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Shepherd review – isolation horror of sheep-herder on Scottish island

Shepherd review – isolation horror of sheep-herder on Scottish island
Scything strings, ticking clocks and a lighthouse bell tolling make for an atmospheric if Ott drama

“Something’s haunting you, Mr Black. I can see it. Hope you get the chance to confront it.” With this utterance coming from Kate Dickie, playing a one-eyed ferry operator who keeps a stuffed crow on her boat, you know that confrontation is a given. She’s just shipped Eric Black (Tom Hughes) and his collie Baxter across a menacing stretch of water to the prehistoric-looking Scottish island where a husk of a cottage and a job as resident shepherd await him. “Escaping or running?” she asks, but he dodges the question. What is left unsaid is that he has just buried his pregnant wife Rachel (Gaia Weiss), something his face – a study in pasty desolation – suggests he may have had a hand in.

Dickie’s goading suggests this might be framed as another
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Q&a: Composer Joseph LoDuca Discusses Creating Music for the New Chucky Series

Q&a: Composer Joseph LoDuca Discusses Creating Music for the New Chucky Series
Emmy-award winning composer Joseph LoDuca has been providing horror fans with delightfully ominous music since he created the scary score for The Evil Dead, and his artistic talents can currently be heard on Don Mancini's Chucky series on Syfy and USA Network. We had the great pleasure of catching up with LoDuca in our latest Q&a feature to discuss how he got involved with the beloved new series, creating the main theme for the iconic Good Guys doll, and he also reflects on returning to the Evil Dead franchise for Evil Dead: The Game.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these for us! Having collaborated with Don Mancini on Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky, when did you first become aware that there was going to be a Chucky series and what discussions or direction did you initially receive from Don Mancini?

The
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For ‘Eternals,’ It’s a Box-Office Slide; for Awards Titles Like ‘Belfast,’ It’s a Shrinking Audience

For ‘Eternals,’ It’s a Box-Office Slide; for Awards Titles Like ‘Belfast,’ It’s a Shrinking Audience
Eternals” dropped 61 percent in its second weekend, which stands at the high end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe — especially after its low-end opening of $71 million. The good news? Considering the film’s negative critical and audience response (including a record-low B Cinemascore), that performance is better than expected.

That also stands as a fair description for the weekend’s grosses, which total around $72 million. “Clifford the Big Red Dog” is #2 with $16.4 million for the weekend, $22 million total for five days (it opened midweek for the Thursday school holiday), parallel to streaming on Paramount Plus. Also, no holdover in the top 10 dropped more than 39 percent.

Overall, this weekend performed at 65 percent of the same weekend in 2019; the rolling four-week average stands at 75 percent. However, with nothing opening to compete with “Frozen” and the $269 million it generated in November 2019, expect further comparisons this month to be brutal.

Eternals” suggests another case of
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Julia Oh Joins 2Am As A Producer

Julia Oh Joins 2Am As A Producer
Julia Oh has been hired by 2Am, the full-service production and management company founded by Christine D’Souza Gelb, David Hinojosa and Kevin Rowe, as a producer.

Oh will be based in NY with the company’s production team, working alongside Hinojosa and Zach Nutman.

2Am’s film and TV production division, overseen by Hinojosa, is currently in post-production on Halina Reijn’s English-language debut, Bodies Bodies Bodies, starring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, and Pete Davidson, and on Emmy winner Billy Porter’s directorial debut, What If?, at Orion Pictures. It’s also finishing principal photography on Past Lives, a feature drama written and directed by Celine Song.

The company’s management division represents such acclaimed writers and directors as Amalia Ulman (El Planeta), Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version), Ari Aster (Hereditary), Janicza Bravo (Zola), Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play), Kota Eberhardt (X-Men: Dark Phoenix), Leilah Weinraub (The Shakedown
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A24's First Family Film The Legend Of Ochi To Star Willem Dafoe, Finn Wolfhard

A24's First Family Film The Legend Of Ochi To Star Willem Dafoe, Finn Wolfhard
A24 continues its streak of betting the farm on promising new storytellers and adds a foray into new-to-A24 genre territory. The entertainment company has greenlit Isaiah Saxon's fantasy epic "The Legend of Ochi," which will mark Saxon's feature debut and star Willem Dafoe ("The Lighthouse") and Finn Wolfhard ("Ghostbusters: Afterlife"). Saxon and Encyclopedia Pictura will produce alongside Traci Carlson and Richard Peete under the Neighborhood Watch banner, and Jonathan Wang with Year of the Rat. "The Legend of Ochi" is executive produced by The Russo Brothers, Mike Larocca and Angela Russo-Otstot of Agbo, Louise Lovegrove, and Alex Plapinger.

