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Exclusive: Cuba Gooding Jr. started production today on Louisiana Caviar, an independently financed New Orleans-set thriller that marks the directing debut of the Oscar-winning Jerry Maguire star. Gooding Jr. stars with Richard Dreyfuss and Famke Janssen, from a script by Eitan Gorlin that Gooding Jr. rewrote. Paul Haggis is aboard as exec producer, and Anjul Nigam is producing under his Brittany House Pictures banner with Steve Straka of Quixotic Road, and Hilary Shor… »
I fondly recall the purity of Lego, refusing to license media properties, preferring to keep their toys pristine and unique. Eventually, the opportunity for expanding their line was too tempting and they introduce first one, then another, and now a flood of media properties to their toys allowing you build everything from the Batcave to the Black Pearl. It was only a matter of time before they migrated from the playroom to the computer screen in a series of games that morphed into direct-to-dvd features. And now we have a whole subset of children’s films featuring the Lego version of popular heroes and villains.
One reason this explosion has been sustained is that the producers and writers have been freed to go wild, tongues firmly in cheeks, offering kinetic mayhem for the younger viewers and tons of pop culture references for the parents forced to endure repeated viewings. No »
- Robert Greenberger
Tom Cruise’s latest starring role in a franchise-facing actioner may not be the out-and-out disaster so many pictured when the first reviews for “The Mummy” started rolling in (current Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%, his second-lowest of all-time), but it’s still worrisome for a tentpole film meant to launch an entirely new franchise. Box office aside, “The Mummy” points to another troubling element in Cruise’s career: woeful repetition.
Cruise remains one of Hollywood’s last big movie stars, a bankable talent who almost exclusively stars in major films that are expected to make a pretty penny at the box office. In recent years, Cruise has leaned hard on large-scale studio projects, from the enduringly popular “Mission: Impossible” franchise to pricey studio outings like “Oblivion” and “Rock of Ages,” and while he’s still a major marquee name, his career is lacking the kind of daring and exciting choices that once made it stand out. »
- Kate Erbland
Tai Freligh interviews director Chris McKay…
Chris McKay has an extensive background in television work, including editing, directing, producing, animation and visual effects. He is best known for his editing work early on for Robot Chicken and Moral Orel before later adding directing to his resume. He was animation co-director on The Lego Movie with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller before making his feature film directorial debut with The Lego Batman Movie.
The news came out in late February that McKay would direct a live-action Nightwing movie, the first of its kind for the character who has had a long history in comic books and animated television shows. While McKay couldn’t talk about Nightwing just yet, he did say that he might have some news soon, so stay tuned to Flickering Myth as we get »
- Tai Freligh
In August 1983, Ronald Reagan was president, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police was in the middle of an eight-week run as the #1 single, Ivanka Trump wasn’t quite two years old, and few people were aware of the Church of Scientology. And “Risky Business,” the first movie to star Tom Cruise, became a surprise hit.
34 years later, Cruise is at a different kind of crossroads at the box office. He’s been charged with rebooting Universal’s Mummy franchise, which will launch the studio’s “Dark Universe” story world. And while “The Mummy” has already opened strongly in its first date (South Korea), projections here are considerably less kind. Reviews have ranged from disappointing to incendiary, and “Wonder Woman” is expected to soundly beat the film in its opening weekend.
While “The Mummy” won’t be a career highlight, »
- Tom Brueggemann
They say that dogs are man's best friend. Jonathan Lipnicki also said in Jerry Maguire that bees and dogs can smell fear. Both of these statements are proven to be rather accurate with a hilarious new viral video that has become one of YouTube's top trending videos, amassing over 570,000 views in just a few days. The video in question shows what happens when a devoted bulldog watches the terrifying horror hit The Conjuring, and the result is just as hilarious as it is endearing. Perhaps this could even spawn yet another Conjuring spin-off?
