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An Experiment Goes Too Far in Exclusive Trailer for Sci-Fi Short Film Lucid Nation, Premiering on Dust on August 8th

What at first seems like a lighthearted middle school experiment of ping pong balls, red light, and white noise soon turns into an obsession that could unlock a door into the vast, deadly unknown in Lucid Nation. Ahead of its premiere on Gunpowder & Sky's Dust label on Thursday, August 8th, we've been provided with the exclusive trailer for Lucid Nation to share with Daily Dead readers.

You can get a look at the escalating dread of the experiment in our exclusive Lucid Nation trailer below, and we've also been provided with posters from the short film. Keep an eye on Dust's Facebook and YouTube pages to learn more.

"Lucid Nation Synopsis

Best friends Henry and Josh attempt an experiment at home that they learned about in school. After stealing a red light bulb from the school's dark room, they cover their eyes with ping pong balls and listen to white
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Ben Affleck’s Action Star Evolution in 10 Movies, From ‘Dazed and Confused’ to ‘Triple Frontier’

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Ben Affleck’s Action Star Evolution in 10 Movies, From ‘Dazed and Confused’ to ‘Triple Frontier’
Ben Affleck takes center stage in Netflix’s upcoming “Triple Frontier,” and the pic is far from Affleck’s first as an established leading man action star. However, it took him a few films to get his bona fides, going from comedic side character to gruff hero with several stages of evolution along the way.

In his newest film, Affleck, looking his most rugged yet, plays a military veteran who orchestrates a mission with four other vets to rob a South American drug lord.

Below are 10 movies that showcase Affleck’s metamorphosis.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Richard Linklater’s indie comedy features many before-they-were-famous stars in minor roles. Most remember Matthew McConaughey’s meme spawning “alright, alright, alright” performance, but lose a boyish Affleck in the mix of other future stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, and Renee Zellweger.

Mallrats (1995)

Affleck jumped from one prolific independent comedy director
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ABC Orders Pilot for Drama ‘The Baker and The Beauty’ Based on Israeli Series

  • Variety
ABC has ordered the American adaptation of “The Baker and the Beauty” to pilot.

Based on the Israeli romantic comedy series of the same name, the series tells the story of the unlikely romance between a blue-collar baker and an international superstar. Theirs is a relationship that not only upends their own lives, but the lives of their two very different families.

Dean Georgaris will write and executive produce, with David Frankel set to direct and executive produce. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, and Rachel Kaplan of Keshet Studios will also executive produce along with original series creator Assi Azar. Universal Television and ABC Studios will produce in association with Keshet.

Georgaris most recently worked on the screenplay for the hit film “The Meg.” His other feature credits include “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” “Paycheck,” the 2004 remake of the “The Manchurian Candidate,” and “Tristan + Isolde.
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ABC to Adapt Israeli Romantic Comedy Series ‘Baker and the Beauty’

  • Variety
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to an American adaptation of the Israeli series “The Baker and the Beauty,” Variety has learned.

The new version of the one-hour romantic comedy series follows the Miami love story between a simple baker and an international superstar. Noa Hollander has it all: she’s the most famous woman in the country, the beautiful daughter of a real estate magnate, a successful model with an international career and – up until now – one half of a Hollywood power couple. The son of Cuban immigrants, Daniel is a simple guy who still lives with his parents and works at the family bakery. A chance encounter at a fancy restaurant leads to unexpected sparks and an even more unlikely love story.

Dean Georgaris will write and executive produce, with David Frankel set to direct and executive produce. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, and Rachel Kaplan
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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in September

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New titles available on Amazon Prime next month include Amazon original series like “Six Dreams” Season 1, the second half of “Wishenproof” Season 2, “Pete the Cat” Season 1, “Forever” Season 1 and “King Lear” Season 1.

Some classic comedies will also become available in September, like the original “Ghostbusters,” “Jerry Maguire,” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” In more of a dramatic mood as the weather shifts? Dramas like “Sleepless in Seattle” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan should do the trick.

Other movies arriving include newer flicks “Future World,” “Beirut,” “Strangers Prey at Night,” “Pistorius,” “Stronger,” “On Chesil Beach,” “My Little Pony,” “Hot Summer Night,” “Escape Plan 2,” “Jigsaw” and “Suburbicon.”

Also Read: Amazon Explores Acquisition of Landmark Theatres (Report)

See below for the complete list.

September Tbd

*King Lear, Season 1 (Prime Original series)

Sept. 1

Series

Asylum, Season 1

The Blue Rose, Season 1

The Broker’s Man, Seasons 1-2

The Field of Blood, Seasons 1-2

Golden,
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Gunpowder & Sky to Launch DUSTx, Free Sci-Fi Streaming Channel on Roku

  • Variety
Content studio Gunpowder & Sky is launching a free-to-stream channel on Roku devices for Dust — its content division dedicated to edgy sci-fi entertainment — stocked with films, TV shows and original short films.

