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‘Sharp Objects’ Review: Amy Adams Is Straight Fire in HBO’s Exquisite Slow-Burn of a Horror Show (Spoiler-Free)

‘Sharp Objects’ Review: Amy Adams Is Straight Fire in HBO’s Exquisite Slow-Burn of a Horror Show (Spoiler-Free)
Sharp Objects” is a story told in flashes: flashes of bright light interrupting long streaks of black shadows; flashes of people, long dead, popping into empty mirrors; flashes of haunting memories burning with more potency than the grisly murders disturbing the present day town of Wind Gap, Missouri.

Built from these literal and figurative flashes are long stretches of arresting inspiration. Producer Jason Blum, showrunner Marti Noxon, and director Jean-Marc Vallée each find ways to enliven a slow-burn limited series that amounts to a lot, even if it takes its time cluing in the audience. “Sharp Objects” is a small town murder mystery that can, at times, be perplexingly personal. But with Amy Adams delivering career-best work and a transportive diegetic nurtured to great effect, the HBO drama pays off on a simple premise twisted into one dark, nasty story.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name,
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Blu-Ray Review: Guy Pearce Powers Twisty Thriller ‘Spinning Man’

One of Guy Pearce’s best known roles was as an amnesiac whose memory slightly comes back to him via Polaroid pictures in Memento, and in Spinning Man he’s afflicted with a similar condition.

Evan Birch (Pearce) is a college philosophy professor who, although being a family man (Minnie Driver plays his wife), has lecherous tendencies to [...]

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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Coming to 4K This Fall (Video)

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Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is coming to 4K Ultra HD this fall! Here are the details!

Continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the renowned director’s groundbreaking science fiction epic will be released on 4K Ultra High Definition (Uhd) Blu-ray™ in premium collectible packaging and 4K Uhd Digital on October 30.

Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, 2001: A Space Odyssey returned to U.S. theatres in May following the debut of an “unrestored” 70mm print at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The film is playing throughout the summer at select theatres.

For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked
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Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey Coming to 4K This Fall (Video)

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Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is coming to 4K Ultra HD this fall! Here are the details!

Continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the renowned director’s groundbreaking science fiction epic will be released on 4K Ultra High Definition (Uhd) Blu-ray™ in premium collectible packaging and 4K Uhd Digital on October 30.

Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, 2001: A Space Odyssey returned to U.S. theatres in May following the debut of an “unrestored” 70mm print at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. The film is playing throughout the summer at select theatres.

For the first time since the original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked
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Kendrick Lamar, Jk Rowling, Jonathan Nolan and 20 Other Surprising New Academy Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday a record-breaking number of new member invitees that puts the organization on track to reach its 2016 goals of doubling the number of non-white and female members.

Some of the 928 invitees were quite curious, either because it was surprising they weren’t already members — or that the Academy would even think to induct them.

Consider French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry, who won an Oscar for co-writing his 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” but somehow never snagged an invite from the Academy until now.

Also Read: Oscars Academy Has Doubled Non-White Members Since 2016, on Track to Double Women Too

Or Jonathan Nolan, who earned a nomination with his brother Christopher for 2000’s “Memento,” but has been passed over all these years despite his acclaimed scripts for “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar.”

Then there’s “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling.
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The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room

The Closing of Magno, the Quintessential New York Screening Room
This Wednesday, the famed Magno Screening Rooms in New York, at 729 7th Ave. (near the corner of W. 49th St.), will close their doors for the very last time. They’ve been there for 68 years, and for those of us who are lucky enough to include watching a movie in the middle of the day as part of our jobs, and who have spent more of our daily lives watching movies in those two rooms — especially the main one, Magno 1 — than we have anywhere else, it feels like the curtain is coming down on something. Apart from the boilerplate end-of-an-era nostalgia that always accompanies a moment like this, I wonder, in a way, if it is the end of an era. I wonder if it’s one more telling, creeping example of the metaphysic of movies transitioning from a shared experience to a solitary-viewer-fixed-on-the-small-screen transaction.

I suspect I speak for
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Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff

Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff
The total number of women on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors is now 22, one more than last year. That’s because producer Jennifer Todd not only beat her Oscar show co-producer Michael De Luca as a finalist to represent the producers branch, but in a run-off election to resolve a tie vote, beat horror maestro Jason Blum as well.

