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Interview: Jada Pinkett Smith Plays Host in ‘Magic Mike Xxl’

21 hours ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Jada Pinkett Smith was doing it her way long before she became half of one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples. From modest beginnings, she worked her way up through the entertainment ranks on television, movies and in a metal band (more on that below). She portrays Rome in the sequel “Magic Mike Xxl.”

Jada Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, and was raised by her mother and grandmother. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts – where she majored in dance and theatre – she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After some minor TV parts, she appeared as a regular on the series “A Different World.” She recently came back to TV, portraying the mysterious Fish Mooney on the dark comic book series called “Gotham.”

Jada Pinkett Smith as Rome in ‘Magic Mike Xxl

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Pinkett Smith broke into film with »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Age of Apocalypse': An Event Comic of Biblical Proportion

12 June 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Imagine a world where Hank McCoy is a sadistic geneticist, or where Cyclops is the right hand man of Mr. Sinister, or where Mystique is not nearly as neglectful of a mother, or where Magneto leads the X-Men.  This reality was presented in The Age of Apocalypse, the most ambitious and sprawling of any X-Over, where Charles Xavier is dead, Magneto is the planet’s last hope, and Apocalypse has reshaped half the world to suit his own hellish designs.  As far as crossovers and event comics go, The Age of Apocalypse is the summer blockbuster of all crossovers.  Whereas Onslaught was like The Matrix Reloaded, a complete and utter failure that did its best to murder a franchise, The Age of Apocalypse was akin to Jurassic Park, a mile-a-minute thrill ride laced with breathtaking visuals and an intriguing central concept.

Essentially a gargantuan “What If…”, the X-Over event of »

- Andrew Doscas

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In Defense of ‘Tomorrowland’

7 June 2015 7:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Warning: The following contains major thematic spoilers for a movie nobody has seen.

It hadn’t been 2 weeks since its release when Brad Bird’s new film Tomorrowland had been dubbed a “failure” by the very studio that released it. In those two weeks the film was beaten at the box office by the sequel to a movie where glee club girls slid around in vomit, was projected unable to make back its reported 190 million dollar budget and became Disney’s convenient scapegoat for scrapping production on “Tron 3” – which caused internet trolls to take a break from complaining about Tron: Legacy and the abundance of sequels and remakes to complain that they won’t get to see “Tron 3”.

As with all news that goes viral, the reaction was swift and disproportionate, allowing box office performance to tarnish the film’s image and shut down discussion of the movie itself. A »

- Charlie Sanford

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100 Essential Action Scenes: One vs. Many Fights

21 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

You know an action hero is the baddest of badasses when he or she walks in and the room goes silent. The drug lord’s bodyguards, the mastermind’s henchmen, or even the foolhardy pack of drunkards outside a roadside bar stand at attention, ready for a challenge. It’s just one person. This shouldn’t be too hard. Seconds later, they’re on the ground nursing bruises, or worse, stumps where their arms and legs used to be. The One vs. Many Fight is the chance for the hero to prove »

- Shane Ramirez

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Directors' Trademarks: The Wachowskis

19 May 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose a director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Andy and Lana Wachowski working collectively as the directing team known as "The Wachowskis".

The Wachowskis originally were comic book writers before they began writing film scripts. They were offered an opportunity to write and direct a feature film, which became 1996’s Bound. That film received good critical reviews and showcased the Wachowskis as an innovative directing team. Their next film was The Matrix, which became a critical and commercial hit in 1999. That success lead to two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. Next, they took their love for comic books and graphic novels and wrote V For Vendetta (2006), which became another commercial and critical hit. Although they did not direct this film, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Watch Cannes’ opening ceremony and clips from Official Selection films, including Love, Sicario and The Lobster

14 May 2015 10:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Further to our earlier posts with the first clips from Todd HaynesCarol and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, the opening ceremony and jury presentation at the Cannes Film Festival is now available to watch online, as well as many clips from those films featured in the Official Competition from the Opening Ceremony.

Presented by French actor Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded), the jury which includes Joel & Ethan Coen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and Guillermo del Toro, was presented to the audience at the ceremony, before showing teaser clips from many of the films, including first look’s at Gaspar Noe’s Love, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and the aforementioned films.

The teaser trailers for the films begin around the 22-minute mark is the video, which you can view here.

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- Scott J. Davis

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Car Chases

7 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Part 2 of 10: A good car chase works for completely different reasons than its bipedal counterpart. Where a foot chase is more intimate, desperate, and rough, car chases are cool, exciting, almost romantic. Here the journey overwhelms destination: tough guys (and girls) driving sleek machines at impossible speeds. And unlike foot chases, there are no real limitations on where they can go or what they can do—sometimes cars can even fly.

 

10. Death Proof (2007) – Girl power vs. horse power

The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, »

- Shane Ramirez

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The Most Disappointing – Avengers: Age of Ultron

1 May 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras shares his disappointment over Avengers: Age of Ultron

Even the thought of this column feels like a slaughter waiting to happen. I feel like Sonny Corleone in The Godfather as he exits the car at the toll booth…

I get it. People love movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron. Any negative sentiments are generally greeted with a thousand blasts from every corner of the internet. You’re branded as a hater or a troll. You’re a joyless cynic who couldn’t manage to find an ounce of fun in a pool full of whiskey.

