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Interview: Director Icon Peter Bogdanovich Honored at 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

18 October 2016 12:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – If Peter Bogdanovich had only been a film writer and critic, he still would have made a major contribution to cinema culture. But he also chose to direct, and besides producing arguably one of the best American films ever made (“The Last Picture Show”), he continues to work and fulfill his creative vision.

Bogdanovich was honored at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival with a Gold Hugo Career Lifetime Achievement designation, which was augmented with a magnificent documentary about a period in his career called “One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film.” The film tells the story of “They All Laughed” (1981), a post modern screwball comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, John Ritter and Dorothy Stratten. Bogdanovich was in a relationship with Stratten during the production of the film, and she was murdered by her ex-husband while the film was being edited. The tragedy, the prescience of »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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DMG Nabs Rights to Ken Liu’s Fantasy Epic ‘Grace of Kings,’ Plans Film Franchise (Exclusive)

14 October 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DMG Entertainment has nabbed worldwide film and licensing rights to “The Grace of Kings,” with an eye toward turning the fantasy series into a franchise, Variety has learned exclusively.

The company is fast-tracking production and has tapped Michael Ross (“Fallen”) to write the screenplay. The deal is not only for “The Grace of Kings” but for its two upcoming sequels. The book was the debut of Ken Liu and focused on two men, one a bandit and the other the son of deposed duke, who rise up against a cruel emperor. Later, their alliance cracks and they find themselves fighting over how best to run society. It is the first volume in what Liu has called “The Dandelion Dynasty” series. Liu has described the genre as “silk punk,” by which he means it’s a blend of science-fiction and fantasy that integrates elements of classical East Asian antiquity. That should »

- Brent Lang

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Awfully Good: The Haunting

12 October 2016 8:23 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

We'll get you in the Halloween spirit this month, starting with. The Haunting (1999) Director: Jan de Bont Stars: Lili Taylor, Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson Three strangers are brought to a creepy old house as subjects in a secret study on the effects of fear. And wouldn't you know it, that creepy old house just happens to really be haunted! I specifically remember... Read More »

- Jason Adams

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Relativity Not Paying Vendors as Financial Woes Escalate (Exclusive)

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

Relativity Media owes vendors close to $1 million in unpaid bills and has defaulted on its overhead, according to company insiders. Lawyers have become involved in the situation, and there are fears that the company may not make payroll. Relativity is in arrears, and companies are now clamoring to get paid, sources said.

The financial turmoil comes a week after “Masterminds,” a heist comedy with Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, collapsed at the box office, earning $12.8 million. Relativity emerged from bankruptcy protection earlier this year, but has had difficulty finding new capital to help it put new films into production and pay down debt.

Europa Corp., the French film studio that Relativity runs a distribution and marketing joint venture with, which is called Red, is trying to untangle its relationship with the studio. Relativity is behind in paying its half of the operating costs. Employees of Red are not impacted by the financial issues at Relativity, »

- Brent Lang

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If Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Is Up For Sale, Again, Who’s Buying?

5 October 2016 6:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: No one ever accused Ryan  of being a bad salesman.

The entrepreneur and his team from Relativity Media put on quite a show last spring for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles.

They showed the New York judge bits of upcoming Relativity films, such as Kristen Wiig’s caper pic, “Masterminds,” currently in release, and Halle Berry’s upcoming thriller, “Kidnap.” They offered video testimony from Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who declared himself “enormously challenged and excited to ‎become chairman of Relativity Studios.” They presented the judge with fresh fiscal blood — Chicago investor Joseph Nicholas, who promised that he would pump his own millions into the failed studio, with others sure to follow suit. Indeed, Kavanaugh’s film finance expert, Marni Wieshofer, of Houlihan Lokey Capital, assured the court there would be a “feeding frenzy” of new cash for Relativity, once the company cleared Chapter 11.

Less than seven months later, »

- James Rainey

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Ben Stiller Reveals His Heartbreaking Battle With Prostate Cancer

4 October 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

During an interview on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday, Ben Stiller revealed the heartbreaking news that he recently battled prostate cancer. The actor, who has been married to wife Christine Taylor since 2000 and is father to the couple's two children, Ella and Quinlin, said that he was diagnosed with intermediately aggressive prostate cancer and had surgery to treat it. Ben did the interview with his surgeon and said that he wanted to take the opportunity to urge people to get tested for the disease earlier in life. "It came out of the blue for me," he said of the diagnosis. "I had no idea." While Ben said the surgery was successful and he is now in the clear, he's being tested regularly to be extra cautious. Ben also wrote about the moment he learned of his diagnosis in an essay on Medium, admitting it didn't feel real at first. »

- Caitlin Hacker

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Was ‘Masterminds’ the Last Straw for Relativity?

