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16 Songs from the Past Century of Protest Music

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16 Songs from the Past Century of Protest Music
Using music as a tool of protest isn’t anything new. But with the current political climate, we have a sneaking suspicion that music in the U.S. is about to get ever-so-slightly more angry. Here are the most important ones from the genre’s history in America.

“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” (1915)

One of the first anti-war pop songs, this song was a hit in 1915, selling 650,000 copies. It also drew scorn from a number of people, including Theodore Roosevelt, who said, “Foolish people who applaud a song entitled ‘I Didn’t Raise My Boy
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Celebrating the movies of Keanu Reeves

Kirsten Howard Feb 17, 2017

Keanu Reeves, as much as any actor of his generation, has left a legacy to be proud of. We take a look back at his career.

Much like his character in the John Wick films, Keanu Reeves is a man with very little to lose.

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Often maligned for his lack of range as an actor, or dismissed as merely a vaguely goofy action star, every misstep that Reeves has taken throughout his career has come from an enviable ability to consistently take risks. Despite every effort to pigeonhole him, Keanu Reeves just won’t be told what he can and can’t do.

Born in Beirut to a showgirl and a geologist, Reeves is also a rabid
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Ricky Harris, Actor and Comedian, Passes Away at 54

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Ricky Harris, Actor and Comedian, Passes Away at 54
Over the past few days, the entertainment community has lost legends such as Carrie Fisher and George Michael, but fans are also mourning the loss of another talented entertainer who might not be quite as well known. Ricky Harris, a comedian and actor who may be best known for playing Malvo on the TV series Everybody Hates Chris, passed away after suffering a heart attack. While he may not have been a household name, he had a huge impact on the hip-hop community, with several prominent hip-hop artists paying their respects through social media.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the actor passed away from a heart attack through his manager, Cindy Ambers. The actor's manager also revealed to other news outlets such as the Los Angeles Times that her client had another heart attack two years ago, although no other details about his passing were given. Ricky Harris grew up in Long Beach,
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Matthew Broderick: ‘Morgan Freeman Doesn’t Sound Like God, God Sounds Like Morgan Freeman’

Matthew Broderick: ‘Morgan Freeman Doesn’t Sound Like God, God Sounds Like Morgan Freeman’
Morgan Freeman was hailed as a cinematic icon and the inspiration for President Barack Obama’s political career at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award ceremony on Monday.

The gathering, a champagne soaked affair that brought out one percenters, cinephiles, and A-list talents such as Helen Mirren and Matthew Broderick, veered briefly away from film projects and into the current political landscape.

In toasting the Oscar-winner, Robert De Niro joked that Freeman’s deft handling of an asteroid on a collision course with earth inspired the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to seek higher office.

“In 1998 he played President Beck in the movie ‘Deep Impact.’ Morgan’s movie performance was an inspiration for the young Barack Obama,” De Niro joked to the audience. “According to reports, after seeing the film Barack turned to his friends in Kenya and said I want to be president, too. If only I had a birth certificate.
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Morgan Freeman To Bear All In ‘Ted 2′

For a heavyweight actor Morgan Freeman has certainly thrown his weight behind some (shall we say) diverse projects, proving himself as unafraid of a big paycheque as he is a meaty part. For every Shawshank Redemption there’s a Hard Rain. But his next film could straddle the two stools with a confirmed involvement in Ted 2.

Writer/director Seth MacFarlane is further tottering the tower of the scatologically-inclined bear sequel by reportedly casting Freeman as “an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues”. So it looks like the Oscar winner will be satirizing his ‘worthy’ status as well as poking a couple of hornets’ nests with an especially pointy stick.

He joins Mark Wahlberg, new co-star Amanda Seyfried and Ted himself for the Universal/Mrc production that’s due to be released next June.

Source: Variety
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Ten Best: Extreme Weather Films

To celebrate the release of Into the Storm, hitting UK cinemas on the 20th August, we have put together our favourite extreme weather films.

