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Nicolas Cage: The Way of the Shaman

David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) is showing from February 14 - March 16, 2018 in many countries around the world. This is a revised English translation of an article originally published by Seance magazine, July 24, 2014.Every genuinely shamanic séance ends as a spectacle unequaled in the world of daily experience. The fire-tricks, the “miracle” of the rope-trick or mango-trick type, the exhibition of magical feats, reveal another world—the fabulous world of the gods and magicians, the world in which everything seems possible… where the “laws of nature” are abolished and a certain superhuman “freedom” is exemplified and made dazzlingly present.—Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of EcstasyThe snakeskin jacket that Sailor, the protagonist of Wild at Heart (1990), wears at all times as (in his own words) a symbol of his individuality and belief in personal freedom came from Nicolas Cage’s own wardrobe. If I had to describe the phenomenon of Cage in one sentence,
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Loco Films Acquires Germinal Roaux’s Berlinale Player ‘Fortuna’ (Exclusive)

Loco Films has acquired international sales rights to Germinal Roaux’s “Fortuna,” a refugee drama starring Bruno Ganz that is playing in the Berlinale’s Generation 14plus section.

A coming-of-age tale, “Fortuna” follows 14-year-old Ethiopian girl Fortuna (Kidist Siyum), who has had no news of her parents since she crossed the Mediterranean Sea and together with other refugees, is given shelter for the winter in a Swiss Catholic monastery where she falls in love with a young man. While she waits for her fate to be decided by the Swiss authorities, Fortuna finds out she is pregnant. The choice she will have make will give great concern within the religious community and will challenge their concept of Christian charity.

“Fortuna” marks Rouaux’s sophomore outing, following “Left Foot Right Foot,” which won awards at Palm Springs and Namur. Roaux said he wrote the film based on testimonies with young migrants who didn’t have their parents around
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There’s Something About Mary

If Mel Brooks had directed An Affair To Remember, it might look something like this 1998 comedy from the Farrelly Brothers. Mixing gross out humor with a genuinely sweet romantic pay-off expanded its target audience and helped make There’S Something About Mary the fourth highest grossing film of its year. Starring Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon in a ribald spin on the screwball comedies of the thirties, the Farrellys proved themselves to be inspired vulgarians with their hearts on their sleeves and DNA on their pants.
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2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?

2018 Oscars: Does Best Picture champ have to win an acting award first?
The Shape of Water” numbers three acting bids among its leading 13 Academy Awards nominations for lead Sally Hawkins and supporting players Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. According to our exclusive Oscar odds none of them is predicted to win on March 4. Should that scenario play out, does that mean that their film won’t win Best Picture?

Not so fast.

While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.

Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
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Film News Roundup: ‘The Crown’ Star Matt Smith Cast as Charles Manson in ‘Charlie Says’

Film News Roundup: ‘The Crown’ Star Matt Smith Cast as Charles Manson in ‘Charlie Says’
​​In today’s film news roundup, Matt Smith will play Charles Manson, Hawaii drama “Jo, the Medicine Runner” gets distribution and Oscar-nominated “Knife Skills” gets acquired.

Casting

Matt Smith of “The Crown” has been been cast as Charles Manson in the independent feature “Charlie Says” with “American Psycho” director Mary Harron attached.

Suki Waterhouse has been cast as Mary Brunner, an early Manson follower, alongside Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, Marianne Rendon, Carla Gugino, Kaylie Carter and Merritt Wever in the drama, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in the spring and will be introduced to buyers in Berlin later this month.

“Charlie Says” will focus on the three young women (Murray, Young and Rendon) who were sentenced to death following the 1969 murders that were ordered by Manson. After California abolished the death penalty, their sentences were commuted to life in prison. The film will follow their transformations as they face the reality of their crimes
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Matt Dillon, Jim Caviezel star in 'Jo, The Medicine Runner' for Blue Fox

Lisa Gutberlet and team to commence sales in Berlin.

Blue Fox Entertainment will launch world sales in Berlin on Jo, The Medicine Runner starring Matt Dillon, Jim Caviezel and Ryan Potter.

Blue Fox’s domestic distribution arm will mount a Us theatrical release later this year on the feature, financed by Public House Films and through the Hawaiian public-private Gvs Accelerator.

Jo, The Medicine Runner takes place against the backdrop of the segregated coffee fields of Hawaii as a young man transcends the boundaries of race and class in pursuit of a forbidden love.

The feature shot entirely on location in Hawaii and at Kona-based Honua Studios. David L. Cunningham directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christian Parkes, and produced with Edwin Marshall. Aaron Kevin Armstrong and Reap Thomas Hume served as executive producers with Mike Leahy.

