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‘Split’ Review: James McAvoy Is the Best Thing About M. Night Shyamalan’s Kidnapping Thriller — Fantastic Fest

27 September 2016 7:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation for unexpected plot twists may falter after “Split,” his second collaboration with Blumhouse Productions. “Split” is burdened with a story that treads dully familiar ground. The kidnapped-girls-in-peril thriller strives for originality with a spin on dissociative identity disorder (Did), but instead it plays like a stale, unfunny retread of “United States of Tara.” Only James McAvoy’s multi-faceted performance saves the movie from complete mediocrity.

After a downright wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are kidnapped in broad daylight: friends Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula), and difficult outsider Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch”). Their captor (McAvoy) locks the trio in a windowless room, then proceeds to frighten and baffle them. One minute he’s bespectacled and obsessive about cleanliness, the next he’s presenting as female, and later he acts like a nine-year-old boy.

Read More: ‘Split’ Trailer: James McAvoy Has 23 Different »

- Jette Kernion

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Mel Brooks Jokes With President Obama as He Receives Medal of Arts at White House

22 September 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Brooks is an iconic comedian, filmmaker and member of the elite Egot winners list. Now, the 90-year-old actor is also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, awarded to him by President Barack Obama “for a lifetime of making the world laugh.”

The honor was bestowed upon him for pioneering the art of musical comedy in his “hilarious and thought-provoking work on film and in theater, which have earned him the rare distinction of winning Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards,” per the White House statement. Upon receiving his medal, the comedian dropped down and, in what reports are saying, pretended to pants Obama or fall down from the weight of the medal, before shaking his hand. Watch the clip below.

Pres. Obama awards the 2015 National Medal of Arts to Mel Brooks "for a lifetime of making the world laugh." https://t.co/bGsVe1NLg6

ABC News (@ABC) September 22, 2016

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- Liz Calvario

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Madame Tussauds Separates Pitt and Jolie Wax Figures Amidst Divorce

22 September 2016 11:19 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If this doesn't make the split official, nothing will! Brangelina is officially no more as Madame Tussauds separates the two wax figures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at several locations. A spokesman for the wax museum in London claims they wanted to mirror the separation, which was publicly announced this past Tuesday.

Now, the two wax figures who were once together as Brangelina have found new resting places far away from each other in the museum. The wax figure of Angelina Jolie is now dozing up next to Nicole Kidman, who once went through her own well-publicized separation with Tom Cruise way back in 2001. Jolie and Kidman have never appeared together in a movie.

Brad Pitt, on the other hand, has been placed next to one of his more famous co-stars, Morgan Freeman. The two shared the screen in the 1995 crime classic Se7en. The wax figure split will happen »

- MovieWeb

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‘Captain America’ Conquers DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

22 September 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Captain America: Civil War,” the latest Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster, shot straight to the top of both national home video sales charts upon its release last week.

The third “Captain America” film rode its $408.1 domestic theatrical gross to a No. 1 debut on both Npd VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart and dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week ended Sept. 18.

The 13th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe line is one of those rare sequels with a bigger theatrical take than either of its two predecessors. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier: (2014) earned $260 million, while the original 2011 “Captain America: The First Avenger” made $177 million.

The horror sequel “The Conjuring 2,” from Warner, debuted at a distant No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, selling just 10% as many copies as “Captain America.”

Walt Disney’s live-action “The Jungle Book” remake, at the top of both charts the two previous two weeks, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Now It's Official: Madame Tussauds Separates Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Wax Figures Following Divorce News

21 September 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

As if the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce announcement wasn't hard enough, Madame Tussauds has made it official by already separating the Hollywood power couple's wax likenesses. In a photo tweeted by the wax museum Wednesday morning, the pair have been moved apart, divided by a completely neutral - and somewhat random - party in the split, Robert Pattinson. "Following the news that has shocked celebrity watchers worldwide, we can confirm we have separated Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's figures," Madame Tussauds captioned the image. Following the news that has shocked celebrity watchers worldwide, we »

- Stephanie Petit, @stephpetit_

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The Magnificent Seven review

20 September 2016 1:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jake Wilson Published Date  Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 05:13

No number is more enshrined in film history than seven. It's the number of dwarves Snow White grooms, the number of sins that haunt Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, and it's James Bond's calling card. The number of Gods of Luck and Good Fortune in Japan, seven was set in cinematic stone by Akira Kurosawa and his band of samurai. A remake of a trans-Pacific remake later and that number flashes up again, greeted by the scowl of a double-Oscar-winner and his multicultural clan of rag-tag misfits. 

