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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ reviews: Critics respond to the ‘truly groundbreaking’ romantic comedy

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ reviews: Critics respond to the ‘truly groundbreaking’ romantic comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians” opened in theaters on August 15 with a lot of pressure on its shoulders. It’s a rare film from a major Hollywood studio to be directed by an Asian filmmaker and feature a predominantly Asian cast. You have to go back to “The Joy Luck Club” in 1993 for an example of that kind of representation. So like other movies about underrepresented groups it faces a couple of loaded questions: is it good, and will it sell?

Box office remains to be seen, but the reviews indicate that it is, in fact, quite good. It has a score of 76 on MetaCritic and a 94% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Rotten Tomatoes consensus says that the film “takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic — and still effective — rom-com formula.”

Helmed by Jon M. Chu, the film tells the fish-out-of-water story of
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DC Announces Batman Day 2018 Plans

DC has revealed the first wave of details for Batman Day 2018, which is set for September 15. The annual celebration of the Caped Crusader initially kicked off in 2014 and is entering its fifth year. DC will be partnering with Barnes and Noble, Indigo, and Books-a-Million for this year's festivities, which include early looks at new comic books, big sales and various celebrations at bookstores, comic book shops and libraries around the country.

Part of the Batman Day festivities include participating retailers giving out copies of the first chapter of Batman: White Knight, which comes from writer and artist Sean Murphy, a month ahead of the collected edition's release. The book will also feature a preview of another upcoming DC Black Label title, Batman: Damned, from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. For those younger DC fans out there, participating retailers will also be giving out free copies of the first chapter of
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Matthew Weiner's The Romanoffs: The (Many) Stars Come Out in First Footage of Amazon's Weekly (!) Anthology

Matthew Weiner's The Romanoffs: The (Many) Stars Come Out in First Footage of Amazon's Weekly (!) Anthology
Though it’s tempting to celebrate our first real look at Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs with spirits, we humbly suggest that you don’t build any kind of drinking game around this newly released teaser trailer.

Because if you sip every time someone utters the Amazon anthology’s title — or every time you see a familiar, famous face — during the roughly minute-long video, you’ll be on the floor before you know it.

Written, directed and executive-produced by Mad Men creator Weiner, The Romanoffs — which was shot on location in three continents and seven countries — features eight separate stories
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Will Oscars’ Popular Film Category Generate Ratings or Just Controversy?

Last week’s announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituting a new Oscars category for “outstanding achievement in popular film” was met with a swift backlash and mockery on social media.

“Seriously, this ‘best pop movie’ category is the worst idea the Academy has had since they asked me to sing with Snow White,” tweeted actor Rob Lowe, whose embarrassing appearance alongside the first Disney princess at the 1989 ceremony was launched into infamy. Other naysayers ranged from former Oscars producer Craig Zadan to ex-Focus Features honcho James Schamus.

But at least one major star appreciated the gesture. “Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Mark Wahlberg told Variety. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety.” Some of Wahlberg’s recent hits include “Ted,” “Lone Survivor” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,
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Will Oscars’ Popular Film Category Generate Ratings or Just Controversy?

  • Variety
Last week’s announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituting a new Oscars category for “outstanding achievement in popular film” was met with a swift backlash and mockery on social media.

“Seriously, this ‘best pop movie’ category is the worst idea the Academy has had since they asked me to sing with Snow White,” tweeted actor Rob Lowe, whose embarrassing appearance alongside the first Disney princess at the 1989 ceremony was launched into infamy. Other naysayers ranged from former Oscars producer Craig Zadan to ex-Focus Features honcho James Schamus.