Todd is president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, where she produced “Live by Night” and executive produced last year’s “Jason Bourne.” Her credits also include “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe,” “Prime,” “Memento,” “Boiler Room” and the “Austin Powers” films. Todd earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO television movie, “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the
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Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff

Jennifer Todd Beats Jason Blum in Academy Board Runoff
The total number of women on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors is now 22, one more than last year. That’s because producer Jennifer Todd not only beat her Oscar show co-producer Michael De Luca as a finalist to represent the producers branch, but in a run-off election to resolve a tie vote, beat horror maestro Jason Blum as well.

Todd is president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, where she produced “Live by Night” and executive produced last year’s “Jason Bourne.” Her credits also include “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe,” “Prime,” “Memento,” “Boiler Room” and the “Austin Powers” films. Todd earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO television movie, “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the
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Producer Jennifer Todd Beats Out Jason Blum in Academy Governors Runoff Election

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Oscars telecast producer Jennifer Todd has won the runoff election for the open Producers Branch seat for 2018-2019. Todd and producer Jason Blum tied for the seat in the Board election last week.

This is the fourth time in Academy history that a tie occurred in the balloting. Runoff elections were also held in 2009 (Directors Branch), 2015 (Writers Branch), and 2016 (Film Editors Branch).

Todd produced the 89th and 90th Oscars telecasts along with producer Michael De Luca. She received an Emmy nomination for the former, which infamously ended in the mishandling of the best picture envelope, resulting in the wrong film being announced as the winner. Her film credits include “Memento,” “Across the Universe,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Live by Night.”

Todd joins incumbents Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in leading the branch, and will take her post on July
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Interview: Sculpting Fragments Filmmaker Guy Pearce on Japanese Cinematic Influences and Directing Difficulty Breathing and The Rope Maiden

There are lots and lots of different movies on the indie horror market these days, but very few of them feel anything like those of Sculpting Fragments’ Guy Pearce. No, not the Memento star, the former YouTube film critic turned underground horror director. While he only has two short films currently available—the comedic Guinea Pig send-up The Rope Maiden (2013) and the highly disturbing psychological horror movie Difficulty Breathing (2017)—he’s already defined a unique voice built on a deep knowledge and real burning passion for bizarro cinema.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to Guy and picking his brains about Japanese cyberpunk, aggressive soundscapes, meeting oddball filmmaker extraordinaire Shozin Fukui, and more.

It’s clear you take a ton of cues from underground Japanese cinema, particularly Japanese cyberpunk and extreme horror. What about these films inspires you?

Guy Pearce: The Japanese cyberpunk genre defies all law and logic of cinema—it’s great!
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Jennifer Todd, Alfred Molina And Susanne Brier Elected To Academy’s Board of Governors

Update June 20: The Academy announced today that Jennifer Todd has defeated Jason Blum in a runoff election that was held earlier this week. Todd, who produced the last two Oscar telecasts and films such as “Memento” and “Alice In Wonderland,” joins Albert Berger and Mark Johnson in representing the Producers Branch.

Original Post: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the results of the 2018-2019 Board of Governors election.

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Watch Christopher Nolan Explain the Structure of ‘Memento’

Watch Christopher Nolan Explain the Structure of ‘Memento’
Memento wasn’t Christopher Nolan‘s first film, but it was the film that put him on the map. In a vintage interview, Nolan breaks out the chalkboard to break down the complex narrative structure of Memento. Christopher Nolan Memento Video Just in case you need a refresher, Memento is Christopher Nolan’s 2001 mystery film starring Guy Pearce. Pearce […]

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The Latest Honest Trailers Episode Takes on Every Christopher Nolan Movie

Christopher Nolan is a master filmmaker that has made some incredible films in his career. Some are better than others, but all of them are great! In my opinion, the guy hasn't made a bad movie and I don't think he ever will. Just in case you need a reminder of the films Nolan has made, here's the list: Following (1998), Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017).

The latest episode of Honest Trailers takes on all of these films and has a good time poking fun at Nolan's signature style and the things that we see from him in most of his films. Some of the things that the video targets are the plot twists, how every Nolan protagonist is basically the same kind of guy, the style of his films, the music and more. 

The Screen Junkies do offer
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Honest Trailers Takes Aim at Christopher Nolan, Aka ‘The Internet’s God of Cinema’ — Watch

Honest Trailers Takes Aim at Christopher Nolan, Aka ‘The Internet’s God of Cinema’ — Watch
“You first knew him as the guy who made ‘Memento,'” begins the Honest Trailers takedown of Christopher Nolan. “Then he was the guy who saved Batman. Now revisit the retroactively perfect films of the internet’s God of Cinema. Makes sense, because only God could vote ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ the 66th best movie ever made [on IMDb].”

