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Friday, September 30, 2016

Movie Review: #DeepwaterHorizon

Deepwater Horizon is competent, straight-forward, and absolutely mesmerizing.

Review by Matt Cummings

If Director Peter Berg's survival flick Deepwater Horizon proves anything, it's that good and decent people are usually made to suffer the will of more powerful ones, irregardless of the dangers or the facts. That's at least what Berg wants you to think, and he makes a convincing case between the concerned workers (including Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell) and those at BP (John Malkovich) who are determined to pump at this submersible offshore drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. That decision and resulting explosion in 2010 which killed 11 and became the worst oil spill in US history certainly pulls on one's heartstrings as Mike Williams (Wahlberg) desperately tries to escape the burning rig while helping his boss (Russell) and other workers.

Things start off quite slowly - maybe even a little too slow - as everyday-man Williams interacts with various employees (including Dylan O'Brien) who begin to grow concerned that BP's insistence on pumping at this challenged facility was more about profits than safety. Slowly, we're made to understand how pumping oil really works, the enormous pressures that accelerate a bolt or nut to slice a car in half, and how kill pumps, negative pressure tests, and blowout preventers make up Deepwater's mission. But the movie doesn't necessarily keep its focus on the rig; that focus is centered on Wahlberg, and he carries it off with his normal precision, good looks, and genuine (almost stoic) concern for the impending danger and bloody aftermath. The side story of Williams' wife (Kate Hudson) at first isn't needed, serving as investment for a powerful epilogue that's completely necessary, although not at first. In fact, the first 70 minutes of Deepwater Horizon feels a chess game, as Williams and his boss Jimmy (Russell) set their pieces while the BP boys do the same, ultimately ignoring the various pressure tests and forcing their will onto the employees. When the purging arrives, it's like someone swept off the playing field rather than executing smart moves to thin out the herd.

Some will call this buildup a tad unnecessary, but it all pays off once the action starts. From that point, any worries of this story fizzling out or becoming a slow-motion hero flick are erased. This is a movie about decent people trying desperately to escape a burning rig, all while Williams tries his best to rescue who he can as his work burns around him. That escalation happens quickly, degrading from a series of mild pressure mishaps into a full-blown disaster. And when that moment arrives, we feel every pressurized bolt and nut that turn into bullets, every wall of fire that rips into men and machine, as well as the various sacrifices employees make to save each other. The fact that ordinary men and women can persevere unimaginable tragedies like these is perhaps Deepwater Horizon's greatest strength, never over-glamorizing the point but forcing all of us to recognize that BP's employees did several things horribly wrong.

Whether your hackles get up again at re-experiencing these events (especially when we learn how those same BP employees walked away nearly scott-free) or not, no one can argue that Berg's efficient and no-nonsense depiction of the worst disaster in US oil drilling history is one of the year's best. Bolstered by excellent performances (including Malkovich's Southern drawl), it's a worthy and welcomed relief from all of the dopey action films that flopped so spectacularly this summer. It's a must see on the big screen and comes highly recommended.

Deepwater Horizon is rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language and has a runtime of 107 minutes.

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Movie Review: #Masterminds

Masterminds is for comedy food the white-trash soul.

Review by Matt Cummings

In Director Jared Hess' Masterminds, the "Hillbilly Heist" - the largest and perhaps most improbably heist in American history - is brought to the screen, care of an exceptionally talented corps of master comedians who use their talents to mostly hilarious effect. Zach Galifianakis plays the white-trash armored truck driver David Ghantt, whose pleasant and uncomplicated life is forever changed when his coworker Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) seduces him to steal from the Loomis Fargo bank, with the promise they'll be together in sunny Mexico. What the Prince Charming-do'ed Ghantt doesn't realize is that he's being manipulated by Campbell's thieving friend Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson), who intends to hang Ghantt out for the robbery and take all the money. Pursued in Mexico by Interpol, Ghantt assume different looks to maintain a low profile, but eventually meets the assassin Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis) who's been paid to take him out. As an FBI agent (Leslie Jones) begins to unravel the inside job, Ghantt must return to the States to rescue his girl and turn himself in to right this wrong.

So long as you're not looking for comedic genius to erupt, Masterminds is hilarious at many points. Galifianakis keeps the ball moving with his blissfully ignorant shtick, which here never seems to get old. I can't say I've felt the same after watching other films in his resume, but here he gives Ghantt the full treatment, appearing like a female cat in one scene, and a Mexican Gene Shalit in another. His chemistry with Wiig is perhaps the best I've seen from him, as she makes the most of Campbell's low-cut shirts and acid-washed jeans. Galifianakis also has a lot of fun with Sudeikis, whose choice seems a bit perplexing. He plays McKinney well enough, but I could imagine better lines coming from him as well as several other more qualified actors. Still, his scenes with Galifianakis are great as each plays off the caricature of the other.

