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1-20 of 112 items from 2015   « Prev | Next » Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to ‘Legend’ With Tom Hardy in a Double Performance

21 November 2015 1:53 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new gangster film “Legend” starring Tom Hardy in a double performance as London’s notorious Kray brothers!

Legend,” which opens on Nov. 25, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Christopher Eccleston, Joshua Hill, Paul Anderson and Tara Fitzgerald from Oscar-winning writer and director Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River”) based on the book by John Pearson. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Legend” courtesy of, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions »

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Film Review: Legend

20 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Tom Hardy stars in the dual roles of twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the new crime film "Legend". Based on a true story, "Legend" portrays the rise and fall of the Kray Brothers, two British gangsters who came to prominence smack dab in the middle of the swinging 60s scene in London.

Reggie and Ronnie could not be more dissimilar in their personalities and actions. Reggie is the more level headed of the two and the brains of the operation. Ronnie is the muscle and prone to bouts of extreme violence brought on by nothing more sometimes than a perceived slight. Reggie is loyal to a fault to his brother, and see himself as his protector. Such blind allegiance is what ultimately proves to be the brothers' undoing, as Ronnie's repeated careless actions put their operations in extreme jeopardy.

Hardy does a great job differentiating the two roles, with »

- Daniel W. Tafoya

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Legend In St. Louis – Stars Tom Hardy

18 November 2015 8:01 AM, PST | | See recent news »

From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance. Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

Written and directed by Helgeland, the Studiocanal, Working Title and Cross Creek film co-stars Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton.

Helgeland’s accomplished behind-the-scenes team is led by cinematographer Dick Pope (Mr. Turner, The Illusionist), editor Peter McNulty (42, The Master), production designer Tom Conroy (television’s Vikings, The Tudors), costume designer Caroline Harris (42, The Awakening), hair and makeup designer Christine Blundell (Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Sherlock Holmes) and composer Carter Burwell (Twilight series, True Grit).

Legend opens in St. »

- Movie Geeks

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Prohibition-Era Drama Live By Night Recruits Scott Eastwood

13 November 2015 1:32 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Live By Night, the Ben Affleck-directed thriller in development over at Warner Bros., has struggled to get going in earnest no thanks to a number of scheduling compromises at the studio and within the core cast. Part and parcel of this prolonged production can be traced to Affleck’s involvement in the DC Expanded Universe, with the likes of Suicide Squad and, in particular, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice eating into any and all of the actor’s time.

However, as The Wrap reports, it was his involvement on the former DC project that has welcomed the arrival of Scott Eastwood to play Affleck’s brother in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s eponymous novel. Stepping into the world of organized crime, Affleck toplines the drama as Joe Coughlin, the son of a decorated police captain who flies in the face of his family name by venturing into »

- Michael Briers

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Benicio Del Toro ('Sicario'): Will he be eighth double Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor?

12 November 2015 7:15 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Past Oscar champ Benicio Del Toro could well pull off a surprise in this year's Best Supporting Actor race. He is a strong contender for his riveting portrayal of a man obsessed with revenge in “Sicario.” The film is big hit with both critics and audiences and there is talk of a sequel featuring his character. And if he lands a nomination, Oscar history gives him an excellent chance of winning this award for a second time.  -Break- Are we underestimating 'Sicario' as an Oscar contender? Del Toro has competed in this category twice before. He won for “Traffic" in 2000 and was nominated for “21 Grams” (2003). He lost that race to Tim Robbins who was overdue for Oscar recognition and benefitted from the Best Picture momentum behind “Mystic River.” In "Traffic," the actor played a Mexican cop entangled in the perilous drug war. Fifteen years la..."' »

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First Look: Ben Affleck's Long-Awaited Gangster Drama, 'Live By Night'

29 October 2015 7:02 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With the caption "First day. First shot," Ben Affleck posted the first glimpse of his upcoming Prohibition-era gangster drama "Live By Night," based on the novel by Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River"). Affleck will produce with Jennifer Todd via their Pearl Street banner, with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran also overseeing. Originally planned for a prime October 2016 release date, The Playlist reported in August that distributor Warner Bros. has pushed the film back to 2017. Read More: "The Unsinkable Effie Brown Makes HBO's 'Project Greenlight' a Must-See: 'I'm not his favorite person'" Starring Affleck, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, and Chris Cooper, "Live By Night" is not the director's first time working from source material by Lehane, whose novel "Gone, Baby, Gone" Affleck adapted for his debut feature behind the camera. Affleck, whose last film as director was »

- Matt Brennan

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Dreamworks Buys Rights To Denis Lehane’s New Novel

