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‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Review: Vin Diesel’s Action Reboot Bulks up on Cheap Thrills and Lean Plot

21 January 2017 9:32 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s pronounced “triple x,” in case you didn’t see the first movie that introduced Xander Cage, the extreme sportsman turned top secret government agent, which premiered in 2002. Hoping to manufacture the success of his “Fast and the Furious” franchise, Diesel has resurrected that summer blockbuster for a limp January imitation that loosely strings together high-octane thrills to threadbare effect.

The movie opens with Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson, with face scar) imploring Brazilian soccer star Neymar to join the xXx program, a (top secret) super spy program run by the U.S. government. His pitch is “we are not at war, we are at peril,” as if those are two different things. Then, just as Gibbons inexplicably finishes explaining the plot of “Dogtown and Z Boys,” a fiery satellite careens out of the sky and presumably kills them both.

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- Jude Dry

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‘Lost in London’ Review: Woody Harrelson’s Audacious Live Movie Experiment Drops More Names Than Jokes

20 January 2017 2:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If one were to judge “Lost in London” solely on the impressive technical feat of producing a live feature film in a single take over the course of two hours, “Lost in London” would be a resounding success. Unfortunately, that’s not how movies work. While Woody Harrelson’s directorial debut experiment went off largely without a hitch, it’s unclear if anyone would care about “Lost in London” if it weren’t filmed live. Despite its unique production, the script (written by Harrelson) suffers from a plot line that drags even as its star hustles to keep up, Hollywood insider jokes that fall flat despite being low-hanging fruit, and a culturally tone-deaf script that is not worth straining to hear over the canned background noise.

Inspired by the true events of one “wild night” Harrelson had in 2012 (celebrities are so crazy!), the movie begins with Harrelson, as himself, exiting »

- Jude Dry

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'Lost In London': was Woody Harrelson's live feature a success?

20 January 2017 3:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen reports from the live event movie, which was filmed last night (Jan 20) in the UK capital.

For his first film behind the camera, writer-director-star Woody Harrelson has taken a number of recent cinematic and broadcast innovations, most notably one-shot movies (Victoria and Russian Ark), real-time storytelling and live broadcasts, and rolled them into one extravagant event.

Lost In London was beamed live in 500 screens across America but just a single cinema in London on account of its 2am shoot. The film contained 24 locations, including a restaurant, a nightclub, a police cell and Waterloo Bridge (whose sudden closure almost derailed the show), and more than 30 actors.

The preamble to the London screening was filled with clips of well-known celebrities (including Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lawrence) teasing Harrelson for taking on what they jokingly referred to as a great folly. Harrelson’s script maintains this light-hearted tone as it recounts details of the worst night of his »

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Lost in London review: Woody Harrelson's live movie is a miraculous oddity

20 January 2017 2:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Shot in a single take and broadcast live to 500 cinemas, Harrelson’s directorial debut is a unique work that fuses technical wizardry with self-deprecating satire

Even at its liveliest, cinema can only ever be a refrigerated medium, relaying images to us that were shot months, years even decades earlier. But this week there was an exception to that rule. Woody Harrelson’s directorial debut, Lost in London, was broadcast live to more than 500 cinemas in the Us, and one in the UK, as it was being filmed on the streets of the capital at 2am on Friday.

As if that were not impressive enough, the picture was shot in a single unbroken 100-minute take with a cast of 30 (plus hundreds of extras) in 14 locations, two black cabs, one police vehicle and a Vw camper van festooned with fairy lights. Actors who try their hand as a director typically start off »

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Inside Woody Harrelson's Ambitious, Groundbreaking Live Film Screening 'Lost in London'

20 January 2017 12:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Woody Harrelson pulled it off.

The actor found a way to cross the finish line in fine form Thursday night (actually Friday morning, in England) with his directorial debut Lost in London. The word "ambitious" doesn’t quite capture what this 105-minute film was, but maybe this helps: Harrelson wrote, directed, produced and starred in the project — billed as the first feature-length film shot in real time and broadcast live to cinemas — featuring 14 Central London locations, 30 actors, 300-plus crewmembers and one single take. Take that, Jennifer Lawrence!

