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Michael B. Jordan Slams Racist "Internet Trolls" Who Are Angry About His Fantastic Four Casting As Johnny Storm

23 May 2015 4:09 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Michael B. Jordan is calling out the haters once and for all. The actor addressed the racist "Internet trolls" that are angry over his Fantastic Four casting in an Entertainment Weekly post, which was published on Friday, May 22. The Parenthood alum -- who received praise for his work in the 2013 award-winning drama Fruitvale Station -- plays Johnny Storm in the action sci-fi, which is a caucasian and blue-eyed character in the original Marvel comic books. "I didn't want to be ignorant about what people were saying. [...] »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Other Side’

29 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having wrapped his Texas trilogy —  “The Passage,” “Low Tide” and “Stop the Pounding Heart” — Italian chronicler of the American margins Roberto Minervini heads next door to Louisiana, where he finds a fresh group of desperados to observe in “The Other Side,” a soul-draining, feature-length look at the bastard stepchildren of the American Dream. By embedding himself among drug addicts, anti-government zealots and various other extreme personalities, the helmer manages to capture a troubling side of the country’s identity that locals prefer to ignore. Meanwhile, foreign audiences will be free to confirm their worst assumptions about America’s character, especially as it relates to the Second Amendment, in this loosely structured and frequently off-putting documentary, which is sure to follow the earlier triptych’s well-traveled festival footsteps.

Whereas Minervini’s previous pics seemed to radiate a warm empathy toward his subjects — perhaps merely a manifestation of his open-minded curiosity toward »

- Peter Debruge

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How a 'Mad Men' Live Read Captured Matthew Weiner's Writing Style and The Show's Transitory Bliss

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There were no shortage of fetes surrounding the end of "Mad Men" recently. But the one that essentially functioned as the show's series finale party, the one that brought together the legendary cast and crew of the groundbreaking drama for one last hurrah -- didn't actually star any of them.  Instead, Film Independent teamed up with AMC for an event in the tradition of its established series of live reads of great film screenplays: Filmmaker Jason Reitman cast and directed a table read of a classic "Mad Men" episode -- meaning that the cast in attendance got to see themselves reinterpreted, in front of a live audience packed into the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  Read More: Why the Live Read is Here to Stay Reitman recast the roles with a group of actors of varying fame: Colin Hanks, Fred Savage, Kevin Pollak, David Wain and Rob Huebel were »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Michael B Jordan hits back at Fantastic Four critics: 'Get your head out of the computer'

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael B Jordan's casting in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie has faced some criticism - but the actor has said that it no longer bothers him.

After being cast as superhero Johnny Storm - a character originally written as having blonde hair and blue eyes - a number of fans took to the internet to complain that the casting was not true to the comic books.

Jordan has responded by writing an open letter for Entertainment Weekly, in which he says that people should accept that the world is now more diverse than it was when the comics were written.

"It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore," he says. "I can see everybody's perspective, and I know I can't ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961.

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Cannes: Screen's final Jury Grid topped by 'Carol', 'The Assassin'

2 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen’s jury of international critics finished the festival tied in their appreciation of Carol and The Assassin, ahead of the award of the Palme d’Or.

Todd HaynesCarol, starring Cate Blanchett, and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s period Chinese drama The Assassin both scored 3.5 (out of a possible 4).

Reviews: Cannes Competition titles

Trailing them were the much fancied Hungary’s Son of Saul (which won the Fipresci prize) and China’s Mountains May Depart, with 2.8 each.

The festival finished with Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, but Screen’s critics were unimpressed, giving it a low 1.8, including two X’s - signifying ‘bad’.

Two films scored below 1, which is unusual. One was Marguerite & Julien, directed by Marguerite Donzelli, which took 0.9 while Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees scored a 12-year low with 0.6.

Paulo Sorrentino’s Youth clearly divided the critics, with some opting for four-palme scores, and others »

- halliganfinn@gmail.com (Fionnuala Halligan)

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Chris Pratt apologises for everything he may say during the Jurassic World press tour

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Chris Pratt wants to make absolutely sure we know he's sorry - even if he hasn't said the thing he's apologising for saying yet.

The Jurassic World actor posted a statement on Facebook apologising for anything he might accidentally say during his press tour for the upcoming film.

"I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming ‪‎Jurassic World‬ press tour," the actor wrote. "I hope you understand it was never my intention to offend anyone and I am truly sorry. I swear. I'm the nicest guy in the world.

"When I do (potentially) commit the offensive act for which I am now (pre) apologising, you must understand I (will likely have been) tired and exhausted when I (potentially) said that thing I (will have had) said that (will have had) crossed the line."

I want to make a heartfelt »

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Mel Gibson pranks, historical blunders and Jason Patric: 20 facts about Braveheart

4 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Can you believe it? Mel Gibson's Braveheart premiered 20 years ago today in the Us, fast becoming a box office hit, a multi-Oscar winner and genuine pop culture phenomenon.

To celebrate the '90s classic's big birthday, we dive into Braveheart trivia to find out who nearly took on the role of William Wallace, the role originally earmarked for Sean Connery and which celebs count the Gibson flick among their all-time favourites.