28 October 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Massachusetts native Denis Lehane has a knack for writing stories that translate well to the screen. Thus far four of his literary works have been adapted to major motion pictures (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island, and The Drop). Ben Affleck is committed to direct and star in the next film adaptation of Lehane’s work, […]

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- Jeff Bricker

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Sean Penn Blasts Lee Daniels Over “Meritless” Attempt To Move $10M Defamation Case To Federal Court – Update

22 October 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update, 10:35 Am: A day after the Empire co-creator and Empire State resident requested to have the Mystic River actor's $10 million defamation lawsuit moved from state court to federal court, Sean Penn's lawyer are saying no way. That's no way to the "meritless" move because Lee Daniels lives in New York and the federal statute doesn't let a civil action be shifted if the defendant lives in the state where the suit in question has been filed. The request for removal was… »

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64 years ago today: ‘I Love Lucy’ premiered

15 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

64 years ago today, the world was introduced to one of TV’s most celebrated couples, Lucy and Ricky. “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS on October 15, 1951. The show made its mark by daring to address some major social issues of the 1950s, by changing the way television is taped with audiences, and by inventing the TV re-run. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz continue to get laughs out of generations of audiences, and their tale will soon be told in an Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic. Other notable October 15 happenings in pop culture history: • 1960: The 100th episode of “Perry Mason” aired on CBS. • 1965: Jimi Hendrix signed a three-year contract with entrepreneur Ed Chalpin. The contract later caused legal and career problems for Hendrix. • 1977: “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone started its reign on the Billboard Hot 100, knocking Meco’s disco take on the “Star Wars” theme from the top. »

- Emily Rome

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News Bits: Cause, Shyamalan, Fell, Ivory

12 October 2015 3:54 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Just Cause 3

Avalanche Studios have been inviting YouTubers to beta test and record footage of the upcoming video game "Just Cause 3" to give people an idea of the gameplay ahead of its release this December.

YouTube outlet LetsPlay strapped on Rico's wingsuit, grappling gun and parachute to give the game a go and the result is five twenty minute videos trying out this crazy world - mostly getting injured and involving themselves in the usual physics-defying shenanigans that come with the "Just Cause" franchise. The new game hits December 1st for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Untitled Shyamalan Project

Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson are set to join James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan's next supernatural thriller which is currently untitled. Shyamalan will write, direct and produce alongside his "The Visit" producer Jason Blum.

Joy and Buckley are signing on for lead roles opposite McAvoy, »

- Garth Franklin

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Dennis Lehane’s Next Novel ‘Since We Fell’ Lands at DreamWorks (Exclusive)

12 October 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks has nabbed another hot literary title from one of the industry’s favorite authors.

The studio has acquired the future rights to Dennis Lehane’s next novel “Since We Fell,” sources tell Variety, after a heated bidding war this past summer that saw several studios vying for the rights to a proposal.

Ecco Press, which is a division of Harper Collins, is publishing the book, due out next fall as Lehane is still writing. Lehane will adapt the screenplay for the studio after he is finished with the novel.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but one insider describes it as a Hitchcockian thriller set in Boston. Sources say the new book by Lehane, best known for his New England-based crime dramas like “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island,” will be unlike anything he has written to date.

Lehane’s books have long garnered critical acclaim and commercial success, »

- Justin Kroll

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Sarah Silverman is Latest Comedic Actor to Branch into Drama with ‘I Smile Back’

8 October 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Sarah Silverman, primarily known for her work in comedy, is one of the latest actors to branch out from lighter fare into the world of drama. This year’s I Smile Back, director Adam Salky‘s story of a troubled woman’s aim at redemption, was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and showcases star Silverman in a much different light than audiences are used to seeing her.

Silverman has ventured into dramatic territory before, with 2011’s Take This Waltz from director Sarah Polley, but was relegated to a supporting role beside stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. With I Smile Back, Silverman takes on the heavy lifting of a serious starring role.

The history of comedic talent spreading their dramatic wings is full of big names and, in certain cases, has led to major Oscar recognition.

At last year’s Academy Awards, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Academy Award Film Series: It Takes Eastwood to Get Enthusiastic Praise for Derivative, Mostly Predictable Father Figure Melo

6 October 2015 5:33 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing world in the 2004 melo Million Dollar Baby. Despite the cheery title, this is not the usual Rocky-esque rags-to-riches story of the determined underdog who inevitably becomes a super-topdog once she (in this case it's a “she”) puts on her gloves, jumps into the boxing ring, and starts using other women as punching bags. That's because about two-thirds into the film, Million Dollar Baby takes a radical turn toward tragedy that is as unexpected as everything else on screen is painfully predictable. In fact, once the dust is settled, even that last third quickly derails into the same sentimental mush Eastwood and »

- Andre Soares

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance remake in the works

30 September 2015 10:20 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

John Ford's classic 1962 western is to be turned into an 'urban crime/thriller' set in 1980s Pennsylvania...

