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'Southpaw' Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Pulls No Punches

22 July 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Southpaw has several flaws, but is ultimately a captivating experience. The powerhouse performance of star Jake Gyllenhaal lifts the film to a raw, emotional high. The actor vanishes like a chameleon in this role. It's stunning to see the lanky sociopath from last year's brilliant Nightcrawler, transformed into the chiseled and wounded bruiser of Southpaw. He is arguably the finest lead actor in Hollywood today. Director Antoine Fuqua takes a somewhat predictable story to a different level by putting the focus solidly on Gyllenhaal. The result is a film that doesn't show us anything new, but punches you in the gut with feeling.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as champion boxer Billy Hope. A simple man, but a ferocious fighter in the ring. His entire world revolves around his beloved wife (Rachel McAdams) and daughter (Oona Laurence). The Hopes are a picture of happiness. Enjoying the success that pulled them out of »

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Review: Stung

1 July 2015 6:11 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

As someone who grew up watching creature features (usually courtesy of Elvira’s Movie Macabre), I absolutely had a blast with Benni Diaz’s recent killer wasp romp, Stung. Part old-school critter camp, part new-school mentality, the horror comedy features some incredible special effects, tons of great gore and wickedly fun kills, as well as a strong script from Adam Aresty that does an excellent job balancing out the humor and horror of the situation. Stung never strays too far from its B-movie roots and perfectly celebrates everything fans enjoy about these types of films with an infectious enthusiasm.

Stung starts off rather innocently, as we follow Julia (Jessica Cook) and her co-worker Paul (Matt O’Leary) who are on their way to cater a swanky backyard party where they’re hoping to impress their upscale clientele. Everything goes as planned until a swarm of mutant killer wasps show up »

- Heather Wixson

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'The O.C.' Musical in Development

29 June 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Eight years after the popular teen drama ended its TV run, The O.C. is being revived for a musical version. Directed/adapted by Jordan Ross and produced by Lindsey Rosin, the one-night-only event will take place August 30th in Los Angeles, Variety reports. 

Casting information has not been announced, but the roles of Luke Ward and Kirsten Cohen have reportedly been secured. Adding a meta feel, O.C. creator Josh Schwartz will also be characterized for the production, albeit with a non-singing role. 

The O.C. debuted on Fox in 2003 and »

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'Clueless: The Musical' Moves Forward With 'Rock of Ages' Director

25 June 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The rumored Clueless: The Musical is finally moving forward officially. Filmmaker Amy Heckerling, who wrote and directed the original movie, confirmed the news to Entertainment Tonight.

She also confirmed that Kristin Hanggi, who directed the Broadway production Rock of Ages from 2009 through 2015, would be leading this production and that the producer would be Dodger Theatricals, whose credits include Jersey Boys, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Into the Woods.

"I've written what they call the 'book,' and it's a jukebox musical," she said. The filmmaker »

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New on Video: ‘The River’

5 May 2015 6:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The River

Written by Rumer Godden and Jean Renoir

Directed by Jean Renoir

France/India/USA, 1951

As the camera looks down upon an ornamental design created from rice powder and water, the narrator (voiced by June Hillman), who speaks throughout the film, welcomes us to the world of The River. This is Bengal, “where the story really happened,” and this is Harriet speaking, reflecting back on her life at a very confusing and significant time. For all intents and purposes, The River is primarily her story. And in this, the film is an intimately personal cinematic memoir. But The River is also something else. In its depiction of the “river people” who inhabit this region of India, the film also takes on an ethnographic appeal, capturing the “flavor” of the setting and its inhabitants.

