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Matt Damon and Russell Crowe Reportedly Helped Kill a New York Times Article About Harvey Weinstein in 2004

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Matt Damon and Russell Crowe Reportedly Helped Kill a New York Times Article About Harvey Weinstein in 2004
The New York Times article that ultimately led to Harvey Weinstein being fired wasn’t the first attempt at bringing his accusers’ stories to light. Writing in TheWrap, Sharon Waxman says that she attempted to do just that while working as a reporter for the Nyt in 2004, but her story was pulled in part due to “intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly.”

Read More:Kevin Smith on Harvey Weinstein: ‘Now I Know While I Was Profiting, Others Were in Terrible Pain’

That’s her only reference to either actor in the article. At that time Weinstein was still with Miramax, which distributed Damon’s “Good Will Hunting” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and co-produced Crowe’s “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” among many others. Waxman refers to the Times as one of Weinstein’s “enablers” in the media,
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Master and Commander’ Cinematographers Tapped for Asc Recognition

‘Titanic,’ ‘Master and Commander’ Cinematographers Tapped for Asc Recognition
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced this year’s honorees for special contributions to the art of cinematography. The outstanding achievement prizes will be presented at the 32nd annual Asc Awards on Feb. 17.

Oscar- and Asc Award-winning “Titanic” lenser Russell Carpenter will receive the organization’s lifetime achievement award. Carpenter’s recent work include’s Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

Set for the Asc’s international award is Russell Boyd. Boyd won the Oscar for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” for which he was also nominated by the Asc. A longtime collaborator of director Peter Weir, his other credits include “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” “Gallipoli,” and “The Way Back.”

Alan Caso will receive the career achievement in television award. He has been Emmy- and Asc-nominated for his work on TNT’s “Into the West” and “George Wallace,” as well as HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”

Finally,
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‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan Created Unique, Rhythmic, and Very Loud Sounds of War

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‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan Created Unique, Rhythmic, and Very Loud Sounds of War
To help convey the “visceral realism” of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” the director needed an intense soundscape for the legendary evacuation of more than 300,000 British and Allied troops under German bombardment.

In fact, Nolan needed three distinctly rhythmic soundscapes for this tick-tock, overlapping, World War II actioner that covers land, sea, and air. Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer came up with the sound of a ticking watch that plays throughout, and sound editor/sound designer Richard King provided the real-world soundscapes for mounting excitement, panic, and jeopardy.

Chris wanted a sense of velocity and everything’s happening so fast with the enemy approaching at their own speed, so there’s a time limit,” said King, Oscar winner for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Inception.”

“Rather than observing it off in the distance, Chris really wanted to make you feel how horrible that would be,
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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End
Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In
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Aussie actors, directors and technicians invited to join Oscars body

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'Lion' director Garth Davis is among the Aussie invited to join AMPAS.

Joel Edgerton, Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Rebel Wilson, Garth Davis, Cate Shortland, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Eva Orner are among more than two dozen Australians who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Tanna.s Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, writers John Collee (Tanna, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and Luke Davies (Lion), film editors Alexandre de Franceschi (Lion) and Tania Michel Nehme (Tanna), make-up artists and hairstylists Shane Thomas (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge), Rick Findlater (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), and Kerry Warn (The Great Gatsby) are also admitted into the Oscars body.

Other Aussie invitees include designer Beverley Dunn (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), sound designers Peter Grace (Hacksaw Ridge), Robert Mackenzie (Hacksaw Ridge) Guntis Sics (Kong: Skull Island) and
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ ‘The Salesman,’ ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’ & More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Age of Shadows (Kim Ji-woon)

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced that South Korea will submit the as-yet-unreleased espionage thriller The Age of Shadows for Oscar consideration instead of Cannes hits The Handmaiden and The Wailing. Premiering out of competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, writer/director Jee-woon Kim’s return to Korean-language cinema after a brief stint in Hollywood with the Schwarzenegger-starrer The Last Stand turns out to be a worthy choice that makes
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Rumble Fish,’ ‘Tampopo,’ ‘Kaili Blues,’ ‘La La Land,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Anatahan (Josef von Sternberg)

