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Now Playing: A Seek-And-Find Book For Film Buffs

Can you find Edward Scissorhands, Steve Zissou, Mrs. Bates, and seven Gremlins? This deluxe seek-and-find for film buffs challenges viewers to locate iconic characters and elements from the work of 12 great directors within large format, sumptuously illustrated set-piece spreads (one for each director, with the Coen brothers as a pair). Featured here are Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and more.

With answer keys following the spreads, and visual discovery and delight on every page, Now Playing: A Seek-and-Find Book for Film Buffs by Alexandre Clerisse is a beautifully packaged treat for movie and visual puzzle fans.

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The Joker Origin Movie In The Works At Warner Bros. & DC

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are in the early stages of developing at Joker origin movie, according to Deadline. The site says that The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips will co-write the script with 8 Mile‘s Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, to be produced by Martin Scorsese and Phillips.

The Joker origin movie will be the first film under a new banner that Warner Bros. has yet to name, but which will expand the canon of DC Comics properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the characters.

The Joker has previously been played by Jack Nicholson in Batman, by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. The site adds that Leto will reprise the character in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, Gotham City Sirens. This new film, however, will feature a different actor, possibly younger.

The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy.

While it’s unknown when this Joker origin movie would be released, Phillips and Silver are already writing the script.

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Gallery 1988 Announces IT Themed Art Show Opening On August 31, 2017

On August 31st, Gallery1988 will be host an exhibit of IT themed artwork in advance of Andy Muschietti’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel.

The exhibit will run August 31st through September 3rd at Gallery1988 (7308 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA) between 11am and 6pm.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass Synopsis Revealed

Universal Pictures released the synopsis for Glass which will pit The Beast against David Dunn in a scheme organized by the one they call Mr. Glass. Check it out below.

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable and last year’s Split—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.

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It’s Alive! Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie Posters From The Kirk Hammett Collection Book

One of the world’s premier collections of horror and sci-fi movie posters comes, not altogether surprisingly, from Kirk Hammett of Metallica, one of the most successful and beloved bands in rock history. Long before Hammett assumed the heavy metal mantle as Metallica’s lead guitarist, he was obsessed with the imaginative universe of horror. From the age of six, he gathered toys, ephemera, and memorabilia from his favorite films. This generously illustrated book highlights the finest examples from Hammett’s personal collection—an astonishing trove of horror and sci-fi film posters that span the history of the genre—along with intriguing essays by Daniel Finamore, Joseph LeDoux, and Steve Almond on the rise of horror culture and the rise it gives us.

The publication accompanies the exhibition “It’s Alive!”: Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from August 12 to November 26, 2017.

Daniel Finamore is The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum. Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University in the Center for Neural Science and directs the Emotional Brain Institute of New York University and the Nathan Kline Institute. Steve Almond is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, and the co-host of WBUR’s Dear Sugar Radio.

The 120 page hardcover book features 90 color illustrations and retails for $30. You can order a copy HERE.

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The United States of Movies — 51 Iconic Films

Movies have touched almost every aspect of the American experience — and just about every square inch of land. Entertainment Weekly picks the one film that best captures the spirit and story of each state.

Check out the list HERE.

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Seven Most Tragic On-Set Accidents In Hollywood

Hollywood is known for its glamorous escapism, taking the audience away from the mundane routine of everyday living into a world of adventure and imagination. At the same time, there is a real side to Hollywood, depicted by the toil and sweat put into it by people laboring for hours both behind and in front of the camera. Injuries and accidents are a natural part of this process. Unfortunately, many a times, these accidents can be fatal, and can even involve serious litigation. Here are seven tragic accidents that occurred during the filming of some of the most memorable Hollywood movies.

