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‘Don’t Knock Twice’ Exclusive Clip: Katee Sackhoff and Lucy Boynton Fight off a Disturbed Witch

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‘Don’t Knock Twice’ Exclusive Clip: Katee Sackhoff and Lucy Boynton Fight off a Disturbed Witch
In the new horror film “Don’t Knock Twice,” there’s a disturbing urban legend involving a child-stealing witch living in an abandoned house. “Knock once to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead…” goes the rhyme, but when troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton) raps at the door one night, she has no idea the horror she’s about to unleash. She flees to the country home of her estranged mother (Katee Sackhoff) — a former addict turned famous artist — and must learn to trust her after many years in order to stop the demon stalking them. It co-stars Nick Moran (“Lock, Stock and Two Smocking Barrels”), Richard Mylan (“The Upside of Anger”), Pooneh Hajimohammadi (“Words with Gods”), Jordan Bolger (“Peaky Blinders”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘Don’t Knock Twice’ Trailer: Katee Sackoff and Her Kid Might Have
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Mike Binder to Write and Direct His Novel ‘Keep Calm’ For New Line

Mike Binder is set to write and direct an adaption of his novel “Keep Calm” for New Line, sources confirm to Variety.

New Line acquired the rights to the book, which is the multi-hyphenate’s first novel.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner will produce. Richard Brener will oversee for New Line.

The story follows an American man who gets caught up in an international incident and a female MI6 inspector is tasked with bringing him in. Henry Holt is publishing next month.

Binder most recently helmed “Black and White” starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, which was also exec produced by Atlas Entertainment. New Line has also set Binder to adapt Garth Callaghan memoir “The Napkin Notes,” which has Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing.

Binder’s, who is repped by Verve and Gernert Company, other past credits include “Reign Over Me” starring Adam Sandler and “The Upside of Anger
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Reese Witherspoon Developing ‘Napkin Notes’ Memoir for the Screen

Reese Witherspoon Developing ‘Napkin Notes’ Memoir for the Screen
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard banner is developing a film adaptation for New Line of Garth Callaghan’s memoir “Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow.”

Witherspoon and Papandrea will produce “Napkin Notes,” which New Line optioned last September. Mike Binder, whose credits include “Black or White,” “Reign Over Me” and “The Upside of Anger,” has come on to adapt the script. Toby Emmerich, Andrea Johnston and Richard Brener are overseeing for New Line.

Callaghan’s book, published by HarperCollins, details how he began writing short inspirational notes on napkins to put in his daughter Emma’s lunchbox daily to connect with his daughter. The practice took on far more significance after Callaghan was diagnosed first with kidney cancer and subsequently received four other cancer diagnoses.

“Napkin Notes” is Pacific Standard’s ninth development project. Witherspoon and Papandea formed Pacific Standard in 2012 in order to remedy
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‘American Sniper’ Misses Super Bowl Record; Most Top 10 Films Off – Monday B.O. Actuals

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‘American Sniper’ Misses Super Bowl Record; Most Top 10 Films Off – Monday B.O. Actuals
Update, Monday Actuals, 4 Pm: All of the top 10 films, except for Fox’s Taken 3, came in lower than their weekend projections yesterday morning due to the Super Bowl, with Warner Bros./Village Roadshow missing its target record as the largest grossing title over Super Bowl weekend. Disney’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert holds onto to that title ($31.117M) with American Sniper ranking second with a $30.66M Fss. Said one rival distribution chief, “It’s hard to nail down these predictions down to the penny when there is something so extraordinary like the Super Bowl in the market. No one saw this as being the highest-rated Super Bowl ever. Next weekend will be easier to project.” Warner Bros. was initially anticipating a 70% drop on Super Bowl Sunday for American Sniper from its Saturday B.O. of $16.5M but yesterday charted lower with a 74% decline for $4.4M.
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American Sniper has largest Super Bowl weekend on record

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American Sniper shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw at the North American box office. The concert film Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour opened with $31.1 million against the NFL's big game in 2008.

Hollywood often avoids competing with the Super Bowl as movie-going falls dramatically on Sunday, butAmerican Sniper has proven an unlikely sensation. It has now made $248.9 million in six weeks (and only three weeks of wide release), making it the most lucrative war movie without adjusting for inflation. (The distinction was previously held by Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.)

The competition was thin, as Hollywood held off any high-profile releases, effectively ceding the weekend to football.

The Weinstein Co. animated adaptation Paddington came in a distant
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Giveaway: Win Big Prizes from 'Black or White'

Giveaway: Win Big Prizes from 'Black or White'
Kevin Costner returns to the big screen this weekend with his new drama Black or White, which reunites him with The Upside of Anger filmmaker Mike Binder. To help promote this new film, we have a contest where fans can win a $25 Fandango Gift card, a hoodie, scarf, travel mug and mini-poster. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win today.

Black or White tells the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race,
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‘Black or White’ Reviews: Is the Whole Movie as Good as Kevin Costner’s Performance?

