April 2016 - Posts

Review: 'Outlander' Season 2 Episode 4, 'La Dame Blanche': Deadly Wishes and Executions

LAST WEEK'S REVIEW: 'Outlander' Season 2 Episode 3, 'Useful Occupations and Deceptions': Finding Meaning in France That's What She SaidAlways a feminist no matter what time period she's in, Claire continued to experience the repercussions of her unintentional feud against the Comte Saint German, who is clearly still peeved about his boat. As it turns out, even though Claire has been busy trying to stop a war and all, the Comte has been mounting one against her for a while now. First Claire dealt with "poison" (supposedly at his hands) and then an awful rape attempt (also supposedly thanks to his connections). Clearly this is one guy who isn't going away anytime soon, and could quickly become the new Black Jack of the season if his efforts continue. Anyone who may have felt the season was off to a slow start should certainly be satiated now; it was quite the episode full of twists and turns. That's What He SaidNow that Jamie finally knows his own enemy Black Jack...
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Peter Sellers' 'Lost' 1961 Directorial Debut 'Mr. Topaze' Was Restored From His Original Prints

The 1961 film directed and starred by Peter Sellers "Mr. Topaze" was chosen by the British public to be digitized after it was included in an online vote earlier this year.  The three films under consideration were, "The Assam Garden" (1986), "Bedelia" (1946) and "Mr. Topaze." With over 2000 votes cast, the Seller classic emerged as the winner. The film is a witty comedy about a provincial French schoolteacher turned rapacious businessman. This was the actor’s official directorial debut and had him work alongside Billie Whitelaw, Leo McKern, John le Mesurier, Joan Sims and his "Pink Panther" series co-star Herbert Lom. READ MORE: 'The Ghost of Peter Sellers' Recounts a Doomed Production With the Help of Its Original Director The BFI National Archive has produced a cleaned-up digital version using the only known surviving prints, held in its own collections and some of Sellers' personal copy on 16mm acquired in...
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Le CiNéMa Club Presenting Sebastian Silva’s Short Film 'Dolfun' For Free Online, Along With More Movies This Season

At this year's Sundance Film Festival "Nasty Baby" filmmaker Sebastian Silva presented his short film "Dolfun." The project, narrated by Ben Harper, starts as a love story that becomes an existential crisis when Silva flies to Miami to fulfill his lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin. Now, thanks to Le CiNéMa Club, fans of the director and screenwriter can watch the short online, which might be the only occasion to see it.  READ MORE: 10 Things We Learned About Indie Filmmaking from Sebastian Silva For those who don’t know much about Le CiNéMa Club, it is an online portal that presents one film every Sunday, for one week, for free. Its focus is to celebrate a new generation of filmmakers, showcase rare or undistributed films and highlight great independent cinema from around the world. For each screening, the site provides background info on the directors and their projects. In the past the site has featured the work of...
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White House Correspondents Dinner Video: Larry Wilmore Gets Advice For The Hilarious Gig -- Watch

Tonight is the last White House Correspondents Dinner of the Obama administration and Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore of “The Nightly Show” is prepping to host the shindig. Political figures and entertainment’s biggest names are set to get all dressed up and rub elbow at the Washington Hilton.   It’s a big night and honor for Wilmore, but before this all happens the comedian had a few of his friends give him sage advice on how to make the most of his gig at the White House. “I’m actually very nervous,” Wilmore said when the "Nightly Show" correspondents interrupted his segment and asked about his upcoming hosting job. “I’d rather not talk about it,” he replied as he was given an explicitly-shaped cake in celebration.  READ MORE: 7 Shows That Defined Comedy Central The team continued to tell him how great of a position this was and also showed him a video of people who wanted to wish him good luck. When the clip was shown, Cedric The Entertainer...
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'Game of Thrones' Preview: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Reveals Jaime's Upcoming High Sparrow Showdown

Last Sunday’s "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere was one for the books when Jamie Lannister came back to King’s Landing from the Dorne with his dead daughter Myrcella.  While many thought he’d get a serious beatdown from Cersei, he found himself promising her vengeance as she blamed an old prophecy for the death. So what’s next for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s character in the upcoming episodes? Entertainment Weekly Radio had the actor as a special guest to talk about the tragic death and what’s to come.  "His father’s gone, Tyrion’s gone, he’s all Cersei has now," says Coster-Waldau. "He has to deal with protecting their last kid, Tommen, who’s also the king — who is also a teenager in love, which is also not easy to deal with. It’s hard to control him. So he has to deal with that. And first the biggest enemy here, of course, is the Faith Militant, this religious uprising, being spearheaded by the High Sparrow. He has to deal with him. That’s what...
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'Ghostbusters' Reboot Trailer Most 'Disliked' In YouTube History: Is It Remake Fatigue or Sexist Rage?

