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'Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

'Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable': Film Review | Tribeca 2018
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is a feature-length tribute to the champion surfer who lost an arm to a tiger shark at age 13 and came back to thrive and conquer. Director Aaron Lieber, a surf specialist who shoots his own footage on the waves, followed Hamilton over four years, and weaves interviews with her family and friends alongside home-video and archival material, including a smattering of excerpts from Hamilton's appearances on Oprah and other talk shows during her teenage years.

Fans of the surfer's 2004 memoir Soul Surfer, made into a 2011 film of the same name with Helen Hunt and Dennis...
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‘Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable’ First Look: Tribeca Docu Catches Her Wave

Exclusive: Famed surfer Bethany Hamilton is getting the documentary treatment, with commercials and surf-film helmer Aaron Lieber making his feature debut on Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, which has its world premiere Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hamilton of course was the subject of the 2011 movie Soul Surfer, which chronicled her life after losing her arm at age 13 when she was a attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark (AnnaSophia Robb played her). Incredibly…
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Bethany Hamilton Says She 'Had a Lot of Fears' About Motherhood 15 Years after Shark Attack

Bethany Hamilton Says She 'Had a Lot of Fears' About Motherhood 15 Years after Shark Attack
Almost 15 years after a shark attack changed her life forever and inspired millions, Bethany Hamilton is giving fans a peek into her life now, including her new role as a mother of two.

The professional surfer, 28, is the subject of Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival that follows Hamilton’s storied surf career as well as her journey to motherhood after marrying husband Adam Dirks in August 2013.

Though the two had planned on becoming parents, Hamilton found out she was pregnant with her first son Tobias in 2015 earlier than they had expected.

“Becoming a
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‘The Miracle Season’ Film Review: Volleyball Drama Serves Few Dramatic Spikes

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‘The Miracle Season’ Film Review: Volleyball Drama Serves Few Dramatic Spikes
Evidenced by closing-credits photographs and footage of the real athletes and adults involved, “The Miracle Season” could have worked powerfully as a documentary. But as a faith-based re-enactment of Iowa high school students rallying for a second championship volleyball season after suffering an unimaginable personal loss, Sean McNamara’s film barely qualifies as a story at all — except where dramatic license was conspicuously taken to make sure it adhered to almost every cliché in the sports-movie playbook.

Danika Yarosh (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”) plays Caroline “Line” Found, an effervescent, beloved, boundlessly energetic senior at Iowa City West High School. As captain of the women’s volleyball team, she led them to victory as a junior, and considers back-to-back championships an inevitable fulfillment of their athletic destiny, especially after dedicating their season to her ailing mother, Ellyn (Jillian Fargey, “Bates Motel”).

But when Line dies in a scooter accident the night after their first game, her best friend, Kelly (Erin Moriarty, “Captain Fantastic”), and the rest of the team are devastated, and not even Kathy “Coach Bres” Bresnahan (Helen Hunt), their stern, no-nonsense coach, can rekindle their love for the game.

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Coach Bres eventually tasks Kelly with the responsibility of rallying her teammates, despite Kelly’s reservations over whether she can fill Line’s shoes as team captain. But after scoring their first victory, the team decides to dedicate its season to her and to follow through with their tribute by overcoming those early losses to win another state championship on her behalf.

Movies like are typically so saccharine that audiences end up with a cavity by the final scene, but the only way in which “The Miracle Season” distinguishes itself is by being so clean-cut and wholesome that it makes a Noxzema commercial seem gritty by comparison. (It features possibly the only scene in movie history where a group of otherwise unsupervised teenagers are actively disappointed that the only attending parent, who was performing magic, no less, decides to turn in for the night.)

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McNamara, who directed “Soul Surfer,” exerts a light touch on the spiritual themes — worry not, those of ye who are uncertain whether Line’s father, Ernie, played effortlessly by William Hurt, will reconcile with God after losing his daughter and his wife within two weeks of one another — but in this case, that’s a bad thing: There are no other themes to replace them, leaving only the wheezing machinery of a sports underdog story in which the team is comprised of title-winning athletes.

Portraying a real-life teenager, much less such a revered one as Found, was no doubt a challenge for Yarosh, but I’m not fully sure her “more is more” approach to the role turns the character’s charm offensive into actual charm. Moriarty, on the other hand, wrestles with more emotion than her co-star, but despite the appealing balance of reluctance and determination she brings to Kelly, she occasionally seems adrift in the formulaic adversity thrown into her path to make their journey seem not quite as predestined from the first frame.

