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‘Project Almanac’ Review: The Good Outweighs the Gimmicky in This Time-Travel Thriller

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Produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes, “Project Almanac” is an agreeable and entertaining teen time-travel thriller that’s equal parts Ray Bradbury and John Hughes, as our five teen leads unlock the secrets of “temporal relocation” and then trample through the delicate space-time continuum in pursuit of riches, repair and romance.  Directed by Dean Israelite in his feature-length debut, the big conceit of the script and story is that what we’re seeing is all footage recorded by the film’s characters throughout their adventures. It’s a stylistic and shooting decision that adds very little and ultimately distracts »


- James Rocchi

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Inside Sly Stone’s $5 Million Verdict: Opposing Attorneys Speak Out, What’s Next (Exclusive)

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Sly Stone, frontman for the iconic funk band Sly and the Family Stone, was awarded $5 million by a Los Angeles jury on Tuesday in a lawsuit against his former manager and entertainment attorney which alleged that the two diverted royalties owed to him over a span of more than two decades.

“Sly’s a deeply religious guy and he loves everybody and they just took him,” one of Stone’s attorneys, Nicholas Hornberger, told TheWrap exclusively after the verdict. “It’s sad that people would treat other people like that.”

Also Read: ‘Real Housewives’ Lawsuit: Brandi Glanville Sued by Joanna Krupa »


- Pamela Chelin and Jason Hughes

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Sundance: ‘World of Tomorrow’ Wins Short Film Grand Jury Prize

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Starting from 8,061 total submissions, the Sundance Film Festival awarded the Short Film Grand Jury Prize on Tuesday night to Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow.” The film is about a little girl being taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.

Other short film winners include “Smilf” taking the Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction, while “Oh Lucy!” scored the Short Film Jury Award in the International Fiction category. The former tells the story of a young mother trying to balance her old single life with her new one, while the latter is about a middle-aged woman »


- Jason Hughes

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Sundance: Sony Classics Buys Lily Tomlin Comedy ‘Grandma’ for $2 Million

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[Updated 10:25 p.m. with confirmation from Sony Pictures Classics.]

Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed it has acquired worldwide rights to Paul Weitz’s road trip movie “Grandma,” which stars comedy legend Lily Tomlin in performance that is already garnering awards buzz. Insiders peg the deal at roughly $2 million.

In “Grandma,” Tomlin is Elle Reid, who has just finished breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

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- Jeff Sneider

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Oscar-Nominee J.K. Simmons Braves Snowpocalypse to Film ‘SNL’ Promos (Video)

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J.K. Simmons was all smiles during the filming of promos for his upcoming hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live.” Even when he and longtime “SNL” cast-member Kenan Thompson had to face New York City’s #Snowpocalypse by filming outdoors.

The “Whiplash” star later got a taste of his on-screen medicine, as it was Thompson yelling at him for getting the timing wrong in the promo.

See video: Lena Dunham Schools Jimmy Fallon and J.K. Simmons in a Game of ‘Pictionary’

Simmons got his revenge though, by revealing to Thompson the secret of the boomerang snowball. It turns out it’s »


- Jason Hughes

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Tom Hardy Hunts a Serial Killer in First ‘Child 44′ Trailer (Video)

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Lionsgate released the first trailer Tuesday for its upcoming mystery thriller “Child 44″ starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace.

In the movie, Hardy plays Leo Demidov, a member of the Soviet military police in 1950’s Moscow. After his colleague’s son is found dead, Demidov becomes convinced the child was murdered. He investigates, only to be told by a superior (played by Vincent Cassel) that “murder is strictly a capitalist disease.”

Also Read: 10 ‘True Detective’ Acting Teams We Want to See Next (Photos)

With his investigation effectively shut down, Hardy’s character can only sit by and watch »


- Joe Otterson

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Hollywood Boulevard’s Mr. Incredible Convicted of Beating Batgirl

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A superhero is headed to the slammer.

Muhammet Bilik, who dresses up as Mr. Incredible to entertain tourists on Hollywood Boulevard, has been found guilty of assaulting a woman wearing a Batgirl costume.

