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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ Come to Netflix Next Month, Plus a Double Dose of ‘Ace Ventura’

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ Come to Netflix Next Month, Plus a Double Dose of ‘Ace Ventura’
Ah, December. A time for sipping hot beverages, retail therapy, and gathering the family around the television. This holiday season, Netflix will add blockbuster comedies new and old to its collection, as well as some more artistic fare fresh from festival circuit. Next month on the streaming platform, home viewers can catch the comedic stylings of Chris Pratt in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” in case they missed it in theaters. If you prefer something a little darker, the Wachowskis’ dystopian epic “V for Vendetta” will also be available.

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Jim Carrey may be recently known for his painting skills and red carpet nihilism, but back in the ’90s he was just “Ace Ventura.” Beginning in December, you can revisit both “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
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Tiff 2017: ‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Dir. Mike White (2017)

Brad’s Status review: Mike White, accomplished screenwriter of the likes of Nacho Libre, The Good Girl and School Of Rock, makes his second directorial effort with the comedy drama Brad’s Status.

Brad’s Status review by Paul Heath, September 2017.

Ben Stiller plays the titular character of Brad Sloan, a forty-something family man who is wrestling with a personal crisis in that he feels that his own life pails in comparison to that of his former university friends. We meet his as he is about to embark on a journey to Massachusetts where his 17-year-old son Troy (Austin Abrams) is interviewing for potential college placements.

His journey to the East Coast sees him having to interact with his former friends – political TV personality and best-selling author Craig Fisher (Michael Sheen), retired businessman Billy Wearslter (Jermaine Clement), who now spends his time on the sun-kissed island of Hawaii with his two girlfriends,
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Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ Gets Joint Distribution From Annapurna, Amazon

Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ Gets Joint Distribution From Annapurna, Amazon
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has joined Amazon Studios for a joint release of Ben Stiller’s comedy “Brad’s Status” and scheduled a Sept. 15 release date in the U.S.

The deal was announced Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales. It’s the second release for Annapurna’s nascent distribution operation, which launches with the Aug. 4 opening of “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the race riots of 1967.

Amazon Studios came on to co-finance and handle the North American theatrical release of “Brad’s Status” in October. Mike White directed the movie, which also stars Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment first unveiled the project in July after White brought the project to Ske with Plan B attached. Ske, Plan B, and Dave Bernad are producing. Ske and Amazon are co-financing the film.

Stiller plays the titular Brad who,
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Beatriz at Dinner to open Sundance London 2017

Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today that the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London will open with the European premiere of Beatriz at Dinner [watch the trailer here].

Beatriz at Dinner reunites director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White (School of Rock, Nacho Libre), who worked together on earlier Sundance Film Festival hits The Good Girl and Chuck & Buck. The film stars Salma Hayek (Frida, Tale of Tales) as the eponymous ‘Beatriz’ alongside John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloë Sevigny and Jay Duplass. Director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Mike White and Salma Hayek will be in attendance to introduce the film at Picturehouse Central on Thursday, June 1st.

“I’m thrilled that Beatriz At Dinner will open the Sundance Film Festival: London,” said Arteta. “Amidst the comedy, drama and brilliant performances in the film, Mike White’s script weaves some timely and potent political commentary and we’re especially excited to premiere the film to UK audiences at
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The Rock Stole Wrestling Move from Nacho Libre to Defeat John Cena at Wrestlemania XVIII

The Rock Stole Wrestling Move from Nacho Libre to Defeat John Cena at Wrestlemania XVIII
The Rock or as he’s now called “Dwayne Johnson” squared off against John Cena in Wrestlemania XVIII in what was dubbed as the “Once in a Lifetime Match.” The battle lasted over 30 minutes. Cena and Rock viciously went back-and-forth with each other throughout the match. The Rock kicked out of two Attitude Adjustments, Cena out of a Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow. When Cena attempted a People’s Elbow on the Rock, he ran into another Rock Bottom, which allowed the Rock to pick up the win. However, to pick up the win it looks like The Rock drew inspiration

The Rock Stole Wrestling Move from Nacho Libre to Defeat John Cena at Wrestlemania XVIII
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New to Netflix in March: ‘The Discovery,’ ‘Burning Sands’ and More Sundance Offerings

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New to Netflix in March: ‘The Discovery,’ ‘Burning Sands’ and More Sundance Offerings
Netflix has announced the new titles arriving on the streaming platform next month, with five original films leading the pack: “Burning Sands” (3/10), “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” (3/17), “Pandora” (3/17), “The Most Hated Woman in America” (3/24) and “The Discovery” (3/31). Three of these — “Burning Sands,” “Deidra & Laney,” “The Discovery” — are Netflix Origins that premiered during the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Read More: ‘The Discovery’ Review: Rooney Mara And Jason Segel Find Life After Death — Sundance 2017

Also available to stream next month are “The Bfg,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Life Aquatic,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Chicago,” “Jurassic Park,” “Memento,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Evolution,” “Fire at Sea” and “Welcome to New York,” among others, while the likes of “Jaws,” “Animal House,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” and “Entertainment” are all expiring at the end of February. Find a full list of what’s coming in March below.

