22 Jan

‘Stranger Things’ Originally Had a Much More Violent Eleven

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For a series filled with young stars and suffused with nostalgia for simpler times, Stranger Things goes to some pretty dark places. (Sometimes even literally dark places, like the Upside Down.) Even so, it’s largely a family-friendly show, provided you’re not watching with very young children. But series creators Matt and Ross Duffer revealed that their original vision leaned […]

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22 Jan

‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Lawsuit Settled, ‘Axanar’ Will Be Released In 15-Minute Segments

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The Star Trek fan film Axanar is moving forward again. Axanar Productions raised $1 million via crowdsourcing to produce a feature-length fan film with production values beyond your typical fan project. After the movie had started shooting, CBS and Paramount filed a lawsuit, claiming the fan film violates the rights of their intellectual property. Despite directors J.J. […]

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22 Jan

‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Clip: Flooding Predictions from the First Film Have Come True

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One of the films that kicked off the first night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow-up to former vice president Al Gore‘s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The film is another wake up call for climate change deniers who keep hitting the snooze button while the […]

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22 Jan

‘Wind River’ Review: Jeremy Renner Has Never Been Better in This Snowy, Shocking Thriller [Sundance]

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In the past two years, Taylor Sheridan has delivered acclaimed crime thrillers as the screenwriter behind the 2015 drug trafficking hit Sicario and last year’s award-worthy heist thriller Hell or High Water. Now he’s made his directorial debut at Sundance. Wind River follows stoic and skilled fish and wildlife service agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) […]

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22 Jan

Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic Is No Longer Happening

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Amy Adams has been attached to star in a Janis Joplin biopic for several years, and in 2014 the project seemed to pick up steam when Wild and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée signed on to direct. But alas, it now appears the film is dead for good. In a recent interview, Vallée confirmed that he and Adams were […]

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22 Jan

‘The Discovery’ Review: ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Meets ‘Flatliners’ in An Engrossing Indie Sci-Fi Package [Sundance]

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We could have an argument all day about whether it’s more difficult to create a multi-million dollar, visual effects spectacular blockbuster or an independent film with a budget that is spread too thin. But there’s something extremely impressive about a high-concept sci-fi drama doing something so grand and ambitious with so few resources. Such is […]

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22 Jan

Annapurna Pictures is Now a Distributor; Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Film Gets Summer Release Date

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We’ve got good news, everybody: Megan Ellison‘s production company, Annapurna Pictures, is now a distributor. The company was founded in 2011, and in the six years since its creation, they’ve been responsible for financing and producing some original and ambitious films, including Her, The Master, Spring Breakers, and most recently, 20th Century Women. Their newly launched distribution and marketing operation […]

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21 Jan

‘The Incredible Jessica James’ Review: Jessica Williams Sparkles in Romcom Charmer [Sundance]

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When Jessica Williams first joined The Daily Show in 2012, she was a fresh-faced newcomer from seemingly out of nowhere. By the time she left last year, she’d established herself as one of the show’s biggest and brightest stars. Now Williams is taking her next big step forward, graduating to full-fledged leading lady status in […]

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21 Jan

‘Raw’ Clip Shows Off a Scene From One of the Best Movies of 2017

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Saying that a movie is one of the best of the entire year when it’s only January may seems downright foolish. Irresponsible, even. But if Raw had come out in 2016, it would have made my top 10 of the year and would have made an already great year for horror movies even better. I […]

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21 Jan

Ingrid Goes West Review: Aubrey Plaza’s Hilarious Stalker Dark Comedy Set in the Instagram Era [Sundance]

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It is only two days into the 2017 Sundance Film Festival but Ingrid Goes West is already my favorite of the seven films I’ve screened thus far. A hilarious dark comedy version of Single White Female, it stars Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen and is set in the age of social media idolatry. Aubrey Plaza plays a […]

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