Bilik was sentenced to one day in jail, three years probation, community service and anger management classes after pleading no contest to one count of battery, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

See video: Hollywood Blvd. Brawl Between Batgirl and Mr. Incredible Prompts Possible Costumed Crackdown

Video of the Oct. 22 tussle between Bilik and Batgirl was broadcast by several news outlets. It showed someone »


- Wrap Staff

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Angelina Jolie Pens Impassioned Op-Ed for Nyt on Syria, Iraq Visit: ‘I Was Speechless’

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Actress and director Angelina Jolie has penned a new op-ed for the New York Times, calling for funding and a humanitarian response to the refugees of civil war in Syria and Iraq.

The mother of six traveled to Khanke, Iraq on an envoy with the United Nations Refugee Agency, and documented the horrific living conditions families and survivors are living under.

“These refugees and displaced people have witnessed unspeakable brutality. Their children are out of school, they are struggling to survive, and they are surrounded on all sides by violence,” Jolie writes.

Also Read: Angelina Jolie Talks Running for Political »


- Matt Donnelly

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Nat Geo Puts Programming up to Viewer Vote With ‘Would You Rather’

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It’s a subreddit, an R-rated party game, a Golden Globes joke and now Would You Rather is a Nat Geo Wild social media programming poll.

The network has devised a unique way to let viewers vote on their favorite types of wild animal shows. Starting Wednesday, Nat Geo Wild will launch Would You Rather Wild Wednesdays.

Each week, through Feb. 24, viewers will choose the wildlife programming they’d rather watch by voting via Facebook and Twitter. TV fans will decide if they would rather watch tiny or big animals, furry or scaly ones, ones that swim or slither, or »

- Lia Haberman

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Sly Stone Wins $5M in Lawsuit Against Ex-Manager After Period of Homelessness

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Legendary funk artist Sly Stone, who sued his former manager and an entertainment attorney, saying they diverted and misappropriated royalties owed him for more than 20 years, was awarded $5 million by a Los Angeles jury Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for about two days before finding in favor of the singer — whose real name is Sylvester Stewart — and against ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, lawyer Glenn Stone and Goldstein- affiliated entertainment company Even St. Productions Ltd.

“They just wanted to punch this poor guy in the face,” Nicholas Hornberger, one of Stone’s attorneys, said after the verdict.

Also Read: Dianne Wiest, »


- City News Service

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Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ to Premiere at Secret Sundance Screening

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Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski‘s sci-fi space epic “Jupiter Ascending” will debut Tuesday at Sundance Film Festival as this year’s “secret screening,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the intergalactic odyssey, which was originally scheduled for a July, 2014 release. But Warner Bros. pushed the opening back by almost a year to Feb. 6, 2015.

Also Read: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis Movie ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Moves to 2015

The delay was said to be the result of the film’s complicated visual effects, which couldn’t be completed by the original summer rollout date. »


- Travis Reilly

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Sundance: Universal Pictures International Buys Foreign Rights to ‘The Witch’ (Exclusive)

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Universal Pictures International Productions has acquired foreign rights to Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” in a deal that sources peg at $1.5 million, multiple individuals familiar with the negotiations have told TheWrap.

The film’s U.S. rights were acquired by A24 and DirecTV for roughly $1.5 million as well.

Set in a quaint New England town in the 1630’s, “The Witch” follows a family who begin to suspect the oldest daughter of being a witch following the disappearance of their infant son.

Also Read: Sundance: A24, DirecTV Buy Robert Eggers’ ‘The Witch’ (Updated)

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in the film alongside Ralph Ineson, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Will Smith NFL Drama ‘Concussion’ Sets Release Date

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Sony’s NFL concussion drama has been titled “Concussion” and has been scheduled for Christmas Day, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday.

Peter Landesman wrote and directed the film which stars Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard and Paul Reiser, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. The factual drama is based in part on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Also Read: 13 Super Bowl Xlix Ads: Watch This Year’s Buzziest Commercials (Video)

The story follows the David-vs.-Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain »


- Linda Ge

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CBS Orders Marti Noxon-Michael Seitzman Medical Drama ‘Code Black’

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Marti Noxon is checking into the hospital with CBS.

The network has ordered a pilot for the medical drama “Code Black,” which counts Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Glee”) among its executive producers.

