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Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Singer, Dies at 52

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Singer, Dies at 52
Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audio Slave, has died at 52-years old. According to his representative in a statement to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery says the musician died Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

Chris Cornell's career began with Seattle trailblazers Soundgarden, whose wild soundscapes combined visceral punk attitude with artistic depth. Powerfully original, they were the first of their generation of Seattle bands to sign to a major label in 1989 and their work continued to evolve over the course of seven groundbreaking albums. Soundgarden made a historic return to the live stage in 2010 and have since toured the world, releasing the all-new studio album, "King Animal," to widespread acclaim.
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Interview: Sean Patrick Leonard, on World Premiere of ‘Rockabye’ at Twister Alley Film Festival

Chicago – The sudden drama of tragic death is beautifully rendered in a new short film called “Rockabye,” a Chicago-based production directed by David Bradburn and written/performed in by Sean Patrick Leonard. The World Premiere of the film will take place at the Twister Alley International Film Festival in Woodward, Oklahoma, on April 29th, 2017.

The film centers on John (Leonard), who through his injuries has obviously been a part of a severe trauma. It is revealed that his beloved wife died in an automobile accident on her 39th birthday, leaving behind the injured-but-alive John – who was the driver of the car – to soldier on with their two children. Trying to cope with the loss and his new situation is a struggle for the now single father, and the sensitivity toward the difficult process of life after a tragic event is revealed.

Sean Patrick Michael in a Scene from ‘Rockabye

Photo credit: Crash of Rhinos

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Ewan McGregor circles Winnie The Pooh film Christopher Robin

Joseph Baxter Apr 28, 2017

Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in Christopher Robin, playing an adult version of Winnie the Pooh's pal.

Christopher Robin, Disney’s upcoming live-action film continuation of the Winnie The Pooh story, appears to have found its star in Ewan McGregor.

According to THR, McGregor is in talks to headline the live-action film, taking on the title role of Christopher Robin, directly drawn from author A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh stories. However, this particular Pooh project – not to be confused with this November’s A.A. Mile biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin – will see McGregor play an adult version of Christopher, stuck in an especially humdrum period in his life, focused on his career as a businessman and far-removed from his halcyon childhood days of imagination-fueled pastoral hijinks with anthropomorphic stuffed animals such as Pooh Bear, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit.

Christopher Robin will be directed by Marc Forster.
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Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’

Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’
Michael Shannon is the frontrunner to play Cable in “Deadpool 2.”

While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.

The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.

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The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history.
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Award-Winning South African Drama ‘Colors of Heaven’ Gets a USA Release, Premiering on Netflix Today

The South African dramatic film, previously titled “A Million Colors,” is being released in the USA, premiering on Netflix today under the title “Colors of Heaven.” Directed by Peter Bishai and starring Wandile Molebatsi (“Machine Gun Preacher,” “Chappie”), Jason Hartman… Continue Reading →
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Poster and trailer for South African drama Colors of Heaven

Ahead of its premiere on the streaming service tomorrow, Netflix has released a poster and trailer for Colors of Heaven, the award-winning South African drama from director Peter Bishai, which tells the story of the fall from grace and redemption of South Africa’s onetime most famous teen black movie star, Muntu Ndebele. Check them out here…

Colors of Heaven hits Netflix on February 15th and features a cast that includes Wandile Molebatsi (Machine Gun Preacher, Chappie), Jason Hartman (Idols), Stelio Savante (Eisenstein In Guanajuato, The Making Of The Mob: New York), Masello Motana and Mpho Osei Tutu (Catch a Fire).
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If Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Is Up For Sale, Again, Who’s Buying?

If Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Is Up For Sale, Again, Who’s Buying?
Updated: No one ever accused Ryan of being a bad salesman.

The entrepreneur and his team from Relativity Media put on quite a show last spring for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles.

They showed the New York judge bits of upcoming Relativity films, such as Kristen Wiig’s caper pic, “Masterminds,” currently in release, and Halle Berry’s upcoming thriller, “Kidnap.” They offered video testimony from Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who declared himself “enormously challenged and excited to ‎become chairman of Relativity Studios.” They presented the judge with fresh fiscal blood — Chicago investor Joseph Nicholas, who promised that he would pump his own millions into the failed studio, with others sure to follow suit. Indeed, Kavanaugh’s film finance expert, Marni Wieshofer, of Houlihan Lokey Capital, assured the court there would be a “feeding frenzy” of new cash for Relativity, once the company cleared Chapter 11.

Less than seven months later,
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All I See Is You review: Blake Lively regains sight in patchily arresting thriller

Marc Forster’s latest packs a visual punch and a terrific lead performance from Lively as a blind young woman who regains her sight. It’s unfortunate the film doesn’t seem to know where to go from there

Marc Forster is a wildly unreliable film-maker: the devastatingly effective drama Monster’s Ball remains his all-time high; Machine Gun Preacher his indisputable low. Still, there’s no denying he’s an incredibly talented visual stylist. For the opening sequence of All I See Is You, Forster stuns with a total banger of a scene that boldly attempts to pit you inside the head of a blind person. It’s a sensorial overload.

