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She joins previously announced cast members Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano, and Patricia Arquette. Stiller will executive produce and direct. The eight-hour limited series is based on the true story of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 that spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers, who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who was sleeping with both prisoners.
Hunt will play Catherine Leahy Scott, the New York State Inspector General who headed up the investigation into the escape of prison inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. Del Toro will play convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Arquette will play Tilly Mitchell, a working class, married »
- Joe Otterson
Chicago – It’s the opening Sunday of the NFL, and what better time to celebrate the films that celebrate the sport that celebrate the ballers. Film history has a steroid-free stack of pro football films in all categories. Patrick McDonald, Jon Lennon Espino and Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com take on three prime examples.
Photo credit: Columbia TriStar Home Video
The earliest known footage of a football game was a 1903 match-up between powerhouses Princeton and Yale, filmed by Thomas Edison. The earliest narrative films dealt with the college game, from Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” (1925) to the Marx Brothers in “Horse Feathers” (1932). An early example of a pro football movie is “The Cowboy Quarterback” (1939), which involves a scout for the “Chicago Packers” (gee, even in olden days screenwriters were lazy as shit).
The backfield in motion and HollywoodChicago. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With the Houston flood, impending race riots and a looming nuclear war all on the horizon, folks aren't really thinking about movies. And this weekend will prove that as it shapes up to be the worst Labor Day at the box office since 2001. Last weekend was a historic one at the box office, but not exactly in a good way. The action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard managed to repeat with just $10.2 million, as a trio of underperforming new releases fell way short, resulting in the worst overall weekend for the top 12 movies in 16 years, and the lowest August weekend in 20 years. It's entirely possible that record for box office futility could already be broken over the Labor Day holiday, a weekend that is traditionally one of the lowest of the year, but with only two movies debuting, The Weinstein Compan's Tulip Fever and Sony's re-release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, »
A sluggish summer at the box office appears to have almost reached a standstill.
Last weekend, “Hitman's Bodyguard” won the domestic box office with $21.4 million. That was a solid opening for a film without a superhero, well-known source material, or a franchise to back it up. But now, in week two, it seems the movie could retain its spot on top, even if it sees a 50% to 60% drop.
The fresh releases don’t post much of a threat, starting with “Leap!” from the Weinstein Company. The animated film, which has already picked up $58.2 million from foreign markets, is looking at an opening around $5 million from 2,500 locations. Éric Summer and Éric Warin directed the movie, titled “Ballerina” in all territories outside the U.S. It’s billed as a musical adventure comedy about an orphan girl who aspires to become a dancer. The voice cast is led by Elle Fanning, and also includes Maddie Ziegler, »
- Seth Kelley
“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Brought to you by HBO. One of the greatest on-camera performers working today, Regina King is the reigning champ of the Emmy Award for featured actress in a limited series or TV movie. Pulling off the rare feat of earning nominations three consecutive times in that category (and, in the past two years, winning), King’s performances in John Ridley’s ABC anthology drama “American Crime” are proof of her prowess. As first a woman of faith seeking justice, then a high-powered helicopter mom, then an aspiring parent and social worker navigating human trafficking, she continues to astonish. King joins Backstage for a candid chat about her trajectory from child actor in the NBC sitcom “227,” to films including “Jerry Maguire” and “Ray, »
There are certain things you can generally count on in a Tom Cruise movie: running really fast, smiling winningly at ladies and hurtling around in fast cars, or on motorbikes, or in planes. Also, he’ll be topless at least once.
Cruise’s second collaboration with director Doug Liman (they previously brought us the unexpectedly great sci-fi action film, Edge Of Tomorrow), American Made requires quite a bit more from the Hollywood stars than just winning smiles and stunts - though the movie does deliver plenty of those too. Cruise plays Barry Seal, a former Twa commercial pilot who, at the behest of an enigmatic guy with a beard who calls himself Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) winds up flying planes for the CIA. »
The seminal teen flick “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Sunday.
Not only did the coming-of-age tale set in Southern California launch the careers of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe, the comedy catapulted Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, and Judge Reinhold into stardom.
And in 2005, “Fast Times,” which was based on Crowe’s 1981 book chronicling his adventures going undercover at a San Diego high school, was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Ironically, “Fast Times” had to overcome many obstacles during production and almost failed to get released.
Among the early difficulties the production encountered was finding a director for the comedy, which also featured future best actor Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage — billed as Nicolas Coppola — as well as Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards.
- Susan King
Crackle, Sony's ad-supported video streaming platform, has announced its next original feature -- a raucous comedy called Party Boat. In addition to SNL and Jerry Maguire actor Jay Mohr, the film also touts some digital star wattage from noted vlogger Jc Caylen.
Also appearing in Party Boat are Brett Davern (Crackle’s Chosen), Beau Mirchoff (MTV’s Awkward), Sung Kang (Fast And Furious 6), Demetrius Bridges (The Vampire Diaries), and Katie LeClerc, who most recently headlined Awesomeness’ first original Awestruck series, Confess. In the film, Davern plays an irresponsible party animal named Max who is on a mission to throw a wild birthday party for his best friend and longtime crush (Leclerc), whose boyfriend -- unbeknownst to Max -- is planning a proposal.
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- Geoff Weiss
A new season of Game of Thrones. The reveal of the Thirteenth Doctor. TVLine’s Quotes of the Week. Which of these massive Sunday events are you most looking forward to?! (No worries, we’ll happily accept a bronze medal in this instance.)
Our latest roundup of top-notch TV soundbites includes a plea to stop smoking on Twin Peaks, a black-ish shoutout on The Carmichael Show and a not-so-current binge-watch brewing among the Friends From College. Plus, commentary on everything from Donald Trump Jr. to a Kardashian breakup courtesy of Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah. »
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
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