Every since it was announced that "Ghostbusters" was getting a remake there have been mixed reviews about the project. Whether it was that loyal fans didn’t want to see a new reboot of their favorite film or the fact that it was a female-driven cast, discussions started to form about the film even before the first trailer dropped.  In an article by Screen Crush, the site looks into the fact that the new "Ghostbusters" trailer has been "disliked" so many times, it is already the most disliked movie trailer in YouTube history. Yes, it has more dislikes than the "Fantastic Four" and "The Ridiculous Six" trailer, and those movies were not well received. But what is interesting is that it seems that a subset of people are teaming up to hate on the movie and intentionally get it more dislikes.  READ MORE: Watch: New Trailer For Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon & Leslie...
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'Sesame Street' & Others Honored At Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: See The Complete Winners List

The 43rd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards took place on April 29 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles. The ceremony honors craft and behind-the-scene categories. CBS and PBS were the top winners with 26 awards between them. "Sesame Street" took home three awards this night and CBS’ soap opera "The Young and the Restless" left victorious with five trophies. Other noteworthy wins went to shows like "General Hospital," "The Inspectors," "The Mind of a Chef" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." READ MORE: 2016 Emmy Predictions The second night of the Daytime Emmy celebrations, which will not be televised this year, is happening Sunday at the hotel. See the full list of winners below: Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series "The Bay The Series," www.thebaytheseries.com Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series "Sesame Street," PBS Outstanding Children's...
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Hulu Making 'The Handmaid's Tale' With Elisabeth Moss May Prove Its (Feminist) Balls

Hulu's original series don't just dabble in tricky topics — the streaming service's shows are firmly rooted on the edge. The comedy "Deadbeat" fully owns its 4/20 aroma. Drama "The Path" invests deeply in exploring religion and faith. And if the upcoming "The Handmaid's Tale" manages to echo its source material, the series should be a searingly feminist work. READ MORE: Elisabeth Moss Cast In Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Hulu gave a straight-to-series order on Friday to a show based on Margaret Atwood's brilliant 1985 novel. The show, adapted by Bruce Miller (who, after writing for the CW's "The 100," is pretty familiar with in dystopian societies and complicated female protagonists) will star "Mad Men" alumni Elisabeth Moss. If you're not familiar already with "The Handmaid's Tale," it's time to fix that. In the book, Atwood depicts a dystopian society in which infertility is an...
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'The Flash' Movie Ditches Director: Genre Heavyweight Seth Grahame-Smith Left Because Of 'Creative Differences'

Seth Grahame-Smith, who was set to helm the upcoming Warner Bros. "The Flash" movie, is leaving the project due to "creative differences," The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.  The author and screenwriter of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" was to make his directorial debut with this massive DC Entertainment superhero film. Grahame-Smith wrote the script for the project, based on a treatment from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The studio will retain his original story but will have to look for a new director to take his place.  READ MORE: Russo Brothers: 'Civil War' Directors Reveal How Marvel Makes It Possible For Indie Filmmakers To Create Superhero Movies "The Flash" has a release date of March 16, 2018 - still a ways away to find a new helmer without making any changes to the day. The action film stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, who made his debut as the scarlet-speedster in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of...
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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in May 2016 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

