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Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’

Steve Carell’s Range Gets a Showcase With ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ ‘Last Flag Flying’
The film awards season is barely a few weeks old and it already has a candidate for Mvp: “Battle of the Sexes” and “Last Flag Flying” star Steve Carell.

When Carell first saddled up to prestige projects 11 years ago in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Little Miss Sunshine,” you could swim in the number of stories noting the comedian’s shift into “serious” territory. It was pretty much what you’d expect for someone who had gone from sketch comedy and stealing scenes from Jim Carrey in “Bruce Almighty,” to dominating air waves with a broadcast sitcom and fronting a major Judd Apatow release, to headlining a high-profile Sundance selection.

A double-dip for indie cred followed soon after with Peter Hedges’ “Dan in Real Life,” but Carell maintained an unpredictable profile. There were humble dramedies (“Crazy Stupid Love,” “The Way Way Back”) mixed in with glossy studio comedies (“Get Smart,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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Jim Carrey Is Now an Amazing Painter and His Art Documentary Is Going Viral — Watch

Jim Carrey Is Now an Amazing Painter and His Art Documentary Is Going Viral — Watch
Jim Carrey was once the king of movie comedies, but he’s been something of a recluse on the big screen over the last several years. His last string of starring roles came in 2013 and 2014 with the releases of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “Kick-Ass 2,” and “Dumb and Dumber To,” all of which misfired with critics and struggled at the box office. Although he appeared in a supporting role in this year’s “The Bad Batch,” he was unrecognizable and rejected all press opportunities to support the film.

Read More:Jim Carrey Gives an Amazing Performance In ‘The Bad Batch,’ But He Won’t Talk About It

All of this begs the question: What in the world has Jim Carrey been up to? He has provided an answer with his new short documentary, “I Needed Color.” The six-minute video was uploaded to Vimeo two weeks ago but has recently gone viral,
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'Hangover' Producer J.C. Spink Died of Accidental Drug Overdose

'Hangover' Producer J.C. Spink Died of Accidental Drug Overdose
The Hangover producer J.C. Spink died of an accidental drug overdose, Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's officer, told The Hollywood Reporter. 

Spink died April 18 at his home in West Hollywood. He was 45.

A full autopsy report will be released in the near future, Winter said. 

Spink was one half of Benderspink, the management-production banner that he founded with Chris Bender

Spink had numerous credits to his name, including the Hangover trilogy, The Butterfly Effect, the Ride Along films and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for producing A...
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'The Hangover' producer J.C. Spink dies at 45

'The Hangover' producer J.C. Spink dies at 45
Benderspink co-founder specialised in spec scripts.

J.C. Spink, executive producer of The Hangover trilogy and a producer on A History Of Violence, died on Tuesday night at his home in West Hollywood. He was 45.

No cause of death was immediately known and an autopsy has yet to be carried out.

Originally from Philadelphia, Spink co-founded the management-production company Benderspink with his partner, fellow Bucknell University graduate and fellow Zide-Perry Productions assistant Chris Bender.

The two ran the company together for 18 years, until they parted ways last year.

In their first year of operation, the producing-management duo, who specialised in spec screenplays, sold more than 20 scripts and helped set up American Pie, which grossed $235m globally.

Highlights included a first-look deal with New Line Cinema, where they set up such films as The Butterfly Effect, Monster-In-Law, and We’re The Millers.

Benderspink’s big spec sales led to the latter two films, as well as
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J.C. Spink, Manager and ‘The Hangover’ Producer, Dies at 45

J.C. Spink, Manager and ‘The Hangover’ Producer, Dies at 45
Manager and producer J.C. Spink, who founded Benderspink with Chis Bender and produced comedies like “The Hangover,” died Tuesday at his home in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed to Variety. He was 45.

Spink was found unresponsive in his home by his brother and pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the coroner. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. An autopsy will be conducted, and he appeared to have died of natural causes. Foul play is not currently suspected.

The relentlessly upbeat Spink was well-liked by the Hollywood community for his good humor and industriousness. Even as the spec market began to dry up in Hollywood over the past decade, Spink remained as active as ever with dozen of projects in development. And while he was known for his ability to package specs, Spink also made sure to stay busy on branded material,
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Going in Style movie review: pabulum and circuses

MaryAnn’s quick take… Bland, tasteless entertainmentstuff intended to neither move nor offend, and succeeds as such. A sad pile of unfunny nothing that falls painfully flat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

I suddenly realized, while struggling to stay awake during the limp and unfunny Going in Style, that it seemed like forever ago that I first started seeing trailers for the film. Had its release been postponed after an initial marketing push, or was it just so uninspired and familiar that it merely felt as if I’d seen it all before?

