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Weekend Forecast: 'Jason Bourne', 'Bad Moms' and 'Nerve' Hit Theaters
Star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the Bourne franchise after a nine year, one film hiatus as Jason Bourne is looking at a #1 finish as it debuts in over 4,000 theaters this weekend. The weekend also features the R-rated comedy Bad Moms and Nerve, a PG-13, teen-targeted thriller that opened on Wednesday with $3.75 million and hopes to find an audience over the weekend as a piece of counter-counter-programming. Looking at a comfortable first place finish is Universal's Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne franchise and fourth starring Damon in the title role following the lackluster response to 2012's The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. That said, this should be looked at more as a sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million in August 2007. Of course, this year has not been kind to the majority of sequels. Following last weekend's opening for Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nick Jonas In Talks To Join ‘Jumanji’ Movie
Exclusive: Nick Jonas is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in the Jake Kasdan-directed reimagining of Jumanji that Sony Pictures has set for a July 28, 2017 release. Matt Tolmach is producing. While Jonas is best known for his singing voice as a solo artist who started as one of the Jonas Brothers, he showed real chops in the frat hazing drama Goat, which premiered at Sundance in January and which Paramount releases September 23. He also stars in… »
Disney Developing ‘The Rocketeer’ Reboot/Sequel
Oh boy, I have a feeling that we’re going to see another albeit smaller cry of “childhood ruined!” from certain infantile corners of the web on this one. In a move that will surprise no one, Disney has announced yet another reboot of a catalog title. But in what will likely cause some consternation among […]
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- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Interstellar’ Star Mackenzie Foy to Lead Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (Exclusive)
The live action project is titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” It is based on the 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in which a Clara (Foy) is charged by her parents with taking care of a Christmas toy Nutcracker doll which comes to life and defeats an evil Mouse King with seven heads.
- Justin Kroll
Jackie Chan Gets Castmates In ‘Bleeding Steel’
Hot off the China opening of the Renny Harlin-directed Skiptrace which opened to $62M+ in the Middle Kingdom in its first weekend out, Jackie Chan headlined a press conference in Sydney to announce that Aussie actors Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Callan Mulvey (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as well as actor Show Luo (Journey to the West; Mermaid) have joined the cast of his next film, the sci-fi actioner Bleeding Steel. Written and directed by Leo Zhang and… »
Venice Film Festival Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Voyage of Time,’ ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’
Is there a best picture winner in the bunch? The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its 2016 lineup, including both in competition and out of competition offerings, and with the festival’s strong track record of debuting recent best picture winners — from “Spotlight” to “Birdman” — there might be another big winner among the slate’s ranks.
As had been previously announced, the festival will open with Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” which will later hit Toronto (and, presumably, also Telluride). The festival will close with Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” which kicks off its own festival run days earlier, when it will open Tiff.
- Kate Erbland
Whatever happened to Hollywood's really evil villains?
The release of Suicide Squad confirms a cinematic trend: all of our heroes are antiheroes and all of our baddies have been humanised. It’s time for the return of some proper bogeymen
Peter Bradshaw’s 10 favourite screen baddies
Time was when the movie villain was stuck in second fiddle. Their primary role: to devise over-elaborate – and ultimately unsuccessful – ways to kill the hero. But then, somewhere along the line, the bad guys won. Last Christmas, Vader fanboy Kylo Ren erased memories of the Star Wars prequels’ drippy Anakin Skywalker by topping the franchise’s most-beloved character. The cackling nemesis has been given full celebration in the likes of Despicable Me, Megamind and Hotel Transylvania. And now comes Suicide Squad, DC’s party-pack of supervillains – including a certain Clown Prince of Crime – given Dirty Dozen-style licence to run amok with Bohemian Rhapsody cranked up to 11.
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- Phil Hoad
“New” Michael Crichton Novel ‘Dragon Teeth’ Coming Out Next Year
HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world English rights to Dragon Teeth, a manuscript penned by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. The upcoming book, centered on the golden age of American fossil hunting, will be published in May 2017 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham and executive editor Jennifer Barth negotiated the deal with CrichtonSun's Sherri Crichton through Sloan Harris and Jennifer Joel of ICM… »
‘Bad Moms’ Review: Perfect Movie For Moms To Ditch The Kids And Have Some Raunchy Fun
Bad and good moms and maybe even their husbands will get a load of laughs from the blissfully politically incorrect summer comedy Bad Moms. The title doesn’t really describe who these hard-working but frustrated women really are but is designed to lure an audience with the promise of some good old-fashioned raunch. As I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), we get that — and then some — but also a surprising amount of heart and tender moments that… »
First Look: Tyler Hoechlin Suits Up as Superman for ‘Supergirl’
In the first season of Supergirl, Superman was more an idea than an actual character. Oh, sure, Kara’s more famous cousin figures prominently in her backstory, and she and others talk about him all the time. And yes, he was even seen on the show on a few occasions. But it was always as a blur, […]
- Angie Han
Martin Freeman Mixes Gangs, Guns, And A Tech Company In Trailer For Crackle Series ‘StartUp’
Perhaps best known for the digital series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Sony’s Crackle streaming network is still trying to find its footing a landscape dominated by Netflix and Amazon. The service is hoping their next series, “StartUp” will be the breakout hit that puts them on the map. Ahead of its September release, Sony […]
- Charles Dean
‘Batman v Superman’ Shoots to Top of Disc Charts
Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” fought its way to an easy No. 1 debut on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended July 24.
The superhero epic arrived in the home video market following a $330.4 million haul at the domestic box office, which presented the first big-screen live-action meeting of iconic comic book characters Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).
