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Help Raise $100K For Firefighters With Only The Brave

To help support brave firefighters like those depicted in the film Only the Brave, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) is teaming with the social change platform Pixhug to raise up to $100K for the Granite Mountain Fund, an organization that drives donations to support firefighters.

Jeff Bridges' Facebook Post

Pixhug and their sponsor, TheBayFestival.org, kicked off the nationwide initiative with a $50K donation. In an effort to double the donation, fans are invited to turn their “likes” into money to support firefighters. Fans can like Jeff Bridges' Facebook post to help!

“With the inspiring and heroic effort to battle recent horrific wildfires and mudslides in California, we are thankful for organizations such as the Granite Mountain Fund that offer support for firefighters, first responders, and their families,” says Hans Koch, Executive Producer of TheBayFestival.org. “Only the Brave is an emotionally captivating film that speaks to the dangers
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Justice League Star Ray Fisher Joins True Detective

Justice League star Ray Fisher has joined the already-impressive cast of the third season of HBO’s True Detective.

Created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, the anthology crime drama premiered in 2014 to critical acclaim and high ratings, with Season 1 stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey singled out for their performances. The more uneven second season was headlined by the likes of Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Amy McAdams and Taylor Kitsch.
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‘Waco’: Taylor Kitsch on the Challenging Transformation to Become David Koresh

Waco, the six-part Paramount Network TV event, tells the story of David Koresh (brilliantly played by Taylor Kitsch), the Branch Davidians, and the 51-day stand-off that resulted in the deaths of nearly 80 men, women and children. Government recklessness, religious fanaticism, conspiracy theories and cover-ups all muddied the waters, when it came to understanding what really happened on Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, between a small religious community, the Atf and the FBI. From creators John and Drew Dowdle, the series also stars Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo, Melissa Benoist, Paul Sparks, Julia Garner, Shea Whigham, Andrea …
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Performer of the Week: Taylor Kitsch

Performer of the Week: Taylor Kitsch
The Performer | Taylor Kitsch

The Show | Waco

The Episode | “Operation Showtime” (Feb. 7, 2018)

The Performance | Kitsch didn’t have to pick up a Texas accent to play David Koresh; he had already had that covered from his years as Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights. But he did have to find a tenderness and humanity in a man infamously known as a dangerous cult leader, and Kitsch has responded with maybe his finest performance yet — especially in this week’s nail-bitingly intense installment.

Sporting a Lone Star mullet and dorky gold-rimmed glasses, Kitsch plays Koresh as a charismatic man of devout faith,
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Taylor Kitsch on Learning From ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Humanizing’ David Koresh in ‘Waco’

Taylor Kitsch on Learning From ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Humanizing’ David Koresh in ‘Waco’
Taylor Kitsch rose to fame on NBC’s football drama “Friday Night Lights” but since hanging up his jersey, he has taken care to diversify the roles he has played so he wouldn’t be typecast. From soldier Michael Murphy in “Lone Survivor” to firefighter Christopher MacKenzie in “Only the Brave” and now to leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, in Paramount Network’s “Waco,” Kitsch has become the go-to guy for playing real larger than life personalities. “I always want to do something different,” he says.

You’ve been able to move back and forth pretty effortlessly between film and TV. Is there something you like more about one than the other?

It depends on the material, but I think you’re a bit more spoiled in television. To use “Waco” or “True Detective” as examples, you have six or seven episodes to show more colors and to dive deeper and to have a crazier
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Gary Oldman in 'Darkest Hour,' Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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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 Only the Brave (historical action-drama; Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, James Dale, Taylor Kitsch; rated PG-13) A Bad Moms Christmas (comedy; Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Cheryl Hines, Peter Gallagher, Justin Hartley, David Walton, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Wanda Sykes; rated R) All I See Is You (drama-thriller; Blake Lively, Jason Clarke; rated R) Blueprint (drama; Jerod Haynes, Tai'isha Davis; not...

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Xavier Dolan Cuts Jessica Chastain From ‘John F. Donovan,’ Says First Cut Was 4 Hours

Xavier Dolan Cuts Jessica Chastain From ‘John F. Donovan,’ Says First Cut Was 4 Hours
It might’ve been Super Bowl Sunday for everybody else, but this weekend was a period of reflection for Xavier Dolan. The filmmaker is still busy getting his upcoming and highly anticipated “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan” into shape, but unfortunately, one of the key names of the star-studded cast has been cut from the film.

