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“The Family Fang” follows the adult siblings Baxter and Annie Fang (Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman), the children of Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), two world-famous performance artists who used their young children in surprise, often disturbing public interactive art exhibitions. When Caleb and Camille go missing, Baxter and Annie return to their family home after years of being estranged to investigate their disappearance, and to discover if it’s a ruse or if it’s genuine. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a performance art piece with a young Caleb and Camille (played by Jason Butler Harner and Kathryn Hahn respectively) berating their children in the park for being terrible at playing music.
- Vikram Murthi
Picture the ending of the standard-issue based-on-a-true-story film. Once the picture fades on a family’s final teary goodbye or the camera pans up from our hero(ine) in a moment of triumph, there’s a postscript. And then, the inevitable grainy home video or candid photo of the “real” main character, proof that someone in the casting office (or the hair/make-up department) did their job and brought you the closest facsimile of the real thing.
This may be the most common approach, but it doesn’t produce the best biopics. Good biographies recreate a moment; great ones evoke a sprit that reverberates through the current time.
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The standout biographical films from the past two decades reflect the different ways that we commemorate figures of fame or infamy. Sometimes we devote three hours of our lives to »
- Liz Shannon Miller, Kyle Kizu, Chris O'Falt, Steve Greene, Zack Sharf, David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Russell Goldman, Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland
The Munich Film Festival kicks off June 23 with some 180 feature films, documentaries and TV movies, including Maren Ade’s Cannes competition title “Toni Erdmann,” which opens this year’s event. Festival closes July 2. Germany’s second-biggest film fest offers an ideal summer platform for world cinema, cutting-edge German films, and new discoveries while also showcasing young talents. “We have a fantastic line-up with well-known directors, but also discoveries from countries like Vanuatu or Nepal, which are in our program for the first time,” says festival director Diana Iljine. Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic” closes the event.
The Spotlight sidebar is known for presenting lavish productions, big-name filmmakers, and major stars. This year is no different. The lineup includes: Paul Schrader’s “Dog Eat Dog,” starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe; Jason Batemen’s “The Family Fang,” with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken; Werner Herzog’s documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries »
- Ed Meza
Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman is getting into the virtual reality world. The actress stars in a new five-minute short film, “Reimagined,” for Etihad Airways. The video is a 360-degree journey that lets the viewer control the shot and take a look all around the airline’s new Airbus A380s, flying non-stop between New York and Abu Dhabi.
In the film viewers see all aspects of the plane and its extraordinary and luxurious features. It then centers on Kidman as she’s in a meeting, roams around the airplane and sits comfortably on her bed. The shots are used to showcase the ample room and comfort that one has when traveling on the new Airbus A380s.
The actress serves as the airline’s brand ambassador and in 2015 also starred in another Etihad ad campaign. »
- Liz Calvario
Barry Sonnenfeld has made some fine entertainment over the course of his career. In the 1990s, Sonnenfeld had a terrific run, directing Get Shorty, Men in Black, and The Addams Family movies. Before turning towards directing, as a cinematographer, he shot Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Big, Misery, and Throw Momma from the Train. Since working on all of those memorable films, he’s directed some pictures–Wild […]
- Jack Giroux
Sneak Peek footage from writer, director Robert Edwards' father/daughter comedic drama "One More Time" starring Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson and Oliver Platt, available now on DVD in Canada, from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...aspiring female rock star 'Jude' (Heard) is stuck in a rut - relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one night stands.
"When she is evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she is forced to move into the Hamptons home of her wealthy - and selfish - father 'Paul Lombard' (Walken), an over-the-hill, 'Sinatra'-esque crooner angling for a musical comeback.
"As the two reunite, Jude is forced to confront her problems, including troubled relationships with her father...
"...and overachieving sister (Garner), as well as her wobbly career and faltering love life.
"As Jude and Paul butt heads, they unexpectedly find themselves on a journey that may redefine their lives..."
"One More Time" was previously released theatrically and on Digital HD from Starz Digital April 2016.
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading independent home entertainment company that acquires and releases a wide array of filmed entertainment in the theatrical and home entertainment markets, including Starz Original series, children's entertainment, fitness ("Anchor Bay Fitness") sports and specialty films on Blu-Ray and DVD formats. The company also has long-term distribution agreements in place for select programming with The Weinstein Company, AMC Networks and RADiUS, among others.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "One More Time"...
