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The Preview Reel: Life of the Party and Breaking In

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Avengers: Infinity War continues to break records as it has become the fastest film in history to reach $1 billion worldwide, and is already the 15th highest-grossing movie of all-time in just two weeks of release. The film is an undeniably huge hit for Marvel, and one that many studios saw coming as there’s slim pickings at the cineplexes this week. Two counter-programming films, Melissa McCarthy’s comedy Life of the Party and Gabrielle Union’s thriller Breaking In, will look to attract those who don’t want to see superheroes punch it out. Let’s see if either of these are worth your time, or if you should just wait until Deadpool 2 comes out next weekend.

Life of the Party

What we are excited about: Melissa McCarthy has been very
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AutFest Film Festival Announces Final Program Lineup

AutFest International Film Festival announced its official program selections for its second annual film festival celebrating autism awareness “From Spectrum to Screen.”

Presented by The Autism Society, AutFest will screen over 16 feature films, short films and television programs that promote autism awareness and/or are made by autistic filmmakers. As previously announced, AutFest will also honor Netflix’s hit show “Atypical” and ABC’s “The Good Doctor” with Spotlight Awards for their special portrayal of lead characters who are on the autistic spectrum. The Visionary Award will be presented to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Television Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter. AutFest takes place Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 28, 2018 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, CA.

The 2nd Annual AutFest International Film Festival is proud to present the following features, shorts and television programs to play in its 2018 program.
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Quote of the Day: Melissa McCarthy Talks Negotiating and Equal Pay

McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Melissa McCarthy is known for her sense of humor, but her business savvy has also played a major part in landing her among the world’s highest-paid actresses. In a candid conversation with Glamour, the Oscar-nominated actress spoke about how she went from being a “farm girl in Illinois” racking up credit card debt to one of Hollywood’s biggest earners.

“There were some jobs when I was paid what most [of my co-stars were]. And then people who climbed the ladder with me were suddenly making 15 times what I made. I was like, ‘Wait, wait, wait.’ I thought, ‘This is based on bullshit. This is not based on anything factual to me,’” the “Ghostbusters” star told the mag. “I hated that feeling of not being in control and not being able to do anything about it. I think that feeling is what keeps the fight in me.
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King of Kong Villain Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records

Billy Mitchell, the villain of the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, has been stripped of his Donkey Kong records and banned from competition by Twin Galaxies. Mitchell was previously the reigning champion of Donkey Kong and the first million-point record holder, and King of Kong chronicled nice-guy newcomer Steve Wiebe’s attempt to topple the king. The surprisingly gripping film was the first feature from director Seth Gordon, and launched his career into scripted comedy films like Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief.
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Melissa McCarthy to Star in and Produce Action Comedy “Super-Intelligence”

McCarthy in “Ghostbusters”: Sony

Melissa McCarthy is heading another action comedy. The “Ghostbusters” star will topline and produce New Line’s “Super-Intelligence,” The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Slated to begin production in July, the project sees the Oscar nominee playing Carol Peters, a former corporate exec whose life changes overnight when she’s “selected for observation by the world’s first super-intelligence — an artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.”

The two-time Emmy winner is re-teaming with her husband and frequent collaborator Ben Falcone on “Super-Intelligence.” He’ll direct the pic and produce alongside her via their On the Day banner. McCarthy previously starred in Falcone’s “Tammy” and “The Boss,” and their next project, college-set comedy “Life of the Party,” hits theaters May 11.

McCarthy also has two dramas on the way, Andrea Berloff’s Irish mob story “The Kitchen” and Marielle Heller’s biopic of
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Game Night review – playful comedy thriller will just about win you over

A talented cast, including Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Sharon Horgan, ensure that this hit-and-miss caper remains snappy, if forgettable, fun

There are few things in life as crushingly reliable as a Jason Bateman comedy.

From the very beginning, expectations are kept firmly in check. There’s not a single person under any misapprehension with what they’re settling in for with one of these plainly titled films – Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, Couples Retreat, Office Christmas Party – and the ensuing 100 minutes is usually passable if impossible to remember soon after, like eating at a Pizza Hut. Bateman remains an engaging comic presence but his latter forays into dramatic material, such as his awards-worthy douchebaggery in The Gift and his morally conflicted antihero of Ozark, tease at more beneath the overplayed mugging.
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Mitch Silpa and Ryan Gaul Join Puppet Horror ‘The Happytime Murders’

Mitch Silpa and Ryan Gaul Join Puppet Horror ‘The Happytime Murders’
Who is brutally murdering The Happytime Gang? The long-gestating, rated-r horror-comedy The Happytime Murders looks to finally be in production, and the impressive cast has received two new additons today. Via Deadline, Mitch Silpa (Bridesmaids, above) and Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief) have come aboard. They’ll star alongside Elizabeth Banks, Melissa McCarthy, Joel McHale and Maya Rudolph. Last we heard, the movie has […]
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‘Baywatch’ Blu-ray Review: Silly Remake Of Classic TV Show Is Over-The-Top

