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MaryAnn’s quick take… Simple, yet stupid. A magic box grants a teen wishes… that don’t come free. Apparently they’re not making eighth graders read “The Monkey’s Paw” anymore. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Have you ever heard the phrase “Be careful what you wish for?” You haven’t? Then you are the only person besides Ohio high-schooler Clare, who acquires a magic box that grants seven wishes, and doesn’t seem to think there’s anything hinky going on even once way too many people around her are dying in freakish ways after she wishes to get rich — and does! — and wishes to be the most popular girl in school — and it happens! — and so on. I mean, one bizarre accident in your vicinity is weird, and two is a coincidence. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
By any normal standards, teen horror pic “Wish Upon” is a pretty bad movie. But its badness is of such a distinct and kooky character that it can’t help but exert an inadvertent charm. Anyone looking for actual scares, sparks of originality, or dialogue worth speaking is advised to look elsewhere. But for those who delight in pickup lines like “You dig on multiverses?,” newspaper headlines reading “Police Notice Uptick in Unusual Deaths,” or the idea that Ryan Phillippe playing soft-jazz saxophone is the pinnacle of human coolness, this gangly mess of a supernatural thriller has camp value to burn. Box office prospects look dim, but as fodder for dorm-room drinking games and giggly 7th grade slumber parties, “Wish Upon” might still have a future.
- Andrew Barker
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Michael Jackson’s Halloween is coming to CBS this fall in »
Crackle has set the cast for its upcoming drama series The Oath, executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Power) and his G-Unit Film & Television, as production gets underway in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Joining the ensemble cast are Kwame Patterson (The Wire, American Crime Story), Elisabeth Röhm (Law & Order), Linda Purl (Homeland, True Blood), Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries) and Eve Mauro (CSI Miami). They join previously announced Ryan Kwanten, Cory… »
For your chance to receive a pair of complimentary passes to see the new film Wish Upon at the Mjr Troy Theater in Troy, Michigan on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
About The Film
Wish Upon: In the latest thriller from the director of Annabelle, seventeen-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is barely surviving the hell that is high school, along with her friends Meredith (Sydney Park) and June (Shannon Purser). So, when her dad (Ryan Phillippe) gifts her an old music box with an inscription »
Review by Mark Longden
I genuinely have no idea what to make of Once Upon A Time In Venice. Like, why was it made? Who thought “yes, this is definitely the best we can manage” and released it to the public? Just before I looked up the career of co-writer / director Mark Cullen, I had the creeping realisation that this felt like a double episode of a basic-cable light drama show like “Burn Notice”, only not quite as good; it turns out Cullen has previous form in TV, being the creator of two failed shows (“Back In The Game” and “Mr Robinson”), and also the writer of “Cop Out”, the comedy that director Kevin Smith described as the most miserable experience of his life.
But I feel like Mr Cullen shouldn’t get the lion’s share of the blame for this – that must go to top-billed Bruce Willis, who »
- Movie Geeks
Remember “Cop Out,” 2010’s less-than-momentous clash of the action-comic stylings of Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan? If the answer is “no,” you’d be entirely forgiven, yet Willis himself appears to regard it with some measure of fondness. That’s the most plausible explanation for his headlining presence in “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” a similarly negligible but rather more chaotic caper from Mark and Robb Cullen, the fraternal duo behind the “Cop Out” screenplay. Assuming directing as well as writing duties this time, the Cullens prove no heirs to the Coens as conductors of oddball underworld mayhem, with much of their glib quippery soured by gauche minority stereotyping. What scant charms this direct-to-video-style Nineties throwback has belong mostly to Willis, as a grizzled Venice Beach gumshoe juggling a number of shaggy-dog cases, chief among them the abduction of his own literal mutt. The back alleys of ancillary and streaming await. »
- Guy Lodge
This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:
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ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season, the network announced Monday.
Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s.
The 10-episode season will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. The series will premiere June 29 at 9 p.m.
- Joe Otterson
"Want your wish granted?" You know what, I don't think I do. Broad Green Pictures has debuted on final trailer for the horror film Wish Upon, arriving in theaters this summer after being delayed for a few months. We've already seen a few other trailers before, and this one just rehashes all that same footage, so you should know what to expect by now (including most of the kills). The plot is about a high school girl who finds a mysterious, magical box that grants her wishes - mostly to get revenge on those bullying her. But she must pay the price when her requests turn into nightmares. Joey King (from The Conjuring, White House Down) stars, also with Sherilyn Fenn, Ryan Phillippe, Elisabeth Röhm, Shannon Purser, Ki Hong Lee, Sydney Park and Alice Lee. As much as this seems like a cool horror concept, I'll likely pass on this. »
- Alex Billington
Films toplined by Ashley Judd and Maggie Q are the latest projects seeking distribution deals at the Cannes Film Market. According to ScreenDaily, Red Sea Media has begun talks with international buyers for Judd-starrer “Trafficked,” and the U.S. rights to Q-led “Slumber” have been obtained by Vertical Entertainment.
Directed by Will Wallace (“Red Wing”), “Trafficked” centers on three young women from the U.S., Nigeria, and India trying to escape a brothel. Elisabeth Röhm (“Jane the Virgin”), Anne Archer (“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”), and Sean Patrick Flanery (“Dexter”) co-star in the film.
“This is a poignant film,” Red Sea founder Roman Kopelevich emphasized. “It’s important, with the world sex trade impacting girls from remote villages to the doorsteps of our neighborhoods. Anyone with a daughter or a sister should be concerned with this epidemic.”
