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Malcolm McDowell Looks Back at ‘Clockwork Orange’ and Stanley Kubrick Stealing His Pay

How do you get into the headspace to play a character like Alex DeLarge? For Malcolm McDowell, who was handpicked by Stanley Kubrick to play the violent droog in “A Clockwork Orange,” the answer was to consume as much violent media as possible in the months leading up to production.

“I spent nine months with Stanley before we started shooting, watching violent movies every day,” McDowell recently revealed in an essay for The Guardian. “They were the most horrendous films: concentration camps, bodies stacked up. He was thinking of using them in the treatment sequence, where Alex is given aversion therapy.”

McDowell worked closely with Kubrick during those pre-production months and part of his own wardrobe even inspired the iconic look of his character. As McDowell writes, “One day, I asked Stanley what my friends the ‘droogs’ were going to look like. He said: ‘What have you got?’ I said:
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‘Chicago Med’: Michael Pressman To Executive Produce & Direct In Season 5

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‘Chicago Med’: Michael Pressman To Executive Produce & Direct In Season 5
Michael Pressman is expanding his relationship with Chicago Med and Dick Wolf, signing on as an executive producer and director on the NBC drama series beginning with Season 5 next fall.

Pressman has worked with Wolf directing episodes of his series Chicago Med, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. He directed the pilots for CBSChicago Hope, The Guardian and The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. His other episodic directing credits include Elementary, Sneaky Pete, Alpha House and Justified, among others. His feature directing credits include To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, Frankie and Johnny Are Married and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

From Emmy-winning executive producer Wolf, Chicago Med follows the emotional day-to-day chaos of the city’s newest state-of-the-art trauma center and into the lives of the courageous doctors, nurses and staff who hold it all together. Nick Gehlfuss, Torrey DeVitto, Colin Donnell,
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Miranda July, Greta Gerwig, and 15 Women Filmmakers on What Agnès Varda Meant to Them

Miranda July, Greta Gerwig, and 15 Women Filmmakers on What Agnès Varda Meant to Them
The film world lost a legend last week when Agnès Varda passed away at 90. The heartfelt outpouring of tributes from filmmakers, actors, and critics around the world says a lot about the legacy of the French New Wave icon who inspired so many. But she was most influential to a new generation of women filmmakers, a role she relished.

Varda’s influence is all over the work of Greta Gerwig, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Kelly Reichardt and Crystal Moselle. Varda herself often expressed admiration for many of these directors when asked about new talent.

Here are just a few of the lessons the godmother of the French New Wave imparted to the next generation of women filmmakers, in their words.

The inspiration to make their first film.

Miranda July (“Me and You and Everyone We Know”): “‘Kung Fu Master’ (‘Le Petit Amour’) was the movie that propelled me to
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Martin Freeman Says Sherlock Fans Are Near Impossible To Please

No other Martin Freeman-fronted project – be it a movie or TV show – has resonated with its viewers quite like Sherlock.

At least, that’s according to the man himself, who spoke to The Guardian (h/t Digital Spy) about the challenges of playing a character as iconic as Dr. John Watson, and why it’s nigh on impossible to please Sherlock fans.

Freeman has weighed in on the fandom debate before, and even got into hot water when his comments were blown out of proportion on Twitter, but now, the actor and former McU star focuses on the unrealistic expectations set by a small portion of fans, and why they have the potential to ruin the overall viewing experience.

Via The Guardian:

Probably nothing I’ve done… has resonated with certain parts of the world’s population the same way Sherlock has… It just hit a lot of buttons for people.
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Kidman amazed by the way women are judged in films

Actress Nicole Kidman says she is astounded by the 'harsh way women are judged' in films. The 51-year-old actress plays Erin Bell -- a police detective who is drawn back into an old case that left her traumatised -- in Destroyer.?

In an interview to The Guardian, the actress says the action movie offers a gritty and raw and totally authentic look at her character who doesn't adhere to traditional beauty ideals, reports dailymail.co.uk.?

"A lot of times if you are going to be a female in an action film, they want you to look gorgeous, be bad-***, be capable of firing guns and doing high kicks and still having lipstick and being svelte and being in a whole different class of action hero," Kidman said.?

