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Brad Pitt Says It’s a Mistake to Judge Films Based on Opening Weekend Box Office

Brad Pitt Says It’s a Mistake to Judge Films Based on Opening Weekend Box Office
Box office tracking for the upcoming weekend has come in (via Variety) and shows James Gray’s space epic “Ad Astra” opening between $18 million and $20 million during its box office debut, a solid number made somewhat troubling because the film cost over $80 million to produce. In today’s Hollywood landscape, opening weekend box office grosses go a long way in defining the film as a breakout success (see “Hustlers” last weekend) or a disastrous flop. For Brad Pitt, judging movies based on box office debuts is a mistake. Speaking to GQ, the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Ad Astra” actor said he’s more interested in the longevity of his films than by their debut grosses.

Asked by GQ journalist Zach Baron how he will gauge the success of “Ad Astra,” Pitt responded, “Well, for the financiers, whether it be studio or independent, that will be monetary. And most of our films,
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Roger Deakins on Why Cinematography and Visual Effects Should Not Be Separate Crafts

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Roger Deakins on Why Cinematography and Visual Effects Should Not Be Separate Crafts
All too often in today’s big budget tentpoles, the visual effects can feel painted on to the frame — a distinct layer separate from the live action caught on camera. According to 14-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins, whose new film “The Goldfinch” opened this past weekend, the problem often stems from the cinematographer not being involved in the visual effects process.

“You’ve got one pair of eyes creating a kind of lighting and palette on a frame and then somebody else comes on,” said Deakins, a recent guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “It’s like two painters, Jackson Pollock doing an addition to Turner painting. It’s not going to work is it? Even though both are technically great artists – that’s probably the wrong way to talk about it, but you’re looking at one thing and some else comes along and they look at something else in a different way.
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True History of the Kelly Gang review – brutal portrait of the outback outlaw

Justin Kurzel delivers a fierce counterpoint to the Ned Kelly legend with this starkly violent story of a damaged criminal

Justin Kurzel detonates a punk power-chord of defiance and anarchy with this brutally violent and unflinchingly stark tale that unfolds in a scorched, alien-looking landscape. The film is adapted by Shaun Grant from Peter Carey’s Booker prize-winning novel, and it is a further variation on the legend of Ned Kelly, the 19th-century Australian outlaw and bush-ranger at war with the English colonial oppressor. Kurzel’s rock’n’roll Kelly has a bit more in common with the spirit of Mick Jagger’s portrayal in Tony Richardson’s 1970 film treatment than with Heath Ledger’s the 2003 version.

Kurzel’s movie draws on the traditional view of Kelly as the Jesse James or Che Guevara of Australia, but subverts the legend by presenting a vivid context of dysfunction and abuse in
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Roger Deakins Urges Criterion to Release Over Three-Hour ‘Jesse James’ Extended Cut

Roger Deakins Urges Criterion to Release Over Three-Hour ‘Jesse James’ Extended Cut
Andrew Dominik’s 2007 historical epic “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” was a flop for Warner Bros. at the box office, grossing just under $4 million domestically against a $30 million production budget. The movie’s $15 million worldwide total wasn’t great either. In the year’s since, “Jesse James” has emerged as a cult favorite thanks to its strong central performance from Brad Pitt and its cinematography by Roger Deakins. The Dp’s work on the film is often credited as some of the best cinematography of the 21st century. In a new interview with Collider, Deakins reveals there is an over three-hour “Jesse James” cut he hopes will get a release.

“It should be [on Criterion],” Deakins said. “I would really like to see the long version, the first cut that I saw, released on Criterion. That’s what I’d hope for. It was over three hours.
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Toronto: IFC Films Nabs Russell Crowe’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’

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IFC Films has purchased North American rights to “The True History of the Kelly Gang,” a historical drama that stars Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, and Charlie Hunnam. The film is premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and was considered to be one of the hotter projects looking for distribution.

The film is adapted from Peter Carey’s Booker Prize–winning novel of the same name and follows the exploits of the Australian outlaw. In his 25 years on Earth, Kelly burned bright, becoming an outback version of Jesse James or Robin Hood. His career of crime has inspired past films, one, an early aughts offering that starred the late Heath Ledger, and another, a 1970 production with Mick Jagger at his Mick Jagger-iest.