The goal here is to try, in great detail, to explain why Age of Ultron was ultimately disappointing. In fact, one of the most disappointing movies I’ve seen so far this year.

1. It’s a Copy/Paste of the original

Avengers: Age of Ultron suffers the same fate as so many other sequels. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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'Furious 7,' more movies that pulled off insane practical stunts and effects

3 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

So much of movie magic these days is green screen and CGI — the work of animators and special effects artists. Given the fakery we’ve come to expect, when a movie comes along that pulls off some spectacular visuals on-set without a lot of post-production tweaking, that kind of movie magic makes us take notice. The latest wowing practical stunt: “Furious 7.” The “Fast and Furious” franchise has always made its mark with impressive action sequences done practically. If the seventh installment was trying to top the previous six in that department, it succeeded. This time featuring Dominic Toretto and his team drive skydiving cars out of a plane. To shoot the critical scene, the “Furious 7” stunt team actually dropped real live cars out of an airplane. Aerial cameramen followed the jump, doving with their own parachutes. The cars dropped first from an altitude of 12,000 feet in Colorado mountains, »

- Emily Rome

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Keanu Classic: The Matrix

3 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. Having spent my evening post screening ordering an alarming amount of Keanu Reeves films, both good and bad – Henry’S Crime anyone? I realised that my schoolgirl crush was far from over. Reeves is exceptionally handsome yes, but he also seems like such a nice, genuine guy. Recent interview appearances for John Wick revealed that he has a very down-to-Earth nature and that he doesn’t take himself, or life to seriously. He has also »

- Kat Smith

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Watch: 'The Matrix' Lobby Fight Sequence Recreated in Lego Form

23 March 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's been 16 years since The Matrix changed action films forever by introducing the bullet time craze, making way for tons more slow-motion in the genre. Sadly, the sequels didn't have as big of an impact (though I'll defend The Matrix Reloaded to the death), but that doesn't stop the original from being one of the most iconic action films of the past 20 years. And that's because of incredible sequences like the iconic lobby fight in which Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) attempt to save Morpheus (Laurence Fisburne) from the building where he's being held by Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) and his cronies. Now one of the film's fans and a Lego enthusiast has recreated the scene in block form. Watch! Here's Snooperking's Lego recreation of The Matrix lobby fight scene from Reddit (via Vulture): The original post on Reddit says this little recreation took about 160 hours of »

- Ethan Anderton

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Lambert Wilson – mine host at Cannes by Richard Mowe - 2015-03-11 19:29:40

11 March 2015 12:29 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Lambert Wilson - returning to the Croisette as master of ceremonies

That most elegant and refined of French actors, Lambert Wilson, will be back at the Cannes Film Festival in May to host both the opening and closing ceremonies in the presence of jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen.

The organisers of the Festival made no apologies for inviting him back for duty on the 13 May and for the closing awards on 24 May.

Lambert Wilson left a distinct mark on the 67th Festival de Cannes ceremonies with his elegance, poise and lyrical eloquence while evoking his love of cinema,” organisers said.

Outside of France the versatile Wilson is best known for his roles in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Currently he is to be seen in Suite Française with Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams.

He first came to the Croisette in 1985 when he appeared alongside Juliette Binoche »

- Richard Mowe

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Film Nerd 2.0 digs into the notion of 'what is appropriate' between the PG and R

2 March 2015 9:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been a strange couple of weeks of films with the boys. First, we had a period of almost three weeks where I didn't get to see them because of all sorts of different scheduling issues. The hardest part of adjusting to life as a divided family is making my peace with the very different way the kids and I spend time together now. I've gone from having hours with them every day to having a handful of hours every couple of weeks. It makes time feel much more precious, but it can add a layer of stress, as well, because I'm constantly aware of the ticking clock. I know the boys feel it, too. We talk when I don't see them, but it's not the same. You try having a serious conversation on the phone with a seven-year-old. It's just not satisfying, no matter what. Kids today don't really »

- Drew McWeeny

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50 Shades of Grey wins Us box office for second week

22 February 2015 10:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey has claimed the Us box office for a second week after taking $23,246,000.

The erotic adaptation - starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele - became the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time after taking $81.6 million last week.

Upon its release, Fifty Shades ranked among the biggest R-rated movie debuts, with only The Matrix Reloaded, The Hangover Part II and The Passion of the Christ earning more.

Colin Firth's Kingsman: The Secret Service holds onto the second spot with $17.5 million while last week's number one The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water stays three with $15.5 million.

Kevin Costner's McFarland, USA is new at four with $11.3 million, just beating teen comedy The Duff which rounds out the top five.

