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9 Lessons Studio Films Should Take From The Indie World This Summer

25 August 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Much has been written about just how dismal this year’s summer movies have been, but one of the silver linings in such a poor season has remarkably been indies. Where blockbusters like “The Legend Of Tarzan,” “Warcraft” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” failed, indies such as “The Lobster,” “Cafe Society” and “Love and Friendship” succeeded. And while studios were certainly rolling in cash when it came to “Suicide Squad” and “The Secret Life Of Pets,” critics weren’t exactly impressed. It was a rough season for studio films, but it won’t be a total waste if executives can learn from their mistakes and start course correcting. Below, we look towards the indie world in order to offer up the biggest lessons for studio films.

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- Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Kate Erbland, Graham Winfrey, Steve Greene, William Earl and David Ehrlich

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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 47 – Downhill Racer & the Olympics

25 August 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Mark and Aaron celebrate the Summer Olympics by exploring Downhill Racer, an independent film about the Winter Olympics. We draw parallels to what is portrayed in the Michael Ritchie with the actual sporting events that take place today, including the thrills of victory and the agony of defeat. We discuss the groundbreaking cinematography, the nature of winning in an individual sport and the the enduring legacy of Sundance that began with this film.

About the film:

Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Downhill Racer, the visceral debut feature of Michael Ritchie. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory. »

- Aaron West

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

23 August 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | 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.

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- Brent Lang

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier played the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing Schiff as D. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Steven Hill, D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies at 94

23 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Steven Hill, who starred for years as District Attorney Adam Schiff on “Law & Order” and decades earlier starred as the leader of the Impossible Missions Force before Peter Graves on TV’s “Mission: Impossible,” died Tuesday in Monsey, N.Y., his daughter Sarah Gobioff told The New York Times.

He was also a top character actor in films of the 1980s and early ’90s including “Rich and Famous,” “Yentl,” “Garbo Talks” and Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “Raw Deal”; “Legal Eagles,” in which he would, as in “Law & Order” a few years later, play the New York district attorney; “Heartburn”; “Brighton Beach Memoirs”; “Running on Empty”; “White Palace”; “Billy Bathgate”; and “The Firm.”

Hill played Schiff from the show’s first season in 1990 until 2000, when Hill resigned; within the show Schiff was said to have accepted a position coordinating commemorations of the Holocaust Project and goes on to work with Simon Wiesenthal. Replacing »

- Carmel Dagan

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Captain America: Civil War Deleted Scene Gives Black Widow's Backstory

22 August 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ever since being introduced in 2010's Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow has been an important part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Throughout the years, we've been given tiny snippets of her back story, with plenty of new details revealed in last summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron, where we saw part of her training as a young girl in Russia, led by Julie Delpy's mysterious Madame B. Today we have new details about a deleted scene that never got filmed in Captain America: Civil War, that would have offered even more insight into Black Widow's past.

A few months ago, a deleted scene animatic revealed a moment between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow that didn't make it into the movie. But this scene wasn't filmed, as far as we know. MoviePilot has obtained a description of »

- MovieWeb

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Pete's Dragon Meets Friday the 13th in Hilarious Mashup Video

19 August 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend, Disney rolled out their beloved remake of Pete's Dragon, which has been a hit with critics, with an impressive 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It hasn't been faring terribly well at the box office, taking in just $29.7 million domestically and $35 million worldwide from a $65 million budget, but it's still very early in the release and it hasn't debuted in several international markets quite yet. While we wait to see how this remake fares this weekend, a hilarious mashup has debuted, which combines young Pete (Oakes Fegley) with a rather surprising character, Friday the 13th icon Jason Voorhees.

Funny Or Die put together this 90-second mashup, which combines footage from the Pete's Dragon trailer, with the dragon Elliot replaced by Jason Voorhees. Surprisingly, these stories mesh quite nicely, with Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), a park ranger, explaining to her father Meachem (Robert Redford) that this young boy Pete has been »

- MovieWeb

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Today in Movie Culture: Obi-Wan Kenobi's 'Star Wars' Spinoff, Martin Scorsese's 'Super Mario Bros.' and More

18 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Fake Movie of the Day: Obi-Wan Kenobi gets his own solo Star Wars spinoff movie in this fan-made trailer featuring a lot of footage of Ewan McGregor as Jesus in Last Days in the Desert (via /Film):    Movie Parody of the Day: "Goodplumbas" mashes Goodfellas with Super Mario Bros. in this short comedy film by Nick Gregorio (via Geek Tyrant):   Vintage Image of the Day:  Robert Redford, who turns 80 today, with Paul Newman and an unidentified ping pong player on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1968:   Goofs of the Day: Stranger Things is a TV show, but this College Humor parody of...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Robert Redford’s 15 Most Memorable Movies for His 80th Birthday

