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Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press

Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press
Press-loathing actor Joaquin Phoenix, star of Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here,” is still in recovery. Yes, from alcohol back in the day, but also from that disastrous period when he and then-brother-in-law Casey Affleck “thought it was funny,” as he told NPR’s Terry Gross, to film the bizarre 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Throughout filming, Phoenix remained in (scripted) character as a strangely unhinged version of himself, overweight, hirsute, and out of control, including his 2009 “Late Show with David Letterman” appearance where he announced his acting retirement — in order to be a hip-hop artist.

The movie underscored Phoenix’s ambivalent relationship to his own celebrity and his lack of concern for public perceptions. However, it turned out that he may have overstated his case. Phoenix had no idea how much the film would impact his ability to get work. (HIs director is still dealing with the
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Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press

Joaquin Phoenix Has Multiple Oscar Opportunities in 2018, If He Can Cheer up for the Press
Press-loathing actor Joaquin Phoenix, star of Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here,” is still in recovery. Yes, from alcohol back in the day, but also from that disastrous period when he and then-brother-in-law Casey Affleck “thought it was funny,” as he told NPR’s Terry Gross, to film the bizarre 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Throughout filming, Phoenix remained in (scripted) character as a strangely unhinged version of himself, overweight, hirsute, and out of control, including his 2009 “Late Show with David Letterman” appearance where he announced his acting retirement — in order to be a hip-hop artist.

The movie underscored Phoenix’s ambivalent relationship to his own celebrity and his lack of concern for public perceptions. However, it turned out that he may have overstated his case. Phoenix had no idea how much the film would impact his ability to get work. (HIs director is still dealing with the
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M. Night Shyamalan to Produce Straight-to-Series Thriller For Apple

M. Night Shyamalan to Produce Straight-to-Series Thriller For Apple
M. Night Shyamalan is heading to Apple.

The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to a psychological thriller series from writer Tony Basgallop that Shyamalan will executive produce. Plot details for the series are being kept under wraps. The half-hour series has received a 10-episode order, with Shyamalan also set to direct the first episode.

The series will be produced by Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures with Ashwin Rajan serving as executive producer. Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists will also executive produce, with Taylor Latham co-executive producing.

This project will be Shyamalan’s second foray into television. He previously executive produced the Fox series “Wayward Pines,” which recently ended after two seasons. He most recently wrote, produced, and directed the hit film “Split” and is preparing the sequel “Glass,” both of which tie into his 2000 film “Unbreakable.” He is also behind blockbusters like “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.”

Basgallop’s recent
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Sundance: Rory Culkin Talks Bloody Black Metal Tale ‘Lords of Chaos’

Sundance: Rory Culkin Talks Bloody Black Metal Tale ‘Lords of Chaos’
Rory Culkin chased “Lords of Chaos” for roughly five years. There was something about the story of the rise and bloody fall of Norwegian black metal icon Euronymous that the actor couldn’t shake. So he kept his dirty blonde hair long and kept frequent tabs on the long-gestating project, routinely calling his agent for updates.

“I was discouraged a lot and thinking, ‘Who’s going to put money into a movie about kids in face paint burning churches down and killing each other?'” said Culkin.

Finally, he gave up the hunt and got a haircut.

“Literally two weeks later I got the call saying we were going,” Culkin said with a chuckle.

After the waiting and false starts, “Lords of Chaos” has finally arrived at the Sundance Film Festival in all its gruesome, iconoclastic, decibel-shattering glory. Hours before its midnight premiere on Wednesday, Culkin, decked out in a red sweater and black jeans and nursing
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The Handmaid's Tale Just Cast the Perfect Actress to Play Offred's Mother