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Masterminds Blu-ray Preview Exposes the Truth Behind the Heist | Exclusive

Masterminds Blu-ray Preview Exposes the Truth Behind the Heist | Exclusive
Last fall, the story behind one of the most outrageous heists in American history hit the big screen with Relativity Media's Masterminds, starring Zach Galifianakis as David Ghantt. In case you missed it in theaters, this action comedy will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD January 31. Today we have an exclusive Blu-ray preview with the real-life David Ghantt, taking fans through the actual robbery, along with footage from the movie. The unlikely criminal explains how difficult it was to actually load up $17 million into the back of a van.

In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight.
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Amazon Backing and Releasing Ben Stiller’s Dramedy ‘Brad’s Status’

Amazon Backing and Releasing Ben Stiller’s Dramedy ‘Brad’s Status’
Amazon Studios will co-finance and handle the North American theatrical release of Ben Stiller’s dramatic comedy “Brad's Status.”

Mike White is currently filming the movie. Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, and Jenna Fischer have joined Stiller and Austin Abrams (“Paper Towns”) in the film.

Sierra/Affinity will oversee international sales, which will launch this week at the American Film Market.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment first unveiled the project in July after White brought the project to Ske with Plan B attached. Ske, Plan B, and Dave Bernad are producing. Ske and Amazon are co-financing the film.

Stiller plays the titular Brad, who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son (played by Abrams) on an East Coast tour of colleges, he is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure.

Stiller most recently
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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Tops Disastrous Weekend

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Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Tops Disastrous Weekend
Thank God for Clint Eastwood. “Sully” is the sole bright spot during this disastrous fall 2016 box office decline.

This weekend three new studio wide releases —”Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox), “Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate) and “Masterminds” (Relativity) — grossed a total of $56 million! Compare that to the $54 million that “The Martian” grossed by itself exactly one year ago.

With “Queen of Katwe” (Disney) drawing little interest, “The Magnificent Seven” diving 55% on its second weekend and other films not holding well, the weakness is widespread. Only “Sully” is thriving among fall openers.

This is distressing news for theaters. The 27 days of the season show a drop of 9% from last year. That’s $50 million. During the fall season a strong film or two (“The Girl on the Train” and “The Birth of a Nation” take their chances next week) can quickly change the direction, so it’s not fatal.
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Wins the Box Office with $28.5M

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Wins the Box Office with $28.5M
September signifies the end of the summer movie season, which typically brings an end to huge box office grosses. Sony's western remake The Magnificent Seven won easily last weekend, but it couldn't repeat for a second weekend in a row, thanks to 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The fantasy adaptation earned a respectable $28.5 million in its opening weekend.

Box Office Mojo reports that Miss Peregrine earned a solid $8,092 per-screen average from 3,522 theaters. The film, based on Ransom Riggs' novel, was produced with a $110 million budget, so it still has some work to do in order to earn a profit. Debuting in second place is Deepwater Horizon, which earned $20.6 million from 3,259 theaters for a decent $6,321 per-screen average. Last weekend's winner, The Magnificent Seven, the Western remake starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, dropped to third place this weekend with $15.7 million, with the top 5 rounded out
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‘Masterminds’ Critical Roundup: Criminal Comedy Doesn’t Quite Steal The Show

‘Masterminds’ Critical Roundup: Criminal Comedy Doesn’t Quite Steal The Show
Packed with a star-studded cast, Jared Hess’ heist comedy “Masterminds” finally hits theaters at this weekend after months of push backs. Promising big laughs and high stakes, the film is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, where David Scott Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) and seven other conspirators stole $17 million from a Loomis, Fargo & Co. vault in North Carolina in one of company’s armored trucks, in what was one of the largest heist in U.S history.

The film stars Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis as members, accomplices and pursuers of the bumbling crime ring. “Masterminds” exaggerates the already absurdly true premise, and while most critics praised the cast’s performances, some aren’t coming along for the goofy criminal joyride.

IndieWire’s own Kate Erbland called the film “woefully unfunny,” writing: “In trying to make a true story that
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'Masterminds' Director Jared Hess On Why He Wanted Less Raunch and More Physical Comedy

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When you have comedy masterminds like Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, SNL alums Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and current SNL member Kate McKinnon starring in the dark comedy, Masterminds, you expect a rated-r movie, but director Jared Hess (Nacho Libre, Napoleon Dynamite) made the decision to tell the true story of a heist gone haywire as a PG-13 film.

