First Look: Vivica A. Fox Plays U.S. President in Sci-Fi Film 'Crossbreed' (Exclusive Image)
Vivica A. Fox will be the first African-American actress to play the president of the U.S. in a feature film, and here, debuting exclusively at The Hollywood Reporter, is the first image of her taking on the role.
Fox stars in sci-fi film Crossbreed, which is centered around a group of retired military war heroes who are sent to retrieve an extraterrestrial being from an illegal medical facility using its DNA to manufacture weapons. Fox plays the president, who was a colleague of the team leader and handpicked him to lead the retrieval mission.
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- Rebecca Ford
Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide
The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.
In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.
An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.
The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.
Friday, Jan. 20
Village at the Lift
AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet. »
- Mannie Holmes
Thinking about Trump and Streep on Martin Luther King Day
It’s not so hard to see how Meryl Streep is like Donald Trump. They share a taste for the ornate, the larger than life showy stuff. For every gold plated monstrosity that Trump has erected, there is a larger-than-life character Streep has chosen to play (“You have a script with a fatally sick socialite soprano who can’t sing? Sign me up!”) They both have an energy that is, as Trump might say, huge. And both of them can bully with their energy, wield their seemingly ageless and endless vitality like a dare, like a threat, like a weapon. Both of […] »
- Noah Buschel
‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ Review: Al Gore Drops the Mic (Again) On Climate Change
In 2006, “An Inconvenient Truth” propelled Al Gore’s climate change activism to a new level of awareness, proving that distilling a PowerPoint to a feature-length format doesn’t have to make great cinema to achieve its goals. A decade later, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” does it all over again, with somewhat more engaging filmmaking and a far greater sense of urgency.
Co-directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (taking the reigns from “Truth” director Davis Guggenheim), the filmmakers manage to improve on the limitations of the original by showing more of Gore’s resilience in the field. He’s grayer, wrinkled and a little wider around the midsection, but the former Vice President continues to wage a seemingly effective crusade to widen environmental awareness.
Although it opens with »
- Eric Kohn
‘Dayveon’ Review: Amman Abbasi’s Debut Pulls A Powerful Coming-Of-Age Story From The Rural Heart Of Arkansas
“Look at that stupid house. Stupid tree. Stupid rock. Stupid concrete. Stupid people.” The voiceover continues like that in a low mumble as a 13-year-old black teen wheels his pink bike through the economically depressed Arkansas town that he calls home. “Everything stupid.”
A little movie about a little man with a huge hole in his heart, “Dayveon” gives its young title character (Devin Blackmon) plenty of reason to be frustrated with the world. His older brother, memorialized by the airbrushed portrait that hangs on Dayveon’s bedroom wall, was shot and killed in 2014, presumably as a result of some business involving the local sect of Bloods who hang out down the street. His name was Trevor, and a loaded handgun is the only thing he left behind. When he’s alone in the house, Dayveon dives into his shoebox of secret stuff and holds the weapon in his hands, »
- David Ehrlich
‘Colony’ Review: Season 2 Continues to Challenge Us When We Need It Most
It’s been a year and a half since the “Colony” pilot was screened at Comic-Con; a year since the show premiered on USA; a month since “Colony” Season 1 was available on Netflix; and a week since the second season debuted. So we’re officially stating now: You have no good reason for not giving “Colony” a chance. Yeah, “too much TV” is a real issue we all contend with, but this fascinating drama — which grounds a sci-fi premise so deeply in the dirt you’ll leave episodes unsure which world you live in — deserves your attention.
Read More: ‘Colony’ Season 2 Photos: Sci-Fi Drama Returns Next Month (Exclusive)
Using Vichy France and other historical occupations as its inspiration, creators Ryan J. Condal and Carlton Cuse’s nuanced drama takes on a version of Los Angeles under “outside rule.” (The show is initially a bit coy about this, but let’s »
- Liz Shannon Miller
As ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Debuts on Sundance Opening Night, Al Gore Vows ‘We Are Going to Win This’
This year’s Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday night in Park City, Utah with its traditionally packed opening night offerings on full display — four double features playing at different venues around the festival — but the hottest ticket was unquestionably the world premiere of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which bowed at the Eccles Theatre to a packed crowd, picking up a standing ovation at its conclusion.
The late surprise entry to the festival picks up a ten years after Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” which saw former U.S. vice president Al Gore getting brutally honest with audiences, aided by photos, charts and scores of of data that illuminated the impacts of the global climate crisis, the sequel finds a mostly upbeat Gore continuing to work on his mission to spread information about the issue.
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- Kate Erbland
Netflix, Momentum Pictures Acquire ‘Fun Mom Dinner’ — Sundance 2017
Momentum Pictures has acquired the North American theatrical rights to Sundance entry “Fun Mom Dinner,” which sold its streaming rights to Netflix, Deadline reports. The deals combined for around $5 million. “Fun Mom Dinner” premieres on January 27 in Sundance’s Premieres section.
The comedy follows high-powered lawyer and mother Emily (Katie Aselton) and a group of friends who take a break from their full time jobs as moms to have a wild night out on the town. The film stars Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, and Bridget Everett as moms who party hard while also making “tearful revelations.”
UTA, Wme and ICM handled the sale. The film joins the list of more than half a dozen Sundance movies that have been acquired ahead of their premieres.
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Michael Moore, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin and More Lead Anti-Trump Rally in NYC
Michael Moore, Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin were among the public figures leading an anti-Trump rally in New York on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration. The event was organized by Greenpeace and the liberal activist organization MoveOn and was held outside the Trump International Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
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Danny Boyle’s ‘T2: Trainspotting’ Starring Ewan McGregor Is A Nostalgic But Messy Sequel To The ’90s Classic [Review]
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“Good Morning folks. I was sorry to read that ‘sistuh girl’ is singing at Donald Trump’s inauguration (and to use his favorite word: sad),” Lee wrote on Thursday morning. “I was thinking about using Chrisette’s song ‘Black Girl Magic’ in my Netflix series ‘She’s Gotta Have It’…Not anymore. »
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