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October Horrors 2017 Day 4 – Dead Ringers (1988)

Dead Ringers, 1988.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon, and Shirley Douglas.

Synopsis:

Beverly and Elliot Mantle are a pair of identical twin brothers and gynecologists who run a highly successful fertility clinic in Toronto. After treating Claire, a famous film star, for fertility problems, the brothers begin a sexual relationship with the woman, alternating between each other, with her unaware of their misleading behaviour. As the relationship with Claire turns sour, the brothers soon fall into a dangerous spiral of addiction and madness that threatens to destroy their careers and their lives.

After a few gory action-packed entries, I think it’s time we slow things a bit and take look at some horror that’s a bit less literal and bit more psychological in nature.

To do that we head to Canada to look at a film from the master of
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Tiff Review: ‘The Wife’ Provides Glenn Close with One of Her Finest Performances

Playing Joan, the wife of a newly-announced Nobel Prize-winning novelist Joseph (Jonathan Pryce) whose career she has supported while setting her own ambitions aside, Glenn Close gives one of her finest performances in Björn Runge’s latest feature. The actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in the affecting drama, aptly titled The Wife.

Runge’s film opens as the couple first receive news that Joseph has won the prize. They jump up and down on the bed like giddy children as he chants “I won the Nobel Prize.” As the significance sinks in and the full implications bear down, Joan abruptly stops celebrating and leaves the room. Things don’t get any better once they arrive in Sweden in preparation for Stockholm ceremony. Joan is clearly deeply annoyed by something and we can only guess what.

As more and more troubling details gradually spill forth, we learn
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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do
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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do
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Forget me not by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marthe Keller stars in Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia

Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia, starring Marthe Keller and Max Riemelt with Bruno Ganz, Corinna Kirchhoff, Fermí Reixach, Marie Leuenberger, and Joel Basman is a supremely personal chamber piece by the filmmaker who brought us Hollywood films such as Reversal Of Fortune (which won Jeremy Irons an Oscar), Barfly (Faye Dunaway, Mickey Rourke) or Single White Female (Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh), who worked with Jacques Rivette and Jean-Luc Godard and directed an episode of Mad Men.

Barbet Schroeder with Anne-Katrin Titze on Nelly Quettier: "She's a great editor." Photo: Steven Beeman

In New York before the opening, Barbet spoke with me about his editing on a "huge white wall" with Nelly Quettier (Terror's Advocate, Claire Denis' Beau Travail, Ursula Meier's Home, Léos Carax's Holy Motors), a Nanni Moretti-like Mia Madre idea, Walter Benjamin and Raoul Hausmann, the mood of Georgia O'Keeffe's house,
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Beefcake and Linksnacks

Today's Must Read

"Male Stars Are Too Buff Now," a great funny true read from E Alex Jung about Zac Efron in Baywatch and other visually alarming superhuman specimens. 

Linkage

Daily Actor Corey Hawkins on the Juilliard audition he almost failed

Charlene's (Mostly) Classic Movies a "Medicine in the Movies" Blogathon - articles on Contagion, Night Nurse, Reversal of Fortune, The Fountain, and many more

Cartoon Brew Nigeria hopes to train 'an army of animation professionals' with the market for thoe films exploding

The Guardian Guy Lodge's latest DVD column on Toni Erdmann, The Salesman and more

Variety more 'sequels we don't need!' news. Boss Baby is getting one for 2021. Sigh. I actually thought that movie was unexpectedly good but most movies don't actually need sequels. Stop trying to make movies into big TV shows with multiple episodes! TV is great but Movies are not TV!

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Barbet Schroeder On His Trilogy Of Evil & Being “Profoundly Scared” In Trump Era – Cannes Studio

Barbet Schroeder On His Trilogy Of Evil & Being “Profoundly Scared” In Trump Era – Cannes Studio
Oscar-nominated Reversal Of Fortune director Barbet Schroeder has sort of completed his “Trilogy of Evil” documentary series with The Venerable W. The Official Selection title here in Cannes is a look at Burma’s Venerable Wirathu, a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk whose Islamophobia and hate speech have led to violence and destruction. But Schroeder, whose narrative films include Single White Female, Kiss Of Death, Murder By Numbers and Barfly, says he’s…
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Investigation Discovery Orders ‘The Von Bulow Affair’ Scripted True Crime Series From Ucp

Investigation Discovery is headed deep into scripted territory. The Discovery-owned network has ordered six-part true crime drama “The Von Bulow Affair” from Universal Cable Productions for a 2018 run on ID.

