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Olivia Colman to receive inaugural Raindance Film Festival Icon Award (exclusive)

Olivia Colman to receive inaugural Raindance Film Festival Icon Award (exclusive)
The Favourite’ actress will accept the award in person on Tuesday August 20.

Olivia Colman will be the first recipient of the Raindance Icon Award, ahead of this year’s Raindance Film Festival (September 18-29).

Colman, whose role as Queen Anne in Yorgos LanthimosThe Favourite won her best actress prizes at the Oscars, Baftas, Golden Globes and Bifas among others, will accept the award in person at a reception in London on August 20 at the May Fair Hotel.

The Icon award is adapted from the Raindance Auteur award, a honourary prize previously given by the festival to directors Terry Gilliam,
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Bella Thorne Says She’s “Lucky” To Release Her Directorial Debut On Pornhub As She Describes Filming “Real-Life F–cking”

When you think of “visionary” directors, there are some names that come to mind. Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Terry Gilliam, James Cameron, and even Quentin Tarantino are all people you could put in that esteemed category. And if you’re Pornhub, you put Bella Thorne up there as well.

Today, it was announced that actress-turned-filmmaker Bella Thorne, who is probably best known for her work as a Disney actress as a child and recent films like “Midnight Sun” and “The Babysitter,” is going to step behind the camera for the first time to direct the short film “Her & Him.” However, the added wrinkle is that “Her & Him” isn’t your typical short film.

Continue reading Bella Thorne Says She’s “Lucky” To Release Her Directorial Debut On Pornhub As She Describes Filming “Real-Life F–cking” at The Playlist.
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Interview with Treb Monteras: It’s an exciting time for Filipino cinema, because somehow the line between mainstream and independent cinema is blurred.

Treb has directed TV shows, commercials, live concerts and over 300 music videos. He has done album cover shoots for some of the Philippines’ best artists as well. A Bfa- Advertising Arts Graduate from the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design. he pursued his passion for filmmaking, and studied at the Mowelfund Film Institute, and at the International Institute for Film and the Arts.

In 2016, he attended the American Society of Cinematographer’s Masterclass in Los Angeles, California.

​His first feature film “Respeto”, received seven awards in the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2017 which includes Best Picture, Netpac Jury Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actor and Audience Choice Award.

We spoke with him about the film, hip hop and poetry, violence, Filipino cinema and other topics.

What inspired you to combine hip-hop and Philippine poetry together?

The idea came to me when I saw a
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Cats Trailer Reactions Pour in After Debut of Terrifying CGI-Heavy Footage

Kirsten Howard Jul 19, 2019

Sweet baby Jesus and the orphans, the Cats movie trailer is a thing of horror.

2019 has been quite the year for big-screen CG gambles. First, the internet had to process Will Smith's as the Genie in Disney's live-action Aladdin remake, then Sonic suddenly had human teeth. On top of all that, when the admittedly visually impressive The Lion King was subsequently released, fans of the original animated classic struggled to comprehend why. An existential crisis of CG tire fire proportions has been burning relentlessly online over the last six months, and last night, the backdraft hit.

The trailer for Universal's Cats - an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about a series of cat people who slowly introduce themselves until one of them ascends to a higher plane with the hope of being reborn - dropped a day early in what can only
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Doesn't Everyone Like Creepy Cat Videos? People Respond to the Cats Trailer

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Doesn't Everyone Like Creepy Cat Videos? People Respond to the Cats Trailer
The Cats trailer is here and people don't really know what to make of it. Obviously, there are more than a few who love everything about it. What's not to like? It's an iconic musical and it has an all-star cast with Taylor Swift on board, so naturally, people are going to love it. However, there are also those who find the actual look of Tom Hooper's upcoming movie to be horrifying. Sonic the Hedgehog cries are being ignored and suddenly everybody forgets Will Smith even played the Genie in the Aladdin reboot.