18 August 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Robert Redford celebrated his milestone 80th birthday on Thursday. TheWrap honors the great actor by looking back at 15 of his most memorable movies. Redford has played just about every character, from a Western outlaw to a talented American skier. “Barefoot in the Park” One of Redford’s earlier films before he hit the peak of stardom, it’s an old fashioned romantic comedy about two newlyweds who are the complete opposite of each other. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” Redford plays the Sundance Kid, an outlaw, in this critically acclaimed Western. The film won 4 Academy Awards and is ranked as the 50th greatest American. »

- Rasha Ali

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Links: Marnie, Pokemon, The Tempest, Emmys, and Squad Goals

18 August 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

MTV test your knowledge - is this person Miles Teller or Ansel Elgort

Forbes very positive piece on Suicide Squad's success. But what about the fact that it's a terrible movie and terrible movies aren't good for movie culture or franchise futures?

Mnpp Gratuitous Robert Redford for his 80th birthday 

EW Catherine Zeta Jones joining the Feud miniseries. She'll play Olivia de Havilland

Comics Alliance Well we should have known this was coming. There's going to be a live-action Pokemon movie. Nicole Perlman, the Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter is co-penning

Variety oops. a poster for Denis Villeneuve's Arrival has accidentally stirred up political trouble in Hong Kong 

Mnpp's favorite movies of 1984

We Got This Covered Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will reteam after Big Little Lies for a movie called Truly Madly Guilty, based on another best-selling love by Liane Moriarty -- I guess they all really liked each other! »

- NATHANIEL R

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Pete's Dragon review

16 August 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Published Date  Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 05:54

Disney is on a roll this year - following the billion dollar box office success of Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, their second dip into their back catalogue this year is another belter. Loosely based on the 1977 film of the same name, Pete's Dragon is more independent from its inspiration than any remake for many a year.

There are those who look back fondly on the original, a live action/cel animation hybrid in which Mickey Rooney and Jim Dale gurned at a delightful cartoon dragon, but it's hard to say that it stands up to the likes of similarly designed films like Mary Poppins and Bedknobs & Broomsticks. Nearly four decades on, the most unlikely of directors, David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) has taken a trifle and stirred up a moving and majestic remake, transplanting the action from the 1900s »

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Review: 'Pete's Dragon' is a beautiful fable for anyone who has ever loved a pet

16 August 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the things you have to do if you’re going to be a film critic who wants to consistently weigh in on films of every genre and style is meet films on their own terms, and while that sounds easy, it feels like more often than ever before, I see critics who just plain reject entire styles of storytelling. How many times have you read a variation on “I hate horror films” or “I hate superhero movies” or “I hate Westerns” from critics? I don’t understand that because I love film as a whole, and I would hate to do this professionally if I was filled with dread at every single example of a type of film that I had to see frequently. Sure, there are plenty of disappointments that stack up over the course of a year, but unless you walk in wide open to every film, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Bryce Dallas Howard on switching from dinosaurs to dragons in Pete's Dragon

15 August 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Bryce Dallas Howard on switching from dinosaurs to dragons in Pete's DragonBryce Dallas Howard on switching from dinosaurs to dragons in Pete's DragonBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine8/15/2016 12:12:00 Pm

She may not be on "Game of Thrones" (yet) but you could still get away with calling Bryce Dallas Howard Mother of Dragons.

Or Auntie of Dinosaurs, she’s definitely that.

Yeah, it can get confusing. But not just for us.

“When we were shooting in New Zealand, I kept making the same mistake,” Howard, 35, says with a laugh in a trailer on Southern California’s Universal City lot. “Over and over on set, I would be like, ‘Where is the dinosaur mark? Where do I look, where is the dinosaur?’ And they were like ‘Dragon. Dragon! In this movie it’s a dragon!’ I couldn’t help it; it was a very similar situation to Jurassic World.”

The actor is, »

- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine

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How ‘Pete’s Dragon’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Did Spielberg Nostalgia Better Than ‘The Bfg’

15 August 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With “Stranger Things” as the buzziest new show, and “Pete’s Dragon” gliding into theaters on the strongest reviews for a major studio release in months, 2016 could go down in the history books as the Summer of Spielberg — as long as you overlook the movie Steven Spielberg actually directed.

Both the Duffer Brothers’ Netflix series and David Lowery’s Disney remake are fueled by ’80s nostalgia, specifically the world captured as captured in 1982’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and 1985’s Spielberg-produced “The Goonies.” It’s a place of fractured families and corded phones, wood-paneled station wagons and well-meaning villains.

