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Truth and Justice: Why Superman remains an icon 80 years later

Coinciding with the release of Action Comics #1000, Ricky Church celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Man of Steel

It’s almost hard to believe Superman has reached his 1000th issue in Action Comics, the very comic he made his first appearance, but when you think about it its not that surprising at all. Superman has been around for all my life, he’s been around for all my parent’s lives and for most of my grandparents as well. There are very few people alive today who can remember a time without Superman in pop culture.

Superman’s iconic status is something to celebrate. Not many fictional characters have withstood the test of time and still be as recognizable as he, especially in a medium some considered (and still do) to be a lowbrow form of entertainment. However, whether its through comics, television or film, Superman has remained vastly popular throughout his 80 years.
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'Fifty Shades Freed' romps to top of UK box office with £6.1m debut

Erotic threequel scores impressive site average; The Greatest Showman puts on another stirring display.

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Fifty Shades Freed (Universal) £6.1m £6.1m 1 2 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £1.92m £26m 7 3 Coco (Disney) £1.25m £11.67m 4 4 Early Man (Studiocanal) £1.13m £5.3m 3 5 Darkest Hour (Universal) £978,111 £20.65m 5

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Erotic threequel Fifty Shades Freed swept aside the competition at the UK box office this weekend, storming to a £6.1m debut from its 594 locations, with an impressive £10,269 site average.

On Friday, the film dominated the market, taking 55% of all grosses with £2.66m – the biggest opening day for a film in the UK this year. That was also the third biggest UK opening day of all time for an 18-certificate film, behind Fifty Shades Of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.

The Fri-Sun opening falls behind those two previous franchise entries (£13.56m and £7.58m respectively) but with Valentine’s Day to
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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Dominates Box Office as Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Skews Old

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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Dominates Box Office as Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Skews Old
Threequel “Fifty Shades Freed” (Universal) easily led all films, including three wide openers, as so far 2018 lags behind 2017 at the box office, going against sports competition from both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics. Grosses are now down one per cent.

Next week’s anticipated release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” (Disney) this Friday will reverse that trend. Early projections for this eagerly anticipatedAfrican-based superhero story directed by Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) are about $150 million, the total for all the films for last year’s three-day President’s Day weekend.

The openers this weekend totaled an expected $75 million. They represent three distinctive strains of mainstream studio product these days: a franchise sequel (“Fifty Shades Freed”), a hybrid animated-live action feature (“Peter Rabbit”) and a true-life heroic action dramatic re-enactment (“The 15:17 to Paris”).

Disconcertingly, last year’s three similar titles totaled $55 million more: “The Lego Batman Movie” at $53 million (more
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The Preview Reel: Fifty Shades Freed, Peter Rabbit, and The 15:17 to Paris

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, wherein we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Last week was an especially slow week as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) regained the top spot from Maze Runner: The Death Cure. That likely won’t happen this week as there are three big releases aiming at different demographics. The final chapter of the Fifty Shades series whips into theaters, while Peter Rabbit is aimed towards family audiences, and The 15:17 to Paris looks to please the older demographic. Let’s see which comes out on top.

Fifty Shades Freed

What we are excited about: The fact that this is the final installment, seriously. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) was a boring, poorly made, not-so-erotic erotic thriller, and Fifty Shades Darker (2017) was even worse. So, hope for the third installment being a step in the right direction is almost non-existent, and we
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Berlin Festival Unveils Competition Jury

Berlin Festival Unveils Competition Jury
The Berlin International Film Festival has unveiled this year's competition jury, the group of nine men and women who will judge the features vying for this year's Golden and Silver Bears.

Moonlight producer Adele Romanski, Belgian actress Cecile de France (Hereafter, The Young Pope), Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence), Time magazine film critic Stephanie Zacharek and Chema Prado, director of Spain's Filmoteca Espanola, will judge this year's Berlin competition titles.

The president of the 2018 Berlinale competition jury is German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas). Tykwer is a Berlinale regular and has twice opened the...
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10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — 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: What filmmaker would you most like to see try their hand at a horror movie?

Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko), Pajiba/Riot Material

I struggled with this question, because a lot of the directors I have adored have worked in horror, be it Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Robert Zemeckis (“Death Becomes Her”), Edgar Wright (“Shawn of the Dead”), Frank Oz (“Little Shop of Horror”), Guillermo del Toro (“Crimson Peak”), Bong-Joon Ho (“The Host”), Jim Jarmusch (“Only Lovers Left Alive”), or Taika Waititi (“What We Do In the Shadows”). Part of what I love about the genre is the way is can be reshaped with vision, color,
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Win a Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection boxset

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection, out now, we’ve been given a copy of the boxset to give away on DVD.

For nearly 40 years, Clint Eastwood has called Warner Bros home. This essential collection contains the extraordinary films created during his partnership with the studio, where Eastwood opened Malpaso Productions in 1975. The deluxe boxset includes: Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), Firefox (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), City Heat (1984), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Pink Cadillac (1989), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima
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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he's best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing "once in a while but not often," while hinting
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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — 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.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during
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Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Advance in Visual Effects Race

Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Advance in Visual Effects Race
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Suicide Squad,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and “The Jungle Book” are among the movies that could compete in the Oscar visual effects category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday the 20 films that will advance in the race.

