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Earlier this year, the Monsters University short film "Party Central" played in front of Muppets Most Wanted, and if you didn't catch that film (and judging by the movie's box office, you didn't), you now have a chance to watch the short online for free. The story has Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) using a door station to clandestinely move a frat party over at Ror to Oozma Kappa. If you ignore the fact that (unlike the Toy Story shorts) there's no way for this one to factor into the movie's timeline, and that it's out of character for the monsters to risk being caught by humans, this is a fairly amusing short. It's certainly worth seeing for free if you download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad. Hit the jump to check out the Monsters University Party Central trailer. The short also features the voices of Charlie Day, »
- Matt Goldberg
Join a monster of a party with the Disney Movies Anywhere premiere of Party Central. The Disney•Pixar short is now available to view for free for the first time, and reunites everyone’s favorite monsters, Mike and Sulley, for another hilarious adventure.
Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for iPhone or iPad to watch Party Central now, for a limited time.
Featuring Billy Crystal as Mike, John Goodman as Sulley and directed by Pixar’s Kelsey Mann, Party Central features Mike and Sulley’s return to Monsters University for a fun-filled weekend with their Oozma Kappa fraternity brothers. The gang is throwing their first party, but no one’s showing up. Luckily for them, Mike and Sulley have come with a plan to make sure “Party Central” is the most epic party the school has ever seen.
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- Michelle McCue
As a part of Disney's Halloween Spooktacular campaign, the studio is making their hit animated short Party Central available for free online through the Disney Movies Anywhere website, which allows fans to watch content on their tablets and smartphones.
Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles as Mike Wazowski and Sully in Party Central, which was attached to prints of Muppets Most Wanted earlier this year, and follows the Oozma Kappa boys throwing their first party.
Monsters University voice cast members Charlie Day (Art), Dave Foley (Terry), Sean Hayes (Terri), Joel Murray (Don), Peter Sohn (Squishy) and Julia Sweeney (Mrs. Squibbles) also reprise their roles in this six-minute short. Party Central will only be available at no charge for a limited time, so clickHere to sign up for a Disney Movies Anywhere account and enjoy Party Central.
You can can also check out a previously-released clip below, which shows »
It’s been 67 years since Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted in the movie-making industry as a result of investigations by the House Un-American Activities Committee of the time, but his story will soon unfold on the big screen with Bryan Cranston in the lead. Directed by Jay Roach (Meet The Parents) and written by John McNamara (The New Adventures Of Superman), Trumbo has now added rising star Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje to its cast – bringing with him the recognition borne of his previous roles in Lost, Oz, Pompeii and Thor: The Dark World.
Trumbo tells the story of this troubled screenwriter, who was part of the so-called ‘Hollywood Ten’ (made up of screenwriters and directors) that were cited for contempt of Congress in 1947 for refusing to testify to the committee about their alleged involvement with the Communist Party. He was convicted, and served 11 months in Ashland Federal Prison in 1950, leaving him »
- Sarah Myles
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Thor: The Dark World) has joined the cast of Game of Thrones for its fifth season; details of his role are being kept under wraps, but the site reports that he’ll be playing a character called Malko who is not present in George R.R. Martin’s book series.
In addition to his casting in Game of Thrones, Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also signed on to appear in Jay Roach’s Trumbo, which stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter of Roman Holiday and Spartacus, who found himself blacklisted during the McCarthy witch-hunts. Also featuring in the cast are Helen Mirren (The Queen), Diane Lane (Man of Steel) and John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis).
