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Inside the ‘Wonderstruck’ Design Team’s Cabinet of Wonders

Inside the ‘Wonderstruck’ Design Team’s Cabinet of Wonders
If New York’s iconic American Museum of Natural History is the focal point of Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” then the tactile Cabinet of Wonders exhibit is the epicenter. That’s where the worlds of Rose (Millicent Simmonds) and Ben (Oakes Fegley), the two deaf children, converge 50 years apart (1927 and 1977).

“It was like winning the production design lotto,” said Mark Friedberg, who practically grew up at the museum and became a production designer as a result of its stimulating wonderment. “The Cabinet of Wonders is a glorious moment for a girl obsessed with making things and it’s where Rose’s journey stops. And it’s the place where Ben finally realizes he’s on the cusp of figuring out his mystery.”

A Tactile Theater of Memory

For Friedberg, building a set filled with such tactile historical objects is as good as it gets. Cabinets of Wonder, which date back more than 500 years,
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Netflix Greenlights Comedy From Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland & Amy Poehler

Netflix has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to an untitled comedy (fka Russian Doll) from Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland (Bachelorette, Sleeping with Other People) and Amy Poehler, with Lyonne attached to star. Co-created and executive produced by Lyonne, Poehler and Headland, the comedy follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. "Natasha's humor, humanity…
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Check Out This Gorgeous New Thor: Ragnarok Poster

One of the most eagerly anticipated trailers that’s going to come from San Diego Comic-Con has got to be the one for Thor: Ragnarok. Everything we’ve seen so far has knocked our socks off and we see no reason why that trend won’t continue. But, to whet our appetite until later tonight, we’ve got this seriously cool new one sheet – which you can check out down below.

In a Russian Doll configuration, we see Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Anthony Hopkins’ Odin. Fitting all these characters onto one poster would generally mean a dull as dishwater array of floating heads (usually wreathed in photoshopped sparks). But, in what might well be a good sign for the film’s quality, whoever designed this has picked an excellent layout,
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‘Blade Runner’ Scribe Reveals Life in Trailer for Michael Almereyda’s Wes Anderson-Produced ‘Escapes’

It’s exceedingly likely that your primary association with Hampton Fancher is Blade Runner, on which he served as co-writer and executive producer; and if you have another, it’s probably Blade Runner 2049, on which he also served as co-writer and the story’s architect. Little is it known that the scribe, actor, and director has had one of Hollywood’s strangest ascendancies, a trip marked by happenstance, romance, crossing paths with legends, and perhaps divine fate — a series of stories so good that Michael Almereyda (Marjorie Prime, Experimenter) turned them into a feature-length documentary whose intoxicating style is somewhere between the career-spanning De Palma and juxtaposition-heavy films of Thom Anderson (Los Angeles Plays Itself).

Escapes, executive produced by Wes Anderson, begins its theatrical run in just under two weeks, and we’re happy to exclusively debut the trailer courtesy of Grasshopper Film. Word has been strong since it premiered at BAMcinemaFest last month,
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BAMcinemaFest Review: ‘Escapes’ is a Seductive, Larger-Than-Life Look at Hampton Fancher

Escapes isn’t the only Michael Almereyda film showing at BAMcinemaFest this year. In fact, it’s not even Almereyda’s only festival entry dealing with memory (the other is melancholic sci-fi tale Marjorie Prime), but it’s certainly the one in which he best approaches how we remember. The documentary (executive produced by Wes Anderson) centers on the life of B-list actor Hampton Fancher, who achieved moderate success largely in part to a lanky handsomeness that made him the right type to play brooding cowboys, con men, and an assortment of supporting characters in TV shows and obscure European films. But what Fancher lacked in prestigious roles he more than made up for in outlandish life experiences, which ranged from becoming a flamenco dancer at age 15 to being picked up in the street and put in a film. Perhaps his most remarkable achievement, and the reason why Almereyda even made a whole film about him, is that he wrote the screenplay for Blade Runner after an unusual encounter with Philip K. Dick.

But reading about Fancher’s life doesn’t compare to hearing him narrate it, and Almereyda makes the most of this Dickensian hero’s qualities by having him share some of his most unique anecdotes. Narration is juxtaposed with cleverly selected and edited shots from TV and film appearances — as well as those of other celebrities mentioned, e.g. his friend Brian Kelly of Flipper fame, and his former romantic partners Teri Garr, Sue Lyon, and Barbara Hershey — that give Escapes the shape of a collage or a Russian doll, depending on how Fancher is telling the story.