Josef von Sternberg called Anatahan his best film. Borne from more than a decade’s worth of frustration with the studio system, it was, as the last picture he completed, his stamp on his time as a director. Even then, when released in 1953, it was only released in a butchered format, and, as it often goes in such cases, was subsequently abandoned by popular consciousness. But a few times each year, cinephiles (at least
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Split,’ ‘Ali,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)

Last year marked the 15-year anniversary of Richard Kelly’s debut cult curio, Donnie Darko. While the film’s cult-status has elevated it into its own separate canon alongside other 21st-century indie-cult hits, Kelly’s two other films — the positively delirious and daring Southland Tales and the labyrinthine sci-fi period piece The Box — prove that he is a director deserving of much greater consideration. Sadly it’s been about eight years since a new
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Toni Erdmann,’ ‘Daughters of the Dust,’ Jacques Demy, and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. Cohen Media Group is proud to present the 25th anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash’s landmark film Daughters of the Dust.
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Paterson,’ ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Three,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)

Jim Jarmusch proved he was back in a major way with Only Lovers Left Alive a few years ago, and the streak continues with Paterson, a calm, introspective drama with such positive views on marriage and creativity that I was left floored. In following the cyclical life of Adam Driver‘s Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, who also has dreams of being a poet, Jarmusch superbly shows that one’s own life
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Silence,’ ‘Blow-Up,’ ’20th Century Women,’ and More

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20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Being There,’ ‘Fire at Sea,’ ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Being There (Hal Ashby)

On paper, there’s an implausibility to the central conceit of Being There that could have resulted in a four-quadrant studio comedy forgotten soon after its release. However, with Hal Ashby’s delicate touch — bringing Jerzy Kosiński and Robert C. Jones‘ adaptation to life — and Peter Sellers‘ innocent deadpan delivery, this 1979 film is a carefully observed look at how those we interact with can offer an introspective mirror into our own lives. “There’s so much left to do,
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Elle,’ ‘The Lovers on the Bridge,’ ‘Fences,’ and More

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Elle (Paul Verhoeven)

Paul Verhoeven’s latest treatise on high / low art isn’t going to appeal to everyone, and, as this awards season has shown, it’s already deeply offended some. But its messiness and blurred moral provocations are key to its power as a piece of cinematic trickery. A masterful character study, Elle dresses up a pulpy morality play with an austere European arthouse sheen, then sends its powerfully passive lead through a minefield of ethical conundrums,
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Aquaman’s Jason Momoa joins video game adaptation Just Cause from Hitman: Agent 47 producer

The video game movie train keeps rolling off the successes of Warcraft and The Angry Birds Movie (though not so much Assassin’s Creed), and it’s been announced that Adrian Askeriah’s long-gestating Just Cause adaptation has found its star.

The Wrap has revealed that Game of Thrones and Aquaman star Jason Momoa has boarded the project to play Rico Rodriguez, and it will be directed by Brad Peyton (who is also directing the Rampage adaptation starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).

See Also: Hitman: Agent 47 producer teases development of a Just Cause movie

The film is set to be produced by Adrian Askeriah, who also brought Agent 47 to the big screen with Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47. Interestingly, the film is also being produced and funded by Mason Xu and Fan Dong of DNA who are a Chinese based company. Although Duncan JonesWarcraft was a cinematic flop domestically,
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Jason Momoa to headline the Just Cause movie adaptation

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is set to lead the cast of the Just Cause film. The planned project will be based on the very popular video game series with Momoa playing the role of C.I.A. operative Rico Rodriguez.

The Wrap reports that none other than San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton will direct the film from a script by John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World).

Here’s the description of the source material:

Just Cause begins with Rico Rodriguez, an operative for an organization known as the Agency, being dropped into a Caribbean tropical island called San Esperito, after being called there by his commanding officer, Tom Sheldon, to help overthrow San Esperito’s dictator, Salvador Mendoza, whom the Agency believes to be in possession of weapons of mass destruction.