Both, as it turns out: Style was original slated to open almost a year ago, in May 2016 (which means I probably saw trailers in late 2015), and it’s also such a stale wisp of a dustbunny that it barely stands out from its own background noise.
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Rachel McAdams & Jason Bateman Will Have A Wild ‘Game Night’

There’s a pretty dull formula for comedies developing around Hollywood that sees creatives cherry picking an innocuous event (“Office Christmas Party“), adding a thin plot and some raunch, and calling it a movie (see also: “Date Night“). And now another one is coming with “Game Night.” Sigh.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams will cash easy paychecks for this one, which is being dreamed up by writer/directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”) with the story centering around, you guessed it, the wild shenanigans of one game night, and what happens when things go off course when a variety of couples are brought together for their regular hang.

Continue reading Rachel McAdams & Jason Bateman Will Have A Wild ‘Game Night’ at The Playlist.
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Watch: Official Trailer for Doc About 'Magicians: Life in the Impossible'

"I haven't felt that magic has ever let me down." I've always been a fan of magic since I was a kid, and I love going to shows, even still as an adult. Magicians: Life in the Impossible is a documentary about the lives of professional magicians, and how hard it is and how dedicated they have to be. We've seen quite a few movies about magicians recently (between Now You See Me and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) but it's nice to actually see a story about the real people, the real men and women who make us all believe in magic. One could say this doc almost looks like Hoop Dreams for magicians, following four different performers as they try to establish themselves in the entertainment industry. Fellow magic lover Peter from SlashFilm says this doc is worth watching and it's already out on VOD, so give this a
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‘Love’ Composer Lyle Workman Talks About Netflix Series’ Eclectic Soundtrack & Jam Session Approach – Awardsline

The first season of Love, the Netflix dramedy series created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin and starring Rust and Gillian Jacobs, presents a bittersweet reversal of sitcom conventions while also offering a somewhat rare depiction of Los Angeles as a personality in and of itself. Helping both of those aesthetic aspects along is the score by songwriter Lyle Workman, best known for creating the music for Superbad, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and The 40-Year…
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[Review] Now You See Me 2

To say that the world of magic or magicians is having a renaissance might be overselling things a bit, but it cannot be denied that films related to the world of magic have appeared with more frequency than one might expect, which is to say at all. The Prestige and The Illusionist kicked it all off and, ironically, served as the artistic peak of the trend. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone made a mockery of its own name and then pulled off its own disappearing act from the popular consciousness. That same year, however, another magician-focused escapade hit theaters, an impish caper film starring four photogenic performers using their skills to become modern day Robin Hoods.

This was Now You See Me, a glossy, special effects-heavy romp that adhered to no sense of reality, but had enough fun and enough cast charisma to paper over a lot of its flaws. It was a boldly self-congratulatory feature,
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Eddie Murphy heading to Netflix for soul singer mockumentary, Brett Ratner directing

Netflix is continuing its run of working with some of Hollywood’s biggest talent with news from Deadline that Eddie Murphy is set to join their ranks for a new film.

The on-demand service is preparing Soul Soul Soul: The Murray Murray Story, a fake documentary about a fictional soul singer in the 1960’s which will act as his “life story” as he tries to “put his old bank back together.” Murphy is set to play the lead in the film with Brett Ratner (Hercules, Rush Hour) directing.

Soul Soul Soul will see Murphy re-team with producer Brian Grazer, who was behind such Murphy hits as The Nutty Professor, Life and Bowfinger. Tyler Mitchell (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) is also producing.

Murphy is returning to the big screen later this year with Mr. Church alongside Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) and has been linked with the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic Is It Something I Said?
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Benderspink Dissolving Production-Management Company After 18 Years

Benderspink Dissolving Production-Management Company After 18 Years
JC Spink and Chris Bender are dissolving their 18-year-old management-production company Benderspink, which has been involved in “The Hangover” trilogy, “We’re the Millers,” “A History of Violence” and “Zombeavers.”

The duo said the split is amicable in a statement issued Tuesday: “We started Benderspink in our late 20s almost 18 years ago. We could not be more proud of what we’ve achieved together and are excited for this next chapter in each of our lives.”

The statement did not elaborate on what they will do next.

Spink focused mostly on management while Bender focused on producing. The company was formed in 1998 after the two had worked as assistants at Zide-Perry Productions, where Bender received a co-producing credit on “American Pie.”