Seeing these human A-list actors as naked CGI cats is something original, that's for sure. One person on social media simply said, "what the actual f*ck," after seeing the Cats trailer for the first time. That one simple thought seems to echo those of many on social media. The realistic digital fur technology is on
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‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Review

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Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, José Luis Ferrer, Ismael Fritschi, Juan López-Tagle, William Miller, Will Keen, Jason Watkins, Paloma Bloyd, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro | Written by Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni | Directed by Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam’s’ long-delayed rendition of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has taken over twenty-eight years to come to fruition, but alas, after multiple delays, a stroke and, a lawsuit against a release, Gilliam’s film has finally been released for all to see, albeit in an incredibly diluted and sadly quiet fashion. For a film that has almost killed three cast members involved in a life span of thirty years any film of such high esteem and high calibre ought to be worth viewing alone for the pain and pressure that went into realising such a project, but unfortunately, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is all seemingly inconsequential.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
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How The Outer Worlds Channels Fallout, Classic Sci-fi, and the Real World

John Saavedra Matthew Byrd Aug 2, 2019

We talked to The Outer World's narrative designer about the game's morality and how Obsidian crafts such a large story.

Obsidian's The Outer Worlds is one of our most highly anticipated releases of the year and for good reason: this space-faring adventure recalls classic RPG titles such as the studio's Fallout: New Vegas, one of the best RPGs ever made. In fact, the developer has an excellent track record of great RPGs, including more recent titles like Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny. Every new Obsidian project, especially one conceived and directed by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, creators of the Fallout series back in their Interplay days.

"They sort of took this very Brazil corporate dystopian model and injected Tim's silly Futurama/Simpsons humor to it, which is a similar special sauce they found success with in Fallout games," Dan McPhee, The Outer Worlds narrative designer,
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Valentina Cortese Dies: Italian Actress, Oscar-Nominated For François Truffaut’s ‘Day For Night’, Was 96

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Valentina Cortese Dies: Italian Actress, Oscar-Nominated For François Truffaut’s ‘Day For Night’, Was 96
Italian actress Valentina Cortese, Oscar-nominated for her performance in François Truffaut’s 1973 drama Day For Night, has died aged 96, according to Italian news service Ansa.

The prolific actress, whose career spanned more than 50 years, started out in Italian films of the early 1940s, leading to internationally acclaimed roles in Riccardo Freda’s 1948 Italian movie Les Misérables and the 1949 British film The Glass Mountain (1949), which led to a number of roles in American features.

Cortese starred in movies including second world war thriller Malaya with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart, Jules Dassin’s Thieves’ Highway with Richard Conte, and Joseph L Makiewicz’s The Barefoot Contessa with Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner.

In Europe she later starred in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Le Amiche, Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen and Franco Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon.

In 1975, Cortese received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role
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Valentina Cortese, Italian Actress Nominated for Oscar, Dies at 96

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Valentina Cortese, Italian Actress Nominated for Oscar, Dies at 96
Valentina Cortese, an Italian actress who held the extremely rare distinction of having been nominated for best supporting actress for her work in a foreign film, Francois Truffaut’s 1973 classic “Day for Night,” has died, according to Italian news agency Ansa. She was 96.

In Truffaut’s “Day for Night,” considered by many to be the best movie about making movies ever made, Cortese played, in the words of Roger Ebert, “the alcoholic diva past her prime.” The New York Times said: “The performances are superb. Miss Cortese and Miss Bisset are not only both hugely funny but also hugely affecting, in moments that creep up on you without warning.”

For a two-part, Carlo Ponti-produced 1948 film adaptation of “Les Miserables,” Cortese caused a sensation by playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette. (The film was otherwise an adequate treatment of the Victor Hugo novel.)

“With Valentina Cortese’s passing, the
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32 Movie Endings That Were Changed by Test Screenings

Mark Harrison Jul 8, 2019

What happens when test audiences don’t like the ending of a movie? Here are some finales that were changed after preview screenings…

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Warning: This feature contains spoilers for the end of movies, ranging from 1980s hits to recent ones like Escape Room. If you haven't seen one of the films discussed, you may want to skip over that entry or otherwise proceed with caution.

