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Megan Leavey Bleecker Street Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite Written by: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt Cast: Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley, Common, Edie Falco Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, Opens: June 9, 2017 When I was a kid I thought that Norman Ferguson and Tee He’s “Pinocchio” was […]
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- Harvey Karten
Bleecker Street & Ld Entertainment have joined forces with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com to bring the true life story, Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite to service members ahead of the June 9, 2017 nationwide release of the film.
At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com will generously sponsor over 190 screenings of the film on May 30th as part of National Military Appreciation Month at participating Regal Cinemas. Active and retired service members will be invited to attend a free screening of the film in advance through At&T Thanks and Regal Cinemas. MovieTickets.com will facilitate ticket fulfillment.
Tickets will be available starting Monday, May 22, 2017 at www.att.com/thanksmilitary. For a list of participating locations, please visit www.regmovies.com/promotions/megan-leavey-screening.
Tyler Dinapoli, President of Marketing, Media and Research for Bleecker Street, said, “We’re proud to work with At&T Thanks, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets. »
- Tom Stockman
A new video essay explores the role played by films such as Jordan Peele’s acclaimed social horror-thriller “Get Out” in the portrayal of racial relations in America. The video, posted on the YouTube channel Like Stories of Old, starts by explaining the concept of “white fragility,” a term was coined in a academic paper written in 2011 by Dr. Robyn D’Angelo. It refers to “American white people living in social environments that protect and isolate them from race-based stress providing them with racial comfort, but also lowering their tolerance racial pressure.”
“Get Out” follows the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man who has been dating a white girl, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), for five months. When Rose takes Chris to meet her parents (played by Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford »
- Yoselin Acevedo
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, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Great Wall (action-adventure; Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe; rated PG-13) Get Out (horror-suspense directed by Jordan Peele; Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford; rated R) Rock Dog (animated; voices: J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson; rated PG) Logan (sci-fi action-drama; Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Elise Neal; rated R) The Shack (drama; Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer; rated PG-13) Buster’s Mal...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Henry Bevan on the rise of the stupid smart character…
If you’ve been browsing this website over the last couple of days you will have noticed there has been a lot of Alien: Covenant content. We’ve published not one, not two but three reviews. We’ve written letters to David Fincher, we’ve talked about Ridley Scott, we’ve written comment pieces on why the franchise is exhausted, and others on why Covenant is the third best film in the franchise.
Don’t worry, this is not another article about the theologically minded space slasher. We don’t want to face-hug you to death. But, this comment piece will use the xenomorph’s favourite franchise to explore how blockbusters are increasingly having “smart” characters do some stupid shit.
Covenant is full of stupid shit. The crew land on an uncharted planet with only some guns for protection. They proceed to sniff black pods, »
- Henry Bevan
Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited has acquired international rights to actor-turned-director Eric Stoltz’s Class Rank, starring Oscar-nominated Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth (American Gods) and rising actors Skyler Gisondo (Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb) and Olivia Holt (Marvel/Freeform’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger).
Guided by their families, they enter the perilous word of politics and, in the process, learn a thing or two about love.
Foresight Unlimited is currently in production on Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure starring Sebastian Stan, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda, Amy Madigan, Bradley Whitford, and Grant Gustin.
The slate includes: »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Exclusive: Westworld star boards Pentagon drama.
Director Todd Robinson is currently shooting the film in Atlanta and Costa Rica. Sebastian Stan leads the cast as a Pentagon official investigating the record of a dead Vietnam War rescue officer eligible for the Medal Of Honor.
Harris will play a survivor from the war who is interviewed by the Pentagon investigator.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jordan Peele definitely brought out the urban social scares.
Peele became the first African-American writer/director to cross the $100 million mark at the box office with his debut of Get Out. This breakout hit is rooted with modern day topics, captivating audiences with thrilling conflicts and danger at every turn.
Get Out is already available on Digital HD and will be arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand next Tuesday, May 23. It’ll have an alternate ending that flips the script, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and much more.
