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Doctor Sleep Is Rated-r for Being a Disturbing & Bloody Sequel to The Shining

Doctor Sleep Is Rated-r for Being a Disturbing & Bloody Sequel to The Shining
We're in for a bloody, disturbing ride later this year as Doctor Sleep is officially going to be R-rated. This serves as a sequel to The Shining. Both Stephen King's novel and Stanley Kubrick's movie (which King is notably not a big fan of) are very highly regarded, so doing a sequel this many years later is a risky endeavor. At the very least, as confirmed by director Mike Flanagan, the movie won't be pulling any punches.

Mike Flanagan, who previously adapted Stephen King's Gerald's Game for Netflix, took to Twitter to reveal that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has handed out an R-rating to Doctor Sleep. This was also confirmed by the MPAA's official website. Per Flanagan's tweet, it earned its rating for all the right reasons. Here's what Flanagan had to say about it.

"Doctor Sleep has officially been rated R by the MPAA for 'disturbing and violent content,
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Ewan McGregor’s Disdain For Star Wars Casts Doubt On His Obi-Wan Return

According to the latest reports doing the rounds on the internet, Ewan McGregor, who played the wise and youthful version of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels after inheriting the character from veteran actor Alec Guinness, is making a return to his most famous role in a Disney Plus show centering around the Jedi master.

McGregor is reportedly in the final stages of sealing the deal with Disney, even though there’s been no official statement from the Mouse House or the actor himself. What we do have, however, is a history of McGregor’s remarks about his Star Wars stint during various talk shows and interviews, and based on those statements, some fans believe that returning to the franchise isn’t something that he’s particularly interested in doing.

Here’s what the actor said in a 2014 interview:

“I’ve never been to one of the conventions. The
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Home Release Details Revealed For Richard Curtis/ Danny Boyle Team-up ‘Yesterday’

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed the home release details for one of the bigger hits of the summer, the romantic-comedy Yesterday from writer Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle.

I quite enjoyed this film, a really interesting romantic piece set in a world without The Beatles.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter…but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel; BBC’s “EastEnders”) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four’s songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie – the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran also star in this romantic rock ‘n’ roll comedy from Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting,28 Days Later) and Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis.
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Star Wars: Ewan McGregor May Return as Obi-Wan Kenobi for New TV Series

What's that sound you hear, TV Fanatics?

It's the sound of Disney diluting every single one of its successful brands to make its new streaming service a success!

The latest twist in the tale is that Ewan McGregor could be suiting back up to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series for Disney+, according to Deadline.

Little details have bee revealed about the possible series, aside from the fact that there's a good chance McGregor will be reprising his role.

As such, there is no title or even plot details, but we expect this series to be announced relatively quickly if the McGregor signs on the dotted line.

McGregor played the character on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Ever since Disney+ was announced, several shows based on the most popular brands
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The Beatles Inspired Yesterday Comes Home in September

Bring family and friends together with The Beatles' music inspired film Yesterday, on Digital September 10, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray&#8482, DVD and On Demand September 24, 2019. Jack's life is changed forever when he discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers the music of The Beatles and must decide if he truly wants the spotlight, or if all he needs is love, after all. Filled with heart and humor from beginning to end, Yesterday on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray&#8482, DVD and Digital comes packed with exciting bonus features including deleted and extended scenes, live performances at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, an alternate opening and ending and several featurettes with the filmmakers and cast that take fans further into the charming story. Yesterday is a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. Celebrate the
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Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi Wan Kenobi in Disney Plus Series

  • Variety
Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi Wan Kenobi in Disney Plus Series
Ewan McGregor is in talks to return as Jedi master Obi Wan Kenobi in a series for Disney Plus, Variety has confirmed.

No other details on the potential series were available. McGregor previously played the character in the three “Star Wars” prequels “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” and “Revenge of the Sith.” There had been talk for years that McGregor would return in an Obi Wan standalone film, but those plans were reportedly put on hold following the unsuccessful roll out of “Star Wars” standalone film “Solo.”

Reps for McGregor and Disney Plus did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

The Obi Wan series would be the third live-action “Star Wars” show on Disney Plus. The nascent streamer has previously announced “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau starring Pedro Pascal as well as a series based on Cassian Andor, the character first introduce in the film
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Ewan McGregor May Reprise Star Wars Role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Disney+

Ewan McGregor May Reprise Star Wars Role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for Disney+
If you just felt a great disturbance in the Force, you’re not mistaken: Ewan McGregor is in talks to play Star Wars icon Obi-Wan Kenobi once again in a new series for Disney+, according to our sister site Deadline.