"I'm always astounded at the harsh way in which women are judged, and I shouldn't be," added the wife of Keith Urban
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David James Elliott To Reprise Jag Role On NCIS: Los Angeles!

Well, this is quite the surprise, Jag and NCIS: Los Angeles Fanatics!

David James Elliott, who starred on the hit CBS drama series, Jag, has signed up to appear in some upcoming episodes of NCIS: Angeles, according to Deadline.

What's more, David will be reprising the role of Navy Captain Harmon Rabb Jr. It's a big surprise, for sure, but a good one!

Related: Law & Order: Svu Renewed for Record-Breaking Season 21!

His first episode is slated to premiere May 12, and it is titled "The Guardian."

Jag was a roaring success, running for ten seasons from 1995-2005. The original NCIS is an offshoot of that series. While there are three NCIS series on the air, this will be the first time viewers will be seeing Harmon since Jag.

R. Scott Gemmill, who is an executive producer and showrunner on NCIS: Los Angeles also worked on Jag.

“I was really
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David James Elliott To Reprise ‘Jag’ Character On ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

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The NCIS universe will be welcoming a familiar face . David James Elliott is is set to reprise his Jag character, Navy Captain Harmon Rabb Jr. in a multi episode arc on NCIS: Los Angeles. He will make his debut in the May 12 episode, The Guardian.

Hit CBS military drama Jag, which ran for 10 seasons, spawned the successful NCIS franchise as the mothership NCIS series originated as a spinoff from Jag. Yet, this is Elliott’s first appearance on any NCIS series.

In The Guardian episode of NCIS; Los Angeles, the NCIS team uncovers Isis sympathizers who look to be planning an attack on Us aircraft carriers. The terror threat will result in Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) working directly with Rabb (Elliott), the Xo Captain on the USS Intrepid.

In addition to CBS and Jag/NCIS producer CBS TV Studios, Elliott is reuniting with NCIS: Los
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David James Elliott to Reprise ‘Jag’ Role With ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Guest Arc

  • The Wrap
David James Elliott to Reprise ‘Jag’ Role With ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Guest Arc
Jag” star David James Elliott is set to reprise his role from the long-running CBS drama on its offshoot, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the network announced Friday.

Elliott starred as Navy Cpt. Harmon Rabb Jr. on “Jag” for 10 years between 1995 and 2005. The new role reunites him with “NCIS: Los Angeles” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill, who served as a producer on the original series in its early run.

“I was really excited to get a chance to work with David again,” Gemmill said in a statement. “I did the first 4 seasons of ‘Jag’ with him so to be able to work together again in and of itself is great–but to do so with the same character…on our show…this many years later–that’s pretty damn amazing.”

Also Read: 'NCIS' Alum Pauley Perrette Returns to CBS to Star in Comedy Pilot 'Broke'

The success of “Jag” led
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Jag's David James Elliott Is Bringing 'Harm' to NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS: Los Angeles is literally in Harm’s way, with David James Elliott set to reprise his Jag role on the high-octane CBS drama.

TVLine has learned that Elliott will appear in multiple episodes as Navy Captain Harmon Rabb Jr., starting on Sunday, May 12 at 10/9c (aka the episode before the season finale).

In Elliott’s first episode, “The Guardian,” the NCIS team uncovers Isis sympathizers who are planning an attack on U.S. aircraft carriers. The terror threat will result in Callen (played by Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) working directly with Rabb, now the
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David James Elliott to Reprise 'Jag' Role For NCIS: Los Angeles

David James Elliott to Reprise 'Jag' Role For NCIS: Los Angeles
The cast of NCIS: Los Angeles is about to step into Harm's way.

David James Elliott is set to reprise his starring role from CBS' Jag for an upcoming arc on NCIS: Los Angeles, marking his return to the role of Captain Harmon "Harm" Rabb Jr. for the first time since 2005. He will first appear on the May 12 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, "The Guardian," with his stay extending for a multi-episode arc.

