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Environments of Chaos: The Work of Christoph Schlingensief

The 120 Days of BottropThere is a teasingly confrontational moment in Paul Poet’s 2002 action document, Ausländer raus! Schlingensiefs Container, wherein shock artist and political provocateur Christoph Schlingensief, having staged a Big Brother-style reality TV show in which viewers vote asylum seekers out of the country, proclaims, “You are now officially commissioned to the resistance!” His cheerful enunciation of a radically collusive public riles up the Austrian crowd before him into a state that is as perturbed as it is voracious, as outraged as it is inspired—with a smattering of confusion, just to top things off. This distillation of emotions has been at the root of much of the late artist’s critical reception, beginning with the early 16mm films he made as a teen through to his later works on stage, screen, and in public space.No stranger to controversy, the late artist has come to be embraced, albeit with a wary eye,
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Jonathan Tucker Is in Westworld Now, and We're Not Mad About It

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Westworld gained a new villain in the second episode of season two, titled "Reunion," when Dolores tracks down Major Craddock and uses her considerable powers of persuasion - by which we mean total fearlessness and badassery - to get Craddock and his men to follow her to "Glory."

If Craddock looks familiar to you, there's a reason for that. Jonathan Tucker is one of the actors who very quickly seems to have appeared all over the small-screen landscape (though he did have a noteworthy role in The Virgin Suicides when he was just 16 years old).

Related: Westworld's Season 2 Premiere Finally Reveals the Park's Mysterious Location

About 10 years ago, Tucker starred on the short-lived NBC drama The Black Donnellys, about an Irish family in New York that gets caught up in organized crime. After that was canceled, Tucker appeared in small roles on a ton of shows
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Good Deed Launches Genre Label Cranked Up Films (Exclusive)

Good Deed Entertainment is launching a new genre-focused label dubbed Cranked Up Films, Variety has learned.

“Don’t Leave Home,” a horror film about an American artist who becomes obsessed with an urban legend, will be the label’s first release. It will debut in late 2018.

Cranked Up Films will specialize in high-concept horror, science fiction titles that are more firmly grounded in reality, and speculative fiction, which typically contains supernatural or futuristic elements. The announcement comes on the heels of Good Deed’s Oscar nomination for the animated hit “Loving Vincent.”

Written and directed by Michael Tully (“Septien”), “Don’t Leave Home” follows its protagonist as his investigation into the origin of the myth leads him to the eerie estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland. The picture was acquired in partnership with Shudder, AMC Network’s genre streaming platform. The film stars Anna Margaret Hollyman (“Sleeping with Other People
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The Strangers: Prey at Night Review

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While gaps between classic horror films and their sequels have tested fans’ patience in the past, it’s hard to imagine anyone eagerly waiting for a follow-up to The Strangers. The sub-par bag-head home invasion horror from 2008 had the privilege of being granted a theatrical run back in the day but seemed unlikely to spawn a sequel then, let alone ten years later. What’s more surprising than a belated follow-up being green lit, is that it’s also debuting in cinemas and not being banished to online screening platforms or supermarket bargain bins next to VHS rips of Jeff Speakman’s Timelock or Wild Fishing with Henry Gilbey.

Thankfully, The Strangers: Prey at Night isn’t quite the derivative botch-job one would have expected considering the original’s insignificance and the genre’s tendency to emit cut-price cash-in/ franchise silage. The first act is robust with instant, albeit clichéd,
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Movie Review – The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

The Strangers: Prey at Night, 2018.

Directed by Johannes Roberts.

Starring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffel and Lea Enslin.

Synopsis:

A family staying at a secluded trailer park during the off-season are pursued and attacked by a gang of masked intruders boasting an array of weapons and mysterious motives.

More than perhaps any other genre in Hollywood, horror movies have a tendency to eat themselves. The genre is packed with the originality of films like Get Out and It Follows, but it also trades heavily in sequels, remakes and reboots. It’s in that arena that we get The Strangers: Prey at Night, which manages to be a sequel, a remake and a reboot of the 2008 original movie all at once.

Original writer-director Bryan Bertino is back, but only on scripting duties alongside Ben Ketai, who made the surprisingly good claustrophobic horror Beneath a few years ago.
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey (1944 – 2018)

Golden Globe-nominated American actor R. Lee Ermey – best known for his role as the no-nonsense Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket – has passed away aged 74. The actor’s manager Bill Rogen shared the sad news on Twitter.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

After a career in the United States Marine Corps, Ermey made his feature film debut with a brief role in Apocalypse Now, and also served as a technical advisor to director Francis Ford Coppola. He was later hired as a technical advisor to Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket,
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'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74

'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies aged 74
Former gunnery sergeant earned Golden Globe nomination for Kubrick’s Vietnam war classic.