The series — slated to hit Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which launches in November — is still untitled, and details are scarce at this point. But McGregor could reportedly reprise the role of the wise Jedi master he played in the three Star Wars big-screen prequels: 1999’s The Phantom Menace, 2002’s Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.
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Ewan McGregor May Return As Obi-Wan Kenobi In Disney+ Series

  • Deadline
Ewan McGregor May Return As Obi-Wan Kenobi In Disney+ Series
Ewan McGregor may be picking up his lightsaber again. The 48-year-old Scottish actor is in talks about reprising his role as the heartfelt but headstrong Jedi master known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a yet-to-be-titled Disney+ series, Deadline has confirmed.

Details about the series following the Jedi master are being kept under wraps. McGregor played the younger version of the wise but irascible Star Wars icon in the three prequel films: The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). McGregor also revisited the role to make a voice-only cameo in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Plans to produce a stand-alone Kenobi feature film morphed into the current plan for a big-budget series for Disney+, just as the discussion of a Boba Fett film gave way to the similarly spirited The Mandalorian series.

It may sound like a demotion in status and priority (and a reaction to
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Box Office: ‘Yesterday’ Crosses $100 Million Milestone

  • Variety
Universal’s “Yesterday,” a musical fantasy set to the Beatles biggest hits, made it the $100 million mark with a little help from its fans.

The milestone is a counterprogramming win for the original romantic-comedy in a summer season that’s otherwise been dominated by superhero fare and big-budget blockbusters. After four weeks in theaters, “Yesterday” has earned $59.15 million in North America and $41.8 million overseas. The film has yet to open in 24 foreign markets and will continue rolling out at the international box office in coming months.

Danny Boyle, the filmmaker behind “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting,” directed “Yesterday,” which was written by Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”). The film follows an aspiring songwriter (Himesh Patel), who becomes a musical sensation after a freak accident leaves him as the only person who remembers the Beatles. The cast also includes Lily James, Ed Sheeran and Kate McKinnon.

“Yesterday” debuted with $17 million at the domestic
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To the Moon and Back: Brian Eno on Revisiting ‘Apollo’

To the Moon and Back: Brian Eno on Revisiting ‘Apollo’
Brian Eno strongly believes he saw the flight path overhead of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into space, when he was 12. “I was very excited by it,” he recalls now. But within a few years he lost his interest in space travel. By the time Neil Armstrong bested Gagarin by setting foot on the moon on July 20th, 1969, when Eno was 21, he didn’t expect to be impressed. “It just seemed to me like one of the many amazing things that was happening in the Sixties,” says the composer,
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Retrofitting: Yesterday

Yesterday, “the feel-fantastic movie of the summer” (Billboard magazine), jumps off from an undeniably juicy premise—What if you woke up one day and everyone had forgotten about the Beatles except you?—then proceeds to develop almost nothing about that premise, preferring to use the music, its meaning and its influences, as a MacGuffin on the way to selling yet another cliché-cute romantic dramedy about getting out of your own way long enough to recognize the presence of your true love.

The problem with Yesterday isn’t its actors, though newcomer Hamish Patel, as Jack, the blessed/beleaguered singer/songwriter who decides to pass off the Beatles’ songbook as his own work, isn’t encouraged by director Danny Boyle to do much other than conjure an open-mouthed stare, as if confronting an oncoming bus, as the implications of gaining worldwide stardom on someone else’s genius begin to overwhelm him.
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BritBox Acquires BBC’s Kelly Macdonald-Fronted Crime ‘The Victim’ To Anchor Fall Slate

BritBox has acquired BBC One’s Kelly Macdonald-fronted crime drama The Victim as the anchor of its forthcoming fall slate.

The four-part Stv Studios-produced series will air exclusively on the Svod service, which is run by BBC Studios and ITV. It was created by The Man In The High Castle writer Rob Williams and is co-funded and internationally distributed by Sky Vision.

