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Rob Reiner Signs With ICM Partners

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Rob Reiner Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Rob Reiner, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director, producer, writer and actor, is now a client of ICM Partners.

As a filmmaker, he’s behind such pics as Misery –which launched Kathy Bates as tour de force actress, landing an Oscar off her first nomination–and other blockbusters including When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me and A Few Good Men (which notched four Oscar noms including Reiner with a Best Picture nom).

Reiner’s cult-classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap recently celebrated its 35th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In total, Reiner won two Emmys for his role on Norman Lear’s All in the Family and is a five-time nominee. His career includes nine Golden Globe and three DGA Award noms.

In 1987, Reiner co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment, which produced the hits above as well as his Michael Douglas-Annette Bening screwball comedy The American President,
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Spotlight on Frightfest 2019: Director Braden Croft on ‘True Fiction’

Arrow Video Frightfest returns for its twentieth year of frightful delights later this month. Running from Thursday 22nd August to Monday 26th August, the film festival showcases the best and brightest in films that embrace the darker side of cinema. In the run-up to the festival, we at Thn are bringing you a series of interviews with some of the filmmakers presenting the fruits of their labour to the Frightfest audiences.

True Fiction screens at Frightfest on Saturday 24th August and is the third feature from Canadian writer and director Braden Croft. The film tells the story of the twisting relationship between Avery (Sara Garcia) and Caleb (John Cassini). Avery is a wannabe writer whom lands a dream job, assisting her all time favourite author Caleb Conrad. The job involves staying at his isolated home, relinquishing her communication devices and subjecting herself to some intense psychological profiling. As the tests get increasingly more stressful,
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In the Tall Grass First Look Teases Unnerving New Stephen King Adaptation

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In the Tall Grass First Look Teases Unnerving New Stephen King Adaptation
The first image for Stephen King's In the Tall Grass has been released. The film is an adaptation of a novella written by King and his son, Joe Hill that was published in two parts in Esquire magazine in 2012. It was announced about a year ago that Netflix would be adapting it for the screen and we are finally getting our first taste. Although no streaming date has been announced, In the Tall Grass will premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas at the end of September.

"Laysla De Oliveira (Locke & Key) and Avery Whitted (The Vanishing of Sydney Hall) star as Becky and Cal, two siblings en route to California who stop by a large grass field in Kansas when the heavily pregnant Becky feels nauseous. Hearing a young boy calling for help somewhere nearby, the two venture in and discover that the grass holds more secrets than they could have ever imagined.
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Paul Walter Hauser joins Disney’s Cruella

I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman star Paul Walter Hauser is in negotiations to join Disney’s live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella, with The Wrap reportedly that he is being eyed for the role of Roger Dearly.

Emma Stone (La La Land) is attached to portray the young, pre-villain Cruella de Vil, while Emma Thompson (Howards End) has been linked to the role of the film’s antagonist, The Baroness.

This would mark another high profile casting for Hauser, who is set to star in the title role in Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell alongside Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates (Misery).

Cruella is being directed by Craig Gillespie from a script by Tony McNamara (The Favourite), and is expected to start shooting this September ahead of a December 23rd 2020 release.

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Pop Quiz, Hotshot: The Summer of Cinema ’94 – 25 Years On

The Keanu Reeves we all know and love, the super-agile, sharply dressed, rather taciturn action hero currently death-dealing his way through John Wick Chapter 3, was born 25 years ago, in the summer movie season of 1994 (yes that’s right…25 years ago!).

Until that point, Reeves had been a pin-up presence in arthouse treasures like River’s Edge and Permanent Record whose stock had risen sharply when he and Alex Winter had their first Excellent Adventure in 1988. After that, it soon became impossible to shake off his image as a loveable perma-stoned surf-jockey, never more than five seconds away from a ‘Woah, duuude.’