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Movie Review: Jared Hess Masterminds a dopey Zach Galifianakis vehicle

As a filmmaker, Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) has always taken special delight in turning his actors into mortifying cartoon dorks. As an actor, Zach Galifianakis has played almost nothing but mortifying cartoon dorks. With Masterminds, these cringe-comedy connoisseurs join forces for the first time, and the character they come up with together crosses the line from amusingly pathetic into seriously, detrimentally unappealing. Rocking a bangs-and-mop hairdo that makes him look like a trailer-park medieval prince, Galifianakis is David, an armored-truck driver in North Carolina whose every action marks him as a Darwin Awards contender. Over the course of Masterminds, David grazes his own ass cheeks with a bullet, eats a dead tarantula because someone tells him to, and violently shits himself in a swimming pool. He’s a disgusting dimwit bumpkin who makes Napoleon Dynamite look like Don Draper. Unfortunately for the movie, he’s also our rooting
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Film Review: Masterminds

Stories of great heists start with a bang and end with a whimper. But in Masterminds, a comedy based on the true story theft of an armored vehicle by incompetent robbers to the tune of $17 million, it begins with the usual plot devices: a voice over narrator, slow-motion shots for comedic effect, and a girl. And it closes not with a whimper but with title cards, pictures of the real life baddies, and comedic outtakes for good measure. Hollywood has done another of its numbers on a middling tale, and not in a good way.

The girl in question is Kelly, played with unusual quietness by Kristen Wiig, and the hapless lover is David Scott Ghant, portrayed by Zach Galifianakis sporting pageboy bangs. Ghant works at an armored vehicle company with Kelly, and falls hard for her. After she introduces Ghant to swindler Steve Chambers, the expectably soft-spoken Owen Wilson,
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Weekend Box Office Preview: Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Will Nab Top Spot

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Weekend Box Office Preview: Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Will Nab Top Spot
Things get serious this weekend. Three studio released with a combined cost of some $300 million —”Deepwater Horizon” (Lionsgate), “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (20th Century Fox) and “Masterminds” (Relativity)— are opening on a single early fall release date.

After three fall weeks, Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” is the sole clear winner with “The Magnificent Seven” opening in the mid-$30 millions. So the season is down 15% so far.

For all three new releases, this timing could be perilous. The same weekend in 2015, “The Martian” opened at $54 million and the second weekend of “Hotel Transylvania 2” scored $33 million, boosting a Top Ten total to $140 million. Weekend results could bring both marginal returns for the three studios as well as a continuation of the downward trend.

At least each of this week’s debut films can rely on some pedigree to boost their chances. But their anticipated results will all fall
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Masterminds Review

Masterminds is the summation of the strangest cinematic formula imaginable. You know director Jared Hess from such quirkiness as Napoleon Dynamite and Don Verdean, which he wrote alongside his wife Jerusha. You’ve witnessed how far off the beaten path his vision wanders, and you’ve probably sat there dumbfounded by the likes of Napoleon’s family and Nacho Libre. So what does Relativity Media do with such an individualistic filmmaker, who seems more comfortable writing his own material? Give him a ready-made script penned by three fairly fresh writers, cast A-list names and attempt to restrain Hess’ awkwardness for mainstream success. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, much like the actual bank heist Hess’ film is based on, everything.

Zach Galifianakis stars as Loomis Fargo security guard David Ghantt, who’s described as the lovechild of “Kenny Rodgers and Kenny Loggins.” His dreams of an exciting professional career that
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Movie Review – Masterminds (2016)

Masterminds, 2016.

Directed by Jared Hess.

Starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis.

Synopsis:

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

Masterminds was originally set to release in August of last year, but those plans fell through due to a bankruptcy within the film’s distributor, although honestly the fact that the movie is now releasing in the month of September a little over a year later might actually benefit its box office performance, as the movie actually co-stars 3/4 of the Ghostbusters reboot (Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones). And trust me, this movie is going to need all the help it can get to be a success, especially on a weekend with four other movies coming out.

This will probably surprise you considering the absurd jokes found in the trailers,
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The Weekend Warrior 9/30/2016: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month.
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Masterminds In St. Louis

In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.

Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries,
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Can Miss Peregrine Beat Magnificent Seven at the Box Office?

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Can Miss Peregrine Beat Magnificent Seven at the Box Office?
September has proven to be quite the difficult month for box office predictions, with three newcomers under-performing two weeks ago, and last weekend's winner The Magnificent Seven over-performing to win with $34.7 million. This weekend, three newcomers arrive to close out the month, 20th Century Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon and Relativity's Masterminds. Only one can take home the box office crown, and we're predicting that movie will be Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Box Office Mojo reports that Miss Peregrine will debut in roughly 3,400 theaters this weekend, with Deepwater Horizon opening in an estimated 3,000 theaters while Masterminds is set to open in roughly 2,800 theaters. While there is no Rotten Tomatoes score for Masterminds, both Miss Peregrine (62% Fresh) and Deepwater Horizon (89% Fresh) are faring quite well with the critics thus far. We're predicting that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will come out on top this weekend with $32.4 million.
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