Image Source: Getty / Anthony Harvey The Handmaid's Tale is expanding its already-impeccable cast for season two. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Cherry Jones is joining Hulu's dystopian drama as Holly, "the feminist mother to June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) who, up until now, has only been mentioned in passing during flashback scenes." Season two is still in production, but so far Jones has only been confirmed to appear in one episode (episode four). In Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, Offred mentions her mother a few times in passing. There are brief flashbacks featuring her mom, who was a proud second-wave feminist and women's rights activist before the meteoric rise of the restrictive Republic of Gilead. One such flashback sees her mother, who is unnamed in the book, taking Offred to an antipornography rally and convincing her to toss a magazine in the bonfire. Offred resists and touches on how she
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Horror Highlights: The Dark Crystal 35th Anniversary Vinyl Score, Sightings DVD Contest, Q&A with The Rizen Director Matt Mitchell, A Demon Within

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Jim Henson and Frank Oz's The Dark Crystal recently had its 35th anniversary, and Enjoy the Ride Records is joining the celebration with five deluxe anniversary vinyl versions of Trevor Jones' soaring score for the film. In today's Horror Highlights we also have a DVD giveaway for the new alien film Sightings, a fun Q&A with The Rizen writer/director Matt Mitchell, and the poster and trailer for A Demon Within.

The Dark Crystal 35th Anniversary Vinyl Score: From Enjoy the Ride Records: "In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of The Dark Crystal, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available across five deluxe anniversary edition vinyl variants*, courtesy of The Jim Henson Company and Enjoy The Toons Records. This Deluxe 35th Anniversary Edition is pressed on 180-200 gram limited edition colored vinyl, complete with die-cut center labels** and housed in a 400gsm gatefold jacket. This release
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Mel Gibson Has Something To Say About Harvey Weinstein

Remember that time when Mel Gibson unleashed all that racist, sexist, anti-Semitic hate speech? And those other times he was openly homophobic? Well, Hollywood has forgotten and forgiven, and so too have moviegoers. The actor and filmmaker returned to the mainstream this month with “Daddy’s Home 2,” a box office success that marks his best opening in front of the camera since “Signs.” Now, Gibson — who was once investigated for domestic violence and admitted hitting his former partner Oksana Grigorieva — has deemed it necessary to weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Continue reading Mel Gibson Has Something To Say About Harvey Weinstein at The Playlist.
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Box Office: With 'Daddy's Home 2,' Mel Gibson Is Once Again Family-Friendly

Box Office: With 'Daddy's Home 2,' Mel Gibson Is Once Again Family-Friendly
Last year, Mel Gibson busted out of director's jail with Hacksaw Ridge, the acclaimed war drama that earned $175.3 million at the worldwide box office and scored key Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director.

Over the weekend, Gibson made another comeback — this time as an actor — with the better-than-expected $30 million debut of Daddy's Home 2. The Paramount movie is Gibson's first major Hollywood studio film since Signs in 2002, and his first studio comedy since What Women Want in 2000.

Daddy's Home 2 boasts the second-best opening of the year to date for...
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'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Joins Horror Movie 'The Will O Wisp' (Exclusive)

'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Joins Horror Movie 'The Will O Wisp' (Exclusive)
This Is Us star Chrissy Metz is ready to embrace her darker side.

Metz is attached to star in the horror film The Will O Wisp from up-and-coming Canadian writer/director Evan Cooper. The psychological thriller centers on a recently divorced Montana man and his dog, who are beckoned into the woods on their property after seeing strange lights.

The indie project is described as Signs meets Misery. Metz will play a nurse with a checkered past who works at the local assisted living center. 

Metz came to prominence with a recurring role on American Horror Story: Freakshow from 2014-15, and her profile skyrocketed with This Is Us....
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Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in ‘Saturday at the Starlight’ (Exclusive)

Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in ‘Saturday at the Starlight’ (Exclusive)
Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards, and Michael Madsen are starring in the independent comedy “Saturday at the Starlight,” currently shooting in Los Angeles.

The project is an ensemble comedy, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy “Dazed and Confused,” set in a roller rink on a single night in the mid-’90s. The story traces a canceled prom, a tween birthday bonanza, and a drug money pick-up gone awry.

The cast that includes Tony Cavalero (“School of Rock”), Booboo Stewart (“Twilight”), Brec Bassinger (“Bella and the Bulldogs”), Brenna D’Amico, and veteran comedian Brian Huskey along with newcomers Dylan Summerall and Breaker Novogratz.

