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Review: Contracted

22 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For his latest feature, indie filmmaker Eric England takes a look at the horrific consequences of unprotected sex, how society values women and the demise of humanity’s concern for the well-being of others.  A thoughtful and wonderfully cringe-inducing body horror story, Contracted is an often frightening and nasty exploration of isolation and desperation that grabs hold from the start and doesn’t let up until the film’s bitter conclusion.

Contracted follows a young waitress named Samantha (Najarra Townsend), who hits up a friend’s party only to be drugged and raped, awakening the next morning with little memory of the man who assaulted her. At first she believes she’s suffering from a really bad hangover, but soon enough Sam’s body begins to undergo some rather grotesque transformations unlike any sort of Std you were ever taught about in health class. As Samantha attempts to hide her ailments from everyone around her, »

- Heather Wixson

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‘Dom Hemingway’ Review

20 April 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Luca Franzoni, Nick Raggett, Simeon Moore, Glenn Hirst | Written and Directed by Richard Shepard

For a long time Jude Law was a character actor stuck in stale leading man roles. Recently he has loosened those restraints with work in recent films like Contagion. In his latest film Dom Hemingway  he not only breaks those restraints he gleefully shoves them down the throats of anyone who may have doubted his talents. If only the movie surrounding him was better. With a lingering narrative that never amounts to much Dom Hemingway  is somewhat a chore to get through. Luckily Law’s ferocious performance is enough to make it worth a watch.

In a character introduction that immediately grabs tight of your attention, Dom Hemingway loudly makes his presence known with a diatribe on the wonder of his personal favorite appendage. Vulgar, violent, and unrestrained Hemingway is id personified. »

- Dan Clark

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International Star You Should Know: Josie Ho

18 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Claim To Fame

Thirty-nine-year-old Josie Ho has been featured in more than 30 films since 1994, but Teddy Chen’s 1999 actioner “Purple Storm,” in which she plays a ruthless female terrorist, earned her supporting actress noms at the Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film festivals. Variety’s Derek Elley called her presence in the pic “electric.”

To Heir Is Divine

The daughter of Macau gambling magnate Stanley Ho, one of the world’s richest men, she knew early on that she aspired to a life in showbiz, especially after hanging around family friends — like Jackie Chan. “I trained to be a singer, but after I met those guys, I decided I wanted their lives,” she says. “It looked fun!”

Her Own Woman

Ho is grateful her traditional Chinese family let her work in the real world and didn’t finance her career. She co-founded 852 Films in 2009; the shingle’s latest film, badminton pic “Full Strike, »

- Carole Horst

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‘The Library’ Theater Review: Steven Soderbergh, Scott Z. Burns Take Aim at Gun Violence

15 April 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The title of Scott Z. Burns's first play is “The Library,” but its poster eschews books in favor of a single image: a gun on a plain white background. On closer look, however, there is a book on this poster. The spine of the Holy Bible runs along the length of that firearm. Surprisingly, “The Library,” which opened Tuesday under the direction of Steven Soderbergh at the Public Theater, doesn't have a lot to say about America's gun laws – or lack of them. Burns, screenwriter for Soderbergh's “Side Effects” and “Contagion,” wisely focuses his drama instead on telling a. »

- Robert Hofler

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The Week in Spandex - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more

6 April 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Son of Batman, Batman: Strange Days, The Incredibles 2, Lucy and more...

We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »

- Gary Collinson

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Saturday Shorts: ‘Connection’, starring Jude Law

5 April 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 2013 short Connection. The film is directed by Vladimir Shcherban, and written by Laura Wade and Nikolai Khalezin. Khalezin also stars in the short alongside Daniella Kaliada, Gurpreet Singh, and Jude Law. Law has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for a filmography which includes Gattaca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Closer, and Contagion. His newest feature, titled Dom Hemingway, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend. Law can also be seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is also playing in American theatres.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Kate Winslet's Divergent villain? Bill Gates in high heels

4 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kate Winslet has done just about the lot when it comes to her movie career: crossed the Atlantic on a doomed liner in Titanic, had Jim Carrey wiped from her mind in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and battled a lethal virus in Contagion.

However, Divergent marks a first for the British Oscar winner - her debut as a chilling Hollywood villain. As Jeanine Matthews - leader of the Erudite faction seeking to wipe out Shailene Woodley and her fellow 'divergents' - Winslet blends the sky-high intellect of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates with something more sinister.

"I very much did think about [Jobs and Gates], and also I spoke to Veronica Roth who had kept particularly Bill Gates in her mind when creating Jeanine," Winslet told Digital Spy.

