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‘Through the Wormhole’: Morgan Freeman Uses Science to Hunt for Terrorists

2 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Morgan Freeman is looking for clues in the fight against terrorism – and using his TV show to find them.

The actor’s Science Channel series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” returns next week for its seventh season with more episodes that investigate controversial and burning topics.

Read More: Film Society of Lincoln Center to Honor Morgan Freeman With 43rd Chaplin Award

The show’s season premiere, which airs Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. Et, asks the question, “What Makes a Terrorist?” In the episode, terrorism is examined through science, including the brain shape of known terrorists. The motivation: Finding new ways to wage the war on terrorism.

Other episodes this season include “Are There More Than Two Sexes?,” “Is Gun Crime a Virus?” and “Is Privacy Dead?” Freeman is back as host.

“This series is ambitious and not afraid to tackle the biggest topics and most provocative, necessary questions that »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Through the Wormhole’: Morgan Freeman Uses Science to Hunt for Terrorists

2 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Morgan Freeman is looking for clues in the fight against terrorism – and using his TV show to find them.

The actor’s Science Channel series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” returns next week for its seventh season with more episodes that investigate controversial and burning topics.

Read More: Film Society of Lincoln Center to Honor Morgan Freeman With 43rd Chaplin Award

The show’s season premiere, which airs Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. Et, asks the question, “What Makes a Terrorist?” In the episode, terrorism is examined through science, including the brain shape of known terrorists. The motivation: Finding new ways to wage the war on terrorism.

Other episodes this season include “Are There More Than Two Sexes?,” “Is Gun Crime a Virus?” and “Is Privacy Dead?” Freeman is back as host.

“This series is ambitious and not afraid to tackle the biggest topics and most provocative, necessary questions that »

- Michael Schneider

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‘First Girl I Loved’ Exclusive Trailer: Two High Schoolers Struggle With Young Love And Coming Out

5 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Young love is always a flurry of excitement and terror, dominated by a wide-eyed sense of wonder and joy. But it can be difficult if two people aren’t on the same page, and even more difficult if two people are in the closet. The new film “First Girl I Loved,” which won the Next Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, follows Anne (Dylan Gelula), a high school senior and yearbook volunteer who falls in love with Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand), the most popular girl at her high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton (Mateo Arias), who has always harbored a secret crush, he tries to sabotage their relationship out of jealousy. The film also stars Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Tim Heidecker (“Tim & Eric”), Cameron Esposito (“Take My Wife”), Erik  Griffin (“Workaholics”), and Jennifer Prediger (“Apartment Troubles”). Watch the exclusive trailer below.

Read More: ‘First Girl I Loved »

- Vikram Murthi

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Ben-hur May Lose $100 Million When All Said And Done

6 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

This past weekend wasn't a pretty one for Ben-Hur. Sure, the sword and sandals flick had the benefit of riding on the coattails of one the most beloved epic films created to date, but it also had the handicap of riding on the coattails of one of the most beloved epic films created to date. In addition, the film came after a string of several fails within the same genre, which only spells greater disaster for any other future sword and sandals movies.

But how much of a disaster was Ben-Hur, given that it's already being coined as perhaps the biggest flop of the year?

As we know, the film was made on a budget that ran north of $100 million, and in its opening weekend, it only managed to recoup $11.2 million, a little more than one-tenth of its budget. Keep in mind, this doesn't even take into account the cost of marketing, »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Ben-Hur’ Could Lose $100 Million at Box Office

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben-Hur” could lose $100 million after collapsing at the box office last weekend.

The biblical epic cost well over $100 million to produce and tens of millions to market and distribute globally. That amounts to a hefty price, one that stands little chance of being recouped following “Ben-Hur’s” paltry $11.2 million domestic debut. The film will be lucky to top out at $30 million when it finishes its stateside run, and will almost certainly shed screens next weekend as theaters try to move more popular films onto that real estate.

Those estimates come from executives at rival studios. Sources close to the film, however, believe the ultimate losses will likely be between $60 million and $75 million, because they think that the film could do well on DVD and other home entertainment platforms. “Ben-Hur” seemed to resonate more strongly in the South, particularly with faith-based consumers.

Overseas, “Ben-Hur” may fare better. The film kicked off to $10.7 million from 18 international markets, »

- Brent Lang

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After ‘The Infiltrator’ Fizzles, Broad Green Plots Its Comeback

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gabriel Hammond was frustrated.

After “The Infiltrator” — a thriller about an agent trying to bring down drug kingpin Pablo Escobar — collapsed at the box office, Hammond assembled the staff of his Broad Green Pictures in the sleek corporate headquarters he’d spared no expense outfitting. The gleaming offices in the heart of Hollywood, which include a commissary and screening room, have inspired envy and gossip among the chattering classes, who say that Hammond and his brother, Daniel, are profligate moviemakers in danger of losing their shirts.

But Hammond’s message that day in July was different. There was no reason “The Infiltrator” shouldn’t have connected with consumers, he said. After all, it featured Bryan Cranston in a showy role, and had arrived with critical raves. But after Broad Green had spent $20 million to buy, market, and distribute “The Infiltrator,” the film netted only $15.1 million at the box office.

