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The Intruder: Joseph Losey's Artistic Exile

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The Intruder: Joseph Losey's Artistic Exile
Mubi's retrospective Outlaw Auteur: Joseph Losey is showing March 30 - May 26, 2020 in the United Kingdom.Above: EvaThe blacklist could be a death certificate or a plane ticket. Informers and suspects alike didn’t work after the United States government went around asking who was a communist and who wasn’t. The list of people who stood up to it is small, the number of people who survived the j’accuse smaller. Director Joseph Losey left the States when he learned his name had been given to House Un-American Activities Committee, to go finish Stranger on the Prowl (1952), when the original director Bernard Vorhaus was fired. Losey came home a year later to find himself radioactive. He left again, and he never came home. Not really. He was an obviously skilled director in America but he was just hitting his stride. The crime films he directed in the States and
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Mark Blum, ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ Star, Dies From Coronavirus Complications

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Mark Blum, ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ Star, Dies From Coronavirus Complications
Actor Mark Blum, who appeared in “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Crocodile Dundee” and the TV series “You,” has died due to complications from coronavirus. He was 69.

The Playwrights Horizons theater group and SAG-aftra executive vice president Rebecca Damon confirmed the news on Thursday.

It is with such deep sorrow that I’m writing to share the news that our friend and former board member Mark Blum has passed away as a result of complications from the coronavirus. Mark was a dedicated Screen Actors Guild and SAG-aftra board member serving from 2007-2013,

— Rebecca Damon (@RebeccaDamonNYC) March 26, 2020

Blum, a New Jersey native who started acting during the 1970s, won an Obie Award for his performance in the Playwrights Horizons production of Albert Innaurato’s “Gus and Al” during the 1988-89 season. He’s also appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man
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Love Is Blind is what happens when television loses its ethics | Sonia Sodha

Love Is Blind is what happens when television loses its ethics | Sonia Sodha
The reality TV show says it’s an experiment in forging relationships. But it exploits its contestants

For the sake of our loved ones and for all those going out to keep essential services running, Britain must fast become a nation of social distancers. Like many, I suspect, while trying to work from home I’ve been bingeing upon on-demand television. Craving mindless escapism, I decided to give Netflix’s new reality dating show, Love Is Blind, a go.

I started off quite intrigued by what appeared to be an alluring cross between Blind Date and Big Brother. The premise of the show drops 30 attractive singletons from Atlanta into a blind-dating facility, with the men living in communal space on one side of the building, the women on the other. The only contact they have with each other is in “pods”; two rooms filled with plush sofas, separated by an opaque glass wall.
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First Out Transgender Woman in ‘Blind Date’ History Says She ‘Was Treated Very Well’ by Date and Show

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First Out Transgender Woman in ‘Blind Date’ History Says She ‘Was Treated Very Well’ by Date and Show
Dating is stressful enough without the added pressure of making history on an iconic American television show, but Ciara, the first out transgender woman in “Blind Date” history, told TheWrap that both were surprisingly easy.

“I was very nervous, of course, but it was a lot of fun, actually,” she said, explaining it had “been a minute” since she’d been on any dates before she was selected, let alone one with a stranger orchestrated and filmed by a television crew.

“I actually, at some point, forgot the cameras were there,” added the star of the groundbreaking episode, which airs Wednesday night on Bravo, where the decades-old “Blind Date” series has been revamped. The show returns from a mid-season break at 11:30 Pm Et/Pt with four new episodes airing back-to-back.

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“I was treated very well.
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Boom! Studios Announces R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond: Welcome To Beast Island

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Boom! Studios Announces R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond: Welcome To Beast Island
R.L. Stine returns to Boom! Studios with Just Beyond: Welcome to Beast Island, a brand new graphic novel due out in October. Featuring artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews, and with cover art (below) from Julian Totino Tedesco, we have the official press release and a look at the cover art below:

Los Angeles, CA – Boom! Studios today announced Just Beyond: Welcome To Beast Island, a brand new graphic novel in the highly acclaimed middle grade horror series from R.L. Stine, the award-winning, bestselling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street, artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Pandora’s Legacy), and letterer Mike Fiorentino, and featuring a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco (Life of Captain Marvel), in stores October 2020.

