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Kids and parents across North America will soon be enamored by the world famous little bee named Maya and her insect friends when the international smash hit Maya The Bee Movie makes its buzz-worthy debut on DVD and on two-disc Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital) from Shout! Factory Kids on May 19, 2015.
Already a great box office success in much of the world, Maya The Bee Movie, based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of »
- Michelle McCue
Written for the screen by Christopher Kyle
Directed by Susanne Bier
USA/France/Czech Republic, 2014
Based on a bestselling novel by Ron Rash, Serena, as brought to the screen by director Susanne Bier and screenwriter Christopher Kyle, feels like a husk of an adaptation even to one completely unfamiliar with the source material. It’s the sort of film that, at least in the form prepped for theatrical release, makes one inclined to believe its makers have completely lost the ability to tell a story. And it’s not like that ever seems like a deliberate stylistic choice, with Bier actually focusing on some thematic flourish off on the sidelines. Serena is always focused on its plot. Its perpetually rushed, choppily told, borderline confusing plot.
Part of the trouble in the telling is that the film’s a tonal mess. In her native Denmark, and with American cinema forays »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Back in 2012, after Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" and before its follow-up "American Hustle," the duo shot period drama "Serena," which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky. Lawrence recommended Cooper and talked him into joining her on the project. Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier ("A Better World") took the helm for producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions, and has been delayed trying to finish it. Based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire. They become obsessed with success, and their lives take a Shakespearean turn when Serena finds that she can't get pregnant and tries to harm her husband's illegitimate son. Why the delays? "Once it finished shooting we've »
- Anne Thompson
The family film was the weekend’s top ticket seller, pulling in a sterling $54 million, easily eclipsing projections that had it bowing to between $30 million and $35 million. It’s one of the studio’s best-ever openings for an original movie and the biggest debut it has had since 2012’s “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” kicked off to $60.3 million in 2012.
The studio has suffered through a string of film flops such as “Turbo” and “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” as well as failed sales to Hasbro and SoftBank. “Home” is the only film it is releasing this year, so expectations for the movie about an alien invasion were high and scrutiny was intense. “Home” cost $130 million to produce and launched in 3,708 locations. Fox distributed the picture. »
- Brent Lang
The Starz Original series Blunt Talk released a first look teaser of the 10-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from Mrc and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames (creator and showrunner), Stephanie Davis and Tristram Shapeero. The teaser will premiere on-air during the Black Sails finale on Saturday, March 28 at 9 Pm Et/Pt. Set in Los Angeles, the story follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news and the fallout from his well-intentioned, but mostly misguided decision-making, both on and off the air. The series will premiere on Starz in the summer of 2015.
Through the platform of his nightly cable news show, Blunt is on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave. Besieged by network bosses, a dysfunctional news staff, numerous ex-wives and children of all ages, Blunt's only support »
In the teaser, Stewart plays Walter Blunt, a cable newsman and U.K. transplant on a mission to teach Americans how to think, act and behave. But his wild off-air antics suggest a highly unorthodox teaching style.
Rounding out the cast are Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Adrian Scarborough (“The King’s Speech”), Dolly Wells (“Doll & Em”) and Timm Sharp (“Enlightened”). Shapeero will direct the show in addition to his role as executive producer.
Starzr has committed to two seasons of 10 episodes each. “Blunt Talk” will premiere on Starz in this summer.
- Seth Kelley
Starz is about to hit what could be the next comedy to skyrocket, and they’ve finally released a teaser. Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart, goes behind the scenes of Walter Blunt’s (Stewart) news show. He’s on a mission to tell Americans how they should live and think, but he isn’t exactly the role model he hopes to present.
The teaser looks great, and if anyone can make this a hit, you have to think that it’s Patrick Stewart.
Take a look below, and keep your eyes out for this one.
The Starz Original series “Blunt Talk” released a first look teaser of the 10-episode first season of the half-hour scripted comedy series from Mrc and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Ames (creator and showrunner), Stephanie Davis and Tristram Shapeero. »
- Marc Eastman
Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.