In allowing him to speak his mind, Almereyda turns Fancher into an unreliable narrator who isn’t always totally likable. He speaks ill of women and calls Mexican immigrants “wetbacks,” like the racist relative who claims he just never learned the right terms for non-white people. Since his stories are so self-centered and full of terms that make one squirm, it’s easy to wonder if he’s telling the truth. Are his anecdotes based in reality or simply an actor’s attempt to make his life sound more grandiose than it was? When he tells of a time the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. was opened only for him, we can envy the privilege, but also wonder if it wasn’t just a case of him showing up earlier, at an hour when it would’ve seemed he was all by himself.

Fancher seduces the ear and imagination by relentlessly spitting names and dates, giving us no time to breathe and question his remarks. But if you look past his occasionally unpleasant way of telling stories, he proves to be an anachronistic figure, a man trapped in the amber of Hollywood dreams. Perhaps all of his tales are true — but were that the case, the film’s title would seem odd. Who would want to escape a life of such adventure? Almereyda uses a title card in which Tinseltown is referred to as the “land of make believe,” and if that’s true, Fancher could very well crown himself a prince of pretense — a man born to be in the movies.

Escapes screened at BAMcinemaFest and opens on July 26.
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Exclusive: How Emily Hampshire's Breakout TV Roles Are Messing Up Her Dating Life

Exclusive: How Emily Hampshire's Breakout TV Roles Are Messing Up Her Dating Life
Sometimes Emily Hampshire slips into character during dates.

Things get awkward, the Canadian actress tells Et, when her courter suddenly realizes that she's not Stevie Budd, the deadpan, buttoned-up motel clerk she hilariously portrays on Pop TV's Schitt's Creek, which just finished airing a critically acclaimed third season earlier this year. In fact, Hampshire, who frequently breaks into uproarious giggle fits during our freewheeling interview, couldn't be more infectiously giddy and refreshingly forthcoming.

"I feel bad that I'm not Stevie for them, that I'm not as cool as Stevie," the 35-year-old actress says. "They meet me and they're like, 'Oh, you're way more animated than Stevie is.' I can hear the disappointment in their voice."

That's when, she acknowledges, "I try to overcompensate for not being Stevie."

So then they get Jennifer Goines, the brainy but unhinged heroine she plays on Syfy's 12 Monkeys. If you know Jennifer, you know this means Hampshire's dates end with
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Guillermo del Toro: How Netflix’s ‘Trollhunters’ Reconnected Him With the Joy of Childhood (And ‘Fraiser’)

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Guillermo del Toro: How Netflix’s ‘Trollhunters’ Reconnected Him With the Joy of Childhood (And ‘Fraiser’)
Here is an image to cherish: Guillermo del Toro, as a young boy, “watching a TV series on the floor, on my belly, with a glass of milk and a plate of cookies.” It represents more than just a pleasant memory for the director when it comes to “Trollhunters,” the new animated series he co-created for Dreamworks and Netflix. In crafting the story of Jim (played by Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away earlier this year), a young man who gets chosen by a mystical amulet to serve as protector of a hidden troll kingdom, del Toro hopes to capture the spirit of the shows he grew up watching, including classic adventure series like “Jonny Quest.”

Read More: ‘Trollhunters’ Featurette: Guillermo Del Toro and the Cast Reveal the Mythology Behind the Animated Series

While the visual master is best known for dark tales of childhood like “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labrynth,
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Locarno Blog. "The Party"

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The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 2 - 12.If I think back to my earliest memories of the cinema, one fact—along with the names of certain films—leaps to mind. Or rather, not a fact, but a sensation. A sensation that fades into a hazy memory. At the movies I laughed at the twists and turns of bodies that could transpose acrobatic moves into everyday life, and at other bodies, too, ones that really were made of rubber, or seemed to be. Bodies that could be bent out of shape and absorb incredible falls, shocks and
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I, Spy?: "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe"

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Mubi is showing The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972) from November 17 - December 16, 2016 in the United States.There is deception throughout The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe. Sometimes, it’s deliberate; sometimes, it’s not. From the sleight of hand card trickery that plays out under its opening credits to its hilariously enacted case of intentionally-mistaken identity, the film is an increasing volley of duplicity and modified perception. But it’s more than just what happens in the film. This 1972 spy movie send-up is itself a cleverly crafted ruse, a straight-faced farce that incorporates most everything one associates the cinematic sub-genre and slyly points out the subtle silliness inherent in its recurrent conventions. Characters and the viewer will often see something and assume it to mean something—one is accustomed to always looking for clues and revealing “tells” in a movie like this—only to have
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‘Stan Against Evil’ Trailer: Series Adaption of Cult Horror Movie Recalls ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’

‘Stan Against Evil’ Trailer: Series Adaption of Cult Horror Movie Recalls ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’
One disgruntled former sheriff and 172 demons and witches, what’s he to do? Fight them, of course! IFC’s new horror-comedy series “Stan Against Evil” is another unique twist on the usual monster shows. A new trailer for the upcoming series was released during New York Comic Con, which you can check out below.

