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FilmStruck Shutdown: Directors, Fans React to End of Cinephile Streaming Service

  • Variety
On the news that FilmStruck has been struck down, fans — including Hollywood directors Barry Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro and Rian Johnson — vented their shock, sadness and anger on social media.

FilmStruck will cease operations on Nov. 29 after two years in operation, Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced Friday. The move comes amid a strategic shift to mainstream direct-to-consumer entertainment services by WarnerMedia, which is now owned by At&T.

The service hosted hundreds of classic, arthouse, indie and foreign films — many of them exclusively, including titles from the Criterion Collection catalog.

Jenkins, Oscar-winning director of “Moonlight,” initially tweeted a one-word, all-caps reaction to FilmStruck’s imminent closure: “F—.”

He followed with a more thoughtful post, saying about the FilmStruck team, “these were flesh and blood people who really, truly cared about the work they were doing and the people who made and appreciated film.”

Like… I went into @FilmStruck a
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Jamie Lee Curtis Joins Daniel Craig, Chris Evans in Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’

  • The Wrap
Jamie Lee Curtis Joins Daniel Craig, Chris Evans in Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’
Jamie Lee Curtis is joining Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Lakeith Stanfield in director Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Curtis just starred in director David Gordon Green’s record-breaking “Halloween” sequel, which has grossed $87.2 million domestically since its opening last weekend.

Knives Out” is described as a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from “Brick” to “Looper.”

Also Read: Daniel Craig, Rian Johnson Murder Mystery 'Knives Out' Sells to Mrc

Ram Bergman will produce “Knives Out” under Johnson and Bergman’s newly-formed production shingle.

Bergman has collaborated with Johnson on all of his feature films. Johnson will write and direct the Mrc film. Production is set to begin in November.

Michael Shannon and Don Johnson will also star.

Also Read: Jamie Lee Curtis' 'Boast' About 'Halloween'
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Watch: Rian Johnson's Music Video for LCD Soundsystem's 'Oh Baby'

"Please wake me, For my love lies patiently..." Need something to cleanse your palette inbetween trailers? Watch this fantastic short film music video for LCD Soundsystem's song "oh baby". Even though this video has been out for a few weeks, you can still enjoy it, especially if you haven't seen it yet. The music video is directed by Rian Johnson, yes, Rian – director of The Last Jedi – Johnson who went off and made this in the midst Star Wars work. The music video plays as a short film, about a couple who invent a teleportation device. Starring Sissy Spacek and David Strathairn. This is really wonderful but quite tragic, I must say. Thanks to Short of the Week for the tip. From YouTube: music video for "oh baby" off LCD Soundsystem's album "american dream". The album is already out now. The music video is directed by filmmaker Rian Johnson,
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Rian Johnson Enlists Sissy Spacek & David Strathairn For New LCD Soundsystem Music Video

Lost in the controversy surrounding “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the fact that regardless of fandom’s opinion on the film, filmmaker Rian Johnson is still a pretty great talent. You may not like what he did with Luke Skywalker, Snoke, or Rey’s parents, but the writer-director has already impressed many with his work on “Brick” and “Looper” before he took on the massive “Star Wars” universe.

Continue reading Rian Johnson Enlists Sissy Spacek & David Strathairn For New LCD Soundsystem Music Video at The Playlist.
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Daniel Craig, Rian Johnson Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’ Sells to Mrc

  • The Wrap
Mrc has bought the world rights to “Knives Out,” a murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig, at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Rian Johnson wrote the script with his producing partner Ram Bergman, and is directing the film that is now fully financed.

The film is described as a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from “Brick” to “Looper.” Daniel Craig will star as a detective assigned to solve the crime.

“We are so excited to work with Brye, Jonathan and the whole team at Mrc,” said Johnson and Bergman in a statement. “They’re true movie fans and will be terrific partners for this adventure.”

Also Read: Toronto Film Festival Market: Will Streaming Giants Spend Big Again and 5 Other Things to Watch

Multiple parties were interested in the film in an auction
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Piper Perabo Arrested While Protesting At Brett Kavanaugh Scotus Confirmation Hearing

  • Deadline
Piper Perabo Arrested While Protesting At Brett Kavanaugh Scotus Confirmation Hearing
Covert Affairs alumna Piper Perabo was arrested today at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings – one of dozens of protesters who were ushered out by Capitol Police after disrupting the proceedings.