The Perfect Storm

This film reminds us that all extreme weather is 100 times worse when experienced at sea. The Perfect Storm is about the crew of the Andrea Gail, a small sword boat that fishes for swordfish. The crew decide to ignore weather warnings and risk one last fishing expedition, after a poor season of catch. Little do the crew know, they are heading into the perfect storm, one they are unlikely to survive. Watching this film will show you how far visual effects have come since it was released in 2000. However, as it stars George Clooney, we can forget the visual effects in favour of watching his face.

The Day After Tomorrow

The Day after Tomorrow is one big lesson about global warming and a
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In From the Cold: Shane Weisfeld talks about Freezer

Trevor Hogg chats with Shane Weisfeld about The Karate Kid, perseverance, and developing a cool idea into a movie…

“I was born in 1974 so I was able to be influenced by the birth of the blockbuster, and then the birth of renting movies,” states Shane Weisfeld who watched the classics of the 1970s on VHS tapes. “I first saw The Exorcist [1973] when I was in Grade 10 and that had a strong, lasting impression on me, and to this day remains my favourite film. In my last year of high school I did a project on The Karate Kid [1984], where I first learned about the script-to-screen process and the collaboration involved in making a film. The screenwriter of The Karate Kid [Robert Mark Kamen] went on to write films like Lethal Weapon 3 [1992], The Transporter [2002], Taken [2008] and Colombiana [2011]; he is a great writer, and longevity is a precious thing in this crazy business, as
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Claustrophobic Thriller ‘Freezer’ Has A Chilling Trailer

Producers must love the single location thriller, as they most certainly come in at the lower end of the budgetary spectrum. In Freezer, the man I think should have been Batman (nothing against Affleck though), Dylan McDermott, finds himself trapped in the walk-in freezer of a restaurant after gangsters lock him in until he tells them where his money is. A simple premise that will hopefully be carried off well. Movies have always scared me with the use of walk-in freezers, but this seems to be more action and crime driven than horror. Perhaps they could have called it Panic Fridge.

This is the first cinematic feature of director Mikael Salomon, since 1998′s Hard Rain, and if you’ve seen that film then you’re probably not too excited by this. Hopefully the claustrophobic setting and performance of the ever reliable McDermott will make this one to watch.

Freezer is
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Dylan McDermott is trapped in a Freezer in Freezer

Freezer was filmed in Edmonton Alberta (shout out!) in the snowy wasteland of Canada, so I can relate to the concept of freezing slowly. It's a one-location thriller directed by Mikael Salomon of Hard Rain fame, so if you liked Buried but wished it was colder then you'll likely love Freezer.

Synopsis:

Dylan McDermott stars as Robert Saunders, a New York City mechanic who is knocked unconscious at his birthday dinner and wakes up to find himself locked inside the restaurant's walk-in freezer. But why he's there - and how he'll survive - will reveal a chilling nightmare of mistaken identity, the Russian mob, a missing $8 million, and a wounded cop (Peter Facinelli) who may hold the key it all. The temperature is dropping. The fear is growing. And for a man caught between frozen [Continued ...]
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Casting Net: Al Pacino and Brian De Palma to tell Penn State coach Joe Paterno's story. Plus: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Dylan McDermott

Casting Net: Al Pacino and Brian De Palma to tell Penn State coach Joe Paterno's story. Plus: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Dylan McDermott
• Al Pacino is reteaming with his Scarface director Brian De Palma for a biopic of the legendary rise and ignoble fall of Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno. The script will be based on the book Paterno by Joe Posnanski, but with the working title of Happy Valley. Dave McKenna (American History X, Blow) is in talks to pen the screenplay. [Deadline]

Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, and Matthew Lillard have all signed up to star in Match, an adaptation of the 2004 Tony-nominated play about a veteran dance instructor (Stewart) whose past comes back to haunt him when a couple (Gugino
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Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard Meet Their Match, Dylan McDermott Enters the Freezer

