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Watch Young Angelina Jolie Own This Acting Class

Daily Mail on Thursday unearthed this vintage clip of Angelina Jolie workshopping her budding skills in an acting class at age 25. (It features some very creepy faces that match some very creepy lines, and then some.) Soon after this footage was originally captured, Jolie, now 40, would win an Oscar for her work in 1999's Girl, Interrupted. Makes sense, more or less. Tough to tell, though, if this particular clip itself is the stuff of dreams or nightmares. Maybe both — there is a roller-coaster range of emotions here, after all.

  • Posted 9/3/15 at 12:54 PM
  • Video

You Freaked Out Watching the Goodnight Mommy Trailer. Can You Make It Through This Horrifying Clip?

The trailer for the Austrian creepfest Goodnight Mommy went viral last month, and with good reason: The movie has a crackerjack horror premise — when a mother comes home from an extensive bout of plastic surgery swathed in creepy bandages, her young twins are certain she's a monstrous impostor — and it's filled with artfully composed, totally unnerving images meant to haunt your dreams. In fact, Vulture's got an exclusive clip from the film (out September 11), and if you were running low on nightmare fuel, this minute and a half is sure to supply some. It starts so innocently, as one of the boys wakes up with a start in his quiet house, but by the time he walks into his mysterious mother's bedroom with a retractable knife ... well, let's just say you don't want to watch this anywhere that you couldn't get away with shouting "NO, NO, NO" at your computer. Enjoy!

Democratic Republic of Congo Bans Film About Congolese Doctor Who Helps Rape Victims

The Democratic Republic of Congo has banned a documentary about a Congolese doctor who aids rape victims, calling it a defamatory portrait of the country's military. Thierry Michel's The Man Who Mends Women tells the story of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who in 1999 opened a hospital in the DRC to treat women who were sexually assaulted during the country's decades-long civil war. By some estimates, Mukwege's efforts have saved over 40,000 lives; last year, he was given Europe's Sakharov Prize, awarded to those who dedicate their lives to human rights.

The DRC has some of the highest levels of sexual violence in the world, as both militia groups and the country's army routinely use rape as a weapon of war. It seems likely that the film's refusal to whitewash the role the military plays in the DRC's rape epidemic was what led to its ban. The Man Who Mends Women has been shown in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Canada but has not yet received a U.S. release.

Chinese Censors Approve First Gay Love Story in a Movie

After refusing to allow films about gay couples to open in theaters for years, Chinese censors this week approved the release of Wang Chao's Seek McCartney, a romance about a secret interracial relationship between two men. The film is a joint Chinese-French co-production, which experts say improved its chances at getting a theatrical release. (China sets a cap on the number of foreign films allowed to screen in theaters.)

Though Wang praised the move on Weibo as "a big step for the members of the film industry," gay-rights activists aren't so sure. As filmmaker Fan Popo told the AFP, "The fact that this film can be released in theaters doesn't mean gay films in the future will be able to be released in China. China's system for evaluating films is still very unstable, because the rules are very unclear. It depends heavily on the individual censor's whims." Homosexuality was decriminalized in China in 1997, but electroshock conversion therapy remained legal until last year.

The Lobster Trailer: Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz Want to Be Each Other’s Lobsters

When The Lobster premiered at Cannes, our Jada Yuan said it has a "hilarious deadpan absurdity," and that's evident in the film's first trailer. The film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos bills itself as a sci-fi romantic thriller starring Colin Farrell in a dystopic world that really hates single people. Singles are rounded up and forced to find a mate in 45 days, lest they be turned into an animal of their choice. Farrell's character chose the lobster, obviously, because lobsters mate for life.

See How Idris Elba Used Instagram, Wisdom to Respond to That Bond Critique

Following Anthony Horowitz's "too street" comments with regard to Idris Elba playing a future James Bond, the actor took to social media to shrug the critique off with a tongue-in-cheek post. Elba noted Horowitz's apology with an Instagram screen-grab of a Moviefone headline and included his own "street" comment: "Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!!" he wrote, hashtagging "septemberstillloveyou" and throwing in a smirk. "Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better," Horowitz told the Daily Mail earlier in the week. In his apology, Horowitz clarified that he thought Adrian Lester could be a better Bond — because he thinks of Luther Elba when he thinks of Elba. "For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too 'street' for Bond," he added. "Is it a question of being suave? Yeah."

Introducing suave. »

Steven Spielberg: All Things — Even Superhero Movies — Must Pass

Sunrise doesn't last all morning. A cloudburst doesn't last all day. And one movie genre doesn't dominate the box office forever and ever. So says Steven Spielberg, who assures the AP that one day our current glut of comic-book movies will pass into history. "We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western," he says. "It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns ... [but] these cycles have a finite time in popular culture." So, what will come next? Spielberg doesn't know, but he's optimistic: "There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."

