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Saturday, August 8, 2015

#FantasticFour Bombs At The Box Office

Fantastic Four’s” opening weekend returns are looking less and less promising: The superhero pic is now on track for a $28 million opening weekend after pulling in $11 million on Friday.

Movie Review: #TheFantasticFour-

With a $120 million budget, a failure of “Fantastic Four” could be a tough blow for 20th Century Fox. Despite the reboot’s star power — Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell play the fearsome foursome — the pic hasn’t gained audience traction the way superhero movies generally do. In fact, the last major superhero release to bow below $35 million was Sony’s “The Green Hornet” ($33.5 million in 2011). Even the film’s director, Josh Trank, is distancing himself from the final product.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is poised to go neck-and-neck with “Fantastic Four” for weekend dominance, tracking to make up to $29 million this weekend after generating $8 million in Friday grosses. The fifth chapter in Paramount’s Tom Cruise franchise will cross $100 million in U.S. grosses by Monday.

Also out this weekend is STX Entertainment/Blumhouse’s “The Gift,” starring Joel Edgerton and Jason Bateman. The stalker thriller pulled in $4 million in Friday grosses, which forecasts a weekend total around $11 million, slightly higher than anticipated.

There’s also Meryl Streep starrer “Ricki and the Flash,” which logged a Friday gross of $2.25 million in 1,603 locations. The aging rock star drama by Sony TriStar, helmed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, will expand to more than 2,000 theaters next weekend.

“Shaun the Sheep” also remains in competition after bowing Wednesday to an underwhelming $852,000. The stop-motion pic nabbed $1.2 million on Friday, meaning it should hit $5 million by weekend’s end.

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James Wan To Produce #MORTALKOMBAT Reboot

According to Trackingboard Furious 7 director James Wan is stepping in to produce the MORTAL KOMBAT reboot currently underway at New Line and Broken Road.

The in-demand director of The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2 has been brought over to uppercut some new life into the previously stunted picture. With his dark sensibility, ability to orchestrate action and scares, and a wildly successful financial track record, Wan seems to be the perfect fit for what the studio has described as “a departure from the mythology,” with “darker, brutally real martial arts.”

The script, being penned by Mortal Kombat: Legacy writer Oren Uziel and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham, centers around a seemingly harmless guy who realizes his potential when he finds himself caught in the middle of a cross-dimensional battle between the warriors of Earth and the monsters of Outworld. Now, in order to stop the world from total destruction, he must win the martial arts tournament known as ‘Mortal Kombat’.

The film is based on the iconic video game series from Midway Games, which gained notoriety in the early 1990s for its depiction of graphically violent hand-to-hand combat. Since its release, the franchise has sold over 35 million units–more than enough to warrant a reboot of the film series, which stalled out with 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. With the white-hot Wan on board, the right buttons may have just been pressed to put the finishing moves on this project.

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Movie Review: #COPCAR The Coen Bros. Would Be Flattered

The Coen bros. would be flattered

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What a marvelous first rate thriller and it has Coen Brothers vibe to it. Intense and smartly written. It’s interesting to see two innocent young kids in the middle of all this chaos where the adults are trying cover their asses and just edging to blow each other brains out.

Directed by Jon Watts whose next assignment is to bring us a brand new Spider-Man movie, this Sundance hit stars Kevin Bacon as a dirty corrupt small town sheriff. Trust me when I say you do not want to mess with the Kevin Bacon in “Cop Car,” because Bacon’s Sheriff Kretzer has no problem shutting you up if it means him getting away with murder. When a pair of ten-year olds find an abandoned cop car in a field, they take it for a joyride, they’re just innocent kids imagining like they’re some kind of race car drivers in the middle of nowhere. But what they don’t know is that that cop car holds a secret that would soon hold them captive. These kids find themselves in the middle of deadly game and they’re about to witness it firsthand.

Scribes Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford consistently gives you that uneasy feeling with “Cop Car,” mostly about these two kids, because they don’t know how to properly use a gun but the image of them just holding those guns would scare you, I don’t want to say that this movie has a gun control policy agenda but it does make you think twice where you would hide your weapon away from your kids if you happen to be a gun-owner. Just putting these kids in between crossfires, “Cop Car” knows how to keep you tensed from start to finish. And I gotta give credit to the two child actors, James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford who both did a wonderful job of just being themselves, being two naive kids. And the movie wants to maintain that, the movie wants that despite everything that’s happening around these kids, that naiveness, their child qualities remain intact. The legendary Kevin Bacon with his mustache and haircut and small town accent, he just knows the rights words to say. He looks like an evil Wyatt Earp. He’s cunning, he’s resourceful. The adults are like in some kind of lawless western duel and the kids are in fear. As I said earlier, this film really has that Coen Brothers’ vibe to it, the script well-places the comedy and the thriller aspects of it, the pacing is just right. And it’s fascinating that the cop car itself remains involved throughout the whole ordeal, it really does live up to the film’s title.

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#PrisonBreak Limited Series Returning To Fox

Variety is reporting after much murmuring, Fox has confirmed that a new “Prison Break” limited series is officially a go.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-chairs and CEOs at Fox Television Group, told journalists the news on Thursday at Fox’s Television Critics Association panel. They also confirmed that original series stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, as well as other original series actors, are also on board for the 10-episode project, which Walden called “a bit of a sequel.”

She added that show creator Paul Scheuring “is writing it now” and it “picks up a few years after” the first series finale ended and “addresses questions that were set up during the series.”

This news might be confusing to devout fans of the show who watched the straight-to-video film finale and therefore have questions about the casting news.

“[Paul has] a very detailed and incredible story for while these characters become relevant again,” said Newman, while Walden added that there is a “logical and believable explanation in the world of ‘Prison Break.'”

The project is targeting to begin production after the first of the year and would be considered for summer or the 2016-17 season. Purcell and Miller are, of course, currently busy in the DC universe and will appear in CW’s fall series “Legends of Tomorrow.”

