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‘One Strange Rock’: How Darren Aronofsky Captured Beauty in Actuality Stories on Mother Earth

For National Geographic’s 10-part “One Strange Rock” series, executive producer Darren Aronofsky sought to convey the interconnected story of life and survival on Mother Earth, told from the unique, long distance perspectives of eight astronauts. A mash-up, if you will, of astronomy, anthropology, biology, physics, chemistry, and sociology that travels from the macro to the micro — as well as Aronofsky’s eclectic interests.

But for Simon de Glanville, the Emmy-nominated British natural history and documentary cinematographer (“Forces of Nature with Brian Cox”), it was a varied journey of beauty and wonder as visual metaphors for larger, cosmic statements. “Above and beyond the smaller details, there was a desire to shoot actuality stories about real people having real conversations in real places,” he said.

Read More: Darren Aronofsky Views ‘One Strange Rock’ as a Companion Piece to ‘mother!’, Because Maybe There’s Hope for the World Yet

The intention was
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Here’s Everything You Can Watch With Your Amazon Prime Membership in June

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Before we get to your Amazon Prime June updates, the streaming service has a special surprise for its members: every season of “Dawson’s Creek” is available now, and you don’t even have to wait until next month.

Starting June 1, stream “All or Nothing” which follows the New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks throughout their 2017 season. On June 3, you can stream the Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” followed by Amazon Original series “Goliath” Season 2 on June 15.

See below for the complete list of titles hitting Amazon next month.

Also Read: Amazon Sets Awards Release for Luca Guadagnino's 'Suspiria'

Available June 1

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)

As Good As Dead (2010)

August Rush (2007)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Beer for My Horses (2008)

Beowulf (2007)

Black Widow (Aka: Before It Had a Name) (2005)

Blitz (2011)

Blood and Glory (2016)

Blue Like Jazz
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Bronwen Hughes on Providing ‘Hard Evidence’ Women Deserve to Direct More Movies (Guest Blog)

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Bronwen Hughes on Providing ‘Hard Evidence’ Women Deserve to Direct More Movies (Guest Blog)
I met Bronwen Hughes (director of “Forces of Nature,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Stander,” as well as episodes of “The L Word” and “Breaking Bad”) on a video call, while she was in Atlanta shooting a TV series. The focus of our conversation was her latest movie, “The Journey Is the Destination,” now streaming on Netflix. The film recounts the true story of Dan Eldon (Ben Schnetzer), who was an incredible artist and a brave, socially active photographer who traveled the world. He died at only 22, in Somalia. However, it feels like he lived more than many other people. Also Read:.
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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The Rewrite Trailer: A Reminder of That Time Hugh Grant Won an Oscar (He Never Won an Oscar)

One thing is for sure: I can’t wait for Geoff and Scott to review The Rewrite on the Broken Projector podcast. This upcoming rom-com is about an Oscar-winning screenwriter who is no longer a hotshot and so desperately has to take a job teaching the craft jadedly to college students. The irony is that the screenplay for The Rewrite itself seems awfully bland. The movie comes from Marc Lawrence, who previously wrote such generic non-classics as Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature and wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? The Rewrite is his fourth movie to star Hugh Grant, who plays another unlikable guy who is presumably changed by the love of a woman, a role this time filled by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. At the start of the new trailer for the movie, we see a YouTube clip of Grant in his floppy-haired days winning
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Film Review: ‘The Rewrite’

Film Review: ‘The Rewrite’
A screenwriter has to be mightily confident in his script to christen it “The Rewrite,” a title that begs jaded critics to suggest it may have needed another pass or two. Marc Lawrence’s affable but under-inflated romantic comedy does little to fend off such punchlines: The story of a faded Hollywood scribe seeking to regain his creative mojo via a small-town teaching job, the film finds its own writer-helmer struggling to match the bubblegum snap of earlier works. What it does have is Hugh Grant — a standby collaborator for Lawrence, and not an asset to be underestimated. Happily paired with the ever-game Marisa Tomei, the British star hardly tests himself with yet another study in high-class bumbling, yet his breezy effortlessness is precisely the kind that’s in overly short supply here.

