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‘Into The Dark: Culture Shock’ Director on ‘Timeless’ Qualities of Border Crossing Film

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‘Into The Dark: Culture Shock’ Director on ‘Timeless’ Qualities of Border Crossing Film
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Culture Shock,” the July 4 installment of “Into the Dark,” streaming on Hulu.

When Gigi Saul Guerrero set out to take the helm of the July 4th installment of “Into The Dark,” the director had a very specific vision for the tone. The plot of the film centers on a young, pregnant woman named Marisol (Martha Higareda) who crosses the Mexican-American border illegally and wakes up in a “Pleasantville”-style small town. There things seem idyllic with their bright colors, cheerful neighbors and volunteer spirit, but soon enough cracks in the veneer begin to show through. The town is not real at all, but instead a virtual reality simulation that immigrants have been hooked up to in a lab.

“The brutality and the inhumane subject matter is there, and unfortunately we see that every day for awhile now and it’s quite heartbreaking.
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Tobey Maguire movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Wonder Boys,’ ‘Seabiscuit’

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Tobey Maguire movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Wonder Boys,’ ‘Seabiscuit’
Happy happy 44th birthday to the great Tobey Maguire on June 27, 2019! The actor, known to audiences around the world as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the first three adaptations of the comic-book hero’s adventures, has had a wide range of acting roles from intense dramas to comedies to even a Western. One of Maguire’s great advantages in getting started was the fact that, from his early days as a child actor, Maguire had a boyish look that allowed him to be cast as characters who were much younger than his own chronological age.

SEEWillem Dafoe movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

After his breakthrough role in 1997’s “The Ice Storm,” Maguire’s solid work soon came to the attention of Hollywood’s awards groups, and Maguire was honored at the Golden Globes with a Best Actor nomination for 2009’s “Brothers.” In addition, he also received two ensemble
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Tobey Maguire movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Tobey Maguire movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy happy 44th birthday to the great Tobey Maguire on June 27, 2019! The actor, known to audiences around the world as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the first three adaptations of the comic-book hero’s adventures, has had a wide range of acting roles from intense dramas to comedies to even a Western. One of Maguire’s great advantages in getting started was the fact that, from his early days as a child actor, Maguire had a boyish look that allowed him to be cast as characters who were much younger than his own chronological age.

After his breakthrough role in 1997’s “The Ice Storm,” Maguire’s solid work soon came to the attention of Hollywood’s awards groups, and Maguire was honored at the Golden Globes with a Best Actor nomination for 2009’s “Brothers.” In addition, he also received two ensemble nominations from the Screen Actors Guild for his work in
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13 Best Movie Moments Featuring The Beatles Music, From ‘Ferris Bueller’ to ‘Yesterday’ (Photos)

The new movie “Yesterday” imagines what the world would be like if no one had ever heard of The Beatles. You can guess the impact that would have on the world of rock music, but we’d also be without a handful of great movies that found just the right note because they managed to score a movie moment in the way no other song would do. This list however excludes The Beatles movies like “Yellow Submarine,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help!” and even the “Across the Universe” jukebox musical that are loaded with perfect such moments.

The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) – “Hey Jude

The Mutato Muzika Orchestra, did up this lovely, twinkling, instrumental version of “Hey Jude” that captures the miniature, picturesque quality of the prologue to Wes Anderson’s family dysfunction comedy “The Royal Tenenbaums.” But the smaller in scope orchestration doesn’t change the sweeping, inspiring quality of the melody,
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Podtalk: Director Gigi Saul Guerrero Previews ‘Culture Shock’ at Cinepocalypse Film Fest

Chicago – She calls her style of grindhouse and gore films “Tex Mex,” and you won’t find a better femme fatale producing a better debut film in that genre. Director Gigi Saul Guerrero gave Chicago audiences a sneak preview – at the Cinepocalypse Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre – of her debut “Culture Shock,” which will premiere for Hulu on July 4th, 2019, part of their “Into the Dark” series of horror films through Blumhouse Television.