Walden credited Netflix for helping this project happen.

“‘Prison Break’ has had this great opportunity to be viewed by a whole new audience [on Netflix],” she said, adding that she has been told that it’s “one of the most successful library shows on Netflix.”

“People are still interested in these characters,” she said.

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The Exorcism Of Molly Hartley Unrated Scares Just In Time For Halloween


The Exorcism of Molly Hartley Arrives on Digital HD™ October 9 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 20

Director Steven R. Monroe’s Gruesome UNRATED Cut Arrives Just in Time for Halloween

Molly Hartley (Sarah Lind; Wolfcop) is all grown up, but the unholy demon inside her lives on in this all-new, UNRATED sequel that takes terror to the next level! Six years after graduating high school — and discovering that a secret pact assigned her soul to the devil — Molly is suspected of murder and confined to a mental hospital, where she wreaks supernatural havoc on the staff and patients. Her only hope is an exorcism by a defrocked priest (Devon Sawa; Final Destination) looking to redeem himself and save Molly's life before her hideous "transformation" is complete...but Satan has other plans!

Directed by Steven R. Monroe (I Spit on Your Grave) the UNRATED Blu-ray and DVD features awesome bonus features including a sit-down with experts to discuss the origins of demonic possession, bonus security camera footage giving fans a closer look into Molly’s exorcism and Director Diaries showcasing some of the best scenes from the film!

Special Features
Exorcism: Beyond One Truth – Sit down with professionals and religious experts to gather facts about demonic possession and debate whether it is a form of psychosis or if there is something more sinister involved
Clovesdale Institute: Classified Security Camera Footage – Follow Dr. Laurie Hawthorne as she checks in with each of her patients through security camera footage giving fans full view of the origins of Molly’s exorcism
Hartley Admission Hospital
Surveillance of Fr. Barrow
Dr. Hawthorne Visits M. Hartley
Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 1
Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 2
Fr. Barrow Performs Exorcism Rite Part 3
Director Diaries – Follow Director Steven R. Monroe as he shoots some of the film’s most intense scenes
Makeup Fx
The Exorcism
The Black Church
The Facility
The Exorcism of Molly Hartley Blu-ray + Digital HD
Street Date: October 20, 2015
Prebook Date: September 16, 2015
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA
Subtitles: English SDH / French / Spanish
Total Run Time: 122 minutes
U.S. Rating: UR
Closed Captioned: Yes

The Exorcism of Molly Hartley DVD
Street Date: October 20, 2015
Prebook Date: September 16, 2015
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spanish / French 2.0 Surround DD
Subtitles: English SDH / French / Spanish
Total Run Time: 122 minutes
U.S. Rating: UR
Closed Captioned: Yes

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programming. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Is #TaronEgerton Headed To The Sherwood Forest?

According to Deadline Up-and-coming Brit actor Taron Egerton is in early talks with Lionsgate to star in Robin Hood: Origins as Sherwood Forest’s most famous son. The negotiations have just started and a deal might not make but Egerton, who put in a star-making performance in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, is clearly top of the list for the project. Ironically, the success of Kingsman — a sequel to which is expected to get greenlit by Fox — may lead to scheduling issues, but Egerton has rapidly established himself as one of the UK’s most muscular young leading men. The actor, next stars opposite Tom Hardy in Brit gangster film Legend for director Brian Helgeland and Working Title. He also reunites with Vaughn — this time in a producing capacity — in Dexter Fletcher’s Eddie The Eagle opposite Hugh Jackman.

Peaky Blinders‘ Bathurst is directing Lionsgate’s gritty, revisionist take on the legend. Joby Harold, the scribe who wrote Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur with Guy Ritchie directing Charlie Hunnam, has conjured up the origins story that has been likened to The Dark Knight. Here, Robin Hood returns from fighting in The Crusades and finds that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws and they take matters into their own hands. The picture is being produced by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson, and Safe House’s Harold and Tory Tunnell and Basil Iwanyk.

There are other Robin Hood projects also set up around town. Disney has the Brandon Barker spec Nottingham & Hood, which is said to be in the vein of Pirates Of The Caribbean and Enchanted. The Picture Company’s Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona are producing. Sony last fall bought a Robin Hood pitch for $1 million from Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott with Aperture’s Adam Goldworm executive producing. That project, Hood, has been described as Fast And Furious meets Mission: Impossible. Warner Bros has also quietly put one of its own Robin Hood projects into development, scripted by Gangster Squad and Aquaman scribe Will Beall and produced by The Lego Movie‘s Dan Lin and John Zaozirny.

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Fathers And Daughters Japanese Trailer. Have A Tissue Handy

Fathers and Daughters is an upcoming drama film directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Kruger, Jane Fonda, Octavia Spencer, and Aaron Paul.

A Pulitzer-winning writer (Crowe) grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter (Seyfried) struggles to forge connections of her own.

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Fathers and Daughters is directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino, of the films Playing for Keeps, Kiss Me Again, Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness, Remember Me My Love and The Last Kiss previously. The screenplay was written by Brad Desch. The film will be opening in Japan this October (where the trailer is from), but the US release has yet to be figured out. Stay tuned for updates on the release. Your thoughts?

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#TOYSTORYTHATTIMEFORGOT On Blu-ray & Digital HD November 3rd

Disney Pixar's TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT on Blu-ray & Digital HD November 3rd.

Join Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the Gang as They Embark on a Hilarious New Adventure for the Entire Family!

"TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT" Available for the First Time on Blu-ray™, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 3rd

Loaded with All New Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features Including Behind-the-Scenes, Sing-Alongs and Over 10 Minutes of Deleted Scenes!

Disney•Pixar proudly presents a hilarious new animated "Toy Story" adventure. During one of Bonnie's post-Christmas play dates, the "Toy Story" crew find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to ever return to Bonnie's room. "Toy Story That Time Forgot" is an unforgettable tale packed with family fun and a must-have for every Pixar fan's collection!

