10 Must-See Films at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival

Few things are as scary as real life these days, but for those seeking more refined thrills and chills, this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival continues to provide the best in “genre” entertainment. While the “genre” moniker is wide-ranging enough to stir up images of everything from slasher films to kung fu epics, the annual Canadian festival has consistently stretched the concept to embrace all sorts of off-beat features that go somehow beyond the norm of mainstream cinema.

This year’s lineup is no different, encompassing not just terrifying horror movies and wild martial arts action, but true stories about unique people, unexpected romantic dramas, even a careful examination of how a cute cartoon frog became a symbol of hate. If it’s weird or wacky, it just might land at Fantasia.

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AARP Takes Another Step Into Film Business With Release of ‘Care to Laugh’

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AARP Studios premiered the six-episode “Date My Grandma” on its YouTube channel last year. Don Rickles’ final project before he passed away in 2017 was AARP’s “Dinner With Don,” a web talk show in which the legendary comedian interviewed his famous friends, including Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler and Marissa Tomei.” data-reactid=”20″The non-profit’s in-house production company AARP Studios premiered the six-episode “Date My Grandma” on its YouTube channel last year. Don Rickles’ final project before he passed away in 2017 was AARP’s “Dinner With Don,” a web talk show in which the legendary comedian interviewed his famous friends, including Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler and Marissa Tomei.

Care to Laugh,” a documentary that follows comedian

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Timothy Dalton has a laugh like a pantomime villain. Rich, deep and playfully thespy, it booms from our Zoom chat as his press team asks me to pivot my camera away from a nice blank wall towards a pile of unwashed laundry, to improve the lighting. The laughter erupts again when he spots my broken hoover.

I’m rewarded with a third, expansive peal when I tell the 74-year-old actor that my 10-year-old son – eavesdropping from the hall earlier as I watched the delectably surreal but 18-rated series Doom Patrol – said of Dalton’s performance as Niles “Chief” Caulder: “His voice is a massive spoiler! I mean, the posh English guy in an American action thing? You just know he’s going to turn out to be a baddie! Even if he’s a good guy for now.”

“Good for your son!” Dalton chuckles. “After I shot my very first scene

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Variety, African American Film Critics Association and LACES Launch Micheaux Project Outreach Program

Variety, the African American Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies have partnered to create the Micheaux Project, an outreach program aimed at encouraging high school students from underrepresented communities to consider careers as entertainment journalists and critics.

Inspired by WriteGirl/BoldInk’s successful workshops and mentorship programs, the Micheaux Project will bring professional entertainment writers, editors and critics to LACES, a Los Angeles Unified School District magnet school for grades 6-12, to expose students to career paths they may never have considered. Topics discussed will include how to do an interview, work a red carpet, write a news story, shoot and edit multimedia packages, find your voice as a critic and other practical aspects of entertainment journalism. The eight-week program, led by Variety’s David Cohen, stresses hands-on work in small groups, with journalists as peers and mentors, not teachers giving lectures.

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The Boys season 2 release date, new footage, short film, and more

The problem with following The Boys is that one minute you think you’ve seen all season 2 has to offer and – in an A-Train style blink of an eye – there’s enough to fill the vaults of Vought Seven times over.

But we’ve just about caught up from not only the Amazon Prime show’s big SDCC panel, plus all the fallout from it too. 

We’ve got the latest and greatest quotes, news of a season 2 supplementary aftershow, and even what I can only describe as the most WTF clip in The Boys history down below. Which is saying something.

With September fast approaching, we’ve even put together a quick guide on everything you need to know about The Boys season 2. There’s a new release schedule for one thing, plus images, episode titles, and a diabolical tease from the likes of Karl Urban of what’s to come later … Read More

‘Retaliation’: Film Review

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What if you were an international star who’d had a supporting role in two of the biggest franchises of all time, then you went on to deliver the best performance of your career in a tough, tiny British drama, and hardly anybody noticed? Chances are, Orlando Bloom has been asking himself some version of that question for the last three years.

That’s how long it’s been since he played Malky, a lapsed Catholic tormented by childhood sexual abuse, in “Retaliation,” a remarkably nuanced alternative to the grudge-bearing revenge genre from a pair of first-time feature directors, siblings Ludwig and Paul Shammasian. “Retaliation” was virtually overlooked when it premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival back in 2017, landing distribution in a few foreign countries (presumably on the basis of Bloom’s involvement), only to surface now as one of the many pandemic releases so micro,

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The film and TV highlights to watch out for

Truth Seekers, Charlize Theron, and <em>Bill &amp; Ted Face The Music</em> will all appear as part of Comic-Con@Home. (Amazon/Netflix/WB)
Truth Seekers, Charlize Theron, and Bill & Ted Face The Music will all appear as part of [email protected] (Amazon/Netflix/WB)

The organisers of San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s leading pop culture fan convention, have announced the line up for [email protected], its first ever virtual convention.

Its regular event, which was scheduled to kick off on 23 July, was cancelled earlier this year for the first time ever in the convention’s 50 year history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The live event will return in 2021, but to fill this year’s gap the organisers have lined up a full five-day schedule of online events to take place from Wednesday, 22 July to Sunday, 26 July.

It’s an action-packed line up featuring some huge names from the world of comics, television and movies. Best thing is: it’s all completely free.

Here’s our pick of the best panels to watch from the world of

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