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Rashida Jones Responds To John Lasseter Allegations

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Hollywood is still reeling from the news that John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar and chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is taking a leave of absence in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Numerous outlets had extensive reports about Lasseter’s behavior which has been alarming brass at Disney for years, but about which nothing was done. However, one of the specific allegations has turned out to be untrue.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Journeyman’ Trailer: Paddy Considine Fights For His Life

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We’ve been waiting a while for Paddy Considine to get back behind the camera following his excellent and underrated BAFTA-Award winning “Tyrannosaur.” Well, the time has finally arrived as he’s pulling off triple duty writing, directing, and starring in “Journeyman.”

Also featuring Jodie Whittaker (“One Day”), Faraz Ayub (“Honor”), Tony Pitts (“War Horse”) and Paul Popplewell (“’71”), beneath the boxing drama surface of the movie lies the story of a pugilist who has to rebuild his entire life after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the ring.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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How Warner Bros. Could’ve Fixed ‘Justice League’

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Justice League” keeps returning to my mind. Not because it’s good or bad, but because it’s fundamentally, irritably mediocre. It’s designed by a team of high-level executives at Warner Bros. to be as safe and broadly appealing as possible. It’s a multi-million dollar blockbuster constructed to appease everyone. Therefore, it’s for nobody.

It’s not Zack Snyder’s film, even though he’s credited as the director.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Paddington 2’ Trailer: The Beloved Bear Is Back

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The live-action/animation hybrid “Paddington,” which starred Ben Whishaw as the voice of the title bear from Michael Bond‘s book series, made a big impression when it moseyed into theaters in 2015. While it cost $55 million to make, it earned over $268 million at the worldwide box office and a 98 percent Rotten Tomatoes score (and yes, for those of you who are counting, that’s one percent better than “Boyhood”).

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- Bennett Campbell Ferguson

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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Trailer: The Mystery Of Philip Unravels

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As handsome as he is mysterious, Queen Elizabeth’s husband Philip was a bit of an enigma in the first season of “The Crown.” Suffering through the various royal functions he’s forced to attend with this wife, Philip could be loyal one minute, unpredictable the next. And in the upcoming season, we’ll be getting a bit more background about the man who stands in the shadow of the throne.

One of the longest running royal rumors is that Philip had extramarital dalliances, and that story thread will continue to be pulled in the upcoming episodes.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mel Gibson Has Something To Say About Harvey Weinstein

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Remember that time when Mel Gibson unleashed all that racist, sexist, anti-Semitic hate speech? And those other times he was openly homophobic? Well, Hollywood has forgotten and forgiven, and so too have moviegoers. The actor and filmmaker returned to the mainstream this month with “Daddy’s Home 2,” a box office success that marks his best opening in front of the camera since “Signs.” Now, Gibson — who was once investigated for domestic violence and admitted hitting his former partner Oksana Grigorieva — has deemed it necessary to weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Coco’ Directors Bask In The Glow Of Mexico’s Love

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Imagine three weeks ago. To say it was a different time is something of an understatement. Walt Disney Studios was basking the glow of not only a gigantic haul and critical acclaim for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok, but a soon to be record box office tally for Pixar’s “Coco” in Mexico.

The Mexican set tale centers on Miguel (voiced by youngster Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year old boy who has been forced to keep his guitar playing and singing skills a secret from his family.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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’12 Strong’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth Wins The First Victory In The War On Terror

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So, “12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of The Horse Soldiers” (my god, that title) is now billing itself as “The true story of the first victory in the war on terror.” Honestly, I’m not sure I’m ready to process of all that, but nonetheless, flag waving marketing probably finds an audience.

Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, Austin Stowell, Ben O’Toole, Austin Hebert, Kenneth Miller, Kenny Sheard, Jack Kesy, Navid Negahban, Laith Nakli, Fahim Fazli, Numan Acar, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner and Rob Riggle, the war drama follows a U.S.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Greta Gerwig & Spike Jonze Discuss The Relatable Nature Of ‘Lady Bird’

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Greta Gerwig and Spike Jonze sat down recently following a screening of Gerwig’s directorial debut film “Lady Bird” to talk about the film, the road to getting it made and what themes in her own life helped to inspire the film. Jonze, former music video director turned filmmaker has received widespread acclaim for his films including “Her“, “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.”  Jonze and Gerwig discussed what makes “Lady Bird” relatable to teenagers and adults alike as well as what it took to get this film to the big screen.

