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'All Eyez on Me' Prompts Journalist to Admit Having "Embellished" Tupac Articles
Journalists are supposed to be factual. Then again, copyright law doesn't protect the naked recitation of historical facts. Alas, a quandry showcased in a new lawsuit against Lionsgate, Morgan Creek and others associated with All Eyez on Me, the biopic about the late rapper, Tupac Shakur.
In a complaint filed on Friday in New York federal court, Kevin Powell claims the movie infringes upon several of his articles for Vibe Magazine published in the 1990s. But again, if Shakur's life events are in the public domain, how does a journalist possibly get around copyright limitations to sue filmmakers who tread similar »
- Eriq Gardner
‘The Big Sick’ reviews: It could follow in Oscars footsteps of rom-coms like ‘Four Weddings and Funeral’
Could “The Big Sick” be one of the year’s earliest Oscar contenders? True, 2017 is nearly half over, so it’s hardly the earliest acclaimed film of the year, but studios usually aren’t in an Oscar frame of mind until the fall, when they start releasing their weightiest biopics, historical dramas, and other such genres that […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
‘Okja': iPic Theaters to Offer Vegetarian-Only Menu for Netflix Movie
Netflix and iPic Theaters have teamed up to offer an all-vegetarian menu for screenings of “Okja,” Bong Joon Ho’s Cannes favorite about a giant pig and the young girl who loves the creature. “Okja” centers on Mija, a defiant child who attempts to rescue her best friend — an enormous but seemingly gentle pig-like creature named Okja — from the clutches of a large corporation that wants to harm her. Also Read: 'Okja' Star Tilda Swinton on How Ivanka Trump Inspired Her Role as 'Daughter of a Different Dubious Dynasty' The menu will offer an array of meatless dishes, »
- Ashley Eady
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $48M In China – International Box Office
Refresh for latest…: Rolling out in 41 overseas markets this weekend, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened in China today with an estimated $47.9M (Rmb 330.76M). That's 69% above Transformers: Age Of Extinction's June 27, 2014 bow in local currency. Par puts the opening day for Last Knight at No. 3 for an import ever in the Middle Kingdom (including Thursday’s midnight shows). The debut sets the film on track for a $100M+ weekend launch there. We are waiting… »
Mark Wahlberg Doesn’t Think Michael Bay Is Going To Quit ‘Transformers’
In the past week both Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay announced that after this weekend’s “Transformers: The Last Knight,” they were both done with the franchise. However, when it comes to the director, we’ve heard this before. After the past couple of “Transformers” movies, Bay had said he was done smashing robots together, only to come back and do it again. And if you don’t think he’ll quit the toy franchise, you’re not alone.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Opens Against Sundance Hit ‘The Big Sick’ This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
Two big festival films go head to head this weekend in limited release. Focus Features' The Beguiled, which debuted last month in Cannes will open on both coasts via Focus Features. Sofia Coppola won Best Director in Cannes for the feature, which stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The Big Sick by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January… »
‘The Leftovers’ & ‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’
Carrie Coon has made quite a name for herself on the small screen recently. Her roles in “Fargo” and “The Leftovers” are putting her in the Emmy discussion. Now, it seems, she’s ready to make that transition to the big screen, and she’s signed up for her next big film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coon will soon begin production on “Widows.”
“Widows” is based on the 1980’s British TV series about a group of armed robbers who are killed during a heist attempt.
- Charles Dean
Box Office: ‘Transformers 5’ Stumbles With $8.1 Million Thursday
“Transformers: The Last Knight” is looking very creaky as it lumbers towards its opening weekend.
The fifth film in the robots series picked up $8.1 million on Thursday, bringing its domestic gross to $23.7 million after two days of release. At this pace, “Transformers: The Last Knight” will just top $60 million in the the first five days of its release. That’s a dramatic slide from the $100 million that the most recent installment, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” racked up over its first three days of release when it hit theaters in 2014.
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It’s also a sign that the long-running franchise, which kicked off a decade ago, may be showing its age. It joins the likes of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Alien: Covenant” in the ranks of film series that are running out of steam this summer.
Like the previous films, this “Transformers” is directed by Michael Bay. It brings back “Age of Extinction” star Mark Wahlberg and pairs him with Anthony Hopkins. “The Last Knight” pits humans versus robots, with Wahlberg and Hopkins searching the Transformers’ secret history for clues to save the world. This being a Bay film, there’s a healthy amount of visual bombast.
The muted response is bad news for Paramount. The studio could use a hit after suffering a string of bombs such as “Ghost in the Shell” and “Baywatch.”
With domestic audiences cooling on the film, “The Last Knight” will lean heavily on foreign crowds. To that end, the film opens in 41 international markets beginning Friday. They include such heavy-hitting territories as China, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Germany, and Korea.
All those action didn’t come cheap. The film carries a hefty $217 million price tag.
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- Brent Lang
‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018
The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.
The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.
- Stewart Clarke
Kino Lorber, Zeitgeist Films board 'The Divine Order'
The film marks the initial acquistion following the two companies’ recently announced alliance.
The Divine Order centres on Nora, a submissive young housewife living in a small village in Switzerland in 1971, as the rest of the world is changing and women there still don’t have the right to vote.
