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‘Baskets’ Star Louie Anderson Pleads for the Normalization of Clown Culture in New PSAs — Watch

13 September 2017 4:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

October is right around the corner, which means it’s officially clown season. Yes, Halloween hype brings pumpkin spice, actual pumpkins, and healthy pumpkin seed recipes. But in addition to the frothy goodness and unassuming flavor, Pennywise’s loyal followers begin to crop up on every street corner in the U.S.

Christine Baskets (the Emmy-winning Louie Anderson) wants to set the record straight — clowns are people, too. And most importantly, not all of them are dead set on frightening every man, woman, and child on the subway for seemingly no reason.

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In order to “Honor Our Nation’s Clowns” (Honc), Christine serves her role as a Proud Clown Parent by hosting 30-second PSAs giving advice to other clown parents who write in. Can’t seem to keep a banana cream pie in the house without a mess and a crying child? »

- Raelyn Giansanti

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Sequel Bits: ‘Creed 2’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’, and More

13 September 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In this edition of Sequel Bits: Sylvester Stallone hints that Creed 2 will begin filming next year Blade Runner 2049 debuts a new clip The latest update about How to Train Your Dragon 3 Actor Jason Mewes talks about Kevin Smith‘s script for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Angelina Jolie is returning for Maleficent 2 And more! […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘Creed 2’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’, and More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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Venice Film Review: ‘Krieg’

13 September 2017 4:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Krieg” means “war,” but in German director Rick Ostermann’s sophomore film, his second to play in the Horizons sidebar in Venice after debut “Wolfskinder,” the war is a cold one. This is literal, with half the film taking place on an icy, isolated Austrian mountaintop, but also figurative in that the conflict between the story’s two separate time frames feels attritional, with the actual catharsis of dramatic confrontation between the two strands remaining frustratingly minimal. The movie is elegantly shot, and lean as a line of sight down the barrel of a long-range rifle. But it fails to cohere internally and its endothermic nature makes it difficult to warm to as a viewer: From allusive beginning to enigmatic ending, “Krieg” remains as remote as a snowbound Alpine hideaway.

That hideaway is a one-time sculptor’s cabin toward which we see a tiny figure struggle through the thick snow in the film’s desolate opening. Arnold »

- Jessica Kiang

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Recruits ‘The Expendables’ Screenwriter

13 September 2017 4:09 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now that Patty Jenkins is finally confirmed to return for Warner Bros. and DC FIlms' Wonder Woman 2, the rest of the creative team is starting to take shape. The Expendables co-writer Dave Callaham has signed on to join Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns on the writing team for the superhero sequel. The news comes on the heels of Jenkins officially closing the deal to return for the sequel in a history making moment that makes her the highest paid female director of all time. And now Jenkins has brought Callaham in on Wonder Woman 2 thanks to the … »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Revenge’

13 September 2017 4:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s no more treacherous horror subgenre than the rape-revenge thriller, because the worst examples confuse exploitation for empowerment, answering graphic scenes of sexual assault with a gruesome parade of righteous kills. The small miracle of “Revenge,” an exceptionally potent and sure-handed first feature by French writer-director Coralie Fargeat, is that it adheres to the formula yet feels invigorating and new, a stylistic tour-de-force that also tweaks the sexual politics in meaningful ways. Fargeat brings a rare woman’s perspective to the table, for one, but she also flat-out delivers the goods, operating at the high end of extreme French horror films like “High Tension,” “Martyrs” and, especially, “Inside.” The streaming service Shudder picked up “Revenge” prior to its world premiere at Tiff, and attention from genre fans is assured.

When Jen (Matilda Lutz) arrives by chopper at her millionaire boy toy’s secluded desert villa, she deliberately casts herself as a grown-up Lolita, with »

- Scott Tobias

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‘Haunters: The Art of the Scare’ Trailer: An Inside Look at the ‘Scaring the Crap Out of People’ Industry

13 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Sometimes, you see a trailer for a movie and can’t help but wonder if it was made specifically for you. The trailer for Haunters: The Art of the Scare, a feature-length documentary about the world of professional haunted houses and the people who run them, feels like someone decided to make a movie for me […]

The post ‘Haunters: The Art of the Scare’ Trailer: An Inside Look at the ‘Scaring the Crap Out of People’ Industry appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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First Photo of David Harbour in ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Revealed

13 September 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Tuesday, a new image of David Harbour’s Hellboy was released, giving fans their first look at the character since the reboot film was announced.