Phillip Clark Davis is directing from a screenplay by Jake Disch and Nick Gligor. Producers on the project include Lee Eisenberg (“Bad Teacher,” “The Office”), Linne Radmin, and Jimmy Summerall.

The project is the first feature film from Brat, a digital company that’s released more than a dozen series on YouTube with recognizable
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Poll: What’s Your Favorite Horror Movie of 2017 (So Far)?

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Horror Movie of 2017 (So Far)?
Halloween is almost upon us, and as we approach that holiday — and the end of the year — let’s take a look back at some of the horror gems from 2017.

Get Out” kicked off the year with a bang, garnering solid box office numbers, glowing reviews, and even Oscar buzz (a general rarity for horror films) with its racial commentary and touches of humor from director Jordan Peele. But before that movie hit theaters, we also had M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, “Split,” his surprise sequel to “Unbreakable” and worthy return to form for the director.

Speaking of sequels, “Annabelle: Creation” provided a fright over the summer as the prequel to 2014’s “Annabelle” and the fourth installment in the overall “Conjuring” series. It proved to be a box office hit before “It” arrived in theaters and became a phenomenon in September, becoming the highest-grossing horror film of all time and provided inspiration for countless Halloween costumes, bringing
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‘Gotham’ Recap: “The Fear Reaper” – The Dork Knight Rises

At this point, I think it’s safe to say someone very important in Gotham’s creative team views the 2002 M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs as the height of creative storytelling. Remember Signs? In which a race of aliens deathly allergic to water invade a planet made of 70-percent water, therefore allowing the human race to defeat them via garden hose and/or Super Soaker? Someone on Team Gotham took a very specific lesson from that film, because “The Fear Reaper” marks the third–the third–as in one, two, three times this show has ramped up the …
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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks

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‘It’ is a Box Office Sensation — But ‘It’ is Not the Record Breaker Everyone Thinks
Full credit where “It” is due: Currently standing at $266 million through its third weekend, “It” is a stunning success and boosted a domestic box office in serious crisis. A reasonable estimate, if somewhat conservative, is a domestic gross around $325 million.

All this, from a September horror film made for $35 million? That’s a stunning performance. And it’s by far the best-performing Stephen King adaptation. But it’s far from the top horror movie in history.

At $325 million, here’s where “It” will stand in adjusted totals:

Horror films The Exorcist (1973) – $983 million The Sixth Sense (1999) – $512 million House of Wax (1953) – $449 million Psycho (1960) – $379 million Signs (2002) – $345 million It (2017) – $325 million (projected)

House of Wax” was by far the biggest 3D hit in that technique’s first wave. “The Exorcist” is the ninth biggest-grossing of the post-silent era and a social phenomenon in its time. M. Night Shyamalan’s films both had high-end casts and
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Evan Langweiler Promoted to Senior VP of Global Communications for Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures has upped Evan Langweiler to senior VP of global communications for the studio.

He will continue to oversee many aspects of the studio’s strategic media relations, including worldwide box office reporting, transactional announcements, dating of its films, and serving as the group’s primary staff writer.

He will be based in Los Angeles.

He will work closely with Universal’s international and brand teams as well as DreamWorks TV and NBCUniversal on issues relating to the business. Langweiler works closely with many of Universal’s filmmakers.

He will continue to report to Cindy Gardner.

Langweiler most recently served as VP of global communications for Universal. He has been with Universal since 2010 and prior to that was with NBC where he was based in New York. Langweiller attended Trinity college before working for NBC.

Related storiesNick Carpou Retiring as Universal Domestic Distribution Chief, Jim Orr Promoted'War for the Planet of the Apes' Producer
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Nick Carpou Retiring as Universal Domestic Distribution Chief, Jim Orr Promoted

Nicholas Carpou will step down as president of domestic distribution at Universal Pictures after a 35-year run at the studio.

