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Will Smith, LeBron James, Jon Stewart Join Dave Chappelle for All-Star Standup Show

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Will Smith, LeBron James, Jon Stewart Join Dave Chappelle for All-Star Standup Show
Dave Chappelle hosted a star-studded surprise comedy show at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Sept. 19). Joining the comic for a turn on stage was the multi-hyphenate Will Smith, basketball giant and recent L.A. transplant LeBron James, Jon Stewart, Michelle Wolf, Katt Williams, Michael Che and John Mayer, who provided background guitar work and the occasional zinger.

Few of those gathered at the private venue expected such high-wattage guests, though a mandatory lock-out of all mobile devices should have offered the first clue. Indeed, there was not a cell phone in sight as jokes delivered tackled such topics as the #MeToo movement, race and religion. “Comedy ‘Fight Club'” was how Chappelle described the night, which offered more than three-and-a-half hours of belly laughs. The show also had its serious moments. Jon Stewart made an impassioned plea for gun control; Williams sang a hopeful tune for
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Leading Hollywood Screenwriter Workspace theOffice Reopens In Santa Monica

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The unofficial “screenwriters den” for film and TV screenwriters known as theOffice has reopened its doors in Santa Monica after relocating from its original home in Brentwood.

Not to be confused with the NBC comedy by the same name (although it would be cool if it had the same set up), theOffice is a communal workspace for writers who are working on the next big film screenplay or TV series — and they have a roster of alumni to back it up which include J.J. Abrams, Chris Weitz, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg who wrote What Lies Beneath and Choke. Other alums include Stepmom writer Gigi Levangie, Finding Dory‘s Victoria Strouse, All the Money in the World‘s David Scarpa, and Noah Oppenheim, screenwriter of Jackie and The Maze Runner.

Brooke Shields wrote the first words of her book on postpartum depression at the workspace. Charter members include her husband,
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Wild and Unsettling Comics You Should Read After Revisiting ‘Fight Club’

(Welcome to Comic Book Drive-In, a series where comic and movie fans Jazmine Joyner and Rosie Knight recommend brand new, ongoing, and completed comic book series that tie into classic films and new releases.) Welcome back to Comic Book Drive-In! Thanks for joining us on our journey through celluloid and sequential storytelling. In our third edition, we’re revisiting one of […]

The post Wild and Unsettling Comics You Should Read After Revisiting ‘Fight Club’ appeared first on /Film.
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Edward Norton -- Good Genes or Good Docs?

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Edward Norton -- Good Genes or Good Docs?
The first rule of Edward Norton's good looks is you do not talk about Edward Norton's good looks. Here's a 27-year-old version of the "Fight Club" actor at an L.A. shindig back in 1996 (left) and 22 years later ... the Hollywood 'Hulk' -- Who just celebrated his birthday 49th birthday earlier this week -- at some fancy shmancy soiree last month (right). Incredible! The question is ...
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Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

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Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees
Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership).

“Our Ves honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” Ves Board Chair Mike Chambers said. “We are proud to recognize those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners.”

Here is the full list of this year’s Ves honorees, with bios provided by the guild. This year’s Ves Fellows will be announced later.

Founders Award Recipient

Gene Kozicki for his sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects and meritorious service to the Society.
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Mondo's Fight Club: The Home Game Comes Out Swinging

Obsessed with Fight Club? Just can't let some things go? Well, you're in luck. Mondo is bringing this internal struggle home in a new card game that will surely cause brawls. Get ready to brandish your fists as Fight Club: The Home Game prepares to hit store and online retailers this fall. You'll never be the same.

Fight Club: The Home Game will be available this September. But you won't have to get your fists bloody to engage in its warfare. Hopefully, when you sit down to play a nice friendly game of Fight Club with a friend, you can keep your limbs on lockdown. We wouldn't want to see anyone shipped off to the soap factory on a stretcher, would we?

Become "complete" or "hit bottom" in Fight Club: The Home Game, a 2-player competitive deck-building card game. You will choose to embody one side of a split personality
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Mondo’s ‘Fight Club’ Card Game Sounds Like a Refreshing, Thematic Twist on a Familiar Concept

Mondo’s ‘Fight Club’ Card Game Sounds Like a Refreshing, Thematic Twist on a Familiar Concept
(Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a feature that explores the intersection between movies and tabletop gaming. This column is sponsored by Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas.) I’ll be perfectly honest: when Mondo first announced that they were making a Fight Club card game, I shrugged. Maybe it’s because I’m used to movie license board games being […]

The post Mondo’s ‘Fight Club’ Card Game Sounds Like a Refreshing, Thematic Twist on a Familiar Concept appeared first on /Film.
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Mondo Reveals a Fight Club Card Game Launching in September

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Build your deck and take control of Tyler Durden or the narrator and battle for control of the mind in this new Fight Club card game. Come inside to learn more!

Mondo has been killing it with their line of table-top games based on major movies. While we wait for their epic looking Jurassic Park game to launch, we'll be able to play this neat looking Fight Club card game next month:

Become “complete” or “hit bottom” in Fight Club: The Home Game, a 2-player competitive deck-building card game. You will choose to embody one side of a split personality competing for control of a single mind.

