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It’s been over a decade since Chad Michael Murray stole teen girls’ hearts everywhere when he played high school football superstar and Prince Charming Austin Ames in A Cinderella Story alongside Hilary Duff. But the 35-year-old actor just reprised his famous role in the most adorable way.
Murray, who’s been with his wife and fellow actress Sarah Roemer since 2014, played dress up to accompany her to her first-ever prom: the Children’s Hospital of Orange County oncology prom.
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- Kaitlyn Frey
Chad Michael Murray didn't let the fear of striking out keep him from heading to prom. The 2000s' favorite Hollywood hunk brought his signature character Austin Ames back to life 13 years later just in time to be his wife's prom date. He and his personal "PrincetonGirl" Sarah Roemer got all gussied up for the Children's Hospital of Orange County's Alice in Wonderland-themed prom on Saturday night. Instead of a traditional tuxedo, Murray knew one outfit fitting for the occasion—his famous Prince Charming ensemble from A Cinderella Story. If that wasn't enough of a sight, the actor noted one special silver lining. "Thanku @warnerbrosentertainment for »
Ricky Church reviews Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III…
Writer Greg Rucka and artists J.H. Williams III and Jock’s legendary run of Batwoman adventures from Detective Comics #854-863 are collected in a single title for the first time! In these stories, Kate Kane takes on the Religion of Crime and struggles to save Gotham City from the surreal villainy of Alice. Plus, learn the origin of Batwoman!
Since her introduction to the DC universe, Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, has become a fan-favourite character and a great addition to the already great Bat-family. With Batwoman a few issues into her new series in the DC Rebirth era, now is a perfect time to revisit her past in Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, the complete collection of their take on the character.
The book collects the issues previously seen in the Batwoman: Elegy collection, though also contains the never-before-collected ‘Cutter’ storyline that artist Jock illustrated. While some may complain at having to double-dip, its only a small issue since you’re not only getting all of Rucka’s Batwoman run, but Williams’ gorgeous art is worth the price of double-dipping.
The main story sees Batwoman having to confront a cult lead by a woman named Alice, who has stylized herself on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This cult nearly killed Batwoman before, in an event that is quickly recapped, making this personal for her. Along her mission to stop them though she has to deal with the trauma of her past and discovers a life-changing secret about her family.
It’s a very well written story and readers can get behind Batwoman’s character very easily. Rucka makes her likeable, charismatic and fairly relatable. Despite the superheroics and presence of werewolves and a few other monsters, ‘Elegy’ is an interesting character piece about the choices one makes and the need to serve. Kate’s struggles as a lesbian are also well done, making you really feel the impact of how much her identity means to her.
As said, Williams’ art is gorgeous. From the way he lays out the pages to his sketches, Batwoman seriously looks great. There’s some very neat artwork here that is accentuated by Dave Stewart’s colours. What is really interesting to see is the differences in art when Kate is in ‘civilian’ mode and when she’s Batwoman. Everything is a little darker and more stylized when she’s Batwoman, but the colours are brighter and layouts simpler when she’s Kate Kane.
All of the art is incredibly detailed though, from Batwoman and Alice’s looks to her moves. There’s just as much action between the panels as there is in, allowing the readers to fill in the gaps on their own. ‘Elegy’ is a pretty immersive story.
The second storyline in the book, ‘Cutter’, sees Batwoman on the hunt for a serial killer. Artist Jock is on art duties for this story and his style is fairly different from Williams, but no less good. ‘Cutter’ is a story that is much less fantastical than ‘Elegy’; there are no crazy cults or were-beasts, just a murder investigation with a serial killer. Jock does an excellent job depicting the grittiness of the story. His character models and movements are very fluid and sell the real-world aspect of the story. Rucka also continues the emotional fallout of ‘Elegy’ and progresses Batwoman’s character as she deals with it and tries to save a young woman from experiencing the same type of ordeals she went through.
Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III also contains a collection of variant covers, Williams’ early and uncoloured sketches and some script pages from Rucka. Those concerned about double-dipping shouldn’t be with the extra content and finally being able to have ‘Cutter’ in their collection.
Rucka’s overall run on Batwoman is a great story and examination of a new character. Reading this again, its no wonder why Batwoman became such a fan-favourite and powerful character. Combined with Williams and Jock’s art, this is definitely a book Batman and Batwoman fans should pick up.
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- Ricky Church
Chicago – The dystopia – or negative future world – is a genre staple, from “Soylent Green” to “Max Max.” The latest film to ponder the possibilities is “The Bad Batch,” from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. This is her sophomore feature, after “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” and features Suki Waterhouse in the lead role.
“The Bad Batch” is set in Texas, where persons branded with the film title are banished into a desert-like existence. A young woman name Arlen (Waterhouse), struggles to survive after her banishment, and finds out that a renegade society has formed within the harsh environs. She is captured, and is tortured into bodily harm, but manages to escape to another place-within-the-place, run by a leader named The Dream (Keanu Reeves). Arlen becomes intent on revenge, and in that state of emotion gains an enemy, the mysterious Miami Man (Jason Mamoa). The world is also populated with characters portrayed by Diego Luna, Giovani Ribisi and Jim Carrey, which means the Bad Batch just got badder.
Photo credit: Neon
The mind of writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour is awash in alternative subjects. Her first feature film, after a number of short film efforts, was “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (2014), and was described as “the first Iranian vampire Western.” Amirpour’s family has roots in Iran, but she was born in England and raised in the United States. She had been making films since she was 12 years old, and graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. HollywoodChicago.com talked to her during a promotional tour of Chicago for the film, and divides that talk between a Q&A transcript and an audio portion, that both delve into her one-of-a-kind perspective.
HollywoodChicago.com: There have been many dystopian societies in art, from ‘Brave New World’ to ‘Mad Max.’ When you were creating your take on it, how did you want to characterize it that distinguished it from any other fictional dystopia?
Ana Lily Amirpour: I don’t consider it dystopia, I look at it as reality. Everything is dystopia, and there is no such thing as utopia. Works like ‘Brave New World’ and ‘The Handmaiden’s Tale’ develop their atmosphere from a movement or a revolution, as if the world has ended and has come out to this other side. When I wrote ‘The Bad Batch,’ I thought that the world outside the gates that confine the ‘bad’ characters is simply our world today. So if we’re pushed a little bit farther, in the sense of protection or resources, who are we? How do we define what is good or bad? What is the morality of human behavior?
HollywoodChicago.com: There are parallels to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in this film. What do you think is most surreal in this particular rabbit hole, and what instinct do you believe Arlen uses best in her need to survive?
Amirpour: I only noticed this after I had finished the film, and watched it again a few months later… she is kind of like a shark because she keeps on moving forward. I do feel that in modern society that still is the best way to survive. Whatever it is, just keep doing something, because complete stillness or inactivity is more like death than death. But sometimes it’s reckless, and sometimes Arlen moves forward before thinking, that is the thing about her.
HollywoodChicago.com: The lead role of Arlen needed a lot of particular performance qualities. What did Suki Waterhouse bring to you in her audition that nailed those undefined qualities that was necessary for Arlen, as you created her?
Amirpour: I don’t personally do that many castings, in this film and in my first film. But I did get involved in “The Bad Batch,” because we couldn’t think of an actress that was a 3-D embodiment of the character. But when I saw Suki on tape, I knew she was ‘it.’ And I can’t describe that any more than to say that I never had to really express to her the the ideas that were on the page, she just instinctively embraced it. She was Arlen, and I didn’t want to f**k it up. Her instinct was just it.
Director Ana Lily Amipour (in Pink) Sets the Scene in ‘The Bad Batch’
Photo credit: Neon
HollywoodChicago.com: One of the more interesting lines in the film is in regard to the ‘economy of comfort’ that develops in the bad batch society. Since that economy also makes a fortune for pharmaceuticals, the liquor industry and legal/illegal marijuana trade in our current society, what do you think the economy of comfort says about us?
