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Film Review: ‘Burn Your Maps’

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Film Review: ‘Burn Your Maps’
Burn Your Maps” is one of those movies that’s glib and facile and threadbare all the way through, then the ending sort of gets to you (you’d have to be made of pretty stern stuff if it didn’t), so you think back over what you’ve seen — and it’s still a crock. The writer-director, Jordan Roberts, seems drawn like a magnet to overly manipulative feel-good genres. This is another of those dramas about a couple who have lost a young child, and it’s ripping them apart, but watching them go through the motions of a healing that won’t take, the audience feels just about as removed from their pain as they are.

I’m not suggesting that this is an invalid subject for a movie, only that it’s not one you want to see treated with on-the-nose therapeutic shallowness. When we first meet
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Disney Debuts ‘Frozen 2’ Scenes and Story Details at Annecy

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Disney Debuts ‘Frozen 2’ Scenes and Story Details at Annecy
Annecy, France — Disney Animation Studios, a long-time friend and collaborator of the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival, returned to the French town on Friday with three new shorts from its experimental animated shorts program Short Circuit, destined for Disney Plus, before providing an inside look at upcoming “Frozen 2.”

Held at Annecy’s lakeside Bonlieu Theater, “Frozen 2” head of animation Becky Bresee and head of effects animation Marlon West shared behind the scenes details for the making of Disney’s most anticipated sequel in years, telling stories, showing photos and screening two scenes, never-before-seen outside of Disney’s Burbank studios.

Before the first clip, Bresee and West explained that the film kicks off, as did the first, when Elsa and Anna are still young girls. Their father regales the girls with a lavish bedtime story from his youth, when the young prince himself visited an enchanted elemental forest, before something went horribly
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Annecy Presents a Global Animation Slate

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Like the art form it celebrates, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival has been growing creatively and commercially by leaps and bounds — increasingly attracting attention from Hollywood’s expanding roster of animation studios.

Annecy artistic director Marcel Jean says the number of festival goers has nearly doubled since 2013 to 11,700 in 2018. The number of projects has also soared, prompting the addition this year of a competition called Contrechamps for lower-budget, indie feature films.

And while the Mifa market at the Imperial Palace drew nearly 3,800 badge-holders last year, an annual increase of 22 percent, it’s the festival’s appreciation of and openness to the creativity of animation that draws an influential audience too tempting for studios to pass up.

“It’s really about the art of animation there, not so much about the business of animation,” says Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family at Netflix, which is officially attending the festival
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Lady Jane on General Hospital — Everything You Need to Know

A mention of Lady Jane Jacks on General Hospital, had some newer viewers wondering exactly who that character was. She was Jax's mother, and her death was first mentioned in the April 3, 2017 episode of the soap to reflect the real-life passing of her portrayer, Barbara Tarbuck in December of 2016. But who was Lady Jane? (Photo Credit: Paul Redmond/Getty Images) The character of Lady Jane was introduced to Gh in 1996 as Jax’s mother. She and her husband, John Jacks, had a loving marriage and they raised their sons Jasper and Jerry in a life of adventure. However, even though Jerry turned to evil, she still loved her son. In fact, even after Jerry had plastic surgery to disguise his appearance, Lady Jane was the only one to recognize him at Jax’s wedding and realize immediately that he was her child. Lady Jane was also very supportive of Jax’s relationship with Carly,
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Blu-ray Review: Man’S Best Friend

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Have you ever watched a movie about a psychotic, genetically modified dog and found yourself wondering if it was in fact made by a psychotic, genetically modified dog? Such was the case for me while watching the new Scream Factory release of John Lafia’s 1993 killer canine flick Man’s Best Friend. Now, recently I’ve developed an affinity for the bonkers horror that came out of the early to mid ’90s. I can appreciate a movie that takes a crazy premise and commits to it. The problem with Man’s Best Friend is that it doesn’t quite know what it’s committing to.

Lori Tanner (Ally Sheedy) is a journalist complete with an oversized pants suit, a smoking habit, and a rather weaselly boyfriend named Perry (Fredric Lehne). In an attempt to break away from doing fluff pieces on the local news station, she follows a lead to Emax Laboratories,
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Comic Con Scotland: For the Love of 80s – Event Report

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The weekend of November 10th-11th saw some of team Nerdly make the 3-hour trek up to Edinburgh for the inaugural Comic Con Scotland event which, given the guest list, had also been dubbed “For the Love of 80s.” Not really surprising also given that this convention was put on by the folks at Monopoly Events – who also run For the Love of SciFi and For the Love of Horror out of Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

The big draw for this event was the plethora of 80s superstars who were in attendance: Lou Ferrigno, David Hasslehoff, Streethawk’s Rex Smith, Dirk Benedict, Gremlins’ Zach Galligan, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Ray Parker Jr. who wrote the theme tune for Ghostbusters, and many more. There were also a number of props and vehicles from 80s franchises to take photos of – the A-Team van, Kitt fron Knight Rider, the bikes from both
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Free Guy Release Date and Details for Ryan Reynolds Video Game Comedy

Joseph Baxter May 7, 2019

Free Guy will see Ryan Reynolds headline an action-comedy helmed by Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has no shortage of projects, thanks to his acclaimed, financially fulfilling comeback as Marvel’s recently-Fox-expatriated Merc with a Mouth. Interestingly, one addition to Reynolds’s backlog, a comedy called Free Guy, will purportedly utilize the artificial-world trope of The Truman Show with a dash of tonal dust from the Grand Theft Auto games.

