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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 29, 2016)

28 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Bad Moms

Director: John Lucas and Scott Moore

Cast: Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Emjay Anthony, Jay Jablonski, Kesha Rose Sebert

Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. »

- Steve Greene

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Margot Robbie Starring in ‘Bad Monkeys’ for Universal

20 July 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Margot Robbie is starring in and producing Universal’s action-crime thriller “Bad Monkeys,” based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing through their Universal-based Bluegrass Films company. Robbie is producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner and LuckyChap’s Josey McNamara will serve as executive producer.

Robbie was most recently seen as Jane in “The Legend of Tarzan” and will star as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Suicide Squad,” which has been primed for a massive opening weekend in the $125 million range. She is currently in production on LuckyChap’s “Terminal.”

Robbie is also attached to star in a Harley Quinn spinoff movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. she is expected to appear at the studio’s presentation at Comic-Con on Saturday.

Ruff’s previous books include “Lovecraft Country,” “Fool on the Hill,” “Set This House in Order,” and “The Mirage. »

- Dave McNary

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The Best Celebrity Movie Cameos

13 July 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As film fans we love nothing more than good celebrity cameos. For instance, comic creator Stan Lee has generated himself an entirely new career based around his appearances in pretty much every Marvel property known to man. He’s not the only famous face to pop-up unexpectedly, this week’s new release Keanu features a crafty appearance from the kitten’s namesake. It’s a genius scene that is sure to become one of our favourites over the coming years. Here are some of our others.

Ryan Reynolds, Ted

Ryan Reynolds appears briefly in the first Ted film as John’s work colleague Guy’s boyfriend. Reynolds doesn’t speak at all during his moments on screen but he somehow still manages to steal everyone that he’s in. Sadly, he didn’t return for Ted 2, though Patrick Warburton returned as Guy, this time with a new (and less »

- Kat Hughes

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Mila Kunis attacks Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric

7 July 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Ukrainian-born star of Black Swan says she came to the Us on a ‘religious-refugee visa’ and laments that people are allowing themselves to be manipulated

Ted and Black Swan star Mila Kunis has attacked presidential candidate Donald Trump over his anti-immigrant and anti-refugee stance, saying it saddens her.

Kunis, who was born in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi and emigrated to the Us as a seven-year-old in 1991, made the comments in an interview with Glamour magazine, in which she also described her parents’ decision to start from scratch in Los Angeles. “They came to America with suitcases and a family of seven and $250, and that’s it.”

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- Andrew Pulver

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Mila Kunis Defends Refugees Against Donald Trump: "I'm Not Going to Blow This Country Up"

6 July 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mila Kunis is baffled by Donald Trump's outlook on refugees coming to America.  The 32-year-old actress, best known for her work in Ted, That '70s Show and as the voice of Meg on Family Guy, recently told Glamour magazine her family came to the U.S. on a religious-refugee visa "and I’m not going to blow this country up." Kunis said she pays taxes and is not taking anything away by being a part of the country. Kunis' family is from Ukraine. "So the fact that people look at what’s happening and are like, ‘Pfft, they’re going to blow

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- Ryan Parker

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The top 25 films of Jeff Daniels

5 July 2016 3:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016

From Dumb & Dumber and The Martian, through to Arachnophobia and Steve Jobs - we salute the screen work of Jeff Daniels...

They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.

25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

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17 times movies and TV shows were refused rights to songs

30 June 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016

Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...

It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...

Frank SinatraGoodfellas

This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.

Sinatra would never let Marty use his music,” explains Schoonmaker, “which is too bad because Marty may »

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The Royals: British Actor Jules Knight Joins Season 3 in Powerful Role

27 June 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Another key player is joining The Royals‘ own game of thrones in Season 3.

Jules Knight (BBC One’s Holby City) will recur on the E! drama — produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions — as Spencer Hoenigsberg, the new Lord Chamberlain to the Queen of England, TVLine has learned exclusively.

This marks the Stateside television debut for Knight, who coincidentally attended the University of St. Andrews with real-life royals Prince William and Kate Middleton.

