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DreamWorks Animation in Concert with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra December 29th and 30th

Universal Brand Development and CineConcerts, along with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, announce DreamWorks Animation in Concert engagements at Powell Hall on December 29, 2017 at 7:00pm and December 30, 2017 at 7:00pm. The concert features favorite moments from DreamWorks’ most beloved films including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and many more with music performed by The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Enjoy a celebration of more than 20 years of inspired animation and iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and many others. The audience will relive their favorite moments from DreamWorks most celebrated films including,Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and more, as they are projected in HD onto the big screen, while the music is played live by a symphony orchestra.

Tickets can be purchased Here or by calling the Slso box office
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10 Fight Club Facts You Never Knew

10 Fight Club Facts You Never Knew
Today, it's an oft-quoted classic, but Fight Club was only a modest success when it was released in 1999. Its cult film status was cemented by repeated VHS and DVD viewings, thanks to the brilliant performances by Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter in David Fincher's adaptation of the novel of the same name. By now, we're all as familiar with the movie's twist as we are the whole bit in The Sixth Sense. Yes, there's the whole "first rule of Fight Club," but we've all shared anecdotes like the subversive frames hidden in the movie, or the Starbucks cups in every scene. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about Fight Club.

The Producers courted four different directors.

It's hard to imagine anyone else behind the camera, but producers approached at least three other directors for the job before making a deal with David Fincher, who
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Russell Crowe Teases Possible ‘Master And Commander’ Sequel

Russell Crowe Teases Possible ‘Master And Commander’ Sequel
Back in 2003, actor Russell Crowe could do no harm. The actor was coming off a string of critical and commercial success with films like “Gladiator,” “Proof of Life,” and “A Beautiful Mind.” As actors are known to do, this was a time for Crowe to headline his own mega-franchise. He choose to play the role of Captain Jack Aubrey in the film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” Unfortunately, things didn’t work out.

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"Santa’s Secret Scavenger Hunt"

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For all those in the Holiday mood, an online guide to officially licensed movie/TV game slots, is offering a special "Santa’s Secret Scavenger Hunt", where "...this year, it doesn't matter if you’re naughty or nice, because everybody gets a fantastic present for Christmas":

Online slot games based on movies and TV series continue to dominate the industry including adaptations of "Game of Thrones", "Battlestar Galactica", "Gladiator", "Jurassic World" and "Terminator 2".

"Game of Thrones"

Micrograming's "Game of Thrones" online slot based on the TV series, presents the 'Houses of Westerton', 'Baratheon', 'Lannister', ''Stark' and 'Targarten', doing battle for the 'Iron Throne', with players able to join either side, or take the 'Iron Throne' on their own. Payouts revolve around locating matching symbols, with the best players awarded bonuses, backed by clips of footage and music soundtrack from the series.

"Battlestar Galactica"

Based on the popular reboot of the 1978 TV series,
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Russell Crowe wants to set sail with Master and Commander sequel

When The Truman Show director Peter Weir launched Master and Commander back in 2003, it was to be the first voyage of many, with a post-Gladiator Russell Crowe captaining a franchise based on Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey Maturin novels.

Unfortunately, despite positive reviews, the $93 million domestic gross against a $150 million budget meant that 20th Century Fox packed away the sails for good.

Since then, as with all great seafaring tales, there have been whispers and rumours about potential further installments, and they appear to be gaining traction, for Captain Jack Aubrey himself has tweeted the following:

For the Aubrey Maturin lovers , I do hear whispers indeed that a second voyage is perhaps potentially pre-proposed a possibility . So O’Brian affectionate’s and aficionados , let @20thcenturyfox know of your pleasure . pic.twitter.com/HqyE8y15Uu

Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 27, 2017

Before we get our hopes up for another adaptation, remember
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Ridley Scott’s Decision to Replace Kevin Spacey Sends the Right Kind of Message (Opinion)

Ridley Scott’s Decision to Replace Kevin Spacey Sends the Right Kind of Message (Opinion)
On Wednesday, director Ridley Scott announced a plan that is virtually unprecedented in the history of Hollywood: With his new film “All the Money in the World” already in the can and less than two weeks from its planned world premiere, he will recast Kevin Spacey’s role (as deep-pocketed oil tycoon J. Paul Getty) and reshoot the publicly disgraced actor’s scenes with 87-year old Christopher Plummer, while still attempting to adhere to the film’s Dec. 22 release date.

It’s a bold move, and one that I predict, sight unseen, could earn Scott his first best director Oscar. Not that awards had anything to do with Scott’s dramatic switch. He wanted to save the picture, which might easily have imploded by association with Spacey, who was last week accused of making sexual advances on several young men.

