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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Owen Kline’s Two Against Nature

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Owen Kline’s Two Against Nature
We’ll call Two Against Nature the Bermuda Triangle of all our Sundance guesses. An indie comedy that was backed by a talented bunch and one that employed the celluloid extraordinaire services in Sean Price Williams has dropped out of sight since it went into production back in November 2017. What we do know is that Maria Dizzia (she closes out the excellent Christine) toplines and, Josh Pais, Daniel Zolghadri and Matthew Maher are also set. Owen Kline who was a child actor in The Squid and the Whale both wrote and directed the project.

Gist: Tbd.

Production Co./Producers: Elara Pictures’ Sebastian Bear-McClard, Oscar Boyson, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Scott Rudin Productions’ Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.…
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Returns to Movie Theaters for 30th Anniversary Next Month

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Returns to Movie Theaters for 30th Anniversary Next Month
The original live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all set to emerge from the sewers and once again liven up theaters nationwide to celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have a special three-day engagement in cinemas courtesy of Fathom Events, who specialize in bringing independent movie classics to the big screen and, in this case, are giving you the exact cinematic classic you need right now.

"We are excited to celebrate 30 years of a film that brings families together in a fun, entertaining and hilarious way," said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events' Vice President of Studio Relations. "As audiences discovered in 1990, the adventures of the heroic turtles are truly meant to be seen on a giant screen in a darkened theater, so we hope audiences of all ages will make Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael part of their entertainment plans."

Released in 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary Panel Celebrates Tmnt Legacy at Comic-Con

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary Panel Celebrates Tmnt Legacy at Comic-Con
Break out the pizza because Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special panel for Comic-Con@Home. This year's event is quite a bit different than what fans of pop culture have come to expect. Instead of a massive, in-person gathering that consumes downtown San Diego, the organizers have put together a series of digital panels that are available for all to watch from the comfort of home. In this case, the producer and writer of a true 90s classic have gathered to share the secrets behind the movie.

The panel celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which truly helped to popularize the characters in the mainstream. To present a bit of history behind the making of this iconic movie, panel guests include producer Kim Dawson, as well as writer and producer Bobby Herbeck. It is moderated by The Old Turtle Den's creator Chris Castaneda.
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Corey Feldman Drops in on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reunion with a Special Message

Corey Feldman Drops in on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reunion with a Special Message
Corey Feldman had a special message for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans ahead of the highly anticipated reunion over the weekend. Feldman voiced Donatello in the iconic movie, along with the third installment. He even voiced the Slash character in the 2012 TV series. The actor revealed that he still gets stopped and asked about playing the character on the big screen to this day, though he doesn't like to take all of the credit.

It's been 30 years since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first hit the big screen. A virtual reunion was held in honor of the event and Corey Feldman provided a message to the fans before it took place. While he is known as the voice of Donatello, he wanted people to know that most of the credit should go to the actors who had to get inside the sweaty suits to perform the stunts. A lot of people
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Watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion Special

Watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion Special
A pizza party thirty years in the making took place this weekend as original April O'Neil Judith Hoag hosted a 30th anniversary reunion for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and you can watch the complete video online. In addition to featuring many of the original cast and crew from the classic movie, the reunion special features all kinds of never-before-seen photos, fun facts about the film, and interesting stories from everyone involved from their memories of working on the movie back in 1990. If you love the original Tmnt movie, you're really going to love this reunion, and you can check it out in the video below.

In the video, Judith Hoag speaks with many key crew members who helped bring our favorite turtles to the big screen three decades ago. This includes director Steve Barron, writer Bobby Herbeck, composer John Du Prez, chief puppeteer and second unit director Brian Henson, and producer Kim Dawson.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Virtual Pizza Party to Be Hosted by Original April O'Neil

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Virtual Pizza Party to Be Hosted by Original April O'Neil
The ultimate stay-at-home pizza party is happening soon as original April O'Neil actress Judith Hoag is hosting a virtual reunion on Zoom to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Recently, co-creator Kevin Eastman hosted an online watch party of his own in commemoration of the beloved movie, letting fans come together to enjoy Tmnt while remaining socially distant. Now, as revealed in the announcement video below, Hoag is next giving fans a chance to celebrate the original movie alongside the cast and crew for a special online reunion.

