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10 Reasons Why My Favourite Movie Is Better Than Yours

Ok so starting with number one...

Well actually the title is purely satirical and I don't claim, nor do I actually believe, that my favourite movie is somehow in a different league then yours. In fact, I don't really care what your favourite movie is. So why bring it up? Good question.

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Aug 16

Peter Fonda Dead at 79 After Respiratory Failure from Lung Cancer

Jane and Peter Fonda are pictured here in 2013's TCM Classic Film Festival (image courtesy Gregg DeGuire / WireImage)
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by Elizabeth Leonard and Joelle Goldstein

Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79.

Peter's family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar-nominee died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

"It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away," the family said. "[Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family."

"The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer," they continued.
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Peter, who became a movie star and counterculture icon with his 1969 movie Easy Rider, was born in New York City to screen legend Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour.

The star spent his early years growing up alongside his older sister, Jane, until he was sent to boarding school at just 6 years old.

Their childhood was struck by tragedy when their mother, who struggled with her mental health, died by suicide when Peter was 10 and Jane was 12.

In his 1998 book, Don't Tell Dad: A Memoir, Peter said his mom's death was something that his "forbidding figure" father, who was remote and often away on set, lied about and subsequently "ignored".

Continue Reading at: People

Aug 14

The Hunt's cancellation and Hollywood's history of self-censorship, explained

A scene from the now cancelled, either temporarily or permanently, "The Hunt" (image courtesy Universal Pictures)
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by Alissa Wilkinson

Less than two months before The Hunt's scheduled late-September release, Universal Pictures decided to indefinitely postpone it. The film's premise - in which "elites" hunt "normal" people for sport - first garnered a smattering of criticism from left-leaning social media accounts for its apparent intent to valorize MAGA-style protagonists.

But hours after Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham expressed outrage over the premise of the film on her show, the devoted Fox News viewer in the White House happened to tweet about "Hollywood," declaring that "they create their own violence, and then try to blame others." Which probably meant he was tweeting about The Hunt. (And which is a little rich, coming from someone who famously fast-forwarded through his favorite movie, the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts flick Bloodsport, so he could watch only the extremely violent scenes.)

A day later, Universal announced it was canceling its plans to release the film, which had originally been titled Red State vs. Blue State. In a carefully worded statement released Saturday, the studio announced: "We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film." (The statement did leave the door open to a future release.)

Click the Continue Reading at link to continue reading this intriguing story about Hollywood's past self-censorship.

Continue Reading at: Vox.com

Aug 12

Dolemite Is My Name Trailer: Eddie Murphy Is Comedy Legend Rudy Ray Moore

by Kevin Burwick

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for Dolemite Is My Name!. Eddie Murphy stars in the movie as the outrageous and original Rudy Ray Moore who was many things over the years, including a comedian, musician, singer, actor, and producer. After a string of dead end jobs and entertainment opportunities, Moore decided to go into the world of comedy, which is where he crafted the Dolemite persona. Dolemite Is My Name will tell that story and it looks like Eddie Murphy was the perfect choice to take on the larger then life persona.

The Dolemite Is My Name trailer is just as outlandish and unconventional as blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore was in real life. The biopic was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the writers behind Man On The Moon, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and Ed Wood. By looking at the first footage, it's clear this isn't going to be a paint-by-numbers affair, which is refreshing. Eddie Murphy nails some of the foul-mouthed character's mannerisms almost too perfectly.

Dolemite Is My Name will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and then it will have a limited theatrical release in the fall before streaming on Netflix. The biopic was directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) and follows Rudy Ray Moore's mission to make the Dolemite character become a worldwide sensation. Starring alongside Eddie Murphy are Tituss Burgess, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Snoop Dogg, and Wesley Snipes. Brewer is working with Snipes and Murphy again on the upcoming Coming 2 America, which will reportedly begin shooting this fall after the press tour for Dolemite Is My Name winds down.

See Eddie Murphy's performance in the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Movieweb

Aug 11

Box Office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' No. 1 With $25M; 'Scary Stories' Schools 'Dora' With $21M

A publicity still for "Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark" (image courtesy CBS Films)
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by Pamela McClintock

Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw stayed atop the box office chart for the second weekend in a row, revving past no fewer than five new films to gross $25.4 million and cross the $100 million mark domestically.

