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With the summer movie season at its peak, MoviePass couldn’t have chosen a worse time to go dark

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With the future of movie theater subscription service MoviePass now more uncertain than it ever was, the company strangely announced on July 4 that it would be “temporarily interrupting its service in order to complete its work on an improved version of the MoviePass mobile application.”

But given that it’s currently the peak of the summer movie season, with the likes of Spider-Man: Far From Home and Toy Story 4 dominating the box office this past Independence Day weekend, MoviePass couldn’t have chosen a worse time to halt operations for its roughly 225,000 subscribers.

“There’s never a good time to have to do this,” said MoviePass Inc. CEO Mitch Lowe admitted. “But to complete the improved version of our app, one that we believe will provide a much better experience for our subscribers, it has to be done.”

MoviePass says it will use the time that its service is down “to recapitalize in order to facilitate a seamless transition and improved subscriber experience,” a sign that the company’s funding is limited. Helios and Matheson Analytics, MoviePass’ parent company, lost more than $329 million in revenue last year, according to a May financial statement obtained by Silver Screen Beat, and it stands to lose even more money should they fail to find a solution to MoviePass’ ever-evolving list of problems in a timely manner.

“We have listened and we understand the frustrations of our subscribers,” Lowe added. “To provide the level of service you deserve and we can be proud of, we need to improve our mobile app. We plan to make this improvement by utilizing an enhanced technology platform, which is in the final stages of completion.”

In March, MoviePass rolled out its new $14.95 per month subscription plan, dubbed “Moviepass Uncapped,” that would once again allow users to see an unlimited amount of movies, something that subscribers have been wanting to see the service reintroduce since last year.

Unfortunately, the rollout came with an impressive list of restrictions and the plan’s fine print allows MoviePass to “limit the selection of movies and/or the times of available movies” users could see, putting into question whether or not the service’s “unlimited” plan is truly unlimited.

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An eerie new trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’ is here to send you into a world of nautical madness

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One simple question arises in the latest trailer for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse, the “hypnotic and hallucinatory tale” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers driving each other mad, and, quite frankly, it’s a pretty good one: “what?”

That one simple question pretty much sums up my feelings about The Lighthouse, which seems to be appealing to my very particular brand of weird with all these peculiar trailers where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go at each other’s throats and talk about spilling beans and shit.

Needless to say, all of the raves The Lighthouse has received over the past few months following its debuts at festivals like Cannes and, most recently, TIFF have also piqued my interest — right now the film boasts an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 70 reviews.

I suppose we’ll find out what all the buzz is about when The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18.

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‘Joker’ just won the Golden Lion award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, because of course it did

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In its continuing effort to be the most bonkers fucking film festival on the planet, the Venice Film Festival jury has just selected Todd Phillips’ Taxi Driver/King of Comedy riff Joker as the recipient of this year’s Golden Lion award, while convicted rapist Roman Polanski received the second-place Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy.

Haifaa Al-Mansour and Shannon Murphy, the only two women directors who were selected to compete at Venice this year, both went home empty-handed, though Murphy’s Babyteeth star Toby Wallace did pick up the festival’s Young Actor award.

The complete list of 2019 Venice Film Festival winners is as follows:

Golden Lion
Joker; dir: Todd Phillips

Grand Jury Prize
An Officer And A Spy: dir: Roman Polanski

Silver Lion, Best Director
Roy Andersson; About Endlessness

Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Ariane Ascaride; Gloria Mundi

Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden

Best Screenplay
Yonfan; No. 7 Cherry Lane

Special Jury Prize
La Mafia Non E Più Quello Di Una Volta; dir: Franco Moresco

Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth

HORIZONS
Best Film
Atlantis; dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych

Best Director
Theo Court; Blanco En Blanco

Special Jury Prize
Verdict; dir: Raymund Ribay Guttierez

Best Actress
Marta Nieto; Madre

Best Actor
Sami Bouajila; A Son

Best Screenplay
Jessica Palud, Revenir

Best Short Film
Darling; dir: Saim Sadiq

LION OF THE FUTURE — LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
You Will Die At 20; dir: Amjad Abu Alala

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
Best VR
The Key; dir: Céline Tricart

Best VR Experience
A Linha; dir: Ricardo Laganaro

Best VR Story
Daughters Of Chibok; dir: Joel Kachi Benson

VENICE CLASSICS
Best Documentary on Cinema
Babenco; dir: Barbara Paz

Best Restoration
Ecstasy; Gustav Machaty

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Deck the halls with…bloody murder? The trailer for Blumhouse’s remake of ‘Black Christmas’ is here

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We were pretty jazzed to hear earlier this year that Blumhouse had begun production on a remake of Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher classic Black Christmas and now, just a few months later, we’re pleased to inform you that we have an official trailer for the film to accompany that incredible one-sheet they dropped a few months back.

Imogen Poots stars here as Riley Stone, leader of the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters, who are preparing to throw a Christmas party as Hawthorne College quiets down for winter break. However, it isn’t long before one of them disappears at the hands of a black-masked stalker, who begins killing off sorority sisters around the campus one by one.

With the body count at Hawthorne rising, Riley and the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters begin questioning whether they can trust any of the men in their lives, including their own boyfriends, crushes, and professors. “Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims,” the film’s synopsis reads.

As excellent as director Sophia Takal’s update on Black Christmas looks, the trailer does seem to reveal quite a few different plot developments and twists, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, it’s probably best to avoid the trailer for now so you don’t unintentionally ruin anything for yourself.

Black Christmas hits theaters on Friday, December 13, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.

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