Related: Blake Lively on sharks, starlets and filming with Woody Allen

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Giveaway – Win London Has Fallen on Blu-ray

To celebrate the DVD & Blu-Ray release of the explosive, fun-filled adrenaline ride that is London Has Fallen (out in the UK today) we have three copies of the film to give away on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Another year, another city, another threat to President Benjamin Asher’s life… When a terrifying plot comes to light during a State Visit to London, Secret Service muscle and all-round tough guy Mike Banning must once again do whatever it takes to rescue his beloved Potus – and the free world. On foreign turf and with seemingly no-one he can rely on (save for a feisty MI6 agent), the odds are stacked against Banning, with even President Asher forced to step up and help save the day…

Following an outstanding performance at the box office, Gerard Butler (Machine Gun Preacher, Law Abiding Citizen), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story,
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Post-Bankruptcy, Relativity Seems Stuck in Limbo

Post-Bankruptcy, Relativity Seems Stuck in Limbo
Not long before Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media won its release from bankruptcy in April, the ebullient CEO said he would now be leading a “well-capitalized media company that is well positioned for growth and success.” His financial adviser, from the firm of Houlihan Lokey, predicted the reborn Relativity would attract a “feeding frenzy” of new investment.

Kavanaugh’s company did shed a mountain of debt, and many employees, during its eight months under Chapter 11 protection. But today, the Beverly Hills-based entertainment concern finds itself with many of the same challenges that dogged it even before it was forced to seek bankruptcy protection a year ago. It’s still struggling to attract new investment and now has released its grip on a pair of key film distribution deals.

Relativity needed senior creditors to agree at the end of June to extend the date for the company to make a $30 million debt payment,
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Without Kevin Spacey or New Equity, Relativity Now Must Face Judgment Day

Without Kevin Spacey or New Equity, Relativity Now Must Face Judgment Day
Relativity Media doesn’t have the $100 million it initially pledged to raise in new equity, or even its $20 million fall-back promise. It has signed on only the less-famous half of the two-man executive team it said would lead the company into the future. Yet representatives of Ryan Kavanaugh’s company will ask a judge Friday to let the embattled studio emerge from more than seven months in bankruptcy.

Throughout the process, the company has repeatedly claimed that new funding is just around the next corner, only to have deals fall through or fail to materialize. This time is different, it claims. In court filings over the weekend, attorneys for Relativity have assured U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles that the money needed to keep it afloat will end up in the bank.

Relativity’s lawyers want Wiles to confirm that Relativity’s reorganization plan is adequate, though less than previously advertised.
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Gerard Butler’s Most Badass Roles

After an unconventional start into acting (he was fired as a lawyer in Edinburgh due to his partying antics and moved to London), Gerard Butler has appeared in rom-coms, animations and even musicals, but the Scottish actor has emerged as an unashamed Hollywood bad-ass in some of the most iconic action films of recent times.

From an early role starring alongside James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) to returning as one-man-army Mike Banning in London Has Fallen (in cinemas March 3), there is no end to the tough-guy roles that Butler can impress in.

The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen sees Butler in his latest action-packed role, as the relentless bodyguard to the Us president, Mike Banning. Upon the discovery of a plot to assassinate the world leaders attending the Prime Minister’s funeral, he makes it his mission to stand firm against the relentless violence that awaits him.
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London Has Fallen Star Gerard Butler To Serve As Grand Marshal For 58th Daytona 500

Actor Gerard Butler, star of the high-octane action thriller London Has Fallen that opens in theaters nationwide March 4, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 58th annual Daytona 500 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway (TV – Fox, Fox Deportes; Radio – Mrn Radio, SiriusXM).

As Grand Marshal, Butler will deliver the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines.” Along with the command, Butler will take part in other pre-race ceremonies including riding in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race and attend the drivers meeting.

“We’re honored to have Gerard Butler serve as Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Gerard is a talented actor and we look forward to hearing his starting command to kick off the first Daytona
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News Shorts: December 4th 2015

Hail Caesar!