But at least one major star appreciated the gesture. “Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Mark Wahlberg told Variety. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety.” Some of Wahlberg’s recent hits include “Ted,” “Lone Survivor” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,
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Jonathan Nolan Wanted a Classic Rock Song in ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy Marketing But Christopher Nolan Refused

Jonathan Nolan Wanted a Classic Rock Song in ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy Marketing But Christopher Nolan Refused
With three films in The Dark Knight trilogy, there have been plenty of trailers and TV spots around the world advertising Christopher Nolan‘s acclaimed take on Batman. However, one marketing tactic that was never used to promote any of the films in the comic book trilogy was the use of modern music to drive those […]

The post Jonathan Nolan Wanted a Classic Rock Song in ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy Marketing But Christopher Nolan Refused appeared first on /Film.
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11 Movies That Could Have Won a Best Popular Film Oscar

11 Movies That Could Have Won a Best Popular Film Oscar
Nearly a decade ago, the controversial best-picture snub of superhero hit “The Dark Knight” sparked the motion picture Academy to action. In an attempt to stoke the Oscar odds for populist cinema and to be more inclusive, the organization expanded its top field for the first time in seven decades.

Last week, with Oscar telecast ratings trending downward at an alarming rate for ABC executives, Academy brass took action once again, announcing a half-baked plan to honor “popular” films with an Oscar in some manner to be adjudicated at a later date.

The thinking is that declining interest in the Oscar telecast is owed in part to under-seen art-house fare boxing out popular films at the ceremony year after year. Nevertheless, an analysis of the last nine years of nominees — the post-“Dark Knight” world, if you will — reveals a healthy balance of specialty fare and movies the masses flocked to see.
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11 Movies That Could Have Won a Best Popular Film Oscar

  • Variety
11 Movies That Could Have Won a Best Popular Film Oscar
Nearly a decade ago, the controversial best-picture snub of superhero hit “The Dark Knight” sparked the motion picture Academy to action. In an attempt to stoke the Oscar odds for populist cinema and to be more inclusive, the organization expanded its top field for the first time in seven decades.

Last week, with Oscar telecast ratings trending downward at an alarming rate for ABC executives, Academy brass took action once again, announcing a half-baked plan to honor “popular” films with an Oscar in some manner to be adjudicated at a later date.

The thinking is that declining interest in the Oscar telecast is owed in part to under-seen art-house fare boxing out popular films at the ceremony year after year. Nevertheless, an analysis of the last nine years of nominees — the post-“Dark Knight” world, if you will — reveals a healthy balance of specialty fare and movies the masses flocked to see.
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Can ‘Black Panther’ do what ‘The Dark Knight’ couldn’t at the Oscars?

Can ‘Black Panther’ do what ‘The Dark Knight’ couldn’t at the Oscars?
Many a Batman fan in 2008 was rooting for “The Dark Knight,” Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed second round with the Caped Crusader and the year’s top-grossing movie, to secure a berth in the best-picture race at that year’s Oscars. They weren’t the only ones. The previous year’s edition of Hollywood’s glitziest night drew only 32.9 million viewers – an all-time low. Alas, it was not to be.

The Academy, however, did alter the rules the following year to increase the probability that a well-regarded blockbuster had a chance to make the cut by expanding the Best Picture category to 10 titles – later amended to between five and 10 films. As a result, there has been a boost for sci-fi and action competitors. But since 2002, when the original “Spider-Man” kicked off the ongoing run of Marvel superhero franchises, no comic-book adventure has made the cut.

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20 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About The Joker

The Joker is widely considered one of the greatest villains of all time. There are few heroes and villains more brilliantly antithetical to each other than Batman and The Joker, so much so that it's easy to assume that the pair were conceived of at the same time to be perfect rivals-- surprisingly, they weren't.

The Joker was first introduced to the world in 1940; a surprisingly dark character for the time who was then watered down a bit in the 1950s. After spending some time as a more lighthearted, prankster type, Joker's edge returned in the 1970s and was eventually sharpened further as Batman's comic book universe grew much grittier.

