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‘A Quiet Place’: How Two Indie Filmmakers Accidentally Wrote a Studio Film for Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

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‘A Quiet Place’: How Two Indie Filmmakers Accidentally Wrote a Studio Film for Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
We were deep in conversation with Michael Bay when it hit us: How did our failures bring us here? The film we had written and executive produced had just premiered to a wildly energized opening night audience at SXSW, and Bay was already discussing what we could work on next. It was only yesterday that we were two kids sitting side-by-side in an Iowa multiplex, trying to hide genuine tears of emotion from each other as Bruce Willis sacrificed himself at the climax of “Armageddon.” Now the man behind the Bayhem was standing in front of us as a producer on our film, because three words brought us together: “A Quiet Place.”

The origins of “A Quiet Place” date back to our college years, as we became obsessed with the silent cinema of Charlie Chaplin, F.W. Murnau, Buster Keaton, and Jacques Tati. These filmmakers were masters of visual storytelling, needing
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Horror Highlights: Kaleidoscope Blu-ray & DVD, The Young Cannibals Trailer, Hex Indiegogo Campaign

Back in November of 2017, we reported that Rupert Jones' Kaleidoscope's colorful fragments of light were set to shine in cinemas from IFC Midnight and now the film starring Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Hitchcock) is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from Scream Factory! We also have a look at a new trailer for The Young Cannibals and Hex's Indiegogo campaign details.

Kaleidoscope Blu-ray and DVD Release Details: Press Release: "Kaleidoscope, the unsettling debut feature from Rupert Jones, is a provocative psychological mystery that asks: is it possible to escape our past? Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut May 1st, 2018 from Shout! Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, Kaleidopscope also includes a number of bonus features, including the featurettes Making of Kaleidoscope, Working in the Studio, and Keeping Up With The Joneses. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

This intense, twisty thriller unfolds
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Do You Hear It? A History of Soundtracks in The Movies

Music and storytelling are perfect bedfellows. Storytelling appeals to our sense of adventure, while music appeals to our emotions.

Way before the movies, music, and storytelling had forged into a marriage of symbiosis – opera, ballet, theatre; they all used music to help drive the narrative. Throughout the history of narrative storytelling, music has been the protagonist, the antagonist and the elephant in the room. Through leitmotif; variations in pulse; and appropriate tonality, tempo, and texture; music manipulates the audience’s emotional response through the spectrum from fear to despair, and from desperation to triumph.

A great soundtrack should be there, and not there. If you notice the music, it’s usually for a good reason.

From humble beginnings

The advent of the moving image brought grand possibilities for a more intimate, visual method of storytelling, monopolizing upon the wider possibilities of location, the speed of the edit and the intimacy of the eyes.
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Picturehouse exec to join streaming service Mubi (exclusive)

Jon Barrenechea to join Mubi as vp marketing from March 5.

Source: Ionut Dobre

Jon Barrenechea

Jon Barrenechea, formerly deputy director of marketing at Picturehouse Cinemas, will join film art-house streaming service Mubi as vp of marketing on March 5, 2018.

In December 2017, Mubi struck its first multi-year, multi-territory studio deal, with NBCUniversal. The eleven territory deal includes films such as Lust, Caution, Being John Malkovich, Touch of Evil, Videodrome, Mall Rats and Hitchcock titles Vertigo, Rear Window, Rope, Frenzy and Shadow Of A Doubt.

The streaming service recently theatrically released titles such as Berlinale Golden Bear winner On Body & Soul from director Ildikó Enyedi and Silver Bear winner Félicité, both shortlisted for the Oscars Best Foreign Language Film category. It is also teaming up with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn on a new Mubi ident.

Whilst at Picturehouse, Barrenechea opened Duke’s At Komedia in Brighton, and went on to become project development manager working across the build of new cinemas
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Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Aarp The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp The Magazine announced today that Helen Mirren will receive the 2017 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

The Aarp Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage filmmaking with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind—and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

Mirren, an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA & Olivier Award-winning actress will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. Aarp The Magazine will host the 17th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented. Event proceeds benefit Aarp Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by building economic opportunity and social connections for vulnerable older adults in L.A. and across the country.

