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Adam Sandler to star in four movies exclusively for Netflix
Netflix is quickly changing the landscape of the studio system.
The streaming site announced Thursday that it has closed a deal with Adam Sandler and his production company, Happy Madison. Four new movies starring Sandler will premiere exclusively in 50 Netflix territories. Notably, there will be no studio middleman facilitating the deal, and the films will bypass a theatrical run.
“When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only.. Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks,.” said Sandler, in a statement. “Let the streaming begin! »
- Teresa Jue
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Launching Early in IMAX
The advance showings of the sci-fi tentpole, starring Matthew McConaughey, will play in more than 225 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.
Tickets for the advance showings went on sale Wednesday.
Cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Michael Caine. Story centers on a team of explorers traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
- Dave McNary
The International Documentary Association Awards Career Achievement to Robert Redford
The International Documentary Association (Ida) will present its 2014 Career Achievement Award to actor-director-producer-activist Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute, which has supported countless documentarians. His work in documentary film includes the Oscar-nominated short "The Solar Film," "Yosemite: Fate of Heaven," and feature documentaries "Incident at Oglala" and "The Unforeseen." In 2012, Redford formed Sundance Productions which backed "All The President’s Men Revisited," nonfiction series "Chicagoland" and "Death Row Stories" for CNN, and the 3D "Cathedrals of Culture" with executive producer Wim Wenders. In previous years, the Ida the Career Achievement Award on documentary went to Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, Sheila Nevins, Michael Moore and Werner Herzog. The organization's Pioneer Award goes to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, »
- Anne Thompson
Google Threatened With $100 Million Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos
Google is being threatened with a $100 million lawsuit over the nude celebrity photo hacking scandal. In an Oct. 1 letter addressed high-ranking Google executives, prominent Hollywood attorney Marty Singer says his Los Angeles-based firm, Lively & Singer, is representing “over a dozen female celebrities, actresses, models and athletes” who feel Google failed to remove explicit photos from its services after hackers stole them from the Apple iCloud and posted them online in August. 5 Scary Truths Learned From Hollywood's Nude Photo Hacking Scandal “Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” Singer wrote to Google CEO Larry Page and executive chairman. »
- Greg Gilman
Nearly 100-year-old 'Sherlock Holmes' film found in France
Sherlock Holmes has appeared on stage and on screen numerous times played by dozens of actors, and now, thanks to a recent discovery, fans of the world’s greatest detective will be able to view a lost but key piece of his on-screen history.
The French film archive Cinémathèque Française announced on Wednesday that a silent film version of Sherlock Holmes produced in 1916 was discovered in their collection a few weeks ago. Produced by Essanay Studios, the film, simply titled Sherlock Holmes, stars William Gillette as the titular detective, a role for which he was known around the world. Gillette »
- Jonathon Dornbush
September 2014 Box Office is Lowest in Six Years
After a welcome reprieve in August, the 2014 box office woes returned in September.Overall domestic box office totaled just $513 million, which is down 11 percent from last year. More importantly, this was the lowest-grossing month at the box office in six years (dating back to September 2008).The abnormally low total can be chalked up to a dearth of content early in the month. As Above/So Below and The November Man were weak late August releases, and the major studios entirely avoided the first weekend of September; the only movie to open wide on that date was Freestyle Releasing's The Identical, which has taken in less than $3 million total. By the time the studios got back in to the game on September 12th, the damage was already done.The month's top performer was The Maze Runner, which tallied $60.2 million through its first 12 days. The young-adult adaptation started with a strong $32.5 million, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Magic Mike Xxl Plot Revealed! Find Out What Channing Tatum and the Guys Are Up to in the Sequel
More Magic Mike Xxl scoop! Warner Bros. studios has finally revealed the plotline for the highly anticipated male stripper movie sequel. So what are Magic Mike (Channing Tatum), Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello) and the rest of the sexy studs up to in Xxl? Here's the full movie plot: Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, "Magic Mike Xxl" finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in »
Ben Affleck in Negotiations to Play Assassin in WB's ‘The Accountant’
Ben Affleck is in negotiations to star in “The Accountant” for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Bill Dubuque wrote the script, which follows a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a deadly assassin. Gavin O'Connor (“Warrior”) is circling the director's chair, though there is no deal in place yet. Will Smith was previously attached to star, as Warner Bros. has long believed the project to be worthy of an A-list actor. After doing press for “Gone Girl,” Affleck will finish filming “Batman. »
- Jeff Sneider
Simon McBurney Joins Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ (Exclusive)
Tom Cruise will once again star in the latest installment of the action franchise. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson are also on board with Jeremy Renner set to return. Chris McQuarrie is directing with Cruise, Skydance’s David Ellison and J.J. Abrams producing.