Attempts at breaking away from this unwanted mould and tackle more highbrow fare like Little Buddha often led to snide critical derision and more than a few titters, especially at his ‘English’ accent in Bram Stoker’s Dracula – ‘I know whhair the bahstud sleeps, in Carfax Abbehh.’

Point Break
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10 Stephen King Stories That Would Be Impossible To Bring To The Big Screen

Nothing perks someone’s ears like saying there’s a new Stephen King adaptation coming to theaters. Many of King’s best stories have already been transformed into movies and television shows to varying success. The Shining, The Mist, Misery, The Green Mile, and 1408 are just some of the best adaptations yet. It seems like his unique mix of horror and fantasy is perfect for any Halloween special.

But in a body of work that contains over 200 stories, there’s bound to be some that would pose a challenge to filmmakers. Here are ten that would be nearly impossible to bring to the big screen.
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The 18 Best Performances in Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

(Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Reactions to Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” predictably run the gamut, but there seems to be a general consensus that Florence Pugh is fantastic in the lead role. In the aftermath of Toni Collette’s work in “Hereditary,” and Essie Davis’ memorable turn in “The Babadook,” there’s been something of a renewed appreciation for horror movies as a vehicle for strong performances.

This week’s question: What is the best and/or most indelible performance you’ve seen in a horror film, and how did it leverage the genre to accomplish something that might not have been possible in a more grounded type of movie?

Isabelle Adjani in “Possession

Joel Mayward (@joelmayward) Cinemayward.com

Upon reading the prompt for this survey, a single image came into mind, that of Isabelle Adjani violently
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Four More Join the Cast of “Castle Rock” Season 2; Robin Weigert Playing Mother of Annie Wilkes

The second season of Hulu’s “Castle Rock” will tackle Stephen King’s Misery, we recently learned, with Lizzy Caplan on board to play Annie Wilkes. Four more have joined the cast this week, Deadline reports, including Robin Weigert as Crysilda Wilkes, Annie’s mother. Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace, True Detective), Alison Wright (The Americans) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias) have […]
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Will the third time be the charm for ‘Homecoming’ star Julia Roberts at the Emmys?

Will the third time be the charm for ‘Homecoming’ star Julia Roberts at the Emmys?
Despite two nominations, Julia Roberts has yet to take home a Primetime Emmy Award. But she could finally snag her maiden statuette this year in Best Drama Actress for her turn on Amazon’s “Homecoming.”

Based on the Gimlet Media podcast of the same name, written by Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, and directed by Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”), the first season, consisting of 10 half-hour episodes, follows Heidi Bergman (Roberts), who’s a counselor at Homecoming facility, a place that aids war veterans adjust back to civilian life. Her job mainly consists of conducting interviews with soldiers upon return from combat. While she takes her job seriously and is genuinely committed to the cause, her controlling boss, Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), is more adamant about uncovering what the soldiers are holding onto. Several years later, we find Heidi working as a waitress at a seafood restaurant with an entirely new life.
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Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates join Clint Eastwood’s The Ballad of Richard Jewell

Casting is underway on Clint Eastwood’s next directorial effort, with Paul Walter Hauser and Oscar-winners Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates (Misery) signing on to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

The real-life tale will see Hauser portraying Jewell, a security guard whose life was torn apart by the media after discovering a bomb during the Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Rockwell is set to play the attorney who represents Jewell after he is wrongly accused by the news media of being a possible suspect in the attack. Bates meanwhile has been cast as Richard’s mother Bobi Jewell.

An earlier version of The Ballad of Richard Jewell was in the works back in 2014, with The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to produce and star.

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2019 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 musical categories made easy

2019 Tony Awards predictions: Toughest 4 musical categories made easy
Plenty of attention is paid to the top races and acting categories at the Tony Awards. But if you are looking to do well in our prediction contest, you will also have to make smart decisions in the below-the-line categories as well. The four design categories often trip up Tony pundits, especially when there is no one show predicted to sweep. There is no single such juggernaut this season, which means upsets and surprises are likely. To provide some help with these tough categories, take a look at the analysis below before you make any final predictions.

