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John Waters Annual Top Ten List

by Nathaniel R

Everyone's favorite weirdo kitsch and camp-loving auteur has released his annual top ten list. Though we really wish he'd make one last movie (A Dirty Shame was a weird thing to end on 13 years ago!) at least he's still with us as a cultural voice. His lists are always so fun to read because they're reliably eclectic with a little bit of every type of movie and usually one thing we've never heard of (this time that's I, Olga Hepnarova... a black and white docudrama about a chainsmoking lesbian in Prague). Topping his 2017 list is Edgar Wright's Baby Driver. He writes:

The best movie of the year is a popcorn thriller, an art film, and a gearhead classic that grossed over $100 million. It deserved to! Watching the star turn of Ansel Elgort was like seeing John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever for the first time.

And
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Camp John Waters Invites You to Sing Karaoke and Play Bloody Mary Bingo With the ‘Pink Flamingos’ Director

Camp John Waters Invites You to Sing Karaoke and Play Bloody Mary Bingo With the ‘Pink Flamingos’ Director
Never change, John Waters. The singular writer/director — whose 71st birthday it happens to be today — has announced the weekend-long Camp John Waters, an “adult summer camp” being held in Kent, Connecticut from September 22-24. Tickets aren’t cheap (they range from $499-$599), but they do prove a unique opportunity to spend three days with the man responsible for “Pink Flamingos” and other divine oddities.

Read More: ‘Feud’: John Waters on Becoming William Castle and His Love of Great Gimmicks

In addition to traditional summer-camp activities, the one-of-a-kind event will also entail watching not only Waters’ movies but also his one-man show, performing karaoke to “Hairspray,” playing Bloody Mary Bingo and enjoying scotch and cigars — which is to say, exactly the kind of wholesome pastimes you’d expect of the “Cry-Baby” and “Multiple Maniacs” director.

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Criterion Collection: Multiple Maniacs | Blu-ray Review

Since the possibility of a new John Waters feature now seems unlikely (considering his last film was 2003’s A Dirty Shame), it’s with colossal excitement to rediscover the boundary pushing filmmaker’s previously obscure 1970 sophomore feature, Multiple Maniacs, a black and white assault on the senses which predates his garish and still formidable 1972 breakout, Pink Flamingos.

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Stock Up On Pussywillows, Serial Mom Is Coming To Blu-ray From Scream Factory This Spring!

Cult film legend John Waters sure knows how to keep his profile up. While it's been a torturously long 12 years since his last feature, A Dirty Shame, Waters has hopped back on the radar with a high profile restoration and re-release of his underground classic Multiple Maniacs from the Criterion Collection next month and now the surprise announcement that Scream Factory will be tackling his hilarious homicidal homemaker flick, Serial Mom. The brand new Blu-ray will be the first time the film has been released on the format in the Us, though several overseas versions already exist. Scream Factory plans to go above and beyond to make their edition of Serial Mom definitive version with loads of bonus material including a new fascinating sounding...

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John Waters’ Serial Mom Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

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You don’t dare cross Beverly Sutphin… Scream Factory has a special treat in store for John Waters fans, as they have announced a new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of 1994’s Serial Mom that will make its North American Blu-ray debut this May, including a new conversation with Waters himself.

Press Release: If you are ill-mannered, have a poor sense of social etiquette or just plain irresponsible, then beware of the cheerfully psychotic housewife Beverly Sutphin from John Waters’ wickedly hilarious cult classic, Serial Mom. She will stop at nothing to rid of anyone failing to live up to her moral code! Starring Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone) as Beverly Sutphin, Sam Waterston (Grace and Frankie) and Ricki Lake (Hairspray), writer-director and pop culture icon John Waters puts a twist on the everyday mediocrity of suburban life in this outrageous dark comedy brimming with his unique brand of perverse humor and high camp.
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‘Hairspray’ Writer-Director John Waters to Be Honored by Writers Guild East

‘Hairspray’ Writer-Director John Waters to Be Honored by Writers Guild East
John Waters, writer-director of “Pink Flamingos” and the original “Hairspray,” has been selected by the Writers Guild of America East to receive its Ian McLellan Hunter Award to honor his body of work.