“Many citizens before me have fought for the equal rights of women,” she tweeted. “I can’t be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away.”

I was just arrested for civil disobedience in the Kavanaugh hearings.

Many citizens before me have fought for the equal rights of women. I can’t be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away.#StopKavanaghpic.twitter.com/f3SG7gmVam

— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) September 4, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-il) defended the right of the protesters to speak out. “The voices heard at today’s hearing are the noise of democracy,” he said during the hearing,
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Rian Johnson’s Next Film Is ‘Knives Out’: Director Returning to ‘Brick’ Mystery Roots Before New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

Rian Johnson’s Next Film Is ‘Knives Out’: Director Returning to ‘Brick’ Mystery Roots Before New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy
Rian Johnson is heading back to his murder mystery roots for his next feature film, “Knives Out.” Deadline confirms the filmmaker has cast Daniel Craig in his new movie, described as a “contemporary murder mystery.” Craig is set to star as the lead detective now that his schedule has opened up following the delay of the next James Bond movie.

Johnson told Deadline “Knives Out” is partially inspired by his love of Agatha Christie murder mysteries. The director wrote the original screenplay over the summer and is set to produce the movie alongside Ram Bergman. Johnson last explored the murder mystery/detective genre in his beloved high school-set “Brick,” which earned him acclaim and set him up to direct bigger-budget fare like “Looper” and, ultimately, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Plot specifics on “Knives Out” are being kept under wraps.

Production on “Knives Out” is set to begin this November.
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Demi Moore Jokes Bruce Willis Got Cast in Pulp Fiction by Visiting 'Harvey Weinstein’s Hotel'

Demi Moore Jokes Bruce Willis Got Cast in Pulp Fiction by Visiting 'Harvey Weinstein’s Hotel'
Demi Moore made an eyebrow-raising joke about how her ex-husband Bruce Willis got cast in one of his career-defining roles.

While making a surprise appearance during the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, the 55-year-old actress joked that Willis only got cast in Pulp Fiction, which was produced by Harvey Weinstein, after visiting the producer’s hotel room.

“We were married almost 12 years, and that’s like 84 in Bruce Willis years,” she remarked, before adding that she “was there for some special moments — groundbreaking.”

“Bruce got his career-breaking moment in Pulp Fiction, and it seemed really odd at the time,
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Surprise! Demi Moore Hilariously Roasts Ex-Husband Bruce Willis About Diapers, Die Hard & More

  • PEOPLE.com
Surprise! Demi Moore Hilariously Roasts Ex-Husband Bruce Willis About Diapers, Die Hard & More
Demi Moore didn’t hold back when it came time to roast her ex-husband Bruce Willis!

Making a surprise appearance towards the end of the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, which was taped on Saturday at The Hollywood Palladium, the 55-year-old actress cracked jokes about their marriage, his skills as a parent and how he got one of his career-defining roles.

“For those of you that don’t know me, I am Demi Moore,” began the star, who was married to Willis for 12 years from 1987 to 2000. “I was married to Bruce for the first three Die Hard movies, which makes sense,
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Demi Moore Appears as Surprise Guest at Bruce Willis’ Comedy Central Roast

  • Variety
Demi Moore Appears as Surprise Guest at Bruce Willis’ Comedy Central Roast
As the focus of this year’s Comedy Central Roast, Bruce Willis was hit with repeated jabs about his age, his marriage, his Planet Hollywood business venture, his side music career and his recent string of less-than-spectacular films — and most of them came from the surprise appearance of ex-wife Demi Moore.

Saying that she was “married to Bruce for the first three ‘Die Hard’ movies, which makes sense because the last two sucked,” Moore served as an impromptu roaster as she recounted memories of raising their three daughters, who were also in attendance, together.