Given its easy digestibility and an ensemble speckled with familiar faces — including erstwhile “Juno” spouses Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons,
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The Good, The Bad & Gravity: Sandra Bullock’s Movies Ranked

Sandra Bullock has had a varied and extended career filled with several highs. Most recently, she took 2013 by storm with her powerful, Oscar-nominated performance in Gravity. However, her career has also been litered with several lows, including her Razzie-winning role in All About Steve and those needless sequels to Miss Congeniality and Speed. Here at VH1, we took it upon ourselves to go back and re-watch, review and rank her 30+ films. That’s right everything from Forces of Nature to Two Weeks Notice finds its place among Bullock’s best films listed from worst to best.

31. Speed 2: Cruise Control

It’s like Speed but on a boat and minus Keanu Reeves. Here’s the thing: no one really asked for it. The idea may have sounded great but honestly, it was, like, maybe don’t.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

Box Office: $164 million

30. All About Steve

Released in the same year
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Affleck: Only Film I Regret? "Daredevil"

He may be an acclaimed filmmaker, but even Ben Affleck himself would tell you he's starred in a few flops in his time. From forgettable rom-coms like "Bounce," "Jersey Girl" and "Forces of Nature," to action and horror duds like "Reindeer Games" and "Phantoms", and of course - "Gigli".

Yet in an interview with Playboy, Affleck says that while he'd "probably have two or three" roles he regrets, it's only one failure that still really haunts him - the Marvel superhero film "Daredevil":

"The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman."

In fact it's because of Daredevil's failure that he understands the online backlash against him playing Batman:

"I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet.
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The underappreciated movies of Ben Affleck

Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34

Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...

Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.

But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's
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10 Things About... Batman star Ben Affleck

10 Things About... Batman star Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is a man of many talents. His CV is crammed with impressive achievements - actor, writer, director, producer, international heart-throb, and now he can add another string to his already brimming bow - Batman.

His casting in the sought-after Hollywood role for the Man of Steel sequel was announced this morning (August 23) and sent social media into overdrive. The movie will mark the first time that these two superheroes have appeared on the big screen together.

To honour the latest Batman role, we've got 10 Affleck-related facts for you below...

1. Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born in Berkeley, California on August 15, 1972. He was born to mother Christine, who was a teacher, and father Timothy, a social worker turned director and actor. Affleck is of English, Irish, German, Swedish, Scottish and French ancestry and he has a younger brother, actor Casey, who was born after the family moved to Massachusetts.
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Tell us what you thought of 'The Heat'

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Heat'
I  haven't yet had a chance to see "The Heat," but it's one of the summer studio movies I've been looking forward to most this year. Director Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids," if not a home run, made me laugh more than any film of its type in the last couple of years, and I'm a fully paid-up member of the Sandra Bullock fan club. (Why, yes, I do own a "Forces of Nature" DVD. Thanks for asking.) If you haven't been paying attention, this is Bullock's first leading role since winning the Oscar for "The Blind Side" nearly four years ago. Drew...
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Argo: Blu-Ray review

Director: Ben Affleck. Review: Adam Wing.You couldn’t make it up if you tried. Ben Affleck’s movie career that is, not the plot of this genre defying award winner. The fact that both tales are based on fact only adds to the intrigue, with the star of Gigli and Forces of Nature (remember that?) taking his self-proclaimed ‘second act’ to brand new heights. If Gone Baby Gone and The Town suggested a desire to follow in the footsteps of Eastwood and Clooney, Argo provides proof that one day he might well surpass them. Based on real events, Argo kicks off in 1979 with the Iranian revolution reaching boiling point. In a nail biting opener, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 hostages alive. Six Americans escape the chaos and take refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. It’s only a matter of time before
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Hugh Grant To Star In Marc Lawrence’s New Rom-Com

Here’s another casting story of today: Hugh Grant, known for his male lead roles in many romantic comedies, will return to the romantic comedy genre in his fourth rom-com collaboration with Marc Lawrence.

The untitled picture, also written by Lawrence will begin shooting in New York this April.

In this Hollywood comedy, set

in 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world — a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favors of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance with a single mom who’s gone back to school.
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Hugh Grant and Director Marc Lawrence Reunite for Untitled Romantic Comedy

Producer Martin Shafer announced today that Hugh Grant will star in writer / director Marc Lawrence's new untitled romantic comedy, shooting in New York in April 2013. Shafer will produce with Liz Glotzer for Castle Rock Entertainment. No distribution deals have been set.

