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  • Posted 9/25/16 at 3:51 PM
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The Magnificent Seven Performed Magnificently at the Box Office This Weekend

What, you're really surprised that a Denzel Washington film debuted at the top of the box office this weekend? No, of course not. The Magnificent Seven an Antoine Fuqua-directed remake of the 1960 western lassoed its way to the top of the charts with its stars and guns, bringing in a cool $35 million in the U.S. Long-legged wading birds ended up trumping geese to earn the second place position, with the family-friendly animated romp Storks bringing in $21.9 million in its debut weekend, with Sully following in third place with $13.8 million. Meanwhile, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Snowden performed modestly to round out the fourth and fifth place positions with $4.5 million and $4.1 million, respectively. If the directors wrangled Hugh Grant to star in either of those, perhaps the profits would've been doubled. Who can say for sure?

Michael Bay’s Next Transformers Film Criticized for Using Nazi Flags at Winston Churchill’s Home

Did you think The Man in the High Castle was going to be the only Nazi scandal rocking Hollywood over the past year? Not anymore! Michael Bay's forthcoming Transformers outing, The Last Knight, is drawing criticism from numerous veteran groups after it was revealed that Winston Churchill's birthplace Blenheim Palace was covered in various Nazi iconography for the film. Britain's The Sun published numerous photos from the set earlier this week, where large swastika flags were draped at the exterior of the palace for an evening shoot; actors were also dressed as storm troopers in SS uniforms. "I know it's a film, but it's symbolically disrespectful to Churchill," Colonel Richard Kemp, ex-commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the publication. "He will be turning in his grave." The former British Prime Minister was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, and is buried about a mile away at St. Martin's Church.


California Just Passed A Law Requiring IMDb To Remove Ages Upon Request

In an effort to combat ageism in the entertainment industry, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into legislation a law requiring IMDb and other paid databases to remove a subscriber's age and birth date upon request. (Definitely more efficient than individually filing lawsuits.) The law, authored by California Majority Leader Ian Calderon and backed by SAG-AFTRA, becomes effective January 1. "Even though it is against both federal and state law, age discrimination persists in the entertainment industry," Calderon said in a statement. "AB 1687 provides the necessary tools to remove age information from online profiles on employment referral websites to help prevent this type of discrimination." Others, like the Internet Association's Michael Beckerman, oppose the law for legalizing the removal of factual information from the Internet instead of addressing the underlying ageist motivations necessitating its removal. Either way, no longer will roles go specifically to very young, incredibly thin, perfectly symmetrical performers. Let the rise of the slightly older, incredibly thin, perfectly symmetrical performer begin!

  • Posted 9/24/16 at 3:55 PM
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Do the Right Thing Actor Bill Nunn Dead at 62

Actor William G. Nunn III, best known as the iconic Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, has died at the age of 62. In a loving Instagram post, Lee praised his fellow Morehouse grad, who he says passed away this morning in his hometown of Pittsburgh. In addition to co-starring in Lee's other films School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues and He Got Game, Nunn appeared in a variety of television shows and films over the last several decades, including New Jack City, Kiss the Girls, Regarding Henry, Sister Act, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and, most recently, the USA paramedic comedy Sirens.

Julia Roberts Is Starring in a Biopic About a Mom Framed for Drug Crimes, So You Can Add That to Your List of Ambient Fears

If you’re a true-crime buff or otherwise obsessed with the most horrifying stories the internet has to offer, you've probably already read Christopher Goffard's six-part Los Angeles Times series on the strange case of Kelli Peters, a mother of an elementary-aged daughter who was framed for drug possession by the parents of another student. Now, Julia Roberts will produce and star in the film Framed based on Peters's book “I’ll Get You!” Drugs, Lies, and the Terrorizing of a PTA Mom. Penned by Peters and co-writer Sam Rule, I’ll Get You recounts the crime committed by Kent and Jill Easter, which was the culmination of their campaign to ruin Peters's reputation as PTA president in their Irvine, California, school district. So, yes, a bizarre and horrifying catastrophe could blindside you at any moment, but on the other hand, Julia Roberts might win an Oscar playing you in the movie. It's just the universe's way of balancing everything out.

  • Posted 9/23/16 at 5:53 PM
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Tom Ford Would Never Ask Jake Gyllenhaal to Shave His Chest

“We are physical creatures,” Tom Ford told me earlier this month, as I sat down opposite him in a well-appointed Toronto hotel room. “Touch your chair — it’s velvet. That feels good, doesn’t it? A steak, if you eat meat, tastes great. A fur coat, or cashmere, feels good. Things that are beautiful, we enjoy.”

