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Octavia Spencer needs no help laughing off the haters. The Insurgent actress took to Twitter to slam reports that she recently was rude during an L.A. book signing event. "Gotta laugh when ppl would actually believe that you were rude to a child," the Oscar winner, 44, tweeted on Monday, April. 6 "…at Your Children's Book Signing." (Spencer is promoting her latest book, Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective — The Sweetest Heist in History.) The Help star's comment comes just one day after Daily Mail published a scathing story [...] »
Octavia Spencer being rude to kids—at her children's book signing?! No way, according to the star. The award-winning actress took to Twitter to slam a report claiming she had diva behavior and was rude to guests during her event at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove in Los Angeles recently. "Gotta laugh when ppl would acutally believe that you were rude to a child... at Your Children's Book Signing," Spencer wrote earlier today on Twitter. Octavia made an appearance to autograph copies of her new children's book Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective—The Sweetest Heist in History last week, however, The Daily Mail reported that fans left unhappy over claims that she was »
Director: Tate Taylor
Running Time: 138 minutes
Starting with Chadwick Boseman’s aged James Brown turning up with a shotgun at his self-owned business trying to work out who used his toilet isn’t exactly what I’d expected from this biopic but stay with me, and stick with the story, as over time we look inside Brown’s turbulent life from a kid right up to this opening segment.
Get On Up is inspired and based on the unique life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. It certainly encroaches on giving us a fearless look inside the life of the curious Brown but is initially a little muddled. Although we’ll come to connect the dots, it takes a while to get into the story as we flash back and forth through his life. It’s not »
- Dan Bullock
Time flies. Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2015 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer flicks (cough, Furious 7, cough) and counter programming independent fare, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2015 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. I do have one release from this weekend that I’ve included, but only because of how eager I am to talk about it. Other than that, there’s no cheating…I swear! Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, »
- Joey Magidson
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Octavia Spencer for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, working with the great cast, how director Robert Schwentke likes meat and cigars, voicing a character in B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, director Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Shailene Woodley for an exclusive interview. She talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, deleted scenes, collaborating with Schwentke and bigger scope of the sequel, working with Oliver Stone on Snowden with Joseph Gordon-levitt, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Theo James Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, watch the trailers. Here’s Woodley followed by bullet points of what we talked about. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With director Robert Schwentke’s Divergent sequel, Insurgent, opening last weekend, I recently sat down with Theo James for an exclusive interview. He talked about what it was like on the set of the sequel, favorite drinks, how there were a lot of barbecues on set, making London Fields with Johnny Depp, the status of Underworld 5, the fact that they start shooting the next Divergent sequel, Allegiant, in May, and more. In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second in what will be a four-film adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s dystopian sci-fi series, the principal characters are on the run in the fringes of society and searching for answers after breaking open the world as they knew it. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, and Zoe Kravitz. For more on the film, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Have you heard? Fox has picked up “The X-Files” for a new limited run! Fox Mulder was right. All we had to do was believe. A lot has changed in the pop culture landscape since “The X-Files” went off the air in 2002. Will Mulder and Scully struggle to keep up in a world where supernatural phenomena are just as likely to show up on Vine or YouTube as in the dusty files of the FBI’s basement? Where does their relationship stand? What is life like for their now Teenage son William? More importantly, will any star who showed up on “The X-Files” before they were famous get to make an appearance? Everyone from Ryan Reynolds to Octavia Spencer seems to have popped up on the sci-fi drama. Some stars had cameos, some were Monsters-Of-The-Week, and some stuck around for multiple story arcs. After the jump, take a journey back »
- Donna Dickens
Despite opening to mostly mediocre reviews (the film is currently at 32% on Rotten Tomatoes and 42 on Metacritic), The Divergent Series: Insurgent has had a pretty decent opening, though slightly below expectations.
Opening in just under 3,900 screens in the Us, The Divergent Series: Insurgent took $54 million domestically, putting it ahead of last week’s number one Cinderella, which pulled in $34.4 million. This is more or less on point with the release of Divergent which took $54.6 million on its opening weekend last year.
However the film did well internationally and added an extra $47 million to the proceedings, to give it a worldwide total of $101 million worldwide.