Ain’t That America: ‘Culture Shock,’ Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero

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Marisol (Martha Higareda) has no choice but to make the arduous crossing from Mexico to the USA, to give her unborn child a better life. After paying off several go-betweens to get the task done, she finds herself still captured by U.S. border guards. She blacks out, only to wake up clean, no longer pregnant and safe within an American utopia this side of Pleasantville.
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Cinematographers Guild Election Heats Up; Ballots In Mail Tuesday

Cinematographers Guild Election Heats Up; Ballots In Mail Tuesday
Ballots will go out Tuesday in the election of officers for Iatse Cinematographers Guild Local 600. Steven Poster, who’s been president of the guild since 2006, is being challenged by Paul Ferrazzi, its former national secretary-treasurer, and Lewis Rothenberg, the guild’s former national vice president. Typically, in three-way union elections, the advantage goes to the incumbent, with dissident votes being split among the challengers. Ballots will be counted May 3.

Poster and Ferrazzi have been political rivals for more than a decade. Ferrazzi had been the local’s national secretary-treasurer in 2006 when Poster filed charges against Gary Dunham, the guild’s president, accusing him of violating the authority of the guild’s national executive board by posting a statement on the guild’s website urging members to reject ratification of a new film and TV contract. The board then ousted Dunham and narrowly elected Poster to replace him. Ferrazzi, who had been Dunham’s running mate,
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The Beach Bum | Review

Tales of Ordinary Madness: Korine Courts Cutesy in Outlandish Stoner Comedy

It’s no fun being the designated driver, which is the position the audience of Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum is unfortunately relegated to. A somewhat baffling follow-up to the zany, similarly tropical themed Spring Breakers (review), there’s no shortage of hedonism in this grating portrait of a genius stoner poet allowed a careless life of luxury explained by a fantastical fount of privilege. As if predicting the inevitable extreme of dysfunctional creative energies breastfed in the world of elitist one-percenters, Korine’s latest is at least thematically familiar to his past filmography, like the Pleasantville (1998) version of his 2009 Trash Humpers.…
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Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Election,’ ‘Walk the Line’

Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Election,’ ‘Walk the Line’
A New Orleans native who was raised in Tennessee, Reese Witherspoon is the very definition of good things coming in petite 5-foot-1 packages. She made her film debut at age 14 in 1991’s “The Man in the Moon,” a bittersweet Southern coming-of-age tale of first love and loss. From then on, she was pegged as a young actress to watch. She would soon gravitate towards edgier fare such as the underwhelming 1994 comedy “S.F.W.” and 1996’s “Freeway,” a rancid take on a Little Red Riding Hood on the run. She then scored a signature role as the rabidly ruthless high-school over-achiever Tracy Flick in 1999’s political satire “Election.” That was followed by her first major box-office hit, 2001’s “Legally Blonde,” as a perky Harvard student with a penchant for pink, feathered pens and cute Chihuahuas.

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Ever since, Witherspoon has proven to be
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Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
A New Orleans native who was raised in Tennessee, Reese Witherspoon is the very definition of good things coming in petite 5-foot-1 packages. She made her film debut at age 14 in 1991’s “The Man in the Moon,” a bittersweet Southern coming-of-age tale of first love and loss. From then on, she was pegged as a young actress to watch. She would soon gravitate towards edgier fare such as the underwhelming 1994 comedy “S.F.W.” and 1996’s “Freeway,” a rancid take on a Little Red Riding Hood on the run. She then scored a signature role as the rabidly ruthless high-school over-achiever Tracy Flick in 1999’s political satire “Election.” That was followed by her first major box-office hit, 2001’s “Legally Blonde,” as a perky Harvard student with a penchant for pink, feathered pens and cute Chihuahuas.