In the episode, the NCIS team uncovers Isis sympathizers aiming to plan an attack on U.S. aircraft carriers. The terror threat results ...
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‘The Brink’ Film Review: Steve Bannon Doc Exposes the Rot of His Anti-Semitic Strategies

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‘The Brink’ Film Review: Steve Bannon Doc Exposes the Rot of His Anti-Semitic Strategies
Given his skill at manipulating the press, it’s totally understandable why Steve Bannon would agree to or even embrace being the subject of not just one but multiple documentaries. But where Errol Morris’ 2018 film “American Dharma” aimed to interrogate and deconstruct Bannon’s poisonous philosophies head on, “The Brink” embeds filmmaker Alison Klayman (“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”) in his daily life for months on end, observing his methods, and eventually, exposing the efficacy of tactics that have rhetorical foundations built on quicksand.

Following Bannon as he drifts both politically and professionally from the good graces of “reputable” Republicans while positing himself as a proponent and prognosticator of their increasingly divisive values, Klayman’s film showcases the qualities that make Stephen Bannon such an effective political strategist even as it suggests that its success is as likely to eat his own future alive as the future of democracy itself.

Picking
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Netflix Feeds Fantasy-Hungry YAs in France

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Lille, France — The series the audience was about to see on Sunday night at Lille’s central Ugc Cine-Cité multiplex wasn’t even playing in Series Mania’s main International Competition.

But in many ways, Netflix’s” “Osmosis” was certainly among the most-anticipated of shows at this year’s festival. The excitement before the screening was palpable, and pointed up multiple paradoxes about France’s current TV scene.

As a service, Netflix has taken France by storm. Launching in Sept, 2014, it has run up at least 5 million household subscriptions, as many as the retail subscriber base of pay TV Canal Plus, a pillar of France’s cultural establishment, which has been in service since 1985.

Released in May 2016, Netflix’s first sortie into French Original Series, “Marseilles,” a political corruption thriller starring Gerard Depardieu, proved polemical, being lambasted by many French critics, newspaper Le Monde dismissing it famously as “cowshit”, and director Julius Berg,
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Julia Roberts Doesn't 'Think You Could Make' Pretty Woman Now

Julia Roberts Doesn't 'Think You Could Make' Pretty Woman Now
Julia Roberts isn’t so sure if one of her most popular films could be made today.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Oscar winner, 51, said her 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, a love story between a prostitute and a business tycoon, wouldn’t work in today’s world.

“I don’t really think you could make that movie now, right?” Roberts said in a profile to tout her movie Ben Is Back, which opens this week in the U.K.. “So many things you could poke a hole in, but I don’t think it takes away from people being able to enjoy it.
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Maren Morris ‘Girl’ reviews: Do critics think her sophomore album is ‘endearing and earnest,’ or ‘unconvincing’?

Maren Morris ‘Girl’ reviews: Do critics think her sophomore album is ‘endearing and earnest,’ or ‘unconvincing’?
Maren Morris made a big splash in country music with her 2016 album “Hero,” which was her major label debut. Then she followed that with an unlikely hit single, “The Middle,” which crossed her over into electronic dance music with help from Zedd and Grey. So where does her second album, “Girl,” fall on that spectrum between country and crossover pop? And does it live up to the potential of her debut?

Hero” was named one of the top 10 albums of 2016 by Billboard and Variety, and it was the best country album of the year according to Rolling Stone. “Girl” might not get quite as many year-end citations, but it’s still generally liked by critics. As of this writing it has a MetaCritic score of 68 based on seven reviews — six positive, one mixed. It’s being called “endearing and earnest.” Morris is “stretching out musically” and making her “pop move
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Solange (‘When I Get Home’): Reviews say her ‘remarkable’ 4th album continues to set her apart from big sis Beyonce

Solange (‘When I Get Home’): Reviews say her ‘remarkable’ 4th album continues to set her apart from big sis Beyonce
Solange took a page from her big sister Beyonce‘s playbook by releasing her latest album, “When I Get Home,” on March 1 with little advance promotion, but that may be the only page she took. The reviews are in, and they’re just as good as the critical notices Beyonce has gotten used to, but they indicate an artist on a much different creative path.

