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Santa Barbara Film Festival to Open as Planned in Wake of Montecito Mudslides

The Santa Barbara Film Festival is moving ahead as planned with its 33rd edition, opening on Jan. 31, in the wake of the fires and flooding that recently devastated the city, leaving 20 victims dead in the Montecito area.

Roger Durling, executive director of the festival, addressed the issue Wednesday in a letter that said, “Many people have been asking me if the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place. My answer is an emphatic ‘Yes.'”

He continued, “How do you do a film festival following the immense tragedy unfolding in Montecito and Southern California? Well — the honest answer is that it is needed now more than ever. Movies have always provided a sense of community. It is an opportunity for people to gather, reflect, experience, feel, and process.”

Durling noted that during the Great Depression, Americans flocked to theaters. “They did not do this because movies can be easily categorized as a distraction,” he said. “Yes
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2018 Slate, Will Open with Emilio Estevez’s ‘the public’

Despite the devastating mudslides that overwhelmed the Santa Barbara, California community of Montecito last week — resulting in at least 20 deaths and the destruction of 100-plus homes — the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) will go on as usual. A reason to celebrate is “needed now more than ever,” wrote Sbiff director Roger Durling in a letter soon to be shared with festival-goers. He continued, “It is an opportunity for people to gather – reflect – experience – feel – and process,” noting that cinema attendance was strong during the Great Depression.

Launched in 1986, this year’s Sbiff will include films from 58 countries. Numbered among its 45 world premieres is opening night film “the public,” the first feature written and directed by Emilio Estevez since 2010’s “The Way.” Set at a Cincinnati public library, the film follows its homeless and marginalized patrons during a dangerous cold spell. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone (“Neon Demon
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Lineup Unveiled

Santa Barbara Film Festival Lineup Unveiled
The Santa Barbara Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its 33rd edition, which will run January 31-February 10 and feature 45 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The already announced opening-night film is Emilio Estevez’s The Public; the fest is still being mum on its closing-night film. Among the annual tributes this year are awards for current awards-season staples including Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell and Viruosos Awards to Daniel…
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Criterion Announces ‘The Virgin Suicides’ 4K Restoration, Approved by Ed Lachman and Sofia Coppola

Criterion Announces ‘The Virgin Suicides’ 4K Restoration, Approved by Ed Lachman and Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppla acclaimed directorial debut “The Virgin Suicides” will be joining the Criterion Collection this April with a 4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Ed Lachman and approved by Coppola. The release is the highlight of the April 2018 additions, which also include Jim Jarmusch’s “Dead Man,” Sergei Parajanov’s “The Color of Pomegranates,” and Leo McCarey’s “The Awful Truth.”

Read More:Sofia Coppola: How She Survived ‘The Beguiled’ Backlash, Why She Won’t Do TV, and Why Her Dad is ‘Over’ Film

In addition to the 4K restoration, “The Virgin Suicides” Criterion release will also include new interviews with Coppola, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, author Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer Tavi Gevinson. Coppola’s 1998 short film “Lick the Star” will also be included as a bonus feature, as will a making-of documentary directed by Sofia’s mother, filmmaker Eleanor Coppola. The movie is now available to
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The Goldfinch Movie Gets Jeffrey Wright as Hobie

Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios have added another key member to the cast of The Goldfinch adaptation, with Jeffrey Wright coming aboard to portray Hobie. The Oscar-nominated actor joins a growing cast that includes Ansel Elgort as Theo, Willa Fitzgerald as Kitsey Barbour and Aneurin Barnard as Boris. The adaptation is expected to go into production shortly, so there may be several more casting announcements coming in the near future.

The original novel by Donna Tartt, which won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 2014, centers on Theo Decker, who, at the age of 13, miraculously survives a terrorist that kills his mother. This leads to Theo being taken in by the family of a wealthy friend, after being abandoned by his father. Theo still clings to the one thing that reminds him of his mother, a small painting entitled The Goldfinch, that entices him into the underworld of the art scene.
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First Trailer for Public Library Drama 'The Public' with Emilio Estevez

"We're a public library, we're not a shelter for the homeless." The first trailer has debuted for the latest film written & directed by Emilio Estevez (where has he been all this time?) titled The Public, which is a reference to a public library in Cincinnati. On top of writing & directing, Estevez also stars as one of the managers of the library. When an Arctic cold comes into the city, a group of homeless people decide to hold an "occupy" movement and camp out in the library. The full cast features Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Ki Hong Lee, Richard T. Jones, and Jacob Vargas. This actually seems like a fascinating take on this kind of story. Pretty much every public library in every city has to deal with homeless people, and yet this seems to show how important this place
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Press Notes: John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club

Back in June of 2016, a John Hughes phantom page appeared on Criterion’s Web site, which led to many speculating as to what it might mean as far as films entering the Collection. Many thought that a box set would be inevitable, and for a time it seemed like 16 Candles might be the first to get a spine number. Then, in June of 2017, we had our first real tease as to what might be coming: A breakfast club.

