India lost access to the Internet Archive because two Bollywood studios couldn't be bothered with takedowns

The mystery of yesterday's India-wide censorship orders which blocked the Internet Archive from the world's largest democracy has been solved: it was the result of complaints by two Bollywood studios, Prakash Jha Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment, who chose to target infringing copies of their movies by securing an injunction at the High Court of the Judicature at Madras, rather than sending the Internet Archive a takedown notice. Read the rest

Here are 10 foreshadowing clues in well-known movies

In Psycho, Norman Bates hinted early on that he killed and taxidermied his mother, when he told Janet Leigh that she was as harmless as one of his stuffed birds. That's one example of 10 foreshadowing scenes presented in this video. Other movies in the video: Skyfall, Total Recall, The Shawshank Redemption, Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects, The Shining, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jurassic Park, and Shaun of the Dead. Read the rest

Profile of Lexi Alexander: director, martial arts champ, and the first (only) woman to direct a Marvel movie

Lexi Alexander is the German-Palestinian world kickboxing champ who moved to the US when Chuck Norris helped her get a Green Card; after helping the US Army develop its unarmed combat training program and working as a stuntwoman, she became a virtuoso action-film director, starting with indie movies and working her way up to directing Punisher: War Zone, making her the first -- and, as of now, only -- woman to direct a Marvel adaptation. Read the rest

Superheroes mashed up with classic movie posters

Andrew Tarusov created these delightful homages to classic films by replacing the original movie characters with superheroes. Read the rest

Charlie Sheen & Whoopi Goldberg are in a new '9/11' movie and the trailer is crap-tacular

The film opens in September, 2017.

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A Ghost Story is not your typical horror film

A Ghost Story is not your typical horror film -- it is a supernatural, philosophical romance that focuses on the life of a ghost and his existential experience of being lost in space and time. The film was directed, written, and edited by David Lowery. One of the most differentiating aspects of the film is that it features a man dressed in a bedsheet with two eye holes. We saw a screening in Los Angeles last night, which was followed by a Q & A with Lowery.

From the Q & A we learned that the ghost costume, lighting, color, and aspect ratio were all designed to convey the nostalgia that Lowery was drawn to when writing the screenplay. I was edtited in Premiere Pro with a full Adobe workflow.

A scene that’s already under the spotlight is one of Rooney Mara's character grieving and eating a pie for minutes. It’s through these long (sometimes uncomfortably long) shots that Lowery underscores the haunting nature of being a ghost stuck in place and time. He explained to the audience that the length of each shot was representative of the age and perception of the ghost. As the film went on, shots became quicker and more lively.

This is likely the most unique film of the summer, and a breath of fresh air for the horror genre. Instead of jump scares or graphic imagery, A Ghost Story sparks a different type of fear, a fear that revolves around the nature of existence.

Synopsis:

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.

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Watch "Raiders of the Lost Darth"

Fabrice Mathieu delivered this fantastic new cut of his Raiders of the Lost Darth mashup.

Cast: Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Paul Freeman, Carrie Fisher, Fred Sorenson, Warwick Davis, and C-3PO as "The Idol".

Films and Characters created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

Films used: - "Raiders of the lost ark" - "Star Wars": episodes IV, V, VI, VII. - "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure". Music by John Williams.

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James Franco in 'The Disaster Artist' (2017) vs Tommy Wiseau in 'The Room' (2003)

A comparison of Tommy Wiseau's performance in The Room (2003) and James Franco's portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist (2017) teaser trailer.

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Behind the scenes clips from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“It’s about family, and that’s what’s so powerful about it,” says the late Carrie Fisher.

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LAX: a new online tragicomedy is "a mash-up of Locke and Girls"

Paul Bennun writes, "The incomparable Sarah Warren, (creator of feminist slapstick spy caper MLE) has launched a brand new tragicomedy web series called LAX on YouTube, keeping with the TLAs. Read the rest

Selling arms to alien arthropods is a tricky business

Good Business is a short science fiction film about a very dodgy arms deal indeed, with a sting in its metaphorical tail; the film was created by Ray Sullian, adapted from Simon Roy's comic of the same name. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Bill Murray to open 'Caddyshack' restaurant near Chicago

By the end of the year, Bill Murray and his five brothers are set to open a 6,000-sq. ft Caddyshack-themed restaurant near their Illinois hometown of Wilmette. The new restaurant will be located in Rosemont, a village just north of Chicago.

Interestingly, it's not the brother's first eating establishment. In 2001, the six Murray brothers -Bill, Andy, Brian, Ed, Johnny and Joel- opened the inaugural Murray Bros. Caddyshack restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida.

Rolling Stone reports:

Bill's older brother Brian Doyle-Murray wrote the classic movie, which stars Bill as Carl Spackler, the loveably messed-up greenskeeper who's in constant hot pursuit of an elusive, mischievous gopher. Brian found inspiration for the film when he worked as a caddy at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka. Its flagship restaurant and bar in Florida pays homage to its namesake, with a golf-themed menu that includes crispy potato golf balls, salads aptly listed under "the greens" and items from "the front nine" and "the back nine."

The restaurant's slogan is "Eat, Drink and Be Murray." Read the rest

Tribute to prosthetic Arnold Schwarzeneggers in his movies

Duncan Skiles created a short but perfectly wonderful tribute to scenes in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies where something that is obviously not Arnold Schwarzenegger is presented as Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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In the 1990s, a Serbian biology textbook used a still from Raising Arizona for its cover art

From 1993 to 2001, this Serbian middle-school biology textbook sported a cutout of a still from Raising Arizona in which Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter cradle their stolen baby. Read the rest

Poster for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie

Sir Jedi Panda gets it right in this mockup of a spaghetti western-styled poster for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. I think what I love about it is how completely un-western a character Kenobi is. [via] Read the rest

Why it took so long to get a Wonder Woman movie

Fandor points out that despite the fact that the comic book characters were created around the same time, we got seven Superman movies and nine Batman ones before Wonder Woman was finally allowed to make her big screen debut. Read the rest

A nuanced and thought-provoking review of the new Transformers movie

Bilge Ebiri writes in The Village Voice: "No matter, because this after all is a Transformers movie, so soon we’re faced with fiiigjhkwetwnwwwjsahafajhwfohofoehaoowofoeoicioeciaqidjFaerlaeaffjgjlje XGRSXSsfdsmfjjjsomuchrandomstuffsomuchegjwogpjwd bldklhjitslikeyouthoughttheearliermovieswereeconfusinghahahah mfjff7ga98fhfhfplwxczchowarekidssupposedtounderstandanyofthisVSSH gmnskglactuallyhowareadultssupposedtounderstandanyofthisjskjjlvr lmnkrjsljrjsaywhatyouwillbutonceuponatimejsogrjdvpvarivpaeimp grfggjsfsfpoemichaelbayc" (via Kottke) Read the rest

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