Trainspotting star Kelly Macdonald plays Anna Dean, a Scottish mother whose nine-year old boy was murdered fifteen years ago by a 13-year old. Years later, having campaigned to be told of the killer’s new identity she is accused of revealing his new name online. Rising actor James Harkness, who had small roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Darkest Hour and Phantom Thread, plays Craig Myers, who is attacked after Macdonald’s Dean accuses him of being the child killer. Misfits and The Level star
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10 Films Inspired By The Beatles, Ranked

In Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting director Danny Boyle’s latest film, Yesterday, viewers are asked what the world would be like if The Beatles didn’t exist through the eyes of somebody who remembered that they did. This marriage between the Fab Four and film is not a new one, but when people think about this marriage, they are more likely think about films such as A Hard Day’s Night, Help, or Yellow Submarine.

Related: Yesterday: Every Beatles Easter Egg & Reference

However, their footprint on the industry has lived on for nearly 50 years since the band called it quits in 1970. From jukebox musicals, to fictional retellings of the bands’ members, to dramas guided by a character’s love for the band, The Beatles have been the basis of several films spanning nearly every genre, but these are some of the most memorable.
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"Yesterday" Without 'The Beatles'

Take a look at the new comedy musical feature "Yesterday", directed by Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting"), featuring music of 'The Beatles', starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Ana de Armas and Lamorne Morris:

"...'Jack Malik' (Patel) is a struggling musician whose life is not getting any better. One day, a power outage and a collision with a vehicle, leaves Jack hospitalized. Upon recovering, he discovers that the whole world has forgotten who 'The Beatles' are. Seizing the opportunity, he takes the once great classic songs and makes them his own..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Yesterday"...

More Of "The Beatles" Here
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DVD Review – The Hole in the Ground (2019)

The Hole in the Ground, 2019.

Directed by Lee Cronin.

Starring Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Kati Outinen, David Crowley, James Cosmo, and Simone Kirby.

Synopsis:

A single mother and her young son move to a rural area of Ireland but a huge hole in the ground near their home appears to be having some sort of effect on them.

Dark forests, spooky children and Irish folklore combine in The Hole in the Ground, the debut feature from director Lee Cronin, proving that horror movies about dark forests, spooky children and regional folklore aren’t quite done yet, despite there being a slew of them in recent years.

Sarah O’Neill (Seána Kerslake – A Date For Mad Mary) and her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) have recently moved into their new home in a quiet part of rural Ireland. Whilst out in the woods next to the house Sarah comes
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Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs

Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs
Total of 842 people from 59 countries invited by AMPAS.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 842 people from 59 countries to join its membership.

The strong cohort of international film names includes two producers of Cold War, the directors of Dogman, Stan & Ollie, and I Am Not A Witch, and various executives from different facets of the industry.

International executives invited include Eric Lagesse of French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films, London-based Netflix development and acquisitions executive Funa Maduka, Michele Halberstadt of French distribution and sales outfit Arp Selection, Lebanese producer and distributor Georges Schoucair of Abbout Productions,
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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How Yesterday Imagines a World Without the Beatles

Don Kaye Jul 1, 2019

Yesterday writer Richard Curtis explains how the script came together and whether the Beatles could make it today.

Yesterday is the story of a struggling singer/songwriter named Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) who’s tired of grinding it out in local bars in the English county of Suffolk and ready to throw his dreams of musical stardom away. That is, until one night when he hits his head in an accident at the exact moment that a mysterious blackout flickers across the face of the Earth.

When Jack wakes up, he seems to be the only person on the planet who can remember the Beatles and knows their songs -- which he promptly passes off as his own and becomes a star. But how long can he maintain the façade and, by pursuing his goals under false pretenses, does he risk throwing away the one true relationship in his life,
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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‘Yesterday’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino, Ellise Chappell, Meera Syal, Harry Michell, Vincent Franklin, Joel Fry | Written by Richard Curtis | Directed by Danny Boyle

Yesterday is the latest film from the visionary mind of director Danny Boyle and acclaimed writer Richard Curtis. It stars Himesh Patel as struggling musician Jack Malik who, on the premature eve of his own self retirement from the singer/songwriter craft to the disappointment of his manager (Lily James), is involved in an accident that knocks him out cold and by coincidence all the memory of The Beatles throughout history for everyone aside from Jack. What commences is a meteoric rise of Malik who in the wake of no John, Paul, Ringo and George, takes the mantel himself and travels on a far greater and prosperous journey than he ever could expect.

By no means is it the best work from Boyle, who
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