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New Images For The Cobbler Released

12 August 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Full disclosure: I am a frustrated Adam Sandler fan. Before you gasp in horror and dismiss everything I’ve ever written, hear me out. The operative word here is ‘frustrated.’ What is the cause of my discontentment? Well, about 95% of his film output, to be precise. I have exactly zero interest in Grown Ups, or its sequel. You could not pay me to invest time in Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and I have no intention of watching Blended, ever.

Punch-Drunk Love, however, is one of my favourite movies – largely due to Sandler’s performance – and I have a deep appreciation for Funny People. I even have a soft spot for Spanglish, since we’re sharing details. What do these films have in common? They require Sandler to act with real emotional depth – and that is something I have been waiting for him to do again since 2009. I »

- Sarah Myles

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Get On Up | Review

1 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The F in Funk: Brown’s Biopic Lodged in a White Man’s World

For all the preliminary grumbling about white actors portraying Egyptians in a certain upcoming Ridley Scott Bible farce, there’s been a disappointing lack of apprehensiveness as concerns the behind-the-scenes whitewashing of black character narratives in prolific, mainstream films. It’s a platform where many features are still filtered through and for a particular palette, calibrated to make unseemly material comfortable to please all tastes. At the modern forefront of these recuperations is Tate Taylor’s widely acclaimed 2011 film, The Help, a highly sanitized account of 1960’s black women adapted by a white, male director. Taylor is back with a highly anticipated follow-up, a biopic of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. Inarguably one of the most prolific and important musical artists of all time, Taylor’s studio financed production, penned by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth »

- Nicholas Bell

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International Star You Should Know: Khaled Nabaway

1 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Career Breakthrough

Actor Khaled Nabawy’s starring turn in the 1994 film “The Emigrant,” the Egyptian equivalent of the biblical tale of Joseph, from auteur Youssef Chahine, put Nabawy on a larger stage, and has made him one of Egypt’s best-known actors, landing him roles in Hollywood pics such as Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005) and Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” (2010).

Playing For Peace

The 47-year-old Nabawy looks nothing like the nation’s late president, Anwar Sadat, but that didn’t stop him from drawing glowing reviews earlier this year for “Camp David,” at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., opposite Richard Thomas and Ron Rifkin.  Nabawy says he was surprised he was chosen for the role, but welcomed the challenge “Everyone has his own secret” of getting into character, he says. “I believe in studying — and listening.”

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Writing in the Washington Post in April, Peter Marks »

- Andrea Seikaly

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Album review: Sia shines brightly on '1000 Forms of Fear'

7 July 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

  Sia has had more success as a guest on other artists' records-- such as David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” or during her stint with Zero 7 on tunes like “Destiny” --than as a solo artist, but with “Chandelier,” the first single from “1000 Forms of Fear,” out tomorrow (8), the Australian singer/songwriter is finally breaking out as a pop star on her own. “Chandelier” reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, in large part driven by its compelling video featuring 11-year old dancer Maddie Ziegler. Though Sia has had several strong songs on her previous albums, “Chandelier” is her first bona-fide hit as a solo artist. The good news is there’s plenty more on “Fear,” produced by Greg Kurstin, to continue that path, even if there is nothing that’s quite as striking as “Chandelier,” a tune that sounds similar to Rihanna’s “Diamonds”—a »

- Melinda Newman

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Sia releases lush new pop song 'Big Girls Cry'

25 June 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If Sia's "Chandelier" made you feel adventurous, "Big Girls Cry" may bring you down from the ceiling. The chart-busting songwriter has released another new track from her solo album "1000 Forms of Fear," and it's a little more tame, a little more mid-tempo and a little more heartbroken. I'm gonna let this one sit for a little longer, but it does empower me feel Ok about crying during particularly poignant Christmas commercials. "1000 Forms of Fear" is out on July 8 and was produced by Greg Kurstin, who was behind one of the few songs with any life to it on Lana Del Rey's No. 1 album "Ultraviolence." Listen to another Sia song, "Eye of the Needle" here. And, no, Sia's still not showing her face in any of her promos. Lena Dunham does some of that for her. What do you think of the track? Here is the tracklist for "1000 Forms of »

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Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

6 June 2014 10:09 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The film Edge of Tomorrow is a sci-fi actioner that stacks up pretty well as a blockbuster. All the bells and whistles are there for your enjoyment – explosions, aliens, underdog hero who happens to be a human with a great smile, and Tom Cruise is on board too!

