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A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor

On Friday morning, with little fanfare, A24 announced that David Robert Mitchell’s sprawling film noir, “Under the Silver Lake,” would no longer be released June 22. Instead, it’s been pushed to December 7. Nor was the company interested in discussing the six-month time shift. A24 spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg only responded to our query with a cryptic email: “Indeed we moved the date.”

However, in a company known for smart and radical moves, this appears to be another one. Here’s why.

1. Cool Cannes reception

Mitchell had plenty of reasons to be grateful to the festival for supporting his first two films, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” and “It Follows,” which both played Critics Week. Positive reaction for his debut gave Mitchell the confidence to quit his editing job and focus on getting “It Follows” made. The festival “helped to make that happen,” he told me at an American Pavilion panel at Cannes.
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A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor

A24 Delayed ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Until December — and It’s Another Smart, Radical Move for the Distributor
On Friday morning, with little fanfare, A24 announced that David Robert Mitchell’s sprawling film noir, “Under the Silver Lake,” would no longer be released June 22. Instead, it’s been pushed to December 7. Nor was the company interested in discussing the six-month time shift. A24 spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg only responded to our query with a cryptic email: “Indeed we moved the date.”

However, in a company known for smart and radical moves, this appears to be another one. Here’s why.

1. Cool Cannes reception

Mitchell had plenty of reasons to be grateful to the festival for supporting his first two films, “The Myth of the American Sleepover” and “It Follows,” which both played Critics Week. Positive reaction for his debut gave Mitchell the confidence to quit his editing job and focus on getting “It Follows” made. The festival “helped to make that happen,” he told me at an American Pavilion panel at Cannes.
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 cast suggestions: We’d love to see female celebs Dove Cameron, Paris Hilton & more

The all-athlete edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” just wrapped up on May 21, but there’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on the dance floor in the show’s 27th season coming up this fall. Below is a list of female candidates I think “DWTS” should consider inviting to compete for the next Mirror Ball Trophy. Do you agree with my picks? Check them out below, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which of these female celebs you’d most like to see in the ballroom. And let us know in comments what other stars you would like to see.

Dove Cameron

At only 22-years-old, Cameron has already made a name for herself as an actress on the Disney Channel with roles in the series “Liv and Maddie” (2013-2017) and the “Descendants” films. She has
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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas captured the fading myth of the rebel writer

  • The AV Club
Time has been kind to the reputation of Terry Gilliam’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, a film that stumbled into theaters 20 years ago today with vodka on its breath and dried vomit on its shirt and was quickly booted from the premises. Once derided as a slapdash, self-indulgent mess, it is now a mess with a…

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Terry Gilliam’s Epically Troubled ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote:’ A Brief History

Terry Gilliam’s Epically Troubled ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote:’ A Brief History
Terry Gilliam has tried to make his film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” for two decades, and it finally screened on the closing night of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

It’s the quintessential production from hell, complete with on-set injuries, lost funding, natural disasters and outsize ambitions worthy of the hero of Cervantes’ classic novel. Even after it wrapped, a lawsuit threatened to derail the film from screening at Cannes, and Amazon Studios pulled out of a deal to distribute the film in the U.S.

So the irony isn’t lost on anyone that Gilliam’s quest to make a movie about Don Quixote has been nothing if not quixotic. Here’s a not-so-brief timeline of every step on the road to Gilliam getting his film made.

Also Read: 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Film Review: Terry Gilliam Finally Delivers Messy Fun

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Film Review: The Path Leading to Love (2018) by Takayama Kohei

“I love you, but…”

When it comes to drug abuse or alcoholism, the mediums of film and literature certainly had their fair share of narratives concerning the issue, often either dramatizing or even romanticizing the topic. From the hard-boiled detectives played by Humphrey Bogart and their casual drinks in gloomy bars, the wacky characters of such films (and books) like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” or “Trainspotting” or the unforgettable performance by Ray Milland in Billy Wilder’s “The Lost Weekend,” addiction and substance abuse can be regarded as two of the most discussed and portrayed themes within the arts.

The Path Leading to Love screened at Osaka Asian Film Festival, that will be on March 9th to 18th.

As Jason Maher points out in his review of “The Path Leading to Love,” all of these examples have come to associate the artist, or certain kinds of characters, with alcoholism,
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Benicio Del Toro on ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Sicario 2,’ and Laughing His Way Through the Cannes Jury

Deep in the catacombs of Caesar’s Palace, below the Colosseum Theatre, there’s a basement warren of dressing rooms littered with snack trays and makeup tables. That was home for Benicio del Toro, CinemaCon’s Male Star of the Year, as he waited his turn to tell thousands of exhibitors why his movie would make everyone millions.

