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Hollywood is praising John McCain on Friday after the Arizona Senator said he does not plan to vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act. “Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for being a hero again and again and now Again,” Jimmy Kimmel wrote. “A hero once again,” said Rob Reiner. “Hopefully this will encourage other senators to have courage and kill this abomination once and for all.” “This is 3rd Time I’ve Watched You Take The High Road,& Pick The American Ppl over Politics,” Cher tweeted. This follows McCain’s statement saying that he does not plan to support the bill that. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Suggesting that cyber war isn’t really war, and that China is even worse than Russia when it comes to cyber war – or something like that – Tucker Carlson donned his well-worn befuddled face when Rob Reiner dropped by Tucker Carlson Tonight for a surprise, and contentious, visit. Earlier this week, Reiner and journalist David Frum launched the non-profit Committee to Investigate Russia to spread information about Russia’s “involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election… »
Morgan Freeman's pissed off all of Russia and is now public enemy #1 at the Kremlin ... if you're buying what Russia's state news is selling, anyway. Freeman is getting blasted by the media over there for starring in a Rob Reiner-produced video that calls out Vladimir Putin for interfering in the U.S. elections, and President Trump for not responding to the cyber attack. News outlets are now labeling him "Hysterical Freeman" ... bringing in »
- TMZ Staff
Reiner made a surprise appearance on Carlson's show, drumming up awareness for the newly launched committee to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The committee launched a video this week fronted by Morgan Freeman that claimed the U.S. was at "war" with Russia following the events of 2016, but focused on cyber warfare rather than war in the conventional sense.
Carlson took Reiner to task on the question »
- Abid Rahman
Film director Rob Reiner has been making the media rounds this week promoting his newly launched committee to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. And that tour included an unlikely stop Thursday: Tucker Carlson Tonight. »
- Joe DePaolo
Updated, 11:11 Am: Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have set a November 3 release date in select cities for the SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning film Most Beautiful Island from filmmaker Ana Asensio. The psychological thriller was picked up this summer by Orion and Samuel Goldwyn Films. The weekend has a number of other films going into the marketplace during a that time including A24’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Rob Reiner’s Lbj, A Bad Mom’s Christmas from Stx… »
In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at how to pull off an ensemble film…
The art in pulling off the ensemble film. It’s a tricking balance. In the vast majority of cinema you may be limited to one or two clearly defined protagonists with a cast of supporting artists. On occasions though, a writer wants to create an ensemble piece. It may have one particular character who dominates the screen a little more than the others, but you could have four or more characters who share screen near equally.
How do you do it right? Well firstly, whether you have four characters, six, ten, or whatever, the most important element is to have clearly definable characters. You could call them archetypes certainly, but it is important to ensure that ‘character one’ is different from the rest. If you craft one character who »
- Tom Jolliffe
20 September 2017 1:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Big Hollywood names have helped found the Committee to Investigate Russia, a nonprofit aiming to spread information about Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and create debate about possible threats to the country's institutions. The committee launched Tuesday in the U.S., with director Rob Reiner on the advisory board and actor Morgan Freeman featured in an introductory video.
"The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the United States has been exposed," reads a statement on the organization's website. "Using hacking, Twitter armies, and fake news, the Kremlin engaged in an »
- Vladimir Kozlov
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.
Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.
But as It reminded audiences, »
Stephen Colbert caused controversy last night at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards by bringing former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer out on stage. Award shows are known to stir the pot, whether intentionally or not, but some viewers felt the appearance was far from the right move.
The whole bit felt ironic after Colbert’s grand opening sequence centered around using TV to escape the horrors of the current political climate. Despite a touching sentiment featuring the stars of “The Americans” singing “Even treason’s better on TV” and a cameo by Chance The Rapper, Spicer undid any lasting shmaltz.
The choice to humanize Sean Spicer after he had worked to publicly defend Donald Trump and his administration struck some audiences as distasteful. Celebrities took to their Twitter platform after the fact and voiced their strong opinions — and some couldn’t even be contained in 140 characters.
I'm not ready to laugh "with" Sean Spicer. »
- Raelyn Giansanti
Incredible to think that after the plethora of Stephen King film adaptations over the years (this year alone boasts five), that his beloved Horror story It, has – until now – not had a big screen retelling. The nearest we have gotten is the flawed but ambitious Tommy Lee Wallace Mini-Series from 1990, which featured an iconic turn by Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. However, if you only have this version of the story in mind upon entering Andres (or Andy as he is credited) Muschietti’s adaptation, you may be a little startled, as this is far darker, far more intense and truly the king of King adaptations.