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- Martine Olivier

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‘Justice League’ Cinematographer Says “I Really Hope We Get To See A Director’s Cut”

21 hours ago

“A lot of things got cut,” Jason Momoa said succinctly about the version of “Justice League” that’s currently in cinemas. Indeed, it’s easy to see that the superhero team-up movie — overhauled and reshot as it was — was a patchwork affair of two different visions. Fans are already petitioning for Zack Snyder‘s director’s cut (which technically doesn’t exist, since he never finished the movie) to be released, and now they have someone who worked on the film in the corner.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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John Lasseter Steps Down From Pixar After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

22 hours ago

#MeToo continues to be heard loud and clear throughout Hollywood. Men in all corners of the industry are being held accountable for their behavior and facing the consequences for harassment and assault that for too long has been ignored. Now, one of the mightiest studios in town may have a major executive in a potential crisis.

THR reports that Pixar‘s John Lasseter is taking a leave of absence for “missteps” that he acknowledges left staff feeling “disrespected or uncomfortable.” According to the trade, the allegations that are surfacing include Lasseter “grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes” with women, to the extent that employees created a move known as “the Lasseter” to avoid having him touch their legs.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Terminator’ Reboot Gives The Wheel To ‘Captain Phillips’ Writer Billy Ray

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Just when we thought the “The Terminator” franchise was all but dead, James Cameron announced his unexpected return for a new trilogy.

The last two films, “Terminator: Salvation” and “Terminator: Genisys,” were soul-crushing. After those debacles, the only way many fans would hop back onboard would be if James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Linda Hamilton all decided to return.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: Snubs & Surprises

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The 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations were unveiled today, and as it always goes, there were some surprises and snubs. However, before I get too far along, here’s quick reminder about one of the official eligibility requirements for the competing movies. It will be useful information for one of the biggest snubs that people are talking about:

…we are only considering films that are made with lower budgets, ranging from microbudgets up to $20 million.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ TV Spots: Rey Resists The Dark Side

23 hours ago

The countdown to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is on, and Disney isn’t going to let a day pass over the next couple weeks, without reminding you the film is coming. That means if you’re a couch potato this Thanksgiving weekend, you’re probably going to be blitzed with TV spots. Or you can feel free to use the bathroom between football plays and watch them now.

Of course, there are no actual story details being revealed here, except in the broadest possible strokes.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Get Out’ Lead 2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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The nominations for the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins revealed this years honorees, which were lead by “Call Me By Your Name,”  “Get Out,” “Good Time,” “The Rider” and “Lady Bird.”

A24 dominated the nominations with 17 followed by Sony Pictures Classics with 13 and upstart Neon earning 7.  

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Paul Feig On ‘Ghostbusters’: “It Was A Great Regret In My Life That The Movie Didn’t Do Better”

21 November 2017 9:49 AM, PST

When the announcement hit that Paul Feig remake was going to helm a “Ghostbusters” reboot and that the all-male cast of the original was going to be replaced by an all-female ensemble, the internet freaked. On one side of the aisle was definite praise for a step forward in Hollywood’s neverending battle with gender equality, but on the other side of the spectrum there was the massive backlash from fans of the original. 

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- Jordan Ruimy

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‘Crooked House’ Clip: Glenn Close Asks What Are Murderers Like? [Exclusive]

21 November 2017 9:13 AM, PST

The world’s most famous mystery writer, Agatha Christie, is back in the spotlight in a big way. The success of “Murder On The Orient Express” has sparked development on a follow-up, with the adaptation of “Death On The Nile” now in the works. However, that movie may be a bit of a way off, so if you need another fix of murderous thrills, it’s time to put “Crooked House” on your radar.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ Trailer: Love Blooms Between Annette Bening & Jamie Bell

21 November 2017 8:31 AM, PST

There are a lot of movies trying to elbow into the awards race, and Sony Pictures Classics is hoping voters will remember “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.” While it doesn’t have the same buzz as the studio’s other major contender — “Call Me By Your Name” — it does have a big, secret weapon: the legendary Annette Bening.

The actress leads the movie as Hollywood star Gloria Grahame, in this based on a true story tale about the actresses’ late life relationship and romance with a much younger lover.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Talking The Good & The Bad In ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]

21 November 2017 8:13 AM, PST

Sometimes a filmmaker just misses the forest for the trees…

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I start things off by riffing on problematic filmmakers, especially in the light of the now-it’s-official Louis C.K. sexual harassment allegations, and his subsequent admission to the wrongdoing. I had a chance to see his latest, now-forever-buried “I Love You, Daddy,” and it ain’t pretty.

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- Erik McClanahan

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Jason Momoa Talks ‘Justice League’: “A Lot Of Things Got Cut”

21 November 2017 7:52 AM, PST

If you haven’t seen “Justice League” yet, and decide to go, you could make a game counting where scenes were cut to fit the mandated two-hour running time. It’s clear that the movie went through a considerable overhaul before it landed in cinemas, resulting a superhero movie with no character arcs and little context for what is happening on screen. That said, we do spend some decent time with Aquaman in his underwater world, but Jason Momoa says there was even more that just didn’t make it in.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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