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'Monster Trucks,' a movie that hasn't come out yet, may have already lost $115 million

21 September 2016 4:31 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Monster Trucks, a $100 million film you probably didn't know existed, is already being viewed as a box-office flop...by the company that's releasing it. Allegedly! Unnamed sources speaking to The Hollywood Reporter claim that the $115 million "programming impairment charge...related to the expected performance of an unreleased film" cited in Viacom's most recent earnings forecast (Viacom being the parent company of Paramount Pictures) is in fact a reference to the Chris Wedge-directed action film, which was originally pegged for release on May 29, 2015 but is now slated for January 13, 2017 -- a release date that doesn't suggest the studio has a lot of confidence in the film's ability to compete. Another unnamed source also told THR that while the film was intended as a "broad-audience title," it ended up being "more of a kids movie," which sounds terrible. For the uninitiated, Monster Trucks is a "3D live-action/computer-animated action comedy" that »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Viacom Takes $115 Million Write-Down for ‘Monster Trucks’

21 September 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viacom is taking a $115 million writedown to earnings for an unidentified Paramount movie, widely believed to be “Monster Trucks.”

Viacom disclosed Wednesday it was lowering its earnings forecast for the current fourth fiscal quarter ending Sept. 30 and cited “a programming impairment charge of $115 million.” It said the charge was  “related to the expected performance of an unreleased film.”

Matthew Harrigan, an analyst with Wunderlich Securities, told Variety that the write-down is probably for “Monster Trucks.”

Monster Trucks” will open on Jan. 13, and is a live-action and CGI-animation hybrid directed by Chris Wedge. The cast includes Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Tom Lennon, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Holt McCallany, and Frank Whaley.

The film has been delayed several times. It was originally due to open on Dec. 25, 2015, then pushed back to March 18, 2016, and delayed again until January.

The action-comedy produced by Paramount Animation and Mary Parent’s Disruption Entertainment is »

- Dave McNary

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‘High Maintenance’ Review: The First Great Web Series Is Now HBO’s Best New Show

16 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There wasn’t much competition for quality among web series when “High Maintenance” launched on Vimeo in 2012, but the show went beyond raising the bar to invent a whole new set of expectations. The self-distributed effort by couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair provided a freewheeling mirror into the ironies and contradictions of modern New York, with a beautiful command of several tones that it juggled with ease. The appeal of this sprawling urban portrait, in which an amiable bearded weed dealer known only as The Guy (Sinclair) provided the only connective tissue, stemmed from the sense that anything and anyone could become a part of its ever-expanding universe.

Blichfeld, Sinclair and their army of close-knit collaborators developed a tapestry of small moments that spoke to a larger vision — a city that was funny, ridiculous, sweet and sometimes a little bit sad. Like the drug sold to new clientele in each episode, »

- Eric Kohn

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‘High Maintenance’ Review: The First Great Web Series Is Now HBO’s Best New Show

16 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There wasn’t much competition for quality among web series when “High Maintenance” launched on Vimeo in 2012, but the show went beyond raising the bar to invent a whole new set of expectations. The self-distributed effort by couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair provided a freewheeling mirror into the ironies and contradictions of modern New York, with a beautiful command of several tones that it juggled with ease. The appeal of this sprawling urban portrait, in which an amiable bearded weed dealer known only as The Guy (Sinclair) provided the only connective tissue, stemmed from the sense that anything and anyone could become a part of its ever-expanding universe.

Blichfeld, Sinclair and their army of close-knit collaborators developed a tapestry of small moments that spoke to a larger vision — a city that was funny, ridiculous, sweet and sometimes a little bit sad. Like the drug sold to new clientele in each episode, »

- Eric Kohn

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‘High Maintenance’ Faq: Everything You Need to Know About HBO’s Newest Comedy

16 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with High Maintenance, a new comedy series on HBO. Tune in to the new season premiere on Friday, 9/16 at 11Pm with new episodes every Friday, only on HBO.

