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15 Years of Being Fantastic! Celebrating Our Favorite Fantastic Fest Premieres: Anna And The Apocalypse, Grand Piano, and Timecrimes

  • DailyDead
Hey everyone! The 15th annual Fantastic Fest kicks off this week, and this year, it’ll be myself, Heather Wixson, as well as Emily von Seele and Adrian Torres, who will be bringing you all kinds of coverage out of Austin for the duration of the festival. To celebrate Fantastic Fest’s momentous birthday this year, we have picked a few of our favorite films that have debuted over the years, and will be celebrating them as we lead up to the kickoff of Fantastic Fest on Thursday.

Enjoy!

Anna and the Apocalypse (Heather Wixson): When you talk about crowd-pleasing movies that are best enjoyed in a packed theater filled with genre enthusiasts, Anna and the Apocalypse is without a doubt the type of film that makes Fantastic Fest as much fun as it is. I know I’ve discussed my love of Anna ad nauseam over the last
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Magnolia Pictures Launches Indie Streaming Service and 3 Genre Channels on Dish

  • The Wrap
There’s another new streaming service making its way into the market. Magnolia Pictures announced Thursday that it has launched Magnolia Selects, an indie streaming platform boasting Magnolia’s library of independent films.

Magnolia has also launched three subscription-based movie channels that will air via Dish in the U.S. The channels, called “Warriors & Gangsters,” “Dox” and “Monsters & Nightmares,” are genre specific to action, documentaries and horror, respectively, and will provide a curated selection of movies within those genres.

Magnolia Selects launches at a price of $4.99 per month, and each standalone chanell will cost $2.99 per month via Dish’s On Demand Subscriptions and the Dish Anywhere app.

Also Read: IFC Films Launches Subscription VOD Streaming Service

“With Magnolia Selects’ latest expansion on Dish, our films have the ability to reach new audiences on more platforms than ever before,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “We’re excited to
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Elijah Wood On Why He Keeps Acting in Wild Genre Movies Like ‘Come to Daddy’ — Exclusive First Look

Elijah Wood On Why He Keeps Acting in Wild Genre Movies Like ‘Come to Daddy’ — Exclusive First Look
Elijah Wood’s acting career has undergone a curious evolution in the years since the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy brought him to prominence. In tandem with the launch of production company SpectreVision, Wood has embraced his genre sensibilities with a range of horror, fantasy, and thriller projects made well beyond the studio arena.

The latest example, “Come to Daddy,” is the paragon of Wood’s sensibilities: The directorial debut of longtime genre producer Ant Timpson is the eerie look at a young man visiting his estranged father at a remote countryside home, where he discovers his hard-drinking pop might not be telling the full truth. From there, “Come to Daddy” careens into a bloody, slapstick thrill ride, equal parts “Evil Dead” and early Peter Jackson.

Wood met Timpson years ago on the genre festival circuit, and the pair worked together as co-producers on the wacky Sundance midnight sensation “The Greasy Strangler.
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Mel B Inspires Children’s Musical Comedy Series. Shows Kids Dreams Are Everything.

Celebrities like Emma Watson, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney inspire us every day. They do whatever they can to make the world around us a better place. Mel B (Melanie Brown), a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, inspires a musical comedy, Little Melanie. The British book and television series focuses on child prodigy Melanie. She is passionate about playing her Baby Grand piano and writes songs every chance she gets. Executive Producer Melanie Greene states that “ needs a positive - a mentor they can aspire to.” The Ep went on to say that Scary Spice herself is the inspiration

Mel B Inspires Children’s Musical Comedy Series. Shows Kids Dreams Are Everything.
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Netflix Is Getting Rid of These 45 Movies and TV Shows in June

Now that we know what's coming to Netflix in June, it's time to bid adieu to what's leaving. There are some serious heartbreakers (I don't care how cheesy The Prince & Me is, I'll love it forever), so make sure you read through the full list in case any of your favorites are on there. Related16 Netflix Shows You Can Binge in 1 Weekend (We Promise) June 1 D2: The Mighty Ducks Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Heterosexual Jill House of Wax Kidnapped Knuckleball! L'Auberge Espagnole Serendipity The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 The Blair Witch Project The Good Guys season one The Hustler The Little Rascals The Prince & Me The Teacher Who Defied Hitler The Three Musketeers The Way of the Dragon This Is Spinal Tap Two Step We Are the Giant June 6 Private Practice seasons one to six June 8 Xenia June 9 4:44: Last Day on Earth Farewell Herr Schwarz Free the Nipple
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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‘La La Land’ Video Explores Damien Chazelle’s Visual Homages to Classic Musicals — Watch

‘La La Land’ Video Explores Damien Chazelle’s Visual Homages to Classic Musicals — Watch
Since its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last August, Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical “La La Land” has racked up critical and commercial acclaim. It’s grossed over $174 million against a $30 million budget, it won seven Golden Globes at this year’s ceremony (more than any other film in the award’s history) and just recently received 14 Oscar nominations.