The image was posted on both the film’s official Twitter page and by Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy. Mignola summed up his reaction with a simple, “Holy crap.”

Holy crap… first look #hellboy pic.twitter.com/T63IpVvEHs

Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) September 13, 2017

Many fans were excited about the image and noted the darker take on the character.

Not to be confused with… pic.twitter.com/vUGKfx2fdd

— Kenney Newville (@kennewville) September 13, 2017

So it's rated R, Directed by Neil Marshall, and chief Hopper from @Stranger_Things is portraying #Hellboy.. Yeah I'm so geeked for this! pic.twitter.com/1K3IVL16Jl

— Billy Morgan (@nubbzTWDguy) September 13, 2017

A few fans responded with nostalgia for Ron Perlman’s take on the character.

I dig it but…Ron Perlman…man… »

- Matt Fernandez

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Student Academy Award Winners Revealed: These 17 Shorts Will Now Be Eligible for an Oscar

13 September 2017 3:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 44th Student Academy Award winners today. The 17 winners were selected from 1,587 films, which came from 356 different international colleges and universities — 267 domestic, 89 international — and were voted on by Academy members.

There’s a long history of Student Academy Award winners going on to have successful filmmaking careers, with previous winners including Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, and Robert Zemeckis.

Also of note, the 17 winners are automatically Oscar eligible in the Best Short Film categories: Animation, Documentary, and Live Action. Past student award winners have gone on the receive 57 Oscar nominations and won 11 times.

The 44th Student Academy Awards ceremony will held at the The Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on October 12th. Tickets to the ceremony are free and available to the public at the Academy’s website. A complete list of the winners is below. »

- Chris O'Falt

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What The Last Jedi’s Porgs Actually Are, According To Rian Johnson

13 September 2017 3:32 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For all the Porg lovers out there who aren't looking forward to seeing them in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson has revealed new details about the fuzzy creatures. »

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Even John Landis Doesn’t Want His Son to Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’

13 September 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

An American Werewolf in London is a horror classic that hit a chord with audiences that couldn’t be struck twice. It spawned the abysmally received An American Werewolf in Paris nearly 16 years later, and it seemed like the franchise was dead in the ground. But in the age of remakes and cinematic universes, it was inevitable that […]

The post Even John Landis Doesn’t Want His Son to Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Hoai-Tran Bui

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Box Office: ‘It’ Will Easily Repeat No. 1 Over Newcomers ‘Mother!’ and ‘American Assassin’

13 September 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After “It’s” stunning performance last weekend, there is no question: the killer clown will once again float to the top of the box office charts.

New Line’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel shattered records with a $123 million debut — the biggest opening ever for the month of September. Even with a steep 60% drop, the movie would make about $50 million, which would certainly be enough to top the fresh competition. Since its opening weekend, “It” has earned $8.8 million on Monday and $11.4 million on Tuesday — the later figure is a record among horror movies and for the month of September.


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While “It” has been praised by some horror fans for its hard R rating, the MPAA attribution is shared by this weekend’s two new wide release entries. Starting with “American Assassin,” a joint production between CBS Films and Lionsgate. The adaptation of Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ Review: A Sexy Origin Story | Tiff 2017

13 September 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

How does one of the most iconic feminist characters in pop culture history get created? The true story is stranger than fiction, but captured in compelling, compassionate, and loving fashion in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. This tale of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston chronicles how the psychologist and his wife’s polyamorous relationship with another woman paved the way to Wonder Woman, but more importantly it’s a film about love, acceptance, and feminism. Anchored by a powerhouse performance from Rebecca Hall, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women clips by at a rapid and compelling pace, and … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Frank Vincent, Sopranos actor and Scorsese veteran, dies at age 80

13 September 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Frank Vincent, known for his roles in Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Sopranos, died on Wednesday after complications from open-heart surgery

Frank Vincent, who played the mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos and appeared in several Martin Scorsese films, has died at the age of 78.

TMZ reported that Vincent had a heart attack last week and died Wednesday during open-heart surgery at a hospital in New Jersey.

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- Jake Nevins

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‘Hellboy’ Creator Shares First Look At David Harbour As Devilish Supehero

13 September 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Now that the controversy and backlash are out of the way, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is back on track. Filming is underway and the creator of the Hellboy universe Mike Mignola took to Twitter to share the first look at David Harbour as the titular character. He posted a picture with the caption, “Holy crap” — which probably means that he likes what he sees. Holy crap… first look #hellboy pic.twitter.com/T63IpVvEHs — Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) September 13, 2017… »

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Adds Dave Callaham to Writing Team

13 September 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dave Callaham has joined Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns on the writing team for Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman 2.”