Trips to exotic islands can be more exhausting than relaxing sometimes, and on the island of Mala Suerte, they’re a real beast! Karla and her little brother Benny accompany their Uncle Bill on a
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Pearl Tan mixes filmmaking, teaching and advocacy for inclusivity

(L-r) Ingrid Rowell, Pearl Tan and Tara O’Connell (Photo credit: Cassie Bedford).

Pearl Tan juggles so many roles – writer, director, teacher, PhD student, occasional ABC radio presenter and inclusivity activist – it’s surprising she hasn’t cloned herself.

The filmmaker’s day job as senior lecturer in directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School gives her time to pursue extra-curricular projects as well as studying part-time for her PhD at the University of New South Wales.

Currently she is developing with creator/writer Amy Stewart and producer Kala Ellis Return to Sender, an online satire about two estranged, mixed-raced sisters.

The project won the inaugural Screen Australia/VidCon pitching competition Pitcher Perfect staged at VidCon in Melbourne last September. The creative team is using the $30,000 prize to craft a proof-of-concept.

Asked how she juggles so many roles, the Perth-born Asian Australian filmmaker and former actor tells If: “I
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Blind Date to Feature First Transgender Woman in Series History: Watch a First Look

Blind Date to Feature First Transgender Woman in Series History: Watch a First Look
It's a big first for Blind Date! E! News has the exclusive first look at upcoming new episodes of Bravo's hilarious dating show, which will feature the very first out transgender dater in the history of the series when it returns Feb. 19. The wild trailer features many wacky moments, including a painting class with a fully naked model (look at the size of that censor bar!), drag shows, lots of make out sessions and wet 'n' wild pool antics. "He was bulge-apalooza," one man says in reference to his date's package. "I've already forgotten your name," another participant tells his date in a hilarious and awkward first impression. Blind Date fans will also meet...
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If The Beatles Never Existed, Who Could Have Defined Music?

Tony Sokol Sep 6, 2019

The film Yesterday imagines a world where the Beatles never existed. But what might have filled the gap?

In Danny Boyle's film Yesterday, a struggling young musician played by Jack Malik suffers an accident at exactly the same moment a major power surge burns all evidence of former skiffle group the Beatles out of the collective memory of the masses. Only the musician remembers the songs, the stories, and the band's place in the history of popular music. The film, however, is still set in a world where the culture that was shaped by the influence of four relatively working class musicians from a port city remained curiously intact. The Rolling Stones are still around; so is Childish Gambino, thank the gods of music. But Oasis doesn't come up on Google searches when partnered with “Wonderwall.” We can assume there was no Squeeze, Electric Light Orchestra,
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Rosamund Pike Signs on to Play War Reporter Marie Colvin

Rosamund Pike in “Return to Sender”: Patti Perret

Rosamund Pike is set to portray another real-life figure. The Oscar-nominated actress will play American war reporter Marie Colvin in an untitled film, Deadline reports. Pike was last seen in Amma Asante’s politically-charged biographical interracial romance “A United Kingdom” playing Ruth Williams, the white, British wife of King Seretse Khama of Botswana.

Colvin “worked in conflict zones including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka, where she lost her left eye in 2001,” the source writes. She “wore a distinctive eye patch after that, [and] died in early 2012 during a rocket attack covering the civil war in Syria for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.”

Slated to begin production in October in the UK and Middle East, the pic is based on “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” a 2012 Vanity Fair article written by Marie Brenner. Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script, and Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”) will direct.

According to Deadline, the feature is being “produced by Thunder Road PicturesBasil Iwanyk and Kamala FilmsMarissa McMahon, as well as Denver & Delilah Films” with Erica Lee serving as exec producer. The source doesn’t mention Charlize Theron, who was initially reported to be producing the project. She’s still listed on the film’s IMDb page.

Pike received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for “Gone Girl.” “Jack Reacher,” “An Education,” and “Die Another Day” are among her other credits.

The Marie Colvin film isn’t the only high-profile project in the works about a woman documenting international conflict. Jennifer Lawrence will play Lynsey Addario in an upcoming adaptation of Addario’s best-selling memoir “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” and Kate Winslet is set to portray American photographer Lee Miller in an as-yet-untitled movie. Miller’s photos documented the events and effects of WWII, including the London Blitz and concentration camps.

You can still catch “A United Kingdom” in theaters.