Read More: Full 2017 Oscar Nominations List: ‘La La Land’ Ties All-Time Record With 14 Nominations

One of the film’s most enduring qualities are its numerous homages to other film musicals throughout history. Editor Sara Preciado created a “La La Land” video that features a side-by-side comparison of the film and its various tributes. As the video demonstrates, “La La Land” pays homage to films like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Young Girls of Rochefort,” “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “West Side Story,” “Moulin Rouge!” and more. Watch the video below.
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La La Land Review

  • TheMovieBit
Looking back at director Damien Chazelle’s back catalogue, debut feature Guy and Madeline on a Park bench, his script for Grand Piano, and the film that made his name, Whiplash, it’s clear to see that his tastes in movies veer towards the musical. His latest feature, the seemingly unstoppable award winning juggernaut La La Land, sees all those loves and influences come to a head in an old school throwback that pays loving homage to an age of cinema where bright colours and the cast regularly burst into song. But does this romantic musical comedy/drama deserve the universal acclaim and record setting seven Golden Globe awards? Short answer: yes. A hundred times yes. Set in a Los Angeles (as much a character as the two leads) where the golden age of Hollywood bumps against the modern day, La La Land wastes no time in letting the audience
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Oscars 2017: Damien Chazelle Could Become the Youngest Best Director Winner in History

Damien Chazelle (Courtesy: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AFI)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

At this point, Damien Chazelle is poised to potentially make history by becoming the youngest best director winner in the history of the Academy Awards. While the Oscar nominations for the 2017 ceremony haven’t been announced yet — those will arrive on January 24 — all signs are pointing towards this filmmaker taking home the coveted golden statuette. Will it happen?

Chazelle — who also wrote the modern-day musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — has already won the Critics’ Choice Award for best director and is nominated for top honors at both the Golden Globe Awards and the Satellite Awards, too. The film itself — considered the biggest threat in the best picture race at the Academy Awards this Oscar season plus many others — has already won a slew of accolades from film festivals and critics alike.

By the time
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La La Land Trailer Hits – You’re New Favorite Movie Is Here

They probably don’t know it yet, but a fairly significant percentage of movie fans are about to change their list of favorite films. On December 2nd (going wide on the 16th), a movie is heading to theaters that has the potential to move into a realm of its own, in much the way that Once simply changed the game.

La La Land follows a couple (Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) that will at least make people take some notice, and they have proven they can deliver, but the real sell here is writer/director Damien Chazelle. Perhaps not the biggest sell in terms of rushing out to pre-order tickets, but the biggest sell in terms of expectations that this will be one of the best films of the year.

Chazelle may not have dozens of films behind him, but with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, Grand Piano,
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Loss of Son Moves a Father to Give Away Pianos and Share Gift of Music that Inspired Them Both

  • PEOPLE.com
Music gave young Tom Townsend an identity. Growing up and attending a small school in Jacksonville, Florida, Townsend was not much of a standout at anything until he laid his hands on a keyboard. "I remember the day my parents brought it home," he tells People of the family's Baldwin Baby Grand piano. He took lessons, but mostly he found the melodies himself, working up to performing in weekend bands that later played his junior and senior proms. Music defined him and became his ally against the anxieties that threatened his adolescent self-esteem. "It gave me my place," he says.
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10 Cloverfield Lane movie review: the monsters women have to deal with

A marvelous little movie: compact, efficient, almost unbearably intense, smartly (perhaps accidentally) feminist. A glorious treat of pulp genre fun. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Cloverfield, love Mary Elizabeth Winstead

I’m “biast” (con): wary of the forced franchise concept

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

Fans of movies generally don’t want to hear the sort of thing we started hearing about 10 Cloverfield Lane when its existence first became known a few months ago: that producer J.J. Abrams took a spec script called The Cellar that had been floating around for a while and rejigged it into a movie that would maybe kinda work as a sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield (on which he also served as producer). This sounds like the worst sort of Hollywood folly: bad enough when movies are created as franchise cutouts, but now they’re shoving preexisting stories into franchise
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Best Classical Albums of 2015, Part Two

This concludes my look back at 2015 with the newer new albums -- the ones with new, or at least contemporary, compositions, most by living composers.

1. Soloists/Warsaw Boys' Choir/Warsaw Philharmonic Male Choir/Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra/Antoni Wit Penderecki: Magnificat; Kadisz (Naxos) Naxos' invaluable Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933) project continues to bring us conductor Antoni Wit's impeccable renderings of the Polish composer's complex and challenging music, especially excelling in the choral works, as here. One of the longer settings of this text (here nearly 45 minutes), Penderecki's Magnificat (1973-74) is also epic in sound, written in a high-avant style similar to his iconic St. Luke Passion, with extended singing effects (especially long glissandi, but also speaking and whispering), highly disjunctive melodies, extremely dense dissonance, and colorful cluster interjections by the orchestra, especially the winds.

It has a prominent if intermittent role for solo bassist (here Wojtek Gerlach), surprising
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Best Classical Albums 2015, Part One

As I struggled, as every year, to get my end-of-year lists finished in a reasonably timely fashion, it occurred to me that I could publish half of the classical list earlier if I could find a reasonable way to split it into categories. Thus the non-contemporary/contemporary divide this year. The newer composers' work requires more listening; that's the only reason the older repertoire comes first.

