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'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
James L. White, who penned the script for the Ray Charles biopic Ray that won Jamie Foxx the Best Actor Oscar in 2004, died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 67. His attorney, Matthew H. Saver, told Deadline that White died of complications from pancreatic cancer. Ray landed six Oscar nominations that year, winning for Foxx’s turn as well as sound mixing. Taylor Hackford was nominated for Best Director (he and White shared the story-by credit) and the movie was… »
James L. White, who wrote the original screenplay to the 2004 Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” starring Jaime Foxx, died early Thursday morning from complications resulting from pancreatic and liver cancer at his home in Santa Monica, his attorney, Matthew L. Saver, confirmed to Variety. He was 67.
A statement from attorney Saver read in part: White “worked steadily and was commissioned by studios and networks to write many musical-artist-based scripts. At the time of his passing he was about to direct his own screenplay.”
Responding to news of White’s passing, Hackford said: “Jimmy White was »
- Carmel Dagan
James L. White, the screenwriter known for his work on the Oscar-winning Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” passed away Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, California, after battling pancreatic and liver cancer. He was 67. White developed the story for “Ray” along with the film’s director, Taylor Hackford, in addition to writing the screenplay. The film was nominated for six Oscars, with Jamie Foxx winning for Best Actor and the film’s sound team winning for Best Sound Mixing. “Jimmy White was a lovely man and a terrific writer,” Hackford told TheWrap in a statement. “His insights as a black man growing. »
- Joe Otterson
James L. White, who wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning 2004 drama Ray, has died. He was 67. The writer passed away early Thursday morning at home in Santa Monica, his attorney Matthew H. Saver told The Hollywood Reporter. He died from complications resulting from pancreatic and liver cancer. White's story for the 2004 drama chronicled the career evolution of singer Ray Charles, who was portrayed by Jamie Foxx in an Oscar-winning turn. The drama was directed by Taylor Hackford, who is also credited on the story. The biopic was nominated for six Academy Awards and White was nominated for
- Erik Hayden
Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – July 20, 2015) After a two year hiatus following the tragic death of cast member Dave Brockie, the popular sit-com Holliston will return for a third season in 2016 on the GeekNation digital network, it was announced today by ArieScope Pictures President and series creator/ show runner Adam Green in conjunction with GeekNation’s CEO Clare Kramer and COO Brian Keathley. The highly anticipated third season is set for a full 10-episode order to premiere on GeekNation’s digital streaming network next summer, making this the first time thatHolliston will be readily accessible for all, including audiences in many foreign countries that were unable to watch the series until now.
- Derek Anderson
Robert De Niro has been gearing up what’s been known as his “passion project” for some time, a film called The Comedian in which he would play an insult comic modeled off Don Rickles. De Niro has now secured a director for the film, Taylor Hackford (Ray, Parker). Deadline exclusively reported that Hackford came on board after director Mike Newell departed due to scheduling, and that casting for the film is now underway.
Roast comic Jeff Ross wrote all of De Niro’s stand-up material for the film, and the screenplay was penned by Art Linson, who previously wrote De Niro’s What Just Happened and has produced everything from Fight Club to The Untouchables to Into the Wild. It’ll be interesting to see De Niro take on the role, because it’s perhaps most closely similar to his underrated, almost cult performance as Rupert Pupkin in Martin Scorsese »
- Brian Welk
- Dave McNary
Robert De Niro is so widely respected in Hollywood that he could really do anything he wants at this stage in his career. To the Oscar winner’s credit, though, he’s not rolling over and taking easy paycheck roles all the time – for years, De Niro has been pushing to get The Comedian made, with an eye to starring in the Art Linson-penned drama. And now, he’ll finally complete that passion project, having recruited Taylor Hackford to direct the pic.
De Niro will take on the role of a self-destructive, acerbic insult comic inspired partly by comedian Don Rickles (De Niro’s co-star in Casino). It won’t be the actor’s first time playing a professional funnyman – he took on the role of aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin to widespread acclaim in The King of Comedy.
Excitingly, though Linson (known for the De Niro-starring, Hollywood-set What Just Happened? »
- Isaac Feldberg
Toolbox Murders 2 The Handyman of Horror Returns!
A Film by Dean C. Jones Toolbox Murders 2 Starring Chauntal Lewis, Oscar® Nominee Bruce Dern, Brian Krause, Clifton Powell, Chris Doyle and Ethan Phillips Special Blu-Ray™ And DVD Arrive On Home Entertainment Shelves On August 4, 2015 From Scream Factory™ Pre-order This Definitive Scream Factory™ Release Today! The handyman of horror is ...
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‘There is a thrilling core of steel in Kerry Washington. She radiates capability alongside ethereal beauty’
It was not always thus. I first saw her in 2001 teen movie Save The Last Dance, in which she played a tough but kind student single mother. That small role led to parts in bigger things (Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, a role in Oscar-winning Ray) and the big thing came in 2012, when she was cast in Shonda Rhimes’ megahit, Scandal.