3 October 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After a long delay following its original August 2015 release date (due to its distributor Relativity Media’s bankruptcy woes), “Masterminds” finally landed in theaters over the weekend … with a thud. The soft $6.6 million start for bank-robbery comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig may have proven detrimental, as it coincided with Monday’s news that Relativity is now up for sale (as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter). Dana Brunetti, president of Relativity’s motion picture and TV group, will stay on as part of the sale, according to the report, but its unclear whether CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will remain. »

- Meriah Doty

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How Kate McKinnon Became the 'SNL' Weirdo-in-Chief

3 October 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

One recent Sunday morning, Kate McKinnon was leaning over the remnants of a sliced banana and trying not to cry. The banana was to help with the bruising she'd gotten on the set of a bachelorette-party-gone-wrong film, tentatively titled Rock That Body. "It's with Scarlett Johansson. Do you know of her?" McKinnon deadpans. "I've been doing some pratfalls." The crying was because I'd just innocently mentioned that, God willing, come January, she may very well be the first woman in Saturday Night Live's history to play the president of the United States. »

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Ryan Kavanaugh Puts Relativity Up for Sale (Exclusive)

3 October 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ryan Kavanaugh's reboot of Relativity Media appears to be short-lived. Six months after emerging from bankruptcy with most of his company intact, the CEO has decided to put Relativity up for sale. Sources say Relativity has hired Emp and Zolfo Cooper to help with the sale and began fielding offers over the weekend. Relativity did not return a request for comment. The decision comes on the heels of Relativity's first wide release post-bankruptcy, Masterminds. The Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig comedy opened Friday but fizzled with just $6.6 million in the U.S. despite being

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Tops Disastrous Weekend

2 October 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thank God for Clint Eastwood. “Sully” is the sole bright spot during this disastrous fall 2016 box office decline.

This weekend three new studio wide releases —”Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox), “Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate) and “Masterminds” (Relativity) — grossed a total of $56 million! Compare that to the $54 million that “The Martian” grossed by itself exactly one year ago.

With “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) drawing little interest, “The Magnificent Seven” diving 55% on its second weekend and other films not holding well, the weakness is widespread. Only “Sully” is thriving among fall openers.

This is distressing news for theaters. The 27 days of the season show a drop of 9% from last year. That’s $50 million. During the fall season a strong film or two (“The Girl on the Train” and “The Birth of a Nation” take their chances next week) can quickly change the direction, so it’s not fatal. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Wins the Box Office with $28.5M

2 October 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

September signifies the end of the summer movie season, which typically brings an end to huge box office grosses. Sony's western remake The Magnificent Seven won easily last weekend, but it couldn't repeat for a second weekend in a row, thanks to 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The fantasy adaptation earned a respectable $28.5 million in its opening weekend.

Box Office Mojo reports that Miss Peregrine earned a solid $8,092 per-screen average from 3,522 theaters. The film, based on Ransom Riggs' novel, was produced with a $110 million budget, so it still has some work to do in order to earn a profit. Debuting in second place is Deepwater Horizon, which earned $20.6 million from 3,259 theaters for a decent $6,321 per-screen average. Last weekend's winner, The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, dropped to third place this weekend with $15.7 million, with the top 5 rounded out »

- MovieWeb

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Masterminds, Deepwater Horizon and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children top Tanner's What to Watch

30 September 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Masterminds, Deepwater Horizon and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children top Tanner's What to WatchMasterminds, Deepwater Horizon and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children top Tanner's What to WatchTanner Zipchen9/30/2016 4:51:00 Pm

This week we have 3 hot films in theatres!

Mark Wahlberg in the action thriller Deepwater Horizon, Tim Burton's creepy Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and the hilarious Masterminds starring an amazing cast of: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Kate McKinnon!

Watch my video below and don't forget that Deepwater Horizon should be checked out on the IMAX!

Tanner Zipchen is the Cineplex pre-show host. Don’t forget to get to the movies early to see him in action and play Timeplay, too!


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'Masterminds' Review: No Amount of 'SNL' Alumnae Can Save This Mess

30 September 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Any farce starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig can’t be a complete bust. And Masterminds, directed by Jared Hess, of Napoleon Dynamite infamy, gets in its comic licks – just not enough of them. There are enough facts in this script by trio Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, and SNL scribe Emily Spivey to merit the billing, "based on a true story." Something this effing stupid must be true.

Galifianakis plays David Ghantt , a likable idiot from North Carolina who is desperate to win the affections of Kelly (Wiig), who works with him at Loomis Fargo. »

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‘Masterminds’ Critical Roundup: Criminal Comedy Doesn’t Quite Steal The Show

30 September 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Packed with a star-studded cast, Jared Hess’ heist comedy “Masterminds” finally hits theaters at this weekend after months of push backs. Promising big laughs and high stakes, the film is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, where David Scott Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) and seven other conspirators stole $17 million from a Loomis, Fargo & Co. vault in North Carolina in one of company’s armored trucks, in what was one of the largest heist in U.S history.

