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BAFTA Favors Heavyweights Over Low-Budget Indies

BAFTA Favors Heavyweights Over Low-Budget Indies
It’s been 17 years since the BAFTA awards crucially shifted their place in the awards calendar. For decades, they’d taken place in the springtime, as a kind of quirky afterthought to the glossier Academy Awards, their voting only occasionally accounting for the trends set by other awards bodies: it was a time when films like “Jean de Florette” and “The Commitments” could emerge victorious in the top races, after sitting out the Oscars entirely.

In 2001, however, they moved back to February, preceding Oscar night by several weeks, and the game soon changed entirely: the BAFTAs joined the ever-expanding ranks of Oscar precursors, eventually changing even their branch-led voting system to align more with AMPAS rules. Their choices, in the process, have grown less singular too: In the last decade, 70% of BAFTA’s choices in the film, direction and acting categories have gone on to win the Oscar. Differences in collective taste may still emerge — the British
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Bingo In The Movies & On TV

There was a time when the game of bingo was something that our older relatives would have take part in. The gaming venue would have been an extraordinarily large hall, smoke everywhere in a location somewhere in a town centre in England. Said room would have been scattered with fruit machines and there would have been subsidised drinks available at a bar next to the toilets, the furniture looking like it had seen better days.

Well, times have changed and in recent years the rise of online bingo sites have dominated the gambling community online. These days you’re more likely to find a top Hollywood star advertising one of these huge web brands – Boogie Nights and The Hangover star Heather Graham just one name that springs to mind in recent times – and everyone is getting involved in the game.

The game of bingo, which was actually invented in Italy back in the 1500s,
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Peter Jackson’s ‘Braindead’ Named As The Most Violent Film Of All Time

Peter Jackson’s 1990s low-budget movie Braindead has been named the most violent movie of all time in a new poll by British film magazine Total Film. The horror movie beat off the likes of Irreversible, Salo, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Oldboy, Antichrist, Natural Born Killers, Cannibal Holocaust and Hostel 2 to top the poll.

The film, released Stateside as Dead Alive, revolves around overprotective mother Vera Cosgrove (Elizabeth Moody), who is spying on her grown son, Lionel (Timothy Balme), as he visits the zoo with the lovely Paquita (Diana Peñalver). There, he is accidentally bitten by the fearsome Sumatran rat-monkey. When the bite turns his beloved mother into a zombie, Lionel tries to keep her locked safely in the basement, but her repeated escapes turn most of the neighbors into the walking dead, who then crash a high-society party thrown by Lionel’s boorish Uncle Les (Ian Watkin
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Ivan Drago’s Son Has Been Cast In ‘Creed II’

Ivan Drago’s son has reportedly been cast in the sequel to 2015’s Creed. Romanian boxer Florian ‘Big Nasty’ Munteanu will assume the role in the film, which is set to start shooting very soon for a release later in the year.

The news comes via the Tracking Board, who also reports that Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are set to reprise their roles as Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago. The two last met on-screen as the characters in Rocky IV, but the two actors have teamed up for The Expendables movies in more recent years.

Michael B. Jordan will reprise the title role as Adonis Creed in the sequel, which has already secured a release date Stateside on 21st November 2018. Steven Caple Jr. (The Land) is directing this time around.

Creed made a whopping $173 million around the world and even bagged Stallone an Oscar nomination. It was released in
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Here’s The Latest Trailer For Gerard Butler-Led Actioner ‘Den Of Thieves’

Stx Entertainment has released the latest trailer for Den Of Thieves, the upcoming action film led by Gerard Butler.

The film is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the La County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.

Den Of Thieves also stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (War Dogs, Spy), Pablo Schreiber (13 Hours, The Manchurian Candidate), O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West, Gangster Squad, 8 Mile), Cooper Anderson (I Hate My Neighbor!), Maurice Compte (A Walk Among Tombstones, End of Watch), Kaiwai Lyman-Mersereau (American Violence, Westworld), Mo McRae (Wild, Thirteen), Meadow Williams (Apollo 13) and Brian Van Holt (Wild, S.W.A.T.).

The movie will
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New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Magazine Covers & Images Land Online

Entertainment Weekly has debuted four new magazine covers and nine new still images from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the upcoming sequel which will land in cinemas in just under a month’s time. The coverage is timed for the magazine’s latest issue, which lands on newsstands this week. Take a look at the new covers below.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Related: Watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi behind the scenes look

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

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Stan Lee’s Thor: Ragnarok Cameo Revealed

Another Marvel movie, another Stan Lee cameo to uncover.

