ENTERTAINMENT 04/29/2018 09:03 am ET The Oscar-winning director of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist" discusses his new documentary, the Trumpian zeitgeist and the "evil" in the world. By Matthew Jacobs In 1973, William Friedkin released “The Exorcist,” one of the highest-grossing and most applauded horror movies in history. In 2018, William Friedkin released “The Devil and the Father Amorth,” a documentary about exorcisms. The movie landscape has drastically changed in the intervening years, but William Friedkin hasn’t. He is still a dazzling raconteur. His most recent fiction features, “Bug” (2006) and “Killer Joe” (2011), boast the same moody panache seen in the movies that launched his career, including “The Boys in the Band” (1970), “The French Connection” (1971), “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer” (1977) and “To Live and Die in L.A.” (1985). And, at 82, … [Read more...] about William Friedkin’s Faith In Exorcisms Is Unwavering. As For Diversity In Hollywood? It ‘Snags’ Him.
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Chattanooga Film Festival was unleashed its first full wave of titles for 2018. Based on this new announcement, there is a lot of to be excited about. Finally, the fest has also announced a slew of special events including a lecture by Joe Bob Briggs on The History of Exploitation Cinema, a Paperbacks From Hell event with Grady Hendrix and a special live episode of the popular Shock Waves podcast. The full list of first wave titles along with official synopses is provided below. LU OVER THE WALL | Director Masaaki Yuasa New kid Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking and isolated in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. When he demonstrates a proficiency at making music on his synthesizer, his classmates invite him to join their nascent garage band, but their practice sessions soon bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance - whether they … [Read more...] about Chattanooga 2018 Unleashes Its First Wave of Films Along with Some Great Special Events!
If audience interest is any indication, Deep Blue Sea 2 should be a big hit when it finally arrives on Blu-ray and DVD later this year. But sometimes, the trailer gets all the attention yet no one really wants to watch the whole thing. Two minutes is enough. Whichever side you fall on when it comes to Deep Blue Sea 2, we now have the full Blu-ray and DVD details along with an awesome poster that will send chills down your spine and reignite your passion for shark movies. Building the better shark still isn't a good idea in Deep Blue Sea 2, the long-awaited sequel to the hit theatrical thriller coming this spring from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The feature-length film arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital starting April 17, 2018. In Deep Blue Sea 2, shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre) is invited to consult on a new, top secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach). She believes the project, performed at a remote, … [Read more...] about Deep Blue Sea 2 DVD Details Arrive with Chilling New Poster
Never mind the Ant-Man director drama. Marvel Studios has found its helmer to bring superhero Doctor Strange to the big screen, with Scott Derrickson signing on to direct the Marvel feature. Doctor Strange, who made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe more than 50 years ago, in 1963, is a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme -- the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. The character was first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the pages of Strange Tales No. 110. STORY: Why 'Ant-Man' Director Edgar Wright Exited Marvel's Superhero Movie Though Marvel's Ant-Man hit a few snags over the past month when director Edgar Wright exited the project and then his potential replacement Adam McKay dropped out of talks, the studio is moving full stream ahead on Doctor Strange. Marvel also is looking to hire a writer for Doctor Strange, and Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are said to be in the mix. … [Read more...] about Scott Derrickson to Direct Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ (Exclusive)
As a precocious youngster growing up in Singapore, Tan and her friends Jasmine and Sophie admired the can-do spirit of US independent filmmaking and planned to shoot Shirkers, a thriller written by the young Tan in which she would star as a female assassin.Under the tutelage of mysterious American film school teacher Georges Cardona, who agreed to direct, the youngsters shot the film, guerilla-style in the 1990s. Then Cardona disappeared with the 16mm footage. Years later Tan, now living in California, began to receive boxes of footage from Cardona’s widow sent and set about reconstructing Shirkers – and her life.Shirkers premieres on Sunday at 11.30am at the Egyptian Theatre and screens again on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Submarine handles sales.So you’re a grown woman living in California with this heart-wrenching experience from decades ago. Did you ever think you’d see the footage again?I had lost all hope and was preparing to debut my doorstop … [Read more...] about Sandi Tan on Sundance doc ‘Shirkers’: ‘I was trying to think of it as an exorcism.’