Monday, Nov. 13 Filming Locations for How To Get Away With Murder, SVU, The Irishman, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for November 13:  Filming in California TV Series: How To Get Away With Murder Stars: Viola Davis Location: 103 W 4th St, Los Angeles (6:00 PM – 4:00 AM) TV Series: Criminal Minds Stars: Matthew Grey Guler Location: Quixote Studio, Los Angeles TV Series: NCIS: LA Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago Fire Stars: Taylor Kinney Location:1559 S Larkin, Chicago TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Jason Beghe Location: 1401 S Michigan Ave, Chicago Filming in New York‏ TV Series: Instinct Stars: Alan Cumming Location: Park Ave and E 54th St, NYC TV Series: Law and Order: SVU Stars: Mariska Hargitay Location: 57th Ave and Avenue N, Brooklyn Movie: The Irishman Stars: Robert De Niro Location:. Morris Park Ave and Bronxdale Ave, Bronx Movie: If Beale Street Could Talk Stars: Regina King Location: Lake Ave and Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers TV Series: Maniac Stars: Emma Stone Location: Silvercup Studios, Long Island City TV Series: Gotham Stars: Ben McKenzie Location:Steiner Studios, Brooklyn TV Series: Billions Stars: Paul Giamatti Location: Fort Tryon Park, NYC Project: Blue Steel Location: Church and Duane, NYC Credit: @tribecacitizen TV Series: Succession Stars: Hiam Abbass Location:..

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AFF Review: Kooky Sci-Fi Indie Film ‘Everything Beautiful is Far Away’

Everything Beautiful is Far Away

I love stumbling upon quirky indie gems that haven’t been fully discovered yet, but are totally original and skillfully crafted. Everything Beautiful is Far Away is one of these films, which I decided to see on a whim at the American Film Festival, and I’m very glad I took a chance on it. This homemade indie film was filmed entirely at the Algodones Dunes in California, and stars actors Joseph Cross and Julia Garner. While it is technically sci-fi, set in the near future when cities have continued to expand and massive deserts are all that surrounds them, the film’s story is actually more of a metaphor for relationships. It’s very similar thematically to Swiss Army Man, addressing the difficulties of loneliness and of love in our modern world. ›››

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Prolific American Actor Harry Dean Stanton Has Passed Away at 91

Harry Dean Stanton

Sad news to report about a very talented, beloved actor. Harry Dean Stanton has died at age 91 (report via The Guardian) at a hospital in Los Angeles. Stanton has a legendary, prolific actor who appeared in over 100 different roles throughout the years. Many may recognize him because he’s probably been in something you’ve seen, or a movie you love, there’s no question about it. Roger Ebert even created the “Stanton-Walsh Rule“, saying: “No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.” Stanton most recently appeared on the new “Twin Peaks” show, playing Carl Rodd, and has a film out this year (titled Lucky). He also dabbled in writing and music, but ended up sticking to acting. ›››

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‘StarCraft’ caster’s wife turned away at airport because infant twins violated safety regulations


Tara Stemkoski, wife of professional StarCraft II caster Daniel “Artosis” Stemkoski, was planning on flying to her hometown with her three children to visit her sick grandmother. But Artosis was traveling to Shanghai to work the IEM Shanghai StarCraft II tournament, and so somehow that meant momma Stemkoski wasn’t legally allowed to board the plane.

Stemkoski booked an Air Canada flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Prince Edward Island in Canada, double-checking along the way that she’d be allowed to travel alone with her 3-month-old twins and 5-year-old daughter, CBC News reported Wednesday.  Read more…

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Exclusive: Gareth Edwards on the ‘Rogue One’ Ending and How He Got Away With It

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With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting home video in just a few weeks and director Gareth Edwards in attendance at SXSW for a different engagement, we were able to meet up for a spoiler-filled chat about the film’s third act. You may have already read our conversation about why the ending of the film was changed, but we also spoke about the Rogue One ending and that final battle’s giant body count…and how he thought he’d never get away with it.


Since everyone’s seen the movie now, let’s just talk about the ending. When in the process did you decide to kill everybody? Because you kill everybody in the ending. 

[Laughs] The first ever screenplay by Gary Whitta…we were chatting about this and it was clear we were going to kill a lot of people. Potentially everyone. We just felt “There’s no way they’re going to let us do this. So for this first draft, let’s try to do the best version we think of with Jyn and Cassian surviving.” That what was written. And then [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy read it and at the end she said “Shouldn’t they all die?” And we said “Yeah, of course. We’d love to, but can we do that?” And she said “We can do anything we want.”

And so I spent the next couple of years waiting for someone to say “Actually, you know, they should survive.” And no one ever said it. I remember…I think it was [Disney CEO] Bob Iger, when they did the first announcement of the cast of the film on stage and behind them was every main actor who was in the movie. There’s like nine of them or something and I was just thinking “Oh my God, every one of those characters is going to die.” I don’t know another Disney film that does that. I’m quite proud of it, because it feels responsible. It’s responsible storytelling because it’s a massive war and war is not a great thing. You don’t come out of it as a better person, typically. The world might be better, but it usually destroys you. Showing that it comes at a price, this sort of…when we fight each other like this, it’s not a good thing. But it doesn’t make a great film. Utopian peace doesn’t make for interesting movies.