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Here are some of the latest casting additions: Patrick Stewart (X-Men), Carla Gugino (Night at the Museum) and Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo) will star in director Stephen Belber's Match, a drama centering on an eccentric Julliard grad and a young couple who wish to interview him. Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) will star in the action-thriller Freezer, directed by Mikael Salomon (Hard Rain). The picture finds McDermott's character locked in a freezer by Russian thugs who demand he return their missing money, which he has no knowledge of. Hit the jump for more on each project. Here's the synopsis for Match: Match is based on Belber’s 2004 Tony nominated Broadway play of the same title. The film centers on a reclusive, eccentric Julliard dance instructor and a former choreographer, Tobi (Stewart), who is visited by a Seattle couple, Lisa and Mike (Gugino and Lillard) under the pretense of interviewing Tobi
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Dylan McDermott Gets Locked in a Freezer

Since appearing in both Seasons One and Two of "American Horror Story," Dylan McDermott's career, especially in the horror genre, has been revitalized; and we now have the first word on what the actor will be up to next!

From the Press Release

Actor Dylan McDermott has signed on to star in Freezer, an action-thriller shooting this month in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, producers said today. Mikael Salomon is directing the film from a script by Tom Doganoglu and Shane Weisfeld.

Salomon previously collaborated with McDermott on the TV miniseries "The Grid." Lee Nelson and David Buelow are producing the movie for Envision Media.

McDermott will play Robert, an everyday guy, who finds himself "tested beyond human endurance when he awakens to find himself locked in an industrial freezer by Russian thugs," a synopsis said.

"They insist he return the $8 million he stole from them. The only problem is, Robert
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Thn’s 2013 Preview: January And February

Usually, the marketing hyping a film’s release is a lot better than the final product: whether it’s exciting stills, an awesome trailer, or a fantastic viral campaign by the time the film actually rolls up it can fall flat (Hey, Prometheus!). I’d like to think here at Thn, we take a grounded view and we’ll be able to keep you calm when it comes to film in 2013. But we can’t, have you all seen how much amazing stuff is coming out?! The next six days will hype the crap out of them all!

January

Aah, January. In most aspects, this is the downer month of the year. Christmas and New Year’s are both gone, you’re hungover and out of money, and it’s usually freezing as hell. But when it comes to film, this is the month to see those films that reeeaally want an Academy Award.
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Ways the World Might End According to the Movies

Nafissa Jeetoo gets ready for the apocalypse by looking at ways the world might end according to the movies...

December 21st 2012, the last day on the Mayan calendar. It seems the apocalypse is now. But what is an apocalypse meant to be? We live our lives in fear of death, danger and doomsday, but when D-day has allegedly arrived what are we actually meant to expect? I haven’t seen anybody from the Mayan civilisation recently, or ever, so why are we waiting for something many of us do not understand? Surely if the end of a calendar means it is the end of the world, then why have we survived so many New Year’s Eves?

As I hold my breath, ponder these unanswered questions, and look out for spaceships, giant creatures and cyborgs, it has come to my attention that I cannot provide a short list of ultimate ‘End of the World’ movies.
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Exclusive Interview: Minnie Driver talks Hunky Dory

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Yesterday I put up the interview with Hyunky Dory director Marc Evans and today we have one of the stars of the movie, Minnie Driver. You’ll know her from Hard Rain, Grosse Point Blank, Sleepers and Good Will Hunting. She’s absolutely lovely in person as you’ll see from my interview with her below. In the movie, Minnie plays Vivienne, a drama teacher at a high school in Swansea who sets about putting on a rock ‘n’ roll version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, during the hottest UK summer on record in 1976.

In the interview we find out what it was that brought her to the movie, what it was like filming in freezing conditions while pretending to be really warm and how she went about learning the Welsh accent that she pulls of brilliantly in the movie.