Spacey is just the latest domino to fall in a brisk industry-wide house-cleaning triggered by last month
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How Ridley Scott Can Replace Kevin Spacey and Finish ‘All the Money in the World’ in Six Weeks

How Ridley Scott Can Replace Kevin Spacey and Finish ‘All the Money in the World’ in Six Weeks
For Sony and director Ridley Scott, to do nothing would have been likely the riskiest and most costly option. Kevin Spacey portrayed oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty in the just-completed film “All the Money In the World,” but before its scheduled AFI closing-night premiere November 16, Spacey faced mounting allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

Spacey went from heavily lauded actor to toxic waste dump In the space of a fortnight, transforming a much-needed potential bright spot in the Sony calendar into a $40 million albatross. No amount of clever PR and marketing could make up the difference with Spacey in that role; if there’s one thing the last 35 days have taught us, taking the wait-it-out approach to sexual-assault charges is futile.

Sony and Scott’s choice to quickly reshoot the film with Christopher Plummer in the role of Getty is groundbreaking; it also feels like the morally charged action
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‘American Gangster’ and the Two Sides of Ridley Scott

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

There are at least two Ridley Scotts working in Hollywood. Ridley Scott, auteur — the man who revolutionized science fiction and horror cinema at the same time with Alien, who single-handedly resurrected the swords-and-sandals epic with Gladiator, who
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Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay and more join The True History of the Kelly Gang

After trying his hand with a Hollywood blockbuster in Assassin’s Creed, director Justin Kurzel is heading back to his native Australia for his next film, reuniting with his Snowtown screenwriter for The True History of the Kelly Gang, which is based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name and tells the story of the notorious outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang.

George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) is set to lead the cast as Kelly, and will star in the film alongside Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Essie Davis (The Babadook), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things), Harry Greenwood (Hacksaw Ridge, upcoming The Nightingale), Thomasin McKenzie (My Abandonment, The Changeover) and Earl Cave (Born to Kill).

Peter Carey’s book The True History of the Kelly Gang always felt like the true spirit of Ned Kelly,” states Kurzel. “Unsentimental,
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Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)

Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (Exclusive)
Orson Welles’ unfinished final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” is nearing completion following the hiring of Academy Award winners Bob Murawski as editor and Scott Millan as sound mixer.

The producers have also tapped negative cutter Mo Henry, who has worked on more than 300 films, along with Ruth Hasty as post-production supervisor.

Netflix acquired global rights in March to ‘The Other Side of the Wind” and is financing the completion of the movie with plans for a 2018 release. The film was shot by Welles beginning in 1970 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oja Kodar. It stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Kodar, Robert Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Mercedes McCambridge, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Paul Stewart, and Dennis Hopper.

Producer Frank Marshall, who served as a production manager on the original production and has led efforts to complete this film for more than 40 years, is overseeing completion of the film with consultation from Bogdanovich
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Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay Join ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’

Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay, and Essie Davis will star in “True History of the Kelly Gang,” with filming planned for March in Australia.

Justin Kurzel (“Assassin’s Creed”) will direct from a script by Shaun Grant, based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel. MacKay will portray notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, who died at the age of 25 in 1880 in a shootout with Australian police.

The cast includes Travis Fimmel, Sean Keenan, Dacre Montgomery, Harry Greenwood, Thomasin McKenzie, and Earl Cave.

Kurzel said “Peter Carey’s book ‘The True History of the Kelly Gang’ always felt like the true spirit of Ned Kelly. Unsentimental, brutal, raw and visceral. His story is one of the great odysseys in history, and I feel excited to be bringing it to the screen with a fresh cinematic eye. This is a really unique and modern cast, and I am so proud to be working with such a talented ensemble of new
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Annette Bening & Bill Nighy To Star In William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’ – Afm

Annette Bening & Bill Nighy To Star In William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’ – Afm
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy are teaming to star in Hope Gap, the new movie from Oscar-nominated Gladiator and Shadowlands scribe William Nicholson, who penned the script for the family drama and is directing. The pic, a “nuanced and tender take on familial disbandment,” is in pre-production with an eye on a summer 2018 production start. Origin PicturesDavid M. Thompson is producing. Protagonist is handling international sales and co-repping North American sales with…
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Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’

Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in the independent family drama “Hope Gap,” with William Nicholson directing from his own script.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales with North American sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist. Protagonist and CAA will introduce “Hope Gap” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. Principal photography is set to begin in the summer.

Bening and Nighy will portray a couple married for 29 years. The story follows their son’s weekend visit to their seaside home, when Nighy’s character informs him that he plans to leave his wife the following day. “Hope Gap” tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, and anger, to a resolution.

“Ever since ‘Shadowlands,’ I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: ‘Hope Gap’ is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud
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AFM: Annette Bening Joins William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap'

AFM: Annette Bening Joins William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap'
Annette Bening is to take the lead alongside Bill Nighy in Hope Gap.

