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Arthouse Audit: ‘Shin Godzilla’ Stomps Delicate Indies ‘Certain Women’ and ‘Christine’

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Shin Godzilla’ Stomps Delicate Indies ‘Certain Women’ and ‘Christine’
The traditional fall season of award-season releases gets a late start on Friday with “Moonlight” (A24) and “The Handmaiden” (Magnolia) leading the way. It can’t come a moment too soon.

This weekend, top-quality films “Certain Women” (IFC), “Christine” (The Orchard), “Miss Hokusai” (Gkids) and “Aquarius” (Vitagraph) competed in limited openings. All nabbed good or better reviews. But none scored at the level likely to lead to the sort of wider response and multi-million grosses that normally come along regularly at this time of year.

The weakness can be seen among later-week grosses as films expand. There hasn’t been a breakout crossover release of any significance since “Hell or High Water” (Lionsgate), which is still grossing better than most recent releases.

Shin Godzilla” (Funimation) showed strength with a midweek opening in a mixed plan of bookings. Similar to “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” (Abramorama), out-of- the-box distribution seems to be finding positive results.
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The Goldbergs Promotes Aj Michalka to Series Regular for Season 3

Good things come to those who wait. After two seasons of stealing every scene in which she’s been present, Aj Michalka has been promoted to a series regular on The Goldbergs ahead of the show’s third season. Michalka, who plays Erica’s best friend and Barry’s girlfriend, Lainey Lewis, has been recurring on the show since Season 1, and her promotion comes after a largely increased focus on the supporting cast in the semi-autobiographical show from the real Adam Goldberg. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the casting news. The third season of The Goldbergs will feature Aj Michalka’s first time as a regular on television. Also a singer-songwriter and member of music duo 78violet with her sister Aly, Aj has been featured in multiple episodes of The Guardian, Hellcats, and Oliver Beene, and she has also appeared on the big-screen in Super 8 and Grace Unplugged.
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Evolution Management Merging into Primary Wave

Evolution Management Merging into Primary Wave
In a major combination in the management business, Evolution Management is merging into music specialist Primary Wave.

Evolution, which recently financed “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” will become part of Primary Wave’s Talent Management division and will operate under the Primary Wave name.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In an announcement Monday, the companies touted the combination as a major expansion of Primary Wave’s existing in-house film/TV development, management and production division.

“The partnership also offers Primary Wave Music’s talent roster the ability to tap the Evolution managers’ reach in film and TV while further enabling both companies to expand their development projects,” they added.

The new company will move to expanded offices in 2015.

Managers joining Primary Wave from Evolution include Mark Burg, Michael Menchel, Tiffany Kuzon, Brad Kaplan, Margot Menzel, and Ben Press as well as Stephen Gates, Sekka Scher and Dan
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Netflix Adds New TV And Movie Offerings For September 2014

Netflix will be adding a host of new TV and movie options that will be rolling out on the streaming service throughout September.

Netflix's September Additions

Netflix is kicking off September by adding seasons of Californication, Chasing UFOs, Doomsday Preppers, Hinterland, Unsealed: Alien Files and Zero Hour. Soon to follow will be seasons of The League, The Blacklist, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead and more.

As for movies, Robin Williams’ films Good Morning Vietnam and Flubber have been added in addition to Cool Runnings, Lords of Dogtown, Crocodile Dundee and others. Among those coming soon are A Simple Man, Silver Linings Playbook and Bad Grandpa.

See Below for Complete Lists of Netflix’s New TV & Movies Offerings:

TV Shows:

“Californication,” Seasons 1-7, Sept. 1

“Chasing UFOs,” Season 1, Sept. 1

“Doomsday Preppers,” Seasons 1-3, Sept. 1

“Hinterland,” Season 1, Sept. 1

“Unsealed: Alien Files,” Season 1, Sept. 1

“Zero Hour,
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Here's What's New on Netflix for September 2014

It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.

TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.