1. "Grace and Frankie" Season 2 (available May 6) Why Should I Watch It? There are four very good, objective reasons to watch "Grace and Frankie," and they've all won Emmys. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston are absolutely delightful in Netflix's original comedy series that's far more than that. Some fans were surprised by the depth found in Season 1, as Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) reeled from their husbands' disclosure that they were not only gay, but in love with each other. The finale took things to an even more ambitious emotional place, making the Season 2 premiere a hotly-anticipated event. Best Episode: We haven't watched the screeners for Season 2 yet, but we can pick a winner for Season 1. Since I always think it's a bit of a cheat to go with flashback episodes — they're such an easy way to show character development and dump exposition, no matter how fun — I'll go with "The Earthquake," which found Sol...
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John Krasinski To Star As Jack Ryan In Amazon Series From ‘Lost’ Showrunner

John Krasinski has been cast to be the next Jack Ryan in the upcoming Amazon TV series based on the Tom Clancy CIA hero, reports Deadline. "Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland are bringing the project to life with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV producing. The show landed at Amazon with a series commitment and the intention to go straight-to-series. While there is no official green light for the show, the addition of "The Office" alum is a step forward to helping net a series order.  The new adaptation is not a direct one from the novels like the Jack Ryan movies were. It is said to be a contemporary take on the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative while using the books as source material.  READ MORE: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires John Krasinski's Sundance Drama 'The Hollars' Krasinski has been Cuse’s top choice for the lead role and this deal...
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'The Jungle Book' Box Office Could Beat Top Three Openers Combined

Disney's "The Jungle Book" will dominate the last weekend of spring, topping its rivals for the third weekend in a row. Disney has lead the box office for three of the the past four months with "The Jungle Book," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and "Zootopia." Next week brings the summer season launch of Disney/Marvel blockbuster "Captain America: Civil War," which should score in the same $191-million range as last year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." And they still have sequels  "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and Pixar's "Finding Dory" to launch over the next few weeks. Ramping up to some mighty grosses,"Captain America" debuted in 15 foreign territories on Wednesday, with its initial two-day take of $39 million in 30 territories, equal to "Ultron" in similar countries. The now frequent domestic delay gives "The Jungle Book" a certain third first-place...
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‘Human Centipede 2’ Director Tom Six Defends Teacher Suspended For Showing Film To Students

Parents at a Tennessee high school were outraged when they found out that a teacher had shown "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)" in class. The franchise’s director Tom Six didn’t seem to think the same and applauded the educator's decision.  The film is a grotesque horror story about a man who goes on a killing spree after he watches the first film, "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)," and tries to recreate the experiment of sewing people together in an inhuman manner.  READ MORE: Watch: You'll Run Screaming From This Clip of Tom Six's 'What the F**k!?' According to a press release, the school launched an investigation regarding the alleged viewing of the inappropriate film. Superintendent Verna Ruffin told The Jackson Sun that the matter has been addressed and was completely unacceptable. The teacher was immediately suspended and would remain so until further investigation. Upon hearing the news, Six expressed his thoughts on the...
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'A Bigger Splash' Exclusive Images: See Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, And More Vacation On An Italian Island

Director Luca Guadagnino has collaborated with actress Tilda Swinton many times, including his directorial debut "The Protagonists," a documentary short called "Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory," the 2010 film "I Am Love," and finally Guadagnino's latest film "A Bigger Splash." Loosely inspired by Jacques Deray's 1969 film "La Piscine," "A Bigger Splash" follows Marianne Lane (Swinton), a famous Bowie-esque rock star, who's on vacation with her photographer boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) on the remote Italian island of Pantelleria. There, they unexpectedly meet her former lover and record producer Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes) and her daughter Penny (Dakota Fanning). Soon, Harry's bohemian lifestyle and Penny's sexual confidence creates sexual tension among the foursome, especially when Harry makes clear his intentions to win back Marianne. READ MORE: Watch: Tilda Swinton Makes 'A Bigger Splash' in Gorgeously...
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Elisabeth Moss Cast In Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid's Tale’

Elisabeth Moss has been cast to play the lead in the new Hulu drama series, "The Handmaid's Tale," based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name.  The actress will play Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. She is one of the few remaining fertile women who is forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. Offred will from one miserable situation to the next in hopes of surviving and finding the daughter that was taken from her.  READ MORE: Elisabeth Moss Confirms Her Return For 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2; Filming Begins This Year "'The Handmaid's Tale' is more relevant now than when it was written," said Atwood. "I am sure the series will be watched with great interest.  I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes." The series will be created, executive produced and...
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