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Film News Roundup: Annette Bening to Star in Christoph Waltz’s Directorial Debut ‘Georgetown’

Film News Roundup: Annette Bening to Star in Christoph Waltz’s Directorial Debut ‘Georgetown’
In today’s film news roundup, Annette Bening has joined Christoph Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave in “Georgetown,” Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Roland Emmerich’s World War II movie “Midway,” and Film Movement has bought three documentaries.

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Annette Bening has joined Christoph Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave in the crime drama “Georgetown.” The film, which is shooting in Canada, marks Waltz’s directorial debut.

The project, based on the New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, centers on Albrecht Muth (played by Waltz), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath, portrayed by Redgrave. Muth and Drath entered the top political circles as they threw lavish events, with Muth lying extensively about his background — which came to light after Drath was found murdered in 2011 at their home in Georgetown.

Muth was 26 when he married the 71-year-old Drath in 1990. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years
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Laura Vandervoort Cast as 'Firebrand' Attorney on Ice Diamond Biz Drama

Laura Vandervoort Cast as 'Firebrand' Attorney on Ice Diamond Biz Drama
Bitten alum Laura Vandervoort will sink her teeth into the role of a high-end attorney, on Season 2 of At&T Audience Network’s Ice.

TVLine has learned that among the edgy drama’s Season 2 cast changes, Vandervoort will recur as Tessa Pryor, a legal eagle who arrives at court to represent veteran diamond dealer Freddy Green (played by Jeremy Sisto). Tessa is described as confident, self-assured, and sharp as a tack, “a real firebrand.”

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Also new to the cast is Jocelyn Hudon (The Strain), who
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How Well Do You Know 'The Cutting Edge'?

How Well Do You Know 'The Cutting Edge'?
On March 27, 1992, Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney heated up the ice rink on the big screen as mismatched Olympians Kate Moseley and Doug Dorsey in The Cutting Edge.

Moseley — a rich, stuck-up figure skater — is paired up with working-class former hockey player Dorsey after an injury derails his NHL dreams. They instantly clash. (Among other barbs, she asks him if he can read, tells him "don't quit your day job" and asks their coach if they can "teach it to breathe with its mouth closed.") But as the duo work together and advance to the Olympics,...
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Split Scares Up $40.2M to Win the Weekend Box Office

Split Scares Up $40.2M to Win the Weekend Box Office
This year has gotten off to a booming box office start, with the drama Hidden Figures surprisingly snapping Rogue One's four weekend winning streak early in the month. After Hidden Figures took two in a row, it dropped in its third, with Universal's R-rated thriller Split taking the top spot with an unexpected $40.1 million, going up against XXX 3, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and The Founder, which expanded nationwide after an awards-qualifying run in December. It was always going to be a close race between Split and Paramount's XXX: Return of Xander Cage, but Split shockingly doubled XXX 3's estimated opening weekend tally of $20 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Split pulled in an impressive $13,229 per-screen average from 3,038 screens. It also earned an impressive 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and its $40 million debut means it has already earned eight times more than its reported $5 million budget. Split is director
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Lrm Interview: Brett Dalton Talks The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone, Lost In Florence and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best known as Grant Ward on ABC’s Marvel’S Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brett Dalton returned to his roots into indie films.

Lrm caught up exclusively with Dalton on the red carpet at the opening night of the faith-based movie The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone in Fresno, Calif. The film is about a former child star, who had to pick up the pieces of his life by doing community service at a local church in his hometown. He falls in love with the pastor’s daughter and assists on developing a play about Jesus Christ with his acting expertise.

In addition, Dalton also talked about Lost In Florence, another indie film which premieres at the end of this month. The romantic film is about an American who lives in Florence, Italy and participates in Calcio Fiorentino, a version of football.

Lrm would also like to thank Harvest Bible Chapel of
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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Abducts $2 Million in Thursday Night Launch

Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Abducts $2 Million in Thursday Night Launch
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has taken an impressive $2 million at 2,295 locations in Thursday night preview showings in North America.

Split” easily outdistanced Thursday night previews of Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which took in a decent $1.2 million at 2,536 sites.

Universal is expanding “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, to 3,037 sites on Friday. The Thursday night figure for “Split” doubled the $1 million in previews from Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million two years ago.

Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script in a story of McAvoy’s character capturing three young women. It’s the 12th movie that Shyamalan has directed with 1999’s “The Sixth Sense” remaining the most successful with more than $650 million in worldwide grosses.