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Movie Review: #TheFantasticFour

After a promising start, The Fantastic Four descends into the rumored trainwreck.

Review by Matt Cummings

If the recent history of comic book movies has been one of glory, that success was built upon a myriad of high profile failures, none more so than first two Fantastic Four films, which premiered in 2005 and 2007. For fans hungry to forget those disasters, the newest incarnation will do nothing to fulfill that desire. Not a total embarrassment but far from a success, The Fantastic Four is the trainwreck we all feared.

When the brilliant scientist Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and his childhood friend Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) concoct a rudimentary dimensional transportation device, Reed is recruited by the Baxter Institute to complete their parallel research. Along the way, he enlists the help of the tempestuous engineer Johnny Storm (Michael B Jordan), his adopted genius sister Sue (Kate Mara), and the troubled Victor Von Doom (Tony Kebbell), who harbors a secret desire for Sue. Together, they journey with Ben to Planet Zero in the hopes of harnessing its resources to aid a troubled Earth. But an accident transforms them into super beings, each of whom take different paths in understanding and using their newfound powers. Fearful the children will be used as weapons of war, Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathay) tries to convince Dr. Allen (Tim Blake Nelson) to develop their powers for the good of science. But when Dr. Doom threatens to end humanity, it's up to The Fantastic Four to stop him.

For 100 minutes, The Fantastic Four feels like an extended trailer, complete with shifting glances and long stares at the camera (and monitors) but ultimately achieving very little. Director Josh Trank breathes zero life into one of the most debated casts in recent memory, producing a solidly pedestrian experience. It's clear that Writers Trank, Simon Kinberg, and Jeremy Slater know what makes a good FF film: the sense of adventure, the family aspect, the conflict with Dr. Doom. But they take so long to get there - with a first and second act that could put you to sleep - that by the time the real action begins, one could care less. And it all happens so fast, the newly-omnipotent Doom (whose intelligence is supposed to be his strength) inevitably squaring off against the team only to be deposed too quickly.

Teller enjoys only moderate chemistry with Mara, and the very good Bell is left too often in the shadows to lament his condition without being able to actually vocalize it. He's merely a blunt instrument that someone forgot to hone with humanity. The only one to truly gain any ground here is Jordan, who actually gets a moment to think about the good his character will ultimately achieve, even if Reed and others can see right through the government's pitch. Cathey and Nelson employ a somewhat lively debate throughout the film, but it's all stuff we've seen before done better elsewhere. But it's Kebbell as Doom that keeps the film from evolving. Although he represents a genuine threat, Doom is given Doctor Manhattan-like powers he never had in the comics, with none of Victor's earlier infatuation with Sue ever making it back into the final act. He's just an angry guy, devoid of personality, and whose single-minded destructive nature fails to resonate. Kebbell never becomes the Doom that we deserve, thus never becoming what the FF deserve to fight.

None of the environments feel new or exciting, and any chances Trank gets to show something off is ruined in a previous scene. Watch how Area 57 is handled, with the name plastered across the screen, only to reveal a much more interesting version of it as Reed later escapes. There's no connection to Fox's X-Men universe, and no suggestion that Deadpool or other anti-heroes might be watching. Some of that might have been culled from the final edit, but it's become an expectation of this genre. That's the small things which can break a movie, and Four offers so much of it.

And then there's the inconsistent CGI, one moment looking quite good then turning on itself in the very next sequence. Planet Zero looks like it was shot on a green screen stage, and even The Thing appears to grow and diminish, sometimes a towering figure and others merely a foot taller than the team. Continuity is also off, with Sue's hair showing off at least three different shades of blonde, which might have been caused by poor lighting. If the side debate of using practical effects is gaining ground, The Fantastic Four only cements the argument.

For all its potential and all its rumored trainwreck of a production, The Fantastic Four neither totally embarrasses nor even remotely succeeds. Perhaps it might just be one of those "too hard to develop" properties that not even the mighty Marvel can rescue. But it's probably time for them to try.

The Fantastic Four is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action, and some suggestive content and has a runtime of 100 minutes.

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Movie Review: #IrrationalMan

The newest Woody Allen dramedy arrives decidedly DOA.

Review by Matt Cummings

In Writer/Director Woody Allen's Irrational Man, the college professor Abe (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lost soul whose sexual conquests have led him from one college to another. As a philosophy teacher, he's started to drink his own Kool Aid, ruminating about the meaninglessness of life and whether he should be a part of it anymore. Not even a new love interest in the form of one of his students (Emma Stone) can keep him from playing Russian Roulette at a college party. But when a chance to even life's odds arrives in a murder plot against a judge, Abe embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will see him and Jill wrestling with the biggest moral questions imaginable.

If that sounds like it could be a good time, believe me it's not. Irrational Man is boring from the moment it arrives with Allen's trademark dull opening title cards. It never rises to a boil, even as Abe's murder plot is exposed. The conversational style feels like a stage show, which never delves very deep into the characters he's crafted. Abe's suddenly murderous tendencies don't feel genuine and not even funny as was probably intended. The sharp wit of 2014's Magic in the Moonlight - which also starred Stone - is utterly drained from Irrational Man; even Allen's usually trademark musical score is just a jazz riff repeated at different speeds throughout the picture. But more importantly, Irrational Man just follows boring people doing excessively boring things until something interesting happens that doesn't change their personality, nor give us any idea of how it ultimately affects them.