If you’re seeking a dumb comedy that offers unoriginally raunchy humor and oddly interspersed action, look no further: Baywatch features both. Baywatch Blu-ray Review This adaptation from Paramount Pictures of the classic 90’s beach-set TV series is directed by Seth Gordon (Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) and tells a far-fetched tale of an eclectic band of lifeguards who […]

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D movie review: he said he’d be back…

MaryAnn’s quick take… An action masterpiece newly remastered in gorgeous 4K (and rejiggered for superfluous 3D) reveals how fresh it remains not only technically but thematically. I’m “biast” (pro): love this movie, have seen it a dozen times at least

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

August 29th? It’s Judgment Day! Or at least it would have been, 20 years ago in 1997, if not for the brave actions of mental patient Sarah Connor, her juvenile delinquent son John, and a reprogrammed T-800 killing machine sent back from the future, who didn’t even have a name, poor thing. To commemorate their selfless work, Terminator 2: Judgment Day has been newly remastered in gorgeous 4K, and also rejiggered for 3D, which is entirely superfluous: it adds nothing to the film, but at least it doesn’t detract from it
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John Cho Joins the Cast of Fox’s The Exorcist Season 2, New Plot Details Revealed

With Fox renewing The Exorcist for a second season, fans have more spiritual showdowns to look forward to when the series returns on September 29th. Previous reports have revealed that the Rance family will not be the focus in the second season, and new plot details reveal that Father Tomas and Marcus are indeed going to set their sights on a new location, with John Cho (Star Trek Beyond) joining the cast to play a character the duo will encounter on the West Coast.

Press Release: John Cho (the “Star Trek” franchise) has been cast on Season Two of The Exorcist, premiering Friday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt) on Fox.

Opening an entirely new chapter in the iconic franchise, Season Two of The Exorcist finds Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil.
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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Christmas Musical “Margie Claus”

Melissa McCarthy on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show

We still have a few blessed months before we’re bombarded with Christmas-themed advertising, but here’s some holiday news worth celebrating in June: Melissa McCarthy is set to topline and produce “Margie Claus,” a holiday musical she co-wrote. The Hollywood Reporter writes that New Line has picked up the comedy project.

The Oscar winner will play the title character, Santa Claus’ wife Margie. After Santa goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve, Margie swings into action. She puts together a rescue team and ventures away from the North Pole — for the first time in decades — to save Santa and Christmas.

Described as a “broad holiday family musical that New Line hopes will be in the same spirit (and have the same success) as another company Christmas movie, ‘Elf,’” “Margie Claus” will be directed by McCarthy’s frequent collaborator — and husband — Ben Falcone.

The film is scheduled for release on November 15, 2019.

McCarthy received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for smash hit “Bridesmaids.” “The Heat,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” and “Tammy” are among her biggest box office successes. Her upcoming projects include college-set comedy “Life of the Party” with “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs, R-rated puppet comedy “The Happytime Murders,” and Marielle Heller’s follow-up to “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

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Jared Kushner’s New York Observer Lays Off Film Critic Rex Reed

Jared Kushner’s New York Observer Lays Off Film Critic Rex Reed
The New York Observer has laid off longtime film critic Rex Reed, in addition to several other members of its entertainment staff, in the latest cutbacks to the newspaper since owner Jared Kushner divested from the paper after the 2016 presidential election.

Reed was notified of the decision last week, he said, concluding a career at the paper that lasted more than 25 years. His last reviews, for “Alien: Covenant” and “Wakefield,” ran May 19. Reed’s editor at the Observer did not return a request for comment.

“The shocking truth is that the Observer has been going down the drain financially for quite some time,” Reed said via email, adding that he felt the future of the paper was thrown into doubt after investment banker Arthur Carter sold it to 25-year-old Kushner in 2006. The young mogul left the paper after his father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, was elected President of the United States last fall.
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Baywatch Review

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21 Jump Street has a lot to answer for. Now, I know big screen remakes of old t.v. shows are nothing new, but the success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s R-Rated, meta comedy, has given rise to a number of imitators who have grabbed the wrong end of the stick, thinking incredibly blue language and gross out humour is the way to go. The latest movie up to bat is Baywatch, a show that people only remember because of David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, and that one joke from Friends. While you never call it a t.v. classic, the original show was cheesy, fun camp about lifeguards whose main skill was slow motion running, but director Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) forgoes all that, upping the raunch and saddling it with generic R-Rated humour that never manages to hit the mark. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron share the spotlight as Mitch Buchannon,
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‘Baywatch’ Review

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Rob Huebel | Written by Damian Shannon, Mark Swift | Directed by Seth Gordon

It’s hard to believe this is the same guy who made King of Kong – although entirely believable that it comes from the director of Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief. Seth Gordon’s retro reboot of the ‘90s sandy soap opera strives for look-at-how-dumb-things-were irony but just comes off as mean-spirited and juvenile. It’s more Carry On than 21 Jump Street.

