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Tarra Day (‘Godless’ makeup department head) on women leading the western genre in Netflix limited series [Exclusive Video Interview]

Tarra Day (‘Godless’ makeup department head) on women leading the western genre in Netflix limited series [Exclusive Video Interview]
According to makeup department head Tarra Day, “Godless” is unique in the western genre simply because of its “strong women characters.” Day has a lot of experience with cowboys in the Wild West, having worked on such films as “Appaloosa” (2008) and “The Magnificent Seven” (2016). But in most cases “the women are prostitutes or girlfriends or wives. There hasn’t been a lot of room for female characters to lead the western.” That changed with this Netflix limited series. Watch our exclusive video interview with Day above.

See Merritt Wever (‘Godless’) on female-centric western: In a traditional western, ‘there probably wouldn’t have been a part for me’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Written and directed by Scott Frank, the series centers on a man (Jack O’Connell) evading a violent outlaw gang leader (Jeff Daniels). He takes refuge in the town of La Belle, New Mexico, which after a mining accident is populated almost entirely by women,
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Michael Kaplan (‘The Alienist’ costume designer) waited 24 years to work on this ‘designer’s dream’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Costume designer Michael Kaplan‘s interest in “The Alienist” stretches back to when Caleb Carr‘s original novel was first published in 1994. “I just loved so many elements of it,” he recalls. “It seemed like a designer’s dream to be able to illuminate everything that was going on in 1896.” Produced by Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”), this TNT limited series focuses on a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans) who teams up with a criminal psychologist (Daniel Brühl) and a headstrong NYPD secretary (Dakota Fanning) to investigate a serial killer in 19th century New York City. Kaplan kept a close watch on the project’s development for 24 years before finally landing the job. Watch our exclusive video interview with Kaplan above.

See Dakota Fanning (‘The Alienist’): ‘I tend to be drawn to darker subject matter’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

“I always loved the contrast between the various levels of the society,” Kaplan explains. “The Alienist
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7 hugely underrated Nicolas Cage films

Simon Reynolds Mar 2, 2018

Beyond Jerry Bruckheimer's The Rock and Con Air, here are a handful of Nicolas Cage films worth seeking out.

It’s very easy to get lost with Nicolas Cage. With ‘Cage Rage’ memes, the tales of celebrity eccentricity (remember when he turned on Bath’s Christmas lights?) and the continued fascination surrounding his unmade Superman film, you’d be forgiven for losing sight of the fact that he’s a bona fide, megawatt movie star. On March 9 he’s back with a new role in Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad, playing a father who violently turns against his own offspring during an outbreak of parental mass hysteria.

In the hands of Crank co-director Taylor we get to see two sides of Cage: the understated everyman and the off-the-scale rage machine. It’s this kind of role, beyond the blockbuster carnage of The Rock and Con Air,
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In Praise of Sam Rockwell

Tom Jolliffe looks at the career of the vastly underrated Sam Rockwell

So after doing a piece on the fantastic Frances McDormand, sticking with the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri connection, it seemed apt to do a piece on an actor who has always slipped just below the radar. Sam Rockwell is always great and he’s had his share of roles in critically acclaimed films. Not that Oscar recognition is the foremost watermark on an actors CV, but the fact that even a nomination at this point in his career has eluded him is more than a little harsh.

He’s had a prolific career with some great films (and not so great). Even in some of the less stellar efforts always feature a solid turn from Rockwell. Similarly, he’s had significant parts, maybe fourth/fifth billed in a film. It’s hard to get an Oscar nomination
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Matchstick Men”

Matchstick Men is a giant game of who’s-conning-who that eventually ends up in a twist that you likely never saw coming. Roy is a professional con man with Tourettes Syndrome and Compulsive Obsessive Disorder and even a hint of agoraphobia to add to it. He’s a mess inside but at least on the outside he can keep it cool, most of the time. When he learns he has a daughter however his phobias start go away somehow. Yet when his partner and protege, Frank, and his ‘daughter’ scam him for all that he has he eventually gets out of the

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Matchstick Men
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Alison Lohman

What most fans of Alison Lohman know is that she has been absent from the acting scene for about 5 years – and counting. There doesn’t seem to be much interest from her in returning to the big or small screen anytime soon. That presents a daunting question from a woman who has been quoted as saying, “I don’t know… I don’t want people to know everything about me.” But from what she has told us about herself as well as her non-actions, we can know five things about the Drag Me to Hell and Matchstick Men actress that she

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Sam Rockwell to Host SNL in January

Sam Rockwell to Host SNL in January
How’s this for ringing in the new year? Sam Rockwell has been tapped to host the first Saturday Night Live of 2018.

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The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star and newly christened Golden Globe nominee will preside over Studio 8H as a first-time host on Saturday, Jan. 13. He will be joined by musical guest Halsey, who’s also performing on SNL for the first time.

