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Trailer Watch: A Writer Announces Her Plan to Commit Suicide and Seeks an Heir in “Maya Dardel”

Maya Dardel

Academy Award nominee Lena Olin plays an internationally renowned poet and novelist busy orchestrating one helluva plot twist in her own life in Magdalena Zyzak and Zachary Cotler’s “Maya Dardel.” “My work is in decline. I see no need to birth a few more mediocre books,” says Maya (Olin) in a new trailer for the film. But rather than quietly retire, she’s decided to take a more radical approach to dealing with the issue: she announces on National Public Radio that she plans to kill herself.

Maya explains, “I don’t have any family so I’m going to need an heir and executor. I want young but professional writers of poetry and the guy I pick gets my house, and my archive, and my publishing rights when I’m gone.”

The men vying for the role “are challenged intellectually, emotionally, erotically, until one of them begins to fathom Maya’s end game,” the film’s official synopsis hints.

“You’re never going to kill yourself. You just wanted attention,” one of the wannabe heirs accuses Maya.

Olin received an Oscar nod in 1990 for “Enemies: A Love Story.” The Swedish actress’ other credits include “Alias,” “Chocolat,” and “The Ninth Gate.”

Maya Dardel” marks Zyzak and Cotler’s directorial debuts. The pair also penned the script for the drama, which made its world premiere at SXSW this year. The film opens in NY and La on October 27 with additional cities to follow.

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Blu-ray Review – Pieces (1982)

Pieces, 1982.

Directed by Juan Piquer Simón.

Starring Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Jack Taylor, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom, Paul Smith, and Ian Sera.

Synopsis:

A killer stalks a college campus looking for victims so he can use their body parts to make a human jigsaw.

One of the better 1980s slasher movies to not get a sequel (although there is still time), Pieces is a Spanish production that followed in the wake of Friday the 13th, The Burning, My Bloody Valentine, et al but became notorious amongst savvy genre audiences for being more gruesome, bloody and downright sleazy than those previous movies. Naturally, the fully uncut version didn’t appear until relatively recently – within the last decade, in fact – and despite putting it out on DVD back in 2011, the wizards at Arrow Video have now unleashed the film on a limited edition Blu-ray, and if that wasn’t enough to
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Oh, how I loved you, Johnny Depp. Now I see the purple-tinted truth

Of course you never see the real person when you fall for someone; you see a self-flattering illusion, and this is triply true with celebrity crushes

“How did I not see it?” Thus cries everyone when the scales of insanity fall from their eyes and they realise that the gorgeous piece of perfection they have been dating, and occasionally making excuses for because other people just didn’t understand their specialness, is actually the literal dregs. Oh God, the way you would say he got into fights on nights out because “he’s so sensitive”? The way you told yourself it was “so cute” that she insisted on getting up on your shoulders at every gig? How could you be so blind? This is the collective cry of womanhood as they gaze upon the latest dispatch from the world of Johnny Depp, and by “womanhood” I mean more specifically me,
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Horror Channel announces 7 premieres this January!

Horror Channel are set to kick off 2017 in horrific style, with seven fearful film premieres in January alone! Premieres that include the UK TV premiere of Ted Geoghegan’s terrifyingly taut ghost story We Are Still Here, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton. There are also network premieres for Roman Polanski’s supernatural biblical puzzler The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp and Daniel Stamm’s possession nightmare The Last Exorcism, produced by Eli Roth.

Horror Channel are also giving a UK TV premiere to Daniel Stamm’s intriguing remake of 13 Beloved, 13 Sins, starring Ron Perlman. Other UK TV firsts include Quilez’s Colombia-shot supernatural suspenser Out of the Dark; and Steve Wolsh’s monster mayhem thriller Muck. Lluis David Brooks’ siege thriller Atm also debuts on Horror, receiving its Network premiere on January 20th.