The film was directed by Doug Liman who directed The Bourne Identity (2002), Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005), and Jumper (2008). He is used to getting pretty actors all roughed up and endangered. The screenwriters of Edge of Tomorrow are Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. McQuarrie wrote The Usual Suspects (1995) and two other Cruise vehicles: Valkyrie (2008) and Jack Reacher (2012). The Butterworth brothers have a handful of minor credits and both worked with Liman on Fair Game (2010). The original story is from All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

The film opens with quick cuts of fictional BBC newscasts covering an alien invasion, »

- Steven Gahm

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: Should You See the Tom Cruise Blockbuster?

6 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

As you've probably heard, "Edge of Tomorrow" has been blowing critics' minds. It's easily one of the most fun films of this summer blockbuster season. This latest sci-fi/action/whizbang movie to star Tom Cruise has a ton going for it -- plenty of action, great effects, a clever storyline, and committed performances from the leads, along with assured orchestration of all these elements from a well-regarded director.

But, wait, I hate Tom Cruise!

First of all, you shouldn't hate the guy. Beyond the lunatic antics on talk shows, there's not a performer out there who seems more committed to doing whatever it takes to give wide audiences a fun experience at the cinema. As a film nerd I can applaud his work with Kubrick in "Eyes Wide Shut," but at the same time I can celebrate his more visceral thrills brought out via a slew of "Mission Impossible" films, »

- Jason Gorber

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Edge Of Tomorrow – The Review

5 June 2014 3:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

What to do? Can we survive? The world is under attack from vicious, unstoppable alien forces, it must be…Summertime at the multiplex! This looks like a job for…Tom Cruise! Yes, Tom Cruise, the all-American boy (for you budding archeologists, that’s a reference to the once-popular radio adventure series, Jack Armstrong, who boasted that misnomer. And for a fella’ past fifty, Cruise still has a boyish grin!). But this isn’t the high-flying Maverick from Top Gun or even the more down-to-Earth Jack Reacher. Why this character, John Cage, has never seen combat! But somehow he’s been gifted with an edge courtesy of those invading aliens and only one person can help him use that advantage: a hard-nosed special forces hero played by Emily Blunt! The Brit beauty from The Devil Wears Prada? You wouldn’t expect a by-the-numbers, blast the otherworldly beasties, actioner from gifted director »

- Jim Batts

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Cancel All Your Plans: This Summer Movie Weekend Offers a Diverse Slate of Must-Sees

5 June 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Has there been a better weekend for movies this year than this one? Friday offers more than enough for all tastes, temperaments and attention spans, from the saccharine ("The Fault in Our Stars") and acidic ("Borgman") to the crowd-pleasing ("Edge of Tomorrow") and deeply disturbing ("The Sacrament"). "Edge of Tomorrow" is not your ordinary Tom Cruise sci-fi mindbender. Doug Liman has a gift for off-center authenticity--even amid the orchestrated chaos of a major studio FX picture--and for finding moments on the fly that snap. His movies are hugely entertaining, often amusing, never predictable. In this case he is well-served by a brilliant script by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (Liman's "Fair Game" and "Jerusalem"), adapting Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel, which keeps us on the edge of surprise. And Cruise, 51, is perfectly cast as a Cage, a cocky Army flack who is a fish-out-of-water everyman sent to the front by General Brigham (Brendan. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Trivia: 8 Weeks Before Production Began, 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Didn't Have An Ending

