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Recommended Discs & Deals: Black Friday 2017 Edition

To help wade through the plethora of Black Friday deals, we’ve rounded up the Blu-rays on sale that are worth watching. From some of this year’s best films (The Lost City of Z, Get Out, Girls Trip) to favorites in recent years (Under the Skin, The Edge of Seventeen, Gone Girl), and more, check out our round-up below and return for updates throughout the week. All are Blu-rays unless otherwise noted.

Alien: Covenant – $8.99

Allied – $5.96

Arrival – $5.99

The Babadook – $7.88

Baby Driver – $9.96

Beasts of the Southern Wild – $8.47

The Beguiled – $9.99

The Big Sick – $8.99

Bridesmaids – $4.99

Calvary – $8.30

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – $9.99

Crimson Peak – $7.88

A Cure for Wellness – $6.99

Django Unchained – $3.99

The Edge of Seventeen – $9.00

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – $9.99

Ex Machina (4K Ultra HD) – $9.99

Get Out – $8.99

The Gift – $9.49

Girls Trip – $9.99

Goodfellas / The Aviator / The Departed Triple Pack – $9.40

Gone Girl – $6.99

The Hateful Eight – $3.99

Hell or High Water – $5.99

Interstellar – $9.99

It Comes at Night – $9.00

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Westworld: 50 things we learned from the season 1 Blu-ray extras

Louisa Mellor Nov 21, 2017

The Westworld creators talk imagery, metaphor and nerdy details in season one’s Blu ray special features…

This feature contains Westworld season one spoilers.

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While it aired, the first season of Westworld could hardly have been more closely scrutinised for clues, twists and Easter Eggs. Between sites like this one and lengthy Reddit threads, fans went through Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sci-fi drama with a fine-toothed comb.

The result of that careful work by fans meant that by the game-changing finale, most of Westworld’s secrets had been laid bare. Many fan theories had been proved correct. Nods to the 1973 film and to Michael Crichton’s other famous theme park story had all been exposed. When the DVD and Blu-ray release arrived at the start of this month then, very few
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Weinstein Co. Feeling Pressure to Find a Buyer (Exclusive)

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Weinstein Co. Feeling Pressure to Find a Buyer (Exclusive)
The Weinstein Co. is reviving its attempts to sell itself or the bulk of its film and television assets, Variety has learned. But the clock is ticking. The company was on the verge of bankruptcy last week, but after selling domestic distribution rights to “Paddington 2” in a $28 million deal with Warner Bros. it has bought itself some time. With the money, it now has enough cash to meet its payroll obligations, but it doesn’t have as much of a financial cushion as it would seem. That’s because The Weinstein Co. only receives a percentage of the money. Canal Plus, the film’s producer, picks up $20 million, while the Weinstein Co. gets the remaining $8 million.

The indie studio has been hit hard by a sexual harassment scandal involving co-founder Harvey Weinstein. It has already borrowed hundreds of millions against its film and TV library and now is grappling with the fact that its brand has become
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Quentin Tarantino’s Latest Finds A Home At Sony; Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie And Tom Cruise Circling

It’s official: Sony Pictures has won the race to finance and distribute Quentin Tarantino‘s next movie.

Known under the rather apt working title ‘#9’, the 1960s period drama will be Tarantino’s ninth feature film, continuing a legacy that began when Reservoir Dogs launched him onto Hollywood’s radar back in ’92. It’ll also be the first to launch since the ongoing Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, hence the change in personnel.

Indeed, Deadline’s report makes mention of a bidding war for #9, after every studio – Disney notwithstanding – in Tinsel Town expressed an interest in Quentin Tarantino’s latest venture. But the die has been cast: Sony Pictures has acquired worldwide rights for an unknown price tag, and it’s understood Tarantino is lining up a suitably stellar cast for what will be another R-rated feature.

According to Deadline’s scoop, the illustrious filmmaker has approached Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt
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Quentin Tarantino Film About Manson Family Murders Lands at Sony

Quentin Tarantino Film About Manson Family Murders Lands at Sony
Sony Pictures has emerged victorious in its quest to land worldwide rights to Quentin Tarantino’s next film. The studio was one of three finalists for distribution rights to the picture, beating out Warner Bros. and Paramount to land one of the hottest titles on the market.