Here’s the synopsis:
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario), a young African-American man, and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, “Girls”), a young white woman, have been dating for several months, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate at her family’s upstate home with parents Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, »
- Gig Patta
NBC’s volume of new series orders for the 2017-18 season has dropped considerably compared to the past few years. NBC has ordered four new dramas and two comedies for the coming campaign — and that’s just fine by NBC leaders.
“For us going into (planning) for this season we just knew that with all the shows beginning to stick in a big way we knew we were not having great needs,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Sunday on a conference call with reporters. “Two years ago we made 20 or 22 pilots. This year we made 12. It wasn’t like we looked at 10 pilots and said, ‘Oh my god, we’re in trouble. We backed into this level of development very strategically. We couldn’t be happier with our development.”
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke added that NBC’s ratio of pilots to series orders was strong. “We did six drama pilots and picked up four. We »
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC has renewed freshman comedy “Great News” for a second season, Variety has learned. Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes.
Created by Tracey Wigfield, “Great News” hails from executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The sitcom is set in the world of television news, centering around an up-and-coming news producer, played by Briga Heelan, who finds herself dealing with a new intern — her mother, played by Andrea Martin.
The Season 2 renewal comes as only six episodes of the series have aired. The midseason show has been airing twice per week, back-to-back, since its Apr. 25 debut. NBC’s other freshman sitcom “Trial & Error” has also been airing back-to-back double episodes each week, and awaits a decision on its second season, though insiders say a sophomore renewal is expected.
The show has not been a ratings breakout, suffering a drastic decline between weeks 1 and 2. It is currently averaging a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers midway through its »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Side-stepping the more explicit aspects of war, the biopic Megan Leavey focuses on the story of a woman who finds a higher calling, though not of a religious variety. A wild child from a broken Rockland County home, she ultimately finds the kind of camaraderie she’d been missing in her upbringing through a canine. Played masterfully by Kate Mara, Leavey is an aimless young woman who leaves a dead-end daycare job, deadbeat mom Jackie (Edie Falco), and life behind to join the Marines. Despite the discipline instilled, she still finds ways of returning to her old self, including one drunken night in which public urination lands her a reassignment to the K9 unit under the command of Gunny Martin (Common), the kind of tough love commander who tells it like it is while providing mentorship to those that ask.
After some time in the kennel, Leavey aspires to work »
- John Fink
Get Out Review Get Out (2017) Film Review, a movie directed by Jordan Peele, and starring Bradley Whitford, Allison Williams, Daniel Kaluuya, Betty Gabriel, Caleb Landry Jones, Lyle Brocato, Ashley LeConte Campbell, Marcus Henderson, LilRel Howery, Gary Wayne Loper, Jeronimo Spinx, Geraldine Singer, Jack Teague, [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Get Out (2017): A Successful & Unique Blend of Drama, Horror, and Comedy »
- Rollo Tomasi
First time filmmakers often struggle to assemble a noteworthy cast, especially if they’re working with a limited budget and a small-concept, character-driven script.
Not so for Judy Greer, whose directorial debut, “A Happening of Monumental Proportions,” which premieres at the Bentonville Film Festival Friday in Arkansas, features an enviable roster of high-profile names, from Allison Janney and Jennifer Garner to Common and Bradley Whitford.
“I had never worked with Bradley, I’d never met him, and he’d always been someone as an actor I’d wanted to work with my entire career,” says Greer, who stars in the Fxx series “Archer” and in the upcoming summer release, “War for the Planet of the Apes.” “I was like, f**k it, I’m putting him in my movie because if I can’t work with him as an actor I’m putting him in as a director.”
Greer also »
- Malina Saval
On the IFC comedy, the Studio 60 and Togetherness standout plays Jules, the owner of a minor-league baseball team who hires (and subsequently falls for) disgraced Mlb announcer Jim Brockmire (played by man-of-a-million-voices Hank Azaria). After revealing to the title character that she was pregnant with his child at the end of Episode 5, Wednesday’s half-hour (airing at 10/9c) finds Jules and Brockmire mulling over whether they want to have the child, or whether she should have an abortion.
