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Tim Robbins Returns To the Stephen King Universe In Castle Rock Season 2

It was recently revealed that Castle Rock will be returning for a season 2. I was excited to learn that Tim Robbins will be returning to the Stephen King universe. Robbins portrayed Andy Dufrensne in the critically acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption. That film was based on the novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption which appeared in Different Seasons by Stephen King.

Tim Robbins will portray Reginald “Pop” Merrill the cancer-stricken big shot of the Merrill crime family. Shawshank came out in 1994 and I’m glad to see Robbins return to add more to the Stephen King universe, and to Castle Rock the fictional town that has appeared in many of Kings works.

According to the synopsis on Tvguide Castle Rock season 2 will center on a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.” That
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‘Low Tide’ Film Review: Coming-of-Age Tale About Buried Treasure Digs Up Promising Talent

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‘Low Tide’ Film Review: Coming-of-Age Tale About Buried Treasure Digs Up Promising Talent
First-time filmmaker Kevin McMullin drew on his own background to tell a Jersey Shore story in “Low Tide,” and the personal connection shows. His coming-of-age tale doesn’t break new ground, but it does set the stage for continued potential.

McMullin was heavily inspired by both the setting and stories of his childhood, and convincingly blends the mix of menace and adventure found in films like “The Goonies” and “Stand by Me.”

He’s set his own movie somewhere around the mid-1980s, near Point Pleasant, New Jersey. It’s summer, and we can see immediately the clash between the suspicious “townies” and the vacationing “Bennies.” Most resentful among the locals is Red, who is both a few years older and a whole lot angrier than the teens he leads in undercover acts of class warfare.

Also Read: 'Nancy Drew': The CW Pilot Casts Original Nancy Drew Pamela Sue Martin

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Movie Review – Eighth Grade (2018)

Eighth Grade, 2018.

Directed by Bo Burnham.

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Catherine Oliviere, Jake Ryan and Daniel Zolghadri.

Synopsis:

On the verge of high school, an internet-obsessed young girl grapples with her place in the social hierarchy while vlogging about confidence and self-belief.

In the vast canon of American high school movies, the order of the day is always to reflect the politics of the period and the insecurities and issues of that generation’s young people. High school serves, in many ways, as a microcosm for the world as a whole, with society’s implicit strata and cliques made explicit by the cruelty and tribalism of teenagers desperate to portray themselves as cool. It’s interesting, in that respect, to see musical comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut Eighth Grade alter the script by shifting focus slightly to middle school – an inherently awkward transitional period of education.
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Eighth Grade review – brilliant coming-of-age debut

Bo Burnham’s first feature film is a note-perfect tale of a shy teenager’s struggle with our internet-obsessed culture

Accepting his directorial debut award from the National Board of Review in January, “internet comedian” turned film-maker Bo Burnham described his brilliantly empathetic first feature as “an attempt to represent the kids who live their lives online”; youngsters who have been “mischaracterised as self-obsessed, narcissistic, shallow”, but who are actually “self-conscious”.

Listed by Barack Obama as one of his favourite films of 2018, Eighth Grade has prompted much soul-searching discussion about the plight of “generation Z” – the post-millennials whom Burnham astutely identifies as having been “forced by a culture they did not create to be conscious of themselves at every moment”. Yet for all its razor-sharp cultural accuracy (it’s clearly made by a film-maker who has listened to his young subjects), the real genius of Eighth Grade is its universality
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Coming of Age in Korea: Kim Bora Discusses "House of Hummingbird"

