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Solid biopic of the godfather of funk and soul, but there’s not much genuinely memorable about it beyond Chadwick Boseman’s stunning breakout performance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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I’m skinny but I’m strong. I can read a little and I like to sing.” So does James Brown describe himself as a young man, just out of prison and ready to get on with his life. His cruelly long sentence for a petty nonviolent crime, of course, is but one racially charged injustice a black man would face in mid-20th-century America. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) — and screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) and Steven Baigelman — avoids turning this solid, sympathetic biopic of the godfather of funk and soul into a sermon on racism, instead homing in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It's a common misconception that winning an Academy Award can significantly alter an actor's earnings or even turn them into movie star with serious box office clout. Speak to movie fans or even people who work in the industry and you'll find them making one false assumption after another. Here's one commonly heard example: Halle Berry received a per-picture salary boost after her Oscar-winning turn in "Monster's Ball." Sure, but she'd booked her role in the blockbuster "Die Another Day" long before she took home the big prize and was already under contract for the two remaining "X-Men" movies at the time. Those two franchises had just as much to do with her landing a "Catwoman" paycheck as her Best Actress Academy Award. Moreover, winners such as Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Morgan Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Kristopher Tapley
Black Or White will open wide on January 30, one week later than the original planned release date.
Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Mackie and Bill Burr also star in the story about a man left to care for his biracial grand-daughter who becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the girl’s paternal grandmother.
Binder wrote the screenplay and produced alongside Costner and Todd Lewis.
The film premiered in Toronto. Im Global handles international sales.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
DreamWorks Animation has delayed their upcoming animated adventure B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, pushing it from its June 5, 2015 release, although a new date has not been determined. If it would have opened on June 5 next year, it would have gone up against Warner Bros.' Entourage and Focus Features' Insidious Chapter 3.
Here's what a DreamWorks Animation spokesperson had to say about the release date shift.
"Animated features are our most valuable assets and we regularly evaluate how to maximize their value, including determining the most opportune time to release a film."
The move now leaves Dwa with two movies set for release next year, Home (March 27, 2015) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (December 23, 2015). It's possible that the studio may simply move B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations to a fall 2015 release, but that has not been confirmed.
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations centers on a government organization that uses ghosts to protect humans from being haunted. »
It's been a tough year for DreamWorks Animation. The studio needs a boost this year at the box office, so they decided to bring The Penguins of Madagascar to theaters this month instead of the original, sci-fi comedy Home, which is now slated to arrive on March 27th, 2015. In addition, they also pushed back How to Train Your Dragon 3 to 2017 with no explanation. Now, hot on the heels of news that the discussion of a hopeful merger with Hasbro has ended, the animation studio also announced that their supernatural comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been removed from their 2015 release date. B.O.O. follows two bumbling apparitions (Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy) who find themselves in an extraordinary after-life adventure when they join the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (B.O.O.) – the ghost world’s elite counter-haunting unit – and ultimately must face off against the planet’s greatest haunter. »
- Ethan Anderton
While Disney Animation and Pixar carefully release one movie per year, and sometimes not even that (there's no Pixar movie this year and there won't be a Disney Animtion film in 2015), DreamWorks Animation cranks out 2-3 films almost every year. They had three movies on tap for 2015 with Home, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, and Kung Fu Panda 3, but now B.O.O. had been bumped from its June 5, 2015 date. The film tells the story of a pair of ghosts who go to work for the B.O.O., an organization dedicated to protecting humans from evil spirits. When the agency comes under attack, the two rookies must work to save the day. Hit the jump for more. B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations features the voices of Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, Octavia Spencer, Matt Bomer, and Bill Murray. Regarding the decision to delay B.O.O., a DreamWorks Animation spokesperson told THR, »
- Matt Goldberg
The date of the picture is likely going to change, but no new release date has been set by DreamWorks Animation, sources tell Deadline. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-led toon studio currently has B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations – which features voice work by Matt Bomer, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, Seth Rogen and Octavia Spencer — set for June 5. The potential shift is in line with comments Katzenberg made on a recent earnings call during which he talked about evaluating the release date of each new film individually.
As it stands, Dwa has a pair of pics cemented on its 2015 schedule: Home, topped by Jim Parson, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, which is due March 27, and the tentpole threequel Kung Fu Panda 3 with Jack Black and the gang.
The B.O.O. bump comes just as merger talks between Dwa and Hasbro have ended and a week-plus before the November 26 opening »
- Dominic Patten
Director: Tate Taylor; Screenwriters: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth; Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Jill Scott; Running time: 139 mins; Certificate: 12A
Chadwick Boseman is absolutely electric as the centrepiece of Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic, a film that seems to tell you everything and nothing about the man responsible for funk hits 'I Feel Good', 'It's a Man's World' and countless others.
Get on Up unfolds like a whistle-stop tour of the Godfather of Soul's Wikipedia page, the life of a volatile musician playing on shuffle. Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth's script jumps through the years seemingly at random, showing us fragments of its subject – from being raised in the woods of South Carolina by an abusive father to joining The Famous Flames, solo superstardom and beyond.
The storytelling style is somewhat reminiscent of Bs Johnson's "book in a box" The Unfortunates, »
By Anjelica Oswald
Originally planned to screen as a 30-minute preview at AFI Fest, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, premiered in its entirety and stirred up more Oscar buzz ahead of its Christmas Day release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber says the film is “intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted,” and that it “represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.” Meanwhile, Paul Webb’s screenplay and David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. King have been praised. The Wrap’s James Rocchi says, “Oyelowo’s performance would be impressive enough if it merely recreated the icon we now revere as perfectly as he does through a variety of methods… But Oyelowo, and Webb’s screenplay, also give us a rich, rewarding portrait of King as a man, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Boseman, in particular, shows his own magnetic personality in talking about playing the Godfather of Soul, one of music history’s most dynamic performers. Other cast members include Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer.