Here are all the pics that will compete in the VFX Oscar race:

Alice Through the Looking Glass

“Arrival”

The Bfg

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Captain America: Civil War

“Deadpool”

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Independence Day: Resurgence

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

“Passengers”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

Sully

“Warcraft”

X-Men: Apocalypse

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow the list further to 10 for the bakeoff stage in a few weeks.
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Nbr Loves Manchester by the Sea

The National Board of Review, the only non-industry and non-journalist/critic group of note that passes out awards each year have announced their winners. They are notoriously secretive and hard to predict apart from three things: their eternal love for Clint Eastwood (even when no one else is loving him as with titles like Hereafter) so we knew Sully would be on their list; their recency bias (they love December releases historically more than Oscar); and their magical not-at-all suspicious divvying up of prizes to make sure each studio must purchases a table at their banquet.

Their top winner this year were Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea which won four awards and Moonlight which won two. No other film took multiple prizes though some received a prize plus a citation on one of their top five / top ten lists. Notable Oscar hopefuls that received no mentions whatsover: Jackie,
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Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred.
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The Weekend Warrior 9/9/16: Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters,
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Joshua Reviews Catherine Corsini’s Summertime [Theatrical Review]

There are few actresses quite like Cecile de France.

Best known for her work in films like The Kid with a Bike, de France has become one of the mainstays of French cinema, with mainstream Us audiences getting to know the great actress through a range of performances in films such as High Tension to the Clint Eastwood-helmed Hereafter. De France has captivated audiences with her stunning beauty and magnetic screen presence and physicality, and her latest picture shines a distinct light on both of those things.

Entitled Summertime, de France stars opposite Izia Higelin, in what is one of the year’s most touching tales of romance. Higelin is the picture’s lead, starring as a young farm girl named Delphine who leaves the strict confines of her parents’ farm to move to Paris with the hopes of growing personally and economically. When she comes across a group of feminists,
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Contest: Win Cherry Falls on Blu-ray

With a killer on the loose in a small town in Virginia, it’s “lose your innocence… or lose your life” for the locals. On March 29th, Scream Factory will release Cherry Falls (2000) on Blu-ray, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Cherry Falls.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Cherry Falls Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 3rd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From Shout! Factory: “A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but
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Cherry Falls Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

Going against Randy Meeks’ rules for surviving a horror film, the killer in Cherry Falls (2000) seems to only target virgins. Ahead of its March 29th Blu-ray release from Scream Factory, Cherry Falls is teased in high-definition clips and a trailer.

From Shout! Factory: “A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but after the third killing it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town’s students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and begin planning a “Pop Your Cherry” party where they will all lose their virginities together. Meanwhile, Jodi (Brittany Murphy, Clueless, Sin City), the virtuous daughter of the town’s sheriff (Michael Biehn, Aliens, Grindhouse), decides to take matters into her own hands and trap the killer herself.

This chiller is directed
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In Praise of Ex Machina's Win

Manuel here. One of our favorite wins from last night’s Academy Awards was Ex Machina’s triumph in the Best Visual Effects category.

We marveled at its nod when the nominations came out mostly because it seemed like the low-key supportive use of visual effects that rarely get cited in the category (why else would you pass over the effects of say, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?). Add to that a stellar category across the board—Judy! Bb-8! Furiosa! Mars!—and the A24 film win feels all the more laudable. Sometimes, it seems, “best” need not mean “most” to Oscar members.

But two things are particularly striking to the inner number cruncher:

1. Ex Machina became the second non-Best Picture nominee to win in this category since the Academy expanded the Best Pic roster. Interstellar, as Amir reminded me in the comments, was the first. As you’ll remember,
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Round-Up: Cherry Falls Blu-ray Release Details, Darling Trailer, The Eyes Of My Mother, Nitehawk Cinema’s March Programming, Baskin, Everlasting

Cherry Falls, starring the late Brittany Murphy, is getting the Blu-ray treatment courtesy of Scream Factory on March 29th! Also: a trailer for Darling, The Eyes of My Mother acquisition news, Nitehawk Cinema's programming schedule for March, Baskin release details, and Everlasting at the Nevermore Film Festival.

Cherry Falls: Press Release: "Lose your innocence…or lose your life. On March 29th, 2016, Scream Factory presents teen thriller Cherry Falls in its Blu-ray debut packed with new extras including audio commentary with Geoffrey Wright and interviews with writer/co-executive producer Ken Selden and producer Marshall Persinger.

A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but after the third killing, it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town's students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and
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Matt Damon to Receive Chairman's Award at 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Matt Damon, who was so good in carrying "The Martian," is being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). He will join previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander. Here's the full press release from Psiff:

Palm Springs, CA (December 15, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Matt Damon with the Chairman.s Award at its annual Awards Gala. This year.s Awards Gala will be hosted by Mary Hart on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.

.Since his breakthrough role in Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has taken on a series of challenging roles through his career,. said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .In his latest film, The Martian, Damon dazzles yet again as Mark Watney, an astronaut desperately trying to survive on Mars,
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New to Streaming: ‘Amy,’ ‘Nasty Baby,’ ‘Best of Enemies,’ ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E,’ 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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

American Sniper (Clint Eastwood)

Where a lot of recent Eastwood pictures (Changeling, Hereafter, even Jersey Boys) contain patches of awkwardness, American Sniper — particularly in its war sequences, which Joel Cox and Gary Roach edit with white-knuckle precision — exhibits a riveting level of control. This may just be the result of well-matched material (a character study about a born-and-bred cowboy nicknamed “the Legend” could hardly be more
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