The new channel, DUSTx, will be free to access on Roku and the programming will carry ads, which will be sold by Roku. G&S promises it will be a destination for “mind-expanding science fiction that explores the future of humanity through the lens of science and technology.” DUSTx will be available on all Roku devices starting Aug. 18.

Dust, which debuted in November 2016, now has more than 2 million online followers. G&S has launched channels for the sci-fi brand on YouTube, Facebook, Vrv, Pluto TV and Xumo.

DUSTx is available initially only on Roku, but G&S is in distribution talks with other partners. At launch, the channel will include about 20 films, 30 series and 200 of its best short films. The
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New Us Trailer For John Woo's Crazy-Looking 90s-Style Action Film Manhunt

Action-movie director John Woo has made a new action film called Manhunt and as you'll see in this new Us trailer, it has a very 90s action movie style to it. I've enjoyed the action films that John Woo has made over the years and this one looks pretty crazy. 

Action maestro John Woo returns to the mold of his classic The Killer with this remake of a classic 1970s Japanese thriller, about an innocent man who sets out to clear his name after his is framed for robbery and rape. 

The movie will be released on Netflix and I'll definitely be checking it out! It's been awhile since we've seen a John Woo film like this, so I'm kinda excited about it. It's just got that pure Woo-style action-movie vibe. The last American movie he made was Paycheck back in 2003.

Manhunt will be released on Netflix on May 4th.
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How ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Shows a Different Side of the Legendary Sci-fi Writer [Interview]

How ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Shows a Different Side of the Legendary Sci-fi Writer [Interview]
Philip K. Dick has been the inspiration for many movies and TV shows. Films like Blade Runner and Total Recall were based on his stories Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. The Man in the High Castle has been updated for television on Amazon. Movies like Paycheck and […]

The post How ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Shows a Different Side of the Legendary Sci-fi Writer [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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John Woo Returns To Action With ‘Manhunt’ – Here’s The First Trailer

In a few weeks, The Hollywood News ventures off to Canada for our annual trip to the Toronto International Film Festival. There are many films playing there this year, but one of the ones I’m personally most excited about is Manhunt, the latest from legendary action filmmaker John Woo, one which is being billed as the ‘Return Of The Maestro’ – his return to the action movie genre. You can watch the first Manhunt movie trailer below.

Manhunt movie trailer – John Woo’s return to action

The first Manhunt movie trailer has landed on to little fanfare, hence the reason I’ve decided to write about it. The minute-long promo is full of Woo goodness – including slo-mo, twin gun fury, circling Jet-skis, and many flying bullets. I just hope there are doves. This really does look to be a throw back to Woo’s films of the late 1980s and
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Action-Packed Trailer For John Woo's New Film Manhunt

The first action-packed trailer for John Woo's new film Manhunt has been released and it looks like it's as John Woo as a John Woo action film can get. We haven't really seen a John Woo film in the states for awhile. That's because he's been keeping himself busy making big Chinese epics like Red Cliff and The Crossing. The last American movie that he made was Paycheck back in 2003.

Manhunt is also a Chinese film, but maybe we'll get to see it released in the states. The movie is a remake of the 1976 Japanese thriller Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare. The story follows a man who is framed for robbery and rape and he set out on a mission to clear his name. 

The trailer itself is a little rough around the edges, but it's cool to see Woo making good old fashioned action movies again!
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Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman' Paycheck Was a Fraction of 'Superman''s

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2017-06-19T11:50:11-07:00Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman' Paycheck Was a Fraction of 'Superman''s

Critics agree. The internet agrees. Both halves of Rotten Tomatoes agree. The box office agrees. Wonder Woman was a good movie. However, the star of said good movie and a large part of what made at least one DC movie the opposite of terrible sure didn’t make a lot for her box office slam dunk. It’s been reported that Gal Gadot made $300,000 for her role in Wonder Woman.

Of course, $300,000 is nothing to sneeze at, and this number comes without accounting for the bonus actors receive once their film passes a box office milestone — something Wonder Woman is sure to achieve. However, when you consider that Wonder Woman has already made $500 million and has just crossed its third week in theaters, less than half a million seems cheap.

But
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Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck File for Divorce: A Look Back at Their 2-Year Separation

Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck File for Divorce: A Look Back at Their 2-Year Separation
Two years after announcing their separation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have legally filed for divorce, closing a long chapter of marital limbo.

From their dedication to healthy co-parenting and frequent family vacations to infidelity rumors and candid tell-all interviews, the last two years have seen a lot of ups and downs for the estranged couple, and Et is taking a look back at their separation journey.

Photos: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner: A Look Back at Their Romance

June 30, 2015 -- Affleck and Garner Announce Their Split

One day after their 10th anniversary, the pair released a joint statement announcing their intention to go their separate ways.