Despite his campy turn in the 1960s Batman live-action series, Joker's portrayals outside of comic books have typically leaned more heavily on him having a harder edge, which has especially been solidified by his various film adaptations. The character also
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Batman tops both the bestselling comics and graphic novels of July 2018

The Dark Knight reigned supreme in both Diamond Comic Distributors’ comic book and graphic novels sales charts for July 2018, with Batman #50 the bestselling issue of the month, and Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar the bestselling trade paperback. However, DC Entertainment has to settle for second place overall in terms of publishers, with Marvel Comics coming out on top once again.

Top 10 Comic Books of July 2018

1. Batman #50

2. Amazing Spider-man #1

3. Captain America #1

4. Doomsday Clock #6

5. Superman #1

6. Catwoman #1

7. Amazing Spider-man #2

8. Batman #51

9. X-23 #1

10. Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

Top 10 Graphic Novels of July 2018

1. Batman Vol. 6: Bride Or Burglar

2. The Infinity Gauntlet

3. Venomized

4. Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 3: Remastered

5. Marvel Two-in-one Vol. 1: Fate Of The Four

6. One-punch Man Volume 14

7. Dragon Ball Super Volume 3

8. Ms. Marvel Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland

9. Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 7: Scarlet Samurai

10. Rocket Raccoon And Groot Complete Collection

Publisher Dollar / Unit Share

Marvel Comics – 39.07% dollar share; 41.05% unit share

DC Entertainment
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Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’ Enlists Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Tadanobu Asano, Keean Johnson, Ahead Of Fall Shoot

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Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’ Enlists Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Tadanobu Asano, Keean Johnson, Ahead Of Fall Shoot
Exclusive: Roland Emmerich’s big-budget epic Midway is ready to hit the high seas with Aaron Eckhart, Keean Johnson, Tadanobu Asano, Dennis Quaid and Nick Jonas among those joining the project.

Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein, and Patrick Wilson have already been revealed for the strong ensemble and they are now joined by Asano (Zatoichi), Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Johnson (Alita: Battle Angel), singer and actor Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle), Quaid (Day After Tomorrow), Luke Kleintank (Man in the High Castle), Jun Kunimura (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), and Etsushi Toyokawa (Love Letter).

Based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II, the $100M+ action-drama will chronicle the exploits of the soldiers and pilots at the heart of the conflict. Shoot is due to get under way from September 5 in Honolulu.

Emmerich directs from a script by Wes Tooke.
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The Academy’s ‘Achievement in Popular Film’ is a demeaning category

Ricky Church on the new Oscar category ‘Achievement in Popular Film…

The Academy Awards is the film industry’s most prestigious event of the year, celebrating outstanding achievements in a wide array of behind the scenes filmmaking from direction, acting to sound design and more. That’s how the ceremony is presented to audiences at least and while that is true to an extent, the past several years have seen a disconnect between audiences and Academy members as some films are often overlooked or even looked down upon as simply not serious enough to be considered for merit.

The most recent Academy Awards presentation is noteworthy for being the least viewed Oscars in its history. To combat this viewership decline and their perceived out-datedness, the Academy announced yesterday a new category to its broadcast ceremony: Achievement in Popular Film. While the specifics haven’t yet been revealed, it is most
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The Academy Awards Are Adding a Brand New Category — and It's About Time

While there are millions of people out there who hold their breath every time an Oscar is about to be awarded during the annual Academy Awards ceremony, there are probably just as many who are muttering, "Didn't see it...didn't see it... didn't see it." Let's face it, the nominees and winners usually consist of films whose artistic merits are so high that they just don't appeal to the mainstream audience. But now the Academy is doing something about it. Here's what they've tweeted: "Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here's what you need to know: A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film; we've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9; we're planning a more globally accessible three-hour telecast." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Now allow us to call in our translators to let you know what all of this really means, but in reverse order.
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Movies that Have Been Turned Into Epic Slots

Slot games have become super immersive these days, with amazing graphics added in to them. This gaming genre has exploded in recent years and movie buffs can take their pick from a whole load of themed slot games. Here are some of our favourite versions of these games:

Basic Instinct

This movie was one of the most influential of its time, so it’s only fitting that it should also be a stellar slot game. This game takes clips from the movie to really make sure that players are as involved as possible. It’s a really cool representation of the movie and you can even win some cash from it too.