Fri 8 Jan @ 22:55 – Muck (2015) * UK TV Premiere*

After escaping from a possessed ancient burial ground underneath the Cape Cod marshes,
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Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner to star in Roman Polanski thriller Based on a True Story

Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and Emmanuelle Seigner (Venus in Fur) have signed on to appear in Roman Polanski’s new film Based on a True Story, which Polanski is co-writing with Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper).

Based on Delphine de Vigan’s 2015 novel, Based on a True Story follows a writer (Seigner) whose life and mind are endangered by an obsessive woman (Green). It will mark Polanski’s first film since 2014’s Venus in Fur, and also his fifth collaboration with Seigner, who has also appeared in Frantic, Bitter Moon and The Ninth Gate.

Filming on Based on a True Story is set to get underway in Paris in November.
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Vanessa Paradis Reportedly Writes Letter Supporting Johnny Depp as Sources Say He Was Never Abusive Towards Her

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Vanessa Paradis Reportedly Writes Letter Supporting Johnny Depp as Sources Say He Was Never Abusive Towards Her
Johnny Depp's ex Vanessa Paradis is reportedly coming to his defense in the wake of the shocking domestic abuse allegations leveled against him in court filings by estranged wife Amber Heard, according to a note obtained by TMZ. The handwritten letter, allegedly signed by Paradis in Los Angeles and dated on Friday, calls Depp a "sensitive, loving and loved person." While she never makes a direct reference to Heard, she allegedly does write that "these recent allegations being made are outrageous." "In all these years I have known Johnny he has never been physically abusive with me and this
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Vanessa Paradis Reportedly Writes Letter Supporting Johnny Depp as Sources Say He Was Never Abusive Towards Her

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Vanessa Paradis Reportedly Writes Letter Supporting Johnny Depp as Sources Say He Was Never Abusive Towards Her
Johnny Depp's ex Vanessa Paradis is reportedly coming to his defense in the wake of the shocking domestic abuse allegations leveled against him by estranged wife Amber Heard, according to a note obtained by TMZ. The handwritten letter, allegedly signed by Paradis in Los Angeles and dated on Friday, calls Depp a "sensitive, loving and loved person." While she never makes a direct reference to Heard, she allegedly does write that "these recent allegations being made are outrageous." "In all these years I have known Johnny he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like
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Mia: Argentina’s Magoya, FilmSharks Team with Holland’s Efc for ‘Dante’s Secret’ (Exclusive)

Argentine outfits Magoya Films and FilmSharks Intl. are joining forces with Holland’s European Film Company (Efc) to co-produce Sebastian Schindel’s thriller-fantasy project “Dante’s Secret.”

“Dante’s Secret” marks the most ambitious feature bet to date by Argentine documaker Sebastian Schindel, whose 2014 fiction debut, “The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime,” a true-events inspired pic, continues a successful career on the international film festivals circuit.

A high-profile feature, with a $7.5 million budget, “Dante’s Secret” aims to shoot in Rome and Buenos Aires, in English, Spanish and Italian; producers have scheduled a 2018 delivery.

Also based on true-events, project is inspired by Sebastian Schindel’s 2012 documentary “The Latin Skyscraper,” in which the documaker investigated the relationship between Buenos Aires skyscraper Barolo’s Palace and Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

The film will turn on a real search for a purgatory portal: the construction in the early twentieth century of Barolo
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Welcome To Sweden DVD Review

When I first reviewed Welcome to Sweden (review here), I was not only nervous about the idea of someone getting a gig by virtue of being Amy Poehler’s brother, but also because the show seemed to be working such a “European” sense of comedy, that I wasn’t sure it would play well to American audiences.

It may have worked out that despite somewhat surprising success, the show remains a bit niche, but Greg Poehler won me over pretty quickly. Based on Greg’s real experiences living in Sweden, the show is a charmingly-envisioned culture clash that wonderfully avoids trying too hard for the comedy.