This video was posted on the YouTube channel "Elvis and Khaleesi," which is filled with amusing videos of this bulldog Khaleesi, but most aren't as compelling as this video, where this dog instinctively knows something terrifying is about to happen. This video shows a scene from early on in director James Wan's horror-thriller, where young Christine »
What made Tom Cruise a movie star? It wasn’t his toothy smile or his all-American dimples. It wasn’t that he was cocky enough to be loved, but also vulnerable enough to be lovable, although that certainly helped. It wasn’t even the fact that the way he runs on screen tells us more about the fundamental nature of cinema than anyone has conveyed with a stride since Eadweard Muybridge trained his camera on a galloping horse. No, Tom Cruise became a movie star because he possessed something that galvanized all of those individual qualities into something special — a need for quality control.
Just consider those credits: “Risky Business.” “Top Gun.” “Born on the Fourth of July.” Cruise was a human seal of freshness decades before today’s Hollywood A-listers needed Rotten Tomatoes to validate their work. If “Cocktail” was the worst movie an actor made in the first decade of their career, »
- David Ehrlich
The idea of “movie stars” has been on life support since the turn of the 21st Century — we live in a world where brands and intellectual property have become more important than people — but Hollywood as we know it will continue to hang on by a thread for as long as one man keeps running for its life. Tom Cruise isn’t just one of the greatest movie stars in the history of the medium, he might just be the last (depending on how Leonardo DiCaprio wants to play middle age). His face is known all over the world. His name is synonymous with big-screen entertainment. His incredible career has spanned more than 35 years, 45 roles, and hundreds upon hundreds of wild tabloid headlines. He’s been a Vietnam vet, a super-spy, a misogynistic self-help guru, a different super-spy, a samurai, a contract killer, another super-spy, a handsy bartender, a horny Chicago teenager, »
- David Ehrlich
Before Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman get to work on the much anticipated “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel, the duo will bring one of the CIA’s most infamous true stories to the big screen this fall. “American Made” stars Cruise as Barry Seal, an airline pilot turned drug smuggler turned CIA informant who worked with the Medellin Cartel and was assassinated at age 46. It’s not going to have the alien combat of “Edge of Tomorrow,” but it’s surely going to be just as wild.
“American Made” marks Liman’s return to Universal Pictures for the first time since “The Bourne Identity.” Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing through their Imagine Entertainment banner, while Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons and Lola Kirke are staring in supporting roles. »
- Zack Sharf
Renee Zellweger turned heads when she hit the red carpet on Thursday night.
The 48-year-old actress attended the Changemaker Honoree Gala during the Greenwich International Film Festival in Connecticut, and was given the Changemaker Award for her support in finding effective treatments and a cure for Als.
Zellweger kept her look simple, sporting a side ponytail and minimal makeup. As for her outfit, the Oscar winner donned an elegant black dress that she paired with metallic gold heels and a big statement ring.
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While Zellweger took a break from the limelight a few years ago, she's has been more out and about since the release of her film, Bridget Jones' Baby, last year. Prior to this week's gala, she attended the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards in February in Beverly Hills, California »
A mythical story about friendship and discovery, A Mermaid’s Tale swam home on DVD and Digital HD on May 16 from Lionsgate. Awarded the Dove® seal of approval, this “enchanting modern fairy tale” (The Dove Foundation) stars Jerry O’Connell, Caitlin Carmichael, and Barry Bostwick. When a young girl is forced to move with her father to a small seaside town, she struggles to fit in and make new friends. One day she discovers a secluded cove where she befriends a mysterious mermaid, and together they uncover a secret that could help save the town. A Mermaid’s Tale will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98
Now you can own the A Mermaid’S Tale DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has Two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie about mermaids? (mine is Night Tide! »
- Tom Stockman
The Motion Picture & Television Fund rededicated its newly renovated Wasserman Campus movie theater in Woodland Hills on Saturday, May 20.
The Louis B. Mayer Theatre, named after the decades-long head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, first opened in 1967 and was designed for residents to screen first-run films. The complex got a remodeled screening room and expanded outdoor event plaza as the theater celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The Susan and Gary Martin Screening Room and the Michael V. Lewis Plaza were constructed on Mptf’s campus through donations from longtime Mptf supporters and donors Susan and Gary Martin and RealD founder and CEO Michael Lewis.
