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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Dabka’

27 April 2017 7:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the 1980s, what the average North American knew of Somalia he learned from Sally Struthers-hosted feed-the-children commercials. Then came Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down,” which portrayed white actors beset by ululating black guerrillas, and a series of news reports in which Western ships were hijacked by small bands of Somali “pirates.” Each and every one of these depictions simplifies a civilization that, according to writer-director Bryan Buckley’s “Dabka,” needs to be recognized “as the incredibly complex people that they are” — a budding democracy struggling to assert itself among rivals with the power to steal their resources right out from under them.

So, that’s what’s progressive and good about “Dabka.” Unfortunately, best intentions aside, the film itself is a rowdy, often abrasive account of how a lone Canadian journalist had the chutzpah to actually travel to Somalia and investigate a situation that others were to skittish to cover. »

- Peter Debruge

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Dabka Review [Tribeca 2017]

27 April 2017 5:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Dabka opens with a voiceover from its protagonist, Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters), explaining that he hates voiceover in films because it’s lazy filmmaking. This self-aware smugness unfortunately sets the tone for the entire movie, which wavers between comedy and serious drama without much clear direction or purpose. And it’s a shame, because the true story of Dabka, about an aspiring journalist who embedded himself with Somali pirates for six months, is about as exciting as you can get.

When we first meet Jay, he’s an obnoxious and entitled man-child, living in his parents’ basement in Toronto (not his fault), working marketing for a napkin manufacturer (also not his fault), and waxing eloquent about what a brilliant and misunderstood writer he is (very much his fault). He is, in other words, the worst that has ever been said about the Millennial generation, a fact which renders him unsympathetic to most viewers and, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Sony Distribution Chief Rory Bruer Retires After 40 Years at Studio

27 April 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rory Bruer is retiring as head of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures after four decades at the studio.

Sony does not plan to directly replace him. Bruer, who has deep ties with theater owners, will segue into an advisory role at the studio. Adrian Smith and Steven O’Dell will handle domestic and international distribution, respectively. They will report directly to Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution.

“Though I knew in my heart that the time was right to begin to pull back, it’s hard to let go of a place that has been a part of my life for so long — so when they asked me to stay on as an advisor, I jumped at the chance,” Bruer wrote in a letter to staff. “Not everybody gets to begin this next chapter on their own terms, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

Bruer first »

- Brent Lang

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Madonna Biopic ‘Blonde Ambition’ in the Works at Universal

24 April 2017 4:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal is developing Madonna biopic “Blonde Ambition,” picking up rights to Elyse Hollander’s “Blonde Ambition” screenplay about Madonna’s first album.

“Blonde Ambition” led the 2016 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Hollander’s script received 49 votes among the 250 executives voting. The project details Madonna’s efforts in the early 1980s in New York City to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and the dismissive attitude of the music industry at the time.

“Blonde Ambition” is set up with Brett Ratner’s Ratpac and Michael De Luca. John Zaozirny of Bellevue Productions will also produce.

Madonna broke out in 1983 on her first album, “Madonna,” followed by 1984’s blockbuster “Like a Virgin.”

It’s the first script sale for Hollander, who has worked as an assistant to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

De Luca produces the “Fifty Shades” franchise for Universal »

- Dave McNary

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Tom Hanks continues to make interesting choices

24 April 2017 4:32 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

There’s almost two Tom Hanks on display in movie theaters these days. There’s the one taking the lead in prestige fare like he’s always done. For example, there was Sully just last year, with potentially another big time turn to be found later on in 2017 with Steven Spielberg’s The Post. Over the past few years, however, there’s also a Hanks that will either show up in a supporting role or sign on for more independent work than usual. Last year he did just that with A Hologram for the King (in a lead role), while this week he has a supporting part in The Circle, which hits theaters after initially being planned as a 2016 release. Hanks seems to be playing a villain in the film too, which is something new. When you’re as big a movie star as he is, getting to do something different is very exciting indeed. »

- Joey Magidson

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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

21 April 2017 10:45 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth. 

Liam Neeson-  Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Barkhad Abdi is having a "Good Time"

14 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Murtada

You know who might be having a big 2017 in film? Barkhad Abdi. He has three interesting projects coming out, starting with Dabka which will play this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Written and directed by Bryan Buckley (The Bronze) it’s the true story of a reporter’s risk-taking adventure that gave him an unprecedented first-person account of the pirates of Somalia. Evan Peters plays the reporter Jay Bahadur on whose best selling book, The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World, the film is based. Abdi plays a local fixer who helped Bahadur embed himself with the Somali pirates. So he hasn’t gone very far from the world of his Oscar nominated performance in Captain Phillips (2013).

with Evan Peters in Dabka

However Blade Runner 2049 could not be further away from his most famous role »

- Murtada Elfadl

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Blade Runner 2049: Barkhad Abdi Offers Some Insight Into His “Deformed” Scientist

13 April 2017 3:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Cast your mind back to December of 2015, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens released, and you’ll no doubt remember the magical moment when Harrison Ford stepped onto the screen, blaster in hand, as the great Han Solo. The galaxy’s greatest smuggler is by no means the only iconic character that Ford will revisit though, what with Blade Runner 2049 and a fifth Indiana Jones film also in the pipeline.

