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Ferdinand movie review: no bull, it’s wonderful

MaryAnn’s quick take… Goofy, charming, faithful to its sweet source material, and all while advancing the standard “Be yourself” message with fresh challenges to gender expectations. I’m “biast” (pro): love the book

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of Blue Sky’s movies

I have read the source material (and I love it)

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

When the now-beloved children’s book The Story of Ferdinand was first published in 1936, some grownups were worried that it might have a bad influence on children. Apparently its sweet, simple story — from writer Munro Leaf, with instantly iconic illustrations by Robert Lawson — was seen as promoting (take your pick) pacifism, fascism, communism, and/or anarchism. To be fair, its tale of a bull in Spain who wasn’t interested in bullfighting and only wanted to loll about in fields of flowers could
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Horror Highlights: To Hell And Back: The Kane Hodder Story, Twin Peaks Sign, Central Park, Inheritance, Camera Obscura, White Raven

The legendary Kane Hodder, whose film contributions are many, but is most known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th Part VII, Friday the 13th Part VIII, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X), has a documentary coming out about his intriguing life called To Hell and Back, and a new clip from the film has been released. Also: details on the Sdcc 2017 exclusive Twin Peaks sign, Central Park and Inheritance Dances with Films screening info, release details on the Camera Obscura soundtrack and White Raven release.

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story: "In a candid moment, Robert Englund reveals that horror films used to not garner much respect among the film industry, but is now “a go-to, popcorn ingredient in the soul of Hollywood.” Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) describes stories of Kane’s strong relationship with his fans, while Ted White (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
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Collateral Beauty movie review: there is no beauty in this

MaryAnn’s quick take… Appalling and sadistic. How can anyone who is not a sociopath look at this horrible attempt at feel-good fantasy and say, “This is fine, this is healthy”? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

My god, it’s like we’re living not only in the darkest timeline but in the mirror universe, the one where there is no pity or mercy and the central driving human emotion is self-serving cruelty. This holiday season, Hollywood has given us the creepy, rapey Passengers to serve as a grand romance, and it has given us the sadistic Collateral Beauty to serve as a feel-good fantasy. What has become of us? It cannot bode any good thing about the current state of humanity that the manufacturer and reflector of our sweeping cultural hopes and dreams
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Home movie review: lots of places like it

Science fiction with training wheels, fine for sucking the kiddies into geekery but with little appeal for grownup fans of animated genre adventure. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

It may well be the nicest alien invasion ever, when the blobby Boov come to planet Earth in their adorable bubble spaceships. They’re hiding out from a nasty, spiky predator and they mean us no harm, but we are thoughtlessly and inconveniently occupying their new cities, so the entire human race gets evacuated — in an involuntary way — to Australia, to a new settlement that looks rather like Truman Burbank’s hometown of Seahaven. Pleasant on the surface, perhaps, but definitely with an undercurrent of creepy, even apart from the whole alien-invasion thing.

How do seven billion humans feel about this?
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Steve Martin signs on for Ang Lee's Iraq war drama

Steve Martin signs on for Ang Lee's Iraq war drama
Steve Martin is joining the cast of director Ang Lee's war drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

Newcomer Joe Alwyn leads the film as a soldier whose unit is brought back to the Us temporarily after surviving an attack in Iraq.

The soldiers are given a celebration at a Dallas Cowboys football game, before being sent back into service in Iraq.

Martin has been cast as a slippery Hollywood producer who attempts to buy the film rights to Billy Lynn's (Alwyn) story, reports The Wrap.

Garrett Hedlund has already been cast as Lynn's drill instructor, while Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy will adapt Ben Fountain's novel for the screen.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk will be Martin's first live-action film role since 2011's critically-panned bird-watching comedy The Big Year.
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Steve Martin Signs Up for Ang Lee's 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'

Later this year, we'll hear Steve Martin as the voice of the alien leader Captain Smek in the DreamWorks Animation film Home. Otherwise, it's been a few years since the actor appeared in a live-action film with The Big Year in 2011 being his last comedy appearance on the big screen. But that will change soon as Deadline reports Matin has taken a role in Ang Lee's next film, an adaptation of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on Ben Fountain's novel of the same name. Newcomver Joe Alwyn and Garrett Hedlund are already on board to star in the film about the heroic survivors of a battle in the Iraq War. More specifically, the story follows a 19-year old soldier whose squad survived a battle that was captured on embedded news cameras, making them instant heroes back home. So Lynn and his team get brought back to the United
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"Gone Girl's" Rosamund Pike To Receive Major Palm Springs Film Fest Award!

Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!

Pike is joining recently announced recipients Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, and J.K. Simmons. Here's the press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn.s
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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

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Steve Martin is being saluted with this year's Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

The AFI announced Friday that Martin would be getting its highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be given at a tribute in Los Angeles next June. The gala ceremony will be aired for a third year on the TNT network and by its sister channel, Turner Classic Movies.

The 69-year-old Martin followed initial stardom as a standup and TV performer with his debut feature film, The Jerk, in 1979.

His many other films include Pennies from Heaven, Three Amigos!, Little Shop of Horrors, Father of the Bride, Roxanne, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Previous award recipients include Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks and Jane Fonda.

Martin, who has been touring with his bluegrass band and won a Grammy for his collaboration on an album with Edie Brickell, hasn't appeared on the
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Devil Wears Prada's David Frankel to direct scifi romance movie Departure

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David Frankel is not exactly known for his genre work unless that genre is romantic comedies and dramas. The director of The Devil Wears Prada, Marley And Me, and the birdwatching comedy The Big Year will stretch his filmmaking skills by helming a scifi...romance. Frankel will direct Departure for production company Good Universe from a screenplay by Captain Phillips' Billy Ray. The original screenplay is inspired by a true story from the book Ghosts Of The Air which follows supernatural...
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Steve Martin to Star in Disney's Magic Camp

Steve Martin is in negotiations with Disney to star in a family comedy called Magic Camp that he co-wrote with Stu Zicherman, the writer and director of A.C.O.D. I am a huge fan of Martin, and I enjoy his writing style. The original script was written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, who also wrote Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

According to THR, the story tells of "a straitlaced banker who returns to Magic Camp, which he attended as a shy child. This time he is a counselor who makes it his mission to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping an eye on his ultimate prize, the top spot at the Golden Wand competition."

This is the perfect project for Martin, as one of his early jobs was working at Merlin's Magic Shop at Disneyland. He was also a magician in his early days as a comedian.
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Steve Martin Heads To Magic Camp

Steve Martin Heads To Magic Camp
It’s been a while since Steve Martin has dipped a toe into the waters of family comedy – we’re not counting The Big Year – but while DreamWorks Animation has him set for voice duties in next year’s Home, Disney wants him back in front of the camera for Magic Camp.The Mouse House is developing the comedy based on a draft by Gave Sachs and Jeff Judah, which was recently re-written by Martin and Stu Zicherman.Martin is now close to a deal to star as a straight-laced banker who returns to the magic summer camp he attended as a shy child. This time, he’s a counsellor who decides he’s going to make the current attendees’ lives that much better while keeping one eye on winning the Golden Wand competition. It’s up the actor’s alley, since he had a job working in Disneyland’s Magic Shop as a youngster,
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Steve Martin in Final Negotiations to Star in Disney’s Magic Camp

We haven’t seen Steve Martin on the big screen since The Big Year in 2011 and minus the animated film Home, he doesn’t even have anything on the way. However, that could change soon, because it’s being reported that Martin is currently in final negotiations to star in Disney’s Magic Camp. Martin co-wrote the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman and it focuses on a “straight-laced” banker who attended Magic Camp as a kid. Now, all grown up, he’s going back to become a counselor in hopes of winning the Golden Wand competition. Hit the jump for more on the project. According to THR, Diary of a Wimpy Kid scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are the ones who penned the original script and now Martin and Zicherman are giving a new draft a go. There are no producers attached and
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Disney Casts Steve Martin in 'Magic Camp'

Disney Casts Steve Martin in 'Magic Camp'
Steve Martin is taking the lead in the new Disney comedy Magic Camp, which returns the comedic actor to his magician roots as a performer.

In this family comedy, Steve Martin will star as a straight-laced banker who decides to return to the magic camp from his youth, which he attended as a very shy child. This time, he is serving as a counselor, hoping to improve the lives of all the kids while keeping his eye on the top prize, the Golden Wand, which will pit him in his own magic competition for the film's big climax.

