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‘Unbelievable’: Danielle Macdonald Joins Netflix Limited Series

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‘Unbelievable’: Danielle Macdonald Joins Netflix Limited Series
Patti Cake$ star Danielle Macdonald has been cast opposite Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever in Unbelievable, an eight-episode Netflix limited series from Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios, studio-based producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly and Katie Couric.

Co-written by Grant, who will serve as showrunner, Michael Chabon (John Carter) & Ayelet Waldman (Applebaum), Unbelievable is based on The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the “This American Life” radio episode about the same case, “Anatomy of Doubt.” It tells the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.

Details of Macdonald’s character are not being revealed.

Grant, Chabon, Waldman, Timberman, Beverly and Couric executive produce.
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Are franchise blockbusters too big to fail?

Anghus Houvouras on whether franchise blockbusters are too big to fail…

Sequels, prequels and reboots. Hollywood is in love with the familiar because more often than not it’s a safe bet. This year’s monumental blockbuster clusterfuck Justice League is proof of that. Can you think of a big studio film more maligned? More inherently flawed at a fundamental level? It was the product of short-term thinking and absolutely baffling choices from a studio realizing a creative vision can’t be hacked and slashed into existence.

And yet, in spite of a long laundry list of poor decisions and questionable calls, Justice League will end up losing around $100 million. In comparison, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is projected to lose almost $150 million. Justice League wasn’t just an unmitigated disaster. It was a franchise stress test. Proof that these familiar characters are the safest bet in blockbuster cinema.
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Turkeys

Each year the film industry sacrifices one of its blockbusters to the movie gods, in the hope that its other releases will be spared the vicious lash of mass opprobrium. This year the designated victim was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Critics spotted Luc Besson’s space opera on the horizon, sensed weakness, singled it out from the big budget herd, and moved in for the kill, savaging it as, “a stinker”, “a travesty of storytelling” and, “one of the worst films I have ever seen”. Social media gleefully swooped on the carcass to declare it the year’s biggest Doa turkey. And all this before the public had even had a chance to see it.

Rotten Tomatoes gave Valerian a 49% rating, but looking at the site’s reviews round-up (something I do only when writing a piece like this), I’m struck now by how many
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Intense New Trailer for Waco with Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon

This upcoming six-part series Waco being developed by Paramount Network looks really good. We've got an intense new trailer for you to watch today that gives us a better look at the series and the story that it will tell.

The series will tell the true story of the standoff between the FBI, Atf, and Texas state law enforcement and the Branch Davidians cult. The siege lasted 51 days and by the time it was over, 76 people were killed including the cult's leader David Koresh. The whole thing started when the group was suspected of weapons violations. When the Atf attempted to raid the ranch, all hell broke loose.

The series has a great cast that includes Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, John Carter) in the role of David Koresh and he is joined by Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Melissa Benoist, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim,
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Horror Highlights: Terror Threads’ Halloween Shirts, Kaleidoscope, Ghost Box, My Little Sister, Apocalypse Streaming Service, Beneath Us, Rusty Revolver, New Horror Books

Sad that the Halloween season is over already? Have no fear, it has been extended! Check out the new Halloween shirts revealed by Terror Threads that get this edition of Horror Highlights rolling. Also: Kaleidoscope release details and trailer, Ghost Box short story collection edited by Patton Oswalt, a clip and trailer for My Little Sister, TV4 Entertainment and The Asylum's new Apocalypse streaming service, Beneath Us acquisition details, info on the new comic Rusty Revolver, and info on Christopher Michael Carter's new horror novels.

New Halloween Shirts from Terror Threads: Press Release: "Death has come to your little town! Terror Threads celebrates the night he came home with a collection of John Carpenter's Halloween apparel.

A whopping 16 exclusive, officially-licensed Halloween shirts are for sale, ranging from newly commissioned artwork to vintage production stills turned into unique shirt designs.

Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, Dr. Loomis, the Myers house, and more
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First Look: Social-Horror Beneath Us From Exec Producer Jay Hernandez Gets Poster and Stills

Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired worldwide rights to horror thriller Beneath Us starring Lynn Collins (John Carter, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and James Tupper (HBO’s “Pretty Little Lies”). The film seems to be a social thriller in the vein of Jordan… Continue Reading →

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First look at the timely horror ‘Beneath Us’

Los Angeles-based sales, production and financing company Premiere Entertainment Group, have acquired the worldwide rights to horror thriller Beneath Us which stars Lynn Collins (John Carter, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and James Tupper (HBO’s Pretty Little Lies).

