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Shannyn Sossamon to Lead Fox Drama Pilot ‘Cleaning Lady’

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Shannyn Sossamon to Lead Fox Drama Pilot ‘Cleaning Lady’
Shannyn Sossamon has been cast in the lead role of the Fox drama pilot “The Cleaning Lady,” Variety has learned.

Based on the Argentine series “La Chica Que Limpia,” the show follows Reyna Salonga (Sossamon), a whip-smart Filipina doctor who comes to the U.S. in hopes to get a medical treatment for her critically ill son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she becomes an on-call cleaning lady for the mob. Willing to do anything to save her son, Reyna walks the tightrope of morality, breaking the law for all the right reasons — and eventually forges her own path in the criminal underworld.

The role would mark a return to Fox for Sossamon, whose last TV roles came on the Fox shows “Wayward Pines” and “Sleepy Hollow.” She is known primarily for her film roles, having starred in movies such as “Wristcutters: A Love Story,
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Rushes: Tscherkassky's Mubi, Bong Joon-ho, Cinema Behind Bars

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSAvant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky has provided a new ident for Mubi that displays his "sensory and tactile view on cinema." The ident features strips of film negative overlapping and whirring to the sounds of a passing train. Recommended VIEWINGThe official trailer for Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, based on the true story of a security guard falsely accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. An investigation into the "real fake cameras" used to create Toy Story 4, which emulates a variety of camera lenses, from anamorphic to spherical. The elusive Roger Avary, co-writer of Pulp Fiction and director of The Rules of Attraction, returns from a long hiatus with what looks to be a delightful crime romp complete with Crispin Glover as a fake Frenchman-assassin.Mati Diop's Atlantics, which follows a woman
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in June 2019

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that five original shows will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in June including the third season of the animated hit “Creative Galaxy”; the sophomore season of the thriller “Absentia; and the first installment of the Japanese drama “Final Life.” There will also be two new movies this month: the documentary “Chasing Happiness,” which chronicles the rise to fame of the Jonas Brothers; and the Idris Elba crime drama “Yardie.”

Likewise, there will be plenty of films making their first appearances on Amazon Prime Video in June including the first five films in the “Rocky” franchise and several entries in the “Rush Hour” series.

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming to Amazon Prime Video in June 2019. Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies leaving the service in any given month. We’ve done some digging and
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‘Lords of Chaos’ Review: Dir. Jonas Åkerlund (2019)

Lords of Chaos review: Get ready for an unsettling watch as Norwegian Black Metal’s dark history gets an airing in this polarising new feature film from Jonas Åkerlund.

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Based on truth, lies, and what really happened. These words make up the opening text to Lords of Chaos. They’re very similar to the opening statement in I, Tonya, but that is where the similarities end. Where I, Tonya had a very tongue-in-cheek, knowing vibe, Lords of Chaos appears much more serious. Our story tells of events that happened with black metal band Mayhem in Norway during the late eighties and early nineties.

The truth is that one of the band’s lead singers, Pelle Olmin, better known as Dead, committed suicide and several years later guitarist Øystein Aarseth was murdered by another former band member, Varg Vikernes. The group were also linked to a spate of violent crimes and church arson attacks.
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Bret Easton Ellis Questions ‘Black Panther’ Oscar Noms, Says No One Thinks It’s ‘That Good’

Bret Easton Ellis Questions ‘Black Panther’ Oscar Noms, Says No One Thinks It’s ‘That Good’
Bret Easton Ellis, the famous novelist and screenwriter whose work has inspired such films as “American Psycho” and “The Rules of Attraction,” used his podcast to criticize the awards season success of “Black Panther” (via The Wrap). The Marvel blockbuster earned seven Oscar nominations last month and made history by becoming the first superhero movie to land a Best Picture nomination. Easton recorded the podcast episode prior to Oscar noms being announced, but he was adamant about a “Black Panther” Oscar bid being the result of the Academy wanting to be more inclusive and not the film actually being deserving of the prize.