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- Bim Adewunmi
Songs On Screen: HitFix recurring feature of tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. There are three great songs from American film, and they are all about rainbows. “Over the Rainbow,” “Moon River” and “The Rainbow Connection” – are the three most quintessentially American songs ever to appear on screen, sung by three quintessentially American characters; and all three stand apart as plaintive cries of lonely souls dreaming of someplace far away..”Waiting round the bend” ”where troubles melt like lemondrops” for “the lovers, the dreamers and me” The things these songs share tell you everything needs to know about the character of 20th Century America. The things they don’t share tell you everything you need to know about how that character changed as the era wore on. Let’s start at the top, and the very top it is. »
- Richard Rushfield
In addition to getting their Blu-ray horror and sci-fi fix from Shout! Factory's booth #4118 at this year's Comic-Con, fans can also experience exciting future Scream Factory title announcements at the "Inside Look" panel taking place Friday, July 10th at 7:30pm in Room 24Abc:
Press Release: "Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2015 with a dynamic line-up sure to delight pop culture enthusiasts of all ages. Shout! Factory is a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and its Comic-Con offerings, which span its popular Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory™ brands, are sure to please devoted fans of popular home entertainment properties, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts alike. This year, Shout! Factory unveils an exciting panel event, new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusives and engaging booth activities. Fans and attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory »
- Derek Anderson
In the world of Toolbox Murders 2, you probably don't want any sharp tools in your shed, let alone the sharpest tool. Toolbox Murders 2 will be released on Blu-ray / DVD August 4th. Also in this round-up: Choose Their Kill, The Sentinel, and The Legacy release details.
Toolbox Murders 2: Press Release: "The handyman of horror is back with a new box of tricks and fear in Toolbox Murders 2, a highly anticipated follow-up to the 2004 Tobe Hooper directed slasher classic. Directed by legendary special effects artist, producer and filmmaker Dean C. Jones (Dark Awakening, X-Men: First Class), Toolbox Murders 2 stars Chauntal Lewis (Séance), Oscar® nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Brian Krause (Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers), Clifton Powell (Ray), Chris Doyle (Toolbox Murders) and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager). Picking up directly after the shocking events of the previous movie, Toolbox Murders 2 ratchets up the terror as it follows one of Hollywood’s most twisted killers. »
- Tamika Jones
Over the decades, the silver screen has been filled with dauntless canines such as Shiloh, Toto, Lassie, Benji and Beethoven.
Now comes the tale of Max.
A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.
Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations for him; he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog.
However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, »
- Michelle McCue
Kerry Washington has been a frequent guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s latenight talkshow. But when the two met at Variety’s Actors on Actors studio, she got to ask a few questions of her own — and they learned a few things about each other, including a shared love of those long-gone afterschool specials.
Jimmy Kimmel: Kerry, what was your first time on television?
Kerry Washington: My first time on television was an “ABC Afterschool Special” entitled “My Special Angel.” And I had to join SAG for that.
Kimmel: Were you the special angel?
Washington: No, I was in a supporting role as a cheerleader friend.
Kimmel: I miss those. I don’t know why they don’t do that anymore.
Washington: It’s crazy to believe that people grow up to be sensible human beings without watching afterschool specials.
Kimmel: They don’t! That’s the problem with this generation. »
- Debra Birnbaum
In the recent film Love and Mercy, a studio musician recording during the Pet Sounds sessions explains to Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) that he’s broken a fundamental rule of music, in that it sounds wrong if you have one person playing in one key and another instrument playing in another. “It sounds right in my head,” he replies.
Back in September, Scott Tobias wrote in The Dissolve something of a manifesto about biopics, “Five simple rules for making biopics about geniuses”: (1) Don’t try and tell a person’s entire life story, (2) show us, don’t just tell us why they’re a genius, (3) don’t tell a genius’s story just because he or she was a great person, (4) find a compelling visual style that matches their genius, (5) and “find the saint in the asshole, find the asshole in the saint.”
Music biopics however are a genre unto themselves, »
- Brian Welk
Scream Factory's taking us back into the Robeson house on August 11th with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs, complete with special features comprising two audio commentaries, interviews, and much more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Shout! Factory has announced the August 11 Blu-ray release of horror master Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition). The Scream Factory treatment of this much-loved film includes several new bonus features.
This terrifying journey from the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream takes you inside a demented house. Trapped inside the fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare, quickly learning the true nature of the house's homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house.
- Derek Anderson
True Detective June 2015 Episode Titles, Plots, Air Dates, TV Promos. HBO has released the True Detective: Season 2 episode titles, official plot synopses, and the air dates for the June 2015 episodes of its cop TV series. The True Detective episodes discussed are episodes 9-10. The two new True Detective: Season 2 TV commercials are entitled ‘Chaos’ and ‘Stand.’
In the first trailer, Los Angeles detective Ray Velacro (Colin Farrell), a corrupt cop under the control of crime lord Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), asks if he is even supposed to solve the case he’s investigating. Seymon also says at one point, “I need a direction to turn, or I may just start pulling down walls.”
The second trailer is a wordless, pulse-pouding look at the four main characters, including Ventura County Sheriff’s detective Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and motorcyle »
- Rollo Tomasi
HBO is now entering the heavy promotion stage for "True Detective" Season 2, which stars Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch and premieres June 21. The network recently shared two new teasers, even letting some of the high-profile cast occasionally speak instead of just looking menacing or depressed:
HBO also issued materials with more details on what will happen in the first two episodes, which air in June, listing more cast members and guest stars.
What's The Show About?
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California in "True Detective."
Colin Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a troubled detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vince Vaughn portrays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of »
- Gina Carbone
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