- Michael Stevens
Nicole Kidman is joining Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “The Lobster,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” will also reunite the Greek filmmaker with Colin Farrell, who starred in the Cannes prizewinner (Jury Prize, or third place) and specialty-box-office hit. Lanthimos is directing and co-writing with frequent collaborator Efthimis Fillipou.
Kidman will play the wife of Farrell’s character, a surgeon who tries to bring a teenager into his family with poor results. Anyone familiar with Lanthimos’ prior works — which, in addition to his English-language debut “The Lobster,” include “Alps” and the Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth” — knows how much he can do with such a simple setup and how dark the final result is likely to be. Lanthimos is also developing a historical drama called “The Favourite” with Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz (the latter two having also appeared in “The Lobster”) that delves into the reign of British monarch Queen Anne.
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“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is expected to go into production later this summer, with A24 set to handle domestic distribution. They’re likely excited about this continuation of their relationship with Lanthimos: “The Lobster” has made $5.8 million in just over a month.
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- Michael Nordine
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods 10 Cloverfield Lane (sci-fi/thriller; John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead; rated PG-13) London Has Fallen (action sequel; Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett; rated R) The Young Messiah (faith-based drama; Adam Greaves-Neal, Sara Lazzaro; rated PG-13) Eddie the Eagle (comedy; Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken; rated PG-13) Hello, My Name Is Doris (comedy-drama; Sally Field, Max...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The studio said that the family comedy-adventure had reached $349.9 million domestically and $549.9 million internationally as of Thursday.
“The Jungle Book” is the biggest Hollywood release ever in India, having earned $36.8 million, and is the leading film of the year in the U.K./Ireland with $64.7 million. It opens in South Korea this weekend and in Japan on Aug. 11.
The film is now the 39th to reach the $900 million milestone. “Zootopia” recently became the 26th title to hit $1 billion.
“The Jungle Book” blew past forecasts in its opening weekend, grossing $103.6 million in the U.S. during April 15-17. It led the domestic box office for three weekends before the arrival of “Captain America: Civil War” and was still in the top 10 last weekend with $4.4 million.
“The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, is based on Rudyard Kipling’s works and tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who lives in the jungle among the wild. Neel Sethi stars as Mowgli with the animals voiced by Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.
Four days before the U.S. opening, Disney said it was already planning a sequel.
- Dave McNary
Want to win a copy of “One More Time” on DVD? Simply tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick entries at random. Entries Must be in by 12Pm Est on Monday, June 6. U.S. Only Please. Thanks for entering and good luck!! Beautiful aspiring rock star Jude (Heard) is stuck in a rut – relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one night stands. When she is evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she is forced to move into the Hamptons home of her wealthy – and selfish – father Paul Lombard (Walken), an over-the-hill, Sinatra-esque crooner angling for a musical comeback. As the [ Read More ]
- Rudie Obias
When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.
A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »
Penned by playwright Joseph Wilde, the thriller examines the strange and disturbing forms love can take. Wilde will write the film adaptation from his own play. Kidman will produce with Blossom partner Per Saari.
“Joe’s voice is so beautifully subversive. He’s exactly the kind of young writer Blossom is looking to support,” Kidman said in a statement.
Production company Blossom Films, founded by Kidman and Saari in 2010, is no stranger to literary adaptations. It most recently produced “The Family Fang,” based on Kevin Wilson’s bestselling novel. It was directed by Jason Bateman, and starred Kidman, Bateman and Christopher Walken. Blossom Films is also currently shooting the HBO series “Big Little Lies,” based on the New York Times bestseller by Liane Moriarty. It’s helmed by Jean-Marc Vallee, and stars Kidman, »
- Justin Kroll
A new trailer has arrived online for Barry Sonnenfeld’s upcoming comedy Nine Lives, which stars Kevin Spacey as a billionaire father who finds himself trapped inside the body of a cat. take a look below after the official synopsis…
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).
Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His Gps directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric »
- Amie Cranswick
Disney’s The Jungle Book has become the #1 film of the year in the UK, stealing the nation’s hearts in the process. The film, which critics have described as a cinematic experience not to be missed, has now climbed above this year’s previous biggest release Deadpool as well as classics such as Gravity, The Life of Pi and 2014’s smash hit Paddington. It is also acclaimed director Jon Favreau’s biggest ever release surpassing his previous hits Iron Man 1 & 2, and Elf.
Globally, The Jungle Book has taken a roaring $800m and is already the 4th biggest movie of the year, with key territories still to open. In India the film is now the biggest Hollywood film of all time and the third-highest grossing Disney release ever in China.
- Press Releases
If you ask our critics on the ground, a number of great films have already premiered at Cannes — mostly in competition, however. And while those screening in the other sections are inevitably overshadowed in just about every way, some of the best titles emerge therein year after year. I’ll go out on a limb and say I expect this to be the case with Paul Schrader‘s Dog Eat Dog, a crime thriller led by Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, and… Schrader himself?
Feast your eyes upon the great writer-director’s onscreen acting debut, footage of which has been revealed in a clip posted to Deadline. As he told them:
“I had no intention of playing The Greek. Over pre-production, I approached Michael Douglas, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Nick Nolte, Chris Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Winncot and Rupert Everett to play the Greek as a transgender Cleveland gangster. For one reason or another, »
- Nick Newman
Two years ago, Paul Schrader’s botched CIA terrorist thriller Dying of the Light flopped – and flopped hard. But in spite of the “frustrating” failure, the filmmaker is poised to reteam with Nicolas Cage for Dog Eat Dog, a new breed of thriller that’s due to make its premiere during the closing night of Cannes. And today, The Playlist has debuted the movie’s first clip.
Not only does it herald a reunion between Cage and Schrader, but the upcoming feature also marks the latter’s first screen appearance as notorious mob boss Grecco the Greek. It wasn’t for lack of trying to find a suitable actor, of course, given Schrader approached an entire roster of A-listers including Michael Douglas, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Nick Nolte, Chris Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Winncot and Rupert Everett.
Alas, the director decided to take on the role of the transgender Cleveland gangster himself, »
- Michael Briers
If you want a job done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself. And when you have the part of Grecco the Greek, a transgender Cleveland gangster, and everyone from Michael Douglas to Nick Nolte to Quentin Tarantino to Jeff Goldblum to Martin Scorsese to Christopher Walken to Rupert Everett to Michael Wincott decline your […]
- Will Ashton
For a while, Christopher Walken felt like "troubled guys" were the only types of roles he was being offered, and he knows when it began. "In Annie Hall, I played a suicidal guy who drives his car into traffic," he says in his matter-of-fact, stilted, utterly Walkenesque way. "Then in The Deer Hunter, which came immediately afterward, I shot myself in the head. I was playing these disturbed people. That might have been when that started." When asked if that bothered him, he plainly says, "Listen, I'm lucky."
It's a bright spring day in Manhattan, »
The comedy adventure hit the $500 million mark Thursday at the international box office. It will reach the $300 million threshold domestically in its fifth weekend, becoming the 60th title to reach that milestone.
“The Jungle Book” has made $54.4 million in the U.K./Ireland and will top “Deadpool” this weekend to become the highest-grossing title of the year in the region. The movie is the top Hollywood release of all time in India with $36.8 million, and the third-highest-earning Disney movie in China with $148.2 million.
The film opens in Korea on June 2 and in Japan on Aug. 11.
“The Jungle Book” blew past forecasts in its opening weekend with $103.6 million in the U.S., where it’s shown impressive holding power. It led the domestic box office for three weekends before »
- Dave McNary
Brainstorm, the award-winning debut feature from visionary director Khalil Sullins, is a psychological thriller about penniless grad students who invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives – and we have Five copies to giveaway on DVD!
For years, we have tried to harness the power of the human mind… and failed. Now, one breakthrough will change everything. Beyond technology, beyond humanity, beyond control. David, Ryan, and Jordan hope their telepathy invention will solve all their problems but the bleeding-edge technology opens a Pandora’s Box of new dangers, as the team discover that when they open their minds, there is nowhere to hide their thoughts. Secrets and betrayals surface and the technology is stolen by a covert government agency with a hidden agenda. With no one left to trust, David is forced against his friends in a life-or-death battle over not only the privacy of the human mind but the future of free will itself. »
- Phil Wheat
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