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Summer To The Rescue, Sort Of: 13 May-august Movies I Want To See

Summer is upon us. That is, summer as defined by movie studios which, in the 40 years since Star Wars was released, on May 25, 1977, have valiantly tried to stretch the boundaries of summer, content-wise, from the traditional June-July-August definition to include the other nine months of the year as well. (Mission pretty much accomplished, gentlemen. Thank you for your efforts.) As far as the actual summer movie season, it’s now more or less accepted that everything starts on the first weekend of May, and so it most certainly is this year. In case you hadn’t heard, a modest little picture called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuts this weekend at an art house near you, and everyone you know, including you, have probably already bought advance tickets to see it. Me, I’m less similarly inclined. Despite my raised expectations from reviews and audience reports, I found the
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Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #409

Jessica Jones Reconstructs The Crime

Well, I can’t put it off any longer no matter how hard I try. And believe me, I’ve tried.

The last time I started a column with those words we were engaged in a not-so-great Civil War. It’s how I began my multi-column series on Marvel’s Civil War II. Today we turn to the aftermath of Civil War II. Call it Marvel’s Reconstruction Era, only the historical one was probably less painful.

Inhuman Ulysses Cain predicted future crimes. Captain Marvel arrested everyone the predictions said would commit some future crime and put them in jail. I wrote about why this was against the law. You know, it’s a pity that this Captain Marvel is forcing a perfectly respectable Captain Marvel to call himself Shazam.

One of the future criminals Captain Marvel imprisoned was Allison Green. Problem was, the prediction about Allison was wrong.
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Complete Series of The Legend of Korra Comes to Blu-Ray in December

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Legend of Korra fans have much to cheer for today as Nickelodeon has announced they're bringing the entire series to blu-ray for the first time, for a holiday release.  Prepare your Santa lists accordingly.  

If you loved Avatar: The Last Airbender, you undoubtedly enjoyed the spin-off, The Legend of Korra.  Despite being cut shorter than fans would have liked, the series has garnered a strong following and critical praise.  If you missed out on the series, or simply want to enjoy it again and again, you're in luck.  

Today comes that announcement that the entire series is coming to blu-ray in one tidy package, complete with bonus features to enjoy.  The blu-ray is set to release on December 13, 2016, just in time for the holidays.  Check out the full press release below for more details: 

For the first time in one collection, fans can relive every exciting element-bending moment from the
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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – Bridget Jones Baby, Snowden, Magnificent Seven, and More!

This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Jim Batts and Tom Stockman talk movies. Our guest in the studio this week is Lynn Venhaus, film critic for The Belleville News Democrat and the Kirkwood/Webster Times. We’ll discuss the weekend box office and review Snowden, Magnificent Seven, Disappointments Room, Bridget Jones Baby, The Hollars and Queen Of Katwe. We’ll talk about the Captain America Civil Wars Blu-ray and disccuss all the movie-related events going on in St. Louis.

Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:

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Blu-ray Review – Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War, 2016.

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.

Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Bruhl

Synopsis:

Captain America: Civil War set the box office on fire and now arrives on Blu-ray with a healthy set of bonus features that will keep Marvel Cinematic Universe fans content until the next McU movie arrives. Hope everyone is enjoying this golden age of superhero movies.

Civil wars tend to inflame passions, even ones involving fictional worlds. Just ask my nine-year-old son, who left a showing of Captain America: Civil War furious at Iron Man’s actions toward Captain America. He couldn’t understand how Iron Man could treat Captain America that way and was so mad that he still refuses to see
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Channing Tatum’s all-male ‘Ghostbusters’ film was ‘never real?’

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Channing Tatum’s all-male ‘Ghostbusters’ film was ‘never real?’
In March 2015, it was reported Sony was working on another Ghostbusters film besides Paul Feig's new reboot. It was said to star Channing Tatum (with Chris Pratt later linked) and heavily suggested by pretty much everyone other than those involved that it would be "all-male." But Ivan Reitman is now saying the project was "never real." Feig's film, which is looking to take second place at the box office this weekend with a healthy $46 million, stars Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig. When it was first announced it was met with a great deal of backlash -- backlash which Sony chairman Tom Rothman said was "the greatest thing that ever happened." While producer Reitman considers that response to be from those for whom Ghostbusters was a seminal moment in their lives, somehow the Channing Tatum/Chris Pratt version was not considered something that would ruin childhoods.
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Here's What Anna Kendrick Looks Like as Marvel's Squirrel Girl

Here's What Anna Kendrick Looks Like as Marvel's Squirrel Girl
Yesterday, it was widely reported that Anna Kendrick wants to take on the role of Squirrel Girl in an upcoming Marvel movie. What has somewhat flown under the radar is that this is entirely possible, and could happen as soon as Spider-Man: Homecoming hits the big screen next summer. A lot of fans aren't familiar with Squirrel Girl, her powers or the fact that she was once a member of the Great Lakes Avengers. As it so happens, Civil War co-director Joe Russo teased earlier in the year that some, if not all, the Great Lakes Avengers may appear in Homecoming. Today, we have fan art that shows what Anna Kendrick would look like as this unique superhero. And guess what? It could work.

