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'Wonderstruck': Why Sign Language Is Only Used in Half of the Movie

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Wonderstruck intercuts between two parallel plots: In 1927, a deaf girl living in Hoboken heads to New York City in search of a celebrated actress, while in 1977, an orphaned boy is struck deaf and runs away from his home in Minnesota to New York in hopes of finding answers about his past.

So why is sign language only used in half of the movie? It isn’t used in the Amazon and Roadside drama’s 1920s-set scenes because it wasn’t recognized as a legitimate means of communication during that time period. “It was frowned upon — people were ashamed of »

- Ashley Lee

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'Geostorm': What The Critics Are Saying

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So: How bad is Geostorm?

The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore seems to suggest that it's pretty bad. In a review that describes the movie as "big, dumb, and boring," Dean Devlin's weather horror flick comes across as being … not necessarily the best, shall we say.

"Viewers may have been drawn in by ads featuring tsunamis in Dubai and killer hail in Tokyo. But most of the body of the film consists of people logging into servers, talking about encryption, and reviewing surveillance footage," DeFore complained, but the disappointment goes beyond a lack of disaster porn. Describing Jim Sturgess' »


- Graeme McMillan

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'Geostorm': Film Review

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The planetary disaster film equivalent of a two-hour call to tech support, Dean Devlin's Geostorm boils down to that classically annoying hail-mary bit of advice: Have you tried shutting it down and rebooting? Big, dumb and boring, it finds the co-writer of Independence Day hoping to start a directing career with the same playbook — but forgetting several rules of the game. The result isn't the end of the world, but it's certainly no Armageddon either.

In the face of a wave of extreme weather events in 2019, we're told, "The world came together as one," building a network of weather-adjusting satellites. »


- John DeFore

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Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84

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Ben Bates, who served as the stunt double for James Arness, the star of Gunsmoke, for more than 25 years, died Oct. 4 in Sun City, Calif., his family announced. He was 84.

In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.

In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each »


- Mike Barnes

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'The Snowman': What the Critics Are Saying

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The reviews for Michael Fassbender starrer The Snowman are in, and the general takeaway is that the film, based on Jo Nesbo's 2007 best-seller, falls flat. The Universal and Working Title film, from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive producer Martin Scorsese, follows a detective (Fassbender) who teams up with a new recruit (Rebecca Ferguson) to track down a serial killer who builds a snowman each time he strikes.

The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Dalton calls the film, which released on Friday, "cold and lifeless" in his review: "For all its »


- Arlene Washington

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Mireille Enos Talks Working With Sam Shepard on His Final Movie

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The new psychological thriller from writer-director Camille Thoman, Never Here, stars The Killing's Mireille Enos as an installation artist who discovers some disturbing events through her photography that sends her down a spiral of suspicion. Never Here is also the final film of acclaimed actor Sam Shepard, who died in July. 

Stopping by The Hollywood Reporter offices for a candid conversation about the movie, Enos recalls what it was like working with Shepard. "He's just like a really easy guy," she said. "He was wildly intelligent."

She mentions that Shepard signed on to do Never Here because of the use of »


- April Salud

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What 'Professor Marston' Misses About Wonder Woman's Origins (Guest Column)

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Christie Marston is the granddaughter of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston and Elizabeth Holloway Marston, who are portrayed in the new film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. It's been established that William had a relationship with both his wife Elizabeth and Olive Byrne, who lived with them. But the film depicts Elizabeth Marston and Byrne, who continued to live together after William Moulton Marston's death, as also having had a sexual relationship, something others have also said there is evidence for, but which the creator's granddaughter takes issue with. (You can read writer/director Angela Robinson's thoughts on crafting the »


- Christie Marston

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'Professor Marston' Director on Finding the True Story of Wonder Woman's Creator (Guest Column)

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Writer-director Angela Robinson's film Professor Marston & the Wonder Women tells the story of the relationship between Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and grad student Olive Byrne. It's been well established that William had an extramarital relationship with Byrne, but as Robinson got into researching the story, she found evidence that all three had a relationship. While a number of Wonder Woman scholars have also agreed with this point, the Marston's granddaughter Christie Marston has publicly disputed the idea that Elizabeth Marston and Byrne had a romantic relationship (you can read her thoughts <a »


- Angela Robinson

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Weekend Box Office: 'Geostorm,' 'Snowman' Melt Down; 'Boo 2!' Eyes No. 1

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Tyler Perry's comedy-horror sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is off to a solid start at the weekend box office, while environmental disaster epic Geostorm and Michael Fassbender starrer The Snowman are melting down, according to early returns.

Boo 2 is tipped to gross $7 million-$8 million on Friday from 2,388 theaters for a projected $22 million-$23 million debut — more than enough to win the crown, but behind the $28.5 million opening of Boo! A Madea Halloween in October 2016.

Perry, who directed the Lionsgate release, reprises his role as Madea. This time out, Madea, Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), »


- Pamela McClintock

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Brent Briscoe, Actor in 'Sling Blade' and 'A Simple Plan,' Dies at 56

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Brent Briscoe, the busy character actor who appeared alongside Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade and A Simple Plan and played Det. Dave Macklay on the recently revived Twin Peaks, has died. He was 56.

Briscoe died Wednesday in Los Angeles, a friend announced on Facebook. No cause of death was immediately available.

Briscoe also had a recurring role as the diner owner J.J. on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation and played Sheriff Cecil Coleman in Frank Darabont's The Majestic (2001).