Studio chief Tom Rothman pushed aggressively for the project, working with his top deputy Sanford Panitch and marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein to court the “Pulp Fiction” director, and selling Tarantino on the studio’s ability to market the picture and roll it out internationally.

Tarantino drove a hard bargain, however, and some studios balked at his deal terms. The picture, set in 1969, involves the Charles Manson family murders. It is rumored to have a budget of nearly $100 million and Tarantino is demanding first dollar gross, meaning he gets a taste of the studio’s pre-tax revenues. He also receives final cut. That scared
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‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Paddington’ Producer Will Produce Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie

In somewhat surprising news ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Paddington’ series producer David Heyman has jumped aboard to produce Quentin Tarantino’s next film. Deadline reports that Heyman and Tarantino will produce the as yet untitled movie with Shannon McIntosh. The trade adds that ‘just about every studio in town except Disney is chasing, along with several financiers and mini-majors seeking domestic rights.’ More on Quentin Tarantino’s new movie below.

Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie Also Attracting Tom Cruise?

The film is set in Los Angeles in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a ‘script akin to Inglourious Basterds‘. It is thought that the Charles Manson murders are featured in the script but potentially not the key aspect of the story.

Related: Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film Could Be Based Around The Manson Murders

Today’s article over at Deadline says that a number of key actors have bee spoken
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Tarantino Targets Tom Cruise as New Movie Sparks Bidding War

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Tarantino Targets Tom Cruise as New Movie Sparks Bidding War
The new Quentin Tarantino Movie doesn't have a studio home as of yet, but it has already launched a bidding war between every major studio, with the sole exception of Disney, along with multiple financiers and "mini-major" studios seeking this project. While this untitled project was previously believed to center on the Charles Manson family murders, it was revealed yesterday that the Manson murders won't be the primary focus of the movie. The movie itself is said to center on the entire year of 1969, although the rumors that Margot Robbie is being eyed to play actress Sharon Tate is seemingly true.

Along with Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Quentin Tarantino is reportedly eyeing Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for the two male lead roles, with this latest report today adding that Tom Cruise has been added into the mix. This report from Deadline also adds that producer David Heyman, best
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Quentin Tarantino Receiving Wild Pitches From Studios to Buy New Movie, From Classic Cars to Mock Posters

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Quentin Tarantino Receiving Wild Pitches From Studios to Buy New Movie, From Classic Cars to Mock Posters
Quentin Tarantino’s search for a new production and distribution home is nearing an end. Variety reports Sony, Paramount, and Warner Bros. have emerged as the final three contenders to win the rights to Tarantino’s highly anticipated ninth feature, which will be set in 1969 and have something to do with the Manson family murders.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino on His Upcoming Film: ‘It’s not Charles Manson, It’s 1969’

Tarantino has finished the script and was looking to find a distributor before Thanksgiving, as Deadline reported at the start of the month, and it looks like he’s sticking to that plan. Miramax or The Weinstein Company previously released all of the director’s movies, but Tarantino will not be working with TWC following sexual assault and harassment allegations made against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

According to Variety, the studios are pulling out all the stops in order to win Tarantino’s approval.
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Quentin Tarantino Film Bidding Heats Up: Three Finalists Emerge (Exclusive)

Three Hollywood studios are engaging in a heated courtship of Quentin Tarantino as they work to out-charm each other for the rights to the “Pulp Fiction” director’s upcoming movie set against the backdrop of the Charles Manson murders.

Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. have emerged as the three finalists for the project, Variety has learned. It’s possible, of course, that a dark horse candidate could still emerge. Each of the three studios heard Tarantino’s pitch, with Warners engaging in some splashy wooing in hopes of landing the film. When Tarantino arrived at the studio’s Burbank lot, he found the circular entrance in front of the administration building adorned with cars from the late 1960s. The Warner Bros. logo circa 1969 was on the marquee outside the studio, and the executive conference room was outfitted with vintage furniture from the era and mock posters for the movie. Much of Tarantino’s film unfolds in August
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Quentin Tarantino's New Movie Is Not About Charles Manson

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Quentin Tarantino's New Movie Is Not About Charles Manson
Quentin Tarantino is getting ready for his next movie, but it isn't going to center on the Manson Family Murders Movie as previously reported, according to the director. The news comes after it was revealed that Tarantino was looking for financial backing for the project after the collapse of the Weinstein Company due to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Harvey Weinstein. The same report also revealed that Quentin Tarantino was actively pursuing Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio for roles in the movie, which if true, will be one heck of a cast.