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Kim Bora’s debut feature, House of Hummingbird, is a meticulous and compelling study of adolescence filtered through the lens of a fourteen-year-old girl, Eun-hee (Park Ji-hu), coming of age in mid-90s Korea. The film is uncompromising in its cultural and historical specificity—we never get the sense that this film is anything other than this a young Korean teenager’s particular journey through the pains of realizing how flawed her family members are, the inevitable betrayal that arrives in trusting others, and the difficulty of being kind to oneself. In doing so, however, the film strikes a chord with a collective and unconscious desire instanced by recent American coming-of-age narratives including Ladybird, Eighth Grade, and Boyhood:a desire to change the circumstances of our actual past by better understanding it. What distinguishes House of Hummingbird is how little it relies on nostalgia. The film sets an unadorned, naturalistic
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Blinded by the Light, Yesterday, and more feature in stacked Ccff 2019 lineup

One of the great opportunities of covering film within Chicago is the annual Chicago Critics Film Festival key members of the association organize, and although this is only my third year covering it, I can safely say the programming becomes more tantalizing every year. This lineup more than any other contains the strongest mix of high profile films (some of which I can’t believe we were able to get for the festival), independent projects, works rooted in Chicago in some fashion, and a 40-year anniversary celebration of Ridley Scott’s Alien. Enough rambling though, check out the full press release below.

— The Chicago Film Critics Association (Cfca), the Chicago-area print, online and broadcast critics group that celebrates the art of film and film criticism, today announces the complete lineup, schedule and special guests expected for the seventh annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, May 17-23 at the Music Box Theatre.
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Movie Review – Eighth Grade (2018)

Eighth Grade, 2018.

Directed by Bo Burnham.

Starring Josh Hamilton, Daniel Zolghadri, Elsie Fisher, and Emily Robinson.

Synopsis:

A teenager tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.

Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade earns a place at the kiddie’s table with Felix Thompson’s King Jack. Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings Of Summer. Harmony Korine’s Kids. Mature, relatable childhood stories voiced by age-appropriate players. A24 has found an inspired collaborator in Mr. Burnham, who painstakingly transports audiences back to their most knee-buckling adolescent memories. Tweeny actors reenacting your worst middle school memories. Never have I seen a more adorable, awkward and heartfelt film that made me want to cringe into oblivion in the best way possible. Reality smacks you hard, and bless Mr. Burnham for roll-calling every exorcised squirm to the front of the class. Age be damned.

Elsie Fisher stars as shy protagonist Kayla,
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UK box office preview: can 'Avengers: Endgame' challenge opening record?

‘Avengers’ will be a boost to UK cinemas after a dreadful previous weekend.

After a dreadful weekend at the UK box office last time out, with no films topping £1m across Friday-Sunday, this week sees the welcome arrival of Disney’s latest superhero blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

The film is the final entry in the current cycle of Marvel comic book adaptations and has been hotly anticipated since the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, was released in April last year.

That movie started with a mammoth £23.1m opening Fri-Sun, and took £29.4m including previews on the Thursday. It went on to
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‘Eighth Grade’ & The Other Films That Capture Being A Teenage Girl

Adolescence is one of the trickiest times of your life. It’s the period when you start to really define your identity and start seeking independence from your parents. At the same time, your body is changing, the transition is completely awkward and, at times, embarrassing. As chaotic and emotionally exhausting as the years are, they have been the inspiration for an abundance of quality cinema. There’s something about the teenage experience that keeps drawing audiences back, and as this week’s new release Eighth Grade proves, filmmakers are still able to tell new stories. Directed by Bo Burnham, the film perfectly encapsulates the awkwardness of being a teenage girl, which got us thinking about other films that nail that tumultuous time. Here are some of our favourites.

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade joins teenage girl Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she is about to finish the eighth grade. Sadly for
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Exclusive Interview: Bo Burnham on Eighth Grade

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Nothing is more profound than life in school, so it’s easy to understand why it features so much in cinema.

And this is forever immortalised in classics such as The Breakfast Club. It is no mean feat, as many films have tried and failed, to capture even part of the John Hughes magic.

Bo Burnham bucks this trend in Eighth Grade, a film which he writes and directs that gives a powerful insight into the angst of adolescence. Its popularity is clear in the awards it has won to date and it proved to be a hit at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival with both screenings selling out. You can read our glowing review from 2018 Sundance London here.