“People wonder why our marriage came to an end, and in all honesty I think it was because some jealousy started to creep in. I think Bruce never really got over the fact that I rocked the bald look better than he did,” Moore joked. “After our divorce, he said he considered the end of our marriage his biggest failure,
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Film Review: ‘7 Splinters in Time’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘7 Splinters in Time’
A time-traveler becomes fragmented in disastrous ways, and so too does the film itself, in “7 Splinters in Time,” edited to ribbons in a schizoid manner that likely only makes complete sense to its maker. Writer-director Gabriel Judet-Weinshel’s feature wears numerous influences on its sleeve, yet derivation isn’t the problem here; rather, it’s a scattershot structure that undercuts the cohesiveness (and effectiveness) of its story about a man haunted — and hunted — by doppelgangers. Despite some serviceable lo-fi effects, its limited theatrical run will no doubt be a brief one, followed by a more extended home-video residence alongside similar VOD-grade efforts.

The film commences with so many fast-forward montages of baffling sights and half-formed scenes that it’s initially difficult to get one’s bearings, although a partially clear through-line does materialize. Darius Lefaux (Edoardo Ballerini) is a faux-hardboiled detective in a nameless industrial future-noir city who rejoins
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Bruce Willis’ ‘Moonlighting’ Co-Star Cybill Shepherd Among His Comedy Central Roasters

  • The Wrap
Comedy Central has announced who will join Roast Master Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the upcoming roast of Bruce Willis.

Willis’ “Moonlighting” co-star Cybill Shepherd is among the roasters, as well as “Motherless Brooklyn” co-star Edward Norton. Kevin Pollak, Dom Irrera, Nikki Glaser, Lil Rey Howery and Jeff Ross will also take part.

Gordon-Levitt, who starred in “Looper” with Willis, said when he was announced as the emcee that he has “looked up to Bruce my whole life” — but that won’t stop him from “mercilessly making fun of him.”

Also Read: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Emcee Comedy Central's Bruce Willis Roast (Video)

“I was genuinely honored to work alongside him and, in essence, Play him when we made ‘Looper’ together,” he said at the time. “He has treated me with absolutely nothing but warmth and kindness. And so I look forward to mercilessly making fun of him on TV.”

Willis said when
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Emcee Bruce Willis Roast for Comedy Central

  • Variety
Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Emcee Bruce Willis Roast for Comedy Central
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will serve as roast master for the “Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis.”

“I’ve looked up to Bruce my whole life. I was genuinely honored to work alongside him and, in essence, Play him when we made ‘Looper’ together,” said Gordon-Levitt. “He has treated me with absolutely nothing but warmth and kindness. And so I look forward to mercilessly making fun of him on TV.”

The roast of Willis be recorded July 14 at the Hollywood Palladium, and will premiere July 29 on Comedy Central. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet will executive produce the show, having previously served as executive producer and and director of roasts of Rob Lowe, Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, and William Shatner. Jordan Ellner is talent executive for the Willis roast. Christian McLaughlin serves as executive in charge of production for Comedy Central.

Other talent for the roast will be announced at a later date.
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Career Breakthroughs: Bruce Willis

  • Cinelinx
This month we look at the interesting stories of how some of the biggest names in movies got their big breakthrough. Today we take a look at Bruce Willis.

Bruce Willis has made a name for himself as an action movie star, but he has performed in many different types of roles across nearly every genre. In addition to his prolific career in film, he has acted on stage and television. He is also a producer and signer, having released three solo albums. Altogether he has been featured in an acting or voiceover role in 88 feature films since 1980, which altogether have grossed more than $3 billion at the Us box office. He is currently the 9th highest grossing actor of all time in a leading role.

Bruce Willis is perhaps best known for his role of John McClane in the 5 films (so far) that have made up the Die Hard franchise.
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20 Best Heady Sci-Fi Films: Part 1

  • Cinelinx
In honor of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we make our picks for the best cerebral science fiction films of all time. Here are picks #20 - 11.

The job of science fiction is to push boundaries. Indeed, the very description of science fiction suggests going a bit further than established fact. Science fiction is supposed to build on the known world around us. It is supposed to explore the unknown. When science fiction is at its best, this exploration is being fueled by our own human condition. The reason we are exploring outward is because there is an uncertainty inside. We feel incomplete in some regard, and the answers might be out there.