Rosamund Pike Signs on to Play War Reporter Marie Colvin was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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A United Kingdom movie review: a love that changed the world

MaryAnn’s quick take… Insistent chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike fuels a true story of passionate romance with an urgent message about love as radical and political. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here is a story to drive bigots crazy. And it’s even true.

In 1947, Seretse Khama was a young man from the British protectorate of Bechuanaland in southern Africa studying in London when he met Ruth Williams, a young English woman. They fell in love, and that upset all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons. He was black, and she was white, and both their families took issue with their romance for the usual stupid irrational reasons. But the governments of both countries also freaked out. Seretse was heir to the throne of Bechuanaland,
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A Walk in the Woods movie review: ramble on and on

A sitcom about old men creaking along the Appalachian Trail, reminiscing about slutty girls, and maybe having a stroke at any moment. You know, for fun. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Remember Wild, in which Reese Witherspoon hikes a demanding thousand-mile-long Pacific Coast trail because her life is a mess and she needs to recenter herself and find a way through all her many troubles to a new beginning? A Walk in the Woods is exactly like that… except it’s about a privileged old guy who has everything and whose life is in great shape but he’s feeling, you know, a little blah, so why not walk the entire Appalachian Trail? Robert Redford (Truth) is writer Bill Bryson, and he is joined on this “one
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Mike Newell’s Adaptation Guernsey Eyes Rosamund Pike For Lead Role

Few would argue that Rosamund Pike stole the show in David Fincher’s psychological thriller Gone Girl, portraying an unhinged sociopath that still sends shivers down our spines to this day. Imagine our disappointment, then, when the Oscar-nominated actress followed up Fincher’s opus with middling thriller Return To Sender.

No matter, because Deadline reports that Pike is circling her next potential project, and it’s one that goes by the name Guernsey. Mike Newell of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame is behind the camera, and it’s understood that Pike is currently in contention to play the role of Juliet Ashton – a role that’s attracted the likes of Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson in recent times.

Billed as an adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-seller, Guernsey is the name of a quaint island off the British coast, with the story chronicling Ashton
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Return To Sender: Win A Copy Of This Rosamund Pike Thriller

The thriller Return To Sender, starring Rosamund Pike, came out on Blu-ray and DVD this past Tuesday. We are a bit late to the game but when it comes to free Rosamund Pike we did not think any of you would mind the wait for your chance to win a copy of this. Miranda (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) is a dedicated nurse, an exquisite cake maker and an impeccable friend. But when she agrees to a blind date and the wrong man comes to her door...her perfect world is shattered by a brutal assault. Even after her attacker, William (Shiloh Fernandez, Evil Dead), is convicted and locked away for the crime, Miranda can't overcome the fear and trauma enough to put her orderly...

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Interview: Camryn Manheim Talks Return to Sender (Exclusive)

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Interview: Camryn Manheim Talks Return to Sender (Exclusive)
Truly embracing the meaningful relationships and consequences that arise from the most critical situations in your life can be both a fulfilling and daunting experience. With her new independent thriller, ‘Return to Sender,’ Emmy Award-winning actress Camryn Manheim charmingly relishes the experience of working with a passionate cast and crew to create a daunting story about what happens when a well-meaning protagonist is pushed beyond her emotional limits. The film, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD today by Rlj Entertainment, features the intriguing actress in a supporting role to a lead character who becomes a classic anti-hero after starting to fight back against an injustice against her. Director Fouad [ Read More ]

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Return to Sender Movie Review

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Return to Sender Movie Review
Title: Return to Sender Rlj Entertainment Director: Fouad Mikati Writers: Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett Cast: Rosamund Pike, Shiloh Fernandez, Nick Nolte, Camryn Manheim, Rumer Willis, Illeana Douglas In theaters, VOD and iTunes on August 14th. Miranda (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) is an aspiring surgical nurse with a lot of hidden talents and is beloved by all who know her. One of her coworkers sets her up on a blind date, and Miranda reluctantly accepts. The day of the date, a man comes to her door whom she assumes is Kevin (Billy Slaughter), it turns out to be William Finn (Shiloh Fernandez), a man she’s seen in passing and obsessed [ Read More ]

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Watch: 'Gone Girl' Rosamund Pike is Back for Revenge in Exclusive 'Return to Sender' Clip