Del Toro was star of the Sony presentation for Mexican drug cartel drama “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by Stefano Sollima, in which he reunites with frequent costar John Brolin. Of course, Brolin and Del Toro would also work together on the cinematic juggernaut known as “Avengers: Infinity War” — not that either of them had any idea while shooting “Soldado.”

As they wrapped that film, Del Toro asked Brolin, “What are you doing?”

“I’m going to Atlanta.”

“I’m going to Atlanta, too.”

“What are you doing in Atlanta?
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Benicio Del Toro on ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Sicario 2,’ and Laughing His Way Through the Cannes Jury

Deep in the catacombs of Caesar’s Palace, below the Colosseum Theatre, there’s a basement warren of dressing rooms littered with snack trays and makeup tables. That was home for Benicio del Toro, CinemaCon’s Male Star of the Year, as he waited his turn to tell thousands of exhibitors why his movie would make everyone millions.

Del Toro was star of the Sony presentation for Mexican drug cartel drama “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by Stefano Sollima, in which he reunites with frequent costar John Brolin. Of course, Brolin and Del Toro would also work together on the cinematic juggernaut known as “Avengers: Infinity War” — not that either of them had any idea while shooting “Soldado.”

As they wrapped that film, Del Toro asked Brolin, “What are you doing?”

“I’m going to Atlanta.”

“I’m going to Atlanta, too.”

“What are you doing in Atlanta?
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Podtalk: Verne Troyer in Memoriam, in Interview From 2012

Chicago – Verne Troyer will always be one of the more intriguing breakout celebrities of the last 20 years. Always and forever known as “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers series of films, he also endured stereotyping and the health difficulties associated with his diminutive size. Troyer died on April 21st, 2018, at the age of 49. The cause of his death remains unknown.

Verne Troyer, in Chicago, 2012

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Verne Troyer was born in Michigan, to a family of average-sized parents and siblings. His family has Amish roots, but he was raised outside of the fellowship. He moved to Texas when he was 21 years old, and was working for a phone company when he was connected to an entertainment placement service for smaller-sized people. That led to his first gig, as a stand-in/stunt person for the John Hughes film, “Baby’s Day Out” (1994). Five years later,
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me From ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me From ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, has died at 49. A message posted on the actor’s Facebook and Instagram pages confirms his passing and mentions the battles he’s fought throughout life, noting that “unfortunately this time was too much.” He had been hospitalized earlier this month.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the message reads. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

It continues, “Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but
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Verne Troyer Dead at 49

  • TMZ
Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died. Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning. Verne's
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Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award

Benicio Del Toro to receive CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award
Star of upcoming thriller Soldado recently named Un Certain Regard chair.

Benicio Del Toro, who stars in the upcoming Sicario sequel Soldado, will receive the CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award later this month.

Del Toro will receive the honour at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on April 26 in Las Vegas.

It was announced last week that the Puerto Rican-born star will chair the Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes.

“From his commanding breakthrough performance in The Usual Suspects to his Academy Award winning role in Traffic, Benicio Del Toro has captivated audiences for years with thought provoking characters and worldly charm,
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Director Alex Proyas Clarifies Controversial #MeToo Statements: Terry Gilliam Shouldn’t Be Lumped in With Other Disgraced Directors

Editor’s Note (March 27): When IndieWire first published this story, the full text of what Proyas wrote on Facebook was, “Kill ‘Em All! The Guilty & The Witch-hunted. Then you’ll have nothing left to watch other than the sanitised directed-by-committee crap you’ll so thoroughly deserve.”

He later amended the post to add an asterisk and the explanation, “I do not support criminal perpetrators like Polanski in any way. I support #metoo and abuse survivors. I do not believe Terry Gilliam should be lumped in with perpetrators for stating an opinion, however egregious. Clarification for those who might not get this.”

In a Facebook message to IndieWire, he wrote, “I would appreciate it if you could report what I did actually say in my Facebook rather than what you thought I was implying. I did not support Polanski or Woody Allen in any way. I believe Polanski committed a crime without any question.
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Terry Gilliam Blasts ‘Mob Rule’ of #MeToo Movement in Hollywood: ‘It Is a World of Victims’

  • The Wrap
Terry Gilliam Blasts ‘Mob Rule’ of #MeToo Movement in Hollywood: ‘It Is a World of Victims’
Terry Gilliam is calling out the problems he sees with the #MeToo movement in Hollywood. In an interview with Afp published Friday, the “Brazil” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” director said he’s seen some women suffer, but others are using “monster” Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in their careers, pointing out what he calls the “mob rule” in the movement. The Monty Python member told Afp there are “plenty of monsters out there… There are other people (still) behaving like Harvey in the film industry, abusing their power for sex” and that Weinstein was exposed because he “is an a–hole and he...
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Benicio del Toro Joins ‘Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo’ as Exec Producer (Exclusive)

Benicio del Toro Joins ‘Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo’ as Exec Producer (Exclusive)
Benicio del Toro has joined the documentary “The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo” as its executive producer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Directed by Phillip Rodriguez, the film explores the life of Oscar Zeta Acosta, who was a firebrand Chicano lawyer, writer, activist, and the real-life inspiration behind Hunter S. Thompson’s Dr. Gonzo in the 1971 novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.”

