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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

20. Dead Man Walking

Directed by: Tim Robbins

Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »

- Joshua Gaul

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‘The Legend of Cambo’ is a must-see for Korine fans

30 January 2015 6:23 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Legend of Cambo

Harmony Korine, the director behind such films as Spring Breakers, Mister Lonely and Gummo is starting the new year off right, with a ten minute documentary. The film, The Legend of Cambo, is part of the Profiles series for Vice. The episode follows Cambo, a man who lived alone in the woods of Alabama for two years following a nasty divorce between his parents. His reclusion to the woods was a means of escape, a way to focus his energy on nothing but his own survival, but ended up marking his transition into adulthood and maturity beyond his years.

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The post ‘The Legend of Cambo’ is a must-see for Korine fans appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Caitlin Marceau

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Selena Gomez and James Franco Reuniting on the Big Screen for In Dubious Battle!

30 January 2015 5:21 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Selena Gomez has snagged another movie role, and this time she'll share the screen with James Franco once again! E! News confirms that the brunette beauty, who is currently filming Fundamentals of Caregiving, is reuniting with her Spring Breakers co-star for In Dubious Battle, based on John Steinbeck's gritty, realist style novel of the same name, which portrays the struggle between labor and capital in 1930s America as close to all out warfare. Franco will also be directing the film, which has a star-studded cast that includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. According to the press release, In Dubious Battle is "set in a fictionalized valley in »

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James Franco Gets All-Star Cast for 'In Dubious Battle'

30 January 2015 3:08 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor/filmmaker James Franco is getting behind the camera to direct once again, assembling an all-star cast for his adaptation In Dubious Battle, based on the 1936 John Steinbeck novel of the same name. Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride have all signed on to star. No details were immediately available for the characters they will portray.

The novel centers on a man trying to organize a strike between fruit pickers in Southern California. Matt Rager, who worked on the screenplay for As I Lay Dying with James Franco, is writing the screenplay adaptation. Principal photography is slated to begin in March, although it isn't known if other roles needed to be cast. James Franco has a history with John Steinbeck, recently making his Broadway debut with a revival of his Of Mice and Men.

Ambi Group, the movie development, finance, production and distribution »

- MovieWeb

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Forecast: 'Sniper' Set to Three-Peat Over Super Bowl Weekend... >

29 January 2015 5:45 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

For the third weekend in a row, American Sniper is going to easily take the top spot at the box office. Even with the Super Bowl monopolizing attention on Sunday, Sniper should still easily add at least $30 million over the three-day period.Among the weekend's new releases, found footage time travel movie Project Almanac should provide decent counterprogramming for teen moviegoers, while Black or White and The Loft will be lucky to earn a combined $10 million.Through 13 days in wide release, American Sniper has already earned $213.4 million. This weekend, it expands to an additional 180 locations, which brings its total count to 3,885; that's a new record for an R-rated movie, ahead of the record that Sniper set last weekend.On fantastic word-of-mouth, the movie dropped a very light 28 percent last weekend. With tough competition from the Super Bowl on Sunday, a similar drop this weekend is out of the question. Still, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Watch: Harmony Korine's Mini-Doc 'The Legend of Cambo' from Vice

29 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Edgy online magazine Vice has just released a special mini-documentary directed by "Spring Breakers" director and "Kids" writer Harmony Korine. "The Legend of Cambo" follows a young man named Cambo, a teenager who spent two years learning how to survive and live alone in the wild backwoods of Alabama. Cambo explains that he ran away from his parents' home following their rough divorce, found love in nature and endured the loss of his child. "The Legend of Cambo" marks Korine's return to chronicling teenagers in unusual situations.  The video is a part of Vice’s series, "Profiles by Vice," which focuses on eccentric characters. Check it out below: Read More: Harmony Korine Recalls Watching His First Student Film in Exclusive Excerpt From 'Harmony Korine: Interviews' »

- Casey Cipriani

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Riff Raff Is Ripped and Unrecognizable, Rapper Gains 55 Pounds of Muscle: Photos

29 January 2015 4:52 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Forget the "Riff" and on with the ripped! Rapper Riff Raff took to his Twitter on Wednesday, Jan. 28, to proudly unveil his weight gain of a whopping 55 pounds. The added pounds, however, have been an intentional process for the jacked artist. Riff Raff (who famously inspired James Franco's character in Spring Breakers) recently announced that he has been training with Hulk Hogan to pursue a professional wrestling career. Last fall, Riff Raff, 33, told his Instagram fans that he was starting a "Versace Strength Training" [...] »

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Vanessa Hudgens Flaunts Super Toned Abs in New Bongo Campaign

