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Rome Film Review: ‘Valley of Shadows’

A pallid boy, a dark forest and an indefinable sense of dread powerfully conjure up the primal fears of childhood in Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s superbly assured feature debut “Valley of Shadows.” Shot in 35mm by the director’s brother Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen using achingly beautiful images that feel as if they’re recalling some forgotten legend of Norse mythology (with a touch of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are”), the film isolates this eerily fair-skinned child in a shadowy landscape of inchoate menace, accompanied by Zbigniew Preisner’s richly realized orchestral score. Post-Toronto exposure doesn’t seem to be as widespread as it deserves, though further festival play might entice buyers willing to take a chance on a haunting sleeper.

While the imagery is influenced by a wide range of artists from Gustave Doré to Norwegian landscape painter Lars Hertervig, “Valley” is completely modern in design even as its concept remains timeless. The location
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Steven Spielberg Is More Than His Brand

Henry Bevan on Steven Spielberg

Is this the face of the most underrated director of the twenty-first century?

It’s odd to use the word “underrated” in regards to Hollywood’s most successful director. He is the man who did change the face of popular culture with a shark, an archeologist and a dinosaur. His latest film, The Post, appears on countless ‘Oscar 2018 prediction’ listicles before a single frame was seen, and the recent trailer has only amplified anticipation.

Yet, Spielberg’s filmography has always had a “but” attached to it. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is great, but too sentimental. Jurassic Park is a ground-breaking technical achievement, but its characters lack depth. The Color Purple is a touching film, but it isn’t raw enough. His commercial tendencies and success has seemingly made him miss out on the critical fawning afforded to his movie brat buddies Martin Scorsese or Brian de Palma.
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Blu-ray Review – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 1984.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos,and Shia Labeouf.

Synopsis:

GKids has secured the new home video distributor contract for Studio Ghibli films, and they’ve released a big batch of them on Blu-ray, with more bonus features than what was found on the earlier Blu discs. This review covers Nausicaä’ of the Valley of the Wind, which was Hayao Miyazaki’s first movie, although it predated the creation of Studio Ghibli.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is famed Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s debut movie, which is an adaptation of his manga of the same name. It was released prior to Miyazaki’s founding of Studio Ghibli, but it’s now part of the company’s stable of films, so it fell under the deal
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Afm Facetime: Christopher Lemole, ‘Mudbound’ Producer at Armory Films

Afm Facetime: Christopher Lemole, ‘Mudbound’ Producer at Armory Films
Christopher Lemole, who began his career at UTA, founded Armory Films in 2013 with partner Tim Zajaros. Since then, the Los Angeles-based film finance and production company, which creates, develops, produces and finances high concept and commercially viable content, has amassed an impressive slate of feature films spanning numerous genres and styles, including the 2013 cult classic “Zombeavers” and “Cabin Fever: Reboot,” which they produced with Cassian Elwes and Eli Roth. Armory Films’ current slate includes Dee Rees’ new feature “Mudbound,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Netflix will release it Nov. 17.

Mudbound” is making a lot of noise right now. What was the appeal of it for you?

For me, it’s just one of those rare films that is a very powerful and emotional story, but that also has a lot of lessons that you can take away from it. It speaks to a lot of issues, including race, class, women’s issues,
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‘Borg McEnroe,’ Starring Shia Labeouf, Triumphs at Rome Film Festival

‘Borg McEnroe,’ Starring Shia Labeouf, Triumphs at Rome Film Festival
Rome — Danish director Janus Metz Pedersen’s “Borg McEnroe,” the story of one of the great tennis rivalries of all time, is the winner of the Bnl People’s Choice at the Rome Film Festival which wrapped its twelfth edition on a positive note with ticket sales up 13%.

The sports history dramatisation toplining Sweden’s Sverrir Gudnasson and Shia Labeouf in the title roles — which was the Toronto Film Festival opener in September — is among many crowdpleasers and upcoming awards-season hopefuls that screened during the non-competitive Eternal City event. Pic will open in Italy on Nov. 9 via distributor Lucky Red.

Austrian director Adrian Goiginger’s first feature “The Best of All Worlds,” about a heroin addict contending with motherhood, won the top prize in the fest’s independently-run Alice in the City section for younger audiences.

On Saturday David Lynch held one of many high-caliber onstage conversations that have become a trademark of the big city fest
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Rome Film Fest: 'Borg vs. McEnroe' Wins People’s Choice Award

The Rome Film Festival has just one award, and this year Danish film director Janus Metz Pedersen took home the prize, the Bnl's People's Choice Award, for his new film Borg vs. McEnroe.

The pic tells the story of the famous 1980s rivalry between tennis greats John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf) and Bjorn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason). It had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the opening-night film. Borg vs. McEnroe is set to open Thursday in Italy via distributor Lucky Red.