Guiding this journey is the great French director Jean Renoir, fresh off a tumultuous sojourn in Hollywood, »

- Jeremy Carr

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Watch a Father Yank His Son's Loose Tooth with a Camaro

1 April 2015 9:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "imtLQS2W7CA"] Kids, you have options for removing a loose tooth. You'll probably be told it's best to just let time do its thing and allow the tooth come loose on its own. And then there's also the traditional string tied around a doorknob. But when your dad happens to be a professional wrestler who performs under the name Rob Venomous, and he just happens to own a red Camaro, and you happen to live in Florida, you're obligated to kick it up a notch. Yes, this seems like a recipe for disaster, but don't worry: Everything goes according to plan. The »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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The Cast of Empire Dishes on Next Week's Shocking Episode (Video)

5 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Just when you think Empire can't get any more shocking, it does. People has an exclusive sneak peek at next week's episode, "Sins of the Father," including insights from the cast about the most jaw-dropping moments in store.Andre gets help - from Jennifer Hudson!"The final step for Andre is the fact that his father doesn't come to visit him," Jussie Smollett (who plays Jamal) says of what pushes Trai Byers's bipolar character over the edge while seeking psychiatric help. "It's kind of reminiscent of how it was with Cookie in jail. Once again, he turns his back »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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The Cast of Empire Dishes on Next Week's Shocking Episode (Video)

5 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Just when you think Empire can't get any more shocking, it does. People has an exclusive sneak peek at next week's episode, "Sins of the Father," including insights from the cast about the most jaw-dropping moments in store.Andre gets help - from Jennifer Hudson!"The final step for Andre is the fact that his father doesn't come to visit him," Jussie Smollett (who plays Jamal) says of what pushes Trai Byers's bipolar character over the edge while seeking psychiatric help. "It's kind of reminiscent of how it was with Cookie in jail. Once again, he turns his back »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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James Bond 007: revisiting From Russia With Love

12 February 2015 9:18 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the second of our James Bond retrospectives, we look at From Russia With Love, starring Sean Connery...

Two films in and the James Bond franchise reaches its artistic highpoint. Downhill from here? Certainly for some; others won’t see what the hype is. Yet critically, From Russia with Love remains the darling: a gritty, almost-plausible tale of gypsies, Spectre and sex tapes. It boasts a whole array of brilliant characters and a fight scene to make Daniel Craig crap his paints. Anyone who claims the film is slightly dull has my opposition and my sneaking respect.

The Villain (s): Spectre. A real team effort here. Until the release of Bond 24 (which it seems fair to bet will feature the organisation pretty heavily) From Russia With Love remains the definitive exploration of the creatively acronymed gang. (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.) Chief of Operations Rosa Klebb is calculating, »

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Katy Perry Reveals Just How Hard It Is to Be a Pop Star

4 February 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Katy Perry makes a stunning appearance on the March cover of Elle Magazine, and inside the publication she spills new details on the Super Bowl, the trials and tribulations of being a modern pop star, and, of course, Beyoncé. Katy has been making headlines all week due to her much-discussed halftime show, which included some fierce outfits, sparked a few pretty spot-on comparisons, and made us wonder about the dancer in that shark costume. Keep reading to get even more insight, and check out Katy's full feature in the March issue of Elle, which hits newsstands on Feb. 17. On being a pop star in today's society: "It is a hundred times harder a dream than the dream that I dreamt when I was 9 . . . You think you signed up for one thing, but you automatically sign up for a hundred others. And that is why you see people shaving their f*cking heads. »

- Ryan-Roschke

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Katy Perry Calls Taylor Swift a "Sweetheart," Kanye West a "Villain"

4 February 2015 1:04 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Don't try to reach her, she's offline! Hot off her Super Bowl Xlix performance, Katy Perry's March 2015 cover for Elle was released on Tuesday, Feb. 3. In the issue, the pop star talks about how terrified she was as she prepped for the biggest moment in her career, and discussed her fellow music superstars Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Beyonce. "In my show, I am boss daddy. I am boss mommy," Perry, 30, told the mag. "They call me Boss. Everything goes through my eyes; I [...] »

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18th-Century Period Piece Beloved Sisters Mixes the Pastoral and Sexually Playful

6 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

In a marvelously cheeky 1979 essay, the late, great Ellen Willis defined the difference between classical sex ("romantic, profound, serious...and typically feminine") and baroque sex ("pop, playful, funny...and stereotypically masculine"). So where shall we put German director Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters, which tells the possibly semi-true story of the pact made by aristocratic sisters Caroline and Charlotte von Lengefeld (played by Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius) to peaceably share the same man, poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter)? Everything goes swimmingly for a time in this 18th-century idyll, and, particularly in the first section of the film, Graf brings a lush but discreet eroticism to the story. In the most »

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