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OH YES THEY DID: Super Villain Koch Brothers Are Secret Investors in Mega-Successful ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie

Steven Mnuchin brought in the right-wing power brokers, as well as Bill Gates, to help fund such Hollywood projects as ‘Dunkirk’ and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming ‘Ready Player One.’

Tatiana Siegel reports: Though they might be the most reviled figures among Hollywood’s liberal crowd, the Koch brothers have been a silent investor in Warner Bros.‘ slate of movies for four years.

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Sources say Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch — who are worth a combined $96.2 billion and wield enormous power in political circles as major backers of right-wing politicians — took a significant stake valued at tens of millions of dollars in RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Now-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin brought the brothers in as investors as part of a $450 million deal struck in 2013 — a move that was never disclosed because RatPac-Dune is a private company.

Though Mnuchin is no longer involved with the slate financing facility, having recently put his stake into a blind trust in order to avoid a conflict of interest, the Koch brothers continue to be stakeholders in such films as Wonder Woman, Dunkirk and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One.

A RatPac spokesperson didn’t respond to a request. A spokesperson for Koch Industries says, “Charles Koch, David Koch and Koch Industries do not have any involvement with this investment.”

The brothers aren’t the only unlikely billionaires who have sunk money into the Warner Bros. deal. Sources say Mnuchin also brought in Bill Gates for an amount similar to the Koch brothers’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ in Preproduction

Paul Miller writes: Mayor Clint Eastwood became famous playing fictional tough guys like Rowdy Yates and Dirty Harry. Lately, he’s achieved even greater fame as the director of films about real-life heroes — including Iraq vet Chris Kyle and pilot Sully Sullenberger.

Now, Eastwood is working on his next project, about three friends who stopped a terrorist attack two years ago on a train in France. One of them, a U.S. Air Force enlisted man named Spencer Stone, did something very few people have done and lived to tell about: Without a weapon or anything to defend himself, he charged a fanatical and heavily armed enemy, knocking him to the ground. And then he and his friends, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, disarmed the man and rendered him unconscious, saving dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent lives in the process.

“It was a very important event, because there were so many people on the train, and the guy had hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and he could have done a tremendous amount of damage,” Eastwood said. “And there’s no reason to think he wasn’t going to.”

At his office on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Eastwood is busy these days refining the shooting schedule, while his casting directors are choosing the actors, costumers are picking the outfits, and set designers are planning the shots — all routine tasks for a major Hollywood picture. But the film, “The 15:17 to Paris,” which Eastwood says will probably be released later this year, has a story that promises to be unprecedented in its heart-stopping impact, yet which carries a timeless message of people putting their lives on the line to protect others.

[Read the full story here, at The Carmel Pine Cone]

“My buddies and I were on a trip around Europe,” Stone told The Pine Cone this week from a family cabin at Lake Tahoe. He’d known the men — Sadler, a student at Sacramento State, and Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard — since their childhood in a Sacramento suburb. “Anthony and I started the trip in Rome, and then we went to Venice, Munich and Berlin. And then Alek, who was coming off a tour of duty in Afghanistan, joined us in Amsterdam.”

Their next destination was to be Paris, and on August 21, 2015, they boarded a high-speed train set to leave Amsterdam at 3:17 p.m. (15:17 on the 24-hour clock used in Europe) for the French capital. “As we boarded,” Stone said, “we noticed there didn’t seem to be any security — no metal detectors, no bag check. Nothing.”

But they didn’t think much about it, and the men — off duty and in civilian clothes — soon settled into their first class seats, had a meal and a little wine, checked the internet, and promptly went to sleep.

“We were always on the go, and for us, trains rides were a chance to take a nap,” Stone said.

A brief stop at the Gare Midi in Brussels woke them up — but for only a moment, Stone said. They had no idea a 25-year-old Moroccan man, Ayub El Ghazzani, had boarded in Brussels carrying a deadly backpack.