“No superhero movie has ever gotten a Best Picture nomination,” Ellis said. “But believe me, Disney is doing everything in its power to make sure this happens. Even though there is no one out here in La La Land I’ve met who thinks ‘Black Panther’ is that good as a movie.
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Samuel Hadida Dies: French Distributor And Producer Of ‘Resident Evil’ & ‘True Romance’ Was 64

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Samuel Hadida Dies: French Distributor And Producer Of ‘Resident Evil’ & ‘True Romance’ Was 64
Samuel Hadida, the regarded indie French distributor and producer of films including the Resident Evil franchise and the Tony Scott-directed True Romance and Domino, has died at age 64. He passed away Monday at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital after a short illness, according to his brother Victor.

Hadida and Victor owned and managed Metropolitan FilmExport, a top French distributor of American indie films that they founded with their father David. A champion of indie cinema by bringing the likes of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and David Fincher’s Seven to French screens, he was a staple at festivals and markets for the past 40 years.

“Sammy’s passion and humor were infectious and his larger than life presence will certainly be missed,” Victor Hadida said. “We are committed to honoring his life by bringing to fruition the numerous development projects under the Davis Films banner that Samuel so loved as
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Movies With Inseparable Songs

Kirsten Howard Nov 15, 2018

A movie can assimilate a song quite easily, and our brains are trained to keep them married...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

“Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.” “It's coooold out there every day…”

What comes to mind when you see that picture up there? Bill Murray, time loops and themes of growth or redemption? Maybe, but in all likelihood "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher kicks off, too. Part of that very song might be automatically playing in your brain right now, as clear as if it was floating along the airwaves and through a speaker next to you, wherever you are. When Harold Ramis’ timeless romantic comedy Groundhog Day was released in 1993, "I Got You Babe" joined a very select group of songs that are quite difficult to separate from the
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Q&A with Monster Party Writer/Director Chris von Hoffmann

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What was assumedly an easy score turns into a fight for survival for a trio of robbers who crash an elegant dinner gathering in Monster Party, the latest film from Chris von Hoffmann (Drifter). With Monster Party now in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD from Rlje Films, we caught up with Hoffmann for our latest Q&A feature to discuss working with a talented cast that includes Lance Reddick and Robin Tunney, instilling his horror movie with societal critiques, and the influence of popular party horror movies such as April Fool's Day and Society.

Hi Chris, it’s great to catch up again! Congratulations on your latest film, Monster Party. How did you come up with the idea for this movie?

Chris von Hoffmann: Thank you, great to catch up with you, too! Well, this story was actually probably the most personal story I’ve put on screen thus far.
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‘True Blood’ Actress Sarah Scott Accuses Kip Pardue of Sexual Harassment — and SAG-aftra of Responding Too Slowly

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‘True Blood’ Actress Sarah Scott Accuses Kip Pardue of Sexual Harassment — and SAG-aftra of Responding Too Slowly
Sarah Scott, an actress who’s appeared in such shows as “True Blood” and “Castle,” has accused actor Kip Pardue of placing her hand on his penis while filming a sex scene and then masturbating in front of her after it was done. She alleges that the latter incident took place in his dressing room just after they had shot a sequence for “Mogulettes,” a television pilot, in May.

“I literally froze,” the 35-year-old told the Los Angeles Times. “I said, ‘What are you doing?’”

His response, according to Scott: “This isn’t a #MeToo thing. I’m not your employer. It’s not like I can fire you.”

Pardue, best known for his roles in “Remember the Titans,” “The Rules of Attraction,” and Hulu’s Marvel show “The Runaways,” acknowledges that he placed Scott’s hand on his penis but denies her other accusations.

“I clearly misread the situation
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‘A Simple Favour’ Review: Dir. Paul Feig (2018)

A Simple Favour review: The female of the species has never been more deadly than in Paul Feig’s latest offering. A Simple Favour Review

Based on the novel by Darcy Bell, A Simple Favour weaves a fantastical telenovela-worthy tale of murder, deception and infidelity. Mommy blogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a single mum whose over enthusiasm for volunteering has her the butt of the other parent’s jokes. This changes after a chance encounter with the school glamazon mother Emily, A PR maven for a prolific designer. The pair begin to bond over a few martinis and strike-up an unlikely friendship. Then Emily disappears without a trace, and Stephanie finds herself compelled to solve the mystery; she soon finds herself drawn into a web of misdirection and intrigue.

