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‘Untouchable’ Review: Harvey Weinstein Documentary Rehashes a Story You Already Know All Too Well — Sundance

‘Untouchable’ Review: Harvey Weinstein Documentary Rehashes a Story You Already Know All Too Well — Sundance
There’s a reason why you’ve probably never heard of Erika Rosenbaum. An attractive, intelligent, and ostensibly talented Canadian actress who stepped off the bus in Los Angeles with nothing but a dream to her name, Rosenbaum was no less prepared or deserving than any of the legendary screen idols who had inspired her to reach for the stars. Lana Turner was famously discovered at a malt shop, so why not her? Twenty years later, Rosenbaum’s most prestigious role to date is Bartocci Customer #2 in “Brooklyn.” Before that, she was Pregnant Mom in “The Smurfs 2” and Cashier in a TV movie called “Abducted: Fugitive for Love.” But while it’s true that a prayer and a pretty smile aren’t enough to guarantee a successful career in show business, there’s reason to believe that she never had a fair shot at having one.

It all goes
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Berlin: Lotus Entertainment Unveils Pre-Sales, Trailer for Animated Feature ‘Mosley’ (Exclusive)

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Lotus Entertainment has unveiled the first teaser-trailer for Kirby Atkins’ “Mosley,” an animated family film from Huhu Studios in New Zealand and China Film Animation, the first co-production between the two countries.

Lotus Entertainment, which is representing “Mosley” in international markets, will be premiering the film at the European Film Market in Berlin on Feb. 7.

Lotus has already pre-sold it to Australia/New Zealand (Rialto), C.I.S. (Top Film Distribution), China (China Film Group), Czech Republic/Slovakia (Fenix Distribution), Bulgaria, Ex-Yugoslavia and Romania (Programs 4 Media Limited), Israel (Five Stars), Middle East (Eagle Films), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), South Africa (Filmfinity) and Vietnam (Ram Indo).

Mosley” follows the eponymous hero and his family of four-legged “Thoriphants,” intelligent creatures with the ability to speak like humans but that have been cursed to live a life of servitude. In an attempt to free his family, Mosley embarks on a perilous journey to find the mythical land of Kinesareth.
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Ludacris Is a Crime Fighting Canine in Cringe-Worthy Show Dogs Trailer

Global Road Entertainment has released the first trailer and poster for their upcoming family comedy Show Dogs. Starring Will Arnett, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Natasha Lyonne, Jordin Sparks, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O'Neal, Alan Cumming, and Stanley Tucci, Show Dogs is about the unlikely pairing of a human detective (Arnett) and his canine partner (voice of Chris Ludacris Bridges), who has to go undercover at the world's most exclusive dog show to solve his biggest case yet. Catch it in theaters May 18, 2018!

The new trailer gets right into the heart of the story, with Ludacris revealing through voice over that his canine character Max is a dog cop who is working undercover on a case to retrieve a stolen baby panda. Max and his human partner Frank (Will Arnett) have learned that the thieves are using an elite dog show as a front for an animal smuggling operation. To crack the case,
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Battle of the Sexes movie review: totally ace

MaryAnn’s quick take… An essential history lesson with a smart smack of relevance for today (because feminism always has to be relitigated). It’s also warm, funny, and hugely entertaining. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not a sports fan at all

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

That saying about those not remembering the past being condemned to repeat it? Of course it’s true… but sometimes it’s not an accident that the past gets forgotten. Sometimes the squashing of history — and the continuation of history into the present — is deliberate. Feminists know this: Women are constantly having to reinvent feminism, refight the same battles, because they don’t stay won. A brief moment of small triumph very quickly gets drowned out by major cultural pushback; women may savor victory only long enough
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'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues

'Annabelle' Sequel Eyes $30+ Million Opening as Summer Slow Down Continues
Saturday Am Update: WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation is off to an excellent start, bringing in an estimated $15 million on Friday (including $4 million from Thursday previews) on its way to a weekend around $35 million if not more. It's also great news for director David F. Sandberg who helmed last year's hit Lights Out for WB. That film went on to gross nearly $150 million worldwide on a budget under $5 million. The film received a "B" CinemaScore, matching the score for the first film. Open Road's The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is performing even worse than expected, delivering an estimated $3 million on Friday. This is already shaping up to be the lowest opening for a film playing in over 4,000 theaters by a wide margin. Currently the worst opening for an opening that size belongs to The Emoji Movie with $24.5 million, but with the $9 million or so Nut Job 2 is
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John Oliver Is Zazu in Disney's Lion King Live-Action Remake

John Oliver Is Zazu in Disney's Lion King Live-Action Remake
John Oliver, the host of HBO's popular weekly series Last Week Tonight, has become the latest to join the talented voice cast for Disney's live-action Lion King reboot. The actor will be lending his voice to Zazu, the colorful bird who serves as an adviser to King Mufasa (James Earl Jones). In the original 1994 animated classic, Zazu was voiced by Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson, with Jeff Bennett voicing the character in the new animated series The Lion Guard.

The Wrap broke the news of this casting, which comes just a few months after Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner signed on to voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. Director Jon Favreau will utilize the same type of technology that brought the photo-realistic animals to life in the filmmaker's 2016 blockbuster The Jungle Book. John Oliver also joins Donald Glover as Simba and the iconic James Earl Jones, reprising his voice role as
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Giveaway: Win Smurfs: The Lost Village On Blu-ray/ DVD And Tickets To Omaha’s Color Run on July 15

“Join the Smurfs on their biggest adventure yet…at the Omaha Color Run!

You can win:

a pair of tickets to The Color Run at the CenturyLink Event Center on July 15th a Blu-ray copy of Smurfs: The Lost Village! The Smurfs will be greeting participants with Little Bites Smurfberry Muffins as they cross the finish line.

Stop by and say hi and enter to win Smurf prizes!

Smurfs: The Lost Village is now available on Vudu, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 11th!”

Enter for a chance to win:

Your Name And Email In Our Comments Section Below.

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. One Winner Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

No purchase necessary.

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on
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Join the Adventure! Smurfs: The Lost Village Debuts on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD July 11th

The critics love Smurfs: The Lost Village :

“The entire family will love this movie.” ~ Shawn Edwards, Fox-tv

“Hilarious and adorable for the whole family to enjoy!” ~ Deepa Prashad, The Family Channel

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, Smurfs: The Lost Village follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs
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Baywatch movie review: sun’s out, dumb’s out

MaryAnn’s quick take… A beach-slap to anyone with a brain. Embodies everything that is wrong with Hollywood today. It is proudly dumb. It is proudly sexist. It is proudly pointless. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

These are the shoals upon which critics are broken. Those gently susurrating waves? The bastard power of water to wear everything down. Those lovely soft grains of sand on the beach? Every one of them a thoughtful film lover who has dedicated her- or himself to considering cinema, now ground down into a tiny tiny pebble.

Baywatch is a beach-slap fuck-you to anyone with a brain. Your gonads may be engaged if you are a heterosexual man (or a homosexual woman, though that will be accidental) who has not graduated from a tween sexuality in which disembodied boobs
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Rock Dog Blu-ray

Rock Out with an All-Star Cast in this Laugh-Out-Loud Musical Family Adventure on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd!

From Academy Award-nominated writer-director Ash Brannon (Best Animated Feature Film, Surf’s Up, 2007) comes the heartwarming and hilarious family film Rock Dog, on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd from Lionsgate. The music-filled adventure about a dog’s quest to fulfill his dream features an all-star cast, including J.K. Simmons (Zootopia), Luke Wilson (Old School), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Lewis Black (Inside Out), and Kenan Thompson (The Smurfs 2).

Now you can own Get Out Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Luke Wilson? (mine is The Royal Tennenbaums!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:
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Rock Dog On Digital HD May 9th and on Blu-ray & DVD May 23rd

Rock Out with an All-Star Cast in this Laugh-Out-Loud Musical Family Adventure on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd!

