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Watch an exclusive clip from The Maestro starring Xander Berkeley

Thanks to Freestyle Digital Media, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the upcoming biopic The Maestro, which stars Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead) as famed composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; check it out below after the official synopsis…

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was a highly notable composer of over 200 Hollywood films in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Often receiving zero credit for his work, Mario went on to mentor some of our greatest film composers including John Williams, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Andre Previn. The film is based on letters that examine Tedesco’s teachings and his relationship with student Jerry Herst (played by newcomer Leo Marks), focusing on both the finer points of art and expression, as well as the realities of post-war Hollywood.

The Maestro is directed by Adam Cushman and stars Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead), Leo Marks (The Last Tycoon), Sarah Clarke, Jon Polito (The Big Lebowski
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2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts, Ranked: Frontrunners Confront Difficult Themes

2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts, Ranked: Frontrunners Confront Difficult Themes
While most movies in the Oscar race generate attention for months, the short film contenders generally don’t receive much notice until they’re nominated. However, the live-action shorts often deserve as much attention as the higher-profile contenders, in part because they’re so different from the rest of the pack.

The 2019 nominees are a perfect example: The five contenders hail from four countries, and tackle a range of heavy subject matters, from racism to repressed sexuality. Collectively, they speak to the clash of innocence with troubled times, as the majority of the shorts deal with children in dark situations. And while the Best Director category is loaded with veterans ranging from Spike Lee to Alfonso Cuarón, the filmmakers nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) category are largely newcomers from around the world.

Many of the winners in this category often go on to craft memorable features, from Andrea Arnold to Martin McDonagh.
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s The Craft Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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On March 12th, Scream Factory will conjure up a Collector's Edition Blu-ray of The Craft, and ahead of the film's anticipated release (especially for all of us weirdos out there), we've been provided with the full list of special features, including a new interview with co-writer/director Andrew Fleming.

From the Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Welcome to the witching hour. Scream Factory brings The Craft [Collector’s Edition] to Blu-ray™ on March 12, 2019. The release contains a slate of exciting new bonus features, including new interviews with director and co-writer Andrew Fleming, producer Douglas Wick, co-writer Peter Filardi, and the makeup effects supervisor.

This spectacular horror thriller stars Neve Campbell [Editor's Note - This is a typo from the official press release, but the name should be Robin Tunney] as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it's not just that they won't settle for
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20 Movies That are Turning 20 in 2019

Kat Halstead Jan 4, 2019

1999 was a huge year for movies – check out these turn-of-the-century classics that are celebrating their birthday this year.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Sometimes there’s an exciting year at the Oscars, or there’s a genre flux that means it’s a great time for horror or costume drama or (ahem) superhero movies, but very rarely is there a year that churns out such a slate of incredible, groundbreaking, memorable films as 1999.

In fact, there were so many iconic movies released that year, there wasn’t room on the list for all of them… Sleepy Hollow, Notting Hill, The Insider, Dogma, Go, Cruel Intentions, The Mummy – the list goes on. And it would go on forever if we included them all!

But cast your mind back two decades and celebrate the 20th anniversary of these modern classics that were first released in the
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The Craft Collector's Edition Blu-ray Set for March from Scream Factory

Scream Factory is finally revealing details about their upcoming Collector's Edition planned for Andrew Fleming's The Craft, which was announced last July at Comic Con. Fans can set their reminders now as the witches will be officially coming home on March 12, 2019.

Sarah has always been different. So as the newcomer at St. Benedict's Academy, she immediately falls in with high school outsiders. But there's something different about her new friends, and it's not just that they won't settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft ... and they are going to use it.

The Craft is a horror thriller has an all-star cast including Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Skeet Ulrich.

&#8226 Official release date is planned for March 12th. Region A - Us & Canada.&#8226 Since this is a Collector's Edition, it will come with a slipcover in its first three months of release.
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Elections 2018: Tony Kaye Sets a Stuntwoman on Fire to Get Out the Vote in Texas — Watch

Elections 2018: Tony Kaye Sets a Stuntwoman on Fire to Get Out the Vote in Texas — Watch
Filmmaker Tony Kaye has always taken an incendiary approach to exposing the nation’s most disturbing problems, from the traumatizing act of anti-Semitism that opened “American History X” to his eye-opening abortion rights documentary “Lake of Fire.” While Kaye has maintained a lower profile in recent years, he continued to churn out a range of multimedia work, and the looming midterm elections have given him the opportunity to deliver bite-sized call to action.

