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No one quite puts together a heist scene like Steven Soderbergh, but he has plenty of company. Soderbergh is back to his heist roots this week with the release of “Logan Lucky,” which injects some “Ocean’s Eleven” style into a homegrown robbery cooked up by the Logan brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver), who set out to drain a local speedway during one of its biggest race days of the entire year. Aided by a predictably motley crew, including the wild-eyed Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) and their talented driver sister (Riley Keough), the Logans’ plan is ambitious and fun, but it also seems like the kind of thing that only Soderbergh could cook up (it involves digging, vacuuming, cake and prosthetic arms, of all things).
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- Kate Erbland
By Lee Pfeiffer
The year 1967 marked the high point of Sidney Poitier's screen career. He starred in three highly acclaimed box office hits: "To Sir, With Love", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "In the Heat of the Night". The fact that Poitier did not score a Best Actor Oscar nomination that year had less to do with societal prejudices (he had already won an Oscar) than the fact that he was competing with himself and split the voter's choices for his best performance. "In the Heat of the Night" did win the Best Picture Oscar and immortalized Poitier's performance as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia detective who finds himself assigned to assist a redneck sheriff (Rod Steiger, who did win the Oscar that year for his performance in this film) in a town in the deep south that has experienced a grisly unsolved murder. When Steiger's character, resentful for »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
26 June 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On June 26, 1968, Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway's heist film The Thomas Crown Affair hit theaters, touting itself with a tagline of "A thrill-a-minute deal for a million dollars!" The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.
Like Richard Lester and Tex Avery, Norman Jewison continues to prove himself among the most facile and appropriative of the two-dimensional directors, paring the elements of character, plot and motive to promote entertainments in which the vogues of unrestrained directorial technique are ultimately the star, protracted commercials in which the director is both progenitor and featured product.
With the Mirisch presentation of The »
- THR Staff
Chicago – The dry, hangdog demeanor of comedian Demetri Martin is familiar to fans who have watched his Comedy Central show, “Important Things,” experienced his notable stand up routines and read his best-selling books. It seemed a natural to leap into film, so Martin has written, directed and portrays the title character in the new release, “Dean.”
Dean (Demetri Martin) is in a life funk, due to the death of his mother the year before, and the break-up of his engagement shortly thereafter. He plunges into his work as a cartoonist and illustrator, but he can’t shake the recent losses. His father Robert (Kevin Kline) is trying to reach out, but can’t seem to get through to him, until he tells Dean that he is selling the family home. This puts the title character into a tailspin, and even an escape to Los Angeles – and meeting a free spirit »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Let’s face it: product placement is everywhere. Subtle to not-so-subtle advertisements wheedle their way into TV shows and movies so often that these days we barely blink at them. Then again, sometimes it’s just too glaring to ignore.
We may be streaming lifetime movies on Netflix or watching the newest blockbuster on the big screen when we encounter these product placement crimes. Even some of our most beloved films commit them. The following list details some of the most shameful product placements in our favorite movies:
1. Captain America Civil War– Audi (2016)
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When Marvel released an Audi ad spliced with scenes of the Captain and Black Panther chasing Bucky through congested traffic to its Youtube page, many fans felt frustrated by the obvious sell-out. The association between Audi and the film didn’t end there for fans; watching the real chase sequence without seeing Audis »
- The Hollywood News
Hold on to your wallets and purses, here comes the creeps and crooks because it’s crime time once again at the multiplex (and I’m not talking about those concession prices). This week’s flick is more of an offshoot of the crime genre: it’s the heist flick, or more specifically, the heist “gone wrong” flick. Now, this isn’t a sophisticated caper thriller, say like the Oceans 11 franchise (that all-female “spin” is on its way) or even The Thomas Crown Affair (68′ and 99′). The dudes (and dame) in this movie could never pass in “high society” (like that suave Cary Grant in To Catch A Thief), they’re “working class” criminals. These types have been a very frequent source for “indie” films, from Blood Simple and Reservoir Dogs to, well, last year’s critical “darling” Hell Or High Water. This tale varies from the caper formula since they »
- Jim Batts
The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^
In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.
The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way »
- The Bitter Script Reader
There's a new face in horror and you most definitely don't want to say his name. At all.
The new Universal Studios Home Entertainment release, The Bye Bye Man, is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. This already popular horror/thriller stars an impressive cast featuring Doug Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens), Cressida Bonas (Doctor Thorne), Jenna Kanell (The Vampire Diaries), Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix), Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Michael Trucco.
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In every horror movie, there are rules.
The Bye Bye Man is no different.
In celebration of tomorrow’s Blu-ray and DVD release, Lrm has an exclusive behind the scenes look into the horror movie The Bye Bye Man. The clip features the producer and director discussing the certain rules that the mysterious figure haunts the teenagers in this movie.
The film introduces a psychological force of evil who grows in power every time you think of his name or say it out load.
The film stars Doug Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens), Cressida Bonas (Doctor Thorne), Jenna Kanell (The Vampire Diaries), Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix), Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica).
The Bye Bye Man is available today on Digital HD and will be available tomorrow on Blu-ray and DVD. It will feature an unrated version with never-before-seen footage. »
- Gig Patta
The actors, who have become the center of Envelopegate, were at the awards to mark the 50th anniversary of their iconic 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde.
The two first met when Beatty cast Dunaway as his partner in crime in the classic bank robbing film, which not only catapulted the two young stars to fame, but earned 10 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Arthur Penn), Best Actor (Beatty), Best Actress (Dunaway), Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman, »
- Mia McNiece and Liz McNeil
Someone must have said his name or entertained a fleeting thought of the urban legend, because The Bye Bye Man is coming to Digital HD on April 11th, followed by an April 25th Blu-ray / DVD / Digital HD unrated release (and VOD release) from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017 -- People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we're asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who? Stx Entertainment (Bad Moms, The Boy) redefines horror with an-all new iconic villain in The Bye Bye Man, arriving on Digital HD on April 11, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 25, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Doug Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount ("Scream Queens"), Cressida Bonas »
- Derek Anderson
Pure Flix has released a new trailer for The Case for Christ, a religious drama telling the true story of Lee Strobel, an award-winning investigative journalist and avowed atheist, who applied his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife, only to result in unexpected and life-altering results.
In 1980, Lee Strobel’s award-winning investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home weren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity—pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith. Based on Strobel’s bestselling book of the same name, The Case For Christ is a dramatic and heartfelt telling of their compelling journey. Coming to theaters in 2017, this moving story is for everyone who has ever pondered the existence of God… »
- Gary Collinson
Pure Flix, the studio behind the likes of God’s Not Dead and I’m Not Ashamed, has released a poster and trailer for its latest religious drama The Case for Christ, which tells the story of follows Lee Strobel, an award-winning investigative journalist and avowed atheist, who applied his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results. Check them out here, along with the official synopsis…
In 1980, Lee Strobel’s award-winning investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. Things at home weren’t going nearly as well. His wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ compels Lee to utilize his journalistic and legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity—pitting his resolute atheism against her growing faith. Based on Strobel’s bestselling book of the same name, The Case For Christ is »
- Gary Collinson
13 items from 2017
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