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Edgar Wright Turned Down Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Baby Driver’ Song Request

Edgar Wright Turned Down Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Baby Driver’ Song Request
As 2017 winds down and we begin to look back at the year in movies, Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” will no doubt be one of the biggest highlights. The action-crime film earned $107 million domestically, becoming Wright’s highest grossing film ever stateside, and critics went absolutely crazy for it. IndieWire even named it one of the 25 best action movies of the 21st century.

Read More:‘Baby Driver’: How Edgar Wright Is Saving the Action Film

The film, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver whose budding romance with a diner waitress becomes jeopardized when he’s forced to help out on one last heist, is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray, where Wright’s director’s commentary is chock full of awesome tidbits that provide some extra color about the making of his film. One such fact is Tarantino’s involvement with “Baby Driver.”

According to Wright, Tarantino read
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Sarah Paulson cast in The Goldfinch adaptation

Actress Sarah Paulson has been cast in the adaptation of The Goldfinch.

Variety reports that Paulson, after finishing up her work on American Horror Story for the season, will be looking to keep her busy schedule going by joining the cast of The Goldfinch.

The acclaimed book by Donna Tartt is being adapted by Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios with Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) on board to play Theo, Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) to play Boris, and with John Crowley directing.

The Goldfinch tells the story of Theodore Decker who, after surviving a terrorist bombing at an art museum, with his mother being killed, goes on an adventure that sees him involved in art forgeries and living with his deadbeat father in Las Vegas.

Paulson will play the character Xandra, who is the girlfriend of Theo’s father.

The Goldfinch is set to go into production at the beginning of 2018 with
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Quentin Tarantino and the Fate of ‘#9’: 6 Questions Studios Should Ask Before Signing Hollywood’s Hottest Free Agent

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Quentin Tarantino and the Fate of ‘#9’: 6 Questions Studios Should Ask Before Signing Hollywood’s Hottest Free Agent
What studios are willing to bid to win the newest Tarantino movie is staggering: an upfront agreement to a $100 million production budget, first-dollar returns, and final cut. At a time when even $35 million for an original action film like “Baby Driver” is considered a gamble, this is unprecedented.

The reason is self evident: What Tarantino can do is otherwise missing from American filmmaking. He only directs his own scripts and has never made a sequel, but his films are global events. Tarantino remains one of the only directors whose original films can rake in two-to-one foreign-to-domestic box office returns.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino Receiving Wild Pitches From Studios to Buy New Movie, From Classic Cars to Mock Posters

Still, the studios’ dog-and-pony shows are odd. So many people associated with Harvey Weinstein were victims of his abuse, tainted by their association with the apparent serial rapist, or left in the wreckage at 99 Hudson Street.
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing
The Editing nominations are often a strong indicator of Best Picture contenders. This year’s Oscar frontrunners include “Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour,” two sides of the World War II battle between England and Germany, as well as Guillermo del Toro’s sumptuous romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water.” It remains to be seen how the late-year openings, from “The Post” and “Phantom Thread” to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” fare with critics and audiences.

Frontrunners:

Valerio Bonelli (“Darkest Hour”)

Walter Fasano (“Call Me By Your Name”)

Jon Gregory (“Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”)

Lee Smith (“Dunkirk”)

Sidney Wolinsky (“The Shape of Water”)

Contenders:

Michael Kahn (“The Post”)

Mako Kamitsuna (“Mudbound”)

Paul Machliss (“Baby Driver”)

Gregory Plotkin (“Get Out”)

Dylan Tichenor (“Phantom Thread”)

Long Shots:

Affonso Gonçalves (“Wonderstruck”)

Robert Nassau (“The Big Sick” )

Joe Walker (“Blade Runner 2049”)

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Kevin Spacey Facing 20 Sexual Abuse Allegations From London’s Old Vic Theater

Three weeks after the initial allegations surfaced, the Old Vic Theater has now issued a statement confirming 20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey.

Spacey had served as artistic director of the Old Vic between the years of 2004 and 2015, during which time his alleged victims “felt unable to raise concerns,” because he “operated without sufficient accountability.” In light of these damning claims, the prestigious London theater has issued an apology for not maintaining a safe and sustainable work environment, while Spacey’s legal representatives are yet to fire back with any form of response.

Meanwhile, Matthew Warchus, the current artistic director presiding over the Old Vic, had this to say on the matter:

I have genuine and deep sympathy for all those who have come forward and said they were hurt in some way by my predecessor’s actions. Everyone is entitled to work in an environment free from harassment and intimidation.
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Kevin Spacey Spotted At Arizona Rehab Clinic; Baby Driver Co-Star Ansel Elgort Weighs In On “Shocking” Allegations

It’s going on two weeks since Kevin Spacey‘s PR team cut through all of the damning, deeply troubling accusations to announce that the suspended House of Cards actor was seeking “treatment and evaluation,” and the silence from Spacey’s camp has been deafening.

