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How The Blair Witch Project changed horror for ever

Charmaine Blake

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The movie’s marketing took advantage of trust in the early internet, but fake news isn’t what it used to be

“We will never get a movie like The Blair Witch Project again. Having said that, weve had dozens of movies like The Blair Witch Project. In the 20 years since its release, it has transformed the horror landscape, and more besides. Found footage is now a sub-genre in itself thanks to it. How many horror movies have we seen claiming: This all really happened, honest? How many occult symbols and folk myths have crossed our screens? How many gung-ho teens have set off on an adventure, never to return? And how many times has a gimmicky horror reaped rewards for virtually no outlay? Blair Witch did not invent all these tricks but it put them together to create a phenomenon. It is the 21st centurys Exorcist………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/08/how-the-blair-witch-project-changed-horror-for-ever

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Yes, ‘New Mutants’ is still coming, Probably.

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Jean Grey comes into her powers in ‘Dark Phoenix’.

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“The X-Men are part of the Disney family now, and never has that felt clearer than at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation Wednesday.

Disney touted both Dark Phoenix and New Mutants as part of its upcoming slate, alongside the usual Avengers and Star Wars and Pixa

What exactly the X-Men’s future looks like at the Mouse House, though, remains unclear.

Deadpool clearly isn’t going anywhere. “You’ll be seeing more of Deadpool in the years ahead,” promised studio chairman Alan Horn, after sharing Ryan Reynolds’ cheeky tweet about Fox joining Disney.

And New Mutants, despite delayed release dates, reports of reshoots, and rumors of a straight-to-streaming distribution plan, does seem to be headed to cinemas — it was included on a slide of Disney’s 2019 theatrical releases.

But the core X-Men franchise led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner is evidently coming to a conclusion. Dark Phoenix, out this summer, was described by 20th Century Fox’s Emma Watts as “the perfect sendoff” to the X-Men series……………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/dark-phoenix-deadpool-xmen-disney-cinemacon/

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Dog assassins are a thing in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ and holy crap we can’t wait

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These good boys are ready to help. Also, John Wick and Sofia are there.

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“The entire John Wick franchise was set into motion by the death of a dog. Now, in John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the canine species finally gets a shot at revenge.

In footage revealed exclusively at CinemaCon, two Belgian shepherds owned by Sofia (Halle Berry) take an active role in the fight, bringing down the bad guys who would harm Sofia and John (Keanu Reeves).

The scene opens with the two human assassins in what looks like a desolate, deserted castle, preparing for some dramatic event to come.

Parabellum knows exactly how long we’ve been waiting to see some dogs fuck some shit up.

Then the henchmen arrive and the shooting starts, and Sofia’s dogs spring into action. They race ahead to take down minions for Sofia to shoot. One mauls a guy, sending him off the side of a high wall.

At one point, Sofia spots a baddie coming at them from above — so she bends over and lets one of her dogs springboard off her back, leap onto that high wall, and attack that dude directly.

Mind you, Sofia and John are in the battle as well, frantically running around and shooting at nameless villains in the gracefully choreographed way we’ve come to expect from these films………………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/john-wick-chapter-3-parabellum-dog-assassins/

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30 ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes you need to watch before Season 8

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“So you slacked off and forgot to catch up on Game of Thrones, and now you have just days or hours left to get yourself educated so you don’t look like a total noob on the night Season 8 premieres.

Relax. I’ve got a cheat sheet. There are 67 episodes in all with the end of Season 7, and I figure you can get caught up on the big moments by watching around 30 of them. What can I tell you? This is a complex show.

It’s not a perfect fix. You’re still gonna need a big chunk of time to fit in 30 hours of TV. What’s more, even people who have watched every single episode of the hit HBO series struggle to keep up with the zig-zagging plotlines and mountains of subtext. You definitely won’t be acing any Game of Thrones pop quizzes after watching these episodes and these episodes alone.

But you’ll be better situated for the final journey into Westeros than you were before. You’ll get caught up on the main characters, the big trials they’ve faced, and the far-reaching narrative beats that shook every inch of the Seven Kingdoms.

NOTE: The text below is almost completely spoiler-free, but I’m including a recommended episode list for every season at the top of each entry so you can know what to watch without having to read why. If you do want more of a spoiler-y explanation for each season without having to rewatch hours of TV, the seven links below all point back to “everything you need to know” rundowns for the season in question.

Where to watch: Game of Thrones

Season 1

Recommended viewing: 1.01 (“Winter is Coming”), 1.09 (“Baelor”), 1.10 (“Fire and Blood”)

This is where it all started. You’ve gotta begin with the opening episode of the series because, well, it’s the opening episode of the series. But it’s the season’s final two episodes that deliver a major escalation of violence that sets up some of the key fractured relationships that linger even now, as Season 8 approaches.

Season 2

Recommended viewing: 2.02 (“The Night Lands”), 2.03 (“What Is Dead May Never Die”), 2.09 (“Blackwater”), 2.10 (“Valar Morghulis”)

Season 2 brings a number of big story beats, but it’s actually a minor moment — a bit of information about the White Walkers, the biggest threat to Westeros — that stands out the most. Any shred of information on this mysterious faction is going to be important in Season 8. The second season also introduces Brienne of Tarth, still a major character, and sets up her relationship with the Starks of Winterfell. The final two episodes are packed with plot and huge character moments that can’t be missed — really, this is true of every season, and it’s a recurring theme in this viewing guide……………………………………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-recommended-viewing-season-8-catch-up/

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