The sale of “The True History of the Kelly Gang” is in the seven figure range. Justin Kurzel directed the picture from a script by Shaun Grant.
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Andrew Dominik Begins Production on Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde’ as Full Cast is Announced

Andrew Dominik has spent the better half of the decade trying to get his Marilyn Monroe biopic off the ground and, thanks to Netflix, it’s now becoming a reality. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director found his star in Ana de Armas this past spring and now production is getting underway in Los Angeles.

THR has details on the full cast which includes two of Monroe’s husbands–Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale as Joe Dimaggio–as well as Julianne Nicholson, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton, David Warshofsky, Lily Fisher, Evan Williams, and Xavier Samuel. Cinematographer Chayse Irvin (BlacKkKlansman) has also come on board to shoot the film.

Based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel, Dominik told us, “Blonde‘s interesting because it has very little dialogue in it. My previous three movies have relied on a lot of talking
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Geeky Destinations: Best Vacation Hotspots For Nerds

Aaron Sagers Aug 30, 2019

Looking to go on a nerd-inspired road trip? Why not try one of these geeky destinations...

This article is presented to you by Red Roof Inn.

When hitting the road on most vacations, it’s a good idea to pack a swimsuit, sunscreen, and comfy shoes. But when genre geeks are fantripping, and setting out on an adventure of the bizarro boulevards, weird ways, and absurd avenues of America, the suitcase might also contain ghosthunting gadgets, UFO skywatch goggles, a detective kit, and, above all else, an insatiable curiosity for all things odd and off-center.

read more: Ghosthunters' Grant Wilson on Updating a Paranormal Classic

And trust me, there is a lot to see in America alone. An endless assortment of odd destinations could fill several passports dedicated solely to the nation’s quirky corners. With that in mind, we could never complete an entire mad map.
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Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula

Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula

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Kino Lorber

1966/ 1.85:1 / 73 min.

Starring John Carradine, Chuck Courtney, Virginia Christine

Cinematography by Lothrop B. Worth

Directed by William Beaudine

William Beaudine, the human assembly line behind a warehouse full of movies that included Voodoo Man and Bowery Buckeroos, hauls John Carradine onto an over-lit and under-budget stage for another shot at the Count in Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula.

In 1966 Beaudine was very near the end of his career but Carradine reigned for three more decades, giving him ample time for reflection: “I have worked in a dozen of the greatest, and I have worked in a dozen of the worst. I only regret Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula. Otherwise, I regret nothing.”

Shot in eight days, producer Carroll Case and writer Carl K. Hittleman conceived the title as part of a matched set for the drive-in crowd – both Billy and Jesse James
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‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Netflix Unveils First-Look Images (Photos)

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‘Mindhunter’ Season 2: Netflix Unveils First-Look Images (Photos)
Netflix’s interactive press site has released the first-look images for Season 2 of “Mindhunter,” which will focus on the Atlanta Child Murders.

The series, from David Fincher, covers the early days of the FBI’s criminal psychology and criminal profiling division, delving into the minds of murderers to see what makes them tick. Fincher will executive produce and direct.

Premiering Aug. 16, Fincher recently revealed the focus of Season 2 will be on the series of killings between 1979 and 1981 that targeted African-American children, teenagers and adults in Atlanta, Georgia. Wayne Williams, who is currently serving a life sentence of the deaths of two Atlanta men in 1981, will play a central role in the season. Police believe he’s responsible for 23 of those murders. He maintains his innocence.

Also Read: Watch 'Mindhunter' Killer Ed Kemper Celebrate Christmas With an Egg Salad Sandwich (Video)

The cast of Season 2 is as follows: Jonathan Groff,
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David Fincher Says Season 2 of ‘Mindhunter’ Will Focus on Atlanta Child Murders

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David Fincher Says Season 2 of ‘Mindhunter’ Will Focus on Atlanta Child Murders
The second season of “Mindhunter,” David Fincher’s Netflix series about the early days of the FBI’s criminal psychology and criminal profiling division, will center on the Atlanta Child Murders.