The film was written by brothers Jez Butterworth (also the playwright behind the just-debuted Broadway show The River, among much else) and John-Henry Butterworth, and produced by Brian Grazer, Victoria Pearman, Erica Huggins and another guy who knows a bit about dynamic musical performances, Mick Jagger.
- David Bloom
Kristen Stewart may want to help launch another Twilight film, but just don't expect to see her in it. It was announced earlier this week that Stewart has teamed up with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, Octavia Spencer and Frozen writer and director Jennifer Lee to launch The Storytellers—New Voices of The Twilight Saga, a contest in which young female filmmakers compete to make short films about the origin stories of Twilight characters. I asked Stewart last night at the AFI Film Fest presented by Audi premiere of her new movie Still Alice if she planned on making an appearance in the winning films. "No," she said, before cracking, "I mean, I haven't gotten a call yet. Make me an »
Last week's episode of Red Band Society ended with Jordi, the kid with cancer who still has both of his legs, dramatically ripping the titular band off, and Nurse Jackson getting suspended for tampering with Charlie the Coma Boy's blood samples in hopes of buying him enough time to meet with the World's Greatest Doctor. Everyone involved in this show is smart enough to know that things gets way too feels-y without Octavia Spencer around to whip everyone into shape. As such, the majority of this episode is wisely concerned with showing how everything falls apart (most prominently, Dash's lungs) without Nurse Jackson, and then getting her back where she belongs, pronto. (This show's tendency to rush through plots that most other programs would spread out is one of many ways it reminds me of The O.C. I mean, it took no time at all for Jordi's mom to »
- Michael Tedder
We’re getting a first look at Summit Entertainment’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second pic in the franchise. The teaser trailer dropped today by Lionsgate features Tris (Shailene Woodley) jumping from building to building as she tries to save her mother (Ashley Judd) from a flying, burning house. Woodley and Theo James topline a cast that includes Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer. Insurgent bows on March 20.
- The Deadline Team
The Divergent Series: Insurgent has raised the stakes in the action-packed teaser trailer that debuted on YouTube on Wednesday. The new film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Janet McTeer, Daniel Dae Kim, with Naomi Watts, and Academy Award Winner Kate Winslet.
See Tris defy reality as she sacrifices everything for the ones she loves, and share the all-new teaser poster below that debuted exclusively on the ‘DivergentSeries’ Snapchat.
Divergent fans were treated to an exclusive first look at the electrifying teaser trailer and poster prior to going live to the public this morning.
For your chance to catch more sneak peeks of this action–packed phenomenon register for the #DivergentFandom now at www.TheDivergentSeries.com and follow ‘DivergentSeries’ on Snapchat.
- Michelle McCue
The intensely dramatic teaser for Insurgent, the second installment in the Divergent franchise, features Tris (Shailene Woodley) trying to stage a daring rescue. Only who is she rescuing? Her mother, played by Ashley Judd, who—spoiler alert—died in the first film. So, in what seems to be a terrifying dreamscape, Tris (now equipped with a short haircut) as she chases after the burning building which her mother is trapped as it floats away. By the end, Tris appears to make the rescue. It's a mostly atmospheric teaser, sure to get fans' blood pumping. The movie, however, does not arrive »
- Esther Zuckerman
Shailene Woodley performs incredible feats of strength as character Tris in a new teaser trailer for her upcoming blockbuster “Insurgent,” the second film in the “Divergent” series. Holy leaping lizards! In the new trailer, Tris is framed against the backdrop of a destroyed and burning Chicago. Her mom, played by Ashley Judd, is trapped in a burning building. Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson and Mekhi Phifer reprise their roles. Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Suki Waterhouse debut in the sequel. [...] »
Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have released the first trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the upcoming follow-up to this year’s Ya adaptation Divergent, and you can check it out below after the new one-sheet…
See Also: Eight character posters for Insurgent
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. »
- Gary Collinson
The first official teaser for The Divergent Series: Insurgent is online, and they’re really putting that sequel money to use. Rather than a series of clips, the teaser is a look at an effects heavy action sequence. Alas, it’s all just a dream, and Four is nowhere to be seen (A bummer if you’re maybe like a Four fangirl, which, as a grown ass woman, I definitely am not. That would just be weird.) I wish the trailer gave us a glimpse at some of the new characters and settings, but we still have a long way to go until March 20, 2015, so it’s good they haven't given away the store yet.
- Mily Dunbar
Our first look at the Divergent sequel dropped today and boy is it thrilling. Our Dauntelss heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley) looks to be living in one of her nightmarish fear landscapes as fire and destruction are all around. Picking up where the last film left off, Insurgent raises the stakes for a now short-haired Tris (blame that on The Fault in Our Stars) and her band of fellow survivors, including Four (Theo James) as they navigate the ruins of the life and society they knew. With her initiation days behind, Tris and her crew are now fugitives on the run from the power-hungry Janine (Kate Winslet). It’s up to Tris to unlock the secrets of her dystopian society and discover why her parents sacrificed themselves to protect their beliefs. »
- Rachel West
From Summit Entertainment, A Lionsgate Company, comes the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which brings our first look at the continuation of this popular franchise.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris's family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
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