The feel of this game is very retro but it has all of the bonus features that modern slot games enjoy too. This combines some of our favourite features with brand new graphics to create a slick experience.
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Watch an exclusive clip from Making a Killing starring Michael Jai White

Thanks to Cleopatra Entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive clip from director Devin Hume’s crime drama Making a Killing featuring Michael Jai White; check it out here…

Arthur Herring (Mike Starr) is the mayor, priest and mortician in a small town called Cardinal. His brother Vincent Herring (Jude Moran) is his right hand man and together they are well-respected pillars of the community. Arthur and Vincent agreed to safe guard a small fortune of rare coins for a friend, Lloyd Mickey (Christopher Lloyd) another mortician and convicted felon. When released Lloyd wants his coins back but the brothers have other plans. Just as the brothers think they are in the clear, a tenacious detective, Orlando Hudson (Michael Jai White), comes into town to investigate the town’s first murder in 30 years, in this twisted crime mystery that is based on a true story.

Making a Killing is set for release on August 10th.
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Major studios are lining up to hire James Gunn after Disney firing

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Just when you thought Ben Affleck's waffling about continuing to play The Dark Knight was the hottest merry-go-round in town, along comes Disney and their on-going struggle to disassociate themselves with controversial filmmaker James Gunn. Unless you've been living under a rock since July 20th, you're likely to be aware that the House of Mouse fired Gunn as director of Guardians Of The Galaxy... Read More...
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Top 10 burning questions we have about the Oscar changes

Top 10 burning questions we have about the Oscar changes
The recently announced changes to the Oscars have many of our forum posters up in arms, but they also raise a number of questions. Below, we count down the top 10 mysteries we’re wondering about in the wake of Wednesday’s news.

1. Will these changes be implemented this year? The 2019 Oscars telecast will be held on February 24 as originally planned, so the show itself won’t move to early February until 2020, but what about the award for Best Popular Film and the shortening of the telecast? Will those changes be made effective immediately, or will it take the academy another year or so to work out the details? For instance …

2. What are the criteria for Best Popular Film? Will the academy judge popularity strictly by box office gross, and if so, what’s the limit? $100 million? $200 million? The academy membership is getting more diverse, both ethnically and internationally, so will
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Academy Awards to introduce ‘Achievement in Popular Film’ category

For several years, fans and moviegoing audiences have bemoaned the fact the Academy of Arts and Sciences often neglects some of the industry’s biggest blockbusters for more serious and ‘artsy’ films. Instead, films such as The Dark Knight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Avengers have been relegated to the technical awards of sound editing and visual effects rather than Best Director, Best Actor/Actress or even Best Picture, despite the critical acclaim some of those films have gone on to earn. Now the Academy is changing that for next year’s telecast with a new category, Achievement in Popular Film.

The new category was announced in a letter to Academy board members Wednesday morning from re-elected president John Bailey and chief executive officer Dawn Hudson. “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The
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Oscar upheaval: Best Popular Film added to the list of categories, and the telecast gets a trim

Oscar upheaval: Best Popular Film added to the list of categories, and the telecast gets a trim
The motion picture academy has made the biggest changes to the Oscars since expanding the Best Picture category from 5 nominees to 10 back in 2009. The telecast is getting cut down to three hours, but even more substantial is the addition of a new category awarding the best achievement in “popular films.” What do you think of the changes? Good news for films like “Black Panther” and “A Quiet Place”? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

Academy president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson wrote in a note to academy members, “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.” But the academy didn’t specify what films would be categorized as “popular” or when this change would take effect.

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