Beneath Us follows a group of undocumented workers who are hired by an affluent woman (Collins) and her husband (Tupper) to work on their house, but the workers immediately sense something isn’t right with their employers and become trapped inside the home.

Written and directed by Max Pachman. Mark Mavrothalasitis shares writing credit. Producing are Luis Guerrero and Chris Lemos for Vital Pictures (Armored). Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad) serves as executive producer, and William Knochel as co-executive producer. The film is headed to Afm next month.
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‘Geostorm’ Might Lose $100 Million, ‘Jigsaw’ Eyeing a $20+ Million Debut

‘Geostorm’ Might Lose $100 Million, ‘Jigsaw’ Eyeing a $20+ Million Debut
John Carter. The Lone Ranger. Tomorrowland. Ben-Hur. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. These are just a few recent high-profile films from major studios that ended up being serious box office bombs. And now a new member is set to join their ranks: Geostorm, the Gerard Butler vs. extreme weather disaster movie that’s currently in theaters, may end […]

The post ‘Geostorm’ Might Lose $100 Million, ‘Jigsaw’ Eyeing a $20+ Million Debut appeared first on /Film.
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Review: Michael Giacchino At 50, Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Michael Giacchino is a film composer who’s still on the up and if you’ve watched the likes of Lost, Rogue One, Jurassic World, a whole host of Pixar or any of the recent Star Trek films then his music has definitely entered your life, and that’s just a small selection. Giacchino has built an impressive body of work over the past 18 years and I was more than excited to see him perform live, and so on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, it was quite exceptional.

Following the likes of Ennio Morricone, Howard Shore, Henry Mancini, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and the mighty John Williams, Giacchino has played the Albert Hall before when he lead an orchestra for a live version of Star Trek into Darkness in 2014 but this Friday night was something particularly special, as it was to celebrate his 50th Birthday.
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Why John Carter Wasn’t as Bad as Everyone Thought

If you ever watched John Carter you might have thought the movie was worth a look. In truth it was a lot better than many critics seemed to think. It was original in other words, and since people tend to take a dim view of things that they don’t know and can’t predict it was regrettably trashed and left to linger in cinema limbo for being something that people didn’t understand. This is the dilemma of Hollywood really. The story lines that people come up with could be some of the greatest stories in the world, but unless they’re marketed

Why John Carter Wasn’t as Bad as Everyone Thought
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First Harrowing Trailer For Waco Staring Taylor Kitsch and Michael Shannon

Earlier today we got our first look at Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, John Carter) in the role of David Koresh rocking one crazy mullet. Now the first trailer for the six-part series has been released and this looks like a great series that is going to be an intense ride.

The trailer also gives us our first look at several of the other stars in the series, which also include Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Melissa Benoist, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, and Julia Garner.

The series will tell the true story of the standoff between the FBI, Atf, and Texas state law enforcement and the Branch Davidians cult. The siege lasted 51 days and by the time it was over, 76 people were killed including the cult's leader David Koresh. The whole thing started when the group was suspected of weapons violations. When the Atf attempted to raid the ranch,
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First Look at Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh in Waco

The first three photos have been released for the upcoming six-part series Waco, and it gives us our first look at Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, John Carter) as cult leader David Koresh. It certainly looks like a great project for him to be a part of, and he certainly looks like a solid fit for the role.

The series will center around the standoff between the FBI, Atf, and Texas state law enforcement and the Branch Davidians cult. The siege lasted 51 days and by the time it was over, 76 people were killed including the cult's leader David Koresh. The whole thing started when the group was suspected of weapons violations. When the Atf attempted to raid the ranch, all hell broke loose. Here's some additional information from the press release:

In February, 1993, the eyes of the world converged on Mount Carmel, a small religious community located just outside Waco, TX.
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Joe Corallo: Maxwell’s Demons

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Vault Comics is one of the biggest stories on the indie comics scene this year. With publisher Damian Wassel and editor-in-chief Adrian Wassel at the helm, Vault has created a line of science fiction and fantasy comics with seasoned veterans like Tim Daniel doing design and art direction as well as books like Fissure and rising stars including David Booher on Powerless and Alien Bounty Hunter (with producer Mark Wahlberg) and Natasha Alterici on Heathen.

This past week I was able to chat with Deniz Camp and Vittorio Astone about their new comic at Vault, Maxwell’s Demons.

Joe: What’s the elevator pitch for Maxwell’s Demons? What’s the hook?