Squirrel Girl was co-created by comic book legend Steve Ditko and Will Murray. She first appeared in the pages of Marvel way back in 1992. Real name Doreen Green,
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Mindy Newell: Civil War and Our Man In Orange

As I mentioned last week in this space, Captain America: Civil War rocked!! Well, if you stick bamboo slivers under my nails, I will admit to having one nitpick with the film, but I don’t want to go into it right now because of the off-chance that you haven’t seen it yet. That’s almost a tough pill to swallow, since (a) I don’t think you’d be here if you weren’t a lover of comics and geek culture – with a nice healthy dose of politics thrown in; and (b) Civil War has topped the $1 billion globally, with domestic gross profits adding up to $347,390,153 – and the weekend isn’t over yet as I write this. So I’m going to wait until next week to talk about that one nitpick, in case I forget, which, knowing me, could be quite likely – so somebody remind me, ‘kay?
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Jackie Evancho Covers Skylar Grey's 'Coming Home, Pt. II' in Soaring New Music Video

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Jackie Evancho Covers Skylar Grey's 'Coming Home, Pt. II' in Soaring New Music Video
Tell the world: Jackie Evancho's got a new single and music video. The precocious soprano - who first wowed the country on America's Got Talent when she was 10 - is releasing a cover of Skylar Grey's hit "Coming Home, Pt. II," and People has an exclusive first look at the video. Evancho, now 15, says she was moved by performing in the National Memorial Day Concert for PBS, and that inspired the military undertones of the video. "The stories of our nation's heroes in the specials have touched me. I wanted to make a video reflecting their stories as a tribute to them,
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Jackie Evancho Covers Skylar Grey's 'Coming Home, Pt. II' in Soaring New Music Video

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Jackie Evancho Covers Skylar Grey's 'Coming Home, Pt. II' in Soaring New Music Video
Tell the world: Jackie Evancho's got a new single and music video. The precocious soprano - who first wowed the country on America's Got Talent when she was 10 - is releasing a cover of Skylar Grey's hit "Coming Home, Pt. II," and People has an exclusive first look at the video. Evancho, now 15, says she was moved by performing in the National Memorial Day Concert for PBS, and that inspired the military undertones of the video. "The stories of our nation's heroes in the specials have touched me. I wanted to make a video reflecting their stories as a tribute to them,
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'Roots' to world premiere at Miptv

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'Roots' to world premiere at Miptv
Event miniseries about American slavery stars Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte; teaser trailer released.

A+E Studios’ adaptation of Roots is to receive its world premiere at Miptv in Cannes on April 4.

Based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, which was made into a seminal 1977 TV series, the new adaptation is described as a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive.

The narrative spans multiple generations, beginning with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland in the Gambia and transported in brutal conditions to colonial America, where he’s sold into slavery.

Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in Us history - including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.

Kunta Kinte is played by UK actor and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Malachi Kirby (Gone Too Far), who will attend the premiere screening
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Akira Kurosawa’s Ran returning to UK cinemas fully restored in 4K

Studiocanal has announced that it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UK release of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran with a special, fully restored 4K theatrical re-release of the 1985 classic.

The final masterpiece from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, Ran, which translates as ‘turmoil’, is Kurosawa’s meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear crossed with the history of Japan’s 16th century Civil Wars and the legend of Morikawa, a feudal warlord with three sons.

Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya NakadaiYojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao – Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû – Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable,
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'Roots' Trailer Brings Intense Look at AandE's Miniseries Remake

'Roots' Trailer Brings Intense Look at AandE's Miniseries Remake
The History Channel will premiere Roots on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and History. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by History, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Roots will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to History.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award winning and Emmy Award nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy E. Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller
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First Trailer For The upcoming Roots Remake Is Here!

The History Channel has released the first trailer for the upcoming remake of Roots. Trailer provides a promising gritty retelling of the 1977 original. The eight-hour-long miniseries will debut this coming Memorial Day.

The miniseries stars Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Malachi Kirby is playing the iconic role of Kunta Kinte.

