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The Top Ten Movies of 2013 According to People Who Rent From Redbox

26 December 2013 9:34 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Here’s a conundrum: A friend or relative complains about how terrible movies have gotten, but they will only go see bad movies. I’m not saying that’s exactly what’s happened with Redbox‘s most popular rentals of 2013, but the annual list fascinates for two reasons. First, it highlights evidence that there might truly be a giant gap between the general audience and critics by displaying cinema at its most fast food basic. Second, it’s weird. This is a place where Django hangs out with a dominating Melissa McCarthy (to soon dethrone Adam Sandler?). Where a broken Denzel Washington is hip to hip with Brad Pitt fighting zombies. Where 2012′s longevity is genuinely proven. Here’s this year’s most-rented from Redbox: Identity Thief The Heat World War Z Flight Olympus Has Fallen Django Unchained Grown Ups 2 White House Down Here Comes the Boom Now You See Me White House Down And Olympus Has Fallen »

- Scott Beggs

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Casting: Hoult, Tope, Gere, Upton, Stevens

12 November 2013 8:37 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Autobahn

Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: First Class," "Warm Bodies") has replaced Zac Efron in "Welcome To The Punch" director Eran Creevy's upcoming thriller "Autobahn." Filming begins next spring.

Hoult plays a backpacker and his girlfriend (Amber Heard), who is hired by German drug smugglers, only for the job to go south and be forced to flee along the famed no speed limit freeways. [Source: Screen]

November Criminals

Newcomer Travis Tope and Catherine Keener are set to star opposite Chloe Moretz in Sacha Gervasi's adaptation of Sam Munson's 2011 novel "November Criminals" at Indian Paintbrush.

Set in Washington D.C., the story follows a rebellious teenager (Tope) who finds himself leading his own investigation into the murder of a classmate. Keener will play Moretz’s mother. [Source: The Wrap]

Old Fires

Richard Gere is attached to star in the indie family dramedy "Old Fires" for Anonymous Content. Heather McGowan ("Tadpole") wrote the script. Jonathan Demme was previously »

- Garth Franklin

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'Blue Bloods' Len Cariou is proud to be Tom Selleck's dad

1 November 2013 12:23 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Len Cariou has had great successes onstage, but he's happy television is his prime home now.

The star of such hit musicals as "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "A Little Night Music" and "Applause" is in his fourth season as Henry Reagan, family patriarch and former New York police commissioner - the position now occupied by his son Frank (Tom Selleck) - on CBS' Friday drama "Blue Bloods."

Cariou is guaranteed at least one scene a week by the Reagan dinner-table gathering, and he's happy with the job in general.

"It's a great pleasure," he tells Zap2it. "We all have a great relationship, and I think it gives the show a uniqueness for a cop show. We get to know the family members and their different perspectives, and it's a very pleasant working situation. It's like I've gone to heaven."

Cariou credits that in large part to Selleck, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Film Review: ‘Fighting for Freedom’

22 October 2013 1:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bruce Dern’s Oscar strategists can rest easy: The actor’s sterling lead turn in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” is posed no competition by his other appearance of the season, in the bleeding-heart indie “Fighting for Freedom.” Casting Dern as yet another solid farm-belt type railing against the dying of the light (and of the American Heartland), this well-meaning but incredibly stilted portrait of illegal immigrants struggling to stay north of the border has snuck into a single Los Angeles-area screen clearly hoping to catch a bit of its star’s second wind in its sails. Better luck next time.

“Freedom” reps a clear labor of love for producer-thesp Kristanna Loken (best known for playing the distaff T-x in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”), who spent her own youth on an upstate New York apple farm run by her father, Chris, who’s credited here with the screenplay and »

- Scott Foundas

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Capital Punishment: The Making of White House Down

18 September 2013 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisors Marc Weigert, Volker Engel, Ollie Rankin, Jan Krupp, Alex Pejic, Christian Haas and Andrea Block; production manager Joseph Kasparian, visual effects producer Christal Wolgamott, and previsualization supervisor Roger Liu about destroying the home of the American president in White House Down...

Volker Engel and Marc Weigert“My business partner Marc Weigert and I were in talks to supervise the VFX for another movie in early 2012, when Roland Emmerich [Stargate] asked us to read the White House Down script,” recalls Volker Engel who co-owns the visual effects facility Uncharted Territory.  “Shortly after that the other movie got postponed anyway and we immediately started prep on White House Down [2013]. We had to hurry up as Channing Tatum [G.I. Joe: Retaliation] had a tight schedule because of another movie he would shoot that same summer.  We only had little over two months prep. Normally you want to have at least »

- Trevor

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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Must Read: Twitter Ipo, Aereo Update and More

13 September 2013 10:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. Hank: "Hank: Five Years From the Brink," the first film produced by Bloomberg Businessweek Films, will launch  exclusively on Netflix starting Sept. 16. Directed by Academy Award and Emmy nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, the film follows former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson as he discusses the reasons for the fiscal crisis of 2008 -- and explains why another financial meltdown is imminent. Check out the trailer for the film below:   2. Areo: Last week, when a federal judge in D.C. granted broadcasters' motion for an injunction against FilmOn, ruling that the service, which retransmits local TV programming over the Internet without paying a broadcasting fee, violated copyright laws, we wondered what it would mean for Aereo. Aereo's lawyers are now trying to differentiate its service from FilmOn, saying that U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton should disregard the federal judge's ruling in the FilmOn case: "To the extent that Opinion makes factual findings »

- Paula Bernstein

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Spoilers: Where Do Briggs And Mike Go From Here?

