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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame

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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame
It’s been nearly a decade since the tragic death of former child actor Brad Renfro. During his too-short career he made over 20 movies, the last one being 2008’s The Informers, where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder. The Apt Pupil star was a gifted actor who battled several off-screen demons, which ultimately ended the life of the 25-year-old.

A Star on the Rise

The Knoxville, Tennessee native was only 10-years-old when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher to play Mark Sway, a young witness in a Mafia case, in his 1994 movie The Client. In the film,
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‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: Return To The Ecstasy Soaked Fever Dream

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While the world waits for the “Justice League” reviews (and the Rotten Tomatoes score….later), let’s not forget that getting Batman right isn’t always easy. In fact, during the ’90s, Warner Bros. missed the mark a couple times, with “Batman Forever” starting the character on a downward spiral.

Screen Junkies takes a look at “Batman Forever,” the movie that fumbled at picking up where Tim Burton left off following “Batman” and “Batman Returns.” There were a lot of things that didn’t work, starting with leaning hard into ’90s aesthetics (glowsticks!) but having two co-stars who couldn’t get along — Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones — probably didn’t help.

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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew

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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, ranked among the popcorn cinema elite in fan polls as one of the best movies ever. The penultimate chapter of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy saw Christian Bale's Batman go up against the Joker, portrayed with haunting villainy by the late Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for the role. Ledger's commitment to the character is the stuff of legend. But there were plenty of other cool facts behind the scenes, as well.

Katie Holmes skipped the sequel to make a terrible comedy.

Memento filmmaker Christopher Nolan rescued the World's Greatest Detective from the train wreck of glossy camp that was Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin with 2005's Batman Begins, a serious minded reboot adored by fans and critics. Katie Holmes co-starred as Bruce Wayne love interest Rachel Dawes, but the Dawson's Creek
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‘Grain’ Wins Grand Prix at Tokyo Festival

‘Grain’ Wins Grand Prix at Tokyo Festival
Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu’s dystopian future drama “Grain” received the Grand Prix at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

The festival closed Friday with a screening of Al Gore documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” with Gore present to introduce the film.

“Film festivals relieve filmmakers and audiences of commercial demands,” said Tommy Lee Jones, president of the jury, in his closing remarks. The films in the Tiff competition featured “no pistols, no car crashes, no explosions and no damsels in distress. Not that they’re always bad, but they’re not required. That does not relive filmmakers of responsibility for narrative coherence and visual beauty and making good use of the audience’s time.”

Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino’s “Crater” took the second place special jury prize. Edmund Yeo won the best director prize for “Aqerat (We the Dead),” Teemu Nikki best screenplay for “Euthanizer” and Dong Yue, director of “The
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Tokyo Film Festival: Turkey's 'Grain' Wins Top Award

Tokyo Film Festival: Turkey's 'Grain' Wins Top Award
Turkey's Grain won the Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) grand prix and $50,000 for Semih Kaplanoglu, who directed, wrote and produced the monochrome, dystopian sci-fi tale of a man's quest to find grain in order to save humankind.

"We were impressed by this film's presentation of myth and reality," explained jury president Tommy Lee Jones, who said the decision to give the award to Grain was unanimous.

"Look, this group of people could find something wrong with all of the 15 films in the competition," said Jones in his closing remarks. "But film festivals at their best are meant to...
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Tommy Lee Jones is Big in Japan and Boss Coffee is His Lifeblood

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Tommy Lee Jones is Big in Japan and Boss Coffee is His Lifeblood
All my life, I was never a coffee-drinker. I envied the coffee-drinkers. They always seemed so bright and alert. But it was not until I came to Japan and started seeing the weather-beaten face of Tommy Lee Jones everywhere that I suddenly found myself, rather uncharacteristically, having the compulsion to drink coffee every day. Specifically: […]

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Fests from American Indian Film Festival to Winter Film Awards Celebrate Differences and Diversity

Global gatherings celebrate cultures, ethnicities and people from all walks of life. Variety has compiled a list of these notable upcoming festivals for the 2017-18 year.

American Indian Film Festival

As the “oldest and best known” Native American cinema outlet, the Aiff aims to increase mainstream awareness of Native American cinema, develop an audience, and create authentic representations of native peoples in cinema. Nov. 3-11

Asian World Film Festival

The Los Angeles-based fest showcases films from 50 countries across Asia and aims to create better recognition for its filmmakers and strengthen the Asian film market. All films selected to represent their country at the Academy and Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. awards are automatically invited to be exhibited and have an opportunity to display their films to Oscar, Golden Globes and guild voters. Oct. 25-Nov. 2

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

In 2015 Ajff became the largest Jewish film festival in the world; now it continues to showcase international cinema through a Jewish
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Clear for Landing! Brad Pitt Films an Action Scene in a Full Spacesuit on the Side of an L.A. Freeway

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Clear for Landing! Brad Pitt Films an Action Scene in a Full Spacesuit on the Side of an L.A. Freeway
Brad Pitt was in search of extraterrestrial life on the side of a Los Angeles freeway this week.

