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Film Review: ‘Girls Trip’

Film Review: ‘Girls Trip’
Move over, Tyler Perry. Let “Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee show you how it’s done. In what could easily prove to be the summer’s word-of-mouth comedy sensation, Lee sends four black ladies — Aka the “Flossy Posse” — on a long-overdue weekend getaway, where “Madea’s Class Reunion” meets “The Hangover” for a raunchy mix of empowerment and intoxication at Essence Fest, New Orleans. There’s girl fighting, male nudity, multiple self-help lessons, an impromptu prayer session and not one but two musical numbers — all of it so consistently outrageous that audiences shouldn’t even miss the absence of a cross-dressing black lady.

Whereas Perry’s work serves mostly as counter-programming “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,” appealing to those who typically feel more comfortable going to church than going to the movies, “Girls Trip” has something for everyone — provided that they’re old enough to see a hard-r-rated comedy
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Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Dramas That You Need to Watch

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As viewers embrace the idea that TV has firmly become a year-round event, the prospects of television dramas in the summer are better than they’ve ever been. No longer just a time for blockbusters in giant multiplexes, the small screen’s gotten into the summer game.

With that extra attention to the summer schedule, there’s a chance for new shows on new networks to make a play for your TV watching attention.

Read More: Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

IndieWire has put together a list of 20 TV dramas that should be on your must-see calendar for the rest of the summer. Some of these are the familiar conversation-starters, but others are brand-new titles that could make a dent in the warmest months of the year.

As we did for our summer comedy preview earlier this week, we’ve included the networks and premiere dates,
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'Bones' Says Goodbye After 12 Seasons: A Look Back at Brennan and Booth's 22 Best Episodes

'Bones' Says Goodbye After 12 Seasons: A Look Back at Brennan and Booth's 22 Best Episodes
Bones signs off on Tuesday, after 12 seasons of crime solving, evidence examining, blood, guts and, most importantly, bones. But at the core of the long-running Fox procedural -- the “heart of the matter,” if you will -- was a partnership between forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz).

From their first episode together, Brennan and Booth’s dynamic was electric, and while the will-they-or-won’t-they of it all took nearly seven seasons to sort out (more if you count that they don’t actually tie the knot until season nine), their relationship kept fans hooked for all 245 episodes. We watched Brennan wrestle with her feelings as Booth looked for love, saw them lay it all on the line only to yank it back again, and finally, at long last, got to witness their happy ending. Two kids and countless hurdles later, they’re still going strong.

So, as we
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Next "Avengers" Will See Some Fresh Faces

Expect the line-up of Marvel's Avengers on-screen team to be quite different by the time the two-part "Avengers: Infinity War" saga is all over.

Speaking at the Wizard World New Orleans convention this weekend, the film's directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirm that some previous supporting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be upgraded to key players. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Joe says:

"I want to see some storytelling from some of the secondary characters. We're focusing on that right now with Infinity War while we're breaking into those movies, is which characters can we pull to the forefront who potentially haven't had their own 'A' story arc to this point. I think you'll see that the supporting Avengers are going to become primary Avengers."

That also means some Avengers might just shuffle off the mortal coil in the battle against Thanos. Joe Russo continues:

"Everything is finite, right?
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Avengers: Infinity War To Shine Spotlight On 'Secondary' Avengers

The Russos were actually at several panels for Wizard World New Orleans so expect more news from the fan expo to make its way online in the coming days. In one of their smaller panels, the Russo touched on their desire to shine the spotlight on Avengers members in Infinity War who have yet to receive their own "A story arc". If true, it's likely that Infinity War won't be told through the eyes of any of The Avengers who have received their own standalone movie.  Here's what Joe Russo stated. "Everything is finite, right? Nothing can last forever.  It's cyclical. Some New Avengers in phase 4 are going to become prominent and then maybe some Avengers might not be around anymore. So, we'll see how all this plays out but you have to treat every character with respect. I think it's interesting that if you've seen four or five movies
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The Insane Number Of Marvel Characters That May Appear In Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers movies have had bigger casts compared to most superhero outings, which makes sense given it.s a whole team of protagonists dealing with a threat. With the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movies, however, things are being taken to the next level. This is a two-part event deals with an antagonist that.s been biding his time for years, making it Marvel.s biggest undertaking. So when the battle against Thanos finally unfolds in the near future, moviegoers are going to see upwards of 60 players in action. During a panel at Wizard World New Orleans (via ComicBookMovie), director Anthony Russo mistakenly referred Hayley Atwell.s Peggy Carter as "Sharon" (Sharon Carter, as we know, is a separate character played by Emily VanCamp). Defending his brother and partner, Joe Russo explained that it.s hard to keep track of everyone who.s involved with the Avengers: Infinity War movies. He
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The Russos Tease Filming Iconic Captain America: Civil War Moment

