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The Alien Invasion Begins in Africa with this Exciting Trailer for Revolt

Quiet Earth has debuted the trailer for Joe Miale's Revolt. Aka Prisoner of War, this sci-fi thriller was shot in South Africa. Completed in 2015, the film will see its premiere in Japan, this Summer. A North American release date remains elusive. Revolt stars Lee Pace (The Fall, 2006) as a U.S. soldier, fighting off an alien invasion. Though, the aliens look very robotic. Revolt also stars: Bérénice Marlohe and Amy Louise Wilson. The film's official trailer, courtesy of Dutch FilmWorks, is hosted here. The synopsis, from distribution house, Voltage Pictures, mentions a French aid worker. Together, Bo (Pace) and Nadia (Marlohe) stave off mankind's extinction as the world is overrun by robotic juggernauts. The war looks hopeless, unless new technology can be developed, to thwart the onslaught. The trailer shows some of the film's special effects. The alien force is almost entirely developed via CGI. Meanwhile, the settings show
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TV Imports: The Best Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Acquired Series You’re Not Watching

TV Imports: The Best Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Acquired Series You’re Not Watching
In this era of “Peak TV” there doesn’t seem to be enough time to bother with drama and comedy imports. But while there are more than enough American shows to binge, it would be a mistake to bypass great foreign TV. After all, that would mean missing out on fan favorites like “Doctor Who,” “Orphan Black,” “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock.”

Foreign TV has spawned hit U.S. adaptations like “Homeland” and “The Office,” as well as pale imitations of the original. Remember the failed American versions of “The It Crowd” and “Coupling”? Yeah, we’d like to forget ’em as well.

Read More: The TV Show You Need to Watch on Every Network, Right Now — A Running List

It’s a shame that the major streaming services rare;y showcase their foreign acquisitions as well as their homegrown originals. We get it; there is just too much damn TV
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic
How do you turn one woman’s inner narrative into something visceral? Especially when that woman is describing the horrific dystopia in which she’s trapped? That’s the challenge director Reed Morano faced when she took on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and it was one that she relished.

“I just pitched the craziest ideas I could,” Morano told IndieWire on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Showrunner Bruce Miller described the series, set in a dystopian world that subjugates women, as a “thriller.” But it’s also an intimate depiction of life in this terrifying world, told almost entirely from the point of view of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a young woman forced essentially into sexual slavery.

Read More: The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Margaret Atwood’s original novel lives entirely in Offred’s head,
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Emerald City episode 1 review: The Beast Forever

Kayti Burt Feb 8, 2017

The best parts of Emerald City are also the least iconic in this NBC TV drama based on The Wizard of Oz, now airing in the UK...

This review contains minor spoilers and slight references to later episodes.

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L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz and its sequels have been adapted for the screen for nearly as long as there has been cinema. There's something about the tale of farmgirl Dorothy Gale being swept into the strange, magical, and sometimes scary land of Oz that has stuck in American popular consciousness and never let go.

Emerald City is the latest addition to the long on-screen Oz tradition, but, for all of the ways it draws from its obvious source material, it's strengths and weakness are defined by other pop
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Emerald City TV Review – Oz Will Blow You Away All Over Again

Television reimaginings of classic tales have made for some wonderfully engaging entertainment (going back to Syfy efforts Tin Man and Alice, which were surprisingly fun) but Emerald City moves to a new level as Tarsem Singh returns to the form he hasn’t quite managed since The Fall.

The warning that should come on the tin is that audiences shouldn’t go into this expecting anything like a “retelling” of The Wizard of Oz. It would be nearly impossible to give a clear idea of what’s happened to L. Frank Baum’s works here, but it isn’t just modernized, but dipped in the grime of reality, and subjected to an absolutely unfettered imagination. It covers elements of the first three books (and perhaps beyond… it’s been a while), but is “inspired by” in the broadest sense. Some characters in this effort are an amalgamation of two characters in the books,
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New Promos For NBC’s Emerald City Reveal A Very Different Oz

NBC’s certainly not in Kansas anymore. Starting early next year, TV audiences everywhere will get to see a new take on the classic L. Frank Baum story with Emerald City. Given the Game of Thrones treatment, these new clips promise a decidedly fresh and far more mature take on the fable.

