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Busan Review: ‘Aurora’ is a Profound Postmodern Parable

As Asia’s premier film festival, Busan offers a comprehensive look at the latest cinematic gems from the vast continent, including the often neglected region of Central Asia. Hailing from Kyrgyzstan, writer/director Bekzat Pirmatov’s feature debut Aurora is an at times profoundly strange, at times simply profound postmodern parable. It marks the arrival of a potent new voice and deserves to be included in any festival lineup – Asian or beyond.

The episodically-structured film begins with an extended prologue: a newsreel informs us of a sanatorium called “Aurora,” a relic from the Soviet era tucked away in the mountains. We proceed to meet a middle-aged lady at a bar in said lakeside resort/institution who starts a rather silly argument with the bartender over the way he addresses her. The incident is followed by another, seemingly unrelated one in the restaurant next door, where a veteran TV presenter is
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Women From This State May Have More of an Advantage With Bachelor Colton Underwood

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Women From This State May Have More of an Advantage With Bachelor Colton Underwood
If Colton Underwood proposes at the end of The Bachelor season 23, it's likely they'll move in together before tying the knot. But where would they move? Well, we don't know where the woman lives yet, but we can tell you where he's from. Colton grew up in Washington, Il, which is about two and a half hours southwest of Chicago. However, now he lives in Denver - you may remember his hometown date on The Bachelorette where he brought Becca Kufrin to Aurora to meet his family. Colton often travels outside of Colorado to visit with kids and learn more about cystic fibrosis as part of the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation he founded. But he seems to be close with his family, so fingers crossed the woman he ends up with likes the Centennial State!
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Toronto Film Review: Jamie Bell in ‘Donnybrook’

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Toronto Film Review: Jamie Bell in ‘Donnybrook’
Best known as the kid from an English coal-mining town who wanted to dance, one-time “Billy Elliot” star Jamie Bell has grown rugged with age. In director Tim Sutton’s dark, bruise-inducingly poetic “Donnybrook,” he plays Jarhead Earl, a former U.S. Marine who’s stuck in comparably grim economic circumstances. Eighteen long years have turned the actor’s once-angelic features tough. Disappearing into the role, instead of beaming with hope and possibility, his face reveals a man who’s seen rock bottom. He’s a fighter in the most literal sense — a scrappy, slightly runty pugilist who knows no other way to escape his trailer-park existence than to go up against the county’s most dangerous thugs in the death match that gives this haunting, slow-burn thriller its name.

Actually, the Donnybrook might be a death match. Even by the end of the film, one can’t be too sure what the well-kept secret is,
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Busan Festival to Open With North Korea Drama ‘Beautiful Days’

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South Korean filmmaker Jero Yun’s “Beautiful Days” has been announced as the opening title of the Busan International Film Festival, Korea’s biggest film festival.

Starring Lee Na-young, “Beautiful Days” depicts the story of a woman who abandons her husband and child to escape North Korea for a better life abroad. Martial arts drama, “Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy,” by Hong Kong’s Yuen Woo-ping will close the festival.

“‘Beautiful Days’ sees the dissolution and restoration of a family, and also that its subject is very timely,” said festival director Jay Jeon.

For its twenty third edition, the Busan film festival has selected 323 films from 79 countries. That includes 115 world premieres and 25 international premieres.

The festival’s Gala Presentation section screens only three films this year. They are world premieres of Stanley Kwan’s “First Night Nerves” and Zhang Lu’s “Ode to the Goose,” and Tsukamoto Shinya’s “Killing.
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‘Aurora': Watch the Mesmerizing Trailer for Yam Laranas’ Shipwreck Ghost Story (Exclusive Video)

‘Aurora': Watch the Mesmerizing Trailer for Yam Laranas’ Shipwreck Ghost Story (Exclusive Video)
Aurora,” the upcoming horror thriller from director Yam Laranas, isn’t going to help you sleep easy: it’s the story of a perilous search for bodies after a shipwreck off a forgotten island. But the dead have their own agenda.