The story revolves around Greg, who has fallen in love with Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and decides to relocate with her so that she can take a job back in Sweden. He had a solid job as an investment broker, with a lot of high profile clients,
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The Callow Way – Why Cannes Still Matters

This week Neil Calloway looks at what winning the Palme d’Or can do to your box office…

So we are in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, and it’s easy to dismiss it as a two-week publicity vehicle for beautiful actresses to get photographed next to middle-aged European film directors on the Croisette, or a time for oligarchs and their trophy wives to entertain fading Hollywood stars on their super yachts. However, the importance of the festival to the film industry cannot be understated.

Cannes is the biggest film industry event of the year; the Oscars comes close but that only lasts one night. It is, in fact, one of the biggest annual events of any kind. As William Goldman points out in Hype and Glory, his entertaining memoir of sitting on the juries for both Cannes and the Miss America Pageant, the World Cup and Olympics are bigger,
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Top 5: Sinister Books in Film

The Babadook, released on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on February 16th, tells the story of a widowed mother Amelia (Essie Davis) battling with the loss of her husband, and her son’s growing fears of a monster invading their house. When a strange new book is found by Samuel (Noah Wiseman), reading it seems to invite a sinister presence in to the house, leaving both Amelia and Samuel to face their fears.

This isn’t the first time in film history that we’ve been shown the sinister power of books. Using the right book at the wrong time can lead to all sorts of issues or adventures. In anticipation of The Babadook’s home release, we take a look – in no particular order – some of the most sinister books in film.

1. Evil Dead – The Necronomicon

Klaatu… verata… n… Necktie. Nectar. Nickel. Noodle. Or something like that, right?

The Necronomicon,
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5 Movies With Better Endings Than The Book

We’ve talked previously about movies that are better than their source material on the whole. Now let’s talk about movies that improve upon their source in a very specific way — the ending. A bad ending can ruin a perfectly good film (The Ninth Gate) and a good one can make an otherwise mediocre film shine (The Usual Suspects — Yeah, I said it, come at me). Even if the rest of the film was a complete dog turd, at least the creators got the ending right in movies like… 5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Return of the King got a lot of guff for having like five different ending sequences, but it could have been oh-so-much worse. Tolkien was a historian foremost and a writer second. Thus, The Lord of the Rings books have a bit of a pacing problem. Greater thinkers than I have pointed out that “Fellowship of the Ring” is
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Watch These Movies Before They Disappear From Netflix

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There are always a ton of great movies being added to Netflix every month, but the site also takes movies off every month. I know; this is tragic news. But it's better to be prepared than to sign in only to find out that that movie you've been meaning to watch has expired from streaming! Here's a list of the movies that are being taken away on Nov. 1, including a bunch of '80s classics that you'll kick yourself for not taking the time to watch this month. 101 Dalmatians (1996) American Psycho (2000) Apocalypse Now (1979) Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) The Big Chill (1983) Bob the Builder (1999-2012) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Broadcast News (1987) Bullet Proof Monk (2003) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Candyman (1992) Caveman (1981) Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) Cloak & Dagger (1984) Footloose (1984) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) The Great Outdoors (1988) Hannibal (2001) La Bamba (1987) Les Miserables (1998) The Magic School Bus (1994-1997) The Ninth Gate (1999) The Prince of Tides
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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies From Streaming on November 1st

October is generally a jam-packed month when it comes to movies. The Oscar season push is just beginning, and there are so many great horror movie marathons on TV and at your local Cineplex. That's not even counting all the stuff on Netflix Instant! Well, Netflix is a fickle master, and a whole bunch of awesome movies will be removed from its streaming service on November 1st. Here are just a few highlights. You can still rent these on DVD, but then you have to wait for the mail, and who needs that? (Curious as to what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix in November? Here's a list.)

"Apocalypse Now"

"American Psycho"

"Brighton Beach Memoirs"

"The Big Chill"

"Broadcast News"

"Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid"

"Candyman"

"Footloose" (1984)

"Say Anything"

"Serenity"

"Silent Running"

"Single White Female"

"St. Elmo's Fire"

"Steel Magnolias"

"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"

"Thelma and Louise
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The Hypnotist Puts the UK in a Trance; New Images

Lasse Hallstrom's The Hypnotist is getting set to make its DVD premiere in the UK on September 15, 2014, via Studiocanal, and right now we have the box art along with a six-pack of new images. Dig it.

Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit), Lena Olin (The Ninth Gate, Chocolat), and Tobias Zilliacus (Iris) star.

Synopsis

In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.

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Roman Polanski interview: The Polanski paradox

Roman Polanski arrives for our interview with a smile. Which is a relief. The last time we met, around the time he made his 1999 satanic thriller The Ninth Gate, I asked him about his “notorious” reputation in the media and he near-enough boiled over. “How can you ask such a question?” he steamed. “What is ‘notorious?’ I think you’re too much a victim of the media, and I would rather be known by my work than my notoriety.”
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Oscar-Nominated 'The Immigrant' Cinematographer Darius Khondji on Working with James Gray and Woody Allen

Oscar-Nominated 'The Immigrant' Cinematographer Darius Khondji on Working with James Gray and Woody Allen
The Iranian-French cinematographer Darius Khondji has worked with an impressive roster of international A-list directors including Bernardo Bertolucci ("Stealing Beauty"), David Fincher ("Seven"), Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("The City of Lost Children"), Danny Boyle ("The Beach"), Roman Polanski ("The Ninth Gate"), Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), Wong Kar-wai ("My Blueberry Nights") and Michael Haneke ("Amour"). With his latest project, James Gray's "The Immigrant," hitting theaters last Friday, Indiewire spoke to Khondji by phone about working with Gray for the first time and about how it's different from his collaboration with other directors. Starring Marion Cotillard as a Polish immigrant arriving at Ellis Island in 1921, and Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner as the complicated men she encounters, "The Immigrant" exposes the darker side of the "American dream." The look of the film is simultaneously dingy and spectacular, a fitting depiction of both the wonder...
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At What Point Do You Think Johnny Depp’s Career Started To Fall Apart?

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It’s probably safe to say that Johnny Depp does not enjoy the same levels of popularity that he did around a decade ago. Granted, the actor hit the height of his popularity after he was launched to worldwide fame in the first movie in Disney’s ever expanding Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, playing Captain Jack Sparrow, a rum-obsessed pirate with morality issues who seems to be channelling Keith Richards. In recent years, though, Depp seems unable to find himself in a genuinely good film – flop after flop, bad review after bad review. So what’s going on?

With the recent release of sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which has been panned across the board, it’s just another misfire to add to Depp’s increasingly muddled filmography. His performance as Dr. Will Caster has been branded “catatonic” and “sleepy” (which at least makes a change, given the intensity
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For Love of The Devil and Witchcraft: Jerry’s Five Favorite Cult Films!

Let’s face it: being bad is always so much more interesting than being good. Much of my early years were spent in a small church, filled with many youth sleepovers in which a young Jerry would get scared shitless by people saying that Satanists were kidnapping and killing kids everywhere and that I would burn in hell if I listened to metal or watched horror films. Bummer for those folks, because talks of cults and the devil and metal and horror films only led to what ended up becoming an obsession, due to those subjects being so “bad” and taboo.

I grew up with an obsession and adoration of horror films involving cults, the devil and witches, and since April is Icons of Fright’s 10-year anniversary, we wanted to provide a nonstop assault of fun, original content, all written in our own respective voices. When thinking of that,
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Wojciech Kilar obituary

Polish composer of film music best known for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Death and the Maiden, and The Pianist

Very few 20th-century classical composers set out with the intention of writing music for films. Wojciech Kilar, who has died of cancer aged 81, was no exception. Would he ever have dreamed, when he was studying composition in Poland, that he would later go on to score more than 100 films and build his reputation on that body of work rather than in the concert hall? It took Kilar more than 30 years of composing music for Polish films before he became internationally recognised because of his creepy score for Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

The acclaim that Kilar accrued from his music for Coppola's pyrotechnical horror movie led to work on other widely shown English-language films, such as Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady (1996) and three by Polish-born Roman Polanski
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