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‘Black or White’ Reviews: Is the Whole Movie as Good as Kevin Costner’s Performance?
American Sniper” is expected to blow away Relativity release “Black or White” at the box office this weekend, and the reviews for the Kevin Costner racial drama certainly won’t help change those expectations.

The movie, written and directed by Mike Binder (“The Upside of Anger”) and co-starring Octavia Spencer as a grandmother battling her granddaughter’s white grandfather (Costner) over custody, has a mere 31 percent approval rating from the 52 critics counted so far on Rotten Tomatoes.

See photos: 7 Hollywood Figures Ruined by Racist Rants – Before La Clippers Controversy

TheWrap‘s Inkoo Kang was among the majority who were not particularly fond of the project,
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Interview with Anthony Mackie and Mike Binder, star and director of Black or White

Black or White is the story of a grandfather, Elliott Anderson (Kevin Costner), who is suddenly left to care for his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), by himself. But, when her paternal grandmother, Rowena Jeffers (Octavia Spencer), seeks custody with the help of her lawyer brother (Anthony Mackie), poor Eloise is caught between two families. With the best intentions, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding.

The writer/director of Black or White, Mike Binder, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is an award-winning and well-regarded actor, writer, director, and producer. Binder’s directorial debut came in 1992 with Crossing the Bridge and has included such acclaimed films as Reign Over Me (2007) and The Upside of Anger (2005), which also starred Costner. Actor Anthony Mackie, is perhaps best known as Sam Wilson/Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Black Or White – The Review

The last few years several films concerning race relations in America have been released to much acclaim (Lee DanielsThe Butler), Academy Awards (12 Years A Slave), and big box office success (The Help). Just two weeks ago Oscar nominee Selma was given a wide coast-to-coast roll-out. But those true-life and fictional flicks were set in the past (Years over a century and a half ago). How about one set in the 21st century? Done, thanks to star/producer Kevin Costner and director/writer Mike Binder (they teamed ten years ago for the entertaining comedy/drama The Upside Of Anger). They’re going to try to shed a little light and start the healing with Black Or White.

The film begins as the affluent, tranquil life of high-priced La lawyer Elliot Anderson (Costner) is shattered when his beloved wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) is killed in a car crash. Elliot must raise his grade school-aged,
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Film Review: Story Choices Aside, Heart Matters in ‘Black or White’

Chicago – As race issues continue in the news, in the wake of Ferguson and “I Can’t Breathe,” the movies exhibit an extraordinary piece of timing with the new film “Black or White.” Oscar winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer participate in a story of family and healing.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

The issue in the film involves “Black or White,” but mostly in the context of what the opposing families want for a biracial girl suddenly being raised by her white grandfather (Costner). Written and directed by Mike Binder (“The Upside of Anger”), the film explores themes of socioeconomic separation as much as opposing racial views, and mostly it shows that both sides care ultimately for the little girl. Kevin Costner also steps outside his usual character mode, playing the grandfather as a mourning and boozy figure of tragedy, and a morally vague arbiter of the racial issues that have been thrust upon him.
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Forecast: 'Sniper' Set to Three-Peat Over Super Bowl Weekend

Forecast: 'Sniper' Set to Three-Peat Over Super Bowl Weekend
For the third weekend in a row, American Sniper is going to easily take the top spot at the box office. Even with the Super Bowl monopolizing attention on Sunday, Sniper should still easily add at least $30 million over the three-day period.Among the weekend's new releases, found footage time travel movie Project Almanac should provide decent counterprogramming for teen moviegoers, while Black or White and The Loft will be lucky to earn a combined $10 million.Through 13 days in wide release, American Sniper has already earned $213.4 million. This weekend, it expands to an additional 180 locations, which brings its total count to 3,885; that's a new record for an R-rated movie, ahead of the record that Sniper set last weekend.On fantastic word-of-mouth, the movie dropped a very light 28 percent last weekend. With tough competition from the Super Bowl on Sunday, a similar drop this weekend is out of the question. Still,
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Exclusive Video Interview With Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer And Anthony Mackie On Black Or White

Kevin Costner re-teams with the writer and director of The Upside of Anger, Mike Binder, for his latest film, Black or White. In it, he plays Elliot Anderson who, as the movie starts, is widowed after his wife is killed in a car crash. This is only the latest tragedy to befall Elliot though, as he also lost his daughter to drugs years before, and all he has left in terms of family is his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell).

In the process of dealing with his own grief, he is forced to contend with Eloise’s African-American grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer), who wants her back in the custody of her father Reggie (Andre Holland), a known drug addict that Elliot blames for the death of his daughter. Before he knows it, a custody battle heats up and Elliot becomes determined to keep Eloise living with him, as he feels he
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Five things we learned at Black or White's press conference

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"I make movies for people. I don't make them for myself," said Kevin Costner at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference last fall for his newest film, Black or White.