This marks the fourth collaboration between Grant, Lawrence and Castle Rock Entertainment (Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Did You Hear About the Morgans?) and the sixth collaboration between Lawrence and Castle Rock (the previously mentioned films, as well as Miss Congeniality & Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous).

In 1998, Ray Michaels (Grant) was on top of the world -- a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he's creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling,
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Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, to receive the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo” by Josh Abraham

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that the feature "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck, will receive the "Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award." "We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of "Argo," for their dramatic and outstanding performances," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor director David O. Russell with the "Hollywood Director Award"; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award"; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the "Hollywood Actress Award"; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the "Hollywood Supporting Actress Award"; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the "Hollywood Producers Award"; writer/director Judd Apatow with the "Hollywood Comedy Award"; actor John Hawkes with the "Hollywood Breakout Performance Award" for "The Sessions"; and Quvenzhané Wallis
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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – The Blu Review

By Joe Vanourney

Dr. Seuss. .The Lorax. is now available to buy in both a 3D/Blu-Ray Combo Pack as well as a 2D/Blu-Ray Combo Pack. Both sets include a standard DVD as well as Digital and Ultraviolet copies.

.The Lorax. transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and the film.s eco-friendly message is vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (.Despicable Me.). Directed by Chris Renaud (.Despicable Me.) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (.Despicable Me,. .Hop,. .Horton Hears a Who.) from the 1971 children.s classic, the film is an imaginative and colorful journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl.a Truffula tree. But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax,
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Contest: Win Dr. Seuss' the Lorax on Blu-ray!

Contest: Win Dr. Seuss' the Lorax on Blu-ray!
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing Dr. Seuss' the Lorax on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD August 7, just months after its successful theatrical run, where it took in over $330 million worldwide. We have a contest lined up for our readers, where they can take home the Blu-ray of this hilarious and heartfelt adventure, along with two additional Universal Blu-ray titles, Hop and Despicable Me. You don't have to chop down any trees to win these prizes, so continue reading and enter today!

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Blu-ray

Hop Blu-ray

Despicable Me Blu-ray

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The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before
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A briefs history of male stripping on film

As Steven Soderbergh's latest thrusts on to our screens, it's worth noting that – cinematically speaking – male nudity is often stumpy and underwhelming

Steven Soderbergh's new movie Magic Mike has turned greased-up A-list buttocks into cinema gold: the tale of the male stripping fraternity has taken $39m in the Us in its opening weekend. Bare bums are big business, but it hasn't always been this way as a quick glance over the history of the "genre" will tell you.

We all know the nude male form is essentially ridiculous, built only for floppy comedy. Hollywood recognised this quickly, and kept sexy male stripping to a minimum in early cinema. Even by the 1960s, this attitude remained. So when Oliver Reed and Alan Bates got it all out in 1969's Women In Love, their naked frolicking had to be dressed up as "wrestling".

It wasn't until the 1980s that male
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'Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax' Blu-ray Features Three Exclusive Mini-Movies

When Dr. Seuss' The Lorax arrives on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack August 7th, the home entertainment release will contain dozens of extras including never-before-seen mini-movies made exclusively for the home release.

Featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White, the box office animated hit comes to family homes in a 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital copy, but the high-definition copies contain tons of bonus features missing from the DVD and Digital copy. The Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop) release includes three mini movies; Serenade, Wagon-ho-Two, and Forces of Nature. To view a trailer of the new mini movies, watch below.

Danny DeVito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Twins, L.A. Confidential)

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Comes to Blu-ray in August

Universal is set to release Dr. Suess' The Lorax on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 7. Each set will feature DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet, as well as some brand new mini-movies. Watch the new Blu-ray trailer to get a peek at these new mini-movies:

Here is the official press release:

The colorful and captivating world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the screen as never before on August 7, 2012 in the hilarious and captivating adventure, Dr. SeussThe Lorax from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack -- both featuring DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ so you can watch it anytime, anywhere -- Dr. SeussThe Lorax is non-stop family fun that includes three delightfully entertaining mini movies not shown in theaters,available only on the Blu-ray™ Combo Packs. The film will also be available on DVD and Digital Download.

Dr. Seuss
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