Irrational Man can't decide if it's sketch comedy, a dark murder mystery, or a stinging criticism of man and the evil to which even smart people can succumb. More closer, it feels incomplete, as if the story was an idea in Allen's head, actually made real by the power of his name. It drags on through worthless dialogue that questions people's motives while doing nothing to entertain. It takes the question of ethics and pours cold oatmeal over it, surrounded by some of the worst performances from our leads in recent memory. Phoenix feels like he's on autopilot here, his paunchy stomach somehow a source of intrigue among the women at the college where Abe works, while Stone is not believeable at all as a naive co-ed. This is Stone's second disappointment in a row, with Aloha, revealing that even a worthy actress like herself can choose a couple of turds along the way to what will be a great career.

But it's Allen who seems the least able here, his conversational style that won him an Oscar for Annie Hall nearly 40 years ago merely duplicated. Allen seems like he's merely employing the same old standards in the hopes some of it might stick on the wall long enough for an Oscar run. I sure that doesn't happen. There's a lot of exposition, most of it violating our simple request to show - not tell - a story. It becomes such a drag to the resolution that other smaller things I could have forgiven stand out. There's so many scenes of Phoenix and Stone contemplating life near water that I immediately began to think about stepping out pee, then never coming back. And as the story leads to its somewhat surprising conclusion and frankly awful ending, I wish I had listened to my bladder.

Irrational Man enjoys a love-hate relationship with critics, and I'd advise you to read several reviews to get a more balanced picture. If after that you still feel compelled to hurt yourself, don't say I didn't warn you. Its boredom will either make the independent moviegoer feel a vengeful glee for all the loud Summer fare, or could drive mainstream moviegoers to never see another original production again. If you're interested in Allen, rent the hilarious Magic in the Moonlight, but keep away from Irrational Man. It's truly awful.

Irrational Man is Rated R for some language and adult content and has a runtime of 96 minutes.

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Josh Trank: "You'll Never See My Movie"

The embattled director claims Fox altered his film as its release approaches.

Story by Matt Cummings

Let the Fantastic Four blame game begin. On the eve of its release, Director Josh Trank set the Internet ablaze on Thursday when he Tweeted - and then deleted - the following about his film:
The Tweet was soon removed by Trank, but not before Uproxx's Mike Ryan captured it. The event is another indication that things on the FF set were exactly what we reported, as the film has endured all kinds of problems. It started when the cast was announced, featuring a black Johnny Storm, an adopted Sue Storm, and a lead in Miles Teller, who's known mostly for his comedy. Then news arose of Trank's erratic behavior on set and claims that his pets trashed the rental home he was using during the shoot. That claim was later dropped, but the set reports of his “very isolated” behavior on set didn't. It was also revealed that producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker had to complete the film in Trank's absence, and even had to re-shoot several scenes just 3 months before release.

Things got progressively worse when a film not even related to FF - the upcoming Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One that Trank was supposed to direct - announced that he had left the project. Whether Disney fired him or Trank quit, it was a clear message of concern to moviegoers about the prospects for Fantastic Four. Although moods improved somewhat when two trailers arrived, giving fans a look at Jamie Bell's The Thing and shedding more light on head baddie Dr. Doom (Tony Kebbell), the project wasn't out of the woods. Last week, after only a handful of critics were allowed to see the final cut (it's usually far earlier in the process), extremely negative reviews from sites like THR and Variety began to surface. At one point (and after 8 reviews), the film had just a 29% rating on Metacritic and even lower on Rotten Tomatoes. As of this posting, Metacritic's number has actually declined to 27% (based on a stunning 36 combined negative/mixed reviews).

And yet the film is set to beat the highly-rated No. 1 film of last week Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Perhaps that's everyone wanting to see whether all of the above affected the final product. Either way, we'll know soon enough: The Fantastic Four releases today nationwide.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Movie Review: #RickiAndTheFlash

The selfish and boring Ricki and The Flash deserves to be booed off the stage.

Review by Matt Cummings

As a former collector of rare outtakes from a certain Canadian power trio, I saw experience repeating itself with the Meryl Streep/Johnathan Demme sing-along Ricki and The Flash. Back in my 20's I bought Rush rarities because these backstage moments of soundchecks and jam sessions were deemed to be worth something. But just like this film, those rarities remained so for a reason: they weren't worth of airplay, which is the same feeling I got from this absolute bomb.

The plot, which centers around the bar-band singer Ricki (Streep), could have amounted to something. Abandoning her children at a young age to become the next Lita Ford, 20 years later she's stuck in a Central California dive bar, living in squalor and seen by her children (Sebastian Stan among them) and her ex- (Kevin Kline) as a failure. But when her daughter Julie (Mamie Grummer) tries to commit suicide after being dumped by her husband, Ricki flies back to Indianapolis to renew old ties. Along the way, her relationship with guitarist/lover (Rick Springfield) is tested, forcing a re-evaluation of her situation, all while the stage beckons.

While that sounds like a workable and even perfect plot for Streep, there's truly nothing holding up this film except the excellent music, which after awhile began to weigh on my patience. Somewhere in Writer Diablo Cody's script is a story, with the outsider Ricki forced to accept the damage she brought to her family and the way she tries to make amends. But it never coalesces into anything memorable, reflecting a grim reality of both character and film: impressive on stage but a mess at every other moment. I don't even know what the point of Ricki is supposed to be, and even if Director Demme himself called me to explain it, I'm not sure I'd understand it any better.

It's impressive how boring the potential rich subject matter is treated here, and that's the nice way of saying it sucked. There are lost opportunities everywhere to develop something, anything, that resembles character development or grow the basic plot into something that won't get booed off the stage. The nearly invisible bandmates of The Flash (with the exception of the very good Springfield) never get to be funny or even aware that they themselves exist beyond their musicianship. Sebastian Stan is simply shuffled off stage when his 'solo' as the embarrassed son is done, forced to be the happy, but ultimately flat groom.

Contrary to popular belief, the three-time Oscar winning Streep can't make every great, but this time it's entirely her fault that Ricki fails. It's no secret that she can sing her tail off, but this fact is drummed into our heads so often that it actually lessens the impact of the plot, turning it into a glorified concert video. I actually lost count at 15 full performances of classic rock tunes, all performed by her and Springfield. But who cares when it fails to advance the plot or even serves as a reason why the performance is happening. It's a selfish move, both on Demme's part for allowing it and Streep's for encouraging it.

