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Visual Effects Artist’s Miniature Sets, Dioramas Enhance ‘Hereditary’

In addition to creating prosthetics for “Hereditary,” multidisciplinary Toronto-based visual effects artist Steve Newburn designed and built the miniature house and dioramas that are key to the storytelling in writer-director Ari Aster’s supernatural horror film, now in theaters.

“To be able to get in on the miniature side, which in this day and age of computer effects is not something that’s really done as much anymore, was a lot of fun,” says Newburn, whose credits include “The Mummy,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception.” “If I could spend the next 10 years doing projects like this with the miniature work featured so prominently, it would be a nice 10 years.”

Miniatures are seen throughout “Hereditary” because the film’s main character, Annie Graham (Toni Collette), specializes

in that art form, drawing inspiration from her family’s everyday life, which takes a dark turn after her mother dies. “The miniatures tell
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Den of Thieves and 5 more great movie heists

There are a lot of movies which fit into the heist genre but only a handful of them are worth talking about. Over the years we’ve seen almost countless efforts and while some of them stand out for featuring brilliantly clever plans, others fade into the background.

The movies listed here, however, most definitely fall into the former category. Featuring compelling characters, amazing heists, and huge twists and turns, all of these movies are worth your time and they deserve to be remembered as the best the genre has to offer.

We think you’ll be surprised by some of our choices too as they’re not all traditional heists!

6. Den Of Thieves Maurice Compte and Gerard Butler star in Den Of Thieves

Did you know that $120 million in cash is taken out of circulation on a daily basis and destroyed by the Los Angeles Branch of the Federal Reserve?
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10 Inception Facts You Never Knew

10 Inception Facts You Never Knew
It's the mind-bending thriller from Christopher Nolan starring Leonardo DiCaprio and so many of his usual suspects that we love. However you interpreted that ending, one thing is certain: Inception gives us plenty to think about, movie fans. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Inception.

A freudian slip.

Rather than weigh in with a definitive answer, Christopher Nolan carefully protects the ambiguity of the film's ending, allowing movie fans and film scholars the space to debate what's real. The writer/director did reveal some of the movie's influences, however. In addition to the myriad myths, music, and religious history incorporated in Inception, Nolan cited the work of Ian Fleming, the Wachowski siblings, and Sigmund Freud in a 2010 La Times interview.

The dream team.

Nolan relied on his own experiences rather than volumes of research when it came to dreams as he penned this passion project
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Feature: Marion Cotillard – A Career

In cinemas from today, Marion Cotillard stars in the brand new French drama Ismael’s Ghosts, directed by the legendary Arnaud Desplechin. The film follows a filmmaker whose life is sent into turmoil following the return of his wife who disappeared twenty-one years ago.

The film opened the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and also stars Mathieu Amalric and Charlotte Gainsbourg. To celebrate the film’s release, we look back at some of our all-time favourite films, and most iconic performances of Marion Cotillard’s career. Having played a wide variety of characters, with a string of impressive global awards under her belt, we can’t wait to see what she brings to Ismael’s Ghosts.

5) La Vie En Rose

Written and directed by Olivier Dahan, La Vie En Rose see’s Marion Cotillard in a blazing performance as the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. The film tells the infamous
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The Latest Honest Trailers Episode Takes on Every Christopher Nolan Movie

Christopher Nolan is a master filmmaker that has made some incredible films in his career. Some are better than others, but all of them are great! In my opinion, the guy hasn't made a bad movie and I don't think he ever will. Just in case you need a reminder of the films Nolan has made, here's the list: Following (1998), Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017).

The latest episode of Honest Trailers takes on all of these films and has a good time poking fun at Nolan's signature style and the things that we see from him in most of his films. Some of the things that the video targets are the plot twists, how every Nolan protagonist is basically the same kind of guy, the style of his films, the music and more. 

The Screen Junkies do offer
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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras

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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras
The cinematography of an individual movie is oftentimes a difficult thing to judge, not only because it can be tough to separate the work of the cinematographer from the overall visual storytelling, but also because most viewers react to the look and style of a film through the lens of how we felt about the movie itself. Looking at a cinematographer’s body of work, however, can be a very different exercise, as it reveals what aesthetic aspects are specific to the cinematographer and how they impact the storytelling of the films they’ve shot.

When doing these lists, there is always a nagging feeling that we might be under-representing the great international filmmakers from around the world simply based on our own U.S.-centric viewing habits. The interesting thing about modern cinematography, though, is so many of great talents from around the world eventually feel the pull of
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Redbox Begins Renting 4K Ultra HD Movies for $2.50 per Day in Six Test Markets

Redbox is now offering 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc rentals — but it’s starting with only four titles, available in limited quantities in just six U.S. markets.

The first Ultra HD Blu-ray movies available at Redbox kiosks are: Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Lionsgate’s “The Commuter,” Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Martian.” Those are available starting this week at about 2,500 Redbox kiosks in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and Miami. That represents around 6% of Redbox’s total network of 41,500 kiosks across the U.S.