Announced on the eve of the American Film Market, the film is the second feature as director from Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Miserables), and will see Oscar-nominated Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, American Beauty) and BAFTA-winning Nighy (Their Finest, Love Actually) playing a couple who have been married for 29 years. When their son, Jamie, comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. The next day. Just another breakup. Hope Gap tracks the unraveling of...
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‘Wonder Woman’ Actress Connie Nielsen Talks About Her Early Roles

‘Wonder Woman’ Actress Connie Nielsen Talks About Her Early Roles
Connie Nielsen is no stranger to playing royalty. The Danish actress got her big U.S. break portraying Lucilla, daughter of the emperor, in 2000’s “Gladiator,” which won the best picture Oscar. And this year she played warrior queen Hippolyta in “Wonder Woman,” a role she revisits in “Justice League,” which opens Nov. 17.

Nielsen was born in Denmark, where she began acting while a teenager. Variety first mentioned her on April 5, 1993, when she co-starred with Rutger Hauer, Eric Roberts and Karen Allen in the made-for-tv thriller “Voyage,” which told the story of two couples alone at sea.

She’s returning to her roots for the Danish television series “Liberty,” based on Jakob Ejersbo’s novel, which revolves around the lives of two young men in Tanzania and their hopes of emigrating to Europe even as corruption among aid organizations threatens the lives of those in developing nations.

How did the landscape of the film industry when you
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Wonder Woman featurette explores the making of the Origins of the Amazons sequence

Platige Image has released a making of video for the impressive Origin of the Amazons sequence in Patty Jenkin’s blockbuster solo movie Wonder Woman, which shows how the visual effects studio brought a painting to life in order to tell the story of Ares’ betrayal and downfall; take a look below…

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Wonder Woman sees Patty Jenkins (Monster) directing a cast that includes Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Connie Nielsen
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How the film score has entered the mainstream

Sean Wilson looks at the rise in popularity of soundtrack concerts…

It’s Friday October 20th 2017. I step into the crowded, expectant Royal Albert Hall to witness Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino’s 50th birthday celebration. Within the comforting circular space so famous from the BBC Proms, the sense of excitement is palpable. And, as is always the case with live soundtrack concerts, I’m once again struck by the sheer age spread of those who have turned up.

Young, old, teenage, middle-age – a remarkably diverse crowd has turned out to watch Giacchino bring the musical fireworks, everyone from young kids to adults and grandparents. It’s another heartening reminder of the power soundtrack music wields in evoking the memories of our favourite movies, even when separated from its symbiotic twin, the moving image.

Indeed, it’s often argued that only the very best film scores work when separated from their respective movies,
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: How VFX Masters Replicated Sean Young as Rachael

‘Blade Runner 2049’: How VFX Masters Replicated Sean Young as Rachael
One of the great surprises of “Blade Runner 2049” was a stunning CG recreation of the Rachael replicant played by Sean Young in the original movie. The two-minute sequence brings an emotionally stirring reunion with Harrison Ford’s Deckard that required technical virtuosity and subtle performance. This major step in digital human animation should be rewarded with a VFX Oscar nomination.

Body double Loren Peta played the young Rachael (in costume, makeup, and with dotted face) and performed on set with Ford and Jared Leto (as replicant manufacturer Wallace). She was directed by Denis Villeneuve, with Young on set as well for reference. The goal was to merge the two into a perfect replica.

Facial Capture on a Secret Saturday

“Denis really liked Loren’s performance when it was cut together, but part of our plan was to do a facial capture of Loren and Sean,” said Oscar-winning production visual
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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Will Close AFI Fest

Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Will Close AFI Fest
AFI Fest has confirmed that Getty kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” (December 8, Sony) starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Kevin Spacey, will close the festival on November 16 accompanied by a tribute to veteran director Ridley Scott. The AFI Fest often launches late-breaking movies such as “Selma” and “American Sniper” into the Oscar race.

“For five decades, Ridley Scott’s tremendous visions of cities, new worlds, histories and science have transformed and influenced not only film, but our culture,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest Director. “We’re honored to be celebrating the artistry of a director whose work has had an indelible influence on cinema culture, and the lexicon of visual style.”

Three-time Oscar directing nominee Scott (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Thelma & Louise”) earned a fourth Oscar nomination for producing “The Martian.”

His latest, “All the Money in the World,” is adapted by David Scarpa from the book
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Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Will Close AFI Fest

Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ Will Close AFI Fest
AFI Fest has confirmed that Getty kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” (December 8, Sony) starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Kevin Spacey, will close the festival on November 16 accompanied by a tribute to veteran director Ridley Scott. The AFI Fest often launches late-breaking movies such as “Selma” and “American Sniper” into the Oscar race.

“For five decades, Ridley Scott’s tremendous visions of cities, new worlds, histories and science have transformed and influenced not only film, but our culture,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest Director. “We’re honored to be celebrating the artistry of a director whose work has had an indelible influence on cinema culture, and the lexicon of visual style.”

Three-time Oscar directing nominee Scott (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Thelma & Louise”) earned a fourth Oscar nomination for producing “The Martian.”

His latest, “All the Money in the World,” is adapted by David Scarpa from the book
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