"I happen to like body hair. I think people should leave it alone." »

Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan to Star in Paul Dano’s First Film

You've seen Paul Dano, acclaimed character actor, but are you ready for Paul Dano, auteur? Variety reports that Dano will soon make his directorial debut, with an adaptation of Richard Ford's Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. Ford's 1990 novel tells the story of a teen's coming-of-age amid the breakdown of his parent's marriage; unless Dano's going to hire a top-notch makeup person, it seems likely Gyllenhaal and Mulligan will play the parents. This will be the duo's first film together, though Gyllenhaal did once join the actress's husband, Marcus Mumford, on a train tour with Mumford & Sons, an occasion memorialized in the liner notes for Taylor Swift's "Sad Beautiful Tragic."

  • Posted 9/23/16 at 11:14 AM

Peter Sarsgaard’s Terrific Magnificent Seven Villain Is the Latest in a Long Line of Bonkers Bad Guys

Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven is, for the most part, a straight-faced action-Western. Denzel Washington plays the pure-hearted leader of men; Chris Pratt is the comic relief; Ethan Hawke's character has to overcome his troubled past. Men in leather ride horses and shoot revolvers with implausible skill; there are saloon doors and prostitutes, a dusty main street and helpless locals. But within this otherwise archetype-collecting remake of a remake, a more eccentric force lurks — and that's a phlegmy Peter Sarsgaard, acting absolutely batshit insane.


Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven Delivers Stars and Guns, But Little Else

Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the 1960 Western The Magnificent 7 was chosen to open this month’s Toronto International Film Festival, which means that at least one important person liked it. It certainly looks and sounds like a classic wide-screen horse opera. Having been weaned on Westerns, I loved hearing the sound of wind blowing through a deserted town and boots echoing on a wooden porch and someone calling a bad guy a “yellow-bellied, sap-sucking coward.” I loved the sight of the star’s long, lean frame in black and the entrance he makes in the final battle sequence with his horse doing one of those marvelous sideways trots.


Brad Pitt Reportedly Accused of Child Abuse, FBI Is Evaluating Whether to Investigate

Brad Pitt is reportedly being investigated for child abuse after multiple sources accused him of becoming physically and verbally abusive toward one of his children on a private jet, TMZ and People report. Though the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services could not officially confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, sources told TMZ that the department is indeed looking into an incident in which the actor allegedly screamed at and got "physical" with the child, with Angelina Jolie and the couple's other children as witnesses. According to TMZ, Pitt was drunk and "out of control" at the time of the disturbance, which reportedly took place on September 14, the day before the date Jolie listed for the couple's separation in her divorce filing. The LAPD has denied it is investigating the situation, though TMZ says that's because the department's Abused Child Unit referred the case to the FBI for jurisdictional reasons having to do with the fact that the incident occurred on a plane. A source close to Pitt tells People the actor "takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children."

Update: According to the FBI, while no official investigation of Pitt has been launched so far, the bureau is still actively considering whether one will occur. The FBI told Variety: "In response to your inquiry regarding allegations within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; specifically, an aircraft carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued."

Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us in the Trespass Against Us Trailer

Caravaning culture in the English countryside has never looked so sinister. In the first trailer for the British crime-drama Trespass Against Us, we find three generations of an infamous outlaw family — headed by the patriarch, played by Brendan Gleeson, and his second-in-command son, portrayed by Michael Fassbender — living a ruthless life of crime while wearing wonderful tracksuits. However, Fassbender's character wants out of the illegal deeds to better his growing family, much to the chagrin of his father. One last high-stakes heist he's roped into, though, may jeopardize his familial excommunication and happiness once and for all. It'll be in theaters in early 2017.

  • Posted 9/22/16 at 1:03 PM
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Watch Nick Jonas Haze His Brother in This Exclusive Goat Clip

You'd expect someone like Nick Jonas to look out for his brother, but in the new movie Goat, "brother" can mean two different things ... and each definition tests his loyalty. There are his frat brothers, with whom he lives in a 24/7 bacchanal, and to whom he's expected to be unquestioningly obedient. And then there's his actual brother (Ben Schnetzer), an assault victim struggling with PTSD who we meet in a very vulnerable state as he's pledging the frat Nick belongs to. Will the frat's cruel hazing break his younger brother, and will Nick stand by and let it happen? You can get a glimpse of that unusual treatment in this exclusive clip, and check out Goat in full when it opens in select theaters (and on digital and VOD) tomorrow, September 23.

Prepare to Be Inspired and Cry Buckets of Tears With This Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Trailer

Dr. Maya Angelou had a long life marked by tremendous pain and inconceivable triumph, both of which are the subject of the first documentary on America's poet laureate. In the first trailer for American Masters PBS's Maya Angelou: And I Still I Rise, directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, we hear Angelou in her own unforgettable words, telling the story of how she became one of history's most renowned writers. "When I reach for the pen to write, I have to scrape it across those scars," she says in archival footage. The film shows scenes from her prolific past as a dancer, actress, and singer, as well as footage from her life as a civil-rights activist. It includes interviews with her son Guy Johnson, Cicely Tyson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Common, and many more who both knew her personally and studied her works and life. The doc opens in theaters on October 14, at which time you'll have to rise from your seat several times and go cry in the bathroom.