Fee Guy, a 20th Century Fox comedic actioner, will see Reynolds play a bank teller living a humdrum routine life, only to learn that he is, in actuality, a background character in a violent open world video game; a world that is somehow in jeopardy and can only be saved by him. The film will be directed by Shawn Levy (the Night at the Museum films).

Free Guy Release
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Ryan Reynolds to Star in Shawn Levy Action Comedy Free Guy

Joseph Baxter Sep 28, 2018

Free Guy will see Ryan Reynolds headline an action-comedy helmed by Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has no shortage of projects, thanks to his acclaimed, financially fulfilling comeback as Marvel’s Merc with a Mouth. Interestingly, the latest addition to Reynolds’s backlog, a comedy called Free Guy, will purportedly utilize the artificial-world trope of The Truman Show with a dash of tonal dust from the Grand Theft Auto games.

Ryan Reynolds is set to headline 20th Century Fox comedic actioner Free Guy, as trades report. Reynolds will play a bank teller living a humdrum routine life, only to learn that he is, in actuality, a background character in a violent open world video game; a world that is somehow in jeopardy and can only be saved by him.

Free Guy will be directed by Shawn Levy, a longtime producer, who
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Watch three clips from A.X.L. featuring Alex Neustaedter, Becky G, and a robot dog

Coinciding with its release this Friday, three new clips have arrived online from director Oliver Daly’s adventure film A.X.L.; watch them here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for A.X.L. here

In the vein of classic ’80s family movies Short Circuit and Flight Of The Navigator, A.X.L. is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara (BeckyG), to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.

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Win Run-Of-Engagement Passes To Axl In St. Louis

In the vein of classic ‘80s family movies Short Circuit and Flight of the Navigator, Axl is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named Axl. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, Axl forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created Axl and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if Axl gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara (Becky G), to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.

Opens in St. Louis on August 24, 2018.

Enter for a chance to win Run of Engagement passes to see Axl. (AMC Theaters St. Louis) Just leave a comment below and we’ll send you free passes (good for two).

No purchase necessary.
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A Real Robot Will Take the Lead in Director Tony Kaye's New Movie

A Real Robot Will Take the Lead in Director Tony Kaye's New Movie
American History X director Tony Kaye is looking to cast an artificially intelligent robot in his upcoming comedy 2nd Born. Kaye and producer Sam Khoze are looking for a way around the use of computer generated effects in favor of a physical A.I. robot as an actor, which will be trained in different techniques. Kaye and Khoze are hoping the robot will receive Screen Actors Guild recognition. 2nd Born is the sequel to 1st Born, which is an indie comedy directed by Ali Atshani and stars Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, Jay Abdo, Taylor Cole, Reza Sixo Safai, William Baldwin, Denise Richards, and Robert Knepper.

Tony Kaye hopes to train the robot in many different acting techniques for 2nd Born. It isn't clear how the move will work out logistically, but Kaye is serious about this next endeavor. Details are scarce for now, but Kaye and producer Sam
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‘Smilf’ Adds Ally Sheedy, Matthew Morrision in Season 2 Guest Roles (Exclusive)

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‘Smilf’ Adds Ally Sheedy, Matthew Morrision in Season 2 Guest Roles (Exclusive)
Ally Sheedy and Matthew Morrison have joined the second season of “Smilf” in guest starring roles, Variety has learned exclusively.

Morrison will play the role of Mitch, the nice guy ex-boyfriend of Bridgette (Frankie Shaw) from high school. Despite being polar opposites, the two still have feelings for each other. Sheedy will play Fiona, a friend of Bridge and Rafi (Miguel Gomez). Fiona is a no-nonsense midwife, a realist, down to earth and practical.

Morrison is best known for starring as Will Schuester on “Glee,” the Fox musical comedy that ran for six seasons. Morrison earned an Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations during his time on the series. He has also appeared on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Wife,” and “Younger.” He has also appeared in films like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Once Upon a Mattress.” He is repped by Podwall Entertainment and Gang,
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Trailer Binge: ‘Searching’, ‘Climax’, ‘Shock and Awe’, Whitney’ & ‘Axl’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at trailers for the new John Cho sundance hit ‘Searching‘, a teaser trailer for Gaspar Noé‘s latest film ‘Climax’, and a trailer for the latest Rob Reiner film ‘Shock and Awe‘. Plus, we have trailers for the new Kevin MacDonald documentary ‘Whitney‘ and a trailer for the crazy-looking ‘Axl‘. Let the binge begin!