NBC confirmed the news with a tweet:

Excited to announce our first show of 2018! #SNL

Saturday Night LiveSNL (@nbcsnl) December
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Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at “Hollywood Film Awards”

Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards” dick clark productions announced today that previous “Hollywood Film Awards” recipient, Sam Rockwell, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Emmy Award-winning actress, Allison Janney, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her turn as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,” known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which honors the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography,
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Sam Rockwell Is George W. Bush in Cheney Biopic

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Sam Rockwell Is George W. Bush in Cheney Biopic
Sam Rockwell (Matchstick Men, Iron Man 2) is one of the best actors working today so any role he takes on is worth taking a look at. But this latest news is particularly interesting. The 48-year-old actor is reportedly in final negotiations to play former president George W. Bush in the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic, simply titled Cheney, which is to be directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short).

The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter who state that Sam Rockwell is going to play the infamous president in Cheney, who was in office during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and led us into war with Afganastan and the much more controversial Iraq war. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) has already signed on to play Dick Cheney in the movie, which looks to start filming next month. The cast of the movie also includes Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,
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Rogue One, Lion, and More New Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in July

Ready to kick your Summer up a notch? Netflix has finally released the list of all the new titles coming this July, and it's pretty stacked. Whether you want to cry (Titanic), laugh (The Standups), or binge a new show until the sun comes up (might we suggest Ozark?), Netflix has you covered. Take a look at what's being added below. July 1 Titanic (Watch now!) The Originals season four (Watch now!) Free Willy (Watch now!) Disney's The Mighty Ducks (Watch now!) Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Watch now!) Capo "El amo del tunel" season one (Watch now!) El Barco season one (Watch now!) The Truth Is in the Stars (Watch now!) Deep Water season one (Watch now!) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Watch now!) Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Watch now!) Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (Watch now!) Liar's Dice (Watch now!) Offspring season six (Watch now!) Boat Trip (Watch now!) Mixed Signals (Watch now!
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War For The Planet Of The Apes & The Rise & Rise Of Intelligent Sci-Fi

Author: Dave Roper

Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.

Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.

More recently, Independence Day, Armageddon, War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks, Men in Black and even more sci-fi inflected comic book entries like Guardians of the Galaxy,
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The Complete Works Ep. 41: Nicolas Cage – Matchstick Men (2003)

The Complete Works Ep. 41 The Complete Works is an in-depth, introspective, and, quite frankly, insane idea – FilmBook contributor Mike Smith and his co-host Mike DeCriscio are going to take a look at every film in the filmography of Nicolas Cage, one crazy screaming scene at a time. This week, Mike and [...]

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Netflix: Full List of Movies Arriving in July 2017 Includes ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Punch-Drunk Love’

Netflix: Full List of Movies Arriving in July 2017 Includes ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Punch-Drunk Love’
Netflix has announced the list of films that will be available to stream in July. The list includes new never-before-seen original films, as well as documentaries, comedies, animated titles and some classic movies. Check out some of our favorite new offerings below, along with the complete list of all the new additions.

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1. “To the Bone” (available July 14)

Marti Noxon’s feature directorial debut was a hit out of Sundance, where the Lily Collins-starring drama about eating disorders won over audiences for its nimble ability to tell a compelling dramatic story interspersed with well-earned humor. Sketched from Noxon’s own experiences with anorexia and bolstered by a star turn from the always-reliable Collins, the film is both important and entertaining, and it should be able to reach a very wide audience on the streaming platform. Do not miss it.

2. “Punch-Drunk Love” (available July 1)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s lauded 2002 romantic dramedy features Adam Sandler in one of his few “hey, this guy can really act!” roles and includes some of the auteur’s most indelible shots and richest observations about life and love. It’s a modern classic, and now it can be piped right into your home. I’m lookin’ at your Netflix queue and I just wanna smash it. I just wanna fuckin’ smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze it. It’s so pretty.

3. “Chasing Coral” (available July 14)

Jeff Orlowski won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year for his newest feature, a stunning documentary about the fight to protect coral reefs from becoming extinct. Featuring breathtaking and distressing underwater footage, the movie puts into perspective just how endangered coral reefs are and tracks the effort to save them.

4. “Lion” (available July 9)

This heart-wrenching true story was an awards season juggernaut earlier this year, featuring stellar turns from Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Based on the unbelievable life of young Saroo Brierley, the feature follows his separation from his family and his startling trip back to them many years later, aided by — for real — Google Maps and his own indomitable heart. Bring tissues.

5. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (available July 18)

The very first standalone “Star Wars” spinoff follows a motley crew of rogues, criminals, rebels, and scallawags as they attempt to steal the plans to the monstrous Death Star in a bid to really just totally stick it to the Empire and Darth Vader. Knowing how it ends — they get them! and…some other stuff, too! — doesn’t dilute its tension and creativity, and it features a banger of an ensemble cast. Let this one tide you over before the next entry in the rapidly expanding movie universe.

6. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (available July 1)

The early part of the month is heavy on kid-leaning classics, from “Free Willy” to “The Mighty Ducks,” but it’s hard to top the potency of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic. Gather the whole family around the TV and get heavy on the Reese’s Pieces, and enjoy one of the best films ever made about childhood, friendship, and letting go.