Steve Martin wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay alongside Stu Zicherman, the writer-director of the recent R rated comedy A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. Diary of a Wimpy Kid writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are responsible for the first draft of the screenplay. Both are staying with the project as producers.
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Steve Martin In Talks To Attend Magic Camp For Disney

Where in the world has Steve Martin been lately? The celebrated comic actor’s last big screen role was in the ill-received birding comedy The Big Year way back in 2011, and the only project he’s taken on since has been animated caper Home, in which he lends his voice to an alien. Luckily, it appears that Martin may be making a comeback, with word that he’s in talks to star in Magic Camp for Disney.

The actor was already involved with the family comedy, having penned the most recent draft of the script with A.C.O.D. writer-director Stu Zicherman (currently a writer-producer on FX’s Cold War-era spy drama The Americans). The previous version of the script came from Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, the duo behind Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequel. The pair are still on board with Magic Camp as producers, despite Disney feeling
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Steve Martin Heads to Disney's Magic Camp

Steve Martin is set to headline a new live-action family comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Martin, who was last on the big screen in 2011's The Big Year, will play the leading role in Magic Camp, originally scripted by Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs and recently rewritten by A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman.
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Steve Martin returns to Disney for Magic Camp

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Steve Martin is looking to familiar ground for an upcoming project; the actor is in talks to star in the Disney feature film Magic Camp. Martin’s first job was actually working at the Main Street Magic Shop at Disneyland; so this sounds like a passion project for the man. He also co-wrote the recent draft of the script with writer/director Stu Zicherman (A.C.O.D.). It would be nice to have Martin return the screen; his last effort was 2011's The Big Year; I can’t...
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting news for the post-apocalyptic horror film, State of Desolation, a new clip from Crawlspace, release details for Worm, Devil’s Mile, Glorious Plague, and much more:

State of Desolation Casting Details: “Writer/Director Jim Towns (House of Bad), is at work again filming his next feature film, a post-apocalyptic horror called “State of Desolation”. The film takes us on the journey of an unusual relationship forged between an aging mercenary, played by Craig Stark (Django Unchained) and a young pampered suburbanite, played by Jamie Bernadette (Axeman), as they both try to survive the Apocalypse. Rounding out the cast are Daniel Buran (True Blood), Jessica Morris (Haunting of the Innocent), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), and Victoria De Mare (Stripped). In the coming weeks, more roles will be filled and director Jim Towns states,
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A Birder’S Guide To Everything – The Review

Birds are fascinating creatures. This is true, but most people take birds for granted, so many of them flying about overhead. Birds are everywhere, and as creepy as that thought may be to some, they are always watching over us, constant spectators of the human experience below. Her on planet Earth, we go though life struggling primarily to answer two questions… who am i and what should I do with this life i have?

It’s no wonder there are some drawn in by a fascination for these feathered friends of ours. Those who watch, track and seek out birds of all species are generally referred to as “birders.” The term’s definition may be argued by some, including those in the film A Birder’S Guide To Everything. Directed and co-written by Rob Meyer, this film is a coming of age story about an awkward 15-year old boy named David Portnoy.
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A Birder’s Guide to Everything | Review

Bird is the Word: Meyer’s Debut a Well Meaning But Slight Observation

Bird watching seems to be something of a recent cinematic inspiration, though has yet to show much potential in the narrative realm thus far, with David Frankel’s 2011 comedic misfire The Big Year now joined by Rob Meyer’s directorial debut, A Birder’s Guide to Everything. Grappling with loss, strained familial relationships, and coming of age essence, various dilemmas congeal into a mostly light-hearted effort that seems to feel genuinely about its cluster of characters, even though, beyond the crux of its protagonists’ snazzy and oft unexplored hobby, Meyer and his cast can never mold the narrative into anything more than a standard affair. A few acute observations aside, it’s a slight film that feels most effective when utilizing the heavy hitters in its supporting cast.

David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a 15 year old birding
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what’s on Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Mar 10)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to streaming

Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

I caught up with…

Odd Thomas: it feels smaller and more rushed — and less plausible — than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to Prime

Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion
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