To say more would ruin the viewing experience for those not familiar with the novel, but one should expect more twists,
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Bret Easton Ellis: Free Speech Is Being “Muzzled” In Current Political Climate

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Bret Easton Ellis: Free Speech Is Being “Muzzled” In Current Political Climate
Screenwriter and author Bret Easton Ellis claims free speech is being muzzled in the current political climate and that Hollywood has become “more uninteresting” as creativity is stifled.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the author of the generation-defining book Less Than Zero and screenwriter for American Psycho awaits a Hulu version of Less Than Zero that just wrapped.

He said the recent stifling of speech in the current political climate means “everyone feels muzzled now, and it comes down to how much you can take. Can I talk about what I’m feeling and say my opinion? You get to a point where there’s a break, a fissure, and you either decide to go through it and be yourself, or you decide to hide. I don’t know what kind of life it’s like to hide. I feel more comfortable expressing myself as a completely transparent man now.”

Ellis,
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Hulu’s ‘Less Than Zero’ Pilot Adds Six to Cast, Including ‘Dead of Summer’ Alum

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The “Less Than Zero” pilot at Hulu has rounded out its main cast with the addition of six more actors, Variety has learned.

Lily Donoghue, Cooper Koch, Keenan Jolliff, Ronen Rubinstein, and James Bloor have all joined the drama pilot, which is based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of the same name. They join previously announced series lead Austin Abrams, who will play Clay.

The story follows Clay, a college freshman returning home for Christmas to spend time with his ex-girlfriend and his friend who struggles with addiction. The series is described as a look at the culture of wealthy, decadent youth in Los Angeles. The book was previously adapted into a 1987 film of the same name starring Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., and James Spader.

Donoghue will play Blair, described as Clay’s sexy, smart former girlfriend who hopes to rekindle their relationship. Koch will play Julian,
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Austin Abrams Lands Lead in Hulu’s ‘Less Than Zero’ Adaptation

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Austin Abrams Lands Lead in Hulu’s ‘Less Than Zero’ Adaptation
Austin Abrams has landed the lead role in Hulu’s “Less Than Zero” adaptation, Variety has learned.

Abrams will play Clay in the television project based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1985 novel of the same name. Clay is described as having grown up in the “excess and lavish 80s Los Angeles,” but unlike all of his friends who stayed behind for college, Clay is in now in his freshman year on the east coast. He returns home for winter break in the pilot and has a complicated relationship with Blair, his high school girlfriend, and is worried about his friend Julian.

Abrams’ most recent television credits include the final season of “The Americans” on FX and the first season of “Smilf” on Showtime. He previously appeared in “The Walking Dead,” “Silicon Valley” and “Shameless.” On the film side, he is known for “Paper Towns,” “Gangster Squad” and “The Kings of Summer.
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Cannes 2018 Breakout Directors: How to Stream Key Features From the Most Exciting Filmmakers

Cannes 2018 Breakout Directors: How to Stream Key Features From the Most Exciting Filmmakers
There was a lot of head-scratching (and complaining) when the Cannes 2018 lineup was first announced. A lot of major auteurs were nowhere to be found, while the Competition roster — generally accepted as the world’s most prestigious slate of new films — was littered with unfamiliar names. And though sidebars like Director’s Fortnight and Un Certain Regard are known for turning up the volume on unheralded voices, even those sections seemed to be unusually lacking in star power.

So what? Festivals are all about the joy of discovery, and it’s been a mighty long time since Cannes has provided attendees so many chances for attendees to find (and help coronate) their new favorite filmmakers. That being said, this is still Cannes, and the directors whose work has been included in the program aren’t coming from nowhere. They may not possess the pedigree of Jean-Luc Godard (or boast the
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Hulu Developing ‘Less Than Zero’ Drama From Craig Wright Based On Bret Easton Ellis Novel

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Hulu has put in development a TV adaptation of Less Than Zero, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of the same name, from Ellis, Greenleaf creator Craig Wright and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Adapted by Wright, Less Than Zero follows a college freshman returning home for Christmas to spend time with his ex-girlfriend and his friend who struggles with addiction. Less Than Zero presents a look at the culture of wealthy, decadent youth in Los Angeles. Wright executive produces with Ellis.

