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Five Reasons Why We Need to See “The Polka King”

Every fan of the comedy genre likely knows who Jack Black is by now. While he has undoubtedly had some major roles in films like the sequel to Jumanji coming out this year and a riveting rendition of King Kong, Black has always notoriously been a difficult talent to cast when it came to not being over the top and way out of character for the required role. That is until he has landed squarely with a role that he was born to play: polka legend Jack Lewan. This film, The Polka King, is not one to miss. Here are

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10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew

10 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Facts You Never Knew
It's the darkest chapter in the original trilogy of the most famous sci-fi franchise and it has one of the biggest surprising reveals in movie history. The Empire Strikes Back, long celebrated as the best chapter in the massive Star Wars saga, has many secrets swirling around that have yet been discovered by sone of the franchise's biggest fans. Here we take a look at 10 facts you never knew about what some claim is the greatest Star Wars adventure of them all.

Buffy the Jedi Master.

In the decades since Star Wars changed the world in 1977, a wealth of material about the saga's developmental stages has come out, with some bits of old concept art and words like "Starkiller," the original last name for Luke, even getting repurposed in later chapters and the extended universe. The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, by J.W. Rinzler, is a
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Here's Why the Sea Monster Sex Is Actually a Very Important Part of Shape of Water

Spoiler alert: Fyi, we will be discussing a key aspect of Guillermo del Toro's sexy sea monster film, Shape of Water. Listen, I'm going to cut right to the chase. I'm a big fan of Guillermo del Toro. Going in to Shape of Water, I was excited. It appeared to be an incredibly rich and beautiful story. The visuals in the trailers alone were enough to convince me that the film would be utterly enchanting. Long story short, I did love it. I'd argue it's del Toro's best film since Pan's Labyrinth. But even though I fell in love with this whimsical and timeless tale, even though I think it's a strong Oscar contender and one of my favorite films of the year, I left with one lingering question: did Eliza and the sea creature need to have sex? If you're questioning the question, let me assure you that they do,
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How ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri Mastered Performance Capture & Creature Creation

How ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri Mastered Performance Capture & Creature Creation
From his earliest beginnings at Ilm to his current role as Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Peter Jackson’s pioneering Weta Digital, four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri has had the most accomplished of careers, witnessing the stunning evolution of visual effects over the course of three decades. Working on such seminal visual effects-driven projects as Jurassic Park, The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and Avatar, Letteri has been driven on through the years by his…
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Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’

Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, Scoot McNairy Join Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’
Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell, and Scoot McNairy have joined Karyn Kusama’s crime thriller “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and Sebastian Stan.

The project begins shooting next week in Los Angeles from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. 30West will fully finance the film, with Fred Berger of Automatik producing alongside Hay and Manfredi.

Destroyer” follows the moral and existential odyssey of Lapd detective Erin Bell, who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

Whitford starred in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and can next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s feature “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep for Fox. He recently
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Best 25 Horror Oscar Winners, Ranked

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Best 25 Horror Oscar Winners, Ranked
Most people think that snobby Oscar voters through the decades have turned their backs on the horror genre. Not so. True, far more horror flicks have been nominated for Oscars — including many Alfred Hitchcock movies — than have won. Hitch was nominated six times for Best Director and never took home a gold statue, which is why he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1968. “Thank you,” he said, and walked offstage.

We scoured the record books to find 25 Oscar-winning horror movies, and herewith rank them for you.

After heated arguments among the IndieWire staff, we threw out a dozen or so monster movies (“King Kong,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Jurassic Park”), ghost films (“Ghost”) and scary psychological thrillers like Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” that just didn’t feel like horror flicks to us.

Defining a horror movie is subjective. Is it about gore and guts and supernatural beings, or how it makes you feel?
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Andy Serkis interview: War For The Planet Of The Apes

Brendon Connelly Nov 24, 2017

Spoilers, as Andy Serkis chats to us about round off the Apes trilogy with War For The Planet Of The Apes...

Now that the Caesar trilogy of Planet Of The Apes movies has been completed, and War For The the Planet Of The Apes is about to join the others on Blu-ray, it's going to be entirely possible, and extremely tempting, to sit down and watch the character's entire journey in a single session. Well, I say 'extremely tempting' - I actually mean completely inevitable.