The movie...

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London Film Festival: Top 10 films with loudest Oscar buzz

London Film Festival: Top 10 films with loudest Oscar buzz
This year’s London Film Festival concluded last week after the 12-day event featured movies from 77 countries. A whopping 39% of the 161 feature films were directed or co-directed by women/non-binary filmmakers and 40% came from ethnically diverse filmmakers. The London Film Festival is an important stop on the road to the Oscars, especially as the academy continues to expand its membership globally.

The festival opened on October 15 with Jeymes Samuel’s Netflix western flick “The Harder They Fall” and closed 12 days later with Joel Coen‘s Apple TV+ picture “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” In between those two films played 159 other feature films each vying for London audiences’ attention and praise. Let’s take a look at the 10 hottest Academy Awards contenders that unspooled on this side of the pond.

Belfast

This semi-autobiographical tale follows a young boy and his working-class family in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the tumultuous 1960s.

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Jamie Dornan,
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Robert Eggers’ The Northman delayed by two weeks

Robert Eggers’ The Northman delayed by two weeks
Per Bloody Disgusting, The Northman, the latest feature film from The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers, has been delayed by two weeks. The Northman, which was initially scheduled to release on April 8th, 2022, will now release on April 22nd, 2022. The Northman, which is described as “an epic revenge thriller, that explores how far a Viking […]

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Robert Eggers Movie ‘The Northman’ Gets a New April 2022 Release Date

Robert Eggers Movie ‘The Northman’ Gets a New April 2022 Release Date
Up next from The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers is a Viking revenge film titled The Northman, and this week the movie has received a new release date. Last we heard, Focus Features had been set to release The Northman in theaters on April 8, 2022, but today we’ve learned that the film has been slightly bumped to April 22, 2022. From acclaimed […]
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The Tragedy of Macbeth: A Subtle, Yet Dazzling Production: New York Film Festival Review

The Tragedy of Macbeth: A Subtle, Yet Dazzling Production: New York Film Festival Review
William Shakespeare and Joel Coen. An unlikely pair because of the age difference, both are considered masters of their craft during their respective times.

Shakespeare's genius pairs well with Coen's in The Tragedy of Macbeth, and the stars elevate Coen's vision to something no less than magical.

Large sets, elegant costumes, and stunning music combine to make a unique adaptation.

Sadly, things weren't all wonderful and perfect. So before I get into the meat of the good, I need to mention the bad.

The editing did not impress. From repeated tacky transitions to two strange title cards, the editing choices presented left me confused.

The sets were big, but sometimes bigger doesn't mean better. The space felt too empty and baron, especially inside the castle.

Despite these few downfalls, the film's highs outweigh the lows entirely.

First and foremost: the performances.

Frances McDormand (Lady Macbeth) and Denzel Washington (Macbeth) are electrifying actors on their own,
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The Tragedy of Macbeth | 2021 New York Film Festival Review

The Tragedy of Macbeth | 2021 New York Film Festival Review
O Brother Wherefore Art Thou: Joel Cohen’s Stunning Solo Shakespeare

Joel Coen’s first solo effort as director sans brother Ethan is visually sumptuous, visceral Shakespeare: a singular adaptation of The Scottish Play that lingers on the psyche like an indelible spot. More of a graphic novel adaptation than a film or stage play, The Tragedy of Macbeth devotes itself to turning the Bard’s verse into imagery instead of building empathy for its characters; the film is by no means devoid of emotion, but it’s undeniably austere in its dedication to aesthetics—more Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse than Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015).…
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‘The Humans’ Review: A24 Has Stephen Karam’s Back, as the Playwright Adapts His Incisive Micro-Drama to the Big Screen

‘The Humans’ Review: A24 Has Stephen Karam’s Back, as the Playwright Adapts His Incisive Micro-Drama to the Big Screen
Playwright Stephen Karam hasn’t just made a movie out of his Tony-winning play “The Humans”; he’s made an A24 movie, with all the idiosyncrasies and directorial self-indulgences that implies.