Attending Wizard World New Orleans, Joe and Anthony Russo were joined on stage by Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie.  When the fan Q&A portion of the panel began, one audience member asked if there was one particular scene that each cast member would like to film for their character.  Grillo took the first shot at the question, stating"I'd like to kill Captain America," which drew cheers and laughs from the audience who know exactly what he's referencing from the comic book.  However, bigger cheers erupted when Joe Russo added, "We may or may not have filmed that scene, though." Do you think the death of Captain America will actually happen in Civil War?  Will Avengers: Infinity War feature Bucky Barnes picking up the red, white and blue shield and leading the charge? Unfortunately, we'll have to wait till May 6, 2016 for answers. 
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Sundance 2016. Lineup

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Kate Plays ChristineThe lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, taking place between January 21 -31, has been announced.U.S. Dramatic COMPETITIONAs You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, USA): As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen, Mary Stuart Masterson. World Premiere The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker, USA): Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom. Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. World PremiereChristine (Antonio Campos,
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Sundance Film Festival 2016 Midnight and Competition Movie Lineup

The Sundance Film institute has released the line-up of film for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Going to Sundance is one of my favorite events of the year. I love going because you never know what kind of movies you're going to see. Sometimes they are great films that amaze and entertain, other times they completely suck ass, but that's all part of the fun of going to the festival. It's an awesome experience for any hardcore movie geek, and if you ever get a chance to go, you need to.

The event takes place in Park City, Utah next year from January 21st to the 31st. It looks like there's a great line-up of movies at next year's event. My favorite portion of the event is the Midnight section because it deals more with geeky genre type movies, but I also enjoy the various sections of other line-ups.

Some of
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Sundance 2016: Us And World Cinema Competition Slates Unveiled

The Sundance Film Festival has today revealed the 65 films which are going to make up the 2016 Us and World Cinema Competition Dramatic and Documentary categories, along with those which make up the out-of-competition Next slate. This is a very diverse and interesting list, and one which Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam is clearly very excited to show off next year.

“At a time when big-budget blockbusters and free online content are ubiquitous, independent filmmakers continue to be extraordinarily creative, artful and inventive.”

Sundance 2016 will run from January 21st – 31st in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Check out the full list of movies below and let us know which of these you’re most looking forward to seeing (even if some will inevitably fail to ever reach cinemas).

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a
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Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition, Next Films

Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition, Next Films
The latest films by returning Park City alums So Yong Kim, Antonio Campos, Jeff Baena and Chad Hartigan; timely documentaries on gun control, abortion rights and the rise of Isis; and a romantic drama about Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date are among the 65 features set to make their world premieres in the U.S. dramatic and documentary competitions at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Those titles were unveiled today by Sundance director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth, along with the films in the World Cinema dramatic and documentary slates and Next, a sidebar devoted to cutting-edge, low-budget work. Cumulatively, the lineup — consisting of 120 features, 98 of which are world premieres — is indicative of “a great step forward for independent film,” Cooper said. “Everyone’s understanding craft so much better. There’s a changing face to what a documentary is and what it can do in the end.
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Sundance: Us, World Competition titles revealed

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Titles include Tallulah starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, and Chad Hartigan’s Morris From America (pictured); Next strand also announced.Scroll down for full list

Sundance Institute has announced the 65 films selected for the Us Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition Next categories set to screen at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (Jan 21-31) in Park City.

Us Dramatic Competition selections include Sian Heder’s Tallulah with Ellen Page and Allison Janney; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Clea DuVall’s feature directorial debut The Intervention; and Richard Tanne’s Southside With You, about Barack Obama’s first date with the First Lady.

Among the Us Documentary Competition selections are: Holy Hell by undisclosed; Jeff Feuerzeig’s Author: The Jt LeRoy Story; and Sara Jordenö’s Kiki.

