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'Logan Lucky': Film Review

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Logan Lucky is a redneck Ocean's Eleven. For his first feature film in four years, Steven Soderbergh has snuck back in on a back road with a goofy and steadily amusing tale of born losers in West Virginia who try to hit the jackpot by divesting an auto raceway of a few million bills. This loose and shambling tale with a very attractive cast is highlighted by a wonderfully wacky, show-stealing turn by Daniel Craig as a down-home career criminal.

There is definitely an audience for this likeable but no-big-deal film and probably even two »


- Todd McCarthy

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EuropaCorp Stock Falls After 'Valerian' Bombs

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If the weak reviews weren’t bad enough, the stock market has now weighed in on Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, with EuropaCorp closing down 8.31 percent in trading on France’s Bourse Monday.

The ended the day at €3.50 ($4.07) per share, with EuropaCorp losing €15 million in value since Friday's closing.

Valerian, Besson’s years-in-the-making sci-fi epic, opened in fifth place with just $17 million (€14.5 million) trailing Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk and the R-rated comedy Girls Trip, which opened to $50.5 million and $30.4 million respectively, as well as Spider-Man and War »


- Rhonda Richford

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'Captain Marvel' Among Films Receiving California Tax Incentives

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Marvel StudiosCaptain Marvel, in which Brie Larson is set to star, is among the latest group of feature films selected to receive tax credits under California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0.

Captain Marvel is one of three big-budget films — the other two being Midway, a movie about the World War II battle that Roland Emmerich is directing, and a Paramount project listed as Island Paradise  — that will benefit under the latest round of tax credits, announced Monday, which will allocate nearly $68 million to eight independent and studio productions.

A total of 92 projects had applied for »


- Gregg Kilday

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'Saving Private Ryan': THR's 1998 Review

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On July 24, 1998, Steven Spielberg brought Saving Private Ryan to theaters, where the film would become a summer hit and go on to win five Oscars. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

War is hell. While Gen. Sherman may have said it first, Steven Spielberg makes one of the most convincing cases yet in the uncompromisingly powerful Saving Private Ryan

A harrowing World War II epic about the struggle to uphold decency in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion — often during the same sequence — »


- THR Staff

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SXSW: Barry Jenkins Among Keynote Speakers at 2018 Festival

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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, author and psychotherapist Esther Perel and the technology entrepreneur and quantum computing expert William Hurley, who goes by the name whurley, have been selected to serve as keynote speakers at the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will run from March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.

Featured speakers, announced Monday, include space entrepreneur and futurist Bob Richards; Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson; Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 chairman and CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt; artist and poet Cleo Wade; and author and Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb.

“We are overjoyed to invite »


- Gregg Kilday

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Sarah Paulson Joins M. Night Shyamalan Thriller 'Glass'

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Sarah Paulson has signed on for M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Glass. The American Horror Story actress joins James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, who already have boarded the Universal film.

Written by Shyamalan, Glass is a sequel to the writer-director's 2000 thriller Unbreakable, which centered on a man (Willis) who learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan and Shyamalan are producing Glass.

The film has been dated by Universal for Jan. 18, 2019.

Shyamalan announced the news in a tweet, writing: "Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic »


- Tatiana Siegel

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Apple Siri Mini-Movie Goes Viral

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson found time to squeeze one more thing into his already packed schedule: making a mini-movie for Apple that promotes the digital assistant, Siri. 

The actor's packed schedule is important to mention because that is what the nearly four-minute commercial revolves around. 

In The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day, Johnson does an assortment of adventures only one of his larger-than-life characters could pull off, including flying an airliner to Rome to touch up the Sistine Chapel and walking in space to get a selfie, all while making it back in the nick of time for a large action scene in »


- Ryan Parker

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'Girls Trip' Box Office Breaks R-Rated Comedy Curse, Proves Power of Diversity

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For decades, Hollywood studios have operated on the premise that a film featuring a black cast wouldn't necessarily reach and play to a wider audience.

But now, moviegoers are taking matters into their own hands, challenging that assumption and proving Hollywood wrong. The latest example came over the weekend as Universal's critical darling Girls Trip opened to a rousing $30.4 million — the best start for an R-rated comedy in two years and the best showing for any live-action comedy so far this year. The movie achieved those distinctions because it appealed to an array of audiences: African Americans »


- Pamela McClintock

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Why Any Movie About Trump Should Make Us Love the Man, Not Hate Him

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In the mid-1970s, William Goldman took on what seemed like an insurmountable challenge: how to turn the richly detailed manuscript of All the President’s Men, which Robert Redford had just optioned from Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, into a movie.

The celebrated screenwriter had faced other such challenges: transforming the meandering story of two turn-of-the-century bandits into 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; figuring out how to terrify us with a Nazi fugitive on the loose in contemporary Manhattan, in 1974’s Marathon Man. (Will a dental visit ever be the same again?) In each case, he succeeded, winning an Oscar »


- Stephen Galloway

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Venice Critics' Week Unveils Lineup

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The Venice International Film Critics' Week on Monday unveiled its lineup, which includes seven debut films and two out-of-competition selections.

All films in the sidebar will have their world premieres in Venice.

The films will compete for the Critics’ Week audience award, as well as prizes for most innovative film and best technical contribution. They are also eligible, as is the case with all competitive sections of the Venice Film Festival, to compete for the Lion of the Future award for best debut film, complete with a $100,000 prize.

The Critics’ Week lineup will open with Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion, »


- Ariston Anderson

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Oliver Stone Gets Putin Praise, Will Receive Sarajevo Film Festival Honor

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised Oscar-winning Hollywood director Oliver Stone, commenting in favorable terms on his recently released The Putin Interviews.

The news came as organizers unveiled Monday that Stone is set to collect the Sarajevo Film Festival's Heart of Sarajevo Award next month.

"I mostly liked Oliver Stone himself," Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Interfax. "He is an unusual and very profound person and a very balanced and comfortable interlocutor."

According to Putin, he hasn't yet had an opportunity to watch the entire interview series. "I'm sure that Oliver Stone is a »


- Vladimir Kozlov ,Nick Holdsworth

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Nicolas Cage's Kazakh Film Festival Photo Sparks Online Hilarity

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Nicolas Cage has told hosts at the  Eurasia Film Festival in Kazakhstan that he would be happy to appear in a film shot in the Central Asian country.

The actor was photographed wearing a tradition Kazakh coat and hat — usually worn by the nomadic horsemen of the Central Asian steppes — at the opening of the festival in the country's futurist capital of Astana, an image that soon went viral.

The photo, showing Cage standing next to a senior official — according to some reports the country's First Lady Sara Nazarbayeva, but in fact violinist, »


- Nick Holdsworth

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China Opens Movie Theater on Politically Contested South China Sea Island

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China's network of movie theaters — already the world's largest — is stretching into politically contested waters.

On Saturday, some 200 soldiers and residents attended an inaugural screening at a new state-of-the-art cinema on Woody Island, known in Chinese as Yongxing Island. The largest of the Parcel Islands, the landmass has been controlled by China since 1974, but Taiwan and Vietnam both also claim it as their territory. 

One of the world's most valuable trade corridors, the South China Seas is a hotbed of contemporary geopolitical dispute. A U.S. warship sailed by nearby Triton Island earlier this month »

- Patrick Brzeski

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