Emma Thompson’s Wonderful Thoughts on Feminism, Ageism, Trump, and Teapots

There’s a maxim in Hollywood that nobody knows anything, but perhaps they simply haven’t talked to Emma Thompson. The outspoken Oscar-winning actress can expound on any subject with experience and wit. With her new film A Walk in the Woods out this week, we called Thompson up and asked her to go off on a wide variety of topics. Read on, and be both delighted and provoked.

If I see yet another Spider-Man, I’m going to have to actually hang myself." »

Two of Your Favorite TV Actresses Might Be in the New Star Wars

Big news: The Wrap has got the scoop on the actresses on the short list for the new Star Wars movie! Wait — didn't we just do this a few months ago? Well, that was for Star Wars: Rogue One, and this is for Star Wars: Episode VIII, but you're forgiven for the confusion: Both short lists include Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, who lost out to Felicity Jones for Rogue One, and is back again to be considered alongside the likes of Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's Olivia Cooke for a major role in Episode VIII.

All three have reportedly been scheduled for "chemistry reads" with John Boyega, which sounds like it's maybe a love-interest part, but who knows? And if Maslany doesn't get this one, no worries: There are Star Wars films scheduled for every year until 2019, which means that this cycle of rumors, leaks, and announcements is just going to go on and on and on.

  • Posted 9/2/15 at 10:16 AM
  • Death

Beasts of No Nation Nearly Killed Idris Elba and Cary Fukunaga

Idris Elba and Cary Fukunaga, the very handsome men behind Neflix's upcoming Beasts of No Nation, are on the cover of Variety together this month, sharing slightly less physical contact than fans may have wanted. But inside the issue, they share something else: harrowing tales of almost dying during the film's shoot in Ghana.

For Elba, his brush with death came when he absentmindedly leaned against the wrong tree, and nearly plummeted off a cliff. "I remember slipping and catching onto this big branch that was sticking up, and I literally was like, 'Whoa!'" he tells the mag. "It was a moment where I was like, 'This is the real deal.'"

Not to be outdone, Fukunaga chose a more subtle path toward meeting his maker. Namely, malaria: "It’s like someone gave you a sleeping pill, along with a pounding headache and a hot-and-cold fever." He also lost 20 pounds during filming, some of which he attributes to a parasite he only just discovered, and once nearly stepped on a poisonous snake. Oh, and his camera operator got hurt, his extras were thrown in jail, the film went over budget, and he had to resort to a voice-over to fill in the gaps of scenes he couldn't shoot.

But everything's okay now, because Beasts was bought by Netflix and will be entered into this year's awards-show race, where it is expected to compete with The Revenant for the coveted Most Harrowing Shoot trophy.

Report: The Concussion Filmmakers Tried Not to Piss Off the NFL

Those affiliated with Sony's Will Smith–starring Concussion went to meticulous lengths to avoid angering the NFL throughout the football-centric film's production and marketing run-up, according to a report from the New York Times. The movie, directed by Peter Landesman, is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian forensic pathologist who first identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy in professional football players. The movie hopes to be true and fair to Omalu's life — as well as that of the league's.

In a comprehensive review of dozens of past emails from last year's Sony hack, the Times discovered that Smith was to be positioned as a supporter of the sport; the film was to be marketed as a whistle-blower story (more about the man, less about the sport and its dangers), unflattering details involving the league were to be cut, and the long-term effects of the game were to look less threatening, among other conservative strategies. All of this to reportedly appease the NFL. The initial idea behind the movie, like Omalu's pioneering work, was viewed as contentious because it shed light on ugly questions the league has been dealing with for the last decade or so: Is CTE, because of participation in the sport, leading to death? And is the sport, therefore, a long-term threat to its players?

Here's what a couple of the emails said: »

  • Posted 9/1/15 at 12:06 PM
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Neil LaBute Explains a Provocative Clip From Dirty Weekend

For his new film Dirty Weekend, Neil LaBute found the title first — a British term for a weekend spent away in secret — and went from there. “I think life is that way for a lot of people, where their private life is different than their public persona,” LaBute told Vulture, who constructed his film around two such characters: Les (Matthew Broderick), a repressed family man who vaguely remembers his own drunken dirty weekend but can’t even recall what gender he romped with, and his co-worker Natalie (Alice Eve), who needles Les to open up during a company layover. In this exclusive scene from the film (opening in theaters and on VOD this Friday), she reveals quite the provocative secret of her own.