Over the course of just eight years, A24 has established itself as a distributor for which out-there creative gambits aren’t merely permitted, but outright encouraged. The result has been a situation in which audiences perceive the company — which has produced such films as “Lady Bird,” “The Lighthouse” and “Uncut Gems” — as a reliable curator of movies that challenge mainstream, mass-market expectations. It’s reached the point where moviegoers who’ve never heard of the individual auteurs responsible (many of whom are on their first or second features) trust the company supporting them, congregating to discuss A24 films on Facebook, and turning up just to see whatever unusual project the outfit might release next.

So what does an A
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Ethan Hawke on Paul Newman, Marvel and What’s Wrong With Today’s Movies

Ethan Hawke on Paul Newman, Marvel and What’s Wrong With Today’s Movies
Ethan Hawke came to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival to receive the President’s Award and to show Paul Schrader’s masterful 2017 film “First Reformed,” a dark drama in which Hawke gives one of his finest and most complex performances as a former military chaplain fighting despair.

But the actor also came to the Czech town at an extraordinarily busy time in his career: The past several years have seen the four-time Oscar-nominated actor and writer acting in “First Reformed,” “Juliet, Naked,” “The Truth” and “Stockholm,” among others; directing “Blaze,” a sharp and lyrical film about cult musician Blaze Foley; acting in and producing the massive Showtime miniseries “The Good Lord Bird”; releasing his first novel in 20 years, “A Bright Ray of Darkness,” and collaborating with Greg Ruth on the graphic novel “Meadowlark: A Coming of Age Crime Story.”

He also has a voiceover role in Antoine Fuqua’s drama “The Guilty,
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‘The Batman’ Guide: 10 Details to Know About Robert Pattinson’s Debut as the Caped Crusader

‘The Batman’ Guide: 10 Details to Know About Robert Pattinson’s Debut as the Caped Crusader
You either die a hero or live long enough to see countless Batman reboots. However, the one thing we can say for certain about Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson, is that this is certainly unlike any other rendition thus far.

The highly-anticipated teaser dropped in August 2020 during the virtual DC FanDome, setting the Internet ablaze with the first neon-tinted glimpse at Pattinson in the title role. Set to a cover of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way,” Pattinson’s version of Bruce Wayne and Batman comes with his own set of Millennial demons.

Peter Sarsgaard, who plays Gotham district attorney Gil Colson, teased during a February 2020 interview with SiriusXM radio that the film will take cues from various alternative rock bands like Nirvana and Pixies to create its gritty atmosphere and tone. “It’s so raw in that way,” Sarsgaard said. “That’s what I feel like about this.
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Anya Taylor-Joy and Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu Revives the Strangest Movie Vampire

Anya Taylor-Joy and Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu Revives the Strangest Movie Vampire
Dracula is the most prolific character in cinema. Really. According to Guinness World Records, the not-so-good count even beats out Sherlock Holmes as the literary character adapted more than any other. Perhaps that’s why learning Universal Pictures has two new Dracula movies in production barely raises an eyebrow. Yet to hear a new interpretation of the vampire’s original cinematic incarnation is in the works—to hear that Robert Eggers and Anya Taylor-Joy are at last remaking Nosferatu? Well, that’s a corpse of a different pallor… and one that’s eminently more sinister.

Yes, technically speaking, the director and star pair who made The Witch one of the best horror movies of this century are following in the footsteps of the first Dracula movie, F.W. Murnau’s German Expressionist masterpiece, Nosferatu (1922). But they’re also exhuming a legacy more twisted than that. Which provides them a lot of
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Anya Taylor-Joy reuniting with director Robert Eggers for Nosferatu remake

Anya Taylor-Joy reuniting with director Robert Eggers for Nosferatu remake
Back in 2017, it was announced that The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers was set to helm a remake of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror. Now, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) has confirmed that she is still set to reunite with Eggers for the […]

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Thor Officially Makes More Money Than Batman

Thor Officially Makes More Money Than Batman
Batman, the superhero alter ego of multi-billionaire Bruce Wayne, may need to ask Marvel’s God of Thunder for a loan, at least when it comes to Hollywood. A new report from Variety reveals that Chris Hemsworth, the returning superstar of several Thor and Avengers films, will get paid almost seven times more money for Love and Thunder than incoming Dark Knight Robert Pattinson will earn for the gritty The Batman reboot at Warner Bros.