- Gary Collinson
• Game of Thrones' James Cosmo has signed on for Tomorrow. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the military drama. Cosmo joins previously announced cast members Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, and Joss Stone. Martha Pinson, Scorsese's long-time script supervisor, will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which follows the lives of soldiers trying to re-immerse themselves into society. Street and Brennan wrote the script. They are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is executive producing with Scorsese. [Variety] • Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, and Clancy Brown have been cast in Hail, »
- C. Molly Smith
A double-shot of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje this afternoon... First, the actor has landed a role in the upcoming 5th season of HBO's hit franchise series "Game of Thrones." Details on the role are not yet public, but, according to THR, it's not a character from the actual novels the series is based on. And secondly, he's joined the cast of Jay Roach’s feature project on the life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, titled simply "Trumbo," with Bryan Cranston in the starring role. Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Peter MackenzieRoger Bart round out the cast. Akinnuoye-Agbaje has »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins the HBO series as a character called Malko, who does not appear in George Rr Martin's novels. No further details have been revealed of the role.
Elsewhere, Jay Roach's film Trumbo tells the tale of the award-winning screenwriter of Roman Holiday and Spartacus, who was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje is best known as Mr Eko in Lost.
Wahlberg stars alongside John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange and also produced the film alongside Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. Paramount will release The Gambler on December 19 in the Us.
As previously announced, the world premiere of J C Chandor’s A Most Violent Year and a screening of Foxcatcher bookend the AFI Fest, while Sophia Loren is the subject of a tribute.
The festival is set to run in Hollywood from November 6-13. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
I guess I just assumed the next premiere added to this year's AFI Festival would be Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, but instead its Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler as Paramount has more than its fair share of late season releases they are attempting to juggle, which also includes Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Ava DuVernay's Selma, not to mention the renewed interest in Darren Aronofksy's Noah they attempted to drum up over the weekend. As for The Gambler, it will have its world premiere on Monday, November 10, well ahead of its limited December 19 release date before it goes wide January 2015. The film finds Mark Wahlberg playing Jim Bennett, an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a »
- Brad Brevet
Is it a simple morality tale or an Oscar contender? That's the question around Mark Wahlberg's "The Gambler," but it looks like Paramount Pictures is ending any speculation by announcing today that the Rupert Wyatt-directed film will have its World Premiere next month at AFI Fest. The remake of the 1970s film brings a strong ensemble together around Wahlberg, including Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, and Michael K. Williams, in the tale of a gambling addicted professor on a downward spiral. Wahlberg has done his homework, losing weight for the role, and looking decidedly unfunky, and this announcement should likely see Oscar watchers once again making changes to their predictions. AFI Fest runs from November 6 to 13. Full press release below. ----- For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, CA, October 13, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Paramount Pictures' The Gambler will have its World Premiere on Monday, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've been pretty much telling you for some time that Rupert Wyatt's remake of "The Gambler" would be one of the few premieres at this year's AFI Fest (along with J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year"). Well, now it's official. The film will make its debut at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, Nov. 10, just over a month ahead of Paramount's planned Dec. 19 release. Can Mark Wahlberg crack a super competitive Best Actor lineup? It's going to be tough. Even the original film couldn't make headway with Oscar voters, settling for a Best Actor in a Drama nod for James Caan. But I also hear John Goodman -- who is bald in the film, if you can picture that (we've never quite seen him like this) -- might be someone to look out for in a nebulous Best Supporting Actor race. Previously announced, Chandor's film will open the fest »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mark Wahlberg‘s “The Gambler” will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest on Nov. 10. The Paramount film, directed by Rupert Wyatt and written by Oscar-winner William Monahan, follows a high-stakes gambler who bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his life as collateral. He plays both sides by immersing himself in an underground world. Also read: John Goodman Joins Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson in ‘The Gambler’ (Exclusive) The film was produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. It also stars John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange. »
- Gina Hall
The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt from a screenplay by William Monahan, and produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. Wahlberg, who stars along with John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange, plays an English professor and a high-stakes gambler in this remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan and written by James Toback.
Paramount will release the film on Dec. 19.
