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“Some three weeks back over chili cheese fries, Quentin Tarantino suggested to his buddy, interviewer Elvis Mitchell, that he might want to do a live read of his first-draft screenplay of The Hateful Eight.”

“Some three weeks back over chili cheese fries, Quentin Tarantino suggested to his buddy, interviewer Elvis Mitchell, that he might want to do a live read of his first-draft screenplay of The Hateful Eight.”

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“Why Don’t We Want Our TV Series To End?”

“Why Don’t We Want Our TV Series To End?”

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The Schoolmates Behind Blue Ruin

The Schoolmates Behind Blue Ruin

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“Ghana’s Film Posters Win Fans”

“Ghana’s Film Posters Win Fans”

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“Dumb Insolence”: On Chaplin’s Late “Silent” Movies

“Dumb Insolence”: On Chaplin’s Late “Silent” Movies

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The Weekend Report

A quartet of new releases couldn’t unseat Captain America: The Winter Soldier from the lead on Easter weekend. The Marvelous super hero grossed an estimated $26.2 million, with Rio 2 not far off with $22.6 million. Among new national releases was the unexpectedly competitive true-life inspirational saga Heaven is for Real with $21.2 million and, conversely, the unexpectedly non-competitive Transcendence, which downloaded only $11.1 million. Chiller spoof A Haunted House 2 did an OK $8.9 million and nature tale Bears was off to a fair start of $4.8 million.

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Behind DeBlasio’s Appointment Of Cynthia López To Run NYC Film Office

Behind DeBlasio’s Appointment Of Cynthia López To Run NYC Film Office

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“Lana Del Rey’s Lynchian Noir”

“Lana Del Rey’s Lynchian Noir”

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With The Moviemaking Mogul Of Richmond, Indiana

With The Moviemaking Mogul Of Richmond, Indiana

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Wilmington on Movies and DVDs: The TCM 2014 Classic Film Festival: How Green Was My Valley; Meet Me in St. Louis; Make Way for Tomorrow

Families, at their best, give us solace and they give us joy. At their worst, they tear us apart. Both extremes were visible on screen at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival: often the best (How Green Was My Valley) and sometimes the worst (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?), but always the crucial parts of a film to remember.

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Lego Movie Vid Release May Block Summer Family Fare

Lego Movie Vid Release May Block Summer Family Fare

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Comcast’s Detail-Oriented EVP, David L. Cohen, Benefits From Political Connections, Including To Obama White House

Comcast’s Detail-Oriented EVP, David L. Cohen, Benefits From Political Connections, Including To Obama White House

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“How Hw’d Killed Death”

“How Hw’d Killed Death”

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Director Hal Cooper, 91, Began On Dumont Television Network, Helmed “I Dream Of Jeannie,” “Maude,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

Director Hal Cooper, 91, Began On Dumont Television Network, Helmed Episodes Of “I Dream Of Jeannie,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Maude,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show”

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Friday Box Office Estimates

The numbers are 21% smaller, but once again we have a $100,000 lead for Rio 2 over Cap 2 on Friday. This weekend, however, we have four new films chasing the top spot – and failing to come close – instead of two. The top of the group is Heaven Is For Real, which opened on Wednesday and should be over a $25m cume by the end of the weekend. After uniformly negative reviews, WB’s big hitter, Transcendence, has technology running well behind God. The new sequel in town, A Haunted House 2, has been crowded out, but not so much as DisneyNature’s Bears.

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White House Responds To Petition To Deport Justin Bieber

White House Responds To Petition To Deport Justin Bieber

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Spitznagel Horndogs Heather Graham On Female Turn-Ons

Spitznagel Horndogs Heather Graham On Female Turn-Ons

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“I am often surprised when people talk about the total implausibility of the events in García Márquez’s fiction. Having been born and lived in a deeply spiritual and extraordinarily resourceful part of the Caribbean, a lot of what might seem magical to others often seems quite plausible to me.”

“I am often surprised when people talk about the total implausibility of the events in García Márquez’s fiction. Having been born and lived in a deeply spiritual and extraordinarily resourceful part of the Caribbean, a lot of what might seem magical to others often seems quite plausible to me.”

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Is Under The Skin Johansson’s Shining?

Is Under The Skin Johansson’s Shining?

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Harvey Weinstein And James Dolan To Back New Venture By Publicist Leslie Sloane

Harvey Weinstein And James Dolan To Back New Venture By Publicist Leslie Sloane

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MB Cool. I was really interested in the aerial photography from Enter the Void and how one could understand that conceptually as a POV, while in fact it’s more of an objective view of the city where the story takes place. So it’s an objective and subjective camera at the same time. I know that you’re interested in Kubrick. We’ve talked about that in the past because it’s something that you and I have in common—

GN You’re obsessed with Kubrick, too.

MB Does he still occupy your mind or was he more of an early influence?

GN He was more of an early influence. Kubrick has been my idol my whole life, my own “god.” I was six or seven years old when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey, and I never felt such cinematic ecstasy. Maybe that’s what brought me to direct movies, to try to compete with that “wizard of Oz” behind the film. So then, years later, I tried to do something in that direction, like many other directors tried to do their own, you know, homage or remake or parody or whatever of 2001. I don’t know if you ever had that movie in mind for your own projects. But in my case, I don’t think about 2001 anymore now. That film was my first “trip” ever. And then I tried my best to reproduce on screen what some drug trips are like. But it’s very hard. For sure, moving images are a better medium than words, but it’s still very far from the real experience. I read that Kubrick said about Lynch’s Eraserhead, that he wished he had made that movie because it was the film he had seen that came closest to the language of nightmares.

Matthew Barney and Gaspar Noé

A Haunted House 2 is not a movie. It is a nervous breakdown. Directed by Michael Tiddes but largely the handiwork of star, producer, and co-writer Marlon Wayans, the film is being billed as yet another Wayans-ized spoof of the horror movie genre, à la the first Haunted House movie and the wildly successful Scary Movie series. (Keenen Ivory Wayans and his brothers were responsible for the first two Scary Movie films; they have since left that franchise, which may explain why a new one was needed.) And there are some familiar digs at recent horror flicks: This time, the creepy doll and the closet from The Conjuring, the family-murdering demon from Sinister, and the dybbuk box from The Possession all make appearances. But this new film is mostly an excuse for star Marlon Wayans to have extended freak-outs in response to the horrors visited upon him—shrieking, screaming, crying, cowering, and occasionally hate-fucking for minutes on end. Yes, you read that last bit right. A Haunted House 2 puts the satyriasis back in satire.”
Ebiri On A Haunted House 2