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Friday, August 24, 2018

Movies

Dakota Johnson's New Suspiria Trailer Will Give You Nightmares. Forget Anastasia Steel from Fifty Shades of Grey. Dakota Johnson is channeling a totally new character for her new horror film Suspiria. Amazon Studios released the official trailer for the flick on Thursday, and just the two-minute and 36-second clip alone is enough to make fans' skin crawl. Johnson plays Susie Bannon, a ballet student who joins a prestigious dance company in Germany. But after a series of deaths and mysterious events, Johnson's character learns the academy and its staff aren't exactly as they seem. "There's more in that building than what you can see, doctor," a fellow dance student says in the trailer. In addition to Johnson, the movie features Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf and Chloe Grace Moretz. The film is also directed by Luca Guadagnino, who was behind the Oscar-winning film Call Me by Your Name. If the title of the movie sounds familiar, it's because the film is a remake of the 1977 classic. To get a sneak peek of the new movie, watch the trailer -- if you dare. The movie hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 26. It then expands nationwide starting Nov. 2. (Eonline)

Quentin Tarantino Casts Uma Thurman's Daughter in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Is it time to let bygones be bygones? Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke's daughter Maya Hawke has been cast in Quentin Tarantino's newest star-studded film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, according to Deadline. Other new additions to the cast include Lena Dunham of Girls fame, The Carrie Diaries' Austin Butler and Chilean film star Lorenza Izzo. Hawke is slated to appear in Netflix's Stranger Things season 3 after starring in the TV miniseries Little Women. What makes Hawke's casting in the film stand out is her mom's relationship to the famous director. Earlier in the year, Thurman spoke about her rocky relationship with the Inglorious Basterds director and how she felt unsafe while performing a stunt for Kill Bill. In a New York Times profile, the Pulp Fiction actress said she felt uncomfortable driving now infamous blue convertible because the car had been changed from a stick shift to an automatic. Tarantino allegedly refused her request to have a stunt double drive in the scene. "That was a death box I was in," she said. Thurman ended up maneuvering the car herself in the scene but crashed and suffered multiple injuries. "The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me. I felt this searing pain and thought, 'Oh my God, I'm never going to walk again,'" she told the Times. In February, the actress shared a video on Instagram of the grisly moment she hit a tree. Reflecting on that scene, she told the Times, "Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn't feel he had tried to kill me." Tarantino provided Thurman with the reel of her crash -- 15 years after it happened. The two of them had back-and-forth arguments about the footage, including one "fateful fight" in 2004 when Tarantino refused to let her see the footage. According to an interview with Deadline, Tarantino offered his side of the story: "She wanted clarity on what happened in that car crash, after all these years. She asked, could I get her the footage? I had to find it, 15 years later." The director expressed that he and Thurman have their differences about the fate of the crash. "I never talked to Uma about this, but I don't exactly know exactly what caused the crash, and Uma doesn't know exactly what caused the crash. She has her suspicions and I have mine," he said. Tarantino told Deadline how guilty he feels about the crash and how it impacted their relationship. "It was heartbreaking. Beyond one of the biggest regrets of my career, it is one of the biggest regrets of my life. For a myriad of reasons," he explained. Despite the crash and the past, Thurman and Tarantino's relationship might not be over forever. She told Entertainment Weekly in May that she would be open to working with him again "If he wrote a great part!" Well, one part has now been handed down in Thurman's family line. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in 1969 Los Angeles during the "Helter Skelter" era in Hollywood around the time of the Sharon Tate murder. Stars headlining the film include Leonardo DiCaprio Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie as Tate, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino and more. (Eonline)

Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman have been cast in Tom Cruise's "Top Gun: Maverick" for Paramount Pictures. "Oblivion" helmer Joe Kosinski is directing the film, a sequel to the 1986 "Top Gun," from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks and Eric Warren Singer. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first film with the late Don Simpson, will produce with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison. This latest project will be set in a world of drone technology and will explore the end of the era of dogfighting, with Cruise portraying a flight instructor. In late May, Cruise posted a photo of himself in front of what appeared to be a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet. Variety reported on July 3 that "Only the Brave" star Miles Teller had been tapped to play the son of the Goose character and Maverick's new protege. Goose, the co-pilot to Cruise's Maverick character in the original, was played by Anthony Edwards. Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky in the sequel, which is set to be released on July 12, 2019. Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez and Monica Barbaro have also been cast. Variety reported on Aug. 21 that Barbaro would the love interest of Teller's character. The original film was a massive success with more than $350 million in worldwide grosses on a $15 million budget. Paramount confirmed the castings Wednesday but gave no details on the roles of Hamm, Harris and Pullman. Hamm starred in "Beirut" and "Tag," while Harris was last seen in "Geostorm." Pullman is the son of Bill Pullman and appeared in "Strangers: Prey at Night." The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood. (Page Six)

Oldenburg Festival to Honor 'Withnail & I' Director Bruce Robinson. Robinson, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for 'The Killing Fields' and directed Johnny Depp in 'The Rum Diary,' will attend the 25th Oldenburg Fest from Sept. 12-16. Germany's Oldenburg Film Festival will honor British cult director Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I) with a retrospective of his work. Oldenburg will screen 8 films featuring Robinson, from his early work as an actor in features such as Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Francois Truffaut's The Story of Adele H (1975); to Roland Joffe's The Killing Fields (1984), for which Robinson penned the Oscar-nominated screenplay; to his four features as a director: Withnail & I (1987), How To Get Ahead in Advertising(1989), Jennifer 8 (1992) and The Rum Diary (2011). Despite his Oscar nomination for The Killing Fields and the wide acclaim that greeted Withnail & I, his 1987 directorial debut ("possibly the world's most iconic cool film," wrote The Independent on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary last year), Robinson's career has been marked by a series of high-profile battles with the film industry establishment. He fought Withnail & I producers HandMade Films for funding of the dark low-budget comedy, reinvesting his own money to shoot key scenes. His Hollywood debut, 1992's Jennifer 8 starring Uma Thurman and Andy Garcia, was brutally re-edited by Paramount and consequently flopped at the box office. Robinson had a similar experience with Neil Jordan's In Dreams, for which he wrote the screenplay. Johnny Depp finally pulled Robinson out of retirement to adapt and direct Hunter S. Thompson's novel The Rum Diary, in which Depp starred. Given full creative control for the first time in his career, Robinson cites the 2011 film as his best experience as a filmmaker. Robinson will attend for the entire Oldenburg festival, which runs Sept. 12-16. (Hollywood Reporter)

Netflix Picks up Indian Drama 'Garbage'. The film bowed at Berlin and is directed by Q whose previous film 'Brahman Naman' was snapped up by the video giant following its 2016 Sundance premiere. Netflix has picked up the worldwide streaming rights to Indian drama Garbage. Directed by Q (Quashik Mukherjee), Garbage was the only Indian feature selection at the Berlin festival this year and bowed in the Panorama section. Since then, the film has travelled to other festivals including Seattle, while it had its Asian premiere at the Bucheon festival in Korea. French sales agent Wide had picked up worldwide rights to the film earlier this year. Q's previous film, 2016's sex comedy Brahman Naman was the first Asian original to be acquired by Netflix following its Sundance premiere. Garbage revolves around Phanishwar (Tanmay Dhanania), a fanatic online troll and a taxi driver in Goa who meets Rami (Trimala Adhikari) who is escaping the humiliation of revenge porn. As their lives intertwine, Phanishwar starts developing a dangerous fondness for Rami and what follows is a dark thriller where Rami takes Phanishwar hostage and finds deadly secrets about him and the mysterious woman that he has enslaved at home, Nanaam (Satarupa Das). "Having Garbage up on Netflix means my audience around the world will be able to watch the film," Q said in a statement. He added: "It will be very exciting to see the impact of this release in a climate of hate and repression." As one of India's edgiest directors, Q is known for his provocative filmography which includes 2010's Gandu, which was banned for its explicit content, 2012's psychedelic Tasher Desh (Land of Cards) and 2014's horror drama Ludo. In its Berlin review, THR described Garbage as "an angry kick in the face". The film is co-produced by Q's banner Oddjoint and Karma Entertainment & Media, backed by producer Shaailesh R Singh and director-producer Hansal Mehta (credits include Aligarh). Garbage is expected to stream on Netflix later this year. (Hollywood Reporter)

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