Del Toro portrayed Dr. Gonzo opposite Johnny Depp’s Raoul Duke in director Terry Gilliam’s 1998 “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” then won an Academy Award for “Traffic” in his next role. Del Toro also executive produced indie films “Lovesickness” in 2007 and “Viva” in 2015.

“We are ecstatic to have Benicio nurturing this project in his role as executive producer,” Rodriguez said. “Few people can speak to Acosta’s humanity and complexity like Benicio, who interpreted him for the big screen with such
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10 Best Gambling and Poker Movies

All movie-makers love to put a little casino action into their films. There’s something so glamorous about the events that unfold around the gaming tables that it’s perfect for livening up even the dullest screenplay. So here’s a look at the top ten movies to tempt us into taking a trip to the casino!

Casino

We had to start our list with Martin Scorsese’s gambling masterpiece. This has everything you need in a casino film with Robert De Niro very impressive as the guy from the mob who takes over a Las Vegas gambling establishment. But it was Sharon Stone’s show-stopping performance as Ginger McKenna that really added that all-important glamour factor.

Ocean’s Eleven

But for suave sophistication it’s hard to beat the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven. With an awesome script that saw a bunch of very stylish guys attempting a heist
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Thor: Ragnarok Review

As Thor tumbles head-over-feet through the infinite cosmos, summons thunder blasts and tries to erase the image of Hulk’s gargantuan – how did Tony Stark put it, zucchini(?) – from his mind, “Cosmic Marvel” continues to evolve as the studio’s most fascinating subgenre. It’s where McU mastermind Kevin Feige allows filmmakers the most freedom, thus far.

James Gunn busted the shackles of franchise conformity in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and now we have Taika Waititi turning Thor: Ragnarok into one of his signature quirky comedies. That’s not to downplay any blockbuster action and intergalactic majesty – I mean, Jeff Goldblum in a golden robe for Ego’s sake – but Waititi embraces Chris Hemsworth’s inner funnyman Far more than Kenneth Branagh or Alan Taylor chose to accept. Although, maybe that was for a reason?

We pick up with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fighting a fire-and-brimstone demigod (Surtur,
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MGM developing Hunter S. Thompson series

According to Variety, MGM Television is developing a series based upon the life of celebrated journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson, which is being penned by Bob Nelson (Nebraska), with Davey Holmes (Get Shorty) set to serve as showrunner should it make it to series.

“As we look to the future of MGM Television, it is imperative that we forge long-term relationships with creators who have an eye for dynamic storytelling,” said MGM TV and Digital chief Mark Burnett. “Davey is tremendously talented and has demonstrated that he can deliver quality programming that will resonate with viewers.”

The project is described as an “authorised” look at the life of Thompson, whose publications include the likes of Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream and Fear and Loathing:
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Hunter S. Thompson Television Series in Development

Hunter S. Thompson Television Series in Development
An authorized biographical series about the life of late author Hunter S. Thompson is in development at MGM Television, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will be titled Fear and Loathing, after Thompson's acclaimed book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was first published as a two-part article in Rolling Stone in 1971.

Veteran television writer Davey Holmes will helm Fear and Loathing as part of a new overall deal with MGM TV. Holmes has written for shows like In Treatment and Shameless, and most recently adapted Elmore Leonard's novel,
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New biographical Hunter S. Thompson TV project on the way

Tony Sokol Kirsten Howard Oct 25, 2017

MGM will turn the life of Gonzo Godfather Hunter S. Thompson into a new TV treat. Drink deep, it's good for you...

"When times get weird, the weird turn pro," Hunter S. Thompson once wrote. It’s been 13 years since the father of Gonzo journalism decided to end his life - ending the games, the fun, the walking and the swimming. Since then, times have gotten weirder than any hallucinogenic chemical fantasia might have imagined. So, maybe it's time for an authorised, televised Hunter S. Thompson biography to tell the story.

There are no details on what it will be, but it will be directed by Davey Homes, who runs the TV adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 novel Get Shorty, and written by Bob Nelson, who wrote screenplays for The Confirmation and Nebraska. The Thompson biography project is being produced by MGM Television.

"Davey is
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