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John Travolta’s Critically Reviled ‘The Fanatic’ Gets Oscar Campaign, Because Why Not

John Travolta’s Critically Reviled ‘The Fanatic’ Gets Oscar Campaign, Because Why Not
The Oscar race for Best Actor is chock full of heavyweight contenders, from Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker” to Leonardo DiCaprio in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Adam Driver in “Marriage Story,” Robert De Niro in “The Irishman,” and Antonio Banderas in “Pain and Glory,” among others. But what about John Travolta in “The Fanatic”? Anyone with common sense knows the “Grease” legend has zero chance of landing a nomination for a film that has received some of the most horrendous reviews of 2019, but that’s not stopping an Oscars push from being launched.

“The Fanatic,” infamously directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, opened in late August from Quiver Entertainment. Travolta stars as the super-fan of a horror actor (played by Devon Sawa) whose obsession turns psychotic when the Hollywood star proves dismissive of him.

An Fyc ad for “The Fanatic” has been circulating on social media and was
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Tarantino & Cast Share Behind-the-Scenes Stories at Screening

On November 2, 2019, I was briefly transported fifty years into the past. I was at the New Beverly Cinema, a classic Los Angeles repertory theatre owned by classic Los Angeles filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, alongside a packed house of other film nerds -- including, quite beautifully, Fred Durst wearing a Limp Bizkit sweatshirt. As we filed into the house, we enjoyed a litany of lobby decorations, concession choices, and pre-show music all impeccably curated from 1969. It was the pitch-perfect, table-setting appetizer to our main course -- a 35mm screening of Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood followed by …
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John Travolta Signs With ICM Partners

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John Travolta Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar nominee John Travolta has inked with ICM Partners.

Travolta has amassed more than $3.8 billion at the global box office throughout his career from a huge cinematic résumé that includes Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Face/Off, The Taking of Pelham 123, Savages, Hairspray, Michael, Wild Hogs, Urban Cowboy, Swordfish, Ladder 49, A Civil Action, Staying Alive and Pulp Fiction.

The Englewood, NJ, native scored his first screen role in California as a fall victim in a 1972 episode of Emergency! He landed the star-making role of Vinnie Barbarino in the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, with big-screen breaks during his run on the show in Brian De Palma’s Carrie and the disco-drenched Saturday Night Fever soon after. While the latter movie showed off his dancing skills (along with the Staying Alive and Pulp Fiction), Grease rose the profile on Travolta’s singing. His duets with Olivia Newton-John from the musical included the No.
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‘Wings Of Desire’ Scribe Wins Nobel Prize; John Travolta Feted By Rome Fest With Acting Award — Global Briefs

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‘Wings Of Desire’ Scribe Wins Nobel Prize; John Travolta Feted By Rome Fest With Acting Award — Global Briefs
Austrian playwright and author Peter Handke, perhaps best-known in film circles for his screenplay of Wim Wenders’ classic Wings Of Desire, has won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature. Playwright, novelist, screenwriter and director Handke also wrote Wenders’ movie The Goalie’s Anxiety At The Penalty Kick and directed movies including The Left-Handed Woman and The Absence, both of which starred Bruno Ganz. The decision to award Handke won’t be without controversy given his support for the Serbs during the 1990s Yugoslav war, and for speaking at the 2006 funeral of Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic, who was accused of genocide and other war crimes. Meanwhile, Polish novelist and activist Olga Tokarczuk belatedly won the 2018 award, which was delayed by a year after a crisis in the academy sparked by allegations against Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of Nobel Academy member Katarina Frostenson. Agnieszka Holland adapted one of Tokarczuk’s most celebrated novels into the 2017 movie Spoor.
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Ryan Sheckler’s 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Gala Receives Unprecedented Amount of Giving

Over the weekend, the Sheckler Foundation hosted Ryan Sheckler's 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Gala, sponsored by Oakley, at The Monarch Beach Resort and Golf Links in Dana Point, California.