For the third time this year, the comic book legend has been shoehorned into an McU blockbuster, and with Thor: Ragnarok now playing in select territories, we’ve uncovered some new intel regarding Stan Lee’s latest fourth-wall-busting appearance. And it’s a doozy.

Our own Christian Bone managed to catch a screening of Thor: Ragnarok in the UK, where Taika Waititi’s critically-adorned tentpole will officially release tomorrow, October 27th – seven whole days before its arrival in North America. And so, after pinpointing a top-secret Avengers cameo, here’s the lowdown on Stan Lee’s Ragnarok role, which we’ve included after the jump in case you’re staying clear of spoilers.

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Check Out The Brand New Trailer & Poster For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

The new trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been released by Lucasfilm overnight. The new promo aired during the NFL Monday Night Football game Stateside, and immediately popped up online on official channels early on Tuesday.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers. The
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Wolfen (1981)

1981 was the Year of the Werewolf in horror; An American Werewolf in London and The Howling were easily the leaders of this particular pack, with Larry Cohen’s comedy Full Moon High offering up another unique monster spin. There was one other film that put its own twist on lycanthropy, and that’s Michael Wadleigh’s Wolfen, laden with social commentary writ large in place of silver bullets and gypsy fortune tellers. And it’s all the better for it.

Released Stateside in July by Orion Pictures, Wolfen (based on the novel by Whitley Strieber) only returned $10 million on its $17 million budget; critics however were very kind, unlike audiences who probably were expecting more traditional tropes for a trip to the movies. This is not that film; a measured pace and a heightened sense of intent set it apart from the others. (Plus the antagonists are shape shifting wolves, but
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Watch the new American Assassin trailer, starring Dylan O’Brien

CBS Films and Lionsgate have debuted the brand new American Assassin trailer, the upcoming action film starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Taylor Kitsch. The film arrives in cinemas later this year.

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American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

Related: New character posters land for upcoming thriller American Assassin
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First look at Terence Malick’s next, which just got a new title

Song To Song photo/ Here’s your first look at one of the most anticipated films of 2017, which is directed by Terence Malick.

Check out the Song To Song photo below.

The internet has provided us with a brand new look at Terence Malick‘s next film. Said film is now titled Song To Song and features the talents of Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Michael Shannon.

The film was previously referred to as Weightless, and is due to arrive in cinemas later in the year. Here’s the plot…

In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and Bv (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

You can see the very first Song To Song photo
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Guilt: What's Your Verdict on Freeform's Sordid Mystery Drama?

Guilt: What's Your Verdict on Freeform's Sordid Mystery Drama?
If you ever found yourself watching Gossip Girl and thinking, “This show needs more murder,” or “I wish Chuck’s burlesque club was a deviant sex club,” then Freeform’s new mystery series Guilt is for you.

RelatedGuilt Ep Previews Freeform Drama’s ‘Racy,’ Amanda Knox-Like Mystery

The premiere this week launches with the grisly killing of Molly, a free-spirited Irish student in London. There are secrets galore (Molly was pregnant when she died! Someone was stalking her!) and so many shady suspects (Rupert Giles?!) that a flowchart might be helpful. Alas, my breakdown of the key players in
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Johnny Depp Recalls Finding Jack Sparrow in the Sauna and Torturing Leonardo DiCaprio

Johnny Depp Recalls Finding Jack Sparrow in the Sauna and Torturing Leonardo DiCaprio
Santa Barbara, Calif. — It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” star never does this kind of thing, a two-hour sit-down chat about his career with plenty of fireside-like anecdotes and even a streak of dead-on impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Donald Trump.

“I’m scared to death,” Depp said at the start of the discussion, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin, after whom the festival’s highest honor was named last year.

Maltin began by noting that few would have expected the star of television’s “21 Jump Street” to one day immerse himself in the role of ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. “That’s a journey,” Maltin said of such an unlikely trajectory.
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Major Lazer Head to Cuba for History and Free Concert

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Major Lazer Head to Cuba for History and Free Concert
Major Lazer will be one of the first major Stateside groups to perform in Cuba since diplomatic ties have resumed, according to reports. Diplo's three-piece electronic act is set to participate in a free show March 6 in Havana, at Tribuna José Martí, in front of the U.S. Embassy. "For as long as I can remember, Cuba has played an influential role on my love of music — Cuba has such a powerful cultural impact all over the world and for me, especially growing up in Florida, it became one of the biggest cultural centers for music to evolve from," Diplo said in a statement released to the media. "I was lucky enough to visit Cuba a few years back ... and to be a part of the culture once again is a huge blessing and I couldn’t be more honored to bring the Major Lazer project there." The Lazer
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Someone took out a full page trade ad to pitch a Die Hard sequel

Die Hard 6 story idea pitched by fan in ad in Hollywood trade paper. Die Hard 6 story idea pitched by fan to trade paper.

