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Benjamin Walker and Kaya Scodelario Welcome a Son

1 December 2016 11:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Benjamin Walker and Kaya Scodelario are parents!

The actors have welcomed their first child, a son, the new mom announced Thursday on social media.

“Welcome to the world little man. We couldn’t be happier or more in love with you & Arnie’s loving his new cuddle buddy,” Scodelario wrote on Instagram next to a photo of her newborn’s arm.

No further details — including his name and birth date — have been released.

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The Maze Runner actress, »

- Jen Juneau

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Today in Movie Culture: Finding Art in 'Batman v Superman,' the Originality of the 2016 'Ghostbusters' and More

9 November 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Video Essay of the Day: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks a lot more artistic when you watch this video showcasing its allusions and its framing (via Live for Films):   Redone Trailer of the Day: Watch the new trailer for The Lego Batman Movie redone with footage from the '80s and '90s live action Batman movies:   Reworked Movie of the Day: In honor of the election, CineFix mashed together Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for a presidential martial arts movie:   Vintage Poster of the Day: Dorothy Dandridge, who was born on this day in 1922, was the first ever African-American woman...

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- Christopher Campbell

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The Flash Movie: Kiersey Clemons Not Happy About Director Rick Famuyiwa Leaving

4 November 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Kiersey Clemons in Dope (Center)

News of director Rick Famuyiwa leaving The Flash didn’t exactly hit fans too well. Not only is it almost always discouraging to see a talented artist leave a project, but this is in a universe that’s already been riddled with problems. Man of Steel was a divisive film at best, Batman v Superman was underwhelming to some and terrible to others, Suicide Squad was dumb fun at its best, and for some reason or another The Flash can’t seem to lock down a director.

Earlier this year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith left the project due to creative differences, and earlier this week, Famuyiwa, officially dropped out at as well, stating:

"I pitched a version of the film in line with my voice, humor and heart. While it’s disappointing that we couldn’t come together creatively on the project, »

- Joseph Medina

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Breaking: The Flash In Trouble? Film Loses Its Second Director, Rick Famuyiwa

31 October 2016 3:58 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Image via Warner Bros.

Oh, boy DC. Get it together.

Looks like The Flash is in trouble again. THR is reporting that Rick Famuyiwa, the director of the fun indie flick Dope, which hit theaters last year, has officially left the film due to creative differences. According to the outlet, Famuyiwa’s vision of the film had “more edge” than the studio was comfortable with, hence the departure.

Famuyiwa had nothing but good things to say about his experience, though he did express his disappointment with having to leave:

"When I was approached by Warner Bros and DC about the possibility of directing The Flash, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this amazing world of characters that I loved growing up, and still do to this day."I was also excited to work with Ezra Miller, who is a phenomenal young actor. I pitched a version of the »

- Joseph Medina

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‘Designated Survivor’ Review: Kiefer Sutherland Is Here To Save You From Electing the Next President

21 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With “Designated Survivor,” ABC isn’t just expecting audiences to crave wish fulfillment fantasies over reality. The network is betting Americans are so sick of politics, they’re A-ok with blowing Congress straight to hell — literally.

The pilot episode of Kiefer Sutherland’s latest series — aka, his latest attempt to capitalize off of Jack Bauer’s iconic visage — wastes little time turning him into a lone survivor, even if it takes a bit longer to swear in the nation’s sixth unelected president. Assigned to be this year’s designated successor (a cabinet official chosen by the President to be excused from the State of the Union to preserve the line of succession… you know, in case everyone in attendance dies and we need a new President), Tom Kirkman watches in horror as a fiery inferno rises from the capital building and an outcome he never planned for becomes a frightening new reality. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Designated Survivor’ Review: Kiefer Sutherland Is Here To Save You From Electing the Next President

21 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With “Designated Survivor,” ABC isn’t just expecting audiences to crave wish fulfillment fantasies over reality. The network is betting Americans are so sick of politics, they’re A-ok with blowing Congress straight to hell — literally.

The pilot episode of Kiefer Sutherland’s latest series — aka, his latest attempt to capitalize off of Jack Bauer’s iconic visage — wastes little time turning him into a lone survivor, even if it takes a bit longer to swear in the nation’s sixth unelected president. Assigned to be this year’s designated successor (a cabinet official chosen by the President to be excused from the State of the Union to preserve the line of succession… you know, in case everyone in attendance dies and we need a new President), Tom Kirkman watches in horror as a fiery inferno rises from the capital building and an outcome he never planned for becomes a frightening new reality. »

- Ben Travers

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American Horror Story: examining the real lost colony of Roanoke

20 September 2016 5:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Sep 23, 2016

The backdrop to American Horror Story season 6, our Us chums look at the lost colony of Roanoke, its myths and pop culture appearances...

In case you missed it, the American Horror Story season 6 theme has been revealed, and it is a bloody Roanoke Nightmare indeed. After promoting the new season without releasing a single frame of footage, the ever-cryptic Ryan Murphy has now unveiled his true crime satire-meets-American Gothic to a surprised public, leading many to wonder… what is Roanoke again?