The test screening process is a nebulous part of studio filmmaking. Some directors and producers swear by it, but in other cases, it's the bane of a filmmaker's existence. With so much money on the line, most studios reserve the right to choose the final cut of a film, which can be hugely influenced by preview audiences' reactions.

Endings seem to be particularly fluid when it comes to test-screening feedback and there are countless
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7 Underrated Movies of the 2010s That Will Change Your Life

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7 Underrated Movies of the 2010s That Will Change Your Life
If you're like me, when you ask your friend if they've seen a particular movie, you're very familiar with the blank stare that answers that question. If you're a normal member of society, you've been the starer in the situation. In any case, my many conversations with movie buffs and casual watchers alike have proven to me that there are some really great movies virtually nobody has seen from the early 2000s and beyond. Enough small talk, let's get to the list.

The Way Way Back (2013)

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Okay. This one is a little more well-known, but I've still talked to about three people who have seen it. Man, is this movie good! About as close as you can get to a perfect coming-of-age movie, The Way Way Back follows Duncan, a 15-year-old boy who goes with his mom to spend the summer at her skeevy boyfriend's beach house.
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7 Underrated Movies of the 2000s That Will Change Your Life

  • MovieWeb
7 Underrated Movies of the 2000s That Will Change Your Life
If you're like me, when you ask your friend if they've seen a particular movie, you're very familiar with the blank stare that answers that question. If you're a normal member of society, you've been the starer in the situation. In any case, my many conversations with movie buffs and casual watchers alike have proven to me that there are some really great movies virtually nobody has seen from the early 2000s and beyond. Enough small talk, let's get to the list.

The Way Way Back (2013)

if Ie 9>endif-->if Ie 9>endif-->

Okay. This one is a little more well-known, but I've still talked to about three people who have seen it. Man, is this movie good! About as close as you can get to a perfect coming-of-age movie, The Way Way Back follows Duncan, a 15-year-old boy who goes with his mom to spend the summer at her skeevy boyfriend's beach house.
See full article at MovieWeb »

‘Phil’ Review: Greg Kinnear’s Directorial Debut Is a Toothless Dark Comedy About a Suicidal Dentist

‘Phil’ Review: Greg Kinnear’s Directorial Debut Is a Toothless Dark Comedy About a Suicidal Dentist
Greg Kinnear is a likeable actor who gravitates towards playing feckless and unlikeable people — the kind of simpering people whose lives are just waiting to be flattened by a steamroller, or already have. The only difference with “Phil,” his cloying and contrived directorial debut, is that Kinnear is both in front of the camera and behind the wheel; it’s like a slow-motion hit-and-run where the victim and the suspect are somehow the same man. As a feat of masochism, “Phil” is an impressive trick. As a movie, it’s a ghastly mess.

It’s immediately apparent why Kinnear was drawn to Stephen Mazur’s (“Liar Liar”) script, which hinges on a humdinger of a mistaken-identity premise that feels like it was hatched sometime in the mid-’90s. The first time that we meet Phil, a morose Portland dentist who Kinnear plays with his signature quiver and sigh, he’s
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Tons Of Star Trek Content Is Landing On Amazon Prime This Month

Attention, Star Trek fans, if you don’t already have an Amazon Prime account, you should maybe reconsider.

According to CinemaBlend, the streaming service’s lineup for the end of July’s flooded with bold content. Joining what’s already available – including the original TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek Voyager, and more – will be Stark Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and finally, Stark Trek: Nemesis.

I know that’s quite a mouthful of titles to throw at you, so let’s break it down. For those who don’t know, two of the films are led by William Shatner’s Kirk crew, and the other three follow Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard. While this may be a bit of a stretch, we’d recommend The Undiscovered Country for a possible double feature event with Avengers: Endgame,
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Amazon Prime’s Adding A Ton Of Great Horror Movies This Month

Attention all horror fans! If you’re in the mood to celebrate a summer full of screams, Amazon Prime has you covered. The streaming service is adding a ton of genre movies to its selection this month, including supernatural superhero flicks, time traveling psychological thrillers and renowned occult classics.

