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O The Choices I Have! A 2018 Tcmff Preamble

So much time, so few movies to see. Scratch that. Reverse it.

Running a little later than usual this year, the 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival gets under way this coming Thursday, screening approximately 88 films and special programs over the course of the festival’s three-and-a-half days, beginning Thursday evening, and no doubt about it, this year’s schedule, no less than any other year, will lay out a banquet for classic film buffs, casual film fans and harder-core cinephiles looking for the opportunity to see long-time favorites as well as rare and unusual treats on the big screen. I’ve attended every festival since its inaugural run back in 2010, and since then if I have not reined in my enthusiasm for the festival and being given the opportunity to attend it every year, then I have at least managed to lasso my verbiage. That first year I wrote about
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Insights: Fortnite’s Pop Culture Breakthrough May Last More Than Two Weeks

This past week’s wide release of Fortnite on iOS proved that, while not everyone plays games, sometimes it can seem like it. More specifically, it can seem like everyone’s playing one particular game that punches through the pop-culture background noise into wider conversations, much as Pokemon Go did in the summer of 2016. And in Fortnite’s case, they’re not just playing the game, they’re skipping school for it, they’re posting videos, watching it endlessly, pulling in NBA players and rap stars and even making it onto daytime TV and sports-talk radio.

Fortnite shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Store list 12 hours after becoming widely available April 2. Five days after coming out of beta mode, Fortnite remains the store’s most-downloaded app, and No. 3 in gross revenues, behind entertainment giants Pandora and Netflix.

Sensor Tower, a game industry analyst, estimated the game already had made $15 million in its first three weeks.
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Win a bundle of Henri-Georges Clouzot films on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of the 4K resotrations of Le Corbeau, La Prisonni?Re and Quai Des Orfevres on 5th March, we’ve been given 3 bundles to give away on Blu-ray.

Le Corbeau (1942)

A veritable masterpiece of French cinema, Le Corbeau is a dark and subversive study of human nature starring Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St. Robin when a series of poison-pen letters signed ‘Le Corbeau’ (The Raven) begin to appear, denouncing several prominent members of society. The slow trickle of sinister letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from their mysterious accusations. Upon its release in 1943, Le Corbeau was condemned by the political left and right and the church, and Clouzot was banned from filmmaking for two years.

La Prisonni?Re (1968)

Josée (Elizabeth Wiener) is the wife of an artist whose work is
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‘Altered Carbon’: The Ending to Season 1 is Especially Satisfying, and Not Only Because It Answers So Many Questions

“Altered Carbon” has its fair share of issues, but the ending isn’t one of them. Strictly from a narrative standpoint, that’s not always easy to do. Sure, a great ending can stand out from a snoozy middle, but often a poor start leads to a similarly lackluster finale.

Yet Netflix’s big-budget sci-fi series stands out for all the right reasons. The “love conquers all” kicker has real emotion behind it. There are answers aplenty, which is a kindness not often shown by other mystery shows. But most of all, “Altered Carbon’s” ending is a bona fide delight because it does what so many modern shows refuse to do: It ends. Definitively.

Read More:‘Altered Carbon’ Review: Netflix’s ‘Blade Runner’ Wannabe Is in Love With Your Body, But Needs Something New

In an era when movies, TV series, and even commercials (coughPepsicough) are intent on surviving as long as they can,
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‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Poised to Repeat as Box Office Champion During Slow Super Bowl Weekend

‘Maze Runner: Death Cure’ Poised to Repeat as Box Office Champion During Slow Super Bowl Weekend
Fox’s second weekend of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” should repeat as champion of the North American box office during what’s expected to be a typically subdued Super Bowl weekend.

The finale of the dystopian trilogy easily led last weekend with $24.2 million at 3,787 sites, so a typical decline would leave “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” in the $11 million to $13 million range. Sony’s seventh weekend of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” will probably provide the most competition, given its remarkable holding power, and finish in the $10 million range.

“Death Cure” led on Monday with $1.4 million, followed by Entertainment Studios’ “Hostiles” with $912,683, and “Jumanji” with $907,451 for a 41-day domestic total of $338.7 million — the 46th highest of all-time.