"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," the statement read. "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."

Even in their
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How Jennifer Garner Helped Ben Affleck Turn His Life Around

How Jennifer Garner Helped Ben Affleck Turn His Life Around
While they separated nearly two years ago, Ben Affleck's estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, has been instrumental in helping the Oscar-winning star get his life back on track after years of struggling with alcoholism.

Affleck took to Facebook on Tuesday to reveal that he'd completed treatment for alcohol addiction, and thanked his wife for her support, writing, "I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do."

Et is taking a look back at the couple's long relationship to see how Garner helped Affleck turn his life around.

Watch: Ben Affleck Completes Rehab for Alcohol Addiction: I Want to 'Be the Best Father I Can Be'

A Change From the Start

A source close to Ben tells Et that the Live by Night star has been dealing with his addiction and dependency issues
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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during
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Ben Affleck’s Batman: The already troubled history of The Batman

Luke Owen looks at the already troubled history of Ben Affleck’s The Batman

It was news that concerned fans of the faltering Dceu when it was confirmed that Ben Affleck will no longer direct The Batman, which is still supposed to be released next year. This bad news about The Batman follows rumours that Justice League is a mess, as is Wonder Woman, and The Flash is getting a page-one re-write following the departure of its second director.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film.
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Bad News For Ben Affleck: The Cost Of Live By Night's Failure Has Been Determined

  • LRM Online
A frequent topic within Lrm lately, which you've likely heard spill over onto the Los Fanboys Podcast (assuming you listen to it...which you should!!!!), is Ben Affleck's current career trajectory. We're all fans of his and I- in particular- have been very happy to see him return to the top of the mountain in the last seven years. I've been rooting for the guy since 1997 when Good Will Hunting came out and made him and Matt Damon household names. So no one was happier when he bounced back from being the butt of many a joke to suddenly being an artist that demands respect. 

Remember, he started hot in 1997 and then, while Damon went for smaller, more intimate, character-driven movies, Affleck went big. He leapt from the indie darlings that brought him to prominence towards big-budget popcorn flicks like ArmageddonPearl HarborPaycheck, and Daredevil. And when he
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‘For God And Country’ Military Drama From Keshet Gets NBC Pilot Order

NBC has ordered its second drama pilot this season, giving a green light to For God And Country, a military drama from writer Dean Georgaris (Paycheck, ABC pilot Clementine), Keshet Studios and Universal TV. Written by Dean Georgaris, For God And Country is described as a heart pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The project fits…
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The Batman Bombshell: Ben Affleck May Drop Out!

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*Update: I've added some additional perspective at the end of this post, since some folks are having trouble reading between the lines of Affleck's latest remarks*

I've been saying it for months and months, and I'll say it again:

Something is Up with Ben Affleck and his Batman movie.

On the Los Fanboys Podcast, we've pointed out all of the bizarre back-and-forth news items we've heard regarding The Batman since its inception.

First it was a given that Ben Affleck was directing itThen he suddenly "agreed" to direct it long after the project had been green-litThen the film had a release window for when it would arrive in theaters: Fall of 2018That was then countered by Affleck by saying he wasn't paying attention to any kind of release date, and would not make the film until it was readyAffleck also then confirmed, and later denied, what the movie would
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‘The Accountant’ Review: Ben Affleck Slums Through A Strange New Action Movie That Doesn’t Add Up

‘The Accountant’ Review: Ben Affleck Slums Through A Strange New Action Movie That Doesn’t Add Up
For all the talk of sequels, reboots, and live-action remakes, it can be comforting to be confronted with the occasional reminder that Hollywood is still capable of surprising us. Case in point: “The Accountant,” a new Warner Bros. action movie in which Ben Affleck plays an ass-kicking autistic man who travels the globe under a series of aliases and performs elite maths for some of the world’s most dangerous people. This is a real thing starring real people and made with real money (although not very much of it, as the film’s $40 million budget pales in comparison to the $175 million that the same studio recently spent on the production of “Suicide Squad”).

And though — or perhaps because — director Gavin O’Connor shoots this strange October surprise full of the same scrappy, ball-swinging gravitas that he brought to the more grounded likes of “Miracle” and “Warrior,” it is still some very,
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The Top Five Movies Based on Philip K. Dick Stories

Ray Bradbury’s prose is in and of itself a thing of beauty, and Isaac Asimov is a genius, but for my money, Philip K. Dick is the best sci-fi writer ever. His stories keep you thinking and ruminating for days after you’ve read them. I guess you could say that I’m a big fan of his. Naturally, some of his stories have been adapted into feature-length films. Some are classic, legendary movies, and some are pretty forgettable. Here are the five best movies based on Philip K. Dick stories. 5. Screamers (1995) Screamers isn’t great, but it’s better than Paycheck,

The Top Five Movies Based on Philip K. Dick Stories
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