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Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson and Olivia Thirlby set for Shadow Girl

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox and Alan Ritchson are set to join Olivia Thirlby (The Stanford Prison Experiment), Jim Gaffigan (Chappaquiddick), Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black) and Tito Ortiz (Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween) in Shadow Girl.

Described as “a magic realist tale” and written and directed by Claudia Myers, Shadow Girl is “set in a timeless metropolis [and] follows Holly who has faded to the point of becoming invisible and must find her way back into the world.”

Myers previous films include Kettle of Fish, Fort Bliss and Wild Oats. The new film is being produced by Tara Sickmeier and Rob Baunoch III of Hipzee, Mark Schacknies and Khris Baxter of Boundary Stone, and Robyn K. Bennett of Wrangle Entertainment.

Via Deadline
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From Soldier to Beauty Sensation: Ashley Rosales’s Journey From Army Mechanic to Instagram Makeup Tutorial Star

Ashley Rosales wasn’t a natural-born makeup artist.

“I was about 15 when my parents let me start wearing makeup. I wasn’t great at it,” the beauty blogger says in the current issue of People.

But by age 18, the Cincinnati native had fallen in love with the art of cosmetics, though she chose a different route after high school.

“My dad was in the Marines before I was born, and he always talked about it,” says Rosales, now 30. “He was so honored that he served. I wanted to make him proud.”

For 2 1/2 years she was stationed at Fort Riley in
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Cannes: Myriad Pictures Boards Zosia Mamet, Scott Speedman’s ’Shadow Girl’

Cannes: Myriad Pictures Boards Zosia Mamet, Scott Speedman’s ’Shadow Girl’
Cannes — Myriad Pictures had boarded “Shadow Girl,” starring Zosia Mamet (“Girls”) and Scott Speedman (“Animal Kingdom”).

Presided by Kirk D’Amico, Myriad will introduce “Shadow Girl” to buyers at the Cannes Film Market which kicked off yesterday.

Targeting a still underserved Ya and adult female audience which has made a large hit of such titles as “Me Before You,” “Shadow Girl,” marks a move towards the mainstream for Claudia Myers who broke through to attention with “Fort Bliss” – a “solid, affecting drama,” Variety said.

Billed as a magical love story and from an original screenplay by Myers which also has coming of age elements, “Shadow Girl” stars Mamet as a girl, Holly, who has literally faded with the death of her mother until near invisible – until she meets Shane, a disgraced Mma champ, who can make her out. But Holly discovers she bears more responsibility than she imagined for Shane
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Cannes: Zosia Mamet, Scott Speedman to Star in Romance Drama 'Shadow Girl'

Cannes: Zosia Mamet, Scott Speedman to Star in Romance Drama 'Shadow Girl'
Zosia Mamet is moving from Girls to Girl.

The actress, whose six-season run on the HBO series just came to an end, will star opposite Scott Speedman in the romance drama Shadow Girl.

Claudia Myers (Fort Bliss) will direct from a screenplay she wrote. The story centers on Holly, who has faded to the point of becoming literally invisible after the death of her mother. After more than a decade of solitude and toiling in the shadows as a paparazzi photographer, she meets Shane (Speedman), a down-on-his-luck former mixed martial arts champion and the one person who can see her.

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The Lrm Interview With Michelle Monaghan On Patriots Day & More

The subject matter of Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg’s new film Patriots Day might be even tougher to some as their last film, Deepwater Horizon, as it looks at the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 that left three dead and dozens injured.

In the movie, Wahlberg plays police officer Tommy Saunders, who is on duty at the marathon on the day of the bombing, so he’s on the forefront of the investigation to find those responsible. His wife Carol is played by Michelle Monaghan, who has given breakout performances in films like Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone, Duncan JonesSource Code, as well as the acclaimed first season of HBO’s True Detective, and she brings more humanity to the movie which ends up following the FBI and Boston Pd as they go after the perps.

