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Glengarry Glen GREY

August 21, 2015 14:53:43 Posted at August 21, 2015 14:53:43
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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When last we heard from the Fifty Shades movie-verse, EL James’s husband, Niall Leonard, had signed on to write the script for the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker. Now we have an update—the search for a director is down to the negotiations stage, with James Foley emerging as the frontrunner. Full Story

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Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl

August 20, 2015 18:45:33 Posted at August 20, 2015 18:45:33
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a film about discovery, and a big part of the joy in watching it is discovering things alongside the protagonist and narrator, Minnie (British actress Bel Powley, making a case for international stardom), a wildly charming lead who balances naiveté and precocity without ever dipping into cloying or pretentious. Full Story

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Emma & Ryan on a date

August 20, 2015 18:08:02 Posted at August 20, 2015 18:08:02
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are working on Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. I think these are the first shots we’ve gotten of them in the same frame, so I’m attaching for you to look at, even though there’s nothing new to say. It’s a musical. They’ll be singing and dancing. Full Story

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Salma Hayek presents Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet

August 20, 2015 16:49:10 Posted at August 20, 2015 16:49:10
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Salma Hayek has worked hard as a producer to get Lebanese philosopher Khalil Gibran’s seminal collection of poem-essays, The Prophet, to the big screen, and she’s finally succeeded, in the form of an animated film. The book, one of the most popular in the world, is a collection of parables on topics ranging from love and sorrow to work and clothes, and pretty much everything in between, but the movie only adapts eight of the twenty-six essays, clocking in at a lean eighty-four minutes. Full Story

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Zac Efron working hard

August 19, 2015 17:33:49 Posted at August 19, 2015 17:33:49
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Last Friday I showed up at the theatre for the Straight Outta Compton matinee. There were 13 year old girls lined up, in folding chairs, waiting. For what? Eazy-E? Turns out Zac Efron was showing up for the Toronto premiere later that night. So I’m curious about his movie, We Are Your Friends, and how it will do. Full Story

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Matt Damon is alone in The Martian

August 19, 2015 14:10:51 Posted at August 19, 2015 14:10:51
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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A new trailer for The Martian has just been released. Normally I’m not big on space movies, like Gravity. Because all that open …space-ness? Scares the sh-t out of me. But then again, I can’t “science the sh-t” out of anything so being helpless and useless is basically my default position. Full Story

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James McAvoy and DanRad are my new favorite onscreen couple

August 18, 2015 17:20:25 Posted at August 18, 2015 17:20:25
Sarah Posted by Sarah

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe have a new movie together, Victor Frankenstein, that comes out this November, for which the first trailer has just arrived. I was expecting something dark and dour, but Victor Frankenstein is written by Max Landis, who generally writes genre movies with strong humor impulses (like Chronicle and the upcoming American Ultra), and is directed by Paul McGuigan, who’s done a lot of the direction for the slick BBC Sherlock. Full Story

Jennifer Hudson to play Aretha Franklin?

August 18, 2015 14:39:06 Posted at August 18, 2015 14:39:06
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Following its way-higher-than-expected $60.2-million opening bow, Straight Outta Compton will hit even more theatre screens this coming weekend. But the film’s pop culture ripple effect isn’t limited to box office success or think pieces — it may also help Jennifer Hudson land one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. Full Story

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Jennifer Lawrence looks up for Joy

August 17, 2015 19:51:34 Posted at August 17, 2015 19:51:34
Lainey Posted by Lainey

The official poster for David O Russell’s upcoming Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, was released today. Look up for Joy? Is that the idea here? Wasn’t my train of thought. My train of thought was that I wanted to write about Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone today and then this poster arrived in my inbox which reminded me of the time Emma looked up too – when she lipsynched All I Do Is Win on Jimmy Fallon:  And that gave me the perfect segue to talk about Emma and Jennifer being friends and how Twitter (via Susan, thanks Susan!) told me they went out for dinner – no one knows when this happened but the photo just surfaced a few days ago. Full Story

Shaun the Sheep: The Mad Max of kids’ movies

August 17, 2015 18:41:37 Posted at August 17, 2015 18:41:37
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Inevitably when I review a movie meant for children and come down on it the least little bit, some huffy parent emails to tell me off for sh*tting on harmless whizz-bangs meant to distract the children for ninety minutes or so. I say the same thing every time—it’s hard to give a movie like Minions Full Story

Film Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

August 17, 2015 18:02:24 Posted at August 17, 2015 18:02:24
Sarah Posted by Sarah
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Guy Ritchie’s take on retro-pop espionage flicks, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. did not have a very good opening weekend, landing in third place behind the surprisingly (TRIUMPHANTLY) strong Straight Outta Compton and Tom Cruise’s take on retro-pop espionage flicks, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Full Story

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Straight Outta Compton …to the Oscars?

August 17, 2015 17:21:26 Posted at August 17, 2015 17:21:26
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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As you know now, Straight Outta Compton took the box office this weekend, handily. A $57 million opening…in August. It’s an achievement. And now it’s generating some very loud Oscar buzz. First you need the money. They brought in the money. Then you court the Academy. Well, there was a screening this weekend, and apparently the Academy – at least the members who were there – was impressed. Full Story

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Johnny Depp: the rocker, the Sparrow, and the Mouse

August 17, 2015 16:09:10 Posted at August 17, 2015 16:09:10
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Johnny Depp showed up at Disney’s D23 this weekend to promote Pirates 5. On Friday he wore regular clothes, and by regular clothes, I mean a shirt and a vest and some necklaces – but not too many – and a jacket on top and, to me, he’s starting to look like Walt Disney. I can’t look too long at his face. Full Story

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