"I like the idea that she has this level of scientific intelligence coupled with high heels and a wicked tongue. It somehow made her a really nifty baddie. »

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First trailer for Luc Besson's Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson

3 April 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After giving us our first look at Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in the lead role this past weekend, the first trailer for Luc Besson’s latest action-thriller Lucy has now debuted online, and you can watch it right here....

Looking somewhat like the lovechild of Limitless and Crank, the film finds Johansson as the titular Lucy, a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Also featuring in the cast are Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Amr Waked (Contagion), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), and Pilou Asbæk (Borgen).

Lucy is set for release on August 8th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Recommended Reading: Hoberman on Snow, Wes Anderson’s Commercials, ‘Noah’ and more

1 April 2014 9:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

‘Walking Dead’: Revisiting the Final Scene: - “As someone who hasn’t read the Walking Dead comic books — just as I haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s books that form the basis for Game of Thrones — I take in all the information simply as it’s doled out, without being privy to older nonshow references or working with the knowledge of what’s ahead.” - International TV Roundup: A Quality Quartet From The BBC In 2014: - While the bulk of our coverage here at Twitch is dominantly film related we do love a good bit of TV, particularly when the TV in question is … well … good. And though the year is early it is already shaping up to be very strong, indeed, over at the BBC where they are following up 2013 hits such as Peaky Blinders, Top Of The Lake and The Fall with a continued run of high quality work. »

- Ricky

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First look at a superpowered Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson's Lucy

30 March 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a trailer set to debut on iTunes next Wednesday (April 2nd), Entertainment Weekly has got its hands on the first image of Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as the super-powered protagonist in Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element, The Family) action thriller Lucy....

Lucy sees Johansson's character gaining superhero-level powers after ingesting a mysterious drug that she's been forced to carry, which leads her to exact her revenge. The film is set for release on August 8th, with a cast that also includes Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Amr Waked (Contagion) and Pilou Asbæk (Borgen). »

- Gary Collinson

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'Magic Mike 2' is Shooting This Fall, But Who's Directing This Time?

28 March 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Last summer, we knew Magic Mike 2 was happening, but with Steven Soderbergh retiring from filmmaking, no one was sure who would direct. There was a chance that Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin might step up to direct, and Soderbergh said he would help out as director of photography, but it sounds like the sequel is going with another name from behind the scenes of the original male stripper movie. The Playlist has learned that the film will be appropriately and hilariously called Magic Mike Xxl, and first assistant director Greg Jacobs is stepping up to direct it. More below! This isn't all that surprising, and it's not a choice out of left field, because Jacobs has been working with Soderbergh for years. Jacobs has been Soderbergh's go-to Ad starting with King of the Hill and running through the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Out of Sight, Bubble, Erin Brockovich, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Summit, Participant Media Acquire ‘The Burglary;’ The Story Of 8 Whistleblowers Who Stole Hoover’s FBI Secrets

19 March 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Decades before Julian Assange and Edward Snowden became the scourge of U.S. intelligence organizations by leaking secret documents, an unheralded group of eight anti-war activists broke into an FBI branch office one night in Philadelphia and made off with a treasure trove of classified documents they fed to newspapers that bared the ruthlessness displayed by the FBI in spying on and blackmailing those it considered troublemakers. Summit Entertainment has teamed with Participant Media to acquire the rights to tell the story of those bandits, acquiring the Betty Medsger book The Burglary: The Discovery Of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, which was published in January by Knopf, and an accompanying article by Mark Mazzetti published in The New York Times the same month. They’ve set Scott Z. Burns to write the script and produce with Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, with Todd Hoffman exec producing. Ashley Zalta is a co-producer. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Jude Law Signs On For Melissa McCarthy’s Spy Comedy Susan Cooper

6 March 2014 12:42 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jude Law is one of those rare actors with both incredible dramatic depth and a brilliant knack for comedy. Over the years, he’s delivered powerhouse performances in dark fare like Cold Mountain and Contagion but also shown off his funny bone in films like Sherlock Holmes and, more recently, Dom Hemingway. Law’s ability to balance both acts makes him a huge asset to every project he signs on for, which is why he’s one of Hollywood’s most consistently acclaimed stars. Now, we’re hearing that Fox has snagged him for a supporting role in their upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper.