"Hail, Caesar!," the Coen brother's latest feature, will open the 66th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival next year on February 11th - six days after its U.S. premiere. The story follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer (Josh Brolin) who gets a call that star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) disappeared from the shooting of the studio's latest sand-and-sandles epic. [Source: THR]

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has revealed he's planning a special screening event featuring 1970s Australian westerns "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith" and "Mad Dog Morgan" during his visit to Australia next month to promote "The Hateful Eight" release. [Source: Smh]

Just Cause 3

Avalanche Studios has posted an update on the Steam page for the just released video game "Just Cause 3", the update apologising for the various bugs that have impacted primarily the game's frame-rate and server log-in issues. A patch is reportedly coming soon
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‘The Paladin’ WWII Movie In Works From The Firm’s Robbie Brenner, David Dobkin & Jeff Kleeman

Exclusive: The Firm and new film boss Robbie Brenner are joining Jason Keller, David Dobkin and Jeff Kleeman to produce a movie based on Brian Garfield’s historical novel The Paladin. The book, published in 1980, is based on the true story of how Winston Churchill orchestrated a shift in the war through a top-secret program where he turned a 15-year-old boy into one of England’s deadliest assassins. Keller (Machine Gun Preacher) and playwright Eric Pfeffinger co-wrote the…
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Beasts Of No Nation – The Review

Cinema can often be a doorway to witness events going on far from your hometown theatre (or multiplex). I’m talking of real events, often things more horrific than anything screenwriters can type up. Just last year a Best Picture Oscar went to 12 Years A Slave, which was based on a memoir from over a hundred years ago. Schindler’S List also took the big prize nearly twenty years ago for a true tale from, then, just fifty years in the past. The tale told in this new film is ongoing, even as we view the story from the comfort of our theatre seats. It’s the tragedy of the use of child soldiers, boys not yet ten years old, in the near constant civil wars that plague the African continent. Yes, it was a part of the recent films The Good Lie and Machine Gun Preacher, but this new
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What's Leaving Netflix in October 2015

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Well, this is lousy timing. Several horror movies, including "The Exorcist," "Night of the Living Dead," and "Interview with the Vampire" are leaving Netflix on October 1, right before Halloween.

Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."

More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.

Leaving Oct. 1, 2015

"Aces High" (1976)

"A Fond Kiss" (2004)

"Agata And The Storm" (2004)

"A Good Day to Die" (2013)

"Alakazam The Great" (1960)

"All Is Lost" (2013)

"An Affair to Remember" (1957)

"Agora" (2009)

"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)

"America Declassified" (2013)

"Analyze This" (1999)

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)

"Angela's Ashes" (1999)

"Annie Hall" (1977)

"Another Woman" (1988)

"Apocalypse Now" (1979)

"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)

"Axed" (2012)

"Baby's Day Out" (1994)

"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)

"Baron Blood" (1972)

"Beaufort" (2007)

"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)

"Big Night" (1996)

"Blue Velvet" (1986)

"Brewster's Millions" (1945)

"Buying & Selling" (2013)

"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)

"Caprica" (2009)

"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)

"Casanova
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Pixels movie review: blue screen of death (please)

Adam Sandler imagines himself as the savior of the planet. And then it gets even more puffed up with arrogance and all manner of masturbatory fantasy. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): despise Adam Sandler

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

I was prepared for “Adam Sandler saves the world, not despite the fact but because of the fact that he is a good-for-nothing slacker whose primary talent is excellence at videogames, and even at that he peaked in middle school more than 30 years ago.” I was prepared because Pixels has been gleeful in its promotion that this is what it is about, and also because — as I have noted before — there is nothing that men cannot do, or fail to do, that Hollywood will not find a way to depict as heroic. This goes triple for Adam Sandler (Men, Women & Children,
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Relativity Media Files Bankruptcy; Film and TV Units for Sale

Relativity Media Files Bankruptcy; Film and TV Units for Sale
Relativity Media — the digital-age entertainment company that claimed clever financing and data analysis could help it unlock the secret to box office riches — filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday against a swarm of disgruntled investors and other creditors. The 11-year-old company that founder Ryan Kavanaugh had styled as a “next-generation global media company” will be sold at auction, a statement from the company said.

The upcoming sale will center on the enterprise’s film and television units. Left outside of the insolvency action are Relativity Sports; Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution, a joint venture with the European film operator; and Relativity Education. All those units will continue on as independent concerns. The company’s fashion operation, M3/Relativity, was shut down this week and its employees laid off Wednesday as part of a pinkslipping of 75 employees.

Kavanaugh and his board proposed the immediate auction of the company, which stated liabilities of up to $1 billion,
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Relativity in Ruins: Is it Too Late for Ryan Kavanaugh to Save His Studio?

Relativity in Ruins: Is it Too Late for Ryan Kavanaugh to Save His Studio?
Hollywood’s latest evangelist blew into town without a film degree or a single production credit, but armed with abundant smarts, a knack for salesmanship and buckets of charm. Even Ryan Kavanaugh’s shock of red hair assured he got noticed in any room he entered.

Eleven years later, Relativity Media’s CEO stands on the brink of an inglorious retreat. His Beverly Hills-based company appears on the verge of bankruptcy, a key lender is calling him a “con man” and suing for fraud, and other creditors are pushing for the 40-year-old entrepreneur to be shown the door. While Kavanaugh scrambles to find a savior, the company’s 350 employees are preparing for the worst, with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing expected as early as this week.

Kavanaugh’s would-be Studio of the Future never fulfilled its brash leader’s promise: to harness clever financing and computer modeling to unlock the formula for winning films.
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