuesday, including The Fox With A Velvet Tail, The Resurrected, the standard two-disc Blu-ray for Dario Argento’s Phenomena, The Creep Behind the Camera, Spider, and Don Coscarelli’s entire Phantasm series comes home in a five-disc DVD set from Well Go USA.

Other notable releases for September 12th include The Ghoul, Dead Again in Tombstone, The Hatred, Ruby, Tobor the Great, and Night Gallery: The Complete Series.

The Fox With A Velvet Tail (Mondo Macabro,
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10 Reasons Why The Ghost and The Darkness is Jaws But With Lions

In October of 1996, director Stephen Hopkins’ (Predator 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, The Reaping) adventure horror film The Ghost and The Darkness hit theaters. Starring Val Kilmer, John Kani, Brian McCardie, and Michael Douglas,… Continue Reading →

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Val Kilmer Confirms Cancer Rumors, Says He’s in ‘Healing’ Stages

Val Kilmer Confirms Cancer Rumors, Says He’s in ‘Healing’ Stages
Val Kilmer finally confirmed numerous reports that he was battling cancer during a recent Ama on Reddit. The actor had never acknowledged the rumors as legitimate, but now confirms that he has had a “healing of cancer.”

Michael Douglas first revealed Kilmer’s oral cancer diagnosis on Halloween last year when speaking to Jonathan Ross about the pair’s film “The Ghost and the Darkness.” Douglas claimed his co-star had not been seen in public recently due to Kilmer “dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him.” (Douglas was previously diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer in 2010, but was declared cancer-free following treatment in 2011).

Despite originally denying Douglas’ claims — as well as reports involving a possible tumor back in October of 2015 — Kilmer was forthright with a fan during his Reddit Ama on Wednesday:

Comment from discussion JanMichaelVincent16’s comment from discussion "Hello Reddit! I
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Val Kilmer Publicly Acknowledges His Cancer Battle For the First Time

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Val Kilmer Publicly Acknowledges His Cancer Battle For the First Time
After years of speculation that Val Kilmer had been dealing with health issues, the actor decided to finally open up about what exactly he's been going through during a recent Reddit Ama session. After one user asked Val about Michael Douglas publicly saying Val was battling throat cancer back in October, Val confirmed his illness for the first time. "He was probably trying to help me because the press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer," he said. "But my tongue is still swollen although healing all the time. Because I don't sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather." Michael, who is also a throat cancer survivor, had previously said that his The Ghost and the Darkness costar was "dealing with exactly what I had" and that "things don't look too good for him," adding,
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Val Kilmer Confesses To Cancer Rumours, Says He Had ‘A Healing’

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Val Kilmer is acknowledging his battle with cancer after months of denying any serious health issues. The “Batman Forever” star got candid in a Reddit Ama (Ask me Anything) this past Wednesday. One Reddit user asked the actor to clarify comments Kilmer’s “The Ghost and the Darkness” co-star Michael Douglas made. Related: Val Kilmer Tweets Admiration For […]
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Val Kilmer Says He’s ‘Healing of Cancer’ in First Acknowledgement of Health Issues

Val Kilmer Says He’s ‘Healing of Cancer’ in First Acknowledgement of Health Issues
Val Kilmer shared for the first time that he is recovering from cancer after months of denying that he was suffering from any serious health issues.

The 57-year-old actor participated in a Reddit Ama (Ask Me Anything) on Wednesday, where he addressed a question about Michael Douglas saying that his one-time costar was battling oral cancer, a disease Douglas beat himself in 2013, during a Q&A in October.

“A while ago, Michael Douglas claimed you had terminal cancer,” one fan asked. “What was the story behind that?”

“He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days,
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Prime for April - Screengrab Roulette

As we do, we've frozen random new to Amazon Prime titles and grabbed the first screengrab that popped up. Though they're leaning heavily on 1990s titles at the moment, their quality of offerings is far outpacing whatever B pictures Netflix has been licensing of late. Comment Party: Which will you be watching and which of the "new" streaming titles would you most want to read a write-up on this month? I'll obey your consensus command. 

Okay on to the random screengrabs.

Every morning the ground is soaked with blood. The workers believe I brought this terror since it didn't begin until my arrival. Whatever I try they seem to know. All the deaths are on me. 

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Yes, yes, great Vilmos Zsigmond cinematography, a sound Oscar, and killer lions and but on a scale of 1-100 how kissable were Val Kilmer's lips in his prime?
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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime
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Oscars: How Well Do the Motion Picture Sound Editors Predict the Best Sound Editing Winner?

La La Land’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate; Summit Entertainment)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The best sound editing category is going to be tough to call at this year’s Oscars, but the race is boiling down to Hacksaw Ridge versus La La Land. While we won’t know who won the Academy’s favor until Sunday, we already know the Motion Picture Sound Editors have honored these two films — among others — at their annual Golden Reel Awards. How often does this society of sound editors predict the corresponding category at the Academy Awards? Let’s take a look and find out.

Nominated alongside Hacksaw Ridge and La La Land in the best sound editing category at this year’s Oscars are Arrival, Sully, and Deepwater Horizon. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg predicts that Damien Chazelle’s modern musical will take home the trophy by overtaking Mel Gibson’s big Hollywood return.
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Om Puri, Veteran Bollywood Actor, Dies at 66

Om Puri, Veteran Bollywood Actor, Dies at 66
The prolific, veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri, best known as the star of British films “My Son the Fanatic” and “East is East,” died yesterday at the age of 66, reported the Indian Express.