‘Searching’ Trailer

‘Searching‘ was written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty. The film Stars John Cho and hits theaters on August 3, 2018.

After
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A.X.L. Official Trailer Has Arrived! In Theaters August 24th

On behalf of Global Road Entertainment, we’re excited to share the New Trailer for A.X.L. this summer’s must-see family adventure starring Alex Neustaedter and Becky G!

Don’t miss this timeless, epic movie for the whole family, and see how a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider forms an emotional bond with an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. In the vein of classic ’80s family movies Short Circuit and Flight Of The Navigator, A.X.L. is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him.
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Trailer For the 80s Inspired Sci-Fi Film A.X.L Follows a Boy and His Robot Dog

The first trailer has been released for a sci-fi family film called A.X.L, which is said to be inspired by classic 80s films such as Short Circuit and Flight of the Navigator. The story basically revolves around a kid who finds an advanced robot dog in a junkyard and they form a bond and embark on an adventure together. Here's the synopsis: 

A.X.L. is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart,
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First Trailer for Sci-Fi Robot Dog Movie 'Axl' Starring Alex Neustaedter

"That's my dog - I want it back." Global Road Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for Oliver Daly's new movie Axl, or A.X.L., about a giant robot dog that becomes friends with a teenager kid. It's inspired by classic 80's family sci-fi movies like Short Circuit and Flight of the Navigator, adapted directly from Daly's own short film Miles, and is more of a kids movie (or "family movie") than an edgy sci-fi concept or action movie like Michael Bay would make. Alex Neustaedter stars as Miles, along with Becky G, Dorian Kingi (as Axl), Eric Etebari, Niko Guardado, Patricia De Leon, Alex MacNicoll, and Madeline Bertani. This is a cheesy trailer with the music, but I have a feeling this might be a cool film - even though it's meant for younger audiences, seems like good fun. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Oliver Daly's Axl,
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Man’s best friend has evolved in trailer for A.X.L.

A poster and trailer have debuted for the upcoming family adventure A.X.L. Written and directed by Oliver Daly, the film stars Alex Neustaedter as a down on his luck teenager who forms an unlikely bind with a robotic military dog, alongside Becky G and Alex MacNicoll; check them out here…

In the vein of classic ’80s family movies Short Circuit and Flight Of The Navigator, A.X.L. is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart,
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Marketing Executive Eddie Kalish Dies at 79

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Veteran marketing executive Eddie Kalish died April 20 in Escondido, Calif. following a brief battle with cancer. He was 79.

Kalish graduated from Bard College and worked as a journalist covering the film and music industry before moving into marketing and publicity.

He met his wife Gillian while working as unit publicist and unit photographer on the film “The Southern Star,” on which she was the animal wrangler.

Kalish was a top marketing executive for Paramount and MGM/Ya in New York. In 1982 he moved to Los Angeles as senior VP of worldwide marketing for Producers Sales Organization (Pso), where he oversaw global campaigns for films including “Never Say Never Again,” “Short Circuit,” “The Cotton Club,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Buckaroo Banzai” and “9 1/2 Weeks.”

Partnering with publicity exec Dennis Davidson, the duo founded Kalish Davidson marketing in 1987, working with companies including Alliance Atlantis, Mayfair Entertainment, McEg, Mdp International, Mutual Film Co., Nelson Entertainment,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Kindergarten Cop”

Kindergarten Cop was a big deal in the Pacific Northwest at one point, kind of like The Goonies but not quite as popular. The reason for this was that it was filmed in Astoria, Oregon, which is also where The Goonies and another film, Short Circuit, happened to have visited during filming. A lot of other cities are typically proud to host a number of film moments but the Pnw doesn’t always have big stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger rolling through trying to film a big motion picture. This one-time classic about a cop going undercover to become a kindergarten teacher

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Kindergarten Cop
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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops

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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops
Fall is the season of Real-People movies — the biopics that often fuel Oscar hopes. Recent weeks brought “The Battle of the Sexes,” “Stronger,” and “Victoria & Abdul” and there’s more than a dozen to come, including “Marshall,” “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Current War.” There’s good reason to believe that a biopic might produce awards. In the last five years, 28 of the 100 Oscar acting nominees played real-life characters, as did four of the 20 winners. But when it comes to the box office, the odds aren’t as kind.

Read More:With ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Showing Strong, Will Churchill-Heavy Britpics Storm the Oscars?

Since 2012, there have been about 100 biopics including hits like “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Julie and Julia.” But while recent years featured real-life characters and stories in some of the biggest non-franchise hits, the format may have reached a saturation point.

Last year,
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