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Venice Festival to Honor Stephen Frears With Glory to the Filmmaker Award

Venice Festival to Honor Stephen Frears With Glory to the Filmmaker Award
The Venice Film Festival's 2017 Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award will be presented to English director Stephen Frears at a special ceremony on Sept. 3, before the world premiere of his new film Victoria & Abdul.

The director of films including Philomena, High Fidelity and Dangerous Liaisons will receive the festival’s prestigious lifetime achievement award, which honors filmmakers known for innovation in contemporary cinema. Frears has received two Oscar nominations for best director for The Grifters and The Queen.

Frears has a long relationship with Venice. In 2000 his film Liam won actress Megan Burns the Marcello Mastroianni Award. In...
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21 of the Greatest Horror Films of the 21st Century

It’s October, the scariest month of the year, making it the perfect time to celebrate the world of the horror genre. Easily one of, if not the most, longest standing genres in film history. For some reason, best described by a psychologist, we human beings just love being scared witless. There’s no better date to stick on a frightening flick than October 31st, aka Halloween, but what to watch?

With a genre whose origins can be traced back to the dawn of cinema, it’s a very tough job to whittle down to just one film. Most people tend to stick to the classics – films such as John Carpenter‘s Halloween, which is fine, but there are plenty of modern classics just waiting for your attention. Since the turn of the new millennium we’ve been inundated with clever and creepy cinema. Here are our top picks.

28 Days
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Secret Cinema ’28 Days Later’ Review

Secret Cinema 28 Days Later review: The Hollywood News runs for its life at the latest interactive cinema event in London.

In the last couple of years Secret Cinema have gone from strength to strength. 2014 saw their adventurous Back to the Future event win over fans despite some hiccups at the start. They then followed that with last year’s super impressive Star Wars summer spectacle that had fanboys weeping with joy. Now the organisation have once again ventured into new territory as they tackle their first horror event with Danny Boyle’s brilliant zombie classic, 28 Days Later. Here, Thn’s own Kat Hughes brings you her Secret Cinema 28 Days Later review.

The original 2002 film saw London ravaged by a deadly disease known simply as Rage. Our protagonist Jim awakens from a coma 28 days after the infection to a deserted and changed capital. He meets with fellow survivor Selina (Naomie Harris
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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation,
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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation,
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How Kimberly Peirce Brought 'Carrie' Back to Life

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Taking on a classic is a gutsy move, even for an award-winning filmmaker. And when director Kimberly Peirce signed on to re-imagine Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie," about a teenage girl with telekinetic powers hellbent on revenge, she knew she had some sky-high expectations to meet.

"I'd make a joke and say, 'I didn't give a f*ck,' but of course I felt pressure!" she told us recently while doing press for "Carrie." "But I think pressure is good."

All that pressure had Peirce thinking long and hard about what it would mean to sign on to a project of this scale, with its history and existing fan base. Having made just one film, 2008's "Stop-Loss," since her 1999 directorial debut, "Boys Don't Cry," it's clear, as a filmmaker, she doesn't make decisions lightly.

"I walked into this feeling a huge responsibility, much like I did with 'Boys Don't Cry
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Star Wars: Even In A Galaxy Far, Far Away Speed Dating Still Sucks

Would dating Jar Jar Binks constitute a charitable contribution deduction? That's gotta be just as good as donating a car to Make-a-Wish foundation, right? Well, whomever the single gal in this video is, she ain't having none of that. Isa says: Jar Jar Binks is going end up very lonely The Epic Conclusion to the Speed Dating Trilogy is bigger and better than its predecessors...Star Wars Style! Take a trip to the Mos Eisley Cantina and drop in on a speed dating event with some of your favorite characters. Who would you take home? Darth Vader? Luke Skywalker? Emperor Palpatine? Even Jar Jar Binks...sort of. Star Wars Speed Dating - directed and produced by Tom Grey. Written by: Tom Grey, Ben Gigli and Brett Houston. Daniel Kenji Levin is the director of photography. Wardrobe created by Manzi DeYoung and hair & makeup by Andrea Burish. Megan Burns is the
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Thoughts on... 28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later..., 2002.

Directed by Danny Boyle.

Starring Cillian Murphy, Noah Huntley, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns and Christopher Eccleston.

Synopsis:

A virus sweeps across Britain, turning the population into raging creatures. Four weeks later, a man in a coma awakes to find the country in a dire state.

Before discussing 28 Days Later... (2002) it's worth addressing an issue that has caused considerable debate - is this a zombie film? Technically, the answer would be no - these are humans who have been infected by a virus. They crucially aren't reanimated dead such as the now familiar zombies found in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) and subsequent sequels, and they're also not the voodoo-esque zombies from earlier cinematic offerings such as White Zombie (1932). The creatures in 28 Days Later... are simply diseased humans; however, they do exhibit zombie-like behaviour. Although these aren't technically zombies, the film does share some
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Far From Ordinary: A Danny Boyle Profile (Part 2)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Academy Award-winning British director Danny Boyle in the second of a two part feature... read part one here.

“I like extreme films, where you put somebody in the most extreme circumstances you can imagine and see what they can do with it,” explained Manchester-born director Danny Boyle who expanded the opening two lines of a zombie horror script into a dramatic twenty-minute sequence. “A guy wakes up in a hospital and there’s not a single person in the whole city. What a great starting point for a film.” 28 Days Later (2002) follows a small group of survivors trying to find a safe haven four weeks after a mysterious virus spreads throughout the United Kingdom. The $8 million production written by novelist Alex Garland (The Beach) stars Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Naomie Harris (Miami Vice), Christopher Eccleston (Elizabeth), Noah Huntley (Event Horizon), Brendan Gleeson (Green Zone
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