The actor was spotted filming an action scene Thursday for his new space thriller Ad Astra, in which he plays an astronaut searching for his father, a rogue scientist who disappeared years earlier on a mission to find alien life.

Strapped up in full space gear and dangling from a parachute, Pitt filmed his own stunt as he looked to be navigating a difficult landing. The only thing detracting from the scene was its location: the side of a terrestrial highway.

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Let’s Kill The 90s Revival Before It Begins

Neil Calloway isn’t happy about the spate of upcoming 90s remakes…

It’s a cliché to say Hollywood has run out of ideas, but clichés only become clichés because they contain an element of truth, and with the possibility of remakes of some films from the 1990s nobody really wants to see, it looks like Hollywood has run out of ideas.

Make no mistake, Stranger Things 2 is the apogee of the 80s revival. While nobody had expectations about the first series, now everyone is on the edge of their seat waiting to be blown away. We haven’t had an Iran-Contra movie, but believe me, the 80s revival is over. They’ve run out of 80s films to remake, despite their sadly being no sign of an all female reboot of Big, Weekend at Bernie’s or Brewster’s Millions. Now, by the look of things at least, the
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Tokyo Festival Boss Addresses Film Industry’s Shifting Power Balance

Takeo Hisamatsu, newly installed as director of the Tokyo International Film Festival, is confident that festivals have an ongoing role, despite the many challenges they face.

“The mission of a festival is to develop film culture, and to provide opportunities to see non-commercial films that you normally don’t get to see,” he said Thursday at a meet the press event. Takamatsu took over earlier this year as Tokyo prepared for its 30th anniversary edition. “It is also our industry role to help young Japanese creators and actors to step out and reach the world outside.

Among the challenges are piracy, streaming video and what he called “the shifting power balance” within the global film industry. He pointed to how Japan has become less important to Hollywood – both in relative and absolute terms – affects the festival’s ability to secure major studio titles as opening film.

“In the past Hollywood films had 70% of the box office in Japan
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Tommy Lee Jones: Tokyo Jury to Put Politics Aside, Celebrate Films That Unite People

Tommy Lee Jones: Tokyo Jury to Put Politics Aside, Celebrate Films That Unite People
The 30th Tokyo Film Festival's main competition jury, lead by Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, met the international media Thursday at a brief press conference held within the Japanese capital's glitzy Roppongi Hills complex.

"We're all very happy to be here — this is an honored occasion for each one of us," Jones said in his introductory remarks. "I am the only American on this jury, and we only have one person from China, one Iranian, one from France and just one person from Japan. So we don’t represent the entire world, but we don’t represent any one place either —...
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Tokyo Festival 30th Edition Opens on Continuity Note

Tokyo Festival 30th Edition Opens on Continuity Note
The Tokyo International Film Festival held the opening ceremony for its 30th edition at the Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills main venue on Wednesday.

The festival is the first for new director Takeo Hisamatsu. But there is a note of continuity in the festival’s strong anime emphasis. That is borne out by a special sections dedicated to on animator Keiichi Hara. There are others on Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh, a Godzilla cinema concert, and a gala screening and Kabuki performance at the Kabukiza theater.

The main events, however, are the nearly 200 films set to screen, beginning with opening night film “Fullmetal Alchemist,” Fumihiko Sori’s live-action adaptation of a hit fantasy comic. The festival will concluding next week with the Al-Gore-hosted documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the closing night film.

American actor Tommy Lee Jones, set as president of the competition jury, was on hand. Jones is an icon in Japan for not only his
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Tommy Lee Jones, Asian Stars Kick Off Tokyo Film Festival's 30th Edition

Tommy Lee Jones, Asian Stars Kick Off Tokyo Film Festival's 30th Edition
A persistent drizzle and the impending arrival of Japan's second typhoon in one week couldn't dampen the enthusiasm Wednesday at the Tokyo International Film Festival's star-studded opening ceremony.