The upcoming comedy “High Maintenance” has all the ingredients to become HBO’s next critical favorite, but it also has a relatively unconventional backstory compared to other shows. So, to explain what to expect when the series premieres on September 16, we have prepared the following guide.

So, what is “High Maintenance”?

It’s HBO’s newest comedy, though it’s also technically been around for a while. The first three episodes of “High Maintenance” first premiered online November 9, 2012, and a total of 19 episodes were made for digital distribution, prior to the show partnering with HBO.

Can I watch those episodes now?

Yep, all 19 are currently available on HBO Go and HBO Now, along »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘High Maintenance’ Faq: Everything You Need to Know About HBO’s Newest Comedy

16 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with High Maintenance, a new comedy series on HBO. Tune in to the new season premiere on Friday, 9/16 at 11Pm with new episodes every Friday, only on HBO.

The upcoming comedy “High Maintenance” has all the ingredients to become HBO’s next critical favorite, but it also has a relatively unconventional backstory compared to other shows. So, to explain what to expect when the series premieres on September 16, we have prepared the following guide.

So, what is “High Maintenance”?

It’s HBO’s newest comedy, though it’s also technically been around for a while. The first three episodes of “High Maintenance” first premiered online November 9, 2012, and a total of 19 episodes were made for digital distribution, prior to the show partnering with HBO.

Can I watch those episodes now?

Yep, all 19 are currently available on HBO Go and HBO Now, along »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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How 'High Maintenance' Went From Stoner Web Series to HBO's Next Big Thing

13 September 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If you're a weed dealer who delivers all over New York, you meet a lot of folks: cross-dressers, cancer patients, Method actors, agoraphobes, maybe even a couple organizing an orgy or two. Unlike, say, the pizza delivery guy or your friendly neighborhood mail carrier, you get inside people's apartments and get a glimpse of their often messy private lives. Maybe you even toke up with them and they start spilling the beans — on how their boss is an asshole, how they walked in on their boyfriend getting a blow job from someone else, »

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Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Comedies of 2016

6 September 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Mary + Jane”

September 5 on MTV 

What Is It? From the writer/directors behind the cult favorite “Josie and the Pussycats” adaptation, this series follows two “ganjapeneurs” who run a weed delivery service in Los Angeles.

I’ll Like It If I Like… The “Broad City” influence is pretty clear, as the show is focused on the tight friendship between Jordan (Scout Durwood) and Paige (Jessica Rothe) and their stoner antics.

Why Should I Care? Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont’s unique approach to satirizing La hipster culture really help this show stand out from the pack of other female-led comedies, while also promising a more surreal touch. Durwood and Rothe also make for an enjoyable pairing. For fans of the pot comedy genre, it’s an easy sell.

Atlanta

September 6 on FX

What is it? Donald Glover of “Community” fame returns to TV in his most ambitious project yet, which he produces, »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Comedies of 2016

6 September 2016 7:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“Mary + Jane”

September 5 on MTV 

What Is It? From the writer/directors behind the cult favorite “Josie and the Pussycats” adaptation, this series follows two “ganjapeneurs” who run a weed delivery service in Los Angeles.

I’ll Like It If I Like… The “Broad City” influence is pretty clear, as the show is focused on the tight friendship between Jordan (Scout Durwood) and Paige (Jessica Rothe) and their stoner antics.

Why Should I Care? Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont’s unique approach to satirizing La hipster culture really help this show stand out from the pack of other female-led comedies, while also promising a more surreal touch. Durwood and Rothe also make for an enjoyable pairing. For fans of the pot comedy genre, it’s an easy sell.

Atlanta

September 6 on FX

What is it? Donald Glover of “Community” fame returns to TV in his most ambitious project yet, which he produces, »

- Ben Travers, Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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DVD Review – Louder Than Bombs (2015)

26 August 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Louder Than Bombs, 2015.

Directed by Joachim Trier

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn, Amy Ryan and Devin Druid.

Synopsis:

The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.