This leads to a pattern of resolution that feels like an episode of Gilmore Girls or Vampire Diaries. Long-time family squabbles end with a single conversation and people's attitudes shift from angry to pleasant in an instant, all with Ricki (and unfortunately Streep) ogling for everyone's attention. Some of that does lead to some decent banter between Streep, Kline, and Springfield but Kline disappears after the first act, as does most of the family. It's as if Editor Wyatt Smith was given an ultimatum: keep the tunes or the story.

Much like its director and the central characters, Ricki and The Flash is 20 years past its prime, except none of them are willing to accept it. Much like the band who's been forced into the local dingy club, this will soon find its way to the discount bin at the local store. If your heart is set on seeing it, pay for the soundtrack, which is truly its best asset; but even that eventually needs to be shown the door. Put it on Netflix when it arrives and you'll be entertained by the music and forget a story ever existed - I know I did.

Ricki and The Flash is rated PG-13 for for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language and has a runtime of 102 minutes.

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#SacramentoKings / #SuicideSquad Mashup Trailer

Being based in Sacramento you are automatically a Sacramento Kings fans and I don't mind that they have a had some pretty good runs in the past.

The Sacramento Kings/Suicide Squad mashup trailer is pretty epic. And Rajon Rondo playing the Jokers role in the trailer was pretty cool to see.

Expectations for the Kings aren't every high this years but this mashup will even get all the haters hyped up.

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Chris Farley As Shrek. Watch The Lost Story Reel

SHREK was voiced by Mike Myers in all those DreamWorks Animated movies, but did you know that actually, that role was originally meant for Chris Farley? The SNL legend who died in 1997 apparently managed to record his voice for the first “Shrek” movie, as you can see in this story reel released by John Garbett, But after Farley’s death, DreamWorks decided to recast him with Farley’s fellow SNL star, Mike Myers. The documentary I AM CHRIS FARLEY, the Life Story of the Comedy Legend hit theaters on July 31st and is coming to VOD August 11th.

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#FearTheWalkingDead A Look At The Series

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD premieres August 23rd at 9 PM ET/PT, the premiere episode is 90 minutes long. 1st season only has 6 episodes.

Fear The Walking Dead” season 2 will have 15 episodes.

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The story is set in Los Angeles, starring Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey. Co-starring Mercedes Mason and Elizabeth Rodriguez

This new series is exec-produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert, basically the guys who brought us “The Walking Dead”

Exec-producer/showrunner Dave Erickson co-created and co-wrote the spinoff’s pilot with Robert Kirkman

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#ByTheSea Trailer Starring Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea serves as her directorial follow-up to Universal Pictures’ epic Unbroken. The dramatic film stars Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer.

By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

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In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, By the Sea is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s.

Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (Unbroken); editor Patricia Rommel (The Lives of Others); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline-Sadowski (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken) serve as executive producers. www.bytheseamovie.net

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#MilesFromTomorrowland Let’s Rocket On DVD August 11th

Miles is blasting off on a new adventure and you’re invited!

Get ready for intergalactic adventure with Miles and his family in Miles From Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket on DVD August 11th! It's packed with over two hours of interstellar fun, including 4 additional episodes and a FREE Blastboard Flashlight!

Join Miles and His Family on Adventurous Super-Galactic Missions in Disney Junior’s Newest Hit!


Each DVD Comes with a FREE Clip-On Blastboard Flashlight Plus Five Additional Episodes!

Synopsis: Disney Junior's "Miles from Tomorrowland" is an intergalactic adventure that charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family – mom and ship captain, Phoebe; mechanical engineer dad, Leo; tech-savvy big sister, Loretta; and best friend robo-ostrich pet, Merc – as they help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Miles, Merc and the Callisto family explore wondrous and diverse new worlds, taking young viewers and their families on a futuristic journey designed to fuel kids' natural interest in space, and at the same time reminding them of the importance of what lies close to home – the family bond.

Join Miles, his family and his best friend and pet Merc on a super-galactic adventure! This value-packed DVD includes the premiere episode plus 4 additional episodes, nearly two hours of fun! Plus FREE inside every DVD is an exclusive Clip-on Blastboard Flashlight that you can’t get anywhere else! Buy your little space explorer “Miles from Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket” on Disney DVD on August 11th!

Creator: Sascha Paladino (Disney Junior's “Henry Hugglemonster”)

Voice Cast: Cullen McCarthy (Mr. Peabody & Sherman) as Miles Callisto; Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2, “The Newsroom”) as Phoebe Callisto; Fiona Bishop (Disney Junior's “Sofia the First”) as Loretta Callisto; Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants” series and movie); Dee Bradley Baker (Disney's "Phineas and Ferb”) as Merc.

Episodes: Runaway Shuttle/Surfin’ The Whirlpool
Ocean In Motion/Explorer Exchange
Game On/ How I Saved My Summer Vacation
Who Stole The Stellosphere?/Rock N’ Roll
To The Goldilocks Zone/Hiccup In The Plan

Release Date: August 11, 2015 (Direct Pre-Book: 6/16; Distributor Pre-Book: 6/30)
Release Format: DVD
Ratings: TV-G (US); G (Canada)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages: English, French & Spanish

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#ColinFarrell Joins Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

THR is reporting Colin Farrell has join the cast.

The Irish actor has joined the cast of Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will star Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller and Alison Sudol.

Farrell will play Graves, a wizard that Newt Scamander (Redmayne) meets in New York. The story centers on Newt's adventures in the secret community of witches and wizards as he attempts to document magical creatures. The events of Fantastic Beasts take place 70 years before Harry Potter reads Newt's book in school. Dan Fogler also was recently cast in the film.