Judd is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights around the world. She is also a survivor of sexual assault and severe online harassment. “The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary,” Judd told “The Today Show” in 2015. The “Divergent” franchise actress serves as a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund, an organization striving for better healthcare for all women. You can next catch Judd in the “Twin Peaks” revival, which hits Showtime May 21.
Vertical Entertainment is planning a late-2017 theatrical release for “Slumber.” The supernatural thriller sees Q playing Alice, “a rationally minded sleep doctor, who is forced to abandon scientific reason and accept a family is being terrorized by a parasitic demon which paralyzes victims as they sleep,” ScreenDaily summarizes.
Q currently plays Hannah Wells on ABC’s political dystopian thriller “Designated Survivor.” She portrayed the titular character on The CW’s “Nikita” from 2010 to 2013. Q’s next film is “The Brits Are Coming,” a jewel heist comedy that’s currently in post-production.
Cannes Update: New Films with Ashley Judd and Maggie Q on the Way was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The film chronicles the fate of three girls from the Us, Nigeria and India who attempt to escape a Texas brothel. Will Wallace directs from the screenplay by Siddharth Kara, and Conroy Kanter, Kara and Vicente Aldape served as producers. Frank Mayor is executive producer.
“Trafficked is a character-driven thriller, which will move its audiences and bring awareness to the campaign to stop human trafficking and help its victims,” Conroy said.
“This is a poignant film,” Red Sea founder Roman Kopelevich said. “It’s important, with the world sex trade impacting girls from remote villages to the doorsteps of our neighborhoods. Anyone with a daughter or a sister should be concerned with this epidemic, which is made easier via the internet and other »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, Scorpion, Lucifer and Arrow!
1 | Based on the CGI sunset backdrop, is Once Upon a Time‘s big wedding happening in the same place as Castle‘s? On a different note, why would the Blue Fairy never tell Rumple about his original destiny as a Savior?
VideosOnce Upon a Time Musical Sneak Peek: Evil Queen Brings Heat
2 | American Crime fans, when all was said and done, were you surprised by »
Last time on NCIS, Torres revealed a secret from his undercover days to Gibbs when it became relevant for a case that the team was working on. Gibbs had Torres' back and told him to never again do a bad thing for the right reason.
This week’s NCIS episode, Beastmaster, sees Gibbs and the NCIS team hook up with Mountain Police Sergeant May Dawson, played by Elisabeth Röhm. It comes after a string of crimes in a national park are found to be linked following the murder of a Marine sergeant. But who is Röhm, who plays Sgt. Dawson — and what have you seen her in before. The 44-year-old is a German-American actress who has been acting on the smallscreen for 20 years, getting her first TV role in 1997 on One Life to Live, in which she played Dorothy Hayes. She later appeared on...read more »
- Julian Cheatle
This week on CBS’ NCIS, insect genocide just might help solve a homicide.
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In the episode “Beastmaster” (airing tonight at 8/7c), after a Marine Sergeant is found murdered in Rock Creek Park, Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) and the NCIS team partner with Mounted Police Sergeant May Dawson (the ever-ubiquitous Elisabeth Röhm) to solve a string of related crimes in the park.
In the exclusive sneak peek above, NCIS’ Abby (Pauley Perrette) is introduced to Dawson, then promptly draws a connection between a distinct insecticide and a bag of human skulls that had been discovered. »
VideosJimmy Kimmel Reveals Baby Son’s Health Scare in Emotional Monologue
Coming to the defense of Face the Nation‘s John Dickerson — who recently conducted a controversial interview with Trump, during which the president referred to his show as Deface the Nation — Colbert kicked off The Late Show by (admittedly) shedding his dignity for an honest rant against 45.
Warning: The following post contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Scorpion.
That faint song you hear in the distance is the sound of Scorpion fans everywhere breaking into the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
After three long seasons of will-they-won’t-they, Walter and Paige finally — finally! — confessed their love for each other (and then some) during Monday’s episode, just moments after friends Happy and Toby tied the knot.
Related May Sweeps Scorecard 2017: Deaths, Breakups, Weddings, Firings, Sex, Resurrections, Time Jumps and More!
Of course, at the top of the hour, the mood between the two was significantly chillier, given »
RelatedKevin Can Wait Renewed for Season 2 at CBS
Remini’s arrival kicked off a two-part season finale, aptly titled “Sting of Queens,” during which former cop Kevin agreed to come out of retirement to go undercover with rival officer Vanessa Cellucci (Remini), where they were forced to pose as husband and wife.
It wasn’t too long before Kevin and Vanessa found themselves bickering: »
"What are you doing?" "I gotta go steal back some drugs for these gang guy so I can get my dog back." Rlj Entertainment has released an official trailer for a new action comedy titled Once Upon a Time in Venice, starring Bruce Willis and John Goodman. This film seems like a straight up John Wick rip off, but maybe it's not even that, perhaps it's a John Wick spoof, a "SoCal John Wick". There's a badass guy in disguise, and someone steals his dog, so to get him back he has to bust some heads. Simple as that. The cast includes plenty of cool people: Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Röhm, Kal Penn, Adam Goldberg, Thomas Middleditch, Stephanie Sigman, and Wood Harris. This kind of looks fun, but it also seems like it could be terrible, hopefully not. It's from the same writer as Cop Car, for reference. Enjoy. »
- Alex Billington
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