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Today in Movie Culture: 'A Quiet Place' as a Musical, 'Black Panther' Wakanda Tourism Ad and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Musical Parodies of the Day: James Corden is joined by Dan Stevens and Audra McDonald for unlikely musical versions of Taxi DriverThe Shape of Water and A Quiet Place in this bit for The Late Late Show:   Actor in the Spotlight: For Fandor, Jacob T. Swinney showcases the career of Solo: A Star Wars Story co-star Woody Harrelson:   Supercut of the Day: Also in honor of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Birth.Movies.Death shares a supercut of the most notable rogues in cinema:   Cosplay of the Day: These kids dressed up as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Starscream are the most adorable Transformers cosplayers of...
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Exclusive Interview – Danny Huston on All I See Is You

Paul Risker chats with Danny Huston about All I See Is You

“I thought that using a visual medium like film to explore what sight is was a fascinating subject matter” explains actor Danny Huston of psychological thriller All I See Is You. Directed and written by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace and World War Z), the film centres on Gina (Blake Lively) and husband James (Jason Clarke), who have an almost perfect marriage. Blinded as a child in a near fatal car accident, she constructs a visualisation in her imagination by way of James’s descriptions of the world. This only deepens their passionate relationship, but when doctor Hughes (Danny Huston) performs a corneal transplant restoring Gina’s sight, her new found independence sees a transformation that threatens her once near perfect marriage.

Huston spoke with Flickering Myth about his unintentional career,
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Interview: Danny Huston For ‘All I See Is You’

All I See Is You is an intriguing psychological thriller out to own, starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. Lively plays Gina, a young blind woman whose life and indeed character changes forever when her sight is restored.

Versatile star and Hollywood royalty Danny Huston is Doctor Hughes, the man who sets the film’s intense chain of events in motion. Huston has played villains in varied offerings such as 30 Days Of Night and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as well as Orson Welles in the mystery Fade To Black. We sat down to discuss the making of a movie with more Pov than most…

Thn: Tell us about what brought you to the project and a bit about your character.

Danny Huston: Marc Forster (director) is someone I’ve known since we were starting our careers and I was delighted to be a part of it. What I liked about
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John Hyams Says Maniac Cop Remake Is Still Happening

For those holding out hope for that Maniac Cop remake, you’re in luck. According to director John Hyams, it’s still happening – you just need to be patient.

That’s the latest update on the pic, which comes to us from Birth.Movies.Death., who spoke to the filmmaker and asked him where things were at with the long-gestating project. And we do mean long-gestating. After all, talk of a remake first sprung up back in 2015, when the Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning helmer signed on to direct with Nicolas Winding Refn attached to produce.

Late last year, however, it seemed that things might not go ahead anymore, as writer Larry Cohen – who penned the original – told Birth.Movies.Death the following:

As far as I know, that’s not happening anymore, and if it is, they might be trying to keep it a secret, as they’d owe
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‘The Shape Of Water’ Featurette: Alexandre Desplat Breaks Down His Oscar Nominated Score [Exclusive]

There are several ingredients that swirl into something truly magical in Guillermo del Toro‘s “The Shape Of Water.” There’s the gallery of strong performances from Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg, the gorgeous production design, the dazzling visual effects, and threading it all together, the wondrous, Oscar nominated score by Alexandre Desplat. The composer, who already has a trophy on his shelf for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” has done it all from monster movie “Godzilla” to Jonathan Glazer‘s intimate “Birth,” and with “The Shape Of Water” he once again displays the tremendous talent that makes him one of the most sought after names in the industry.
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Former Halloween Actress Danielle Harris Still Hopeful For Jamie’s Return

Danielle Harris is none too pleased about David Gordan Green’s decision to retcon her Jamie Lloyd (and Annie Brackett!) out of the Halloween series.

Early last month, the series veteran – Harris has notched four appearances opposite the relentless Michael Myers – posted a frank assessment of 2018’s hotly-anticipated reboot, which is expected to ignore all other instalments save for John Carpenter’s iconic, spine-chilling original.

Currently out promoting Inoperable, Danielle Harris has now offered more thoughts on Jamie Llyod being left out in the cold, and why she’s still hopeful that her fan-favorite will make a return in the not-so-distant future – you know, providing Green’s revival isn’t remember as the final Halloween.

Here’s what the actress had to say to Birth.Movies.Death:

They keep saying this is Halloween 3 and they’re never going to make another one. But somewhere along the way, if they make
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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” what is Nicole Kidman’s greatest performance?