Despite a misconception in some quarters that the name infamously tied to the words “Lost Colony” was made up for the series, and that this fictional ghost story was set in Virginia (Roanoke is in present day North Carolina), Roanoke is indeed a real place, and the ghost stories around it are every bit as strange—if not stranger—than anything American Horror Story has dreamed up. »

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Matt Damon Takes a Leap of Faith off ‘The Great Wall’

13 September 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

While it’s seemingly coming out of nowhere, The Great Wall has been in the works for quite some time. In fact, we reported back in 2012 that Ed Zwick had dropped out of the project that could have starred Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter‘s Benjamin WalkerMan of Steel‘s Henry Cavill, or even Zhang Ziyi. We also reported that it […] »

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Ben-Hur review – dull-witted remake

11 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Charlton Heston would be turning in his grave at this crude, cynical update of the biblical epic

The director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter delivers a thuddingly dull-witted remake of a biblical epic that wasn’t exactly subtle to begin with. Perhaps it’s the crude and glaring CGI, perhaps it’s the financial cynicism of rehashing William Wyler’s 1959 Oscar-winning picture, but there is a slippery inauthenticity here that is the very last thing you want in a film that deals with religious faith. Jack Huston lacks the magisterial presence of Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur: he’s introduced to us as a reckless thrill-seeker who rides his horses to breaking point. Toby Kebbell, an actor for whom I have a lot of admiration, is reduced to scowling and posturing as Judah’s adopted brother, Messala Severus. The climactic chariot competition is an effects-laden death race that is »

- Wendy Ide

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Ben-Hur movie review: it’s fine, everything is fine

9 September 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take…

It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It is bland manufactured entertainment product. It’s fine. Hollywood is not creatively bankrupt. Everything is fine. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

It’s fine. Everything is fine. This new Ben-Hur is fine. It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It is a piece of bland manufactured entertainment product. It exists. It’s fine.

It’s not great. It’s not terrible. It’s fine. Hollywood is not creatively bankrupt. Everything is fine.

It’s fine that major Hollywood studios that insist they are businesses first sunk $100 million into producing a movie that no one was demanding, and many more tens of millions in advertising and marketing trying to convince audiences they wanted to see it. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Ben-hur (2016) – Review

19 August 2016 12:06 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

© 2016 Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The movies have long been fascinated by Ben-hur, Lew Wallace’s 1880 bestselling novel – two silent versions, a 1907 short one and a spectacular 1925 feature film, and the familiar 1959 Technicolor classic with Charlton Heston. This will be at least the 4th movie version.

The 1925 version has the most thrilling chariot race, with a raw energy and real sense of danger – very real danger as the director hired Italian men skilled with horses to essentially run a chariot race, with all the inherent dangers (if you have never seen it, you really should). Memories of that gripping, cinematic chariot race helped prompt director William Wyler to remake Ben-hur in 1959, in full color and sound, with a top-star and all the epic “cast of thousands” grandeur of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Now a new technology has its say with the old story -with CGI effects and 3D. »

- Cate Marquis

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'Suicide Squad' and 'Sausage Party' Look to Take Down Newcomers, 'Kubo', 'War Dogs' & 'Ben-Hur'

18 August 2016 1:47 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Three new wide releases are hitting theaters this weekend with Focus Features' and Laika's stop-motion animated project Kubo and the Two Strings serving as the widest debut of the lot. Fellow openers include Warner Bros' War Dogs and Paramount's Ben-Hur, though none of this weekend's new releases are likely to find themselves atop the box office. The DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad is looking to threepeat as the weekend's #1 film while Sony's R-rated animated feature Sausage Party hopes to hold off Kubo for a second weekend in the runner-up position. Overall this weekend should be yet another improvement over the same weekend last year with the top twelve pulling in around $120 million altogether. Before we get to the weekend's new releases we'll begin with a couple of carryovers, starting with Suicide Squad, which, along with 19 other wide release films in 2016, dropped over 60% in its second weekend. Of those 20 films, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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The Preview Reel: Will Dogs Bury Kubo and Ben-Hur?

17 August 2016 3:26 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. This week sees the release of three vastly different movies, with the true story war comedy War Dogs, the animated Kubo and the Two Strings, and the remake of the classic film Ben-Hur. None of them are expected to set the box office ablaze, but let’s see if any of them are worthy of your time.

