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John Travolta and Morgan Freeman in The Poison Rose Coming to Blu-ray June 25th

Oscar® nominee John Travolta (1994, Best Actor, Pulp Fiction) and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (2004, Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby) appear onscreen together for the first time ever in The Poison Rose, available on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital on June 25 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand.

Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Salvatore and directed by George Gallo (the writer of Midnight Run and Bad Boys) comes a Texas tale of murder and corruption also starring Famke Janssen, Kat Graham, Peter Stormare, Ella Bleu Travolta, with Robert Patrick and Brendan Fraser. The Poison Rose Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Official SYNOPSISJohn Travolta, Morgan Freeman, and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy franchise) lend their talents to this searing detective thriller. Travolta plays Carson Philips, a hard-drinking L.A. private eye who takes a case in his old hometown of Galveston,
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Hilary Swank Returns to Sci-Fi in I Am Mother

Don Kaye Jun 10, 2019

The Oscar-winning actress plays a mysterious character in Netflix’s new post-apocalyptic thriller.

The last time that Hilary Swank starred in a science fiction movie was 2003, when she played one of a team of scientists who drill deep into the Earth’s crust to save the planet in the rather out-to-lunch The Core. She’s back underground in I Am Mother, a decidedly more serious story in which she plays a mysterious character known only as Woman. Swank’s enigmatic interloper comes between a young girl named Daughter (Clara Rugaard) and an AI called Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne) when the girl lets Woman into the bunker in which she has been raised by Mother from an embryo.

The bunker, it turns out, is a repository for thousands of such embryos, stored there to restart the human race in the wake of an unknown global catastrophe. But
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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films as an actor, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Dirty Harry,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’

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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films as an actor, ranked worst to best, include ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Dirty Harry,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’
On May 31, 2019, one of Hollywood most accomplished personalities, Clint Eastwood, will celebrate his 89th birthday. The actor-turned-director and producer has had one of the longest and most varied careers of anyone working in the entertainment world. In addition to his film work he has also amassed an impressive resume as a musician and composer and even served as the mayor of the California town Carmel-by-the-Sea during the 1980s.

SEEClint Eastwood directed movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Eastwood began his film career in westerns and later also found success in crime dramas. He was mostly known for his striking good looks and stoic demeanor though and was not really considered a serious or talented actor. He would slowly work to change that fact and would eventually receive two Oscar nominations for his acting, both as Best Actor for “Unforgiven” in 1992 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004. While he didn
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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Clint Eastwood movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best
On May 31, 2019, one of Hollywood most accomplished personalities, Clint Eastwood, will celebrate his 89th birthday. The actor-turned-director and producer has had one of the longest and most varied careers of anyone working in the entertainment world. In addition to his film work he has also amassed an impressive resume as a musician and composer and even served as the mayor of the California town Carmel-by-the-Sea during the 1980s.

Eastwood began his film career in westerns and later also found success in crime dramas. He was mostly known for his striking good looks and stoic demeanor though and was not really considered a serious or talented actor. He would slowly work to change that fact and would eventually receive two Oscar nominations for his acting, both as Best Actor for “Unforgiven” in 1992 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004. While he didn’t win either of those acting awards, he would win two
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The Top 25 Best Supporting Actor Winners To Date

Time for some fun! Continuing on with this weekly series I’m doing for the site, we’re in the midst of talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about every single one of the Academy Award categories. Aside from the shorts and something a bit harder to rank like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing as I mentioned previously, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks and months, including of course the big eight categories. For our latest installment, today I’ll be going ahead and knocking off another of those rather big ones, the ever interesting Best Supporting Actor category. As always, depending on the category in question, I may wind up discussing the individual winners I’m citing specifically or just give more of a broad overview of the winners, but I’m keeping it simple for this one and will focus on the list.
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Sci-fi Thriller I Am Mother Creates an Apocalyptic Scenario in this First Trailer

