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Brian de Palma Is Writing a Horror Movie About the Weinstein Scandal

Brian de Palma Is Writing a Horror Movie About the Weinstein Scandal
It's been six years since legendary director Brian de Palma's last film, 2012's Passion, but he has a new film named Domino in post-production, a novel he co-wrote with his wife, Susan Lehmann, called Are Snakes Necessary?, and a new project that he's currently writing. While promoting his book, which was published last month in France, the filmmaker was asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has rocked Hollywood since October, and he revealed that he's writing a movie about the scandal right now. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below.

"I am writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer. My character will not be called Harvey Weinstein. But it will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will happen in the film industry."

Brian De Palma was also asked if he has been offered to make any films for Netflix,
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Nasa Scientists Think ‘Gravity’ Is the Worst, Most Inaccurate Space Movie Ever Made

Nasa Scientists Think ‘Gravity’ Is the Worst, Most Inaccurate Space Movie Ever Made
“Gravity” earned critical acclaim, a slew of awards, and more than $700 million at the box office, which is to say that Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi drama was fairly successful. One subset of moviegoers wasn’t impressed, however: Nasa scientists. In a BBC video in which the women helping us conquer the final frontier list the best and worst movies set in space, “Gravity” is repeatedly cited as the most inaccurate of them all.

Others to earn ire due to scientific inaccuracies are “Mission to Mars,” “Armageddon,” and “Red Planet”; “Planet of the Apes,” and “Spaceballs” receive (dis)honorable mentions as well. Alas, “Gravity” stands above all the others for being utterly divorced from reality. Everything that could go wrong went terribly, terribly wrong, and that’s not exactly the feeling we want everybody to have about this industry,” one scientist says.

It’s not all negative, however. “Interstellar,” “Hidden Figures,
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Don’t despair, Jennifer Lawrence: Check out the other great performances that got Razzie nominations

Don’t despair, Jennifer Lawrence: Check out the other great performances that got Razzie nominations
Among this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards nominees are Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky, up in Worst Actress and Worst Director respectively for the polarizing psychological thriller “mother!” The film, which earned mixed-to-positive reviews from critics but a damning ‘F’ grade from CinemaScore, is hardly the first picture to, despite many glowing notices, earn Razzie recognition. Not only have the Razzies honored outstanding work, they’ve even bestowed love upon Oscar-nominated performances. (Check out the complete list of Razzie Awards nominations here.)

Brian De Palma received a trio of Worst Director Razzie nominations for “Dressed to Kill” (1980); “Scarface” (1983); and “Body Double” (1984), all of which garnered mixed reviews at the time but now are widely seen as among the filmmaker’s best work. He would go on to, more deservedly, earn Worst Director nominations for the panned “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990) and “Mission to Mars” (2000).

See Hey Razzie Awards, Why!
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Lego celebrates its 60th anniversary with Building Bigger Thinking sets

The Lego Group is set to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its iconic plastic brick in 2018 by releasing a new theme entitled Building Bigger Thinking, which features five sets paying tribute to classic Lego themes of old. Take a look at the official images here…

Rainbow Fun (10401)

Fun Future (10402)

World Fun (10403)

Ocean’s Bottom (10404)

Mission to Mars (10405)

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Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever

Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever
Every Cannes Film Festival is important, but only a handful of the editions have been game-changers. As the festival celebrates its 70th birthday, here are five events that altered the DNA of Cannes, shaping the fest into the global powerhouse that it is today.

The First Festival, 1946

French minister for education and fine arts Jean Zay wanted an international event for France to rival the Venice Film Festival, which had begun in 1932. Several French cities wanted to host; Cannes was selected over Biarritz because it had better hotels. Variety reported in June 1939 that a Cannes festival was planned for September, under the presidency of Louis Lumiere; however, WWII put a freeze on any European festivities.

Cannes finally debuted in September 1946. Variety arranged for coverage, including a special report from Margaret Herrick, the executive secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Herrick marveled at the speed of travel: It
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Ridley Scott and the storytelling problem

Simon Brew May 16, 2017

Alien: Covenant is the latest example of the very best, and not so great, things about Ridley Scott's directing...

There are very, very light spoilers for Prometheus and Alien: Covenant ahead.

I can’t think of too many more recent well-deserved sci-fi blockbuster hits than The Martian. I really like the film a lot. Expertly directed by one of cinema’s best ever world builders, Ridley Scott, it of course told the story of a man stranded on the red planet, with the simple task of staying alive for, er, a long time before help could be found. Given that the Mars movies we got in the early 2000s were Mission To Mars and Red Planet, I’m happy to call The Martian a substantial upgrade.

I’d also suggest it brought the best out of Ridley Scott.