“I am greatly honoured by this award. I consider film to be a high art form,
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Film Review: ‘November Criminals’

Film Review: ‘November Criminals’
A movie needs no ambition beyond the modest desire to occupy a viewer’s time. But in our spilling-over-with-content world, there are still movies that can make you wonder: Why does this film even exist? Take “November Criminals.” It’s a grade-z teen homicide thriller that, judged solely by its IMDb page, has what you might almost call a pedigree.

The movie’s stars, Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz, bring their puppyish glitter-kid sparkle to the role of high-school seniors who are boyfriend and girlfriend (but not really) in suburban Washington, D.C. The film also features David Strathairn and Catherine Keener as their respective single parents, and it was directed by Sacha Gervasi, the British crossover documentary maverick who made “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” (2009) and the factually fraudulent but still enjoyable making-of-“Psycho” docudrama “Hitchcock” (2012). It all sounds respectable enough, but “November Criminals,” which opened on VOD ahead of its nominal theatrical release next week
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'November Criminals': Film Review

'November Criminals': Film Review
A privileged teen ventures onto the wrong side of the tracks, and a would-be murder mystery veers into ever-more-faux dramatic territory in November Criminals, the third film by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of AnvilHitchcock). The starry chemistry of leads Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz injects a modicum of energy into the coming-of-age drama, whose elements of romance, crime and smart-kid angst never coalesce.

Beyond the movie's missing sense of urgency, it strands David Strathairn and especially Catherine Keener on the sidelines of the narrative clutter. The feature was released to digital streaming outlets in advance of a theatrical run that's sure...
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Blu-ray Review – Misery: Collector’s Edition (1990)

Misery, 1990.

Directed by Rob Reiner.

Starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, and Frances Sternhagen.


Rob Reiner’s 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s very personal novel Misery comes to a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. The disc features a new 4K restoration of the film, along with new interviews with Reiner and effects artist Greg Nicotero and the rest of the bonus features found in a previous home video edition.

A co-worker and I like to talk about how the marketing content we produce isn’t the flashiest, sexiest stuff out there, but it’s the kind of nuts-and-bolts work that gets the job done. Our analogy is that we’re making well-built furniture that may not win design awards, but it’s functional.

That’s how I feel about Misery, which was directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by the legendary William Goldman from
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Best 25 Horror Oscar Winners, Ranked

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Best 25 Horror Oscar Winners, Ranked
Most people think that snobby Oscar voters through the decades have turned their backs on the horror genre. Not so. True, far more horror flicks have been nominated for Oscars — including many Alfred Hitchcock movies — than have won. Hitch was nominated six times for Best Director and never took home a gold statue, which is why he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1968. “Thank you,” he said, and walked offstage.

We scoured the record books to find 25 Oscar-winning horror movies, and herewith rank them for you.

After heated arguments among the IndieWire staff, we threw out a dozen or so monster movies (“King Kong,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Jurassic Park”), ghost films (“Ghost”) and scary psychological thrillers like Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” that just didn’t feel like horror flicks to us.

Defining a horror movie is subjective. Is it about gore and guts and supernatural beings, or how it makes you feel?
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Scream Factory Announces Blu-ray Releases of New IFC Midnight Movies 78/52: Hitchcock’S Shower Scene and Welcome To Willits

There's a reason why Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, as well as a number of his films, have stood the test of time. His attention to even the most minute detail and filming shots over and over played an important part in the method to his madness. The fine folks over at Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, have announced the release of the documentary 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene on Blu-ray and DVD. But, that's not all we can look forward to this February. The two companies will also release Welcome to the Willits on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

From Scream Factory: "We are pleased to announce that we have a new IFC Midnight film planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this February! (And it is a Must-have for every fan of the film Psycho!)