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Split” is poised to battle “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” for the top
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Film Review: ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’

Film Review: ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’
At one point in “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” a thoroughly predictable but undemandingly pleasant faith-based dramedy about a career-stalled actor who gets a shot at redemption while playing the lead role in a megachurch pageant, the prodigal-son protagonist makes a passing reference to a past acting gig in “a Hallmark movie.” The allusion is not without irony — indeed, the remark seems positively meta in this context — since “Resurrection” itself adheres to the same formula that has served many Hallmark Channel cable features so well: Take some familiar faces from past or current TV series, mix them into a plot about a big-city striver who reconnects with hometown roots, and bring everything to a boil with a contrived climactic conflict. Director Dallas Jenkins and screenwriter Andrea Nasfell follow the recipe with all the purposeful attentiveness of inventory clerks ticking items off a checklist. The end result merits a paraphrase of
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Box Office: ‘Split’ to Battle Vin Diesel’s ‘Xander Cage’ for Top Spot

Box Office: ‘Split’ to Battle Vin Diesel’s ‘Xander Cage’ for Top Spot
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” are poised to fight for the North American box office crown with about $20 million each this coming weekend.

Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures,” which has won the past two weekends, is likely to remain a solid contender in the $15 million to $18 million range.

Universal is launching “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities, at approximately 3,015 North American venues. Shyamalan produces and directs from his own script.

Split” has been building buzz among its core fans since its debut screening at September’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, followed by an official screening at November’s AFI Festival in Los Angeles and 24 word-of-mouth screenings on Friday the 13th last week, mirroring the 24 personalities of McAvoy’s character. Critics seem to be embracing “Split,” which so carries an 75% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Shyamalan is self-financing the $5 million project.
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Will xXx 3 Be the First Big Box Office Hit of 2017?

Will xXx 3 Be the First Big Box Office Hit of 2017?
The 2017 calendar year has gotten off to an interesting start at the box office, with the inspirational drama Hidden Figures pulling off surprise wins over the past two weekends, while La La Land continues to expand and climb up the charts after its impressive sweep at the Golden Globes. This weekend, four new releases will hit theaters, Paramount's XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Universal's Split, The Weinstein Company's The Founder and High Top Releasing's The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, with A24's 20th Century Women also expanding nationwide. When all the dust is settled, we're predicting that XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will come out on top at the box office.

Box Office Mojo reports that, while those aforementioned films will all be released wide, there will be quite the large discrepancy between their theater counts. Both XXX 3 and Split are expected to open in roughly 3,000 theaters apiece,
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Slideshow: ‘Days of the Dead’ Convention in Chicagoland, Nov. 18-20, 2016

Previous | Image 1 of 19 | NextTara Reid of ‘American Pie’ series and ‘Sharknado’ series.

Chicago – The “Days of the Dead” convention is an annual event in Chicagoland and elsewhere, that brings together admirers of the horror film genre, cult movies enthusiasts, vendors and panel discussions related to it all. Several celebrities also attend the event, including Alice Cooper, Ric Flair, Judge Reinhold and Shannon Elizabeth. The 2016 convention is being held this weekend – Nov. 18-20 – at the Chicago Schaumburg Marriott in Schaumburg, Ill. (see details below).

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com shot this Slideshow of Exclusive portraits from last year’s Days of the Dead event. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com.

DAYS1: Tara Reid of ‘American Pie’ series and ‘Sharknado’ series. DAYS2: Bill Moseley of ‘The Devil’s
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UK poster and trailer for Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

With a little over two weeks to go until its UK release, a new poster and trailer have arrived online for Chi-Raq, Spike Lee’s modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata which stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson; check them out here…

Set in Chicago, the film is a satire that focuses on the gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city’s south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood. The story is based on AristophanesLysistrata; a Classical Greek comedy play in which women withhold sex from their husbands as punishment for fighting in the Peloponnesian War.

Chi-Raq is set for release on December 2nd in the UK and features a cast that also includes D. B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, La La Anthony, Felicia Pearson, Steve Harris, David Patrick Kelly, Anthony Chisholm and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
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Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ UK trailer finally unveiled

The UK trailer for Spike Lee‘s Chi-Raq, which was released Stateside over a year ago, has finally debuted ahead of its release on British soil on 2nd December.

Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

Directed by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott, Chi-Raq features an all star cast including: Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

You can check out our full review of the film over here, and check out the new UK trailer below.
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Us Briefs: Gareth Edwards to give SXSW keynote

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Us Briefs: Gareth Edwards to give SXSW keynote
Plus: Nato announces Q3 average Us ticket price; Samuel Goldwyn picks up 100 Streets; and more…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards will speak at SXSW 2017 in Austin, Texas, conference and festival organisers have announced.

The festival, which runs from March 10-17, will feature approximately 700 sessions and keynote speakers who besides Edwards include Everest photographer Cory Richards and Transparent creator Jill Soloway.

Panel sessions will cover topics such as innovation in the digital health age and the role of the government in disruption. Click here for further details.