Amirpour: That’s a big question, and I don’t have the answers, even though I ask the question in the film. It involves human colonization, how it develops, and it’s an observation based on that development. I don’t have an answer, but it just the way things work. It’s cool that you bring it up, because I find that most participants in that economy don’t think beyond it.
HollywoodChicago.com: You had many notable stars in smaller, almost cameo roles. What intrigued them all about participating in this film, did you get feedback as to why, for example, Jim Carrey decided to take the role?
Amirpour: I believe that every character I create is in their own film, that happens to overlap with the main film. There are complete and real characters, even though we only spend only a little time with them. In the approach to what those entities are, that always appeals to an actor. What are they, since they are going to embody this character? I knew that Jim was going to do it, for example. It’s that thing about the character, where he was that thing. He became the kind, gentle soul of this universe.
It was the same with Keanu. When I came up with the concept of ‘The Dream,’ on the surface he just seemed like another creepy bad man or villain. It had to be played by someone larger than life, but not malicious. And Keanu is that person to me, and he was The Dream like I wanted The Dream. [laughs]
In the audio portion of the interview, Ana Lily Amirpour talks more in-depth on the themes in her created society of “The Bad Batch,” her family background from Iran to America, and the source of her personal philosophy.
“The Bad Batch” has a nationwide release on June 23th, including in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport. See local listings for theaters and show times. Featuring Suki Waterhouse, Diego Luna, Jason Momoa, Yolanda Ross, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Rated “R”
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The H Collective is launching as a production-financing entity that’s backing half a dozen projects including the sequel to “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and Aaron Paul’s thriller “The Parts You Lose.”
The Los Angeles-based H Collective has signed production deals with high-profile Hollywood producers Sid Ganis and Nancy Hult Ganis, Mark Johnson (“Breaking Bad,” The Chronicles of Narnia series) and Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”).
The H Collective will be financing and/or producing four projects a year over the next four years, in four categories — family/comedy, action/adventure, horror/genre and prestige. The privately funded company plans to announce its CEO and other execs in a few weeks, a spokesman said.
- Dave McNary
“Trees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and decided to buy the house. Hope Mom likes it too. Okay, let’s pay our respects then get home for lunch.”
My Neighbor Tortoro kicks off Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 on Sunday June 25th at 1pm (dubbed) and Monday June 26th at 7pm (subtitled) For details and a list of participating theaters, go Here
Gkids, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2017. Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 is a first-of-its-kind monthly series featuring six iconic animated classics from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. In addition to big screen presentations of these larger-than-life films, each event will also feature an exclusive edition of Gkids Mini-Fest, an ongoing showcase of some of the best short animation from around the world. »
- Tom Stockman
Simon Brew Jun 13, 2017
Can we have an old-fashioned focus back on a single movie, rather than trying to hint at six others in the same film?
It was pretty well known that, by the time Warner Bros was getting ready to release Green Lantern in cinemas back in 2011, it’d got to work on a sequel already. It hadn’t actively announced it, but it was common knowledge that a script was being developed which– should the film be a hit – would speed the time it would to take to get a follow up in cinemas. Given that movie studios have gradually been trying to draw back the gap between sequels from three years down to two, this – in Warner Bros’ defence – seemed pragmatic. It wouldn’t, in the scheme of things, cost them a lot of money, and provided they kept things quiet, egg heading towards face could be avoided. »
Warning: The following recap contains spoilers from Episode 6 of Orange Is the New Black Season 5. If you’re behind on your binge-viewing, bookmark for safekeeping and return to discuss at a later time.
Call it a bittersweet surprise.
At the midway point of Orange Is the New Black‘s fifth season, Samira Wiley reprises her role as the late Poussey Washington. The scene, which comes towards the end of Episode 6, serves as a flashback to Taystee’s second-ever day at Litchfield.