Meanwhile, Hunt throws her all into the coach who learns how to feel again by coaching these grieving young women to victory, but Midwest mannerisms (like repeatedly calling Line, and later Kelly, “cap’n”) disrupt what never seems to settle into a consistent take on the character. Does Bres struggle with literally any emotion? Did Line’s death specifically affect her? Or is there an additional or other back story, hinted at in her opening scene, that we don’t know about?

And as Ernie, Hurt supplies unsurprising volumes of gravitas and vulnerability, but the work is all so simple and surface-level for a guy capable of such powerful depths that none of it resonates particularly deeply.

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There’s also a love interest for Kelly, a hunky Anson Elgort type played by Burkely Duffield (“Warcraft”) who, in an almost refreshing reversal, has literally nothing to do except look good and blandly support his lady. But otherwise, the film isn’t interested in challenging conventional expectations, or much of anything else; last year’s nonfiction “Step,” by comparison, chronicled the adversity of a group of reigning champions with much more complexity, and consequently, emotional heft.

Ultimately, “The Miracle Season” mistakes an inspiring true story for one that needs or deserves to be told cinematically; it isn’t awful, but it’s not a film, it’s a tribute, and unfortunately, one to the memory of a young woman who would be better honored by people actually “living like Line” than watching a formulaic, fictionalized retelling of her community learning what that means.

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‘A Quiet Place’ Looks to Make Noise at Weekend Box Office

‘A Quiet Place’ Looks to Make Noise at Weekend Box Office
While sci-fi epics and action-adventures have dominated theaters over the past few months, two fresh genres are looking to shake things up at the domestic box office.

Horror thriller “A Quiet Place” and R-rated comedy “Blockers” are expected to have solid openings this weekend, with the former likely to take the crown.

Paramount Pictures’ “A Quiet Place” — John Krasinski’s third directorial effort and first for a major studio — could launch to as much as $30 million, but other estimates are in the low $20 millions, at 3,200 locations. The film, which opened at South by Southwest to rave reviews, currently boasts a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Office” star Krasinski co-wrote the movie and stars alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt. The pic follows a family of four who must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Another title hoping to translate SXSW enthusiasm into box office success is Universal’s “Blockers.
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Trailer Watch: Helen Hunt Leads a Girls’ Volleyball Team to Glory in “The Miracle Season”

The Miracle Season

“How many teams ever win two championships back to back? Almost none,” a high school volleyball coach (Helen Hunt) tells her team in the trailer for “The Miracle Season.” The girls of West High School seem poised to to beat the odds and claim their second consecutive victory at state championships — until their captain and star player Caroline (Danika Yarosh) dies in a tragic accident.

The team is left reeling and mourning the loss of their friend and strongest player, but it’s the coach and Caroline’s best friend Kelly (Erin Moriarty) who seem to be hit the hardest. Kelly takes over as team captain, but the girls have gone from champions to underdogs without Caroline.

After devoting themselves to the gym and the court, the girls manage to reclaim their concentration and enthusiasm and rebuild their team. They’ve become serious contenders. “You strong women.
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Mommy’s Little Surfer! Pregnant Bethany Hamilton Takes Her 2-Year-Old Son to Hang 10

Mommy’s Little Surfer! Pregnant Bethany Hamilton Takes Her 2-Year-Old Son to Hang 10
Bethany Hamilton is teaching her son the family trade.

The professional surfer, 27, shared a sweet Instagram photo on Thursday of herself and her 2-year-old son Tobias. The photo captured Hamilton, who is pregnant with her second child, teaching Tobias how to surf, perhaps in the hopes that he’ll follow in her footsteps.

“Tobias, baby and I surfing this last week!!! Thank you @mikecoots for the awesome shot!!!,” Hamilton captioned the photo.

The athlete and her husband Adam Dirks announced they were expecting their second child in October in an Instagram video that Hamilton posted on her page.

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Bethany Hamilton’s 2-Year-Old Son Adorably Touches Her Baby Bump as She Marks the Halfway Point of Her Pregnancy

Bethany Hamilton’s 2-Year-Old Son Adorably Touches Her Baby Bump as She Marks the Halfway Point of Her Pregnancy
Bethany Hamilton is halfway through her second pregnancy!

The professional surfer, 27, updated fans and followers with a 20-week baby bump photo featuring her 2-year-old son Tobias.

“20 weeks along and feeling excited everyday! For those who don’t know 20 weeks is about halfway along in pregnancy,” Hamilton captioned a picture of her and Tobias on Instagram and Twitter. In the snap, she and the toddler cradle her growing bump while enjoying the beach in their native Hawaii.