Only one new title is launching, with Lionsgate partnering with CBS Films on the gothic thriller “Winchester,” starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, at between 2,200 and 2,300 theaters this weekend. Forecasts have pegged “Winchester,” directed by the Spierig Brothers,
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Horror Highlights: Nitehawk Cinema Screenings, Comet TV’s The Craft Contest, The Strangers Fan Art Contest, Panic Film Fest 2018, Terror Take Away

This February, Nitehawk Cinema wants to cause some mayhem. Joe Lynch's chaotic and fun film Mayhem will screen after midnight on the weekend of January 26th at Nitehawk Cinema, before its premiere on Shudder. Then, on Wednesday, February 7th, Mohawk will kick off a special evening at Nitehawk with a 7:30pm screening featuring a Q&A with directorTed Geoghegan. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Comet TV's The Craft contest, The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art contest, the Panic Fest 2018 lineup, Dead Hooker in a Trunk Blu-ray release details, and info on the new horror film Terror Take Away.

Nitehawk Cinema Screenings: Mayhem Screenings (January 26th and 27th): “Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45 pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Ahead of its release on Shudder, Nitehawk and Shudder present special midnite screenings of Joe Lynch's Mayhem.
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Horror Highlights: Comet TV January Schedule, The Lodgers, New Creepy Co. Apparel, Still/Born, FrightFest Glasgow Film Festival, Black Creek, Before We Vanish

Ah, Andrew Fleming's The Craft, such fond memories! If you would like to revisit this movie or anything else playing on Comet TV this month, read on for more details! Also in today's Highlights: release dates revealed for The Lodgers, Still/Born, Black Creek, and Before We Vanish, Creepy Co.'s new apparel, and a look at the Frightfest Glasgow Film Festival 2018 lineup.

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The Craft (1996)

Teen movies might want you to believe that high school was all about keggers and beautiful cheerleaders, but we prefer The Craft’s version of events. Featuring a quartet of angsty teens who turn to witchcraft in the face of personal high school horrors, The Craft casts a spell that leaves you wishing you had an
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Another Checks Into “The Haunting of Hill House”

Another Checks Into “The Haunting of Hill House”
Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven) is the latest to join the cast of “The Haunting of Hill House”, Netflix’s modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, Deadline says. He joins Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, Michel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas in the 10-episode straight-to-series drama, which hails from genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan, Steven […]
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Whatever Happened to the Cast of Better off Dead?

Sure, we all know where John Cusack is as his star rocketed to the top since Better off Dead. As Lane Myer, he was the guy you love to root for, especially when his girlfriend dumps him and he luckily fails miserably at killing himself. Since then he has starred in the futuristic thriller 2012, and The Raven and is active on Twitter, but what about the rest of the cast? Here is what happened to the cast after filming that classic dark comedy in 1985. Demian Slade As paperboy Johnny Gasparini he hunted down the Myer family for his

Whatever Happened to the Cast of Better off Dead?
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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The Lrm Interview with Luke Evans for The Girl on a Train

For years, Wales-born actor Luke Evans has been part of bigger action and fantasy blockbusters like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and Fast and Furious 6, as well as genre films like Dracula Untold and The Raven. In Tate Taylor’s adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling The Girl on the Train, Evans finally plays a more grounded role as a man dealing with domestic issues and a missing wife.

Evans plays Scott, who at first is merely one part of a seemingly loving couple that Emily Blunt’s Rachel sees as she passes their house on her train ride each day. When Scott’s wife Megan (Hayley Bennett) vanishes, Rachel gets closer to Scott and learns there’s more to Megan and Scott’s relationship than what she sees from the train.

Lrm spoke with Evans from the New York junket a few weeks back.

Lrm: This seems like a
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John Cusack: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

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John Cusack has made 17 films in four years. We've found the ones that have gone all-but straight to DVD and watched them...

John Cusack is a bit of a Hollywood oddity. There’s no pattern to the type of movie he will choose to do, so he’s always kept us on our toes. Sure, he’ll make a dumb action movie, but that will often afford him the chance to make a few smaller gambles later on. Up until the last few years he’s played the system very well, but recently his ethic appears to have, um, waned? A little?