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Hate Crime? FBI Investigating Alleged Murder of Transgender Woman by Texas Soldier

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Hate Crime? FBI Investigating Alleged Murder of Transgender Woman by Texas Soldier
The FBI is investigating whether the alleged murder of a transgender woman by a soldier in El Paso, Texas, was a hate crime, according to multiple reports. On Tuesday, police arrested Anthony Michael Bowden, 21, charging him in the the August 8 death of Erykah Tijerina, 36, whose legal name was Eric Tijerina, according to a police news release obtained by People. Keith A. Byers, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in El Paso, told the El Paso Times, "The priority is to apprehend the person or the persons responsible and to make sure that we attain justice for the victim.
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Movie Review – Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pete’s Dragon, 2016.

Directed by David Lowery.

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Karl Urban, Wes Bentley and Robert Redford.

Synopsis:

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

When the original Pete’s Dragon was released in 1977 it was one of two big-screen adventures that combined live-action characters with those of an animated persuasion to great effect even if box office numbers didn’t follow suit. Both that and the other, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, didn’t quite bring in the kind of financial success that the great studio had previously but both films have enjoyed huge leases of life across the years since its original release that have charmed and delighted audiences of all ages. Time for a remake, then.

The new version, as with many of the new Disney “universe”, is different in
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Trailer Trashin’: There’s Something in the Woods in the Pete’s Dragon Teaser Trailer

It’s the last week of February, dear readers, and the Academy Awards are this Sunday. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Deadpool yet, but I plan to do so as soon as possible. In the meantime, this week’s new Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at the teaser for Disney’s upcoming remake of Pete’s Dragon.

Premise: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of a fierce dragon deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, those stories are little more than tall tales until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a ten-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant green dragon named Elliot. From Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from her father’s stories.
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Live action fairytale movies: UK release date calendar

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When to expect all the upcoming live action fairytale movies, including Dumbo, Beauty And The Beast and two Jungle Books…

You’ve probably noticed the influx of live action fairytales gracing cinemas in recent years. This isn’t about to stop any time soon, since re-spinning a recognisable fantastical yarn with real people instead of animated ones always makes big money for the studio behind it.

This process has become so popular that there are currently more of these live action fairytales in production than Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment or Star Wars movies. That’s a lot of films. (A whopping 21 by our count.)

Although it wadsn’t the first movie of this kind, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland – and its worldwide gross of over a billion dollars – can surely take the credit for kick-starting this trend. Here are all the in-development movies trying to repeat its success,
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Military Moms Breastfeed Their Babies in Viral New Photo While Wearing Their Uniforms

Military Moms Breastfeed Their Babies in Viral New Photo While Wearing Their Uniforms
An eye-opening new photo of a group of 10 military moms breastfeeding their infant babies has gone viral after it was recently posted to Facebook. The snapshot — taken by former Air Force servicewoman-turned-photographer Tara Ruby — was inspired by Fort Bliss' first-ever nursing room as well as her own personal experience as a mom. The El Paso, Tex. shutterbug served in the Air Force from 1997 to 2001, and decided to immortalize a beautiful moment of bonding between moms and their newborns. Ruby asked a group of [...]
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Lone Star Cinema: Fort Bliss

It's nonsensical that actress Michelle Monaghan isn't a bigger name in Hollywood. She is an excellent foil to Robert Downey Jr. in cult dark comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and inspires Jake Gyllenhaal in Source Code. She was even in the lauded first season of True Detective (which I didn't watch). Fort Bliss, a film written and directed by Claudia Myers, is a special treat for Monaghan fans. Instead of supporting an A-list actor onscreen, Monaghan gets her chance to lead a film.

She plays Staff Sgt. Maggie Swann, recently returned from service in Afghanistan. Maggie is an army medic, quick to respond to injuries in the field, yet thrown by the changes that have occurred while she's been abroad. Her young son Paul (Oakes Fegley, This Is Where I Leave You) has lived with Maggie's ex-husband Richard (Ron Livingston, Office Space) and grown extremely close to Richard's new wife Alma (Emmanuelle Chriqui,
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Shawn and Alisa Johnson Find Homes for Dogs While Their Owners are Deployed

