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Taissa Farmiga joins The Conjuring spinoff The Nun
Ugh! There's something about undead religious figures that unnerves me right to my core. Be it a bloodstained clergymen, a pale faced, over-tired-looking nun, or a grouping of forlorn disciples from the pages of The Bible, I want nothing to do with it. That being said, New Line seems to take no issue with this manner of imagery seeing as they've announced that Taissa Farmiga will step... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Rumor: ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Might Be Writing An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars’ Story
Only yesterday, it felt like there were “Star Wars” movies and spin-offs scheduled up the wazoo, but it’s not going to be long before we actually run out of them. If the current release plans hold, we’ll get three films in the mega-franchise in the next twenty-four months — with “The Last Jedi” hitting this Christmas, the Han Solo spin-off landing in May 2018, and Colin Trevorrow’s “Episode IX” following a year later — but there’s nothing solid that’s been publicly announced after that.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’
Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ Review Roundup: Critics Agree It Doesn’t Outdo Original
The first reviews for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” are in and the consensus is mostly positive, although many critics deemed the outing a “sophomore slump.” While there’s a lot about “Vol. 2” that stands on its own merits, many noted that it still feels like a disappointment when comparing it to the first film released in 2014. Alonso Duralde said over on TheWrap that the film does a better job at answering questions posed from the first than presenting a unique narrative to separate it from the first. “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'” is more interested in filling. »
- Carli Velocci
How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017
Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.
The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »
- Kate Erbland
Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’
If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Film Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
The word “Marvel,” as in comic books or movie studios, has become a foundational term of our culture. Yet you could sit through almost every one of today’s comic-book movies and not find a whole lot to marvel at. That’s where “Guardians of the Galaxy” came in. In an era of overstuffed, taped-together blockbusters, it was supremely funny, exciting, and well-made — a rock ‘n’ roll space opera, spectacular yet lithe, without a stray shot or sequence out of place, and with a wildly caustic yet devotional interplay among its motley crew of renegades that recalled the original 1977 “Star Wars” (obviously its chief influence). The film wielded the machinery of big-budget franchise filmmaking and trumped it at the same time. So the question of what “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” can do for an encore isn’t really, “Can it top the first film?” It’s more like, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Erin Moran Dies: ‘Happy Days’ Actress Was 56
Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days has died. She was 56. Reports indicate that Moran was found unresponsive on Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana, after they got a call just after 4 pm ET. No cause of death has been revealed at this time and an autopsy is pending. The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran… »
TV News Roundup: Eliza Dushku to Develop ‘The Black Company’ Books as TV Series
Im Global Television, Eliza Dushku, and David S. Goyer will develop a television adaptation of “The Black Company” based on Glen Cook’s fantasy series. Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions optioned the ten-book fantasy series, with Dushku set to star as sorceress “The Lady.” The adaptation will include the forthcoming book “Port of Shadows,” which takes place between the first and second books in the series. The stories follow the Black Company, a mercenary unit that carries out nefarious deeds across a Tolkeinesque landscape, often at the behest of The Lady in order to maintain her power. When the men of the company discover that the embodiment of good has been reborn, they must re-examine their loyalties. David S. Goyer and Kevin Turen will executive produce, as »
- Erin Nyren
Kim Kardashian on the Armenian Genocide: ‘Ottoman Authorities Began a Slaughter’
Kim Kardashian spoke out about the Armenian genocide in recognition of the 102nd anniversary of the mass killings. The reality TV show star, who is half Armenian on her father’s side, tweeted out a statement on Monday. “Thinking of Armenians everywhere. 102 yrs ago, Ottoman authorities began a slaughter that would kill 1.5m,” she wrote. Thinking of Armenians everywhere. 102 yrs ago, Ottoman authorities began a slaughter that would kill 1.5m. #ArmenianGenocide #NeverForget ???????? — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 24, 2017 Also Read: Kim Kardashian Blasted for Calling the Flu an 'Amazing Diet' April 24 marks the anniversary of the day in 1915 when »
- Carli Velocci
Film Review: ‘Bending the Arc’
For anyone who wants to believe in the promise of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote “the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice,” a film like “Bending the Arc” is downright inspiring. With the gripping appeal of a great epic novel, Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos’ documentary spans three decades of diligent work on the frontlines of global health crises to prove, in moving detail, the difference dedicated professionals can make in seemingly hopeless situations. The film, with the help of celebrity producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, should overcome resistance to ostensibly downbeat subject matter to garner attention in the nonfiction marketplace.
Davidson and Kos filter the story through the work and friendship of physicians Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners In Health, and Jim Yong Kim, the current president of the World Bank Group, who began as idealistic medical students with the simple goal of launching »
- Geoff Berkshire
Ron Howard Remembers ‘Happy Days’ Co-Star Erin Moran: ‘Feisty, Spirited Girl’
“What a great, irrepressible spirit, you know, and a wonderful talent, and you know she was always the kid on the set,” he said.
He went on to share a memory of Moran on the set of “Happy Days,” which he called a kind of “boys club.”
“I do remember a particular moment where we were in rehearsal… and somehow it was kinda turning into a shaving cream fight, and she did sneak up behind Henry Winkler with a pretty good shaving cream pie and get him,” he remembered.
