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Awfully Good: Blankman

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Before Black Panther there was.Hancock. And then, I guess, Blade. But before that there was.. Blankman (1994) Director: Mike Binder Stars: Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Robin Givens A nerdy inventor with a predisposal towards premature ejaculation becomes an amateur superhero in an effort to clean up his city. No matter how great Christopher Nolan's "realistic" take on... Read More...
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Celebrities mourn the passing of Alan Rickman on social media

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Celebrities mourn the passing of Alan Rickman on social media
It’s been a rough January 2016 so far and the hits just keep coming. This morning it was announced Alan Rickman has died. Social media immediately lit up with fans from “Harry Potter” to “Galaxy Quest” to “Die Hard” and beyond mourning the passing of one of Hollywood’s greatest actors and movie villains. But for those who knew Rickman — either personally of professionally — the acknowledgement of his passing and grief over his loss was particularly poignant. J.K. Rowling There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016 Matthew Lewis I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he
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Mike Binder to Write and Direct His Novel ‘Keep Calm’ For New Line

Mike Binder is set to write and direct an adaption of his novel “Keep Calm” for New Line, sources confirm to Variety.

New Line acquired the rights to the book, which is the multi-hyphenate’s first novel.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will produce. Richard Brener will oversee for New Line.

The story follows an American man who gets caught up in an international incident and a female MI6 inspector is tasked with bringing him in. Henry Holt is publishing next month.

Binder most recently helmed “Black and White” starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, which was also exec produced by Atlas Entertainment. New Line has also set Binder to adapt Garth Callaghan memoir “The Napkin Notes,” which has Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing.

Binder’s, who is repped by Verve and Gernert Company, other past credits include “Reign Over Me” starring Adam Sandler and “The Upside of Anger
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Mike Binder To Adapt & Direct His Novel ‘Keep Calm’ For New Line

Exclusive: New Line Cinema has acquired rights to Keep Calm, the first novel by filmmaker Mike Binder, which Henry Holt will publish next month. Binder, who most recently directed Black Or White with Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, will write and direct the film. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will produce. Richard Brener will oversee for New Line. The book is an action thriller that mixes current events, politics, conspiracy and terrorism within…
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Interview with the cast and crew of Black or White, starring Kevin Costner and Anthony Mackie

Set for release on Digital HD on Monday (December 14th) and on DVD on January 11th, Black or White debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and is finally getting a release over in the UK.

With the release imminent, we have spoke to some of the talented filmmakers and actors behind the film to find out why they got involved with the film (which was financed by star Kevin Costner) and what can audiences expect from the film:

Mike Binder, Writer-Director: “I wanted to do a piece about where we go forward in racial relations in this country. I wanted us to have a conversation.”

Octavia Spencer, Rowena: “Mike has this way of telling real-life stories and you’re getting a lesson but you don’t realize it, and you’re enjoying yourself, but it really makes you ponder or assess yourself.”

Anthony Mackie, Jeremiah: “There aren’t
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Day of the Dead List: Top 10 Most Piercingly Horrific Movie Screams

Top Ten Scream Queens: Barbara Steele, who both emitted screams and made others do same, is in a category of her own. Top Ten Scream Queens Halloween is over until next year, but the equally bewitching Day of the Dead is just around the corner. So, dead or alive, here's my revised and expanded list of cinema's Top Ten Scream Queens. This highly personal compilation is based on how memorable – as opposed to how loud or how frequent – were the screams. That's the key reason you won't find listed below actresses featured in gory slasher films. After all, the screams – and just about everything else in such movies – are as meaningless as their plots. You also won't find any screaming guys (i.e., Scream Kings) on the list below even though I've got absolutely nothing against guys who scream in horror, whether in movies or in life. There are
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Movie Review – Black or White (2014)

Black or White, 2014.

Directed by Mike Binder

Starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Billy Burr, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Mackie, Andre Holland, Mpho Koaho


Grieving widow fights for custody over his biracial granddaughter; in the midst are issues of race, class, and addiction.

Mike Binder is not afraid to deploy sensationalism for narrative purposes. One of the biggest issues many had with his prior film Reign Over Me was the usage of the 9/11 footage, and it’s irrevocable cultural and societal consequences, both on the micro and macro, as a trajectory for the fictional characters’ own narrative arcs. Binder’s Black or White uses alcoholism, drug addiction, racial prejudice, and socioeconomic divisions to shape the story of a widowed grandfather fighting for custody of his granddaughter. As one may be able to denote from the concerns surrounding his prior film, these themes are deployed in Black or White with little nuance or self-reflexivity.
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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New Oscar Members: Cheryl Boone Isaacs Says Academy Seeks ‘Normalization’

New Oscar Members: Cheryl Boone Isaacs Says Academy Seeks ‘Normalization’
On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled the names of a record 322 invitees, a big jump from the 276 and 271 in the past two years, and a giant leap from the 133 average of the previous decade.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety that the new members list reflects a push for “normalization” in its demographics, adding, “It’s been gratifying to see big increases in expanding color, gender, age and national origin in our membership this year.”