The basic plot is straight out of a Baywatch episode, albeit stretched graphene-thin across two punishing hours. Led by Mitch (Dwayne Johnson) and his righthand woman, Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera), the Baywatch team are conducting trials at Emerald Bay. Three lucky contenders will get to join the squad and be trained as hero lifeguards.

Those in contention include the plucky Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario
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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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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Baywatch’ Take On Memorial Day: Which Beach Will Win?

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Baywatch’ Take On Memorial Day: Which Beach Will Win?
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch” lead what could be the best Memorial Day weekend in three years. But as holidays go, Memorial Day isn’t what it used to be.

The schedule’s changed. More of the top summer releases go for early May, and given that many studio blockbusters must divide their loyalties between the international and domestic calendars, the last weekend of May has lost some of its appeal.

Holding the record for the biggest-ever opening on Memorial Day weekend is “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007. This the first “Pirates” in six years; is the audience still there? (We’ve seen the pessimistic take on that question with “Alien: Covenant,” which came five years after its last.)

Read More: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Review: ‘Kon-Tiki’ Directors Right the Ship in Pleasantly Surprising Sequel
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Beach Boy: Interview with Baywatch's Zac Efron

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Beach Boy: Interview with Baywatch's Zac EfronBeach Boy: Interview with Baywatch's Zac EfronBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine5/24/2017 10:27:00 Am

Baywatch was the most popular internationally syndicated TV series of the 1990s. And even though the drama about Southern California lifeguards often unfolded like self-parody — its appeal rested mainly on a swimsuit-clad Pamela Anderson running down the beach in slow motion and David Hasselhoff’s questionable emoting — it took itself as seriously as a show based on eye candy could.

This year’s movie version of Baywatch knows better than to do that. It’s consciously a comedy (the director, Seth Gordon, has given us Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses and TV’s The Goldbergs). And according to Zac Efron, one of the film’s stars, there are numerous other improvements.

“The movie has a little more to it,” Efron, 29, says during a chat on the Universal Studios backlot just outside Los Angeles.
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T.I. to reprise role for Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp

Scott Lang’s misfit band of loveable criminals will be fully reunited in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, now that Blackfilm has confirmed that actor and rapper T.I. (otherwise known as Tip Harris) will be returning as Dave for the Ant-Man sequel.

The outlet spoke to T.I. at a New York event for the third season of NBC’s The Carmichael Show, where he nodded ‘yes’ when asked if he’d be involved in the sequel. Shooting on the project will reportedly start in less than two months at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios; in 2014, Ant-Man became the first production to film at the location, and ever since, Marvel Studios has returned.

T.I.’s Ant-Man screen partners, Paul Rudd, Michael Peña and David Dastmalchian, are also set to reprise their roles as Lang, Luis and Kurt, respectively.

While opinions obviously differ, most would agree that Ant-Man is one of the funnier Marvel Cinematic Universe movies,
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Film Review: ‘Baywatch’

Film Review: ‘Baywatch’
Baywatch,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, is a stupidly entertaining trash folly, the kind that could only be made today: an obscenity-and-insult-laced, aggressively “competent” adaptation of a 25-year-old TV show that manages to repackage every aspect of the series except, perhaps, the reason it was popular in the first place. And what was that reason? If Rodney Dangerfield were around, he might say, “There were two reasons!” But actually there’s a bit more to it.

Baywatch,” which premiered at the tail-end of the 1980s (and stumbled out of the gate, becoming a hit in syndication the way “Star Trek” did), was a muscle-beach soap opera that anticipated the sexy-youth-kitsch-for-adults appeal of “Beverly Hills 90210.” It was also an L.A. crime series where the law enforcers wore spandex swimwear; a cheeseball star vehicle that revamped the camp-stud Ken-doll mystique of the former “Knight Rider” hero David Hasselhoff; and, yes,
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Tracy Morgan’s new TBS series titled The Last O.G., Cedric the Entertainer joins cast

TBS has announced that Tracy Morgan’s new comedy series is going by the title The Last O.G., and will see him starring alongside Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man), Tiffany Haddish (Keanu), Allen Maldonado (The Equalizer), Ryan Gaul (Identity Thief), Taylor Mosby (Criminal Minds) and Dante Hoagland (The New Edition Story).

Created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri, The Last O.G. sees Morgan as Tray, “an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released on good behavior from a 15-year prison stint. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers that his former girlfriend, Shay (Haddish), has married an affable, successful white man who is helping raise Tray’s twin sons who he never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tray falls
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