Movie fans have plenty to look forward to from Netflix in September, too. Sam Raimi's undersung 1998 thriller "A Simple Plan" hits the streaming service September
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James Denton: 'I Only Have One Chance to Be a Good Dad'

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James Denton: 'I Only Have One Chance to Be a Good Dad'
When Desperate Housewives ended its eight-year run in 2012, James Denton decided to make a radical life change. "I wanted to get my kids out of L.A.," he tells People. "So we moved to Minnesota right away. I've also got a house in rural Montana, which is our escape from Minnesota!" "Our main house is in Minneapolis because my wife [Erin]'s family is there," the actor, 51, continues. "And whenever we can, we head to the middle of nowhere in Montana; we live in a small town. It's quiet and peaceful, ideal for really connecting with my family. It was definitely the right decision for us.
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"Grace" Holds Up Under Fire

It must be difficult for Christian consumers to find media that affirms their values while simultaneously competing with Hollywood in nearly every other department that makes their product easily exported worldwide, struggle as the Christian film industry has to produce a hit with mainstream audiences. That’s not to say that Grace Unplugged is that hit, but it demonstrates a burgeoning understanding on the part of Christian film-makers of what it’s going to take to forge an industry that can sustain itself. It won’t break through in and of itself, but it’s among the first to feel as if it could have been made by a (very sympathetic) outsider.

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Heaven Is For Real – The Review

When you die and go to heaven will you really see your late loved ones, sit on Jesus’ lap, and get serenaded by angels? That’s exactly how Colton Burp described his trip to the afterworld after an out-of-body experience when he was four years old. His father Todd, a pastor in Imperial Nebraska, shared his son’s experience in the family-friendly book Heaven Is For Real which was a surprise best-seller on the Christian circuit and now here comes the film version. Heaven Is For Real is as wholesome and square as it sounds. No profanity. No sex. No violence. That’s its hook. Unpretentious and plainspoken, it knows its target Christian audience well.

The plot of Heaven Is For Real is disarmingly simple and there appears to be no question regarding the general circumstances themselves. The Burpos are a classic wholesome American family from the heartland, hardworking and faithful.
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'Divergent' Scores $22.8 Million, 'God's Not Dead' Surprises

'Divergent' Scores $22.8 Million, 'God's Not Dead' Surprises
Young-adult adaptation Divergent got off to a strong start yesterday, and is now on pace for an opening weekend north of $50 million. Meanwhile, Christian drama God's Not Dead is shaping up to be a surprise box office hit. Playing at 3,936 locations, Divergent opened to an estimated $22.8 million on Friday. That includes $4.9 million from late Thursday shows. While that opening day figure is nowhere close to Twilight ($36 million) or The Hunger Games ($67.3 million), it's still one of the best young-adult debuts ever.If Divergent plays like The Hunger Games, it will wind up with around $52 million for the weekend. That seems likely, given the demographic breakdown: the movie attracted more men than expected (41 percent), and was split evenly between those over and under 25 years of age. Combine that with an "A" CinemaScore, and Divergent may not be as frontloaded as its genre and poor reviews suggested.Opening at 3,194 theaters, Muppets Most Wanted disappointed with $4.7 million.
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Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Tops Home Video Sales

Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Tops Home Video Sales
Walt Disney Studios’ “The Jungle Book,” which first broke on the big screen nearly half a century ago, was the top-selling home video title the week ending Feb. 16.

The 1967 animated classic, the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

The Jungle Book” has never before been available on Blu-ray Disc. Not surprisingly, 58% of total unit sales came from the high-definition Blu-ray version, Nielsen research shows.

Two other new releases vaulted into the No. 2 and No. 3 positions their first week in stores. Summit Entertainment’s “Ender’s Game,” distributed by Lionsgate, debuted at No. 2 on both sales charts, while Universal Studios’ “The Best Man Holiday” bowed at No. 3.

“Ender’s Game” is a sci-fi actioner starring Harrison Ford that earned $61.7 million in U.
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Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Tops Home Video Sales

Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Tops Home Video Sales
Walt Disney Studios’ “The Jungle Book,” which first broke on the big screen nearly half a century ago, was the top-selling home video title the week ending Feb. 16.

The 1967 animated classic, the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

The Jungle Book” has never before been available on Blu-ray Disc. Not surprisingly, 58% of total unit sales came from the high-definition Blu-ray version, Nielsen research shows.

Two other new releases vaulted into the No. 2 and No. 3 positions their first week in stores. Summit Entertainment’s “Ender’s Game,” distributed by Lionsgate, debuted at No. 2 on both sales charts, while Universal Studios’ “The Best Man Holiday” bowed at No. 3.