78/52: Hitchcock’S Shower Scene: The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow
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The Role Of Hannibal Lecter Could’ve Gone To Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Or Dustin Hoffman

If you enjoy movies of a darker nature, then you may agree with us in saying that not only was The Silence of the Lambs one of the best horror/thriller flicks the 1990’s produced, but perhaps one of the greatest of all time. Admittedly, we could probably talk about the many things that made it special all day, chief among which were Anthony Hopkins’ chilling performance as Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill’s legendary dance scene set to “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus – but let’s talk about the good doctor for a moment, shall we?

As you may know, this wasn’t the first of Thomas Harris’ series of books to have been adapted to film, with Manhunter preceding it in 1986. Furthermore, Brian Cox originally inhabited the role of Lecter, although it was spelled “Lecktor” the first time around.

Anyway, when it came time to get the followup off the ground,
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78/52 review

Psycho’s shower scene is one of the most iconic scenes ever filmed. But does just one 45 second scene warrant an entire documentary?

Seventy-eight. Fifty-two. Just numbers, sure, but also the precise alchemical formula for creating the most iconic scene in cinematic history. In around 45 seconds, the legendary auteur Alfred Hitchcock used seventy-eight setups and fifty-two cuts to craft Psycho’s shower scene, an unforgettable sequence that transcended the confines of the screen into immortality. Not only are film students destined to pore over it for generations to come, trying to unlock its many secrets, but it has also shaped key areas of our shared cultural consciousness. How? As well as restyling the depiction of violence on screen for future filmmakers to come, the shower scene reimagined the representation of violence onscreen towards women, with Karyn Kusama, director of several thrillers herself, calling it the "first modern expression of the
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Ten Classic Scary Movies For Halloween

I have known for years, many people will not watch black and white movies, of any kind. It has to be color and no older than 10 years, preferably movies made this year, or last year. I have had people look at me with astonishment when I tell them I not only watch black and white movies regularly but even silent movies. I’ve had people admit they didn’t know movies were being made in 1927, much less 1915.

So for this Hallowe’en, when movie geeks thoughts turn to scary movies here is my personal and eclectic list of great, old, scary movies, filmed in glorious black and white.

10. Nosferatu 1922

The Great Grand Daddy of all Dracula movies, and the template for every vampire movie ever made, the first, one of the best and still creepy, even if you’ve seen it repeatedly. A silent masterpiece by Fw Murnau and with
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Guillermo Del Toro Discusses the ‘Hands Of The Master’ In New ’78/52′ Clip

Dogwoof has released a new clip from their upcoming documentary 78/52, a new film focussing upon the classic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary Psycho.

Featuring interviews with Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Osgood Perkins, Danny Elfman, Eli Roth, Elijah Wood, Bret Easton Ellis, Marli RenfroBody double for Janet Leigh in Psycho, Karyn Kusama, Neil Marshall, Richard Stanley and many more.

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the ‘Man behind the Curtain’, and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. 78/52 references the number of set-ups (78) and the number of cuts (52) in the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. One entire week out of the four weeks scheduled to shoot Psycho — a full quarter of the film’s production schedule — was dedicated to the infamous shower scene.

The new clip features interviews with Guillermo Del Toro,
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Hitchcock’s masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us”. That was critic Robin Wood’s astute 1968 evaluation ten years after Alfred Hitchcock’s final collaboration with James Stewart had been released to indifferent box office and unappreciative reviews. Tragic, obsessive and backed by an unforgettable Bernard Herrmann score, it’s one of the director’s most mesmerizing accomplishments. It knocked Citizen Kane off its nearly 50 year perch as the #1 picture of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound decade poll of critics and filmmakers.
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Joshua Reviews Alexandre O. Phillippe’s 78/52 [Theatrical Review]

It’s hard to imagine one scene of any given film being worthy of feature-length dissection. Yet, it’s even harder to imagine a scene of any given film being as groundbreaking as the infamous “shower scene” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

So that’s where 78/52 comes. Director Alexandre O. Phillippe takes to the iconic master of suspense and arguably his crowning aesthetic achievement for one of 2017’s most enjoyable if sleight feature documentaries.

