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Inevitably, the long-planned merger of Lionsgate and Summit's marketing operations is finally coming to pass. It's remarkable, actually, how much the Summit label has endured since Lionsgate acquired Summit and its co-chiefs, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, who run the Lionsgate motion picture group and brought in Erik Feig to run production. They also kept going a parallel Summit marketing division headed by studio veteran Nancy Kirkpatrick, who worked with Friedman at Warner Bros. and Paramount, to handle that label's films, including the hugely successful final "Twilight" film and would-be franchises "Ender's Game," which disappointed, and $85-million "Divergent," which did modestly ($127 million domestic) but already has three sequels in the pipeline. With marketing costs factored in, that's not a great number. Sometimes it serves corporate executives well to sacrifice a marketing exec when a venture disappoints. With $50 million in the foreign till so far, a $177 »
- Anne Thompson
This week I actually ended up watching quite a bit, on the plane home from Puerto Rico I noticed Ender's Game, Delivery Man and Last Vegas were the in-flight options, but I opted to watched No Country for Old Men and Rise of the Planet of the Apes on my iPad. I don't know the last time I watched No Country, but it was a lot of fun to return to and I decided on Rise of the Apes just to make sure I was prepared for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes come this July. Then, when I got home I went and saw Noah (read my review here) and the next night saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier (read my review here) and then after that, at home, I watched 47 Ronin (read that review here). On top of that, I'm currently about an hour into the original »
- Brad Brevet
After a week off we are back to our regularly scheduled programming and today we have two reviews for you, those being for Noah and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We also have a lengthy opening where we talk about everything from the way news is reported nowadays, Star Wars, The Wolf of Wall Street, David Letterman retiring and the announcement that we now have an Android app for the podcast (get it here). If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add »
- Brad Brevet
The much buzzed-about film adaptation of Veronica Roth's literary series, Divergent, hits theaters this weekend with a new bevy of tough women who kick butt. And what's not to love about the Muppets returning to the big screen? Check out our recommendations on what films are worth seeing and skipping this weekend. See ThisDivergent var brightcovevideoid = '3372463640001'; Comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games is near irresistible, and understandably so, given that they both feature a feisty teen heroine battling to save her family in a dystopian future. Unfortunately for the newcomer, such comparisons are nearly ever in Katniss's favor, »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
As in Roth’s dystopian tale, Tris (Woodley) finds herself dubbed an all-dangerous “divergent,” which means she doesn’t fit neatly into one of the warped society’s castes. Choosing to pursue a life as a “dauntless,” she meets Four (James), who tries to help her hide her divergent status and keep her out of the eyes of divergent hunter Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet)
Divergent keeps rather strictly to Roth’s book – which kept rather strictly to the formula for creating a smash hit among young adult readers. Some critics found the film adaptation dull for that reason – the novel was too derivative. However, there were also reviewers that loved how true the movie stayed to the book, while still others praised the film for diverting enough from »
Update: Just like in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, when the people are looking for a hero, they turn to Katniss Everdeen - the winner of the Pick Hero Award. Katniss won with 36% of the vote but right at her heels is Percy Jackson, who ran a tight race with 32%. Of course, if you've seen Sea of Monsters, that seems about right for Percy at this point in time (anyone see Clarice?).
Feb. 21, 2014 - It's easy to be a hero when you have super powers, but what about when you don't? The nominees for Pick Hero Award are on their game whether it's to save one life, save their country, save the world or to save an alien planet. Check out the choices (see the video below) and then go vote!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Update: The winner of the Pick Actress Award acted the heck out of some difficult subject matter. French-Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse is mesmerizing throughout The Book Thief, which deals with a once-illiterate girl who grows up in Nazi-run Germany and comes to realize that if her country "wins" the war, no one wins. Pretty tricky stuff - Congrats, Sophie!
Feb. 22, 2012 - So many amazing performances from young actresses this year, we couldn't limit to just five - check out the choices and then vote in the poll to the right!