The vogue for Spielberg-esque entertainment is in some ways a simple matter of chickens coming home to roost: Lowery was born in 1980; the Duffer twins, Matt and Ross, in 1984. “E.T.” and its infinite lesser derivatives would have entered their consciousness before they gained the ability to distinguish one from the other. »

- Sam Adams

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Suicide Squad Holds Off Sausage Party at the Box Office

14 August 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend, Warner Bros. Suicide Squad still managed to break box office records, despite David Ayer's controversial remarks and a spate of negative reviews. This DC Comics adaptation took in $133.6 million in its opening weekend, the biggest August debut in history, shattering the previous record set by Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3 million) two years ago. Still, many wondered how much the movie would drop in its second weekend, going up against a diverse trio of new releases, Disney's family adventure Pete's Dragon, Sony's R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party and Paramount's inspiring drama Florence Foster Jenkins. While it came in far below expectations, Suicide Squad still managed to win with $43.7 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 »

- MovieWeb

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‘Hell or High Water’ Is the Best Movie of the Summer, But Is There an Audience for It?

14 August 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hell or High Water” is the movie that a lot of people say they’ve been waiting for this summer: the answer to the sequeled-out, stuck-in-a-rut, been-there, seen-those-awesome-fx, megaplex-formula blues. This one, despite some familiar elements (it’s about bank robbers, and one of the characters is a shrewd and wily detective), isn’t something you’ve seen before. It’s an original: bold and sharp, enthralling and true, a movie loaded with action that’s never just an “action movie,” full of hairpin twists and turns that are as organic as they are exciting.

The picture has a pair of performances at its center that are inspired enough to haunt you: Chris Pine and Ben Foster as good/bad brothers who team up to rob a series of small-town bank branches in West Texas, but with a motive so down-to-earth and compelling that the audience whispers to itself, “If I were in their shoes, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Robert Redford Saves Abused Horse, Gets Lost In New Zealand Wilderness

14 August 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

It has been quite the adventure for Robert Redford on the set of his latest film, “Pete’s Dragon”. His co-star Bryce Dallas Howard revealed that the American actor dropped everything after spotting a horse tied to a post: “There was a horse who was clearly abused, who was tied to this wooden fence that was right by […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Box Office: ‘Sausage Party’ Scores With $33.6 Million, ‘Suicide Squad’ Plunges in 2nd Weekend

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

Sausage Party” scored at the box office this weekend, debuting to a meaty $33.6 million and providing a much needed win for struggling Sony Pictures.

The $19 million animated comedy follows a gang of grocery items as they deal with the dawning realization about the perils of the kitchen. It’s a foul-mouthed affair that more than earns its R-rating. Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, and Bill Hader are among the sprawling vocal cast members. Sony has had a bruising period at the multiplexes, fielding flops such as “Ghostbusters,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” and “The 5th Wave.” The studio released the picture in 3,103 locations, and “Sausage Party” now holds the record for the largest August opening ever for an animated film. It gives Sony momentum as it tries to put its recent bad run behind it and prepares for a fall and winter that will bring the debuts »

- Brent Lang

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The Shallows review – compelling shark attack thriller

13 August 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Surfer Blake Lively’s tense test of survival is hindered by a clunky backstory

The obvious comparison – and the benchmark by which all shark attack films are judged – is Jaws. However, this lean thriller has perhaps more in common with Danny Boyle’s endurance test of a survival film, 127 Hours. Surfer Nancy (Blake Lively, impressive in a physically demanding role) decides to catch one last wave in an isolated cove in Mexico. But she inadvertently disturbs the feeding site of a great white shark and finds herself bleeding from a leg wound and perched precariously on a rock, tantalisingly close and impossibly far from the shore. Using just her wits and her medical training, plus a GoPro camera that miraculously survives getting masticated by the shark, Nancy must outsmart a fish with a grudge.

The mechanics of survival – Nancy’s ingenuity rivals that of Robert Redford’s embattled yachtsman in »

- Wendy Ide

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Bryce Dallas Howard talks Pete's Dragon in new interview

12 August 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Bryce Dallas Howard talks Pete's Dragon in new interviewBryce Dallas Howard talks Pete's Dragon in new interviewScott Goodyer8/12/2016 11:55:00 Am

Our Pre-Show host Tanner Zipchen recently sat down with Bryce Dallas Howard and talked Pete's Dragon.

The movie is about a young boy named Pete who survived in the woods for 6 years with a little help from his friend...who just happens to be a Dragon. And when this odd friendship is revealed to the neighboring towns people, trouble ensues.

The movie stars Howard along with Karl Urban, Wes Bentley, Robert Redford and Oakes Fegley as Pete!

This is the latest in Disney’s popular series of live-action remakes such as Cinderella, plus the soon to be released: Beauty and the Beast.

Watch the interview below and catch Pete's Dragon in Cineplex theatres August 12th!

For Pete's Dragon tickets and showtimes - click here!

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- Scott Goodyer

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