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Shawn and Alisa Johnson Find Homes for Dogs While Their Owners are Deployed
Instead of being forced to relinquish their pets, active members of the military now have a place to house their pets during deployment: Dogs on Deployment. DoD connects members of the military with able-bodied individuals willing to take in their pets while they serve their country. The organization came to fruition in June of 2011 when San Diego natives Alisa Sieber-Johnson (now a first lieutenant of the U.S. Marine Corps) and her husband, Shawn Johnson (a lieutenant of the U.S. Navy) struggled to find someone to watch their two Australian shepherds when they were being stationed on opposite coasts.
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Shawn and Alisa Johnson Find Homes for Dogs While Their Owners are Deployed

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Shawn and Alisa Johnson Find Homes for Dogs While Their Owners are Deployed
Instead of being forced to relinquish their pets, active members of the military now have a place to house their pets during deployment: Dogs on Deployment. DoD connects members of the military with able-bodied individuals willing to take in their pets while they serve their country. The organization came to fruition in June of 2011 when San Diego natives Alisa Sieber-Johnson (now a first lieutenant of the U.S. Marine Corps) and her husband, Shawn Johnson (a lieutenant of the U.S. Navy) struggled to find someone to watch their two Australian shepherds when they were being stationed on opposite coasts.
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Sundance Winner of the Global Filmmaking Award: ‘Be Safe I Love You’

American Sniper," the $60 million budget feature, so effective reaching all sides of the war opinionists (pro, anti, veterans and civilians), started in four locations (N.Y., L.A. and Texas where Chris Kyle is so popular) and in its opening weekend made $677,000 over Christmas weekend, averaging $75,000 per theater. It earned $107.2 million when it expanded nationwide over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend and has now

grossed $ $242.2 million, or 24 percent, of the total $1 billion grossed in January a mark hit for the first time since 2010! Even with a steep third weekend drop, “Sniper” remains on track to wind up over $330 million, which will rank second all-time among R-rated movies behind “The Passion of the Christ” ($370.8 million). (Thank you Ray Stubers of Box Office Mojo for this financial summary.)

One interesting article about “American Sniper” appears in Variety by guest writer, Paul Rieckhoff, and I am glad he mentions "Fort Bliss" a war story sleeper directed by Claudia Myers which never broke out but was, as he says, "masterful." Now Haifaa Al Mansour ("Wadjda") is making "Be Safe I Love You", another film about a young woman soldier who returns home to the U.S. after a tour in the Middle East and must grapple with Ptsd and the past she left behind.

Haifaa’s previous film “Wadjda," the first Saudi Arabian feature film and of course the first ever by a woman in Saudi Arabia was released in U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics and sold widely by The Match Factory. It opened September 2013 to critical acclaim and was the staple of the awards season. The National Board of Review awarded the film with the Freedom of Expression Award. It was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Non-English Language Film and was Saudi Arabia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.

Al Mansour received her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature at the American University in Cairo and completed her Master’s Degree in Directing and Film Studies from the University of Sydney.

She lives with her American husband in Bahrain where living among the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain “has given me a unique perspective on these young men an women we have designated warriors. Tough, simple, and full of life, they were suddenly real these humans who have been turned into machines to kill. I always wonder about the families they left behind. The female soldiers, whose images rarely make the news and whose stories have never sufficiently been told, especially fascinate me.”

“I have seen first hand the affects of war on the fresh faced, child-like soldiers that come from the U.S. to serve in the Middle East. The ancient hatreds and tribal wars of our region seem capable of swallowing them whole, of tearing apart the beliefs and narratives that hold their world together.”

This film, “Be Safe I Love You” is a thriller, with a tempo and urgency that we can only follow or comprehend through Lauren’s eyes as this young soldier’s two worlds – a world at war and a world of peace -- collide in her memory.

“Be Safe I Love You” is being produced by Anonymous Content. Haifaa Al Mansour is being managed and mentored by the remarkable producer – manager, Rosalie Swedlin and is represented by UTA’s Rena Ronson, another outstanding figure in our independent cinema world.

She is also the winner of this year’s Sundance Institute’s Global Filmmaking Award. And still she believes in trusting her gut instinct and being humble enough to criticize herself. We wish her the greatest success as her career takes off.
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A Veteran’s View of ‘American Sniper’ (Guest Column)

A Veteran’s View of ‘American Sniper’ (Guest Column)
Paul Rieckhoff is CEO and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (Iava), an Iraq veteran, and the author of “Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier’s Perspective.” He offers his thoughts on Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” in a guest column.