Created by Dana Gould, the half-hour show stars John C. McGinley as a police sheriff who is forced into retirement after he loses his position due to an angry outburst. Having trouble relinquishing his authority, he teams up with new sheriff Evie Barret (Janey Varney) to battle a plague of unleashed demons that start haunting their small New England town.

Read More: ‘Stan Against Evil’ Exclusive Teaser: John McGinley Stars as a Gruff Sheriff Who Has To Fight Demons In New IFC Series

The show has previously been compared to “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” but that
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The Forbidden Room review – fearsome journey without a compass

Submarines, snow and brain surgery collide in these dazzling but bewildering tales within tales

Guy Maddin’s typically bewildering latest has its creative roots in the 2010 film-loop installation Hauntings, which grew into the internet Seances project; a series of short films nominally inspired by lost titles of the 20s and 30s. Created in conjunction with Evan Johnson (who gets a co-director credit), The Forbidden Room is a cinematic Russian doll of tales within tales – tales of the snow and the cave; of submarines laden with Wages of Fear-style unstable blasting jelly; of doppelgängers, demons and two-faced gods; of volcanic sacrifices and monstrous couplings; of brain surgery, memory and madness. The heavily post-produced images jump from faux-scratchy black and white to the damaged hues of two-strip Technicolor, silent movie intertitles overlapping with sound-era dialogue in a postmodern meringue of pulp cliche as the screen pulsates like infernal internal organs, or
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Scream Queens episode 9 review: Ghost Stories

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Scream Queens returns to form in its latest episode, Ghost Stories, written by showrunner Ryan Murphy...

This review contains spoilers.

1.9 Ghost Stories

Warts and all, Scream Queens is a show you can't help but fall in love with. It's bold, irreverent, funny and entertaining, but storytelling has been its downfall. The most recent instalments - Beware Of Young Girls and Mommie Dearest - were the weakest we've had yet and there was a genuine fear that those episodes could sound the death knell for a show that started so brilliantly. But this week's visit to Kappa Kappa Tau, Ghost Stories, is up there with Seven Minutes In Hell - and an absolute treat.

More character development, an advance in the Red Devil mystery, a tighter focus, a more inclusive cast and a perfect comedy-horror balance was on my wishlist for Ghost Stories after the duds in previous weeks.
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The Speed of Causality: Michael Mann's "Blackhat"

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“Look at where you are.”

(Spoilers abound.)

Michael Mann’s new film, Blackhat, is a paradox of magnitudes and proximities. The scale is global, as announced in the opening shots that rhyme with the Universal logo just prior and, thanks to the dissolves down to Earth, Charles and Ray Eames' 1977 Powers of Ten. Once on ground, in a nuclear reactor’s control room, the powers of cinema take us yet deeper, smaller, to see how fast data travels across minuscule relays inside a screen, a computer, a network. And this data, or code, is made visible as points of light—dots arrayed and racing in tandem with the image (itself a fiction of code, or data) of this new vast universe—given weight through the thunder and crackle of sound design—a truly cinematic sequence of movement/animation no text can replicate.

This opening serves to illustrate the mechanisms
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Cosmic Landscape: Method Studios & Guardians of the Galaxy

With Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 24, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Greg Steele about the visual effects work contributed by Method Studios..

“At the vendor level most of the stuff is fairly dictated to you in terms of what they want you to do,” explains Method Studios Visual Effects Supervisor Greg Steele when discussing home much creative freedom the VFX company had with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). “At the same time we would have to do artwork, mock things up and try to give them different variations so they could work it out to the point where you need to put something into production. There was a lot of interesting collaboration and creative back and forth that happened so it was fun.” A virtual face to face communication workflow was implemented. “Even though they were in Burbank and we are in Santa Monica,
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Grayson Perry: Who Are You review it takes a real artist to get to the heart of Chris Huhne

The Turner prize-winner has been commissioned to add some diverse new subjects to the National Portrait Gallery. But this isnt portraiture, its psychological detective work

Read Mark Lawson on how Grayson Perry has revolutionised art on TV

Chris is sitting for Grayson, as in sitting for a portrait. Thats Chris the former cabinet minister who went to jail for perverting the course of justice after getting his then wife to take his speeding points, and whose fall from grace has been so spectacular that he has recently been eking out a living writing a column for the Guardian (imagine!). And Grayson the artist, Turner prize-winner, sometime dress-wearer, now maker of television. Because this is Grayson Perry: Who Are You? (Channel 4).