Quentin Tarantino recently spoke with Indiewire where he revealed that the movie is not about Charles Manson, which comes as a disappointment to some. Instead the director said that the movie is about 1969, which will more than likely focus on Charles Manson for at least a few scenes. 1969 was a tumultuous year for the
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to Attack Of The Southern Fried Zombies

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Morgan Freeman's hometown comes under siege by the living dead in Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies, and at American Film Market, Gravitas Ventures acquired the action horror film for domestic distribution:

Press Release: Santa Monica, CA (November 4, 2017) - Director Mark Newton's Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies, winner of "Goriest Film" at last week's FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures for domestic distribution, announced Daniel Wood, Executive Producer.

"Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies has a great Southern vibe and gives a unique twist to the zombie film genre, with a little Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead in the mix. Plus, there's a zombie horde, carnival mayhem, Southern rock, and mad scientists. It's a fun ride!" said Joshua Spector, Director of Acquisitions for Gravitas Ventures.

The deal was brokered by Wood on behalf of the film, and by Spector for Gravitas Ventures.
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Quentin Tarantino wants Leonardo DiCaprio for his Charles Manson film

With Quentin Tarantino currently shopping his screenplay for his ninth film out to studios, The Playlist is reporting that the filmmaker could be set to reunite with his Django Unchained star Leonardo DiCaprio on the project, which is based upon the Manson Family murders.

Although details on the film are being kept tightly under wraps, we’ve already had several actors linked to roles, including Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson and Inglourious BasterdsBrad Pitt, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbit.

See Also: Leonardo DiCaprio producing Ulysses S. Grant biopic

The as-yet-untitled film will reportedly “explore the tragedy and cultural phenomenon of Manson, his followers and the famous victims of their cult violence.”
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Quentin Tarantino’s next movie goes to Sony

Simon Brew Nov 20, 2017

Sony inks a deal with Quentin Tarantino for his new movie...

Interesting new details have come forth about Quentin Tarantino's new film, that run contrary to some of the reports thus far (including our own from the start of the month, below). Primarily that the movie is not going to centre on the Manson Family story. It'll tie in and there'll be a little crossover, but it won't be the heart of the movie. The film itself is set in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and we now additionally learn that Tom Cruise is in the running for one of the two male lead roles in the film. What that role is remains unclear at this stage.

David Heyman is set to produce the movie, and Sony has now won the battle to back it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he wanted and got a $95m budget to make the film,
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Quentin Tarantino Plotting New Movie Without TWC; Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie In Line To Star

Ten films and out.

That’s been the mantra of Hollywood auteur Quentin Tarantino for generations and, true to his word, the illustrious filmmaker is now plotting his ninth feature. And it’s shaping up to be a doozy.

Deadline brings word that Tarantino’s latest, which is going by the working title ‘#9’, has now been shopped to every major studio – Disney notwithstanding – as the director searches for a new home following the scandalous allegations leveled against Harvey Weinstein.

His production banner, The Weinstein Company, was often called The House That Quentin Built by insiders (Harvey Weinstein included) after launching Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and, more recently, Django Unchained. But it seems the filmmaker is ready to move on to pastures anew. And you can hardly blame him.

Amazon and Netflix are reportedly out of the equation, with Tarantino eyeing a theatrical release for #9 – alongside Christopher Nolan, the cinephile is
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Tarantino Finishes Latest Script, Is Seeking a New Studio Home

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Tarantino Finishes Latest Script, Is Seeking a New Studio Home
Quentin Tarantino has finished the screenplay for his 9th movie, and following the Harvey Weinstein allegations, he is seeking a new studio home. Some of the first details on director Quentin Tarantino's Manson Family Murders Movie have surfaced and it's quite a bit different than we'd previously been led to expect. Originally, the still untitled movie was said to focus on Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. However, a new report has surfaced as studios have started bidding on the project that reveals Charles Manson and his string of murders will only be a small element of Tarantino's upcoming movie. Here's how the project is being described.