Also Read: CBS Orders ‘Rush Hour’ Pilot, Projects From Greg Garcia, ‘Modern Family’ Ep

The drama is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – La County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff confronts a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.

Michael Seitzman, who created the CBS drama “Intelligence,” is writing and serving as executive producer, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Imitation Game’ Writer on Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley’s ‘Doomed’ Gay-Straight Romance (Exclusive Video)

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In Graham Moore’s script for “The Imitation Game,” Alan Turning helps the British government triumph against the Nazis — but personal victories prove more complex for the homosexual mathematician in the awards season hopeful.

Moore, an Oscar nominee this year for Best Adapted Screenplay, set out to make a film about numbers that an audience could relate to, but also about a “doomed” love story between a gay man and a straight woman.

“It was always my goal with this film to make the audience feel close to him, to put you inside his head. I hope the audience can »


- Matt Donnelly

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‘Kate Plus 8′ Sneak Peek: Chores, Headaches and a Case of Shingles (Video)

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It’s never easy to get a child to clean their room and Kate Gosselin may know that times eight.

In a sneak peek of Tuesday’s “Kate Plus 8,” Gosselin keeps her cool while Mady throws a tantrum when camera crews enter her unclean bedroom.

“It’s no wonder I’m sick with a stress disease. I knew for an ongoing period of time, I was really stressed,” Gosselin says. “It was a wake up call because I ended up with shingles.”

Also read: ‘Kate Plus 8′ Return, ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ Premiere Score Ratings Wins for TLC

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- Alicia Banks

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Sundance: Saoirse Ronan’s ‘Brooklyn’ Acquired by Fox Searchlight

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In the biggest deal of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight has won a bidding war for John Crawley’s “Brooklyn,” which stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Jim Broadbent.

An insider close to the negotiations told TheWrap the deal will be for $9 million, the biggest deal of the festival so far. Searchlight previously closed a deal for “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” at the festival, for around $4.7 million.

Also Read: Sundance: ‘Strangerland’ Star Joseph Fiennes on the Struggle to Get Into Character (Video)

Brooklyn” is based on the novel by Colm Toibin, and follows a young woman »


- Jeff Sneider

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Us Weekly Intern Slaps Parent Company Wenner Media With Class-Action Lawsuit

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Wenner Media LLC, publisher of Us Weekly and Rolling Stone, is the latest media company to be hit with a class-action lawsuit — this one filed by a woman claiming she worked as an intern and was wrongfully denied wages.

The plaintiff, Allyson Kocivar worked as an advertising intern at Us Weekly and as an executive intern for Wenner from Sept. to Dec. 2011, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Also read: Rolling Stone Backpedals on Bombshell Uva Rape Story: ‘Our Trust Was Misplaced’

Legal documents obtained by TheWrap, show the suit was filed in the Supreme Court of New York Monday. Kocivar »


- Alicia Banks

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HBO Renews Jay and Mark Duplass’ ‘Togetherness’ for Season 2

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Get ready for more “Togetherness” with Jay and Mark Duplass.

HBO has given a second season to the Duplass’ half-hour comedy, which will begin production in Los Angeles this year for a 2016 debut.

Also Read: ‘Togetherness’ Creators Jay and Mark Duplass: ‘We’re Betting on Doing a Bunch of Seasons’

The series follows two couples living under one roof on the fringes of Los Angeles. Brett (Mark Duplass) and Michelle (Melanie Lynskey) are struggling to rekindle the spark in their relationship, which has puttered out from the stresses of marriage and children. When Brett’s friend Alex (Steve Zissis) and Michelle’s sister, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Sundance Industry Panel: Now It’s Easy to Make Your Film, Hard to Get People to See It (Video)

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The digital revolution has presented independent filmmakers with a conundrum: now it’s easy to make your film, but hard to get people to see it, said a panel of artists and experts at TheWrap’s annual industry panel at the Sundance Film Festival.

“If your goal is to just make something and to get people to see it, you will succeed at that goal. But if your goal is to make something and make money at people seeing it, that’s where there becomes a challenge,” said Miranda Bailey, producer of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” which screened »


- Rebecca Rosenberg

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