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
The star of Ender's Game and Hugo on his televisual rockets and bombs
Game Of Thrones. I'm very excited for the next season. The Red Wedding spiced the series up a bit. There's that whole idea where you don't know who the good guys are now. I don't think anyone saw it coming. Everyone has their own favourite character now.
Earliest TV memory?
Watching The NeverEnding Story, which is a film, but I saw it on TV. I think that's my earliest TV memory, of watching something on a huge box of a television. It's a creepy film when you're a kid.
Avatar: The Last Airbender. The cartoon, not the film. That was my favourite anime series growing up. It definitely could have done with another series.
- Gwilym Mumford
With Ender's Game in Sky Store, we persuaded British star Asa Butterfield to take time out from his A-Level studies to chat to us about working with Hollywood legend Harrison Ford, performing weightlessly and what's coming next for the teenage star. Sky Movies: When did you first get involved in Ender's Game? Asa Butterfield: It was quite a long time now. »
We got the word several months ago that "Teen Wolf" has been renewed for another year, and now we have some info on three actors who will be joining the high school lacrosse team when Season 4 kicks off later this year.
Per E! Online, first to sign up was Man of Steel star Dylan Sprayberry (pictured right). He'll recur as Liam, a cocky and handsome freshman with an enviable athletic prowess. While he has perfect grades and perfect charm, Liam is totally unprepared to face the supernatural adversity of Beacon Hills.
The other recurring pair are Khylin Rhambo (below left; Ender's Game) and Mason Dye (below right; Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic). Rhambo will play funny freshman Mason, who is out of the closet but is not a stereotypical gay character. Dye will play a Garrett, another new student and member of the team.
Odds are good Rhambo's Mason will »
- Debi Moore
"Teen Wolf" Season 4 has added two cast members. Mason Dye ("Flowers in the Attic") and Khylin Rhambo ("Ender's Game") will recur as Garrett and Mason, two new lacrosse players at Beacon Hills High School.
Dye's Garrett is a new student at the school, according to E! Online, while Mason is a freshman described as funny and gay -- but not in a stereotypical way.
Both characters will recur several times in the upcoming season. Dylan Sprayberry ("Man of Steel") will also recur as still another lacrosse player, Liam. Casting for one more character, new math teacher Ms. Fleming, has not yet been announced.
With at least one major character reportedly dying before the end of Season 3, all of these new additions might be necessary. "Teen Wolf" currently airs Mondays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on MTV. Season 4 is expected to premiere later in 2014.
It centres around an awkward housekeeper (Wiig) who becomes the victim of a practical joke by a callous teenager (Steinfeld).
However, the joke may have the unexpected effect of finally helping the woman out of her shell.
Hateship Loveship will be released on April 11 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
Back in November, Box Office Mojo made specific box office predictions for the upcoming holiday season. Now that the awards season is over, these titles are finally wrapping up their runs, so it's time to assess how we did.For each title, we will list the domestic forecast, the actual gross (in most cases an estimate) and the percentage difference [(Actual-Forecast)/Forecast]. Each prediction will be assigned a grade on the following arbitrary scale: A (less than 10% difference), B (10-19.9%), C (20-29.9%), D (30-39.9%) and F (over 40%).As usual, there were some spot-on predictions (Catching Fire, The Wolf of Wall Street), some misses (Anchorman 2, American Hustle) and some disasters (Frozen, Grudge Match).The Hunger Games: Catching FireForecast: $400 millionActual: $424 million (est.)Difference: +6%Grade: ASix months ago, anyone could have told you that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was going to be a huge hit. Few expected it to do this well, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Teen Wolf is adding some new faces to its lacrosse team in Season 4.
Mason Dye will join the cast in a recurring role as Garrett, a new student who joins the Beacon Hills lacrosse team, E! Online reports. Ender's Game star Khylin Rhambo has also signed on for the recurring role of Mason, a gay freshman who's also a member of the lacrosse team.