28 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Vanessa Hudgens is showing off her super hot body! The "Spring Breakers" star flaunts her killer abs in the latest campaign for Bongo's Spring 2015 collection.   The 26-year-old star looks gorgeous in the latest crop of photos for the junior lifestyle brand. The new collection, titled "The Best of Vanessa's Style," is inspired by the "High School Musical" alum and her signature bohemian style.  The collection, which she helped design, is full of crop tops, pencil skirts, colorful kimonos and denim shorts.   "It was so exciting to team up with Bongo to create the spring collection, inspired by my very own personal style," the brunette bombshell said in a statement.  "All the pieces are styles that I love to wear, like matching crop tops and pencil skirts, cute motorcycle jackets and asymmetrical skirts. What I love most about this collection is that it allows you to be whoever you want to »

- tooFab Staff

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‘Night of the Living Dead’ Origins Movie Gains Momentum with Radar Pictures

26 January 2015 9:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Radar Pictures has come on board to produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s “Origins,” the genesis story of his father’s iconic “Night of the Living Dead.”

Production is planned for later this year.

Night of the Living Dead” was released in 1968 and starred Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea and Karl Hardman. The film, which follows seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse attacked by zombies, was shot in black and white for $114,000 and grossed $30 millon worldwide, spawning five more “Living Dead” films.

It was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The new film’s story is by Romero, who will also direct, with a screenplay by Romero, Darrin Reed and Bryce C. Campbell. Radar’s Ted Field will produce with Aldo Lapietra, Campbell, Reed and Romero. Executive producers are Mike Weber and Thomas van Dell.

The project is set at the height of the Cold War, »

- Dave McNary

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Slamdance Review: 'Spring Breakers' Star Ashley Benson Gets Hacked In 'Ratter'

25 January 2015 8:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're currently in a cinematic climate fearful of the power of the internet, but cyber-stalking in particular has been a popular flavor with filmmakers going all the back to "The Net," in which Sandra Bullock found out just how much of your life can be erased through the nefarious use of computers. Two decades later, it's not just computers where we can be compromised, but on our smartphones, too. And if you're a really determined bad guy (or any kind of governmental security agency) you can even log every keystroke, password, and communication from a targeted piece of digital equipment. That seems to be of particular fascination to writer/director Branden Kramer who has turned his short film "Webcam" into the feature length "Ratter," a stalking tale that purports to be told through the eye of the omnipresent but unseen hacker himself. "Spring Breakers" star Ashley Benson leads the film as Emma, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sundance: 6 Studios Battling For Fest Favorite ‘Dope’ (Exclusive)

24 January 2015 11:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As many as six distributors are scrambling to bid on what has quickly become the hottest title at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: “Dope,” Rick Famuyiwa’s fresh and funny new comedy.

Among the players circling the picture are Lionsgate, Relativity, The Weinstein Company, Open Road, A24 and Fox Searchlight, according to individuals with knowledge of the talks. It’s not clear how much the picture will fetch as talks are ongoing, but with this many players involved, the competition could get heated.

The picture received an enthusiastic response after it premiered on Saturday night at the Library Theatre. It’s the story of a bunch of high school outcasts in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood who are enamored of ’90s hip-hop. There are also plenty of allusions to modern phenomenons such as Bitcoin. Mashable described the picture as “Existing somewhere between Juice, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Spring Breakers. »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Sundance Film Review: ‘True Story’

23 January 2015 11:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Truth is strange, but hardly any more interesting than fiction in “True Story,” a perplexingly serious new collaboration for James Franco and Jonah Hill. In Franco’s case, this macabre project plays right into the label-defying star’s ongoing exploration of slippery identities (here he plays a sociopath beyond redemption). Even so, one wonders just how eager audiences will be to watch a tony adaptation of ex-New York Times reporter Michael Finkel’s self-serving memoir, a conscience-cleanser written to redeem himself after being tarred and feathered for inventing a composite character in a high-profile cover story.

Unlike 2004’s respected yet low-earning “Shattered Glass,” this unconventional two-hander is less preoccupied with the undoing of a respected journo than with the odd bond that Finkel (Hill) went on to forge with convicted child killer Christian Longo (an appropriately icy Franco). Nor is the script — a surprisingly non-conceptual treatment, considering how Charlie Kaufman the project could have gone, »

- Peter Debruge

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Poster Madness! The Best of 2014

22 January 2015 1:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here with my now annual list of the best movie posters of the year. I should apologize for being so tardy with this, but I've been working on a big non-movie-related project that took precedent. Never mind that though because we're back. Last year logged the first time that I dragged my lil ol' list of the year's best movie posters over from my own blog onto The Film Experience we're back to see what'll win this year. Last year the honor went to Spring Breakers and this year was no less fierce. I have once more assembled an... eclectic list of films ranging from French orgy dramas and Christian religious flicks to British sci-fi and obscure horror titles.