I met up with Serkis to discuss the release of War For The Planet Of The Apes, and thought we could use the session to track his performance of Caesar across an entire lifetime. I was also interested in some under-discussed potential and practices of performance capture. Here's how our conversation went. Strictly speaking, there are spoilers ahead.

Now we're at the end of a trilogy,
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Ten Terrible Movie Taglines

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Good movies tend to have solid taglines. Bad movies almost always have questionable taglines. Coincidence?

Taglines may not be the most important component of a film’s advertising, but having a good one can be beneficial. A good tagline should be something that is memorable, catchy, informative of the films’ plot or tone, and unique. Consider the tagline from Alien, “In space no one will hear you scream,” or Jurassic Park, “An adventure 65 million years in the making.” At other times, movie taglines have been famous quotes from the film. Examples are “One ring to rule them all,” from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, or “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” from The Shining. Simply put, having a solid movie tagline is worth the effort.

This is a look at a few films where the effort was clearly lacking or misplaced. Sometimes they are trying too hard.
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects
A bunch of sequels and a remake are vying for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year, many of them from Disney, including Bill Condon’s live-action remake of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Three Fox films offer stunning VFX: “War for the Planet of the Apes,” which advances its visual effects technology over the last Matt Reeves installment featuring Weta Digital’s astonishing array of digital apes led by performance capture master Andy Serkis as Caesar, could win Weta’s Joe Letteri (“Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) his fifth Oscar. Another visually sumptuous sequel is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.” And Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is also impressive.

Two Warner Bros. blockbusters, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” and Patty Jenkins’ World War I superhero origin myth “Wonder Woman,
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Discover The Secrets Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’s’ Jack Kirby Inspired Production Design

Over the past 17 years, Dan Hennah has had quite a career working as either the art director or production designer on most of Peter Jackson‘s films. Their memorable collaboration on “King Kong” as well as the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies have rewarded him with five Oscar nominations including a win for “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” Now, Hennah and co-production designer Ra Vincent have brought their talents to Taiki Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok”, which is arguably one of Marvel Studios’ most critically acclaimed films and a surefire blockbuster following its $121 million domestic opening this past weekend.

Continue reading Discover The Secrets Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’s’ Jack Kirby Inspired Production Design at The Playlist.
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James Newton Howard – 30 Years Of Music For Hollywood, Royal Albert Hall

Embarking on a major European tour this autumn is celebrated Hollywood composer James Newton Howard, his first stop being the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London’s Kensington. Howard has scored over 150 productions in a thirty-plus year career in the film and TV industry, kicking off with the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman. His ‘greatest hits’ tour is a celebration of his career so far, and we caught him as he fired up the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus at the Albert Hall on the first night his multiple-date trip, which will also take in the likes of Austria, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The James Newton Howard concert, reviewed at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 3rd November 2017.

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The evening kicked off with a pleasing introduction by the man
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Preview of Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1

Boom! Studios launches its new crossover series Kong on the Planet of the Apes this coming Wednesday, and we have a preview of the first issue for you here; check it out…

The damn dirty crossover event you demanded!

Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover…A Kong!

Now they must venture to Skull Island with Cornelius and Zira to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!

Boom! Studios’ Kong comics are based on Joe DeVito’s Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong.

Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1 is out on November 8th, priced $3.99.
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How Tessa Thompson Went From Indie Actor to 'Thor: Ragnarok' Badass

How Tessa Thompson Went From Indie Actor to 'Thor: Ragnarok' Badass
Tessa Thompson doesn't saunter into Thor: Ragnarok until the end of the first act, when Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder crash-lands on the planet Sakaar – a "fantastically depraved place," she says. Her character, Valkyrie, a traumatized Asgarian expat, fits right in; she makes a living capturing potential gladiatorial combatants and selling them to the Grandmaster (played Jeff Goldblum) for booze. "Sometimes she'll do half-booze and half-money, which makes her feel sort of better than spending it all on drinks," Thompson muses, laughing. To her, the Prince of Asgard is
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Blu-ray Review – War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes, 2017.

Directed by Matt Reeves.

Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Michael Adamthwaite, Gabriel Chavarria, Max Lloyd-Jones, Sara Canning, Aleks Paunovic, and Chad Rook.


The new Planet of the Apes reboot or prequel series, whatever you want to call it, comes to a conclusion with War for the Planet of the Apes, now out on a Blu-ray + DVD + digital copy set. While the film fell a bit short for me, I found the supplements worth a spin, and I appreciated director Matt Reeves’ thoughtful discussion of his approach to the movie.