American Sniper occupies the number six spot, as comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 enters at seven with $5.8 million. »

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Teens mob mall after being denied entry to see 50 Shades of Grey

18 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

100 teenagers mobbed a mall in Florida after being refused tickets to see Fifty Shades of Grey.

West Oak Mall in the Orlando suburb of Ocoee has now ruled that all teenagers must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the mall after 9pm, according to The AP.

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Fifty Shades of Grey is rated R in the Us, meaning that those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

A further group of teens objected to the movie theatre's decision by rushing the mall's food court. Nobody was injured and there was no damage reported by mall officials.

Fifty Shades of Grey made history at the Us box office by taking $81,670,000 in its first weekend in cinemas, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening ever. »

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Torches Records With $94.4 Million Debut

16 February 2015 7:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey” ensnared moviegoers over Presidents Day weekend, shattering records and heating up the box office with a staggering $94.4 million debut over the four-day holiday.

That easily trumped the previous high of $63.1 million set by “Valentine’s Day” in 2010. The film took advantage of Valentine’s Day falling over the holiday weekend, presenting itself as a saucy evening out for couples looking to spice up their love lives. It also became the fourth-biggest R-rated opening in history and the second-biggest for a female director behind “The Matrix Reloaded,” which was co-directed by Lana Wachowski. The latter record is the subject of some debate. “The Matrix” director was still billed as Larry Wachowski at the time of the film’s release and had not yet transitioned.

Fifty Shades of Grey” also did massive business internationally, debuting in 9,637 locations across 58 territories where Valentine’s Day is celebrated. It had earned »

- Brent Lang

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Fifty Shades of Grey Shatters Numerous Box Office Records

16 February 2015 2:58 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" could not compete with "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but performed very well in second place, grossing $36 million domestically and another $44 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $80 million. The film cost $81 million to make and has a 71% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. All eyes were on "Fifty Shades of Grey," which cost just $40 million to make and ended up with a whopping $240 million global debut ($82 million domestically). The film only has a 26% fresh rating, but shattered numerous records, including... * Biggest Presidents Day weekend debut (Previous record holder was "Valentine's Day" with $56.3 Million) * Biggest debut by a female director ("The Matrix Reloaded" had a bigger debut, but Lana Wachowski was still a man) * Highest number of theaters for an R-rated opening with 3,646 locations (Previous record holder was "The Hangover Part II" with 3,615) * Biggest single-day February gross with $36.7 million on Saturday (Previous »

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Weekend Report: 'Grey' Makes Green Over Valentine's Day Weekend

15 February 2015 12:07 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey scored one of the biggest R-rated debuts ever this weekend, while Kingsman: The Secret Service was strong in second place.Fifty Shades was even more impressive at the international box office, where it opened to a stunning $158 million. For full overseas coverage, check out this weekend's Around-the-World Roundup.The domestic box office Top 12 earned $200.7 million, which makes this the biggest weekend ever in February. It's also the highest-grossing weekend since November 2013 (meaning bigger than any weekend in 2014).Playing at 3,646 theaters*the widest opening ever for an R-rated movie*Fifty Shades of Grey scored $85.2 million over the three-day weekend. That's the top opening ever in the month of February ahead of The Passion of the Christ; among R-rated movies, it ranks fourth behind The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper and The Hangover Part II.For the four-day weekend, it earned $93 million, which »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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A List of Records ‘Fifty Shades’ Broke This Weekend at Box Office

15 February 2015 11:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey” torched record books this weekend, debuting to a white hot $81.7 million domestically and $239.7 million globally.

By introducing moviegoers to little-explored sections of the Kama Sutra, Universal Pictures’ erotic romance became the highest-grossing Presidents Day Weekend opener. It also established new benchmarks for R-rated fare.

Not shabby for a film that cost $40 million to produce before factoring in promotional and distribution costs. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the film, with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles. Sequels to the picture have yet to earn a greenlight, but given the results, that appears to be a formality.

Here’s a look at some of the records that got incinerated thanks to Christian Grey’s smoldering glare.

Biggest Presidents Day Weekend Opener

(Previous record holder was “Valentine’s Day” with $56.3 Million) Second Highest Grossing Debut for a Film by a Female Director

(Current record holder is “The Matrix Reloaded »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office Report: Fifty Shades Of Grey Dominates Valentine’s Day Frame

15 February 2015 11:13 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The studio executive that decided to release the big-screen adaptation of erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey over the weekend of Valentine’s Day should see a healthy raise this week, as the R-rated romantic drama saw many of the book’s fans and curious moviegoers come out in droves. The film earned an estimated $81.7 million in its first three days, although close to half of that came from Valentine’s Day sales alone. In North America, Fifty Shades of Grey stands as the second-biggest February opening of all time (after The Passion of the Christ‘s $83.8 million), although it sold fewer tickets than 2001’s Hannibal when that thriller opened to $58 million 14 Februarys ago.

Domestically, the film now has the fifth-biggest opening for an R-rated film (after The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper, The Hangover Part II and the aforementioned Passion). Another intriguing statistic: Fifty Shades had the largest opening for »

- Jordan Adler

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