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Secret Heartbreak, Unbreakable Bonds and Bombed Auditions: 30 Secrets You Might Not Know About Dead Poets Society

Secret Heartbreak, Unbreakable Bonds and Bombed Auditions: 30 Secrets You Might Not Know About Dead Poets Society
30 years later, the Dead Poets Society lives on. The iconic movie that starred Robin Williams in one of his first dramatic roles and launched the careers of then-unknown-teen-actors Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles and Robert Sean Leonard came out June 2, 1989, and immediately became an enduring coming-of-age tale that's impact has only grown.  In the 30 years since the boarding school dram debuted, the poets have moved on, but the experience of filming Dead Poets Society and working with the legendary Williams, who tragically committed suicide in 2014, has stayed with them throughout their careers.  Written by Tom Schulman and directed by Peter WeirDead Poets Society,...
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Feature: When Good Guys Turn Bad In The Movies

Ma stars Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

Octavia Spencer departs from her usual lovable roles to deliver a terrifying performance in Ma,
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Michael Shannon Now on Board Rowing Drama Swing

Oscar nominated actor Michael Shannon is now on board the movie Swing that is described as a “romantic coming-of-age drama set in the world of elite varsity rowing.” The movie is being directed by Howard Deutch and written by Vojin Gjaja, “a former armor officer in the United States Army, the screenplay is based on his experiences as an oarsman at Columbia University.”

The story is said to be similar to Friday Night Lights and Dead Poets Society. “Set in 1999, it centers on a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.”

This sounds like Shannon will be playing sort of a heartwarming role. I think this will be a stretch, as he is generally super creepy. If he can pull it off, I’ll be impressed. I
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Michael Shannon to Star in Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Swing’ From Howard Deutch

Michael Shannon to Star in Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Swing’ From Howard Deutch
Michael Shannon is set to star in a romantic coming-of-age drama from director Howard Deutch (“Pretty in Pink”) that Fortitude will present to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, the company announced Wednesday.

Shannon will star in “Swing,” which has been compared to “Friday Night Lights” and “Dead Poets Society.” The story is set in 1999 and tells the story of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Vojin Gjaja, a Ranger-qualified former armor officer in the United States Army, wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences as an oarsman at Columbia University.
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Michael Shannon Gets Into The ‘Swing’; Rowing Drama To Be Directed By Howard Deutch – Cannes

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Michael Shannon Gets Into The ‘Swing’; Rowing Drama To Be Directed By Howard Deutch – Cannes
Oscar nominee Michael Shannon has boarded Swing, a romantic coming-of-age drama set in the world of elite varsity rowing. Howard Deutch is directing with principal photography set for September in New Jersey. Fortitude International will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.

Written by Vojin Gjaja, a former armor officer in the United States Army, the screenplay is based on his experiences as an oarsman at Columbia University. The story is said to be in the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Dead Poets Society. Set in 1999, it centers on a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Swing is produced by Lucas Jarach, Robert Ogden Barnum, Daniel Dávila, Shannon and Byron Wetzel. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros is exec producing alongside writer Gjaja.
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Michael Shannon Boards Romantic Drama ‘Swing’

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Michael Shannon Boards Romantic Drama ‘Swing’
In a pre-Cannes Film Festival deal, Michael Shannon has come on board to star in the romantic coming-of-age drama “Swing” with Howard Deutch directing.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence in September in New Jersey. Fortitude will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming Cannes market, which opens May 14.

Shannon is also producing along with Lucas Jarach, Robert Ogden Barnum, Daniel Dávila and Byron Wetzel. Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros is executive producing alongside writer Vojin Gjaja.

The film, described as being in the tradition of “Friday Night Lights” and “Dead Poets Society,” is set in the world of elite varsity rowing circa 1999. The story is centered on a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet, played by Shannon, takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Gjaja, a former officer in the United States Army,
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Michael Shannon, Fortitude to tempt Cannes buyers with 'Swing'

Fortitude CEO Nadine de Barros announced today that Academy-award nominee

Michael Shannon has come on board to star in the romantic coming-of-age drama Swing, which Fortitude will introduce to buyers next week in Cannes.

Howard Deutch will direct the film, described as being in the vein of the Dead Poets Society and Friday Night Lights.

Set in the world of elite varsity rowing circa 1999, Swing tells of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of university whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

Former soldier Vojin Gjaja
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Cannes: Michael Shannon Boards 'Pretty in Pink' Director Howard Deutch's 'Swing'

Cannes: Michael Shannon Boards 'Pretty in Pink' Director Howard Deutch's 'Swing'
Michael Shannon is on board to star in the romantic coming-of-age drama Swing, to be directed by Howard Deutch (The Replacements, The Great Outdoors, Pretty in Pink). 

Fortitude will be introducing the film to buyers in Cannes next week.

In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Dead Poets Society, the film, set in the world of elite varsity rowing circa 1999, tells the story of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team. Written by Vojin Gjaja, a ranger-qualified ...
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Ethan Hawke Says He Almost Passed on ‘Reality Bites': ‘I Was Like, Who Is Ben Stiller?’