Dolan hit Instagram to reveal that Jessica Chastain has been removed from ‘Donovan.’ Starring Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton, the movie centers on the tribulations of John Donovan, an American TV star in his late 20s, and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England.

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in February, and the Best Episodes of Each

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in February, and the Best Episodes of Each
1. “Seven Seconds” (available February 23)

Why Should I Watch It? Regina King is in it. Now, I realize no one needs any more reason than that, but just for fun, let’s play this out: “Seven Seconds” focuses on the amount of time it takes to end a life and upend a community. Tackling race relations in modern America, the 10-episode first season starts with a white cop critically injuring a black teenager, an attempt to cover up what happened, and the ensuing, massive trial. King plays the teen’s mother, Latrice Butler, while the chief protagonist is Kj Harper (Clare-Hope Ashitey), an assistant prosecutor who takes the case and struggles with its rippling repercussions. Timely and well-cast, “Seven Seconds” is bound to generate plenty of discussion.

Best Episode: Reviews are embargoed until February 16. Stay tuned. There’s much more to come on this one.

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Waco Star Taylor Kitsch Reveals the One Question He'd Ask Cult Leader David Koresh

Waco Star Taylor Kitsch Reveals the One Question He'd Ask Cult Leader David Koresh
Taylor Kitsch has transformed into David Koresh for the Waco miniseries, but he still has questions about the Texas cult leader‘s motivations.

The actor tells People Now that if he’d had the chance to meet Koresh — who died along with 74 other Branch Davidians in a 51-day standoff with the FBI and Atf on April 19, 1993 — he’d ask him, “Was it all worth it, in retrospect?”

“He’s quite literally the definition of a martyr,” says Kitsch, adding, “I think that would be the first question but there would be many.”

Kitsch also opens up about learning to play
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Why Taylor Kitsch Almost Dropped Out of David Koresh Drama 'Waco'

Why Taylor Kitsch Almost Dropped Out of David Koresh Drama 'Waco'
Taylor Kitsch nearly reached a breaking point while prepping for his lead role in new TV miniseries Waco, about the events that led to a now-infamous standoff between cult leader David Koresh and the FBI back in 1993.

"I almost pulled out a month and a half [before the filming began]," he told Rolling Stone during a recent visit to our New York City offices. "I think I was in too deep. You spend eight hours a day in this 1,000-square-foot apartment in Austin playing guitar and reading about this tragedy every single day. It
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Xavier Dolan’s Next Film Will Be ‘Matt & Max’

The wait continues for Xavier Dolan‘s “The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan,” the film that has seen him go to Hollywood and work with a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton.

Continue reading Xavier Dolan’s Next Film Will Be ‘Matt & Max’ at The Playlist.
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‘Our Cartoon President’ Review: Showtime’s Lame Trump Cartoon Turns Donald Into a Dumb Sitcom Dad

‘Our Cartoon President’ Review: Showtime’s Lame Trump Cartoon Turns Donald Into a Dumb Sitcom Dad
“Our Cartoon President’ is a lie worthy of America’s most dangerous liar, but far less deserving of the comparable attention it’s likely to receive. For one, it’s absolutely part of the same problem it pretends to be above: humanizing a man who tells us all we need to know about him every time he speaks or tweets (freely, rather than reading from a speech). Much like the Cheeto-in-Chief himself, Showtime’s edgeless animated comedy pays lip service to its most troubling issue before dodging the problem in favor of inane gibberish. “Some are worried this show might humanize me,” the animated President Trump says in the opening to Episode 1. “Well, too late, folks. After my recent physical, Dr. Ronny assured me that I am a human being and there’s no cure for that.”

Setting aside the argument that it’s never too late to humanize a dangerous man (if,
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Waco Episode 1 Review – ‘Visions and Omens’

Red Stewart reviews the first episode of Waco

I remember first learning about the Waco Siege during the Bundy Standoff in 2014. Many news outlets at the time were making comparisons between the two, leading me to look it up on Wikipedia. I don’t remember much about it, and I’ve refrained from revisiting that article to keep some surprises in store. But the general gist is there was an armed battle between federal and state law enforcement and a religious group led by a man named David Koresh that lasted close to two months.

Too often the media over-focuses on the action and rumors of an event: after all, controversy is what sells papers. Sure you may be given some brief description about the people involved based on eyewitness accounts, but you never get to know who they were as humans before, during, and after the incident.