Scott came to The Martian relatively late in the day.
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First international Churchill trailer reveals Brian Cox as Winston Churchill

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Following in the footsteps of Deep Impact and Armageddon, Dante's Peak and Volcano, Red Planet and Mission To Mars, as well as countless others, we're about to witness dueling Winston Churchill movies later this year. Our first helping of the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom will arrive with Churchill, which sees Brian Cox taking on the title role. The Jonathan Teplitzky (Broadchurch)... Read More...
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Jude Law’s Japanese Pepsi Ad Wins Costume Designers Guild Award Over Beyoncé’s ‘Hold Up’ — Watch

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Jude Law’s Japanese Pepsi Ad Wins Costume Designers Guild Award Over Beyoncé’s ‘Hold Up’ — Watch
The 19th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards took place last night in Los Angeles. This year, the Excellence in Short Form Design category saw some stiff competition, with nominees such as Jude Law’s long-form Japanese Pepsi ad “Momotaro” and Beyoncé’s video for “Hold Up.” But at the end, colorful long capes, gladiator uniforms and samurai costumes won over Bey’s iconic ruffled yellow gown, sexy sleepwear and cool streetwear designed by B. Åkerlund.

Read More: ‘La La Land,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Win Costume Designer Awards

Costume designer Amy Goodheart took home the award for her very detailed work in “Momotaro.” “Pulling inspiration from London punks in the ’70s and ancient Shogun — everything from a child king in a 28-foot cape covered in thousands of hand-painted gold feathers, to a dog-boy raised by wolves in the Andes has been realized,” Goodheart told the guild.

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Costume Designers Guild Awards 2017: The Complete Winner's List!

Costume Designers Guild Awards 2017: The Complete Winner's List!
The 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards kicked off Tuesday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, honoring the best in film, television and short-form costume design.

Hosted by This Is Us star Mandy Moore, the night was a star-studded fête, with Meryl Steep, who was honored with the prestigious Distinguished Collaborator Award, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Pierce Brosnan and James Corden all in attendance. Additional honorees included Lacoste Spotlight Award recipient Lily Collins, Career Achievement Award recipient Jeffrey Kurland, and Lois DeArmond, who received the Distinguished Service Award. Emmy Award-winning costume designer Ret Turner, who died at age 87 last May, was posthumously inducted into the Guild's Hall of Fame.

And while we certainly enjoyed seeing the aforementioned stars on the red carpet at the soiree, all eyes were on the night's nominated costume designers, who created the beloved looks we saw in Oscar-nominated films like La La Land, Jackie and [link
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Mandy Moore, Beyoncé, Meryl Streep and More Women You Love Set to Dominate the Costume Designers Guild Awards

Mandy Moore, Beyoncé, Meryl Streep and More Women You Love Set to Dominate the Costume Designers Guild Awards
It seems like we haven’t talked this much about Mandy Moore since the early aughts when she was breaking our hearts in A Walk to Remember playing a (*15 Year Old Spoiler Alert*) high school student dying from Leukemia, and making us bust a move with pop sensations like “Candy.” But thanks to the new smash hit TV show This Is Us, Moore has made her return to the red carpet, most recently wowing at the Golden Globes in a very daring Naeem Khan gown with a deep, plunging neckline. And now she’s set to make another glamorous turn
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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘La La Land’ Earn Costume Designers Guild Award Nominations

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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘La La Land’ Earn Costume Designers Guild Award Nominations
Hidden Figures,” “Jackie” and “La La Land” emerged as major award contenders at the Costume Designers Guild Awards, to be held on February 21 in Beverly Hills.

The feature film category is split into three sections: contemporary, period and fantasy, with Deborah Cook nominated for the stop-motion animation movie “Kubo and the Two Strings” in the fantasy category. The first animated movie to earn a Cdg nomination, “Kubo” is nominated for the puppet costumes made for the movie.

Read More: Cinema Eye Honors 2017: The Best Things Winners Kirsten Johnson, Keith Maitland, Clay Tweel and More Said

The other films nominated in the category are “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Costume designer Colleen Atwood earned nominations for both “Fantastic Beasts” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

The contemporary category nominations went to “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,
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‘Rogue One,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Nab Costume Designers Guild Nominations

‘Rogue One,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Nab Costume Designers Guild Nominations
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “La La Land,” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” have received nominations from the Costume Designers Guild.

Nominees were announced Thursday for the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards in film, television, and short-form programs. The guild also announced that Mandy Moore will host the awards gala on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“I am honored to be hosting this year’s ceremony,” she said. “I’ve always been in awe of my Costume Designers and am especially thrilled to be working with the brilliant Hala Bahmet on our series ‘This Is Us.’ I’m excited to join in celebrating the art of costume design and help shine a spotlight on the artists who are so essential to character creation.”

The nominees are as follows:

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Absolutely Fabulous: The MovieRebecca Hale

Captain FantasticCourtney Hoffman

La La Land
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Mars Attacks: Breaking Down 5 Types of Alien-Invasion Movies

Mars Attacks: Breaking Down 5 Types of Alien-Invasion Movies
Multiplexes across the country are going to be invaded this weekend by Arrival, a moving sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams as a linguist who helps the U.S. government communicate with mysterious visitors from another world. The film represents Hollywood's latest attempt to speculate on what might happen if we're ever actually contacted by extraterrestrials. Will they be green-skinned warlords with creepy antennae? Grayish waifs who come bearing gifts? Sexy supermodels with nefarious agendas? Or something else altogether?