Before Star Wars came along, the two primary franchises that captured my little-kid imagination in the early 70s were Star Trek and Planet of the Apes. However, being born in 1970 meant that I had to experience the former through reruns and the latter
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Marvel’s first Lgbt character, Shazam gets a release date, Blade Runner 2049’s disappointing box office performance and more – Daily News Roundup

She’S Bi

After years of campaigning and requests, Marvel Studios have their first official Lgbt character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Tessa Thompson revealing her character Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok is bi-sexual. Check out her announcement here.

The Return Of One-Shots

Something else that has often been requested by fans is the return of Marvel’s One-Shots that were a high point of home entertainment releases of McU films. Well, the writer of Thor: Ragnarok has revealed that they could be making a return. I think probably the drop in Blu-ray sales has hurt the One-Shots program — though I’ve heard whispers of it starting up again,” said Pearson, who penned the first three One-Shots – The Consultant, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer and Item 47. “I can’t confirm that at all, but I’ve definitely heard whispers of it.
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Utah Man Decorates Home with the Ultimate King Kong Display

The Giant Terror Gorilla has taken over Ammon Smith’s house for Halloween. King Kong in all his beastly glory is poised to whack those bi-planes out of the air, while keeping a great grip on the Empire State Building and Fay Wray. The Giant Terror Gorilla, Merian C. Cooper’s original conception of Kong, aptly describes the latest version of Ammon’s gigantic gorilla. Ammon’s Kong is all set to greet this year’s trick-or-treaters, and Ammon has stocked up on extra candy, too. It’s the perfect year for it. The original King Kong was opened on March 2, 1933 in New York

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Lyon’s Lumiere Festival Honors Classic Film

The 9th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, is again bringing together some of the biggest names in world cinema, including Guillermo Del Toro, Wong Kar-wai and Michael Mann, while celebrating the history of film with some 400 screenings of international classics.

Launched in 2009 by Bertrand Tavernier and Thierry Frémaux, the respective president and director of the Institut Lumière, the event has become one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema. Last year it hosted 160,500 festivalgoers – up from 2015’s 150,000 admissions – and more than 1,000 industry professionals.

It was in Lyon where brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph in 1895, and in keeping with the city’s cinematic tradition, the festival celebrates the history of film by presenting restored works, retrospectives, tributes and master classes.

In 2013, the festival also started what it describes as the first and only classic film market in the world, noting that the heritage cinema sector is currently expanding thanks to advancements in conservation standards
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Andy Serkis Almost Said No to Gollum in Lord of the Rings

Andy Serkis Almost Said No to Gollum in Lord of the Rings
Andy Serkis has become a true force in Hollywood. Not only is he a fine actor, having appeared in movies like The Prestige and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he is a pioneer in performance capture technology, which has changed Hollywood in recent years. Much of that started with his work on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy that begins with Fellowship of the Ring, in which he portrayed Gollum. However, it turns out that he almost turned down the role.

The 53-year-old actor is now trying his hand at directing, with his feature debut Breathe hitting theaters very soon and is already positioned as an Oscar hopeful. While promoting the movie, Andy Serkis spoke with The Guardian and, while talking about his experience on Lord of the Rings, he revealed that he initially wasn't interested in the role. That is, until he realized the full potential in what Peter Jackson was doing.
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Andrew Garfield Brilliantly Avoids Showy Stunts as Polio Victim in 'Breathe'

Andrew Garfield Brilliantly Avoids Showy Stunts as Polio Victim in 'Breathe'
There are cynics out there who snicker at any film, based on a true story, that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit at overcoming a physical handicap. I've been among the snickerers myself. But Breathe, the first film directed by motion-capture acting wizard Andy Serkis (Gollum, Snoke, King Kong, Caesar the ape), wore me down by the sheer force of its sincerity. Does the script by William Nicholson sometimes hit the sentiment pedal too hard? It does. But look at the tale it's telling.

Andrew Garfield gives a fierce,
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The King of Clay: Willis H. O’Brien’s Stop-Motion Reality

By Jacob Oller

King Kong had nothing on him. Because he made it. ou may know the name Ray Harryhausen as someone who was a stop-motion pioneer, but the first project Harryhausen ever worked on was as Willis H. O’Brien‘s assistant animator. O’Brien created dinosaur and ape effects for films like King Kong and Mighty Joe Young, but […]

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