Waters will be honored at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, to be held at New York’s Edison Ballroom on Feb. 19. The Ian McLellan Hunter Award was established in 1992.

“Decades ago, a critic once wrote that my screenplays ‘were merely clotheslines to hang out my dirty wash,'” Waters said. “I’m glad the Wgae disagrees — or maybe they Do agree, who knows? Either way, I couldn’t be more honored and excited to get this award.”

David Simon will present the award. Simon was previously honored with the Hunter Award for his work on “The Wire,” “Treme,” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

“The metropolis of Baltimore, Maryland contains multitudes: The stolid rowhouse folk of Mencken’s
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John Waters on Restored 'Multiple Maniacs': A 'Movie to Scare Hippies'

John Waters on Restored 'Multiple Maniacs': A 'Movie to Scare Hippies'
"It's even weirder now than it ever was," John Waters says, reflecting on his newly restored, resplendently profane Multiple Maniacs. "When I was watching it again recently, I was thinking, 'No wonder my parents were uptight.' But I'm proud of it."

The Pope of Trash's 1970 feature stars his greatest muse, the raunchy drag queen Divine, as the ringleader of a homicidal sideshow called the Cavalcade of Perversion that sets up camp in — of course — Baltimore. Vulgarity ensues. The poster for the theatrical re-release, restored from film the director had kept in his closet,
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John Waters on ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ His Favorite Filmmakers & Why He Hasn’t Directed in More Than a Decade

John Waters on ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ His Favorite Filmmakers & Why He Hasn’t Directed in More Than a Decade
John Waters has made 16 films over the course of his nearly 50-year career, one of which has remained elusive for years: 1970’s “Multiple Maniacs.” Janus Films recently restored the cult icon’s second feature, and Waters spoke to us about the film’s re-release, the filmmakers of today he most admires and why he hasn’t directed in more than 10 years.

There’s a funny coincidence because our TV team is at the TCAs. NBC is promoting “Hairspray Live” as part of their upfronts. It’s like Must See TV for the Whole Family. Meanwhile, your “Multiple Maniacs” restoration is going to promote rosary jobs for a whole new generation. Is this your idea of a balanced life?

It is, because I felt the same thing. I did in June a thing with the Baltimore Symphony, where they do “Hairspray,” and I’m sort of like Victor Borge and I
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John Waters Includes ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Fury Road’ & Gaspar Noé’s ‘Love’ On His Top 10 Of 2015

It’s been a long time since we had a film from John Waters —the “Hairspray” and “Pink Flamingos” helmer hasn’t made a movie since 2004’s “A Dirty Shame.” But the polymathic pope of bad taste has remained an active presence in pop culture since, with his book “Carsick” being published just last year. He certainly keeps up with cinema, publishing an annual, always idiosyncratic Top 10 list. In recent years, he’s named films as seemingly disparate as Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea” and David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars” as his favorites, and his 2015 list, revealed today on Artforum, is full of surprises as ever. Waters includes blockbusters, including “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” (the latter in the second position, saying he “fucking loves this Disney film”), awards pictures like “Carol,” acclaimed indies like “The Diary Of A Teenage Girl” and “Tangerine,
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Addicted | Review

A Dirty Shame: Woodruff’s Erotic Fiction Adaptation Flatlines

Demurely arriving before the anticipated film version of E.L. James’ erotic fiction nonsense Fifty Shades of Grey comes the first adaptation of Zane’s 2001 novel, Addicted. Having had well over a decade to build her fan base, it’s surprising that it has taken so long for such a reality to transpire, though marketing for the title has been curiously slim considering Bille Woodruff is at the helm. Distributed by Lionsgate boutique division Codeblack, the film wasn’t screened for critics, which isn’t generally a vote of confidence. While those who know and appreciate Zane’s work, including a fan base that would appear to be mostly made up of heterosexual black women, will be curious to experience Woodruff’s film version, the only point it proves is that silliness knows no racial bounds.

Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) is a woman in trouble,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Little Death’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Little Death’
Four couples and their various kinky proclivities prove less intriguing than you might expect in “The Little Death,” a more sitcomish than subversive writing-directing debut from Australian actor Josh Lawson. Tracing a series of loosely connected sexcapades unfolding in and around the same suburb, , apart from one magically inspired final episode that explores the fascinating possibilities of phone sex for the deaf. The well-cast effort opens Sept. 25 in Oz, following its international launch at Toronto, and despite the somewhat uncomfortable use of rape as a plot device, the film’s verbally and visually tame approach might help it find some limited action offshore.

As demonstrated by John Waters’ much more crudely assaultive sex comedy “A Dirty Shame” (2004), the possibility that your neighbors are harboring all manner of disturbing fetishes is not automatically grounds for nonstop hilarity. Still, Lawson is clearly aiming for a milder, more intimate and dialogue-driven brand of
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John Waters Looks Back: 'I Was Worse Than Ed Wood'

John Waters Looks Back: 'I Was Worse Than Ed Wood'
"In the early days, people seemed to believe that we were the people in Pink Flamingos, that we lived in a trailer and ate dog shit," John Waters says. "And we really weren't, obviously. We'd be in prison if we were. But it was a good reaction. It meant the movie worked."

For the past half a century, the Baltimore-born filmmaker and his pencil mustache have gleefully stood at the vanguard of vulgarity in cinema. Movies like his 1970 freak show Multiple Maniacs and his 1972 offering Pink Flamingos nauseated audiences when
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John Waters Names Spring Breakers Top Film Of 2013

Veteran filmmaker John Waters might be semi-retired from directing. After all, the 67-year-old filmmaker last stepped behind the camera in 2004 for A Dirty Shame. Still, Waters continued to make his shock presence felt throughout the film landscape as an actor (Seed of Chucky), a narrator (In the Land of Merry Misfits) and documentary subject (This Film Is Not Yet Rated). Waters also continued to work as film journalist contributing his Top Ten Film list to Artforum magazine. Waters chose Harmony Korine’s sexy crime drama Spring Breakers, starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as college girls who turn into thieves over spring break, as his favorite film of 2013.
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John Waters: 'Doing the show is an effective anti-Alzheimer's exercise'

The film-maker talks about hitchhiking, his one-man show in Liverpool – and what his parents thought of Pink Flamingos

William Burroughs called the film director John Waters "the pope of trash". Waters, 67, was born, raised and still lives in Baltimore, Maryland where his close friend Divine, whom he made a star, also grew up. Waters's best-known movies include Pink Flamingos (in which Divine ate dog faeces), Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby and Serial Mom. He is also a writer, artist and art collector and will perform his one-man show, This Filthy World – about film, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films and "fashion lunacy" – at this year's Homotopia arts festival in Liverpool. Waters is writing a book about hitchhiking across America last year.

How was the road trip?

I hitchhiked from my front door in Baltimore to my flat in San Francisco. I last hitchhiked when I was 16. It's a bit different when you're 66. Before,
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InDepth InterView: John Waters Talks Hairspray: In Concert, Hairspray 2, Favorite Movie Musicals & More

Today we are talking to the proud Pope Of Trash himself - the iconic writerdirector of such seminal cinematic entries as cult classics Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom, Cecil B. Demented, A Dirty Shame and many more - the one and only John Waters. Packing a characteristically caustic conversation into a relatively brief time slot was no trouble for Waters, for he and I cover a wide range of topics, from his favorite 2012 films to his all-time favorite movie musicals and much more. Most importantly, Waters discusses his process in adapting the hit Tony Award-winning stage property Hairspray into concert form and what we can expect from his newly-penned narration and role as narrator in the live Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presentation of Hairspray In Concert on January 24. Additionally, Waters expounds on his experiences creating the original Hairspray film and how it compares to both its musical sister,
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2012 Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

The 11th annual Lausanne Underground Film Festival is packed to the gills with outrageous cinema from all over the world, featuring several filmmaker retrospectives and movies screening in competition at several locations on Oct. 17-21.