After hearing from the kids that were helped on the first five stops of the Sheckler Foundation’s 2019 10-stop Skate for a Cause Tour, the gala guests clearly felt the need to support the foundation’s mission to educate, equip and empower their community to be the change in the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. The event raised a total of $378,000, and many pledged their time, talents and resources, including the donation of tour buses for the final 5 stops of the Skate for a Cause Tour, courtesy of Storm Trooper Coaches.

Since its inception the Sheckler Foundation has been supported by celebrities and some of those in attendance this year included Fred Durst, Chris Joslin,
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‘The Fanatic’: An Unhinged John Travolta Can’t Help Fred Durst’s Deep Contempt For Fandom [Review]

Filmmakers such as Lars von Trier, David Fincher, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and Quentin Tarantino often portray the twisted, darker side of humanity with disturbing and cinematically striking results. Clearly influenced by this brand of cinema and the psychological impact it has, director Fred Durst clearly wants to be seen and make movies in this tradition; dark voyeurism that offers intimate entrée to the broken mind.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep227 – Laid To Rest

Man, oh man! Have you guys seen that new movie The Fanatic?! It’s a new movie directed by Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit and stars John Travolta of all people! We had totally prepared to review The Fanatic this week, but then we decided that this film is something that is so magical, that we […]

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Link Tank: 11 Movies That Made Less Than $400 at Box Office

Spencer Mullen Sep 3, 2019

Box office bombs, Lana Del Rey, Twitter's Jack Dorsey, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's why SpaceX's plans for a mega constellation of internet satellites is attracting attention.

"SpaceX’s plans for a “mega constellation” of internet satellites have been thrust into the spotlight, as one craft in the nascent Starlink array forced an existing satellite to fire its thrusters and avoid a crash."

Read more at Inverse.

Here's why Olivia Wilde deserves more attention then she has gotten for her film Booksmart.

"Now that Booksmart is available on digital platforms (and Blu-ray September 3rd), this seems like a great time to ask: What is Olivia Wilde going to do next?"

Read more at The Mary Sue.

A Whataburger in Texas has reopened after a disturbing video featuring a mouse at the location went viral.

"A Whataburger location in Bastrop, Texas has reopened
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John Travolta & His Fun ‘Fanatic’ Moments

The Fanatic tells the story of an action hero who’s stalked by a rabid fan. Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst co-wrote the screenplay, loosely based on a stalker he dealt with in real life several years ago. The stalker is played by John Travolta, who’s certainly experienced the ups and downs of stardom over the course [...]

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Exclusive Photo: John Travolta at Wizard World for ‘The Fanatic’

Chicago – John Travolta continues to surprise by challenging himself in offbeat roles. His latest is “The Fanatic,” which had its nationwide release on August 30th. To promote the film and greet admirers, Travolta stopped by the Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago, and Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com shot an Exclusive Photo.

The Fanatic” was based on a true story that actually occurred to co-writer/director Fred Durst, the front man for the band Limp Bizkit. The topic is extreme fandom and stalking, and Travolta portrays Moose, an autistic man who worships horror film actor Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa). After finding out where his hero lives, Moose begins stalking him relentlessly, escalating into a dangerous situation for Dunbar. Durst based the story on a fan who pursued him during the height of Limp Bizkit’s popularity.

John Travolta at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 24th, 2019

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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Critics Savage John Travolta’s Career Rock-Bottom ‘The Fanatic’: It’s a Movie That Hates You

Critics Savage John Travolta’s Career Rock-Bottom ‘The Fanatic’: It’s a Movie That Hates You
From the mind of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst comes “The Fanatic,” a movie starring John Travolta that reviewers are having a whale of a time eviscerating. In terms of Rotten Tomatoes scores, it is just about on par with Travolta’s last starring vehicle, “Gotti.” Which obviously makes this yet another can’t-miss car crash from the Scientologist who recently shaved his head at the behest of Pitbull and mistook drag artist Jade Jolie for Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards.

