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'Geostorm': What The Critics Are Saying
So: How bad is Geostorm?
The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore seems to suggest that it's pretty bad. In a review that describes the movie as "big, dumb, and boring," Dean Devlin's weather horror flick comes across as being … not necessarily the best, shall we say.
"Viewers may have been drawn in by ads featuring tsunamis in Dubai and killer hail in Tokyo. But most of the body of the film consists of people logging into servers, talking about encryption, and reviewing surveillance footage," DeFore complained, but the disappointment goes beyond a lack of disaster porn. Describing Jim Sturgess' »
- Graeme McMillan
‘Blade Runner’ Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is on board to play Lisbeth Salander. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.
The studio had no comment on the casting. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000
Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up $760,000 at Thursday previews. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend box office with $20 million to $22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening for last year’s “Boo!,” which opened to $855,000 at the Thursday previews and went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, this will still be a strong opening for Perry’s ninth Madea film, which he wrote and directed. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘The Snowman’ With Michael Fassbender Gets Panned and Director Says He Knows Why
Michael Fassbender’s “The Snowman,” opening this weekend, got killed by critics, and director Tomas Alfredson says he has an idea about what went wrong with the thriller. “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short,” the Swedish director told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which was then translated by The Independent. “We didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.” He added »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Daily Podcast: Deceptive Movie Trailers, Rian Johnson, David Fincher, Pacific Rim, Geostorm, Dark Tower
On the October 20, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson and Chris Evangelista to talk about the latest news, including a potential Pacific Rim crossover, why David Fincher turned down Star Wars, Rian Johnson’s involvement in Star Wars Episode 9, hilarious ‘Geostorm’ reviews and the Dark Tower TV Series. […]
- Peter Sciretta
‘Baltimore Rising’ Trailer: HBO Documentary Looks at the City After the Death of Freddie Grey – Watch
In times like this it’s crucial to be aware. Not only of what is happening currently, but to be fully aware is to consistently remember what has happened in the past. “Baltimore Rising,” an HBO documentary film directed by Sonja Sohn, will illuminate the death of Freddie Gray and the aftermath in the city of Baltimore.
Premiering on HBO and HBO Now on Nov. 20, “Baltimore Rising” seeks insight in those with concrete ties to the city of Baltimore: the police officers, activists, community leaders, and gang affiliates. The film explores how to make change after the community had erupted into “deep divisions between authorities and the community — and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation.”
Among the many insights into the system itself, the doc will spotlight key figures in the community, ones particularly invested in the reconstruction of the city. »
- Raelyn Giansanti
Heroes: Which Comic Book Series Deserves a Film Adaptation?
On this episode of Heroes (October 20, 2017), Jon Schnepp is joined by Amy Dallen and Robert Meyer Burnett to answer your Twitter questions from the world of Heroes and Villains which include: Will Erik Killmonger be the new Loki for the McU post phase 3 McU? If Inhumans fails to get a 2nd season do you think Marvel will just ignore the show’s existence and make a movie anyway? If/when the current lead Avengers phase out who do you see taking the Cap/Stark leadership roles? After James Gunn finishes with Guardians 3, what comic book property … »
- Collider Video
Miles Teller Returns To Real Life With ‘Only The Brave’ And ‘Thank You For Your Service’
It’s hard to believe it’s only been three years since Miles Teller starred in a Best Picture nominee. From the great heights of “Whiplash” came a startling crash as a year later “Fantastic Four” became something of an albatross around his neck. His co-stars in that misfire seem to be doing O.K., though. Michael B. Jordan rebounded with the monster hit “Creed” and has the upcoming “Black Panther” on deck.
- Gregory Ellwood
Why a Key ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Location Was Changed, According to Director Taika Waititi
Fair warning: I’m going to spend this article talking about something that happens in the Thor: Ragnarok trailers and how that aligns with what happens in the final movie. It’s not a world-shattering revelation, but if you’ve avoided all of the trailers thus far and would prefer to know nothing about the movie at all before seeing it, here’s […]
- Ben Pearson
‘Dealt’ Review: A Sweet Documentary About a Sleight-of-Hand Legend Who’s Lost His Sight
When Richard Turner says he has a “two or three pack-a-day habit,” he’s not talking about cigarettes. A self-described “card mechanic” (because he can fix a card game), Turner is almost never without a deck in his hands — at one point in “Dealt,” Luke Korem’s sweet but listless documentary about the legendary sleight-of-hand trickster, Turner’s wife recounts how she once caught him absently running a card over his fingers while they were having sex. Needless to say, the 63-year-old has put in his 10,000 hours more than 10 times over.