After making her way into the library, »
The producers T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment and director Suresh Triveni are creating a costly, up-market and swanky set for a radio station where Sulu aka Vidya Balan becomes a night radio jockey (Rj) For the film Tumhari Sulu.
Sulu might hail from a middle-class home but her screen office in the under-production comedy, Tumhari Sulu, will be far from that.
Ditching the idea of shooting at a real radio station, the makers are believed to have hired 16,000 square feet of prime space on a top floor in an upcoming plush office building in Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai’s most expensive commercial district.
The elaborate set which is being readied for a June shoot with Vidya Balan, Neha Dhupia, Malishka and a host of actors, will take a fortnight to come up and has more than hundred workers deployed to get it ready.
Ace Production Designer Dhara Jain who is responsible for it, »
- Stacey Yount
Hasan Minhaj has been a rising star in the comedy world for several years, beginning with his stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, and most recently via his well-received turn as host of the 2017 White House correspondents’ dinner.
In his limited amounts of spare time, Minhaj wrote and toured with a one-man off-Broadway show, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, which is now a Netflix comedy special. Here are five things you should know about the 31-year-old comedian.
1. He was paid to make fun of the president
“I’m the son of immigrants, and I was standing on this stage making fun of the president, »
- Kara Warner
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” won its seventh successive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the June 3-4 frame the film earned $2.77 million, while driving its cumulative total to $93 million (JPY10.3 billion) on 7.45 million admissions. It broke the JPY10 billion barrier in only 37 days, a pace beaten only by “Frozen” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
The highest ranking among the new entries, at number two, was Fox’s “Logan.” Bowing on June 1, the film made $1.47 million. This was about 12% percent less than star Hugh Jackman’s 2013 “The Wolverine” and “Logan” is now expected to finish its run near the USD10 million mark.
Opening at number three was the Toei-distributed period drama “Flower Battle” (“Hana Ikusa”), starring comedian Mansai Nomura as a flower arranger in the days of 16th century warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Released on 353 screens, the film earned $1.14 million in its opening weekend.
Related storiesKorea Box Office: 'Wonder Woman' Beats 'Pirates of the Caribbean, »
- Mark Schilling
Bring Home the Timeless Tale Beloved by Generation and Go Beyond the Magic & Music in Ways Like Never Before, and for the first time, experience how this film was brought to life.
Today is the DVD release of the current top grossing film of 2017, Beauty and The Beast. After seeing success making live adaptations of classics like Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book Disney swung for the fences recreating Beauty and The Beast. Securing an All-Star cast led by Emma Watson and director Bill Condon it was sure to be a world wide success critically and financially. The live adaptation of Beauty and The Beast kept all the classics things we loved about the original while taking the opportunity to expand the story. In this version of Beauty and The Beast we get a better understanding of how the prince became The Beast and how Belle became the woman she is. »
- Michael Connally
Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.) starring Gal Gadot dominated the weekend box office with a $100-million record performance that drew media hoopla as the best-ever female-directed wide release. But that achievement is not the only news out of the weekend Top Ten box office. D.C Comics’ newest entry soared on multiple levels — see below — but DreamWorks Animation’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” (20th Century Fox) also exceeded expectations.
But one week alone won’t set the summer box office to rights. Neither of last week’s weak openers, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (Disney) and “Baywatch” (Paramount), will have box-office legs. And the five holdovers in the bottom half of the Top Ten took in a miserable $11 million altogether.
The Top Ten
$100,505,000 in 4,165 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $24,131; Cumulative: $100,505,000
- Tom Brueggemann
Angelina Jolie is ready to give her daughter one magical birthday! Days before celebrating her 11th birthday, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was able to enjoy a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. E! News has learned the birthday girl along with family and friends have been able to explore the theme park and surrounding attractions since Thursday. Social media users spotted the group enjoying rides like Alice in Wonderland, Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin and Tarzan's Tree House. In addition, the group enjoyed a bit of shopping at Downtown Disney including a stop in the Ridemakerz store, which is similar to a Build-a-Bear but for toy race cars. "The store clerk was showing her »
Exclusive: Film revolves around Muslim cleric whose life is overturned by the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawaris’s film and high-end TV production company iProductions has boarded Amr Salama’s drama Sheikh Jackson about a strict Muslim cleric obsessed with the late musical superstar Michael Jackson.