The film stars Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis as members, accomplices and pursuers of the bumbling crime ring. “Masterminds” exaggerates the already absurdly true premise, and while most critics praised the cast’s performances, some aren’t coming along for the goofy criminal joyride.

IndieWire’s own Kate Erbland called the film “woefully unfunny,” writing: “In trying to make a true story that »

- Mark Burger

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Film Review: Unfunny ‘Masterminds’ is a Complete Waste of Talent

30 September 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Tick…tick…tick. That is the sound of your life frittering away, if you choose to experience the 94 minutes, that feels like two weeks, for “Masterminds.” The film that has virtually no laughs – in categorizing itself as a comedy – and is an almost criminal waste of some decent comic talent.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

Here is what I’d rather see the cast do for 94 minutes than watch them in this film. With Zach Galifianakis, have him riff on how hard it is to spell his last name without looking. With Kristen Wiig, let’s do a lunch with her talking about women in comedy, followed by a mani-pedi. Owen Wilson and I would have a zen yoga session, followed by necessary career counseling. A filmed table read of the script – credited to three screenwriters – would have yielded at least ten more laughs than the film, that would be ten more than zero. »

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New Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Masterminds trailer make our weekly news roundup

30 September 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

New Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Masterminds trailer make our weekly news roundupNew Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Masterminds trailer make our weekly news roundupScott Goodyer9/30/2016 10:55:00 Am 1. Doctor Strange

We have very exciting news! Cineplex will be showing 17 minutes of exclusive Doctor Strange footage on October 10th at 7Pm. This will be in IMAX only, at 13 locations which are:

1. Cineplex Langley

2. Cineplex Riverport

3. SilverCity Victoria

4. Scotiabank Chinook

5. Scotiabank Edmonton

6. Scotiabank Winnipeg (Polo Park)

7. Scotiabank Ottawa (Gloucester)

8. SilverCity London

9. Cineplex Mississauga

10. Scotiabank Toronto

11. Cineplex Vaughan

12. Scotiabank Montreal

13. Scotiabank Halifax (Bayers Lake)

Tickets will be distributed via Disney only, on a first come first serve basis – on Disney’s website. Tickets will then be exchanged at the theatre for a Cineplex ticket to admittance.

To acquire tickets - click here!

Marvel Studios also just released a brand new Doctor Strange trailer showing off new magical footage! The upcoming superhero movie »

- Scott Goodyer

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'Masterminds' Director Jared Hess On Why He Wanted Less Raunch and More Physical Comedy

30 September 2016 8:44 AM, PDT | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »


When you have comedy masterminds like Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, SNL alums Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and current SNL member Kate McKinnon starring in the dark comedy, Masterminds, you expect a rated-r movie, but director Jared Hess (Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite) made the decision to tell the true story of a heist gone haywire as a PG-13 film.

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Celebrity Wedding Crashers: Not Invited But More Than Welcome

30 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn may be the most infamous wedding crashers but there are still plenty more famous ones. Take Tom Hanks who just this week, made a couple's happiest moment that much more joyous by joining in a few of their snapshots. Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, John Travolta and Serena Williams have also photo-bombed newlyweds on their big day. Then there's Taylor Swift and Maroon 5. Not only did they take selfies with the bride and groom, they also performed during the reception. No doubt the dance floor was packed! Check out more amazing special guest appearances celebs made during "I dos" here. »

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The Preview Reel: Horizon Promising for Burton

29 September 2016 10:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. After a somewhat disappointing start for The Magnificent Seven and Storks last weekend, this week looks to pick things up with three very different wide-release offerings. We have the true-story environmental disaster flick Deepwater Horizon, the return of Tim Burton with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and the much delayed comedy Masterminds. Let’s see if any of these are worth your time.

  Deepwater Horizon

What we are excited about:

The last time Mark Wahlberg starred in a movie directed Peter Berg was in the terrific and gripping Lone Survivor. The two are teaming up again (and will do so once again later this year in Patriot’s Day) for another true story survival pic in Deepwater Horizon. If they are able to bring the same amount of passion and respect they brought to Lone Survivor, »

- Scott Davis

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Masterminds (2016) – Review

29 September 2016 9:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hey, there’s another movie out this weekend that’s “based on a true story”, but as the Monty Pythons would say, “And now for something completely different”. It’s not a gripping disaster like Deepwater Horizon (although its release problems were a disaster), but a “caper farce”. This flick concerns a real life heist like The Brink’S Job, but committed by The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight. This crew gets by on sheer, bumbling stupidity because nobody would ever seriously refer to them as Masterminds.

The first mastermind we meet is Loomis Fargo money transport armored truck driver David Ghatt (Zach Galifiankis) circa 1997. Via voiceover he explains that he leads a dull life, that he’d even welcome a hold-up, despite the fact that he’ll soon tie the knot with his off-kilter fiance’ Jandice (Kate McKinnon). His world is soon rocked by the hiring of his new work partner, »

- Jim Batts

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