Built to purpose, the stars in The Magnificent Seven shine brighter than Rihanna's favourite diamond. The impeccable Denzel Washington, the charm radiator Chris Pratt and the aggressively hipster Ethan Hawke may have their names emblazoned highest on the posters, but this is not just about star power. Under the publicity veil is a cast »

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Eddie Murphy On Whether He Ever Wants To Play A Superhero

18 September 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Out promoting his upcoming drama, Mr. Church,  longtime Hollywood heavyweight Eddie Murphy spoke to Mashable about the chances of him ever starring in a comic book movie.  Said Murphy, "I’m kind of long in the tooth to fly in in a cape now, so I’d have to be like the voice of reason or somebody. “Don’t do that, super-fellow! Or we need such-and-such.” I would do a superhero movie if it was funny and we were making fun of superhero movies and I figured out how to do something funny."  It sounds like Murphy wants to be the Lucius Fox to someone's Batman.  Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy suddenly becomes very different with Murphy in the role instaed of Morgan Freeman.    While he did flirt with superhero movies during his earlier years( he was nearly Robin in his younger days and was more recently rumored »

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Audra McDonald, Morgan Freeman Receive National Medals of Arts

15 September 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In a special White House ceremony Sept. 22, President Barack Obama will present the some of the nation’s greatest artists with the 2015 National Medals of Arts. The highest award given to both individual and group artists and arts patrons by the United States government, the medals recognize and celebrate “the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States,” according to a press release from the National Endowment for the Arts. Among this year’s honorees are six-time Tony Award-winning actor and singer Audra McDonald; Egot winner and multi-hyphenate Mel Brooks; screen icon Morgan Freeman; award-winning thespian Luis Valdez; and renowned playwright-director Moisés Kaufman. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center of Waterford, Connecticut, was also honored “for its unwavering support of American theater.” For over 50 years, the institution has launched the careers of countless successful theater makers, including previous National Medal of Arts recipients Edward Albee, Robert Redford, »

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Audra McDonald, Mel Brooks, Philip Glass Amongst National Medal of Arts Recipients

15 September 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In his last few months as Commander-in-Chief and, more pertinently here, commander of the National Medal of Arts selecting committee, President Barack Obama has once again demonstrated discerning taste in awarding the annual honors for excellence in the American arts. With the inimitable (and once again Emmy-nominated) Audra McDonald leading the list, you won’t hear any veto threats coming from this side of the aisle. Comedy legend Mel Brooks, actor/voiceover artist Morgan Freeman, and brilliant composer Philip Glass make up the other predominant names from the world of film and television, but mentions for Motown founder Berry Gordon and The Laramie Project playwright Moises Kaufman deserve a tip of the hat in their own rights.

It’s always fun to parse the recipients of the National Medal of Arts against the sitting president that awarded them; you can drive yourself crazy wondering how the Academy votes but this »

- Daniel Crooke

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Mel Brooks & Morgan Freeman Among National Medal Of Arts Recipients

14 September 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals recipients were unveiled today by the White House, with the likes of Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Audra McDonald, Berry Gordy and Philip Glass on the list for the National Medal of Arts, while NPR host Terry Gross and Wynton Marsalis are among the Humanties recipients. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists and arts patrons by the United States government… »

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Mel Brooks & Morgan Freeman Among National Medal Of Arts Recipients

14 September 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals recipients were unveiled today by the White House, with the likes of Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Audra McDonald, Berry Gordy and Philip Glass on the list for the National Medal of Arts, while NPR host Terry Gross and Wynton Marsalis are among the Humanties recipients. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists and arts patrons by the United States government… »

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Broad Green Hires Richie Fay as President of Distribution

14 September 2016 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broad Green Pictures has hired veteran executive Richard “Richie” Fay as president of distribution, two weeks after Travis Reid departed from the slot.

Fay will lead the distribution team in releasing the studio’s upcoming slate and will direct strategy regarding theatrical sales, exhibitor relations, in-theatre marketing and all associated operations in these areas.

Broad Green has generated mixed results so far. “A Walk in the Woods” is its top grosser at $30 million domestically and its Bryan Cranston drama “The Infiltrator” was a disappointment with $15 million.

The three-year-old mini-studio is aiming toward mainstream releases. Broad Green’s upcoming films include “Bad Santa 2,” a co-production with Miramax starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox and Brett Kelly, opening Nov. 23; and “Villa Capri,” starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo, which will hit theaters in 2017.

