Day: January 28, 2015

Sundance Film Review: Sam Rockwell in ‘Don Verdean’

January 28, 2015

The “Napoleon Dynamite” magic fails to re-materialize in Jared and Jerusha Hess’ latest comedy. “Don Verdean” has a promising premise: The titular protagonist is a self-appointed “biblical archaeologist” roaming the globe for famous relics that have mysteriously evaded far more qualified experts for centuries. But the expected satire of religious gullibility and charlatanism proves toothless; […]

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Rita Ora to perform ‘Beyond the Lights’ song at Oscars

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Rita Ora will take the stage at the Oscars, the Academy announced Wednesday. Ora will sing the nominated song “Grateful,” written by the now-seven-time nominee Diane Warren, which Ora performs on the Beyond the Lights soundtrack. Related Oscars 2015: See Full Coverage John Legend and Common to perform at the Oscars Adam […]

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Tate Taylor to direct USS Indianapolis shark-attack film

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images Warner Bros. and Team Downey are working on a film adaptation of the USS Indianapolis shark-attack story, known by many as the story Robert Shaw tells in the 1975 film Jaws. The project is not yet titled, but a source has confirmed that The Help and Get on Up director Tate Taylor […]

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Film Review: ‘The Devil’s Violinist’

January 28, 2015

David Garrett’s musicianship is the sole virtuosic element of “The Devil’s Violinist,” a creaky drama in which the world-renowned German violinist assumes the role of real-life 19th-century Italian violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini. Written and directed by Bernard Rose, who found success 21 years ago with his Beethoven-centric “Immortal Beloved,” a true story that was similarly given the […]

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Church of Scientology sets up online response to ‘Going Clear’ doc

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: Sam Painter The Church of Scientology has a history of not turning the other cheek. Back in 1991, after Time published a highly critical cover story titled “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power,” the Church responded with a million-dollar PR campaign and a massive lawsuit against Time Warner, while also being accused of harassing […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Zipper’

January 28, 2015

Following a potential political sex scandal through the eyes of the politician, “Zipper” plays like an odd hybrid of “Shame” and a season-long subplot on “House of Cards.” Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious, the second feature from Mora Stephens (a full decade after her little-seen, also politically themed debut “Conventioneers”) benefits from Patrick Wilson’s committed star […]

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‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ prequel will have fewer dwarves

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: Universal Forget seven—or eight—dwarves. The follow-up film to Snow White and the Huntsman, will reportedly only have two. Related Frank Darabont no longer directing 'The Huntsman' Universal to release 'The Huntsman' in 2016, pushes back 'The Mummy' According to Deadline, The Huntsman will only feature two dwarves—the original movie featured eight. Nick Frost, Toby Jones, and Eddie […]

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What does the latest British invasion say about the state of American acting?

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: Atsushi Nishijima Martin Luther King Jr., is a celebrated American icon. His wife, Coretta, was a beloved American public figure. President Lyndon Johnson was a colorful Texan, and Governor George Wallace was a good ol’ boy son of the South from Alabama. Related 'Selma' and the woman who should have made history: Ava DuVernay Benedict Cumberbatch […]

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Casting Net: Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger sign on for ‘This Man, This Woman’

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images • Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final negotiations for This Man, This Woman. Isabel Coixet is directing from a script by Frederic Raphael. The story follows Matt Heller and Martha Parks (Cruz), a former romantic item who look back on their roller coaster past when they run into each other on […]

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’

January 28, 2015

With so much time to kill waiting for the Batman-Superman movie, Warner Bros. continues to feed the DC Comics base red meat with its direct-to-Blu-Ray animated movies, creating a satisfying superhero experience on the relative cheap. Enter “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,” an adaptation of the graphic novel that brings together the team to defend […]

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Kevin Spacey to play a man trapped in a cat’s body in ‘Nine Lives’

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Kevin Spacey will be playing a cat in his next role as the star of Barry Sonnenfeld’s Nine Lives, the actor’s rep confirmed to EW. Spacey, who recently won a Golden Globe for his starring role as a ruthless politician in Netflix’s House of Cards, will be playing a businessman who gets trapped in […]

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Margot Robbie, Miles Teller to hand out Sci-Tech Oscars

January 28, 2015

Image Credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Margot Robbie and Miles Teller have been tapped to host the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards this year, the Academy announced today. The Wolf and Wall Street and Whiplash stars follow in the footsteps of duos like Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan, who hosted last year, and Zoe Saldana and […]

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