After Nora experiences unfamiliar stirrings of dissatisfaction with her place in society, she begins to stand up to the closed minded townsfolk of both sexes in her village. Despite obstacles and backlash Nora becomes a hero as she overthrows the status quo.
The Divine Order is the first co-acquisition since both companies announced their strategic alliance on June 22.
The film will open at New York’s Film Forum on October 27, before a national rollout in autumn.
The 15 Best Films On Netflix Right Now
Come with us as we unlock the Netflix cabinet and start doling out only the best that they have to offer. 15 prime choices, all ready for your perusal, await inside. »
The Creepy Emmy Contenders of ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Legion,’ and ‘Westworld’
Without “Game of Thrones” in Emmy contention, the VFX race has become wide open, with “Stranger Things,” “Legion,” “Westworld,” “American Gods,” and “Black Mirror” stepping up with creepy characters and supernatural situations.
Highlights include the Demogorgon creature from “Stranger Things,” the exploding kitchen from “Legion,” the final reveal of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and all of her inner workings from “Westworld,” the incredible sex scene from “American Gods” with Bilquis, the Queen of Sheeba (Yetide Badaki), and the disgusting spider with a human head from the “Playtest” episode of “Black Mirror.”
Meet the Demogorgon from “Stranger Things”
The cool thing about the Demogorgon from “Stranger Things” (directed by the Duffer Brothers) is it fits so well with the ’80s low-tech vibe. As the boogeyman from the Upside Down (named from “Dungeons & Dragons”), the creature represents a wonderful hybrid of practical and CG.
Aaron Sims Creative did the design, and the »
- Bill Desowitz
‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Will Include Dazzler, But She Probably Won’t Be Played by Taylor Swift
In April of 2016, about a month before X-Men: Apocalypse hit theaters, actress Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) tweeted a photo of her character, Jean Grey, at a mall with Scott Summers, aka Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). They were admiring the album cover of Dazzler, a mutant singer with the ability to create displays of light and energy who hadn’t […]
- Ben Pearson
Wait, Will Blade Runner 2049 Answer The Big Replicant Question Or Not?
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Makes Even Less Sense if You’ve Never Seen a ‘Transformers’ Movie Before
These are just some of the questions that come to mind while watching “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth entry in Michael Bay’s billion-dollar franchise based on a line of toys, and the first one I’ve seen. These thoughts occur to me half-formed, which is fitting since that’s also how the plot seems to have been dreamed up by the film’s three credited screenwriters.
Read More: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Review: Here’s the Most Ridiculous Hollywood Movie of the Year
Beginning in the very specific time and place “England — the Dark Ages,” the film seems eager to capitalize on the current medieval trend most recently exploited to great success by the King Arthur movie that nobody saw. What’s past is prologue, and so »
- Michael Nordine
Edgar Wright on Leaving ‘Ant-Man’: ‘I Don’t Think They Really Wanted to Make an Edgar Wright Movie’
Though originally attached to the superhero drama, the “Shaun of the Dead” helmer left it over creative differences, prompting Peyton Reed take over. In an appearance on Variety’s Playback Podcast occasioned by the imminent release of “Baby Driver,” Wright goes into detail on why he left the Marvel project: “I think the most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie.”
Read More: Edgar Wright’s 40 Favorite Movies Ever Made (Right Now): ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Suspiria’ and More
“It was a really heartbreaking decision to have to walk away after having worked on it for so long, because me and Joe Cornish in some form — it’s funny some people say, ‘Oh they’ve been working on it for »
- Michael Nordine
Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, and Corey Stoll Join Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’
No surprise here: a trio of very talented actors want to work with Whiplash and La La Land director, Damien Chazelle. Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Corey Stoll (Café Society), and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) have signed up to star alongside Ryan Gosling in Chazelle’s First Man, which is about Nasa’s attempt to put astronauts on the moon. They’ll start shooting the Amblin Entertainment project in […]
- Jack Giroux
‘Wonder Woman’ Breaks Records: Biggest Live-Action Box Office Hit by Female Director
“Wonder Woman” set a new milestone on Friday, becoming the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman.
“Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, who previously oversaw the Oscar-winning “Monster.” Despite the critical raves that “Monster” earned, Jenkins had to wait 14 years before directing another feature film. She only got the “Wonder Woman” gig after the original choice, Michelle MacLaren, was pushed out in the wake of creative differences.
“Wonder Woman” was backed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Critics loved the film, praising it as a breath of fresh air after a series of downbeat comic book films such as “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Jenkins hasn’t officially signed on to direct a “Wonder Woman »
- Brent Lang
Maria Dragus Cast In ‘Mary Queen of Scots’; Ned Van Zandt Joins ‘The Iron Orchard’
German-Romanian actress Maria Dragus has secured the role of Scottish noblewoman Mary Fleming, childhood companion of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), in the Josie Rourke-directed period drama Mary Queen of Scots. She joins Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I along with Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston and Jack Lowden in the film from Working Title and Focus Features. Written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, based on John Guy’s 2004 biography The True Life of Mary Stuart… »
The Car Bumblebee Will Probably Turn Into In His Transformers Spinoff
With an all-new spinoff comes an all-new look for Bumblebee. The slightly smaller-than-average Transformer will likely use this car as his disguise for his upcoming spinoff movie. »
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