The former is much closer to home, and has Arrival filmmaker Denis Villeneuve behind the lens in anticipation of an October 2017 release date. And though there’s an air of skepticism lingering over 2049 – hardly surprising, given Blade Runner is one of the most revered sci-fi properties in the business – we can hardly wait to see Harrison Ford back in the role of Rick Deckard. »

- Michael Briers

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Preview

13 April 2017 2:23 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: James Kleinmann

The Tribeca Film Festival hits New York next week and runs from April 19 – 30 th. Now in its sixteenth year, the annual event was co-founded by screen legend Robert De Niro in the wake of the September 11th attacks in an effort to revitalise Lower Manhattan. Retaining an element of its original commitment to Us indie cinema, it has evolved to encompass TV, Vr, online work, music and gaming. As ever, the festival will welcome a dizzying array of big name guests including Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Jon Favreau, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Quentin Tarantino, Scarlett Johansson and Ron Howard. Here are just some of the highlights, for the full line up and to buy tickets check out the official festival website here.

Opening and Closing night Galas at Radio City Music Hall

Kicking off the festival is the world premiere of music doc Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. »

- James Kleinmann

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Get Out DVD and Blu-Ray Details, Release Date Announced

4 April 2017 11:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Split, Insidious franchise, The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out arrives on Digital HD on May 9, 2017 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on May 23, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Known as the best reviewed movie of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes to date, the dark and unsettling break-out hit is deeply relevant to modern day topics, captivating audiences with thrilling conflicts and danger at every turn. Own Get Out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD and be the first to see the chilling alternate ending that flips the script, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, plus much more!

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario), a young African-American man, and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), a young white woman, have been dating for several months, »

- MovieWeb

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Stay In with the Blu-Ray Release of ‘Get Out’ Next Month!

4 April 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Get Out isn’t just one of the most important horror or genre films of this year, it is a classic that I’m sure people will continue to talk about for years. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is bringing Get Out on Blu-Ray & DVD on May 23 or digitally two weeks earlier on May 9.

From the Press Release

A speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Split,Insidious franchise, The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out arrives on Digital HD on May 9, 2017and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on May 23, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Known as the best reviewed movie of 2017 on Rotten Tomatoes to date, the dark and unsettling break-out hit is deeply relevant to modern day topics, captivating audiences with thrilling conflicts and danger at every turn. Own »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Jordan Peele’s Get Out Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD & VOD This May, Bonus Features Include Alternate Ending

4 April 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you missed it in theaters or you can't wait to visit the "Sunken Place" once again, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Jordan Peele's Get Out on Digital HD beginning May 9th, followed by a Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release on May 23rd.

Horror fans who pick this one up on Blu-ray or DVD will have plenty of bonus features to enjoy, including an alternate ending, deleted scenes, and audio commentary with Peele. For more information, we have the official press release with full details below, and, in case you missed it, check out our Sundance review of Get Out.

Press Release: Universal City, California, April 4, 2017 – A speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Split, Insidious franchise, The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out arrives on Digital HD on »

- Derek Anderson

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Paul Greengrass to Direct Chicago-Set Crime Drama ‘Ness’

28 March 2017 5:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While legendary lawman Eliot Ness has already been a central figure in De Palma’s Untouchables, Bourne helmer Paul Greengrass is planning to take his own stab at the man responsible for cleanin’ up crime in Chicago, including the takedown of infamous mob boss Al Capone.

Deadline reports that the Captain Phillips director is in negotiations to direct Ness, which is penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), who is adapting the story from the graphic novel Torso by Marc Andreyko and Brian Michael Bendis. Aiming to begin production this fall, Paramount Pictures is hoping this film kicks off a franchise for the studio.

With Greengrass’ unique approach to action, along with the source material coming from a graphic novel, Ness should be a strong divergence from the stylistic and narrative trappings of De Palma’s renowned picture. Not to mention, De Palma’s film is now 30 years old, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Health Care Plan Problems Take Center Stage in Writers Guild-Studios’ Contract Talks

24 March 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The halls of Congress aren’t the only place where a strenuous debate over the fate of health care has taken place this week.