Disney Is Already Trying to Downplay Expectations for Rogue One, As They Should Be

On Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger began a process that will last until December 16: downplaying the expectations for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

"We never felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did," Iger told an audience of investors. While he then went on to say that “the level of interest [in Rogue One] is as high as it was for Force Awakens,” at least according to the reactions that early teasers have received, the message from Disney was clear: They neither need nor demand that Rogue One make Force Awakens money.


New Bad Santa 2 Red-Band Trailer: Violent Night, Unholy Night

In the decade-plus since Bad Santa's release, we've seen teachers, grandpasmoms, and even neighbors (in the Commonwealth) follow in its footsteps. Now, Billy Bob Thornton is back, in a sequel four years in the making. In the second red-band trailer, we see more of Christina Hendricks than we did the last time, and by that we mean a lot more. We also get a longer look at the tree the bad apple fell from with some more Kathy Bates, who plays his mom, along with plenty more red-band-worthy gags to assault your sensibilities (see: jokes about fetal alcohol syndrome). If this sounds like your kind of thing, you will probably enjoy it; if it's not, you definitely won't.

  • Posted 9/21/16 at 2:08 PM
  • Movies

Ryan Gosling Wears a Keytar in La La Land, Just FYI

In La La Land, the acclaimed new movie-musical from writer-director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play Sebastian and Mia, two struggling artists in Los Angeles. Sebastian is a jazz aficionado who wants to open his own club, but can’t get much further than low-paying temporary gigs like playing piano for a no-nonsense restaurant owner (J.K. Simmons). Meanwhile, Mia is a talented actress who’s been auditioning for years without any sort of breakthrough. They both have it tough, but only Sebastian has to wear a keytar.

"I made him wear a keytar," boasts Chazelle. "He was like, 'I see what you’re doing here.'" »

You Can See Idiocracy at Its 10th-Anniversary Screening Before Seeing It Everywhere, All Around You

Put down your Carl's Jr. Extra-Big-Ass Fries and shamble over to the Alamo Drafthouse for a special tenth-anniversary screening of 2006's Idiocracy. Much like a glass of Brawndo, Mike Judge’s dystopian satire has got what you crave: a fun-house mirror in which America can see its own demise. Organized by the Alamo Drafthouse, Art House Convergence Theaters, and the League of Women Voters,  Idiocracy will screen at all Alamo Drafthouse and Art House Convergence locations on October 4 at 6:45 p.m., with a special Q&A to follow at the Santa Monica Aero Theatre with Judge and star Maya Rudolph. Idiocracy fans unable to physically attend can submit questions and watch via Facebook Live. It’s certainly no eight-time Academy Award winner like Ass, but the film definitely merits revisiting.

Uma Thurman’s New Role in Bravo’s My So Called Wife Sounds Like Beatrix Kiddo’s Day Job

After hosing out her yellow jumpsuit and explaining the concepts of “comas,” “martial arts,” and “revenge” to her child, Uma Thurman’s Kill Bill character would need to find something with a steady paycheck and flexible hours. A “fixer” for a ring of grifters and thieves seems like the perfect fit. Variety reports that Uma Thurman has booked a guest arc during the first season of Bravo’s upcoming drama My So Called Wife. The show, which stars Inbar Lavi as a con artist, will feature Thurman as the “lethal, articulate and mysterious Lenny Cohen." Called in to manage Lavi's con-artist ring, Cohen is an underworld problem-solver who will hopefully fight a mace-wielding teen or decapitate an old friend, or else you are just wasting Uma Thurman’s precious screen time.

Sharon Stone Gets A Little Something for Your Birthday and That Little Something Is Tony Goldwyn

Traveling the land, seducing women, and enabling them to stand up to their overbearing mothers seems like an excellent post–White House plan for President Fitzgerald Grant III. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scandal star Tony Goldwyn, Sharon Stone, and Ellen Burstyn will star in writer/director Susan Walter’s A Little Something for Your Birthday. The comedy, which landed Walter on the Black List in 2008, features Ellen Burstyn as Sharon Stone’s controlling, overinvolved mother. The ladies' lives are intertwined to an unhealthy degree, until Stone meets and falls head over heels for attorney Goldwyn, presumably on her birthday. THR repeatedly refers to the movie as a “coming-of-age” film, but if you have to wait until you’re well into your 50s to fall in love and rebel against your mom … maybe you get automatically bumped to the top of the National Fitzgerald Seduction List. A top-priority seduction candidate, no questions asked.

Joss Whedon and His Many Famous Friends Want You to Vote — Preferably, Not for Trump

If there's one thing that could sway this election, it's rich and famous liberals explaining that voting for a Republican would be bad. That's the theme of the first ad produced by Joss Whedon's new super-pac Save the Day, which sees actors like Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Keegan-Michael Key, and Matt McGorry explaining how important it is to vote this November. It's so important, in fact, that someone holds up a white sign saying "Vote." The good news is, if enough people vote, Ruffalo's co-stars promise he will shoot a full-frontal nude scene in his next movie. Powerful.