1. Ivan Moravec Twelfth Night Recital Prague 1987 (Supraphon) Supposedly this release of a previously unissued concert recording was approved by the pianist shortly before his passing in July 2015. Certainly it's hard to hear anything of significance that he wouldn't have liked about it, because it is a magnificent testament to everything that made him one of the greatest pianists who ever lived: one of the most beautiful piano tones ever heard, allied to liquid phrasing that gave him one of the greatest legato touches ever recorded.
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The Last Witch Hunter movie review: burn it at the stake

If this were Law & Order: Black Magic, which it almost seems like it wants to be, it’d be a helluva lot more interesting than it is. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

First of all, why is Vin Diesel the last witch hunter? It doesn’t make any sense. There should be lots of witch hunters. It’s not like the need for them died out. Sure, Diesel’s Kaulder (K: the sexy new C) has been around since the Middle Ages, cuz a witch cursed him with immortality and stuff — bloody typical — but he was a witch hunter before that when he was still mortal. He doesn’t have superpowers or anything. He’s just a guy doing a job, and it’s a job that still needs doing, even in the 21st century.
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Blumhouse Productions: Roger Corman for the 21st Century?

Although it seems they are synonymous with found-footage horror, low budget movies that will still be financial successes if audiences stop turning out in droves to see them, Blumhouse Productions are arguably something far more interesting. Their prolific output can easily be read as an updating of Roger Corman’s low budget exploitation aesthetic for the 21st century, albeit one that reflects pop culture’s increasingly low standards when it comes to genre filmmaking. After all, Corman-produced films helped launch the filmmaking careers of Scorsese, Cameron and Coppola, among dozens more, whereas Blumhouse acts as a low-budget home for directors whose bigger budget movies have critically and commercially underwhelmed.

It is the rare studio that can take successful auteurs like Barry Levinson or M. Night Shymalan and reduce them to directing found footage horror, rather then working the other way round and using these projects to give them their initial big break.
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5 Free Talkbacks With Film Visionaries

NYC-based movie buffs, take note: Film Society Lincoln Center is holding a series of talks with prominent artists and visionaries from now through July 16—and you don’t have to pay a penny! The society’s Free Talks series highlights the work of rising and established filmmakers. Past talkbacks have included John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei of “Love Is Strange,” Elijah Wood of “Grand Piano,” James McAvoy of “Filth,” and Jay and Mark Duplass of HBO’s “Togetherness.” Participants chat about their cinematic influences and approaches, as well as how their previous films have led to their current work. All talkbacks take place at the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Julie Taymor, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” June 15 at 5:00 p.m.The latest spectacle from Academy Award nominee Taymor is a filmed version of her staging of Shakespeare’s most phantasmagorical play. As visually stunning as
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Bill & Ted 3: "we're really close", says Alex Winter

Might - finally - Bill & Ted 3 be edging close to a greenlight? Alex Winter's got our hopes up....

Bill & Ted 3 feels like one of those films that's been talked about for some time, with no obvious sign of it moving forward. To be fair, that's not dissimilar to the likes of Zoolander 2 and a new Ghostbusters movie, each of which now has the green light. Yet Bill & Ted 3 - in spite of the keenness of those involved - seems a bit stuck.

However, there may be good news on the horizon. Alex Winter, chatting to Yahoo! Movies, has revealed now that "we're really close. We're just about there". He did say add that "in Hollywood parlance, [that] means we'll either be shooting soon or it's never going to happen", though.

Is he fed up of being repeatedly asked about the project? "We're trying to get the movie made, so
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The Walking Dead, Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut & Hannibal Nominated in 41st Annual Saturn Awards

They've done what they've had to do to survive on AMC's The Walking Dead, brining hope and despair to palpable life on the small screen with gritty realism every week. Covered in grime, splattered in blood, and trudging down the sun-baked backroads and brush-bordered trails this season, the stellar cast and crew of The Walking Dead have paid their dues and then some, and now they're getting a tip of the cap in return with seven nominations for the 41st Annual Saturn Awards.

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, and Andrew J. West have all earned nominations, with the TV series itself receiving one as well. Also recognized in this year's nominations is Scream Factory's Nightbreed: The Director's Cut Blu-ray, NBC's Hannibal TV series, Only Lovers Left Alive, and many more.

Press Release - "The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announces the
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Maps to the Stars movie review: kill it with fire

Quite hilarious in a deeply disturbing way that you won’t want to look straight on at, lest it forever ruin you as a lover of movies. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly like Cronenberg’s work, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Oh, did you have dreams of going to Hollywood, becoming a star, and living happily ever after? Maps to the Stars will put paid to them. This is one of Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg’s (Cosmopolis, Eastern Promises) least trippy films: it’s hardly surreal at all. Which makes it all too plausible as it looks askew at the living nightmares that are the lives of the Weiss family of Los Angeles, all of whom are deeply entrenched in the industry. Except the one thing they think is horrific — and it’s pretty bad
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