Dealing with the loss of a close family member is complicated, to say the least. This is in part because everyone has a different relationship with the deceased and thus handles their passing differently. Because of this, communication is key during periods of grief so that families can understand one another’s needs.

A failure to communicate defines many of the relationships seen in Louder Than Bombs, Danish director Joachim Trier’s English-language debut. The opening scene sees new father Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) reconnecting with an old flame at a hospital while his wife and newborn await his return, none too anxious »

- Mark Allen

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High Maintenance: HBO Releases Season One Episode Descriptions

9 August 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Take a deep breath. HBO has released episode descriptions for the entire first season of the upcoming High Maintenance TV show. The new pot delivery comedy is another hit of the Vimeo web series of the same name, from married writer/director couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, who executive produce with Russell Gregory.Sinclair also stars as "The Guy." Also featured in season one of the High Maintenance TV series are: Max Jenkins, Heléne Yorke, Shazi Raja, Lee Tergesen, Amy Ryan, Ryan Woodle, Yael Stone, Kristen Hung, Clem Cheung, Stephen Lin, Peter Friedman, Bridget Moloney, Paul Thureen, Ismenia Mendes, Greta Lee, and Michael Cyril Creighton. High Maintenance premieres Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00pm Et/Pt.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Stream this in the summer: 'In Treatment'

2 August 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services has put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. In lieu of a summer rewind this year, I wanted to offer up primers of shows you can stream, whether an older series available in full(*) or something current you can catch up on before its next season begins. So far, I've done a few current shows in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Halt and Catch Fire, and Rectify, plus completed shows in United States of Tara and Flight of the Conchords. (*) Note: with these picks, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Infiltrator Movie Review

1 August 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Infiltrator     Broad Green Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Brad Furman Written by: Ellen Brown Furman, from Robert Mazur’s memoir Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, Amy Ryan, Olympia Dukakis, Joseph Gilgun Screened at: AMC Empire 25, NYC, 7/12/16 Opens: July 13, 2016 Money laundering by the big drug cartels is big business.  In fact as the epilogue to Brad Furman’s “The Infiltrator” tells us, every year, two trillion dollars is laundered, largely to banks around the world and to real estate investments.  What does that figure look like?  It’s like this: $2,000,000,000,000.  This is money that does not go  [ Read More ]

The post The Infiltrator Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Central Intelligence’ Breaks $200 Million at Global Box Office

29 July 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Central Intelligence” has crossed the $200 million milestone at the global box office, making it the highest-earning action comedy this year.

Central Intelligence,” starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, is being handled by New Line Cinema domestically and Universal Pictures internationally.

The film opened with $35.5 million in its first weekend in North America and generated strong holdover numbers, topping $124 million. International grosses have reached $75.9 million.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of worldwide distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, stated: “We knew audiences would respond to the unbeatable chemistry of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in this fun, action-packed comedy. ‘Central Intelligence’ plays big and delivers across a wide demographic.”

In the film, Johnson portrays a CIA agent who was bullied in high school and Hart plays his high school friend and reluctant recruit. Rawson Marshall Thurber directed from a script he co-wrote with Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen.

The film also stars Amy Ryan, »

- Dave McNary

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Jared Hess’s ‘Peluca’ Short Film: Watch The Early Blueprint for ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

25 July 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve ever wondered where writer-director Jared Hess came up with idea for his debut feature film, 2004’s deadpan cult comedy “Napoleon Dynamite,” Hess’s 2002 short film “Peluca” holds the answer. Hess shot the nearly nine-minute short for an assignment at Brigham Young University and premiered it the following year at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Watch: New Trailer For the Jared Hess Comedy ‘Masterminds

Shot on black and white 16mm film, the short stars Jon Heder as “Seth,” who is Napoleon Dynamite to a T, just with a different name. Hess shot the short in his hometown of Preston, Idaho over the course of just two days, shooting at many of the same locations seen in the feature film, like the local high school and thrift store. The title “Peluca,” the spanish word for wig, refers to a wig Seth and his friends Giel and Pedro purchase in the short. »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Trailer: Vin Diesel Brings Another Franchise Back from the Dead

19 July 2016 3:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The success of recent “Fast and Furious” sequels has apparently been enough to bring all of Vin Diesel’s other dormant franchises back to life. After 2013’s genuinely good “Riddick,” the actor will soon be seen as the title character in “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” — the action series’ first installment since 2005, and Diesel’s first since the original came out in 2001. Watch the trailer below and be reminded that time is indeed a flat circle.

