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Lindsay Lohan Wary That Her Past Might Undercut Her Chances Of Playing Batgirl

Lindsay Lohan as the next Barbara Gordon? Don’t count on it.

Despite lobbying for the title role in Warner Bros. and Joss Whedon’s Batgirl movie, Lohan is fully aware that her checkered past may derail the online campaign – regardless of how much momentum (read: Re-Tweets) it manages to build.

On last week’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show (h/t Batman-News), the former Mean Girls actress conceded that because people tend to dredge up her criminal record at every opportunity, the chances of “meeting with people to do Batgirl” are slim at best. Ditto for Mean Girls 2, and we’re not talking about Melanie Mayron’s standalone sequel.

You can’t fault her for trying, as Lindsay Lohan is clearly dead set about taking up the Batgirl mantle for Warner Bros. and Joss Whedon. Still, with such high-profile misdemeanors and probation violations on her record, it’d be a big,
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Bride of Frankenstein Revs Back Up to Save Dark Universe?

Bride of Frankenstein Revs Back Up to Save Dark Universe?
Is Universal's Bride of Frankenstein on a path to resurrection? That certainly appears to be the case. Last October, we reported that director Bill Condon's remake of the classic monster movie was delayed indefinitely. The remake was already in pre-production, but the crew were told to pack up shop and head home. Universal's Dark Universe, which optimistically would have seen their classic monster franchises come together in a cinematic universe, was viewed as more or less dead in the water. But now we have news that Bride of Frankenstein may be gearing up for production after all. There may still be hope.

According to a new report, Universal has assembled a brand new production team for Bride of Frankenstein, meaning that they're serious about getting this movie going. There's no telling when they'll actually start filming, but it looks like the studio isn't ready to scrap this thing just yet.
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Is Bride Of Frankenstein Back On The Slab?

Thanks to The Avengers and the success that has followed it, the film industry as a whole is seemingly experiencing what we’ll term “Shared Universe Fever,” a condition that is rivaling the Disco Fever that plagued a nation in the 1970’s, and the Hulkamania that followed in the ’80s.

Truth be told, it actually kind of makes sense in Universal’s case, especially when the studio has a license to some of the most iconic monsters around. Really, they’ve been at this for so long that the lore they’ve established for werewolves, vampires and the like has actually overtaken folklore of centuries past, and is somehow now regarded as being canonical among the public at large.

Unfortunately, though, the studio really put the cart before the horse with this whole Dark Universe concept, hoping that their recent reboot of The Mummy would find the same success that
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It Looks Like Universal's Bride Of Frankenstein is Going Back Into Development

After Tom Cruise's The Mummy bombed, Universal Pictures had to rethink their whole "Dark Universe" plan. The next film that was supposed to be developed in this Universal Monster cinematic universe was Bride of Frankenstein, but the last we heard, the studio shut down the production and removed it from their release schedule.

The reason for the project being shut down was so that director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) and the creative team could rework the script and get the project in a place that everyone is happy with. At the time, Universal said:

"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone Bride of Frankenstein. None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again,
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13 days until Oscar nominations... Can Roger Deakins win with a 14th nod?

by Nathaniel R

the great Roger Deakins on set

Is 13 an unlucky number? Not particular with Oscar, no, but Roger Deakins is surely anxious to move beyond it. The 68 year old cinematographer is still hugely in demand and a regular Oscar competitor but he's currently sitting at 13 nominations and Still has no statues to show for it. Will #14 prove lucky should he be nominated for Blade Runner 2049 this year (as is widely expected)? His nominated film list is just one beautiful astonishment after another: The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Kundun, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Reader, True Grit, Skyfall, Prisoners, Unbroken, Sicario. His filmography also includes films like Thunderheart, The Secret Garden, Barton Fink, and Sid & Nancy. Will he win on March 4th or will someone else steal his
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‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London

‘Darkest Hour’: Recreating the Sounds of Churchill’s War-Torn London
The challenge of sonically recreating the world of London in 1940 for Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” not only involved historical accuracy but subjective license. After all, the psychological warfare utilized by Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill to mobilize a reluctant Parliament against Hitler was crafted as a thrilling procedural.

“The first thing was to set the scene in 1940 sonically,” said sound editor Craig Berkey (nominated for the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men”). “The reality ranged from such obvious things as what a car or a phone sounded like, or the fact that church bells were not allowed to ring back then, only Big Ben. Or what the sounds of paper waving or foot stomping was like in Parliament.”