The first video focuses on Adria Arjona, who’ll play Dorothy in this new version, as well as Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who’ll play a version-of-sorts of the Scarecrow called Lucas, and Joely Richardson, who’ll play Glinda. It certainly teases something grand and expensive, but are fans really going to eat up a darker, moodier, sexier version of The Wizard of Oz? That remains to be seen, but NBC is, at the very least, confident that audiences at home will go down this weathered Yellow Brick Road.

The second promo finds Vincent D’Onofrio, playing a nearly-unrecognizable version of the Wizard,
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Black List: Madonna Biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ Leads 2016 Edition

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Seventy-three unproduced screenplays comprise this year’s Black List, an annual ranking of well-regarded scripts that have yet to make the leap from page to screen. More than 250 executives in the film industry voted on this year’s edition, and their consensus is that Elyse Hollander’s Madonna biopic “Blond Ambition” is the “most liked” of them.

Previous screenplays that have appeared on the Black List and gone on to be produced include “Spotlight,” “Arrival” and “Manchester by the Sea.” Full list below:

“Blond Ambition” by Elyse Hollander (48)

Life Itself” by Dan Fogelman (35)

“The Olympian” by Tony Tost (35)

The Post” by Liz Hannah (35)

“Voyagers” by Zach Dean (28)

In the Blink of an Eye” by Colby Day (25)

“O2” by Christie LeBlan (22)

“Untitled Lax Mandis Project” by Seth Spector (22)

“Dark Money” by Matt Fruchtman (21)

“Letters from Rosemary Kennedy” by Nick Yarborough (21)

“Linda and Monica” by Flint Wainess (20)

Hala” by Minhal Baig (19)

“The
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots changed the ending of the movie

Earlier this year it was revealed that Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was getting major reshoots in order to ‘fix’ the movie. While many downplayed these reshoots (after all every major production has them), a new report from THR is claiming new screenwriter Dan Gilroy is set to make millions of dollars from them.

The site’s sources are telling them that Gilroy was brought in just to do some dialogue tweaks for $200k a week, but this has since grown to a net total of $5 million after he also stepped in to oversee the edit. According to THR’s sources, the reshoots “tackled several issues in the film, including the ending”.

A trailer released after the reshoots showed just how much influence Gilroy had on the film in the credits.

See Also: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story won’t have a sequel

From Lucasfilm
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The Art of the Effective Match Cut

Movie magic” is a perhaps over-used term bandied about for all types of filmmaking techniques, but there’s some genuinely special about a specific type of edit: the match cut. In the span of a split second, an editor can make a leap across space and time, and when done seamlessly, its effect is like few others in cinema. In a new video homage from Celia Gómez, she walks through a mix of some of the most memorable and perhaps lesser-known examples.

There’s, of course, the most iconic in films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Graduate, Psycho, and Un Chien Andalou. She also brings in a few examples from Park Chan-wook‘s Stoker, as well as three of Steven Spielberg‘s films, and more to show the wide-ranging uses (although we would have loved the inclusion of a few from Tarsem‘s The Fall). Check it out below,
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Denzel Washington Circling ‘Inner City’, From ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy

Denzel Washington Circling ‘Inner City’, From ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy
Has anyone else been anxiously awaiting the news of Dan Gilroy‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker? The screenwriter, who wrote Two for the Money and worked on the script for Tarsem’s The Fall, made his directorial debut with Nightcrawler, a darkly funny thriller that feels made by an old pro behind the camera. After the critical and financial success of his […]

The post Denzel Washington Circling ‘Inner City’, From ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy appeared first on /Film.
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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including ‘Arrival,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’

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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including ‘Arrival,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’
Fantastic Fest has announced the second wave of programming for this year’s edition of the Austin-based fête, which runs from September 22 — 29. “The Bad Batch,” a new restoration of 1971’s “The Zodiac Killer,” “Toni Erdmann,” “The Handmaiden” and opening-night selection “Arrival” are among the most prominent selections, with a number of appropriately oddball offerings thrown in as well. Full list below.

