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28 July 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

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

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Happy Christmas: compulsively watchable; Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now [my review] [iTunes UK]

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Divergent: it’s not wildly different than other science fiction, hero’s journey, and adventure movies; sometimes we call such stories archetypal… mythic, even [my review] [iTunes UK] The Double: painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world [my review] [iTunes UK] Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit the Frog takes on his biggest challenge yet: dual roles… and truly puts the villain in vaudevillian [my review] [iTunes UK] Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Fact: Julianne Hough's Hot Body Is Made For Bikinis

20 July 2014 5:36 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Happy birthday to Julianne Hough, who turns 26 today! The multi-talented star has had an impressive past few years in Hollywood, first making her mark with a career-sparking job on Dancing With the Stars as one of the cast's professional dancer. Since then, she's taken on roles in Safe Haven, Footloose, and Rock of Ages, and just this year, she took her moves on the road with her brother Derek Hough for their Move Live on Tour. In between all that, Julianne has found time to flaunt her hot body on memorable vacations. Scroll down to see Julianne's best bikini moments! »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – July 14th 2014

14 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »


In a canny move surprising few, Amazon have gone and echoed a pattern Netflix began around a year ago and nabbed a series from the Us where they will add an episode each week the day after its Us broadcast. This practice worked well with Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn in the past year and the publicity it got could well be the reason why you might encounter so many people who are only now making their way through five seasons of Breaking Bad via Netflix. So the show in question which be all exclusive up in here is the new Steven Spielberg/Halle Berry joint called Extant.

I knew nothing about this show going in and that is perhaps the best way to view it. I’m not going to claim this is the new Lost or whatever at this point but the first episode was ‘promising »

- Chris Holt

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June Box Office Down 16 Percent From Last Year's Record

1 July 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The domestic box office totaled $1.04 billion in June, which is a pretty standard result for the second month of Summer. Unfortunately, it was off a massive 16 percent from last year's $1.25 billion record, which puts the yearly box office in a precarious position heading in to the third quarter.Last June's lineup was unusually strong: Man of Steel, Monsters University and World War Z earned a combined $543 million during the month. In comparison, the Top Three titles in June 2014 earned a more modest $420 million.Maleficent led the way with $153.4 million. This is the first time a May release topped the June box office since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007. The Angelina Jolie fantasy opened to a strong $69.4 million at the end of May, and has held incredibly well since then. It's on track for around $230 million total, which is nearly on par with last year's Oz The Great and Powerful »

- Ray Subers <>

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Why Clint Eastwood was the wrong choice to direct 'Jersey Boys'

23 June 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

A Tony-winning musical about a Hall of Fame rock group by an Oscar-winning director—on paper, it sounds like a sure-fire hit. So why did Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys fall flat in theaters this weekend?

Simply because Clint Eastwood should have never directed it in the first place.

When Jersey Boys opened on Broadway back in 2005, it broke the mold of the emerging trend of “jukebox musicals”—that is, musicals that repurposed pre-existing songs and placed them into stories—by using the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that were already loved and adored by millions to tell their own story. »

- Jake Perlman

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Weekend Report: 'Man' Defeats 'Boys,' Falls Short of Predecessor

22 June 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Think Like a Man Too narrowly defeated fellow Sony comedy 22 Jump Street to take first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys got off to a quiet start.Overall, it was a slow weekend at the box office, with the Top 12 earning $138.8 million. That's down a whopping 40 percent from the same weekend last year, when Monsters University, World War Z and Man of Steel combined for $190 million.Playing at 2,225 locations, Think Like a Man Too opened to $29.2 million this weekend. That's a bit lower than the original Think Like a Man's $33.6 million, and is also below November's The Best Man Holiday ($30.1 million). It is at least an improvement over February's About Last Night, which also starred Kevin Hart and opened to $25.6 million.A $29 million opening for a modestly-budgeted relationship comedy is undeniably good. Still, with Hart's increased popularity and with a fun new »

- Ray Subers <>

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Edge of Tomorrow Review: Redemption on the Grandest Scale

15 June 2014 8:09 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Director Doug Liman's Sci-Fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow finds the world at war with an alien race known as Mimics. The Mimics have invaded Earth and laid waste to most of Europe. As the Mimics head toward the United Kingdom to continue their path of destruction, the United Defense Force is preparing a major offensive on the shores of France in an effort to halt the offensive.

War is always a tough sell to the masses, but Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) has used his megawatt smile and killer charm to effectively do so. His slick ways have also helped him avoid taking part in any sort of actual combat against the Mimics.

When Cage is informed by a general named Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) that his next round of winning the hearts and minds involves being sent to the frontlines of the upcoming battle to cover it, Cage tries »

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Adam Shankman Offers Up A Preview of Trevor Live

13 June 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Adam Shankman

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It’s summer in New York City so that means it must be time for Trevor Live!