18 July 2013 8:00 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

This week's "Graceland" revealed a shocking secret about Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata): The FBI agent is attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings as a result of his heroin addiction. Will Mike's (Aaron Tveit) discovery affect his ongoing investigation into Briggs, and will he use that knowledge to end Briggs' career?

The Huffington Post spoke to Sunjata to find out how the ending of "Hair of the Dog" will impact the characters going forward, and whether Briggs has more secrets up his sleeve.

Briggs is at the top of his game, and Mike has been placed in Graceland to investigate him, instead of being assigned to D.C. Is there any part of Briggs that suspects Mike's motives for being in the house?

Absolutely, because Briggs has a past -- that is one of the things that's teased out over the course of the first season. He's well aware of it, and he »

- The Huffington Post

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‘Lone Ranger,’ ‘White House Down’: The Secret Buddy Comedies of Summer

18 July 2013 4:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Taking advantage of the Fourth of July weekend (and the promise of an air-conditioned theater) to catch up with a few recent releases, I was surprised to find I had unwittingly strapped myself in for a buddy-comedy marathon. By which I mean that besides “The Heat,” the popular mean-cop/meaner-cop vehicle with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, I also made time to see those widely derided B.O. bombs “White House Down” and “The Lone Ranger.”

Now at first glance, you might not be inclined to call Roland Emmerich’s D.C. demolition derby a buddy comedy, never mind that it toplines Channing Tatum as a Secret Service hopeful trying to protect Jamie Foxx’s President Faux-bama, or that it features several of the year’s funniest throwaway lines. (My favorite: “Your peace plan is working!”) Nor would you necessarily use “buddy comedy” to describe “The Lone Ranger,” Gore Verbinski’s »

- Justin Chang

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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'White House Down' & More

28 June 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

"Americans ... still believe in an America where anything's possible — they just don't think their leaders do." – Barack Obama

Greetings from the apocalypse! This week some Texas Republicans tried to implement a dastardly plan but were narrowly defeated by plucky State Senator Wendy Davis. Hopefully direct-to-video kings The Asylum can make a "White House Down" knockoff called "Texas State Capitol Down" for DVD shelves two weeks from now, starring Debbie Gibson as Wendy Davis. Yay!

Friday, June 28

Pow! In Theaters

Ah Roland Emmerich, only you have the antidote to the summer blues. The German who's cinematically blitzkrieged more than one of our national landmarks several times over is taking down 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue once again in "White House Down." He's enlisted Channing Tatum as an Aryan super soldier to rescue President Ray Charles (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx) from terrorists intent on burning Washington D.C. to the ground. I visited the set »

- Max Evry

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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'White House Down,' 'The Heat' and More

27 June 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony's summer gamble on a non-superhero film, White House Down, hits the big screen Friday, June 28. The action-thriller stars Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent who must protect the U.S. president, played by Jamie Foxx, from being harmed by a paramilitary group attacking Washington, D.C. Helmed by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, the movie also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins and Jason Clarke. For a more comical weekend, Paul Feig's The Heat sees Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock teaming up as an unlikely pair -- potty-mouthed detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) and uptight FBI

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- Stephanie Chan

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Female Buddy Comedy Ideas: More Where 'The Heat' Came From

27 June 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock are each pretty amazing on their own. So just imagine how great a movie starring both of them as cops hunting down an evil drug lord will be!

"The Heat," out this week, promises plenty of laughs with a team like Bullock and McCarthy at the helm. Bullock has demonstrated her comedic chops in flicks like "Miss Congeniality" and "The Proposal," while McCarthy is consistently hilarious in almost everything she does, from "Bridesmaids" to "Identity Thief." The Heat's premise -- a seasoned FBI pro being paired up with a rough-around-the-edges local cop -- is hardly groundbreaking. But the fact that both cops are ladies is, strangely enough, in this day and age.

Female buddy movies are rare, and female buddy cop movies are unheard of. We see plenty of dude cops bonding in everything from "Lethal Weapon" to "48 Hours" to "Rush Hour" to "End of Watch. »

- Annette Bourdeau

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USA's Graceland: Will You Pay a Return Visit?

6 June 2013 8:37 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

USA Network this Thursday night invited you to Graceland, its new crime drama from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin — so, was it fun in the SoCal sun?

