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Links for the Day: Jane Campion to Head Cannes Jury, Steve McQueen Heckled at New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Run Run Shaw R.I.P., & More

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Links for the Day: Jane Campion to Head Cannes Jury, Steve McQueen Heckled at New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Run Run Shaw R.I.P., & More

1. “Jane Campion to preside over Cannes Film Festival jury.” Film-maker Jane Campion is to head this year’s jury at the Cannes Film Festival, organisers have announced.

“The director succeeds Steven Spielberg in the role. This year’s Cannes Film Festival takes place from 14-25 May. Campion, whose work on The Piano won her a best screenplay Oscar, was called ’a major film-maker and indefatigable pioneer’ by Cannes organisers. The film, in which a mute mail-order bride and her daughter arrive in New Zealand with few possessions, except a large piano, also netted Academy Awards for actresses Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin. More recently, Campion worked on television drama The Lake, which reunited her with Hunter. The mini-series was screened on BBC Two in the UK.”

2. 12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen Heckled at New York Critics Circle Awards.” The 79th annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards turned awkward on Monday night when CityArts editor Armond White started to heckle director Steve McQueen.

“McQueen had just accepted his prize for 12 Years a Slave, presented by Harry Belafonte, when the interruption broke out. As soon as McQueen took the stage, White started shouting from his table at the back of the room. ’You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man,’ White boomed. ’F—you. Kiss my ass.’”

3. “Kenneth Anger: Where the Bodies Are Buried.” For Esquire, Mick Brown spends 48 hours in LA with a legend of the counterculture.

“Nearby is the vacant patch of ground that the actor Vincent Gallo, a friend, has told Anger he has purchased for Anger’s own grave. It is next to the grave of Johnny Ramone, which is marked by a spectacularly ugly bust of the Ramones’ guitarist, truncated just above the knee. Contemplating the prospect of an eternity spent in immediate proximity to one of the musical architects of ’Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,’ Anger looks nonplussed. He is open-minded about the prospect of an afterlife, but dubious about the Christian view of heaven, or whether that’s where he will be going.”

4. “Run Run Shaw R.I.P.” Movie Mogul Seen as Creator of Kung Fu Genre, Dies at 106

“Born in China, Mr. Shaw and his older brother, Run Me, were movie pioneers in Asia, producing and sometimes directing films and owning lucrative cinema chains. His companies are believed to have released more than 800 films worldwide. After his brother’s death in 1985, Mr. Shaw expanded his interest in television and became a publishing and real estate magnate as well. For his philanthropy, much of it going to educational and medical causes, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and showered with public expressions of gratitude by the Communist authorities in Beijing.”

5. SNL’s New Cast Member Sasheer Zamata: 5 Funny Sketches and Impersonations (Video)” The comedian is the first black female to join NBC’s late-night sketch series since Maya Rudolph..

“After SNL was criticized for its lack of diversity, producers held auditions for black female comedians in New York and Los Angeles—the first time the show exclusively focused on casting minority women. SNL skewered itself during a recent sketch with Kerry Washington, who portrayed Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce. Zamata’s YouTube channel offers a glimpse into what viewers can expect when she makes her debut on SNL, including spot-on portrayals of Beyonce, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.”

Video of the Day: David Poland chats with Martin Scorsese:

Links for the Day: A collection of links to items that we hope will spark discussion. We encourage our readers to submit candidates for consideration to ed@slantmagazine.com and to converse in the comments section.

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Let Your Sanity Go on Vacation with a Trip to the Moons of Madness

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

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The announcement trailer for Moons of Madness opens with an empty shot of the Invictus, a research installation that’s been established on Mars. The camera lingers over well-lit but equally abandoned corridors, drifting over a picture of a family left millions of kilometers behind on Earth before finally settling on the first-person perspective of Shane Newehart, an engineer working for the Orochi Group. Fans of a different Funcom series, The Secret World, will instantly know that something’s wrong. And sure enough, in what may be the understatement of the year, Newehart is soon talking about how he “seems to have a situation here”—you know, what with all the antiquated Gothic hallways, glitching cameras, and tentacled creatures that start appearing before him.

As with Dead Space, it’s not long before the station is running on emergency power, with eerie whispers echoing through the station and bloody, cryptic symbols being scrawled on the walls. Did we mention tentacles? Though the gameplay hasn’t officially been revealed, this brief teaser suggests that players will have to find ways both to survive the physical pressures of this lifeless planet and all sorts of sanity-challenging supernatural occurrences, with at least a soupçon of H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmicism thrown in for good measure.

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

Rock Pocket Games will release Moons of Madness later this year.

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Watch: Two Episode Trailers for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Reboot

Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes.

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Jordan Peele is sitting on top of the world—or, at least, at the top of the box office, with his sophomore film, Us, having delivered (and then some) on the promise of his Get Out. Next up for the filmmaker is the much-anticipated reboot of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which the filmmaker executive produced and hosts. Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” In the former, Kumail Nanjiani stars as the eponymous comedian, who agonizingly wrestles with how far he will go for a laugh. And in the other, a spin on the classic “Nightmare at 20,0000 Feet” episode of the original series starring William Shatner, Adam Scott plays a man locked in a battle with his paranoid psyche. Watch both trailers below:

The Twilight Zone premieres on April 1.

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Scott Walker Dead at 76

Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde.

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American-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer Scott Walker, who began his career as a 1950s-style chanteur in an old-fashioned vocal trio, has died at 76. In a statement from his label 4AD, the musician, born Noel Scott Engel, is celebrated for having “enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of the Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”

Walker was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 9, 1943 and earned his reputation very early on for his distinctive baritone. He changed his name after joining the Walker Brothers in the early 1960s, during which time the pop group enjoyed much success with such number one chart hits as “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore).”

The reclusive Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde. Walker, who was making music until his death, received much critical acclaim with 2006’s Drift and 2012’s Bish Bosch, as well as with 2014’s Soused, his collaboration with Sunn O))). He also produced the soundtrack to Leos Carax’s 1999 romantic drama Pola X and composed the scores for Brady Corbet’s first two films as a director, 2016’s The Childhood of a Leader and last year’s Vox Lux.

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