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‘A Haunting in Michigan’ DVD Review

Stars: Cary Elwes, Shelby Young, Michael Welch, Alexandria DeBerry, Scott T. Whitesell, Nancy Lynette Parker, Lauren Rys Martin, Patrick Floch, Jordan Burgess | Written and Directed by Phil Wurtzel

In this tense tale of psychological terror, Vivian Miller (Shelby Young) is a young twenty something who’s serving out her jail sentence at a work release program in the Midwest. Her 90 days of probation take her to The Cawdor Theatre, a dilapidated summer stock theatre run by Lawrence O’Neil (Cary Elwes). Vivian’s arrival in Cawdor starts a terrifying series of events that brings Lawrence’s secret past to the present. After Vivian views an old taped stage production of Macbeth, a force of evil is unleashed which soon turns its sights on her. With the help of Roddy (Michael Welch), a local outcast, Vivian sets about trying to discover who the supernatural killer on the tape is before she becomes the next victim.
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Impressions: Daily Dead Played Jigsaw’s Game in 4Dx

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Last month, I had the opportunity to check out the 4Dx in-theater technology for Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of It, and this week, I had a chance to hop into the hot seat once again for Jigsaw, the latest entry of the Saw franchise, which was helmed by Michael and Peter Spierig. As someone who is something of a Saw enthusiast, I was eager to see what the brothers behind such films as Daybreakers and Predestination had in store with their new deadly game of survival and redemption.

**Spoiler Alert: Because I’ll be discussing how the 4Dx technology played into certain specific moments in Jigsaw, there will be some spoilers that follow (plus, I have my own “waxing poetic” moments about this franchise that I’m eager to discuss). I’d recommend seeing the film for yourself first before reading any further.**

First, let’s dig into Jigsaw. It
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Official Oscar® Entry from Syria: ‘Little Gandhi’ in Best Foreign Language Film Category

Official Oscar® Entry from Syria: ‘Little Gandhi’ in Best Foreign Language Film Category
Syria’s first ever submission in the Motion Picture Academy’s Foreign Language category, “Little Gandhi”, is one of a handful of documentaries submitted for Best Foreign Language Film nomination this year.

It comes to the Academy in a most unusual way. It was selected not by the country which is how submissions are always made, but by a committee of artists in exile. If any of these people had actually been in Syria they would likely have been imprisoned, tortured and executed, for this was the fate of Ghiyath Matar, the Syrian activist who became known for giving flowers and roses to army soldiers in his home town of Daraya, leader of the once peaceful Syrian revolution and the Little Gandhi of the title. It premiered at the ongoing Asian World Film Festival.

I have yet to see the documentary submission for Academy Award® nomination entitled Syria Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis
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Jigsaw: explaining the ending of the new Saw film

Rob Leane Oct 29, 2017

Spoilers! If you’re scratching your chin after watching Jigsaw, here’s our spoiler-filled attempt to explain it...

This article contains spoilers for Jigsaw.

The trailers for Jigsaw presented Saw fans with a mystery: if Tobin Bell’s John Kramer is dead, how come there is a new batch of Jigsaw victims just now beginning to emerge? Various fan theories were available, but in the end, only one of them could be true.

This is your final warning: after this image of our spoiler squirrel, we’re going deep into Jigsaw spoilers...

To continue the franchise even further following John Kramer’s death, Jigsaw uses two classic storytelling devices from the Saw playbook: the new film teaches us that Jigsaw had one more secret apprentice, and it uses flashbacks to showcase yet another house of horrors concocted, built and inhabited by John prior to his death.

As
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Jigsaw review

The Saw franchise comes back to life with Jigsaw. So: business as usual?

“You think it's over just because I am dead... The games have just begun.” That quote pretty much sums up the four Saw films that followed the gruesome demise of Tobin Bell’s John Kramer, which closed out Saw III. For four Halloweens in a row, writers used every trick they could to keep the series going post-Jigsaw-autopsy. They finally wrapped it up with the seventh flick in the franchise, 2010’s Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, which gave longtime fans of the series a satisfying point to end on: Cary Elwes returned as Doctor Gordon from the first film, putting an end to Jiggy’s last apprentice standing, the murdery Detective Hoffman played by Costas Mandylor. The games, at last, seemed to actually be over. But here we are, seven years later, with Jigsaw. A
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Win The Princess Bride on Blu-ray

As you wish. The classic fantasy romance, The Princess Bride, celebrates its 30th Anniversary by returning to cinemas nationwide for one day on the 23rd October alongside an anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate we have 3 copies on Blu-ray to giveaway.

Directed by Rob Reiner and with an all-star cast including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Mel Smith & Peter Cook, and written by Academy Award® winning screenwriter William Goldman, The Princess Bride is a classic fairy tale; full of swashbuckling swordplay, giants, pirates, an evil prince and a beautiful princess… all woven into the love story to end all love stories.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Cary Elwes’ character Westley goes by what other name?