Laranas, who once made this excellent video for TheWrap about how to create a great horror movie, puts all his skills to work on “Aurora.” Shot in Batanes, the remote northernmost island of the Philippines, about 200 miles from Taiwan, provides the setting for a young woman (Anne Curtis) to receive a harrowing proposition.

Watch the trailer above.

Also Read: How to Make a Horror Movie (Video)

Here’s the film’s logline:

The passenger ship Aurora mysteriously collides into the rocky sea threatening an entire island and a young woman and her sister’s lives who must survive to stay alive by finding missing dead bodies for a bounty…
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Haugesund to present 16 Nordic works in progress

Haugesund to present 16 Nordic works in progress
Completed films will also screen at the New Nordic Films Market, including ‘X&Y’.

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films Market has confirmed the 24 completed films that will screen during the event, as well as the 16 works in progress projects that will be presented.

“We are proud to present a programme that reflects high quality, with a strong and exciting line up from new and emerging talents,” said Gyda Myklebust, programme director for New Nordic Films.

Completed films screening in the market include Anna Odell’s hotly anticipated X&Y; the second of three Utoya-related films this year, Carl Javer’s Reconstructing Utoya
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Korea’s Cj Entertainment to Develop 10 Movies in Hollywood (Exclusive)

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South Korea’s leading movie studio, Cj Entertainment, is developing 10 film projects in Hollywood. Two of them, North American versions of “Miss Granny” and “Hide and Seek,” are set to start production this year.

Cj Entertainment, part of the Cj E&M conglomerate that also owns TV channels and TV production companies, confirmed the details in emails with Variety on Monday. Production expansion outside creative, but crowded, Korea also matches the internationalization of its Cj-cgv exhibition chain, which is now one of the world’s top five.

“We’re proceeding with our global productions as planned. There will be more projects added to the lineup, including both remakes and originals,” spokesperson Yoon In-ho told Variety. Cj has previously indicated production budgets of up to $35 million for its U.S. pictures.

3Pas Studio is currently attaching cast for its Spanish-language remake of 2014 romantic comedy “Miss Granny,” Cj’s most successful international franchise to date.
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Angelina Jolie Films Maleficent 2 in London — with All Six Kids Going to School on Set!

It’s a family affair on the set of Disney’s Maleficent 2!

Angelina Jolie made her return to acting earlier this month when production began on Maleficent 2 with her kids joining her on the London family friendly set.

Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne are all on set with their famous mom and continuing their school work in a designated trailer.

Elle Fanning, who is returning as Princess Aurora, broke the news on her Instagram that she had reunited with Jolie after the 2014 movie raked in more than more than $750 million worldwide.

It's bring
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First look at Angelina Jolie on set of Maleficent 2

With the London based production well underway on the sequel to 2014’s $750 million grossing Maleficent, Princess Aurora herself, Elle Fanning, has shared a first look at Angelina Jolie in her iconic horns for the fairytale sequel.

It’s bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!!

A post shared by Elle Fanning (@ellefanning) on May 29, 2018 at 10:34am Pdt

Maleficent 2 will see Angelina Jolie reprising her role as the Mistress of All Evil, with Elle Fanning returning as Aurora. Harris Dickinson (Trust) will play the Prince, taking over from Brenton Thwaites who is unable to return due to his commitments to the DC series Titans. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actress Jenn Murray. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange), Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) are also on board, with the latter playing the new villain.

Maleficent 2 will be directed by
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First Look! Angelina Jolie Reunites with Elle Fanning in Maleficent 2 — and Michelle Pfeiffer Joins

First Look! Angelina Jolie Reunites with Elle Fanning in Maleficent 2 — and Michelle Pfeiffer Joins
Angelina Jolie is putting on those famous horns again.

The 42-year-old actress, director and activist is officially in London filming Maleficent 2 — the sequel to her blockbuster 2014 movie that raked in more than more than $750 million worldwide and earned praise for Jolie.