The allegations, spanning from the mid-1980s right up to 2016, continue to mount, leading many to conclude that the actor’s long-running career now lies in ruin – even if House of Cards is unable to reach its sixth and final season without his involvement.

Fast forward to now, and after reports suggested that Kevin Spacey had gone completely Mia, UK tabloid the Daily Mail has uncovered a string of photos that see the actor attending a luxury rehab clinic in Arizona. The center, which is said to cost upwards of $36,000 a month, is allegedly also treating Harvey Weinstein for sex addiction, after multiple women came
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Bryan Cranston says that there may be a road back for Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein

Actor Bryan Cranston has said that he thinks there may be a road back to redemption for the disgraced duo of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.

Each day there seems to be a new Hollywood sexual assault/harassment scandal breaking but two of the highest profile figures to be involved are certainly Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein has been accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault and rape by various women, and Spacey has been accused of molesting young boys and sexually harassing other men on the set of his films/shows.

It would seem that things will be rather difficult for the two to find their way back to Hollywood’s good graces, if possible at all, but Bryan Cranston has a slightly different take.

Speaking rather sombrely to the BBC, the Breaking Bad actor said that there could be a path back for the two:

“It would take time,
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Ansel Elgort Slams ‘Baby Driver’ Co-Star Kevin Spacey: ‘The Whole Thing Is Really Shocking’

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After starring with Kevin Spacey in the summer hit “Baby Driver”, star Ansel Elgort is speaking out against his co-star who is facing multiple sexual assault accusations. The 23-year-old actor did not mince words when it came to his feelings on Spacey. “The whole thing is really shocking,” Elgort told the press during an appearance […]
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You'll Need a Dip in the Ocean After Seeing Ansel Elgort's Sexy Beach Pda

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You'll Need a Dip in the Ocean After Seeing Ansel Elgort's Sexy Beach Pda
Ansel Elgort steamed up the shore at Bondi Beach in Australia with his abs and his antics. On Tuesday, the shirtless Baby Driver star and his bikini-clad ballet dancer girlfriend, Violetta Komyshan, showed off sweet and supersexy Pda while hanging near the ocean. The two hugged and kissed on the sand before lying on their towels, where Ansel was snapped rubbing Violetta's backside. Ansel and Violetta met in high school and have been dating on and off since 2012. They haven't been shy about showing Pda over the years - we've seen them making out several times at sports games, and they've also given glimpses of their chemistry on Instagram. Keep reading to see Ansel and Violetta's steamy Pda, then see more celebrity couples who have gotten busy by the beach. RelatedFun Fact: Ansel Elgort's Shirtless Body Has No Faults
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The Grand Tradition of Silent Drivers

By Jacob Oller

These are the people you want driving your Uber. or as chatty as drivers in the real world are, they’re a quiet crew in cinema. Baby Driver and Drive certainly weren’t the first of their kind to draw attention to the minimalism you could find in a film when your lead was a strong and […]

The article The Grand Tradition of Silent Drivers appeared first on Film School Rejects.
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new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Nov 13

A simple listing, duplicated from the dvd + vod UK and Ireland page, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).

new dvd+vod The Big Sick Birthright: A War Story Mudbound The Free World I’m planning to watch… Kedi Marjorie Prime Unrest

2017’s films, ranked by maryann

all reviews, 1997–today

recent releases After the Storm The Beguiled Bushwick 500 Years Goldstone A Good American I Am Not a Witch It Comes at Night A Man Called Ove November 8th (aka 11/8/16) The Princess Bride (30th Anniversary Edition) Spider-Man: Homecoming War for the Planet of the Apes Wonder Woman Bad Santa 2 Despicable Me 3 Dough Mean Dreams Baby Driver The Book of Henry Brawl in Cell Block 99 Cars 3 Churchill Fast & Furious 8 (aka The Fate of the Furious) Hampstead The
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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky

Mother!”

Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend

After September delivered record numbers, the month of October saw the 2017 box office return to its downward trend, delivering calendar grosses down 15.6% compared to last year, falling below $600 million for the first time in ten years. Perhaps most startling is that with 287 films in release, the average per film was just $1.9 million, making it the first time that average has ever fallen below $2.1 million for any individual month based on BoxOfficeMojo's records going back to 1982. That being said, the Fall movie season has since come to an end and overall the season showed a ~6% improvement compared to last year thanks in large part to the record setting release of WB's It back in September, which became the first Fall release to ever gross over $300 million domestically. In fact, Warner Bros. had a strong Fall season overall, leading the charge in August, September and again in October despite the fact the
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"Get Out" to Be Considered Comedy at Globes

Chris here. Is it time yet to start pondering the Golden Globes comedy field? One quick bit of potentially major news is that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has just officially designated Get Out to compete as a comedy. While this is probably music to team Get Out's ears, I'd argue that it's the appropriate choice - the film is sharp satire first, serious scares second to this viewer. But yes, this gives the film a major leg up to win a major trophy this season in a less competitive field.