“Von Bulow” is among a whopping 660 hours of original programming that ID has on tap for the 2017-18 frame. The channel that has been the biggest success story in the Discovery family of the past seven years will also offer up its first scripted telepics and a range of docu series.

The channel that thrives on a diet of murder and mayhem has partnered with mystery writer James Patterson on an unusual initiative that will see Patterson write non-fiction books about murder cases covered in ID programming. ID will then turn those books into scripted productions. Patterson’s partnership with ID also includes the “Murder is Forever” true-crime series that debuts later this year.

The movies on deck are “Dating Game Killer,” the
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Assassin's Creed Movie Arrives In March On Digital/Blu-Ray/DVD

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This March, you can experience the cinematic adaptation of Assassin's Creed from the comfort of your own home, when it comes out on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD! Come inside for more information!

If you missed seeing Assassin's Creed in theaters or just enjoyed the movie so much you had to own it, Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing the movie based on the video game this March, with a ton of added features!

The movie will release in two installments,

March 10 - Digital HD March 21 - Blu-Ray, DVD, and Ultra 4K Blu-Ray

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Enter the Animus and dive deeper into the action when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases Assassin’s Creed on Digital HD on March 10 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, 3D Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 21. Ubisoft®’s blockbuster video game franchise is brought to life in this new powerful storyline, along with
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Could This Be The End Of Hollywood’s Pay Imbalance?

This week, Neil Calloway looks at the inequality in what men and women get paid for movies…

There has been much made recently of the disparity in pay between men and women across all industries, and a story this week brought the issue in Hollywood into sharp relief when Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid only a third of the salary her co-star, Ashton Kutcher received for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached.

Portman isn’t the first big name female star to make her feelings known about the imbalance in Hollywood pay; with the 2014 Sony hack exposing the pay gap between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars in American Hustle. I don’t know about you, but for me paying Jeremy Renner more for that film than Lawrence is nothing short of bizarre; the memorable moments of that movie all belong to her.

There’s a free market
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How the World Became Obsessed with a Socialite’s Mysterious Coma — and Her Suspect Husband Won His Innocence

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How the World Became Obsessed with a Socialite’s Mysterious Coma — and Her Suspect Husband Won His Innocence
In the annals of drama among the rich, high-society set, few scandals top the allegation that Claus von Bulow tried to murder his heiress wife, Sunny, exactly 36 years ago, with a fatal injection of insulin as she slept.

Sunny von Bulow was found unconscious on the floor of her bathroom at their seaside mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, on Dec. 21, 1980. Nearly 28 years later, at age 76, she died in a nursing home on New York City’s Upper East Side on Dec. 6, 2008, having never emerged from an irreversible coma.

In between, Claus, a dashing, philandering, finely-tailored Danish aristocrat, engaged in a
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Jeremy Irons Live Q&A: Oscar Contender ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ And His Esteemed Career — Watch

Jeremy Irons Live Q&A: Oscar Contender ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ And His Esteemed Career — Watch
Jeremy Irons is no stranger to awards season. Over his near five decades in the business, the actor has earned three Emmys, two Golden Globes and an Oscar for Best Actor (“Reversal of Fortune”), and producer Edward R. Pressman is putting him back in the race for gold this year with his supporting turn in “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” The indie drama was released earlier this spring, and just last month The Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation confirmed the launch of an awards campaign for Irons, who plays mathematics professor G.H. Hardy and mentor to genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (played by Dev Patel).

Read More: Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Cronenberg, Lynch, and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career

Irons’ Oscar campaign comes at one of the busiest moments in his career. This December, he’ll join Michael Fassbender and “Macbeth” director Justin Kurzel in the video game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,
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Gaming the Oscars: How Actors Hedge their Bets When They Submit as Lead or Supporting

Gaming the Oscars: How Actors Hedge their Bets When They Submit as Lead or Supporting
Acting careers begin with the endless judgments of auditions, the “we’ll be in touch,” the doubt of wondering if it will all work out. But for an Oscar-buzzed actor, all that anxiety fades away, and is replaced by three words: Lead or Supporting?

For talent, picking the right Academy category can make or break whether you win, or even get nominated. There’s also the delicate matter of which movie to campaign for if you’re lucky enough to have more than one.

Agents, managers, distributors, and Oscar campaign strategists lobby and advise the talent on which way to go, but the decision lies with the one who, should they be so lucky, has to show up at the endless public appearances that will follow.