Kaye’s new minute-long advertisement has provided exclusively to IndieWire and is currently being shared by a handful of volunteers canvassing in the state. It features Deven McNair, a professional stuntwoman, being set on fire while delivering an angry call to action. “This year, it’s more than an election. It’s an emergency,” she says. “Things are getting out of control. Republicans are giving billionaires a trillion-dollar tax cut.”

She also calls out the threats to “healthcare,
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Toronto: A24 and DirecTV Acquire ‘Skin’ Starring Jamie Bell (Exclusive)

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A24 and DirecTV have acquired North American distribution rights for the drama “Skin” out of the Toronto Film Festival, Variety has learned.

The movie, about a man raised by skinheads who risks his life to leave a white supremacy group, premiered on Saturday night as part of Tiff’s Special Presentations section. “Skin” received strong reviews and awards-season buzz for Jamie Bell’s performance as Bryon Widner, the subject of the 2011 documentary “Erasing Hate.”

As part of the deal, “Skin” will be released in 2019. The movie is directed by Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, who also produced the picture. The rest of the cast includes Vera Farmiga, Danielle MacDonald, Mike Colter, and Bill Camp.

The movie’s other producers are Oren Moverman; Maven PicturesTrudie Styler and Celine Rattray; Jaime Ray Newman; and Dillon D. Jordan. Maven, a production and financing company based in New York, has a proven track record at launching festival darlings.
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Toronto Film Review: Jamie Bell in ‘Skin’

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Toronto Film Review: Jamie Bell in ‘Skin’
When “American History X” came out 20 years ago, part of its appeal was exotic. At the time, Neo-Nazis still seemed an outlandish, subterranean believe-it-or-not element in society. But the fact-inspired “Skin” arrives in a very different landscape, where white supremacists are coming out of the woodwork — running for political office, mainstreaming their rhetoric, providing “dog whistles” to the faithful on national TV.

Israeli director Guy Nattiv’s first U.S. feature is based on the experiences of one Bryon Widner, who gained attention for breaking from his white-power background and having the related tattoos that covered his body (and face) removed at tortuous length. Played by Jamie Bell — with a major assist from “makeup, tattoos, and prosthetic designer” Stevie Bettles — Widner’s story here is essentially one of painful tie-severing from an unhealthy subculture, with limited insight into that culture itself. It’s a narrow treatment of a now pressingly relevant subject,
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Watch Clips, a TV Spot, and Trailer from Scream Factory’s Brainscan Blu-ray

Tomorrow will see Scream Factory's release of cult favorite Brainscan (1994) starring Edward Furlong on Blu-ray, but in the meantime, we have three Blu-ray clips, a TV spot, and an official trailer from the high-definition home media release.

Press Release: This August, Scream Factory invite loyal fans and horror enthusiasts to embark on an interactive trip to hell when 90’s science fiction horror cult classic, Brainscan debuts on Blu-ray August 28, 2018. Produced by Michel Roy and directed by John Flynn, Brainscan stars Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Frank Langella (The Americans), Amy Hargreaves (Homeland), and T. Ryder Smith as “The Trickster.” Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Brainscan is a must have for movie collectors and contains special features including new interviews with cast and crew, audio commentary, and more! Pre-order is available now at Amazon.com

When Michael, a lonely teenager (Edward Furlong), orders the latest interactive video game, the
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Debuts Big + More Industry News

Crazy Rich Asians” is a win for diversity, reviews, and the box office.The debut of John M. Chu’s big-screen venture has paid off in spades, opening to the tune of a one-day, $5 million box office. Warner Brothers had originally estimated an $18-20 million five-day debut, but it looks as though the movie will outpace that prediction and be closer to $25-30 million. The movie currently holds a 94 percent “Fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. (Forbes) Hollywood’s next star might be coded.“American History X” director Tony Kaye has announced a controversial lead for his newest movie. An artificially intelligent robot, reportedly to be trained in different acting methods and techniques, will be used to act in the upcoming film “2nd Born.” The movie is a sequel to forthcoming indie comedy “1st Born,” directed by Ali Atshani. (Deadline) Wes is back: Anderson’s newest escapade will be a musical.
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A Real Robot Will Take the Lead in Director Tony Kaye's New Movie