Overseas, Universal's big-budget action pic took in another $60.8 million for a worldwide total of $332.6 million, including a foreign cume of $224.1 million. The franchise has always done far bigger business internationally, and Hobbs & Shaw is no exception.

Of the new entries, CBS Films, eOne's and Lionsgate's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was the only one to overperform as it placed second after earning $20.8 million.

André Ovredal directed the adaptation of the best-selling children's horror book series by Alvin Schwartz, with Guillermo del Toro producing and co-writing. It earned a C CinemaScore, not uncommon for the horror genre.

"The filmmakers and the team at CBS Films are thrilled that moviegoers are embracing the world of Scary Stories. It’s particularly satisfying to see families experiencing the fun of the movie together," del Toro said in a statement.

Scary Stories no doubt made life tough for Paramount's Dora and the Lost City of Gold, since both are competing for younger moviegoers and especially females. Dora is an adaptation of the beloved books and Nickelodeon TV kids series about a fearless young explorer and her anthropomorphic monkey pal, Boots.

Dora opened in fourth place with $17 million (it was even topped by The Lion King). Paramount partnered with Walden Media and MRC on the movie, which was directed by James Bobin and stars Transformers actress Isabela Moner in the titular role. (MRC is owned by Valence Media, which also owns THR.)

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Aug 10

Universal cancels The Hunt release following controversy

by Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly

Universal cancels The Hunt release following controversy

In the wake of political uproar over the new thriller The Hunt, in which everyday people are kidnapped and hunted for sport by rich elites, Universal has announced it's canceling the release of the film.

"While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film," a Universal Pictures spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday. "We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film."

Starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank, The Hunt tells the story of rich elites who kidnap normal people from Republican-voting heartland states like Wyoming and Mississippi and then set them loose in the wild to be hunted by people who pay for the privilege. Universal had already paused the film's marketing campaign in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, but now the studio has pulled the plug entirely. It might have something to do with the fact that President Donald Trump launched a Twitter tirade against The Hunt earlier this week.

Check out the trailer for the now canceled release here:

Continue Reading at: Yahoo

Aug 9

Films from Leonardo DiCaprio, Drake among documentaries headed to TIFF

A scene from the film "And We Go Green," about electric car racing, produced by DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville (image courtesy Canadian Press / TIFF)
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by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

A documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio about electric car racing, a look at a controversial yoga teacher dogged by sexual misconduct claims, and a Drake-backed film about immigrants who served in the U.S. military only to be deported, are headed to the Toronto International Film Festival.

Festival organizers say 25 films chosen for this year's non-fiction slate include "And We Go Green," produced by DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville; and "Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator," directed by Eva Orner. Showtime's "Ready for War" is directed by Andrew Renzi and executive produced by Drake, Future, and David Ayer.

The section will open with "The Cave" from Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad, about an underground hospital in war-torn Syria.

Lighter fare includes Bryce Dallas Howard's documentary debut, "Dads," about fatherhood -- featuring her own famous dad, Ron Howard -- and Gabe Polsky's "Red Penguins," billed as a comic tale about U.S. hustlers bringing NHL-style hockey to Moscow.

Programmers also announced the 10-film lineup in the Midnight Madness section. They include an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "Color Out of Space," directed by Richard Stanley and starring Nicolas Cage; and Joko Anwar's "Gundala," based on Indonesian superhero comic books.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15.

Continue Reading at: CTV

Aug 7

Disney announces it's rebooting 'Home Alone' for all you filthy animals

Macaulay Culkin portrays Kevin McCallister in the film "Home Alone" (image courtesy The Canadian Press)
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Jeremiah Rodriguez

Christmas tends to mean a few things: gift-giving, eating Chinese food when everything else is closed and watching Macaulay Culkin use home-made booby traps to assault two criminals.

Now the next generation of moviegoers will have new "Home Alone" films of their own, after Disney announced it's rebooting the classic 90s series for its new streaming service, Disney+.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said there will also be "reimaginations" of "Night At the Museum," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Cheaper By the Dozen."

Iger offered few details on the new "Home Alone" franchise but said he hopes it will have the "same standards and the same creative discipline" as the original.

The beloved original films were released in the early 90s and catapulted child star Macaulay Culkin into superstardom.

Continue Reading at: CTV

Aug 5

Andy Serkis Closes Deal to Direct 'Venom 2'

Actor turned Director Andy Serkis has signed a deal to direct 'Venom 2' (image courtesy Getty)
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by Borys Kit

Andy Serkis is officially stepping into Venom's goo.