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- Liz Raftery
Abigail Breslin (Ender's Game) and Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) take on characters like you've never seen them portray before in the first trailer for Perfect Sisters. Based on the true crime story of the "Bathtub Girls," which made headlines around the world in 1998, this thriller centers on two sisters (Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley) who are fed up with their alcoholic mother (Mira Sorvino) and her abusive boyfriends. They hatch a plan to kill their mom, making it look like an accident, although the guilt begins to overwhelm the siblings. Take a look at the first footage from director Stanley M. Brooks' thriller, debuting in New York and Los Angeles theaters April 11.
Perfect Sisters comes to theaters April 11th, 2014 and stars Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, Mira Sorvino, Jeffrey Ballard, Zoë Belkin, Jonathan Malen, James Russo, Rusty Schwimmer. The film is directed by Stanley M. Brooks. »
Teen Wolf is welcoming two new members to the team in season four. Mason Dye and Khylin Rhambo are set to join the MTV hit series in heavily recurring roles, E! News has exclusively learned. Dye, who recently starred in Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic, will play a Garrett, a new student and member of the Beacon Hills lacrosse team (Yes, lax is back in season four!), while Ender's Game's Rhambo will also play a new member of the team, the funny freshman Mason, who is out, but not your stereotypical gay character. Hm...could Mason be a new love interest for Danny (Keahu Kahuanui), the fan favorite gay lacrosse player?! Fingers crossed because our boy needs some non-supernatural loving, »
Ender's Game, 2013.
Directed by Gavin Hood.
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.
Another week, another novella giving the Harry Potter/ Twilight treatment and big-screen transition. Created in the 1980s, Ender's Game has been on the Hollywood development table for a long while. Finally released last autumn to mediocre returns and reviews, it like many others has tried to replicate the success of the aforementioned franchises. But where some saw tills ringing and franchise rights a-booming, Ender's Game fell into the “shot missed” category, along with other misfires like The Golden Compass or The Mortal Instruments.
Not that there isn’t at least something at least some appeal to avid fans of the book, »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆Orson Scott Card's revered sci-fi novel Ender's Game spent years in development limbo, directors and stars coming and going before South African writer and director Gavin Hood got behind the reins to bring it to the big screen. Hugo lead Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, a child prodigy believed to have the potential to lead humanity against the invading alien 'Formics'. Under the stern eyes of a pair of officers played by Harrison Ford and Viola Davis, Ender rises through the ranks of military training school, making allies and enemies along the way. When Ender gets promoted, the film kicks up a gear, introducing mystery elements and several new characters.
- CineVue UK
The Butler didn't do it for Oscar voters, but there are sharper ideas in some of last year's under-the-radar thrillers
If a film seemingly made for the express purpose of piling up Oscar nominations then receives precisely none, does it make a sound? Well, yes and no. Lee Daniels' The Butler (Entertainment, 12) was a surprise summer hit in the Us, where audiences weary of monsters fighting robots were apparently up for a windy dose of all-star, semi-fictionalised civil rights history, but that doesn't mean it has anything to say.
Awards voters, oddly, couldn't see the hokey Forrest Gump parallels in Forest Whitaker's Cecil Gaines, humble White House butler to every president from Eisenhower to Reagan. A noble cypher who stoically pours tea while history is made around him, he's a less-than-riveting presence around whom to centre the narrative; there's more going on back home, where his radical Black Panther »
- Guy Lodge
The El Rey Network has unveiled 5 cool new character posters from Robert Rodriguez's new reimagined horror show 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series'. Thankfully the network and marketing team have decided against the usual drab background-less poses that many a show tends to opt for these days. Instead we have a batch of vibrant, colourful and bloody new posters featuring many of the key cast members including the Gecko brothers, the Fuller family and the sexy Santanico Pandemonium. The series stars D.J. Cotrona ('G.I. Joe: Retaliation'), Zane Holtz ('Holes'), Wilmer Valderrama ('That 70's Show'), Robert Patrick ('Terminator 2: Judgment Day'), Madison Davenport ('Shameless'), Brandon Soo Hoo ('Ender's Game'), Don Johnson, Adrianne Palicki ('Friday Night Lights'), Jake Busey ('Starship Troopers'), Lane Garrison ('Prison Break') and Eiza Gonzalez. Check out the posters below. »
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