Ever since, Witherspoon has proven to be a incredibly likable and laudable presence on the big screen and,
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Beck Files to Divorce Marissa Ribisi

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Beck Files to Divorce Marissa Ribisi
Beck's divorcing his actress wife, Marissa Ribisi, after nearly 15 years of marriage. The singer filed the divorce petition Friday in Los Angeles. He and Marissa got married in April 2004 and they have 2 kids together -- a 14-year-old son named Cosimo, and an 11-year-old daughter named Tuesday. Marissa's had roles in "Dazed and Confused," "Pleasantville" and several other movies. She's the twin sister of Giovanni Ribisi. This was the first marriage for both Marissa and Beck.
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'L.A. Confidential' to 'Pleasantville': Veteran Production Designer Reflects on Her 40-Year Career

'L.A. Confidential' to 'Pleasantville': Veteran Production Designer Reflects on Her 40-Year Career
If Jeannine Oppewall were designing this year's Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards, she might have created a setting that looked like the Santa Anita racetrack during the Great Depression (as she did for 2003's Seabiscuit) or the Formosa Cafe circa 1950 (as she did for 1997's L.A. Confidential) or maybe even turn the whole thing into black and white (as she did for 1998's Pleasantville). But instead, on Feb. 2, the four-time Oscar nominee will be picking up her lifetime achievement award on a ballroom stage at the Intercontinental in downtown L.A....
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Regina King will cruise to a crucial Best Supporting Actress win at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Regina King will cruise to a crucial Best Supporting Actress win at the Critics’ Choice Awards
Best Supporting Actress is Regina King‘s to lose at the Critics’ Choice Awards. The “If Beale Street Could Talk” star has a commanding 4/1 odds in our predictions to add another trophy to her collection on Sunday.

And what a collection it’s been so far. The season-long frontrunner, King has nearly swept the table on the critics circuit for her quietly powerful performance in the Barry Jenkins film and just won the Golden Globe. Seven Experts, five Editors and 21 of our Top 24 users foresee a Critics’ Choice victory for her.

See Oscars scorecard: ‘Roma,’ Ethan Hawke and Regina King have racked up double digit wins at critics awards

It would be a big coup for King to win this on the heels of her Globe triumph, as she was shockingly snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards and also missed at BAFTA on Wednesday; only two people have ever
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How Pleasantville Explores Fandom, Nostalgia and Identity

Mark Harrison Dec 26, 2018

Pleasantville is a big-screen treatment of small screen nostalgia, and it's a movie that deserves more attention.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

This feature contains spoilers for Pleasantville.

When Gary RossPleasantville was released on DVD in the UK, its cover bore a Total Film review pull-quote labelling it as “The Truman Show meets Back to the Future.” It’s the kind of description that sounds bang-on but doesn’t actually do the film any favors. Judging by the numbers, it certainly didn't help its box office performance at the time. Scanning more like a feature-length Twilight Zone story than a knockabout fantasy comedy, this technically brilliant film weaves an interesting teen movie-cum-civil rights drama around a fictional 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville.

In the film, high-schooler David (Tobey Maguire) is a child of divorce and a devoted Pleasantville geek, who clearly enjoys retreating into
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Gary Ross to Rewrite and Direct ‘Will’ for Paramount and Gary Sanchez (Exclusive)

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Gary Ross to Rewrite and Direct ‘Will’ for Paramount and Gary Sanchez (Exclusive)
The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross has closed a deal to rewrite the script for the Paramount Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions dramedy “Will” with plans to direct the project once the script is done.

The previous draft was written by Demetri Martin with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Messick producing for Gary Sanchez.

The film is a dramatic comedy that examines the tension between free will and destiny, and the occasional joy of being alive.

A production start date has not yet been set, as execs want Ross focused on the rewrite.

Ross is no stranger to the dramatic comedy genre, cutting his teeth in the ’80s and ’90s writing scripts to classic pics such as “Dave” and “Big,” both of which earned him Oscar nominations for best screenplay. Ross would eventually launch his directing career with the critically acclaimed “Pleasantville” and follow that up with the Oscar-nominated “Seabiscuit.
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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award

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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award
In today’s film news roundup, “Green Book” gets a festival honor, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild names lifetime achievement winners, and indies “Tyger Tyger” and “Sons of the Cross” are heading into production.

Honors

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the drama “Green Book” with the Vanguard Award at its annual film awards gala on Jan. 3.

The Vanguard Award is a group honor for a film’s cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project. Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as well as director Peter Farrelly are expected to attend.

“Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are an on-camera dream team in the crowd-pleasing film ‘Green Book,’ inspired by a true friendship, about a New York City bouncer hired to drive and protect pianist Dr. Don Shirley on a concert tour in the Deep South,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
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‘Pleasantville’s Themes of Repression Remain Potent 20 Years Later

Not every film is made to stand the test of time, especially those commenting on specific socio-political events or struggles. A film can become dated for a myriad of reasons, some of which are out of the filmmaker’s control. So with the 20th anniversary of writer/director Gary Ross’ film Pleasantville already here—a movie I love, but haven’t seen in quite some time—I was curious to revisit the comedy/drama to see how well it holds up. While the basic premise finds a pair of 90s teenagers being transported into the black-and-white world …
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Jeannine Oppewall To Receive Art Directors’ Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jeannine Oppewall To Receive Art Directors’ Lifetime Achievement Award
Jeannine Oppewall, a four-time Oscar-nominated production designer whose credits include L.A. Confidential and Pleasantville, has been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor will be presented February 2 at during guild’s 23rd annual Adg Awards ceremony at the Wilshire Grand Ballroom.

Oppewall’s four Oscar noms came for L.A. Confidential, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and most recently for 2007’s The Good Shepherd. Her production designer career began with 1983’s Tender Mercies, and her credits include Wonder Boys, Rules Don.t Apply, Snow Falling on Cedars, Catch Me if You Can and Bridges of Madison County.

.Jeannine is one of our most treasured Production Designers whose 40-year career continues to flourish, right up to the current Best of Enemies,” said Nelson Coates, president of the Adg, in announcing the honor. “She is a most deserving recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award. We are proud to honor her outstanding career and cinematic contributions.
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in November

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Hulu’s slate of new titles arriving on the platform in November is here.

Wonder,” starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, will arrive on Hulu Nov. 2. The movie, based on the novel of the same name, tells the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The complete series of “Married with Children” will arrive on the platform on Nov. 9, and the Season 1 premiere of “The Bisexual” will drop on Nov. 16. The “Oceans” trilogy will also become available, beginning Nov. 1.

Also Read: Hulu in Talks to Create a Smaller, More Affordable TV Bundle

Here’s the complete list of titles coming to and leaving Hulu below.

Available Nov. 1

K: Complete Season 2 (Dubbed) (Viz)

Sailor Moon: Complete Season 3 (Dubbed) (Viz)

Six: Complete Season 2 (History)

10 to Midnight (1983)

28 Days Later (2002)

2001 Maniacs (2005)

The Accused (1988)

The Adventures of Priscilla,
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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’

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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’
William H. Macy received his fifth Emmy nomination in 2018 for playing Frank Gallagher, the outright horrible father of the Gallagher clan on “Shameless.” In total Macy has received a whopping 14 Emmy nominations for his work as an actor, writer, and producer. He won for two of those nominations back in 2003 for his acting and writing the TV movie “Door to Door.” While he has yet to take home an Emmy for “Shameless,” he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award three times. But it’s his film career for the focus of our photo gallery above, so take a tour of Macy’s 15 greatest movies, ranked from worst to best.

Macy had a long career on the stage and in episodic television and film, seemingly destined to be one of those actors who works steadily but never really becomes a household name. That changed in the mid-1990s. After appearing
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West Coast Iatse Talks to Resume as Contract Expiration Looms

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The West Coast members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — Hollywood’s key below-the-line union — are returning to the bargaining table on Tuesday, only a week prior to the current contract’s expiration.

Iaste has held two rounds of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, one in early April and the most recent on June 26 to June 29. The negotiations are for a successor deal to the current three-year master contract covering 13 Hollywood locals, including Cinematographers Guild Local 600, Editors Guild Local 700, and Art Directors Guild Local 800. In total, the contract covers more than 43,000 employees.

The current deal expires on July 31. Key issues that have emerged in the talks have included continued funding for the union’s pension plan and safety issues, including excessive hours.

The AMPTP did not respond to a request for comment. The negotiations have been taking place under a news blackout.

The
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