According to the outlet, Hemsworth will make $20 million from the fourth Thor movie, which also sees Taika Waititi back as director, while Pattinson will don the cape and cowl for $3 million. The numbers show just how much Hemsworth’s star has risen in the decade since he made his Marvel debut as a relative newcomer in 2011’s Thor. Meanwhile, despite some excellent performances in the past few years for the Twilight and Tenet star, including
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LevelFILM Acquires Canadian SciFi Thriller ‘Tin Can,’ Playing in Fantasia’s Camera Lucida Section (Exclusive)

LevelFILM Acquires Canadian SciFi Thriller ‘Tin Can,’ Playing in Fantasia’s Camera Lucida Section (Exclusive)
After making its North American Premiere in the Fantasia Film Festival’s Camera Lucida sidebar, Seth A. Smith’s dystopian sci-fi thriller “Tin Can” was picked up by Canada’s levelFILM for domestic distribution.

In the film, a new fungal disease called Coral is spreading rapidly across the planet. Parasitologist Fret is working on a possible treatment when she is attacked outside her workplace, waking up an unspecific amount of time later in a claustrophobic life prolonging cryochamber. Not knowing where she is, how she got there or why, Fret fights to escape the confines of her cell, learning that there are others from her past similarly confined in nearby chambers of their own.

Nova Scotia-based Cut/Off/Tail Pictures, producers of Smith’s previous award-winning feature “The Crescent,” also backed “Tin Can,” a Panorama Audience Award finalist at Sitges 2020. Smith teamed once again with long-time colleague Darcy Spidle on the screenplay
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A24 Hires NBA’s Chief Financial Officer Jb Lockhart

A24 Hires NBA’s Chief Financial Officer Jb Lockhart
A24 has hired J.B. Lockhart, previously the NBA’s chief financial officer, to serve in the same position at the independent film company, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

This is the first time A24 will have a CFO in the almost 10 years since the company was launched. Lockhart will lead the brand’s continued global expansion.

Lockhart served as CFO at the NBA for the last four years, after joining the league in 2013. During that time, he led strategic planning and oversaw all financial matters for the NBA and its affiliated businesses, which include the WNBA, NBA G League, Basketball Africa League and NBA 2K League, the NBA’s esports league.

Prior to the NBA, Lockhart worked in venture capital, focusing on media and technology investment banking. He also previously worked at the Walt Disney Company’s Strategic Planning Group, focusing on business development and M&a initiatives.
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Billy Currington Leans into Dance and Prince Funk on Surprise New Album ‘Intuition’

Billy Currington Leans into Dance and Prince Funk on Surprise New Album ‘Intuition’
Country singer Billy Currington has emerged from wherever he goes for years at a time and dropped a surprise new album. The “People Are Crazy” singer’s seventh major-label release Intuition is out now and sees him tilting more toward the textures of Eighties synth-pop, dance music, and R&b.

Currington, whose most recent radio single was 2019’s “Details,” has never shied away from experimenting with different styles — “Must Be Doing Somethin’ Right” was sultry country-soul, “We Are Tonight” was an unabashedly U2-style arena-rock anthem, and “Pretty Good at
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Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Inks Production Deal With A24 (Exclusive)

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Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Inks Production Deal With A24 (Exclusive)
Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack Films has signed a production deal with A24, the content studio whose credits include the films “Moonlight,” “The Florida Project” “Midsommer” and “Uncut Gems,” and the television series “Ramy” and “Euphoria,” among many other projects.

Scott and Cactus Jack will produce movies in partnership with A24, which was revealed on Scott’s Instagram and A24’s with an image of a script bearing the word “Utopia” (covered with marker), a rep for the artist confirms.

A24 has received some 25 Academy Award nominations and is affiliated with several Oscar winners including “Room,” “The Lighthouse” and “Ex Machina.”

Cactus Jack is the multi-product mini-empire of Scott’s which includes alliances with McDonald’s and Fortnite, among other brands that feature elements of fashion, gaming and filmmaking.

The first “special project” to launch with A24 is in the works and will align with Scott’s upcoming album, according to insiders.
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