Utilising the dark cinematography (by Chung-Hoon Chung) and CGI-aided scares that helped him make a mark with his 2013 debut Mama, Muschietti beautifully and savagely captures the essence of the source material, while leaving a distinctive imprint of his own. Set mostly in »
- Jack Bottomley
Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.
“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.
“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.
Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless »
- Elsa Keslassy
A new poster has arrived online for Rob Reiner’s upcoming biographical political drama Lbj featuring Woody Harrelson as the 36th President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson. The film features a cast that also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Kim Allen, Michael Stahl-David, Jeffrey Donovan, C. Thomas Howell, Doug McKeon, and Michael Mosley; take a look below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Lbj here
After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. »
- Amie Cranswick
13 September 2017 3:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The political drama, which stars James Marsden, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Biel and Milla Jovovich, as well as Reiner himself, is set in 2003 and follows a group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq who are skeptical of the U.S. President's claims that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.
Zurich will also screen a retrospective of Reiner's work at this year's festival and will honor the veteran filmmaker with its A Tribute »
- Scott Roxborough
The first in a two-part adaptation of the killer clown book has a soft spot for its troubled young heroes
“It’s summer, we’re supposed to be having fun. This isn’t fun – it’s scary and disgusting!” It, Stephen King’s 1986 novel about a shape-shifting demon that terrorises the town of Derry, Maine, was memorably filmed for TV in 1990. Boasting a mesmerising star turn by Tim Curry as the malevolent dancing clown, Pennywise, Tommy Lee Wallace’s mini-series became every coulrophobe’s worst nightmare, rivalling Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot for the title of best small-screen King adaptation.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
A satanic leering clown who wants to trap kids in a sewer is terrifying, but this lively adaptation wants to squeeze in all the horror effects we’ve already seen
Is there anything unfunnier than a clown – or unscarier than a clown that’s supposed to be scary? These are questions that occurred to me watching this very lively, if overstretched new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel about a gang of kids in an American small town who confront a shapeshifting demon appearing chiefly in the form of a cackling clown.
Actually, this covers just the book’s first half, finally labelled Chapter One over the closing credits; the concluding half, where the kids return as adults to tackle the monster again is evidently being saved for Chapter Two, thus creating a quasi-franchise of the It movie brand, and truncating its narrative shape, despite being a pretty long film. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Hollywood and tech leaders have begun mobilizing following reports that President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or Daca, with a six-month delay. Actor George Takei called the move “cruel, divisive and politically motivated,” while director Rob Reiner concluded: “Unfortunately there is no other way to say this: Donald J. Trump is a heartless prick.” Major tech leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also decried the move and urged Congress to pass legislation for protection of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Released on September 4th by Cockerel Entertainment, Being Charlie comes from director Rob Reiner and star Nick Robinson (The 5th Wave, Jurassic World, Kings of Summer) Common (John Wick: Chapter 2, Selma, Smoking Aces) Morgan Saylor (Homeland) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).
Charlie is a troublesome 18-year-old who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, but when he returns home to Los Angeles, he’s given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehab. There, he meets a beautiful but troubled girl, Eva, and is forced to battle with drugs, elusive love and divided parents.
Being Charlie is released on Monday 4th September on both DVD & Digital platforms. Pre-order now: Amazon | iTunes
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- Phil Wheat
The classic William Golding novel Lord of the Flies, which has been adapted twice for the big screen, will be adapted yet again, only this time, with a huge twist. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal with filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) to write and direct a new version of Lord of the Files, which will have an all-female cast. The filmmakers will reportedly be incredibly faithful to the original novel, while, at the same time, gender-swapping all of the character.
Deadline reports that it took some time to get the film rights intact, since the whole situation is rather complicated. The original novel, which was published in 1954, was adapted into the 1963 film Lord of the Files, which starred James Aubrey, Tom Chapin and Hugh Edwards, and was directed by Peter Brook. Then in 1990, Castle Rock released a new adaptation from director Harry Hook, which starred »
“Itzhak,” Alison Chernick’s documentary about famous violinist Itzhak Perlman, will get its world premiere at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival, which will open with the movie when the fest kicks off in October.
The opener is part of a new batch of films added to the festival 25th anniversary lineup. A couple of the premieres center on the most recent presidential election: “11/8/16,” the world premiere of a doc (directed by more than 40 people and produced by Jeff Deutchman) capturing footage from election day around the country; and Onur Tukel’s “The Misogynists,” featuring Dylan Baker and set in a hotel room on election night.
Titles with a local angle include Ben and Orson Cummings’ documentary “Killer Bees,” about Bridgehampton’s high school basketball team, and Josh Klausner’s comedy “Wanderland,” about a housesitter at a Hamptons cottage. Also on tap are Emmett and Brendan Malloy’s “The »
- Gordon Cox
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