Redbox’s rental pricing for the 4K titles is $2.50 per night. That’s a premium over $1.75 for regular DVDs and $2 for Blu-ray discs. Redbox isn’t offering online reservations for the 4K Ultra HD discs during the test period.

Upcoming 4K titles Redbox expects to add over the next few weeks include “Red Sparrow” starring Jennifer Lawrence,
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Christopher Nolan Discuses The Genres of His Dark Knight Trilogy and How They Were Defined By The Villains

Over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, director Christopher Nolan spoke at a panel and during that panel, he talked about his beloved Dark Knight trilogy. He talked about the genres that each of the films in the trilogy represents and explained that 2005’s Batman Begins is a "hero’s journey", 2008’s The Dark Knight, is a "crime movie", and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, is a "war film." Nolan went on to talk about how the genres are defined by each film’s villain.

“To me, each film is a different genre. They tend to be defined by the villain… We hadn’t planned on doing a sequel. So shifting genres and the nature of the antagonist felt the way to take the audience on a journey and tell them something different about Bruce Wayne.”

In Batman Begins, it is the hero’s mentor, Ra’s al Ghul
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Christopher Nolan On Why He’s ‘A Pain in the Ass to Everybody’ On His Sets — Cannes 2018

Christopher Nolan On Why He’s ‘A Pain in the Ass to Everybody’ On His Sets — Cannes 2018
As Cannes director Thierry Fremaux sought to bolster his auteur lineup this year, he brought in Martin Scorsese to open the festival with his “The Aviator” star, Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett. The New York filmmaker also introduced his Film Foundation-restored 1946 Cannes Classics entry “Enamorada,” Emilio Fernández’s Mexican revolution romance starring icon María Félix, who became a favorite of Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel. “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler showed his blockbuster at the Cannes outdoor cinema on the beach, and submitted to over 90 minutes of friendly grilling from American buddy Elvis Mitchell.

But the biggest crowd showed up for “Dunkirk” writer-director Christopher Nolan, who made his first foray to Cannes for a lengthy public conversation and a screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Nolan will introduce a Sunday 70mm Cannes showing of a new print of Stanley Kubrick’s movie with the director’s daughter Katharina, her uncle
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Christopher Nolan On Why He’s ‘A Pain in the Ass to Everybody’ On His Sets — Cannes 2018

Christopher Nolan On Why He’s ‘A Pain in the Ass to Everybody’ On His Sets — Cannes 2018
As Cannes director Thierry Fremaux sought to bolster his auteur lineup this year, he brought in Martin Scorsese to open the festival with his “The Aviator” star, Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett. The New York filmmaker also introduced his Film Foundation-restored 1946 Cannes Classics entry “Enamorada,” Emilio Fernández’s Mexican revolution romance starring icon María Félix, who became a favorite of Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel. “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler showed his blockbuster at the Cannes outdoor cinema on the beach, and submitted to over 90 minutes of friendly grilling from American buddy Elvis Mitchell.

But the biggest crowd showed up for “Dunkirk” writer-director Christopher Nolan, who made his first foray to Cannes for a lengthy public conversation and a screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Nolan will introduce a Sunday 70mm Cannes showing of a new print of Stanley Kubrick’s movie with the director’s daughter Katharina, her uncle
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Christopher Nolan: Villains Defined The Dark Knight Trilogy More Than Batman

Christopher Nolan: Villains Defined The Dark Knight Trilogy More Than Batman
Christopher Nolan may have left Gotham City behind. But in a wide-ranging two-hour talk at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, the director offered a unique take on his Dark Knight Trilogy.

“To me, each film is a different genre,” Nolan said, about the movies starring Christian Bale as Batman. “They tend to be defined by the villain.”

Nolan explained that he saw 2005’s “Batman Begins” as a straightforward origins story. “The villain (Liam Neeson’s Henri Ducard) is an appropriate adversary,” Nolan said. “He’s a mentor-turned-enemy.” Next, came the second movie in 2008 with Heath Ledger. “‘The Dark Knight’ for me was always a crime drama in the mold of a Michael Mann film. The Joker was a terrorist, an agent of chaos set loose.” Finally, in 2012’s the grand finale, “The Dark Knight Rises,” co-starring Tom Hardy, Nolan envisioned “this historical epic. Bane as a militarist foe helped that.
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‘Jurassic World’ Salaries: Chris Pratt Paid $2 Million More Than Bryce Dallas Howard on Sequel — Report

‘Jurassic World’ Salaries: Chris Pratt Paid $2 Million More Than Bryce Dallas Howard on Sequel — Report
Jurassic World” was a box office force of nature in 2015. The Colin Trevorrow-directed tentpole made over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming the second-highest grossing film of the year after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The title remains one of the biggest releases of the decade. Despite the film’s massive box office earnings, co-leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard did not receive equal pay on the sequel, “Fallen Kingdom.”

According to Variety, the actors both earned big bonuses for the second installment. Pratt ended up with a $10 million payday, two million more than Howard’s $8 million salary. Pratt is the bigger name given his roles in other franchises like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Lego Movie,” but the two actors are the co-leads of the “Jurassic World” franchise. Some people will also argue that star power means less for sequels, as “Fallen Kingdom” is all
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Other Star Salaries Revealed

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Other Star Salaries Revealed
Movie stars don’t shine as brightly as they did a decade ago.

