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Ocean’s 8: the first trailer

Simon Brew Dec 20, 2017

Sandra Bullock headlines the ensemble for Ocean's 8 - and the first trailer has landed...

Warner Bros has released the first trailer for next year’s Ocean’s 8, the movie that sort-of reboots the Ocean’s series of films, albeit with a new cast.

This time, the ensemble is led by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. The Hunger GamesGary Ross directs. And the first trailer looks like this…

The official synopsis for the movie has also been released. And it’s right here…

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay
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Sandra Bullock assembles her crew in first Ocean’s 8 trailer

Following yesterday’s teaser for Ocean’s 8, Warner Bros. has debuted the first trailer for Gary Ross’ upcoming female-led spinoff to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy which sees Sandra Bullock leading an all-star cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina; watch it here…

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing. Filming is
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Ocean’s Eight gets a first teaser ahead of tomorrow’s trailer

With the first trailer for Ocean’s 8 set to land tomorrow, a brief teaser has arrived online for director Gary Ross’ female-led Ocean’s spinoff which you can watch below…

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing. Filming is taking place in and around New York City.

Collaborating with Ross behind the scenes are director of photography Eigil Bryld (“In Bruges,” “Not Fade Away
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‘Ocean’s 8’ First Look: Meet The New Guys

The first official poster for Ocean’s 8 has been released giving us our first-look at the spin-off, due in cinemas next year.

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming Dude), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing. Filming is taking place in and around New York City.

Collaborating with Ross behind the scenes are director of photography Eigil Bryld (In Bruges, Not Fade Away), production designer Alex Digerlando (Beasts of the Southern Wild,
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First poster for Ocean’s 8 arrives online

The first poster has been revealed for director Gary Ross’ female-led spinoff to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s 8 featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina; check it out here…

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing. Filming is taking place in and around New York City.

Collaborating with Ross behind
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New image from Ocean’s Eight features the all-female crew

Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new images for Gary Ross’ upcoming female-led spinoff to the Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s Eight featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina; check it out here…

The tide has turned and it’s a whole new “Ocean’s” when eight women plan and execute a heist in New York. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock stars in the title role, alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross is directing.

Ross directs from a screenplay he wrote with Olivia Milch (upcoming “Dude”), with Steven Soderbergh and Jon Kilik producing, Michael Tadross, Susan Ekins, Sandra Bullock, Diana Alvarez and Bruce Berman executive producing, and Milch co-producing. Filming is taking place in and around New York City.

Collaborating with Ross behind the scenes
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How Rotten Tomatoes’ New Facebook Show Is Holding Film Criticism Hostage

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How Rotten Tomatoes’ New Facebook Show Is Holding Film Criticism Hostage
Earlier this year, Brett Ratner declared that “the worst thing we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes,” an argument that seemed petulant and self-serving even before we learned that one of the worst things we have in today’s movie culture is actually Brett Ratner. “I have such respect and admiration for film criticism,” continued the director of such critically-maligned efforts as “X-Men 3,” before arriving at a rather baffling example. “Now it’s about a number… And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on ‘Batman v Superman,’ I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful.”

After correctly identifying the great tragedy of our time, Ratner ended his rant by lamenting that “Film criticism has disappeared.” Such noble words from the man whose company co-finances the films of D.C.’s expanded universe — if only the Justice League had room for another superhero!
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Ellen Page 'Felt Violated' After Being Allegedly Outed by Brett Ratner at 18 on Set of X-Men

Ellen Page 'Felt Violated' After Being Allegedly Outed by Brett Ratner at 18 on Set of X-Men
Ellen Page has accused X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner of outing her as gay when she was 18 on the set of the blockbuster.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Page, 30, detailed her alleged experience with Ratner, claiming he told another woman to have sex with her in order to “make her realize she’s gay” during a cast meet and greet for X-Men: The Last Stand in 2005.

“I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak,” she wrote. “I felt violated when this happened.
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The Five Worst Brett Ratner Directed Films of All-Time

If you are a keen observer in the film industry, you should be abreast with ratings of various films. You can access information about these films easily online on platforms that bring together reviewers and passionate viewers who are ready to share their views about different shows and films. But you rarely get a list showing worst or best movies done by a particular producer and that’s why today I am highlighting the five worst films ever directed by Brett Ratner. Here we go. Tower Heist Although the movie has some interesting parts, it is evident Brett Ratner makes some

The Five Worst Brett Ratner Directed Films of All-Time
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Who Is Brett Ratner, the Rush Hour and X-Men Director Accused of Sexual Harassment by Olivia Munn and Others?