“As we continue to shift our focus to wide release films, »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’: Brian De Palma’s Boisterous Satire of American Society

14 September 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Brian De Palma’s screen adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities was panned by critics and audiences alike in the months and years following its 1990 release, but it doesn’t deserve this kind of flak. In telling the story of a Wall Street bigwig (Tom Hanks) whose life gets upended after his mistress runs over a black teenager in the South Bronx, the movie offers a wicked satire of racial politics in America that deserves to be mentioned alongside Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, which hit theaters just 17 months earlier. Granted, Lee’s classic emerges the markedly superior film because, unlike The Bonfire of the Vanities, its characters transcend their function as caricatures to become nuanced individuals. Still, De Palma’s confident, hilarious polemic is a formidable achievement, hitting places that hurt in 1990 and, sadly, continue to hurt today. That the film feels like »

- The Film Stage

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Broad Green Names Richie Fay President of Distribution

14 September 2016 10:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Broad Green Pictures has named former Lionsgate domestic distribution chief Richard Fay president of distribution, the company said Wednesday. The 40-year industry veteran will head the distribution team and oversee theatrical sales, exhibitor relations and in-theater marketing for upcoming releases like Billy Bob Thornton‘s “Bad Santa 2” and Morgan Freeman‘s “Villa Capri.” He replaces Travis Reid, who departed the company last month. Also Read: Broad Green Names Emmy Chang as Publicity Head After Adam Keen Exit (Exclusive) “As we continue to shift our focus to wide release films, it is essential that we have an experienced leader who »

- Matt Donnelly

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Ben-Hur movie review: it’s fine, everything is fine

9 September 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It is bland manufactured entertainment product. It’s fine. Hollywood is not creatively bankrupt. Everything is fine. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s fine. Everything is fine. This new Ben-Hur is fine. It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It is a piece of bland manufactured entertainment product. It exists. It’s fine.

It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It’s fine. Hollywood is not creatively bankrupt. Everything is fine.

It’s fine that major Hollywood studios that insist they are businesses first sunk $100 million into producing a movie that no one was demanding, and many more tens of millions in advertising and marketing trying to convince audiences they wanted to see it. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Ben-Hur trailer: Roman epic gets a greenscreen reboot – video

8 September 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This 2016 re-interpretation of the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is the fifth cinematic adaptation, the first one being a silent film in 1907. This year’s release is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and stars Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, alongside Morgan Freeman, Ilderim the chariot trainer, and Rodrigo Santoro, who plays Jesus Christ. The film opened on 19 August in the Us and in the UK on Wednesday

Ben-Hur review – chariots of dire Continue reading »

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Now You See Me 3 still pressing ahead

7 September 2016 10:11 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 8, 2016

Now You See Me 2 was a bigger hit than some gave it credit for - and here's an update on Now You See Me 3...

Now You See Me 2 may have been one of the movies that struggled at the Us box office over the summer, taking $65m on release, a number that was well down on the original. However, worldwide box office more than came to the rescue, with 80% of the movie’s take coming from outside America. In all, the movie grossed $328m, just a little off the number of the original, and that means Lionsgate is pressing ahead with its plan for Now You See Me 3.

Jon M Chu has already been confirmed as the man to direct the third instalment, having taken over for the second. And he’s given Collider an update on the movie.

“We’re writing it right now”, he told the site. »

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‘Ben-Hur’ review: “An unjust, empty husk”

7 September 2016 4:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ben-Hur review: Timur Bekmambetov adapts Lew Wallace’s novel – but can it match the 1959 masterpiece?

Ben-Hur review by Matthew Ceo, September 2016.

Ben-Hur review

How do you alienate an audience from wanting to see future historical dramas on the silver screen? By pointlessly remaking 50’s classics such as Ben-Hur (the film based on Lew Wallce’s 1880 novel).

What sounds like a bitter jab at cinematic revisionism is actually an accurate reflection on how unnecessary the newest in a slew of remakes is. Timur Bekmambetov‘s reiteration of the Wyler remake, or the ’25 original (or source novel) is an unintentional insult. From the outset, what we see is an amateurish effort of a film, one that takes an original tale and bleeds it dry. I’d say that what’s most upsetting about Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur is that it disappoints in almost every aspect of it’s production – making it seem like an incredibly well-funded direct-to-video title. »

- Matthew Ceo

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We Interview Jon M. Chu and Mentalist Barry Keith for Now You See Me 2!

5 September 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Are you ready for a little abracadabra? It’s magic time with today’s Blu-ray and DVD release of Now You See Me 2. With an impressive cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Daniel Radcliffe, this sequel to the surprise hit is ready to unveil a few brand new secrets. What are they you may ask? Well you can... Read More »

- JimmyO

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Ben-Hur review

5 September 2016 11:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jake Wilson Published Date  Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 06:10

Reimagining: a word born out of 'imagination'. It is a word bound to Ben-Hur in place of the cursed 'remake', but if fresh imagination is that which separates reimaginings from remakes, then well, Ben-Hur is most certainly a remake. 

This tale of fraternal conflict has been told many times before. When Charlton Heston slipped on his sandals, he too was starring in a remake. The 1959 edition bulked up the budget and spectacle from the 1925 silent feature, and left audiences' jaws-on-the-floor. Comparative budgets put Timur Bekmambetov's take behind 1959's by quite a margin, and whilst one will be forever remembered for the drama of its classic chariot race, the other will only be remembered as a footnote. Littered with wobbly dialogue and a series of performances which fail to inspire, our new edition simply serves as a platform to preach to the pockets of a new generation. »

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