What isn't great about Masterminds is Ghantt's strangely unfunny fiancee (Kate McKinnon), whose frozen faces and oddly pronounced lines aren't exactly show stoppers; ok, they're terrible, like a black hole halting any inertia in Writers Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey's script each time Hess turns his attention to her. McKinnion is usually either wildly brilliant or awful, with usually very few performances settling in between. The same with Wilson: he stopped being funny a long time ago, unless you like seeing him act the exact same way regardless if he's in a serious role (like the very good No Escape) or a better-matched one for his obvious lack of talent. He's really awful here, going for looks over style as he plays puppet master over Campbell.

I can't wait for Hollywood to realize that Jones is the real deal, but for now we'll have to settle for these smaller roles. She's got Angry Black Woman down but doesn't rely on just that to garner laughs. She's fabulous in every scene, even reacting subtly in one scene when mistaken as a man. For all the physical comedy of Masterminds sometimes brings the funny in other ways, never afraid to deal the white-trash card including Chambers' decision to outfit a Chevy Geo with giant mud tires and elevate it like a Frankenstein out of Mad Max. Ken Marino also makes an appearance, reminding us that Hess might have done better to cast him as McKinney, due to his innate Italian sliminess.

But for all the stupid hat tricks Masterminds utilizes to steal our money, you'll find yourself laughing hysterically if you treat this for exactly what it is: a dumb comedy to shut off your brain while making multiple trips to the butter machine to spice up your popcorn. Masterminds isn't here to change the world, but merely to entertain; and with so many winning scenes lead by Galifianakis' costume changes and mostly adept cast, you're sure to be entertained by its white-trash zaniness.

Masterminds is rated Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence and has a runtime of 94 minutes.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? In Dallas

Enter for a chance to see KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 PM in Dallas.

In Universal Pictures' Kevin Hart: What Now?, comedic rock-star Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of "What Now?"—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.

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Production Begins On "UNTITLED A. A. MILNE" Starring @MargotRobbie


Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography on UNTITLED A. A. MILNE has begun shooting on location in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex and London. The film is directed by Simon Curtis (WOMAN IN GOLD, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, “Cranford”) from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (RAILWAY MAN, MILLIONS) based on a screenplay by Simon Vaughan (“War and Peace”). The film stars Domhnall Gleeson (THE REVENANT, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), Margot Robbie (SUICIDE SQUAD, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Kelly Macdonald (SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS, “Boardwalk Empire”) and Will Tilston as young Christopher Robin. Additional cast includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Damian Jones (ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, THE LADY IN THE VAN) produces with Steve Christian (BELLE) and Vaughan serves as executive producer.

“I'm thrilled to finally see this fascinating story be realized with such an array of fresh and exciting talent in front of and behind the camera as well as continuing my ongoing collaboration with Fox Searchlight,” says producer Damian Jones. Christian adds, "It's such a joy to be able to share the long held passion that I've felt for this story and to see it all come together with a team that I could never have dreamt possible."

The UNTITLED A.A. MILNE film gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Joining Curtis on the film are director of photography Ben Smithard, who collaborated with him on MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and “Cranford”; BAFTA-winning production designer David Roger (“The Secret Agent”, “Great Expectations”); BAFTA-winning costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux (BROOKLYN, THE CONSTANT GARDENER); BAFTA-winning hair and make-up designer Sian Grigg (THE REVENANT, ANNIHILATION) and editor Victoria Boydell (THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, BELLE).

The film will be overseen by Co-Heads of Production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield and VP of Production Katie Goodson-Thomas.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox

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True Memoirs Of A International Assassin Trailer Starring Kevin James

Go Big or Go Ghost. Usually, honesty is the best policy. So what happens when the biggest lie you tell to make the sell, accidentally becomes the truth?

Netflix released the trailer for the Kevin James starring original film True Memoirs of a International Assassin, premiering on Friday, November 11 to members worldwide.

True Memoirs of an International Assassin, starring Kevin James (Pixels), Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger), and Zulay Henao (Meet the Blacks) is a Netflix original film directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2)

The action comedy follows Sam Larson, a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. When the book is a huge success, he is suddenly kidnapped, taken out of the country, and forced into an assassination plot.

Maurice Compte ("Narcos"), Andrew Howard (Taken 3), Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street), Kelen Coleman ("The McCarthy’s"), Leonard Earl Howze (Memphis Beat), Yul Vasquez (The Lottery) and Kim Coates ("Sons of Anarchy") also star in the film.

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The story of a boy (Asa Butterfield) born on Mars' first colony has an added element of timeliness with this week's real life Mars news! SpaceX Founder Elon Musk just delivered a keynote address on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress about his plans to colonize Mars!

