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‘Serenity’ Review: No One Is Prepared for This Bonkers Movie

When it comes to seeing movies, people like to know what they’re going into. Films with low CinemaScores tend to be where the marketing did not match up with the actual film, so something like Killing Them Softly, which is sold as an action film, gets an “F” because it’s actually about the decline of America and how in an economic crisis even hitmen can’t get paid. By the metric of what’s being sold and what the film actually is, I imagine most people will hate Steven Knight’s new movie, Serenity. What’s being sold …
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Johnny Depp To Star As Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith In Thriller ‘Minamata’, HanWay To Launch Sales — Afm

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Johnny Depp To Star As Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith In Thriller ‘Minamata’, HanWay To Launch Sales — Afm
Johnny Depp has been set to star as celebrated photographer W. Eugene Smith in movie Minamata, which HanWay Films will launch at the upcoming Afm.

Andrew Levitas (Lullaby) will direct Minamata based on the book of the same name by Aileen Mioko Smith and Smith and adapted by David K. Kessler (A Hard Day’s Day). Shoot is due to begin in Japan followed by Serbia in January 2019.

The film will follow the reclusive Smith after his celebrated exploits during the Second World War as he travels to Japan in the 1970s to fulfill a commission from Life editor Ralph Graves. Armed with only his trusted Nikon camera he goes there to document the Minamata disease scandal: an annihilation of a coastal community by the Chisso Corporation’s negligent mercury poisoning and local police and government cover-ups. The victims’ case against the corporation responsible for the environmental disaster represents one
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Land of Steady Habits’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Land of Steady Habits’
At its best, the land of writer-director Nicole Holofcener is a sly and invigorating place — wittier than life, full of human surprise, grounded in the ways that happiness and heartache dance together. Her movies can be deceptively light, but she crafts each one with acerbic affection, and in a highly personal and selective way. It’s my feeling, too, that she has only grown as an artist. “Friends with Money” (2006) presented a slew of characters so weirdly sympathetic in their middle-class avarice that they popped off screen, and in “Enough Said” (2013), Holofcener figured out how to do what no previous filmmaker had: She got James Gandolfini to give a marvelous performance that shed any last vestige of his Tony Soprano aura.

Holofcener’s new movie, “The Land of Steady Habits,” is the first one she has made based on material that she didn’t originate herself. You can see why:
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Exclusive Interview – Editor Brian A. Kates talks Doing The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and advice for aspiring editors

Red Stewart chats with Brian Kates about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel….

Brian A. Kates is an American editor who has been working in the film and television industries since the mid-1990s. He is best known for his work on Killing Them Softly, Lee DanielsThe Butler, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

Flickering Myth recently had the opportunity to interview him about his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pilot, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

Mr. Kates, it’s a pleasure to be speaking with you. Congratulations on the Emmy-nomination! Now, we know that, for television pilots, a larger director is sometimes brought on to do the episode in order to create a standard/feel for the rest of the show. For example, you had Martin Scorsese do Boardwalk Empire’s pilot while Alfonso Cuarón did Believe’s (which you were ironically
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Brian A. Kates (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ editor) on capturing the ‘wild’ style of great stand-up comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]

Brian A. Kates (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ editor) on capturing the ‘wild’ style of great stand-up comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]
Brian A. Kates‘s main focus when editing the pilot for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was on “not screwing up what was given to me.” Creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino have “a very strong sensibility, sense of style, [and] sense of musicality,” all of which needed to be conveyed in the premiere episode. Kates pulled off the task and scored an Emmy nomination for Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Comedy) for the Amazon series. It was one of 14 overall bids the freshman show received. Watch our exclusive video interview with Kates above.

See Bill Groom (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ production designer) used his memories to recreate 1950s New York City [Exclusive Video Interview]

Rachel Brosnahan stars as Midge Maisel, a 1950s New York City housewife who pursues a stand-up career after her husband (Michael Zegen) leaves her for his secretary. The biggest challenge, Kates admits, came in the climactic stand-up scene where Midge discovers
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Ray Liotta Talks ‘Shades of Blue’ Challenges And Loving His Character

On a cinematic level, Ray Liotta is a veteran who has starred in a diverse array of films. Though its hard to beat the iconic impact of Goodfellas, Liotta has carved out an array of indelible work in such films as Narc, No Escape, and the highly underrated Killing Them Softly. Shades of Blue was [...]

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Brad Pitt to Produce Movie on Harvey Weinstein, Who He Once 'Threatened' Over Gwyneth Paltrow

Brad Pitt to Produce Movie on Harvey Weinstein, Who He Once 'Threatened' Over Gwyneth Paltrow
Brad Pitt is taking Harvey Weinstein‘s fall from Hollywood mogul to disgraced producer to the big screen.

The 54-year-old actor’s production company, Plan B Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have acquired the rights to the story of how New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey investigated and uncovered Weinstein’s pattern of sexual misconduct. The duo’s work recently earned them a Pulitzer Prize.