From Academy Award-nominated writer-director Ash Brannon (Best Animated Feature Film, Surf’s Up, 2007) comes the heartwarming and hilarious family film Rock Dog, on Digital HD May 9th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 23rd from Lionsgate. The music-filled adventure about a dog’s quest to fulfill his dream features an all-star cast, including J.K. Simmons (Zootopia), Luke Wilson (Old School), Eddie Izzard (Cars 2), Lewis Black (Inside Out), and Kenan Thompson (The Smurfs 2).

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.

A film the whole family will want to jam to, the Rock Dog home entertainment
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Where is the Smurfs Nostalgia?

Box OfficeThe real Lost Village for these iconic characters is Fanville.

My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter was watching TV yesterday when a Smurfs: The Lost Village commercial came on. “Trolls!” she shouted, mistaking the new movie about little blue creatures for the recent movie about little pink and orange and blue creatures. One bunch wears white hats, the other has crazy hair, but it’s easy to see how they could be confused, especially by a toddler. And she didn’t even see any footage of Gargamel, whose Smurf-consuming desires are akin to the Bergens and their taste for Trolls.

Did Trolls trump Smurfs, causing the latter to open much lower than initial expectations? The Lost Village had originally been projected for a $20m opening, if not slightly more. Then The Boss Baby became a hit last weekend, and predictions fell to $15m-$18m, the higher end of that range being what the live-action/CG hybrid The Smurfs 2 debuted
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The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M

The Boss Baby Repeats Box Office Win with $26.3M
After a successful first weekend at the box office, The Boss Baby, an animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation, had no trouble repeating at the box office. The hit movie went up against Warner Bros.' comedy remake Going in Style, Sony's animated adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village and PureFlix's faith-based drama The Case For Christ. None of these new releases stood a chance, with The Boss Baby repeating atop the box office with $26.3 million, followed closely by Disney's blockbuster Beauty and the Beast with $25 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Smurfs: The Lost Village, Sony's new fully animated movie in the beloved franchise, opened in 3,610 theaters, debuting in third place with $14 million for a meager $3,882 per-screen average. Going in Style debuted in 3,061 theaters in fourth place with $12.5 million with a $4,084 per-screen average, while The Case for Christ opened in 10th place with $3.9 million. Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going In Style weren't critically acclaimed,
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Old Guys Are Beating the Smurfs at the Box Office

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2017-04-07T11:24:34-07:00Old Guys Are Beating the Smurfs at the Box Office

Zach Braff’s Going in Style earned $600,000 Thursday evening to top other newcomer Smurfs: The Lost Village, the third installment in Sony's animated franchise, which took in $375,000 in previews.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is tracking to debut in the $15 million to $16 million range, according to projections.

The Smurfs 2, which opened in August 2013, debuted to $17.5 million. (It earned $347.5 million worldwide by the end of its run.) The original film, The Smurfs, earned a huge $35.6 million in its domestic debut in 2011 and had a final worldwide tally of $563.7 million.

The new film centers on a mysterious map that sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato ) and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on a race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello and Jack McBrayer are among the voice cast.
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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

I figured it was the live-action that was the problem.

The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 were, for the most part, rambunctious, asinine, lazily written child distractors, the cinematic equivalent of a big, bouncing blue ball. It bounces up and down, up and down, up and down, and eventually, something gets smashed or broken, but the kid is (seemingly) transfixed. But amongst the drivel, there were always shining little moments of promise and potential. They came near the top of the films, as we watched our CG Smurfs interact in their animated environment known as Smurf Village, away from their dreaded, pointless impending visit to the Big Apple. These segments were lively, engaging, inspired and, dare I say it, kinda fun. They were everything the resulting 80 minutes (and change) weren’t, a glimpse into what could’ve been if Sony Animation decided to cut their losses and stick with the animation.
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Smurfs & Gramps Take One Last Swing At Box Office -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Three New Movies May Have Trouble Making Much of a Mark

After a couple impressive March weekends with one new box office record, and a couple impressive openings, we’re now into April, and of the new movies, there just doesn’t seem like anything can defeat last week’s powerful duo of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby--which exceeded all predictions with $49 million, taking the top spot from Beauty and the Beast. Ghost in the Shell didn’t even do as well as I thought it may, opening with just $19 million, those late reviews helping to kill its weekend.