Scenic Design

Flip a coin, because “Hadestown” and “Beetlejuice” are locked in a neck and neck race here. My gut says David Korins will win for having the “most” scenic design of any musical this season for “Beetlejuice.” It’s an immense set with moving parts, that perfectly captures a twisted Tim Burton vibe while keeping things fresh.
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‘Ma’ Review: Octavia Spencer is a Powerhouse in Messy Mutation of High School Horror

High school can be hell. Between peer pressures and hormones, it’s a hotbed for drama, and it’s no wonder films about teenagers remain ripe for the big screen. Some directors build entire careers upon humanizing the teenage experience, but for every Fast Times at Ridgemont High, She’s All That, and American Graffiti, darker visions exist. Tate Taylor’s Ma is a film about high school in a different vein than Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart or Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. It’s a bold mutation of the subgenre—a truth or consequences version that shines a light on cross-generational cause and effect. It’s also a strange, wild, messy, and uneven film that stands out as a completely balls-to-the-wall bonkers studio release. Octavia Spencer is a powerhouse from the get-go, yet I only wish the film recognized its potential to flesh out its compelling foundation.

Within its small-town setting,
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Ma Review

Octavia Spencer knows how to party in new Blumhouse chiller Ma, and you're going to want to join in.

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Ma is kind of trashy. But the good thing is that the movie knows it; just as director Tate Taylor knows it; and star Octavia Spencer knows it too, with the Oscar-winning actress giving a swing-for-the-fences performance that trods some of the same territory as Kathy Bates in Misery and other madcap portrayals of that ilk. Ma is not a great movie by any means, but it relishes its own tightrope walk between camp and horror, and is all the better for it. It will certainly ring the nostalgia bell for all of us who at one point or another in our teen years asked an adult to buy beer for us and our friends--and make us wonder if any of those folks might have more disturbed designs on us.
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Misery Loves Company: Spencer Reigns Supreme in Bizarre Portrait of Madness

“Hell hath no fury like a (black) woman scorned,” could have been a fitting tagline for Ma, a discomfiting horror film which reunites Octavia Spencer with director Tate Taylor, who directed her Academy Award winning performance in 2011’s The Help. An odd, and at times ruefully playful exercise displaying the potent aftereffects of racially charged trauma, it’s a film which is perhaps only intended as a successor to something like Misery (1990), wherein an aged harridan simultaneously engages in warped degrees of wish fulfillment and violent carnal vengeance on a community which disdains her.…
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Film Review: Octavia Spencer in ‘Ma’

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Film Review: Octavia Spencer in ‘Ma’
As the title character of “Ma,” Octavia Spencer goes at the role of a friendly-on-the-outside, crazy-on-the-inside desperate stalker-pest in a way that befits a world-class actress who has chosen to star in a pumped-up B-movie. She does all she can to play the character as a real human being, and that accomplishes two things: It puts a bit of flesh on the clever/dumb bones of this Blumhouse production — a teen-flick variation on “Fatal Attraction,” with distant glimmers of “Carrie” as well as “Misery” and other revenge-of-the-nerd stalker thrillers. At the same time, Spencer’s humanity only makes the character seem that much creepier, which is a good thing.

You can’t take “Ma” seriously. It’s a squalid formula picture that’s too busy connecting dots, hitting beats, engineering situations designed to make you squirm. But you will squirm. And though even the youngest sector of the demo for
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‘Ma’ Review: Octavia Spencer Is Hilarious As a Teen-Obsessed Veterinarian

‘Ma’ Review: Octavia Spencer Is Hilarious As a Teen-Obsessed Veterinarian
Octavia Spencer spends the majority of “Ma” wearing pink cat scrubs and a purple-striped cardigan. When it’s time for one of her infamous ragers, she changes into an all-burgundy number with a matching ’90s-style puffy newsboy cap, as she scurries between her dreary office and the liquor store, where she buys booze for a group of local teenagers. If the whole point of director Tate Taylor’s overstuffed mess of mixed horror messages could be summarized in one redeeming line, it would be when Ma tells the kids, “They didn’t have whatever Fireball is, so I got something called After Shock.”