1. Randall Wallace came up with the idea for the film while on holiday in Scotland in 1983. Visiting Edinburgh Castle, he asked a tour guide to tell him the story behind the statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The guide did just that, and the rest is movie history!

2. Terry Gilliam turned down the chance to direct Braveheart after being offered the role while he was working with Gibson on an abandoned film version of A Tale of Two Cities. »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Two Friends’

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some bigscreen love stories leave you wondering what the central couple saw in each other in the first place, but not “Two Friends.” From the opening shot of Louis Garrel’s rowdy, passion-fueled directorial debut, audiences fall for Golshifteh Farahani, who manages to find a moment of private ecstasy in the shower of the women’s prison where she’s serving time for an unclear crime. So, when it comes to deciphering the chemistry of this improbable love triangle, the mystery centers instead on the bond between its title characters, the two friends played by Garrel and Vincent Macaigne. How did this pair of mismatched personalities ever come to be pals? And why, after a history of betrayals, would a sentimental guy still trust the player who swooped in and shagged all his past obsessions? French cinema seems uniquely suited to such paradoxes, and its adherents should appreciate what Garrel does with that dynamic, »

- Peter Debruge

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Cannes Film Review: ‘I Am a Soldier’

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When a certain school of social realism is dutifully imitated, what degree of authenticity remains? That’s a question prompted by Laurent Lariviere’s diverting but derivative debut feature “I Am a Soldier,” a well-acted, well-mounted but indistinctly textured study in working-class female ennui. Seemingly in thrall to the work of Belgium’s Dardenne brothers, yet with an individual socioeconomic geography that never quite comes into focus, this tale of a disenfranchised young woman who falls into the dog-trafficking racket — with inevitably harsh consequences — works most admirably as a grimy change of pace for French star Louise Bourgoin. Thriller and romantic comedy leanings, however, ultimately chip away at the believability of this Un Certain Regard entry; commercially, “Soldier” is unlikely to see much action on foreign soil.

The grinding social impact of latter-day European austerity measures is oppressively felt in “I Am a Soldier,” even if Lariviere’s screenplay never »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Tomorrowland’ Nosing Out ‘Pitch Perfect’ For No. 1; ‘Mad Max’ Holds Strong; ‘Ultron’ To Cross $400M – Box Office Saturday

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3rd Update, Saturday 11:00 Pm:  Tomorrowland grossed around $11.7M to $12M today compared to Pitch Perfect 2‘s estimated $10.7M to $11M to push the musical comedy away from the No. 1 position for both the 3-day and 4-day weekend. Sunday will be another strong moviegoing day because of the Memorial Day holiday. If the trajectory holds, odds are that Disney’s sci-fi extravaganza will gross anywhere between $32M and $33M for the 3-day compared to PP2‘s estimated $29M to… »

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Orphan Black Recap: “Certain Agony of the Battlefield”

11 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Behold - answers! Orphan Black has gotten away with posing a significant amount of questions, one, because they’re all especially intriguing and, two, because the main players are so wildly likable and engaging, but I’ve got to say, it’s nice to finally get some answers, and ones that take the narrative a significant step forward nonetheless. We begin at the Castor military compound - but it’s empty. It’s easy to figure out that Sarah’s dreaming as she chases Kira around the facility and then winds up in a room where she sees Rudy’s blood being transferred into her own body. Even though Sarah soon snaps out of it and wakes up in her cell, she quickly comes to realize it really happened. Virginia pumped her full of Castor blood. Meanwhile, Paul’s in Arlington meeting with his contact who’s played by Tom Barnett and credited as “Benchman. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 6, 'Certain Agony of the Battlefield': In Which We Say Goodbye

11 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Previously: Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 5, 'Scarred By Many Past Frustrations': Twins, Reunited Cloning Around Following last week's installment, which served as a bridge episode, this week's mother of an offering more than made up for 305 in terms of story and execution. In it, Sarah and Paul were reunited one final time before the latter exited in one of the most explosive scenes of the series to date. Meanwhile, the rest of the episode was punctured with dream sequences and other supporting characters attempts to come to the rescue, especially where Sarah's friends and family were concerned. Really, it was about time. Science Class As was alluded to last week, the Castor clones are indeed spreading their disease to the general population through sexual intercourse. Thanks to Cosima's research on Gracie we also learned that one of the effects of the illness is infertility, an issue that's often »

- Amber Dowling

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Masaan’

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anurag Kashyap’s assistant on “Gangs of Wasseypur” delivers a muddled feature debut with the narratively challenged “Masaan,” a heartfelt yet overambitious tale of class and gender inequality in contempo India. Set on the Ganges in the holy city of Benares, the pic (alternately titled “Fly Away Solo”) attempts to weave together two separate stories of people struggling to overcome societal pressures, but helmer Neeraj Ghaywan hasn’t found ways to overcome script and editing weaknesses, resulting in a disappointing drama that’s unable to realize the potential of the one truly interesting character. “Masaan” may fill a few slots at fests looking for indie Indie fare, though French co-production coin is unlikely to result in more than a limited Gallic release.

The pity is that Devi (Richa Chadda) is a fascinating figure who’d be far better served with a film of her own. She’s a university student, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Cannes: Will ‘The Assassin’ Slay the Competition?

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Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.

Guy Lodge

Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »

- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang

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