In the 1990s and early aughts, the likes of Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey routinely commanded salaries of $20 million for every film they anchored, plus enjoyed substantial profit participation from the first ticket sold at the box office. Those glory days are essentially gone, and the number of actors who can demand pay packages on that order is ever dwindling. Part of the problem is that costumed superheroes and Jedi knights became the big attraction at movie theaters. The size of a film’s opening weekend no longer hinges on the popularity of the actors who grace its poster. Special effects are the stars these days and the place where studios are spending the bulk of their money.

But don’t weep for Hollywood’s A-listers — they’re doing just fine, thank you very much.
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Book Review – Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

Michelle Herbert reviews Gnomon by Nick Harkaway…

Gnomon is a multi-layered story about the nature of truth in a society that is constantly monitored and watched via the System and policed by the Witness. There is a lot to digest in this book from how much privacy are you willing to give up for security, to whether you can trust the information that the System gives you. Welcome to a future Britain where nothing is as good as it seems.

The story starts with Inspector Neith, who works for Witness being given a new case entitled Gnomon, the case involves the death of an individual in a routine (non-lethal) interrogation by the System. The System hacks into your mind to see if you are hiding a crime or information about something you are planning on doing. The System then has access to all of your thoughts and memories. Death is a rarity in these investigations,
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Westworld's Unearthly Blond Host Looks Entirely Different in Her Other Roles

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Remember that beautiful blond host who welcomes William to the park in episode two? Well, Westworld's most beautiful greeter is now a series regular, and we are totally on board with that. Angela is played by British actress Talulah Riley, and you've definitely seen her before. If you're not sure where, don't worry - we've got all the info for you here.

Westworld isn't the only television series in which Riley has had a recurring role. She was cast in a number of popular television series including Doctor Who, Nearly Famous, and both Agatha Christie's Marple and Poirot.

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Riley has also appeared in some major feature films. She was in Thor: The Dark World and played middle sister Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (above). Riley also starred in Inception alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, the 2016 thriller Submerged, and the 2009 comedy Pirate Radio.
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’ Lands Series Order at Netflix

Netflix has ordered a new 10-episode installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” Variety has learned.

As previously announced when it was revealed the series was in development, Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal respectively. In addition, Barbara Garrick, who played DeDe Halcyon Day in the original miniseries, is also set to return.

Finally, “Juno” and “Inception” star Ellen Page will join the series as Shawna, Mary Ann’s daughter.

Based on the books by Maupin, the new installment follows Mary Ann, who returns home to San Francisco
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2001: A Space Odyssey In Theaters Beginning May 18; Premiering At The 71st Cannes Film Festival On May 12

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Warner Bros. Pictures will debut an ‘unrestored’ 70mm print of the director’s groundbreaking science fiction epic at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. Widely considered among the greatest films of the 20th century, “2001: A Space Odyssey” will return to select U.S. theatres in 70mm beginning May 18, 2018.

Set for Saturday, May 12, the world premiere will be held during the Cannes Classics section of the Festival, featuring an introduction by award-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The screening will also be attended by members of Stanley Kubrick’s family, including his daughter, Katharina Kubrick, and longstanding producing partner and brother-in-law, Jan Harlan.

For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects,
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Hans Zimmer to Receive Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna Gala

Hans Zimmer to Receive Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna Gala
Composer Hans Zimmer will receive the 2018 Max Steiner Award at the annual Hollywood in Vienna concert gala. The event is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Konzerthaus in the Austrian capital, Hollywood in Vienna founder and CEO Sandra Tomek announced.

“Hans Zimmer has had a close connection to Vienna for some time now,” Tomek said, citing such recent recording projects as “The Crown,” “Blue Planet II” and “Inferno,” all recorded at Vienna’s new Synchron Stage. “For a city so rich in music history, it is only fitting to give this award, named after the great Max Steiner, to this exceptional and multi-talented composer.”

Zimmer is an 11-time Oscar nominee, most recently for “Dunkirk.” He won the Academy Award for best original score in 1994 for “The Lion King.” He is also a three-time Grammy winner and two-time Golden Globe winner.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Max Steiner Award for Film Music Achievement,
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20 Best Heady Sci-Fi Films: Part 2

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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 the top ten picks!

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
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Doctor Strange Lets the McU Get Weird: Journey to Infinity War Part 14

Doctor Strange Lets the McU Get Weird: Journey to Infinity War Part 14
Doctor Strange, similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy but not quite that radically obscure, is, or was, a character that even few hardcore comic book readers had more than a passing familiarity with up until very recently. However, when Benedict Cumberbatch bought Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme to life on the big screen in 2016, he became a character that not only truly resonated with audiences, but one that opened up a huge corner of the Marvel universe that was previously unexplored. Doctor Strange is not only one of the best McU origin movies, but a very important one.

It's worth saying before I dig too heavily into this that this is by far the most personal movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for me. I've adored these movies from the start, but Doctor Strange was always a character I cherished above (nearly) all others. But he wasn't terribly popular until very recently.
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