The project will take after Oscar-winning films such as All the President’s Men and Spotlight, focusing on the reporting that led to the Oct. 2016 exposé rather than the alleged abuse and harassment,
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‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: David Fincher Returning to Direct, Joined by Andrew Dominik and More — Report

‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: David Fincher Returning to Direct, Joined by Andrew Dominik and More — Report
Details surrounding “Mindhunter” Season 2 have been quiet over the last several months, but a new report from The Playlist brings some exciting news about the next batch of episodes. David Fincher, who executive produces the show and directed two episodes in the first season, will reportedly be back behind the camera for the Season 2 premiere and finale. Directors Andrew Dominik and Carl Franklin will join Fincher for Season 2.

Dominik is an indie favorite after directing “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” His other credits include the Nick Cave documentary “One More Time with Feeling” and the drama “Killing Them Softly,” which starred Fincher favorite Brad Pitt. Franklin, meanwhile, is a television veteran with directing credits on “13 Reasons Why,” “The Leftovers,” and Fincher’s own “House of Cards.” Dominik is reportedly filming two episodes, while Franklin will direct the remaining Season 2 episodes.

The Playlist notes Season 2 will only have eight episodes,
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‘True Detective’ Season 3 Gains Another With Scoot McNairy

After the castings of Mahershala Ali and then Stephen Dorff just a couple of weeks ago, True Detective season three has found another in Scoot McNairy. The actor, known for roles in the likes of Fargo and Killing Them Softly, will start shooting the HBO drama very soon.

Trade blog Deadline reports that season 3 ‘will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from northwest Arkansas.’

They add that the hugely talented McNairy will play Tom, ‘a father who suffers a terrible loss that ties his fate to that of two state police detectives over 10 years.’

Nic Pizzolatto is writing the new season (teaming with David Milch on episode 4) and will also make his directorial debut. Jeremy
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‘Let Me Make You A Martyr’ Reivew

One of the worst moves you can make to a movie is to mislabel it. In this day, labels matter. And so applying the wrong one can really sink a movie’s ability to get audiences interested. Such is the fate of a movie coming out of this year’s Fantasia and making its way straight to VOD, Let Me Make You A Martyr. This is a movie with a lot of good things going for it, but unfortunately, it’s listed on many sites as a crime movie rather than a thriller. And it is very much a thriller.

Let Me Make You a Martyr is the story of Drew Glass (Sons of Anarchy star Niko Nicotera), an adopted son with a crime boss father (Mark Boone Junior), who returns home to make things right and rescue his adopted sister (Sam Quartin) whom he is in love with. But
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Mother!, The Wicker Man, and All the Other Movies With "F" CinemaScores

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Darren Aronofsky's mother!, with its lowercase title and exclamation point, was always going to push the envelope. The disturbingly vague trailer alone was hint enough that the Jennifer Lawrence-led film was not Hollywood's average horror entry. As a result, many of the scary movie fans who flocked to theaters left disappointed, confused, or a mixture of both. The backlash to the film has been so strong that Paramount actually released a statement defending Aronofsky's "audacious and brave" work. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep mother! from pulling in a shockingly bad "F" rating on poll-based website CinemaScore (the worst score that can be given by audiences). Mother! certainly isn't the first movie to land on CinemaScore's "F" list, but until now, the complete list had yet to be published. Vulture set out to discover the full list of titles by speaking to CinemaScore research analyst Harold Mintz. He
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Some love mother! Some don't.

by Murtada

The studio behind mother! has pivoted their second week marketing towards the bad word of mouth that the film has been receiving from moviegoers. They stopped selling it as a home invasion horror thriller and instead decided to embrace how polarizing it is.

Some people love it......some people don’t

It’s a bold move and we like it. What they don’t do though, is mention the F cinemascore that the film recieved. CinemaScore is a company that exit polls moviegoers’ opinions on opening night. They have been storing data since 1986, and in that time only 11 other films received the infamous F. Those so honored include Steven Soderbergh's Solaris (2002) and Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly (2012). And make no mistake Darren Aronofsky thinks it's an honor, he told The Frame:

What's interesting about that is, like, how if you walk out of this movie are
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Darren Aronofsky Reacts To ‘F’ CinemaScore For ‘mother!’

History will ultimately determine the merits of Darren Aronofsky‘s divisive “mother!,” but among the many things it will be remembered for, is being one of only 19 movies in history receive an F-grade CinemaScore. Determined by exit polls of moviegoers’ opinions of films on opening night, the movies that have been deemed as failures include terrific pictures like William Friedkin‘s “Bug” and Andrew Dominik‘s “Killing Them Softly,” and interesting efforts like Steven Soderbergh‘s “Solaris.” But yes, there is also trash on there too like the Lindsay Lohan flick “I Know Who Killed Me” and the parody flick “Disaster Movie.” However, Aronofsky believes there’s no way his “mother!” could’ve received any other score.

