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Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Alex Roe, Gabriela Lopez, Bailey Anne Borders, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Zack Arthur, David Maldonado | Written by Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner | Directed by J Blakeson
I enjoyed The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, the Y/A sci-fi novel that this film is based on. I thought it was interesting, entertaining and fun. I was intrigued to see if the film would be able to deliver those same things. I didn’t see the film right away, and I began to notice the negative reviews coming out about it. People giving it some super-low ratings and calling it “terrible” and “worthless” and other similar words. I wanted to check it out for myself.
- Chris Cummings
Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Parker Posey, and Christine Taylor have been cast as recurring guest stars on the Search Party TV show on TBS. Additionally, Brandon Micheal Hall has been cast a series regular. Search Party is slated for a late 2016 premiere.
A dark comedy, Search Party features four young adults entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance named Chantal suddenly disappears. Led by Alia Shawkat, the cast of Search Party also includes John Early, John Reynolds, and Meredith Hagner.
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“The Blues Brothers” is getting the animated treatment with a series officially in development. Also in today’s TV news roundup, Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” has scored more guest stars for its second season, plus daytime panel show “The Preachers” has landed a summer test-run on Fox-owned stations.
Bento Box Entertainment announced plans today to develop and produce “The Blues Brothers,” as an animated comedy series. The project, which has been in the works for years, hails from Dan Aykroyd and former “Saturday Night Live” writers Judy Belushi and Anne Beatts. The music-centric series will center on the adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, two brothers who belong to a blues band. While no network is attached, Bento Box will shop around the project as a primetime comedy series. The independent studio is currently behind Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” among other shows.
Amber Rose will host »
- Alyssa Sage
The Blues Brothers are on a new God-given mission — and this one’s animated.
Bento Box Entertainment — the studio behind Bob’s Burgers — announced Tuesday that it will develop and produce a primetime cartoon series based on Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s SNL characters-turned-real-life band.
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TBS is building out the cast of its comedy series Search Party. Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express, Fearless), Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Conjuring), Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Christine Taylor (Zoolander) have joined as recurring and Brandon Micheal Hall (Broad City, The Characters) has signed on as a series regular. Slated to premiere in late 2016, Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery… »
In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for the National Geographic Channel. Last year, the network scored major nominations for "Killing Jesus" (Best TV Movie) and "StarTalk with Neil Degrasse Tyson" (Best Informational Series or Special). Below, see the list of Nat Geo submissions across all categories for 2016. (Please note: Performers not included below may well be submitted by their personal reps.) Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions -Break- TV Movie "Saints And Strangers" Movie/Limited Series Actor - Vincent Kartheiser Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor - Ron Livingston, Ray Stevenson, Raoul Trujillo Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress - Anna Camp Movie/Limited Series Directing - Paul A. Edwards Movie/Limited Series Writing - Seth Fisher, Walon Green, Chip Johannessen, Eric Overmyer Docume »
James Wan is going to have a busy summer scaring the bejesus out of you. First he's got "The Conjuring 2" coming and a month later, he'll unleash his producing powers on "Lights Out," which will once again make you afraid of the dark. Read More: Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston David F. Sandberg directs Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello, the story follows siblings who are haunted by a mysterious figure in the dark, one that is mysteriously connected to their mother. And as the terror increases, they'll have to face the truth. Here's the synopsis: When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is »
- Kevin Jagernauth
What do you do after directing the mega smash hit "Furious 7"? If you're James Wan, you return to your own franchise, "The Conjuring," and hope to have another big summer. The new trailer for "The Conjuring 2" has landed and it's hoping to send another chill up your spine. Read More: Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Simon Delaney in support, as this latest tale takes the paranormal investigators across the pond to investigate England's Amityville. Here's the synopsis: Supernatural Thriller. Director James Wan brings this supernatural thriller to the screen with another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.. Reprising their »
- Kevin Jagernauth
James White, 2015
Directed and written by Josh Mond
A hedonistic twenty-something must come to terms with personal responsibility in the face of his mother’s battle with serious illness.
Painting a painful and believable account of modern city life, this impressive release from Josh Mond (Martha Marcy May Marlene) sensitively brings about a fire-brand of emotional intensity from page to screen.
The eponymous White (Christopher Abbott) is a directionless young man living from day-to-day in New York city. His sense of reality is troubled by the news of his estranged father’s death. Supported by his ever-loyal best friend Nick (Scott Mescudi), James also has to deal with his mother’s ongoing battle with serious illness. Cynthia Nixon (best known for Sex in the City) is compelling as James’s mother Gail, offering an honest and »
- Robert W Monk
It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 20 years since Swingers came out in the theaters. And since that time the cast has done pretty well for itself, namely Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Vaughn, as all of you know has become a comedic “icon” if you will. He’s clearly earned the title “Mr. Sarcastic Funny Guy” which you can originally see in Swingers. Favreau has gone the directing route and he found immediate success with Ironman and Elf. But let’s not forget some other notables. Ron Livingston, Heather Graham, and Brooke Langton were all in this flick. Though
Five Unforgettable Clips from the Movie Swingers »
- Nat Berman
Mjw Media has acquired the movie rights to the paranormal-urban fantasy book franchise “Matefinder,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The first book in the series — written by Leia Stone — was published in 2014 and is set in a world where the werewolf race is dying out and desperately seeks their mates to bear young. The story follows an alpha werewolf, who decides to save a dying woman named Aurora by changing her into a werewolf. She then struggles with her past as a domestic abuse survivor, and the new violent and dominating lifestyle of a werewolf.
The next two volumes,”Devi” and “Balance,” explore the evolving relationship between Aurora and the other werewolves, with Aurora hidden deep in the mountains.