In the video, Judith Hoag explains how the Tmnt crew had some great things planned for the 30th anniversary of the original movie's release in 1990. Of course, those plans changed once social distancing and staying at home in the interest of public safety became much more important in recent months. "It would be great to have a virtual pizza party,
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Joker Director Clarifies His Dismissal of Political Criticism

Joker Director Clarifies His Dismissal of Political Criticism
Director of the recent comic book smash hit, Joker, has had to defend his movie a lot since it's release due to the depiction of violence and mental health issues and how the movie combines the two. The controversy has surrounded Joker even before its release in theaters, with most of it centered on how the events of the movie might influence impressionable audiences, with Phillips recently dismissing these criticisms as 'noise' from what he refers to as 'far left' critics.

Well, Todd Phillips has now decided to clarify these comments, as well as his stance on the depiction of certain mental health issues as a contributing factor of violence and something that should not be ignored or denied.

"We all get up in arms about climate change deniers, right? We all go, 'How can you deny this?' But to me it's the same thing. Do we want to
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Movie Review – Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

Motherless Brooklyn, 2019. Written and Directed by Edward Norton. Starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Josh Pais, Michael K. Williams, Cherry Jones, Fisher Stevens, Bobby Cannavale, and Dallas Roberts. Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private […]

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“Motherless Brooklyn” Is A Meandering Misfire From Edward Norton

There’s an admirable quality to the earnestness with which Edward Norton has tackled this adaptation of Motherless Brooklyn. A supposedly unfilmable novel, Norton has opted to make it his sophomore directorial outing. Bold move. Unfortunately, also a bit of folly on his part. For numerous reasons, this is a big time misfire, without too many redeeming qualities. It looks good, at least, but too much of what’s happening is of little interest. What could have been an epic noir instead is a tremendous letdown. Opening this week, it’s far from an Academy Award contender and likely will disappoint most who seek it out. The movie is, as mentioned above, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem. Set in 1950s New York City, we follow private detective Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely man struggling with Tourette’s Syndrome. Most see him as a freak,
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Movie Review – Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

Motherless Brooklyn, 2019. Written and Directed by Edward Norton. Starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Josh Pais, Michael Kenneth Williams, Cherry Jones, Fisher Stevens, Bobby Cannavale, and Dallas Roberts. Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private […]

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Win Free Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Motherless Brooklyn

Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

Oscar nominee Edward Norton directed, wrote, produced and stars in “Motherless Brooklyn.” The film’s journey to the screen began in 1999 when Norton saw the cinematic potential in Jonathan Lethem’s novel Motherless Brooklyn and its unforgettable central character.
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Joker Set Had One Important Rule for All Involved Ordered by Joaquin Phoenix

Joker Set Had One Important Rule for All Involved Ordered by Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix had one rule for the cast and crew of Joker. The actor has been praised for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in the dark movie. While a lot of what Phoenix does on a movie set may come off as unorthodox, he is just into getting the performance right, which may come off as being rude at times. He lost 50 pounds for the role, which was something he was not initially into doing and stormed off the set a few times, only to later return and nail a scene. He apparently also got into an argument with Robert De Niro about acting.

As for what that one rule on the set of Joker was, it's pretty simple and one most people try to live by in daily life. Josh Pais, who plays Arthur Fleck's boss in the movie, recently spoke about working with Joaquin Phoenix and his one rule on the set,
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'Joker' Actor on Joaquin Phoenix's One Rule on Set

'Joker' Actor on Joaquin Phoenix's One Rule on Set
[This story contains spoilers for Joker.]