The Rome Film Fest closed on another high note this year under the leadership...
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Et Obsessions: ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘The Last Match’ Off-Broadway and More!

Et Obsessions: ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’  ‘The Last Match’ Off-Broadway and More!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and here’s what we’re most excited about this week:

Why We’re Obsessed With ‘The Last Match’

Tennis is having a good year off the court with the Oscar-worthy Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, and Shia Labeouf earning rave reviews for his portrayal of John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe, which opened the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Continuing the winning streak is Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Starring Wilson Bethel as Tim and Alex Mickiewicz as Sergei, rivals facing off in the semifinals at the U.S. Open, the play gets into the psyche of two players who stand to gain as much as they could potentially lose. But it’s not just for tennis fans -- Ziegler’s riveting story brings the drama and action of Arthur Ashe Stadium to the stage in
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First Weinstein Co. Movie Released Post-Scandal Made Just $742

  • TMZ
It would appear that Harvey Weinstein's woes might've started to affect his business -- the 1st Weinstein Co. movie released since his scandal made less than $1,000 in theaters. TWC's "Amityville: The Awakening" -- which stars Bella Thorne -- reportedly grossed a meager $742 Saturday after being released in just 10 locations ... 2 weeks after streaming on Google Play for free. The movie was shot a while ago, with the first trailer dropping in 2015 -- but its release
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Shia Labeouf Gets Sent to Anger Management After Racist Run-In with Cops

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Shia Labeouf Gets Sent to Anger Management After Racist Run-In with Cops
Back in July, actor Shia Labeouf was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in public in Savannah, Georgia. Labeouf has now just reached a plea agreement stemming from the arrest in Georgia, agreeing to undergo anger management counseling, as well as 30 days of mandatory drug counseling. The actor was arrested after getting angry in front of a restaurant and using foul language in front of families while drunk. A police officer walked up and asked him to leave the scene, but Shia Labeouf decided to get aggressive with the officer instead.

When the cop tried to arrest him, Labeouf got the wise idea to finally flee the scene, after the cop had asked him to leave several times, but apparently the damage had already been done. The actor took off in a sprint to a nearby hotel where he was arrested in the lobby while he continued to be "unruly" and shouting about paying taxes.
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Shia Labeouf Sentenced to Anger Management Over Racist Run-In With Police

  • The Wrap
Shia Labeouf Sentenced to Anger Management Over Racist Run-In With Police
Oft-troubled actor Shia Labeouf has reached a plea agreement stemming from his arrest in Georgia earlier this year, agreeing to undergo anger management counseling, as well as 30 days of mandatory drug counseling. The actor was also placed on 12 months’ probation on Thursday, and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and to perform 100 hours of community service, a representative of the Chatham County, Georgia, district attorney’s office told TheWrap. Labeouf must also write a letter of apology to the police. Also Read: Shia Labeouf Apologizes After Racist Arrest Video Released: 'I Am Deeply Ashamed' Ultimately Labeouf pleaded guilty to.
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Shia Labeouf Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Charge of Public Drunkenness

Shia Labeouf Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Charge of Public Drunkenness
Shia Labeouf has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of public drunkenness. As you may recall, the actor was arrested in July on suspicion of public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction in Savannah, Georgia, after he reportedly became irate when he was refused a cigarette by a bystander and a police officer at a City Market. The 31-year-old actor appeared in the Chatham County court today in relation to the arrest, according to The Chicago Tribune. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor public drunkenness charge, which kept him from having to serve any jail time.  As for the other charges, Labeouf pleaded guilty to obstruction and nolo contendere to disorderly conduct, meaning he did...
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Shia Labeouf Found Guilty of Obstruction in Georgia Court

Shia Labeouf Found Guilty of Obstruction in Georgia Court
Shia Labeouf is trying to put his Georgia arrest behind him.

The 31-year-old actor appeared in a Savannah, Georgia, court on Thursday morning to face a judge for his arrest on three charges back in July.

Labeouf was found guilty of obstruction, a spokesperson for the Recorder’s Court of Savannah tells Et. While he got credit for time served, he was placed on 12 months of probation and ordered to attend anger management counseling and complete a drug and alcohol evaluation within 30 days.

Related: Shia Labeouf Speaks Out After Arrest: 'I Am Deeply Ashamed of My Behavior'

As for the other two charges, Labeouf was found not guilty of public drunkenness and pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct, for which he'll pay a $1,000 fine.

The Transformers star was arrested on July 8 at 4 a.m Et. In video obtained by Et, Labeouf swore at his arresting officers.