Tagline: "She'll Keep You Safe." I Am Mother is an upcoming sci-fi thriller, slated to show on Netflix. The film has been developed in Australia, by first time feature film director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green. Set in a possible future, the Earth has been destroyed and corrupted. All that remains is robotic work force and military, until a child is birthed from a frozen fetus; the result is expectedly dire. I Am Mother stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), along with Rose Byrne (Neighbors) and Clara Ruggard. Now, a trailer is available here, ahead of the film's Summer release. The trailer for I Am Mother is a long one and shows many of the film's plot points. So, you may want to watch the clip with one eye and the volume muted. The trailer shows one character, known as Daughter (Ruggard), brought to life. She
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Netflix's I Am Mother Trailer Has Hilary Swank at War with Robots

Netflix has released a new trailer for I Am Mother. This sci-fi flick debuted at Sundance earlier this year and it's getting ready to make its way onto the streaming service this summer. It has an A-list duo heading it up in the form of Oscar-winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), who plays a futuristic maternal robot. If this first trailer is any indication, it's going to be woman vs. robot in a very twist-filled, inventive and futuristic tale.

The trailer kicks off with a child being born in a bizarre, underground facility of some sort being raised by a robot. As we come to learn, this facility serves as something of a backup plan in order to save humanity. As she grows older, another human, rather unexpectedly, shows up and things get twisty and interesting from there. It devolves into a nobody trusting anybody situation
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From Private Eye to Drug Lord: The Many Lives of ‘Sneaky Pete’ Star Margo Martindale

From Private Eye to Drug Lord: The Many Lives of ‘Sneaky Pete’ Star Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale has been a working actor all her adult life, but it wasn’t until she was in her late fifties that she became — as she’s described whenever she plays herself on BoJack Horseman — Esteemed Character Actress Margo Martindale. Her current hot streak began in 2011 when she played backwoods drug lord Mags Bennett in the second season of FX’s Justified. The role won her the first of three Emmys (the other two came from playing Kgb handler Claudia on The Americans) and vaulted her from the ranks
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Hilary Swank To Headline Netflix Space Drama Series ‘Away’

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Hilary Swank To Headline Netflix Space Drama Series ‘Away’
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is set to star in and executive produce Netflix’s 10-episode drama series Away, from playwright Andrew Hinderaker, Jason Katims and Matt Reeves.

Written by Hinderaker, the series, loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name, hails from Katims’ True Jack Prods., Reeves’ 6th & Idaho and Universal Television.

Jessica Goldberg, creator/executive producer on True Jack/Uni TV’s Hulu series The Path, has come on board as showrunner, writer and executive producer of Away, which centers on Emma Green (Swank), an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous mission. It is a series about hope, humanity and how we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.

Hinderaker wrote the first episode and serve as an executive producer. Katims writes and executive produces. Also exec producing are Reeves,
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Hilary Swank to Star in Jason Katims' Astronaut Drama Away at Netflix

Hilary Swank to Star in Jason Katims' Astronaut Drama Away at Netflix
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is signing on for a star-filled new series: She’ll lead Away, Netflix’s upcoming astronaut drama, TVLine has learned.

The series focuses on Emma Green (Swank), an American astronaut with a husband and teen daughter. Emma is the commander of an international space crew that undertakes a very dangerous mission. Per the show’s official logline, the series is “about hope, humanity and how we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.”

The drama hails from Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who will executive-produce and write alongside Jessica Goldberg (The Path
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Top 17 big-name Daytime Emmy contenders this weekend: Edward Norton, Steve Buscemi, Jada Pinkett Smith …

Top 17 big-name Daytime Emmy contenders this weekend: Edward Norton, Steve Buscemi, Jada Pinkett Smith …
The Daytime Emmys don’t get as much attention as their primetime counterparts, but their list of winners could be just as star-studded. Check out our list of 17 noteworthy names you might be surprised to find out could be Emmy champs by the end of the weekend.

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Jay Baruchel — Baruchel has voiced the heroic Hiccup in the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise since 2010 on the big and small screens, but this is the first Emmy nomination of his career. He’s also known for his roles in the series “Undeclared” and in films like “Million Dollar Baby,” “Knocked Up” and “Tropic Thunder.”

