Friday, April 18, 2014

FOUR FILMS EXPECTED TO FINISH WEEKEND IN TIGHT ORDER

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Analysts are hedging their bets over which film will likely be the box-office champ over the Easter weekend. They’re predicting that at least four films will end up with around $20-25 million each. They include the newcomers Transcendence, an artificial-intelligence thriller starring Johnny Depp, and Heaven Is for Real, a faith-based drama starring Greg Kennear […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TRANSCENDENCE

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Most of the reviews of Transcendence are transcendently awful — except, that is, for a couple of key ones, notably those of New York Times critic Manohla Dargis and Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan. Dargis writes that Johnny Depp is “weirdly perfect” as a scientist whose consciousness is uploaded onto the Internet. The movie, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

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Variously described as “simply a sermon” (Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News) to “an afternoon special” (Jessica Herndon, Associated Press) to “an illustrated religious pamphlet” (Liam Lacey, Toronto Globe and Mail), Heaven Is for Real is commanding respectful if not adulatory reviews. Lou Lumenick in the New York Post, praises the performance of […]

HOLLYWOOD SEX SCANDAL MAY BROADEN NEXT WEEK

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The attorney representing a man who claims that as a 17-year-old he was sexually abused by X-Men writer-director Bryan Singer said on Thursday that “pedophile rings” exist in Hollywood and, with additional lawsuits that he plans to file, he intends to “draw back a cloak and shine a light on this darkness.” Miami attorney Jeff […]

CANNES’ RED CARPET TO BE MORE RADIANT THAN EVER

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Regardless of the unpredictable Cannes weather, a host of luminous stars are certain to brighten the French city’s annual film festival next month, judging from the list of official selections announced in Paris today (Thursday). Eighteen films will be competing for this year’s Palme d’Or (additional films may be added later), festival officials said, including […]

VON TRIER NO LONGER PERSONA NON GRATA AT CANNES

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Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Frémaux has moved to defuse the combustible relationship between the festival and Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier. Asked about von Trier’s T-shirt bearing the words “Persona non grata” that he wore at the Berlin Film Festival in February, Frémaux told reporters that after he saw it on the news, […]

X-MEN DIRECTOR SINGER ACCUSED OF MOLLESTING TEEN

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Just weeks before the scheduled May 23 opening of writer-director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer has been accused in a federal lawsuit of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy in Los Angeles and Hawaii in 1999. Michael F. Egan III, now 31, further claims in the suit that Singer forced him to inhale […]

OLIVER STONE TO CHINESE: YOU PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THEIR HISTORY

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Oliver Stone, who has frequently been critical of American policies and politics in his films, has told the Chinese that it’s about time that they do so about their own history. Appearing at the Beijing International Film Festival, Stone indicated that he himself has attempted to makes films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural […]

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP

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Regardless of the unpredictable Cannes weather, a host of luminous stars were certain to brighten the French city’s annual film festival next month, judging from the list of official selections announced in Paris today (Thursday). Eighteen films will be competing for this year’s Palme d’Or (additional films may be added later), festival officials said, including […]

MOVIE PRODUCTION SOARS IN L.A.

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Location feature-film production in and around Los Angeles County shot up 24 percent in the first quarter, the semi-official FilmL.A., which coordinates location film permits, said on Tuesday. It was hard to tell what was responsible for the jump, which came amid increased expressions of concern by industry and local officials over “runaway production.” It […]

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