We catch up with the stand-up comic to talk about the film and more.

HeyUGuys: Congrats on Eighth Grade. You made Alfonso Cuarón cry! What’s it like to get that reaction and praise?
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Jennifer Lawrence Picks Next Movie: A Drama With Acclaimed Theater Director

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Jennifer Lawrence Picks Next Movie: A Drama With Acclaimed Theater Director
Jennifer Lawrence will star in an untitled film for IAC Films and A24 to be directed by acclaimed theater director Lila Neugebauer, who will make her feature film debut.

The script was written by first-time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing, with Lawrence and Justine Polsky.

This marks the first film to which Lawrence has committed after announcing a break from acting a year ago. Lawrence won the Oscar for best actress for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.” She has been nominated for three additional Oscars for “Joy,” “American Hustle” and “Winter’s Bone.”

Neugebauer, who has established herself as the most significant young director of new plays off-Broadway, made her Broadway debut last year with the critically acclaimed revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery,” starring Elaine May and Lucas Hedges, with Rudin and Bush also producing. Additional theater credits include: Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe,
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Programme announced for Sundance Film Festival: London 2019

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Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions to take place at ‘Sundance Film Festival’ London between 30 May – 2 June at Picturehouse Central.

The festival will present 12 feature films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. The festival will open with the European premiere of Late Night (Nisha Ganatra), written by and starring Mindy Kaling alongside Emma Thompson. The festival will close four days later with the UK premiere of Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?.

Alongside the opening and closing night films, the festival will present a selection of fearless filmmaking: The Nightingale, a striking revenge drama starring Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin, marks Jennifer Kent’s anticipated follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, The Babadook.

Time Out gala film, Animals (dir. Sophie Hyde,
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Trailer & Poster Arrive For Animated Feature ‘The Addams Family’

Universal Pictures has released the poster and trailer for the upcoming animated feature The Addams Family, which arrives in cinemas just in time for Halloween later this year.

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The film features an impressive voice cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz. Here’s the official synopsis.

The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbour. Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron lead the spook-tacular cast which also stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Bad Neighbours 2), Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll (The Secret Life Of Pets 2), and Elsie Fisher, along with Allison Janney and Bette Midler (Hocus Pocus).

Check out The Addams Family in cinemas from 25th October. The poster is above, while you’ll find the teaser trailer below.
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‘The Addams Family’ First Trailer: Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron Deliver Ghoulish Fun

Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and Grandmama are back and ready for the big screen once again in the first trailer for MGM’s “The Addams Family.” The computer-animated movie, based on the famous comic strip by cartoonist Charles Addams, comes from “Sausage Party” directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan and features an all-star voice cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Allison Janney, Bette Midler, and “Eighth Grade” favorite Elsie Fisher.

The Addams Family” follows America’s most macabre family as they figure out a way to evade a greedy television host who is hellbent on turning their lives into a reality television series. The host shows up in the midst of the family’s preparations for a huge celebration with extended relatives. Isaac is voicing Gomez, while Theron is taking on the role of Morticia.

The upcoming animated movie will
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Alison Brie, Bo Burnham Join Carey Mulligan’s ‘Promising Young Woman’

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Alison Brie, Bo Burnham Join Carey Mulligan’s ‘Promising Young Woman’
Eighth Grade” director Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and Connie Britton have joined Carey Mulligan’s thriller “Promising Young Woman.”

Other new cast members include Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon. The pic has started production in Los Angeles.

Mulligan will play a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who takes revenge on the predatory men unlucky enough to cross her path.

Focus Features came on board last month with FilmNation Entertainment. The thriller marks the feature directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, who will both helm and write the movie. Fennell will produce along with Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap Entertainment, and Ben Browning for FilmNation Entertainment. Ashley Fox of FilmNation Entertainment will executive produce.

Focus Features will distribute the film worldwide, excluding some territories.

