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This Time, It’s War: Ayer’s Latest Depiction of Men Under Fire
At last leaving behind the pulpy, sometimes overly chewy cop action/dramas he’s been churning out, David Ayer returns with his most sobering film yet, Fury, reconstituting a title previously used famously by both Fritz Lang and Brian De Palma (both for very different purposes). His most homosocial film yet, Ayer delivers a sometimes grueling slog through the horrors of war, hardly shirking away from the excessive violence of the situation, even if the sexual depravities written off as necessary casualties transpire conveniently out of sight. Sometimes pretentious and sometimes straining a bit too hard for an extra degree of pathos, it’s nonetheless an arresting film that’s often unsettling and unpredictable.
- Nicholas Bell
A former Super Bowl champ is Under Fire from parents in a youth football league -- who say the raging pep talks he gives the team are abusive ... but the ex-nfl star says it's just tough love. The man at the center of the controversy is Seth Joyner -- a 3-time All Pro linebacker -- who now coaches an American Youth Football team in Tempe, Az comprised of 12-year-olds. We're told league officials were recently »
- TMZ Staff
The Boston Herald and one of its cartoonists issued separate apologies Wednesday hours after the newspaper published a political strip in its print and online versions about President Barack Obama that drew widespread criticism. Also read: NY Newspaper Under Fire for Calling President Obama the N-Word in Headline The cartoon (pictured above) shows the President brushing his teeth while a White House intruder sits in a bathtub behind him and makes a comment about “watermelon toothpaste.” The cartoon's caption read: “White House Invader Got Farther Than Originally Thought.” But critics said it reinforced the stereotype that African-Americans are especially fond of the fruit. »
- Travis Reilly
Gene Simmons not only thinks rock music is dead, it was “murdered” by the internet and the “entitled” Americans using it to steal music. The Kiss bassist, who is arguably one of the most successful living rock stars in the history of music, blames file sharing for the death of one of America's most beloved musical genres during a recent Esquire interview conducted by his son, Nick. Also read: Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Under Fire for Depression Comments: ‘F–k You, Then Kill Yourself’ “The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. »
- Greg Gilman
Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
On the tail of their Blu-ray release of Oliver Stone’s Salvador comes a Twilight Time Blu-ray debut of that other photojournalist-in-Latin-America film of the early Eighties, 1983’s Under Fire, starring Nick Nolte (TV’s Rich Man Poor Man), Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner) and Gene Hackman (The Conversation).
Set during the last days of the Nicaraguan revolution that ended the Somoza regime in Nicaragua in 1979, the film revolves around three journalists involved in a romantic triangle as they cover the political intrigue that led up to that year’s revolution.
As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to order your Blu-ray »
After getting in hot water for statements he made on the topic of depression, rocker Gene Simmons has backtracked his comments. “I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks,” the Kiss singer posted to his Facebook. “I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression.” Also read: Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Under Fire for Depression Comments: ‘F–k You, Then Kill Yourself’ In an article posted at the end of July, »
- Linda Ge
Picking up where the big studios have been leaving off, home video label Twilight Time has for the last few years been releasing some pretty damn awesome horror flicks on Blu-ray, including the original Fright Night and Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead.
Joining them next is the 1988 version of The Blob, headed our way just in time for Halloween! As the company just revealed, October 14th will mark the Blu-ray release of The Blob.
Typical for Twilight Time, all of the releases will be limited with The Blob being cut off at 5,000 copies and the others limited to only 3,000.
Directed by Chuck Russell, The Blob is one of the better horror remakes we've yet seen, centering on a strange pink life »
- John Squires
Stephen A. Smith has been in a little bit of hot water lately, after making remarks last Friday on Espn's “First Take” that women sometimes provoke getting hit, which came up when he and co-host Skip Bayless were discussing the NFL's two-game domestic violence suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. On Monday morning's “First Take,” Smith addressed the remarks he made, saying that he made “the most egregious error of my career.” See video: Espn Host Under Fire for Remarks About Domestic Violence Victims (Video) He went on to say that “My words came across it is somehow a woman's. »
- Joel Keller
Social media users weren't the only ones shocked by a newspaper headline that called President Obama the N-word last weekend. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was, too. A day after an article in the Westview News titled “The Nig-r in the White House” went viral, Representative Jackson Lee (D-tx) expressed her outrage. “This headline from WestView News is disgusting. America is better than this,” the Congresswoman tweeted Monday, along with a link to a story about the headline. Also read: NY Newspaper Under Fire for Calling President Obama the N-Word in Headline Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee As TheWrap previously reported, the tiny New York City paper, »
- Anita Bennett
Former Washington Post crime reporter Ruben Castaneda has admitted to being addicted to crack cocaine while covering Washington, D.C.'s crack epidemic in the 1990s. Castaneda made the shocking admission Sunday on CNN's “Reliable Sources,” while promoting his new book “S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.” During his appearance, Castaneda said he first sampled crack while on assignment in a rough neighborhood. ”This was in September 1988, when I was working in Los Angeles for the Herald Examiner,” he said. ”I was in a pretty tough neighborhood on the western edge of downtown, having to do with an immigration story. »
- Anita Bennett
Marlowe – who served as the ABC series’ showrunner through its first six seasons, the last of which was its most watched ever – will continue to maintain a day-to-day presence on the show while also starting to develop new projects as part of his overall deal with ABC Studios.