Upon its release, “BvS” was plagued by bad reviews that may have hampered audience enthusiasm for the film, but fans were generally more receptive of director Zack Snyder’s efforts to create a sprawling conflict between the legendary characters. On RottenTomatoes.com, just 27% of critics recorded a positive review, compared with 65% of audience voters who liked the film.
To counter some of the backlash, almost immediately »
- John Latchem
Eddie Murphy Drama ‘Mr. Church’ Gets September Release
It tells the story of a lifelong friendship that develops between a young girl and the cook hired to help care for her dying mother, portrayed by Natascha McElhone.
The film is produced by Cinelou and Ema, and Bruce Beresford directs. It was produced by Cinelou toppers Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton along with Lee Nelson and David Buelow; executive producers are Shenghua Entertainment’s Yu Wei Chung, in addition to Dennis L. Pelino and Fredy Bush.
“Mr. Church” premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“We are proud to be a part of Eddie Murphy’s return to the big screen, particularly because he’s playing a role so different from his previous work, »
- Dave McNary
14-Minute Video Essay Explores Lars Von Trier’s Deconstructive, Avant Garde Cinema
The fertile mind of Lars von Trier has been remanufacturing the idylls of cinema for four decades. From developing the stylistic edict Dogme 95 with fellow director Thomas Vinterberg to winning numerous awards at Cannes and other festivals, von Trier has made a name for himself in being inexplicably unique – in both his career as a director, and […]
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- Samantha Vacca
Watch: A Child Went To Disney World Dressed As Kylo Ren And This Happened
Sure, Disney theme parks can be expensive, a day of long lines and fun rides. But for me, the Disney theme parks are a magical place where, yes, an enormous big megacorporation, provides wonderfully immersive experiences for both young and old. In fact, Disney cast members are encouraged to create magical moments for their guests […]
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- Peter Sciretta
The Intent review – pulsating south London crime thriller
There are some flaws in this south London crime thriller from Kalvadour Peterson and Femi Oyeniran, but it has confidence and energy. Rapper and producer Scorcher plays a smalltime criminal called Hoodz, who moves up to a bigger league robbing corner shops and loan stores and finally hits the jackpot by attacking a cocaine dealer for his stash of money and drugs. But one of his crew, Gunz, played by Dylan Duffus, is an undercover police officer who is failing to make regular contact – to the anger of his commanding officers – and gradually becoming very comfortable with the idea of being one of the glamorous bad guys. The police must consider him a suspect like all the rest.
There are some cliches, but nothing »
- Peter Bradshaw
Alcon Acquires Feature Film Pitch ‘Besties’ From ‘Lucifer’ Co-ep
Exclusive: Alcon Entertainment has acquired rights to Besties, a comedic thriller pitch from Sheri Elwood, who is currently co-executive producer of Fox’s Lucifer. Madhouse Entertainment, which reps Elwood, will produce the feature film project. The plot centers on a young woman, left high and dry by her former bestie, who finds the perfect new roommate and quickly becomes her new best friend. But the new bestie neglects to reveal one big detail about herself: she is a… »
The Bourne Trilogy Honest Trailer Compares Matt Damon To Dory — Watch
Just in time for the release of “Jason Bourne,” the fourth Matt Damon-starring film in the “Bourne” franchise, Screen Junkies has released the Honest Trailer for The Bourne Trilogy. Consisting of “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” the video pokes fun at the “badass assassin with the skills of Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’ but with the brain of Dory in ‘Finding Nemo.’”
The trailer notes that “the kid from ‘Good Will Hunting’ can kick some serious ass” and adds that he “makes James Bond look really, really old.”
Read More: ‘Jason Bourne’ Review: A Useless Sequel Makes the Case For Its Own Irrelevance
Making fun of the movies’ sound effects, camera work and Bourne’s signature move, “the ol ‘Come alone,'” the video essentially concludes that all three films are basically the same. “Bourne tries to figure out who he is, has a cool »
- Liz Calvario
The Commune review – fluent family melodrama from Thomas Vinterberg
The Danish film-maker returns to home soil for a soapy character study that is elevated by a magnetic central performance from Trine Dyrholm
An intensely focused lead performance from Trine Dyrholm carries this new movie by the Danish director and Dogme 95 veteran Thomas Vinterberg. The setting is an emotionally fraught commune in 1970s Copenhagen. Dyrholm is Anna, a local television newsreader married to rumpled and sexy lecturer Erik, played by Ulrich Thomsen; they have a shy and intelligent 14-year-old daughter, Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen). When Erik inherits his late father’s gigantic family home, Anna suggests they invite various friends and professional acquaintances to move in with them, and so stave off middle-aged, middle-class ennui with a daring experiment in collective living and creativity. But having set off down this bold route of caring and sharing, Anna is unsure how to react when there is a crisis in her own relationship. »
- Peter Bradshaw
‘Stranger Things’ Official Soundtrack Announced
If you’re like most fans of “Stranger Things,” then you’re probably as enamored with the Netflix show’s soundtrack as you are with the show itself; you’ll also be happy to hear that said Ost is getting an official release soon. The news come from the show’s Facebook page, which threw in a Hawkins Av Club reference for the diehards.
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, both of whom perform in the Austin-based S U R V I V E, are responsible for the synth-heavy compositions that have drawn comparisons to John Carpenter’s music for his own films. (Just listen to the iconic “Halloween” theme for comparison.)
“Stranger Things” also makes heavy use of incidental music, »
- Michael Nordine
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