‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Drama Starring Jennifer Lawrence Gets Awards-Friendly Release Date

“World War Z 2” and “Friday the 13th,” meanwhile, have been removed from Paramount’s schedule.

Bad news, sequel and/or reboot fans: Paramount has removed both “World War Z 2” and the latest “Friday the 13th” remake from its schedule, leaving both projects’ futures uncertain for now. In their place is Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence and is being released on October 13.

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According to Deadline, “mother!” concerns “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.” Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson co-star in the film, whose autumnal release date suggests Paramount could be aiming for a premiere at one of the seasonal festivals (Telluride, Toronto, Venice and New York) and planning an awards push.

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“World War Z 2” was originally slated for June 9, while “Friday the 13th” had the October 13 spot. Aronofsky is both writing and directing “mother!,” his first film since the biblical epic “Noah” came out three years ago.

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‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance Five Years Ago — Watch

Or, as the kids are fond of saying, “Simpsons did it.”

This week in “The Simpsons Did It”: Lady Gaga’s halftime performance during last night’s Super Bowl, which saw the performer flying through the air on wires. The same thing happened in 2012’s “Lisa Goes Gaga” episode, though in that performance the singer was also wearing a Madonna-esque flame-spewing bra. Watch a side-by-side comparison below.

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“South Park” first pointed out how often “The Simpsons” has been imitated in both life and art in 2002’s “The Simpsons Did It,” in which Butters keeps attempting to devise diabolical schemes — only to have it pointed out that they’ve all been acted out on the long-running cartoon already. This latest example was fairly easy to see coming, however: Gaga is well known for both her theatrical performances and out-there fashion choices.

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“The Simpsons” has also been credited with predicting, however jokingly, Donald Trump’s presidency (back in 2000) and even last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics (in 2010).

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Locarno in Los Angeles: New Festival Will Bring 10 Films from the Vaunted Swiss Fest to L.A. This Spring (Exclusive)

The event will be held at the Downtown Independent from April 21 – 23.

The Locarno Film Festival is one of the oldest, most respected in the world. It’s also one of the most difficult to get to: Other than its remote location — a lakeside town in Switzerland — the 71-year-old event is marked by bold, eclectic programming that doesn’t make its way elsewhere as reliably as selections from the likes of Cannes and Sundance.

That’s set to change with Locarno in Los Angeles, a new initiative launched by L.A.-based film critics Jordan Cronk and Robert Koehler. Cronk also curates Acropolis Cinema, a screening series focused on local premieres of outré titles that might not otherwise screen in the City of Angels, while Koehler has served as director of programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, AFI Fest and the Qingdao International Film Festival.

The event is slated to run from April 21 – 23 at the Downtown Independent with a lineup comprised of 10 features from the most recent Locarno lineup; all are L.A. premieres. Theo Anthony will be present for the screening of his “Rat Film,” the festival’s Centerpiece Selection, and two panels featuring critics, programmers and exhibitors will also be held.

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The weekend-long affair is a fully collaborative effort between Locarno and Acropolis, with funding from the Swiss Consulate in Los Angeles. “Together with its mission to increase visibility in the US for what we feel is the most important and influential film festival in the world, Locarno in Los Angeles is further reinforcement of Acropolis’ primary goal to help fortify our local cinema and arts communities,” says Cronk.

“The Locarno team nobly put no restrictions on what we could or couldn’t screen, and it speaks to the breadth and depth of their programming, as well as the still-insufficient state of local distribution and exhibition channels, that we were able to curate such a diverse and invigorating program within the parameters of Acropolis’ focus on Los Angeles premieres and films otherwise unavailable to local audiences without comprising on quality,” he adds.

Cronk and Koehler will be holding a press conference at the Swiss Residence at 11 a.m. PST this morning, an event that can be watched as it happens via Facebook Live. Full lineup below.

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“Hermia & Helena”

Opening Night: “Hermia & Helena” (Matías Piñeiro)

“All the Cities of the North” (Dane Komljen)

“The Challenge” (Yuri Ancarani)

“Dark Skull” (Kiro Russo)

“Destruction Babies” (Mariko Testuya)

“The Dreamed Path” (Angela Schanelec)

“The Human Surge” (Eduardo Williams)

“The Idea of a Lake” (Milagros Mumenthaler)

Centerpiece Selection: “Rat Film” (Theo Anthony)

Closing Night: “Scarred Hearts” (Radu Jude)

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Steve Bannon Warned of ‘Islamic States of America’ in 2007 Film Treatment

He also misspelled “fascism” in the title.

