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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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Oscars: Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, And The Frontrunners In The Best Actor & Best Actress Race

30 September 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With Venice, Telluride, and Toronto in the rear-view mirror, the mid-point of New York Film Festival closing in, and some of the movies in question landing in theaters, we’re well into the midst of awards season. Though the narrative this year will depend heavily on the respective arrivals of “The Hateful Eight,” “Joy” and “The Revenant” in December, we’re certainly seeing some of our questions about this Oscar race being answered already. There’ve been a few big revelations since our A-z of the season a few weeks back. “Room” won the Audience Award at Tiff, proving that it wasn’t too tough for crowds and suggesting that the movie will be a big player. We got a couple of new arrivals in the season from Paramount, namely Adam McKay’s ensemble financial dramedy “The Big Short” (which feels more like “The Gambler” than “Million Dollar Baby” to me, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Clint Eastwood Begins Filming Sully – Stars Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart And Laura Linney

30 September 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Production is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama Sully starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (upcoming “Bridge of Spies,” “Captain Phillips,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, under the direction of Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”).

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.

Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, »

- Michelle McCue

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What to Expect on Netflix in October, Plus: Watch These Movies Before They Expire

28 September 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Curious to know what movies are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. 10/1 Million Dollar Baby  Wild Horses Charlie and the Chocalate Factory  On the Town  Some Came Running  Take Me Out To The Ballgame  Curse of Chucky The Nightmare   10/8 Strangerland    10/9 Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom   10/14 The Lazarus Effect    10/16 Beasts of No Nation  Circle    10/18 Ain’t Them Bodies Saints    10/25 Walt Disney Animated Shorts Collection    10/27 Manson Family Vacation  August...

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'Boogie Nights,' 'Beasts of No Nation' and More Coming to Netflix This October (Plus Indiewire's Picks)

28 September 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Telluride: With Its Adventurous Netflix Deal, Can 'Beasts of No Nation' Work on the Small Screen? Despite promising October additions to its streaming library such as "Boogie Nights," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," all eyes are on Netflix next month as it attempts to launch its first original feature film, "Beasts of No Nation." The drama from Cary Joji Fukunaga centers around a young boy who is forced to become a child solider under the guidance of a ruthless war lord (Idris Elba), and the harrowing drama is quite the gamble for the streaming service. "Beasts" has screened to critical acclaim at festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto, though it's anyone's guess as to how it will preform when it hits Netflix on October 16.  In addition to "Beasts of No Nation," here are all of the new titles hitting Netflix this October, including »

- Zack Sharf

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What's New on Netflix in October 2015

28 September 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

October on Netflix brings "Beasts of No Nation," starring Idris Elba as a ruthless African warlord who trains child soldiers. Directed by Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective"), it debuts on Netflix and in theaters on October 16.

While a lot of great horror movies are leaving Netflix in October, some new ones are coming exclusively to the platform: "Manson Family Vacation," (starring Jay Duplass as a guy whose brother is obsessed with Charles Manson) and "Circle," in which 50 strangers are held captive and must choose which one of them will live. We're also excited for "The Nightmare," the buzzy documentary about sleep terrors from the directors of "Room 237."

And if you want more horror, there are new seasons coming to Netflix, including "iZombie," "The Vampire Diaries," "Supernatural," "Hemlock Grove," and "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

Available Oct. 1

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"Wild Horses" (2015)

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- Sharon Knolle

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‘The Walk’ Hopes to Buck the Trend for PG Films at the Oscars

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

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Walk, the true story adaption of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 1974 walk across the World Trade Center from  director Robert Zemeckis, premiered this Saturday at the 53rd New York Film Festival. The film has been receiving major Oscar buzz for Gordon-Levitt and Zemeckis, and hopes to garner a best picture nomination.

However, the film’s rating, PG, makes it a bit of a rarity in relation to recent Oscar success. Though it is not considered a children’s film by any means, with moments of extreme tension and drama, The Walk is nonetheless a family-friendly picture and its Npaa rating reflects that.

Since the turn of the new millennium, the majority of best pictures noms and winners have been rated PG-13 or R, a trend Zemeckis is hoping to buck this season.