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James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Olivier Martinez to Star in ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’

James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Olivier Martinez to Star in ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’
James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley, and John Lynch are starring in historical drama “Paul, Apostle of Christ” with shooting starting in Malta, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sony Pictures is producing “Paul, Apostle of Christ” through its faith-based Affirm Films label. The movie is directed by Andrew Hyatt (“Full of Grace”) from his own screenplay. Producers are David Zelon (“Soul Surfer”) and T.J. Berden (“Full of Grace”).

The story covers Paul, portrayed by Faulkner, going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle. The movie will follow his last days awaiting execution by Emperor Nero in Rome under the watchful eye of Mauritius, Mamertine Prison’s ambitious prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat.

Martinez is portraying the prefect. As his days grow shorter, Paul works from prison to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and
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Horror Highlights: Maniac Cop 2 Collection from Cavitycolors, Aliens Ate My Homework, What The Waters Left Behind, The Tormenting

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Cavitycolors pays tribute to Maniac Cop 2 with a new shirts and pins collection, and in today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on Aliens Ate My Homework, What the Waters Left Behind, and The Tormenting.

Maniac Cop 2 Shirts and Pins Collection: From Cavitycolors: "Hey Fiends!

This Thursday, we're bringing you our officially licensed Maniac Cop 2 collection!

Written by Larry Cohen (The Stuff) and directed by William Lustig (Maniac), Part 2 of the series is my personal favorite entry in the series. A 90's cult classic in the truest sense, it's just so satisfying to see a much more monstrous Matt Cordell wreak havoc on the streets of New York City. We couldn't be more excited to work with top notch artists on this release, including Devon Whitehead, Jason Edmiston, Shane Murphy, and Matt Skiff. All art is officially licensed, and approved by William Lustig himself for what might
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The Three Little Stooges movie casts its three little stooges

Back in February of last year it was reported that C3 Entertainment was in development on The Three Little Stooges, a movie revolving around the pre-teen adventures of Larry, Moe and Curly, and now comes word from THR that the project has found its leads.

According to the site, Liam Dow (Omg! Just Jacque) has been cast as Little Larry, Luke Clark (Fat Camp) as Little Curly and Gordy De StJeor as Little Moe, with all three actors securing their first leading feature film roles.

Sean McNamara (Even Stevens, Spare Parts, Soul Surfer) has signed on to direct The Three Little Stooges, from a script written by Harris Goldberg (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Master of Disguise). Production is set to get underway later this year.
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'The Three Little Stooges' Movie Casts Its Young Leads (Exclusive)

'The Three Little Stooges' Movie Casts Its Young Leads (Exclusive)
The Three Little Stooges Movie has found its Larry, Moe and Curly.

The comedic family film, from Three Little Stooges Productions in conjunction with C3 Entertainment, which owns the Three Stooges brand, centers on the trio of beloved characters as 12- and 13-year-olds.

Liam Dow has been cast as Little Larry, Gordy De StJeor as Little Moe, and Luke Clark as Little Curly. This is the first leading role in a feature film for all three. Casting Directors Joey Paul Jensen CSA and Niner Parikh (Camp Cook Kids, Soul Surfer,That’s So Raven) conducted a nationwide search to find the trio.

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‘Life Boat’ Director Lorraine Nicholson On Guiding Stephen Dorff Through His First Short Film Experience — Tribeca Studio

‘Life Boat’ Director Lorraine Nicholson On Guiding Stephen Dorff Through His First Short Film Experience — Tribeca Studio
An actress known for roles in Click and Soul Surfer, Lorraine Nicholson has quietly been working away as a writer and director of short films, establishing herself as a director to watch. Bringing her tense and engrossing short film Life Boat to Tribeca, the daughter of Jack Nicholson and Rebecca Broussard has demonstrated that she most certainly has the chops, finding herself among a cadre of young female directors making waves at Tribeca this year. In just 18 minutes…
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Inhumans: ABC's Complete Cast Of Royal Family Is Here! We Will Get Lockjaw!

We have learned the full character cast thanks to a report from THR, including the fact that yes, Lockjaw (the teleporting dog) will be a player in the show.

The Inhumans were introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (of course his hand was in this) in 1965, but recently they have come on strong in the comics as a major adversary to the X-Men, and have been featured in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but not the same Inhumans that will be explored in the upcoming ABC TV show. Instead, this show will focus on the Royal Family of the Inhumans, who have considerably greater powers than the ones that we have seen on S.H.I.E.L.D.

A very cool thing about this show is that the first two episodes will be shot and featured in IMAX theaters over Labor Day weekend, which is a great promotional technique. Roel Reine will direct these first two hours,
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Marvel rounds out Inhumans cast with five new additions – and Lockjaw!