Related | Welcome to Graceland: Your Guide to Who’s Who — Including the Big Liar and Two Fierce Femmes

The premiere introduced us to Mike Warren (played by Aaron Tveit, Les Miserables), an FBI rookie detoured from his desired D.C. assignment and instead deposited in the titular beach house, which also plays home to fellow bureau agents Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata, Rescue Me), “Charlie” DeMarco (Vanessa Ferlito, CSI: NY) and “Johnny” Tuturro (Manny Montana, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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New 2013 TV Series Breakdown: NBC

13 May 2013 11:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.

The Peacock did not have a good year. Only one of its new shows, "Revolution," was a true hit. Another, "Chicago Fire," got renewed by the skin of its teeth whilst the fate of a third, "Hannibal," remains uncertain.

None of last year's new comedies survived, neither did two mid-season dramas, which leaves the network with some big holes to fill. Three dramas and three comedies will debut in the Fall ahead of three more dramas and two comedies mid-season. Two further dramas and a comedy are presently unscheduled.

Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't become series including the high-profile Charlize Theron-produced drama about the Hatfields and McCoys, the Bruckheimer-produced »

- Garth Franklin

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NBC Reveals 2013-2014 Lineup – Catch Full Preview With Trailers And Clips

13 May 2013 10:45 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The new fall season is closer than you think, and NBC has released their full schedule. Apart from reality favorites The Biggest Loser and The Voice, they are mixing things up quite a bit.

Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.

Blacklist – Fall

The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”

Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »

- Marc Eastman

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Jodi Arias & Ariel Castro Mocked In ‘SNL’ Skit

12 May 2013 9:23 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Leave it to the funny people of ‘Saturday Night Live’ to turn this week’s biggest news stories into parodies. Keep reading to watch the hilarious skit.

The nation and the media could not stop talking about Jodi Arias’ murder trial and Ariel Castro’s ghastly kidnappings during the week of May 5. Meanwhile, the House Committee in Washington, D.C. could hardly do a thing to get the public interested in the hearings on Benghazi. Well, Saturday Night Live figured out a surefire way to increase the Committe’s publicity.

Jodi Arias Testifies At The Benghazi Hearings?

Just invite Jodi and Ariel to the hearings, of course! A skit that appeared to just be a riff on the House Committee took a sharp lefthand turn when they announced the first “witness,” Jodi Arias.

“I’m sorry, but Ms. Arias is a 32-year-old woman who was just convicted of killing her boyfriend, »

- Andrew Gruttadaro

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Vince Vaughn Hosts Saturday Night Live: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches!

14 April 2013 8:06 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

For the first time since 1998 (remember when he was still that fresh-faced, breakout star of Swingers and The Lost Word: Jurassic Park?), Vince Vaughn returned this week to host Saturday Night Live. That’s a lifetime between hosting gigs, and it struck me as curious that he’d gone so long between trips to Studio 8H.

Alas, unlike what we saw from Melissa McCarthy last week, a strong monologue ultimately didn’t translate into a laugh-laden show. Because after a strong, confident start, Vaughn lost the plot (was it the cue cards?) in a big, big way. Choosing only two »

- Michael Slezak

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Last Night on Late Night: Melissa McCarthy Still Doesn’t Know Who at SNL Might’ve Seen Her in Her Underwear

4 April 2013 11:03 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last night on Late Night, Melissa McCarthy confessed she's a teeny bit "less freaked out" about her SNL gig on April 6, but she's still blushing over her cluelessness as to the cast and crew who might have seen her in just her underwear last time around. Plus: Elisabeth Moss recounted that strange chat with David Lynch in which he wouldn't stop calling her Peggy, and asking how Joan's holding up — even continuing the reverse Method act over a post-cocktail email. Also, Eva Longoria, after her stint at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, has learned that Washington D.C. is a lot sleazier and meaner than Hollywood; and Macklemore performed "Can't Hold Us." Watch our compilation to see what you missed. »

- Caroline Shin

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2013's Six Best New Shows

14 January 2013 10:12 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

TV Critics are just coming off two weeks at The Television Critics Association Press Tour, where all the networks present panels for their new shows, featuring Q&A's with the stars and creators. The content of these conversations has the power to turn critics into swoony-eyed lovers or fang-baring haters, so I postponed selecting my favorite new shows until I'd digested everything the powers that be had to say.

Related - 12 Best Shows of 2012

So take a gander at 2013's Six Best New Shows, and their trailers, to see what stood up to scrutiny and left this critic breathless for more.

The Americans, FX

While some shows simply feel like a network's attempt to rip off the success of another (I'm looking at you NBC's Deception, which puts the "eh" in Revenge), FX's The Americans will simply appeal to everyone who enjoys Homeland, while serving up an entirely original story.

Well, not entirely »

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USA Network Boss: New Graceland Drama 'Has Some Real Grittiness,' But Isn't Too Dark for Us

7 January 2013 12:36 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A new trailer for Graceland — which suggests that USA Network’s new summer series is an “overcast sky show” amid the cabler’s many “blue sky” offerings — does “a really good job of capturing the tone,” series creator Jeff Eastin said Monday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena. But is that tone in keeping with the USA brand?

Eastin first gave USA Network White Collar, which revolves around an FBI agent and the world-class con man who assists him. Graceland, meanwhile, concerns a beach house that serves as home base — and home– to an “all-star »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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