- Dave McNary
Last weekend, the mighty Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally dethroned by Ride Along 2, after four straight weeks of box office. Box Office Mojo reports that the awards season favorite The Revenant took the top spot with $16 million. This is the first time it took the top spot in its fifth weekend in theaters.
The Revenant opened in limited release on Christmas Day, before expanding into nationwide release on January. It expanded into 152 more theaters this weekend for a theater count of 3,711 theaters, the widest release of any movie in theaters. The Revenant is riding a wave of buzz thanks to 12 Oscar nominations, along with widespread critical acclaim. Star Wars: The Force Awakens rose from second place to third place with $14.2 million, with Ride Along 2 dropping from first to third place with $12.9 million
Star Wars: The Force Awakens got off to an incredible start last month with a record-breaking opening weekend of $247.9 million, »
Columbia Pictures dropped their new action/thriller movie, "The 5th Wave," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top film critics, and it turns out that most of them were none too pleased with it, giving it only an overall 34 score out of a possible 100 across 26 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film features: Bailey Anne Borders, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gabriela Lopez, Maggie Siff, Matthew Zuk, Nick Robinson and Ron Livingston. We've added statements from a few of the critics, beloiw. Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it an 75 score, saying: "The 5th Wave finds a way to make the most of Moretz’s talents, with the emotionality she showed in If I Stay and the utter physical chutzpah of her Kick-Ass films." Clark Collis over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 score. He stated: "The frankly preposterous nature of the film »
- Andre Braddox
Chicago – Is there ever an end to the Young Adult Dystopia genre (“Hunger Games,” “Maze Runner,” etc.)? Or are we cursed with the end of the world every year, if it weren’t for those meddling kids? “The 5th Wave” is the latest adaptation, and if you haven’t read the source novel, good luck following it.
Yep, this is for fans of the book only, this time written by Rick Yancey, if that’s his real name. Instead of vampires or hunger or mazes, this time it’s space aliens (so obvious for the picking, good job Rick Y!). The numeric “wave” in the title refers to the step-by-step infiltration of the alien presence (1st, 2nd, etc.). At the 5th Wave, there is confrontation, and who better to confront those nasty invaders than a kid army and cute-as-a-button Chloë Grace Moretz. There is no subtlety in “The 5th Wave, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Lazy and trite, with a passive protagonist. It’s as if no one here understands the appeal of the postapocalyptic Ya genre it is attempting to piggyback on. I’m “biast” (pro): big sci-fi fan; desperate for stories about women; like Chloë Grace Moretz
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
And so we reach the point at which movies based on postapocalyptic Ya novels have simply stopped bothering, and now just toss up on the screen a pretty heroine, a couple of hot guys, and an obstacle course of an adventure to plow through, and consider the job done. This one is so lazy and so trite that it is itself a kind of disaster.
Here, there have been four waves of attack on Earth by mysterious aliens hovering over the planet in gigantic ships. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 5th Wave, 2016.
Directed by J. Blakeson.
In The 5th Wave, set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.
Telegraphing your twist is one thing if it can still be pulled off with dramatic execution, but The 5th Wave is pretty much an exercise in indifference and boredom. I am admittedly not the kind of viewer that destroys their brain trying to predict the big reveal so I can feel smarter and superior than everyone else, but it’s right… »
- Robert Kojder
“Pumpkin, there’s nothing safe anymore.” That’s what calmly downcast Oliver Sullivan (Ron Livingston) tells his teenage daughter, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz), partway through the new young-adult dystopian sci-fi The 5th Wave, and it’s a good example of the kind of very thin, deadly line the film tries to walk. It’s a movie not just about losing one’s innocence (that’s what all Ya books and movies are about these days) but about soft centers and hard shells — about the cute colliding with the cruel. That “pumpkin” makes the line ridiculous, but it’s also the word that sells the overall conceit of a seeming lyordinary girl’s life being transformed forever.A lot of Ya stories focus on characters who were outcasts or outsiders to begin with (Katniss in The Hunger Games being a prime example). Cassie, as she makes clear in The 5th Wave’s opening narration, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The 5th Wave Director: J Blakeson Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello Synopsis: "Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother." The Boy Director: William Brent Bell Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, James Russell Synopsis: "Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. »
- Steve Greene
Well film fans, 2016’s not even a month old and we’re already back in “young adult novel” land at the multiplex. Well, it’s not the tear-jerker terminal romance of The Fault In Our Stars or If I Stay. No it’s another one about a horrible future in which several special “gifted” (and highly photogenic) teenagers are humanity’s only hope. Betcha’ thought that the last installment of The Hunger Games would bring down the curtain on these tormented teen tales. Not likely since a new series pops up almost every week at your local bookstore (oh, we are lucky to have these fine establishments, so support them). While this new film does possess familiar elements of other “Ya” novel based movies, the producers have thrown in a few unique themes and twists. And it stars one of our most interesting young actors (the star of the earlier »
- Jim Batts
Based on the popular young adult series, The 5th Wave could be the next Hunger Games.
The film follows Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz), who after four waves of deadly alien attacks, is on the run to save her young brother. In four new clips, we can see that Cassie is the new female heroine that we need. While Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss and Shailene Woodley's Tris have both ruled their dystopian universes, Cassie is fighting a totally different battle - aliens.
It’s great to see a female at the front and centre of an alien invasion film, and the rest of the cast looks great as well. Maria Bello, Ron Livingston and Liev Schreiber are joined by up-and-coming actors including Maika Monroe (It Follows), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World).
We’re excited to see Moretz battle it out on the big »
- Adriana Floridia
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