Below, we take a look at some of the more high profile horror features coming soon to a streaming box near you:

Hellboy (July 23)

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. This year’s much-maligned Hellboy reboot is headed directly to Amazon Prime, less than three months after it unceremoniously left theaters. Maybe streaming from your living room, surrounded by a bunch of friends with a couple of beers in hand is the best possible way to view this. Besides, it’ll be a nice primer on the character before Netflix reboots the series a third time in the near future.
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Previously Unreleased Monty Python Audio to Get Airing for Troupe’s 50th Anniversary

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Previously Unreleased Monty Python Audio to Get Airing for Troupe’s 50th Anniversary
Michael Palin will exec-produce series of radio specials containing never-before-released audio from Monty Python as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the iconic comedy troupe. They will play on the BBC in the U.K. and then go out in the U.S.

Palin and his fellow Pythons – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman – will have their film, TV and radio work showcased to celebrate their group hitting the half-century mark. BBC Radio will premiere five specials, produced by Palin, in September. They will then go out on Sirius Xm in the U.S.

“Join Michael to find out what John’s mother thought about her care home, the extra unpleasant things that were planned for Eric’s Brave Sir Robin, what exactly Terry Jones is so worried about, and why the infamous Fat Ignorant Bastards have never been more relevant to the world today,
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NonStop buying spree includes 'High Life', 'First Love' (exclusive)

NonStop buying spree includes 'High Life', 'First Love' (exclusive)
The Scandinavian distributor has picked up 29 titles.

Takashi Miike’s Directors’ Fortnight selection First Love; Claire Denis’ sci-fi High Life, Sydney Pollack’s Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace; and John Chester’s hit Sundance doc Biggest Little Farm are among the films acquired by Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment. The deals were done with HanWay Films, Wild Bunch, Endeavor Content and The Exchange respectively.

The Stockholm-based company has confirmed it has bought 29 titles in Cannes and beyond for distribution in the Nordics and Baltics.

“We continue to see a very strong output of commercial documentaries that prove themselves in the theatrical
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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: 5 Things The Movie Changed From The Book (And 5 Things Kept The Same)

When it comes to being one of the best reenactments of a bad drug trip and adaptations around, few come close to the heights that Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas achieved. Though a box office failure, Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo's (Benicio del Toro) savage odyssey to Las Vegas was vindicated by time and became a certified cult classic.

But as faithful as Gilliam’s movie is, there were some things that were lost in the novel’s translation to celluloid. Here are five things that were changed from the book, plus five things kept the same for a movie that’s too weird to live and too rare to die.
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Good Omens Ep Explains Why He Had To Have Benedict Cumberbatch

Written back in 1990, the bestselling fantasy comedy novel Good Omens from Neil Gaiman and the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett has gone on to become a true classic of the genre over the years. The laugh out loud funny, imaginative tale of an angel and demon working together to save the world when the Antichrist is born always had obvious potential for an adaptation as well, with Terry Gilliam trying to make a movie out of it in the early 00s with Johnny Depp and Robin Williams set to star.

Unfortunately, that never really went anywhere, but once Gaiman took matters into his own hands, things finally got going and though it didn’t make it to the silver screen, Good Omens has instead landed on television as a brilliant miniseries over at Amazon Prime. So far, it’s gone down extremely well with fans and while a follow-up unfortunately seems unlikely,
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Jim Jarmusch: ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Is ‘the Best of American Cinema of the Last Decade’

Lists declaring the best films of the decade will be coming in more frequently as the year continues, but at least one filmmaker has already weighed in with his pick. In a new interview with Vulture to promote his zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die,” writer-director Jim Jarmusch gives praise to David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” and calls it the single best piece of American cinema over the last 10 years. There’s been much debate over whether or not “Twin Peaks: The Return” is a film or a television series, but as far as Jarmusch is concerned it’s the former.

“Oh, the best of American cinema of the last decade, probably, for me, is ‘Twin Peaks: The Return,’ an 18-hour film that is incomprehensible and dreamlike in the most beautiful, adventurous way,” Jarmusch said. “That is a masterpiece. Why can’t they just give David Lynch whatever money he needs?
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