Born in in 1950, Puri attended the Film and Television Institute of India as well as National School of Drama, and later made his film debut in the 1976 film “Ghashiram Kotwal.” He quickly followed it up with award-winning performances in films like “Aakrosh” in 1980, for which he won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, “Arohan” in 1982 and “Ardh Satya” in 1983, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Actor two years in a row.

Besides his many character roles in Bollywood film, Puri also appeared or starred in numerous English and Hollywood films and TV shows as well. He co-starred in 90s American films like “City of Joy,” “Wolf” and “The Ghost and the Darkness.” He
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Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66 from a heart attack

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Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66 from a heart attack
The actor was best known in Britain for East Is East and My Son The Fanatic.

Veteran Indian actor and former chairman of India’s National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) has died from a heart attack, aged 66.

Puri was a familiar figure in British cinema due to his roles in films such as Udayan Prasad’s My Son The Fanatic (1997), Damien O’Donnell’s East Is East (1999) - for which he was BAFTA-nominated - and its sequel West Is West, directed by Andy De Emmony in 2010.

He had recently completed filming a role in Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming Viceroy’s House, alongside Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville.

Born in the north Indian state of Haryana, Puri made his film debut in Ghashiram Kotwal, directed by a collective of ‘parallel cinema’ filmmakers in 1976. He was one of the leading actors of India’s non-mainstream cinema movement of the 1980s and 1990s, with award-winning
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Om Puri, ‘Ghandi’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ Actor, Dies at 66 (Report)

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Om Puri, ‘Ghandi’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ Actor, Dies at 66 (Report)
Om Puri, a veteran Indian actor known for his work in both Bollywood and Hollywood films, died Thursday. He was 66. He suffered a heart attack, Ndtv in India reported. Puri’s notable roles included in “Ghandi,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and “The Jungle Book.” Also Read: 'Survivor' Alum Dan Kay Dies at 40 Born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Punjabi family, Puri began his career in the 1976 Marathi film “Ghashiram Kotwal.” He went on to star in some of India’s biggest movies, including “Ardh Satya,” “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” and “Paar.” Also Read: Carrie Fisher,
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15 Famous Firsts in Film

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The film industry has been around for well over 100 years. Today, Cinelinx looks at some of the famous firsts that set the foundation for the movie industry and made cinema what it is today.

As a bit of trivia to begin with, the first known piece of moving film footage was the The Horse in Motion (1878), a 3-second experiment consisting of 24 photographs shot in rapid succession. It’s just a scene of a jockey riding a horse, but it ultimately led to the development of modern film.

Most early films were short, silent bits of daily life, showing such exciting events as boarding a train, which was captured in The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station (1895). This film footage supposedly scared the bejesus out of the viewing audience, who thought a real train was coming at them and ran for cover. Early films began to include documentary footage and newsreels,
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Val Kilmer Says Michael Douglas Wrote Him a "Nice Note" of Apology After Health Comments

Val Kilmer Says Michael Douglas Wrote Him a
Val Kilmer says Michael Douglas apologized to him in writing about his public comments about his health, calling the actor a "classy guy." Kilmer had sparked concern last year after it was revealed he was treated at a hospital twice. Douglas, who starred with Kilmer in the 1996 movie The Ghost and the Darkness, had said in a Q&A event in England in October that the actor "is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don't look too good for him." Douglas is a survivor of stage 4 oral cancer.  Kilmer later said, "I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed." Kilmer took to Facebook again Tuesday and revealed Douglas...
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Val Kilmer denies he has cancer after Michael Douglas claims

Kilmer responds to Douglas’s assertion in an interview that ‘things don’t look too good for him’ by saying he has ‘no cancer whatsoever’

Val Kilmer has denied claims by Michael Douglas that he has cancer after the latter said “things don’t look too good for him”.

Douglas, who acted with Kilmer in 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness, was discussing the film at a Q&A in London on Sunday. According to People, he told host Jonathan Ross: “The picture didn’t turn out as well as I hoped, but I had a wonderful time. Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him.”

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Val Kilmer Says He Doesn't Have Cancer: ''I Love Michael Douglas but He Is Misinformed''

Val Kilmer Says He Doesn't Have Cancer: ''I Love Michael Douglas but He Is Misinformed''
Val Kilmer is very grateful for all the well wishes, but they may be a bit unnecessary. According to multiple reports, Michael Douglas was in London over the weekend participating in a Q&A when the topic of his 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness came up. That's when Douglas decided to share some insight on Kilmer's health, alleging that the celeb was also battling throat cancer. "The picture didn't turn out as well as I hoped but I had a wonderful time," he reportedly told host Jonathan Ross. "Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don't look too good for him." The actor added, "My prayers are with him. That's why you...
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Val Kilmer -- Michael Douglas is Wrong ... I Don't Have Cancer!

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Val Kilmer says he's healthy, happy and cancer free ... despite what his friend, Michael Douglas, is telling people. Kilmer responded to recent rumors he's battling oral cancer reportedly started by his "The Ghost and the Darkness" co-star ... saying he loves Michael, but he's "misinformed." Kilmer says he last spoke to Douglas almost 2 years ago to get a referral for a medical specialist to examine a lump in his throat, but that's it. He says he
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Michael Douglas Says Former Co-Star Val Kilmer Is Battling Cancer: "My Prayers Are With Him"

Michael Douglas Says Former Co-Star Val Kilmer Is Battling Cancer:
Michael Douglas is shedding some light into his friend and former co-star's health. According to multiple reports, the actor was in London over the weekend participating in a Q&A when the topic of his 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness came up. What came next was some new details about his former co-star Val Kilmer's health. "The picture didn't turn out as well as I hoped but I had a wonderful time," he reportedly told host Jonathan Ross. "Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don't look too good for him." The actor added, "My prayers are with him. That's why you haven't heard too much from Val...
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