We can’t help but feel a little disappointed at the last two Die Hard sequels. While Die Hard 4.0, or Live Free Or Die Hard if you’re Stateside, wasn’t that bad, the fifth movie, A Good Day To Die Hard certainly didn’t hit anywhere near the mark. Somewhere along the way the filmmakers, studio, producers etc. have lost their way and the whole thinking behind what made the first Die Hard great, but an independent film producer hopes to change all of that with his Die Hard 6 story idea..

Despite an official Die Hard 6 being in the works, which is being pitched as a prequel and sequel with Len Wiseman (Die Hard 4) directing, indie film writer and producer Eric D. Wilkinson took out a
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Women Rule Drama Series Emmy Race

Women Rule Drama Series Emmy Race
Not since Bea Arthur’s Maude made abortion a topic of primetime and Mary Tyler Moore tossed her hat into the Minneapolis sky have women on the smallscreen possessed such a wealth of power and prominence. This year’s batch of Emmy contenders for drama series are rife with strong female protagonists, from the femme-dominated cast of “Orange Is the New Black” to Claire Danes’ flawed and fearless CIA agent in “Homeland” to the more subtle post-Edwardian era feminism of “Downton Abbey.”

Supporting actress nominees Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke — who slays as Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of all dragons — arguably eclipse their male co-stars in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and formidable female politicians abound in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” And while “Mad Men” might be the title, Elisabeth Moss’ Peggy and Christina Hendricks’ Joan command attention in the swansong season of Matthew Weiner’s historical ode to Madison Avenue.
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A Classic Movie Fan's Dream: 2015 Summer Film Classics at the Paramount

I've compiled a list of my favorites from the Paramount Summer Film Classics schedule for Slackerwood since 2012, so it's with this post that the upcoming end of the blog really hits me. It's been a great run, folks.

This 100th year of the Paramount Theatre means there's quite a schedule in store for us this summer. As in years past, films will screen at both Paramount and Stateside. Tickets are $12, which you can purchase online or at the venue. If you plan to see more than a few of these movies, it's probably worthwile to invest in FlixTix (a pack of 10 tickets for $60) or become a Film Fan.

And don't forget your admission covers double features! Without further ado, my last Paramount Summer Classics roundup for Slackerwood:

The Iron Giant (1999) -- The animated science-fiction story of a boy and his giant metal alien friend, which I reviewed last year for Lone Star Cinema,
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10 best baseball movies of all time: League of Their Own, Moneyball

10 best baseball movies of all time: League of Their Own, Moneyball
A great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.

With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.

1. Eight Men Out (1988)

John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.

Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as
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Navigate Your Way to the UK Trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars has been on our radar for a while now, and with its September 26th UK/Ireland release date approaching, finally a new trailer has arrived!

Additionally, the film will have its North American premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival (September 4-14) as part of its Gala Presentations and will also screen during the Sitges Film Festival in October.

Look for a Stateside release date hopefully soon!

The film, which explores the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, stars John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, and Julianne Moore. Directed by Cronenberg and written by Bruce Wagner, it also stars Sarah Gadon and Carrie Fisher.

Synopsis:

The Weiss family are an archetypical Hollywood dynasty: Dr. Stafford Weiss (Cusack) is a psychotherapist whose self-help books have made him a fortune. His wife, Cristina (Williams), is the overbearing mom-ager of their thirteen-year-old son,
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Castle, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Poi, Tvd, S.H.I.E.L.D., Supernatural and More

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Castle, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Poi, Tvd, S.H.I.E.L.D., Supernatural and More
Is Arrow‘s Laurel about to hit the storyline bull’s-eye? Will Ward still vex the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? What’s the skinny on NCIS‘ Dinozzo? Is a Criminal mind having trouble coping? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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Can we have any scoop on Laurel Lance’s storyline for Arrow Season 3? –Anita

Oh yes, you can. We spoke with exec producer Marc Guggenheim at a Thursday night CW soiree, where he professed, “One of the things we’re most excited about is Laurel’s story.
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