The World Cinema Dramatic Competition entries include: Belgica (Belgium-France-Netherlands), Felix van Groeningen’s follow-up to The Broken Circle Breakdown; Manolo Cruz and Carlos del Castillo’s Between Sea And Land (Colombia); and Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Self/less’ With Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new provocative psychological sci-fi/thriller “Self/less” starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley!

“Self/less,” which opens on July 10, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, Derek Luke, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Melora Hardin, Michelle Dockery and Sam Page from director Tarsem Singh and writers David Pastor and Àlex Pastor.

To win your free passes to “Self/less” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your
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Peter Hoffman convicted of tax credit fraud

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Peter Hoffman convicted of tax credit fraud
Updated: The Seven Arts Entertainment CEO, his wife Susan and lawyer Michael Arata have been found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in Louisiana to the tune of $1.1m.

Hoffman, the former CEO of Carolco Pictures, the powerhouse producer behind such films as Total Recall and Terminator 2, faces up to 405 years in prison after a New Orleans jury reached its verdict on Monday.

The three defendants were found guilty of submitting false documents in 2009 related to the renovation of a New Orleans mansion converted into a post-production facility.

Prosecutors said Hoffman and Arata did this to receive film tax credits although they never incurred expenditure in the first place and hid the fact via “circuitous bank transfers”.

Hoffman was also convicted on 21 related counts of mail and wire fraud

Arata was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and four of giving false statements and faces a maximum term of 185 years.

Susan Hoffman was found
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Leftovers, Masters of Sex, Flash, Bones, Castle, Grimm, Empire and More

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Any scoop about Castle? —Fred

Ausiello: The finale — which is supposed to delve into both Castle and Beckett mythology — will feature a “distinguished, highly intelligent” psychiatrist. What say you, Mitovich? “Perhaps the shrink is a means to pull out of Rick any repressed memories about his ‘missing’ months?'” Yep, that sounds about right.

Related2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Question: Got any scoop on Season 2 of The Leftovers?
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‘Manglehorn’, ‘Spy’, ‘Brand’ headline South by Southwest 2015 film lineup

South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.

SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.

Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.

On the small screen,
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The fantasist: The comic art of Woody Allen

Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a
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NCIS' Sean Murray Previews 'Classic' Season 12, McGee/Gibbs Bonding

NCIS' Sean Murray Previews 'Classic' Season 12, McGee/Gibbs Bonding
Coming off of what showrunner Gary Glasberg has called a “tumultuous” Season 11 — during which two casting changes took place, the seeds were planted for a New Orleans spin-off and the passing of Ralph Waite was written in — CBS’ NCIS is back in “classic” form, Sean Murray tells TVLine.

The Season 12 opener (airing Tuesday at 8/7c) thrusts Murray’s McGee into a Russian hot zone with boss man Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon), paving the way for the introduction of a new adversary. Here, Murray previews all that and more.

Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop on 42 Returning Favorites, Including NCIS
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Peter Hoffman Can't Escape Prosecution in Film Tax Credit Fraud Case (Exclusive)

Seven Arts Entertainment CEO Peter Hoffman has failed in a bid to have a Louisiana federal judge throw out the government's fraud case against him. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Hoffman was given $1.13 million to transform an old mansion at the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans into a film post-production facility. Prosecutors say he and partner Michael Arata filed a "materially false and misleading" film infrastructure tax credit application "when, in truth and in fact, the expenditures had not been made as claimed." In response, Hoffman challenged the indictment

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Seven Arts Founder Peter Hoffman Pleads Not Guilty To Tax Credit Fraud In Louisiana

Seven Arts Founder Peter Hoffman Pleads Not Guilty To Tax Credit Fraud In Louisiana
Peter Hoffman pleaded not guilty today at his arraignment in Federal District Court in New Orleans on six felony counts of defrauding Louisiana’s film incentive program. A trial has been set for January. A hearing on the Seven Arts Entertainment founder’s motion to dismiss the charges is scheduled for July 16. Hoffman, his ex-wife, producer Susan Hoffman, and actor and film producer Michael Arata – whose wife is the deputy mayor of New Orleans – were indicted earlier this year in what federal prosecutors allege was a conspiracy to defraud the state of $1.13 million in Louisiana tax credits without […]
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