He will retire from the studio and assume an advisory role at the company. Universal said it is overhauling its distribution operation. As part of the shift, Peter Levinsohn, Universal’s president and chief distribution officer, will take on an expanded role. Jim Orr, the current executive vice president and general sales manager, will assume the role of domestic distribution president.

“Universal has been my happy home for many years, during which I’ve been fortunate enough to befriend an amazing group of people — both within the company and in the exhibition community. I eagerly look forward to exploring more fully lifelong interests, ones made richer by my association with so many dear friends,” Carpou said. “Ron, Jeff, and Donna gave me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead our distribution team, and
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The Gracefield Incident – Review

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Filmmaking is about manipulating the audience’s view on a story through pictures, and that’s why found footage has always been kind of weird. Found footage forces the perspective of the audience to lie in the Pov of the main character, which means that they sometimes lack the ability to seem as intricately crafted as other films. They sometimes are lacking some of the manipulative ability. This gets especially compounded whenever the found footage gimmick does nothing to make the film genuinely scary, with the film both lacking the manipulative power to be scary but also the actively working against the more traditional filmmaking that would make the film scarier. The Gracefield Incident, unfortunately, seems to contrive its reason for being found footage but also tends to hide the horror that would make it genuinely scary.

The Gracefield Incident is about a group of friends
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Locarno 2017. Lineup

Ben & Joshua Safdie's Good TimeThe lineup for the 2017 festival has been revealed, including new films by Wang Bing, Radu Jude, Raúl Ruiz and others, alongside retrospectives and tributes dedicated to Jean-Marie Straub, Jacques Tourneur and much more.Piazza GRANDEAmori che non sonno stare al mondo (Francesca Comencini, Italy)Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, USA)Chien (Samuel Benchetrit, France/Belgium)Demain et tous les autres jours (Noémie Lvovsky, France)Drei Zinnen (Jan Zabeil, Germany/Italy)Good Time (Ben & Joshua Safdie, USA)Gotthard - One Life, One Soul (Kevin Merz, Switzerland)I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur, USA)Iceman (Felix Randau, Germany/Italy/Austria)Laissez bronzer les cadavres (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France)Lola Pater (Nadir Moknèche, France/Belgium)Sicilia! (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Italy/France/Germany)Sparring (Samuel Jouy, France)The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, USA)The Song of Scorpions (Anup Singh, Switzerland/France/Singapore)What Happed to Monday (Tommy Wirkola,
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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films
Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat,
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Review: ABC's Dirty Dancing Remake: The Good, The Bad, and The Johnny

The original Dirty Dancing is a favorite movie to women of all ages. The magic of the film was created by the music, the spark between Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, and of course, the dancing. It was a movie we watched when we were young, fantasizing about growing up and falling in love, and we watch it now that we're grown and remember our first loves and those magic summers of our youth. 

Remaking a movie so iconic is a big risk, so I watched this ABC remake with a grain of salt. I knew it wouldn't be the Dirty Dancing of my youth, but I wanted to see what it had to offer. Here's the lowdown. 

The cast: Abigail Breslin (Signs, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland) as Baby Houseman was a perfect fit. She's cute and youthful. She played the naive and inexperienced, yet intelligent Baby really well.
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‘Scream Queens’ Officially Canceled at Fox After Two Seasons

‘Scream Queens’ Officially Canceled at Fox After Two Seasons
Scream Queens” has officially been cancelled by Fox.

The cancellation was expected for the Ryan Murphy horror comedy anthology series, which struggled to find an audience over its first two seasons, though it did perform well in delayed viewing and was extremely buzzy on social media. Fox also liked that the show brought in a younger demo.

Fox chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman confirmed that the Ryan Murphy anthological series had reached the end of its run during a conference call with reporters Monday morning, ahead of the network’s upfront presentation.

“It feels as if it was a complete series,” said Newman. “We have no plans to go back and tell more stories there. We won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”

Earlier this year, Fox executives told reporters that the future of “Scream Queens” was still up in the air, saying, “It’s very much still in consideration for a renewal,” in
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