Moran played Joanie Cunningham, Howard’s younger sister, on the 1970s sitcom. Her body was found unresponsive by authorities in Indiana, with the coroner citing stage-four cancer as the cause of death.
Moran continued her role as Joanie in a spin-off show, “Joanie Loves Chachi »
- Erin Nyren
Gregg Allman Dispels Hospice Rumors: ‘I’m Home Resting’
After an unverified Facebook post fueled rumors that rock legend Gregg Allman has entered hospice care, he let “everyone” know he is A-ok. “Hey everyone. I just wanted y’all to know that I’m currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor’s orders,” the singer-songwriter said in his own Facebook message, labeled “A message from Gregg.” He went on: “I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin’.” The 69-year-old rocker has been battling largely undisclosed health issues in the past few years, keeping many of the details surrounding the. »
- Meriah Doty
Ron Howard Mourns Erin Moran: ‘It’s Been a Rough Time’ (Video)
Ron Howard took a moment to remember his late “Happy Days” co-star Erin Moran, while on “The Talk” Monday afternoon. “What a great, irrepressible spirit, you know, and a wonderful talent, and you know she was always the kid on the set,” the filmmaker said on the CBS talk show. Howard, who played Richie, older brother to Moran’s Joanie on the sitcom, admitted the actress’ death Saturday “really did hit hard,” coming on the heels of some other hard deaths in his life. Also Read: Erin Moran, Star of 'Happy Days' and 'Joanie Loves Chachi,' »
- Linda Ge
Elton John Cancels Upcoming Performances Due to ‘Potentially Deadly’ Illness
Elton John has canceled a string of concert dates after contracting a “harmful and unusual bacterial infection” during his recent tour in South America. John’s April/May performances of “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been canceled, as well as a May 6 performance in Bakersfield, California. According to a statement from John’s reps that was obtained by TheWrap, the musician became “violently ill” during a return flight from Santiago, Chile and was admitted to a hospital in the UK where he was treated for a “rare and potentially deadly” infection. Also Read: Inside Elton John's $7 Million. »
- Reid Nakamura
Black-Owned Hair Care Company Apologizes for Ad With White Woman: ‘We Really F-ed This One Up’
Shea Moisture released a statement of apology and decided to pull their most recent ad after the company was heavily criticized for excluding their core audience and including white women instead. “Wow, okay — so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up,” the black-owned hair-care company wrote on its Facebook page. “Please know that our intention was not — and would never be — to disrespect our community, and as such, we are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intended to communicate.” The hair care company, founded in 1912 by Liberian immigrants, came under fire after »
- Rasha Ali
‘Sicario’ Sequel, ‘Granite Mountain’ Move From Lionsgate to Sony
Black Label has reached a deal with Sony Pictures to take over distribution of a pair of action-adventure films — “Granite Mountain” and “Soldado” — from Lionsgate for North America and select international territories.
Black Label and Lionsgate have not commented on why their distribution agreement collapsed. But informed sources indicated that disagreements on release dates and marketing strategies were factors.
“Granite Mountain,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, tells the true tale of an elite crew of heroic firefighters who battled to save their hometown from a wildfire. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly star.
“Granite Mountain” is based on the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona, which killed 19 firefighters. Sony will release the film on Oct. 20 — a month later than Lionsgate’s intended Sept. 22 release date.
- Dave McNary
‘Hell or High Water’ Stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster Reunite With Director for Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’
After thrilling critics and indie film fans with the Best Picture Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water,” director David Mackenzie and stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster are on the verge of reuniting for a Netflix project that will take them from the small towns of Texas to the cold highlands of Scotland. The project, titled “Outlaw King,” will be written and directed by Mackenzie in his first major project since wrapping “Hell or High Water.” The film will tell the tale of Robert the Bruce, a famed Scottish monarch who to this day is a national hero for leading the Scots. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Steve Harvey’s New Syndicated Daytime Show Sets Fall Premiere Date
Steve Harvey’s new syndicated daytime talk show, “Steve,” has set a premiere date of Tuesday, Sept. 5, producers announced Monday. The veteran host, who is retiring his previous daytime talker “Steve Harvey” after five years, will relocate to the West Coast to shoot the new series on the Universal lot. “Steve” will air on NBC-owned affiliates along with other stations covering 95 percent of U.S. TV households. Also Read: 'Showtime at the Apollo' Picked Up to Series by Fox Harvey will produce along with Img, along with with executive producers Shane Farley (“The Voice,” “VH1s “Big Morning Buzz”), Gerald Washington (“Steve Harvey, »
- Thom Geier
Steve Harvey’s New Daytime Show Lands Exec Producer, Premiere Date
Daytime veteran Shane Farley has been tapped to serve as executive producer of comedian Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show. The new show, “Steve,” will premiere Sept. 5. Set to air on NBC-owned stations and other leading station groups, the new talker has been picked up in 95% of the U.S.
The show is set to tape in Los Angeles. Harvey’s current daytime show, “Steve Harvey,” tapes in Chicago.
In November, Harvey set a sew deal with NBCUniversal and Img to launch a syndicated daytime talk show that would give him a sizable ownership stake and control over the production. Harvey has spent five seasons as the host of an eponymous daytime talk show produced by Endemol Shine North America and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television.
- Daniel Holloway
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