Todd Slater brokered the deal on behalf of Blue Fox Entertainment with UTA’s Jon Levy and Grace Royer on behalf
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Review: "Wild Bill" (1995) Starring Jeff Bridges; Twilight Time Blu-ray Edition

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By John M. Whalen

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” is an often-quoted line from John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” And if director Walter Hill had stuck to that idea, his “Wild Bill” (1995) would be a great movie, instead of a near miss. Unfortunately, he mixed legend with pure hogwash and the result is a confusing hodgepodge of scenes connected only by the fact that James Butler Hickok (Jeff Bridges) hated it when somebody messed with his hat.

You know a director intends to make a “serious” western when he starts the film out by showing the central character’s funeral. “Wild Bill” begins not only with a funeral, but a funeral shot in high-contrast, grainy black and white. In fact the film keeps switching from color to black and white for numerous flash back scenes, depicting “events” from Bill’s early life, some of which are complete fiction.
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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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Lars von Trier’s Zentropa: Producers Condemn ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Recently Witnessed at Danish Production Company

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Lars von Trier’s Zentropa: Producers Condemn ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Recently Witnessed at Danish Production Company
Updated: A new statement from Zentropa has been added at the bottom of this post.

Producers from 11 nations claim they are “shocked and upset” by “the brazen display of toxic masculinity” they witnessed at an event hosted last month by Zentropa, the Danish production company founded by Peter Aalbæk Jensen and Lars von Trier. Their concerns, detailed in a November 28 statement, are connected to a producers workshop that occurred last month at Film City, Zentropa’s headquarters in Copenhagen. The October 26 workshop happened after singer and actress Björk alleged that von Trier had sexually harassed her while directing their Oscar-nominated 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark,” and before nine women shared with the newspaper Politiken similar experiences they’d endured at Zentropa.

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According to the statement, 70 producers from the international film community attended the workshop, where they were greeted by Zentropa’s female producers,
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10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew

10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew
It's a certified cinema classic and one of the most quotable movies ever. Two years after Reservoir Dogs, video store clerk turned auteur Quentin Tarantino turned out another masterpiece in Pulp Fiction, the 1994 movie that rescued John Travolta from the pop culture waste bin via a now iconic performance, matched in creative and artistic firepower by Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson as the soul searching hit man Jules. Pulp Fiction still regularly plays in midnight showings at the writer/director's own New Beverly Cinema. Today we look at 10 things you never knew about Pulp Fiction.

Matt Dillon was almost Butch.

Originally Quentin Tarantino conceived of the "palooka" pugilist played by Bruce Willis as a younger up and coming boxer. He envisioned Matt Dillon in the role. But after the actor reportedly took too long to decide,
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Q&A: Writer/Artist John Stanisci & Actor/Producer Stelio Savante Discuss New Graphic Novel Lifedeath, Kickstarter Campaign & Hopes for a Film Adaptation

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What if the afterlife was an uploading program with an expiration date of its own? That chilling concept is explored in John Stanisci's new sci-fi action graphic novel LifeDeath. Slated for a 2018 release, the graphic novel is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign with perks aplenty, and we caught up with Stanisci and actor/producer Stelio Savante to discuss the ambitious ideas behind the new graphic novel, the goal to adapt the story for the screen, and much more, and we've also been provided with an exclusive set of preview pages to share with Daily Dead readers.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, guys. LifeDeath looks like an engrossing story with an intriguing concept. John, when and how did you originally come up with the idea for this graphic novel?

John Stanisci: First off, thank you so much for this feature! I’m
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Matt Dillon in first image from Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built

The first image has arrived online from The House That Jack Built, the next film from Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier, which stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer called Jack.

The House That Jack Built tells the story of “the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.”

Joining Dillon in the cast of the film are Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Ed Speleers, Sofie Grabol, Riley Keough and Yu Ji-tae. It is slated for release next year.
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Chinese Director Vivian Qu’s Sexual Assault Drama ‘Angels Wear White’ Wins Top Honors at Antalya Film Festival

Chinese Director Vivian Qu’s Sexual Assault Drama ‘Angels Wear White’ Wins Top Honors at Antalya Film Festival
Antalya, Turkey — Chinese director-producer Vivian Qu’s sexual assault-themed drama “Angels Wear White” proved the top winner at the 54th Antalya Film Festival in Turkey where it scooped prizes for both best film and best actress.

“Angels,” which exposes the corruption of Chinese police as they cover up for a government official involved in the sexual assault of two twelve-year-old girls, world premiered in September at the Venice Film where it was the only competition entry by a female director. Pic, which has also played in Toronto and London, will be opening the Singapore Film Festival in November.

Qu was on hand in Antalya to receive the top prize and also to accept the nod for actress Wen Qi (pictured) who plays a morally torn cleaner in a love motel who becomes enmeshed in the investigation.

