Film

Shrunken head once used as a film prop turns out to be human

A shrunken head that was on display for years at a university in Georgia has been returned to the place it came from.

Known as a “tsantsa,” the artifact has been sent back to its home country of Ecuador after researchers realized it was the real thing.

NBC News reports that the artifact had been sitting on display at Mercer University in Macon for decades. The tsantsa had even been glued to a fake body and used as a prop in the 1979 John Huston movie, “Wise Blood,” a dark comedy film starring Brad Dourif of “Chucky” fame.

So, as

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Are they having a laugh? How The Father’s posters get the film so wrong | The Father

The Father is not out in the UK until next month, but we already know plenty about it. We know that its script won an Oscar for the uncanny way it dropped the viewer into the mind of someone with dementia. We know that Anthony Hopkins gave such a harrowing, desperate performance that he also won an Oscar. Perhaps you even read the New Yorker interview with Hopkins about the role, which inspired him to recount the circumstances of his own father’s death in devastating detail. Basically, we know that The Father is quite a dark film.

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The Woman in the Window and film’s most cursed productions

Not that any film should be condemned on the basis of its creators’ trials and tribulations. Most of the problems listed above had nothing to do with the production itself; besides, reshoots and personnel changes are part of the Hollywood process. Eric Stoltz was swapped for Michael J Fox when shooting was underway on Back To The Future, and Harvey Keitel was swapped for Martin Sheen on Apocalypse Now, and neither of those films turned out too badly. In 1997, Titanic was a byword for illnesses, injuries, spiralling costs and missed deadlines, but once it became a record-breaking hit, winning

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New film series ‘Mission Stories’ is directed by a newly recovering alcoholic

A movie anthology from Excel Entertainment will honor the dedication and sacrifice of missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first opens on big screens May 7. Called “Mission Stories,” it focuses on true stories of conversion.

Filmmaker Bryce Clark was selected to head up the project. It is fitting that he should be chosen to create a film about people whose lives were changed by conversion to Christ, because Clark is a recovering alcoholic who recently found redemption.

Excel Entertainment’s Head of Distribution Arthur Van Wagenen said the desire to explore why people are willing

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George Jung death: Drug smuggler who inspired film ‘Blow’ dies aged 78

George Jung, a former drug smuggler and the real-life inspiration behind the film Blow, has died at the age of 78.

Jung’s social media accounts announced the death on Wednesday. TMZ also reported the news, citing sources close to the situation.

Jung was portrayed by Johnny Depp in Blow, Ted Demme’s biographical crime film released in 2001.

According to Jung’s Instagram account, he died in his hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning.

His Twitter account shared a quote from Blow: “May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face, and the

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‘The Water Man’ review: David Oyelowo’s directorial debut is a sensitive family drama

Filmed with an eye for rich production values and spectacular natural vistas, “The Water Man” is that rare family film that isn’t a nonstop CGI stunt or lowest-denominator exercise in cheap laughs. Rather, it’s grounded in recognizable, if admittedly unwelcome, realities of real life, even when it indulges in occasional flights of fancy (the pencil-drawing animations that bring Gunner’s work to life are particularly arresting). Oyelowo brings a thoughtful sensibility and thoroughgoing good taste to the kind of movie Hollywood doesn’t produce anymore but shouldn’t be so quick to discard. There are as many absorbing, affecting family films to be

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Bill Gates once fist-pumped at party during Sundance Film Festival

Bill Gates isn’t just a billionaire tech nerd — he can also party like a rockstar.

The billionaire Microsoft founder was once photographed “dancing Paris Hilton-style” on a banquette with a group of attractive women at a Microsoft-sponsored party during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

“He gyrated in a VIP booth until 2 a.m.,” Page Six reported at the time. “Everybody was snapping photos of him until his security rushed him out the back door after he tipped a waitress $500.”

He was seen high-fiving female friends dancing in his booth and pulling a series of moves including air

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Meet the cast of Netflix animated film ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’

MANILA — It’s only been less than a week since Netflix started streaming “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” on its platform, and the animated action-comedy film has already captured the hearts of many viewers in the Philippines. 

As of writing, the movie is the Top 2 content in Netflix Philippines, just behind the South Korean series “Vincenzo.”

The film follows an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest challenge yet: saving the world from the robot apocalypse. 

It stars with creative outsider Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) getting accepted into the film school of her dreams and

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Watch TCM Classic Film Festival on HBO Max

Last year, shortly after the pandemic hit the U.S., WarnerMedia’s TCM — with about three weeks notice — shifted its annual in-person TCM Classic Film Festival to a hybrid online/network experience.

When the TCM team determined they were not going to be able to hold the fest in person again in 2021, they made an even bigger pivot to provide two virtual venues for this year’s Classic Film Festival — on both the TV network and with corporate sibling HBO Max.

For the first time ever, the TCM Classic Film Festival will be hosted on both the network’s channel and

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