David Yates is directing the return to J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, and Rowling wrote the script.

Potter producer David Heyman is back as producer, this time accompanied by Rowling. Steve Kloves, who wrote seven out of the eight Potter movies, and Lionel Wigram are also producing. The film is set for release on Nov. 18, 2016.

Farrell is currently starring on HBO’s second season of True Detective. His latest film, Yargos Lanthimos' The Lobster, premiered to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and won the Jury Prize at the festival. Centering on a world where people must find a mate in 45 days or be turned into an animal for the rest of their lives, The Lobster also starred Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly.

Farrell, whose previous credits include Saving Mr. Banks, Horrible Bosses and Seven Psychopaths, has also shot thriller Solace, opposite Anthony Hopkins. He's repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and attorney Steve Warren.

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20th Century Fox has just released the final global trailer for the upcoming action film, HITMAN: AGENT 47! Take a deeper look inside the action-packed world of an elite assassin

Also, be sure to get more even more action by checking out 47 Days of Hitman where NEW content is posted every day until HITMAN: AGENT 47 hits theaters everywhere on AUGUST 21, 2015!

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HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

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#THELASTWITCHHUNTER “Live Forever" Trailer

Vin Diesel is back THIS FALL in the highly anticipated new film, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER – and he’s out to destroy the most powerful witches that ever walked the earth. Kaulder [Diesel], the greatest soldier of the Axe and Cross, is joined with badass star power, including Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Julie Engelbrecht, and Michael Caine.

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The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

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#DrawSnoopy Day Starting Tomorrow #PeanutsMovie

Snoopy’s birthday is coming up on Monday, August 10, so we’re starting the celebration early!

Snoopy’s birthday is coming up on Monday, August 10, so we’re starting the celebration early! To kick off the fun, THE PEANUTS MOVIE is showing fans how to #DrawSnoopy! Watch the video after the jump where THE PEANUTS MOVIE Director Steve Martino shows how you can #DrawSnoopy. Then, share your own drawing with #DrawSnoopy and get ready for Snoopy’s big birthday celebration on August 10th!

1. Watch this video of The Peanuts Movie director Steve Martino showing how he draws Snoopy.

2. #DrawSnoopy.
3. Post a picture of your penciled (or penned!) puppy to your favorite social channel using hashtag #DrawSnoopy.

It’s that easy! Can’t wait to see your #DrawSnoopy pics.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

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MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS is coming to theaters on September 18th, but you can explore The Scorch now at kik.me/TalkToWCKD! GIFs of never-before-seen moments from the movie are available exclusively via the “TalktoWCKD” Kik Promoted Chat, launching today. “TalktoWCKD” immerses fans in the world of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by putting them in the shoes of the Gladers, the group of teens challenged to solve the trials of The Scorch, and gives moviegoers an opportunity to speak directly with the mysterious organization WCKD.

This special execution for THE MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS and 20th Century Fox marks the first time native GIFs have been used on Kik. People can chat with the TalktoWCKD bot and then share the GIFs they receive with their friends. Chatters will also be able to buy movie tickets through Kik’s in-app browser.

Start chatting with Talk to WCKD today at kik.me/TalkToWCKD

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS hits theaters everywhere September 18, 2015!

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Elm Street To Be Rebooted Again

Welcome to your recurring nightmare.

By Brandon Wolfe

If at first your reboot does not succeed, try, try again. This is the contemporary Hollywood axiom that is about to bring Freddy Krueger back into the world. New Line Cinema is working on a second reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, after the previous 2010 reboot swung and missed. Orphan writer David Leslie Johnson will pen the script, and Toby Emmerich, Walter Hamada, and Dave Neustadter will oversee the production. No other details have been made available.

The one positive is that Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay's paint-by-numbers production shingle who handled the 2010 remake, will have no involvement in this second attempt. Still, if New Line really wants to get anyone ready for Freddy, they'd do well to get original star Robert Englund back in the hat. While Englund is now 68, that would mean little with his face covered by Freddy prosthetics (or even CGI). Englund last appeared as the character in 2003's crossover bout Freddy Vs. Jason. Jackie Earle Haley assumed the role for the remake, but despite his best efforts, his interpretation was poorly received. Englund is the only true man of our dreams.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sony Dates Bad Boys 3 & 4, Dark Tower, More

Will both sequels star the original Willennial?

By Brandon Wolfe

Sony has offered us a glimpse into its crystal ball, revealing its slate of upcoming films for the next few years. This report shows a slight release date shift for Paul Feig's Ghostbusters to July 15, 2016; the Magnificent Seven remake dropping on September 23, 2016; Underworld 5 on October 21, 2016; the Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi team-up Passengers on December 21, 2016; a revival of Jumanji on Christmas Day, 2016; Resident Evil 6 on January 27, 2017; and the screen debut of Barbie on June 2, 2017.

However, the bigger surprises to be found in this crop are the revelations that the first installment of the eternally delayed adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower has been given a concrete release date of January 13, 2017, and that not one, but TWO sequels to Bad Boys have been dated, for February 17, 2017 and July 3, 2019. Last we heard about a third Bad Boys was that Joe Carnahan was in talks to direct the film, but nothing further has come down the wire since, least of all whether or not the film would feature the returning duo of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. However, if Bad Boys 4 is opening on the Fourth of July weekend in 2019, that's a good sign that Smith is on board. July 4th is his turf.

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Sony Reveals 2016 & 2017 Release Schedule. Two Bad Boys Sequels, Jumanji Reboot & More Announced

Ghostbusters” has moved up one week to July 15, 2016

Sony Pictures has unveiled release dates for 16 films for the studio’s 2016 and 2017 slates, including not one but two “Bad Boys” sequels, a Christmas 2016 date for “Jumanji” and a one-year delay for “Uncharted,” which has moved to June 2017.

Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” has moved up one week to July 15, 2016 from July 22, 2016. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig star in the film, which is expected to launch a new franchise for Sony. The big-budget film will now open against “Ice Age 5” and the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical “La La Land,” leaving WB’s “King Arthur” as the only film slated for release on July 22, 2016.
Speaking of franchises, an adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” will bow on Jan. 13, 2017, and “Barbie” will strut her stuff on June 2, 2017.

The Chris Pratt-Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi romance “Passengers” will be waiting under the Christmas tree next year, with a holiday season release date of Dec. 21, 2016.

Genre sequels “Underworld 5” and “Resident Evil 6” will hit theaters on Oct. 21, 2016 and Jan. 27, 2017, respectively. Meanwhile, the zombie movie “Patient Zero” will infect audiences on Sept. 2, 2016.

While Sony believes that “Patient Zero” and “Uncharted” have franchise potential, the studio is also betting on daring original films such as Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” on March 17, 2017 and Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, on April 8, 2016.
Sony has already dated the next live-action “Spider-Man” movie for July 28, 2017 and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s animated “Spider-Man” film on July 20, 2018. Those films compliment Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2” on Sept. 29, 2017; Tom Hanks’ “Inferno” on Oct. 14, 2016 and Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” on Nov. 11, 2016.

The full list of films and their release dates added to the slate includes:

Money Monster – 4/8/16
The Shallows - 6/24/16
Ghostbusters - 7/15/16 (new date)
Patient Zero - 9/2/16
The Magnificent Seven - 9/23/16 (new date)
Underworld 5 - 10/21/16
Passengers – 12/21/16
Jumanji – 12/25/16
The Dark Tower – 1/13/17
Resident Evil 6 – 1/27/17
Bad Boys 3 – 2/17/17
Baby Driver – 3/17/17
Barbie – 6/2/17
Uncharted – 6/30/17 (new date)
The Lamb – 12/8/17
Bad Boys 4 – 7/3/19

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The #LexusHoverboard Has Arrived

The Lexus Hoverboard is here.

The Lexus Hoverboard represents true innovation and imagination, together pushing the boundaries of technology even further.

Watch all the Lexus featurettes after the Jump that shows you how this magic was done. From the prototype to the design to the testing.

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#RondaRousey To Play Herself In Upcoming Biopic

Variety is reporting UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is making moves for her film career, and this latest project hits close to home.

Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to Rousey’s New York Times bestselling autobiography “My Fight/Your Fight,” with Rousey playing herself.

Mark Bomback on board to adapt the book, while Mary Parent is producing along with Rousey, with Bomback serving as exec producer.

“It’s a real honor to be a part of bringing Ronda’s incredible story to the bigscreen,” Parent said.

Written by Rousey with her sister Maria Burns Ortiz, “My Fight/Your Fight” is an inspirational story celebrating the accomplishments of Rousey, who faced extraordinary challenges on her path to glory. The book was published in spring by Regan Arts.

No date has been set yet on when the project will go into production as Bomback has just begun adapting the book. Rousey is expected to fight one more time before the end of the year and will then shoot the Pete Berg-directed action pic “Mile 22″ in January.

It’s not very often that a notable individual stars in her own biopic, but Rousey is one of those rare cases of an athlete who has seamlessly transitioned from fighting in the Octagon to appearing on screen in such films as “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7″ and most recently, “Entourage,” in which she also appeared as herself.

From appearing in films and penning New York Times bestsellers to endorsement deals with Reebok, Buffalo Jeans and DraftKings, Rousey’s brand outside the ring has continued to expand over the past few years.

Insiders say that Rousey showed interest in appearing in the film and wanted to be sure Paramount was on board as soon as the rights to the book were put on the market. Paramount execs were impressed by her ability to balance a film career while staying in top fighting shape.

Ever since breaking out in “Expendables 3,” Rousey has made it clear that she does not discuss outside business while training. With the fight behind her, she can now develop the project with Bomback in a way she feels will paint the best portrait of her life.

Bomback’s recent credits include “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Wolverine.” He most recently penned “War of the Planet of the Apes,” due out in 2017. Prior to that, he wrote “Unstoppable.”

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Dungeons & Dragons Finally Coming To The Big Screen

Nearly a year after a six-day trial was held on the past and future of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, Warner Bros., Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment have worked out a deal that will usher in a new film and avoid a judge's intervention.

The upcoming Warner Bros motion picture will be based on a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) and produced by Roy Lee (The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon) with the involvement of Hasbro chief executive Brian Goldner and chief content officer Stephen Davis. It will take place in the popular D&D campaign setting of the Forgotten Realms.

"We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen," said Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures. "This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."

An announcement was made after parties filed papers in California federal court dismissing a lawsuit with prejudice.

Four years ago, Warner Bros. Pictures rolled the dice by commissioning a screenplay based on the fantasy game first published in 1974. This was a particular risk because the studio didn't have rights lined up. When Johnson delivered Chainmail, based on board game from D&D designer Gary Gygax, Warners began investigating the possibility of acquiring rights from Hasbro.

Warners offered $5 million to purchase rights and 5 percent gross, but Hasbro made a deal with Universal Pictures instead.

This didn't end the matter, however, because Warners was quite enthusiastic about Johnson's script and D&D rights turned out to be complicated.

In 1994, Courtney Solomon's Sweetpea optioned D&D from a company later acquired by Hasbro for a mere $15,000 and eventually produced a film released in 2000 that was both a commercial and critical flop.

Sweetpea deal — actually an amendment to the contract to resolve prior litigation — gave Sweetpea sequel rights so long as it produced one in a timely fashion. And so, two more D&D films came out. The first, Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, premiered on the SyFy Channel in 2005 and the second, Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness, aired on the SyFy Channel in 2012.

After Universal beat Warner Bros. to a deal with Hasbro for a new film, Warners began investigating the possibility of getting rights through Sweetpea.

