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12 items from 2016


WSJ Reviewer Mistakes 'Lion's' Dev Patel for Kal Penn

26 November 2016 10:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A Wall Street Journal review for Lion mixed up star Dev Patel with actor Kal Penn, a swap that did not go unnoticed on social media.

In his Friday review for the upcoming drama, film critic Joe Morgenstern referenced a past performance by Designated Survivor's Penn when describing Slumdog Millionaire star Patel.

"Saroo is played dazzlingly by Dev Patel, who gives his richest performance since The Namesake," Morganstern wrote. Lion — which The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg predicts will be a major Oscar player — tells the true story of Saroo Brierley and his quest to find the »

- THR Staff

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Wall Street Journal Film Critic Confuses Dev Patel For Kal Penn

25 November 2016 3:09 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal saw the paper’s award-winning film critic, Joe Morgenstern, mistake Dev Patel for Kal Penn — two actors of Indian heritage — in his review of “Lion”. The article describes Patel’s performance in the drama as his best since 2006’s “The Namesake”, however, as one reader pointed out on […] »

- Sylvia Ogweng

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Wall Street Journal Movie Critic Mistakes Dev Patel for Kal Penn

25 November 2016 9:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated 1:10 p.m. Et: Since the time of publication, the Wall Street Journal has issued a correction on the online review of “Lion” that reads, “An earlier version of this article misidentified Dev Patel as appearing in Mira Nair’s ‘The Namesake.'”

Original: Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern made an embarrassing error in a review for the movie “Lion” in Friday’s newspaper, when he confused Dev Patel with Kal Penn.

Both actors are of Indian descent, but their careers have been very different. Patel, 26, who plays Saroo Brierley in “Lion,” is British, while Penn, 39, was born in New Jersey.

In his review, Morgenstern says that “Lion” is Patel’s “richest performance” since 2006’s “The Namesake.” But Patel, the star of “Slumdog Millionaire,” wasn’t in that film directed by Mira Nair. The part was played by Penn, whose other credits include the “Harold and Kumar” movies, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Ao Scott Finds a Deeper Connection Between the Election and Manchester by the Sea

17 November 2016 8:07 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

With 16 scores of 100, Kenneth Lonergan’s masterful portrait of grief and sorrow, Manchester by the Sea as yet has no negatives. Not a single negative review and only praise. That »

- Sasha Stone

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New York Film Critics Circle Picks Voting Date, But Will Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Screen In Time?

27 October 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The prestigious New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, is always a force in the early awards conversation.

But there is often some debate about how early they can reasonably vote for the year’s best films. Traditionally, they like to set the tone for the awards season (while protesting that it has no bearing on how they vote). Will they be able to see all the late-breaking entries by their voting date December 1? They’ve insisted on voting around the same time for the last five years.

While they will likely catch Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” and Denzel Washington’s “Fences” in time, the film they are most likely to miss is Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He’s working with Paramount on a last-minute marketing campaign for the period film set in Japan, but there are concerns about when that movie starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson »

- Anne Thompson

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New York Film Critics Picks Voting Date, But Will Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Screen In Time?

27 October 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The prestigious New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, is always a force in the early awards conversation.

But there is always some debate about how early they can reasonably vote for the year’s best films. Traditionally, they like to set the tone for the awards season (while protesting that it has no bearing on how they vote). Will they be able to see all the late-breaking entries by their voting date December 1? They’ve insisted on voting around the same time for the last five years.

While they will likely catch Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” and Denzel Washington’s “Fences” in time, the film they are most likely to miss is Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He’s working with Paramount on a last-minute marketing campaign for the period film set in Japan, but there are concerns about when that movie starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson »

- Anne Thompson

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Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Smashes Records With $135.1 Million Debut, ‘Nine Lives’ Dies

7 August 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Suicide Squad” smashed records, scoring a colossal $135.1 million debut despite suffering some of the worst reviews of the year.

That sets a new high-water mark for an August launch, lapping “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” $94.3 million bow. It also ranks as a new personal best for star Will Smith, trumping “I Am Legend’s” $77.2 million debut in 2007. The action spectacle is resonating with foreign crowds. “Suicide Squad” earned $132 million overseas from 57 territories, bringing its global total to more than $267 million.