Deniz: Maxwell’s Demons is the story of Maxwell Maas, the greatest mind of his generation. Told in a series of standalone stories, each focused on Max at a different point in his life and arranged non-chronologically, it
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Mark Strong interview - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust, Kick-Ass

Duncan Bowles Sep 21, 2017

Mark Strong chats to us about Kingsman 2, reuniting with Matthew Vaughn, and the brilliant Stardust...

Spoilers for Sherlock Holmes and Kick-Ass 2 lie ahead. We've also marked a bit in big red letters where we talk about a specific Kingsman 2 spoiler.

While Matthew Vaughn has been the director responsible for a string of fantastic movies, his talisman in front of the camera and a core part of his cinematic journey since Stardust, is Mark Strong. As the superbly villainous (or some might say driven) Septimus, a character just as mesmerising dead or alive, Strong imbued him with a roguish evil that really made him stand out in a packed and stellar cast line-up. His next project with Vaughn saw him take up arms (and fists) against a teenage due in Kick-Ass, doling out a new definition of ‘Daddy issues’ yet giving Frank D’Amico a
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Teething Ring of Fire! John Carter Cash Welcomes Daughter Grace June - See Her First Photos

Teething Ring of Fire! John Carter Cash Welcomes Daughter Grace June - See Her First Photos
There’s a baby Cash in town!

Country singer-songwriter John Carter Cash and his wife Ana Cristina welcomed a daughter on Monday, Sept. 11, at 5:44 p.m., Carter Cash’s rep confirms to People exclusively.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Grace June Cash weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz., measuring 17½ inches long.

Grace become the youngest grandchild of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. John, the country legends’ only child, also has three children from previous marriages: sons Jack Ezra, 11, and Joseph John, 21, plus daughter AnnaBelle, 15.

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and
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Taylor Kitsch Goes “Ghost” With Michael Keaton In ‘American Assassin’

Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, True Detective) stars in American Assassin as Ghost, a former CIA operative who feels betrayed by his country and his colleagues (Michael Keaton co-stars as his mentor Stan Hurley). Ghost's plans at retribution may lead to a devastating terrorist attack, and it's up to CIA recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) to [...]
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Trailer For Josh Brolin's Intense Firefighting Film Only The Brave

I've got a great new trailer here for you to watch for the upcoming firefighter film Only the Brave, which stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, and Jeff Bridges. The movie tells the harrowing true story of the team of firefighters called the Granite Mountain Hotshots. They are the most elite team of firefighters in the country. They are basically the Navy SEALs of firefighters. This looks like a hell of a good film that will honor the heroism of the men and women who put their lives at risk to help their communities and other people.

The movie was directed by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and this is the synopsis:

All men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families,
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Michael Giacchino interview: the art of scoring movies

Sean Wilson Sep 29, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars and more, as we chat to composer Michael Giacchino...

Few blockbuster composers are in as much demand as Michael Giacchino. Having risen through the ranks of video game scoring and smash-hit TV sucesses with the likes of Lost, the versatile composer has over the last decade musically defined several enormous franchises. From Rogue One to Jurassic World to acclaimed Pixar Oscar-winners like Up, there's no end to Giacchino's talents.

With his 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall coming up on 20th October, we were delighted to catch up with Michael to ask that all-important question: what makes a truly great film score?

Well, it's been 15 years since I was playing Medal Of Honor: Frontline on the PS2 and now I'm sat here talking to its composer! Seriously, how hard were the tanks to defeat in that game?
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You Can’t Buy a Franchise, You Have to Build One

Neil Calloway on Disney suffocating Star Wars

After American Graffiti, George Lucas spent a while shoving his Western in space script under the nose of anyone who cared to read it. They gave him suggestions on how to improve it, he took them on, and a few years later he finally shot the film. It came out, and changed cinema forever. He then worked with others, letting them direct and write more films, building a huge franchise.

In 2012, Disney paid more than $4 billion to George Lucas for the rights to that franchise. Having failed to build their own with John Carter, they just bought one off the shelf. The problem is, you can’t just do that and expect success. As Lucas himself proved with the Star Wars prequels, it’s hard to make films that people truly love. It says a lot that of the five Disney Star Wars films,
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'Stranger Things': 7 Questions We Have For Season 2

'Stranger Things': 7 Questions We Have For Season 2
Has it only been a little over a year since Stranger Things arrived with almost no hype – and then, within days of Netflix dropping the first season online, became one of 2016's most talked-about TV shows? Created by twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, the first season of the sci-fi/horror series paid homage to Stephen King novels and the Eighties' classic Spielberg-to-slasher genre films, while telling a story about super-powered paranormal entities, covert government agencies, small-town Indiana kids and a dark dimension known as "the Upside Down." Even more than the nostalgic kick,
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