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Really great performances from Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, but this inspired-by-fact tale of a white maternal grandfather and black paternal grandmother fighting for custody of their mixed-race grandchildren only just skims the many provocative issues it touches on, and is rather anticlimactic in the end. I’m “biast” (pro): love Costner and Spencer
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)
See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Black or White for its representation of girls and women. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
DreamWorks acquired the rights to Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller in 2014, prior to the novel’s publication, and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer.
In “The Girl on the Train,” Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate has announced that principal photography has officially commenced in Atlanta on the upcoming "The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1," the third installment in the blockbuster action adventure franchise.
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale and Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer and Daniel Dae Kim are all set to return for the next film. This time they're joined by Jeff Daniels, Nadia Hilker and Bill Skarsgard.
In the wake of the events of "Insurgent," Tris and Four must scape beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies beyond.
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, the third installment of the blockbuster Divergent action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award nominated Naomi Watts.
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, in Allegiant Part 1 Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
Golden Globe nominated Jeff Daniels joins the cast.
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate announced today that production is officially underway on the penultimate installment in the Divergent franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, in Atlanta. As is all the rage, the final book in author Veronica Roth’s trilogy is being split in half, but Allegiant – Part 1 and Allegiant – Part 2 are being shot separately. The story for Part 1 finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) escaping beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. Filmmaker Robert Schwentke, who did a surprisingly solid job at the helm of Insurgent, returns to direct Allegiant – Part 1, and new cast additions include Jeff Daniels as the morally ambiguous David, with Bill Skarsgård and Nadia Hilker filling the roles of Matthew and Nita respectively. Returning cast members include Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer, »
- Adam Chitwood
Shailene Woodley and Theo James are back to work today, as Lionsgate/Summit has announced that cameras have officially started rolling on the third film in the Divergent Series, the first half of Allegiant's adaptation for the big screen.
If you couldn't tell by my riveting opening paragraph there, I'm not all that excited about the fact that The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1 (a ridiculously long and unnecessary title by the way), has started filming. However, I know the series has it's fans, despite being mediocre books and mostly boring movies, so I'm dishing out the information as given:
Lionsgate announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, the third installment of the blockbuster Divergent action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The Divergent Series: Insurgent starring Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller will first make its home video debut on July 21 exclusively on Digital HD. Those of you wanting the physical media versions including Blu-ray 3D will have to wait until those arrive on August 4.
The Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray combo pack versions with DVD and Digital HD will each come packaged with a lenticular slipcover. Lionsgate is including a Dolby Atmos mix so you can expect Divergent: Insurgent to not only look great in 1080p HD but sound fantastic as well.
Underestimated by many including us, and kept going by firm fanbase, "The Maze Runner" is a Ya franchise survivor in a sea of also rans. And it's a feat made more remarkable given there are really no big names in the cast — certainly none on the level of Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (to name a few) in "The Hunger Games" series or Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and more in the "Divergent" flicks. But yet, "The Maze Runner" pulled in a healthy $340 million worldwide last fall on a budget of $34 million. It's easy math, the numbers are good, and so comes "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials." “The first movie was the mystery of ‘Where are we and what is this place? And can we get out?’ But the second movie is about the repercussions of getting out and the discovery of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ryan Coogler's feature film debut, "Fruitvale Station," starring Michael B. Jordan, is out on Netflix streaming, starting today... "He didn't like to be left alone."Oscar Grant's mother Wanda, played superbly by Octavia Spencer, delivers this line in one of the most compelling scenes in the film. It is a detail, that when considered in the context of the story, hits us on all sides, and most importantly, in the heart. Details like these penetrate the divisive rhetoric framing Oscar Grant as a saint or a criminal. Instead, he is a son who didn't want to be left alone by his mother, a detail so specific and tangible that the story can only be felt at that »
- Nijla Mumin
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"Mad Men" (Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m.)
It's the end of an era. Pour yourself an Old Fashioned and toast the end of "Mad Men," 'cause Don Draper leaves us on May 17. Farewell, Don/Dick, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and -- wherever she is -- Lois the foot-crushing secretary. #TeamLois4Life
"Scandal" (Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m.)
"Scandal" is so devoted to its own name that every episode feels like a season finale. But the real end of Season 4 happens May 14 with "You Can't Take Command." ABC promises it will be "shocking" and since it's "Scandal," we believe it.
"Saturday Night Live" (Saturday on NBC at 11:29 p.m.)
