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Match the withering review to the movie – quiz

14 October 2016 1:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week saw critics pan the latest Dan Brown thriller, Inferno, the Guardian included. Can you match the following scathing critiques to the one-star films that received them?

”Napalms the screen with waves of pornographic consumerist vulgarity…dredged directly from Tinseltown’s festering scrotum.”

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back


The Intern

Ted 2

"The whole dreary business drags interminably on, with not a single amusing or ingenious idea in its echoing metal head: a cynical franchisebot, machine-tooled to clank into cinemas and gouge money out of people."

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Iron Man 3

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Terminator Genisys

"Could be one of those rare and terrifying serial killer cases where the psychotic culprit apparently intends to bore and embarrass everyone to death with bad acting."


Child 44



"Blanchett gives a toe-curlingly awful and Razzie-worthy turn in this tiresome aria of liberal self-pity and self-importance. »

- Aidan Mac Guill

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Umedia launches Vancouver VFX house

28 September 2016 4:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Company now operates three VFX facilities with additional bases in Brussels and Paris.

Film and TV financing and production outfit Umedia is launching a visual effects and post-production house in Vancouver.

The Belgian outfit also has offices in Brussels, Paris, London and La. The new studio augments additional VFX facilities in Brussels and Paris.

The Vancouver office will be equipped to house more than 70 artists and includes a 4k screening theatre, a full digital intermediate suit, Avid edit suites and production offices.

Oscar-nominated VFX artist Peter Muyzers (District 9) will manage the facility.

Recent projects that Umedia’s VFX teams have worked on include Netflix’s Marseille series and Olivier Dahan’s Grace Of Monaco.

“I am delighted to welcome Umedia Vancouver to the family,” said Umedia founder Adrian Politowski [pictured right].

“The world-renowned quality of Vancouver’s VFX and finishing artists, combined with an attractive tax incentive program, made the city an obvious choice. Our multinational »

- (Tom Grater)

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Arthouse Audit: ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ Concert Doc Soars in Hybrid Release

18 September 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Reaching back over a half century, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” thrived with a contemporary mix of theaters and Hulu home viewing availability to become a major grossing event this weekend. The Ron Howard concert doc led an otherwise bleak set of new openers as audiences wait for top titles from festivals to reach theaters.

Included among the openers are two films from directors of Best Picture winners that got little attention: “Mr. Church” from Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and “Finding Altamira” from Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”). Fortunes take different paths. Ron Howard directed “Eight Days a Week,” while Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone are nabbing attention with “Sully” at #1 and “Snowden” farther back in the pack, respectively.


“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (Abramorama) – Metacritic: 72

$615,632 in 88 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $7,243 ; Cumulative: $772,467

Ron Howard is the latest Oscar-winner (see Eastwood, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Emmy Handicaps: Outstanding TV Movie

17 September 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Due to the sad state of the once-vibrant television movie, the now-separate category for TV movies has largely changed the definition of what that really means, and not necessarily for the better. Last year there were nominees in the category that were essentially episodes of an ongoing series, and even one theatrical feature (Grace Of Monaco) that had been sold off to Lifetime — hardly the definition of a movie made for television. HBO's Bessie was the eventual… »

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Natalie Portman, Round Two?

7 September 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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Anyone fearing a fiasco like Naomi's Diana or Nicole's Grace of Monaco can breathe a sigh of relief in regards to the latest prestige pic about an obsessed-over hugely influential royal icon household name. Pablo Larraín's Jackie, a portrait of the most famous First Lady in the wake of her husband's assassination, is getting great ink. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are tossing out blurb-ready words like "remarkable," "meticulous," "profound," "incandescent" and many many more slobbery adjectives. (Though it should be noted that Larraín makes tough movies that never coddle audiences which might prevent this from being a breakout.)

Anyone fearing another round of Natalie Portman Mania at the Oscars might want to tense up, though. Her reviews are truly glowing. Will Natalie get to quote her Black Swan self about Oscar a second time?

He picked me, Mommy.



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Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine Take an Unexpected Vacation in Trailer for ‘Wild Oats’

29 August 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Screen legends Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine have teamed for the new comedy Wild Oats, which was shot two years ago and now will finally be arriving in theaters next month. Directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch, Fools Rush In), the story follows a woman who gets a life insurance check for $5,000,000 instead of $50,000, so she takes an unexpected vacation to Canary Islands with her friend.

Also starring Demi Moore, Billy Connolly and Alan Arkin, if you enjoy often the often under-represented geriatric comedy genre, Wild Oats looks to fit the bill. This one got the Grace of Monaco treatment from The Weinstein Company, premiering on Lifetime last week before a theatrical release next month. While they still have yet to officially release a trailer, one popped up on the international circuit. Check it out below, along with the poster.