Plot details are being kept under wraps but sources say McBurney will play the boss of Ferguson’s character. Drew Pearce penned the script.
McBurney recently completed filming a lead role in the BBC/HBO mini-series “Casual Vacancy” and can also be seen in the new AMC show “Knifeman.” On the film front he last appeared in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” and can be seen next in Focus’ “The Theory of Everything.”
He is repped by UTA, »
- Justin Kroll
‘A to Z’ Review: NBC Comedy Is Full of Cuteness and Light
The cynical part of you will wonder how many suits it took to come up with “A to Z,” a TV romcom starring two of the medium's most charming and adorable actors — Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman. Seriously, could these two people be any cuter? It's ridiculous. But don't dismiss this freshman NBC offering, which debuts Thursday, because it colors inside the lines and is one of about a half a dozen new shows in this vein. Predictability, at least in the case of this series and its stars, is a welcome conceit. Also read: ‘Selfie’ Review: Despite Its Awful Name, »
- Mekeisha Madden Toby
TV Review: ‘Survivor’s Remorse’
Look past the marquee producers (including NBA superstar LeBron James and his manager), and “Survivor’s Remorse” is really just a new version of “Entourage,” with a predominantly African-American cast and a new big-money setting — namely, pro basketball. And that’s not a bad thing, at least once one gets past the exposition-heavy premiere, which feels too obligated to state every beat of the premise, including the underlying meaning of the title. Starz has ordered six episodes of this half-hour series, which hits just a high enough percentage to warrant a continuing spot on the roster.
As the show begins, Cam Calloway (Jamie T. Usher) is signing a megabucks deal with the NBA’s Atlanta franchise, one negotiated by his cousin and lifelong friend, Reggie (RonReaco Lee). The contract has allowed Cam to financially float his entire family, moving his mom (Tichina Arnold) out of the Dorchester, Mass., neighborhood in which they grew up, »
- Brian Lowry
Robert Redford to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Ida Awards
Robert Redford will receive the 2014 Career Achievement Award at this year's Ida Documentary Awards, the International Documentary Association announced on Thursday. The ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 5 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, with additional honorary awards going to World of Wonder Productions founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (the Pioneer Award) and Cambodian director Rithy Panh (the Preservation and Scholarship Award). Also read: Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett Join ‘Truth,’ About News Legend Dan Rather's Downfall Redford has been involved in the production of a number of documentaries, including the short “The Solar Film” and the features “Incident. »
- Steve Pond
September Box Office Hits 6-Year Low
The September box office totaled just $513 million in September, the worst monthly total in six years. That's down 11 percent from 2013, according to Box Office Mojo, and the lowest total since September of 2008. The swoon comes on the heels of a record-breaking August, which was driven by “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and leaves the year's overall box office down 5.5 percent. That all but assures 2014 won't match last year's record domestic haul. At $2.5 billion, the third quarter also hit a six-year low. If 2014 is to match last year, the fourth »
- Todd Cunningham
‘Annabelle’ Review: ‘The Conjuring’ Prequel Is Surprisingly Poignant and Plenty Scary
The late-60's Satanic panic and housewifely ennui make for a surprisingly complementary mix of fear and paranoia in “Annabelle,” the prequel to last year's horror hit “The Conjuring.” Though it's not without concessions to formula, a sheen of glamour and a stab at real drama distinguish this persistently spooky tale of one woman's private helter-skelter. Manson and his Family terrorize on the nightly news, but they're only a blip to newlyweds Mia and John (Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton), who are too busy preparing for the birth of their first child to take much notice. Though Mia appears to be. »
- Inkoo Kang
Jerry Seinfeld, Blondie, Pharrell Williams Honored at Sarcastic, Self-Aware Clio Awards