“Ender’s Game” is a sci-fi actioner starring Harrison Ford that earned $61.7 million in U.
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'All is Lost', 'Ender's Game', 'Counselor' & 'Best Man Holiday' On DVD & Blu-ray This Week

All Is Lost Well, while I wish more people would have seen it in theaters, I'm happy more people will likely see All is Lost now that it's available on DVD and Blu-ray as Roadside didn't exactly give the film a widespread release. Granted, by this time it seems the line has been drawn as to whether you're going to harshly judge the film on its nautical merits or run into issues if it has been hyped up too much in your mind. All I say is give the film a fair shake. Rent it, turn off the lights, silence your phone and just watch for 106 minutes and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Ender's Game Not bad, but not great makes Ender's Game a film I expect more people will see (and probably enjoy) on DVD and Blu-ray than ever would have in theaters. I expect I'll catch this
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'Duck Dynasty,' 'The Bible' win big at Faith & Values Awards: What are they?

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"Duck Dynasty," "Shark Tank" and "The Bible" were among the big TV winners at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards on Friday (Feb. 7). But what exactly are these awards?

Organized by Movieguide publisher Ted Baehr, the Faith & Values Awards reward spiritual seriousness in Hollywood by analyzing films and TV shows according to biblical theology and negative factors (worldviews that are pagan, occult, humanist or derived from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a Genevan philosopher).

The ceremony, held at the Hilton Universal City, was filmed for a one-hour Reelz Channel special set to air March 1 as counter-programming to the Oscars. Below is the full list of film and TV series who were honored at the event.

$100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Television Program of 2013: "The Bible"

$100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2013: "Grace Unplugged"

Faith & Freedom Award - Television Winner: "Duck Dynasty" -- "Till Duck Do Us Part"

Faith & Freedom
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‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Finds New Life at Movieguide Awards

‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Finds New Life at Movieguide Awards
Composer Bruce Broughton has been outspoken in his disappointment over the Academy board of governors disqualifying his Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone.” Yet he says that fans are having the last say.

“Once they rescinded the nomination, everyone asked about it, and as a result, the song is doing very well,” said Broughton. “You couldn’t buy that publicity.”

The Academy made its decision after Broughton, a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, emailed members of the branch to seek out the song, as it was featured in a very under-the-radar indie faith-based film.

Broughton noted that subsequent sales of the song on iTunes and Amazon.com have pushed it to hit number 19 on the Billboard Christian music chart this week. He spoke while in attendance at the 22nd annual Movieguide Faith and Values Awards, honoring redemptive and uplifting storytelling in film and TV, held Feb.
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'Shark Tank,' 'Duck Dynasty,' 'The Bible' Win Faith & Values Awards

'Shark Tank,' 'Duck Dynasty,' 'The Bible' Win Faith & Values Awards
Duck Dynasty, Frozen, Iron Man 3, Grace Unplugged and The Bible producer Mark Burnett were the big film and TV winners at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Feb. 7 at the Hilton Universal City, a ceremony filmed for a one-hour Reelz Channel special to air Mar. 1-3, counterprogramming the Oscars. Polished performances by Richie Sambora, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jacob Latimore, A.J. Michalka, and Joni Eareckson Tada (disabled singer of the disqualified Oscar nominee "Alone But Not Alone," who lip-synched because she only has 40 percent lung capacity) won applause. "America was built on

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‘The Bible,’ ‘Duck Dynasty’ Among Movieguide Contenders

‘The Bible,’ ‘Duck Dynasty’ Among Movieguide Contenders
Reelz has set a March 1 airdate for the 22nd annual Movieguide Awards, which will be held Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton. Bill Engvall will host the show, which salutes faith-based movies and television programming.

The Bible” is up for both a TV Grace Award and the TV Epiphany Prize. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett will be among the presenters. “Duck Dynasty” has been nominated for the TV Faith & Freedom Award and the TV Family Friess Free Enterprise Prize, along with Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.”

Movie Grace Awards Nominees include Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Harrison Ford (“42″), Aj Michalka and James Denton (“Grace Unplugged”), Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe (“Man Of Steel”) and Forest Whittaker (“Black Nativity”).

