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When Animals Attack: Ranking Bloodthirsty Movie Predators

24 June 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Across her diverse filmography, Blake Lively has hung tough against the menaces of gun-toting criminals (The TownHickSavages), mean rich teens (Gossip Girl), aging (The Age of Adaline), moving away from your friends (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films), and being in Green Lantern (Green Lantern). Yet her latest project — the watery survival flick The Shallows — will pit the actress against her deadliest foe yet. After a surfing incident strands the starlet on a solitary outcropping of rock, a hungry shark encircles her as the tide rises. Teen soap opera alumna vs. »

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Film Review: ‘The Duel’

22 June 2016 6:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you’re an actor playing someone who’s sick and twisted and evil, almost nothing will get you into character quite like a startling new look. That tends to be the case whether the look comes courtesy of the makeup department (think Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight” or Robert De Niro’s Al Capone in “The Untouchables”) or, simply, the electric razor. In “The Duel,” Woody Harrelson plays some sort of lethally charismatic Southern cult leader in the years after the Civil War, and his performance, which is all about being the kind of person no one can take their eyes off of, begins with his look: a shaved head, which seems like no big deal, but with matching shaved eyebrows (and occult tattooish squiggles in their place), all of which give Harrelson the appearance of a death-row psycho, or an overgrown baby, or maybe a strutting alien. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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CinemaCon: ‘Birth of a Nation,’ ‘La La Land’ Stand Out in Blockbuster Fray

14 April 2016 5:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Las Vegas — A day after 20th Century Fox announced it would be releasing Warren Beatty’s as-yet-untitled Howard Hughes film in partnership with New Regency later this year, the studio took over the Colosseum at Caesars Palace to show off its upcoming slate. But amid the blockbuster noise of hotly anticipated titles like “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” it was a prestige drama from subsidiary Fox Searchlight that truly stood out from the fray.

Searchlight acquired Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” out of Sundance for a hefty price tag of $18 million in January, so the specialty division needs it to be a hit. Part of that deal stipulated that an educational roadshow component be provided, whereby Parker will travel with the film and speak to its story and themes. All the more reason, then, for this to be Searchlight’s first year presenting at CinemaCon, to get exhibitors on board. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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