Here’s a look back on recent films that were »

- Patrick Shanley

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Anthony Mackie Makes Shift To Comedy In The Night Before Trailer

31 August 2015 6:25 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Anyone who’s been following the Marvel-verse over the last year and a half will already know that Anthony Mackie can bring the funny. He plays Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) in the Avengers franchise, and was seen most recently in a sprightly Ant-Man cameo that turned out to be one of the best things in the movie. Before that, he was best known for a handful of supporting roles in heavier fare like Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt Locker — nothing that showcased the actor’s more playful side.

This Christmas, however, he’s starring alongside Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an out-and-out comedy: The Night Before. The trio play a group of friends who are out to have one last carefree bender together — on Christmas Eve, no less — before Rogen’s character becomes a first-time dad. The movie looks to be your standard Men Behaving Badly romp, with »

- Adrienne Ryan

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Ambi Distribution hires Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose

25 August 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Heading into Toronto the former president of international sales and distribution at Voltage Pictures will serve as a consultant, effective immediately.

Costa de Beauregard Rose reports to Ambi Distribution’s Julie Sultan and will help oversee sales and distribution and identify finished features and scripts.

The Beverly Hills-based company’s international sales slate includes contemporary fairy tale This Beautiful Fantastic, James Franco’s In Dubious Battle, 3D CGI family animation Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, sci-fi thriller Rupture starring Noomi Rapace.

The roster also comprises psychological thriller Lavender, rom-com All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker, sci-fi action thriller Andron: The Black Labyrinth starring Alec Baldwin and an upcoming homage to Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita.

“This is an exciting time for Ambi Distribution,” said Ambi Group co-head Andrea Iervolino (pictured with co-head Monika Bacardi). “Elisabeth brings a wealth of experience and we are tremendously excited to have her join our superb worldwide sales team »

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Paul Haggis Calls Out Journalists for Avoiding Scientology Questions With Tom Cruise: "Shame on You"

24 August 2015 4:06 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Oscar-winning filmmaker and outspoken former Scientologist Paul Haggis called out journalists in a new interview with The Daily Beast on Sunday, Aug. 23, for avoiding Scientology questions with Tom Cruise. Haggis, 62, the award-winning screenwriter behind Million Dollar Baby and Crash, defected from the Church of Scientology in 2009 after 35 years as a member — and has since become one of its biggest opponents. The director behind HBO's new miniseries Show Me a Hero called out Cruise's recent box office triumphs, despite the massive success of [...] »

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Academy Award Film Series: Bardem Fights for Right to Die in Amenábar's 'Sea'

23 August 2015 4:23 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body, »

- Andre Soares

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Zach Braff Directing Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine And Alan Arkin In Going In Style

11 August 2015 3:31 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Production is now underway on location in New York City on the New Line Cinema comedy Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff (“Garden State”) and starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”).

Freeman, Caine and Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

The film also stars two-time Oscar nominee Ann-Margret (“Tommy,” “Carnal Knowledge”) as Annie, a grocery cashier who’s been checking Al out in more ways than one; Peter Serafinowicz »

- Michelle McCue

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Sue Kroll Named Worldwide Distribution Chief at Warner Bros.; Vet Dan Fellman Leaving (Exclusive)

29 July 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio.

Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management shift, international distribution chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will take over Fellman’s day-to-day responsibilities, continuing to report to Kroll. Her title will be president of worldwide distribution.

Fellman, who will stay on until the end of the year and then consult for the studio and other clients, is widely respected both within the creative and exhibition communities, and is considered an effective broker in the disagreements that periodically flare-up between studios and theater owners over movie terms. He has been with the studio since 1978, overseeing the successful releases of such hits as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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Second Opinion – Southpaw (2015)

26 July 2015 3:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Southpaw, 2015.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent, Oona Laurence, Miguel Gomez, Victor Ortiz and Skylan Brooks.


Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

If Antoine Fuqua has succeeded in any way by making Southpaw, it’s confirmation that we do not need another boxing drama anytime soon – or at the very least not one as lifeless, predictable and uninspired as this. It sullies the name of the great ones to even mention Southpaw in the same review.