Less Than Zero was previously adapted as a feature film starring Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Jami Gertz and Andrew McCarthy. Ellis co-wrote with Harley Peyton the screenplay for the 1987 movie, produced by Fox 21 sibling 20th Century Fox. You can watch a trailer below.

Wright created and executive produces Greenleaf, which is in its third season on Own. He previously developed for television, with Howard Gordon, Tyrant, based on the Gideon Raff novel,
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Bret Easton Ellis’ ‘Less Than Zero’ in Development as Hulu Series

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Bret Easton Ellis’ ‘Less Than Zero’ in Development as Hulu Series
Hulu is developing a series based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel “Less Than Zero,” Variety has learned.

The story follows a college freshman returning home for Christmas to spend time with his ex-girlfriend and his friend who struggles with addiction. The series is described as a look at the culture of wealthy, decadent youth in Los Angeles. The book was previously adapted into a 1987 film of the same name starring Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., and James Spader.

Craig Wright will serve as writer and executive producer on the series, with Ellis also executive producing. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce.

Wright most recently created the Own drama “Greenleaf,” which follows the lives of the Greenleaf family and their Memphis-based megachurch. He also co-created the FX drama “Tyrant,” the MTV drama “Underemployed,” and ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money.” His other credits include working as a writer and
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Greg Shapiro reunites with Stuart Ford at Agc Studios

Greg Shapiro reunites with Stuart Ford at Agc Studios
New head of film won Oscar for The Hurt Locker.

Producer Greg Shapiro has reunited with Stuart Ford and joined Agc Studios as head of film.

Shapiro, who won the Oscar for The Hurt Locker, worked as Ford’s president of film at Im Global since September 2016 and departed shortly after Tang Media Partners merged Im Global with Open Road to create Global Road Entertainment.

He will oversee all feature film development and production activity for the new Los Angeles and London-based company, and will also be a stakeholder in Agc Studios alongside chairman and CEO Ford and COO Miguel Palos.
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Frightfest 2017: Mindhack Review: Dir. Royce Gorsuch

Mindhack Review: A young computer coder finds himself hunted by a mysterious man as he seeks to create world peace by hacking the human mind. Mindhack Review

Mindhack gets its European premiere at London’s 2017 Horror Channel Frightfest. Though the name suggests a weekend full of horror, the event celebrates the dark heart of cinema, encompassing all genres. In Mindhack we get a dark and deadly science-fiction story that explores what it is to be human.

Mason (Chris Mason) is a brilliant computer hacker who wants to save the world. Spurred on my his inner-voice he seeks to create World peace by hacking the impossible, the human brain. Mason believes that if we can reset the human mind then we will move away from wars and hate, and can instead exist in harmony. However, there are other forces out there trying to achieve the same task, but only for the polar opposite goal.
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Exclusive: James Van Der Beek on Channeling Diplo and Checking Into ‘Room 104’

Exclusive: James Van Der Beek on Channeling Diplo and Checking Into ‘Room 104’
On the new Viceland series What Would Diplo Do?, James Van Der Beek takes on his most unexpected role yet: the Grammy-winning DJ and record producer behind M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and “Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Justin Bieber among other international hit songs.

But it should come as no surprise the actor would defy the expectations of audiences who grew up with him on Dawson’s Creek. Van Der Beek has taken on darker roles like The Rules of Attraction and playing a fictionalized version of himself on the short-lived Don’t Trust the B--- in Apartment 23. And playing ridiculous version of Diplo is no different.

“[Fans] have seen me do weird stuff in between,” Van Der Beek says, referring to Dawson’s Creek and more traditional roles like Friends With Better Lives and CSI: Cyber. “I think I’ve prepped them for this moment… they’re going
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James Van Der Beek to play Diplo in Viceland TV show

In What Would Diplo Do?, the Dawson’s Creek star will play a fictional version of the famous DJ in the channel’s first scripted series

James Van Der Beek is set to play a fictional version of DJ Diplo in Viceland’s first scripted TV show.

According to Deadline, the actor, known for roles in Dawson’s Creek and The Rules of Attraction, will headline What Would Diplo Do? as well as write, executive produce and act as showrunner. The Grammy award-winning musician will also produce for the Vice-owned channel.

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