The film streamed into 550 theaters across the »

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Bloom targets Efm launch for 'Lost In London'

19 January 2017 3:18 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Woody Harrelson’s live event movie is garnering interest at Sundance.

Alex Walton’s Bloom has boarded international sales on Woody Harrelson’s directorial debut ahead of Thursday night’s simultaneous shoot and broadcast.

Harrelson directs the experimental event, which will shoot in one take across multiple locations in central London and screens live in Salt Lake City and participating Us theatres in association with Fathom Events.

The Oscar-nominated star plays himself as he struggles to get home to family in London despite encounters with royalty, old friends and the authorities. It is understood the storyline is inspired by true events in London back in 2002 triggered by an argument between Harrelson and his wife.

Harrelson has been in rehearsals since December and the cast includes Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson.

CAA represents Us rights to the project, which Harrelson is producing alongside Waypoint Entertainment’s Ken Kao, Walton’s founding partner at Bloom. Harrelson will participate »

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Woody Harrelson Directorial Debut Lost In London To Air Live Tonight

19 January 2017 1:02 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Academy Award® nominated actor Woody Harrelson will direct and star in an unprecedented live feature film event, “ Lost in London Live ,” on January 19, 2017. Harrelson, who wrote the feature film “Lost in London,” will also co-star with Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment will produce alongside Harrelson. This first-of-its-kind film event will screen live in U.S. movie theaters, giving audiences the unique opportunity to watch a film shot in real time.

Bloom has taken international rights to the film. Sales will commence on the One-Take Live Broadcast at the upcoming European Film Market

Loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events, “Lost in London” follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family. Run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep Harrelson from succeeding.

“I’ve always loved theatre and film and wanted to »

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Bloom Boards Woody Harrelson’s Live-Event Title ‘Lost In London’ — Berlin

19 January 2017 11:33 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Alex Walton's Bloom has boarded international sales for Woody Harrelson's directorial debut Lost In London, which it will introduce to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month. Harrelson, who also wrote the project, stars alongside Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson and, as reported last month, it's being shot in the UK capital city this evening and broadcast live to U.S. movie theaters, giving audiences the chance to watch a film shot in real time. Story is… »

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17 January 2017 11:01 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Do you know what live streaming is? 

Vanity Fair celebrities react to Fathom Events Woody Harrelson Lost in London Live streaming experiment (which happens this week)

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Vulture in-depth interview with smart funny one of a kind Billy Eichner

This is Not Porn Jim Carrey impersonating celebrities in 1992 

Coming Soon new images from Netflix superhero team series The Defenders

In Contention Thelma Schoonmaker and Janet Ashikaga to be honored by the Editors Guild this year

Mind of a Suspicious Kind a reminder of the amazing cinematography of Wings (1927) with a funny anecdote 

Mike's Movie Projector two movie premieres of 1954: A Star is Born and East of Eden 


If you were away for the weekend... 

Team Experience Awards Moonlight, Arrival, Jackie, »


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Watch Woody Harrelson Try to Change Careers In Funny 'Lost In London' Trailer

6 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Update 1/6/17: There's a funny trailer, of sorts, out for Lost In London, which is basically Woody Harrelson begging people to support his career change. See it at the bottom of this post. Previously: Movie distribution has changed drastically in recent years. Movies are no longer shipped to theaters on heavy reels of film, they're delivered on an encrypted harddrive or even beamed down from a satellite. And while this does have a certain contingent of purists upset that old school film is no longer the main means of watching a movie, it does allow for certain things film never could, like live events simulcast to different theaters.  And now Woody Harrelson is going to take advantage of this live theatrical capability to direct and star in Lost In London...

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