Jolie is joined by Elle Fanning, who is reprising her role as Princess Aurora, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The legendary actress is joining the film as Queen Ingrith, setting up some epic scenes between her and Jolie’s dark fairy, Maleficent. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Harris Dickinson are also joining the film, while Oscar nominee Lesley Manville reprises
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Maleficent 2 casts David Gyasi

Disney’s Maleficent 2, the sequel to the studio’s hit 2014 film starring Angelina Jolie as the title ‘villain’, has just gained another actor for its ensemble cast. According to Deadline, David Gyasi will star in the film in an as-yet-unrevealed role.

Maleficent 2 will see Angelina Jolie reprising her role as the Mistress of All Evil, with Elle Fanning returning as Aurora. Harris Dickinson (Trust) will play the Prince, taking over from Brenton Thwaites who is unable to return due to his commitments to the DC series Titans.

The film is really ramping up its production as it casts more roles. Just the other day the film gained Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actress Jenn Murray. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange), Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) have also joined the film recently, with the latter playing the new villain.

Maleficent 2 is
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Deadpool 2 Easter Egg Teases Another X-Men Superhero Team

As you probably know, Deadpool 2‘s main purpose is to introduce the X-Force to moviegoing audiences before the militant mutant super-team gets their own spinoff, which is set to go before the cameras later this year. You might have missed a subtle visual joke in the sequel, however, which teases another X-Men-related superhero group from the pages of Marvel Comics. Specifically, Alpha Flight – the Canadian team of costumed heroes.

If you look at the advertisement on top of Dopinder’s cab during Deadpool 2, you can see that it concerns an airline company which promises “cheap flights, last-minute deals and travel insurance.” Its name? Alpha Flight, in a hilarious nod to the comic book team of the same name.

For those unfamiliar, Alpha Flight were created by X-Men legends Chris Claremont and John Byrne in 1979. Initially just a part of Wolverine’s backstory – he was a member of
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Maleficent 2 adds Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actress

Walt Disney Pictures and director Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) continue to fill out the cast of the upcoming Maleficent sequel, with Variety reporting that Jenn Murray (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) has becom the latest addition.

Maleficent 2 will see Angelina Jolie reprising her role as the Mistress of All Evil, with Elle Fanning returning as AuroraHarris Dickinson (Trust) will play the Prince, taking over from Brenton Thwaites who is unable to return due to his commitments to the DC series Titans.

Other new additions to the cast include Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange), Michelle Pfeiffer (Murder on the Orient Express) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool), with the latter playing the villain.

Maleficent 2 is set to go into production later this year, with Ronning directing from a script originally penned by Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) and Linda Woolverton (The Lion King
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‘Like Crazy’ Director Drake Doremus Prepping The Supernatural Romance ‘Aurora’

Filmmaker Drake Doremus has been on our radars for several years now, ever since the release of his 2011 film “Like Crazy,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Since then, Doremus has released several films that have been very well-received by critics. And his next project is lining up to be something we’re going to want to keep our eyes on.

Now comes reports that Doremus is lining up his next film, a romantic drama called “Aurora.” He’s teaming up with the Korean production company, Cj Entertainment, that released the amazing films “The Handmaiden” and “Snowpiercer.” “Aurora” tells the story of a widower that lives in alone in Iceland, 25 years after his wife’s death.
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Drake Doremus To Direct Romantic-Drama ‘Aurora’ For Korean Powerhouse Cj Entertainment — Cannes

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Drake Doremus To Direct Romantic-Drama ‘Aurora’ For Korean Powerhouse Cj Entertainment — Cannes
Exclusive: Like Crazy director Drake Doremus is to direct romantic-drama Aurora for Korean production and distribution powerhouse Cj Entertainment, I can reveal.

The Handmaiden and Snowpiercer backer Cj, which is ramping up its multi-territory production slate, is developing, producing and financing the movie, which is being scripted by Salvador Paskowitz, co-writer of The Age of Adaline.

