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While another bruising company of costumed heroes makes the walls vibrate in stereo at many theatres (actually in most of the screens at your local multiplex), a quieter, more gentle film is opening to give families a nice alternative. And it stars real flesh and blood actors rather than computer-generated characters. It’s based on the rare young adult novel that’s not set in a dystopian future. The beloved five year-old book offers another take on a tale as old as time, with themes that echo the live Beauty And The Beast from earlier in the year. Add a dash of The Elephant Man, a pinch of The Phantom Of The Opera, a sprinkle of Mask, toss it in a middle school (maybe cooked in a classic “Easy Bake Oven”) and film goers should savor this sweet, nourishing cinema dish all about a most unusual boy, who despite his
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‘Wonder’ Premiere Celebrates Book’s Six-Year Journey to Big Screen, ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime Actor’ Jacob Tremblay

‘Wonder’ Premiere Celebrates Book’s Six-Year Journey to Big Screen, ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime Actor’ Jacob Tremblay
It was a world of “Wonder” at Tuesday night’s premiere of Stephen Chbosky‘s new film, adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name penned by R.J. Palacio.

The “Wonder” story, which revolves around Auggie Pullman, a sensitive, spunky, and precocious intelligent 10-year-old boy with craniofacial disfigurement, is and inspiring and heartbreaking one, and drew throngs of young book fans and their adult counterparts who gathered at Westwood’s Regency Village Theatre for the high-profile event. The premiere was attended by cast members Jacob Tremblay (Auggie), Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs, as well as Chbosky, Palacio, screenwriter Steve Conrad, and producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

Also in the theater were Geena Davis and singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, whose hit 1995 single “Wonder” inspired the title of Palacio’s book.

“We first read the book in March 2012 — it’s been a six-year journey almost,” said Lieberman of taking “Wonder” from the printed page to
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Review: ‘Wonder’ is a Sweet, Delicate Drama that Sidesteps Clichés

Based on the popular book by R. J. Palacio, Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder is a sweet, delicate, self-aware adaptation that remarkably sidesteps most of the clichés that a film such as this could have easily fallen into. It is the universality of the message that rings most true in Chbosky’s film: accepting people for who they are and, most importantly, being kind to one another. It might sound all saccharine, but it is deftly told by a filmmaker whose last film (an adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower) also dealt with adolescent angst.

Although it will remind some of Peter Bogdonavich’s excellent Mask, in which a boy also had to deal with a craniofacial birth defect, Wonder separates itself by being its own kind of sweet-natured fable. If Bogdanovich’s film was a grittier, more morose-filled drama, Chbosky does not want any of
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Wonder review

The screen adaptation of R J Palacio's Wonder stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Here's our review...

It’s a very special book is Wonder. Published in 2012, and written by R J Palacio, it tells the story of a young boy called Auggie, who battles through life with a severe facial disfigurement. Palacio’s story, and in turn the narrative of this film adaptation, centres on Auggie’s first year at school. Having been home schooled until fifth grade – that’s roughly year six in UK language – his parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, decide that it’s time to for him to go to school and mix with other children. For Auggie, used to hiding his face behind an astronaut helmet, it’s a jump as big as stepping on the moon.

What’s particularly special about the book is how it structures the story,
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Movie Review – Wonder (2017)

Wonder, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabel Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Rose Russell, Nadji Jeter, Millie Davis, Sonia Braga, Emma Tremblay, Ali Liebert, Daveed Diggs, Crystal Lowe, and Mandy Patinkin.

Synopsis:

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The world is a cruel place and it’s exponentially crueler to people living with disadvantageous conditions unable to be controlled. As such, August Pullman (played by outstanding young child actor Jacob Tremblay most known for his breakout role in 2015’s Room) has lived a rather sheltered life. Born with severe facial deficiencies (explained as the result of an unlucky combination of bad genetics from his parents played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, also described as
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‘Wonder’ Review: Jacob Tremblay Faces Middle School In this Emotionally Generous Family Drama

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‘Wonder’ Review: Jacob Tremblay Faces Middle School In this Emotionally Generous Family Drama
Wonder” is as manipulative as movies get, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes a story needs to steer you; sometimes a story tells you what to feel, but redeems itself by virtue of the sincerity with which it shows why you should feel that way. In much the same way that fables and fairy tales exist to making a particular point, subtlety would be counterintuitive to the very nature of what this film is trying to do. And really, no one should be expecting Chekhov from an inspirational tear-jerker about a deformed little kid whose parents are played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