Drawing its title from the number of camera set-ups and edits that were used for this legendary sequence, Phillippe’s film is a critical dissertation that gets a killer (pun only slightly intended) collection of talking heads to bring both a first hand account of the shooting of the sequence as well as a more broadly cultural look at its roots and ultimately its impact. Ranging from Hitchcock’s collaboration with composer Bernard Herrmann to the
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Portrait of Jennie

David O. Selznick’s marvelous romantic fantasy ode to Jennifer Jones was almost wholly unappreciated back in 1948. It’s one of those peculiar pictures that either melts one’s heart or doesn’t. Backed by a music score adapted from Debussy, just one breathy “Oh Eben . . . “ will turn average romantics into mush.

Portrait of Jennie


Kl Studio Classics

1948 / B&W w/ Color Insert / 1:37 flat Academy / 86 min. / Street Date October 24, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne, Albert Sharpe.

Cinematography: Joseph H. August

Production Designers: J. MacMillan Johnson, Joseph B. Platt

Original Music: Dimitri Tiomkin, also adapting themes from Claude Debussy; Bernard Herrmann

Written by Leonardo Bercovici, Peter Berneis, Paul Osborn, from the novella by Robert Nathan

Produced by David O. Selznick

Directed by William Dieterle

Once upon a time David O. Selznick’s Portrait of Jennie was an
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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops

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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops
Fall is the season of Real-People movies — the biopics that often fuel Oscar hopes. Recent weeks brought “The Battle of the Sexes,” “Stronger,” and “Victoria & Abdul” and there’s more than a dozen to come, including “Marshall,” “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Current War.” There’s good reason to believe that a biopic might produce awards. In the last five years, 28 of the 100 Oscar acting nominees played real-life characters, as did four of the 20 winners. But when it comes to the box office, the odds aren’t as kind.

Read More:With ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Showing Strong, Will Churchill-Heavy Britpics Storm the Oscars?

Since 2012, there have been about 100 biopics including hits like “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Julie and Julia.” But while recent years featured real-life characters and stories in some of the biggest non-franchise hits, the format may have reached a saturation point.

Last year,
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The Enduring Power of ‘Psycho’ Lives On in ’78/52′

Picture it: any movie theater in the fall of 1960. It was the shower seen around the world, followed quickly and without warning by the screams of millions that reached the darkest recesses of space. Over a short period of time, it was a story that turned legendary, even without seeing the actual film: amateur thief Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), overwhelmed with guilt to return the $40,000 she’s stolen, goes to take a shower and is brutally slashed to death by motel proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)… ’s mother. To the studio heads at Paramount, it was the tackiest of numerous tasteless scenes schemed up by a great showman of a director trying his hand at a sleazy B-movie. To history, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho‘ is a landmark that broke the rules with aplomb and changed the game, all while inspiring a rise in baths among movie patrons (and a joking
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November Criminals Trailer Unites Chloe Moretz and Ansel Elgort

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November Criminals Trailer Unites Chloe Moretz and Ansel Elgort
The first trailer for November Criminals has arrived. This marks the first movie that will make its way to theaters featuring Ansel Elgort since his breakout in this summer's Baby Driver. However, Elgort finds himself on the right side of the law this time around, but things look no less troublesome for the young star, right or wrong. He's on a mission to figure out what happened to his friend, even if nobody else wants to help.

Sony Pictures Entertainment released the first trailer for November Criminals, which will first arrive on digital platforms November 7 before getting a theatrical release on December 8. The trailer is quite dramatic and clearly puts Ansel Elgort at the center. The movie also will be dealing with pretty topical racial issues, as a 17-year-old, African-American high school student is murdered and everyone wants to attribute it to gang violence, even though he had no known gang associations.
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