When I last spoke to you, we had only seen the two big extended sequences, including the battle on Jedha, which reminded me of something out of Battle of the Algiers. The ending is a very different kind of action scene, more like a WWII-era Hollywood movie, a stirring portrait of sacrifice and heroism and so on. How’d you go about building this final battle? Any influences?

World War II films were a big influence. The inter-cutting in the third act, the triangle that’s going on, was trying to do… One of the best third acts in any film is, I think, Return of the Jedi. You have this ground battle, you have this really epic, really dynamic space battle, and in the middle of it all, you have this sort of soulful confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader. We wanted to find that sort of dynamic. So the ground troops are riffing off Vietnam warfare visuals and films like Apocalypse Now, stuff I grew up loving. The space battle was, to be honest, [inspired by] Return of the Jedi, one of the high benchmarks for space battles. And the high altitude confrontation between Jyn and Krennic was a more personal version of all these big events.

Having three things to intercut between is a lifesaver. Because just as one starts to get a little bit…as you’re slightly tired of one, you jump to another one. And you just keeping cutting around to everybody, telling everyone’s story. You can cut out all of the boring bits that way. I don’t know how you do action scenes now without doing parallel action. The first film I made [Monsters] had two characters in it and we never cut to anyone but those two characters. It was such a restriction to make a film that way. It was a nightmare. It’s a cheap trick of filmmakers, to keep having things to cut to when one thing gets a little uninteresting.


You can read the rest of our conversation, which focuses on the original ending and how it was reshot, over here. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 4, 2017.

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‘Aliens’ and ‘Twister’ Star Bill Paxton Has Passed Away at 61

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Bill Paxton, the charming and always reliable actor whose credits include everything from Twister to Titanic to Tombstone, has passed away following complications from surgery. He was 61 years old.

Born in 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas, Paxton’s early credits are a parade of small parts for brilliant directors. He was a bartender for Walter Hill in Streets of Fire, a street punk (who gets impaled by Arnold Schwarzenegger) in James Cameron’s The Terminator, and a soldier for Ivan Reitman in Stripes. The ’80s are littered with Paxton popping up to steal the show: eagle-eyed fans will catch his small turn in Commando, while others know him best as Chet Donnelly in Weird Science.

However, Paxton is probably most beloved to movie fans as Private Hudson in Aliens, the wisecracking, nerve-wracked colonial marine who provides a welcome source of comic relief in James Cameron’s intense masterpiece. His iconic deliver of “Game over, man!” became a catchphrase, one that he gleefully embraced. A year later, he played a villainous southern vampire in Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, continuing his trend of popping up brilliant genre movies directed by brilliant directors, using his pure Texan persona to brilliant effect.

Paxton worked continuously throughout the ’90s, teaming up with Cameron again to play sleazy car salesman in True Lies, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Kurt Russell in the great Tombstone, and feeling right at home with one of the best ensemble casts of the ’90s in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13. He had a proper brush with movie stardom in 1996’s Twister. He worked with Cameron one more time as Brock Lovett in Titanic. He provided Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan with its singed, blackened soul. He was even killed by a Predator in Predator 2, making him the only actor to have been killed by a Terminator, a Predator, and a Xenomoprh.

In 2001, Paxton directed and starred in Frailty, a religious horror movie about a father who becomes convinced he’s been tasked to hunt down demons by God himself. It’s one of the most underrated genre movies of the ’00s and evidence that Paxton should have worked behind the camera more often. He would direct only one more feature, 2005’s The Greatest Game Ever Played.

Paxton never slowed down. He worked with Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids 2) and Steven Soderberg (Haywire). He broke out his well-honed sleazebag persona for Nightcrawler and his old school Texas toughness for Edge of Tomorrow. He headlined the popular HBO series Big Love for five seasons. Recently, he played a scene-stealing baddie on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Randall McCoy in Hayfields and McCoys.

Paxton’s family issued this statement via Variety:

A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.  Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.  We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.

Bill Paxton may have passed away, but he’ll live on forever. Being a damn good actor in a bunch of damn good movies makes you immortal.

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Tripod Innovator Lino Manfrotto Passes Away at Age 80

Photojournalist turned equipment entrepreneur designed his first products in his garage for himself and his friends, then grew to a global business.

Lino Manfrotto, founder of the world famous camera gear company known especially for their line of tripods, passed away on Sunday in his hometown of Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

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Veteran Actor John Hurt Passes Away of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 77

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English actor Sir John Hurt has passed away at age 77. The sad news was confirmed by his agent, via BBC. Hurt died of pancreatic cancer, after first being diagnosed in 2015. John Hurt appeared in over 120 different films across multiple decades, as well as numerous stage and television roles. He most recently appeared in the films Jackie, The Journey, Hercules and Snowpiercer. Hurt earned two Academy Award nominations years ago, for The Elephant Man in 1980, and Midnight Express in 1978. He won two BAFTA Awards for Acting, and was recognized for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 2012. He was one of those talented actors who would always give a great performance no matter the role. It’s sad to lose another actor. ›››

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