Briscoe starred as Lou Chambers, one of the three men who come upon a crashed plane filled »


- Mike Barnes

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‘Another Story of the World’ ('Otra Historia del Mundo'): Film Review

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Fake news is shown not to be all bad in the appealing, deceptively barbed satire Another Story of the World, in which a history teacher in a rural town decides to take control of the historical narrative to get a friend out of jail. In its combination of political comment and small-town drama, Guillermo Casanova’s second feature, following a 14-year gap, delivers little that’s new or particularly eye-catching, but that's no bad thing. Its virtues are instead the quiet, classic ones, and its wit, its bevy of engaging characters and its politically on-the-money message for these troubled times mean that »


- Jonathan Holland

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The Timing for 'Geostorm' Couldn't Be Worse

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When is the right time to see a film about a series of natural disasters destroying the planet? There may never be a “right time” for audiences to want to see Geostorm, the new film directed by Independence Day producer Dean Devlin, starring Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia. However, it is hard to imagine that this specific time — merely weeks after the devastating one-two-three punch of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and just a few days after the wildfires that ravaged Northern California — is anywhere near the right time. (The $120 million film is »


- Josh Spiegel

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'Aida's Secrets': Film Review

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Viewers will likely feel the urge to contact a genealogist after seeing Alon and Shaul Schwarz's fascinating and moving documentary about amazing revelations concerning their own family. Aida's Secrets unravels its complex scenario in compelling, page-turner mystery fashion, proving yet again that truth can be much stranger than fiction.

The story begins with the filmmakers' uncle, 67-year-old Izak, discovering that he has a long-lost brother. Izak was born in the displaced persons camp at Bergen-Belsen shortly after the end of World War II and was sent by his mother Aida to live with a foster family in Israel when he »


- Frank Scheck

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'Same Kind of Different as Me': Film Review

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In 2014, Paramount Pictures announced a film adaptation of the best-selling nonfiction book Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. It told the real-life story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore, respectively a wealthy white Southern art dealer and a Louisiana-born African-American homeless man who became friends after meeting in a shelter at which Ron was volunteering with his wife Deborah. The film was supposed to be released in early 2016, then was pushed to early 2017 until Paramount dropped it and the Christian company Pure »


- Keith Uhlich

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'Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema': Film Review | Mumbai 2017

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Who knew that Jewish actresses dominated Indian movies for the first decades of its 100-year history? In Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema, Danny Ben-Moshe tells the story of four extraordinary female superstars, Sulochana, Pramila, Miss Rose and Nadira, as well as popular character actor David Abraham, in a lively, audience-friendly documentary that can be over-obvious and coy at times, but is full of surprises. Following its world premiere at Mumbai, it is already booked for command performances at Indian and Jewish-themed festivals world-wide.    

Entertaining rather than scholarly, the film couldn’t be farther in tone from the »


- Deborah Young

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Film Commissioners Name Rajiv Dalai President

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The Association of Film Commissioners International has named Rajiv Dalai to the newly created position of president and Jess Conoplia to Evp/COO, also a newly created position. Conoplia will report to Dalai — both based in Los Angeles — as Afci centralizes its operations.

The appointments are part of an organization-wide restructuring that will concentrate on economic growth and working more closely with policymakers and content creators.

The announcement was made at the start of Afci’s 41st annual Cineposium, which brings together 100 film commissioners from around the world. The event runs from »

- Gregg Kilday

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'Prakasan': Film Review | Mumbai 2017

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A country bumpkin from the remote forests of Kerala wins a government job and is abruptly transplanted to a big, bustling city in Prakasan, the sophomore feature of Dubai-based director Bash Mohammed (Lukka Chuppi, 2015.) Though its ending is telegraphed from the very first scenes, the scripting is basic and its humor at times painfully broad, this Malayalam comedy with a message becomes heartfelt and endearing thanks to a vivid turn by upcoming actor Dinesh Prabhakar, who is also credited as exec producer and casting director. It was one of the more direct and communicative films making their bow at »


- Deborah Young

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'Pushkar Puran': Film Review | Mumbai 2017

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The ancient city of Pushkar lies in the middle of the Rajasthan plains and deserts. Not a travelogue but an engaging philosophical meditation, Kamal Swaroop’s Pushkar Puran revisits its sacred stories and myths in a unique documentary that is at once atmospheric, gripping and communicative. Confirming Swaroop’s cult status as a wide-ranging director who thinks outside the box, it should earn him new festival fans after its unveiling in Montreal and Mumbai.

Swaroop has made an art house reputation in India around a handful of unique films, from his 1988 avant-garde montage of images Om Dar B Dar, which was »


- Deborah Young

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Actress Sean Young Claims Harvey Weinstein Exposed Himself to Her

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Sean Young, perhaps best known for her role as Rachael in 1982's Blade Runner, has brought allegations of sexual harassment against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The actress claimed Weinstein once exposed himself to her while she was working on a movie produced by his former production company, Miramax.

Young appeared on the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show podcast in Austin where she recalled working on the 1992 film Love Crimes. She says that is when she "personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants."

"My basic response was, 'You know, Harvey, I really don't think you »


- Patrick Shanley

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Scarlett Johansson Sets 'Our Town' Reading With 'Avengers' Cast for Puerto Rico Relief

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The actors of The Avengers are teaming up for Puerto Rico.

Scarlett Johansson has organized a reading of Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town with Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans. The event will take place On Nov. 6 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, where the next two installments of the Marvel franchise are currently being filmed.

Kenny Leon will direct the reading, presented by the John Gore Organization and set to include additional surprise appearances. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to support The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund. Tickets go on sales on Oct. 23 »


- Ashley Lee

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