Shortly after his arrest, he released a statement
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Shia Labeouf Takes Plea Deal In Public Intoxication Case

  • ET Canada
Shia Labeouf has pleaded guilty in a case of public intoxication for an incident in which he went on a racist tirade. Related: Shia Labeouf Arrested For Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness Gossip Cop reports that as part of the plea agreement, Labeouf will spend one day in jail, and must undergo anger management, one year of probation, as well […]
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Shia Labeouf Cops Plea Deal in Drunken Savannah Arrest

  • TMZ
Shia Labeouf entered a guilty plea for his public intoxication arrest -- the one where he went off on a racist rant -- and the judge is sending him to anger management. Shia entered the Savannah, Ga courtroom Thursday morning, and didn't get any special celeb treatment -- he waited in the back of the court until his case was called. Once it was, Shia addressed the judge and pled guilty to obstruction and no contest to disorderly conduct.
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Interview: Christopher Landon Reflects on Disturbia & Discusses Why We Need PG-13 Horror

  • DailyDead
Earlier this year, D.J. Caruso’s Disturbia turned 10 years old, and since I was already chatting with him for Happy Death Day, I could not resist chatting with Christopher Landon about the project, which became a turning point in his career as a then up-and-coming screenwriter with huge aspirations.

He discussed how Martha Stewart was the inspiration behind Disturbia, as well as how he channeled his own personal grief into the script. Landon also gave his thoughts on why we always need good PG-13 horror films (and that’s a sentiment this writer is very much in agreement with).

One movie that I feel deserves a little more love is Disturbia, and it turned ten years old earlier this year. I really enjoyed it, and I know it's cool to hate on Shia Labeouf now and everything, but I loved him in it. And he has this great relationship with Carrie-Anne Moss,
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Elijah Wood would like to star in the Y: The Last Man adaptation

  • JoBlo
Throughout the past decade, many have tried to bring comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra's epic Y: The Last Man series to screen. Back in 2009, New Line Cinema had plans to adapt the sci-fi story for the silver screen with DJ Caruso set to direct and Shia Labeouf attached to star (Oh my God, no. Just no). When that plan fell through, and rights to the... Read More...
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The Best Performances in Bad Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Performances in Bad Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best performance in an otherwise bad movie?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

There’s a Cult of Val (Kilmer, obviously) that I proudly belong to. Mainly it revolves around movies like “Real Genius,” “Top Secret!” and “Heat,” all excellent movies that don’t fit the parameters of this question. But you really don’t know Val until you’ve made your peace with Oliver Stone’s beyond-awful “The Doors.” The apocryphal anecdotes around Kilmer’s deep dive into Jim Morrison are insane: insisting that no one look him in the eye on set, wearing the same leather pants for months,
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Borg vs McEnroe review – a five-set thriller of a film

Sverrir Gudnason is superb as the ice-cool Swede struggling to contain a cauldron of emotion – and Shia Labeouf’s not bad either as his voluble opponent

A tale of sporting rivalry is given a brooding, introspective Scandinavian twist by Janus Metz, hitherto best known for his award-winning documentary Armadillo. Stoic, seemingly unflappable Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and volatile, temperamental brat John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf) competed for the Wimbledon title in 1980. On paper, it was a clash of opposites. But in fact, this film argues that the two men had more in common than anyone suspected at the time. Ice-man Borg, the main focus of this film, was in fact a volcano; his obsession with detail, his superstitions, were all part of the meticulous control mechanism he constructed to prevent the eruptions of anger that so tarnished McEnroe’s early reputation.

Whether or not you know the outcome, this is a cracking watch.
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Shia Labeouf Says It's Fair Game to Call L.A. Bartender a Racist

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_37lgp4id"]] Shia Labeouf has a pretty simple response to the L.A. bartender who sued him after Shia called him a "f**king racist bitch" -- tough noogies, dude. According to docs filed by Shia, and obtained by TMZ ... his defense in the slander lawsuit is that name-calling might be "obnoxious and vulgar, but it's not defamatory." The whole thing started with a bizarre scene in April ... when Shia went off on the bartender in Jerry's Famous Deli.
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Shia Labeouf Says Calling Bartender "Racist" Was Protected Speech

Shia Labeouf Says Calling Bartender
Shia Labeouf's lawyer is asking a California judge to throw out an assault and defamation lawsuit filed by a bartender who says the actor called him a "fucking racist" after he refused to serve him more alcohol.

Labeouf's attorney, Brian G. Wolf, argues David Bernstein can't sue his client because the allegations arise out of his exercise of protected free speech.

The complaint is "not only completely frivolous in nature, but also provides a compelling example of the type of claims which California's anti-slapp statute was enacted to prevent," writes Wolf in Wednesday's filing. Bernstein, he argues, seeks...
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