Having said that, there is no easy way around the pitfalls of the movie without drawing comparisons as to why similar pictures work so well; after all, our appreciation of such stories is driven by what we’ve seen before and »

- Gary Collinson

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Southpaw – The Review

23 July 2015 10:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ever since two men slipped on gloves and sparred in a squared space, boxing has been a popular subject for mass media. I mean it’s a perfect venue, one man battling another, for everything from the legitimate theatre (the stage classic “Golden Boy”) and comic strips (“Joe Palooka” was a media sensation). But it seems to have been tailor-made for cinema, since it can cross over from “sports flick” to many other genres. It’s been a setting for laughs with screen comedians from Buster Keaton to Kevin James dancing about the canvas (plus The Main Event was a boxing “rom com”). And there are boxing biographies from Gentleman Jim to Ali. One modestly-budgeted 1976 smash turned into a huge franchise with Rocky (which will soon continue with Creed). But boxing’s biggest impact may be in prestige dramas, with Wallace Beery earning an Oscar as The Champ to the »

- Jim Batts

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'Ant-Man' Interview with Michael Pena | Exclusive

16 July 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Michael Pena is an actor whose career I've been intently following for the past 10 years. After popping up in small but impressive roles in back-to-back Best Picture winners Million Dollar Baby and Crash, and in a wonderful arc on my favorite TV show ever, The Shield, the actor started coming into his own with solid supporting roles in Shooter, Lions for Lambs, Observe and Report and American Hustle. After his fantastic scene-stealing performance in Marvel's Ant-Man (check out my full Ant-Man review), the actor is primed for a huge career leap.

The actor portrays Luis, a longtime friend and criminal cohort of Scott Lang, who gives him a place to crash after his release from prison. Luis also sets up the heist that essentially introduces him to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), setting him on a path to become the Ant-Man. When Scott is tasked with pulling off an improbable heist, »

- MovieWeb

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Hilary Swank scaling back acting career to take care of ailing father

6 July 2015 3:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Star of Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby says she has ‘passed’ on roles to help look after her father after his lung transplant

Two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank says she has been turning down roles in Hollywood to concentrate on caring for her elderly father.

The 40-year-old star of Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby told Huffpost Live she was happy to take time out to spend time with Stephen Swank, a former chief master sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard who recently underwent a lung transplant.

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- Ben Child

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Did 'Ant-Man' Keep Michael Pena Out of 'Suicide Squad'? | Exclusive

30 June 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

I've been a big fan of actor Michael Pena for the past decade or so, after he started popping up in memorable supporting roles in Best Picture winners Million Dollar Baby, Crash and my favorite TV series ever, The Shield. Over the past few years, he's put in some of the best work of his career in two fantastic David Ayer movies, End of Watch and Fury, and his career will hopefully be taken to the next level with his scene-stealing performance in Marvel's Ant-Man, in theaters July 17. I recently had the chance to sit down with the actor to discuss Ant-Man. Given his strong working relationship with David Ayer, I had to ask if he was ever in contention for a role in the filmmaker's Suicide Squad adaptation, which is currently shooting in Toronto. The actor revealed that, despite getting calls from the director for his past three movies, »

- MovieWeb

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Film Review: ‘Southpaw’

17 June 2015 1:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You can practically smell the blood, the sweat and the fierce actorly commitment rising from Jake Gyllenhaal’s bruised and tattooed body in “Southpaw,” a bluntly conventional melodrama about a champion boxer forced to undergo a grim crucible of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering. Yet the undeniable intensity of Gyllenhaal’s bulked-up, Method-mumbling performance may leave you feeling more pummeled than convinced in this heavy-handed tale of redemption, in which director Antoine Fuqua once more demonstrates his fascination with codes of masculine aggression, extreme violence and not much else. Creakily plotted over the course of its rise-and-fall-and-rise-again trajectory, this partly Chinese-funded production may land enough visceral blows to catch on with audiences on its July 24 release through the Weinstein Co., but seems less likely to attain the prestige-hit status of superior efforts like “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Fighter.”

That didn’t stop exec producer Harvey Weinstein from loudly speculating »

- Justin Chang

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Clint Eastwood's Caitlyn Jenner Joke Will Be Cut From Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards Broadcast

8 June 2015 6:09 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Another controversy for Clint Eastwood. The actor and director joked about Caitlyn Jenner during the Spike TV Guys Choice 2015 awards on Saturday, June 6. Eastwood, 85, was at the awards show in Culver City, Calif., to introduce San Andreas actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. According to reports, the Million Dollar Baby director brought up The Rock in the context of athletes who've made their way into the world of acting, much like "Jim Brown and Caitlyn somebody..." Eastwood, however, appeared to be the only one laughing in [...] »

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