"There has been a lot of press that the script focuses on Charles Manson and the murder spree he orchestrated, but I'm told that is akin to calling Inglourious Basterds a movie about Adolf Hitler, when the Nazi leader was only in a scene or two.
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Quentin Tarantino Has Finished the Script for His Ninth Movie, Looking for New Studio Home

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Quentin Tarantino Has Finished the Script for His Ninth Movie, Looking for New Studio Home
Quentin Tarantino is moving forward with his ninth feature film, which will mark the first time the director does not work with his longtime collaborator Harvey Weinstein. Deadline reports Tarantino has finished the script for the movie and is now shopping it around to several studios. The director previously worked with Miramax or The Weinstein Company on all of his feature films, but he’s breaking from the company after over 90 sexual harassment and assault allegations have been made against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist

Details on Tarantino’s new movie, which is currently being referred to as “#9,” first broke over the summer when it was revealed he was putting together a script based on the Manson Family murders. Deadline reports that the script hews closely to “Pulp Fiction.” One of the stories is
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Rome Film Fest: Christoph Waltz on Why He Finds Marlon Brando Cringeworthy

Rome Film Fest: Christoph Waltz on Why He Finds Marlon Brando Cringeworthy
Christoph Waltz on Thursday made a brief stop in Italy to participate in the Rome Film Fest’s first “Close Encounter” with the festival audience. “I hate selfies and I hate social media,” said the Austrian-German actor at the start of his talk after an overeager young fan tried to climb onto the stage to meet him.

After showing clips of his two Oscar-winning roles in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Waltz shared that the thing he most loved about working with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was his scripts. “The origin, the genesis, the poetry, everything is in the writing,” he said.

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‘Paddington 2’ Producers Seek to Exit Distribution Deal With Weinstein Company

‘Paddington 2’ Producers Seek to Exit Distribution Deal With Weinstein Company
With the future of the Weinstein Company already uncertain, the backers of the family film “Paddington 2” are looking to sever distribution ties with the company, Variety has confirmed.

According to The Guardian, Heyday Films and French company StudioCanal, the co-producers of the film, feel that a movie that caters to children shouldn’t remain associated with the sex harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

TWC also distributed the first “Paddington” film in the U.S. through its TWC-Dimension label, where it grossed $76.3 million, making it one of the company’s highest-grossing movies. Bob Weinstein has referred to “Paddington 2” as a reason why TWC’s future is not completely dire, and if the contract is not terminated, “Paddington 2” may become TWC’s biggest hit since 2012’s “Django Unchained.” The film is set for release in November in the U.K. by StudioCanal and January in the U.S. via TWC-Dimension.

“TWC has had nothing to do with the making
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Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

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Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims
Quentin Tarantino is speaking out about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal to The New York Times, and the celebrated director admits to knowing about the rumors involving Weinstein’s behavior. More than 40 women have accused the former head of The Weinstein Company of sexual harassment and abuse, including Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow. Tarantino first commented on the allegations in a tweet posted by Amber Tamblyn, in which he said he was “stunned” and “heartbroken” and would need a couple days to “process his emotions.”

Read More: Quentin Tarantino Breaks Silence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’ve Been Stunned and Heartbroken’

“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino tells The New York Times in a new interview. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things. I wish I
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Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic

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Morgan Freeman Is Colin Powell in Bush Era Biopic
Morgan Freeman has signed on to play former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a new biopic entitled Powell, which is being set up at Hyde Park Entertainment. Reginald Hudlin, who directed Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic that hit theaters last weekend, is attached to direct, from a script by Ed Whitworth, which landed on the coveted Black List back in 2011. No production schedule has been given thus far, but with a major star like Morgan Freeman on board, it's possible that this could move forward very quickly.

The script follows Colin Powell when he was Secretary of State for President George W. Bush, following his service as a decorated U.S. Army General. He was the first ever African-American Secretary of State in U.S. history. He initially did not approve of the President's plan to invade Iraq, since he didn't believe that they possessed weapons of mass destruction.
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