“Aalavandhalan” (Suresh Krissna)

Kamal Hassan stars in this ridiculously entertaining tale of an Indian commando pitted against his own serial killer twin brother in a deadly race to save the beautiful Tejaswini from certain death.

Arrival” (Denis Villeneuve)

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers — and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life,
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Lee Pace on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ season 3: ‘We’re in the big leagues now’

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Lee Pace on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ season 3: ‘We’re in the big leagues now’
Halt and Catch Fire, AMC’s smart, slick series about the fledgling computer industry of the 1980s, is California dreamin’. Joe, Cameron, Gordon, and Donna have all left Texas’ Silicon Prairie for Silicon Valley. “It gets out of the garage very quickly and we’re in the big leagues now,” series star Lee Pace tells HitFix of Halt’s new season debuting later this month. Halt and Catch Fire (which takes its name from an early computer command) started off with salesman/visionary Joe MacMillan’s race to compete with Ibm’s personal computer. Season 2 shifted its focus to online gaming. Now Halt and Catch Fire is going into its third season, which is longer than either of Pace’s previous television shows lasted. His team-ups with Bryan Fuller, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, were canceled before their time, in the former case cutting short Pace’s endearing, Emmy-nominated role as the pie-maker Ned.
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Lavish Photos From Tarsem's "Emerald City"

It has taken some time to get to the screen but now the first photos are out from NBC's "Emerald City," its limited event series which re-imagines L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz" in a new setting.

"The Fall" and "Immortals" director Tarsem Singh helms all ten episodes of the series which stars Adria Arjona as Dorothy, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas 'The Scarecrow' and Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East - all three of which can be seen in the first look pictures below from EW.

The network has yet to set an air date.
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9 ways to save the DC Extended Universe

Anghus Houvouras with 9 ways to save the DC Extended Universe…

I don’t require much. Just a producer credit on every Warner Bros. DC movie, a balloon payment of $16 million dollars in gold cougarans, and 8% of the merchandising. Wait. Sorry. Got ahead of myself. Before the fans and Warner Bros. shower me in warm, glistening adulation they probably want to hear my amazing, borderline genius ideas on how to save the DC Extended Universe.

Before I unveil my nine part strategy to turn Warner Bros.’ DC movies from languishing, critically panned, polarizing pictures into a money-making, universally loved, acclaimed blockbusters… let me say this:

Personally, I’ve enjoyed Zack Snyder’s DC movies as grotesque monstrosities. Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are two of the most opulent assaults of sight and sound I’ve ever seen. I’d love to see what Zack Snyder does
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Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham Debuts Lingerie Line at Nyfw

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You don't have to be a size zero to hit the runway at New York Fashion Week -- just look at Ashley Graham! The gorgeous model looked fierce on the catwalk on Tuesday in NYC, strutting her stuff to debut her Addition Elle/Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection. Sporting a lace halter neck bra with matching briefs, the brunette bombshell looked cool and confident as she took center stage. "I was thinking, 'Damn, I look good!'" she told Popsugar after the show. "It was amazing to come out and be able to come out as a designer and have everybody just appreciate all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into everything." Graham also revealed that her collection is all about the right fit. "To me, sexiness is about fit," she told the outlet. "As long as it's fitting correctly, then I know that it's gonna be the sexiest because first and foremost it's supportive.
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Completionism in TV’s Platinum Age: Why critics and fans need to start jumping in mid-series

This summer has been an exciting one for TV fans. Halt and Catch Fire found a new gear by embracing its feminine side, Rectify somehow managed to top its incredible first two seasons, and Hannibal aired its most experimental and bold arcs yet. Several of the freshman comedies that made 2014 a banner year for the genre returned in fine form and Mr. Robot and UnREAL burst onto the scene, while the fascinating Sense8 flew under the radar. Fans of the criminally under-watched Halt and Catch Fire, Rectify, and Hannibal were likely unsurprised by their growth and creativity, but for many, this has been a summer of discovery.