The next book in the series Allegiant is set to be split into two movies (The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 2) and will be released in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
- Luke Owen
O.K. now, help me out here. First, which of these films came first - "Insurgent" or "Divergent"? How can anyone tell the difference? I think "Divergent" came out first, but don’t quote me on that. I admit I was literally so confused that when I was looking for an image for this weekend's b.o. report I couldn’t be sure which image came from what film. So when I read that Octavia Spencer was in "Insurgent" I went with a picture of her, considering that was the safe bet. (And I’m assuming that she plays that old familiar, nurturing, mother figure full of homespun wisdom role that older black women tend to play in movies like this; »
Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) released their new action/drama flick, "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and I thought it was very entertaining, delivering a ton of hardcore action, drama, and more. It stars: Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Jonny Weston, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse, and Keiynan Lonsdale. In the new flick, we see Jeanine's mind-controlled Dauntless soldiers, Eric and his platoon go on a hunt for a box of unknown origin containing the symbols of all the factions. Eventually, the box is taken to Erudite, where Jeanine claims that she believes it contains a message from the city's founders, and the means to end the Divergent problem once and for all. However, only a Divergent could open the box, prompting a vicious manhunt for all the Divergence. From there, we see Tris, Four, Peter, and Caleb hiding out deep in Amity territory. »
- Andre Braddox
For those who have yet to be assimilated into the world of Divergent, here’s a quick 101: throughout the films, much of what happens takes place in a simulated world inside the characters’ heads. It was only fitting, then, that something as futuristic – and mind-blowingly awesome – as the Oculus Rift be used for a simulation experience like this.
Approaching an ominous, dentist examination chair set-up in the foyer of the BFI IMAX Waterloo, we were sat down and given the Oculus Rift glasses and over-ear headphones, completely blocking out everything else. Before this goes any further, it has to be said: if you suffer from vertigo, don’t put yourself through the Insurgent simulation…
At first, you’re in a lab. Well, »
- Hannah Ross
“Insurgent” is diverging from the most recent estimates that had pegged it to take about $45 million in its opening weekend.
“Insurgent” made $21.3 million on Friday at the U.S. box office — just $1.5 million shy of the Friday numbers delivered by “Divergent” this weekend last year, when the film opened to No. 1 with $54.6 million. It went on to haul in $151 million at the domestic box office ($288.7 million worldwide).
- Maane Khatchatourian
I enjoyed the first film of the series but is the sequel worth the hype? Based on Veronica Roth.s novel, .Insurgent. has Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Tobias/Four), Miles Teller (Peter), and Ansel Elgort (Caleb) returning to the franchise. One of the new characters is Johanna, the Amity leader, played by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer. Not returning is original director Neil Burger. In his place is Robert Schwentke. So is this sequel for you? Find out in my review of .The Divergent Series: Insurgent..
Shailene Woodley’s second time around as an action hero in “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is lagging last year’s “Divergent,” with preliminary estimates signalling an opening weekend in the mid-$40 millions.
According to early estimates, the sci-fi actioner is on track for a Friday opening in the $17 million to $18.5 million range, which would equate to a weekend in the $40 million-$44 million range — though some sources still believe that Lionsgate’s “Insurgent” could finish the frame above $50 million in the U.S. and more than $100 million worldwide.
The Friday figures include $4.1 million in Thursday-night showings in the U.S., down 16% from the Thursday night number for “Divergent.” The dystopian pic is playing at 3,875 locations in the U.S.
Lionsgate has been hoping that »
- Dave McNary
The Divergent crew is back and kicking butt!
Insurgent boasts an incredible cast -- Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Miles Teller (now of Oscar-nominatedWhiplash fame!) -- and is based on the second installment in the massively popular Ya novel franchise, Divergent.
In this followup, Shailene's character and the Divergent's team up with the factionless to fight back against the oppressive Erudite regime (lead by Kate Winslet). The trailer actually looked pretty cool.
While the first movie was widely met by some with a cold, and decisive "meh," (despite an impressive box office debut) stars Shailene and Theo hoped this one would be bigger, stronger, and sweatier.
That would be welcome to many fans, but some big name reviewers don't seem to agree.
"It seems odd that a movie that celebrates divergence would conform so rigidly to formula," writes [link=nm »
Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate) released their new action/drama film, "The Divergent Series: Insurgent," into theaters today, and all the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that it was a pretty mixed bag of opinions as it got an overall 43 score out of a possible 100 across 35 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Jonny Weston, Rosa Salazar, Suki Waterhouse and Keiynan Lonsdale. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Bill Zwecker from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 score, stating: " For those looking for non-stop action, pretty dazzling special effects and solid acting by the young protagonists, Insurgent will not disappoint." Kevin P. Sullivan from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 75 score. He said: "Taken for what it is, Insurgent is a vast improvement over the franchise’s first installment, mostly »
- Andre Braddox
Week in Review rounds up the past week in film news in one easy place. Check back this weekend for round-ups for TV and gaming.
Oh Hai Tommy Wiseau. You’re making something of a comeback, aren’t you? Several months back we reported that you were working on a TV sitcom that you had written, directed, and starred in (naturally) called The Neighbors, but that in the same way that you would start throwing around a football and then completely forget about it a moment later, it seemed like that was just a whim. Sure enough, The Neighbors was picked up on Hulu, and this week you did a Reddit Ama to promote it. Looks like people are finally starting to recognize your genius.
Stepping away from my conversation with Mr. Wiseau for a moment, if you’ve ever actually gotten an opportunity to attend a late night screening »
- Brian Welk
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