The duo, who met at Bucknell University, had a long-time first-look deal through New Line that launched in 2001. They delivered mid-budget titles such as “Horrible Bosses” and “The Butterfly Effect” franchises,
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Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure (Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos) movie review: a cock and balls story

Bad chicken-and-egg puns and indoctrination into animal cruelty as just good fun for everyone involved (including the animals). You know, for kids. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos translates into English as A Rooster with Many Eggs. Which doesn’t make any sense: roosters don’t have eggs or lay eggs; hens do that. But of course in Spanish, huevos is slang for “balls”… that is, testicles. So a fair transliteration of the title of this flick is A Rooster with Lots of Balls, or maybe just A Rooster with Balls. Which means that this CGI cartoon — in which the word huevos gets uttered a lot, and which features anthropomorphized eggs with arms and legs and faces and names — was intended to be one long dick joke. You know, for kids.
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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters
"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him.
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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters

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Justin Theroux Wrote Zoolander 2, Plus 15 More Actors You Didn't Know Are Also Screenwriters
"That Justin Theroux guy - where do I know him from?" Depending on whom you ask, you could get a great many answers. Of course, he's the husband of Jennifer Aniston, but he's had a string of notable acting roles too. He could be that guy from The Leftovers, the actor who played the hapless director character in Mulholland Drive, Leslie Knope's short-lived boyfriend on Parks and Recreation, or even the bad guy from Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. However, Theroux is also a screenwriter, and he's credited with a handful of major films that casual movie-goers might not associate with him.
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Fast and Furious writer penning Thai prison action thriller Champion

Storyscape Entertainment and Pioneer Pictures are teaming up for a new action thriller entitled Champion, which will take place in Thailand’s underground prison fighting world.

The project has been written by Gary Scott Thompson, screenwriter behind the original The Fast and the Furious, and “follows the journey of an American locked up abroad who must learn Muay Thai in order to fight for his freedom.” It is said to be based on real events, “exploring a centuries-old tradition within Thailand’s prison system where inmates compete in state-sanctioned Muay Thai tournaments to win early release.”

Champion is being produced by Bob Cooper (Stargate Sg-1), Richard Saperstein (Se7en), Robert Kravis (Lucky Number Slevin) and Tyler Mitchell (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone).
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Producer Tyler Mitchell Joins Imagine Entertainment

Veteran film executive and producer Tyler Mitchell has joined Imagine Entertainment.

The newly appointed senior vice president of motion pictures most recently served as a partner at Landscape Entertainment, working in both television and film. At Landscape, he worked on the Amazon Studios pilot “Down Dog” and executive produced “Maudie,” a drama starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins about a disfigured Nova Scotia woman who becomes a beloved folk artist.

In his new role at Imagine, Mitchell will report to the company’s president, Erica Huggins. Founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Imagine’s recent credits include the racing drama “Rush” and the James Brown biopic “Get on Up.” Upcoming projects include the whaling drama “In the Heart of the Sea” and the Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno.”

“We are thrilled to have Tyler join us at Imagine,” Huggins said in a statement. “He brings an extensive experience in successful
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Kevin James Comedy In the Works at CBS

Kevin James Comedy In the Works at CBS
Nearly 10 years after “The King of Queens” bowed out, Kevin James has set up a new domestic comedy project with CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures TV. The project has a 13-episode series production commitment for the 2016-17 season at CBS.

James is co-writing the script with Rock Reuben, a “King of Queens” alum, and comedy vet Bruce Helford. Helford is on board to serve as showrunner and exec producer with Reuben, James and Jeff Sussman.

The untitled project features James as a retired cop who looks forward to spending more time with his wife and three kids, only to find himself in more trouble than he faced on the streets.

“We’re beyond thrilled to be back in business with Kevin James!” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “He’s an incredibly talented star on every screen and every stage, who appeals to a broad audience. We can’t
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Vacation movie review: stay home

All homophobic, xenophobic, scatological grossout, with some rape and pedophilia “jokes” for flavor. How did this happen? I’m “biast” (pro): have hazy good memories of the 1980s films…

I’m “biast” (con): …but really tired of reboot fever

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

For those playing along at home, we’ve gone from — in the 1983 movie Vacation — the comedic stylings of Harold Ramis (director), John Hughes (screenwriter), and Chevy Chase (star) to — in this new sequel/reboot — the desperate flailings of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (writer-directors) and Ed Helms (star). Vacation is yet another example of screenwriters with no experience directing features being given the keys to a studio film, which is one of those great Hollywood tricks that defies all sense. And never mind the directing job! Daley and Goldstein are counterindicated just to write the script alone: they
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Vacation Review: “Big on laughs, but lacks heart”

Vacation review: “Strips away the atmosphere and heart of the original and fills in the blanks with dick and fart jokes…” Vacation review

For those in the know, the 1983 Vacation is a true comedy classic; the excellent writer/director team of John Hughes and Harold Ramis with Chevy Chase at the top of his game, effortlessly spoofing the sincere and absurd moments of the average American family holiday. Sadly the sands of time have pretty much buried the film and so the producers of Wedding Crashers and We’re the Millers saw fit to dust off the Griswolds for a new generation. The question is; does this belated sequel have the spark of it’s forbearer?

Hoping for some much needed family bonding and to re-live his happiest summer vacation, down-trodden nice guy Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons with a cross-country
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