“We are incredibly fortunate to bring together these philanthropic-minded industry legends to revitalize this space,” Mptf CEO Bob Beitcher (pictured above) said. “Screenings of first-run films on Thursday and Sunday evenings are an essential ingredient of the »
- Rebecca Rubin
Author: Dave Roper
So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.
Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven »
- Dave Roper
If former FBI director James Comey is upset about joining the ranks of the unemployed ... he's hiding it behind a sly grin. Comey looked pretty carefree Wednesday as he walked around his driveway in Virginia. You might expect him to be laying low the day after President Trump canned him, but he seems to be taking it in stride. Then again ... most people don't get fired, then catch a private jet home -- on your old boss' dime! »
- TMZ Staff
Review by Mark Longden
Coming soon to a VOD platform or Walmart near you is Boone The Bounty Hunter , and it’s one you definitely should be checking out. You don’t even need to be like me, a person who loves movies starring wrestlers and good old 90s-style action, to have a good time watching it.
John Hennigan is our star / producer / co-writer. After graduating from college with a film degree, he wrestled for WWE under the names Johnny Nitro and John Morrison, and he was pretty good at it; he now works for Aaa (a Mexico-based promotion) and Lucha Underground (the MTV wrestling show). But he’s always had a passion for the same sorts of movies I love – 80s / 90s comic action, kung fu, chase movies – and given the chance, he’s made this.
He plays Boone, a TV bounty hunter – his resemblance to any famous TV »
- Movie Geeks
A mythical story about friendship and discovery, A Mermaid’s Tale swims home on DVD and Digital HD on May 16 from Lionsgate. Awarded the Dove® seal of approval, this “enchanting modern fairy tale” (The Dove Foundation) stars Jerry O’Connell, Caitlin Carmichael, and Barry Bostwick. When a young girl is forced to move with her father to a small seaside town, she struggles to fit in and make new friends. One day she discovers a secluded cove where she befriends a mysterious mermaid, and together they uncover a secret that could help save the town. A Mermaid’s Tale will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98
When a twelve-year-old girl befriends a quirky teenage mermaid who’s anything but mythical, their friendship could heal an age-old feud between humans and sea people. Jerry O’Connell (Jerry Maguire) and Barry Bostwick (TV’S “Spin City »
- Tom Stockman
"They're very supportive. Very supportive," Gooding Jr. told Et at the premiere. "When we had moved away from Hollywood, my mom made the decision to move us back just so that I could pursue an acting career and I owe her everything. I love her for that."
"They've always been um very supportive of the films I make, even though they might not have liked every film, they've always been there at the premieres and showing their support," he added. "It's been awesome."
News: Cuba Gooding Sr. Dies at 72
The Oscar winner said at the time that, while his family has always stood by him, that doesn't keep them from sharing constructive, forthright criticism.
"[They're] very honest," he joked. "I »
Denise Richards is ready to kick some butt.
Watch Richards take on some serious villains in the intense trailer above.
"They were like, 'It is a female-driven version of Die Hard.' I was, like, that is a really cool -- there is not enough female-driven content out there," the 26-year-old actor shared. "I think it is kind of a thing that it is so profitable that people haven't explored it for weird reasons. I think it is time we need more films »
Cuba Gooding Jr. is as well known for his exuberant, off-the-wall personality as he is for his acting roles, but it was the former that landed the “Jerry Maguire” Oscar-winner in hot water last week when he jokingly lifted the skirt of his “American Horror Story”/”People v O.J. Simpson” co-star Sarah Paulson during a panel […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Every actor’s got a project or 30 in their past that they’d rather forget, which is what makes Only The Worst, a new column from Vice, so full of potential. For this edition, Justin Caffier talks to Jerry O’Connell of Jerry Maguire, Stand By Me, and Scream 2 fame about the universally despised Kangaroo Jack, a 2003 rapping kangaroo comedy he starred in alongside Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken, and Michael Shannon. Caffier even notes our own Nathan Rabin’s review, which describes it as “some of the longest 90 minutes ever committed to film.”
O’Connell is a gracious interviewee and, having been told by producer Jerry Bruckheimer to “never read reviews on it,” has no idea how it’s perceived publicly. He’s shocked to learn it currently holds an 8 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but less so once he and Caffier begin discussing the ...
- Randall Colburn
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