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Todd McFarlane Says ‘Spawn’ Will Be More R-Rated Than “PG-13 Formula” ‘Deadpool’

Todd McFarlane has certainly shown he knows how to talk up his directorial debut, “Spawn,” before a frame has even been shot. The comic creator has been eager to finally realize his own vision of his character on the big screen, and he’s been going on and on about how it’s gonna be soooooo R-rated. Enthusiasm is fine, but when you start taking shots at other comic book movies, ones that arguably paved he way for your film to be made, a little humility would probably go a long way.

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‘Love, Simon’ Trailer: Find Yourself & Fall In Love

The teenage coming-of-age/discovering yourself/love story genre is overflowing with entries, but few of them deal with what it’s like being gay in high school. That changes with “Love, Simon” which takes on the big subject of accepting and owning your sexuality, all within the familiar teen movie tropes.

Directed by Greg Berlanti, who knows this territory well as the hit TV producer behind tweenage fare like “Riverdale,” “The Flash,” and “Supergirl,” the movie is based on the book by Becky Albertalli, and follows Simon, a closeted teenager who starts falling for anonymous classmate online.

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Timothée Chalamet ‘Doesn’t Want to Profit’ From Woody Allen Film, Donates Salary to Time’s Up, Rainn, and More

Timothée Chalamet ‘Doesn’t Want to Profit’ From Woody Allen Film, Donates Salary to Time’s Up, Rainn, and More
Timothée Chalamet is following in the footsteps of Rebecca Hall by announcing he’ll donate his entire salary from working on Woody Allen’s new film, “A Rainy Day in New York,” to the organizations Time’s Up, Rainn (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), and The Lgbt Center in New York. Hall announced she would be doing the same on January 12. The film also stars Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, and Jude Law.

Read More:Rebecca Hall is ‘Profoundly Sorry’ For Starring in Woody Allen’s New Film, Donates Full Salary to Time’s Up

“I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer,” Chalamet wrote in a statement posted on Instagram. “I’m not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don’t want to profit
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Stunt Coordinator Joel Kramer Accused of Additional Sexual Assault Following Eliza Dushku Allegation

Stunt Coordinator Joel Kramer Accused of Additional Sexual Assault Following Eliza Dushku Allegation
Stunt coordinator Joel Kramer has been accused of additional acts of sexual misconduct following an initial allegation from actress Eliza Dushku. Dushku posted a statement on Facebook alleging Kramer sexually assaulted her on the set of “True Lies” when she was 12 years old. Now stunt woman Laura Albert has told Deadline that Kramer was sexually inappropriate with her 15-year-old sister and her 16-year-old friend on the 1997 set of “Virus.”

“I invited my younger sister to the set as she resided there,” Albert said to Deadline in a written statement. “I wanted her to come to the set in an effort to mentor her, to show her the motion picture industry from the inside, as she had desired to become a makeup artist. One day after we finished work, I had my sister and her friend,
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‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat

‘The Shape of Water’ Will Be the Best Picture Nominee to Beat
This year, it looks like the five DGA feature film director nominees could match up with the top five Best Picture Oscar nominees. Assuming that’s true, which movie is running ahead? Let’s break down their followings.

Dunkirk” is a $100-million spectacular World War II epic with appeal to men from action filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) who is eager to finally earn his first directing Oscar nomination.

Guilds: PGA, DGA, Ace, Asc, and Adg.

Read More:2018 Producers Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Get Out,’ and More

Harmful meme: Why hasn’t it gotten more awards attention so far, like SAG? It’s landed nominations from the Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics Choice, but so far no wins. It lacks dialogue (so did “The Revenant”) and meaty characters. It’s radical that way, which is a good thing (it scored $505 million worldwide) and a bad
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"Star Wars" Dialogue: II. Avant-Garde vs. Classical

Star Wars Dialogue is a 5-part dialog between Mike Thorn, Isiah Medina, Chelsea Phillips-Carr, Isaac Goes, and Neil Bahadur about George Lucas's first six films in the Star Wars franchise.Mike Thorn: Of particular interest in the Star Wars franchise is the relationship between Lucas’s avant-garde roots, and the way his experimental tendencies work with (and/or against) classicism. Do any of you think these films should be read more intently in terms of either one formal category or another (classical or avant-garde)? That is, do you think they’re “more” avant-garde than classical, or vice versa? Would your answer differ from film to film?Isiah Medina: Continuing the theme of revision, what is avant-garde can be revised as well, but I don’t think there is value in calling Star Wars avant-garde other than a provocation. It’s classical through and through. In terms of artistic movements within moviemaking,
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Review: Vertigo Remade: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson's "The Green Fog"