@ChelseaKH13 no. My sister keeps telling me to watch it but I would have to start with the pilot & I don’t have the time to catch up

— Clarissa (@clarissa373) August 9, 2015

It’s been difficult if not impossible to keep up with the
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Self/less movie review: mind/less, brain/less, point/less

Glances at fundamental questions of identity and humanity and decides that they are best resolved via fistfights, gun battles, and car chases. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love Tarsem Singh’s films; big Sf geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

A ruthless old real-estate tycoon billionaire, Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley: Exodus: Gods and Kings), is dying of cancer, so he has his mind transferred to a younger body (Ryan Reynolds: Woman in Gold), as you do when you’re a ruthless old man wealthy beyond belief and terrified of your mortality. Of course he doesn’t ask the tough questions about the hush-hush project of clearly dubious morality, not even when the suave mad scientist in charge, Albright (Matthew Goode: The Imitation Game), smoothly notes with a slick grin that he’s not asking the right questions. This is
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Tarsem to make the jump to television with NBC’s ‘Emerald City’

Single director seasons has been a rising trend in television, with last season providing the two most notable examples in HBO’s True Detective and Cinemax’s The Knick, with David Fincher and David Lynch poised to do the same with Utopia and Twin Peaks respectively in subsequent seasons. To date, however, the trend has been limited to cable channels. NBC, however, is jumping into the ring as well, as reports have now emerged that the network channel has tapped director Tarsem Singh to direct all ten episodes of its upcoming series Emerald City.

Tarsem, whose latest feature Self/Less is currently in theatres, is known to most film fans for his work on the 2006 feature The Fall. He currently has five features under his belt, along with an assortment of music videos, including that of Rem’s Losing My Religion, but has yet to work in television.

Emerald City
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Movie Review: Self/Less

I remember when I was young, my father, a sort of rogue ecologist who learned everything he knew about rivers and their ecosystems secondhand, told me about these species of bottom feeders that lived in streams all over the Missouri and Mississippi river basins. I don’t remember what species they were but the thing about them was that they only flourished in polluted bodies of water. They didn’t flourish because of the pollution necessarily so much as their natural predators, killed off by the pollution, ceased to keep them in check and so their population would explode. Despite their usefulness as a gauge for the health of a stream, they were generally unwelcome.

I think I’ve come to regard Ben Kingsley in the same manner. It all started with a film called Suspect Zero (though really, it must’ve really started with House of Sand and Fog
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Review: You may have already forgotten about 'Self/less' by the time you read this

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Review: You may have already forgotten about 'Self/less' by the time you read this
Unless you were paying close attention beforehand you would never know that the new sci-fi thriller "Self/less" was directed by the one and only Tarsem Singh.  At worst, the often frustrating filmmaker has always had a keen eye, whether it was used helming a landmark music video such as Rem's "Loosing My Religion" or creating visual feats such as "The Fall" or "Immortals."  Why Singh took such a conservative approach to this particular film, a project that could have used his stylistic flourishes, is head scratching. The concept is pretty simple. A dying billionaire, Damian Hale (Ben Kinsgley), is given the opportunity to "shed" his current body and inhabit a younger, healthier shell.  In theory, it's painless; it just uses a machine to transfer the memories from one person into the brain of another. Actually that means it's just a new body that thinks it's the previous person, but
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