In a zero-star review from RogerEbert.com, Brian Tallerico writes, “‘The Fanatic’ hates fans. It hates actors. It hates tourists, shop owners, and servants. It really, really hates autistic people. And it hates you. It’s a movie that thinks you’re an idiot, someone who won’t see through its shallow provocations, illogical behavior, and vile misanthropy.”

The movie stars Travolta as an autistic man named Moose,
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John Travolta Gives ‘Cringe-Worthy’ Performance in ‘The Fanatic’ as Borderline Autistic Character, Critics Say

John Travolta Gives ‘Cringe-Worthy’ Performance in ‘The Fanatic’ as Borderline Autistic Character, Critics Say
It turns out that it’s not just fans who John Travolta has a problem with; critics have been pretty hard on him and his latest film “The Fanatic” too.

Travolta is getting panned once again for starring in a horror-thriller from Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst, which is an update on films like “The Fan” and “Misery.” Critics have called Durst’s character development “shallow” and Travolta’s performance as a man who may be borderline autistic everything from over-the-top to “cringe-worthy.”

“Fred Durst’s ‘The Fanatic’ hates fans. It hates actors. It hates tourists, shop owners, and servants. It really, really hates autistic people. And it hates you. It’s a movie that thinks you’re an idiot, someone who won’t see through its shallow provocations, illogical behavior, and vile misanthropy,” Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com wrote. “There’s nothing wrong with making a film about troubled people,
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New Film The Fanatic Showcases the Surprising Connection Between John Travolta and Fred Durst

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New Film The Fanatic Showcases the Surprising Connection Between John Travolta and Fred Durst
What could link John Travolta to the rap-rock group Limp Bizkit? A movie about an obsessive stalker.

The actor, 65, currently stars as a crazed fan, Moose, who breaks into the home of his favorite horror movie actor, Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa). The role, which finds Travolta decked out in Hawaiian-styled shirts, a short haircut and glasses, came from the mind of his longtime friend, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

“I met Fred Durst maybe 15 years ago. We got along well. I hadn’t heard from him since then and suddenly I get a call saying, ‘I’ve written a script with you in mind,
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Review: In The Fanatic, John Travolta Wants To Break Stuff

Aside from fronting Limp Bizkit – that nu metal band most people don’t want to admit they moshed to in high school – Fred Durst has also branched out into directing indie films, first with the drama The Education of Charlie Banks (2007), then with the sports film The Longshots (2008), and now with psycho thriller The Fanatic, which he allegedly based on a real-life experience with a stalker. Judging from this movie, it must have left a mark. Sporting a ridiculous mullet, John Travolta plays Moose, a lonely film fan who idolizes horror movie star Hunter Dunbar. After...

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The Fanatic Star Devon Sawa Talks Working with Travolta in the Celebrity Stalker Flick [Exclusive]

The Fanatic Star Devon Sawa Talks Working with Travolta in the Celebrity Stalker Flick [Exclusive]
Devon Sawa has been working in the business for three decades and his latest movie, The Fanatic, is truly something. There are many crazy layers to this whole thing, not the least of which being that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is at the helm for this one. We've also got Hollywood legend and Pulp Fiction star John Travolta going out on a limb for the lead role, which sees him playing a movie fan who is obsessed with Sawa's action star, Hunter Dunbar.

Needless to say, with all of the pieces in play, The Fanatic has drawn a certain amount of attention. Devon Sawa, for his part, has been involved in quite a few memorable projects over the years, from his work in the original Final Destination, to the cult classic Idle Hands. I had the chance to speak with Sawa on behalf of his new movie. We talked
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Sally Potter project on Ontario Creates International Financing Forum schedule

Companies attending for first time include A24, Cornerstone Films, Film Constellation.

A Brexit-inspired comedy written by Sally Potter and new work from The Florida Project producer Kevin Chinoy are among the line-up at Ontario Creates’ 14th International Financing Forum (iff), set to take place from Sept 8-9 in association with and during the Toronto International Film Festival.

