8 items from 2016
Review by Zach Nix
Taylor Lautner, much like previous teen idol Zac Efron, is a young male actor who became a star after appearing in a string of films marketed towards teens, specifically the Twilight franchise. However, and much like Efron, Lautner’s impenetrable stardom eventually ended with his franchise’s conclusion. Therefore, he then began that awkward transitional period as he tried to escape from the teen idol status that he had been labeled with in order to prove his legitimacy as an actor outside of the Twilight saga. His short lived stints with action (i.e. Abduction, Tracers) and comedy (i.e. Grown Ups 2, The Ridiculous 6) certainly didn’t help. However, Lautner’s latest turn in director Soham Mehta’s debut film, Run the Tide, finally showcases him as a dramatic talent to be reckoned with.
The tale of Mehta’s independent family drama has been done in many variations before, »
- Movie Geeks
In the years since the Twilight franchise made them megastars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have worked with a remarkable number of world-class directors: Olivier Assayas, Kelly Reichardt, Woody Allen, Ang Lee, David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog, James Gray. The werewolf leg of that love triangle, however, does not appear to be in similarly prestigious demand. Taylor Lautner has headlined a couple of forgettable thrillers (major points if you could recall even the titles Abduction and Tracers), and been part of the ensemble in a couple of Adam Sandler comedies, but nothing on his post-Twilight résumé is even halfway decent, much less impressive. The exceedingly earnest indie drama Run The Tide seems to be Lautner’s stab at respectability, but he’s chosen poorly—this is bargain-basement schmaltz, too blandly folksy even for Sundance. Sheer toothiness can’t elevate drab material.
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- Mike D'Angelo
For several years now, two of the most financially successful film franchises have been the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Michael Bay’s Transformers series. Those films have cumulatively earned $10.2 billion and $3.8 billion, respectively. So one can’t really blame the folks over at Mattel and Dolphin Entertainment for hoping to combine the superhero storytelling of the former with the built-in appeal of a long-running toy line. Unfortunately, Max Steel reveals just how ill-conceived this approach is in telling an effective story.
Based on the Mattel toys (as well as the 2000 and 2013 animated series they inspired), the film stars Ben Winchell as Max McGrath, a teenage boy who soon begins experiencing dangerous energy bursts when he and his mother (Maria Bello) move back to his hometown, where tragedy occurred years earlier. Before long, the truth begins to unravel, and Max encounters a bizarre creature named Steel (voiced by Silicon Valley‘s »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.
There’s a good mix of independent originals and blockbuster remakes/sequels this month to satisfy young and old. How they’re all going to fend for screens I’m not sure—Finding Dory may finally have to bid us adieu until its home video release in October. So if you haven’t seen it or Star Trek Beyond, go quick. Suicide Squad (August 5) is going to be taking over very soon and I don’t think Batman v Superman‘s relative “failure” will affect its own longevity. »
- Jared Mobarak
Press Release: Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga,” “Cuckoo”) has been cast in a series regular role in the upcoming second season of Scream Queens, the comedy-horror series from award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), on Fox, Season Two of Scream Queens graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny mystery will begin once again. Set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation, Lautner is one of the series’ new male leads, playing Dr. Cassidy Cascade, a doctor at the hospital who suffers from a strange medical condition and becomes »
- Derek Anderson
Season 2 of the horror comedy shifts the action from a college campus to a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. Lautner will play one of the series’ new male leads, Dr. Cassidy Cascade, a doctor at the hospital who suffers from a strange medical condition and becomes a suspect when a series of tragic events plagues the institution.
John Stamos is also joining the series in a lead role, while Season 1 stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Glen Powell and Niecy Nash are set to reprise their characters from last year’s outing.
In addition to his breakout role in “The Twilight Saga,” Lautner recently starred in the Netflix original film “The Ridiculous Six,” opposite Adam Sandler, and »
- Laura Prudom
Tremendous news out of New York today. FilmBuff has announced that they have picked up the worldwide rights to Malik Bader's raw and thrilling Detroit-based crime drama, Cash Only. There will be no shortage of ways to catch the film in the U.S. this spring. They are planning a theatrical release, coinciding with a release on VOD on the same day. Keep an eye out for it and other ways to catch the film in your corner of the globe. Nickola Shreli (Abduction), who also wrote the film's screenplay, plays Elvis Martini, a struggling landlord at the end of his rope. Days away from losing his building to bank foreclosure, he can't pay back thousands in cash borrowed from dangerous the Albanian underworld. His building is in shambles,...
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She is currently prepping to star in the TV movie "The Last Tycoon" as the character 'Cecelia Brady'.
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- Michael Stevens
8 items from 2016
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