Honest Trailers has had its way with numerous Christopher Nolan films individually over the last several years, from “Interstellar” to “Memento” and “The Dark Knight,” but the group’s latest video brings every Nolan film together for the ultimate light mocking. From Nolan’s time-bending narratives to his preference for shades of blue, Honest Trailers nails all the trademarks that make the director a modern auteur.

Nolan was most recently in theaters last summer with “Dunkirk,” which earned Oscar nominations earlier this year for best picture and best director. The filmmaker has
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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras

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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras
The cinematography of an individual movie is oftentimes a difficult thing to judge, not only because it can be tough to separate the work of the cinematographer from the overall visual storytelling, but also because most viewers react to the look and style of a film through the lens of how we felt about the movie itself. Looking at a cinematographer’s body of work, however, can be a very different exercise, as it reveals what aesthetic aspects are specific to the cinematographer and how they impact the storytelling of the films they’ve shot.

When doing these lists, there is always a nagging feeling that we might be under-representing the great international filmmakers from around the world simply based on our own U.S.-centric viewing habits. The interesting thing about modern cinematography, though, is so many of great talents from around the world eventually feel the pull of
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Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Signs First-Look Deal With Jennifer Todd

Amblin Partners has closed an exclusive first-look deal with film and television producer Jennifer Todd and her company, Jennifer Todd Pictures.

The two-year production deal, announced Tuesday, will cover film projects under the company’s Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures banners.

Todd’s credits that include “Alice In Wonderland,” its sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” as well as “Memento,” and the “Austin Powers” franchise. She is also an executive producer on Showtime’s new series, “City on A Hill,” starring Kevin Bacon. In 2017 and 2018, Todd produced the 89th and 90th annual Academy Awards with Michael DeLuca, making her only the third female producer in the history of the Oscars to produce the show.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to the Amblin family,” said Holly Bario, president of production, and Jeb Brody, co-president of production. “She is a terrific producer whose creative instincts for compelling, crowd-pleasing stories perfectly complement
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Jennifer Todd Signs First-Look Deal With Amblin Partners

Jennifer Todd Signs First-Look Deal With Amblin Partners
Veteran producer Jennifer Todd his putting down roots at Amblin Partners.

Todd and her Jennifer Todd Pictures have inked a two-year feature production deal with the Steven Spielberg–led company.

The producer is entering into the Amblin deal after departing as president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, Pearl Street Films.

Todd is behind Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, as well as the Austin Powers franchise and Memento. Under Pearl Street, she produced Live by Night for Warner Bros. and exec produced the most recent Jason Bourne film for Universal. She also produced the 2017 and ...
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The Exorcist Creator Had Drawn Up Plans For A Memento-Styled Third Season

Over the past fortnight, avid TV viewers have had but three questions on their minds: what’s new? What’s renewed? And what’s been scrapped entirely?

Ash Vs. Evil Dead and Syfy’s Tremors pilot were among the first to fall, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine being the rare exception of a series that finds new life on another network – the ensemble comedy landed at NBC after Fox decided to pull the plug. And as Jeremy Slater knows all too well, the 99 weren’t the only ones affected by Fox’s shake-up.

As we reported this past weekend, the network canned The Exorcist after just two seasons, driving a stake through the heart of Slater’s supernatural drama. Alas, it seems the show’s fate has been sealed, with nary a mention of a possible revival on another network a la Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

That’s disappointing, then, particularly when you consider
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s City on a Hill starring Kevin Bacon heads to Showtime

Showtime has just ordered the new series City on a Hill from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The crime series will star Kevin Bacon (The Following), Aldis Hodge (Underground), Jonathan Tucker (Westworld) and Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire).

City on a Hill is created by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck. In the early 1990s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm — and then it all changed in what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In this fictional account, driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve,
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Solo: A Star Wars Story – why prequels are killing the art of storytelling

They have become Hollywood’s favourite franchise-saver, but are they any substitute for a story well told?

We’re all excited to see Chewie hit the hyperdrive and test drive the brand new Millennium Falcon, but when the stars turn to streaks of light in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’ll be in reverse gear. We’re going back: back to 1970s-retro sci-fi aesthetics, back to characters we know better than they know themselves, and back to a story whose intricacies are all but irrelevant since we already know the consequences. You might have been getting this feeling a lot recently. Going to the movies is starting to feel like being Guy Pearce in Memento: instead of forming new memories, we’re discovering what happened before.

From a commercial point of view, prequels make perfect sense. They’re a way of cashing in on brand recognition without messing with the original,
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