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Blindfolded Bird Box Challenger crashes car

Remember, way back on January 2 when Netflix issued a warning to its customers over the viral Bird Box challenge meme to “PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE?” That warning wasn’t heard or followed by at least one 17-year-old in Utah who decided to give the challenge — which involves a blindfold — a whirl while driving. The result was what one might expect. There was a crash (hat tip CNN, which spotted the tweet from Layton Police).

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ trailer: Watch the first look here

[incoherent screaming] The first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer is here! We’ve all been on the edge of our seats since April 2018, when Peter Parker first mentioned he wasn’t feeling so well in the waning moments of Avengers: Infinity War. What happened? Where did Peter and all his friends go? Will they ever come back? SEE ALSO: New ‘Spider-Man’ trailer is great evidence for a popular ‘Avengers: Endgame’ theory All of those questions will be answered when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in April. Far From Home is coming later,…

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‘Aquaman’ foreign box office already putting ‘Justice League’ to shame

Image: Jasin Boland / Warner Bros. Aquaman commands more than just the denizens of Earth’s oceans. He’s also got a vise-like hold on the box office, at least outside the United States. The latest entry in the DC Extended Universe opened in U.S. theaters on Friday with an impressive $332.1 million already banked. That’s after almost three weeks in theaters in a number of overseas markets — including the historically Hollywood-friendly China. SEE ALSO: Mixed reviews reveal critics can’t quite agree on ‘Aquaman’ That’s where Aquaman has made the biggest…

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James Gunn’s post-‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ mystery movie is finally revealed

Before James Gunn brought into the world his entertaining vision of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy — and was unceremoniously dumped by Disney following a bad faith character assassination — he made horror movies. Good, messed up horror movies like Slither. In the time since his Disney separation, noisy speculation has been building around Brightburn, a Sony Pictures release that reunites Gunn with Slither star Elizabeth Banks. But what is it? Many have guessed that Brightburn is just a codename, and Gunn has been working on a video game adaptation.…

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There’s a Pokmon movie coming to theaters for only four days

Pokémon: The Power of Us — a sequel to 2017’s Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! — is making a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in U.S. theaters right around Thanksgiving. Here’s a new trailer to get you in the mood. The movie will screen Nov. 24, Nov. 26, Nov. 28, and Dec. 1 in a limited number of theaters, with theater locations and tickets available through the Fathom Events website. Read more: https://mashable.com/video/pokemon-power-of-us-trailer/

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‘The horse knew me’: Liam Neeson and Russell Crowe on working with animal stars

He whinnied when he saw me, says Neeson as other actors claim horses theyve worked with recognised them from previous film sets In show business, the adage goes, never work with children or animals. But if you do have work with horses, apparently, theres a chance theyll remember you. Liam Neeson this week bemused audiences in New York and rallied other actors like Russell Crowe with his claim that a horse on the set of his latest movie recognised him because they had previously worked together. Neeson plays a travelling…

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Hollywood producers draw up a moral code – archive,18 September 1928

18 September 1928 Twenty-four producers have drawn up a list of things which will be excluded from the pictures for which they are responsible When things get going at Hollywood they always go with a rush even morals. Morals now seem to be rallying very strongly in the film trade, and twenty-four Hollywood producers have drawn up a list of things which they vow that they will henceforward exclude from all the pictures for which they are responsible. One of them is pointed profanity by title or lip, and another…

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City of Joy: the powerful Netflix documentary where ‘everything is about love’

The team involved with a centre in the eastern Congo that acts as a refuge for women who have survived violence discuss the impact of their work How does one find joy amid unspeakable tragedy? Madeleine Gavins documentary City of Joy, about a community built around women who have survived horrific violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), gives us a glimpse at both an incredible injustice still occurring today, and how Congolese women are combating it with their own grassroots movement. The documentary follows the beginnings of City…

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Flowbox is a tool that makes it easy to build special effects

What do you get when you connect a bunch of filmmakers with a bunch of programmers? Something like Flowbox. Flowbox, which began life as a unique object-oriented programming language for visual effects, has grown into something truly powerful in the moviemaking industry. Run by Mikołaj Valencia​, Michał Urbańczyk​, Paweł Pietraszko, and Mat Bujalski, this Polish company is currently working with a number of big studios to add VFX to huge productions. “Flowbox is an industrial strength image processing platform incorporating many recent innovations in computer graphics field,” said Valencia. “It…

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Kathleen Turner: Donald Trump has a ‘gross’ handshake

Actor sheds light on US presidents infamous greeting, and says she was a sexual target in Hollywood The veteran actor Kathleen Turner has revealed details about Donald Trumps gross handshake technique in an interview in which she also criticised the sexism in Hollywood that made her a sexual target at the beginning of her career. greeted her. He goes to shake your hand and, with his index finger, kind of rubs the inside of your wrist, she said. Hes trying to do some kind of seductive intimacy move. You pull…

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Mark Hamill gets us crying again with his touching Carrie Fisher tweet

Image: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for The Midnight Mission Carrie Fisher has one, last ride to take in a galaxy far, far away and her big screen bro, Mark Hamill, is just as broken up about it as the rest of us. Star Wars fans the world over greeted Friday’s news that Fisher would have a role in Episode IX with wistful excitement. We’re all jazzed to see Leia Organa one last time, but many fans are also still coming to terms with Fisher’s unexpected death at the tail end of…

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Mad Max: Fury Road voted greatest Australian film this century by critics

Top 25 movies also include Animal Kingdom, Samson and Delilah, and Chopper Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2015 feminist reincarnation of the Australian classic film that catapulted a young Mel Gibson to fame, has been named the greatest Australian film of the 21st century so far. Fifty-one working Australian film critics voted to find the top 25 films of this century BBCs 2016 project to name the 100 greatest films of all time, in which critics surveyed 177 film critics from 36 countries. The top films also included 2010s Animal…

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Shoah director Claude Lanzmann dies aged 92

Giant of French intellectual life known for his heavyweight journalism and series of documentaries about the Holocaust Claude Lanzmann, the French film-maker and journalist who was best known for the exhaustive Holocaust documentary Shoah, has died aged 92. Lanzmanns family He embarked on a passionate relationship with de Beauvoir, 18 years his senior, and they lived together from 1952 to 1959. In 1986, Lanzmann became chief editor of Les Temps Modernes on de Beauvoirs death and remained in the post for the rest of his life. As a journalist, Lanzmann…

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10 epic drags from reviews for ‘Gotti,’ the rare movie to earn a 0% score from RottenTomatoes

Image: Brian Douglas/Lionsgate/Emmet/Furla Oasis Films/new york times The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti‘s reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it. The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, zero. Tomatometer ratings are based on “the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,” provided there are…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story review Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance

Alden Ehrenreich ably apes Harrison Ford in this straightforwardly rollicking adventure, which betrays little trace of its troubled production Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations. And Han also chances across a charismatic dandy-ish smuggler, gambler and flier called Lando Calrissian, a very funny performance from Donald Glover. It is Lando who is the owner of the Millennium Falcon, but sporting man that he is, Lando is willing to…

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