After his arrival, Rico meets up with Sheldon and fellow agent Maria Kane, and
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‘Just Cause’ Adaptation Starring Jason Momoa Announced, Brad Peyton to Direct

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‘Just Cause’ Adaptation Starring Jason Momoa Announced, Brad Peyton to Direct
Aquaman” star Jason Momoa has signed on to topline a feature film based on the popular video game “Just Cause.” “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton has been enlisted to helm the action/adventure movie, as reported by Deadline. This will mark the second project the duo has worked on together, as Peyton is the director and one of the executive producers for Momoa’s Netflix series “Frontier.”

Read More: ‘Frontier’ Trailer: Jason Momoa is a Merciless Fur Trader in Netflix’s Period Drama

Based on a screenplay by John Collee (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), the film will follow Rico Rodriguez (Momoa), an agent for an organization simply known as the Agency. However, no further details have been given about the plot of the movie.

Momoa has three films confirmed for release this year. He stars in the comedy “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” alongside Bruce Willis and Famke Janssen,
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‘Aquaman’s’ Jason Momoa to Star in ‘Just Cause’ Film Adaptation

‘Aquaman’s’ Jason Momoa to Star in ‘Just Cause’ Film Adaptation
Jason Momoa has come on board to star in the action movie “Just Cause,” based on the Square Enix video game.

San Andreas” director Brad Peyton will helm the project. Momoa also starred in Peyton’s Netflix series “Frontier” and will be seen as Aquaman in “Justice League,” as well as in his own titular spinoff for Warner Bros.

Just Cause” has been adapted by John Collee, whose credits include “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”

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Momoa will star as Rico Rodriguez, an operative for an organization known as the Agency. Other plot details are being kept under wraps.

Producers are Peyton and Jeff Fierson through their Asap Entertainment production company; Roy Lee through his Vertigo Entertainment; Adrian Askarieh through Prime Universe Films; Eva Cao through Supernova Entertainment; and Mason Xu and Fan Dong through DNA Co. Ltd.
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Aquaman’s Jason Momoa To Team With Brad Peyton For Just Cause Adaptation

Someone’s gotta figure it out eventually, right?

That’s probably what 20th Century Fox is thinking right about now in regards to their latest project, as the studio has just announced an adaptation of Square Enix’s video game, Just Cause. Despite the fact that both Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed (which also came from Fox) bombed last year, they aren’t giving up on cracking the code for how to make a good video game movie, and we sincerely hope that they’ve learned from their mistakes.

This time around, they’ve drafted in Justice League and Aquaman star Jason Momoa to lead while Brad Peyton, of San Andreas fame, will get behind the camera, working off a script from John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). While the majority of the plot is under wraps, we do know that the film will loosely adapt the source material,
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‘Aquaman’s Jason Momoa To Star, Brad Peyton To Direct ‘Just Cause’ Film Based On Popular Video Game

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‘Aquaman’s Jason Momoa To Star, Brad Peyton To Direct ‘Just Cause’ Film Based On Popular Video Game
Exclusive: A feature film based on the popular Square Enix video game Just Cause is getting closer to reality and the plans are to make a big-screen franchise from it. Jason Momoa, who stars as Aquaman in the hotly anticipated Justice League and has his own spin-off film for the character, has signed on to star and Brad Peyton has stepped in to helm the feature film from a screenplay by John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). Both Momoa and Peyton…
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‘Aquaman’s Jason Momoa To Star, Brad Peyton To Direct ‘Just Cause’ Film Based On Popular Video Game

Exclusive: A feature film based on the popular Square Enix video game Just Cause is getting closer to reality and the plans are to make a big-screen franchise from it. Jason Momoa, who stars as Aquaman in the hotly anticipated Justice League and has his own spin-off film for the character, has signed on to star and Brad Peyton has stepped in to helm the feature film from a screenplay by John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). Both Momoa and Peyton…
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