The semi-annual event (the Los Angeles show is held every December) is this Monday at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Time Square and, as usual, the night will be a mix of entertainment, fund-raising (via a silent auction) and the important message of continuing support for at risk Lgbtq youth. The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

At Monday’s event, honorees include Arianna Huffington, who will receive the  Trevor Hero Award, YouTube personality/advocate Tyler Oakley will receive the Trevor Youth Innovator Award. Goldman Sachs will also be honored with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award  (to be accepted by Chief Information Officer Marty Chavez).

And then there’s the show itself, »

- Jim Halterman

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You'll Never Guess Which Country Loves Tom Cruise the Most

11 June 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Which country loves Tom Cruise the most? The movie geeks over at Vulture have crunched the data. Yes, Cruise's newest offering, Doug Liman's "Edge of Tomorrow," got steamrolled here in the U.S. over the weekend, bringing in just $29 million, well behind box office champ "The Fault in Our Stars" and week-old "Maleficent." So typically these days Warner Bros. is relying on the fact that nearly 78 percent of the gross so far--$111 million-- has come from international sales. In other words, overseas audiences love Tom Cruise. Vulture dug deeper through the box office data on Cruise's last 10 starring roles (Collateral, War of the Worlds, Mission: Impossible III, Valkyrie, Knight & Day, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Rock of Ages, Jack Reacher, Oblivion, and Edge of Tomorrow) and broke down the grosses by country. Yes, he's big in Japan.But Japan, with $251 million, takes a distant second to the country that spent »

- Jacob Combs

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Which Country Loves Tom Cruise the Most?

10 June 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow got smoked at the American box office over the weekend, finishing in third place behind The Fault in Our Stars and the week-old Maleficent. But even though the thing reportedly cost $178 million to make and earned only a measly $29 million in the U.S., it's no failure — because when you factor in foreign grosses, it's already made $140 million and should turn a profit shortly. It was the weekend's top-grossing movie worldwide because international audiences love Cruise, even if, since he jumped on Oprah's couch and blasted Brooke Shields's Paxil prescription, domestic ones have been lukewarm. But which country loves him the most? We crunched the numbers for his last ten starring roles (Collateral, War of the Worlds, Mission: Impossible III, Valkyrie, Knight & Day, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Rock of Ages, Jack Reacher, Oblivion, and Edge of Tomorrow) and — assuming you're not stuck »

- Adam K. Raymond

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Check Out Seven New Clips From Jersey Boys

10 June 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There are a lot of blockbuster hopefuls coming out this summer, but perhaps none of them are more risky than Clint Eastwood’s song-and-dance musical Jersey Boys, a star-studded adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name. As Rob Marshall, whose ambitious musical Nine flopped at the box office, and Adam Shankman, whose Rock of Ages only faired slightly better and never recouped its budget, can attest, movie musicals are very tough to do.

Honestly, I don’t think that Eastwood’s Jersey Boys is going to fare much better than Nine or Rock of Ages at the box office, but hopefully it will at least do a solid job of communicating the fascinating story of popular ’60s musicians Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Today, seven new clips for the film have hit the web, and you can watch them down below. The acting looks very solid all around, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Tom Cruise: The Man Inside the Machine

9 June 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Believe it or not, it’s not easy being Tom Cruise. Over the weekend, Tom Cruise’s latest big-budget scifi-actioner Edge of Tomorrow opened. To be polite, the box office returns left this $178 million picture well over the edge of being a box-office bomb with just over $29 million domestically, coming in 3rd place. In the film his character Bill Cage fights a superior and innumerable opponent in these organic machine aliens known as Mimics. This isn’t too dissimilar from where Cruise stands right now against the immeasurable tides of sequels, reboots and franchises. It almost makes Edge of Tomorrow autobiographical on Cruise’s part as he’s one of the only movie stars at his level not churning out a franchise film every year or two. And to go along with that theory, just as Cage is connected to the network that powers the Mimics, Cruise is certainly engaged with the studio system. »

- Dylan Griffin

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When did big budget star vehicles become the underdogs?

8 June 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…


The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?

Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »

- rleane

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About Tom Cruise's Latest Sci-Fi Romp

4 June 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Last weekend was kind of a lull in the summer movie death match. Sure, Disney's mega-budgeted "Maleficent" and whatever "A Million Ways to Die in the West" was supposed to be opened wide, but neither one was exactly a juggernaut worthy of the bloody gladiatorial race. (And, somewhat predictably, their box office numbers bore this out.)

This week, there are a couple of new contestants: "The Fault in Our Stars," a Ya melodrama starring Shailene Woodley as a young cancer patient, and "Edge of Tomorrow," starring Tom Cruise in a nifty "Groundhog Day"-meets-"Starship Troopers" plot that has Cruise falling victim to an intergalactic time loop that allows him to die, again and again, on a battlefield against an invading army race. (Emily Blunt is a fellow warrior who has suffered similar effects.)

