Willem Dafoe To Receive Icon Award At Palm Springs International Film FEstival

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Willem Dafoe will receive the Icon Award at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) for his work in The Florida Project. The Film Awards Gala takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center January 2 and will be hosted by Mary Hart.

Dafoe’s previous movie credits include The Last Temptation of Christ, What Happened to Monday, and Affliction. “Willem Dafoe is a versatile actor who has appeared in over one hundred films in his stellar career,” said fest Chairman Harold Matzner. “In The Florida Project, Dafoe delivers a career defining performance as a hotel manager overseeing his sometimes unruly residents, which has received numerous critical accolades. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present this year’s Icon Award to Willem Dafoe.”

Dafoe has received two Oscar nominations (Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire). Previous recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 2-2018.

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Noomi Rapace Goes Seven Deep In ‘What Happened To Monday’ Trailer

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Being a fan of the Dead Snow films as well as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, I’m definitely excited to see director Tommy Wirkola’s sci-fi thriller What Happened To Monday. Since it’s a Netflix feature, the movie will get worldwide attention and hopefully more people will check out Wirkola’s previous work.

The story takes place in the near future, where overpopulation has forced governments to enforce the “One Child Policy.” This rule is not followed by one particular family, with Noomi Rapace playing seven sisters who are each named after a day of the week.When Monday disappears, her grandfather (Willem Dafoe) and sisters attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Glenn Close co-stars as the head of the Child Allocation Bureau who is also on the trail of the seemingly vanished into thin air Monday. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

What Happened To Monday debuts August 18 on Netflix.

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Outbreak on the Big Screen: Labyrinth, Justice League, Holmes & Watson + More

Forest Whitaker, most recently seen on the big screen in Arrival, has landed a role in the upcoming 2Pac / Notorious B.I.G. murder drama Labyrinth. The film stars Johnny Depp as the disgraced L.A.P.D. detective unable to solve the cases of the two rap icons. Deadline reports that Whitaker will play a journalist who joins the cop on the investigation. Brad Furman will direct.

Willem Dafoe, no stranger to superhero films playing the Green Goblin in the 2002 Spider-Man movie, will reportedly appear in the next Justice League film. Dark Horizons reports that Dafoe will reprise his role as Vulko, the trusted advisor of Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Dafoe was already confirmed to play Vulko in the solo Aquaman film, and both he and Amber Heard (who plays Queen Mera) will reportedly appear in the Justice League film alongside Momoa. Justice League is set for a Nov. 17, 2017 release, while Aquaman will follow on July 26, 2018.

According to Deadline, the latest Sherlock Holmes film update starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly is starting to flesh out the cast. Holmes & Watson will also include Rob Brydon as Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade, while Kelly McDonald is on board as housekeeper Mrs. Hudson. Rebecca Hall will appear in the film as Dr. Grace Hart, the first female doctor to practice in London. Ferrell will star as Holmes, while Reilly is Watson in the comedy, which is being directed by Etan Cohen.

We’ve seen Robin Hood in many incarnations over the years, and the latest film will take a look at his youth. According to Screen Rant, Robin Hood: Origins will star Taron Egerton in the titular role, with a March 23, 2018 now expected.

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‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Takes On ‘Dog Eats Dog’ And ‘Doctor Strange’

dogeatdog11It’s another polarizing week on CinemAddicts, as Anderson Cowan and I have totally different opinions on filmmaker Paul Schrader’s (Auto Focus, Adam Resurrected) latest movie Dog Eat Dog. While I thought the story of three criminals (Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook) was another audacious outing from Schrader, Cowan had an entirely different reaction. A melange of film noir, dark comedy, subtle social commentary, Dog Eat Dog comes out in New York and Los Angeles November 4th and hits streaming services the following week.

I also checked out Doctor Strange, one of Marvel’s finest outings, as Benedict Cumberbatch does a fine job as the master of the mystic arts. Stealing the show is Tilda Swinton, Strange’s mysterious mentor who’s simply known as the Ancient One. Another great film to check out this weekend is the documentary The Eagle Huntress, the inspiring story of a 13-year-old girl named Aisholpan who wants to become an eagle hunter.

My Blu-ray pick of the week is Obsession, a Brian De Palma directed film that’s co-written by Dog Eat Dog filmmaker Paul Schrader. Anderson’s streaming recommendations are the documentaries The Propaganda Game and Queen Mimi.

CinemAddicts, a co-production of Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions, is available for download on iTunes. Check out this week’s episode by clicking on the media bar below:


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‘Paul Schrader: A Retrospective’ Kicks Off At Metrograph Theater

paulschrader1Writer/director Paul Schrader, whose seminal work includes Light Sleeper, Blue Collar, and the script for Taxi Driver, is being honored at New York’s Metrograph Theater starting with an October 29th screening of his new film Dog Eat Dog. Schrader will take part in a Q&A after the film.

The project, which reunites Schrader with previous collaborators Nicolas Cage (Dying of the Light) and Willem Dafoe (Affliction, Auto Focus), is based on Edward Bunker’s 1995 novel of the same name.

Schrader’s films Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Blue Collar, Patty Hearst, Affliction, and American Gigolo will also be screened for the retrospective. For more info, please go to Metrograph Theater’s official site.

Dog Eat Dog centers on three ex-cons (Cage, Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook) who are hired to kidnap a baby for a mob boss. When the operation goes sideways, the trio become the target of both the cops and the criminals. Self-survival is the name of the game for these men, who are most likely headed down the proverbial dead end street!

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!



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