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Who Is Brett Ratner, the Rush Hour and X-Men Director Accused of Sexual Harassment by Olivia Munn and Others?
Movie producer and director Brett Ratner has been accused of multiple incidents of sexual misconduct or harassment — including by actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, who both spoke to the Los Angeles Times.

Munn claims that while visiting the set of the 2004 Ratner-directed film After the Sunset, he masturbated in front of her, while Henstridge told the paper that when she was 19, she was forced to perform oral sex on Ratner in his New York apartment after watching a movie with a group of friends.

In the Times article, published Wednesday, a total of six women spoke out against the longtime Hollywood power player,
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Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Harassment By Six Women, Including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, in L.A. Times Report

Brett Ratner Accused of Sexual Harassment By Six Women, Including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, in L.A. Times Report
Brett Ratner has been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by six women in a new report from The Los Angeles Times. The accusers against the “Rush Hour” and “Tower Heist” director include actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. The latter was a 19-year-old fashion model when an alleged encounter occurred at Ratner’s New York City apartment. Ratner was a music video director in his early 20s at the time. Henstridge says that she fell asleep watching TV and when she woke up she was alone in his apartment with him. He allegedly blocked the door as she tried to leave and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

“He strong-armed me in a real way,” Henstridge said. “He physically forced himself on me. At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”

Olivia Munn alleges that Ratner masturbated in front of her in his trailer
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Hollywood and the closing cinematic window

Mark Harrison Aug 23, 2017

Studios are discussing a model that'd see movies land on home streaming formats in under two months...

After a somewhat bruising summer blockbuster season for cinemas, in which gross receipts were 13% down from last year, it can't be good news for them that video on demand could be closing the window between exhibition and home release even further. And yet, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday, some Hollywood studios are close to reaching an agreement on a premium VOD service that could take effect by the end of the year.

Of a number of different proposals, the one that's currently gathering the most steam is a model proposed by 20th Century Fox, whereby new movies would be available to stream at home for a rental fee of $30, within 30 to 45 days of its release in cinemas. Comcast, Apple and Amazon are reportedly collaborating on making this system deliverable
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Premium VOD Paralysis Reflects Poorly on Studios, Exhibitors (Analysis)

It’s been a rough summer for the movie business. Box office for the season is down by double digits versus last year, and by single digits year-to-date. Exhibition stocks are getting hammered. And some analysts believe the third quarter of the year could be just as woeful.

Which makes recent reports suggesting the major studios are considering striking a deal to launch a premium VOD window with Apple and Comcast as soon as two weeks after titles begin their theatrical run entirely understandable.

The studios and exhibitors have been bogged down in negotiations that seem to have intensified in recent months, yet go back seven years without resolution. Yes, this is a complex situation, but it’s not the Middle East peace process, either. It’s well past time a deal got done for the sake of both of their struggling businesses.

Instead, we have this absurd new two-week proposal being floated, which
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Studios Could Be Moving Towards a $30 Premium VOD Service Early Next Year

Exhibitors, who have continued to whine about home entertainment while doing almost nothing to improve the theater-going experience, are likely bracing for another tectonic shift in distribution. For most of the 2010s, studios have been trying to figure out how to thread the needle on premium VOD, charging a higher cost to consumer to bring top-tier titles for home rental after only a few weeks in theaters. Universal toyed with a $50 home released for Tower Heist only two weeks after it had been released, but an uproar from exhibitors put the kibosh on that plan. Now a …
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Kate Upton takes Acting Seriously

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2017-08-09T14:12:06-07:00Kate Upton takes Acting Seriously

Kate Upton takes great pride in her on-screen abilities.

“I believe in hard work and learning your craft before going out there and doing it,” the Shape cover girl said, explaining that she has spent seven years honing her acting chops in the mag’s September issue.

An MTV Movie Award nominee for Best Shirtless Performance in 2014’s “The Other Woman,” Upton, 25, has appeared in six feature films. Most recently she appeared in the William H. Macy-directed comedy, “The Layover,” due out next month.

“It was really fun to film; an awesome learning experience,” she said.

Upton’s previous shoots haven’t sounded nearly as “fun.” Sources told Page Six the blonde bombshell threw a temper tantrum over the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover last year.