Since the heady days of Say Anything and Sixteen Candles he’s come to represent a sort of slightly weird-looking, awkwardly charming, offbeat everyman that men aged 18-49 can look at and go 'me'” - which is fine. There’s a place for that, as
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Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: New Shots of Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman!

Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: New Shots of Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman!
Check out a serious of new images from the adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell, which stars American History X and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For‘s Stacy Keach, Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman, The Raven‘s John Cusack, and RoboCop and Oldboy‘s Samuel L. Jackson. Fuhrman plays a teenage neighbor of Cusack’s Clay Riddell character who joins […]
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Raven

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We’re back with another look at the best and worst of Hollywood’s remakes. This article will be dissecting a failed attempt to recreate a Universal horror film starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. This week, Cinelinx, looks at The Raven (2012).

In the 1930s, Universal Studios, which specialized in horror and monster movies, teamed up their two cinematic titans of terror Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in a series of films. The Raven (1935) was their second pairing. While the project was inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe poem “The Raven”, the plot is actually original, designed for the two leading men. The combination of the stars of Frankenstein (Karloff) and Dracula (Lugosi) could elevate even a mediocre film into something memorable. Sadly, the 2012 remake is totally not memorable.

On the plus side, John Cusack is ideally cast in the remake as literary legend Poe, alternately capturing Poe's egotism,
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Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman (Images)

Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman (Images)
Check out two more shots from the adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell, which stars American History X and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For‘s Stacy Keach, Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman, The Raven‘s John Cusack, and RoboCop and Oldboy‘s Samuel L. Jackson. Fuhrman plays a teenage neighbor of Cusack’s Clay Riddell character who joins him and […]
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Cherry Tree Release Details Revealed by Dark Sky Films

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Desperate to save her ailing dad, a young woman turns to the world of witchcraft for help in David Keating's Cherry Tree, a new horror film hitting theaters and VOD early next year from Dark Sky Films.

Cherry Tree hits theaters and arrives on VOD on January 8th from Dark Sky Films. In addition to a new Cherry Tree poster, we have the movie's official synopsis and teaser trailer (from its appearance at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival).

Synopsis: "A young woman makes a fateful pact with a witches' coven that can save her dying father's life.

Faith's world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her new hockey coach, Faith has no idea that Sissy is the head of a witches' coven that has resided in her home town of Orchard for centuries.
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Mipcom: Japan’s Wowow Snaps ‘The Player,’ ‘Zoo’

Mipcom: Japan’s Wowow Snaps ‘The Player,’ ‘Zoo’
Cannes– Japan’s leading pay TV channel has acquired exclusive Japanese broadcast rights to U.S. hit TV series “The Player” (pictured above) from Sony Pictures Television” and “Zoo” from CBS Studios International.

The Player,” which bowed on NBC in September, will roll out on Wowow in the Spring, while “Zoo,” which kicked off on CBS in June, will start airing later this year.

Penned by John Rogers,”The Player” stars Philip Winchester (“Strike Back”, “Flyboys”, “Camelot”) as Alex Kane, a former FBI agent Alex Kane who becomes a reluctant player in a secret society’s perverse game of chance, where the stakes are measured in criminal acts and human lives.

Charity Wakefield (“The Raven”), Damon Gupton (“Empire”), and Wesley Snipes (“Blade Trilogy”) complete the cast.

Rogers is exec producing with John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri. Kung Fu Monkey and Davis Entertainment are producing in association with Sony Pictures Television.
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Second Opinion – Love & Mercy (2015)

Love & Mercy, 2015.

Directed by Bill Pohlad.

Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.

Synopsis:

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

For fans of the iconic 60s pop group The Beach Boys, this is a must-watch. Love & Mercy is a poignant and considered attempt to chronicle the tumultuous life of the band’s lead musician, Brian Wilson.

The film is a biopic covering two periods of Wilson’s life. Paul Dano (There Will be Blood, Ruby Sparks) plays Wilson during the mid 60s when seminal album Pet Sounds was recorded, but also the period when Wilson began to develop mental health issues and abused drugs and alcohol.

Intercut with this narrative is John Cusack
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Bad Ideas: Films We’re Glad Never Got Made

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While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.

Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.

Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian

Due to the success of Beetlejuice,
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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller,
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