There's a new genre in town. The first example of it I can name is Bill Morrison's Spark of Being (2010), which retells the story of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein using aged found footage. In this version, as Morrison puts it, the movie itself is the monster, assembled from pieces of the dead.I may be missing earlier and later examples of this form, but so far as I know Guy Maddin and colleagues Evan and Galen Johnson are the first to respond to that celluloid gauntlet, with The Green Fog, a remake of Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) using footage culled from ninety-eight feature films and three TV series shot or set in the San Francisco area. I guess the movie is also in the genre of city symphonies, and has a nodding acquaintance with Thom Andersen's pirate-video documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003).The Madden/Johnsons have several advantages over Hitchcock:
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‘Portlandia’: Let Kumail Nanjiani Prepare You For the End of the World in New Sketch — Watch

‘Portlandia’: Let Kumail Nanjiani Prepare You For the End of the World in New Sketch — Watch
When the worst happens, you’ve got to be ready. And by “ready,” we don’t mean “able to survive.” Even after an earthquake, tornado, or other natural disaster, you should be thriving. Your needs, no matter how lavish, should be met. You’ve got to make the tough decisions, like Fleetwood Mac or Rihanna.

And who better to guide those decisions than Kumail Nanjiani?

In a new clip from “Portlandia’s” eighth and final season, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein make the healthy choice to be prepared for an emergency. When they seek out a disaster expert, he guides them through the difficult choices of what to take, what to leave, and what to listen to when the world is crashing down around them.

Read More:‘Portlandia’: Kyle MacLachlan Strives to Make Portland ‘Less White’ and ‘Less Wet’ in New Season 8 Sketch

The video is not only your
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Ana Lily Amirpour’s New Short Film ‘Yo! My Saint’ Gets Fashionable, Features Music By Karen O

Ana Lily Amirpour certainly knows her way around bold imagery and big canvases. “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” and “The Bad Batch” maximize every inch of the frame, and her new short “Yo! My Saint” certainly doesn’t waste a moment.

The ten-minute movie created for fashion house Kenzo falls somewhere between a music, film and fashion. “Yo! My Saint” is a tribute to the label’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which turned heads not just with the clothes, but with its groundbreaking all-Asian runway show.

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Oscars 2018 Comes Down to What Male Voters Are Thinking in the Year of #TimesUp

There is no monolithic pool of Oscar voters. There are more of them than there used to be, 7,258 to be exact — with about 1,500 younger, more diverse and international Academy members added over the past two years following #OscarSoWhite.

But this year, as balloting ended Friday and PriceWaterhouseCooper tabulates the votes ahead of the January 23 Oscar nominations, what exactly are we expecting?

Read More:James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior by Five Women in Los Angeles Times Report

As usual, the critics groups, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Guild nominations leave a trail of clues to where the race is heading. Upcoming PGA (January 20) and SAG (January 21) winners will add more clarity to the Best Picture race.

As always, the zeitgeist is the emotional factor that leaves statistics in the dust. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and “12 Years a Slave” weren’t big-budget Best Picture shoo-ins. Just enough individual Academy members wanted those
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“Things Happen that are Too Big for You…”: Writer/Director Kenneth Lonergan on the Director’s Cut of his Masterpiece, Margaret

Margaret may be one of the best movies you’ve never seen. It’s the second film from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, whose first, You Can Count On Me, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2000, and third, Manchester by the Sea garnered two Academy Awards for Lead Actor and Original Screenplay. But Margaret suffered a different journey, shooting in 2005 and being released much later in 2011 for a very limited run — and a cut 36 minutes shorter than the one Lonergan preferred. As part of its series, “The Way I See It: Directors’ Cuts,” the Quad in New […]
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Gareth Edwards’ ‘Monsters’ Getting TV Series Treatment

Before he went to galaxy far, far away with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and before he roared with “Godzilla,” director Gareth Edwards earned Hollywood’s attention with “Monsters.” Made on a shoestring budget, the budding filmmaker impressed many not just with this moody storytelling, but creating all the special effects himself on a home computer. While his blockbuster future remains a question mark, the director is returning to the movie that started it all.

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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ Review: A Very Different ‘Story’ Yields Uneven Rewards

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ Review: A Very Different ‘Story’ Yields Uneven Rewards
Virtually everything about the lengthy title “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” is misleading. For one, it’s less of a crime story — in the “Law & Order,” cops and courtrooms sense — than a biography of Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered at least five people over a three-month span in 1997. One of those people was iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace, but his relevance to Cunanan’s life, and thus the series overall, is largely symbolic — he’s the American dream, and he’s still damaged.

To the show’s credit, these shifts aren’t problematic or even the most jarring twist on Season 1’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson.” “Versace” is told in flashforward; it starts with Versace’s death and then works its way back in time through Cunanan’s other homicides and even into his childhood. This structural choice never delivers the emotional
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James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic Starring Elle Fanning Canceled By Fox

Well, it was certainly promising. James Mangold (“Logan,” “Walk The Line“) taking on the Patty Hearst story with Elle Fanning in the lead role? Sign us up. Alas, the powers that be have given it the axe.