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars - from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

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Facebook Live Viewing Event Scheduled for October 4th

Fuse (www.fuse.tv), a national television network for the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience, today announced that Clash of the Corps Executive Producer Dwayne Johnson will host the series’ premiere episode on his official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DwayneJohnson), as part of a Facebook Live viewing event for his over 56 million fans on Tuesday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

The two-episode season premiere of Clash of the Corps debuts on Fuse on Wednesday, October 5 at 11 p.m ET/PT. The 8-part half-hour docu-series captures the blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes and on the road in the fast, ultra-competitive, high-energy world of Drum Corps International – “Marching Music’s Major League.” Clash of the Corps follows DCI's two most historically successful corps, the Cadets from Pennsylvania and the Blue Devils from Northern California, who for the last 20 years, have been battling it out for the World Championship title.

Designed to drive viewership to the Fuse series, the exclusive premiere on Facebook Live will also include a special introduction from Johnson and expands Fuse programming to a new platform. With Johnson’s Facebook community of over 56 million fans strong and growing, this premiere event is a prime opportunity for Fuse to reach a loyal fan base. Clash of the Corps Facebook Live event and Fuse premiere will be promoted by @Fusetv on all social channels as well as Johnson’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Clash of the Corps is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz along with 44 Blue Productions’ Rasha Drachkovitch.

About Seven Bucks Productions
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.

Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Paramount's Baywatch, New Line’s Shazam, Universal's The Janson Directive and Dreamworks' Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming including HBO's "Ballers,” Spike TV's "Rock the Troops” CNN’s Soundtracks: Songs That Made History” and HBO Documentary Films "Rock and a Hard Place.”

About 44 Blue Productions
44 Blue Productions is an award-winning producer of non-fiction and unscripted content whose series have aired on more than 30 domestic television networks and in more than 120 countries worldwide. Founded by Rasha Drachkovitch and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, 44 Blue’s impressive slate of groundbreaking series includes A&E’s Emmy® nominated series “Wahlburgers,” A&E’s “Donnie Loves Jenny” and “Nightwatch,” MSNBC’S critically acclaimed “Lockup” and its trio of spinoff series “Lockup: Raw,” “Lockup: World Tour” and “Life After Lockup;” Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls & Parolees,” E!’s “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” Oxygen’s “Strut,” daytime talk show “TD Jakes” for first-run syndication, Style’s Emmy® nominated “Split Ends,” Spike’s “Deadliest Warrior” and OWN’s Gracie Award winning “Married to the Army: Alaska.” 44 Blue’s current slate features an array of projects with high-profile talent and partners including Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Dick Wolf, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg and others. 44 Blue is part of the Red Arrow Entertainment Group (a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company), and is represented by the William Morris Endeavor Agency.

About Fuse Media
Fuse Media is an independently owned multiplatform media company reflecting the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience. The company reaches consumers directly via two cable networks, Fuse and FM, and video-on-demand (VOD), online, mobile, social media and live events. Fuse network is currently available in approximately 70 million households and FM reaches over 43 million households.

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MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, written and Directed by John Dower and featuring commentary from Louis Theroux.

Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.

Magnolia Pictures will release MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE in theaters January 2017

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JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK,” starring Tom Cruise (the “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise, “EDGE OF TOMORROW”) and directed by Edward Zwick (“THE LAST SAMURAI,” “BLOOD DIAMOND”).

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK is in theaters October 21, 2016

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Justin Lin To Direct "Hot Wheels" Movie

According to THR Justin Lin is revving up Hot Wheels.

The Star Trek Beyond filmmaker has closed a deal to develop, direct and produce, via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, a feature based on popular car toyline from Mattel.

Lin and Perfect Storm will also have an option to co-finance the project.

A Hot Wheels movie has been made, despite iterations being in development since 2003. McG was at one point attached to direct and produce for Columbia before it landed in the garage of Joel Silver and Warners. Legendary picked up the rights in earlier this decade. Simon Crane came on board to direct it in 2013 but the project has been sitting idle since 2014.

Lin’s boarding injects some nitrous oxide into the project; Lin, his partner Troy Craig Poon, and Legendary will begin a search for a writer to take Hot Wheels back to the starting line. The project is in the early development stages and will not be Lin’s next movie.

Hot Wheels is one of the world’s biggest toy brands, with Mattel claiming that it is the best-selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion toy cars produced since 1968. Mattel creates nine million cars every week and sells 10 every second.

Legendary’s Alex Garcia will oversee for the company.

Mattel is slowly making inroads into Hollywood and has Max Steel, based on its action figures, opening October 14. In development are movie projects based on Masters of the Universe and Barbie, both set up at Sony, and Monster High, set up at Universal.

Lin, who reinvigorated the Fast and Furious movie series into a full-blown franchise, directed and was a producer on Beyond, which was one of the better-reviewed films of the summer and course-corrected the Star Trek franchise for Trekkies.

Perfect Storm is developing Space Jam 2 on the film side and at least four television projects it is developing, including a new take on the police drama S.W.A.T.

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