I have tried to keep the posters featured within down to American 2014 theatrical/VOD releases only. That means designs that emerged online as much as 18 months ago can be on »

- Glenn Dunks

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Everything is ‘Dope’ in first trailer for the upcoming Sundance film

21 January 2015 8:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If Spring Breakers met the hip-hop scene in California, it would be the first trailer for the upcoming Sundance film, Dope.

Entertainment Weekly dropped the first trailer for the film on Tuesday. Dope follows Malcolm, a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things ’90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day.

When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin.

The film stars Shameik Moore as Malcolm, The Grand Budapest Hotel star Tony Revolori, »

- Zach Dennis

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Watch: Ashley Benson's Been Hacked in Exclusive 'Ratter' Clip

20 January 2015 4:58 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's not just Ashley Benson who is at risk. We all are. Based on the short film "Webcam," "Ratter" is a horror-thriller about a young woman, who, like her peers, is always "connected." Whether it's her phone or her laptop, Emma is always "on" -- making her an easy target for hackers using Rat (Remote Access Trojan), a type of malware that can be used to take control of a person's webcam and/or overall device. Read More: How the Slamdance Film Festival Survived 20 Years of Counterprogramming Mayhem Slated to premiere in competition at the Slamdance Film Festival later this month, "Ratter" stars Ashley Benson, who is best known for her performances in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" and the hit ABC Family TV series "Pretty Little Liars." As you will see in the clip below, rather than telling the story from Emma's perspective, "Ratter" places the audience directly inside the hacker's. »

- Shipra Gupta

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Are Selena Gomez & Zedd More Than Friends?

20 January 2015 3:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Out with Jelena, in with Zeddlena? After being photographed leaving a Golden Globes party hand-in-hand, rumors flew that Selena Gomez and Zedd - who are working on the singer's new album together - are more than just friends. Reps for both stars have not commented, but should Gomez, 22, be dipping her toes back in the dating game, a source tells People that Zedd is a "great and solid guy." On Sunday, the actress, who is currently shooting a new film The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving in Atlanta, posted a candid snap of her and the DJ/music producer on her Instagram, »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Vanessa Hudgens, Julianne Hough land Fox's 'Grease: Live' leads

17 January 2015 4:49 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" may not have been a smash, but Fox's previously announced "Grease: Live" is still moving forward with both a premiere date and pair of female leads. Fox announced on Saturday (January 17) that Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will take key roles in "Grease: Live," which will be based on both the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, but also the 1978 feature adaptation.  "Grease: Live" will air on Fox on Sunday, January 31, 2016. So yes, that's a long time for Hough, Hudgens and the yet-to-be-announced castmembers to get prepared. Blurbs executive producer Marc Platt, "'Grease' is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time. It's fun, it's endearing and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience." Hough will play the lead role of Sandy, virginal new girl at Rydell High. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Fox Plans "Grease" Musical, NBC On "Pan" Flop

17 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

NBC had huge success with "The Sound of Music Live" two years ago, pulling 18.5 million viewers for the one-off event. Yet while many know "The Sound of Music" off by heart, inexplicably the network chose the far less popular or even known stage musical version of "Peter Pan" for a follow-up.

Understandably, the ratings fell with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in for that broadcast. At the TCA Winter Tour presentation this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt put the blame for the failure on the lack of star power and the lack of awareness of "Peter Pan" as a stage musical. They also suggested either "The Wiz" or "The Music Man" for their next attempt.

If there's one musical movie as ubiquitous and well-known as "The Sound of Music" though, it's "Grease" and Fox announced plans today for a live television production of "Grease: The Musical". The broadcast plans to »

- Garth Franklin

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Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough Join Fox's Live Grease Musical: Find Out Who They Are Playing!

17 January 2015 10:27 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Grease is the word...especially with this cast! Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough have just joined the cast of Fox's live staging of the hit 1978 feature adaptation of the 1971 original musical. So who are they playing? The Dancing With the Stars judge is set to take on the role of Sandy, famously played by Olivia Newton-John in the film, while Hudgens, most recently seen in Spring Breakers, will play Rizzo, the iconic bad girl (played by Stockard Channing).  Click: Empire has been renewed! Even more excited than we are by this casting? The ladies! "Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play »

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Fox's Live Grease Musical Casts Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens

17 January 2015 10:08 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fox’s live staging of Grease has found its Sandy and Rizzo — as well as a premiere date.

“Tell me more, tell me more,” you say? Well…

Dancing With the Stars alum/actress Julianne Hough will fill the role of Rydell High noob Sandy, while High School Musical grad Vanessa Hudgens will get a hickey (if not more) from Kenickie, as bad girl Rizzo.

The three-hour live musical staging, which was originally announced to bow this year, instead will be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, starting at 7/6c.

Hough’s acting credits include 2011’s Footloose remake and the Broadway-to-screen adaptation Rock of Ages, »

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