2 June 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This weekend, Tom Cruise is back in theatres with the sci-fi blockbuster "Edge Of Tomorrow," one of the few summer movies not based on a toy, comic or video game (though it is based on a book). While our reviewers were split, the movie promises an intriguing premise, Cruise in action hero mode, and director Doug Liman operating at full throttle. But there was a moment just before cameras rolled, where it seemed the movie might come off the rails. The La Times reports that the script went through quite an overhaul on the way to the big screen. The screenplay by Dante Harper ("Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"), an adaptation of the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, was acquired in 2010 by Warner Bros. for a not insignificant $3 million dollars. From there, Joby Harold ("Awake") took a stab at it, updating the tale from a younger to an older protagonist. Then Jez »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Trivia: 8 Weeks Before Production Began, 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Didn't Have An Ending

2 June 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This weekend, Tom Cruise is back in theatres with the sci-fi blockbuster "Edge Of Tomorrow," one of the few summer movies not based on a toy, comic or video game (though it is based on a book). While our reviewers were split, the movie promises an intriguing premise, Cruise in action hero mode, and director Doug Liman operating at full throttle. But there was a moment just before cameras rolled, where it seemed the movie might come off the rails. The La Times reports that the script went through quite an overhaul on the way to the big screen. The screenplay by Dante Harper ("Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"), an adaptation of the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, was acquired in 2010 by Warner Bros. for a not insignificant $3 million dollars. From there, Joby Harold ("Awake") took a stab at it, updating the tale from a younger to an older protagonist. Then Jez »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Bourne Identity’ Director Doug Liman Says His ‘Splinter Cell’ Movie Will Be ‘Younger’

1 June 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Director Doug Liman has amassed a varied list of film and television credits since breaking out with the 1996 indie film Swingers. Liman followed that up with the cult favorite Go before graduating to big-budget studio fare with franchise-starter The Bourne Identity.

While his two previous features, the 2008 film Jumper and real-life espionage tale Fair Game (2010) failed to connect with audiences, Liman is returning in a big way with sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, which stars Tom Cruise and is already getting some great early reviews.

Such strong advance notices and his solid action-movie chops made the news that Liman was signing on to direct the ...

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- Anthony Vieira

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Film Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

22 May 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Groundhog Day” and “Starship Troopers” make surprisingly compatible bedfellows in “Edge of Tomorrow,” a cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller in which an untrained soldier must relive the same day over and over again — expiring violently each time — until he finds a way to defeat the alien marauders that have taken Earth hostage. That our ill-prepared hero is played by Tom Cruise lends a sly if perhaps unintended layer of subtext to this smarter-than-average star vehicle, insofar as the now 51-year-old actor seems to have embraced a similar trial-and-error career strategy: testing out one man-of-action persona after another in his ongoing (some would say undying) bid for bankability. Alas, B.O. success is likely to elude him this time out, as Warners’ June 6 release feels surprisingly low on buzz and audience awareness for an f/x-heavy picture with a $175 million pricetag. International returns will have to work extra-hard to make up the difference. »

- Justin Chang

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Chadwick Boseman is Mr. Dynamite in Second 'Get On Up' Trailer

20 May 2014 2:13 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"The man's a genius, and he's taking us with him." We've already seen one trailer that showed 42 star Chadwick Boseman taking on the role of the Godfather of Soul in Get on Up. The film tells the story of the rise and struggles of famed singer James Brown, and a new trailer shows a little more of his troubled childhood and also his adult struggles to deal with the return of his estranged mother (Viola Davis) who he hasn't seen since she abandoned his family as a child. It doesn't sound like Boseman is doing his own singing, but he certainly seems to have Brown's mannerism's and speaking voice locked down. Watch now! Here's the new trailer for Tate Taylor's Get on Up, originally from Apple: Get On Up is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game, The Last Legion) with Steven Baigelman (Feeling Minnesota, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Sean Penn channels his inner action man for 'The Gunman'