Hasbro contended that Sweetpea's rights had reverted, and that its TV films didn't constitute proper sequels. The issue was brought to trial last September in a proxy war of sorts between two big studios. Before trial, Warners invested $5 million acquiring Sweetpea rights and covering legal costs. In October, the parties delivered post-trial arguments.

Since then, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee has held back on issuing a ruling. Instead, she has urged the two sides to settle.

On Monday, after months of negotiation, the parties were finally able to reveal they had come to an undisclosed arrangement to end the lawsuit, but one that will give Warner Bros. confidence in moving forward with its film. It's unclear whether Universal has signed off on this deal.

Maura Wogan and Jeremy Goldman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz acted as lead counsel for Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast, and issued a statement: "This settlement accomplished our overarching goal of unifying all Dungeons & Dragons rights under Hasbro's control, paving the way to make a blockbuster film. It's a great outcome for those involved — especially Dungeons & Dragons fans who will now get to see D&D on the big screen.

Patty Glaser and Jill Basinger of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro acted as lead counsel for Sweetpea and tried the case with Chris Caldwell of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor. As part of the agreement, Sweetpea's Solomon and Allan Zeman are also attached as producers of the new film.

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Frank Grillo Returns For #ThePurge3

Variety is reporting Frank Grillo is in final negotiations to return to star in Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes’ “The Purge 3.”

“The Purge” franchise creator James DeMonaco is back to write and direct the latest sequel. Jason Blum is producing along with Sebastien Lemercier and Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller through their Platinum Dunes banner.

The films take place in a future where one day each year all crime is legalized for a 12-hour period, described by the government as “the Purge.” In “Anarchy,” Grillo played Sergeant, a man who seeks revenge on the night of the Purge, only to get pulled into protecting a group of people who are left without shelter as purging begins.

The pic is set to bow on July 1, 2016. “The Purge,” released in 2013, was Blumhouse’s first production under its first-look deal with Universal. The sci-fi thriller, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and set in the year 2022, became a major success with $89 million at the global box office on a production budget of $3 million.

Scheduling hurdles with his DirecTV show “Kingdom” threatened Grillo’s ability to reprise his role. Insiders now say, however, that the issues have been worked out. Grillo can wrap the current season of “Kingdom,” which premieres this fall, as well as shoot “The Purge 3,” which will begin filming in September.

Besides “Kingdom,” Grillo recently finished shooting on “Captain America: Civil War,” in which he is reprising his role of Crossbones. Before that, he was shooting the sci-fi action pic “Beyond Skyline” opposite “The Raid” star Iko Uwais. He can be seen next in the Akiva Goldsman pic “Stephanie.”

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Will Smith Takes The Lead In #CollateralBeauty

Deadline is reporting Will Smith has replaced Hugh Jackman in Collateral Beauty, the feature about a New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and the subsequent unconventional plan from his colleagues to break him out of his depression. Rooney Mara also is attached to star.

Written by Allan Loeb, the project will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl). PalmStar Media and Likely Story paid $2.25 million for the Allan Loeb script. Jackman exited the project last month.

Principal photography is expected to begin in October. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros are producing with Loeb. PalmStar CEO Frakes, who negotiated on behalf of his company, will executive produce with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Steven Pearl. The two companies already have collaborated on pics including American Ultra, Sing Street and The Whole Truth among others.

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Peter Berg To Direct #MarkWahlberg In Patriots’ Day

While it looked like Lionsgate might be pulling ahead in the rush to make a film about the April 2013 bomb attack on the Boston Marathon with news of Jake Gyllenhaal mulling the lead, CBS Films is countering by closing in on a deal for Peter Berg to direct Patriots’ Day.

According to Variety, he’s in final negotiations to make the film, which would be another real-life tale after Lone Survivor and the upcoming Deepwater Horizon. And, assuming the actor/producer actually makes a deal himself, it would also mark Berg’s third film in a row with Mark Wahlberg, who has been trying to help get the movie made for a while, but might have to duck out of a lead role if scheduling becomes an issue.

Patriots’ Day is based on the account of Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis, with the producers securing his life rights and setting Bridge Of Spies writer Matt Charman to work on the script.

Stronger has David Gordon Green directing and there is also a third project bubbling away at Fox, seemingly lagging behind the other two. As mentioned, Berg is at work on Deepwater Horizon, about the explosion aboard the titular rig in April 2010. He’s also gearing up to make Mile 22 early next year, so Patriots’ Day would likely have to wait until after that.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #MISTRESSAMERICA In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For MISTRESS AMERICA on Aug. 19th at 7:00PM in Phoenix.

In MISTRESS AMERICA, Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes.

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#THEMARTIAN #JourneyToMars In NEW Ares 3 Video

20th Century Fox and THE MARTIAN have released the next video from the Ares 3 crew! Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Check out the video below and see NASA's declassified look at the psychological testing involved in preparing the ARES 3 crew for their journey to Mars!

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#StarWars The Complete Saga Limited Edition Steelbook Packaging

Each Film Presented in Unique, Collectible Character Steelbook Packaging available November 10th

Also Available Newly repackaged Star Wars: The Complete Saga to be released on October 13th

As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of Star Wars, the six epic films will each release as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks on November 10th. These highly collectible films will be available for a limited time only and can be pre-ordered beginning August 7th. In addition, Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released in newly repackaged artwork on October 13th. The announcements were made today by The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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Each film from the Saga is presented with new character packaging allowing fans to choose their favorite or collect all six for a limited time. Characters include: The Phantom Menace – Darth Maul; Attack of the Clones – Yoda; Revenge of the Sith – General Grievous; A New Hope – Darth Vader; The Empire Strikes Back – Imperial Stormtrooper; and Return of the Jedi – Emperor Palpatine.

In addition to the collectible steelbook packaging, each single disc Blu-ray includes existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew.

The newly repackaged Saga includes all six feature films on Blu-ray, along with three additional discs containing more than 40 hours of previously released extensive special features.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

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