Take on the role of either The Narrator or Tyler Durden as you play a game of tug of war with dual-use cards available in a shared draw row. The Narrator side feeds the need to collect, gather, and nest, while the Tyler side enables destruction,
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CineEurope: Fox Revs Up 'Alita,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in Likely Last Show Before Sale

CineEurope: Fox Revs Up 'Alita,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in Likely Last Show Before Sale
With Fox likely heading to CineEurope for the last time before its impending sale, much was made of the studio's long legacy in its presentation Tuesday.

At the event — which closed proceedings on the second day of the Barcelona trade show — the opening video served up hat tips to some of Fox's most notable films, including Cleopatra, Alien, The Full Monty, Speed, Fight Club, Braveheart, Die Hard, Home Alone, Black Swan and, of course, Avatar.

There were also references to its pending sale, with a video of international theatrical distribution president Andrew Cripps and international marketing president Kieran Breen packing for their trip to CineEurope, showing ...
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‘Dietland’: Marti Noxon on the Revolutionary Show’s ‘Wizard of Oz’-Inspired Sexy Tiger Man

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‘Dietland’: Marti Noxon on the Revolutionary Show’s ‘Wizard of Oz’-Inspired Sexy Tiger Man
[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “Dietland” Season 1, Episode 3, “Y Not.”]

When IndieWire first spoke to “Dietland” creator Marti Noxon about her new AMC dark comedy, she mentioned a number of influences on the show. But while the premise has elicited more than one comparison to a lady version of “Fight Club,” Noxon’s go-to inspiration was “The Wizard of Oz,” specifically in how it visually represented the journey of self-discovery for Plum (Joy Nash).

“When I kept talking about visual references, I was like, I don’t want it to be one of these gray shows,” she said. “I don’t want it to be all blue saturated. I want it to be like a technicolor. It has a kind of musical quality. There are drab places, but then there are these other places that are just hyper-colored. Plum starts in kind of Kansas, but where she ends up should be over the rainbow. It should be colorful,
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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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‘Dietland’: Marti Noxon on How ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ David Fincher, and Jean-Marc Vallée Influenced Her Dark New Comedy

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‘Dietland’: Marti Noxon on How ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ David Fincher, and Jean-Marc Vallée Influenced Her Dark New Comedy
After working in the industry for nearly two decades, Marti Noxon is having quite the summer. The showrunner has two series about complicated women being unleashed on the screen: HBO’s upcoming “Sharp Objects,” which comes out this July, as well as “Dietland,” which premieres Monday on AMC.

It’s the culmination of years of work, as Noxon dove into production on “Dietland” right after shooting on “Sharp Objects” ended. “We’re still doing cuts of both of them,” she told IndieWire when we first spoke in May. “Sometimes it’s like I’m living in two very different worlds. But they both thematically have quite a bit in common. It’s exciting. I mean, both of them are really unique female characters.”

Based on the book by Sarai Walker, “Dietland” tracks the revolution that begins inside Plum (Joy Nash), a plus-size writer for a fashion magazine who begins rejecting
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Billy Eichner and Funny Or Die Are Making Voting Sexy With ‘Glam Up the Midterms’ Campaign

Billy Eichner and Funny Or Die Are Making Voting Sexy With ‘Glam Up the Midterms’ Campaign
Billy Eichner is tired of angry tweeting, although he’s very good at it. In the past week he’s ranged from clever and acerbic to earnest fanboy, weighing in on Roseanne’s Ambien defense (“I just took a Claritin and now I’m homophobic”), Trump’s comments on the missing undocumented children, and Mary Steenburgen’s new movie (“Book Club > Fight Club”).

“I think angry tweeting is productive,” Eichner said.. “Social media is a double-edged sword, as we all know. But, I do think it’s been very helpful in terms of the resistance and political engagement … Social media has been a good way to rally the troops, as it were. However, a tweet is not a vote.”

Which is why he called his friends at Funny or Die, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, about taking the tweets to the streets.. After working with Ferrell and McKay on a
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TV Review: ‘Dietland’

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TV Review: ‘Dietland’
When I first saw a trailer for “Dietland,” I couldn’t understand the “Devil Wears Prada” meets “Fight Club” divided by “9 to 5″ story it was trying to sell. But after actually seeing a few episodes of “Dietland” … well, the same confusion holds true.

Marti Noxon’s adaptation of Sarai Walker’s novel is purposefully strange and gleefully defies categorization. At first, it looks like the show will be about Plum Kettle (Joy Nash) ghostwriting for an ice queen magazine editor (Julianna Margulies) while struggling to accept herself in a world that too often tells her she’s too big to fit in or find lasting happiness.

Then it pivots into an ominous case of corporate espionage as Plum is recruited by a secretly seething coworker (Tamara Tunie) to turn on the beauty industry that’s shut women like her out. That becomes further complicated when a seemingly benign
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With ‘Dietland,’ Marti Noxon Wages a War on Behalf of Women Everywhere

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With ‘Dietland,’ Marti Noxon Wages a War on Behalf of Women Everywhere
Deep inside a brick-walled soundstage on a chilly March day in Queens, Marti Noxon is starting a revolution.