“The other part was to reflect what’s going on with Gary and his performance throughout the film,” added Berkey. “This part of the soundscape had to do with atmospherics,
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Hailee Steinfeld Wants to Play Barbara Gordon in Joss Whedon's Batgirl Film

It seems like we've still got a long way to go before we see anything from Joss Whedon's Batgirl film. We know that he's still developing it and that Warner Bros. still wants him to do it, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all comes together. One thing that fans are anxious about seeing is who will end up being cast in the role of Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl.

One actress that wants to throw her name into the hat is Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2, Bumblebee). During a recent interview with MTV International, Steinfeld was asked about the possibility of playing the character. She was very flattered by the notion and said that she would love to do it.

“Thank you! I’m not going to lie, that’s kind of what I was thinking. But I didn’t know what to say.
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Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey

Critics Reveal Their Favorite Holiday TV Traditions — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What are your winter holiday season viewing habits (that are not for work)? Do you have traditional go-to shows or movies? Are you looking forward to anything in particular?

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

As I have written in the past, I’m not the kind of critic who loves holiday specials. Too often, they’re too hokey, too commercial, too weird (yes, Bill Murray, I still don’t get “A Very Murray Christmas”) or, in the case of countless Hallmark Channel movies, way too white. But I do have a few holiday media traditions, starting with my Spotify Holiday Tunes playlist, which gets fired up as
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Beauty vs Beast: Guess Who's Coming

Jason from Mnpp here wishing everybody a Happy Golden Globe Nomination Day - I hope everybody's favorite thing got a nomination (and since everybody's favorite thing is clearly Helen Mirren I know it's true). We're taking our "Beauty vs Beast" series to a film that did well but maybe not as well as expected (no director, no screenplay) - Jordan Peele's masterful horror comedy Get Out, which we just happened to re-watch last night in an effort to reaquaint ourselves with a movie that was fading from memory.

And I'm glad I did because some of the issues I'd had the first time (I'd found its metaphor a little scattered) came more into focus, and I was reminded of its many strengths - Peele juggles all sorts of genre and tonal trickery with ease, and I love every single performance in the film (yes even whatever Caleb Landry Jones
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Beauty vs Beast: Grit's the Word

Jason from Mnpp here wishing the actor Jeff Bridges a happy 68th birthday today with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" poll. What's your favorite performance from Bridges? Mine is far and away his performance in Peter Weir's wildly underrated 1993 plane-crash survivor drama Fearless, but that movie doesn't lend itself well to this series. So instead we'll go with something more recent, namely his turn as "Rooster Cogburn" in the Coens' 2010 update of True Grit. Don't you wish he'd won his Oscar for this rather than Crazy Heart? And we'll pit him against his fine co-star and co-nominee Hailee Steinfeld. Good luck with this one!

Previously Last week twas everybody's current favorite momma drama Lady Bird's turn in the hot seat, and daughter came out victorious - Saorsie Ronan went all Baller / Anarchist and took 55% of your vote. Said chasm301, giving me a good chuckle:

"Lady Bird is basically the
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New Regency Acquires Upcoming Ya Book 'Devils Unto Dust'

New Regency Acquires Upcoming Ya Book 'Devils Unto Dust'
New Regency has picked up film rights for the upcoming young adult book Devils Unto Dust, which is described as True Grit meets 28 Days Later.

Set in 1870s West Texas, the story follows 17-year-old Daisy Wilcox, who journeys through a Reconstruction period plagued by a deadly virus infecting thousands with a rabies-like disease that turns people into murderous “Shakes.” When Daisy’s father disappears, she hires two Shake-hunters who specialize in killing the infected and sets off into the frontier to find him.

Devils Unto Dust is the debut novel from author Emma Berquist and will be published by HarperCollins in April via its...
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New Regency Acquires YA Debut Novel ‘Devils Unto Dust’

New Regency Acquires YA Debut Novel ‘Devils Unto Dust’
Emma Berquist's debut novel Devils Unto Dust, which HarperCollins will publish under its Greenwillow imprint in April 2018, has been pre-emptively acquired by New Regency to make into a feature. Big Talk Pictures' Nira Park will produce along with New Regency's Arnon Milchan. Big Talk's Rachael Prior will executive produce. Described as True Grit meets 28 Days Later, the novel follows 17-year-old Daisy Wilcox's journey through 1870's West Texas during a Reconstruction
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Review: ‘Blade of the Immortal’ is a Sturdy, Self-Serious Samurai Epic

Boldly marketed in Japan and abroad as the 100th film of the legendary Takashi Miike, one has to ask if Blade of the Immortal can be appropriately burdened with the weight of a summation of the director’s career? Well, if summation is too grand, is it at least a title representational of his oeuvre fair? For the prolific metteur-en-scene seemingly unable to say no to a project, not really.