Ethan Hawke Says He Almost Passed on ‘Reality Bites': ‘I Was Like, Who Is Ben Stiller?’
Ethan Hawke took a trip down Memory Lane this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Reality Bites,” the film that gave him his big start… and, he says, that he almost turned down.

Hawke attended a special 25th anniversary screening of the 1994 cult film, along with Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller, writer Helen Childress, producer Michael Shamberg, and executive producer Stacey Sher. He even came dressed for the occasion, wearing a “Hey, That’s My Bike” shirt in homage to the fictional band in the film.

While Hawke had previously appeared in “Explorers” and “Dead Poets Society,” “Reality Bites” was his first shot at a leading role. Stiller, meanwhile, made his directorial debut with the film. But neither would have found that opportunity if it wasn’t for Winona Ryder, who introduced the actors to each other.

Also Read: Ethan Hawke on Paul Schrader
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Celebrating the 30th anniversary of 1989: ‘Batman,’ ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ ‘The Little Mermaid’ and more

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of 1989: ‘Batman,’ ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ ‘The Little Mermaid’ and more
Big hair, shoulder pads, neon clothes. Everything seemed bigger and brighter in the 1980s, and the movies of that era reflect that. And the greatest of those 10 years turned out to be the last one: 1989 brought us “Batman,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” “Steel Magnolias,” “When Harry Met Sally” and a whole bunch of excellent sequels. Let’s take a look back at the 30th anniversary of the 1989 film year.

Many productions that fared well at the box office consisted of sequels and the big blockbuster action films audiences hungered for. Out of the top ten grossing movies of 1989, four were sequels and three spawned sequels later on. Additionally, five of these films – “Batman”, “Last Crusade”,”Gbii”, “LW2” and “Honey” – were released between Memorial day weekend and July 4th, breaking box office records and setting
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When It Comes to the Oscars, Time Is the True Arbiter of Quality

Quick, name the Best Picture Oscar winner of 1989. No, it wasn’t Field of Dreams—although that was nominated. No it wasn’t Dead Poets Society or Born on the Fourth of July either, although they too were nominated. It was Driving Miss Daisy, a feel-good race-relations drama about a wealthy widowed white woman and her relationship with her black driver. The film won four Oscars in total—including Best Adapted Screenplay—and pretty much no one talks about it today. Except in relation to the other films it beat out for the Oscars’ top award. Indeed, …

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The Most Controversial Oscar Best Picture Winners

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The Most Controversial Oscar Best Picture Winners
Green Book” scored big Sunday night, taking home the Oscar for best picture amid a competitive field of films that all could have taken home the top prize themselves.

And many viewers thought they should have, including “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee, who reportedly tried to storm out of the Dolby Theatre after the best picture winner was announced. Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning writer-director behind last year’s “Get Out,” was among other attendees who reportedy didn’t applaud the win.

“I’m snakebit. Every time someone’s driving somebody, I lose,” Lee later told reporters backstage, in reference to his breakout film “Do the Right Thing,” which lost the Oscar for adapted screenplay to 1990’s “Driving Miss Daisy.” “I thought I was court side at the Garden and the refs made a bad call.”

Green Book” is far from the only controversial decision Academy voters have made over the decades,
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Could Spike Lee Be On The Verge Of Finally Winning An Oscar?

Of all the realistic outcomes of Oscar night, one of the most pleasing sights would be seeing Spike Lee on stage giving an acceptance speech. A five time Academy Award nominee (including three just this year), Lee is one of the highest profile filmmakers never to have been given a competitive statue. He has an Honorary Oscar, but it’s not the same. Up for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, this is the best chance yet to see Lee get a moment in the sun. Can it happen? We’ll be discussing just that possibility next, so read on… Last night, I attended An Evening With Spike Lee, highlighted by a conversation between Lee and Lawrence O’Donnell, followed by a screening of BlacKkKlansman. Lee knows how to entertain a crowd, so it’s worth noting that Academy members who saw him on the awards
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At 1990 Oscars, Kim Basinger Called Out the Academy for Snubbing Spike Lee and ‘Do the Right Thing’ — Watch

At 1990 Oscars, Kim Basinger Called Out the Academy for Snubbing Spike Lee and ‘Do the Right Thing’ — Watch
After three decades of making movies, Spike Lee is finally an Oscar-nominated director. He’s also finally a director with a Best Picture nominee. The filmmaker earned these long-overdue first nominations for “BlacKkKlansman,” but the general consensus among cinephiles is that Lee should have scored nominations for Best Director and Best Picture at the 63rd Academy Awards for “Do The Right Thing.” Lee was overlooked for Best Director that year in favor of Oliver Stone (“Born on the Fourth of July”), Woody Allen (“Crimes and Misdemeanors”), Peter Weir (“Dead Poets Society”), Kenneth Branagh (“Henry V”), and Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot”).