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Kate Upton
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Gabourey Sidibe on How She Found Her Voice as a Director

Gabourey Sidibe on How She Found Her Voice as a Director
Gabourey Sidibe, the Oscar-nominated star of “Precious,” didn’t think she wanted to direct. So when Refinery29 approached her about making a short film, as part of an initiative to encourage young women filmmakers, she tried to turn them down.

“I was like, ‘No thank you,'” Sidibe said at an interview at the Variety Studio in Cannes Lions this week. “I think there’s a woman thing. I didn’t think I was smart enough or good enough or that my voice was thorough enough to direct something. I’d never thought about it until I got that opportunity.”

She was eventually convinced by a producer friend to try. Her short film, “The Tale of Four,” based on a Nina Simone song, debuts at the Nantucket Film Festival this weekend. Sidibe spoke to Variety about making it, what she’s learned about herself, and why she wants to play Batman in a comic-book movie.

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How did you like directing?

It turns out my voice is good enough and important enough and is also missing, which is why this program is important. I didn’t believe in my voice, because I didn’t really have space for it. And now I’m just a better person. It’s not about being a better artist or better filmmaker. I realized my own completeness, my own wholeness, through Refinery.

Will you direct again?

I’ll direct the rest of this [interview]. I’ll direct anything. I’m going to be out in the street directing traffic soon. All direction is, is opinion. The freedom in being able to choose is wonderful. I’m addicted now. I want to direct more short films. I want to direct television. The greatest thing is now that I do believe in my own voice, I can do anything; I can make anything. I’m going to stretch my own imagination farther than I ever thought it could. So yeah, I’ll be directing more for sure.

The statistics are still low for female directors. What barriers do women face to becoming a director?

Doubt. I think it’s just people don’t believe, “Oh, well she can’t do it, let’s go to the closest mediocre man.” That doubt isn’t always coming from other people. My doubt came from inside me. That’s been my biggest hurdle. I see it in a lot of other females no matter what they are doing in life. Your own self-doubt stops you from reaching your potential.

The studio system doesn’t feature very many diverse voices. Have you been frustrated by the kinds of movies Hollywood is making?

Absolutely. It’s kind of like we only make these kinds of things because that’s what the audience is. It cuts off the rest of the world. We’re not telling the story because nobody needs it. No, no, I’m here. I’m the audience. Unfortunately, in today’s society, you don’t know you exist unless you see yourself in media. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because it will push the artist who is a different color or gender, if you don’t see yourself, you have to figure out a way to make yourself be seen. We can do that in a lot of spaces from YouTube to Instagram. That proves the audience is there. The studios don’t believe the audience is there. So we have to keep making independent films in a bigger, more obvious way so they see we do exist, we do count and we will spend money.

Would you like to be in a superhero movie?

I would. Yeah. Here’s the thing: I’m a bada– and so I really love whenever I have to do action scenes. When I was in “American Horror Story,” there was a scene where I was a human voodoo doll, where I get shot in the stomach and I crawl on the ground and I’m bleeding and there’s a trail of blood behind me and I grab a gun and I put the gun in my mouth. I felt so cool. I feel cool describing the story now and this is from four years ago.

Who would you want to play?

I really like Amanda Waller [from the “Suicide Squad” comics] who is a lawyer and can also stretch herself. That’s so dope. God, also I want to fly so why can’t I play Superman? Also, Batman! Here’s the thing about Batman. Batman doesn’t have any superpowers. He’s not an alien, he’s a straight up human who happens to be rich. He’s like white privilege man. He’s got all these tools and stuff and he has a super dark sense of being — he’s such a creep. I feel like I’m Batman, because I’m such a creep.

You should tell Ben Affleck you’re taking over.

He can sit down. Take a break, Ben.

There’s been a recent conversation about disparity of opportunities for women in the film industry and what needs to change.

My story is quite different. It’s been quite amazing to be a young woman in Hollywood. The strange thing about that conversation is it’s been going on for a while, but it feels new and faddish. Women have been around just as long as men have been around. It’s half our population. I don’t understand why we’ve been so discounted for so long. Or who are the people in charge of making sure their foot is on our neck? But those days are over with directors like Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins, who is dope. I think we are getting louder and stronger. The real difference is the money. “Wonder Woman” is making a ton of money, and that’s the way Hollywood sees anything of worth. I feel like that’s changing, and that’s going to turn the industry on its ear: if we can show up and show that we are worth the money. Ava DuVernay is the [first female African-American] director of a $100 million dollar film with “A Wrinkle in Time.” But point out a guy that doesn’t have that much money [for a budget]. I was in a Brett Ratner movie for $100-plus million, “Tower Heist.” I was like, “What is this!?” We were wasting money all the time. But every female director I have ever worked with always comes under budget and under time. You almost have to be sleeker, faster, and smarter to prove you’re worth half of what they are getting.