Law will join Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham in the film, which is set to hit theaters next summer. Paul Feig, who previously worked with McCarthy and Byrne on their breakout comedy Bridesmaids, is set to both write and direct Susan Cooper. For now, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Lili Taylor, Jennifer Westfeldt to Join 'The Library'

24 February 2014 11:31 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- Casting has been completed for Steven Soderbergh's production of The Library, with Lili Taylor and Jennifer Westfeldt among those joining previously announced lead Chloe Grace Moretz in the ensemble of Scott Z. Burns' new drama about gun violence and our relationship to truth and lies. Ben Livingston, Michael O'Keefe, Daryl Sabara, David Townsend and Tamara Tunie will also be featured in the play's world-premiere production, which stars Moretz as a girl who survives a deadly high school shooting and struggles to tell her story amid the ensuing media circus. Burns has been a repeat collaborator of Soderbergh's as screenwriter, on Side Effects, Contagion

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- David Rooney

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Ride Along

21 February 2014 1:44 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Digital Release Date: April 1, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Comedy movie Ride Along is one of those movies that scored way better with moviegoers than critics, $118.5 million at the box office better!

The film stars comedian Kevin Hart (This Is the End) as videogame junkie and security guard Ben whose marriage proposal has just been accepted by his girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, Sparkle). The problem is, Angela’s bad-ass detective brother-in-law James (Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street) doesn’t think he’s worthy.

To make Ben prove it, James invites him on a 24-hour  ride along of Atlanta, and along the way, they attract the attention of the city’s most notorious criminal.

John Leguizamo (Vanishing on 7th Street) and Laurence Fishburne (Contagion) also star in the movie, which was directed by Tim Story (Think Like a Man).

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- Sam

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Scott Z. Burns Attached to Direct ‘The Professor and the Bikini Model’

3 February 2014 2:45 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is responsible for scripts such as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Bourne Ultimatum, but it may be his “trilogy” of films with Steven Soderbergh that really stand out: The Informant!, Side Effects, and Contagion developed a vision of modern communication that is pessimistic, to say the least.  Now Burns is attached to direct […] »

- Russ Fischer

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"Contagion" Scribe To Helm Bikini Tale

31 January 2014 12:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Contagion" and "Side Effects" scribe Scott Z. Burns is in talks to adapt and direct "The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble" for Fox Searchlight.

Based on Maxine Swann's New York Times Magazine feature and described as a "modern day Lolita," the story follows a divorced theoretical particle physicist who meets a Czech bikini model online.

The two begin to correspond and plan a life together, but she asks if he would deliver a special package to her - a request that puts him in serious danger.

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- Garth Franklin

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Scott Z. Burns in Talks to Direct 'The Professor, the Bikini Model' for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)

31 January 2014 12:27 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Scott Z. Burns is eyeing a move behind the camera. The writer of such films as The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion is in talks to direct The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble for Fox Searchlight. Last year, Searchlight optioned the strange true story chronicled in Maxine Swann's The New York Times Magazine feature. Photos: 10 Outrageous Quotes From The Oscar-Nominated Screenplays Described as a modern take on Lolita, the story follows Paul Frampton, a divorced theoretical particle physicist, who meets Denise Milani, a Czech bikini model, on the online dating site Mate1.com. Milani's pictures on the site show a dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty with a supposedly natural Ddd breast size. The two

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Labor Day review: Stockholm-syndrome romance

27 January 2014 10:48 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A gooey nostalgic look back at that time a young boy’s mom fell in love with their kidnapper, presented under a sexy sweltering summer haze. I’m “biast” (pro): love Reitman, Brolin, and Winslet

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

Ladies! Single? Lonely? Starved for human touch? Why not get yourself kidnapped and held hostage by an escaped convict? Guaranteed relationship starter!

I kinda couldn’t believe this is where Labor Day goes. I’m kinda dumbfounded it does so without the teensiest sense of irony or even a hint of awareness that this could be problematic. Stockholm syndrome as actually, genuinely, for-reals romantic? Are they kidding us?

They are not kidding us.

I… I can’t even.

It’s Labor Day weekend in 1987, and single mom — and very likely clinically depressed »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Chloe Grace Moretz Enters 'The Library' For Steven Soderbergh's Off Broadway Play

21 January 2014 7:39 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While still dabbling in helpful cuts of his director friends’ films, Steven Soderbergh has kept to his word of retiring from theatrical moviemaking. Currently in the midst of completing his Cinemax miniseries “The Knick”, he—as usual—hasn’t kept satisfied with simply one project on his plate; rather, after much talk of bringing his 2012 stripper pic “Magic Mike” to the Broadway stage, he’s instead selected Off Broadway as his choice for a gripping drama featuring one of Hollywood’s talented young actresses. Variety reports Soderbergh has chosen “Carrie” and “Laggies” actress Chloe Grace Moretz for the lead in his new Off Broadway play “The Library," which marks the New York stage debut altogether for Soderbergh, Moretz, and the play’s writer, Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion”, “Side Effects”). The play follows a young woman (Moretz) who survives a school shooting and struggles with the aftermath in her relationships to her parents, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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