Hunky Dory is out tomorrow, 2d March. Go and see
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Minnie Driver: 'Oh, I'm being so naughty …'

There are few actors more honest. She was in the same league as Kate Winslet and Catherine Zeta-Jones, but fell from grace. Here, she talks about Hollywood life – the gossip, the indignities – and how, at 42, she just doesn't give a damn

In a hotel room in West Hollywood, Minnie Driver is looking at our photographer in disbelief. "You're not being serious," she says, hitching up a silk trouser leg and smacking a spangly high-heeled foot on to the table. The camera clicks a yes. "Honestly?" Click. "I can't believe you've got me doing this." But she throws her head back anyway, lets out a deep, throaty laugh and attempts a between-the- legs shot with a pool cue.

Ten minutes later she's shimmying over to the dressing room to change into jeans, a smock top and biker boots and then she leads me out the door and down the Hollywood Walk of Fame,
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'Justified': Ep Graham Yost dissects 'Harlan Roulette' in weekly postmortem

'Justified': Ep Graham Yost dissects 'Harlan Roulette' in weekly postmortem
Spoiler Alert! This week’s episode of Justified, “Harlan Roulette,” featured the welcome return of Wade Messer (James LeGros), a lot of gunplay courtesy of Dixie Mafia member Glen Fogle (Pruitt Taylor Vince), and a memorable first meeting between Raylan and Quarles. As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked exec producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers room.

Entertainment Weekly: The story Raylan told Wade about why he won’t go into someone’s house uninvited — that goes back to the pilot, when he met Dewey Crowe at Ava’s.

Graham Yost:
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Emmys: 'Justified's Graham Yost

Graham Yost has long operated under the Hollywood radar despite having written three blockbuster movies: Speed, Broken Arrow, and Hard Rain. In television, he started to generate buzz as the creator of the short-lived Boomtown and Raines; then as a writer of HBO’s prestigious Band of Brothers; and a writer, director, and executive producer of its sibling show The Pacific. Now, he is a bonafide Outstanding Drama Series contender for his latest project which he calls simply “a fun hour of television”— the new FX Western/crime drama Justified, based on a short story by the legendary Elmore Leonard. Yost talks to Deadline TV Contributor Diane Haithman: Deadline: How did this series about Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens come about? Graham Yost: I had a deal with Sony, they were looking for something for me to do, and they had optioned the Elmore Leonard story. I had been reading him for 25 years,
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'American Idol' Recap: Pia Kills, As James Weeps

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Wednesday night's "American Idol" was supposed to be all about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But leave it to Jimmy Iovine's sleepwalking producers and Nigel Lythgoe's showbiz pizzazz to make it rock softer than an Air Supply acoustic album.

That's not to say the top nine of "American Idol X: Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain" didn't give it their all and then some. This may go down as the sweatiest "Idol" episode ever. Did Idolland's air conditioning break, or is there a fire within these contestants causing them to look like James Brown on Pcp?

As an added challenge this week, producers handicapped the girls by forcing them to wear Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. collection of leopard-print diapers and silk tube-top jumpsuits. I guess they really don't want the Season 10 "Idol" to have a vagina. Paging Gloria Steinem!

Also
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Christian Slater to star in horror thriller Playback

After a hiatus from the big screen, Christian Slater is set to star in upcoming horror Playback

Poor old Christian Slater. After a promising early career as a young heartthrob in the 80s, starring in the excellent The Name Of The Rose (1986) and Heathers (1989), followed by 90s lead roles such as True Romance and John Woo's affably mad Broken Arrow, Slater's career began to stutter somewhat with the damp squib of a thriller Hard Rain and the aptly named Very Bad Things (it was even worse than the title suggested).

Having retreated into television in recent years, most notably in NBC's My Own Worst Enemy in 2008, Slater is set to return to the big screen in the independent horror thriller Playback, according to Variety, and will appear as "a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town's deepest, darkest secret."

The film is currently in its second week of shooting,
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