The financial strain on the Writers Guild of America’s health care plan has been a central issue during the past two weeks of master contract negotiations between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The guild is seeking a significant step-up in AMPTP funding for the plan, which is calculated as a percentage of WGA member earnings. The WGA plan, like SAG-aftra’s and the DGA’s, is administered by a joint committee of guild and management reps, and is known for offering generous coverage with little out-of-pocket expense from members who earn enough annually to qualify for coverage.

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Writers Guild Contract Talks Begin Amid Anxiety

At present, that health care qualifying earnings threshold stands at a minimum of $38,302 within four consecutive quarters. »

- Cynthia Littleton and Dave McNary

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Health Care Plan Problems Take Center Stage in Writers Guild-Studios’ Contract Talks

24 March 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The halls of Congress aren’t the only place where a strenuous debate over the fate of health care has taken place this week.

The financial strain on the Writers Guild of America’s health care plan has been a central issue during the past two weeks of master contract negotiations between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The guild is seeking a significant step-up in AMPTP funding for the plan, which is calculated as a percentage of WGA member earnings. The WGA plan, like SAG-aftra’s and the DGA’s, is administered by a joint committee of guild and management reps, and is known for offering generous coverage with little out-of-pocket expense from members who earn enough annually to qualify for coverage.

At present, that health care qualifying earnings threshold stands at a minimum of $38,302 within four consecutive quarters. Employers make a contribution to the health plan based on a percentage »

- Cynthia Littleton and Dave McNary

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Movie Review – Get Out (2017)

23 March 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Get Out, 2017.

Directed by Jordan Peele.

Starring Daniel Kaluyya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, LilRel Howery, Betty Gabriel, and Caleb Landry Jones.

Synopsis:

When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Forget ghosts, vampires, zombies or other supernatural shenanigans. The terror presented in Jordan Peele’s terrific »

- Sean Wilson

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Is Bad Robot's WWII Thriller Overlord Really Cloverfield 4?

20 March 2017 4:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Things just got a little more interesting for fans of the Cloverfield universe. 10 Cloverfield Lane officially opened the door for a ton of Cloverfield offshoots and sequels in the coming years and it looks like we may now know what to expect from the Cloverfield franchise in the future. Paramount's recently announced WWII drama Overlord may actually be the next movie to be included as part of the crazy monster/alien cinematic universe that is the brainchild of J.J. Abrams.

Thanks to a Tweet from The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider, we got quite a bit of interesting information about Paramount and Bad Robot's upcoming movie Overlord. On the surface, the movie seems like a pretty straightforward war drama, but the synopsis for the movie seems to imply that there could be more than meets they eye here. Specifically, Overlord could wind up being connected to the "Cloververse." Here is the synopsis for Overlord. »

- MovieWeb

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Supernatural-Tinged War Drama Overlord Casts Wyatt Russell And Jovan Adepo

20 March 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Overlord, a World War II drama tinged with supernatural elements, has drafted in Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror) and Fences breakout Jovan Adepo to headline.

Word comes by way of Deadline, confirming that Overlord is in the works over at Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot – cue the Cloverfield speculation – with Julius Avery attached at the helm. It’s drafted in some serious writing talent, too, what with Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Mark Smith (The Revenant) on board to hash out a script. Production is due to commence in the UK this May, indicating that both Paramount and Bad Robot are poised to place Overlord on the fast-track ahead of a theatrical release sometime in 2018.

What’s the story? Well, according to Deadline, Avery’s revisionist take on World War II opens on the eve of D-day, when a troupe of “American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out »

- Michael Briers

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Jj Abrams’ D-Day Thriller ‘Overlord’ Enlists Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell

20 March 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot jointly announced today that Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell will lead the cast of producer Jj Abrams’ D-Day movie “Overlord.” The supernatural thriller takes place during World War II. Directed by Julius Avery (“Son of a Gun”), the Bad Robot production is produced by J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber, and written by Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) and Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”). Also Read: Steven Spielberg, Jj Abrams Team for Female Syrian Refugee Drama (Exclusive) On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the. »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Midnight, Texas Trailer: More Romance, More Mystery

20 March 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The new trailer for Midnight, Texas is a little more focused, and a little less revelaing.

It leaves a little bit more to the imagination.

After all, you want a reason to watch, right?

The town of Midnight sits on a veil between the living and hell.

This supernatural thriller takes a journey into a remote Texas town called Midnight where nothing is what it seems.

Where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different -- a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world.

Midnight, Texas stars François Arnaud (“The Borgias”) as Manfred, a charming, powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits and finds safety in Midnight surrounding himself with both human and supernatural allies.

Midnight is also home to:

Bobo, proprietor of Midnight’s local pawn shop (Dylan Bruce, “Orphan Black”);

Fiji, a »

- Carissa Pavlica

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