Fred China talks Beetlejuice fan documentary, crowdfunding

Fred China has been busy over the past month with crowdfunding on Indiegogo for his documentary, Documentary for the Recently Deceased: The Making of Beetlejuice.  The campaign has seven days remaining and has raised only 37% of its $23,000 goal. What’s your background and what qualifies you to make a documentary on Beetlejuice heading into next year’s 30th anniversary of the comedy classic? Fred China:  I have always been a big fan of the movie…

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California Typewriter: Documentary is Nostalgic

California Typewriter is a nostalgic documentary that will make you think about what life was like in the days before computers, smart phones, and the internet. The doc gets its name from California Typewriter, one of the few repair shops left standing.  The shop is dedicated to making sure the typewriters are working. While many of us will send quick notes by email or text, award-winning actor Tom Hanks is one who will still type…

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Good Time: Robert Pattinson makes you forget Twilight

In watching Good Time, you forget that actor Robert Pattinson was ever involved with the Twilight franchise with what is the best performance of his career. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie from a screenplay written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, the crime thriller stars Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Benny Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, Taliah Webster, Peter Verby, and Buddy Duress. Good Time takes us to the streets of New York and follows the…

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The Joker Origin Movie: Martin Scorsese to produce, Todd Phillips direct

Martin Scorsese has come on board to produce an origin film of The Joker for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment with The Hangover’s Todd Phillips on board to direct.  Phillips will co-write the screenplay with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). Is Phillips really the best person to direct this film?  For all the talk about Rotten Tomatoes making or breaking a movie, there’s only two films marked as Certified Fresh for Phillips: Borat:…

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53rd Chicago International Film Festival: First Films Announced

The first films were announced today for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.  This year’s festival will run October 12-26 and will be headlined by special presentations of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Goodbye Christopher Robin, and The Square. One change entering this year’s edition is that Mimi Plauché took over for Michael Kutza as the artistic director of the festival.  Kutza is now the CEO and president of Cinema/Chicago. The following films have been…

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Morgan Freeman to receive 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Actor Morgan Freeman has been named as the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. “I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur,…

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Unleashed: Love knows No Species

Love knows no species in Unleashed, a movie so crazy absurd that one can’t help but just sit back and enjoy it–not knowing what is going to happen next. Written and directed by Finn Taylor, the sci-fi romantic comedy stars Kate Micucci, Steve Howey, Justin Chatwin, Hana Mae Lee, Josh Brener, with Illeana Douglas and Sean Astin. The film starts out as Emma (Micucci) shows her boyfriend, Luke (Brener), an app she’s been working on. …

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A $30 Movie Rental Service is On the Way

A $30 movie rental service is expected to be released in 2018, reports The Hollywood Reporter. According to the report, both Comcast and Amazon have joined Apple in helping to develop a system that will deliver premium VOD titles to be viewed in home for just 30-45 days after they are released in theaters.  It has the potential to be more expensive to rent the movies than it would be to see them in theaters…

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Bushwick: Action Thriller is Realistic and Timely with Civil War

Bushwick may be too timely as it depicts the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn breaking out into an all-out civil war. Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott from a screenplay written by Nick Damici and Graham Reznick, the military invasion thriller stars Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Christian Navarro, Arturo Castro, and Jeremie Harris. As Lucy (Snow) comes home from college and gets off of a New York subway stop in Bushwick, the neighborhood…

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi movie greenlit, time period unknown

NEW UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM Lucasfilm has greenlit an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie to take place in some time period set in the Star Wars universe. What we do know is that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry is in talks to lead the stand-alone story according to The Hollywood Reporter. What we don’t know yet is when in the saga that it will take place.  All betting money appears to be the time period between the end…

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