The filmmaker has closed a deal to direct Venom 2, Sony's sequel to the 2018 film that grossed $856 million at the global box office. The sequel, part of the company's stable of Spider-Man related and Marvel-centric characters, will once again star Tom Hardy as the journalist who joins with an alien symbiote.

Serkis flew to Los Angeles the week of July 22 to meet with Sony brass on the project and was one of several filmmakers in the mix for the job. This will be Serkis' third directorial effort, after the 2017 drama Breathe and last year's non-Disney take on the Rudyard Kipling stories, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which ended up on Netflix after being made at Warner Bros.

Serkis rose to fame for his motion-capture and performance-capture acting work as Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2002 to 2004. He cut his teeth with second unit directing by reteaming with Jackson for the Hobbit trilogy (2012-14). He played the villain Snoke in the recent Star Wars films, as well as bad guy Klaw in Marvel Studios' Black Panther. His expertise with CG and performance-capture technology is one of the factors that landed him the Venom 2 gig.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Aug 4

Box Office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' Revs to $61M in U.S., $181M Globally

Dwayne Johnson (left) and Jason Statham in a publicity still from "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" (image courtesy Universal Pictures)
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by Pamela McClintock

Universal's Hobbs & Shaw sped to the top of the North American box office chart with $60.8 million from 4,253 theaters, while opening to a far more muscular $120 million overseas for a worldwide launch of $180.8 million.

The Fast & Furious spinoff, teaming Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, came in on the modest end of expectations domestically. While spinoffs aren't generally expected to rise to the level of an official franchise installment, Hobbs & Shaw cost at least $180 million to produce before marketing, meaning it will need to do big business globally.

The high-octane action franchise has generally been a far bigger player abroad, particularly in China and South Korea, where Hobbs & Shaw doesn't land until later this month. The film launched in 63 markets over the weekend (it placed No. 1 in 52 of those). Russia led with $8.2 million, followed by the U.K. ($7.8 million), Indonesia ($7.7 million), India ($7.4 million), Mexico ($6.9 million) and Japan ($6.6 million).

Universal says that Hobbs & Shaw scored the third-biggest international debut of the franchise in the markets where it has opened behind 2017's The Fate of the Furious and 2015's Furious 7 (2015). In North America, it's No. 6, not adjusted for inflation.
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Disney and director Jon Favreau's The Lion King, which led the chart the past three weekends, came in second with $38.2 million from 4,802 theaters as it roared past $400 million domestically. It earned another $72 million from 53 offshore markets for a worldwide tally of $1.19 billion.

Sony and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood held well in its second weekend. The adult-skewing tentpole, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, took in an estimated $20 million from 3,659 theaters, a 51 percent drop. The pic's domestic total through Sunday is $78.8 million.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Aug 1

'The Irishman' trailer: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci reunite with Martin Scorsese

by Adam Wallis

Spanning decades, The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime.

Fans of Martin Scorsese were treated to a first look at his highly anticipated Netflix film, The Irishman, with its first official trailer on Wednesday.

The biographical organized crime film is based on the Charles Brandt novel, I Heard You Paint Houses, which recounts the life and crimes of the late Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran, an American labour union official who allegedly worked for the Bufalino crime family incognito.

The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as Sheeran and Joe Pesci as his boss, Russell (Old Man) Bufalino. Both have worked together with Scorsese, 76, on a number of different projects, including Raging Bull (1980) and, most recently, 1995's Casino.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Global News

July 31

Watch Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe Go Stir Crazy By the Sea in New Trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’

by Claire Shaffer

After making a big splash at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, Robert Eggers' new film The Lighthouse finally has its first official trailer. The "nautical psychodrama" arrives in theaters October 18th.

The film, shot on 35mm black-and-white film and presented in Academy ("square") ratio, stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as a lighthouse keeper and his apprentice, who are stationed on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Naturally, the two men start to experience hallucinations, lunacy and psychological turmoil during their prolonged isolation. And yes, there are plenty of sea shanties, dancing jigs and pirate accents from both Dafoe and Pattinson, if that's what floats your boat.

The Lighthouse is the second feature to be written and directed by Eggers, who previously made the 2015 period horror film The Witch (set in 1630s New England). Eggers co-wrote the script for The Lighthouse with his brother, Max Eggers.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Rolling Stone

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