A Real Robot Will Take the Lead in Director Tony Kaye's New Movie
American History X director Tony Kaye is looking to cast an artificially intelligent robot in his upcoming comedy 2nd Born. Kaye and producer Sam Khoze are looking for a way around the use of computer generated effects in favor of a physical A.I. robot as an actor, which will be trained in different techniques. Kaye and Khoze are hoping the robot will receive Screen Actors Guild recognition. 2nd Born is the sequel to 1st Born, which is an indie comedy directed by Ali Atshani and stars Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, Jay Abdo, Taylor Cole, Reza Sixo Safai, William Baldwin, Denise Richards, and Robert Knepper.

Tony Kaye hopes to train the robot in many different acting techniques for 2nd Born. It isn't clear how the move will work out logistically, but Kaye is serious about this next endeavor. Details are scarce for now, but Kaye and producer Sam
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‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie

‘American History X’ Director Tony Kaye Is Casting an Artificial Intelligent Robot to Lead New Movie
Tony Kaye is making a dramatic casting move for his upcoming feature “2nd Born.” According to Deadline, the “American History X” filmmaker is using an artificial intelligence robot to play one of the lead roles in his new movie. The idea to cast a real robot came from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze. The filmmaker does not want to cast a human actor in makeup or have to rely on computer-generated effects.

According to Deadline, the robot will be trained in different acting methods and techniques prior to filming. Kaye and Khoze are hoping to get the robot SAG recognition.

“2nd Born” is the sequel to Ali Atshani’s “1st Born,” an indie film starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, William Baldwin, and Denise Richards. The original film is being released this year by Lotus Entertainment and centers on a married couple whose first pregnancy forces their families to find common ground.
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Before Topher Grace in ‘BlackKkKlansman,’ 12 Actors Who’ve Portrayed White Supremacists on Screen (Photos)

There’s a long history of actors winning Oscars for portraying Nazis in war films. But playing a Neo-Nazi? That’s a different story. Be it neo-Nazi, Kkk member, skinhead or white nationalist, actors such as Edward Norton, J.K. Simmons, Patrick Stewart and even Daniel Radcliffe have all given fiery, hateful performances on screen. Topher Grace made headlines when it was revealed he would be playing former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” opening this Friday. Here are some other famous actors who have shaved their heads or donned a white hood for a role.

Tim Roth in “Made in Britain” (1983)

Tim Roth made his onscreen debut in Alan Clarke’s TV movie “Made in Britain.” He played a teenage, British skinhead who rejects authority, frequently gets violent and has a torrent of four-letter words in his arsenal. Roger Ebert called Roth’s performance “truly satanic.
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Edward Norton Roasts The Incredible Hulk and Marvel Studios

Edward Norton Roasts The Incredible Hulk and Marvel Studios
Edward Norton has been pretty vocal about his exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe after 2008's The Incredible Hulk. The actor appeared at the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis where he was reminded that he was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the McU by more than a few fellow roasters. So, when it was Norton's turn to hit the podium, he took a shot at Willis while simultaneously throwing shade at Marvel Studios and The Incredible Hulk.

While making The Incredible Hulk, Ed Norton had some say in the creative decisions, which is a testament to how hard the actor works to make good movies. However, that aspect of his personality has given him a reputation as being difficult to work with. When it came down to the final cut of the film, Norton wanted final say, but Marvel cut him out of the process. Norton has blamed
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Edward Norton Roasts The Incredible Hulk and Marvel Studios

Edward Norton Roasts The Incredible Hulk and Marvel Studios
Edward Norton has been pretty vocal about his exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe after 2008's The Incredible Hulk. The actor appeared at the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis where he was reminded that he was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the McU by more than a few fellow roasters. So, when it was Norton's turn to hit the podium, he took a shot at Willis while simultaneously throwing shade at Marvel Studios and The Incredible Hulk.