Related | Castle Creator Talks Controversial Wedding Day Twist (‘We’re Going to Take Our Lumps’), Teases New Mythology Ahead
Succeeding Marlowe as showrunner, »
With E3 wrapping up, a few more impressive game trailers for both third party and some exclusives have gone online in the few days following all the press conferences at the start of the week.
From "Alien: Isolation" to "Doom 4," from "Dreadnought" to "No Man's Sky". From "Everybody's Gone to the Rapture" to "Deep Down," check them out below:
Deep Down (PS4 Exclusive)
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
Driveclub (PS4 Exclusive)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4 Exclusive)
Kingdom Under Fire 2 (PS4 Exclusive)
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor
Mortal Kombat X
No Man's Sky
- Garth Franklin
Gwyneth Paltrow has just made another internet enemy — and this one is prepared for real-world combat. “Iron Man” actress Paltrow — who angered many earlier this week when she compared dealing with internet haters to being in war, has found herself in the sights of a Green Beret who calls out Paltrow as “narcissistic” and “laughable.” In an open letter published on Clash Daily, Brian Sikes slams the actress for the comparison. Also read: Gwyneth Paltrow Under Fire for Comparing Internet Troll Abuse to Being at War “I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood. »
- Tim Kenneally
Steve Balmer, the former Microsoft CEO, has reportedly signed an agreement to pay $2 billion dollars to the Sterling family trust for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Steve Balmer Buying Clippers
Balmer apparently negotiated the sale with disgraced owner Donald Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, reported CNN. The tech mogul reportedly initially offered the Sterlings $1.8 billion, but co-owner Shelly insisted he go up to $2 billion if he wanted the team. Though the Shelly Sterling has agreed to Balmer’s price, an NBA Board of governors will have to approve the sale.
Donald Sterling will also have to approve of the sale, according to his lawyer Maxwell Blecher. While the $2 million might be sufficient monetary payment, there’s something else he wants before he sells the team; he wants the NBA to say he’s not a racist.
“He wants to be vindicated. He doesn't want his tombstone to say, 'Here lies Donald Sterling, »
Here comes the Australian invasion: Rapper Iggy Azalea has joined The Beatles as the only two acts to hit the No. 1 and No. 2 spots simultaneously with their first two Billboard Hot 100 hits in the U.S. Azalea's single “Fancy,” featuring Charli Xcx, earned the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart Wednesday while Ariana Grande's single “Problem,” which features Iggy, moved into second place. “Problem” is the best-selling debut single of the year and currently resides atop the iTunes chart in 57 countries. It's the fastest-selling single since Katy Perry's “Roar.” See photo: Justin Timberlake Under Fire From Palestinian Fans Over. »
- Tony Maglio
Foxcatcher premiered at Cannes on Monday, May 19, and is competing for the elusive Palme d’Or. The film was already a hot topic before its premiere. Many speculated about what Carell, known for his comedic work in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The Office, would do in a dramatic role. Many more debated how Tatum, an actor who became famous for his pretty face and then surprised audiences with his impressive range – 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike – would fare with such serious, dramatic material.
An unforgettable night. #Foxcatcher #Cannes2014 pic.twitter.com/WaGOwIRYSY
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) May 19, 2014
Foxcatcher Receives Rave Reviews
There's a list of parties kilometers long of every rinky-dink film looking for global distribution, money, or some form of attention in Cannes, but after the sun sets (and it gets cold here when that happens), these are the invites generating the most buzz. Similar to Sundance's famed party list created by Christopher Ryan, Filmtrack's Andrew Goldstein has been curating a constantly updating grid several pages long. There is no animosity between the two scene-steerers. They are friends. Also read: Good Morning Cannes: ‘Grace’ Comes Under Fire and Amy Adams Makes it Rain Get on these lists, or fire your manager, »
- Mikey Glazer
Donald Sterling's racist rant stopped him from receiving an award from the NAACP, but that didn't stop Jimmy Kimmel from asking strangers to congratulate the Los Angeles Clippers owner on the honor, anyway. Fortunately for humanity, Kimmel's crew couldn't find anybody strolling past the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday willing to offer any kind words. Also read: Los Angeles NAACP Under Fire for Donald Sterling Relationship Except one guy who offered his condolences to the Sterling family when told the controversial NBA owner — recently banned from the league for life — was dead. Also read: La Clippers, Golden State Warriors Applaud Donald Sterling. »
- Greg Gilman
Beyonce Knowles scored the cover of Time magazine's “The 100 Most Influential People In the World” issue on Thursday. “She's the boss,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg writes in a profile of the pop star. Also read: Beyonce Under Fire for Sampling Challenger Disaster in Song (Video) “Beyonce doesn't just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” Sandberg says. “Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren't afraid? appears to be, ‘Watch me. I'm about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.'” The “Time 100” issue features many. »
- James Crugnale
Scripps Networks International’s flagship Food Network will unveil 20 new series across primetime and daytime in the months to come, enlisting Valerie Bertinelli for a new daytime series and expanding its “Chopped” franchise to a new teen-oriented format.
“Increasing our development slate to satiate the audience demand for entertaining and informative programming has been our focus.” said Brooke Johnson, president of Food Network and Cooking Channel, in a prepared statement.
The moves come as Wall Street monitors the parent company for signs of slowing growth. After Scripps reported its fourth-quarter results in February, media analyst Michael Nathanson noted the company’s networks are starting to deliver performance that is more tempered than what has been produced in the past. Indeed, Food Network’s average subscribers slipped to 98.8 million in 2013 from 99.5 million in 2012, according to data from SNL Kagan, while affiliate fees rose a penny per subscriber in the same period »
- Brian Steinberg
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