It really is at the stage now where we appear to be covering at least one reboot or remake story a week. We thought this week had been quite light on them, in truth, but then comes the news that The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is getting a modern makeover. This story might not cheer too many people up.

Paramount is developing a new take on the film, which originally starred John Wayne and James Stewart. John Ford directed the 1962 original.

The new version is going to take the core narrative of the original film, and relocate it to modern day Pennsylvania. The flashback will be set in the 1980s, and rather than being overtly a western, the plan this time - don't shoot the messenger, folks - is to transform »

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‘The Walk’ Hopes to Follow in Oscar Footsteps of Past Nyff Opening Night Films

25 September 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The 53rd New York Film Festival will begin this Saturday (postponed from today due to Pope Francis‘ visit) with Robert Zemeckis‘ high-wire biopic The Walk opening the event.

The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.

Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.

Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:

Chariots of Fire (1981): The drama about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympic Games opened the 19th Nyff on its way to winning four Academy Awards, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Sean Penn sues Lee Daniels for $10 million

22 September 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Sean Penn is suing Lee Daniels for $10 million. The Oscar winner, 55, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the 'Empire' director, accusing him of dragging his name through the mud while defending the show's star Terrence Howard, who was accused of domestic abuse by ex-wife Michelle Ghent during their recent bitter divorce battle. In documents submitted to New York's Supreme Court today (22.09.15), the 'Mystic River' actor's lawyer Mathew Rosengart states: ''As a result of Penn's status as a public figure, he has for years been the subject of scandalous, scurrilous, and baseless attacks. But Penn, like any citizen, has a right to defend himself and will no longer tolerate the reckless and malicious behaviour of others, who seek to aggrandise themselves or their projects at his expense. Accordingly, and because of Daniels' defamatory statements, Penn brings this action for monetary relief, and to deter Daniels and others from their »

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‘Black Mass’ Does Big Box Office in Boston

20 September 2015 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James “Whitey” Bulger ruled the streets of South Boston for decades.

He charmed little old ladies by carrying their groceries, intimidated petty hoods and buried his murder victims under highway overpasses and brilliantly manipulated the local FBI into letting him operated with impunity. In the process, Bulger became one of the most infamous criminals in history. Like Al Capone and Chicago, Bulger and his Winter Hill Gang are synonymous with the “City on a Hill.”

It’s no surprise then that “Black Mass,” a new Warner Bros. drama about the notorious gangster, did massive business in Boston and its environs when it debuted last weekend. Roughly 10% of the picture’s $23.4 million opening grosses came from the city’s theaters. Typically they account for 2.7% of a picture’s domestic total. Across Boston, “Black Mass” numbers over-indexed by 280%, the studio said.

Moreover, six of the top ten best performing theaters were in Boston, »

- Brent Lang

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New Black Mass Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

19 September 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama movie, "Black Mass" into theaters today, September 18th, 2015, and all the major, top movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that most of them thought very highly of it, giving it an overall 69 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the site. The film stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp. We've posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Scott Foundas from Variety, gave it a really nice 90 score, stating: "If Johnny Depp’s mesmerizing performance — a bracing return to form for the star after a series of critical and commercial misfires — is the chief selling point of Black Mass, there is much else to recommend this sober, sprawling, deeply engrossing evocation of Bulger’s South Boston fiefdom and his complex relationship with the FBI agent John Connolly, played with equally impressive skill by Joel Edgerton. »

- Megan

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Domestic Weekend Box Office Expectations: Depp Gangster to Trail 'Scorch Trials'

16 September 2015 6:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »

- Zac Gille

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Toronto Day 5: ‘Black Mass’ and ‘Spotlight’ Offer Dark Visions of Boston

15 September 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two dark visions of Boston flickered across the screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday.

Spotlight,” a look at the Boston Globe’s investigation into systemic abuse in the Catholic Church, cemented its status among Best Picture contenders at next year’s Oscars, while “Black Mass,” the story of the FBI’s entangled relationship with crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, proved more divisive. Praise for Johnny Depp’s work at the serpentine Bulger was nearly universal, with some calling it the best performance of his career, but reaction to the picture’s stately pacing was more mixed.

Both films portray Boston as a clannish enclave, sustained by secrets and tortured loyalties, and informally governed by religious guilt and street violence. They seem destined to rank alongside “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” “The Verdict” and “Mystic River” in cinematic portrayals of “the City on a Hill.”

And both pictures »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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