Continue reading Darren Aronofsky Reacts To ‘F’ CinemaScore For ‘mother!’ at The Playlist.
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Paramount issues statement defending mother!

Simon Brew Sep 19, 2017

It's split audiences. It's bumped at the box office. But Paramount Pictures has come out fighting for Darren Aronofsky's mother!

Few films appear to have split the room as dramatically as Darren Aronofsky’s new movie, mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film opened in cinemas last weekend, and earned – in the Us – a very low cinemascore of F from audiences. That puts it in the company of movies such as Killing Them Softly, and the remake of Solaris. Not bad films, to be clear, more films that, if they don’t side with them, people tend to outright hate.

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mother! got very good reviews on the whole, and it certainly
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Audiences Hate Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie Mother!

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Audiences Hate Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie Mother!
Moviegoers are having very negative reactions to Jennifer Lawrence's latest movie, Mother!, according to CinemaScore, which currently has the movie at an F rating. The Darren Aronofsky directed movie has been getting trashed by audiences, but praised by critics, leading to a huge divide between audience and critic with the polarized reviews. Could it be that moviegoers are beginning a backlash against Jennifer Lawrence?

Jennifer Lawrence is an acclaimed, Academy Award winning actress who was once the highest paid actress in the world two years ago. The 27-year old actress can pretty much do whatever she wants, but it's beginning to look like her fans do not want to see her in horror movies. 2012's House at the End of the Street was panned by critics and is seen as a commercial failure when compared to Lawrence's other work, which still earned a lot of money and was in
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‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office

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‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office
mother!” has accomplished a rare feat: the dreaded “F” CinemaScore. Darren Aronofsky’s new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem has earned largely positive reviews from critics, but its failing grade suggests that multiplex audiences might not take to its oddity as well — especially given that the film is in nearly 2,400 theaters.

Based in Las Vegas, CinemaScore surveys audiences every weekend to gauge their reactions to new movies and see what effect that might have on box-office returns; ballots have six questions. Other movies to earn the rare distinction are Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris” remake, Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” William Friedkin’s “Bug,” and “I Know Who Killed Me” — so not exactly crowd-pleasers.

Still, it might not be so bad.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Scoot McNairy

John Marcus “Scoot” McNairy is an American actor and producer that’s been in Hollywood since his twenties and despite having no formal training has managed to amass a good deal of fame while making his name known to the world. He’s been in films such as Monsters, Argo, and the little known film Killing Them Softly alongside Brad Pitt. He’s not the greatest actor or celebrity to ever hit the scene as of yet, but it’s fair to say that he’s still plugging along and just needs the right venue to become a megastar. Here are a few things you

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Scoot McNairy
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New to Streaming: ‘Alien: Covenant,’ ‘Shin Godzilla,’ ‘Adaptation,’ ‘Slack Bay,’ 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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Adaptation (Spike Jonze)

It’s almost depressing to rewatch Adaptation in 2016, because it’s a reminder of how strong an actor Nicolas Cage is when he actually invests himself in good projects. It was soon after this that his career went off the rails, but he’s remarkably impressive here, playing the dual roles of Charlie Kaufman and his fictional twin brother, Donald. As much a mind-fuck as any other Kaufman screenplay,
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In memoriam: writer and actor Sam Shepard

Tony Sokol Aug 1, 2017

Sam Shepard has sadly passed at the age of 73. We bid farewell to a great playwright, author and actor.

Playwright, author, and actor Sam Shepard, who spearheaded the Off Broadway movement, and starred in such films as The Right Stuff, Mud and Midnight Special, died on the 27th of July, the theatre public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown announced. Shepard was 73 years old. Known for such plays as Buried Child, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Curse Of The Starving Class and A Lie Of The Mind, Shepard’s 1969 science fiction play The Unseen Hand influenced Richard O'Brien's stage musical The Rocky Horror Show.

Shepard wrote 44 plays as well as books of short stories and essays. Besides his 1979 work Buried Child, his plays, True West and Fool For Love were also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 11 of Shepard’s plays won Obie Awards including Chicago and
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Brad Pitt’s Top 7 Performances

Brad Pitt is one of the most confident actors of this day and he’s well known for a long list of memorable parts, like the extreme killer in Killing them Softly, the hardened eccentric living on the edge of society in Fight Club, and the frustrated father in Tree of Life. He’s a brilliant actor, he takes on the role of different characters exceptionally well, and that’s why he’s continually cast in more top-notch films. Below are seven of Pitt’s top acting performances, and fittingly enough one of them is in the film Se7en.

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Thelma and Louise – 1991

Brad Pitt plays a smooth talking robber in his brief role as J.D. in Thelma and Louise. Sure he eventually robs Thelma after getting her to fall in love with him, but up until that point he’s highly charismatic, and manages to
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