R. Lee Ermey, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his iconic portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

His
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R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey. ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Star Dies At 74

Legendary character actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away. He was 74 The actor had a career that spanned .

Ermey’s management confirmed the new on the actor’s official Twitter page late Sunday.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet says.

Before being an actor, Ermey was a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant,
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R. Lee Ermey, Star of Full Metal Jacket, Dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, Star of Full Metal Jacket, Dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, has passed away. He was 74-years old. Ermey's death was announced on his social media platforms by his long-time manager, Bill Rogin, who wrote a tribute to his late friend. Ermey, or Gunny as friends and family called him, reportedly passed away earlier this morning due to complications with pneumonia.

Bill Rogin first announced R. Lee Ermey's death through his official Twitter page and then later took to Facebook to post a tribute to the late actor and military veteran. It isn't clear how long Ermey was in the hospital. Rogin had this to say.

"It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (The Gunny) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
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R. Lee Ermey Has Passed Away

With a relentless delivery of some of the most head-turning lines in cinema, R. Lee Ermey had a commanding, unparalleled screen presence in films and television, and we're sad to share the news of the iconic actor's passing at the age of 74.

The news of R. Lee Ermey's passing was shared on Twitter by his manager, Bill Rogin, who posted:

"It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

A Us Marine, Vietnam veteran, and drill instructor in real life, Ermey brought that same military intensity, determination, and passion to the big screen in 1987 for his standout role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.

Although he's perhaps best known for his award-worthy work in Full Metal Jacket,
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R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Golden Globe Nominee, Dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Golden Globe Nominee, Dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. He was 74.

Ermey’s longtime manager announced the news via a tweet to Ermey’s official Twitter account.

“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet reads.

In addition to his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-nominated film, which earned him a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod, Ermey had several other mostly authority figure roles to his credit, including Sheriff Hoyt in 2003’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a police captain in “Se7en,” and the voice of the plastic army men’s leader Sarge in “Toy Story.”

Ermey was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant,
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R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74

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R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, a veteran character actor who earned Golden Globe nomination for 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday, his longtime manager Bill Rogin announced on Twitter. He was 74.

The Marine Corps veteran made his film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” and went on to play authority figures in films like “Mississippi Burning,” “Se7en” and even the “Toy Story” films (where he voiced Sarge, leader of the plastic Army men).

“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” the tweet reads.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb

— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018

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Born Ronald Lee Ermey in Emporia, Kansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17 when, after a second arrest for criminal mischief, he was given the choice between jail or the military. He chose the latter.

“Gunny,” as he became to be known, was a drill instructor in the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion in San Diego, where he served in the mid-’60s. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, in 1968, before being sent to Vietnam for 14 months, at which time he was medically discharged because of injuries. In 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant.

While attending the University of Manila in the Philippines, Emery was cast in his first film — Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” playing a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot. Eight years later, he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” earning a Golden Globe nomination in the process.

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Among his 60 other film roles were “Mississippi Burning,” “Dead Man Walking,” Se7en,” ‘Leaving Las Vegas” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Emery also appeared on the small screen in “Miami Vice,” “House” and “The X-Files,” and his commanding voice can be heard in such animated projects as the “Toy Story” film franchise, “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

He went on to host two series on the History Channel, “Mail Call” and “Lock N’ Load With R. Lee Emery,” and “Gunny Time” on the Outdoor channel.

Emery is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nina, and their four children.

For the record: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported Ermey’s age.

Read original story R Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor, Dies at 74 At TheWrap
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The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 18

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Above: 1986 Japanese poster for She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, USA, 1986).In the ten months since I last did a round-up of the most popular posters on Movie Poster of the Day, two things have happened. I’ve slacked off a bit: after running the site since November 2011 and posting one poster every single day for years, in the past year I’ve let my self-appointed task slide a little and have been posting more sporadically. And at the same time it seems that Tumblr is starting to atrophy. At its height my site had over 300,000 followers—it still does officially, but I would guess that a large percentage of those people are no longer still on Tumblr or rarely check their feed. I’m often asked why I don’t up sticks and move to Instagram instead, but while I love Instagram for personal stuff, Tumblr is still
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‘A Quiet Place’: How ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Remake Laid the Groundwork for a Surprise Box Office Hit

‘A Quiet Place’: How ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Remake Laid the Groundwork for a Surprise Box Office Hit
A Quiet Place” executive producer Brad Fuller is still startled that the film had a $50 million opening weekend, taking the top box office spot from none other than Steven Spielberg. “Something magical just happened,” he told IndieWire during a Monday afternoon call. “The tracking on this movie was never very impressive until the last week…It felt anemic.”