Science fiction films that can best communicate the relationship between the universe and our own minds tend to be the films that leave a lasting impression. This is my pick for the 20 films that do the best job of this.
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Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’

Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’
2018 is promising to be quite a year for Emily Blunt. The British actress has received some of the best reviews of her career for the film “A Quiet Place,” which is directed by and co-stars her real-life husband John Krasinski (“The Office”). As a pregnant wife who helps to lead her family to safety by trying to outwit alien creatures by not making a sound, Blunt offers a nearly silent performance with acting registering mostly with her face, a bold move that could result in awards attention later in the year.

See ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ trailer: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda fly a kite [Watch]

And to top that off in December, Blunt will also play the title character in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” paired up with Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as her third go-round with on-screen nemesis Meryl Streep, with whom Blunt co-starred in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Into the Woods.
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Jeff Daniels movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Squid and the Whale,’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ …

Jeff Daniels movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘The Squid and the Whale,’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ …
Jeff Daniels hasn’t gotten his due at the Oscars, where he has never received a single nomination despite a career spanning almost 40 years. But the same is not true at the Emmys, which awarded him Best Drama Actor for playing news anchor Will McAvoy in “The Newsroom” in 2013. He’s got two chances to compete this year in the Best Movie/Mini Actor category, as an FBI investigator hunting Osama bin Laden in Hulu‘s “The Looming Tower” and a dangerous outlaw in Netflix‘s “Godless.” In honor of this double achievement, we’re taking a look back at some of his very best performances on the big screen. Tour through our photo gallery above of Daniels’s 15 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Despite being repeatedly snubbed at the Oscars, Daniels has contended at the Golden Globes multiple times for his film work. He received three nominations
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Bruce Willis movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’

Bruce Willis movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Sixth Sense,’ ‘Pulp Fiction’
The latest Bruce Willis for 2018 is a remake of the Charles Bronson 1970s movie “Death Wish.” Willis has always been a box office success during his career and had occasional positive response from critics as well. Let’s take a look back at his greatest films in our photo gallery (view above) that ranks his top 15 performances from worst to best.

Willis grew up in New Jersey, but after appearing in a college production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” he dropped out and left for New York City to launch a professional acting career. He first became a famously flashy bartender in various clubs (think Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”), but found his big break years later understudying and later replacing Ed Harris in the acclaimed off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s play “Fool for Love.”

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Q&A: Co-Writer/Co-Director Alex Haughey on the Making of the New Sci-Fi Thriller Prodigy

With a shoestring budget, a small but dedicated crew, and an abandoned animal shelter to film in, co-directors Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal created their feature film debut, the sci-fi thriller Prodigy. Centered on a nine-year-old genius with some lethal psychic abilities to go along with her amazing intellect, Prodigy is out now on DVD and VOD platforms, and we caught up with Haughey for a new Q&A feature to discuss the journey to the film's home media release, including changing the main character from a boy to a girl during the casting process, making the transition from short films to a feature-length project, only having one take for a crucial glass-breaking scene, and much more.

For those unfamiliar with Prodigy, we have the official synopsis below, and you can read on for the full Q&A feature with Haughey and visit the film's website and iTunes page for more information.
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2018 Oscars: Kazuhiro Tsuji (‘Darkest Hour’), coaxed out of retirement by Gary Oldman, would be first Asian to win Best Makeup and Hairstyling

2018 Oscars: Kazuhiro Tsuji (‘Darkest Hour’), coaxed out of retirement by Gary Oldman, would be first Asian to win Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour” is as much of a lock to win the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar as it is to claim Best Actor. Those uncanny prosthetics to transform Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill didn’t create themselves, you know? If the film does take home Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Japanese makeup wizard Kazuhiro Tsuji, who was retired two years ago until Oldman came calling, would be the first Asian person to win the category.

A three-time nominee, Tsuji, who shares his nomination with David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick, is the only Asian makeup artist ever nominated in the category. He was previously up for “Click” (2006) and “Norbit” (2007), and won a BAFTA for “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).

See Oscars 2018: Best Makeup and Hairstyling loves British icons from Queen Elizabeth to Margaret Thatcher to… Winston Churchill?

Tsuji, whose resume includes “Men in Black” (1997), “Planet of the Apes” (2001) and
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