It also feels like Trump has made it more important for women to tell their stories.

Absolutely. You have to be able to see yourself in order to know that you exist. Being more visible and more strong as a female is part of the resistance, and we have to resist in Trump’s America.

How did working with Lee Daniels in “Precious” change your life?

In every single way. I was a broke college student who worked in an office before meeting Lee. Lee was the first person who was part of Hollywood who looked at me and saw me in my entire body and my skin color and my bigness and my smallness and my insecurities and my inexperience and saw beauty. He’s the first person who ever said yes to me. Every yes I’ve ever gotten for the rest of my career comes from Lee’s first yes. And so I’m very grateful to him, and I have to give him my kidneys when he needs it. He’s family. I still work for him because he’s the creator of “Empire.” He’s always going to be ever present in my life.

Why do you think he said yes to you?

He used to do a lot of drugs. I’m kidding. I think that there is beauty in what we don’t let be beautiful. I think Lee sees the dirt that the flower grows from. He sees the potential is the art. I was just some rough-edged young girl from Brooklyn and Harlem. I was a phone sex operator; it was a whole thing, I was grimy. He saw my potential, he said yes and he said, “I’ll work until you see your potential.” I remember he was saying, “No, you have to be a star now.” He would say watch Halle Berry in interviews. Look, I’ll never be Halle Berry, but he saw what I could be and he saw what I eventually saw that I am.

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Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump

Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump
In the history of scratched movie titles, Trump Heist might be among the most intriguing of missed opportunities.

As it turns out, Brett Ratner’s 2011 comedy Tower Heist was originally titled just that. The film began its life as an Eddie Murphy pitch about a ragtag group of disgruntled employees who plot to rob Donald Trump (yes, seriously). After multiple drafts and at least six writers, the plot’s villain morphed into a more generic greedy billionaire played by Alan Alda who lives atop “The Tower” (exteriors were shot at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, while Trump Tower on Fifth...
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (aka Dead Men Tell No Tales) movie review: yo ho no

MaryAnn’s quick take… The franchise finally overstays its welcome with this cacophony of CGI spectacle, a contrived and confusing plot, and a newly cruel and stupid Jack Sparrow. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the original trilogy…

I’m “biast” (con): …but started to lose a little patience with the fourth film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Okay, make it stop. This amusement-park ride has gone on long enough. It is no longer any fun. I’m feeling a bit nauseated, in fact.

I adored the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy: they were smart, fun popcorn flicks that worked as clever updates on the classic Hollywood swashbuckler, all adventure and movie-movie romance and total, wonderful nonsense. With the third installment, 2007’s At World’s End, the series even managed to whip up some satirical zing, in its plot about gig-economy independent-contractor pirates versus
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Review: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is an Overwrought, Unimaginative Adventure

Dead men tell no tales, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise should really stop telling them too. Unfortunately, Disney’s been beating this dead horse for far too long, and the fifth entry into the franchise is no exception. As the coldly calculated Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales proves, it is time to let this series rest in peace, or at the very least, spend the rest of its doomed, immortal days sinking to the bottom of the ocean.

The film opens with fraudulent promise as the young son of forever-cursed Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is sinking himself to the depths of the deep blue, where he lands upon the deck of the Flying Dutchman. Once on board, Will Turner’s son Henry (Brenton Thwaites) argues with his barnacle-faced father, insisting that he knows how to break the curse that
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Do We Really Need Coming to America 2?

Do We Really Need Coming to America 2?
The 1980s seem to have come back in an odder way than we could have ever imagined. In 2017, we have a President who is a former reality TV star. In the 1980s, we had a President who was a former actor. Today, we have social media running our lives and giving us innumerable ways to compete with each other. In the 1980s, MTV had us under its thumb. It made us compete with one other about being the first to see the new media known as music videos. And now, in 2017, there's talk of Eddie Murphy writing and actually making a sequel to 1988's wildly successful Coming to America, which, like the first movie, will be released by Paramount Pictures.

Today's cinematic landscape is mired in nostalgia. For most of the 1990s and 2000s, we had films that looked back fondly (and not so fondly) at the go-go times of the 1970s.
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