The average cost of a ticket in the Us in the third quarter reached $8.51, the National Association Of Theatre Owners announced on Tuesday. The price marks a 2.5% drop on the second quarter and a 3/1% year-on-year hike.Uri Singer’s Bb Film Productions has optioned rights to Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise and has set Michael Almereyda to adapt the screenplay about a professor of Hitler studies
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Thriller ‘D.O.A. Blood River’ Sets Cast; Ronnie Gene Blevins Joins ‘Death Wish’

Billy Flynn, Chris Mulkey, and D.B. Sweeney have boarded D.O.A. Blood River, the thriller written and helmed by Stephen C. Sepher. Filming beings next month with Sepher also serving as producer along Rory Fradella, Kim Barnard and Nazo Bravo. Inspired by Rudolph Mate's 1950 noir thriller, the film follows pharmaceutical salesman Sam Collins as he travels from Los Angeles to a small town in Louisiana to sign the business deal of his career with Dr. Alexander, a doctor…
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Spawn Reboot Will Be Dark, R-Rated and Scary Says Creator Todd McFarlane

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Spawn Reboot Will Be Dark, R-Rated and Scary Says Creator Todd McFarlane
Were you disappointed by the Spawn movie that hit theaters way back in 1997? So was creator Todd McFarlane. And he plans to rectify that with a new remake/reboot that will be nothing like the original movie. He's finished his screenplay, and now, appearing on the latest episode of AMC's Geeking Out, he has revealed exactly what this new big screen iteration of his iconic comic book and action figure line will be.

Earlier this year, McFarlane confirmed that he'd completed the script for a new Spawn movie, calling it 'massive'. Since that update, though, he's remained fairly quiet on the matter. At the time, he explained that he still needed to whittle the huge screenplay down by at least 45 pages, bringing it in at a still somewhat long 140 pages. If one page equals one minute of screen time, that still means this remake will clock in at over two hours.
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First trailer for faith-based comedy drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton

WWE Studios has released the first trailer for the faith-based comedy drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone which stars Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney and WWE legend Shawn Michaels; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star, is forced to do community service at a local megachurch and pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is set for release on January 20th.
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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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‘Extraction’ DVD Review

Stars: Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz, Gina Carano, D.B. Sweeney, Joshua Mikel, Steve Coulter, Dan Bilzerian, Heather Johansen, Roman Mitichyan, Christopher Rob Bowen, Rob Steinberg, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson | Written by Max Adams, Umair Aleem | Directed by Steven C. Miller

I have a love/hate relationship with Bruce Willis these days. On the one hand he stars in films I love such as the Red, G.I. Joe and The Expendables; and on the other he appears in direct to market dross like The Prince, Set-Up and Vice. Now don’t get me wrong, some of the direct to DVD titles Willis has appeared in are pretty good, Fire With Fire for example, but he’s been batting way below average on the Dtv front recently.

Extraction sees a ruthless terrorist group kidnap retired spy Leonard Turner (Bruce Willis; GI Joe: Retaliation, Die Hard, Armageddon), and threaten to unleash a
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Amazon Debuts Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ on Prime to Mixed User Ratings

Amazon Debuts Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ on Prime to Mixed User Ratings
Amazon Studios’ first original movie, “Chi-Raq” from Spike Lee, is now available for streaming to Prime members at no extra cost. And so far, the film has generated a polarizing response from Amazon users.

The movie, about endemic violence in inner-city Chicago, currently has a 2.7 out of 5 rating on Amazon, with 44% of users giving it one star. On the other hand, 30% of reviewers gave “Chi-Raq” five stars, including one who called the film “a blisteringly urgent modern masterpiece.”

Variety‘s Justin Chang called the movie “blunt, didactic and stronger on conceptual audacity than dramatic coherence,” adding that it “is still the most vital, lived-in work in some time” from Spike Lee. “Chi-Raq” has an 82% critics’ rating and 54% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Amazon gave “Chi-Raq” a limited theatrical release Dec. 4, in order to qualify for Academy Awards consideration. But the movie — with a cast of prominent African-American actors — did not earn any Oscar nods.
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 25-31

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Goosebumps"

Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in this monster family hit, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 26. The "spook-tacular" special features include an alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a casting gallery. There are also two new featurettes -- "Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature" and "Strange Things are Happening...On-Set" -- with actors Dylan Minette and Ryan Lee. Blu-ray exclusives include "All About Slappy" and a "Creaturefied!" featurette with makeup FX artist Steve Prouty demonstrating how to become your favorite Goosebumps creature.

Check out this exclusive clip with Jack Black and Slappy talking about working with each other: "Chi-Raq"

Spike Lee's clever modern-day adaptation of the Greek play "Lysistrata" comes out on DVD
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