Getting a portrait done by Grayson isnt simply a question of sitting still. For him, its not so much about what a subject looks like as who they think they are.
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Eiff 2014: Liar’s Dice Review

Starting in a remote village on the Indo-Tibetan border and finishing in downtown Delhi, Geethu Mohandas’ low budget Hindi film is essentially a game of road trip chess. Deception and evasion are key, but this sociopolitical tale underwhelms more than it thrills, despite an intense performance from Bollywood veteran Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa) hasn’t heard a peep from her husband since he left to work on a construction site in Delhi five months earlier. As paranoia and worry begin to suffocate, she leaves her snowy surroundings in search of an answer. With no one to look after her Russian doll-like daughter Manya (Manya Gupta), the three-year-old bundle of joy joins her mother’s weary journey, bringing along her impeccably well-behaved baby goat.

The early stages of their passage unexpectedly introduce them to rucksack-sporting army deserter, Nawazuddin (Siddiqui): a mysterious presence who continually offers his assistance. Similarly to Kamala,
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FIFA 2014 World Cup opening ceremony: Live Blog and Funniest Tweets

Football, football, football. It's all anybody is going to bang on about for the next month. Or at least until England get knocked out on penalties anyway.

However, even for those who don't care for the delights of 22 men running around hoofing a ball and rolling around like pansies, there is something to enjoy tonight. The World Cup Opening Ceremony.

Jack Wilshere, Gerard Pique: World Cup 2014's hottest footballers, part 1

BBC pundits' World Cup guide: Who will win? Are England doomed?

Announcing Digital Spy's World Cup of football games

8 World Cup anthems for 2014: The Good, The Bad... and The Macarooney

World Cup 2014: Andy Bates teaches DS how to make Brazilian footie snacks

With Jennifer Lopez booked to perform, and the promise of an extraordinary samba festival, the party in Sao Paulo promises to be great entertainment.

If nothing else, we can also enjoy chuckling at Adrian Chiles bumbling
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Belfast Film Festival, Bradford International Film Festival: this week's new film events

Belfast Film Festival | Bradford International Film Festival | Drive In Film Club | The Double Q+A

Belfast Film Festival

The new films at this eclectic festival encompass everything from an Icelandic human/equine romcom (Of Horses And Men to a Kristin Scott Thomas/Daniel Auteuil marriage drama (Before The Winter Chill) to a Liam Neeson-narrated doc on Northern Irish motorbike racing (Road) – not to mention a Siberian heist movie involving telekinetic dwarves (The Distance). There are cult screenings, social-outreach documentaries, films in choice venues (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou on the Belfast Barge), Dawn Of The Dead with a live score by giallo greats Goblin, and Mark Cousins and David Holmes sneaking a short snippet of their new film I Am Belfast.

Various venues, Thu to 5 Apr

Bradford International Film Festival

You want international? How about a British film about Chinese women in Dubai? Or a French study of
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Johnny Weir Takes Dog As Sobbing Husband Watches

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An insane scene played out today in Johnny Weir's divorce case ... ending with Johnny taking the family dog out of their apartment ... as his sobbing husband Victor helplessly watched.TMZ broke the story ... Johnny has filed for divorce and it's turned vicious. Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... both Johnny and Victor rushed to court Friday.  Victor got a restraining order against Johnny, claiming the Olympian attacked him March 5 by hitting him in
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Gff 2014: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is perhaps Wes Anderson’s most ambitious film to date, and one of his best

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Written and directed by Wes Anderson

USA/UK/Germany, 2014

More than perhaps any other director, the work of Ernst Lubitsch has been the most noticeable influence on Wes Anderson’s style. Though the great German-American writer-director, most prolific in the 1930s and 1940s, was never quite so aesthetically bold in the look of his sets, he too was preoccupied with meticulous staging for comedy within his chosen locales, be they the titular Shop Around the Corner or the Parisian hotel of Ninotchka; The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in a fictional European country, the Republic of Zubrowka, another Lubitsch trait from works like The Merry Widow and The Love Parade, though The Shop Around the Corner happens to be set in the city Anderson’s mountaintop lodging house takes its name from. He garnered the descriptor of ‘the Lubitsch touch’ thanks to the moving sincerity that
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