As of this writing the raves for “When I Get Home” have earned the album a MetaCritic score of 88 based on 10 reviews — 9 of them positive, only 1 of them somewhat mixed. That’s almost as good as the 89 she scored in 2016 for her previous album, “A Seat at the Table.” Her latest is an unconventional effort, with a substantial 19 tracks but clocking in at only 39 minutes. Critics are pointing out the “creative ambition” of the collection with its “philosophical tone” and “attention to detail.” It “reveals
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Everything You Should Know About the Other Michael Jackson Documentary

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Image Source: Getty / Jim Ruymen-Pool

HBO's long-awaited documentary Leaving Neverland has been the subject of plenty of buzz and plenty of controversy since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. During his life, Jackson was famously reclusive, so footage of him outside of major studio interviews was rare. But there was one documentary, aired in 2003, that looked inside Jackson's home, his life, and his habits. Living With Michael Jackson, a documentary special by British journalist Martin Bashir, was the Leaving Neverland of its day: a documentary that noted some of the unsettling aspects of Jackson's reported behavior, to loud and controversial receptions.

Bashir's documentary first aired in the UK before airing on ABC as a 90-minute special in the Us. The documentary promised to be an inside look at Jackson's life, which fascinated the public, but it spends a large portion of its runtime digging into more gossipy topics.
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Everything You Should Know About the Other Michael Jackson Documentary

Image Source: Getty / Jim Ruymen-Pool

HBO's long-awaited documentary Leaving Neverland has been the subject of plenty of buzz and plenty of controversy since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. During his life, Jackson was famously reclusive, so footage of him outside of major studio interviews was rare. But there was one documentary, aired in 2003, that looked inside Jackson's home, his life, and his habits. Living With Michael Jackson, a documentary special by British journalist Martin Bashir, was the Leaving Neverland of its day: a documentary that noted some of the unsettling aspects of Jackson's reported behavior, to loud and controversial receptions.

Bashir's documentary first aired in the UK before airing on ABC as a 90-minute special in the Us. The documentary promised to be an inside look at Jackson's life, which fascinated the public, but it spends a large portion of its runtime digging into more gossipy topics.
See full article at BuzzSugar »

‘Apollo 11’ reviews: Houston, we have an Oscar contender for 2020

‘Apollo 11’ reviews: Houston, we have an Oscar contender for 2020
The year 2019 is barely two months old, but have we already been treated to a potential Oscar winner for 2020? Just a few months after Damien Chazelle‘s “First Man” dramatized Neil Armstrong‘s historic voyage to the moon, the documentary “Apollo 11” explores the same mission using newly discovered 65mm footage that shows us the event from the point of view of the astronauts, the Mission Control team and the spectators on the ground. And it’s already one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 89 based on 20 reviews — all positive. That score makes it the second highest rated film of the year so far, behind only “The Souvenir,” which comes out later this year, but has a 95 score based on rave reviews out of the Sundance Film Festival in January. “Apollo 11” also has 100% freshness on
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Rushes. Barbara Hammer's Exit, Cinema Manifestos, "Green Book" Reconsidered

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSStanley Donen and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Funny Face (1957)We're saddened by the loss of Stanley Donen, who leaves behind a prolific catalog as filmmaker and choreographer, defined by creative partnerships with actors like Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. In an obituary for The Guardian, David Thomson writes that Donen, best known for the musical Singin' In The Rain, "excelled at collaboration, which musicals, more than any other film genre, are reliant on, and which enabled him to create masterpieces." Recommended VIEWINGAmong the many commercials scattered throughout last weekend's Academy Awards ceremony was a secretive teaser for Martin Scorsese's Netflix-produced The Irishman. Mubi will be releasing David Robert Mitchell's Los Angeles-set neo-noir mystery, Under The Silver Lake, in UK cinemas (and on Mubi UK) on March 15th. A new
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Bond 25 rumoured (again) to be titled Shatterhand

Days after it was announced that the film’s release date had been pushed back once again, reports are now circulating that Bond 25 is set to begin production in April under the title / working title of Shatterhand.

Now, if you’ve been keeping up to date with news of Daniel Craig’s fifth and final 007 outing, you may recall that Shatterhand was rumoured as the title for the film way back in 2017, when The Mirror claimed that the movie would also be adapting Raymond Benson’s novel Never Dream of Dying – a report that was swiftly debunked by the author.

The term ‘Shatterhand’ has featured in the Bond franchise, being an alias for the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Ian Fleming’s You Only Live Twice.

See Also: Scott Z. Burns to “overhaul” Bond 25 screenplay

While outlets such as The Guardian appear to be treating this as fact,
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