RelatedThe Royals Finale: Simon’s Killer Revealed, Plus 2 Other Insane Twists

Described as “smart, charismatic and cunning, [Spencer] is a professional willing to go the extra mile »

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‘Hunger Games’ Director Francis Lawrence Circles ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie

9 June 2016 4:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Francis Lawrence is circling the “Battlestar Galactica” movie, TheWrap has learned, although he is not yet attached to the project. Having directed the last three “Hunger Games” installments, bringing futuristic television series to the big screen is right up his alley. Lisa Joy, of HBO’s “Westworld” will write the script to what’s being described as a reimagining of the 1978 television series created by Glen Larson. Also Read: 'Battlestar Galactica' Reboot Names Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber as Producers Bryan Singer was at one time attached to direct the Universal movie, but he has since dropped out. »

- Meriah Doty

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Bad Moon (1996) Blu-ray Special Features Announced by Scream Factory

9 June 2016 12:18 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A family member has a furry and ferocious secret in Eric Red’s Bad Moon, making its Blu-ray debut on July 19th from Scream Factory. The special features for the high-definition release have now been revealed, including a new director’s cut with audio commentary by Red:

Press Release: Half man. Half wolf. Total terror. Scream Factory proudly presents Bad Moon for the first time on Blu-ray on July 19, 2016. This release comes complete with special features, including a new director’s version supervised by Eric Red, and new interviews and audio commentary with cast and crew.

Full, crescent, quarter… each is a Bad Moon for Ted Harrison. By day, he’s a photojournalist visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. By night, he transfigures into a horrific half-human – a werewolf. Dead men tell no tales, so Ted’s sure he alone knows about his vile double life. The secret, however, may be out. »

- Derek Anderson

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Seth MacFarlane Taps Jason Clark As President Of His Fuzzy Door Company

1 June 2016 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Prolific TV creator-producer and feature writer-director Seth MacFarlane has hired his first development executive, naming Jason Clark as President of Production of his Fuzzy Door production company. Clark will oversee all areas of production and development for their current film and television slate, as well as shepherd new projects. Clark is known for producing live-action/CGI projects in film and television. He teamed with MacFarlane on the feature comedies Ted,… »

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Seth MacFarlane’s Fuzzy Door Names Jason Clark President

1 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Producer Jason Clark has been named president of Seth MacFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door. Clark will shepherd new projects and oversee production and development for the company’s current film and television slate.

Clark had previously worked with MacFarlane on his feature films “Ted,” “Ted 2” and “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” He also served as an executive producer on “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “42,” and “Monster House.”

MacFarlane and Clark collaborated on the Fox miniseries “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” for which Clark won a PGA Award for outstanding producer of non-fiction television.

“This is an exciting time for Seth and Fuzzy Door and I could not pass up the opportunity to help him expand upon his reputation as an extraordinary talent, great producer and collaborator,” Clark said in a statement. “I’ve had the privilege of producing several feature and television projects with Seth in the past »

- Daniel Holloway

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Off The Shelf – Episode 92 – Blu-rays for the Week of May 31st 2016

1 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, May 31st 2016.

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Follow-Up Bill and Ted Universe News 88Films: IndieGoGo Scream Factory: The Thing Warner Archive: June Titles Olive Films: August Titles Criterion: Valley of the Dolls Kino LorberDaisy Kenyon, Bad Girl, Biggles: Adventures in Time Links to Amazon Blood Bath (Arrow) Christina (Intervision) City of Women (Cohen) Gods Of Egypt (Lionsgate) Horse Money (Cinema Guild) Human Tornado (Vinegar Syndrome) Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Psychic Killer (Vinegar Syndrome) The Terror (Film Detective) Venom (Blue Underground) Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy (The Criterion Collection)

Also: L’avventura (Criterion UK), The Uninvited (Wild Side Video France)

Credits Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website / Wish List) Brian Saur (Twitter / Website / Instagram / Wish List)

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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New red band trailer for Adam Sandler’s The Do-Over

26 May 2016 4:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its release tomorrow, Netflix has debuted a new red band trailer for the upcoming action comedy The Do-Over which stars Adam Sandler and David Spade; check it out below…

The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure.

The Do-Over is set to premiere on Netflix on May 27th and features a cast that also includes Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Kathryn Hahn (Tomorrowland), Luis Guzman (Narcos), Nick Swardson (The Ridiculous 6), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Matt Walsh (Ted), Catherine Bell (Bruce Almighty) and Michael Chiklis (Gotham.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Kristen Bell, Ted Danson & Mike Schur Find ‘The Good Place’ By Bucking Convention

17 May 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mike Schur is in a good place. Make that “The Good Place.” The prolific producer’s latest effort — a high-concept comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson — last summer earned a straight-to-series pickup from NBC and now has scored a Thursday-night slot at 8:30, as announced during the network’s upfront presentation.