Vadim Rizov (@VRizov), Filmmaker Magazine

I don’t know about “best” — I haven’t seen an embarrassing chunk of what are considered her most significant roles, and I’m weak on understanding acting — but the performance that sticks most in my mind (quite possibly because I saw it at impressionable high school age) is “Dogville.” Kidman is spookily withdrawn, like an observer alien in a human body dropped into a moral wasteland which she attempts to navigate with understanding and decorum until finally it’s just too much. As in “Birth,
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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Horror Highlights: Burning Witches Records’ Halloween Mixtape, Ghost Witch, Kill Or Be Killed

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Burning Witches Records has a new Halloween mixtape cooking in the cauldron for a good cause, and we have details on the fundraising cassette and digital release for the World Wildlife Foundation in today's Horror Highlights, as well as home media release details for Ghost Witch and Kill or Be Killed.

Halloween Cassette Fundraiser for World Wildlife Federation: On Cassette Store Day, October 14th, Burning Witches Records will release Witches' Halloween Brew, a 19-song collection on cassette and digital featuring a wide range of synth-centric composers. Sequenced by Mondo/Death Waltz's Spencer Hickman and featuring artwork by Kimberley Holladay, profits from the collection will go to the World Wildlife Foundation. In addition to the digital release on Burning Witches' Bandcamp page, the album will be released on three cassette variants (see below) limited to 75 apiece. Here's the official track list (via Vehlinggo.com):

Xander Harris – “Burn Slow
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‘The Shape of Water’ Review: Guillermo del Toro Crafts an Immersive, Enchanting Supernatural Romance

It is not outside the realm of fair judgment to suggest that Guillermo del Toro has been a little off the boil in recent years. Over-scheduling can do that, even to the best of us, but The Shape of Water, an unconventional love story — with a generous dash of the supernatural — set in a dreamy 1950s United States and featuring knockout performances from Michael Shannon and Sally Hawkins, does represent a clear return to form. This is bolstered to no small degree by the fact that it is, in essence, a fairytale and the singular Mexican director — along with his physically-gifted performer Doug Jones — has always been at his most punky and creatively audacious when working in the confines (or lack thereof) of that particular genre. As his enchanting, imaginative latest film proves, it’s great to have him back.

Hawkins plays Eliza Esposito (a name with significant weight given
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The Incredible Linking Man

• The Cut "I'm rooting for the Lannisters" fun piece on Game of Thrones (which I still read about on occasion even though I haven't watched since season 2)

• /Film Guillermo del Toro's official tequila looks like it's from one of his movies

• Vulture every Charlize Theron performance ranked. Interesting list though I quibble with the order (as they seem to equate the quality of the movies with the quality of her performance and Theron is precisely the star she is because she is often able to be good even in terrible pictures). Also Young Adult should be #1

• Playbill all star cast lined up for Steve Martin's next Broadway show (after his musical Bright Star), this one's a comedy called Meteor Shower

• Browbeat the internet goes wild for old Russ Tamblyn dancing clip from 1956

• Tracking Board Nicole Kidman is in talks to headline a crime thriller called Destroyer directed by Karyn Kusama.
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The directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade

Tom Jolliffe on the directors who can take cinema forward over the next decade…

There’s a cinematic crossroads on the horizon. As the market gets swallowed up by a core consumer taste leaning toward spandex and radioactive arachnid bites, there’s a need for modern thinking, engaging directors to offer something different. After all, there’s only so long the Marvel cow can be milked. It will dry out. It’s the way of things. Studios now bank on billion dollar returns. These seem safe bets now, but for how long? Ultimately it will become a huge gamble.

We’re still seeing interesting film-makers doing their best to re-invigorate or subvert genres. Edgar Wright just smashed it out of the park with Baby Driver. There was a degree of hyperbole about marking him as a cinematic master (until he improves his depiction of women in films, that may allude
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PQube to unleash ‘Under Night In-birth Exe:Late[st]‘ in Europe!

PQube have announced that they will be releasing the critically acclaimed fighting game by Arc System Works and French Bread, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], in European territories, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, in 2017! Widely considered the missing link between traditional 2D fighter gameplay and the over-the-top craziness of ‘anime’ fighters, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is the new fighting game by developer French Bread, creators of Melty Blood, the cult-classic fighting game that’s been a staple of Japanese arcades for years.