The 1960 film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast.
- Justin Kroll
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence costarred in a movie shot between Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle which is finally hitting screens after a couple of years on the shelf and a stint on pay-per-view. Serena, a gothic tale of greed and ambition run amok, is set amongst the timber industry in the mountains of North Carolina during the Depression. The movie has not received much love from critics and indeed it’s kind of a mess – an overripe melodrama that’s all over the map in terms of tone. It’s full of gorgeous moments alternating with many more that feel literate to the point of boredom, and others where the characters motivations make little sense. But I liked it and think it deserves a better reception then it’s received. If you’re looking for an old fashioned sumptuous costume drama starring two always-watchable leads with proven chemistry »
- Tom Stockman
Hallmark Hall of Fame called, they said to stop right now - they do not have the budget for these movie stars...! Lantern-lit wood cabins and literary based period melodrama do not guarantee a respectable film. The problems with Serena would make more sense if the making of the film had preceded David O. Russell's acclaimed 2012 charmer Silver Linings Playbook. That film demonstrated an appealing chemistry between the shared leads Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, leaving one wanting more of them together on screen. Wish granted; Lawrence and Cooper play a depression-era married couple in Serena, which in fact was shot not soon after Silver Linings. (They are currently at work on another film together with Russell, following his American Hustle in which they...
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With two celebrated collaborations in "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," and another in the upcoming "Joy," Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have forged a complimentary onscreen connection, which continues with the Depression-era tale "Serena." Subject to plenty of talk before its release, you can see the movie for yourself when it hits home video this summer, and today we have the exclusive DVD and Blu-ray artwork and details. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the story centers on a couple who build an empire only to see their relationship and business begin to crumble. Here's the official synopsis: George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) are love-struck newlyweds building a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the. »
- Edward Davis
Since her breakthrough role in “Winter’s Bone,” Jennifer Lawrence has demonstrated remarkably good taste in her film projects. The notable exception to her streak of superb or strategic choices might appear to be “Serena,” a film that ended up languishing for almost three years in the editing bay and on the shelf – and for which Lawrence talked her “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Bradley Cooper into signing up. Directed by Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier (“In a Different World”), “Serena” vindicates Lawrence’s discernment. Densely packed and gorgeously expressionist, the old-fashioned tragedy is very nearly a satisfying experience despite its various. »
- Inkoo Kang
Place Beyond the Pines: Bier’s Ungainly Period Piece Revels in Unintentional Gaffs
Danish director Susanna Bier’s second English language film, Serena, has gained a bit of notoriety after an unexpected delayed theatrical release in the Us. A melodramatically inclined period piece based on a novel by Ron Rash (author of The World Made Straight, of which an adaptation was released earlier this year), the lush production design and starry cast creates a misleading veneer, which slowly gives way to a rather kooky portrait of its eponymous lead character. Presented with soberingly grim determination, the film lapses into unintentionally laughable territory, though not to a degree worthy of camp aesthetic or cult following.
Filming shortly after their award winning collaboration on 2012’s The Silver Linings Playbook, the first onscreen reunion of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper finally saw a premiere at the 2014 London Film Festival and reactions have been »
- Nicholas Bell
Premiere Props announced they will be auctioning off over 700 movie props and entertainment memorabilia at their Hollywood Extravaganza Auction on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at their headquarters in El Segundo, CA. There will be a preview from 9-11am Pt with the live auction beginning at 11am Pt. Items include: · 2001: A Space Odyssey – Rare screen used Aries 1-b Lunar Spaceship model · The Beatles – All four Beatles signatures from 1963 in a young fan’s autograph book · Stargate – Kurt Russell’s screen worn costume · Inglourious Basterds - Brad Pitt’s stunt bowie knife · August, Osage County - Meryl Streep’s screen worn costume · Silver Linings Playbook - Jennifer Lawrence’s screen worn costume · St. Vincent – Melissa McCarthy, Bill »
- Pietro Filipponi
20th Century Fox
After all the time-travelling shenanigans Days Of Future Past, the next instalment in the X-Men franchise looks to be starting from scratch – and it’s also going to be losing one of its biggest stars. Along with totally recasting a lot of its principal actors, the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse will also serve as a swansong for Jennifer Lawrence.