It’s a testament to Schur’s track record at Universal Television, where his successes include “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

But this time around, he wanted to do something different.

“It’s really intimidating when every idea you have is being done eight times over at eight different networks,” says Schur. “In my case, I had been working on ensemble office comedies pretty much continuously for 10 years.”

That theme is jettisoned with “The Good Place,” in which the only office in sight is the one in which Eleanor (Bell) wakes up to learn that she’s dead. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Adam Driver set to join Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, Seth MacFarlane also in talks

12 May 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver is set to join the cast of Logan Lucky, the new film from formerly retired director Steven Soderbergh.

Driver’s Midnight Special co-star Michael Shannon was due to feature in the film but due to scheduling conflicts the actor has had to drop out. In addition to Driver, Family Guy and Ted creator/star Seth MacFarlane is also reportedly in talks to join the cast, which already has Channing Tatum (Magic Mike Xxl) and Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience) in its ranks.

Soderbergh had previously stated a few years ago that he war retiring from directing films, but the script has seemingly won him over for him to return for the first time since 2013’s Side Effects and Behind The Candelabra. The new film revolves around “brothers who plan a crime during a Nascar race.”

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- Scott J. Davis

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Saturday Night Live Review: Brie Larson Hosts

8 May 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tonight’s host is Brie Larson: indie film actress, recent Oscar winner, and former singer of pop punk album Finally Out of P.E, whose single She Said featured pretty heavily on the rotation of my first ever square iPod nano. Larson brought a solid enthusiasm to an episode that featured a heavier amount of good sketches than bad, proving that maybe long hiatuses are good for this show, since their cast and crew, if legend is to be believed, subsist on very little sleep and very much junk food. Glad those guys got some rest, and brought some laughs to this enjoyable Mother’s Day episode.   Cold Open: Church Chat: Dana Carvey’s Church Chat Lady returns to interview Ted Cruz and Donald Trump with her signature judgy passive aggression. The Church Chat Lady isn’t a person I would typically consider a voice of reason, but election »

- Emilie Sowers

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Fox orders new live-action sci-fi comedy series from Seth MacFarlane

5 May 2016 5:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Fox has ordered a new live-action sci-fi comedy-drama series from Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane, placing an order for 13 episodes for the 2017-2018 TV season. The show “is set 300 years from now and centers on the explorations and exploits of the Orville, a ‘not-so-top-of-the-line’ ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet that ‘will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.'”

“I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right,” said MacFarlane. “20th Century Fox TV [which is producing the show] and Fox have been good to me for many years, and of course, Dana and Gary [Walden and Newman, Chairmen of Fox Television Group] have been fantastic bosses and true pals, so it was a no-brainer to come to them with the project. I think this is gonna be something special.”

The as-yet-untitled show will mark MacFarlane’s first live-action role in one of his TV series, »

- Gary Collinson

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Seth MacFarlane set for live-action TV comedy series

5 May 2016 2:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) is set to produce and star in a 13-episode live-action TV series for Fox.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the unnamed show, set for a 2017/ 2018 debut, is set 300 years in the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, an exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, the motley crew of space explorers will “boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.”

Each episode will be an hour long, and will also see MacFarlane star. It get a pilot in the can later this year, so reports the trade.

MacFarlanes film projects have included the popular Ted and Ted 2 as well as A Million Ways to Die in the West. His flagship show Family Guy has also been renewed for a new season, which will also debut in 2017.

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- Paul Heath

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Jon Favreau to direct Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi pilot

5 May 2016 1:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Aug 25, 2016

Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane is working on a live-action sci-fi series for Fox, and he'll have help from Jon Favreau...

Given that Seth MacFarlane’s CV is split between animated televised successes such as Family Guy and live-action movies like Ted, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Mr MacFarlane is now plotting to jam those skillsets together and make a live-action TV series.

Fox announced back in May that MacFarlane is developing an as-yet-untitled live-action sci-fi show for the network. He's written the scripts, and will executive produce the series as well as starring in it.

Season 1 of the show will consist of 13 hour-long episodes, and will be set 300 years in the future. It’s all about the crew of the Orville, “a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet”.

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