Watch: 'Gone Girl' Rosamund Pike is Back for Revenge in Exclusive 'Return to Sender' Clip
Read More: Watch: Rosamund Pike Is Back In Amazing Amy Mode In Trailer For 'Return To Sender' Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike has brought back her revenge-fueled "Gone Girl" craziness in her latest film, "Return to Sender."   Pike plays nurse Miranda, who agrees to go on a blind date, but when the wrong man comes to her door, she faces a serious assault. After her attacker is convicted and jailed for the crime, Miranda cannot seem to put the attack behind her. To gain closure, she reaches out to William through letters and prison visits and slowly forms a relationship with him. When William is paroled and looks to meet with her, Miranda decides to use the opportunity as a means of revenge. The film also stars Shiloh Fernandez, Nick Nolte, Camryn Manheim, Rumer Willis and Illeana Douglas. "Return to Sender" is now on iTunes and VOD. Check out the exclusive clip above.
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Return To Sender Review

Let’s get this out of the way immediately – Return to Sender, a so-called “thriller” that exists solely to capitalize on the icily serene beauty of star Rosamund Pike, is no Gone Girl. Artless, queasy and agonizingly dull from first frame to last, it’s more akin to a particularly ugly Lifetime Original Movie than that delectably vicious cult phenomenon or really anything with which you’d expect to see a star of Pike’s caliber associated.

And yet, director Fouad Mikati somehow landed the Oscar nominee – whose deer-in-headlights terror on screen could easily have been elicited by her realization that Return to Sender will always lurk on her IMDb page. She plays dedicated nurse Miranda, who tends to her patients with practiced precision but shows none of the same enthusiasm for her love life. Miranda, unfortunately, is a pancake-flat character, made ever flatter by Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett’s howlingly awful script.
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Review: 'Return To Sender' Starring Rosamund Pike

At some point in “Return to Sender,” a character calls another, “Stupid and predictable.” I could have easily repeated that sentiment as my review for this uninspired thriller and called it a day. What we have here is a misguided attempt at creating an intelligent and thought-provoking thriller about a controversial subject that’s far from intelligent and insightful, and as far away from thrilling as you can possibly get. The incredibly simplistic story opens with Miranda (Rosamund Pike), an ambitious nurse about to be promoted to the prestigious surgery department of her hospital (a fact that’s pounded into the audience’s skulls every couple of minutes in order to pay off in clunky fashion during the climax), finally agreeing to go on a blind date set up by one of her colleagues. Unfortunately for Miranda, the man she thought to be her date turns out to be a
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Return to Sender | Review

Harder Candy: Pike Headlines Predictably Exploitative Rape Thriller

It seems Rosamund Pike is now the girl most likely to…. exact ruthless retribution on her instigators, if judging from the latest indie thriller Return to Sender, unfortunately arriving on the heels of her Oscar nominated success in last year’s comparably themed David Fincher film, Gone Girl. But the pedigree of auteur assistance is not on hand with Fouad Mikati’s sophomore effort, his first film since 2010’s Operation: Endgame. Somehow, he amassed a rather respectable cast for this grindhouse knockoff that could have easily premiered on Lifetime if Pike hadn’t suddenly become such a hot commodity. To be fair, we’ll have to wait another year or so to appreciate the actress in some higher quality offerings, and by then this will most likely be forgotten about.

Surgical nurse Miranda Wells (Pike) seems to have a bright future ahead of her.
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'Return to Sender' Clip Starring Rosamund Pike | Exclusive

'Return to Sender' Clip Starring Rosamund Pike | Exclusive
Miranda Wells (Rosamund Pike) talks about her potential new job as a surgical nurse in our exclusive clip from Return to Sender, arriving in movie theaters August 14 from Rlj Enterainment. Miranda's colleague Gloria (Camryn Manheim) can't understand why she would want to transfer into the surgical nurse field. While Gloria says she can handle patients "puking and pissing" on her, she can't fathom the "revolting" nature of surgery. This scene takes place long before this thriller really picks up the pace.

Miranda (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) is a dedicated nurse, an exquisite cake maker and an impeccable friend. But when she agrees to a blind date and the wrong man comes to her door...her perfect world is shattered by a brutal assault. Even after her attacker, William (Shiloh Fernandez, Evil Dead), is convicted and locked away for the crime, Miranda can't overcome the fear and trauma
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