Kristen Bell — Bell hasn’t gotten the time of day at the Primetime Emmys despite roles in “Veronica Mars,” “House of Lies” and “The Good Place.” But now she could win for the first time for her parenting advice web series,
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Clint Eastwood's Ballad of Richard Jewell Casts Paul Walter Hauser

Joseph Baxter Jun 13, 2019

Fact-based drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell appears to be Clint Eastwood’s next directorial effort.

Clint Eastwood may be pushing 90 years old (he turned 89 on May 31), but he’s still got plenty of creative fuel in his proverbial tank; a notion supported by the fact that he’s nabbed his next directorial effort, The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will focus on the security guard wrongfully accused of attempting to bomb the 1996 Olympic Games.

The onscreen legend and Oscar-winning director, Eastwood, will occupy the director’s chair for the Disney/Fox fact-based drama, The Ballad of Richard Jewell, reported Deadline. The film, based on an article of the same name from Vanity Fair, would see Eastwood work off a script by Billy Ray, who worked on action-horror film Overlord, Tom Hanks-headlined Captain Phillips, film franchise launcher The Hunger Games and served as writer and credited
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Leeding Media Sets Development Deal With Revolution Studios (Exclusive)

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Leeding Media, a company which straddles the U.S. and Chinese film industries, has set up a development deal with prominent Hollywood independent producer Revolution Studios. The agreement follows renewal of most of Leeding’s portfolio of movie rights for China.

“This is a very flexible deal that see the two companies jointly develop film and television properties based on Revolution Studios’ extensive library. We are looking at possible TV adaptations, remakes and Broadway shows,” Leeding Media CEO and founder David U. Lee told Variety. “This deal is possible now that Leeding Media’s China library business is well established. Our new focus on development and production is about achieving global distribution, not just China.”

The development agreement was born from a long-standing personal friendship between Lee, who has previous executive roles at Idg Asia and the Weinstein Company, and Revolution’s co-executive producer Vince Totino. As well as international insight,
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5 Of The Best: Boxing Films

To celebrate the release of Creed II which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25th 2019 we’re taking a look at the five greatest boxing films of all time.

Creed (2015) & Creed II (2018)

Creed (2015) follows Adonis ‘Donnie’ Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of the legendary fighter Apollo Creed, on his journey to becoming a professional boxer. Michael B. Jordan, who spent an entire year getting in shape for the part, is joined on screen by Sylvester Stallone who reprised his famous role as Rocky Balboa for the film. Creed was a huge box-office hit as well as a critical success with a 95% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Stallone received his first Academy Award nomination since the original Rocky (1976) for his performance as well as picking up both a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award.

Creed II (2018) picks up three years later after Donnie’s career has skyrocketed, opening
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Morgan Freeman Joins Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson In ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel

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Morgan Freeman Joins Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson In ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Sequel
Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) has signed on for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel from Lionsgate and Millennium Films. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek are set to reprise their roles with Patrick Hughes is returning to direct from a screenplay by Tom O’Connor.

The latest installment, which is slated to begin filming this month, will follow Michael Bryce (Reynolds) who joins Darius (Jackson) and his wife Sonia (Hayek) on a mission along the Amalfi Coast.

The 2017 original grossed close to $80M domestic for Lionsgate and more than $180M worldwide.

Freeman was last seen on the big screen in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and up next stars in the Lionsgate Olympus Has Fallen sequel Angel Has Fallen. He also serves as the host of National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God which follows Freeman as he travels to cities deemed the world’s holiest,
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Lakeshore Entertainment Shops Film Library, Eyes Expansion Into Television (Exclusive)

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Lakeshore Entertainment has put its film library on the block as it seeks to expand its activities in television.

The company quietly began shopping its 300-title library earlier this year. Moelis & Co. is handling the sale process.