Tommy Lee Jones, Chinese actress Zhao Wei and big-name talent from across the Japanese and broader Asian star firmament walked the red carpet at Tokyo's Roppongi Hills complex, where the festival rang in its 30th anniversary edition.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate the Tokyo festival on its 30th anniversary," said Japanese auteur and Cannes favorite Naomi Kawase, who walked the red carpet in a shimmering black sleeveless dress. "This...
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Ikebukuro Move Puts Tokyo Market in Growth Mode, Says Yasushi Shiina

The relocation of the Tiffcom market from the Tokyo Bay area to a new venue in Ikebukuro, was needed for growth, says Yasushi Shiina, the market’s new chief.

Former director of the Tokyo International Film Festival and executive at media powerhouse Kadokawa, Shiina took over as the CEO of Tiffcom. His first move was to oversee the move to Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City shopping, entertainment and business complex.

“We were holding it in a hotel in Daiba, but the venue was small and our growth was limited for physical reasons,” he told Variety. “The Ikebukuro venue is larger and we can expect expansion in the future.”

Tokyo’s Toshima Ward, where Ikebukuro is located, is seeking to become a city of art and culture. “That plan will greatly change Ikebukuro. They are supporting Tiffcom as a core event for that plan,” Shiina said. “As Ikebukuro builds various cultural infrastructures in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Tiffcom
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[Spoiler] Is Coming to Netflix This November

[Spoiler] Is Coming to Netflix This November
Here come the Men in Black. Ahead of the debut of Netflix's November lineup, E! News can announce Men in Black is joining the digital lineup next month. That's right—your favorite supernatural agents will be available for Netflix and chill sessions in less than two weeks on November 1. The science fiction hit originally debuted in 1997 and starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones on a mission to keep alien activity in check in the Big Apple. The movie paved the way for two more sequels, and a spinoff is reportedly slated for 2019. It's also great timing for the film to make its Netflix debut considering it recently celebrated its 20th anniversary over the...
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)

Hilary Swank to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘I Am Mother’ (Exclusive)
Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank, who won best actress Academy Awards for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” is joining Clara Rugaard in a unique mother-daughter story.

Rugaard portrays the first of a new generation of humans raised by “Mother” – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (played by Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything she’s been told about the outside world.

I Am Mother” is based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. The screenplay was on the 2016 Black List.

I Am Mother” is Sputore’s feature debut. The special effects team at Weta Workshop (“Avatar,” “The Lord of The Rings”) has created the titular robot.

The movie is
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Tommy Lee Jones joins Casey Affleck in Stoner

Last month it was announced that Casey Affleck (Manchester By the Sea) is set to lead the cast of Joe Wright’s (Atonement) new film Stoner, based upon the acclaimed 1965 novel from John Williams, and now THR is reporting that Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men) has also signed on to the project.

The film will see Affleck as William Stoner, “a dirt-poor farmer turned academic who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th century.” As yet, there’s no word as to who Jones will be playing.

Jones is currently shooting James Gray’s sci-fi Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, and has the Iraq war drama Shock and Awe and the action comedy Just Getting Started incoming. Wright’s next film Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is set to open in the U.
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Film Review: Josh Brolin in ‘Only the Brave’

Film Review: Josh Brolin in ‘Only the Brave’
When a forest catches fire, professionals can’t drown it in water or put it out as they might a burning building. Instead, the goal is to contain the inferno by establishing a control line that the advancing flames cannot cross — a strategy of “fighting fire with fire” that falls to an elite group of so-called “hotshots,” who’ve been uniquely certified to approach the unpredictable beast.

Only the Brave” is the true story of one such handcrew, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and their journey from a local Arizona firefighting team to the front lines of the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the country’s deadliest wildfires. Picture “Backdraft” set against a backdrop of unspoiled American wilderness: It’s a gripping and powerfully emotional portrait of yee-haw heroism, pitting a squad of cocky, calendar-purty white dudes against an adversary with no creed or color, just an unquenchable appetite for destruction.

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Tommy Lee Jones Joins Casey Affleck in Joe Wright's 'Stoner' Adaptation (Exclusive)

Tommy Lee Jones Joins Casey Affleck in Joe Wright's 'Stoner' Adaptation (Exclusive)
Tommy Lee Jones is set to star in Stoner, the next project from Brit director Joe Wright (Atonement)

The film, which is being produced by Blumhouse Productions and backed by the Cohen Media Group and Film4, is based on John Williams' 1965 novel, adapted by Andrew Bovell, and will see the Oscar-winning actor team with newly minted Academy Award winner Casey Affleck, whose casting was announced last month. Although the book wasn't a hit when it was first published, it became a best-seller after being reissued in 2003.

Affleck is set to play the title role of William Stoner, a...
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