Read More: ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Teaser Trailer: Vin Diesel Releases High-Flying First Look At Action Sequel

In keeping with the recent trend of vaunted actresses appearing as agency officials in similar fare — Amy Ryan in “Central Intelligence,” Viola Davis in “Suicide Squad,” Laura Linney in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” — Toni Collette co-stars; she’s joined by Samuel L. Jackson, Deepika Padukone, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev and Ruby Rose. »

- Michael Nordine

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 15, 2016)

15 July 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 15. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

Wide

Ghostbusters

Director: Paul Feig

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray, Charles Dance, Elizabeth Perkins, Sigourney Weaver

Synopsis: A paranormal researcher (Melissa McCarthy), a physicist (Kristen Wiig), a nuclear engineer (Kate McKinnon) and a subway worker (Leslie Jones »

- Steve Greene

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The Infiltrator Goes Deep Undercover but Comes Up Short

13 July 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Bryan Cranston’s swagger helps save this clunky gangster movie (sort of). More of him in everything, please.Broad Green Pictures

Life is just not the same without Bryan Cranston donning his infamous yellow hazmat suit as Walter White in Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad. But three years after the breakthrough show’s season finale, the Cran has kept busy turning it up in all kinds of juicy character roles. From studio flicks like Godzilla and Kung Fu Panda 3 to awards-y dramas like Trumbo and All the Way, he has come a long way since good old Mr. White. In The Infiltrator, Cranston assumes the role of Robert Mazur, a real life former undercover agent who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the money laundering conspiracy of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Bcci) in the mid 1980s. Though the film feels disjointed at times, you »

- Paola Mardo

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The Infiltrator Review: A Brilliant Bryan Cranston Goes Deep Undercover

13 July 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If there is one thing that Hollywood has been able to seemingly churn out consistently at a reasonable quality ever since cocaine became a fashionable drug, it is crime dramas about cocaine. The Infiltrator happens to be the latest such movie, and it is another very good one, and that is in large part thanks to the brilliant work of Bryan Cranston in the lead role. When something is based on a true story, it always seems to elevate the material in these circumstances, and that very much happens to be the case here as well.

BroadGreen Pictures' The Infiltrator is based on a famous drug sting operation which was headed up by U.S. Customs official Robert Mazur (Cranston), who after a very long time attempting to slow Pablo Escobar's drug operation, gets the idea to follow the money instead of the drugs. This leads Mazur to dive deep »

- MovieWeb

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Film Review: The Infiltrator

13 July 2016 5:38 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

You’ve seen one drug cartel movie, you’ve seen them all, right? Almost, but not quite, if you spend some time with Bryan Cranston’s methodical portrayal of undercover secret agent Robert Mazur in The Infiltrator. Directed by Lincoln Lawyer’s Brad Furman, Cranston plays a stereotypical boy scout enmeshed in a stereotypical world of baddie drug dealers, doing the stereotypically right thing. But leave it to Cranston and his talent for multi-layered performance to elevate the movie beyond its conventional trappings and onto a ledge of respectability.

Mazur is a customs agent in the 1980s, egged on by his tough-as-nails boss (Amy Ryan) to catch her some bigger fish for their then-novel war on drugs. Nancy Reagan is in the White House, and she ain’t taking no prisoners. Surrounded by the sin and temptation of the decaying Florida landscape, Mazur realizes that if he follows the money »

- J Don Birnam

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