The competitive feature film co-financing and co-production event will bring together producers, sales agents financiers, distributors and agents from Canada and the international sector for two days of networking, one-on-one producer and executive meetings, a state-of-the-industry panel discussion, a luncheon, and a producers’ opening night networking reception.
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Film Review: ‘The Fanatic’

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Film Review: ‘The Fanatic’
Prominently placed at the start of a very long final credit crawl is what may go down in motion picture history as one of the most misguided displays of somber self-congratulation ever: “John Travolta Is Moose. ‘The Fanatic.’ A Fred Durst Film.” Given that this is a movie that starts with an onscreen-text quote from its own bad dialogue, the clueless hubris is no longer surprising by that point. Still,

For starters, it is the worst Travolta vehicle in some time, and coming just a year after the double whammy of “Gotti” and “Speed Kills,” that is really saying something. It also finds him entering that unfortunate pantheon of presumably well-intentioned performances of differently-abled characters that somehow emerge a compendium of the most cringe-inducing clichés of people with limited faculties.

Last but not least, this ersatz thriller about a simpleminded aging fanboy’s obsession with his movie-star idol is directed
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‘The Fanatic’ Review: John Travolta Gets Absurd in Fred Durst’s Misguided Thriller

Over shots of Los Angeles, Fred Durst’s The Fanatic opens with an apathetic diatribe about the soul-sucking nature of the City of Angels. It’s a“city of bullshitters,” as our cynic tour guide puts it–assuring us that, over the next 89 minutes, this plunge into toxic celebrity worship is more symptomatic of a rotten societal core than it is a misguided rejection of developmental disorders and narrative proficiency.

Sure enough, we then meet Moose, portrayed by a John Travolta seemingly intent on convincing audiences that a surplus of tics make a performance compelling. Moose is an uber movie fan, obsessed with film star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa) and intent on meeting and befriending his action hero, at any cost. Sure enough, Moose’s tendencies lead him into a series of increasingly detrimental situations that both jeopardize Hunter’s career and reveal the depths of Moose’s fixations and capacity for violence.
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‘The Fanatic’ Film Review: John Travolta Gives Stalker Dementia a Bad Name In Trash-Heap Thriller

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‘The Fanatic’ Film Review: John Travolta Gives Stalker Dementia a Bad Name In Trash-Heap Thriller
Write what you know, they say. But because Fred Durst once had a bad experience with a stalker, we now get the rank human patty that is the Limp Bizkit frontman and sometime director’s latest indulgence “The Fanatic,” a celebrity-terrorizing scenario that wants to be “Misery” but only creates misery.

Durst didn’t necessarily embarrass himself 10 years ago when he released his directorial debut, the admirably sensitive college drama “The Education of Charlie Banks”; he didn’t write the film, nor did his effort suggest hidden reserves of cinematic promise. “The Fanatic,” however, which Durst did have a hand in writing, is a brainless, exploitative folly which gives John Travolta free rein to mine the history of cringe-worthy autism portrayals for an offensively garish Frankenstein pantomime of unhinged obsession. It ultimately suggests this side-career of Durst’s should be well and truly snuffed out.

Travolta plays a childlike ultra-fan called The Moose,
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Movie Review – The Fanatic (2019)

The Fanatic, 2019.

Directed by Fred Durst.

Starring John Travolta, Devon Sawa, Ana Golja, James Paxton, Jessica Uberuaga, Luis Da Silva Jr., Josh Richman, Jacob Grodnik, Marta González Rodin, Martin Peña, and Kenneth Farmer.

Synopsis:

A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star’s life.

Full disclosure, I grew up religiously listening to Limp Bizkit, the angsty rock band of which The Fanatic‘s director fronts, Fred Durst (also serving as a co-writer alongside first-timer David Bekerman). This admission is relevant for two reasons: I fully admit I might have enjoyed this movie more than it might deserve just for the fun of seeing a key figure in my formative years making a film (this is actually his third feature film), and for someone that relatively keeps up with Fred Durst and his new music, I did not know of the apparently real-life events that inspired this movie.
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