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Almost Christmas Review

12 November 2016 9:16 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It seems like every year some studio releases a harmless yet predictable holiday comedy centering on an ensemble cast of recognizable actors (usually as disparate members of a family) in an effort to capitalize on the “most wonderful time of the year.” Films like last year’s Love the Coopers and Christmas with the Kranks are smart investments for production companies because of their broad appeal and moderate budgets. So, naturally, 2016 isn’t without its own edition of this reliable trend. Fans of those films should then be quite pleased with this year’s model: Almost Christmas.

The movie – written and directed by David E. Talbert (First Sunday) – centers on Walter Meyers (Danny Glover), the patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Just days before the first Christmas after his wife’s death, Walter attempts to reunite his children for the holidays. Busy with their own lives and still processing the grief of their mother’s passing, »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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Film Review: Almost Christmas

9 November 2016 11:08 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s almost Christmas so, fittingly, family holiday films trim our multiplexes and fill our stockings.  First out of the gate this year is the creatively titled dramedy Almost Christmas, a well-intentioned but at times lackluster foray into five days in the life of a particularly effusive family.

Danny Glover’s Wayne Meyers is the patriarch at the center of the story, and he is surrounded by four children and some of their spouses, and the array of rivalries, dreams, and regrets that they bring to the dinner table. The family losses the mother figure at the open, and she casts a pall across them—in ways good and sad—throughout the movie and the Holiday season.

There is tenderness in the premise, which carries through symbolically as the family has misplaced the absent mother’s cooking recipes and is figuratively and literally lost without them. Along the journey, which »

- J Don Birnam

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Christmas 2016: the major movies heading to cinemas

25 October 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Oct 28, 2016

Looking ahead to the movies heading to cinemas in time for Christmas...

The festive season is a great time to go to the pictures. There’s nothing quite like taking solace when it’s cold outside by cramming in with some like-minded folk to see a (hopefully) great movie. 

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood studios have cottoned on to this. Year on year, there seems to more and more choice at the cinema come Christmas time. It’s almost like a second summer season, in terms of the sheer volume of major movies on offer. This isn’t likely to change any time soon, especially when you look at the cash banked by Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Christmas. And that's not to mention the festive season's nearness to the Oscar race, which means that the major movies keep coming well into January.

There are many movies rocking around the multiplex during this Yuletide, »

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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

20 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the »

- Graham Winfrey and Anne Thompson

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The Broad Green Layoffs: Why Good Movies Aren’t Enough to Avoid The Startup Curse

20 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.

Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.

The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the »

- Graham Winfrey and Anne Thompson

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Career Moves: Matt Alvarez Goes to Broad Green, MTV Hires Two Execs and More

6 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week's Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why. - Broad Green Pictures has named Matt Alvarez its president of production. Alvarez will be responsible for identifying new projects and overseeing Broad Green’s slate of films, managing the process from development to final delivery. He will continue his role as producer on films he has in active development at the studio. Alvarez's producing career includes box office winners like the "Friday," "Barbershop," "Are We There Yet?" and "Ride Along" franchises, as well as "Straight Outta Compton," "All About the Benjamins" and "First Sunday. Alvarez's career »

- Kate Erbland

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Comedian Katt Williams Arrested in Georgia for Battery: Report

29 February 2016 7:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Katt Williams was arrested in Georgia on Monday after a store clerk accused the comedian of allegedly punching him in the middle of an argument, according to reports. Gainesville police responded to the incident, which happened around 11:30 in the morning at a pool supply store, the Associated Press reports. Sgt. Kevin Holbrook told AP that when officers arrived, Williams, 42, was "lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though her was ready to go to jail." The report adds that a store employee told police after the two started arguing, Williams allegedly threw »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Comedian Katt Williams Arrested in Georgia for Battery: Report

29 February 2016 7:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Katt Williams (né Micah Williams) was arrested in Georgia on Monday after a store clerk accused the comedian of allegedly punching him in the middle of an argument, according to reports. Gainesville police responded to the incident, which happened around 11:30 in the morning at a pool supply store, the Associated Press reports. Sgt. Kevin Holbrook told AP that when officers arrived, Williams, 42, was "lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though her was ready to go to jail." The report adds that a store employee told police after the two started arguing, Williams allegedly threw »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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