Television Grace Award nominees include Allen, Downey, Diogo Morgado and and Willie Robertson.

The Show is presented by Dr. Ted Baehr, CEO of Good News Communications, Inc. in association with the John Templeton Foundation.
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‘The Bible,’ ‘Duck Dynasty’ Among Movieguide Contenders

‘The Bible,’ ‘Duck Dynasty’ Among Movieguide Contenders
Reelz has set a March 1 airdate for the 22nd annual Movieguide Awards, which will be held Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton. Bill Engvall will host the show, which salutes faith-based movies and television programming.

The Bible” is up for both a TV Grace Award and the TV Epiphany Prize. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett will be among the presenters. “Duck Dynasty” has been nominated for the TV Faith & Freedom Award and the TV Family Friess Free Enterprise Prize, along with Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing.”

Movie Grace Awards Nominees include Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Harrison Ford (“42″), Aj Michalka and James Denton (“Grace Unplugged”), Henry Cavill and Russell Crowe (“Man Of Steel”) and Forest Whittaker (“Black Nativity”).

Television Grace Award nominees include Allen, Downey, Diogo Morgado and and Willie Robertson.

The Show is presented by Dr. Ted Baehr, CEO of Good News Communications, Inc. in association with the John Templeton Foundation.
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The Full List of Nominees for The 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards

The Full List of Nominees for The 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards

Best Family Films Black Nativity Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 The Croods Despicable Me 2 Frozen (2013) Grace Unplugged Linsanity Monsters University Oz, The Great and Powerful Turbo

Best Mature Audience Films 42 Captain Phillips Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Iron Man 3 Man of Steel Thor: The Dark World The Tower

Epiphany Prize Movies 42 Black Nativity Grace Unplugged Man of Steel The Tower

Epiphany Prize Television The Bible Blue Bloods: Bad Blood The Cross Duck Dynasty: Till Duck Do Us Part Last Man Standing: Back to School

Faith & Freedom Award Movies 42 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Iron Man 3 Man of Steel Turbo

Faith & Freedom Award Television Blue Bloods: Bad Blood Christmas in Conway Duck Dynasty: Till Duck Do Us Part
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'Linsanity' and 'A Touch of Sin' Lead Limited Openings, 'Grace Unplugged' and 'Parkland' Soft in Wider Release

'Linsanity' and 'A Touch of Sin' Lead Limited Openings, 'Grace Unplugged' and 'Parkland' Soft in Wider Release
Two limited films in fewer than 500 theaters-- the Mexican "Pulling Strings" (Lionsgate/Pantelion) and Fox Searchlight's "Enough Said"-- made the top 10 this weekend as "Gravity" soared across the country with substantial adult audience support. Two new mid-level releases, the Christian-themed "Grace Unplugged" (Roadside Attractions) and "Parkland" (Exclusive/Millennium) yielded modest results in their mostly non-art house debuts. The basketball doc "Linsanity" and Chinese drama "A Touch of Sin" were the standouts among more limited releases, with no other fresh films having much strength. Twenty-eight new films actually opened this week in at least one of the two biggest markets. Several of the more notable newbies --IFC's "The Summit," Magnolia's "Bad Milo!," Anchor Bay's "Argento's Dracula 3D," Strand's "I Used to Be Darker" and "The Missing Picture," Phase IV's "The Dirties" -- most with impressive major festival pedigrees - haven't reported yet. Opening "Linsanity" (Ketchup...
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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2013)

A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.

Gravity

Distributor: Warner Bros.

About halfway through Alfonso Cuaron’s astonishing “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock, playing a lost astronaut stranded 375 miles above Earth, seeks refuge in an abandoned spacecraft and curls into a floating fetal position, savoring a brief respite from her harrowing journey. Of the many sights to behold in this white-knuckle space odyssey, a work of great narrative simplicity and visual complexity, it’s this image that speaks most eloquently to Cuaron’s gifts as a filmmaker: He’s the rare virtuoso capable of steering us through vividly imagined worlds and into deep recesses of human feeling. Suspending viewers alongside Bullock for a taut, transporting 91 minutes (with George Clooney in a sly supporting turn), the director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy
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