“You could probably do three seasons on the Atlanta Child Murders,” Fincher said on KCRW’s “The Treatment” podcast. “It’s a huge and sweeping and tragic story. We couldn’t do it justice in the background of our nine hours.”

Fincher also revealed that the second season will premiere on Aug. 16.
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‘After Porn Ends': What 9 Porn Stars Did After Their Careers Ended (Photos)

‘After Porn Ends': What 9 Porn Stars Did After Their Careers Ended (Photos)
What do porn stars do when their lives in the adult film industry end? That’s the question at the heart of documentary filmmaker Bryce Wagoner’s film “After Porn Ends,” its sequel, “After Porn Ends 2,” and its new follow-up, “After Porn Ends 3.” The film looks at the tragedies and successes of people who left an industry that famously uses up young talent. Some have no regrets about their years in the industry. For others, a career in the adult industry has proven to be a conduit to certain despair. Johnnie Keyes: Johnnie wasn’t the first black adult performer, but he was the first black Porn Star. Coming from poverty he enlisted in the army and became a champion boxer. Using the GI Bill he got a drama degree and starred in Jesus Christ, Superstar. After a chance casting in Behind the Green Door, he found himself
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Showbiz History: Star Wars' Oscar Ceremony & Matthew Goode's Birthday Suit

8 random things that happened on this day in history (as it relates to showbiz). Happy April 3rd!

1882 Jesse James is Assassinated by the Coward Robert Ford (Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck recreating that for you above circa 2007).

1930 The 2nd Oscars are held with Broadway Melody taking Best Picture. (No film won more than 1 Oscar at that ceremony but that's less crazy than it sounds since there were only 7 categories then.)

1942 Zoltan Korda's The Jungle Book opens in movie theaters. It certainly won't be the last film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's wild boy and jungle animals adventure but it receives the most Oscar nominations of any of them by far in four categories

After the jump the historic 50th Oscar ceremony. So much good trivia awaits you...
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Ana de Armas in talks to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde

Blade Runner 2049 star Ana de Armas has been offered the role of screen icon Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, which is set to be directed by Andrew Dominik.

According to Collider, de Armas is yet to sign on for the role, but is Dominik’s choice to star in the long-gestating project, which is being produced by the director’s Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Softly star Brad Pitt.

The film, which is set up at Netflix, will follow “the talented Norma Jeane Mortenson as she blossoms into movie star Marilyn Monroe. But after a series of failed relationships and heartbreaking tragedy, she spirals into drug addiction and mental instability.”

See Also: First trailer for The Informer starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen and Ana de Armas

De Armas’ previous credits include Knock Knock, Hands of Stone and War Dogs, and
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Celebrating the 80th anniversary of 1939, the greatest year ever for film: ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and more

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of 1939, the greatest year ever for film: ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and more
I was recently challenged to list my top 10 favorite movies of all time, which proved an impossible task; however, I can easily name my favorite Decade for filmmaking: the 1930s. Movies truly evolved during this decade, with the final one of 1939 becoming the greatest year ever for films: “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Stagecoach,” “Ninotchka,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Wuthering Heights” and so many more! Since that special year is celebrating its 80th anniversary, let’s take a look back.

SEEOscar Best Picture Gallery: History of Every Academy Award-Winning Movie

The film industry was still in its youth as the decade rolled in with “talking pictures” becoming the new standard. Besides mastering the technical aspects of that, they were still learning how to develop a story, how to act for the camera as opposed to stage acting, and how to engineer special effects. At the same time,
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The True Story of Jesse James

Nicholas Ray’s CinemaScope detour into outlaw Americana is yet another sincere artistic effort muffled by studio interference. Ray sought to examine a legend in terms of folklore and celebrity. Fox just wanted a cheap remake of its 1939 hit and undermined the director all the way. It’s a potentially great film marred by clumsy reshoots and re-edits.

The True Story of Jesse James

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Twilight Time

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date November 20, 2018 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead, Alan Hale Jr., Alan Baxter, John Carradine, Rachel Stephens, Barney Phillips, Biff Elliot, Frank Overton, Barry Atwater, Marian Seldes, Chubby Johnson, Frank Gorshin, Carl Thayler, John Doucette, Ken Clark, Anthony Ray, Gene Roth, Sumner Williams, Carleton Young.