After her husband’s passing, Eva (Shirley MacLaine) faces life on »

- Leonard Pearce

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Exclusive: director Shawn Levy on the Starman movie remake

23 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Sony’s Starman remake will have a younger cast than the original and a contemporary setting confirms director Shawn Levy

The news broke this April that a remake of John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi Starman is currently being worked up at Sony. Real Steel and Night At The Museum’s Shawn Levy is to direct and produce, joined by original producer Michael Douglas and Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel on scripting duties.

While chatting to Levy about terrific new Netflix series Stranger Things, he gave us an update on Starman’s progress and confirmed that the new film will indeed have a contemporary setting:

Starman is halfway through being written. It is fucking cool and very much the story of the original but leans into the technology and the scientific awareness that we have now, which is radically different than what we had when John Carpenter made the original film. »

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Cannes: How to Handle a Festival Bomb

17 May 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

“When you come to Cannes, you’re prepared,” said Olivier Assayas on the smattering of boos following Monday’s press screening of his latest film, Personal Shopper. “You’re prepared for anything.” His Kristen Stewart-starring ghost story may have been the only competition title so far this festival to have been greeted with that most European of critical put-down, but it hardly ranks among the great Cannes maulings. Last year, it was Sea of Trees that sparked the reviewers' wrath, while 2014 gave us arguably the most famous contemporary turkey, curtain-raiser Grace of Monaco, the loud jeers from

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- Alex Ritman

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5 Burning Questions About the Cannes Film Festival

10 May 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood players will be watching the Cannes Film Festival intently this week. As the movie business decamps to the Côte d’Azur, here’s a look at five hot topics that will dominate the rosé-filled after-parties, red carpets and A-lister press conferences along the Croisette.

(1) How Active Will Harvey Weinstein Be?

For months, rumors have abounded that the Weinstein Company is in turmoil. The indie label cut staff last year and left the last Sundance and Toronto Film Festival without landing a major project. Film flops such as “Burnt” and “Jane Got a Gun,” as well as the weaker-than-expected results for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” have further amplified mutterings that all is not well in Harvey’s kingdom. But regardless of rumors, Weinstein has always been a ringleader of Cannes — whether fighting with the director of “Grace of Monaco” or promising an Oscar nomination to Jake Gyllenhaal for “Southpaw. »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Cannes archives: Screen's Jury Grid 2014 - 'Mr Turner' sets record

9 May 2016 4:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Cannes approaches, Screen casts its eye back at the winners and losers of 2014 according to our jury of critics.

Each year, Screen International’s Jury Grid collates the verdicts of an international panel of critics to provide an impressively reliable prophecy of the year’s top prizes.

In 2014, the festival’s opening night film Grace Of Monaco may have caused something of a furore by upsetting Cannes regulars, the royal family of Monaco, but the main Competition was very much business as usual.

Mike Leigh topped the jury grid once again with Mr Turner [pictured], a biopic of eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner. Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall, scored 3.6 out of 4 – the highest score ever in the history of the Jury Grid.

The film marked Leigh’s fifth film in Competition at Cannes, and though Spall won the best actor award, Leigh missed out on the Palme d’Or again. Instead, the festival »

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She's an Aussie Girl! Nicole Kidman Hits the Beach Down Under

9 April 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Someone's having fun in the sun! Nicole Kidman spent a recent morning back home in Sydney, Australia, where she splashed in the surf at Balmoral Beach in a floral bikini. The Grace of Monaco star, 48, dipped into the waves on March 25, even as the weather begins to cool in Sydney. Kidman looked a bit chilled, but was seen breaking into a big smile during her swim. She was joined that morning by her mom, Janelle. Emerging from the ocean, Kidman's beach look was a complete change both from her couture red carpet looks (four fancy dresses in 48 hours!) and, as »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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She's an Aussie Girl! Nicole Kidman Hits the Beach Down Under

9 April 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Someone's having fun in the sun! Nicole Kidman spent a recent morning back home in Sydney, Australia, where she splashed in the surf at Balmoral Beach in a floral bikini. The Grace of Monaco star, 48, dipped into the waves on March 25, even as the weather begins to cool in Sydney. Kidman looked a bit chilled, but was seen breaking into a big smile during her swim. She was joined that morning by her mom, Janelle. Emerging from the ocean, Kidman's beach look was a complete change both from her couture red carpet looks (four fancy dresses in 48 hours!) and, as »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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Shawn Levy to remake Starman

3 April 2016 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) has signed on to direct a remake of the 1984 sci-fi romance Starman, which will be scripted by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco).

Directed by John Carpenter, the original movie starred Jeff Bridges as an alien who comes to Earth and assumes the identity of a woman’s (Karen Allen) dead husband in an effort to evade capture by the government. Coercing the woman into driving him cross country to a rendezvous point, a romance then blossoms between the two.

Levy, whose last directorial efforts were 2014’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and This Is Where I Leave You, will also serve as a producer on the remake alongside Michael Douglas, who produced the original.


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John Carpenter's Starman is next for the remake treatment

2 April 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




The director of Night At The Museum, Shawn Levy, is tackling a remake of John Carpenter's Starman...