Ego’s a major player here. George Clooney now has four Leading Actor nominations, but his only Oscar came when he swallowed his pride
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Gaming the Oscars: How Actors Hedge their Bets When They Submit as Lead or Supporting

Gaming the Oscars: How Actors Hedge their Bets When They Submit as Lead or Supporting
Acting careers begin with the endless judgments of auditions, the “we’ll be in touch,” the doubt of wondering if it will all work out. But for an Oscar-buzzed actor, all that anxiety fades away, and is replaced by three words: Lead or Supporting?

For talent, picking the right Academy category can make or break whether you win, or even get nominated. There’s also the delicate matter of which movie to campaign for if you’re lucky enough to have more than one.

Agents, managers, distributors, and Oscar campaign strategists lobby and advise the talent on which way to go, but the decision lies with the one who, should they be so lucky, has to show up at the endless public appearances that will follow.

Ego’s a major player here. George Clooney now has four Leading Actor nominations, but his only Oscar came when he swallowed his pride
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Glenn Close is "The Wife"

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Close at the Tonys in June

Glenn Close is not going to be ignored. Anymore. Six years after Albert Nobbs she has signed on for a new part. It’s not a supporting authority figure (Guardians of the Galaxy) or an uncredited cameo (Warcraft) -she’s playing the title character! The film is The Wife in which Close will play Joan, a woman who gave up her own literary ambitions to support her successful novelist husband. On the eve of him receiving the Nobel Prize for literature she has a crisis of faith in him and in their marriage and starts re-examining her choices.

The film was first announced last February but it seems that whatever kinks they had then, have been smoothed out and shooting stars in a couple of weeks. The film is helmed by Swedish director Björn Runge and adapted by Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge) from Meg Wolitzer’s novel.
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Oscars: Edward R. Pressman Launching Major Awards Campaign For Jeremy Irons In ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

Oscars: Edward R. Pressman Launching Major Awards Campaign For Jeremy Irons In ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’
Exclusive: Throw the name Jeremy Irons into the Best Supporting Actor Oscar race, that is if producer Ed Pressman has his way. Pressman, who produced 1990’s Reversal Of Fortune (among many others), the movie that won Irons the Best Actor Oscar, is trying for a reversal of fortune for his earlier April release, The Man Who Knew Infinity, which earned a decent $4 million domestically when it was distributed by IFC Films, but came out in a period that is not exactly friendly…
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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career

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Jeremy Irons Tells BAFTA Audience About Streep, De Niro and The ‘Creepy’ Characters of His Illustrious Career
Jeremy Irons is in many respects the quintessential English film actor. That’s not simply because of the honeyed diction and innate elegance, but the versatility that has enabled him to travel with ease between romantic leading man, edgy character actor and sinister villain, towards an Indian summer of ever-dependable supporting player.

Read More: Jeremy Irons Knocks ‘Batman v Superman’: It’s ‘Overstuffed’ & ‘Very Muddled’

Think James Mason. In fact, Irons and Mason even have a role in common – the riskiest of roles, Nabokov’s infamous pedophile Humbert Humbert, Mason most famously in Kubrick’s “Lolita” of 1962, Irons for Adrian Lyne in 1997. It’s difficult to imagine many Americans jumping at a character who came second in Time’s “Top 10 Worst Fictional Fathers,” or possessing the nuance necessary to make us almost like the man.

Again like many Brits, Irons is classically trained (at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,
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‘American Crime’ Composer Mark Isham On Writing His Score For Show’s Second Season – Awardsline

Exclusive: Mark Isham has been scoring film and television since the 1980s, ringing of a stack of interesting credits that includes Reversal of Fortune, Point Break, From the Earth to the Moon, Crash, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, among many others. His haunting score for the second season of ABC’s John Ridley-created drama American Crime is one of the season’s big stand outs, a continuation of the chamber-music style he brought to season one with hints of…
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Alexander the Great and Judy the Greatest

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

323 BC Alexander the Great dies of an unknown illness. Colin Farrell plays him in a movie centuries and centuries later and it's suggested that it's a combo of Typhus, Bad Wigs, and Loving Jared Leto that does him in. Who could survive that combo? (Remember when Baz Luhrmann was going to make an Alexander movie, too, but Oliver Stone beat him to it? We wish it had been the other way around.)

38 Ad Julia Drusilla dies in Rome. In the infamous Bob Guccione movie Caligula (1979) her brother Caligula (Malcom McDowell) is shown licking her corpse. Somehow that's not remotely the most perverted thing in the movie!

1692 Bridget Bishop is executed for "Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." She's the first victim of the notorious Salem Witch Trials that will claim many lives and inspire many works of art including The
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