Your Answer Dead Pirate PetersDread Pirate RobertsRed Pirate Roberts

UK entries only. One entry per person. Competition closes 17th November.
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Official Trailers for 30th Anniversary Re-Release of 'The Princess Bride'

"The story of a man and a woman who lived happily ever after. Even though the courtship almost killed them." Two new trailers have debuted for the upcoming 30th anniversary special re-release of the romantic fairytale comedy classic The Princess Bride, directed by Rob Reiner. This open in limited release back in 1987 and didn't make that much at the box office, but it has gone to become a cult classic that fans still rave about nowadays. The story centers on Buttercup, played by Robin Wright, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. But she does not love him, and still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, played by Cary Elwes. The ensemble cast includes Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, and Billy Crystal. If you've never seen this in theaters,
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Cary Elwes's Princess Bride Story Will Forever Change the Way You See This 1 Scene

Although it might be hard to believe now, when The Princess Bride first hit theaters 30 years ago, audiences just didn't respond. Rob Reiner's 1987 movie adaptation of William Goldman's beloved novel had everything: fantasy, adventure, a gorgeous love story, pirates, princesses, and one of the most quotable vendettas of all time. And still, it just didn't click. "I think we were all disappointed that it didn't quite get the traction we wanted, since we put a lot of hard work into it and thought it was a lovely movie," Cary Elwes, who starred as the dreamy Westley, revealed on a recent phone call with me in light of the film's anniversary this year. "Luckily for us, the invention of the Vcr breathed new life into our movie. The Princess Bride had been dead for 10 years, so we were so grateful for that invention, because that's when the movie found its audience.
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‘The Princess Bride’ 30th Anniversary Trailer: The Greatest Bedtime Story Ever Filmed

While “The Princess Bride” seems like the kind of movie that couldn’t get made now, it’s a miracle it got made back then. It took nearly two decades for William Goldman‘s 1973 novel (which is pretty damn great on its own) to find its way to the big screen, but when it finally did, the mix of ingredients was absolutely perfect.

Directed by Rob Reiner, and featuring a terrific ensemble cast — Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Andre The Giant, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, Fred Savage — who couldn’t be better, the meta and arch bedtime story is endlessly hilarious, charming, and romantic.

Continue reading ‘The Princess Bride’ 30th Anniversary Trailer: The Greatest Bedtime Story Ever Filmed at The Playlist.
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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary

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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary Kurt Anthony10/9/2017 11:00:00 Am

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Oh, wait. You don’t have six fingers on your right hand? Sorry, our mistake.

A classic tale of true love and high adventure, The Princess Bride invaded theatres on October 9, 1987 and has been romancing audiences ever since. After all, true love is the greatest thing in the world! Well, except for a nice Mlt.

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 fantasy-romance novel, the film was directed by the legendary Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally…) and features a swashbuckling cast, including Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and André the Giant. After earning a modest $30.8M at the box office upon its release, the
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As You Wish: The Princess Bride Returns to Theaters Oct. 15th and 18th

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Thirty years after its release, the endlessly quotable adventure-romance-fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride returns to movie theaters for two days only on Sunday, October 15, and Wednesday, October 18 as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series from Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies. The screening will include a special, newly created introduction by TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz and the film’s acclaimed director, Rob Reiner, who will discuss The Princess Bride and its legacy.

Check out this new 30th anniversary trailer:

Swept up in the passions of their rekindled true love, Westley (Cary Elwes) and Buttercup (Robin Wright) encounter great obstacles — giants, fire swamps, rodents of unusual size — to be together in an epic tale that grandfather (Peter Falk) reads to grandson (Fred Savage). The greatest obstacle of all: despicable Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), set on making
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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship

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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship
With the abundance of labs and fellowships designed to give up-and-coming filmmakers a much-needed boost, the Nicholl Fellowship — launched in 1986 — still stands above the fray as being one of the most important opportunities for entry into the industry. Each of the winners receives a $35,000 prize with the understanding that they will complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. Just as important, their winning project instantly becomes a must-read by every agency in Hollywood.

The global competition has awarded 152 fellowships to date. Recent scripts by Nicholl Fellowship alumni include “The Glass Castle” and “Holy Rollers;” additional program veterans have gone on to receive plum writing assignments in film (Pixar’s “Cars 3”) and television (Netflix’s “The Punisher”).

Nine individuals and one screenwriting team were selected as 2017 fellowship recipients from more than 7,000 submissions; the winners are listed in bold:

Vigil Chime, “Bring Back Girl”

Sj Inwards, “Jellyfish Summer”

Max Lance and Jen Bailey,
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Celebrating Tom Petty: Musicians and Celebrities Pay Tribute

Celebrating Tom Petty: Musicians and Celebrities Pay Tribute
Tom Petty passed away at the age of 66 today after going into cardiac arrest late Sunday night. Petty was one of the last great surviving songwriters of our time and the world is mourning right now, with many taking to social media to pay tribute to Petty. It's hard to think of a time when Tom Petty wasn't cool, he was always like the really awesome uncle that you had, but never got to hang out with. His voice spoke to generations; helping people mend broken hearts as teenagers all the way to dealing with mortality later in life.