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As the train hurtled through the European countryside, the three friends dozed, and the next thing Stone remembers was being awakened when a train crew member sprinted past him toward the front of the train. Taking off his noise-reducing headphones, Stone says he heard glass shatter behind him, and people gasping and screaming. Turning around to look in the direction of the noise, he saw El Ghazzani, shirtless and with a backpack attached to his chest, bend down at the end of the car and pick up an assault rifle.

“It was an AK-47, and he was trying to load a round, and I immediately knew he was a terrorist,” Stone said.

And this was no movie. Suddenly confronted with what was sure to be a life-or-death situation, the Air Force man hesitated for just a moment. Read the rest of this entry »


Amazon Studios lands Monica Lewinsky-Linda Tripp Bill Clinton Movie 

reports: Amazon Studios has acquired Linda And Monica, the Black List script by Flint Wainess that details the budding friendship between D.C. pals Linda Trippand Monica Lewinsky that imploded when it led to the revelation of the scandalous relationship between the White House intern and President Bill Clinton.

The film will be produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, the Escape Artists trio that produced the Best Picture nominated Fences and the upcoming sequel to The Equalizer.

[Read the full story here, at Deadline]

Lewinsky was a 22-year old White House intern and Tripp a White House aide who secretly recorded her young pal’s revelations of sexual liasons with then President Bill Clinton in the White House. Tripp, who later said she was acting in her former friend’s best interests, leaked the tape to Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who was investigating Whitewater. It became a tawdry scandal complete with a subpoena of her blue semen-stained dress, and it later a congressional call for impeachment. It severely crushed the career and life of Lewinsky, and her family — I remember her father once speaking out publicly when the NBC series Law & Order took to calling a certain sex act a “Lewinsky.” Lewinsky said the notoriety made it impossible for her to find work, and she stayed out of the limelight until briefly resurfacing as an anti-bullying advocate several years ago. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Honest Trailers: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’


Barbie Legacy Preservation Effort Scores Success: Amy Schumer Exits ‘Barbie’ Movie 

Barbie Fans Breathe Sigh of Relief

Justin Kroll reports:Amy Schumer has parted ways with Sony’s live-action “Barbie” over a scheduling conflict, Varietyhas learned.

“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”

The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May, as well as an upcoming shoot for Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me” opposite Steve Carell.

[Read the exclusive story here, at Variety]

Sony needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date since Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] REWIND: Critics’ Picks: Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Conversation’

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A. O. Scott discusses Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 masterpiece and the end of privacy.

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[VIDEO] ‘War Machine’ Official Trailer (2017) 

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[FILM] ‘Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women’, 1968 

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‘B’ Sci-Fi Cult Entertainment – Astronauts land on Venus and discover prehistoric monsters and a race of beautiful women.

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Directed by …Peter Bogdanovich? Yep, that’s Peter Bogdanovich!

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[VIDEO] ‘Ghost in the Shell’, with Scarlett Johansson, Super Bowl Spot Trailer, 2017

Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in Ghost in the Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures in theaters March 31, 2017.

 


[VIDEO] ‘Ghost in the Shell’: Official TV Spot Trailer (2017) Scarlett Johansson 

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 [PHOTOS] Jerry Lewis in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King of Comedy’, 1982

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[PHOTOS] Fredrico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’

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[PHOTOS] ‘House on Haunted Hill’, Directed by William Castle, 1959


[VIDEO] How Hitchcock Got People To See ‘Psycho’

Alfred Hitchcock and Paramount present a guide to their revolutionary release of “Psycho” in this extended “press book on film” from the Academy Film Archive.

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[VIDEO] President Camacho’s State of the Union

President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho‘s State of the Union. United States of America’s Near-Future Hyperbolic!