Cinematography: Joe MacDonald

Original Music: Leigh Harline

Written by Walter Newman, based on an earlier screenplay by Nunnally Johnson

Produced by Herbert B. Swope Jr.
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Sam Rockwell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Moon,’ ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’

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Sam Rockwell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Moon,’ ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’
During one of his many award speeches in 2018 for his supporting role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Sam Rockwell proclaimed himself a character actor as opposed to your traditional leading man. The line between those two types of actors is often blurry and Rockwell himself has vacillated from supporting roles to lead roles throughout his career.

Rockwell’s success has been a long time coming. He moved to New York at a very young age after attending a school for the arts in San Francisco. He worked steadily on the stage and television building up a resume of small roles. He would eventually gain name recognition during the 1990s heyday of independent film, in particular with the films “Lawn Dogs” and “Box of Moonlight” starting to get the actor noticed.

He began to work frequently with playwright turned film director Martin McDonaugh, eventually leading to the point where McDonaugh described him as his muse.
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William Castle at Columbia – Volume One

Following in the footsteps of trailblazing publicity hound Carl Denham, William Castle learned that if you can’t bring your audience to the sideshow, bring the sideshow to them – the 3D craze of the 50’s allowed him to do just that.

After toying with the format in 1953’s Fort Ti and 1954’s Jesse James vs. the Daltons, the adventurous director upped the ante with even more extravagant promotional stunts for his late 50’s thrillers Macabre and House on Haunted Hill. Even the vinegary gossip columnist Louella Parsons had kind words for Haunted Hill and with its success Castle suddenly found himself spending more time on gimmicks than coherent story lines.

The first four films from that cockeyed era are collected in William Castle at Columbia – Volume One – a Blu ray set from the UK’s ever-reliable Indicator featuring some of the most memorably peculiar entertainments to ever confound and delight the neighborhood bijou.
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‘Breaking Bad’ Collects Series’ Music for Limited-Edition, Vinyl-Only Box Set

‘Breaking Bad’ Collects Series’ Music for Limited-Edition, Vinyl-Only Box Set
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Breaking Bad, the beloved series will collect five LPs-worth of music that featured during the show’s five seasons for a limited-edition, vinyl-only box set.

Limited to 5,000 copies, the Breaking Bad Original Soundtrack arrives November 30th and boasts five “Albuquerque crystal”-colored 10″ records, each housed in a jacket that represents one of the series’ five seasons.

The set also features “a lift off box set with Breaking Bad logo on front with special drip-off varnish,” an exclusive poster and “Los Pollos Hermanos” plastic ID
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‘Brake Room’: Discovery Revs Up Gearhead Game Show Hosted By Nick Stevens

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Exclusive: Discovery Channel is dropping the green flag on Brake Room, a new game show for gearheads that premieres at 11 Pm Monday, October 1. Comic Nick Stevens hosts the series, which featured celebrity contestants trying to predict what happens in the craziest viral videos from the motor world. Check out a clip above.

Each episode pits two car fanatics against each other in a number of challenges where they use their background, judgment and motor knowledge to help them answer questions about viral clips of auto accidents, blunders and mishaps. The weekly winner is rewarded with what the network describes as “the alluring mystery box.”

Among the contestants buckling in for the ride are master car builder Jesse James, Deadliest Catch’s Sean Dwyer, MoonshinersTim Smith and Josh Owens, and Jackass veteran Jason “Wee Man” Acuna.

Brake Room is produced by Magilla Entertainment. Its Matthew Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson, Jason Fox,
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FX Orders Bob Fosse Limited Series Starring Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams With Lin-Manuel Miranda Producing

  • Variety
FX has ordered a limited series based on the life of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams attached as the series leads, Variety has learned.

Based on “Fosse,” the biography written by Sam Wasson, the untitled eight-part series tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Fosse and Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, while she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together they changed the face of American entertainment at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art. Production on the series is slated to begin in the fall with the show set to launch in 2019.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, and George Stelzner will executive produce,
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