The cinema of John Carpenter has already been heavily pillaged for remakes over the past decade or so, but up until now, Starman has been excused. However, plans are now afoot to revisit the 1984 sci-fi flick, that originally starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen.

The original Starman saw an alien visit Earth in response to a message from Nasa. He then takes on the body of Bridges, and a chase ensues. The new Starman is being panned by Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) with Michael Douglas reprising his position as producer.

Directing this time will be Shawn Levy, best known for the likes of Real Steel and the Night At The Museum trilogy. We're promised that the new film will be set in the 21st century, and thus brought up to date. »

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'Starman' is getting remade by Shawn Levy because of course it is

1 April 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first film set I ever visited was for John Carpenter’s Starman. I was 13, and the film was shooting just outside Chattanooga, Tn, where I lived at the time. When I was leaving the set at the end of the day, the unit publicist (the great Peter J. Silbermann) gave me a copy of the script by Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon and Dean Riesner, the first actual film script I ever read. It could have been anything I read first, but I’m glad that as I started try to break down structure and character and the crazy magic trick that is writing words on a page that then come to life on a film set, it was that script which I was studying. It’s a lovely piece of writing, and there’s a reason Jeff Bridges got nominated for an Oscar playing the lead role of »

- Drew McWeeny

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Review: Sturdy, Grounded, But Not Quite Satisfying 'Standing Tall' Starring Catherine Deneuve

1 April 2016 2:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Last year, the Cannes Film Festival got off to the worst possible start. The opening night slot has always had ups and downs (read our feature on the best and worst of them here), and for every "Moonrise Kingdom" or "Up," there was a "Da Vinci Code" or "Blindness," but "Grace Of Monaco" was something else: a rotten, ill-conceived biopic of Grace Kelly that hasn't just skipped U.S theaters entirely, it's actually premiering on Lifetime. Festival head Thierry Fremaux clearly had some making up to do with this year's opening night film, and he's eschewed big Hollywood stars for a more modest, homegrown effort in Emmanuelle Bercot's "Standing Tall," which also marks the first time since Diane Kurys' "A Man In Love" in 1987 that a film from a female director has kicked off Cannes. The result is a sturdy, »

- Jessica Kiang

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Shawn Levy To Spearhead Columbia’s Starman Remake

1 April 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is on the verge of helming Columbia PicturesStarman remake, based on the John Carpenter sci-fi classic of the same name.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, it’s understood that the studio has drafted in Arash Amel (Erased, Grace of Monaco) to pen the screenplay, shifting the tale into the modern era. Michael Douglas, meanwhile, is attached to produce alongside Levy after working on the original more than three decades ago.

First released in 1984, Starman orbited around the story of a mysterious alien that responds to Nasa’s far-flung spacecraft Voyager II. After careering into Earth with the intention of paying a visit, the extra-terrestrial assumes the form of a woman’s dead husband, eventually directing her toward a strange rendezvous site before it perishes. Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen anchored the ’80s feature, with the former earning an Oscar nomination at the time »

- Michael Briers

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Shawn Levy will direct the ‘Starman’ remake

1 April 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Night At The Museum helmer Shawn Levy is all set to direct and produce a new remake of the classic 1980s movie Starman. The original movie starred Jeff Bridges and was directed by John Carpenter, and has developed a cult following in the thirty years following its release. The remake is set up with original producer Michael Douglas set to return, while Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) is writing the screenplay.

The original told the story of an humanoid alien (Jeff Bridges) who came to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold phonograph record installed on the Voyager 2 space probe. Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

The remake, like the original, is set up at Columbia Pictures.

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- Paul Heath

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'Real Steel' Director to Helm 'Starman' Remake

1 April 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Cue the David Bowie track, 'cause it looks like we're about due for the stars!

According to THR, the 1980s sci-fi film Starman (which starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen) is getting remade, and helming this project is Real Steel and Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy. Producing the film alongside him will be Michael Douglas, who also produced the original 1984 film, which was directed by John Carpenter.

Writing the script for Starman is Arash Amel, a relatively new talent with less than a handful of films to his name. On that list, however is a Nicole Kidman/Tim Roth film called Grace Of Monaco, which was released in 2014, but was not too well received by fans.

The synopsis for the original film is as follows:

"Answering a Nasa message intended for aliens, a space being tries to contact mankind, but an American missile grounds his ship. Scrambling, the »

- Joseph Medina

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Starman Is Being Remade, Get The Details

1 April 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you have a favorite movie and you'd like to see it get a modern remake, you pretty much just need to wait long enough and it will happen. Somewhere, there is now a contingent of 80's sci-fi fans who are either overjoyed or furious, as the newest film to get the remake treatment is Starman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy, the director behind the Night at the Museum movies has signed on to direct the remake of the 1984 science fiction drama. The screenplay is currently being worked on by Arash Amel, who wrote the Nicole Kidman vehicle Grace of Monaco. The original Starman starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen and it plays as sort of a romantic version of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. A space alien crash lands on earth and, in an attempt to avoid capture by government agents, clones a human body for himself »

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