It’s endless fun to see Spencer in such a wildly different role; she won an Oscar for her previous teaming with Taylor in “The Help,” but that’s not enough to save “Ma” from thankless material. Produced by Blumhouse, the studio behind “Get Out” and “Us,
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Tim Robbins Returns To the Stephen King Universe In Castle Rock Season 2

It was recently revealed that Castle Rock will be returning for a season 2. I was excited to learn that Tim Robbins will be returning to the Stephen King universe. Robbins portrayed Andy Dufrensne in the critically acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption. That film was based on the novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption which appeared in Different Seasons by Stephen King.

Tim Robbins will portray Reginald “Pop” Merrill the cancer-stricken big shot of the Merrill crime family. Shawshank came out in 1994 and I’m glad to see Robbins return to add more to the Stephen King universe, and to Castle Rock the fictional town that has appeared in many of Kings works.

According to the synopsis on Tvguide Castle Rock season 2 will center on a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.” That
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Anjelica Huston Reveals She Turned Down Kathy Bates' Oscar-Winning Role in Misery

Anjelica Huston Reveals She Turned Down Kathy Bates' Oscar-Winning Role in Misery
Kathy Bates earned her first Oscar for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in the 1990 thriller Misery. But that role — and perhaps the Academy Award — almost went to Angelica Huston.

“That is true!” Huston, 67, confirmed on Watch What Happens Live on Monday. “I did turn down that part but it was because I fell in love with The Grifters and wanted to do it passionately.”

The actress ended up being nominated against Bates, 70, for the best actress award at the 1991 Oscars, but took her defeat in stride.

“Well first of all, whenever you lose the immediate sort of result is, ‘Oh thank God!
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The 13 Best Movies About Writers — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Tolkien” and “All Is True” are opening this weekend, and both films illustrate how difficult it can be to capture the writing process on screen.

This week’s question: What is the best movie about the writing process (or about a writer)?

Mae Abdulbaki (@MaeAbdu), The Young Folks, Movies with Mae

Shakespeare in Love” probably doesn’t come to mind for most, but it is a great example of the ups and downs of writing. It strangely nails the writing process, while also tackling the business of theater. Simply put, “Shakespeare in Love” follows the journey of William Shakespeare’s writing of his famous play, “Romeo and Juliet.” The film strikes a balance between Shakespeare’s struggles with writer’s block and the maddening passion to write that comes after inspiration strikes:
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‘Castle Rock’ Season 2: Greg Yaitanes to Helm Premiere, Shares New Story Details — Exclusive

‘Castle Rock’ Season 2: Greg Yaitanes to Helm Premiere, Shares New Story Details — Exclusive
Production is underway on “Castle Rock” Season 2. Hulu’s Stephen King anthology series shifts its focus to Annie Wilkes’ origin story, and it’s bringing in a director from Season 1 who knows a thing or two about telling creative origin stories about complex characters: Greg Yaitanes is directing the Season 2 premiere.

“I’m directing the first episode [and] an episode later in the season, too,” Yaitanes told IndieWire. “[Co-creator] Dusty [Thomason] pitched me a departure episode later in the season that was too enticing to say no to, [but] I was happy to come in to launch the season. […] It was great to get that call.”

Yaitanes directed the award-winning eighth episode of “Castle Rock” Season 1, titled “The Queen,” and he said the team learned a lot from how well that entry connected with viewers.

“We wanted to evolve the look on a visual level, and move and be with characters more,” he said.
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