“Over the past 20 years, Lakeshore has built a top-tier 300-title motion picture library through production and acquisition, with films such as ‘Runaway Bride,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Lincoln Lawyer,’ and the ‘Underworld’ franchise,” Lakeshore spokesman Dennis Davidson told Variety. “Premium content has proven highly desirable to a multitude of financial and strategic buyers and Lakeshore’s library, including its numerous remake, sequel/prequel, and television adaptation rights, is an ideal asset for them. Lakeshore is investigating monetizing this library, which will allow the company to expand into television, as well as continue its broad feature film production.”

Lakeshore decided to test the waters for its vault after receiving a few unsolicited inquiries from interested buyers.
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Why the ‘Green Book’ Oscar shocker might be more like ‘The King’s Speech’ than ‘Crash’

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Why the ‘Green Book’ Oscar shocker might be more like ‘The King’s Speech’ than ‘Crash’
Green Book’s” surprise Oscar win has been compared to “Crash” in that both films achieved their victories despite mixed reactions to how they handled the subject of race. In terms of subject matter, that comparison fits, but the circumstances also remind me a lot of the “King’s Speech” year: a safer, old-fashioned choice following a string of uncharacteristically bold winners.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

In the 2000s Oscar voters went bolder and grittier than normal. “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), a sports movie about assisted suicide, beat the more traditional historical epic “The Aviator.” Subsequent winners like “The Departed” (2006), “No Country for Old Men” (2007), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) and “The Hurt Locker” (2009) made it seem like the motion picture academy was moving away from traditional feel-good narratives — even “Crash” fits that mold, whatever your opinion of its quality. “Slumdog” was a feel-good movie,
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Angela James’ Life Story Is the Hockey Movie We Need Now (Podcast)

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It’s been a contentious Oscars season, which might make this exactly the right moment for Hollywood to film the life story of Angela James. If you don’t know who Angela James is — but do run a film studio that can finance a mid-budget sports dramedy with potential crossover appeal to everyone on earth — stop whining about your champagne hangover and listen to the new “Shoot This Now” podcast on Apple or right here:



Born in Toronto to a black father and white mother, Angela James went from defending herself from bullies in the projects to becoming one of the first women ever inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. She was also the first openly gay athlete to be inducted into a major sport’s Hall of Fame, and is widely regarded as the “Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey.”

On every episode of “Shoot This Now,” we
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Oscar Ratings Up From 2018 To 29.6M Viewers With Hostless Show – Update

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Oscar Ratings Up From 2018 To 29.6M Viewers With Hostless Show – Update
Update, 10:53 Am: A bleary eyed Hollywood is already thinking about the 92nd Academy Awards this morning and now the last announcement of last night’s hostless Oscars is upon us.

The final numbers are in and it looks like the presence of blockbusters, performances from members of Queen and Lady Gaga, a slightly shortened running time and no one fronting the ceremony was a winner for viewers and ABC.

With an audience of 29.6 million and a 7.7 rating of among adults 18-49, the 91st Academy Awards are up from the record lows of the 90th Academy Awards.

After four years of pretty stark declines in the sets of eyeballs watching the more than three-hour ceremony, the 3.1 million viewers that last night’s Oscars gained over last year’s show now slots the hostless show as the second least watched ever.

Yet, up 12% in viewers and 13% in the key demo over the 2018 Jimmy Kimmel fronted show,
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Studios Reclaim the Oscars With ‘Green Book,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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Studios Reclaim the Oscars With ‘Green Book,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
There wasn’t a whole lot to be shocked about as the 91st Oscars zipped along during a (comparatively) brisk 195-minute ceremony Sunday night. Nothing much slipped up on the pundits, beyond “The Favourite” star Olivia Colman taking the steam out of Glenn Close’s march through the season, and while most (though not all) expected a best picture victory for Netflix’s “Roma,” it was clearly in a race with “Green Book” for the final prize.

In the end, Universal claimed victory for “Green Book,” and not just for itself but in part for major film studios, which roared back into the race this year with nominated blockbusters and populist entertainment. The last time Universal claimed victory was for 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” and since then, only Warner Bros. of the Hollywood majors has walked away with top honors. It’s been a circuit dominated, as departing Academy governor Bill Mechanic bemoaned last April,
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