"We're here to celebrate you — you should be a little more f—ing excited!" said Whoopi Goldberg to a less-than-enthused crowd while kicking off the 55th annual Clio Awards, held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night. "It's kind of like being at the Oscars, sometimes you don't need to be to cool for school, … you can smile, it's okay! You can whoop it up! This is your night, enjoy it. You don't have to be like the actors, you can actually have a good f—ing time. ... You gotta learn to have a little fun
- Ashley Lee
Adam Sandler to Make Four New Movies for Netflix, Will Produce and Star in the Feature Films
Can't get enough of Adam Sandler? Then it's time to renew your Netflix subscription. The 48-year-old comedy actor will star in and produce four new feature films exclusively for the Internet TV network, which has over 50 million members, Netflix announced today. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that Sandler was approached for the deal—which sidesteps the traditional movie distribution process—because Sandler's films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members. "When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only….Netflix rhymes with Wet »
Jude Law Heists Nazi Gold in First Trailer for Submarine Thriller ‘Black Sea’ (Video)
There's a hidden fortune buried in a sunken Nazi sub and Jude Law wants it. The trailer for “Black Sea” shows that he'll have to take a shadowy team to dark depths to find it. But how long will his crew stay loyal to their captain? Also read: Jude Law to Play Thomas Wolfe Alongside Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman in ‘Genius’ “Black Sea” comes from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) and features a supporting cast of renowned character actors including Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threlfall. Law plays Captain Robinson who hits a desperate time in his life after being. »
- Ryan O'Connell
‘Stalker’ Solid As CBS Wins Wednesday; ‘Black-ish’ Falls in Week Two, ‘Red Band’ Steady
CBS has won the second Wednesday of the television in key demos behind “Survivor” and the creepy crime tandem of “Criminal Minds” and “Stalker,” the latter of which had a solid but unspectacular premiere and won its timeslot. ABC’s “Modern Family” remained the night’s top show in young adults, but lead-out “Black-ish” took a bit of a hit in its second week.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Survivor” won the 8 o’clock hour for CBS (2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), down about 10% from its 90-minute season premiere of last week. It was followed by the season opener of “Criminal Minds” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), which was down just a bit in 18-49 from its year-ago opener (and »
- Rick Kissell
Film Review: ‘Left Behind’
In what was surely a first in the annals of motion-picture marketing, an early ad for “Left Behind” featured a quote taken not from a film critic, but rather from Satan himself, who allegedly quipped, “Please do not bring unbelievers to this movie.” This presents a rare scenario in which Christian moviegoers ought to feel perfectly secure heeding the advice of the Devil, as this faith-based thriller is likely to inspire far more dorm-room drinking games than religious conversions. With a “Sharknado”-inspired visual style and a deeply weary lead performance from Nicolas Cage, “Left Behind” is cheap-looking, overwrought kitsch of the most unintentionally hilarious order, its eschatological bent representing its only real shot at box office redemption. The film hits theaters this weekend, but as for when believers can expect to see the tenets of their faith reflected with any sort of sophistication or intelligence in a mainstream genre film, »
- Andrew Barker
See the first trailer for Pixar's 'Inside Out,' starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader
Writer-director Peter Docter ’s upcoming film is set in a place where few men have dared venture: the mind of a pre-pubescent girl. Pixar’s Inside Out—out June 19—was inspired by the Up director’s young daughter Elie, whose entry into adolescence transformed her from a mischievous girl into a “quiet” pre-teen. “ we were like, ‘Wow, that’s so unlike her, what’s going on her brain?’” recalls Docter, who made his directorial debut with Monsters Inc. “And that’s what lead to the heart of the story—the question of what goes on inside our own minds.”
With Inside Out, »
- Nina Terrero
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