1. Midnight Rider (Unreleased)

Based on the eventful life of rock and roll star Gregg Allman, Midnight Rider was all set to become a major hit. What was to be a seriously bad omen for the film, a tragic accident took place when shooting began on the first day. The director was shooting a scene on a railroad track on location with several actors and technicians. When a CSX train appeared on the tracks, the lookout issued a warning to the crew to get away from the tracks. Sarah Jones, one of the camera assistants, was unable to move in time and was hit by the incoming train. She lost her life in the accident. Fortunately, the executive producer and assistant director were charged with criminal trespass. The attorneys for the Jones family and Allan eventually reached an out of court settlement. This was a surprising settlement since in most cases involving railway crossing accidents, the railway firm is found guilty. In a railway crossing accident that occurred in 2008, railway law firm Pottroff & Karlin were able to secure a verdict against BNSF due to whose negligence four people were killed while crossing a railroad track in Anoka, Minnesota.

2. Gone in 60 Seconds 2 (Unreleased)

This is an extremely tragic accident that resulted in the untimely death of a promising Hollywood action director. A sequel to the 1974 hit Gone in 60 Seconds was under production in 1989 and director H.B. Halicki was at the top of his game at the time. Known for his jaw-dropping way of filming car stunts, Halicki had planned a number of thrilling car crashes for the sequel. While shooting one such scene, a cable snapped causing the tower it was holding up to crash onto a telephone pole. The said pole then fell on the director causing his death.

3. The Maze Runner (Unreleased)

While shooting for the third instalment in the Maze Runner franchise, an unfortunate accident put at risk the career of its promising lead Dylan O’Brien. The young lad showed immense promise as a future Hollywood lead when he won hearts in Teen Wolf. However, while performing a stunt involving a jump from the roof of a car to another, the young actor suffered an injury, causing the shoot and release to be postponed for some weeks. On discovering that the injury was more severe than initially thought, the release was pushed back by a year. The movie is expected to release in January 2018.

4. The Twilight Zone (1983)

The Twilight Zone is a landmark 1983 movie that became more famous for a morbid and fatal accident that occurred while filming. While executing an action sequence that required an explosion setting off under a helicopter in flight. As the helicopter was flying too low, it was heavily impacted by the shock of the explosion and veered off course. Its blades hit two actors resulting in decapitation of their heads. A third actor died after being crushed under the landing gear of the helicopter. As a result of this accident, several Hollywood producers avoided using helicopters for stunts in their movies.

5. Top Gun (1986)

The 1986 classic Top Gun is widely known for putting Tom Cruise on the map as one of Hollywood’s best leading men. However, little is known about a fatal accident during the shooting of the movie that took the life of a promising stunt artist, Art Scholl. On the day of the accident, Scholl was aboard a Pitts S-2 plane to capture aerial shots from an altitude. After executing a successful flat spin with his craft, he became unable to return to a safe altitude. Eventually, Scholl plunged with his plane into the sea, resulting in his death. His body was never found.

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

This accident relates to the unfortunate loss of an able stunt artist named Conway Wickliffe. Wickliffe was an upcoming and well-known stunt artist in Hollywood having worked on numerous successful films such as Die Another Day and Batman Begins. While preparing for a stunt scene in the 2008 release The Dark Knight, the one where The Joker destroys the Batmobile with a rocket launcher, Wickliffe was riding in a car going at 20 miles to the hour when the driver missed a 90-degree turn, slamming the car into a tree. Wickliffe suffered extreme trauma to the head and died instantly.

7. The Expendables 2 (2012)

The successful 2012 revenge drama The Expendables 2 had a lot riding on it thanks to the immensely successful prequel. Sylvester Stallone had roped in famed director Simon West who had previously directed Con Air among other successful movies. While shooting a scene involving an explosion, two stunt artists named Kun Liu and Nuo Sun were badly injured. While Sun survived his injuries and recovered completely, Liu succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Tragedies like these simply go to show that life can be very unpredictable, even on a Hollywood film set. The make-believe world of Hollywood can be equally gritty and real as real life itself. Loss of human life is tragic and people working in Hollywood have witnessed such incidents at close range. At times these incidents are hidden from media glare, but at others they become fodder for relentless media scrutiny, especially when these incidents become legal cases. Thus, it is important to be aware of the sacrifices and loss that goes into completing a grand feature film.

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Wonder Woman Arrives On Blu-ray On August 29 & Digital On September 19

Celebrate the wonder when “Wonder Woman” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Gal Gadot returns as the DC Super Hero in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include an all-new bonus scene never before seen in theaters.

