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‘The Meg’ Review: Jason Statham’s Man-vs.-Shark Blockbuster Needs a Bigger Boat

‘The Meg’ Review: Jason Statham’s Man-vs.-Shark Blockbuster Needs a Bigger Boat
Jason Statham fights a shark.” Say the phrase aloud, let the words swirl around in your mouth like a fine wine. Better yet, let’s up the ante a bit: “Jason Statham, he of The Transporter and Crank movies, fights a giant, toothy, prehistoric shark.” There is so much promise in that sentence, so many wonderful expectations inherent in that high-concept idea. You think of the British action-movie star, a bruiser whose muscles have muscles and who resembles nothing so much as a bullet with stubble, and worry that the
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The Meg Review: Bone Chomping Fun That Brings Plenty of Carnage

The Meg Review: Bone Chomping Fun That Brings Plenty of Carnage
The Meg delivers a fierce prehistoric bite without falling prey to campiness or gratuitous gore. The shark thriller has more science fiction elements than expected. Director John Turteltaub has a story to tell with the monster hunt. This is both a positive and negative. The characters are fully fleshed out, but the narrative lulls with their excessive dialogue. Thankfully the bone chomping action kicks in on cue. The Meg isn't in the same league as Jaws, but far more sophisticated than The Shallows and the god-awful 47 Meters Down.

The Meg opens on the Manta One, a futuristic research station at sea. A billionaire (Rainn Wilson) is visiting his pet project to observe a groundbreaking expedition. Scientists have discovered a hidden world under the ocean floor. Their exuberant exploration quickly turns to horror. A gigantic creature has attacked and trapped their submersible. The extreme depth of the rescue is unparalleled. Only one man,
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‘Deadpool 2': Here Are All the Pop Culture References, From ‘Frozen’ to ‘Sharknado’ (Photos)

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DC Universe

Not only does Deadpool mention Superman, Green Lantern and Batman, but he asks Cable: “You’re so dark — are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”

Marvel Superheroes

Deadpool mentions Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thanos and Black Panther — in some form. Deadpool also tells a character, “The Sun is Getting Low,” a clear reference to The Hulk.

John Wick

In the opening credits, director David Leitch is described as “one of the guys who killed the dog in ‘John Wick.'” Leitch directed several scenes in the Keanu Reeves film.

In a state of utter sadness, Wade Wilson compares “Frozen” to Barbra Streisand’s 1983 film “Yentl.”

“Fox & Friends”

In the movie, Deadpool uses “Fox & Friends” as an insult.

RoboCop

Colossus does something that reminds the rest of the X-Force gang of the movie “RoboCop.”

“Harry Potter”

In the movie, the Merc with the Mouth makes a joke
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Film News Roundup: ‘Rogue One’ Screenwriter Tony Gilroy Wins Austin Festival Award

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Film News Roundup: ‘Rogue One’ Screenwriter Tony Gilroy Wins Austin Festival Award
In today’s film news roundup, Dan Gilroy is honored by the Austin Film Festival, CBS Films moves forward on its ship cruise comedy, and Good Deed buys SXSW title “Shotgun.”

Honor

The Austin Film Festival has named screenwriter Tony Gilroy as the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

Previous honorees of this award have included Lawrence Kasdan, Kenneth Lonergan, Nancy Meyers, and Caroline Thompson.

Gilroy’s credits include the 2007 thriller “Michael Clayton,” which earned him Oscar nominations for directing and original screenplay; writing the first three Bourne films and co-writing and directing the fourth film in the franchise (“The Bourne Legacy”); co-writing the screenplay for “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story”; and producing and writing the political thriller “Beirut,” starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.

The festival also announced that “Beverly Hills Cop” writer Daniel Petrie, Jr. will receive the festival’s second Heart of Film Award for his
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Cannes: Francesca Eastwood Joins Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 'Wake Up' (Exclusive)

Cannes: Francesca Eastwood Joins Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 'Wake Up' (Exclusive)
A trio of names have been added to the cast of mystery thriller <em>Wake Up</em>, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Francesca Eastwood, star of <em>M.F.A.</em> and a former Miss Golden Globe thanks to her father Clint Eastwood, Malik Yoba (<em>Cool Runnings</em>) and William Forsythe (<em>Halloween</em>,<em> The Rock</em>) have joined the film from Vmi Worldwide and Archer Films. Vmi is screening select material to buyers in Cannes.

The story centers around a John Doe (Meyers) who wakes up in Oklahoma in a hospital bed with no recollection of who he is and soon finds that he’s wanted by the police for ...
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Jason Statham Vs. Giant Shark in Fun First Trailer For The Meg

The first trailer has been released for the upcoming new film The Meg in which Jason Statham will face off with a giant Megalodon shark! The movie looks like it's going to be a shit ton of shark terror fun! I'm also a huge fan of Jason Statham and this looks like such a perfectly awesome film project for him to be a part of. It looks like it has a good mix of action, comedy, and complete ridiculouslness. I'm sold!