The big guest of honor this year is the legendary John Waters, who will be attending the fest with several of his own classics, such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living, as well as showing some of his favorite B-movie inspirations, such as William Girdler’s blaxploitation demonic possession flick Abby, Armando Bo’s Argentinian sexploitation Fuego, Robinson Devor’s controversial bestiality doc Zoo and more. Plus, Waters will perform his acclaimed “This Filthy World” one-man show.

Other Luff special guests include Christoph Schlingensief, the confrontational German filmmaker of 100 Years of Adolf Hitler, The German Chainsaw Massacre, The 120 Days of Bottrop and more; Richard Stanley, the South African genre filmmaker of the cult
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Daniel Radcliffe to play Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe has found his next starring role after The Woman in Black. Twitch is reporting that the Harry Potter star is set to play beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. He is currently starring in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, but will start this project after the show wraps on Broadway.

The thriller from writer-director John Krokidas is based on actual events. The story revolves “around the relationship between Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr. Carr, for his part, is credited for connecting Ginsberg, Kerouac and William S Burroughs but, most notoriously, served time for the 1944 murder of his lover David Kammerer.”

This project has been in development since 2009 when Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, A Dirty Shame) was set to produce. At the time the film was set to star Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Whishaw as Kerouac,
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Shark Night 3D,’ ‘A Good Old Fashioned Orgy’ & ‘The Debt’ Alternatives

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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile movies streaming online via Netflix Instant Watch. This week we look at alternatives to A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Shark Night 3D & The Debt.

This week theaters strive to scintillate with sharks, spies and sex! Can’t get enough of monstrous sea-beasts, captivating thrillers, and over-sexed comedians? Well we’ve got you covered with a bevvy of titles sure to delight and disturb!

A group of thirtysomethings celebrate the end of summer with an orgy. Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Nick Kroll, Will Forte and Martin Starr star.

You like a little kink with your comedy?

Party Down (2009) Yup. I’m recommending Party Down again. Besides being one of the best comedy series of the last decade, this short-lived sitcom also starred Martin Starr and had an orgy themed episode in season 2. Also streaming is that episode’s inspiration,
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Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt Join Untitled Todd Rohal Comedy

Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt Join Untitled Todd Rohal Comedy
Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt have signed on to co-star in Todd Rohal 's latest, an outlandish yet poignant comedy about a pair of battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a last ditch camping trip that goes wildly wrong. The film marks the first time comedic foils Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt will be sharing the big screen. Joining the team for the ensemble comedy are Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney & Patrice O'Neal.&#8232

The still untitled film is written and will be directed by emerging comedic auteur Todd Rohal, hot on the heels of the Sundance success of his second feature film, The Catechism Cataclysm. The film, which is loosely based on Todd Rohal's experiences growing up, begins production this week.&#8232

The film is being financed by Marc Turtletaub 's and Peter Saraf 's Big Beach Films. Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf
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30 Movie Posters That Really Blatantly Emphasize Boobs

If there’s one iron-clad rule in marketing, movies or otherwise, it’s “Sex Sells.” If there is another ironer-cladder rule in marketing, it’s “People Notice Boobs.” Or to take the advice one step further, “Boobs boobs boobs.” You are now all licensed postermakers. The new sideboob poster for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s show Ringer got me thinking (first about boobs and then) “What are the all-time most blatant uses of boobs in posters?” From posters entirely centered around the lead actresses’ cleavage to subtler posters that still go out of their way to make sure those boobs are clearly noticeable, here’s a list of The 30 Most Blatant Uses Of Boobs In Movie Posters: 1. Cruel Intentions 2. Romance And Cigarettes 3. L.A. Confidential 4. I Know What You Did Last Summer 5. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 6. Bandidas 7. Step Up 8. Step Up 2 9. Blue Crush 10. Beowulf 11. Tomb Raider 12. Tomb Raider
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