7 items from 2016
The drama – which appears to have skipped the festival circuit – centers on Willie (Church), a homeless man who is paid by two rich teens to fight other men for cash and then struggles to escape the dark world he’s gotten himself into. With the help of a new pen-pal and a trusting new friend (Terrence Howard), he hopes to turn his life around.
Church — poised to break out after “Sideways” (more than a decade ago) — is soon to »
- Liz Calvario
Trigger warning for anybody who has a kid, knows a kid, once met a kid, or ever was a kid. This trailer for Kidnap is essentially that nagging fear that is constantly running in the background of every parent’s brain, but amplified by a thousand and then condensed into two minutes. Halle Berry plays a woman who brings her aggressively adorable child to a crowded playground while ominously placid guitar chords flit through the soundtrack. Given the title of the movie, you can probably assume what happens next. The gentle plucking music gives way to machinist clangs and bwomps, and the terrified mother spends the rest of the preview ignoring protocol and causing traffic accidents while chasing after the unfamiliar car she saw her son pushed into.
- Dennis DiClaudio
Hollywood franchise-building is a competitive business, so it’s remarkable to see how many different studios have agreed to put aside their differences and allow the Bad series to develop across various corporate borders. Sure, there may not any formal connection between Bad Santa, Bad Teacher, Bad Grandpa, Bad Words, Bad Gymnast (sorry, The Bronze), and the new Bad Moms apart from the universal desire to attract audiences with the promise of zanily inappropriate behavior from people who are supposed to be role models and/or authority figures. But they do seem to be the product of an agreement that everyone is allowed to rip off this concept from everyone else. All of these studios and filmmakers may revel in bad behavior, but they seem to know how to share.
Photo: Stx Productions
Shared ideas aside, there is something more transgressive, however faintly, about the impulses behind Bad Moms. When »
- Jesse Hassenger
Well, it appears there is some movement on “The New Mutants,” front, the “X-Men” spin-off that featured young, teenage mutants introduced in the comics after the original X-team started to grow older. This morning word came from X-Men Cinematic Universe gatekeeper Simon Kinberg that “The New Mutants” would take on a Ya-vibe given its younger actors. He also said the script, being co-written by “The Fault In Our Stars” director Josh Boone and Knate Gwaltney (“Bad Grandpa”) was being penned as we speak. But is it closer to completion than the producer intimated? Or are just the main characters nailed down and Fox knows who they want? According to a HitFix report, 20th Century Fox has set their sights on two new actors, Maisie Williams from “Game Of Thrones,” and up-and-comer Anya Taylor-Joy from the indie horror “The Witch,” to start alongside Alexandra Shipp from “X-Men: Apocalypse” who will apparently reprise her role as Storm. »
- Rodrigo Perez
TV comedy Impractical Jokers continues to go from strength to strength. With the fifth season of the hit show currently airing in the Us, and after a brief sell-out tour of the UK, the series is set to hit the big screen.
The stars of the hidden camera show, improv troupe The Tenderloins, intend to start shooting this summer. In an interview with our American cousins, Den of Geek Us, star James ‘Murr’ Murray told them “We are hoping to shoot the Impractical Jokers movie this August, yes. If you look at our calendar, we have all of August off from touring.”
He also gave an idea of what we can expect from the film. “The idea is that it would be a mega version of the show, kinda just like Jackass. It would be a buddy comedy, »
Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Mantzoukas, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Hough, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Brandon Mychal Smith, Adam Pally | Written by John Phillips | Directed by Dan Mazer
Sacha Baron Cohen cohort Dan Mazer – who produced Cohen’s movies Bruno, Borat and The Dictator – follows up his feature debut, I Give It A Year, with a Cohen-style gross-out comedy starring the legend that is Robert De Niro. This time round De Niro, in another of his comedic roles (his last The Intern was superb Fyi), he appears alongside the smouldering sex-bomb that is Zac Efron. And both of them get topless. Which should be all most of this films target audience will need to know really. But I digress.
- Phil Wheat
Launching the careers of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and more, the teen musical rom-com spawned two sequels, including a theatrical release for the third film, which brought in over $250 million worldwide at the box office. An additional spinoff, “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” starring Tisdale, was released straight-to-dvd.
At the time of its premiere on this day in 2006, “High School Musical” marked Disney Channel’s highest-rated telecast with 7.7 million viewers in the states. That record was later broken by the sequel “High School Musical 2,” which brought in 17.3 million viewers in August 2007, topping the original by almost 10 million more viewers, becoming the most-watched TV movie of all time. The film “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” marked the biggest opening day for any musical film at the box office, holding the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
7 items from 2016
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