Also: He’s completely blind. And he might not want you to know that. The fact might sound self-evident — he’s a close-up magician! — but Turner never gives anything away. From the moment he saunters on stage at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, everything is part of the act, including the eye contact he appears to make with the intimate crowd. »
- David Ehrlich
A ‘Disaster Artist’ Headshot of James Franco as Tommy Wiseau Can Be All Yours
The Disaster Artist is one of the best films I’ve seen all year, and James Franco is genuinely great as The Room director Tommy Wiseau. It’s a performance that could have easily lapsed into parody and instead Franco gives Wiseau real pathos and heart in addition to being painfully hilarious. However, it’s harder to sell a multi-dimensional performance in ads, so A24 is resting on Franco going Wiseau to sell some tickets. Their latest bit of marketing allows fans to print out a headshot of James Franco as Tommy Wiseau for free right now. I’m … »
- Matt Goldberg
Sean Penn Does Not Want You to Watch Netflix’s ‘The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate Del Castillo Story’
Actress Kate del Castillo — who joined Sean Penn on his October 2015 trek through the Mexican jungle to interview the world’s most famous fugitive — angered the two-time Oscar winner with today’s release of her Netflix docuseries, “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate Del Castillo Story.” The New York Times reports that Penn’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., claimed in a letter last week that the three-part, Carlos Armella-directed account jeopardizes Penn’s safety by hinting the actor aided the Department of Justice in their January 8, 2016 capture of the notorious drug dealer. The next day, Rolling Stone published Penn’s 10,000-word chronicle of he and del Castillo’s trip.
“Blood will be on [Netflix’s] hands if this film causes bodily harm,” wrote Boutrous. In a separate, October 14 letter to the lawyer of del Castillo’s co-executive producer, David Broome, Boutrous wrote, “It is profoundly disappointing that Netflix »
- Jenna Marotta
‘The Dark Tower’ TV Series, Which is Apparently Still Happening, Will Be a Complete Reboot
Remember when The Dark Tower came out several years ago? Okay, it was actually only a few months, but it feels like an eternity, especially because the film was such an overall disappointment. Fans who had been waiting forever to see Stephen King‘s epic fantasy series leap to the big screen were heartbroken with the […]
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- Chris Evangelista
Apa Agent Tyler Grasham Fired From Agency Following Sexual Assault Allegations
Updated, 3:22 Pm: Tyler Grasham has now been fired from Apa. “Tyler Grasham has been terminated, effective immediately,” said a spokesman for the agency. The move comes as one of those who alleged he had been sexually assaulted said earlier today he was going to filed a police report with the Lapd this afternoon. Lucas Ozarowski, a 27-year-old film and TV editor, says he also was assaulted by Grasham after Blaise Godbe Lipman first spoke up on Facebook talking about what… »
Female Animators Pen Open Letter Demanding End To Sexual Harassment
Women and non-conforming people in the animation industry are speaking out amid the growing Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. An open letter with 217 signatures was sent Thursday to studios demanding an end to sexism and sexual harassment in the animation industry, first reported by Buzzfeed. Executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse, and… »
Thor, Save Us! Why the New Marvel Movie Won’t Rescue Our Box-Office Universe
Remember when Warner Bros.’ surprise smash “It” seemed like it might augur the revival of a near-dreadful box-office year? While “It” now stands at $315 million, that second wind didn’t happen — and looking ahead, there’s little hope of another film worthy of that optimism.
Of course, in two weeks we have a new movie from the Marvel conveyor belt in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which could open above $100 million. However, even at that level, it may not rise to savior status.
Initial returns for “It” set records, single-handedly reversed several weeks’ worth of low ticket sales, and threatened to make a real dent in the 6 percent decline in grosses. Unfortunately, other films haven’t joined that rebellion. Sony’s “Blade Runner 2049” may not even see a worldwide gross to equal its production and marketing costs.
There’s virtually no chance this year’s box office will see parity to 2016. We’re tracking just under 5 percent, »
- Tom Brueggemann
AFI Fest Adds Galas for ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Disaster Artist,’ ‘Hostiles’
The American Film Institute has added a trio of awards season contenders as centerpiece galas for next month’s AFI Fest — “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” and Christian Bale’s “Hostiles.”
The AFI Fest will also hold a tribute to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris and a screening of “Wormwood” on Nov. 11 at the Egyptian Theatre. The festival opens on Nov. 9 with “Mudbound” and closes on Nov. 16 with the world premiere of “All the Money in the World.” All the galas will be held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
“Call Me by Your Name” will screen on Nov. 10. The film, directed by Luca Guadagnino from a James Ivory adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, is a coming-of-age story centered on a 17-year-old who spends the summer holidays at a villa with his parents. The movie, which debuted at Sundance, stars Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and [link=nm »
- Dave McNary
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review: Third Time Is The Comic (Book) Charm For Marvel Franchise
There is no question about the influence of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy success on another of its franchises with this third cinematic installment of the Thor series. There may have been laughs in the first two Thor movies, but they were much darker and more serious-minded than what director Taika Waititi and writers Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost have cooked up in Thor: Ragnarok, essentially a flat-out comedy disguised as a superhero comic book… »
Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond & Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil On Ever-Changing Awards Landscape With Harvey Out And Streamers In
Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I go head to head as we kick off the new awards-season series of videos analyzing the race as we see it. Today we talk Harvey Weinstein’s exit from the Oscar carnival and what that may mean without the man who was really the architect of awards campaigning in the modern era. We also examine the impact of Netflix, Amazon and future streamers as they invade the landscape and seek to redefine just what an Oscar contender may look like in the… »
‘Star Wars: Episode 9’: Rian Johnson Not Involved, Talks the Future of Luke Skywalker
In the aftermath of Colin Trevorrow leaving the director’s chair of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode 9, there was a lot of speculation about who might take over. Eventually J.J. Abrams, the prodigal son who relaunched the franchise with The Force Awakens in 2015, returned to the fold, but before that was locked in, there was […]
- Ben Pearson
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