In the wake of Lee’s historic Oscar nomination, a clip from the 1990 Oscars is going viral for featuring actress Kim Basinger calling out the Academy live on air for snubbing “Do The Right Thing.” “Driving Miss Daisy” won Best Picture at the Oscars that year, with the other
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Oscars 2019: Spike Lee Earns First Best Director Nom, and He’s Only the Sixth Black Filmmaker to Do So

Oscars 2019: Spike Lee Earns First Best Director Nom, and He’s Only the Sixth Black Filmmaker to Do So
After over three decades of directing movies, Spike Lee has finally earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. The 61-year-old filmmaker broke into the race with his acclaimed historical drama “BlacKkKlansman,” which won Lee the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year. “BlacKkKlansman” also earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Editing, and Adam Driver as Best Supporting Actor.

While Lee was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 2016, he has yet to ever win a competitive Oscar. The director’s nomination for “BlacKkKlansman” is his first since “4 Little Girls” was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 1998 Academy Awards. Lee co-directed the film with Samuel D. Pollard.

Lee’s only other prior Oscar nomination was for writing “Do The Right Thing,” which earned him a nom for Best Original Screenplay at the 1990 Oscars. Lee lost the award to “Dead Poets Society,
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Derren Brown: ‘Taking up magic was a distraction from my sexuality’

The illusionist, 47, on taxidermy, Christianity, making coffee and coming out in the papers

Being gay facilitated my capacity for shame. As a child, I carried around this thing that gradually became this big dark secret. When I came out in a newspaper interview at 30 I was expecting the reaction the following day to be like the climax of Dead Poets Society, but actually no one really cared.

Taking up magic was a distraction from my sexuality. There is that 1970s cliché of the gay man as hairdresser, interior decorator, fashionista… and all of those things are about arranging surfaces in a very dazzling way – and magic is all about how you arrange surfaces. I got very good at deflecting people from things I didn’t want them to see.

I've got a house full of taxidermy. It's like a museum
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Awards rivals Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”) and John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”) share a Denzel bond

Awards rivals Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”) and John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”) share a Denzel bond
I saw a star being born and it wasn’t Lady Gaga. It happened on a dance floor early on in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” when Ron Stallworth, an undercover cop who — with the help of a white colleague — infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, lets loose and starts pulling some fine Soul Train moves with a pretty and smart female head of a black student union. They go to a disco and soon they are both crooning along with the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose’s “It’s Too Late to Turn Back Now.” With his smooth moves, humorous aplomb, sweet smile and warm eyes, John David Washington is going places even if he sports a massive mushroom cloud of an Afro in this breakout role.

It might be a cliché. But sometimes it is an honor just to be nominated for an award, which in and of itself can lead to opportunities.
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Who Are the Worst Reviewed Actors and Actresses of the Past 20 Years?

Who Are the Worst Reviewed Actors and Actresses of the Past 20 Years?
A new study has determined that Jessica Alba and Mike Epps are the worst reviewed actors of the last 20 years. The study was conducted by Go Compare who attempted to determine which actors and actresses in movies had the worst track records based on reviews. This was done based on looking at the average Metacritic score for all of the movies the respective stars appeared in over the last two decades. The results are, in some ways, surprising.

Starting with the actresses, Jessica Alba, who had an average Metacritic score of 39 out of 100 for her movies, came out on top. Or at the bottom, depending on how one looks at it. Alba has been in a ton of poorly reviewed movies, from her pair of Fantastic Four movies, to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and, more recently, Mechanic: Resurrection alongside Jason Statham. That really just scratches the surface,
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Film Review: Bardo (2018) by Bhimrao Mude

An idealistic teacher starting in a new school and changing the conventional way of teaching to completely shatter the expectations of parents and teachers about some students in one way or the other has been a popular subject for films. From the 1989 Hollywood film “Dead Poets Society” to the 2018 Bollywood film “Hichki” there are a lot of such instances. A sub-section of this type of films are the films in which the school will be in a remote village where education isn’t given a lot of importance and this new teacher, with their great wisdom and kindness, change the lives of students. “Bardo” is the latest entry into these type of films from the Marathi language.

“Bardo” screened at Mumbai Film Festival

“Bardo” tries to be different from these films by making the new teacher more naive and still trying to cope with her failures while trying to live up to everyone’s expectations.
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Film Review: Respeto (2017) by Treb Monteras II

Respeto” is the directorial debut from Alberto “Treb” Monteras II. The story follows the journey of an aspiring rapper Hendrix (played by rapper Abra). We watch him hanging with his friends, getting in trouble with local gangs, falling in love, and most important of all trying out in the local underground rap battle scene. Although this synopsis makes it sound like a conventional coming-of-age story, it is not. The tropes are all here, yet Monteras is interested in something larger than just how an individual learn to express oneself.

Respeto is screening at the exground filmfest

At the beginning of the film, it does not only introduce us our hero, but also the town he inhabits. After taunting some local young delinquents, Hendrix has to run away from them. The mobile camera follows him swiftly while we follow him zigzagging through the crooked streets and alleys. The cinematographer Ike Avellana
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