Actor Josh Pais is proud to be “that guy.” Over the last 30-plus years, you’ve likely seen his work in Rounders, Scream 3, Ray Donovan or his 90 other roles. If his face doesn’t register, then perhaps his voice will ring a bell since he played Raphael in 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Either way, Pais is a card-carrying member of Hollywood’s select “That Guy” club, and even if you can’t quite place him, such a distinction is a badge of honor since Pais has worked consistently enough since 1988 to become ...
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Movie Review – Joker (2019)

Joker, 2019. Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Brett Cullen, Frances Conroy, Douglas Hodge, Shea Whigham, Marc Maron, Bryan Callen, Bill Camp, Josh Pais, Glenn Fleshler, Dante Pereira-Olson, and Brian Tyree Henry. Synopsis: One of the most infamous comic book villains in history gets his very own film. The […]

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Does Joker Have a Post-Credit Scene?

After months of talking about it, Joker has finally hit theaters. As many comic book fans and moviegoers make their way to theaters this weekend to check out the latest from Warner Bros. and DC Films, an important question must be asked; does Joker have a post-credit scene? Do those heading to check out the movie in the coming weeks need to be prepared to sit through the end credits for some sort of stinger or tease of something else to come?

Warning: spoilers ahead for those who don't want to know anything about Joker, including the existence (or lack thereof) of a post-credit scene. That said, no, there is no post-credit scene or any sort of additional content during the movie's end credits. Once the movie ends, it ends. That's it. There is no tease of a Joker sequel or another movie coming down the pipeline, as is often
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Movie Review – Joker (2019)

Joker, 2019. Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro, Brett Cullen, Frances Conroy, Douglas Hodge, Shea Whigham, Marc Maron, Bryan Callen, Bill Camp, Josh Pais, Glenn Fleshler, Dante Pereira-Olson, and Brian Tyree Henry. Synopsis: A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society. Here’s a killing joke: […]

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Amazing In The Troubling “Joker”

No movie in recent memory has drummed up the kind of controversy and debate that Joker has. Sure, other projects have gotten tagged as controversial, but when has it also been intertwined with prestigious film festival prizes and Academy Award buzz? This is truly a one of a kind situation. Is Joker a prestige revision of comic book fare? A dangerous rationalization for the scourge of violence in America committed by lonely white males? Something else entirely? Did Todd Phillips merely take the wrong inspiration from Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver? In actuality, it’s all of those things and nothing at once. Opening this week, there’s nothing else like it. This is a standalone origin story for the iconic Batman villain, though as presented, it’s far more just a tale of unchecked mental illness and the dangers of a society on the edge.
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Back to One, Episode 77: Josh Pais

One could easily call Josh Pais a scene-stealer, but that’s not accurate. He actually feeds the other actor in the scene, and they both grow. Check out Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Synecdoche New York with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, and his recent work on Ray Donovan, to name just a few of his dozens of credits. This fall he’s in Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, and Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. In this episode he talks about finding the character in his body, counting on spontaneity, partying in the unknown, creating not recreating, and Committed Impulse, his high […]
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Back to One, Episode 77: Josh Pais

One could easily call Josh Pais a scene-stealer, but that’s not accurate. He actually feeds the other actor in the scene, and they both grow. Check out Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Synecdoche New York with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, and his recent work on Ray Donovan, to name just a few of his dozens of credits. This fall he’s in Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, and Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. In this episode he talks about finding the character in his body, counting on spontaneity, partying in the unknown, creating not recreating, and Committed Impulse, his high […]
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Joker director says the film isn’t trying to glorify violence

Todd Phillips, the director of Joker, says the film isn’t trying to glorify violence.

In the build-up to its much-anticipated release, there has been a fair bit of talk online about Joker and the way it depicts violence. Some have criticised the film, saying that it even glorifies the act.

Todd Phillips is having none of this. Speaking to The Wrap, the director dismissed the claims and even revealed the real reason he and Joaquin Phoenix decided to make the movie:

“I literally described to Joaquin at one point in those three months as like, ‘Look at this as a way to sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film’. It wasn’t, ‘We want to glorify this behavior.’ It was literally like ‘Let’s make a real movie with a real budget and we’ll call it f–ing Joker‘. That’s what it was.
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