The project, currently in development, is described to me as a “sweeping romantic drama with a supernatural elements.” It follows a widower who, 25 years after his wife’s death, continues to live alone in Iceland. When a young man comes into his life with a mysterious connection to his past the two develop an uneasy relationship, causing them to question their identities and their past lives.

Producing for Cj Entertainment will be Tae-sung Jeong, CEO of Cj Entertainment, Francis Chung, VP of Global Co-Productions and Head of U.S. Production as well as director Doremus.
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Michelle Pfeiffer joins Angelina Jolie in Maleficent 2

According to Variety, Michelle Pfeiffer is set to join the cast of Disney’s upcoming Maleficent sequel, where she’ll join the returning Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) and Elle Fanning (Aurora), as well as new addition Ed Skrein (Deadpool).

The sequel to the 2014 box office hit, an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent 2 is being directed by Joachim Ronning, who recently helmed another Disney sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is thought that Pfeiffer will portray the Queen.

See Also: Angelina Jolie says Maleficent 2 “is going to be a really strong sequel”

After scoring an Emmy nomination for her role in HBO’s Wizard of Lies, Pfeiffer has recently been seen in Darren Aronofsky’s mother! and the Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express. She will next appear as Janet Van Dyne in the Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp,
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Jack Nicholson (‘Terms of Endearment’) blasts off after being voted top Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Jack Nicholson (‘Terms of Endearment’) blasts off after being voted top Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]
Jack Nicholson may be known more for his leading roles, but he just won Gold Derby’s poll of Best Supporting Actor Oscar winners of the 1980s. Nicholson has been voted your favorite Best Supporting Actor of that decade, for his performance as retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove in James L. Brooks‘ Best Picture winner “Terms of Endearment” (1983).

SEEMeryl Streep (‘Sophie’s Choice’) is clear choice for top Best Actress Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Nicholson won with 19% of the vote, narrowly beating several beloved performances. Denzel Washington (“Glory”) came in second place with 16%, followed by Sean Connery (“The Untouchables”) and Kevin Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda”) at 15% each. Timothy Hutton (“Ordinary People”) finished out the top five at 13%.

Beyond this five there was a drop-off, with Michael Caine (“Hannah and Her Sisters”) netting 7%, Louis Gossett Jr. (“An Officer and a Gentleman”) and Haing S. Ngor (“The Killing Fields”) at 5% each and
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Ed Skrein to star as the villain in Maleficent sequel

It looks like the sequel to Disney’s 2014 film Maleficent is finally picking up speed. According to Variety, Ed Skrein (Deadpool) will portray the film’s villain opposite the returning Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning as Maleficent and Aurora, more commonly known as Sleeping Beauty.

Skrein’s villainous role is being kept under wraps, but the film is expected to begin production sometime this spring. Joachim R∅nning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will direct the film, replacing the original’s Robert Stromberg, from a script written by Linda Woolverton, who wrote the first film, and Jez Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow). Joe Roth is returning as a producer.

The first Maleficent told the story of Sleeping Beauty, but from the perspective of the evil Maleficent. Beginning as a hopeful and fairly kind creature, Maleficent fell to darkness after suffering the cruelties of humanity and being betrayed
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner of 1980s: Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington … ? [Poll]
Like the other acting winners of the 1980s, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to big stars and character actors alike. The ’80s featured big-name winners like Jack Nicholson, Kevin Kline, Sean Connery and Michael Caine alongside hardworking veterans like John Gielgud, Louis Gossett Jr. and Don Ameche. The Academy also rewarded emerging talent, like Timothy Hutton, Haing S. Ngor and the now double-champ Denzel Washington.

So who is your favorite Best Supporting Actor winner of the 1980s? Look back on each performance and be sure to vote in our poll below.

Timothy Hutton, “Ordinary People” (1980) — Hutton came out of the gate strong with his heartbreaking performance in Best Picture winner “Ordinary People.” Hutton plays Conrad Jarrett, a teenager wracked with guilt after his brother is killed in a boating accident. Hutton is clearly the lead of the film, but at age 20, the studio may have felt it fairer
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