Wonder Woman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition and hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include a digital version of the movie with UltraViolet.  Fans can also own “Wonder Woman” via purchase from digital retailers beginning August 29.

Additionally, all of the special features, including an all-new bonus scene, interviews with filmmakers, featurettes, and extended scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of Wonder Woman will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

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Female Roles In TV & Movies

Let’s hear it for the girls!

For so many years, the realm of the action hero, both on film and on TV, has been almost exclusively made up of males. Yet the last couple of years have seen a significant shift, with female superheroes and leading ladies coming at us from all directions.

The unexpected trail-blazers of the new wave of girl power were led by Melissa McCarthy in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot in the summer of 2016. Taking on the classic supernatural men’s “buddy movie”, many expected the gender switch remake to fall flat. As it turned out, it did well both critically and at the box office, with McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and the irrepressible Kate McKinnon busting every bit as hard as Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and company.

And if Ghostbusters blazed a trail, then Wonder Woman burned that trail to the ground. DC’s first female led superhero movie starred Gal Gadot as the legendary Diana, Princess of the Amazons. It was also the first Marvel blockbuster to be directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, with a largely female crew. Made for just $149m, it has so far grossed almost $800m, with the DVD and BluRay releases still to come in time for Christmas.

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Even the bastion of the male ego, the James Bond-style super spy, has been cracked by the recent release of Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron as MI6’s top agent. Hard as nails and taking on all comers, she is a stark contrast to the typical tuxedo-clad James Bond in Diamonds are Forever, who was constantly hanging out in the casino surrounded by beautiful women who barely got a line, let alone any sort of character to work with.

Perhaps the best thing about this new wave of female heroes is that they are not trying to fill the same shoes as the men, but instead doing things in entirely their own way. Wonder Woman was a significant departure from the ego driven, macho, tough guys who had typically lead Marvel films; Charlize Theron’s character very much challenged the male characters on her own terms, giving every bit as good as she got, and then some — all while retaining her own uniquely female style.

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There is plenty more to come, too, with Marvel announcing last year that Captain Marvel will be played by Oscar winning “Room” actress, Brie Larson. The announcement was made long before the huge box office success of Wonder Woman, and it shows a real commitment to strong female roles from one of the biggest movie franchises there is. Add in strong roles for Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy, and things are really starting to shift away from the days where all superheroes were “something-man”.

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Perhaps the biggest leap forward for women on screen was the recent announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who in the long-running British TV sci-fi series. After twelve straight male Time Lords, Whittaker will break the mold in spectacular fashion when she arrives in the Christmas special to replace Peter Capaldi.

The series has been building up to this for some time, with the only other remaining Time Lord regenerating from The Master to Missy, played by Michelle Gomez. This clearly set the precedent for female Time Lords and opened the door for the groundbreaking announcement, made dramatically (and somewhat ironically) by the BBC at the end of the Men’s Final at Wimbledon.

It is still far from a level playing field, especially with so many movies based on comic book characters from another, less enlightened era. Nonetheless, it is refreshing to not only see studios and TV channels taking these risks, but also to be rewarded by the kind of critical and commercial success that will encourage them to keep doing it.

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The IT Experience, A Pop-Up Haunted House In Hollywood Based On The Stephen King Novel

The IT Experience,” a new pop-up haunted house at Hollywood and Vine, offers fans of Stephen King’s classic 1986 novel IT a chance to step into the world of Pennywise the clown. The haunted house is for fans 18 and over, and comes ahead of the film adaptation, which opens September 8.

Walking into the Niebolt House, named for the abandoned house where the Loser’s Club first encounters Pennywise in the novel, guests will be able to experience “where IT lives” as they are guided by Georgie, whose wayward paper sailboat sets the story in motion in the book and film, through the 5,000-square-foot house as they venture from room to room through immersive sets inspired by scenes from the film with authentic props.

In groups of seven, visitors will form their own Loser’s Club as they traverse the haunted lair of the murderous entity known as It for a 20-minute experience encountering pneumatic surprises, live actors, holographic images and animatronic beings.

The IT Experience will be open daily from Aug. 14 through Sept. 10 at Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. in Hollywood.

More info HERE.

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