Promising Young Woman” and Fennell are part of Universal Filmed
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Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody Join 'Promising Young Woman' Cast

Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody Join 'Promising Young Woman' Cast
Bo Burnham, the writer-director of Eighth Grade, Alison Brie, Connie Britton and Adam Brody have joined the cast of the thriller Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan as a medical-school dropout who is haunted by a tragedy in her past and leads a double life at night.

Written and directed by Emerald Fennel — who will be making her feature directorial debut after acting in series including Call the Midwife and The Crown — the film has attracted a cast that also includes Laverne Cox, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson and Molly Shannon.

Production began this week in ...
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Coming of age: the Gen Z losers saving cinema – and the world

Ever since James Dean, teenagers have been shown at odds with their elders. But in today’s coming-of-age films, it’s the kids who must rescue their future from adults

Kayla Day does not drink or smoke. She doesn’t talk back to her teachers. The time the 13-year-old at the centre of the new film Eighth Grade – played by Elsie Fisher – spends outside lessons is wholesomely productive. She makes upbeat YouTube videos about how crucial it is to be your most authentic self.. But Day is also isolated, menaced by self-doubt and subject to panic attacks. As such, she is the perfect modern teenage heroine: the terrified voice of Generation Z.

Among the movie’s early fans was Molly Ringwald, star of The Breakfast Club. “The best film about adolescence I’ve seen in long time,” she tweeted after a screening. “Maybe ever.” It was a plum endorsement, a
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Fear Street Trilogy Loses a Director But Gains 4 More Cast Members

20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment's upcoming three-film adaptation of Goosebumps author R L Stine's teen horror book series Fear Street has been snatching up cast left and right over the past month. And today seems to be no different as this afternoon we got word that Ashley Zukerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, and Jeremy Ford have signed onto the series of flicks. No word on who they will be playing, or in which of the three planned films they will appear. Not only that but now it seems that Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak will be directing all three movies instead of parts 1 and 3 while Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth writer-director Alex Ross Perry who was attached to helm the middle Fear Street sequel seems to have dropped out or been replaced.

Anyhow, today's casting update comes to us on the heels of the recent announcement that
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‘Savage Youth’ Exclusive Trailer: Marginalized Teens In A Small Town Go To Violent Extremes In Michael Curtis Johnson’s Latest Film

There is a long history of films that attempt to capture the world of modern youth culture. Harmony Korine and Larry Clark might have the most famous example with their 1995 film “Kids.” But that film has spawned many other films that aim to showcase the “real” way teens interact, such as “Thirteen” and even more recently (with a far more comedic tone) “Eighth Grade.” Now, filmmaker Michael Curtis Johnson adds to this storied sub-genre of films with his upcoming “Savage Youth.”

In honor of “Savage Youth” being released in April, we are proud to present our readers with the premiere of the film’s trailer and poster.

Continue reading ‘Savage Youth’ Exclusive Trailer: Marginalized Teens In A Small Town Go To Violent Extremes In Michael Curtis Johnson’s Latest Film at The Playlist.
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Castle Rock season 2 casts Lizzy Caplan as iconic Annie Wilkes while Tim Robbins, Elsie Fisher and Garrett Hedlund join the series

Hulu has just added a number of actors to its Stephen King-inspired horror anthology series Castle Rock.

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) is set to take on the iconic role of psychopathic nurse Annie Wilkes of King’s Misery. Joining Caplan in the second season will be Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Eslie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Garrett Hedlund (Triple Frontier), Yusra Warsama (The Last Days of Mars), Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049) and Mathew Alan (13 Reasons Why).

Season 2 of Castle Rock will see a feud between warring clans coming to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes gets waylaid in the small town.

Robbins is Reginald “Pop” Merrill. The Patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family, Pop is dying of cancer and at a reckoning with his family.

Hedlund plays John “Ace” Merrill. Castle Rock’s legendary bully, Ace is taking over his uncle Pop’s businesses
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