  War Dogs

What we are excited about:

The main thing we are excited about is the two leads, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Jonah Hill is known for his over-the-top comedy (21 Jump Street, Superbad, This is the End) but he also can pull off some dramatic acting as well (as seen in his Oscar-nominated performance in Moneyball). It looks like War Dogs is asking him to do both, and with the up-and-coming Miles Teller by his side, »

- Scott Davis

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Ben-Hur Review: It's Not Great, nor Worthy of Hate

17 August 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Up until somewhat recently, all of the movie reviews on this site used the five-star grading system. The college newspaper I wrote for also used the star system, and I used to enjoy the economy of language at play there. If you want the tiniest snapshot of an opinion on a film, one just needs to see how many stars were given, and if you wanted to know more, or why, you could just read the review in full. Still, after a number of years, I found myself overthinking everything, second guessing my snap judgment star ratings, because, if I gave this movie this rating, it subsequently would mean I liked it more/less than X amount of movies I gave this other rating to, and on and on it'd go. If we still had the star system in play here, I honestly don't know what I'd give Ben-Hur. I »

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Film Review: ‘Ben-Hur’

17 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When you watch the 1959 “Ben-Hur,” a studio classic so big and stodgy and literal that even the dialogue seems square-jawed, there’s something that tugs you right through the endless talk about high ideals and the birth of Christianity — and no, it’s not just the promise that after three hours, you’re going to get to see the chariot race to end all chariot races. It’s the presence of an actor who’s like an oak tree among twigs. As the title stud-slave, Charlton Heston projects a strength that’s brawny but internal — sturdiness resolved into muscle. Even his soul is clenched. He’s like a Hollywood glamour god sculpted by Michelangelo. You’d think that this sort of gladiatorial hero worship would have gone out of style, but, of course, you’d be wrong. It’s alive and kicking in a movie like “Gladiator,” where Russell Crowe »

- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Ben-Hur’ Review: Jesus Dies For Our Cinema Sins In This Redeemably Garish Biblical Epic

17 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The good news is that the story of Ben-Hur is so rock solid that not even the director of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” can screw it up completely. The sixth feature-length film or miniseries to be adapted from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ,” Timur Bekmambetov’s take on the religious epic inevitably lacks the grandeur of Fred Niblo’s 1925 silent or the girth of William Wyler’s 1959 Oscar-hoarding classic. After all, this is 2016 (more specifically, the summer of 2016), a time when movies about Jesus are pitched only to the converted, and blockbusters can only be longer than 120 minutes if they end with two iconic superheroes fighting each other to a stalemate.

But if this new “Ben-Hur” was only provided with a fraction of the potential that’s been afforded to its predecessors, it sometimes finds the strength to reach out and scrape against its frustratingly low ceiling. »

- David Ehrlich

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Ben-Hur review – rowdy revamp takes a Roman holiday from reality

17 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This retelling of the classic tale, from the director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is unafraid to make wholesale changes, and all the better for it

They finally got the roof fixed.

In every previous adaptation of General Lew Wallace’s wildly successful 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the instigating event stems from Judah Ben-Hur, the Jewish nobleman, accidentally knocking some stray tiles on to the heads of Roman bigshots as they enter Jerusalem. In 1907 (the 15-minute version), 1926 (Fred Niblo’s luxe and still very watchable silent), 1959 (the enormous Charlton Heston classic), 2003 (an animated version featuring Heston’s voice) and 2010 (a TV miniseries) tiles rained from above, shattering the friendship between Judah and his boyhood chum, the striving Roman tribune Messala. It’s not a stretch to call the poorly manufactured shingles at the Casa de Hur a key prop in cinema history – if not quite Charles Foster »

- Jordan Hoffman

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'Ben-Hur' Director on How His Remake Differs From Charlton Heston's Film and How He Found His Judah

4 August 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Walking into the home office of Timur Bekmambetov, the filmmaker behind Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the upcoming Ben-Hur (Aug. 19), one wouldn't expect to find a shrine to Walt Disney. After all, the Kazakhstan-born filmmaker first made his mark with the creepy, visually inventive R-rated horror fantasy Night Watch, which became Russia's highest-grossing film in 2004. He followed that with the sequel Day Watch (which topped its predecessor) before his first American film — 2008's Angelina Jolie vehicle Wanted — earned $341.4 million worldwide. But today, the director-producer lives in Disney's former

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The new 'Ben-Hur' is totally going to flop

28 July 2016 3:53 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Can you believe it? Nobody in 2016 cares about a new Ben-Hur. The $100 million epic is tracking for a dreary $14-$15 million opening at the box office over the August 19-21 weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter -- not a great start for a film that cost nearly $100 million to make. Though THR notes that MGM and Paramount still have "three weeks to make their final marketing push, including targeting faith-based moviegoers," right now the Timur Bekmambetov-directed film is shaping up to be a pretty disappointing investment. A lot of the film's success or failure will also likely depend on overseas grosses. Starring Jack Huston as the title character along with Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniada, and Rodrigo Santoro, this is the third adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel, the most famous being the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston that won a record 11 Oscars. The plot centers on a Jewish »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Kiersey ('Dope') Clemons Confirmed to Star in 'The Flash'

26 July 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Earlier this month, we heard that Kiersey Clemons was the top choice for the female lead in The Flash. Ezra Miller has already been glimpsed as the speedy superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will have a more prominent role in Justice League, as indicated by the first trailer. Now the casting of Clemons has been confirmed by Variety. The trade publication says that her deal has been closed and it is "likely" that she will be playing Iris West, a journalist and friend of Barry Allen, also known as the Flash. The report also indicates that the latest draft of a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will be used.   Who is Kiersey Clemons? Her breakout role was a supporting turn in Dope (above center), in which she...

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