If you enjoy watching anything with sharks in it and anything that involves Jason Statham kicking ass, I don't see how you're not going to love this!

The movie was directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, Cool Runnings) and it also stars Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, and Robert Taylor. Here's the synopsis:

A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation
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Jason Statham Battles a Massive Shark in First Trailer for ‘The Meg’

The shark thriller has had quite a life in the many decades since Steven Spielberg’s landmark Jaws, but it was only a few years ago that we got a film that actually provided a similarly worthy jolt, with Jaume Collet-Serra’s brilliantly executed The Shallows. This summer, it’s Jason Statham’s turn with The Meg, which certainly bites off a more expansive scope than the Blake Lively-led film.

Ahead of an August release, the first trailer has now arrived which shows off its popcorn-munching, cheeky tone, courtesy of director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, Cool Runnings). Seemingly fully self-aware that those buying a ticket want to see Statham destory some sharks, hopefully it’ll be a fun late summer offering. Also starring Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, and Robert Taylor, see the trailer and poster below.

A deep-sea submersible—part of
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in April 2018

Netflix has confirmed that a slew of new original series will be debuting on the streaming service in April. There will also be new to Netflix seasons of some of your favorites from other networks. Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Netflix appearances including the animated classic “The Iron Giant” and several films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Despicable Me” series.

Of the new Netflix originals, several stand out as particularly binge-worthy, including the freshman seasons of the remake of “Lost in Space” and the TV version of the Oscar-nominated animated film “The Boss Baby.” And there are episodes of both the new David Letterman and Joel McHale talk shows as well as a comedy special from Kevin James.

Available April 1

A Sort of Family

Along Came Polly

Bad Boys

Battlefield Earth

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Big Time

Body of Lies

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in April

Netflix is wasting no time in letting go of movies this month. On April 1 alone <em>Apollo 13</em>, <em>The Shawshank Redemption, The Whole Nine Yards, Cool Runnings, The Pursuit of Happyness</em> and <em>Wild Wild West </em>leave.

Also leaving the streaming service at the beginning of the month are four Batman films: the 1966 <em>Batman</em> starring Adam West, <em>Batman Returns, Batman Forever</em> and <em>Batman & Robin</em>. Comedies <em>American Pie, Ace Ventura</em> and <em>Caddyshack</em> are also disappearing that first day of April.

As a number of titles are leaving, a variety of films and TV shows are being added to Netflix's library throughout the month. April’s additions ...
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in April

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Probably the most notable title landing on Hulu in April is the second season of Emmy-winner “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which drops the 27th, but there are plenty of other offerings landing on the streaming service next month. If you’re missing the 2018 Winter Olympics, watch “Cool Runnings” on April 1, along with “Honey,” “Jane Eyre,” and several Hgtv shows like “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop.” The Oscar-nominated animated film “Loving Vincent” arrives on April 19. As for titles leaving Hulu next month, say goodbye to “Amelie” and “Mystic Pizza” starring Julia Roberts on April 30. Also Read: Amazon Has Half as...
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Here’s What Leaving Netflix in April 2018

Netflix has announced the titles it will be adding in April 2018, which means we also have to say good-bye to a handful of titles next month as well. The service is losing some noteworthy titles including Apollo 13, Batman, Batman Returns, Caddyshack, Cool Runnings, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Eagle vs. Shark, John Mulaney: New in Town, Never Let Me Go, Small Soldiers, The Shawshank Redemption, The Prestige, and Exit Through the Gift Shop. If you had these movies on your list for a while, perhaps bump them up to the top so you can check them out before …
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Cool Runnings”

Cool Runnings is based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team to ever compete in the Winter Olympics. While there’s a lot about the film that wasn’t completely accurate it was still a very fun and engaging movie that a lot of people enjoyed mostly because it put a positive spin on something that took the athletes a great deal of time and effort to accomplish. Since their first time however Jamaica has been involved with the Olympics quite frequently, and in fact have done quite well in many showings. The movie though was something special because

10 Things You Didn’t Know about “Cool Runnings
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Winter Olympics: 10 Reasons the PyeongChang Games Will Either Hit or Flop for NBC, and What’s New This Time

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As the Winter Olympics returns to the network this Thursday, less than a week after NBC’s Super Bowl Lii telecast, the Peacock network is experiencing a February to remember. The last time the same network aired both events was CBS in 1992 — obviously, the TV landscape has changed a lot since then.

Even as viewership declines for such major live events in the face of so much competition, and broadcast TV struggles to maintain relevancy, NBC will come out of February with a healthy ratings boost from the Super Bowl and Olympics. As a matter of fact, NBC is guaranteed a season-long ratings win this year among adults 18-49 and total viewers thanks to both events, in addition to the network’s NFL football coverage and hit series like “This Is Us” and “The Voice.”

“I think we will be No. 1 in both the demo and in total viewers next year,
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Meet the Nigerian Bobsledders Who Are Africa's First-Ever Winter Olympic Athletes in the Sport

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A trio of Nigerian women are making history as the continent’s first-ever bobsled team to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are expected to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next year as the first-ever African representatives — male or female — to qualify for the Winter Games in the sport of bobsled.