Watch the clip. »

Watch Eddie Redmayne Try to Win Another Oscar in The Danish Girl Trailer

In The Danish Girl, physical transformer Eddie Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, one of the first transgender women to successfully undergo sex-reassignment surgery. After winning a Best Actor Oscar earlier this year for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Redmayne could make it two in a row — a neat trick last pulled off by Tom Hanks in '90s, when he won for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. The Academy loves a transformation!

  • Posted 9/1/15 at 10:11 AM

New Macbeth Trailer: Something Oscar-y This Way Comes

In the confusing parlance of trailer language, the new Macbeth preview that debuted today is the "official U.S. trailer," even though Americans were perfectly capable of watching the European trailer we got way back in June. Give it no mind — film marketing is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Noted Babe Nicholas Hoult to Play Noted Non-Babe J.D. Salinger

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know about the upcoming J.D. Salinger biopic is who's starring in it, and what kind of lousy title they gave it, and if anyone you've heard of is occupied with it, and all that Hollywood Reporter kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

Just kidding — the answers to those questions, respectively, are: Nicholas Hoult, Rebel in the Rye, and Empire's Danny Strong, who is writing and directing a script based on Kenneth Slawenski's 2011 Salinger biography. And that's why you don't tell anybody anything.

Josh Lucas on The Mend and the Challenges of Microbudget Moviemaking

One of the best performances of the year so far comes from Josh Lucas, in the excellent, disturbing new film The Mend. In it, the actor plays the angry, rudderless Mat, who shacks up in his brother’s apartment after finding himself homeless. John Magary’s film avoids the pitfalls of typical odd-couple movies by playing with narrative and rhythm, and Lucas’s performance — alternating between aggression and avoidance — is a key part of the film’s unique effect. This is also an interesting development for the actor, who has had a career that spans big movies like HulkPoseidonSweet Home Alabama, and smaller ones like UndertowWonderland, and Hide AwayThe Mend might be the smallest film he’s ever done, and certainly one of the most personal. He spoke to us recently about how he wound up in a microbudget movie, the challenges of doing such parts, and whether he’d like to direct someday.

"I absolutely want to direct. But I also know that I may never get to do so." »

Concussion Trailer: Are You Ready to Be Depressed by Some Football?

In Concussion, Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-American neuropathologist who discovered the link between football and the degenerative nerve disease CTE. We're sure it will have a happy ending. Anyway, how's your fantasy team looking this year?

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Bill Murray on Why He Agreed to Make a Ghostbusters 3 Cameo

For a long time, it seemed like Bill Murray was done with the Ghostbusters franchise. After a successful sequel in 1989, Murray dragged his feet on reprising the role of Peter Venkman for a potential Ghostbusters 3. His years-long hesitation eventually scuttled the notion of a direct sequel, paving the way for next year’s series reboot, directed by Paul Feig. It came as a surprise, then, when reports broke weeks ago that Murray had actually taken a part in Feig’s new film. Instead of playing Venkman, it’s rumored that Murray will appear as a character out to debunk the new Ghostbusters crew, played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. When we caught up with Murray at this weekend’s screening of his new film, Rock the Kasbah, presented by Peggy Siegal in East Hampton, we coaxed him to reveal how the role had come about.

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  • Posted 8/31/15 at 9:49 AM
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Edelstein on Wes Craven, 1939–2015

The director Wes Craven, who died at age 76 of brain cancer, did primitive things in sophisticated ways. He spent nearly half a century drilling for fresh nerves. Sometimes — surprisingly often — he hit them. The howls of pain were heard around the world.

He was a man of various and unresolved impulses, which could be a prerequisite for making “personal” horror films. At the end of the ’50s, he abandoned his strict Baptist upbringing for a liberal-arts education and dabbled in academia. He left a job as a humanities professor at Clarkson for New York City — and hard-core porn. He made the leap to the (relative) mainstream the way many do — via the grindhouse.

A Nightmare on Elm Street was one of the best gimmick horror films of the last 30 years — if not the best. »

There Are Mad Max Ubers in Seattle Right Now

To promote the new Mad Max video game coming out at the start of September, Uber teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this weekend to give fans in Seattle real rides in real Fury Road vehicles. Through Monday (we know — not enough time, life isn't fair, etc.), those going to and from the city's PAX Prime gaming convention will have the chance to nab a varied set of postapocalyptic chariots that seat either one, three, or four other riders. Demand will be high and availability limited, the company notes, but if you're lucky, you'll be able to pretend that you're Nux and can scream, "Oh, what a day! What a lovely day!" at all the other normal people riding in normal cars you encounter along your trek.

Here's what some of them looked like: »