Since the 1950s, movies have sent so many aliens to Earth that
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‘Femme Fatale’: Brian De Palma’s Hyperkinetic Bubbling Cocktail

Femme Fatale is a bubbling cocktail of Double Indemnity meets To Catch a Thief meets Vertigo meets The Double Life of Véronique that kicks you in the head real good right at the first sip and is so smooth going down that, by the time you notice you’re drunk, it’s too late to care, and there goes willowy Rebecca Romijn, a nesting doll shedding an archetype. The opening twenty minutes, a jewel theft set at the 1999 Cannes premiere of East/West, are what one might call “pure cinema” — which is to say they are series of hyperkinetic moments strung together through the rhythms of music and editing that could not be captured by any medium other than cinema, or any other filmmaker other than Brian De Palma.

Romijn plays Laure, a master thief who steals a beautiful piece of jewelry (which serves as an elaborate snake-like top, with
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A Monster Calls review: Liam Neeson's tree offers pre-teen bereavement therapy

This family weepie about a boy who imagines a monster to cope with the impending loss of his mother tugs at the heartstrings and aims for wonder – but still comes up a little short

Hollywood has a strange habit of repeating itself, often within the span of a few months. Deep Impact vs Armageddon, Mission to Mars vs Red Planet, No Strings Attached vs Friends With Benefits … the list goes on. Already this year, families have been gifted The Bfg and Pete’s Dragon, two films about a child and their creature pal. We now have a third in Ja Bayona’s A Monster Calls.

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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and
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‘Mission to Mars’: Brian De Palma’s Lavish, Epic-Scale Lark

“It can be said with certainty that any reviewer who pans [Mission to Mars] does not understand movies, let alone like them,” declared Armond White in 2000. While perhaps an over-corrective to the critical drubbing the film had just received, there’s nonetheless a grain of truth in his statement. Far from being a pale imitation of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as many reviewers accused, Mission to Mars actively deflates its predecessor’s misanthropy and grandeur – on one level, it’s a lavish, epic-scale lark from a director who’s often been as much a satirist as a craftsman.

With a budget of $100 million, it was and still is the most expensive project Brian De Palma has tackled. It’s also the only straight-up piece of science fiction among his filmography, as well as a relatively wholesome, PG-rated affair – a rarity for this most salacious of mainstream American filmmakers. Originally to be directed by
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‘Snake Eyes’: Brian De Palma’s Funhouse of Facades and Fabrications

In the weeks leading up to Snake Eyes’ release in August of 1998, my dad and I had gone together to see Lethal Weapon 4, There’s Something About Mary and The Negotiator. Both action titles were forgettable fare, but were a big deal upon release. (Riggs and Murtaugh vs. Jet Li! Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey conversing via walkie-talkie!) Brian De Palma‘s Snake Eyes with dad was the next order of business. The theater was packed because adults frequented the multiplexes not so long ago. You’re all of 10 years old, Nicolas Cage’s recent output – The Rock, Con Air, and Face/Off — has been terrific, and something seemed off with this new one. You remember leaving the theater not disappointed, but with little to discuss with dad on the ride home. Dad passed away in 2013, long after the Gary Sinise villain era and a few years before
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Watch Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma’s 45-Minute Talk on The Dick Cavett Show

It’s a Brian De Palma kind of month, with most people giving their two cents on the auteur after having seen Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach‘s documentary, De Palma. We also recently launched a career-spanning series in which we will look at all of his films over the summer. De Palma is one of the more polarizing filmmakers around – one day he makes masterful filmmaking such as Blow Out, Dressed to Kill, and Carrie and then he pulls out a Mission To Mars or the quasi-unwatchable Bonfire of the Vanities.

De Palma’s best movie Blow Out, a riff/tribute to Antonioni’s Blow-Up, was a smart, hallucinatory take on voyeurism. John Travolta and De Palma evoked Hitchcockian tradition in the best of ways. It’s also the best performance from the actor we’ll likely ever see.

The 75 year-old De Palma seems to be everywhere these days.
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The Summer of De Palma: A Career-Spanning Retrospective

Bringing up Brian De Palma as if he’s still some kind of marginalized or misunderstood figure is now heavily contentious, not just in the sense that “the discussion” has, with the presence of the Internet, become so heavily splintered that every figure has at least seem some form of reappraisal, but in that this is being discussed on the occasion of a new documentary and retrospectives in New York, Chicago, Austin, and Toronto (the lattermost of which this symposium will be timed to). Yes, the line has probably tipped past “divisive,” but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t room for debate.

It’s not hard to understand why De Palma’s work strikes a cord with a new cinephilia fixated on form and vulgarity. Though, in going film-by-film — taking us from political diatribes against America to gonzo horror to gangster films your parents watch to strange European
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