“It bested anything that we could have expected,” said Jeff Goldstein,  Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The marketing campaign was brilliant and the performances by the cast, starting with Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, were just extraordinary. They’re fun and wicked and fans enjoy it.”

Suicide Squad” has been one of the most hotly anticipated films of the summer. Buzz on the film has built steadily »

- Brent Lang

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Piper Laurie: The Hollywood Interview

9 June 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Piper Laurie Keeps Her Chin Up

By Alex Simon

Few living actors can claim to have experienced the Hollywood machine in all its iterations more than three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie. Signed by Universal Pictures at 17, their youngest contract player in years, she was in the last generation that were part of the Hollywood “factory,” pushed into “cheesecake” roles that accented physical attributes, as opposed to talent. It was the beginning of a journey.

She was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to immigrant parents of Polish and Russian Jewish descent. When she was still five, the family sent her and her sister to a children’s sanatorium in the mountains to see if her sister’s asthma could be cured. Three years later after being reunited with her family she decided she wanted to become an actress and studied with Benno and Betomi Schneider for several years »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Beloved Iron Giant: Signature Edition Hits Home Video Sept. 6

29 March 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA, March 29, 2016 – The classic beloved animated tale The Iron Giant returns to home screens when The Iron Giant: Signature Edition is released for the first time on Blu-ray on September 6.  Also available on September 6 will be an Ultimate Collectors Edition.  The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Tomorrowland) has been fully remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes.

When The Iron Giant arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal).  “Imagine E.T.as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).  And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars®, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features. »

- Robert Greenberger

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The Iron Giant Finally Comes to Blu-Ray in September

29 March 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Brad Bird's much beloved (and rightfully so) The iron Giant is finally making it's way to the high definition format, along with some brand new bonus features for fans to delve into.  Come inside for all the info!

In the year 2016 it seems inexplicable that such an iconic and amazing movie like The Iron Giant hasn't made its way to blu-ray.  Well, here we are, and somehow it's happened.  Thankfully, Warner Bros. is now remedying this, and bringing the film out on September 6, 2016.  Best of all, it comes with an all new bonus documentary!  

The classic beloved animated tale “The Iron Giant” returns to home screens when “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” is released for the first time on Blu-ray on September 6.  Also available on September 6 will be an “Ultimate Collectors Edition.”  The 1999 film directed by Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Tomorrowland”) has been »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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‘Batman v Superman’ Triumphs: Do Critics Matter at the Box Office?

27 March 2016 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the days leading up to its release this weekend, major critics tried to outdo each other by cooking up the most devastating ways to dismiss “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as a creatively bankrupt, corporately mandated cash grab searching fruitlessly for a coherent plot.

The New York Times’ A.O. Scott quipped that getting brained by a porcelain sink was more diverting than “Batman v Superman,” the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern branded it “stupendously dispiriting” and Time Out’s Joshua Rothkopf hoped that “…audiences will reject Zack Snyder’s lumbering, dead-on-arrival superhero mélange.”

Instead of serving as box office kryptonite, reviewers watched helplessly as “Batman v Superman” smashed records, racking up $424.1 million globally and ensuring that the Dark Knight, the Man of Steel and a cornucopia of DC Comics’ spandexed finest will be flooding screens for years to come. Despite scoring an anemic 29% “rotten” rating on critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, »

- Brent Lang

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New Zoolander 2 Movie Received Mostly Bad Reviews From Major Critics

12 February 2016 12:10 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Paramount Pictures dropped their new comedy movie, "Zoolander 2," into theaters today, February 12th, 2016, and all the reviews have been turned in from the big gun movie critics, and most of them had major problems with his flick, awarding it just an overall 35 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film features: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz and Will Ferrell. We've added comments from a couple of the critics, below. Stephen Holden over at The New York Times, gave it a 30 score. He stated: "Zoolander 2 has enough plots for several movies. They are so jammed together that they more or less cancel each other out." Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 30 score as well, saying: "The results may delight those who believe recycled gags and endless cameos to be the very essence of great screen comedy, but everyone else will »

- Derek

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