As generous as it is linear (and only emotionally pornographic towards the end), “Wonder” may be manipulative, but it’s also instructive. It’s a how-to guide for kindness — a good lesson for kids, and a helpful reminder for adults. It’s not
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Wonder In St. Louis

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Wonder stars Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000; August: Osage County, Pretty Woman), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (Best Original Screenplay, The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001; The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris), and Jacob Tremblay. Also starring are Izabela Vidovic (Homefront, Zombieland), Tony Award® and Emmy® Award winner Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” The Princess Bride), recent Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs
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Exclusive Photo: Unit Still Photographer Dale Robinette Provides a Sneak Peek at ‘Wonder’

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Chicago – When we last caught up with “Uncle Dale” Robinette – Unit Still Photographer in Los Angeles – it was Oscar time in February of this year, and he talked to HollywoodChicago.com about his iconic “dancing” photo from “La La Land.” Well, Uncle Dale is back to provide an Exclusive Photo as a preview to the new film “Wonder,” opening nationwide on November 17th, 2017.

Wonder” features Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Jacob Tremblay (“Room”), and is a warm family story of a boy (Tremblay), seeking acceptance in a new town after a series of operations for a facial disfigurement. It is based on a novel by R.J. Palacio, directed by Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and one of the screenplay adapters is Steve Conrad, a writer living in Chicago.

Action! ‘Wonder’ Opens Nationwide on November 17th

Photo credit: Dale Robinette for Lionsgate

Dale Robinette has plied
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A Look at Some of the Top Oscar Best Picture Contenders in 2017

It’s the most unpredictable Oscar race in memory, with no clear frontrunner established and dozens of films vying for the top prize. We look at some of the films that could take home the gold.

All the Money in the World

Dec. 8 Sony

Kevin Spacey stars as tycoon John Paul Getty in this historical drama piece directed by Ridley Scott. The film explores the internal conflicts of the family in the wake of the kidnapping of Getty’s grandson. While the mother (Michelle Williams) would do anything to get her boy back, Getty’s priority remains his business and fortune.

Baby Driver

June 28 Sony

Edgar Wright struck gold with his audacious tale about a getaway driver who falls for a sweet waitress, only to get sucked into another dangerous heist. Whether one of the best-reviewed films of the year can translate into awards buzz remains to be seen, but it shouldn’t be underestimated.

Battle of the Sexes

Sept
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The Princess Bride review – golden-age throwback glows brighter than ever

Thirty years on, Rob Reiner’s salute to Hollywood swashbucklers remains a poignant pastiche, gloriously unencumbered by CGI visuals and gender cliches

After 30 years, the wit, fun, charm and idealism are fresher than ever. The Princess Bride, adapted by William Goldman from his novel and directed by Rob Reiner, now makes a brief reappearance in UK cinemas. Catch it while you can. My colleague Hadley Freeman has a magisterial chapter on it in her memoir of 1980s Hollywood, Life Moves Pretty Fast, showing how it made possible fairytale homages and Shrek and Frozen and also affected the language of irony and comedy in the television pop culture that came afterwards. It’s a movie that manages to be both a pastiche and a fervently real love story. The Princess Bride is an organically grown comedy romance from an analogue age: different from the genetically modified, digital creations that came along later.
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Final Trailer For ‘Wonder’ Arrives Online

Ahead of its release in December, Lionsgate has released the final trailer for their upcoming film Wonder. The film, which stars Jacob Tremblay in the lead, is based on the New York Times bestseller by R. J. Palacio about a boy born to stand out.

Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and moving story of August Pullman (Tremblay), a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Tremblay appears alongside Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs. Here’s the official synopsis:

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community
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Final Trailer for Stephen Chbosky's 'Wonder' Starring Jacob Tremblay

"We all deserve a standing ovation at least once in our lives." Lionsgate has revealed the third and final official trailer for the film Wonder, adapted from R.J. Palacio's book of the same name. There have already been two previous trailers released, so why not one more to push this film. Wonder stars acclaimed young actor Jacob Tremblay (seen in Room, Before I Wake, The Book of Henry), who plays Auggie, a kid with an awkward facial difference who decides to go to public school despite being made fun of. He makes a few new friends who help him learn to be himself. The full cast includes Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie's parents, and also featuring Daveed Diggs, Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga, Izabela Vidovic, Ali Liebert, and Bryce Gheisar. This looks charming and inspiring, which is pretty much the point, that we all should learn to look
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Watch the final trailer for Wonder starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson

With less than a month to go until Wonder arrives in Us cinemas, Lionsgate has released the final trailer for Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, which stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs; watch it below…

Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Wonder is set for release on November 17th in the States and on December 1st in the UK.
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‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and FBI Agents in David Fincher’s Series

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‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and FBI Agents in David Fincher’s Series
Netflix’s serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has become the streaming giant’s new must-binge series. Executive produced and co-directed by David Fincher, the show is inspired by the stories of real criminal profilers John E. Douglas and Robert K. Ressler, who headed the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and interviewed dozens of America’s most infamous serial killers throughout their careers. While the characters played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany are only inspired by the real FBI agents, the serial killers featured in the 10-episode season are the real deal.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances

Mindhunter” puts its characters face to face with real serial killers such as Edmund Kemper, the murderer and necrophiliac known as The Co-ed Killer, and Jerome Henry “Jerry” Brudos, who murdered four women in Oregon. The show’s lead casting director, Julie Schubert, had her
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‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and FBI Agents in David Fincher’s Series

‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and FBI Agents in David Fincher’s Series
Netflix’s serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has become the streaming giant’s new must-binge series. Executive produced and co-directed by David Fincher, the show is inspired by the stories of real criminal profilers John E. Douglas and Robert K. Ressler, who headed the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and interviewed dozens of America’s most infamous serial killers throughout their careers. While the characters played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany are only inspired by the real FBI agents, the serial killers featured in the 10-episode season are the real deal.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances

Mindhunter” puts its characters face to face with real serial killers such as Edmund Kemper, the murderer and necrophiliac known as The Co-ed Killer, and Jerome Henry “Jerry” Brudos, who murdered four women in Oregon. The show’s casting directors Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert
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Win The Princess Bride on Blu-ray

As you wish. The classic fantasy romance, The Princess Bride, celebrates its 30th Anniversary by returning to cinemas nationwide for one day on the 23rd October alongside an anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate we have 3 copies on Blu-ray to giveaway.

Directed by Rob Reiner and with an all-star cast including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal, Peter Falk, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Mel Smith & Peter Cook, and written by Academy Award® winning screenwriter William Goldman, The Princess Bride is a classic fairy tale; full of swashbuckling swordplay, giants, pirates, an evil prince and a beautiful princess… all woven into the love story to end all love stories.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Cary Elwes’ character Westley goes by what other name?

Your Answer Dead Pirate PetersDread Pirate RobertsRed Pirate Roberts

UK entries only. One entry per person. Competition closes 17th November.
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Official Trailers for 30th Anniversary Re-Release of 'The Princess Bride'

"The story of a man and a woman who lived happily ever after. Even though the courtship almost killed them." Two new trailers have debuted for the upcoming 30th anniversary special re-release of the romantic fairytale comedy classic The Princess Bride, directed by Rob Reiner. This open in limited release back in 1987 and didn't make that much at the box office, but it has gone to become a cult classic that fans still rave about nowadays. The story centers on Buttercup, played by Robin Wright, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. But she does not love him, and still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, played by Cary Elwes. The ensemble cast includes Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, and Billy Crystal. If you've never seen this in theaters,
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New posters for Wonder

Ahead of its Us release next month, Lionsgate has released two new posters for Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestselling novel Wonder which stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Wonder here

Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Wonder is set for release on November 17th in the States and on December 1st in the UK.
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Two New Posters Arrive For The Upcoming ‘Wonder’

Lionsgate UK has released two new posters for the upcoming Wonder, which stars the likes of Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. The film is set for UK screens later in the year. The new posters, which you can see below, were created as part of a partnership with Cities of Kindness in the Us.

Wonder is new film from Lionsgate, which is based on the New York Times bestseller by R. J. Palacio about a boy born to standout. It tells the incredibly inspiring and moving story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Starring Room’s Jacob Tremblay, as August Pullman, alongside Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs, the film comes to UK cinemas 1st December 2017. Watch the latest trailer for the film below.

The post Two New Posters Arrive
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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary

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As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary As You Wish! 10 Inconceivable Facts for The Princess Bride’s 30th Anniversary Kurt Anthony10/9/2017 11:00:00 Am

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Oh, wait. You don’t have six fingers on your right hand? Sorry, our mistake.

A classic tale of true love and high adventure, The Princess Bride invaded theatres on October 9, 1987 and has been romancing audiences ever since. After all, true love is the greatest thing in the world! Well, except for a nice Mlt.

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 fantasy-romance novel, the film was directed by the legendary Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally…) and features a swashbuckling cast, including Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and André the Giant. After earning a modest $30.8M at the box office upon its release, the
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