While making The Incredible Hulk, Ed Norton had some say in the creative decisions, which is a testament to how hard the actor works to make good movies. However, that aspect of his personality has given him a reputation as being difficult to work with. When it came down to the final cut of the film, Norton wanted final say, but Marvel cut him out of the process. Norton has blamed

Stephen Dorff To Star In ‘Embattled’ Indie Film From Blitz Films and Straight Up Films

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Stephen Dorff To Star In ‘Embattled’ Indie Film From Blitz Films and Straight Up Films
Stephen Dorff, best known for starring opposite Wesley Snipes in Blade, has signed on to star in Embattled, an indie pic which will mark Georgia-born director Nick Sarkisov’s English-language debut. Written by David McKenna, the film holds sentimental value as McKenna’s son, Colin, who was born with Williams Syndrome, will be featured in a supporting role.

The story follows a high school judo prodigy who steps into the Mma cage to face the ultimate rival in a battle for recognition and retribution – his father.

Dorff, who will next co-star in the third season of HBO’s True Detective, is set to play the father in the film which is slated to go before cameras this September in Alabama.

Sarkisov will produce for Blitz Films, alongside Kate Cohen for Straight Up Films, and Scott Lastaiti, with Blitz co-founder Sergey Sarkisov and Dorff serving as executive producers.
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Blitz Films Launches With Martial Arts Drama ‘Heart of a Champion’ (Exclusive)

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Independent filmmakers Sergey Sarkisov and Nick Sarkisov have launched Blitz Films as a finance and production company, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first project the company is producing and financing is “Heart of a Champion,” a martial arts story written by David McKenna (“American History X”). Produced in association with Straight Up Films, the film follows a high school judo prodigy who steps into the Ultimate Fighting Championship cage to face the ultimate rival in a battle for recognition and retribution –- his father.

Blitz, which made the announcement Wednesday, will specialize in “responsibly-budgeted” indie fare along with a wide variety of genre projects. Producer Eryl Cochran has signed on as head of production and development for Blitz and will work out of the company’s Los Angeles office.

Nick Sarkisov will make his American feature directorial debut with “Heart of a Champion.” He began his career working with independent
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Film News Roundup: Tony Kaye to Direct Crime Drama ‘Honorable Men’

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Film News Roundup: Tony Kaye to Direct Crime Drama ‘Honorable Men’
In today’s film news roundup, Tony Kaye is attached to a crime drama, Brandon Sklenar gets a role in “Indigo Valley,” Orion Classics buys “Clara’s Ghost,” and romcom “Paper Friends” has started shooting in New York City.

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British director Tony Kaye has come on board to helm the independent crime drama “Honorable Men,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is being produced by Life Entertainment with producers Sam Khoze, Justin Steele, and Patrick McErlean along with the Film House and producer Ryan R. Johnson.

Kaye’s directing credits include “American History X,” “Black Water Transit,” and “Detachment.” He did not approve of the final cut of “American History X” and tried unsuccessfully to have his name removed as director of the movie, for which Edward Norton received an Oscar nomination.

Kaye also received six Grammy nominations for music videos such as Johnny Cash’s “God’s
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Own Terminator 2: Judgement Day On 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack Box Set, Blu-ray And Digital On July 17

Director James Cameron’s iconic sci-fi action classic returns in pristine clarity when Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrives in a Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box set including a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on July 17 from Lionsgate.

Still lauded by critics today as one of the greatest action films of all time, only 6,000 of the Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box sets will be released in the U.S., allowing fans to own a life-sized replica of the T-800 EndoArm mounted on a uniquely numbered stand with James Cameron’s signature. Say “hasta la vista, baby” to Sd and relive each quintessential moment in four times the resolution with Full HD and High Dynamic Range on the film’s 4K scan.

The Terminator 2: Judgment Day EndoArm Limited Collector’s Edition 4K Combo Pack box set is loaded with bonus content, including an all-new
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New Trailer For John Travolta's True Crime Mafia Biopic Gotti

"This life of ours is a wonderful life... if you can get away with it."

We've got a new trailer for John Travolta's upcoming crime drama Gotti, which tells the story of the rise and fall of one of the most famous mafia bosses of all time, John Gotti. Travolta takes on the role of the infamous 'Teflon Don' and it looks like he gives a solid performance. Gotti seemed like a bit of an over-the-top kind of guy and Travolta nails that here. This looks like the best film project that the actor has been a part of in a long time.

Gotti follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Lofranco), Gotti examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his
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