When the post-apocalyptic thriller opened Friday, Fuller — who produced with his Platinum Dunes co-founders Michael Bay and Andrew Form — said all involved were expecting the movie to earn about $20 million to $25 million in the next three days, per estimates from Paramount. Yet Platinum Dunes titles, which range from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” to “The Amityville Horror” and the soon-to-be four-part “Purge” franchise, have consistently bested ticket sales predictions.

“We have made a lot of these movies,” said Fuller. “Unless the movie’s a bomb, most of the time the tracking is not reflective of our audience.
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Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes Will No Longer Reboot Horror Movies

Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company has spent a lot of time and money over the years making crappy reboots of classic horror films like Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Well, they have finally seen the light and the studio will no longer be remaking horror movies! Instead, they will be focusing on original content which is great! They recently released John Krasinski's film A Quiet Place, which was awesome and they've also found success with The Purge franchise.

In a recent interview with CinePOP, Platinum Dunes co-founder Brad Fuller said "We’ve rebooted enough" and co-founder Andrew Form added "We’ve done all of our [rebooted] horror movies. We’re not going to be doing that anymore." They went on to say:

“For us, as a company, we’re always looking for original material. And
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‘A Quiet Place’ Producer on Working With John Krasinski and the Potential for Sequels

‘A Quiet Place’ Producer on Working With John Krasinski and the Potential for Sequels
Although “A Quiet Place” became an overnight box office hit, Platinum Dunes partner Brad Fuller knew nothing was guaranteed.

Fuller, along with Platinum Dunes co-founders Michael Bay and Andrew Form, has produced a number of successful films over the years, going back to their reboots of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th” to the “Purge” franchise. Still, from the moment they read the script, the producers were aware “A Quiet Place” would be a challenge unlike anything the company had taken on before.

Here, Fuller talks with Variety about how the film came to be, working with John Krasinski as a director, and what the future holds for possible sequels.

When you first started putting this film together, did you ever dream the film would end up doing what it did over the weekend?

Listen, there is no one who thought it would do what it did. It’s this crazy thing,
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Here’s The Debut Trailer For ‘The First Purge’

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse have unleashed the first trailer for The First Purge.

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (Nffa) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

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Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns
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Platinum Dunes Will No Longer Remake Classic Horror Films

The success of John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place is changing the world for the better.

The film’s production company, Platinum Dunes, announced today that it will no longer be diluting classic horror films. The Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form founded shingle has opted to forego reboots and remakes for original content. In an interview with CinePOP, Fuller explained the company’s new stance on reboots and remakes, saying:

“We’ve rebooted enough. We’ve done all of our [rebooted] horror movies. We’re not going to be doing that anymore.”

Platinum Dunes got its start in 2003 with a remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Directed by Marcus Nispel, the film was a financial success, grossing $107 million with a budget of just $9.5 million, but failed to garner critical praise – surprise, surprise. Next, the horror-centric production company decided to reimagine Stuart Rosenberg’s 1979 film The Amityville Horror.
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Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes to Stop Remaking Horror Films

A Quiet Place production company Platinum Dunes is headed in a new direction. Moving forward, the production company will no longer remake classic horror films but rather focus on original concepts. Platinum Dunes got their start with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2003, a remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original. The film was directed by Marcus Nispel and grossed over $107 million against an estimated production budget of just $9.5 million. As a follow-up, Platinum Dunes’ released The Amityville Horror in 2005 – another remake that matched its predecessor at the box office, albeit with a slightly higher budget.
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‘The First Purge’ Trailer Shows How It All Began

The fourth movie in the upcoming Purge series is going back to the beginning. The First Purge will go back to.. well.. the first Purge. Writer/creator/director James DeMonaco returns as writer, with director Gerad McMurray (Burning Sands) stepping in behind the camera.

The fourth film will feature a whole new cast led by Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Valez, and Marisa Tomei. In our current political and social climate, the movie actually looks pretty scary. The Purge series is produced by Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split).

The official trailer:

And here’s the official synopsis:

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year,
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