Francis Ford Coppola’s new gothic thriller ‘Twixt’, starring Elle Fanning and Val Kilmer has opened in France to great reviews.

Le Monde said:

“Some say it’s ugly. That this crude picture, these effects cheap, Val Kilmer bloated face emerged from purgatory for the occasion of Hollywood, are a depressing poverty. And yet that’s the beauty that endears this film. A fragile beauty, poignant, totally romantic. Twixt is a Gothic poem shot in digital and transfigured by the sheer gravity of the young Elle Fanning (this amazing child star revealed by Sofia Coppola in Somewhere, recently updated in Super 8, JJ Abrams, who has just blown its thirteenth candle).

The images have the metal texture of raw pixel, but in the hands of the great goldsmith sensual what Coppola, this material becomes gold. This is because it sparkles so, because it might upset too, she calls a counterpoint some patterns ugly.

Third film of Francis Ford Coppola since his conversion to digital five years ago and his new credo of artistic independence and financial Twixt thus combines the beauty and ugliness, the trivial and the sublime, the comic and the tragic … It could be so inept, since this second birth, the author of The Godfather was not floating in a wonderful state of grace.

Desiring, against all logic, to remake films like if a student, he arrived there in a sense. Twixt the cool done well reminiscent of his early films of the era Corman (including Dementia 13). Only she has been enriched by the wisdom, experience and memory of man ageless what has become its author.

With Youth Without Youth and Tetro, his two previous films, Twixt form a trilogy in which there is a damaged relationship between father and child, a dizzying reflection on time, the systematic use of still shots and frequent in black and white. .. Of the three, however, it is the most moving, most original, most successful.

The original film, as the filmmaker evokes, is to find in a dream he had where he appeared to a young girl with her mouth full of metal rings and the American poet Edgar Allan Poe. And also in the interpretation he has made, combining these visions to the death of his son Gian-Carlo (in 1986, in a speedboat accident), and the guilt he has himself designed.

Twixt begins when Hans Baltimore (Val Kilmer), writer of novels of witchcraft poor languishing in alcoholism since the death of his daughter, arrives in a U.S. town to sign his latest book. The town has nothing notable if the belfry of his church was not flanked by five clocks displaying different times, if a group of young Satanists had not installed the other side of the lake, and if Edgar Allan Poe had not stayed there during his lifetime. For the rest, nothing to report, not even a bookstore. In front of the book section of the hardware that Hans Baltimore moved to autograph his book.

Disgusted with himself, he wants to end his career as a writer station. But his wife calls, videoconference intermediary, a new novel. To pay the bills, she says, if he did not comply, to sell its most valuable asset: a first edition of poems by Walt Whitman. To stage these conversations, Coppola chooses the split-screen, thus isolating his characters on either side of the screen, separated by a border, fixing both the camera instead of watching. How better to suggest the lack of communication within the couple deliquescent? The film is full of fun little finds like this (including a particularly hilarious on the writer at work), which gives it its bright and sparkling tone.

Baltimore therefore yield to pressure from his wife, and it is in this small town that is the subject of his new novel.

The sheriff, an oddball who engages in his spare time to writing thrillers, it furnishes the starting point. He tells a group of children was murdered and claims, in exchange elements of its investigation, to be recognized co-author of the book.

Faithful to the precepts that Coppola lavishes publicly in recent years, Baltimore appropriates the idea without the slightest intention to compensate the sheriff. In fact, it is conducting its own investigation into a series of dreams and alcoholic medicated, where he meets the ghost of a murdered child – “a” young vampire teeth of steel played by Elle Fanning – and Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin) who serves as his literary coach.

Coppola’s personal story, and those of his anti-hero characters he invents himself in his novel are reflected in a complex game of mirrors. To the point, to represent the death of the daughter of the writer, explosive return of the repressed to which advance the film, the filmmaker recreates precisely that of his own son.

Between fiction, dream, memory, where lies the truth? These three terms are they really disjointed? How to distinguish them in a world where we live several time frames at the same time? These questions were already running in his two previous films, but who find in this story of grief, creative and lovely ghosts reflected the most successful, the clearest, the most overwhelming.

The film currently has no US release date.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!