The move marks a first direct collaboration between iProductons and Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy at Cairo-based Film Clinic, whose recent credits include Clash, which premiered in Cannes Un Certain Regard last year, and the offbeat comedy Ali, The Goat And Ibrahim.
“It’s an interesting development in that it lays the foundation for a longer-term relationship between the two companies,” said Hefzy, hinting that other joint productions are on the cards.
Other Egyptian partners on the film, which is expected to debut at a festival this autumn, include Hani Osama’s The Producers.
Film Clinic and The Producers have a history of working together on titles including »
Disney Pictures has definitely have been on a roll taking their beloved animated classics and turning them into live action films. In 2012 they stared with Alice in Wonderland, then came Cinderella in 2012, Maleficent in 2015, The Jungle Book in 2016 and this year we got Beauty and the Beast. This list of films has become some of Disney Pictures most successful films to date. With that said, it's easy to see why they are bringing back other beloved animated classics like The Lion King which will be directed by Jon Favreau and Mulan which will be directed by Niki Caro.
Now thanks to Variety we know that one of the next films in line is Pinocchio. For a little background Pinocchio was based on Carlo Collodi's 1883 children's book called The Adventures of Pinocchio about a puppet and a woodcarver. This was the second animated feature film made by Disney following the »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Mendes has now entered early talks to pull the strings on the live-action feature, one that’ll be ushered into a growing collection of revamped fairytales that already includes the likes of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Bill Condon’s box office smash, Beauty and the Beast. As for the story involving the iconic puppet – a puppet who longs to be viewed as a real boy after his master’s wish is inexplicably granted – we understand Chris Weitz is the brains behind the latest draft of Pinocchio‘s script, and is also expected to produce via his production banner.
And though it’s important to stress that Sam Mendes is yet to sign along the dotted line, this potential development looks »
- Michael Briers
Sources close to Mendes say that the director has not fully committed to helming the film yet. Mendes has not been able to meet with studio execs yet due to his commitment to his West End play “The Ferryman,” which is currently in production.
Mendes will no longer direct the “James and the Giant Peach” remake for Disney, which he was attached to less than a year ago.
The original, 1940 animated film “Pinocchio” was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” about a puppet and a poor woodcarver. “Pinocchio” was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, following 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, »
- Justin Kroll
With his newest photography project, artist Jason Shulman has found a way to condense the essence and tone of a feature-length movie into one succinct image. Employing an ultra-long exposure as he directs his camera at a screen playing classic films, Shulman compresses the thousands of frames into a colorful, dreamlike blur that tells you more about the movie than you might expect.
“You can learn something about the director’s style from this kind of kooky translation,” Shulman told The Guardian about his project, which covers an eclectic collection of movies, from Dumbo to Taxi Driver to Tarkovsky’s The Mirror. “You can learn that Hitchcock deals with people, for example, Kubrick deals with composition, Bergman deals with… I mean lots of Bergman films are kind of moody and psychological, much more »
- Dan Neilan
For a second consecutive year, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars telecast, and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will produce, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 90th Academy Awards will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Oscar Sunday, March 4, 2018. Here's what Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs had to say in her statement.
"Jimmy, Mike and Jennifer are truly an Oscar Dream Team. Mike and Jennifer produced a beautiful show that was visually stunning. And Jimmy proved, from his opening monologue all the way through a finale we could never have imagined, that he is one our finest hosts in Oscar history."
Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC's late-night talk show. Now in its 15th season, Jkl has earned six Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Variety Series Talk category, »
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