Today, the Criterion Collection has released a new definitive edition of the 80s classic, and it features a number of improvements over the previous home video edition, most notably the deleted scenes.

Here are some reviews and links from around the web:

Criterion

What happens when five strangers end up together in Saturday detention? Badass posturing, gleeful misbehavior, and a potent dose of angst. With this exuberant, disarmingly candid film, writer-director John
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A Deleted Scene From The Breakfast Club Surfaces After 30 Years

I'm a huge fan of The Breakfast Club. I love that movie and I was surprised to see a never-before-seen deleted scene from the film surface online after 30 years. The scene features a little moment between Molly Ringwald’s Claire and Ally Sheedy’s Allison.

On January 2nd, Criterion Collection is a new edition of the film which will contain 50 minutes of material that has never been released. That material will offer lots of cool insights into the film and I'm definitely looking forward to it!

The deleted scene was shared by Vulture, and in it, Claire makes an attempt to do a little bonding with Allison. It's a pretty awkward exchange as Allison's cringe-worthy eating habits are discussed. It eventually leads to Allison picking up a chip out of the bathroom sink and shoving it in her mouth.

I'll tell you what, had this scene stayed in the movie,
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Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary DVD Gets Deleted Scenes and More

Fans of the 1985 coming-of-age comedy-drama ‘The Breakfast Club’ will now have the chance to see previously deleted scenes. Criterion Collection is re-releasing this film on Blu-ray and DVD and the bonus material includes 50 minutes of formerly unreleased material. ‘The Breakfast Club’ was a big hit in the 1980s.Its five main stars earned the nickname of ‘The Brat Pack’ and it was this film that shot many of them to fame. Judd Nelson played delinquent John Bender, Molly Ringwald took on the role of pampered teen Claire Standish, Emilio Estevez was state champion wrestler Andrew Clark, Anthony Michael Hall

Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary DVD Gets Deleted Scenes and More
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Long Lost Breakfast Club Deleted Scene Has Been Unearthed

Long Lost Breakfast Club Deleted Scene Has Been Unearthed
A new scene from The Breakfast Club has surfaced online, featuring Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. The never-before-seen clip has surfaced online to promote the upcoming 4K Criterion Collection version of the movie that contains nearly an hour of deleted scenes that have never been released anywhere before. The 4K restoration of the 1980s classic is more than enough to get fans on board, but seeing deleted scenes from such a beloved movie is a real treat, especially over 50-minutes worth of footage from the John Hughes movie.

In the new clip from The Breakfast Club, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy are together in the Girls' restroom and Ringwald is trying to become friends with Sheedy, despite her very bizarre tendencies. "So sad. You're washing your hands, but you'll eat food inches away from a toilet," Ringwald, who plays Claire, says. Sheedy, who plays the character Allison, proceeds to
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Slamdance 2018 Announces Shorts and Emerging Filmmaker-Led Beyond Section Lineups, and More

Slamdance 2018 Announces Shorts and Emerging Filmmaker-Led Beyond Section Lineups, and More
Our bi-weekly Film Festival Roundup column explores notable stories and news updates from the circuit.

– Slamdance has announced the Beyond and Shorts programs for their 24th edition. The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival will run January 19 – 25 in Park City, Utah. This year, several Slamdance Alumni return with highly anticipated presentations in the Beyond lineup. All films program are made by emerging filmmakers working just beyond their first features.

“The films in the Beyond Program exhibit singular directorial vision while sharing a common commitment to challenge audiences to step outside their comfort zones,” said Beyond programmer, Josh Mandel in an official statement. “These bold and adventurous filmmakers represent the most current voices in American independent film, and will continue to push boundaries in the years ahead.”

This year’s short film lineup showcases productions from 26 countries, including: Canada, Iran, USA, and beyond. Shorts in the Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Anarchy, and Experimental sections are
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Santa Barbara Film Festival To Open With Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’

Santa Barbara Film Festival To Open With Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’
The world premiere of Emilio Estevez’s the public has been selected to open the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which kicks off January 31. Estevez wrote, directed and stars with Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael K. Williams and Jeffrey Wright. The film follows a group of homeless library patrons, who, after learning that emergency shelters are at capacity during a brutal Midwestern…
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Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’ to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’ to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Emilio Estevez’s “The Public” will open the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Arlington Theatre. Directed, written by, and starring Estevez, the film — which will make its worldwide premiere at Sbiff — also stars Taylor Schilling, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, and Jeffrey Wright.

Gabrielle Union, Christian Slater, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Jacob Vargas, and Michael K. Williams are also featured in the film. “The Public” is set in the Midwest during a brutal cold front, which prompts a group of homeless library patrons who refuse to leave Cincinnati’s downtown public library at closing time when they learn that emergency shelters have reached capacity. As a nonviolent act of civil disobedience escalates into a stand-off with law enforcement officials, issues such as homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction are explored.