Beginning with a black and white prologue — the promise of perhaps some exciting formalist experimentation on Miike’s part — we see Manji (Takuya Kimura) exacting revenge on the bounty hunters who killed his sister. Only after seemingly finishing his duty and being in his last moments on earth, he’s cursed by a witch-like figure, Yaobikuni (Yoko Yamamoto) to not be able to die until he kills 1,000 evil men. The method for cursing him with immortality are magical worms that crawl into his body,
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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Only The Brave (2017) – Review

Here’s yet another “inspired by true events” film , just in time for the somber Fall season. Somber, the right word for this one. Unlike this weekend’s other non-fiction flicks, it’s set in the not too distant past, not decades ago, but in this decade, the 2010’s. It concerns a group of men who regularly risk their lives, and often make the ultimate sacrifice, in order to protect their fellow men. And it shines a light on the families that must stay behind and hope that all goes well. You may be thinking that’s it’s another those on the front line, our soldiers overseas sagas as in the films The Hurt Locker and American Sniper. Well, these heroes aren’t on foreign soil, though they are on the front line, one made of flame. And with their special clothing and gear ,they could be mistaken for soldiers.
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Bill Pullman seeks justice in The Ballad of Lefty Brown trailer

  • JoBlo
Although westerns aren't exactly flooding theaters as they once did, we have been fortunate enough to to receive a handful of excellent western flicks in recent years, and The Ballad Of Lefty Brown may very well have the potential to join the illustrious ranks of True Grit, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, 3:10 To Yuma, and more as the recently released trailer... Read More...
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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make

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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make
This weekend brings the remake of “Flatliners,” Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller that starred Julia Roberts. Reviews are universally terrible for this retread of good-looking med-school students who put life-after-death on repeat, but it was a nail-biter for studio Sony Pictures from the outset: They took the risk of making an honest-to-god remake.

A remake sounds like the safest bet there is; isn’t original, untested IP the thing that studios fear most? However, in this market a true remake is what passes for a gamble. They’ve become a box-office rarity.

While none of this year’s top-grossing films are originals, there are very few genuine remakes. Yes, the year’s biggest movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” is a direct remake of the 1991 classic — but it went from animated to live action. (It was not a remake of the multiple live-action films and TV shows that preceded it, which stretch
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Composer Carter Burwell’s Goodbye Christopher Robin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Drops on October 27

Sony Classical announces the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell.

The soundtrack will be released digitally on October 13 and on CD on October 27, 2017. The film will be released in the Us on October 13, 2017.

Pre-order here.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) and will be released in Us theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 13, 2017.

Carter Burwell said about the score:

“One of the riskier decisions Simon Curtis and I made with the score was to withhold the main theme until the middle of the film, when A. A. Milne begins to write and his friend Ernest Shepard begins to illustrate “Winnie The Pooh”. We did this to make that moment especially noteworthy, to make it the turning point of the story. Before that point, the music plays
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‘Brimstone’ Review: Dir. Martin Koolhoven (2017)

Brimstone review: Guy Pearce leads the cast of this new movie from director Martin Koolhoven, one we’re calling ‘one of the most visceral and intense western thrillers of all time.’

Brimstone review by Ben Read.

Brimstone review

The western has always been a fickle beast. Its quality, reliability, and durability, has been a source of strong debate for many years among audiences. While originally thought to have died out in the late 1960’s, the genre has seen a wonderful resurgence in recent years. This has lead to some excellent modern entries in the genre, such as 3:10 to Yuma and True Grit. However, with the genre still struggling to find itself a legitimate audience, how does Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone fare?

First of all, this is a film that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Where most western’s glorify and glamorise the shoot ’em up, Wild West element of the era,
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Jeff Bridges interview: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Iron Man, Starman, westerns

Duncan Bowles Sep 20, 2017

Jeff Bridges chats to us about movies, Kingsman, westerns, Iron Man and more...

When preparing for an interview it can often be a double edged sword if you choose to look at other peoples’ work. Sometimes you read an interview and the answers can look frighteningly short, so panic might set in that perhaps that person isn’t very chatty, or doesn’t like doing them (though often publications just choose to use highlights), but I have to say that with Jeff Bridges, I’m glad I’d read Celia Walden’s talk with him for the Telegraph first.

I wouldn’t usually reference what I’d read in an introduction, but once you know you’re going to be sat in a room with Jeff Bridges, alone, for fifteen minutes, you need as much preparation as possible – he is, after all, a cinematic legend who needs no introduction.
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