The classic miniseries Roots was a television phenomenon that had an indelible effect on American culture. A+E Networks and The Wolper Organization – the company that produced the original – made a version of Alex Haley's American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte.

Roots is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte who is captured in his homeland in The
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Berlin Film Festival: Forum Section Puts Spotlight on Arab Countries

London — Films from the Arabic countries will be a strong feature of the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum section, which has just completed its main program. Many of the films are from young directors from the region, but they explore both the past and present of their home countries.

In “A Magical Substance Flows into Me,” artist Jumana Manna sets out in search of the musical diversity of the Palestinian region. Tamer El Said’s feature “Akher ayam el madina” (In the Last Days of the City) sends his alter-ego Khalid through the director’s home city of Cairo, which is in a state of uproar.

Maher Abi Samra’s documentary “Makhdoumin” (A Maid for Each) grapples with the employment of maids from the southern countries of the world in middle-class Lebanese households, a practice at once omnipresent and kept largely under wraps.

“Barakah yoqabil Barakah” (Barakah Meets Barakah) by
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Berlin 2016: Forum line-up unveiled; focus on Arab region

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Programme includes 34 world premieres.

The line-up for the 46th Berlinale Forum has been announced and will feature a total of 44 films in its main programme, of which 34 are world premieres and nine international premieres.

One focus of this year’s programme is the Arab region, with films shot by mainly young directors from an area that stretches between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, exploring both the past and present of their homelands.

In A Magical Substance Flows into Me, artist Jumana Manna sets out in search of the musical diversity of the Palestinian region.

Tamer El Said’s feature In the Last Days of the City (Akher ayam el madina) sends his alter-ego Khalid through the director’s home city of Cairo, which is in a state of uproar.

Maher Abi Samra’s documentary A Maid for Each (Makhdoumin) grapples with the employment of maids from the Global South in middle-class Lebanese households, a practice
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First Look at ‘Roots’ Remake Shows Kunta Kinte Past and Present (Photo)

First Look at ‘Roots’ Remake Shows Kunta Kinte Past and Present (Photo)
Malachi Kirby and LeVar Burton stand side by side in the first photo released from the new miniseries remake of “Roots.” Based on Alex Haley’s 1976 book of the same name, the classic “Roots” follows the history of Haley’s own family from the abduction in Africa of eventual slave Kunta Kinte, through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and emancipation. Malachi was handpicked for the lead role by executive producers Will Packer and LeVar Burton, who played the original Kunta Kinte. Also Read: 'Truth Be Told's' Will Packer on Mark-Paul Gosselaar's 'White Guilt' and Why 'Roots' Doesn't Hold
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Roots Remake Adds James Purefoy, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Goode and More

Roots Remake Adds James Purefoy, Mekhi Phifer, Matthew Goode and More
At this rate, it might be easier to list the celebrities who aren’t involved with cable’s upcoming Roots remake.

A+E Networks on Thursday added seven new cast members to the four-night, eight-hour event, including a Good Wife favorite, a Following baddie and a former ER doc.

RelatedRoots Remake Casts Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Derek Luke — Plus Walking Dead, Good Wife Faves

The project — which is an adaptation of Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, and a remake of ABC’s 1977 miniseries — centers on slave Kunta Kinte (played by EastEndersMalachi Kirby), from his initial capture in The Gambia
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The Voice Recap: Playoffs, Playa!

The Voice Recap: Playoffs, Playa!
Gwen Stefani may have a new romance on her hands with fellow coach Blake Shelton — news apparently so earth-shattering that even Nightline (¡!) ran a segment on it — but one thing she shouldn’t expect in her Christmas stocking this year is a winner’s statuette from The Voice to match the quartet on her beau’s mantle.

RelatedChicago Fire, Chicago P.D. Score Really Early Renewals at NBC

This is no knock whatsoever on #TeamGwen — home to two of my favorite Season 9 contestants. It’s just that at every turn, executive producer Mark Burnett & Co. have not-so-subtly been the Zola Budd to her Mary Decker.
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Nashville Recap: The Wages of Grief

Nashville Recap: The Wages of Grief
Ok, that’s it: I’m putting out an official Apb for A Dog Named Sue.

If you’re new to Nashville, you might not know that Deacon once had the cutest dog in the world, but he gave it away to a perfectly good ex whose biggest flaw was that she wasn’t Rayna. That dog’s name? Sue — a nod to Mr. Johnny Cash.

And while I’m sure Deke saved himself a lot of besmirched carpets, way-too-early morning walks and chewed furniture, he also denied himself — and all of us! — the special cuddly comfort a pup provides during rough times.
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