Here are the rest of the incoming films for this July:

Available July 1


Free Willy

Disney’s The Mighty Ducks

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

The Truth Is in the Stars

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion

Liar’s Dice

Boat Trip

Mixed Signals



Unriddle II



The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Last Night

Out of Thin Air

The Longest Yard

Jackass: Number Two

Punch-Drunk Love

Are We There Yet?

Are We Done Yet?

The Land Before Time Dad

The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure

The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving

Here Alone

Spawn: The Movie

Code Name: The Cleaner

The Astronaut Farmer

Best in Show

Proof of Life

Matchstick Men

Taking Lives

Police Academy

Available July 3

Diamond Cartel

Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story

Available July 6

Speech & Debate

The Void


Available July 7

1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)

Available July 8

Bad Santa 2

Horse Dancer

Available July 9


Available July 14

To the Bone, Netflix Original

Chasing Coral, Netflix Original

Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, Netflix Original

Available July 17

Uncertain Glory

A Cowgirl’s Story

Available July 18

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Available July 22

Railroad Tigers

Available July 24


Available July 28

The Incredible Jessica James, Netflix Original

Available July 31

After The Reality


Dark Night

Taking Earth

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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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Ridley Scott and Natalie Portman to Partner for Kidnapping Drama ‘All the Money in the World’

I envy those true-blue Ridley Scott fans who anticipate each of his features and find auteurist interest in all — Robin Hood a worthy companion to Matchstick Men, Exodus nothing to dismiss, etc. They get a new title practically every year! Just two months before Alien: Covenant, the director’s looking to helm All the Money in the World, a David Scarpa-scripted, true-crime kidnapping drama that has the backing of Sony Pictures.

Oh, and Natalie Portman‘s probably going to be onboard, assuming ongoing negotiations really click into place, reports Deadline. The role, originally an attraction for Angelina Jolie, is Gail Harris, a woman whose son, John Paul Getty III, was kidnapped in 1973 and held for a $17 million ransom. The drama largely centers on her attempts to get the boy’s grandfather, John Paul Getty Sr, to pay the ransom — perhaps easy enough, since he was possibly then the world’s richest man,
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Sam Rockwell Joins Chris Messina, Lily Rabe in Dramedy ‘We’re Just Married’ (Exclusive)

Sam Rockwell Joins Chris Messina, Lily Rabe in Dramedy ‘We’re Just Married’ (Exclusive)
Sam Rockwell has joined Lily Rabe and Chris Messina as the lead in the dramedy “We’re Just Married,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The Exchange has acquired international rights for the movie and will launch sales this week at the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival. Wme global is handling U.S. rights.

“We’re Just Married” will be directed by Rodrigo Garcia (“Blue”) and produced by Lily Rabe and Bettina Barrow. Garcia will direct from an original screenplay by David Rabe (“The Firm”).

The movie is set at the beginning of the 1970s and follows a suburban wife who ends her marriage after having an affair with her neighbor, wreaking havoc on a quiet cul-de-sac.

“We are very excited to have Sam Rockwell as one of the leads in ‘We’re Just Married,'” said The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “His large body of work in
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Ridley Scott to Receive Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Ridley Scott to Receive Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Ridley Scott will receive the Directors Guild of America’s top honor, the lifetime achievement award for distinguished achievement in motion picture direction.

“Masterful in any genre, Ridley’s groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts have brought to life some of the most memorable films of our time, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and captivating the hearts and minds of audiences around the world,” said DGA President Paris Barclay.

“Stunning visuals, immersive worlds, and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work, which ranges from ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Thelma & Louise,’ to ‘Gladiator,’ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and, most recently, ‘The Martian,'” Barclay continued. “Over the course of four decades, his trailblazing career has demonstrated the impact and importance of the director’s singular vision. For these reasons, and so many more, we are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in feature film to Ridley Scott.”


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New to Streaming: FilmStruck, ‘The Terrorizers,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Tickled,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Anthropoid (Sean Ellis)

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Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor

Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor
Director-producer Ridley Scott will receive the 30th American Cinematheque award.

The presentation will take place on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.

Scott received Academy Award director nominations for “Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator” and “Thelma and Louise.” Othe directing credits include “Alien,” “Black Rain,” “Blade Runner,” “The Duelists,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “G.I. Jane,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Legend,” “The Martian,” “Matchstick Men,” “Prometheus,” “Robin Hood,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “White Squall.”

The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ridley Scott as the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture.”

“From his first feature, ‘The Duelists,’ to his most recent, ‘The Martian,’ the films of Ridley Scott have combined keenly observed humanity with dazzling state-of-the-art effects and design in
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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Crimson Peak,’ ’99 Homes,’ ‘Whiplash,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)

Ramin Bahrani made a name for himself with three independent films over the last decade, focusing on humanity’s daily struggles, reinvented foreign lives in America, and a fundamental sense of decency. With 2012’s At Any Price and this year’s 99 Homes, Bahrani has twice returned to the festival that launched his career, presenting the evolution of those themes. Not coincidentally, the worst years of the financial crisis stand between his acclaimed Goodbye, Solo and the tepidly received 2012 picture,
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