The official Marvel site has announced five new additions to the cast of ABC and IMAX’s upcoming Inhumans TV series in Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores, and Ellen Woglom.

Eme Ikwuakor (Concussion, Extant) as Gorgon – Cousin of Black Bolt (Anson Mount), member of the Royal family, and leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp. The yin to his cousin Karnak’s (Ken Leung) yang, Gorgon would rather fight than talk to solve his problems.

Isabelle Cornish (Australia Day, Puberty Blues) as Crystal – Medusa’s (Serinda Swan) sister, Crystal is the youngest member of the royal family and has the ability to control the elements. Impetuous and independent she is also deeply devoted to her family.

Mike Moh (Empire, Street Fighter: Assasin’s Fist) as Triton – Black Bolt’s cousin, he
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Marvel Announces Inhumans Casting for Gorgon, Crystal, Triton, Auran, and Lockjaw

This past week Marvel has bombarded us with casting new for their ambitious Inhumans series. So far we've got Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) playing Balck Bolt, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) playing Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan (Smallville) taking on the role of the queen, Medusa, and Ken Leung playing Karnak, Black Bolt’s cousin and closest advisor.

The studio has now announced the rest of the main cast of the series, which will include the roles of Gorgon, Crystal, Triton, and Auran. Below you'll find a breakdown of each of these characters and who is playing them:

Eme Ikwuakor (“Concussion,” “Extant”) as Gorgon – Cousin of Black Bolt (Anson Mount), member of the Royal family, and leader of Attilan’s military. With super strong legs, complete with hooves, he can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp. The yin to his cousin Karnak’s (Ken Leung) yang, Gorgon
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‘Marvel’s Inhumans’: Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, More Round Out Cast

Eme Ikwuakor (Concussion, Extant), Isabelle Cornish (Australia Day, Puberty Blues), Mike Moh (Empire, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist), Sonya Balmores (Beyond the Break, Soul Surfer ), and Ellen Woglom (Californication, Outlaw) have rounded out the cast of Marvel’s Inhumans, the new ABC series that will get an Imax debut. Marvel's Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family, including Black Bolt (Anson Mount), the enigmatic, commanding…
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Coming Distractions: Legion’s Dan Stevens gets too ambitious for his own good in The Ticket trailer

Usually, a movie in which the main character has some sort of notable health condition revolves around their struggle to either beat it or keep living in the face of the daily struggle (see: 50/50, The Bucket List, Soul Surfer—actually, don’t see Soul Surfer). But The Ticket takes the miraculous healing of a blind man as merely the jumping-off point for a much more ambiguous tale of what to do after you’ve triumphed. Dan Stevens (Legion) plays the protagonist as a man who rebounds from his surprise recovery by turning into an aggressive overachiever at work, only to see his personal life start to fall apart as a result. It’s the kind of story that sounds like after-school-special-schmaltz, but nothing about the trailer suggests any kind of moralistic simplicity. Instead, it all plays like an eerie thriller, one in which all the routines of home ...
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Bethany Hamilton Opens Up About Surfing, Motherhood and Her ‘Raw, Real’ New Documentary Unstoppable

Bethany Hamilton Opens Up About Surfing, Motherhood and Her ‘Raw, Real’ New Documentary Unstoppable
A lot has changed for Bethany Hamilton since the last time her story was told on the big screen in 2011’s Soul Surfer — but fortunately for her fans, an upcoming documentary is filling in the pieces while reexamining her incredible past.

The film, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, explores the horrific 2003 shark attack that claimed her left arm, as well as the untold story of Hamilton’s resilience in not only getting back on the board, but becoming one of leading professional surfers of all time. In addition to covering her life as a wife and mother, the documentary details Hamilton’s
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‘Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable’ Documentary Starts Shooting

‘Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable’ Documentary Starts Shooting
Lieber Films has launched production in Hawaii on “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” a documentary following the life of the professional surfer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Hamilton was the subject of the 2011 biopic “Soul Surfer,” starring AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt and inspired by her real-life experience as a teenager when a tiger shark claimed one of her arms — along with her determination to get back into the water after the tragic attack.

“Unstoppable” follows her journey from childhood into motherhood with a focus on her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers.

The film is being directed by Aaron Lieber, who also serves as producer. Jane Kelly Kosek of Meritage Pictures and Penny Edmiston (“Bones Brigade: An Autobiography”) are producers on the film.

The project originated with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign dubbed “Bethany Hamilton — Surfs Like a Girl” that raised over $116,671 from 1,453 backers to fund development.
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