- Dave McNary
"The Gambler," Brit director Rupert Wyatt's follow-up to smart blockbuster "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," will come out of the woodwork for an AFI Fest gala premiere at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars, on November 10. Written by William Monahan ("The Departed"), this remake of Karel Reisz' 1974 thriller follows Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg, stepping into James Caan's shoes), an English professor and high-stakes gambler who borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and hands over his own life as collateral. As he enters an illicit underground world (what else is new?), Bennett juggles his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange), a loan shark (John Goodman) and a relationship with a student (Brie Larson). The film is produced by Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and David Winkler. With a limited window to promote the film as he shoots "Ted 2," Wahlberg is happy to return to AFI Fest (November. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Director: Steven Spielberg
In my lifetime, there hasn’t been a more influential and exciting film director than Steven Spielberg. He’s a man who’s managed to pluck at every heartstring, surprise with every creation, excites with continual fresh ideas and given some of the finest and most unforgettable cinema in modern movie history. The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, available on Blu-ray today from Universal Pictures International Entertainment, is the first time they’ve collected eight of his best.
It begins with his first feature-length television movie Duel from 1971. The film is written by the legendary Richard Matheson and has a very basic premise but is still an effecting thriller to this day. Starring Dennis Weaver as an everyday travelling salesman, he’s heading back home on a long drive and unintentionally »
- Dan Bullock
While they have yet to deliver the killer show that will get everyone to jump to their service, Amazon is coming closer to rivaling Netflix in producing content. In fact, the online everything store just renewed Jill Soloway's "Transparent" for a second season following stellar reviews (read ours here), and though you might now know it even existed, their political comedy "Alpha House" is also back for another round. Time to see what it's all about with this new trailer. Starring John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos, while also featuring a small role for Bill Murray (seriously Amazon, if you want to compete, you have to promote your shows better because we didn't even know this), the series centers on four U.S. senators who also happen to be roommates. In this season, the midterm elections loom and Consuelo's Senator Guzman eyes the 2016 presidential race. And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After starring in a string of high-octane action films that include the likes of Pain & Gain, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Lone Survivor, audiences would generally expect Mark Wahlberg to clock in for his acting shift with a pretty buff physique. But for The Gambler — an updated retelling of the 1974 original — the Boston-born actor lost a full 60 pounds to play the lead role of Jim Bennett, as these recently-released images attest.
For the film, Wahlberg’s Bennett is a celebrated literary professor who becomes uncontrollably addicted to gambling — a fixation that threatens his profession and health. After blowing his own savings on the tables, Bennett begins borrowing money from friends and family before gambling more and getting in deep with the sharks — quite literally, after he turns to several cunning loan sharks for a quick fix.
Speaking with USA Today, Marky Mark admitted that the dramatic weight loss wasn’t »
- Michael Briers
Remember Rupert Wyattc He made Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Okay, now you remember him. Good, because he has a new movie coming out, a remake of 1974's The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters. Paramount is bringing the film to theaters on December 19 and they've finally decided to give us a first look via three new pictures courtesy of USA Today. The film is obviously being groomed as an Oscar contender and the USA Today piece is doing everything in its power to set the stage starting the article off saying: For months before showing up on set, Wahlberg pored over the script, became versed in every literary mention and sat through university lectures for inspiration. He is ready to show his Jim Bennett to the world. The Gambler is slotted for an awards season-friendly limited release Dec. »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount Pictures has released the first The Gambler images from director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) remake of the 1974 drama, and the first thing you’ll notice is that star Mark Wahlberg has undergone a pretty striking physical transformation for the role—especially in relation to his appearance in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The actor plays a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, and Wahlberg lost 60 pounds to play the role. Speaking with USA Today, though, Wahlberg says dropping the weight wasn’t the toughest part of the film: "Being believable as a teacher was one of my greatest challenges and most rewarding. It meant being able to have the comfort to really understand and say those words." Paramount is releasing the film in the heat of awards season, so it’ll be interesting to see if the pic can land Wahlberg another Oscar nod. »
- Adam Chitwood
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