Steve Bannon’s role in the White House has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, with Nancy Pelosi referring to Donald Trump’s chief strategist as a “white supremacist” and “Saturday Night Live” featuring him on last night’s episode (dressed as the Grim Reaper, no less). Bannon has produced a number of independent films in the past, and now the Washington Post reports that, in 2007, he pitched one in which Muslims turn America into the “Islamic States of America.”

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WaPo describes the proposal as “a three-part movie that would trace ‘the culture of intolerance’ behind sharia law, examine the ‘‘Fifth Column’ made up of ‘Islamic front groups’ and identify the American enablers paving ‘the road to this unique hell on earth.'” Along with Stephen Miller, Bannon is credited with coming up with last week’s executive order restricting travel into the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries and no longer accepting any Syrian refugees at all.

“The road to the establishment of an Islamic Republic in the United States starts slowly and subtly with the loss of the will to win,” reads the eight-page outline. “The road to this unique hell on earth is paved with the best intentions from our major institutions. This political/accommodation/appeasement approach is not simply a function of any one individual’s actions but lies at the heart of our most important cultural and political institutions.”

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In his current capacity, Bannon is considered by many to have more influence on Trump’s policy than any other person. Read more about his treatment, which is titled”“Destroying the Great Satan: The Rise of Islamic Facism [sic] in America,” here.

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‘Twin Peaks’ Trailer Celebrates Damn Good Coffee — Watch

The series returns in May.

If you’ve been on the internet in the last year, you’re probably aware that “Twin Peaks” is returning for a long-awaited third season a full 25 years after it first concluded. And if you’ve ever actually watched the enigmatic drama, you’re just as aware that Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) loves a damn fine cup of coffee. A new teaser for the show’s return celebrates just that, but don’t get too excited — there’s still no new footage or significant plot details. Watch below anyway, because it’s “Twin Peaks” and you can’t help yourself.

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Essentially a supercut of references to coffee throughout the first two seasons, the minute-long spot might even have you hankering for a bag of David Lynch’s own brand of coffee. “Twin Peaks” aired for two seasons on ABC between 1990 – ’91, quickly becoming one of the most popular shows on television — and just as quickly veering off course after revealing the answer to its central question: Who killed Laura Palmer?

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Both the season-two finale and a subsequent film, 1992’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” left viewers with still more questions. We’ll start to see whether the upcoming 18 episodes answer them when the third season of “Twin Peaks” premieres on Showtime on May 21.

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‘Brockmire’ Teaser: Hank Azaria’s New IFC Comedy Takes on the Super Bowl in Joe Buck Feud Clip

The show, which began as a Funny or Die video, premieres in April.

Seven years after debuting as a Funny or Die video, “Brockmire” is finally set to premiere as a half-hour comedy series. IFC has just released a new teaser for the show, which stars Hank Azaria as a baseball announcer who returns to the booth a decade after going through an on-air meltdown upon learning of his wife’s infidelity. The move is a downgrade, however, as the former MLB broadcaster is now working for the lowly Morristown Frackers. Watch below.

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The clip finds Brockmire speaking of the fraternity among baseball broadcasters, which he feels quite strongly about: “I can honestly say that I love each and every one of those guys…except Joe Buck,” he says. “That guy sucks.” Buck chimes in as well, calling Brockmire one of the biggest assholes he’s ever met.

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Amanda Peet and Tyrel Jackson Williams co-star in the show, which Azaria also co-executive produces. “Brockmire” premieres on IFC on April 5.

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‘The Strangers 2’ Is Back in Production With a New Director

Johannes Roberts is picking up where Bryan Bertino left off.

“The Strangers” was one of the scarier horror movies of the late-aughts, making deft use of two evergreen tropes — creepy masks and a home invasion — and earning strong returns at the box office. A sequel has been in one stage of development or another for years, most recently hell — at least until now. “The Strangers 2” has a new director in Johannes Roberts (“The Other Side of the Door”) and a script from original writer/director Bryan Bertino.

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Liv Tyler starred in the 2008 original, which earned $82 million against a budget of just $9 million. She’s been attached to the sequel in the past, albeit in a reduced role, but as of now her involvement looks more uncertain. Per Entertainment Weekly, the new film’s story “centers on a family who arrives at a secluded mobile home park on a road trip. They stay the night in a borrowed trailer after the power goes out, only to be tormented by three psychopaths wearing familiar masks.”

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Bertino has since gone on to write and direct both “Mockingbird” and “The Monster,” which was released last year and originally known by the much more distinctive title “There Are Monsters.”

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