This could also mean stronger chances for lead actor Daniel Kaluuya and possibly Allison Williams (who is strangely being campaigned as a lead) for Globes consideration as well. The stiffest competition will probably come from Lady Bird, but what other contenders should we be thinking about? Will The Disaster Artist register beyond James Franco's performance? Could hits
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Win Baby Driver on DVD

Fasten your seat belts as the year’s must-own action-packed thrill ride Baby Driver accelerates home on digital and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray & DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on 13th November 2017. To celebrate its release we are giving a DVD away to one lucky winner!

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), this fast-paced and furiously stylish heist movie stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as a young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life,
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Film Review: ‘Wonder’

Film Review: ‘Wonder’
Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), the central character in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder,” is a brainy 10-year-old boy with a sweet high voice and a congenital facial deformity, whom numerous corrective surgeries have left looking like a cherub after a car accident. His left eye tugs downward as if a teardrop were falling from it; his ears are bulbs of flesh, and his face is framed by a pinkish ring of scar tissue. That said, he’s not the Phantom of the Opera. He’s just an ordinary kid whose looks take a bit of getting used to.

Auggie is a science geek who loves “Star Wars” and Minecraft, ice cream and X-Box sports games; he’s fueled by all-American fantasies of going to outer space. (He likes to walk around in a toy astronaut helmet that conceals him and feeds his dreams.) His face, which looks youthful and old at the same time, is jarring
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DVD reviews: Baby Driver, Cars 3, Office Christmas Party and more

Edgar Wright’s boy racer film is all speed and no substance, while The Philadelphia Story shows that Hollywood comedies once valued both sexes

Fast cars, glib quips, young blood and a marshmallow in place of a soul – yep, Baby Driver (Sony, 15) is on shelves this week, but so is Cars 3 (Disney, U), and, frankly, I could be talking about either. That won’t please the already large and ardent fan club for Edgar Wright’s bright, boyish, sherbety spin on Drive, which has all the right moves and tunes to secure the bro-classic status it so eagerly seeks. Steered by Ansel Elgort’s cupcake-faced but wickedly fast getaway driver – called, yes, Baby – it’s a neo-retro pile-up of sharp poses, Smartie-shell surfaces and perfect jukebox picks, from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas to T Rex.

Indeed, it’s practically more musical than action film, seemingly moulded around its
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‘Murder on the Orient Express’: Kenneth Branagh Embraced Agatha Christie and the Immersive Spectacle of 65mm

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’: Kenneth Branagh Embraced Agatha Christie and the Immersive Spectacle of 65mm
It’s been a banner year for 65mm film — first “Dunkirk” (predominantly shot with IMAX film cameras) and now “Murder on the Orient Express” (shot with the last four existing Panavision 65mm cameras). And both involved Kenneth Branagh as actor and actor-director, respectively.

However, his dual role as master conductor of this celebrated murder mystery and as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famed Belgian detective, is more than a mere nostalgia trip. It’s a reminder that the theme of revenge is as relevant today as it was in the 1930s, and that 65mm film can be upgraded to today’s immersive experience. (There were about two dozen 70mm prints struck for exclusive engagements globally, including the ArcLight Hollywood.)

Featuring an all-star cast of suspects (Tom Bateman, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley) and a vainly mustachioed Poirot,
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Win Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ On Blu-ray

Fasten your seat belts as the year’s must-own action-packed thrill ride Baby Driver accelerates home on digital on 27th October 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray & DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on 13th November 2017. To celebrate its release we are giving a Blu-ray away to one lucky winner!

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), this fast-paced and furiously stylish heist movie stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as a young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life,
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‘Dark Tower’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘Dark Tower’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment scored the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales charts the week ended Nov. 4 with “The Dark Tower,” a science-fiction Western based on the Stephen King novellas that earned a disappointing $50.7 million in U.S. theaters.

Despite its poor box office performance and generally negative reviews, the film debuted at No. 1 on both Npd VideoScan’s overall disc chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film knocked 20th Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the third installment in the science-fiction reboot film series, to No. 2, a week after its debut at No. 1. “War” still sold nearly 85% as many units its second week in stores as “Dark Tower” did in its first week of availability.

Another Sony Pictures film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” slipped to No. 3 on both sales charts, down from No. 2 the prior week and No. 1 its first week
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