Sony Pictures Animation are giving the loveable blue Smurfs a third go at American audiences with The Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony), after two previous movies,
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'Smurfs 3' and 'Going in Style' Debut as Moviegoers Await 'Fast and Furious 8'

'Smurfs 3' and 'Going in Style' Debut as Moviegoers Await 'Fast and Furious 8'
We've already seen some strong performances at the box office this year all of which have contributed to the yearly domestic box office topping $3 billion in ticket sales faster than it ever has before. Last weekend, The Boss Baby became the fifth release of 2017 to top $50 million at the weekend box office and while this weekend won't see similar returns for the week's new wide releases, it's the relative calm before the storm as Universal's The Fate of the Furious debuts next weekend, sure to become the year's second $100+ million opener. As for this weekend, the top twelve may struggle to reach $120 million collectively as both Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style are looking at relatively soft openings while Pure Flix's The Case for Christ should find a spot in the lower half of the weekend top ten. At the top of the box office it's looking like
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‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights

‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Battle Again For Box-Office Bragging Rights
The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) and “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney) should take the top slots this early spring weekend, but the DreamWorks Animation comedy isn’t guaranteed to hold on to number one.

We’re in the middle of staggered school spring vacation season, so family-oriented films abound. That explains Sony’s release of “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” which looks to do best among the three new wide releases. However, “Going in Style” (Warner Bros.) and “The Case for Christ” (PureFlix) are less predictable with their respective older and faith-based core audiences.

Read More: ‘The Boss Baby’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Fight for Second Behind the Unstoppable ‘Beauty and the Beast

This looks like another weekend that will outpace last year’s, when the top 10 grossed $91 million; expect this one to reach at least $100 million.

Alec Baldwin as an overgrown, big-mouth animated infant bested the third week of “Beauty” by $5 million,
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Movie Review: The Lost Village isn’t that Smurfing bad, at least for a Smurfs movie

When it comes to movies about the Belgian cartoonist Peyo’s diminutive, liberty-cap-wearing, blue-skinned Schtroumpfs (or Smurfs, as well call them), being “good enough” means exceeding all expectations. Their first, Peyo-directed cinematic outing, released in this country as The Smurfs And The Magic Flute, is notable only for a song score that The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’s Michel Legrand seemed to have composed in the midst of a mental breakdown; the decades-later attempts to turn the mushroom-dwelling humanoids into a Hollywood live-action franchise, in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, are simply dire. But now comes Smurfs: The Lost Village, an inoffensive children’s film with an above-average voice cast, competent animation, and no product placement. This is enough to make it the finest film ever made about the Smurfs.

Fans of the recently rereleased Donnie Darko may recall that the Smurfs, though nominally male, are completely asexual, and
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'Smurfs' is an Underdog Against 'Boss Baby'

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2017-04-05T11:42:13-07:00'Smurfs' is an Underdog Against 'Boss Baby'

It’s shaping up to be a quiet weekend at the multiplexes. “The Fate of the Furious” is still revving up its engines, gearing up for what’s expected to be a massive opening when it roars onto screens on April 14, 2017. That leaves a trio of smaller new releases looking to make a mark before Vin Diesel and company blot out everything within the general vicinity of a movie theater. The latest “Fast & Furious” will have no trouble topping $100 million in its first weekend of release.

“This is the calm before the storm,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore.

Smurfs: The Lost Village” is shaping up to be the strongest performer among the newcomers with a debut of between $15 million to $16 million. The family film is an attempt by Sony to reinvigorate a franchise that deflated.
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