“I basically got into the sport of bobsledding in 2015 after a little bit of a hiatus from athletics,” Adigun tells People, noting that the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, the governing body for the sport, was looking to grow
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8 Exhilarating Winter Olympics Movies, From ‘I, Tonya’ to ‘Cool Runnings’

8 Exhilarating Winter Olympics Movies, From ‘I, Tonya’ to ‘Cool Runnings’
There’s nothing quite like the drama (and, on occasion, trauma) of Olympic-level sports to rally even the most relaxed of audience members. When this year’s Winter Olympics — the 23rd in the contemporary iteration of the event — stages its opening ceremony this Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it will herald in over two weeks of the very best that the athletic world has to offer. Even better: it’s all real.

But for those interested in cinematic renditions of stories of grit, determination, and often a metric ton of sequins, the movie world has provided a few choice picks. From the drama of such classics as “Downhill Racer” to the joy of “Cool Runnings” and the wacky happenstance of “I, Tonya,” check out eight solid gold picks for some Olympics-centric binge-watching below (if you can find the time during watching the actual events unfold in the coming weeks).

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Olympics at the Oscar and "I, Tonya"

by Nathaniel R

Margot Robbie recently shared this pic from "exactly a year ago" when she was training for I Tonya

Is Margot Robbie the first actress to ever be nominated playing an Olympic athlete? I legit don't know the answer but I can't think of any others. The only previous Oscar nominated performances that we could think of were men: Will Smith as Muhammad Ali (though the focus there wasn't on the Olympics) and Mark Ruffalo as David Schultz (thanks commenters for this one!)

If you think back over movies that revolved around the Olympics in some way they aren't usually acting showcases (Chariots of Fire) or aren't focused on the Olympians themselves (Munich) or they're films that were either aimed at wide audience crowd pleasing or just didn't connect with awards voters (The Cutting Edge, Personal Best, Running Brave, Prefontaine, Eddie the Eagle, Cool Runnings) or they're documentaries
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Exclusive Trailer for ‘A Thousand Junkies’ Captures the All-Consuming Search for the Next Fix

The screenwriter behind such family fare as Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs, Tommy Swerdlow spent nearly two decades addicted to heroin and methadone, and with any addiction also comes the unceasing search for the next fix. He’s now channeled these experiences for his directorial debut, A Thousand Junkies, and we’re pleased to premiere the trailer today courtesy of The Orchard. Starring alongside co-writer Tj Bowen and the late Blake Heron–both of whom Swerdlow met in AA–one can’t imagine a more authentic rendering of such a life-consuming addiction than what this pitch-black buddy comedy captures.

“The film embodies a statement made by Jerry Stahl, writer of Permanent Midnight: a good friend who is a junkie will do all of your drugs and then spend the day helping you look for them,” John Fink said in our Tribeca Film Festival review. “A Thousand Junkies
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2017’s Must Watch Christmas TV

Work has finished, the office party embarrassment is starting to subside and you’re ready to collapse into the hibernation period before your New Year’s Resolutions promise to make yourself a better person. Christmas TV can be a minefield of shows we would never see any other time of year and, for some, with good reason. Thankfully, we are here to take your alcohol-shaking hand and lead you through the chaos to some of the best options on your box this Christmas.

Cool Runnings (1993) – BBC 1 – 23rd December – 1:15 Pm

It’s important to lower yourself slowly into Christmas TV and whilst Cool Runnings is not your archetypal Christmas film, the heart-warming tale of a Jamaican bobsleigh team making it to the Winter Olympics is a great nostalgic throwback. Whilst the PG comedy may not have people laughing like it did 20 years ago, the overlying themes of teamwork and friendship
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Lights, Camera, Christmas

With X-Factor, Strictly and BBC Sports Personality of the Year all done and dusted, it’s time to shine the limelight on movies once again. That’s right, it’s the return of Roobla’s festive film guide! As with last year, we’ll just be looking at channels 1-5 (as we don’t want to be here until next Christmas) and, also like last year, Harry Potter fans look away now…

Saturday, December 23

Easy to forget that it’s not just Christmas round the corner, but the Winter Olympics too. So to remind us of this fact, the BBC have decided to christen the day with factual comedy Cool Runnings. If snow isn’t your bag, there’s always Despicable Me, Crocodile Dundee and Gladiator to get you going.

Top of the Tree: Crocodile Dundee (1986) C4, 6.10pm – Paul Hogan scored one of the most impressive debuts in history with this comedy gem.
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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True Stories

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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesTop 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesAmanda Wood and Jenny Bullough12/18/2017 10:00:00 Am

Sports movies are a dime a dozen these days, but not all of them are able to claim the highly-coveted title of true stories. Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

There are plenty of other sports movies based on true stories that we love, and we’ve made a list to put all of our faves in one place. A wide variety of sports are represented here, with movies about baseball,
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