Debuting as
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Taylor Kitsch Weighs in on How #MeToo Is Changing the Industry: 'It's Very Empowering to See'

Taylor Kitsch Weighs in on How #MeToo Is Changing the Industry: 'It's Very Empowering to See'
Taylor Kitsch is standing by the millions of women who have shared their stories of abuse under the popular hashtag #MeToo.

In an interview with People Now that aired Friday, the 36-year-old actor opened up about how their stories are changing Hollywood.

“I think it’s amazing,” he said. “Just that they’re being heard and there’s a voice now. And it’s very empowering to see it and I think it’s a great thing to have. To talk about and be able to talk about it and not suffer or fear you’re going to be penalized if you do.
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New to Streaming: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute),’ ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.,’ ‘The Woman Who Left,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)

Robin Campillo’s account of what it was like to be a member of Act Up in the 1990s epitomized why the personal is always political. His kind-hearted, unsentimental approach to the struggles of people living with HIV was equal parts brutal and inspiring. Nahuel Pérez Biscayart proved to be a revelation as a young activist living his life as if, literally, every day was his last.
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Waco: Season One Ratings

The former Spike TV officially rebranded as Paramount Network, just this month. While the cable channel is keeping some of Spike's more popular reality series, it is also amping up its scripted offerings. The Waco TV show is a limited event series, which recounts the tragic events of 1993, involving the Atf, the FBI, and the Branch Davidians of Mount Carmel, outside Waco, Texas. As a mini-series, cancellation or renewal chances aren't why we're tracking the Waco ratings. Instead, we want a benchmark against which we can measure other scripted TV series on the fledgling Paramount Network. A six-episode drama, Waco stars Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough, John Leguizamo, Melissa Benoist, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Rory Culkin, Julia Garner, Demore Barnes, Christopher Stanley, and Camryn Manheim. It centers on the federal siege on cult leader David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound, in McLennan
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‘Waco’ Gets Off to Solid Ratings Start as Inaugural Paramount Network Series

The Paramount Network is off and running with the premiere of “Waco.”

Airing on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. on the recently rechristened network, the series premiere of “Waco” drew a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.11 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings. That is good enough to tie FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” in the demo, though the FX series was ahead in total viewers with 1.42 million.

That also puts “Waco” on par with the most recent episode of fellow Paramount Network show “Lip Sync Battle,” which aired a live Michael Jackson tribute special on Jan. 18 to help celebrate the conversion of Spike TV into the Paramount Network. The special drew a 0.47 in the demo and 1.05 million viewers.

The scripted series tells the story of the federal siege on David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound, with Taylor Kitsch starring as Koresh. The cast also includes Michael Shannon, Andrea Riseborough, [link
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Second Opinion – Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure, 2018.

Directed by Wes Ball.

Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aidan Gillen, Will Poulter, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Katherine McNamara, Walton Goggins, Nathalie Emmanuel, Barry Pepper, Jacob Lofland, Dexter Darden, Paul Lazenby, and Patricia Clarkson.

Synopsis:

Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

Piecing together plotting in young adult fiction is a puzzle aimed at six-year olds. There’s a chosen one; often an orphan/an outsider/amnesiac who obtains/is born with something with which a malevolent organisation/force/individual has to obtain/kill in order to create/halt destruction/peace through destruction.

With that, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the much-delayed finale to the middling Ya franchise, once again falls under the paradigm of by the numbers youth fiction. In fact, its plot – a baffling, incessantly
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Waco

Network: Paramount Network. Episodes: Six (hour). Seasons: One. TV show dates: July 24, 2018 — February 28, 2018. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough, John Leguizamo, Melissa Benoist, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Rory Culkin, Julia Garner, Demore Barnes, Christopher Stanley, and Camryn Manheim. TV show description: A six-part event series, the Waco TV show is a dramatization of the federal siege on cult leader David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound, outside Waco, Texas. Creators John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle based it on two biographies, Waco: A Survivor’s Story, by Branch Davidian survivor David Thibodeau, and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, by the FBI’s Head of Crisis Negotiation Unit Gary
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Paramount's Waco Premiere: Grade It!

Paramount Network is going back to the ’90s true-crime well with Waco: a six-part scripted miniseries chronicling the infamous 1993 standoff between David Koresh’s Branch Davidian cult and U.S. law enforcement that ended in tragic fashion. Wednesday’s premiere was a scene-setter, but a compelling one, as we got to know the characters whose lives will soon collide… with the world watching.

We start with the opening moments of the standoff, with helicopters converging on Koresh’s religious compound and him telling his followers not to panic. He comes out with his hands up, pleading for peace, when a
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