The AMPAS president points out, “The entire conversation of inclusiveness is at the forefront in Hollywood, in film, television, music, everything — and all of that bodes well for the future.” The Academy is in a position to help, since the membership includes a number of decision-makers, including executives, producers, directors — “men and women who have the ability to hire, elevate, mentor and nurture more people of color, gender, national origins.
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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Reese Witherspoon Developing ‘Napkin Notes’ Memoir for the Screen

Reese Witherspoon Developing ‘Napkin Notes’ Memoir for the Screen
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard banner is developing a film adaptation for New Line of Garth Callaghan’s memoir “Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow.”

Witherspoon and Papandrea will produce “Napkin Notes,” which New Line optioned last September. Mike Binder, whose credits include “Black or White,” “Reign Over Me” and “The Upside of Anger,” has come on to adapt the script. Toby Emmerich, Andrea Johnston and Richard Brener are overseeing for New Line.

Callaghan’s book, published by HarperCollins, details how he began writing short inspirational notes on napkins to put in his daughter Emma’s lunchbox daily to connect with his daughter. The practice took on far more significance after Callaghan was diagnosed first with kidney cancer and subsequently received four other cancer diagnoses.

“Napkin Notes” is Pacific Standard’s ninth development project. Witherspoon and Papandea formed Pacific Standard in 2012 in order to remedy
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Phenomenal Allen as Too-Good-to-Be-True U.S. V.P. Candidate in Highly Watchable But Ultimately Coy Political Thriller

'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury,
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“5 to 7″ and “It Follows”: The Best of the First Quarter of 2015

Time flies. Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2015 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer flicks (cough, Furious 7, cough) and counter programming independent fare, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2015 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. I do have one release from this weekend that I’ve included, but only because of how eager I am to talk about it. Other than that, there’s no cheating…I swear! Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far,
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‘American Sniper’ Misses Super Bowl Record; Most Top 10 Films Off – Monday B.O. Actuals

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‘American Sniper’ Misses Super Bowl Record; Most Top 10 Films Off – Monday B.O. Actuals
Update, Monday Actuals, 4 Pm: All of the top 10 films, except for Fox’s Taken 3, came in lower than their weekend projections yesterday morning due to the Super Bowl, with Warner Bros./Village Roadshow missing its target record as the largest grossing title over Super Bowl weekend. Disney’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert holds onto to that title ($31.117M) with American Sniper ranking second with a $30.66M Fss. Said one rival distribution chief, “It’s hard to nail down these predictions down to the penny when there is something so extraordinary like the Super Bowl in the market. No one saw this as being the highest-rated Super Bowl ever. Next weekend will be easier to project.” Warner Bros. was initially anticipating a 70% drop on Super Bowl Sunday for American Sniper from its Saturday B.O. of $16.5M but yesterday charted lower with a 74% decline for $4.4M.
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Movie Review: Black or White Has Big Ideas But Not Much Humanity

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Movie Review: Black or White Has Big Ideas But Not Much Humanity
Black or White isn’t so much an offensive movie as it is a pointless one. On its surface, Mike Binder’s film about a widowed white grandfather fighting to maintain custody of his biracial grandchild from her paternal black grandmother has all the hallmarks of a white savior melodrama. Told from the point of view of wealthy Santa Monica attorney Elliot (Kevin Costner), who has recently lost his beloved wife to a car accident, the film details his struggles to raise 7-year-old Eloise (a charming Jillian Estell) while dealing with a bitter legal battle that ensues after Rowena (Octavia Spencer), mother to the child’s estranged father, decides that Eloise needs to have a better sense of her black identity.The film places us firmly within Elliot’s world: It opens with him in the hospital, and it’s grounded in his grief right from the get-go. He and
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Movie Review – Black or White (2015)

Black or White, 2015.

Directed by Mike Binder.

Starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jillian Estell, Anthony Mackie, and Andre Holland.


A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.

Black Or White is one of the more refreshing racially charged dramas to come out in quite some time, namely because it isn’t a biopic. Instead, it is highlighting the current age we live in, tackling issues many people in the world might not feel comfortable discussing. And what makes Black or White work, despite some flaws, is just how earnest it is with its depiction of society.

Every character in this film, from the mourning alcoholic grandfather (Kevin Costner) to the junkie deadbeat father (Andre Holland) attempting to bring his life back onto the right track, to the sassy black grandma (Octavia Spencer) fighting for custody of the mixed-race
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Black Or White Review

It’s a shame that Black Or White will only be remembered as another typical January release, because writer/director Mike Binder poses some very provocative questions about America’s current racial landscape – he just never gets around to answering them. Many films have previously begged audiences not to see race or color, only flesh and blood, but Binder emphasizes those wishes of coexistence by putting a child’s well-being at stake simply by playing the race card.

In a perfect world, there’d be unquestioned acceptance and a blind eye turned to physical differences, but we’re a hell of a ways away from a Utopian lifestyle, and the race card has transitioned from a social rights movement into an exploitable trump card in danger of losing credibility. Black Or White is a movie about love, commitment, and consciously assessing a situation that happens to involve parties of different color,
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Giveaway: Win Big Prizes from 'Black or White'

Giveaway: Win Big Prizes from 'Black or White'
Kevin Costner returns to the big screen this weekend with his new drama Black or White, which reunites him with The Upside of Anger filmmaker Mike Binder. To help promote this new film, we have a contest where fans can win a $25 Fandango Gift card, a hoodie, scarf, travel mug and mini-poster. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win today.

Black or White tells the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race,
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