Under-night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] takes place in a fictional modern-day Japan, where a mysterious event called Hollow Night occurs on a monthly basis. During the Hollow Night, shadowy creatures called Voids appear and attack innocent people. Survivors of these attacks sometimes develop special abilities and become known as an In-Birth. The game follows a young man named Hyde, a survivor of one of these attacks,
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THR Felicity Jones replaces Portman in a Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic

Vox How Tom Holland's dance training makes him a fresh Spider-Man

La Times talks to 18 funny black actresses about their comic careers

Vulture Revenge of the Twink as slimmer male stars finally start getting action roles -- a nice switch over from the steroid set. For now at least

Pajiba five reasons why HBO's proposed Confederate series, from the guys behind Game of Thrones, is a terrible, disappointing, irresponsible idea

Vulture Bilge Elbiri ranks all of Christopher Nolan's movies. The new one, Dunkirk, is #1

IndieWire David Ehrlich ranks all of Luc Besson's movies so you don't have to. The new one, Valerian, is #6

My New Plaid Pants honors the current social media exhibitionistic streak of Zachary Quinto and his boyfriend

Playlist Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Under the Skin) working on his next film already. Yaaas!

Den of
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‘Under The Skin’ Visionary Jonathan Glazer Has Finished Writing His Next Movie

‘Under The Skin’ Visionary Jonathan Glazer Has Finished Writing His Next Movie
English director Jonathan Glazer has been a feature filmmaker since 2000, but he’s only made three movies in 17 years: Breakout debut “Sexy Beast,” the criminally overlooked Nicole Kidman psychodrama “Birth” and the modern classic “Under The Skin.” 9 years separated the releases of his last two movies, so many of us have been worried that it would be another decade until Glazer delivered a follow-up to 2014’s “Under The Skin,” but it appears we won’t have to wait that long after all.

Read More: Why Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’ Took a Decade to Make

Speaking to the Nottingham Post (via The Playlist) after picking up his honorary doctorate from Nottingham Trent, Glazer revealed he is starting pre-production on his new movie after working on the script for the past year. The screenplay is finished and will mark his first solo outing as a writer. Glazer co-wrote “Under The Skin
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NBA Star J.R. Smith and Wife Jewel Take Daughter Dakota Home After Premature Birth: Pics!

Best homecoming ever! J.R. Smith took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce some exciting news. The NBA star’s daughter, Dakota, who was born five months prematurely, finally went home with her ecstatic parents.

Related: NBA Star J.R. Smith's Premature Daughter Has Breathing Tube Removed

“We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!!” Smith captioned a series of Instagram posts, holding his wife Jewel Harris’ hand as they pushed their infant daughter in a stroller out of the hospital.

The 31-year-old basketball pro went on to praise the staff for their support over the past few months, writing, “Thank you so much to our extended family at the #Nicu You all are truly the Worlds Greatest! @jewey808 back to #TeamNoSleep #KotasHome.”

Baby Kota was born back in January as her concerned parents reached out asking for prayers on social media. The couple posted an emotional video together explaining what happened.

Related: NBA Star
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Cannes Review: With ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ Yorgos Lanthimos Comes to America and Makes the Scariest Movie of His Life

Cannes Review: With ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ Yorgos Lanthimos Comes to America and Makes the Scariest Movie of His Life
The most reflexive knock against the mordantly debased films of Yorgos Lanthimos is that they don’t seem to make any sense. If that criticism holds any water, it’s only because sense is the very thing that all of Lanthimos’ characters are trying to make for themselves — his movies can’t afford to manufacture it for them.

That has always been the case for the singular Greek auteur, whose body of work is distinguished by a hilariously masochistic flair for deadpan debauchery, but whose stories are more fundamentally bound by their shared obsession with striking a harmony of some kind between logic and emotion. Not even “Star Trek” is so preoccupied with finding that equilibrium.

In “Dogtooth,” an overprotective couple keep their adult children in a fenced-off compound, inventing a complicated mythos of symbols and signs so that their kids don’t question the fairy tale that holds them hostage.
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The Best Opening Credit Sequences In Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Opening Credit Sequences In Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Inspired by Baby Groot’s “Mr. Blue Sky” dance sequence at the beginning of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” what movie has the best opening credits sequence?

April Wolfe (@awolfeful), La Weekly

Hands down, it’s R.W. Fassbinder’s “The Marriage of Maria Braun.” I watch the opening sequence at least three times a year and show it to every filmmaker I can. I love any film that begins with a bang, and this one does quite literally: We open up on an explosion that rips out a hunk of brick wall, exposing a German couple in the middle of a rushed marriage ceremony.
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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