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Being unabashedly trashy can be pretty entertaining, and Lifetime takes the plunge — a little too deeply in places — with “Beautiful & Twisted.” A ripped-from-the-headlines tale of sex and murder, this fact-based story about the comicbook-loving heir to a hotel fortune who married, and was murdered by, a stripper, is produced by and stars Rob Lowe. But it’s Paz Vega’s turn as a beyond-soap-opera femme fatale that should have people buzzing. Seemingly cognizant of its camp qualities, the movie finally can’t sustain its initial energy, and the violence proves needlessly graphic. Not that those shortcomings will detract from its ratings appeal.
Lowe plays Ben Novack Jr., who grew up surrounded by the opulence provided by his family’s ownership of Miami Beach’s Fountainebleau Hotel, and narrates his own sordid tale from beyond the grave. Like many a rich man (especially in Lifetime movies), he’s undone by an alluring woman — in this case, »
- Brian Lowry
This weekend, Kevin Costner stars as a grieving widower fighting for custody of his granddaughter opposite Octavia Spencer in "Black or White," Jon Favreau's crowd-favorite movie "Chef" is available to stream on Netflix, and the Seattle Seahawks battle the New England Patriots this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Et on NBC followed by the mid-season premiere of "The Blacklist," starring James Spader, directly after the big game.
Also in theaters this weekend: "Project Almanac" follows a group of teens who discover secret directions for a time machine and ill-advisedly construct one. In "The Loft," five married men share a penthouse to carry out their fantasies and affairs. But the dream soon becomes a nightmare after a woman is found dead in the loft. In "Amira & Sam," an army veteran's unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant is put to the test when she is faced with the prospect of deportation. »
- Jonny Black
On the heels of her second Golden Globe win and fifth Academy Award nomination, Julianne Moore, flanked by her husband and two children, sat back and soaked up the Museum of the Moving Image’s salute in her honor.
“You know when you’re young, you’ll pursue things without any knowledge of where they’ll lead, and not knowing how they’ll shape your life,” Moore professed to the crowd. “But because this is a retrospective, it’s forcing me to look back and consider what it was that led me here. A lot of it was luck, (and) it was almost certainly my interest in story.”
The 29th annual Mmi Salute served as a monument to her own story.
The event came at a time of change for the museum, which in 10 days will welcome Sony Pictures Classics founder and co-president Michael Barker into the co-chairman role previously assumed by Herbert S. »
- Alexa Harrison
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
4 items from 2015
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