The Hunger Games actress has played the shape-shiftng siren Mystique since prequel film First Class, but it looks like she’s about to hang up her…er…well, she doesn’t tend to wear a whole lot in these films. “It is my last one, actually,” she said when asked about the next part of the X-Men franchise.
Given that, not long before the release of Days Of Future Past (in which her character plays a key role) there were rumours that Lawrence might star in a Mystique spin-off film, »
- Tom Baker
Since she was cast in the role of Mystique for Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, it would be fair to say that Jennifer Lawrence's career has taken off somewhat. She has an Oscar on her mantelpiece for Silver Linings Playbook, and she's become one of the biggest movie stars in the world, courtesy of The Hunger Games series.
She returns for the third time to play Mystique in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, which starts shooting shortly. And whilst many of her colleagues in the cast have held the door open to keep on going in the X-Men world, it sounds as though Jennifer Lawrence may be calling time on her X-Men days.
In a chat with MTV, Lawrence was asked if she thought X-Men: Apocalypse »
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker will headline his first full length stand-up comedy special, Chris Tucker Live, premiering exclusively on Netflix on Friday, July 10. Tucker's stand-up comedy performance will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available. In the special, Chris Tucker returns to the stage he loves and showcases his mind-blowing comedic chops, from his pitch perfect impersonations to his singular on-stage physicality, as he shares his experiences from childhood to the big time. The special was filmed at the Historic Fox Theatre in Tucker's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer:
"Chris Tucker is a true global movie star and a one-of-a-kind talent whose remarkable energy, delivery and original style make him one of the funniest comedians of our time. We cannot wait to share his distinct and hilarious voice with our members across the globe."
Said Chris Tucker:
The twosome kicked off their working relationship in "Silver Linings Playbook" and then re-teamed for "American Hustle." Now, the dynamic acting duo is paired in the new period piece "Serena" and will join forces once again in "Joy," out Christmas Day.
Jennifer spoke about the comfort level she has formed with her co-star.
Watch: Silver Linings Playbook Hollywood Premiere
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Last week X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past star Nicholas Hoult revealed that his contract as Beast is up with next year’s Bryan Singer-helmed sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, although the British actor admitted that he’s open to the idea of signing on for more mutant adventures.
Well, it seems that Jennifer Lawrence’s contract to play the shape-shifting mutant Mystique is also set to expire after Apocalypse, but unlike Hoult, it seems she’s ready to call time on the franchise, with the Oscar winner telling MTV News that: “It is my last one, actually.”
Since signing on to play Mystique in X-Men: First Class, Lawrence has become one of the biggest stars in the world (and the most-bankable of 2014) – thanks in no small part to her role in both the X-Men and The Hunger Games franchises, as well as her Academy Award win for »
- Gary Collinson
You probably aren’t aware of this, but a third Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence collaboration is opening in theaters this weekend. In fact, it has been available On Demand for weeks already. Yes, a film that stars arguably the two biggest stars in Hollywood had a VOD start before the impending limited release on Friday. What movie is this, you ask? Well, it’s Serena, a once incredibly high profile adaptation that had the likes of Darren Aronfosky and Angelina Jolie circling it. Initially slated to come out even before American Hustle, hoping to capitalize on the Cooper/Lawrence success in Silver Linings Playbook, this seemed like a strong Academy Awards player. So…what happened? For those of you not in the know about Serena, here’s a brief overview. It’s adapted from the novel of the same name by Ron Rash, directed by Oscar winning foreign filmmaker Susanne Bier, »
- Joey Magidson
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