“Audiences »

- Brent Lang

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Movie Review: Ben-Hur

22 August 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

It can be very difficult to judge a film on its own merits, especially when it is a story that has been retold several times, and when one of those times was one of the most heavily awarded films in the history of cinema, it has a lot of baggage to live up to. While Ben-Hur has been updated for modern audiences, who wouldn’t dare watch a film older than the 21st century in a serviceable adaptation, it is still a flawed film. Ben-Hur is a film that is merely decent, when it could’ve been great.

Descended from a rich Jewish family, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) has everything he could ever want, including friendship in his adopted Roman brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), and a happy family home until one evening Messala, when feeling an outcast from the family, goes off to become a soldier in the Roman army. »

- Seth Paul

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Unsurprisingly, the Ben-Hur remake bombs at the box office

22 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but the remake of Ben-Hur did not have a good opening weekend at the box office.

With a production budget of $100 million, Ben-Hur managed to earn the least of the new releases over the weekend, and was also toppled by Suicide Squad in its third week and Sausage Party in its second. The movie earned just $11 million from 3,000 screens, with another $10 million coming from 23 international markets.

Ben-Hur is still to be released in a few key markets, including UK and Korea, but it will need to do exceptionally well to recuperate its budget and marketing costs.

Ben-Hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. »

- Luke Owen

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Ben-Hur remake suffers grim weekend at the Us box office

22 August 2016 12:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Aug 22, 2016

The $100m Ben-Hur remake didn't have a great weekend in the Us, with a meagre take of just over $11m...

Chariot Races. Big wooden ships rowed across stormy seas by topless men. Morgan Freeman in voluminous dreadlocks. To quote Russell Crowe in Gladiator, "Are you not entertained?" 

If the opening weekend for Timur Bekmambetov's glossy remake of Ben-Hur is anything to go by, the answer appears to be a resounding "Not really, no." The fifth in a string of adaptations of Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ by Lew Wallace, the epic action drama made a rather dismal $11.35m over the weekend according to Box Office Mojo - which isn't great news, considering the film's estimated $100m budget. 

In a late summer line-up comprising such movies as bawdy foodstuff comedy Sausage Party, comedy-drama War Dogs and Laika's animated film Kubo And The Two Strings, Ben-Hur had »

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Suicide Squad Stays #1 at the Box Office for the 3rd Week in a Row

21 August 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Most expected Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad to dominate at the box office throughout the month of August before it hit theaters three weeks ago. However, after suffering a huge second weekend drop of 67.4% last weekend, many believed that its reign would come to an end this weekend, with three new releases hitting theaters, the epic remake Ben-Hur, the animated adventure Kubo and the Two Strings and the true story adaptation War Dogs. As it turns out, all three of those newcomers underperformed leading to Suicide Squad winning for the third week in a row with $20.7 million.

Suicide Squad's $133.6 million made it the fourth-highest opening of the year. The debut falls below Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million), Warner Bros./DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) and Disney Pixar's Finding Dory ($135 million). Disney Pixar's Finding Dory is still the highest-grossing domestic release this year so far, with $473.8 million, »

- MovieWeb

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Morgan Freeman’s ‘Story Of God’ Season 2: “How Much More Don’t We Know?” – AwardsLine

20 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

"You can only ask me questions that require a 'yes' or 'no' answer," Morgan Freeman says, his iconic voice deadpan, giving nothing away. Then he busts out laughing. Freeman is at the AwardsLine offices to discuss The Story of God—the six-episode docuseries he hosts on Nat Geo, examining the notion of an afterlife, the apocalypse and evil. Freeman is also an E.P., alongside his Revelations Entertainment partner, Lori McCreary, and, as might be expected from the man who… »

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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Left in the Dust by ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘War Dogs’ with $4 Million Friday

20 August 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After pulling in about $4 million on Friday, “Ben-Hur” is looking at a dismal opening weekend at the box office in the range of $11 million at 3,084 locations.

The film, from Paramount and MGM, is eyeing a fourth or fifth place finish this weekend despite a big budget of about $100 million.

Warner Bros. is staying on top as “Suicide Squad” will most likely keep the throne with a third weekend in the $20 million range at 3,924 locations. The same studio’s “War Dogs” is looking at about $15 million at 3,258 locations after pulling in $5.5 million on Friday.

Sony and Annapurna’s second weekend of “Sausage Party” is eyeing a second weekend in the $15 million range at 3,103 locations after a $5 million Friday.

The tight box office race is only squeezed tighter by Focus’ launch of the animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strongs” from Laika, which looks to open to about $12 million at 3,260 locations. Its »

- Seth Kelley

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (August 19, 2016)

19 August 2016 1:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 19. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Ben-Hur

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Cast: Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Toby Kebbell

Synopsis: The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army.  Stripped of his title, »

- Steve Greene

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Box Office: ‘Ben-Hur’ Trailing Rivals With Dismal $12 Million U.S. Weekend

19 August 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount-mgm’s costly remake of “Ben-Hur” is headed for a dismal fourth place domestic launch at about $12 million at 3,084 locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Warner Bros. third weekend of “Suicide Squad” will probably win a tight race for the top spot with as much as $20 million, followed by Warner Bros. launch of dark comedy “War Dogs” at $18 million and Sony’s second weekend of “Sausage Party” at $16 million.