The film reunites Costner with his director from The Upside of AngerMike Binder. Together, they've created a film that is not just about race relations, but also about the bare bones concepts of what it is to be a family.

Costner plays Elliot, a widow raising his granddaughter after his daughter died in childbirth. In the midst of his grieving, the child's grandparent on her father's side, played by Octavia Spencer (The Help), enters Elliot's life, demanding that the young girl be returned to her drug addict father.

Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Gillian Jacobs ("Community") co-star in the film, which is slated to his select theatres in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver on Friday.

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Kevin Costner shines in “Black or White”

One of the interesting things about the month of January is that we not only see the expansion of Academy Award nominated films, but also the release of many would be contenders that simply weren’t recognized by Oscar. One such movie this month is Mike Binder’s Black or White, which happens to feature a tremendously good turn from Kevin Costner. When I saw the film a few months ago, I thought Costner had a chance to impact the Best Actor field…now, that obviously didn’t happen, but at this point others can finally see what I was talking about. Costner and Binder have something here with Black or White, which opens on Friday. The movie, which got a small qualifying run last month, is a drama centered around a custody fight over a little girl. Costner stars as an attorney caring for his mixed race granddaughter after his wife passes away.
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Interview: Kevin Costner, Anthony Mackie & Director Mike Binder Ponder ‘Black or White’

Chicago – Kevin Costner has come to represent a particular brand of Americana, for his roles in films like “Field of Dreams,” “Dances with Wolves” “JFK” and recently as Pa Kent in “Man of Steel.” His latest film is “Black or White.”

Black or White” is written and directed by Mike Binder, who Costner has previously collaborated with in “The Upside of Anger.” It focuses on Eliot Anderson (Costner), who loses his wife in a car accident as the film begins. He is left to raise their granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell), after he and his wife had adopted her when their daughter died in childbirth. Eliot’s daughter had hid the pregnancy, and the father was an African American man. The other side of Eloise’s family, led by matriarch Rowena (Octavia Spencer), challenges Eliot for custody of Eloise, and retains Rowena’s high powered lawyer brother Jeremiah (Anthony Mackie) to process the trial.
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Kevin Costner Gets Serious in This Exclusive 'Black or White' Clip

In the upcoming feel-good film "Black or White," Kevin Costner plays a man named Elliot who's raised his granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) her entire life. After Elliot's wife dies, Eloise's other grandmother Rowena, played by Octavia Spencer, makes a play for shared custody of Eloise. Legal wrangling and life lessons ensue in this family drama from Mike Binder ("Reign Over Me," "The Upside of Anger").

This exclusive clip shows Elliot sharing a moving moment with young Eloise as he breaks some sad news about her grandma.

"Black or White" opens January 30.
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Ten Overlooked Performances From 2014 to Remember

Ten Overlooked Performances From 2014 to Remember
With Oscar ballots in the hands of voters, the crunch is on. And while there are so many great performances to choose from, there are always many that don’t get the buzz they deserved. There are always popular dark horses that could pop up — think Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner” or Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”: Both are far from a sure thing but have clinched critics’ awards and have passionate fanbases. But then there are those who, for whatever reason, haven’t received the boosts they deserve. Below are 11 actors whose names deserved to be called on nomination morning.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Belle

The British thespian showed her range with two remarkable performances in 2014 that couldn’t be more different. In the period piece “Belle,” she played a mixed-race woman raised amongst nobility who refuses to settle for the life society deems appropriate for her. She
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Trailer for Kevin Costner’s Black Or White

It's good to watch a feel good drama that is full of all kinds of life lessons every once in awhile, and it’s good to see Kevin Costner land a solid respectable acting gig. He stars alongside Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer, The Help) in a new film called Black or White, which comes to us under the direction of Mike Binder (Reign Over Me, The Upside of Anger), who also wrote the script for the movie.

Black Or White is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds,
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Watch Octavia Spencer And Kevin Costner In Black Or White Trailer

Relativity Studios has released the trailer for the upcoming movie, Black Or White.

Black Or White is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award nominee Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding.

Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

The film had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond wrote “it’s unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that’s priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the
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Black or White | Review

Black to Basics: Binder’s Safely Bland Racial Message Movie

The latest film from actor/director/screenwriter Mike Binder, Black or White presents us with the possibility of truthfully representing the severe racial issues still plaguing our apathetic culture, inclined towards the sanitization of such topics in order to adhere to the restrictive umbrella of the politically correct. Unfortunately, Binder drops the ball, opting for a safe portrayal declawed of volatility because it presents us with a dichotomy told entirely through the lens of privileged perspective, when it could have been much more powerful in reverse or even with a hedged juxtaposition. Several well-meaning and even genuinely moving performances save the title from complete dismissal, but Binder’s film aims to assuage middle-class white American guilt rather than expose a lack of acknowledgment concerning the difference of others. Worse, he doesn’t bother to provide equal agency for both ‘sides.
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