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies on Demand. Catch up on the latest films On Demand here.]
Movies on Demand has another month of audience favorites in store, including some of the most popular titles of the year so far. Check out five of our favorite films from the upcoming month below, as well as the full list of great movies available throughout May.
1) “I Am Not Your Negro” (Available May 2)
Raoul Peck’s documentary about the life and work of James Baldwin is a stunning tribute to the writer’s vital work. Even thirty years after his death, Baldwin’s words still cut to the heart of issues confronting American society. With performances of Baldwin’s writing from narrator Samuel L. Jackson, Peck provides a deeply human gateway to understanding the achievements and contributions of a man who still has much to say about how our country understands race.
2) “The Salesman” (Available May 2)
Somewhat lost in the weeks of Oscars aftermath is the recognition of director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film, »
- Indiewire Staff
Beloved character actress and national treasure Judy Greer would naturally apply the go big or go home mentality to her directorial debut.
“A Happening of Monumental Proportions” is a film that stars, among others, Common, Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, Anders Holm, John Cho, Katie Holmes, and Jennifer Garner, which would probably be enough to get people in a theater, but it also happens to have a pretty hilarious, intriguing premise.
Read More: What ‘The Judy Greer Effect’ Tells Us About Hollywood’s Roles for Women
Taking place over the course of one fateful Career Day, an unassuming elementary school is thrown into turmoil when a dead body is discovered. As the bumbling administrators attempt to hide the corpse, Daniel Crawford (Common) finds himself in the middle of all of it when, after being unceremoniously fired, he heads to his daughter’s school to speak about a job he no longer has. »
- Allison Picurro
May 2017 is going to give genre fans plenty of reasons to stay home this month, as we have a lot of cool titles to look forward to. The month kicks off with Even Lambs Have Teeth on May 2nd, and just a few days later, Take Me (the latest from Pat Healy) and the horror comedy Another Evil make their digital debuts. Jordan Peele’s Get Out makes its digital bow on May 9th before hitting VOD platforms just a few weeks later, and the Australian thriller Hounds of Love gets released on May 12th. And, for those of you who might have missed it in theaters, A Cure for Wellness arrives on Digital HD at the end of the month, too.
Other notable VOD releases for May 2017 include The Black Room, The Survivalist, Breakdown Lane, and 96 Souls.
American Exorcism (Uncork’d Entertainment) – May 2nd
After narrowly surviving a harrowing possession, »
- Heather Wixson
With Upfronts still more than two weeks away, it’s still early in the decision-making process, but as the current broadcast season winds down, television executives are beginning to form opinions on the pilots in contention for their network’s 2017-2018 slate.
As always, a handful of projects are rising as early frontrunners, while others have not impressed with their first cuts and are in need of re-shoots and re-tooling. No stark trends have emerged across the broadcast networks, though there are a number of military-themed dramas, many female-led comedies and lighter one-hours in the works. In contrast to the past few pilot seasons, reboots are not as hot this year, though there are a few, such as the CW’s “Dynasty,” “S.W.A.T.” at CBS and “What About Barb” at NBC.
Of course, television executives and writers are all on edge with a possible WGA strike on the horizon, but »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
A young black man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, who are black, have gone missing, and he soon learns the horrible truth when a fellow black man on the estate warns him to Get Out! And this line was appealing enough for me to wait for this movie to Get Out!
Let me clear you, this film not what many would consider "true genre horror", it's definitely a scary thriller.
Black photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) visit Rose's parents for the weekend, where they meet Chris for the very first time. Staggered by their behavior from the very off, Chris begins to think all is not right in the home of Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy Armitage (Catherine Keener).
The characters are fleshed out immaculately, with Bradley Whitford »
Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an Ied explosion injures them, »
- Michelle McCue
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