Ben-Hur” is battling Focus’ launch of Laika’s animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strings” for fourth.

Suicide Squad” is declining by about 59% and will wind up the weekend with about $260 million at the domestic box office. Warner Bros. announced earlier in the week that the supervillain tentpole had crossed the $500 million mark in worldwide box office.

It’s a decent start for “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers in a project with a $45 million budget. »

- Dave McNary

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Michael Caine Conquers All in Now You See Me 2 Digital HD Preview | Exclusive

19 August 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Living legend Michael Caine returned to portray Arthur Tressler in this summer's sequel Now You See Me 2, the follow-up to 2013's surprise hit Now You See Me. Now that its theatrical run has come to an end, fans will be able to watch this comedy hiest adventure on Digital HD starting today, ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on September 6. To get fans ready for this sequel's home video release, we have an exclusive Blu-ray preview with Michael Caine's co-stars Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe revealing how much they admire this iconic actor.

The preview, which comes from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, features Lizzy Caplan calling her co-star a worldwide treasure, while Daniel Radcliffe marvels at how enthusiastic the actor still is about acting and filmmaking in general. Daniel Radcliffe also adds that his co-star's "general attitude" is something he aspires to. We also hear from the man himself, »

- MovieWeb

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'Ben-Hur' Review: A Remake Disaster of Biblical Proportions

19 August 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The last of the summer's movie epics is a digitalized eyesore hobbled in every department by staggering incompetence. I'm talking about Ben-Hur, a remake of William Wyler's 1959 milestone (there was also a 1925 silent version) that won Charlton Heston an Oscar in the title role and put the climactic chariot race in the action-movie canon. No time capsule inclusion or little gold men for this pisspoor reboot, however. Executive producers Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey have been pushing projects — The Bible on TV, Son of God in theaters »

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Box Office: ‘War Dogs’ Leaves ‘Ben-Hur’ in the Dust With $1.3 Million on Thursday Night

19 August 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Warner Bros. comedy “War Dogs” has opened with $1.3 million on Thursday night, easily topping Paramount-MGM’s remake of “Ben-Hur,” which earned a muted $900,000 at 2,389 locations.

Focus Features’ animated “Kubo and the Two Strings” also launched quietly on Thursday night with $515,000 at 2,100 locations.

The trio of new entries are expected to trail Warner’s third weekend of “Suicide Squad” at the domestic box office with the supervillain tentpole leading the pack at around $22 million.

It’s a decent start for “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers in a project. The film, which carries a $45 million budget, is expected to take in around $12 million to $14 million at 3,258 locations amid mixed reviews that earned it a 60% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

R-rated “War Dogs,” helmed by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips, is based on Guy Lawson’s book “Arms and the Dudes” about »

- Dave McNary

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Review: Ben-Hur

19 August 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a Jewish prince, is betrayed by his adopted Roman brother, Messala (Toby Kebbell), who accuses him of treason against Rome. Sent to the galleys as a slave, after a dramatic escape he hatches a plan for vengeance involving a wealthy sheik (Morgan Freeman) and a grand chariot race. Review: One can’t fault director TImur Bekmambetov for being ambitious. On paper, a remake... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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Ben-hur (2016) – Review

19 August 2016 12:06 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

© 2016 Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The movies have long been fascinated by Ben-hur, Lew Wallace’s 1880 bestselling novel – two silent versions, a 1907 short one and a spectacular 1925 feature film, and the familiar 1959 Technicolor classic with Charlton Heston. This will be at least the 4th movie version.

The 1925 version has the most thrilling chariot race, with a raw energy and real sense of danger – very real danger as the director hired Italian men skilled with horses to essentially run a chariot race, with all the inherent dangers (if you have never seen it, you really should). Memories of that gripping, cinematic chariot race helped prompt director William Wyler to remake Ben-hur in 1959, in full color and sound, with a top-star and all the epic “cast of thousands” grandeur of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Now a new technology has its say with the old story -with CGI effects and 3D. »

- Cate Marquis

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Ben-Hur Review

18 August 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s a moment at the very end of Ben-Hur that almost wrecks everything that came before; as two characters ride horses, spurring them on, galloping into a warm desert sun, a neo-soul singer named Andra Day is suddenly crooning in the background. It’s jarringly anachronistic, side-splittingly funny, and absolutely awful, the kind of last-second studio-executive decision that will ensure the last minutes of Timur Bekmambetov’s already risky remake of the 1959, Oscar-dominating classic will be accompanied by peals of incredulous laughter at each and every screening.

Choices like that soundtrack addition would seem to belie any claims that this Ben-Hur was greenlit for any reason other than to run a cinematic classic through the grubby Hollywood-blockbuster grinder, turning out something that could capitalize on the brand name, show off some pricey special effects, and easily sell audience members on an inferior update of a film universally regarded as one of the best. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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