- Gina Carbone
May is a good month for film festivals—the best place to see emerging filmmakers as well as the latest from your favorite stars and directors before they’re possibly picked up for distribution. Here are seven to keep your eye on, set to take place everywhere from New York City and Los Angeles, to Hawaii and France. Haiti Film Festival, May 8–15 Back for its third year is the Haitian Film Festival, taking places over several venues throughout New York City, which will feature Haitian filmmakers and projects that “describe the diversity, depth, and the vibrant spirit of the Haitian contemporary film.” Q&As will follow screenings. Tickets are a $10 suggested donation. Soho International Film Fest, May 14–21Taking over East Village Cinemas is the sixth annual Soho International Festival featuring filmmakers ranging from India to Italy to the Philippines, Chicago to Los Angeles to Detroit and beyond. Last year’s »
Mandy Moore has closed a deal for a starring role in Dimension Films’ thriller 47 Meters Down. Directed by Johannes Roberts (Storage 24), pic centers on two sisters, Kate and Lisa, who are trapped in an observation cage at the bottom of the ocean, with oxygen running low and hungry great whites circling nearby. Moore, repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment, plays Kate. She was most recently seen in Fox’s Red Band Society opposite Octavia Spencer. Mark Lane and James… »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Black or White (race drama; Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer; rated PG-13) Selma (historical drama about Martin Luther King Jr.; David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Jim France; rated PG-13) Fifty Shades of Grey (kinky romantic drama; Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan; includes behind-the-scenes extras; available 5/8; unrated) Ride (comedy-drama; Helen Hunt, Luke Wilson; rated R) Blackhat (thriller; Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis; rated R) Lost...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The Avatar actor will play a man who's young daughter is kidnapped before evidence of her murder is found in an abandoned shack, according to Empire.
Four years later, he gets a note from someone claiming to be God (Spencer) and returns to the shack, finding something that will alter his life forever.
Worthington will return to Pandora when James Cameron starts production on the sequels, with rumours there could be four follow-on films.
Worthington and Lara Bingle welcomed their first child, a baby son in late March. »
A surprising exit shook up Mom‘s Season 2 finale, as little Roscoe demanded to move in with his father Baxter and out of the increasingly toxic home shared by his mother Christy and grandmother Bonnie.
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Of course, maintaining the laughter throughout a story arc that began with Bonnie’s relapse into drug and alcohol abuse — and the subsequent, seething resentment of fellow alcoholic daughter Christy — proved to be “the most challenging work” of executive producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre’s career. “We always have to honor »
As he starts work on his new film, Exam director Stuart Hazeldine is building quite the cast. With Octavia Spencer already attached to play no lesser role than God, Sam Worthington is now aboard as the lead.Adapted by John Fusco from William Paul Young’s 2007 novel, the story follows a man (Worthington) whose youngest daughter is kidnapped during a family holiday. Evidence turns up in an abandoned shack to suggest she was murdered, which stymies the case. But then, four years later, he receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him to go back to the ruined building. He accepts, against his better judgment, and what he finds there changes his life forever. Given whom Spencer is playing, we’re guessing it won’t be a false lead.Hazeldine has been busy setting up the film, which has yet to lock in a release date. As for Worthington, he »
Jaime Pressly and Mimi Kennedy have both had good "Mom" news since I talked with them on the set of the CBS comedy in March. At the time, Pressly was still a "Mom" guest star, but the "My Name Is Earl" Emmy winner seemed very open to getting to be a regular part of the action. In March, it was announced that Pressly will, indeed, be a regular next season, continuing to chart the journey of wealthy divorcee Jill, who has made several trips to rehab this year. And at the time, Kennedy was unsure what was happening with Marjorie's cancer, an important Season 1 plotline that was ignored for the first chunk of Season 2. In recent episodes, it was finally been revealed that Marjorie has been continuing with treatment and that she's now cancer-free. I held my interviews with Pressly and Kennedy a little long and so there were large »
- Daniel Fienberg
Christy (Anna Faris) blames Bonnie (Allison Janney) when Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) announces he wants to go live with his father on the Mom Season 2 finale “Fun Girl Stuff and Eternal Salvation,” airing on CBS Thursday, April 30, at 9pm Et/Pt. Octavia Spencer, Jaime Pressly and David Krumholtz return in their guest roles. Also See: Your Guide To TV Season Finales 2015 Photo: Credit: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 Wbei. All rights reserved.
The post CBS “Mom” Season 2 finale preview: “Fun Girl Stuff and Eternal Salvation” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
Originally published in 2007, the novel follows a man (Worthington) whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation, with evidence found in an abandoned shack leading authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack. Against his better judgment, he accepts the invitation and finds something there that will change his life forever.
- Justin Kroll
Through the franchise.s ups and downs, The Divergent Series has stumbled its way into attracting a cast of talented actors of all ages. And that.s how somehow the series that previously lured Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, and Naomi Watts into its happily awaiting arms has landed yet another star on the same level of their acting prowess. New reports have revealed that Jeff Daniels has become the latest addition to the series, and will star in both The Divergent Series: Allegiant Parts I and II. Warning: There are spoilers for The Divergent Series discussed in this article. If you'd like to be surprised, turn back now. The Hollywood Reporter scooped the story, stating that Daniels' role in the final two films in The Divergent Series is that of, "David, the leader of the Bureau Of Genetic Welfare." Even by that title alone, you can tell that this isn't »
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