I’ve seen just about every film about the Iraq War ever made. I’ve produced and associate produced a few. I even appeared in one (for about a millisecond). And without a doubt, “American Sniper” is the single best work of film about the Iraq War ever made.

Now, it’s not the most complex film. Not the deepest film. Not even the most provocative. But in terms of storytelling, action, emotion, production and performance, attention to detail and especially the frighteningly accurate soundscape, there’s been nothing else close that’s been made since my platoon entered the war in Iraq
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2 Dead in Texas Military Clinic Shooting

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2 Dead in Texas Military Clinic Shooting
A gunman opened fire at a veterans’ medical clinic in El Paso, Texas, fatally shooting another person, according to Army Major General Stephen Twitty, commanding general of Fort Bliss, at a Tuesday night press conference. The shooter was also killed. "The alleged shooter is dead and the casualty is dead,” said Twitty. "It is an active crime scene, and the shooting incident is under investigation. Everything is under control, and there is no immediate threat to Fort Bliss or the immediate community.” It is unclear if the shooter committed suicide or had been killed. John Meza, spokesman for U.S.
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What’s New on Netflix: January 2015

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What’s New on Netflix: January 2015
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these may have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.Friends: The Complete Series (Jan. 1): We’ve been telling you about this all month! Play with our countdown calendar and clear some room on your schedule. Movies December 28 I, Frankenstein (2014)Labor Day (2013) January 1 101 Dalmatians (1996)Bad Boys II (2003)Batman & Robin (1997)Bruce Almighty (2003)Cast Away (2000)Get Low (2009)Election (1999)Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)Fort Bliss (2014)Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)Mean Girls (2004)Shall We Dance? (2004)To Be Takei (2014)The French Connection (1971)The Quiet Man (1952)The War of the Worlds (1953)Wayne’s World 2 (1993) January 2 Big FishBowling
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Netflix Newcomers For January Include Bad Boys II, Cast Away And Friends: The Complete Series

What better way to ring in the New Year than to spend time with Joey, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe? That’s the question Netflix has posed to its subscribers across North America and Canada after all ten seasons of Friends arrived on the streaming service on New Year’s Day.

Heralding no less than 238 episodes of the beloved sitcom — which ran from 1994 up until 2004 — fans will be left spoilt for choice, and it’s an addition that will no doubt instigate its fair share of late-night marathons.

Friends isn’t the only new addition to the company’s online selection though, with the likes of Bad Boys II, Cast Away and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas also cropping up from January 1 onwards. From that point on, Netflix also has plans to introduce several new titles incrementally. For action devotees, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will make its bow tomorrow,
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New to Netflix in January: Nurse Your Hangover with Friends, Bad Boys II, Mean Girls, and More

New Year’s Day is here, which probably means a fair amount of you are dealing with varying degrees of a hangover. As regularly happens every few months, Netfiix has undergone some changeover with regards to its Watch Instantly options. In order to help you laze the day away, we’ve put together a full list of not only titles that are available on Netflix starting today, but also films and TV shows that will be hitting the streaming service throughout the month of January. Most notably, the complete series of Friends is available to stream in its entirety right now, and I’m not sure I could find a better recommendation for a stay-in-your-PJs, do-as-little-as-possible day like today. Start 2015 off right by watching Season 5’s “The One with All the Resolutions” and be grateful you didn’t wear leather pants last night. Or, if you're looking for something more
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Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2014

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

With just hours remaining in 2014, I wanted to document for myself — and share with you — the films that I enjoyed the most this year. I have seen hundreds of titles — on the big screen and on screeners, at festivals and at multiplexes — among them all of the top Oscar contenders, up to and including every film on the documentary and foreign language film shortlists. In other words, I have done my best to be well-versed in what’s out there — but, needless to say, no list of this sort is anything but a subjective exercise for anyone.

It pains me that I do not have room to acknowledge, on the list itself, more of 2014’s extraordinary films (i.e. the 12-year project Boyhood, the acting showcases Birdman and The Imitation Game, the timely Selma and films both profound and moving, such as Citizenfour, Finding Vivian Maier and Leviathan,
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