Callaham’s hiring, announced Wednesday, came at the behest of Jenkins in the wake of her closing her own deal to co-write, direct, and produce the sequel for Warner Bros. Jenkins and Johns have already been working on a treatment.

The sequel’s logline is being kept under warps but Jenkins has said in interviews that she would like to set the new film in America during the Cold War.


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Jenkins and Callaham worked together previously on “Jackpot,” which was in the works last year as an English-language remake of the 2011 Norwegian action comedy and had Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston attached.

Variety was first to report that Jenkins was already working on a script for the sequel with Johns, who »

- Dave McNary

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‘Supermansion: Drag Me to Halloween’ Trailer: Bryan Cranston and Lake Bell Serve Tricks and Treats in Holiday Special

13 September 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This Halloween, The League of Freedom will face their fears on Crackle in an all-new original special, “Supermansion: Drag Me To Halloween.” A nod to Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me To Hell,” fans can only guess at what the horror film’s influence will make on the comedy.

The epic two-season stop-motion animated series documents the ill-adventures of misfit superhero team The League of Freedom: In “Drag Me To Halloween,” Titanium Rex (voice of Bryan Cranston) wrestles with his distaste for the holiday as the gang grapples with seductive ghosts, angry demons, and evil dentists. No strangers to devious antics, the league looks well at home in the official teaser.

Series regulars Tucker Gilmore (voice of Black Saturn), Zeb Wells (voice of Robobot) and Heidi Gardner (voice of Cooch) party with special guests Lake Bell and Phil Lamarr in the spooky feature. The fast-paced, Millennial-driven half-hour is known for its talented voice actors, »

- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘The Sopranos’ Star Frank Vincent, Best Known For Mob Roles in TV and Film, Is Dead at 78

13 September 2017 3:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Frank Vincent, the actor perhaps best known as mob boss Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 78.

TMZ first posted the news, reporting that Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and died while undergoing open-heart surgery in New Jersey on Wednesday.

According to IMDb, Vincent was attached to several projects in pre-production, including the features “Asbury Park” and “Sarah Q.” He recently voiced a character on the Adult Swim series “Mr. Pickles,” and also appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Svu.”

Other TV credits include “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover,” while on film he was seen in Martin Scorsese films such as “Raging Bull,” Billy Batts (“Go home and get your f–king shine box!”) in “Goodfellas,” and Frank Marino in “Casino.” He was also a regular in Spike Lee films like “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.”

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- Michael Schneider

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Amber Tamblyn Slams ‘Predatory’ James Woods in Open Letter

13 September 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amber Tamblyn has responded to James Woods’ denial of her claim that he attempted to pick her up when she was 16, in an open letter addressed to the actor and published in Teen Vogue.

In the letter, the actress tells the full story of her meeting with the now-70-year-old actor.

“My friend Billy and I were at the Roxy on Sunset Boulevard seeing a band we loved. We decided to go to Mel’s diner on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood to get burgers after,” Tamblyn wrote. “Upon leaving the restaurant we were stopped by you and your friend, who both seemed very nice. At one point you suggested we should all go to Las Vegas together. ‘It’s such a great place, have you ever been?’ You tried to make it sound innocent. This is something predatory men like to do, I’ve noticed.”


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- Erin Nyren

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Wme Signs ‘Revenge’ Helmer Coralie Fargeat: New Female Genre Voice Emerges In Toronto

13 September 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Wme has signed Coralie Fargeat, hot on the heels of the Toronto Midnight Madness premiere of her vengeance thriller Revenge. Pic stars Matilda Lutz. This was the pic that caused a commotion mid-screening when an audience member was escorted out by ambulance due to a seizure that occurred during one of the film’s most upsetting and graphic and bloody scenes. Fargeat continues to be repped in France by Rosalie Cimino of Ubba. Pic sold to Shudder before its… »

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Adds Domenick Lombardozzi & More

13 September 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Domenick Lombardozzi has been cast in Martin Scorsese's Netflix film The Irishman, along with Jeremy Luke and Joseph Russo. They guys are joining a nifty ensemble that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Jack Huston. The drama is about Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (De Niro), a reputed hitman suspected of involvement in the disappearance and murder of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. It’s based on the 2003 novel I Heard You Paint Houses… »

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