The veteran showrunner-director is hip-deep in filming the finale of her new AMC drama “Dietland,” one of two high-profile series Noxon is shepherding this year, along with HBO’s Amy Adams-starrer “Sharp Objects.”

Based on the 2015 novel by Sarai Walker, “Dietland” is a satirical call to arms, as inventive and out there as it is provocative and irreverent. It turns on issues of female empowerment, body-image concerns, rape culture and the rising level of organization as women demand equity in boardrooms and bedrooms. These topics have been in the headlines for months, although not nearly so much when Noxon first chased after the book rights two years ago.

There probably won’t be much indifference to the Skydance Entertainment/AMC Studios production when “Dietland” premieres on June 4. People are either going
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‘Mindhunter’: David Fincher and Editor Kirk Baxter’s Dance of Death

With Netflix’s “Mindhunter,” executive producer David Fincher delivers a gripping crime series about the early days of FBI behavioral profiling in 1977 without any grisly murders. (Fincher directed the initial two episodes as well as the concluding two.) And for Oscar-winning editor Kirk Baxter, this dialogue-heavy walk and talk between agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) was a gift.

“The skill that David has with blocking scenes is what’s most enjoyable,” Baxter said. “With 25 different angles of different set ups, it’s very dense and takes a lot of man hours in perfecting, but a walk and talk with an A and B camera, all I have to do is pick the best take.”

Read More: David Fincher Reveals ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Storyline

The Dance of Death

While the first episode was about “laying pipe” in setting up the fledgling Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia,
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Juggernaut Is Credited as "Himself" in Deadpool 2, but Here's Who Really Plays Him

Juggernaut Is Credited as
Those who stuck around to watch Deadpool 2's credits will notice that Juggernaut is credited as "himself." After you're done dryly laughing at the joke, you're probably still wondering who actually plays Professor X's villainous stepbrother. Well, the evil mutant is portrayed by none other than Ryan Reynolds, who also stars as the snark-slinging titular character - with a little bit of help from director David Leitch.

"Ryan Reynolds ended up voicing Juggernaut, if you didn't know that," screenwriter Rhett Reese explained during a press junket. "That was Ryan's voice as the Juggernaut, and he did the facial capture for him. I don't know how they did the physical mo-cap - I don't think that was Ryan."

In a recent interview, Leitch also revealed that he contributed to Juggernaut's role during the editing process.

"The spoiler is Juggernaut is sort of a combination of Ryan and myself. And it only became,
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Juggernaut Is Credited as "Himself" in Deadpool 2, but Here's Who Really Plays Him

Those who stuck around to watch Deadpool 2's credits will notice that Juggernaut is credited as "himself." After you're done dryly laughing at the joke, you're probably still wondering who actually plays Professor X's villainous stepbrother. Well, the evil mutant is portrayed by none other than Ryan Reynolds, who also stars as the snark-slinging titular character - with a little bit of help from director David Leitch.

"Ryan Reynolds ended up voicing Juggernaut, if you didn't know that," screenwriter Rhett Reese explained during a press junket. "That was Ryan's voice as the Juggernaut, and he did the facial capture for him. I don't know how they did the physical mo-cap - I don't think that was Ryan."

In a recent interview, Leitch also revealed that he contributed to Juggernaut's role during the editing process.

"The spoiler is Juggernaut is sort of a combination of Ryan and myself. And it only became,
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Trailer Watch: Fat-Shamers and Sexual Abusers Face the Music in AMC’s “Dietland”

Dietland

Revolution is afoot in a trailer for “Dietland,” Marti Noxon’s new AMC series. “I never wanted to stand out. I was just trying to fit in,” says Plum. She’s a fat woman working at the country’s biggest beauty magazine, and it pains her to stand out among her thin colleagues. Consumed by insecurities and obsessed with whittling down her body so she can live the life she dreams of, Plum spends her days doling out diet and makeup advice to women as a ghostwriter for her boss Kitty (Julianna Margulies).

But a “crazy thing” happens to Plum “on the way to becoming [her] best self” — she comes to realize that conforming and losing weight isn’t the solution to her problem. Society is the problem, and more specifically, the patriarchy. As her therapist points out, “Maybe its the people who judge you who need to change.”

In
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Fox Celebrates ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ While Striking a Sad Farewell at CinemaCon 2018

Fox motion picture chairman Stacey Snider’s CinemaCon gave a moving eulogy for her transitioning studio; she made a similar case for the power of movies to bring people together with shared humanity. The Fox fanfare and reel of the great films from the studio over 85 years brought tears to more than one in Caesar’s Colosseum.

While the studio’s highlight reel ranged from “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” to “Fight Club” and “Avatar,” a line from John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley” resonated: “Something is going out of this valley that will never be replaced.” It felt like a wake. What will happen? Nobody knows, but it won’t be the same. And Snider, who choked up as the Fox fanfare played, may not be able to finish what she started.

She reminded the audience that “The Greatest Showman” is still in theaters in its 18th week.
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