Johnny Cash once told the humble Petty that, "You're a good man to ride the river with," something that Petty never took for granted. Cash then paid ultimate tribute by covering "I Won't Break Down" and turning it into his own song. It doesn't get much better than that, but for Thomas Earl Petty,
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The Game Begins In Two New Jigsaw TV Spots

After taking a lengthy – and much needed – hiatus from cinemas, the Saw franchise is finally ready to once again shed gallons of blood with its latest installment, Jigsaw. But despite featuring a returning Tobin Bell who’s set to reprise the role of John Kramer in some capacity, all signs point toward a copycat at play.

Who that may be remains unknown, of course, but it’s important to note that neither Costas Mandylor nor Cary Elwes are set to feature here, so either there’s a new player in town after all, or this series is about to take an unexpected supernatural turn. Regardless, we can’t wait to see what the final twist will be and now, with the film set to arrive later this month, Lionsgate has begun to ramp up the promotion.

Seen above and below are two brand new TV spots for the horror sequel
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Hocus Pocus 2 is still a thing, sort of

Simon Brew Sep 28, 2017

Hocus Pocus screenwriter Mick Garris reckons that Hocus Pocus 2 is moving ahead...

It’s been a little while since we heard rumours of a sequel to the 1993 Halloween hit, Hocus Pocus. The original movie starred Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, and was penned by Mick Garris, a man best known for his many Stephen King adaptations.

See related How The Princess Bride gets under your skin Cary Elwes interview: The Princess Bride, As You Wish The Princess Bride: looking back at an 80s fantasy classic

Garris has now given a new interview, where he’s been chatting about the possibility of a sequel. And it turns out that it’s still active, to some degree.

“There have been rumours of a Hocus Pocus sequel for the last ten years that will not die”, he said. “I have heard they are developing the script,
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? & A Scanner Darkly Folio Society Edition review

The Folio Society has released a very handsome double edition of two Philip K. Dick novels, but what does the pairing add?

When I first found out that the Folio Society were making a tête-bêche, or head-to-toe, version of Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and A Scanner Darkly, I wasn’t blown away by the idea.

See related How The Princess Bride gets under your skin Cary Elwes interview: The Princess Bride, As You Wish The Princess Bride: looking back at an 80s fantasy classic

Tête-bêche binding - two novels head to tail in one book, with a front cover at either end - is often associated with cheap genre paperbacks from the 1950s to the 1970s: the very collectible Ace Doubles, for instance. A number of titles by Philip K Dick were produced in this manner, often with a title by a different author on the flipside,
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Princess Bride Cast Share 30th Anniversary Secrets

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Princess Bride Cast Share 30th Anniversary Secrets
On September 25th, 1987, The Princess Bride hit theaters and although it was not a box office smash upon arrival, it has become one of the most beloved cult movies in history and now the cast and crew are looking back at 30 years of the romantic fantasy adventure-comedy. Rob Reiner directed the movie off of William Goldman's adaptation from his 1973 novel, The Princess Bride, and the movie has gone on to become a cultural touchstone for generations to pass down. The stars of the movie continue to have quotes recited to them on an almost daily basis and the movie may or may not have saved someone's life.

Rob Reiner recently shared a story about the cult favorite movie saving a woman's life. Reiner recounted a story where a woman came up to him at a restaurant and shared that she had been trapped in an avalanche while skiing along
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‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic

‘The Princess Bride’ Turns 30: Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal Dish About Making the Cult Classic
It’s no secret “The Princess Bride” was not a box office success when it opened in 1987. And it’s also no secret that thanks to home video, cable, DVD, and now Blu-ray, the charmingly funny fractured fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel, has become part of the cultural landscape.

Stars Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, and Wallace Shawn once did a Q&A after a screening for an audience of 5,000 people. Rabid fans approached the stars reciting their lines — especially Mandy Patinkin’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” and Shawn’s “Inconceivable.” Even Ted Cruz reenacted the hilarious scene featuring Billy Crystal as Miracle Max and Carol Kane as his wife Valerie during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But did you know the film once saved a woman’s life?

“Honestly, I’m not making this up,” said Reiner.
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Competition: Win Rob Reiner’s ‘Being Charlie’ on DVD

Released on September 4th by Cockerel Entertainment, Being Charlie comes from director Rob Reiner and star Nick Robinson (The 5th Wave, Jurassic World, Kings of Summer) Common (John Wick: Chapter 2, Selma, Smoking Aces) Morgan Saylor (Homeland) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).

Charlie is a troublesome 18-year-old who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, but when he returns home to Los Angeles, he’s given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehab. There, he meets a beautiful but troubled girl, Eva, and is forced to battle with drugs, elusive love and divided parents.

Being Charlie is released on Monday 4th September on both DVD & Digital platforms. Pre-order now: Amazon | iTunes

Thanks to Cockerel Entertainment, we have 3 copies of Being Charlie on DVD to giveaway. To win one just answer the following question:

Being Charlie star Nick Robinson played which character in Jurassic World?
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