This is Cruise's second sci-fi movie in a row, following last year's big-budget video art installation "Oblivion, »

- Drew Taylor

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Tobey Maguire Books Civil War ‘Odyssey’

28 May 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tobey Maguire and producing partner Matthew Plouffe have acquired movie rights to Peter Carlson’s book “Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey.”

The book tells the story of two Northern journalists working for the pro-abolitionist New York Tribune — Junius Henri Browne and Albert Deane Richardson — who were caught by Confederate soldiers and imprisoned in seven different prison camps over 20 months before escaping from North Carolina in late 1864.

The pair traveled more than 400 miles over a month  over the snow-covered Appalachians with the help of slaves and pro-Union bushwhackers before reaching Union lines a month later.

The book was published in hardcover in 2013 by PublicAffairs/Perseus, and the trade paperback is scheduled for publication this month.

Maguire and Plouffe are producing through their Material Pictures banner. The book was brought into Material Pictures by creative executive Anastasiya Kukhtareva.

Maguire’s producing credits include “Rock of Ages »

- Dave McNary

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New Adam Shankman Project In Development For HBO

27 May 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

HBO love a project with a bit of gravitas; a sense that they are shedding some light on something that needs to be in the spotlight. This could be women and their sex lives a la Sex and the City, modern day gay relationships which they portrayed in Looking or prohibition America as seen in Boardwalk Empire.  Their next project, titled Open City, looks set to follow in these footsteps and will focus on the turbulent gay rights revolution of 1960′s New York City. The drama will explore characters from all corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era and the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. 

We can hear the questions now; who’s Adam Shankman and why is he a big deal? Well here’s a potted history: »

- Victoria Bull

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Adam Shankman, David Kajganich Sell 1960s NYC Drama ‘Open City’ To HBO

27 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Following his March pact with HBO Films to direct and executive produce the Gypsy Rose Lee biopic Madame Rose, Rock of Ages and Hairspray helmer Adam Shankman has teamed with screenwriter David Kajganich (The Invasion) on a drama series project for HBO, which Kajganich will write and Shankman will direct. Set in the pre-Stonewall New York City of the late 1960s, Open City explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era, including the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. Ronnie Lorenzo, one of the original owners of the Stonewall Inn, the epicenter of the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked America’s gay rights movement, is aboard as a consulting producer. Kajganich and Shankman will exec produce Open City alongside Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment producing partner Jennifer Gibgot. »


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Adam Shankman Sells 1960s Gay Rights Drama to HBO

27 May 2014 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Following its recent adaptation of Larry Kramer’s AIDS-era play “The Normal Heart” for a TV movie, HBO has announced another period project centered around gay rights.

Adam Shankman (“Rock of Ages,” “Hairspray”) and Dave Kajganich (“A Bigger Splash,” “True Story”) have sold the project “Open City” (working title) to the premium cabler. Set in Lindsay-era New York of the late 1960s, the drama explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolutions and political turmoil of the era — including the unlikely alliance between the mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub.

Both men will executive produce, with Kajganich writing and Shankman directing the project. Jennifer Gibgot will executive produce through hers and Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment. They have enlisted the help of Ronnie Lorenzo, a former mobster and one of the original owners of the Stonewall Inn, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie Test Star Power at International B.O. With ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ ‘Maleficent’

23 May 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Edge of Tomorrow” and “Maleficent” will face off at the global box office next week in what is shaping up to be a true test of international star power.

Warner Bros., the studio behind “Edge of Tomorrow,” is mobilizing for an ambitious overseas debut even as initial tracking suggests that the Tom Cruise film faces fierce headwinds at the domestic box office. True movie stars, those actors and actresses who can ensure big opening weekends on their name alone, may be a diminishing breed, but the studio believes Cruise is still enough of a draw to pack in foreign audiences.

“He has a very strong track record with international audiences and it’s a terrific film that’s getting a great reaction,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution at Warner Bros. “We’re in it for the long haul and we think it’s going to play very well in a congested marketplace. »

- Brent Lang

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‘The Last Man on Earth’, the Fox show created by and starring Will Forte, releases its first trailer

13 May 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Over the course of a decade as a castmember of Saturday Night Live, comedian Will Forte has seen his profile rise, subsequently appearing in tv shows such as 30 Rock and Kroll Show, as well as movies such as MacGruber and Rock of Ages. Fans of the performer were interested to learn that, following an acclaimed dramatic turn in Nebraska, Forte would be returning to comedy in the form of a tv series. Titled The Last Man on Earth, the series is created by Forte, who also stars, and is executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, with whom Forte worked with on The Lego Movie. The first trailer for the series, which Fox announced will premiere in 2015, has now been released, and can be seen below.

The post ‘The Last Man on Earth’, the Fox show created by and starring Will Forte, releases its first trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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