Fox has canceled the biopic, which was set up at their Fox 2000 shingle. The project would’ve been based on based on the book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin (“The Run of His Life: The People v.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Shazad Latif on the Big Tyler Twist and Who ‘Javid Iqbal’ Is

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Shazad Latif on the Big Tyler Twist and Who ‘Javid Iqbal’ Is
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1 Episode 11, “The Wolf Inside.”]

Fans of “Star Trek: Discovery” had been bracing themselves for the revelations of “The Wolf Inside” for some time, as Lt. Tyler broke down and acknowledged the truth about his identity after being confronted by his mirror universe self, a Klingon known as Voq.

It was a long-delayed reveal, but actor Shazad Latif knew, right from the beginning, that he wasn’t playing one character but two on “Discovery.”

“I found out from the early stages, in the casting,” he told IndieWire. “I knew I always going to play a double character, and it wasn’t a surprise. It was just very exciting and very scary as well, because it’s double the workload.”

Back when people were just beginning to piece together the idea that Tyler might not be who he seems, one of the biggest pieces of evidence that Latif
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The Best Sundance Films of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: With the 2018 Sundance Film Festival gearing up later this week, what is the best movie to ever have its world premiere at the fest?

Read More:Sundance 2018: 21 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival, From ‘Wildlife’ to ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Best movie ever? That’s hard for me to quantify, but I’ll always remember the long, quiet walk I took at 3am, down icy streets, no one in sight, after I’d just been blown away by “The Babadook.” That was one terrifying night. I’d felt like I’d just seen greatness. Jennifer Kent’s movie would colonize my head,
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How Chewbacca Changed The ‘Star Wars’ Canon Forever

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When Disney paid $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm in 2012, fans were elated with the additional announcement that a new “Star Wars” trilogy was in the works. However, the fine print revealed a monumental change — everything outside the original six movies and “The Clone Wars” TV series was going to be scrapped from the canon. That’s right, anything that happened in the countless books, comics, and more would not impact where the story would go next.

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Kevin Smith Blasts ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash: ‘It’s As If Somebody F*cked Up Their Childhood’

Kevin Smith Blasts ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash: ‘It’s As If Somebody F*cked Up Their Childhood’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has been in theaters for exactly one month as of January 15, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it has been much longer since the polarizing reaction was so deafening in the weeks that followed. Filmmaker and outspoken “Star Wars” fanatic Kevin Smith has finally gotten around to addressing the backlash on his “Fatman On Batman” podcast, and he calls the response “vitriolic.”

Read More:Mark Hamill Regrets Speaking Out Against ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ Says Rian Johnson Made an ‘All-Time Great’ Entry

“Some people, it hit them the wrong way in a big way,” Smith says. “I’ve seen, it’s not just people going like, ‘Oh, I didn’t like it,’ when they don’t like it. It’s vitriolic, as if somebody fucked up their childhood.”

For Smith, audience expectation played directly into the backlash surrounding the film. He says many
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‘The Terror’ Trailer: Ridley Scott’s AMC Series Brings You Hell & Horror On Ice

If you’re trapped in the hellscape that is Winter 2018, surrounded by piles of snow and frigid temperatures, the last thing you want to curl up to is a series set in the arctic. Unless that series is “The Terror,” which will give you the cold comfort that things could actually be worse.

The AMC show, produced by Ridley Scott, and featuring Jared Harris and Ciarin Hinds among the ensemble, tells the “true story” of the Royal Navy’s perilous journey through the Northwest Passage.

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Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis: ‘Anonymous’ Rape Allegations Against Ex-Scientologist Are ‘Very Suspect’

Leah Remini Defends Paul Haggis: ‘Anonymous’ Rape Allegations Against Ex-Scientologist Are ‘Very Suspect’
Leah Remini has written an open letter along with Mike Rinder, her co-host of the A&E docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” in which the pair defend “Crash” director and fellow ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis against multiple sexual misconduct allegations, including two rape claims. Haggis was accused of sexual harassment and abuse by four women in a January 5 report from the Associated Press. Three of the four women spoke anonymously.

Read More:‘Crash’ Director Paul Haggis Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Including Two Rapes

“Paul Haggis deserves, based on his record as a gentleman and humanitarian, to be judged when all the evidence has been taken under penalty of perjury in a court of law,” Remini and Rinder write in the letter. “Because claims of anonymous accusers who have Not gone to law enforcement are not credible.”

Haggis left the Church of Scientology in 2009 after being a member for 35 years. Remini followed in
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