“I’ve long admired Emilio Estevez as an artist, actor, and director. With ‘The Public,’ I feel he
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How Jena Malone Really Feels About Getting Cut from Batman v Superman

How Jena Malone Really Feels About Getting Cut from Batman v Superman
When director Zack Snyder was in production on Batman v Superman, many were surprised to see photos of the director's Sucker Punch star Jena Malone on the set, since she wasn't announced as part of the main cast. Rumors quickly circulated that she was playing Robin, a.k.a. Carrie Kelley. But it was revealed in Zack Snyder's director's cut that her character was Jenet Klyburn, a S.T.A.R. Labs forensic scientist who helps Lois Lane (Amy Adams) uncover the secrets from that mysterious bullet fired in the desert. When asked if it was "weird" to learn that her entire part had been cut from the movie, Jena Malone had this to say.

"No, it wasn't. I had some scenes. It wasn't-for me, the beauty of working with friends is that someone can call you up and be like, 'I'd love for you to come and do this part for two days.
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October Horrors 2017 Day 30 – Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive, 1986.

Directed by Stephen King.

Starring Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington and Yeardley Smith.

Synopsis:

After radiation from a passing comet envelops the Earth, humanity is forced to contend with a violent uprising of machinery, with trucks leading the charge. In the midst of this mechanised apocalypse, a group of survivors finds themselves trapped in a diner trying to fight off the onslaught of these new man-made monsters.

Stephen King has written many novels and short stories across many genres for over 40 years with over 100 (I’m still amazed by that number) adaptations of his work filling both the big screen and the small screen.

I’ve devoted several entries of this month’s October Horrors to the work of Mr. King to celebrate the recent renaissance of King’s work (a Kingaissance?) on the big and small screen, with them ranging from the hilariously daft like the
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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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‘Young Guns’, ‘Major League’ & ‘Ace Ventura’ Reboots All On The Way

We’re getting word from the trade papers that plans to develop reboots for Young Guns, Major League and Ace Ventura are well underway at the rebranded Morgan Creek company, Morgan Creek Entertainment Group. According to Deadline, the company is making a big push across television, features and digital, and is keen to revive brands from their extensive back-catalogue, the aforementioned all fall within. The trade blog also mentions that there are also discussions with a showrunner for a Dead Ringers series reboot.

Deadline reports that McEg president David Robinson said that the Ace Ventura project will be “a mainstream theatrical production relaunch,” and very much not to a straight remake but a new film in the spirit of the original, “Because it’s episodic in nature, about a pet detective, it also lends itself to a traditional single-camera series franchise.” So, to TV it goes then?

The Young Guns
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Ace Ventura, Young Guns and Major League Are All Getting Reboots

A whole bunch of classic movies are about to get the reboot treatment, both as TV shows and movies. It's been announced that Morgan Creek Productions, which was first founded in 1988, is rebranding as Morgan Creek Entertainment Group. Their new strategy will be to look at their massive library of titles and work on reboots across all forms of media. Some of the bigger titles they are looking at rebooting are Young Guns, Major League and, most notably, Jim Carrey's classic comedy Ace Ventura. Here's what McEg president David Robinson, the son of company founder James Robinson, had to say.

"Morgan Creek's globally recognized brand and premium titles are an ideal fit for the extraordinary creative revolution taking place in the television and digital worlds today."

Starting with Ace Ventura, David Robinson says that they welcome the idea of Jim Carrey returning to the role. They envision making
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Emilio Estevez named Hollywood’s most profitable actor since 1980

If you had to take a guess at Hollywood’s most profitable actor since 1980, who would immediately spring to mind? Tom Cruise? Arnold Schwarzenegger? Harrison Ford? Chances are you’d be guessing all day before you arrived upon the answer…

Yes, according to data compiled by PartyCasino, Emilio Estevez tops the list of Hollywood’s most profitable top-billed actors, with the 80s Brat Pack star having generated $6.70 at the box office for every dollar he’s been paid.

In second place was action star Jean-Claude Van Damme with a return of $4.20 per dollar, followed by Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3) and Dudley Moore ($3).

In terms of actresses, Party Casino found the data more difficult to compile as “women, unfortunately, are less likely to be the top-billed actor for a movie.” From the data they could find, Rose Byrne was the most profitable with $9.80 per dollar, followed by Regina Hall ($3.50) and Octavia Spencer
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Brad Pitt Is the Least Profitable Actor in Hollywood

Brad Pitt Is the Least Profitable Actor in Hollywood
It's hard to gauge who the most popular star in the world is, and by all accounts, that person is probably from India, not Hollywood. But there is no denying that Brad Pitt is one of the biggest names on the planet. And you'd expect that he'd turn more of a profit at the box office. But as it turns out, a new study shows he's the least profitable star in Hollywood.

He's not alone. A few other big name actors failed to turn a pretty penny when it came to their movies over the last thirty years. Analysts from PartyCasino, a unit of the Gvc gaming group, have done an intensive break down and study, which proves that Brad Pitt only brings in ten cents for every dollar spent on one of his movies. Coming in behind him is Johnny Depp, who only manages to pull in twenty cents for every dollar.
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