8 May 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sean Penn has been many things in his four-decade film career, but "action hero" has never really been one of them. That looks set to change as the two-time Oscar winner has taken the Liam Neeson route of middle-aged kickassery by starring in "The Gunman," an action thriller from "Taken" director Pierre Morel. The film stars Penn as a Ptsd-afflicted ex-special forces soldier, forced to go on the run across Europe to clear his name -- of what, the official synopsis doesn't quite say. Sounds like familiar Euro-thriller territory, though the cast is classier than usual: Penn is joined by Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca and Tony-winning stage star Mark Rylance. Open Road Films has acquired Us rights to the French-Spanish-us co-production, and will open it in wide release -- the date has yet to be confirmed. Could they score the same kind of sleeper hit that Morel did with "Taken? »

- Guy Lodge

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River Road boards The Last Face

10 April 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

River Road chief Bill Pohlad is understood to be financing the romance for Sean Penn to direct starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.

The Africa-set story would appear to be a good fit for Lionsgate International to board as sales agent in the run-up to Cannes next month. At time of writing no parties had confirmed this.

The Last Face also stars Adèle Exarchopoulos from Cannes 2013 Palme d’or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color and it is understood Bill Gerber and Matt Palmieri will produce.

The story centres on two humanitarian doctors who meet in war-torn Africa. The story is based on a screenplay by Erin Dignam and is expected to shoot in Africa.

Penn and Pohlad have collaborated on three prior occasions — Into The Wild, The Tree Of Life and Fair Game — while Penn and Bardem recently wrapped production on Silver Pictures/StudioCanal’s The Gunman for Pierre Morel.

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River Road boards Last Face

10 April 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bill Pohlad is understood to be financing the romance for Sean Penn to direct starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.

The project would appear to be a good fit for Lionsgate International to board as international sales agent and bring to Cannes next month. At time of writing no parties had confirmed this.

The Last Face also stars Adèle Exarchopoulos from Cannes 2013 Palme d’or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color and it is understood Bill Gerber and Matt Palmieri will produce.

The story centres on two humanitarian doctors who meet in war-torn Africa.

Penn and Pohlad have collaborated on four previous occasions including Into The Wild, The Tree Of Life and Fair Game.

Lionsgate International’s Summit International handled sales on all three films. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watch: New 'Edge of Tomorrow' Trailer, Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

25 March 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A new trailer for the big budget summer sci-fi "Edge of Tomorrow," starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, has crash-landed. Directed by Doug Liman, this is an adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's animated young adult novel "All You Need Is Kill." In the near-future of "Tomorrow," Earth is under the siege of an alien race. Tom Cruise plays a Major who dies violently during a suicide mission, but is somehow thrown into a time loop, forced to relive the day he died again and again. The rest of the plot details sound like makings of a video game -- with each successive replay of his death, the major gains increased skill to fight his adversaries. Liman's last film was the modest Valerie Plame drama "Fair Game" in 2010. In the 90s, he cut his teeth in indie films "Swingers" and "Go." He's certainly come a long way. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Trailer #2: Tom Cruise Has Infinite Lives

25 March 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Tom Cruise is usually a pro at chewing bubblegum and kicking butt in his movies, but in the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow his character – Lt. Col. Bill Cage – is more experienced at drumming up support for the army – putting his good looks and charisma to use – than actual fighting. That changes when Cage is punished for insubordination by being deployed in the field, as part of the human resistance against an extraterrestrial army that’s invaded Earth.

Edge of Tomorrow was directed by Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), who drew from a screenplay co-written by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game), based on the novel All You Need Is Kill by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Cruise spends most of the film sharing the screen with Emily Blunt ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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New Trailer for Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt

25 March 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

When Warner Bros. launched the first trailer for Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow at the end of last year, it was clear that we’d be in for a rollercoaster-ride of a blockbuster this summer.

That first trailer naturally earned itself a spot on our Top 25 Trailers of 2013, and we’ve been looking forward to what would come next. With just a few more months to go before it arrives, we’re due a new look at the sci-fi/actioner, and Warner Bros. haven’t disappointed.

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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