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Låt den Rätte Komma In (2008)

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Danish poster for ‘Citizen Kane’, 1946 (Orson Welles, USA, 1941)

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1946 Danish poster for CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, USA, 1941)

Artist: unknown

Poster source: Posteritati

The Danish title translates as “The Big Man.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Blade Runner 2049 Announcement

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[VIDEO] Focal Lengths and Lenses used by Great Directors 

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[PHOTOS] Billy Wilder’s ‘The Apartment’


[VIDEO] Akira Kurosawa’s Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers

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[VIDEO] ‘Mother’: Director Albert Brooks Remembers Debbie Reynolds

Albert Brooks, who cast Debbie Reynolds in the title role of his 1996 comedy Mother, reacted on Twitter to the death of the 84-year-old actress, which came just one day after the untimely passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

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Mother marked Reynolds’s first major screen role in decades. Brooks, who wanted to cast an icon of 1950s cinema in the part, enlisted Fisher’s help to persuade her mother to play his. The role landed Reynolds her fifth Golden Globe nomination(read more)

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[VIDEO] Gene Kelly ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, 1952

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Happy Birthday Mary Tyler Moore

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[VIDEO] ‘Elf’ Recut as a Thriller

Thought your holiday family dinner was a nightmare? Wait until you see your favorite elf in this creepy version of the holiday comedy. At least now you’ll definitely be up all night to wait for Santa Claus.

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‘The Deer Hunter’, Christmas Edition, 1978

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‘The Monster that Challenged the World’, 1937

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Movie Poster: ‘White Christmas’, 1954

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Movie Poster: ‘I’ve Lived Before,’ Richard Bartlett, USA, 1956

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‘Tormented’ (1960) Directed by Bert I. Gordon


‘Miss Sloane’ Has One of the Worst Opening Weekends Ever

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Seventy-ninth worst opening of the past 35 years

— Brendan Kelly, press secretary for the Brady Campaign

The movie pulled in $1,167 on average at the 1,648 theaters across the country it was shown in. It made $1,922,300, meaning it was the 11th-highest grossing movie in the country. It is number 79 on Box Office Mojo’s list of Worst Opening Weekend by Per-Theater Average since 1982.

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“Gun owners always knew the movie was—pardon the pun—a dud.”

— Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundationmsloane-poster

That means Miss Sloane earned less money per theater than Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesShaun the Sheep MovieLawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, and Gigli.

“Unless Jessica Chastain ends up with a Golden Globe nomination and/or an Oscar nomination in a robustly crowded ‘Best Actress’ field, this one is finished.”

— Scott Mendelson, at Forbes

Industry observers criticized the movie’s performance on Monday. Time said the movie “fizzled in its wide expansion.” Fortune described it as struggling. The Los Angeles Times said Miss Sloane failed to meet “an already lackluster” projection of $5 million for the weekend.

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EuropaCorp expanded the terrific Jessica Chastain vehicle Miss Sloane into 1,648 theaters over the weekend, with just tragic results,” Scott Mendelson wrote at Forbes. “Unless Jessica Chastain ends up with a Golden Globe nomination and/or an Oscar nomination in a robustly crowded ‘Best Actress’ field, this one is finished.” Read the rest of this entry »


‘Psycho’, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1960

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Roberto Rossellini: Viaggio in Italia, ‘Journey to Italy’, Ingrid Bergman, 1954

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‘Gilda’, Charles Vidor, 1946

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Movie Poster: ‘The Deadly Mantis’, 1957, Artwork by Ken Sawyer

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The Deadly Mantis (Universal International, 1957). Science Fiction.
Starring Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Donald Randolph, Pat Conway, Florenz Ames, Paul Smith, Phil Harvey, Floyd Simmons, Paul Campbell, Helen Jay, Keith Aldrich, William A. Forester, and Paul Frees. Directed by Nathan Juran. Artwork by Ken Sawyer

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Movie Poster: ‘L’Entraineuse Fatale’

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[PHOTOS] Ingrid Bergman, Mel Ferrer, Jean Marais, ‘Elena et les Hommes’, 1956

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Federico Fellini’s Otto e Mezzo Czech Poster

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Source: Mudwerks


[VIDEO] Ghost in the Shell Trailer (2017) Official Trailer 

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