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s “A Man of Integrity,” about corruption and injustice in Iranian society, also scored
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Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced that Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will receive his award at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards gala event, set to take place on Thursday, November 2 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Penn Jillette.

Journalist and author Kathryn Schulz will present the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Morris. Damien Echols will present the previously announced Critics’ Choice Impact Award to filmmaker Joe Berlinger. Additional award presenters include: Clive Davis, Matt Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, and Fisher Stevens, Diane Warren, among others.

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Netflix will release Morris’ newest offering,
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Matt Dillon’s Second Directing Gig ‘El Gran Fellove’ Set to Soar (Exclusive)

Matt Dillon’s Second Directing Gig ‘El Gran Fellove’ Set to Soar (Exclusive)
The final cut of Matt Dillon’s long-gestating Cuban music documentary “El Gran Fellove” (“The Great Fellove”) is primed for completion by next year.

Co-produced by Dillon’s Pregon Films, Fisher StevensInsurgent Media, Radical Media, Jonathan Gray and Mexican producers Viento del Norte Cine and Paloma Negra, “Fellove” is Dillon’s second directing gig after his 2002 Cambodian-set drama “City of Ghosts,” which he also co-wrote.

Dillon, a fervent collector of Latin Music from the 1920s-50s, and Cuban music in particular, had been developing the documentary about Cuban scat musician Francisco Fellove for quite a number of years. In it he pays tribute to a little-known group of Cuban musicians like Fellove who greatly influenced Mexican music. It delves into the Cuban musical genre dubbed “filin” (feeling) that created a strong bond between Mexico, Cuba and the U.S.

“I met [Dillon] in Spain in 2009 through our mutual friends Barry Gifford and Ray Loriga. That same day
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‘The House That Jack Built’ First Look: Lars von Trier Turns Matt Dillon Into a Serial Killer

‘The House That Jack Built’ First Look: Lars von Trier Turns Matt Dillon Into a Serial Killer
It’s never too early to start looking forward to some of the hottest titles of 2018, especially since the year in cinema is winding down with only a few movies left to world premiere (chief among them “Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread”). One movie that might just be 2018’s most controversial is “The House That Jack Built,” the latest offering from Lars von Trier. The Danish director is famous for making headlines, whether it’s for getting banned from Cannes or for making a sexually explicit drama like “Nymphomaniac,” and he’ll have no problem doing so with a movie about a serial killer.

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The House That Jack Built” stars Matt Dillon as the titular murderer.
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First Look at Lars von Trier’s Serial Killer Drama ‘The House That Jack Built’

If one is missing some provocation in this year’s cinematic landscape, fear not, as Lars von Trier will premiere a new film next year. His serial killer drama The House That Jack Built completed production earlier this year, and now the first still has arrived.

Starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Ed Speleers, and Sofia Grabol, the film spans 12 years and will be split into “five incidents” (aka the murders) and then the “digressions” in between, as Jack attempts to create the “ultimate artwork” in his vocation.

”I don’t find anything especially interesting about serial killers,” Lars von Trier tells Screen Daily. ”It’s more the women. For some strange reason all the women I have been with have been crazy about serial killers. That might have something to do with me. Also I thought I could fool people to go into the cinema.
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Loco Films Boards Brazil’s ‘Bingo’ From ‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘City of God’ Editor Daniel Rezende (Exclusive)

Paris-based Loco Films has acquired sales rights to “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” a pulsating tragicomic take on the cost of fame in the Brazilian TV world of the ‘80s which marks the feature debut as a director of editor Daniel Rezende, Academy Award-nominated for Fernando MeirellesCity of God” and editor of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life.”

Loco Films will be introducing “Bingo” to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.

Written by Luiz Bolognesi, whose screenwriting credits include 2017 Berlin Panorama hit “Just Like My Parents,” “Bingo” also represents Brazil in 2018’s foreign-language Oscar race. It is inspired by the true-life story of Arlindo Barreto, who played Bozo the Clown on Brazilian TV giant Globo in the early ‘80, helping to convert the program into a ratings and tamest behemoth which at one point lasted 10 hours.

Bursting with period pop aesthetics and energy, “Bingo” charts the ascent to stardom of Augusto, a TV clown
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Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84

Ben Bates, who served as the stunt double for James Arness, the star of Gunsmoke, for more than 25 years, died Oct. 4 in Sun City, Calif., his family announced. He was 84.

In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.

In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each...
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'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie

'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie
By the time Cameron Crowe made Singles in 1992, the 35-year-old director was already a decade into his career's second act. A former journalist for Rolling Stone, he'd pivoted towards the movies after adapting his book about going undercover at a Los Angeles high school – Fast Times at Ridgemont High – for the screen in 1982. And his directorial debut, Say Anything... (1989), proved that he had a knack for capturing teen spirit.

Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings.
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