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Anthony Mackie Will Take a Turn as Johnnie Cochran in an Untitled Police Brutality Film

Anthony Mackie is exchanging Falcon's suit for a more traditional one, as Deadline reports the Civil War actor will star as late legal legend Johnnie Cochran in a movie about a landmark police brutality case from the early '80s. Other talent and logistical details on The Firm-backed project are scarce, but the untitled drama was penned by former Sleepy Hollow and Lucifer scribe David McMillan. It's based on Cochran's handling of real events in Signal Hill, California, where Cal State Long Beach football star Ron Settles was found hanged in a prison cell, the morning after his speeding arrest. Settles's parents hired Cochran, who sued Signal Hill for $62 million, according to the L.A. Times. After an autopsy showed the 21-year-old didn't commit suicide but had been strangled, Cochran won the family $760,000; the case became "a precursor to a lot of modern civil rights litigation in Southern California," per a Long Beach Press-Telegram report, and spurred a police department overhaul in the West Coast city. Settles's case also further established Cochran as a nationally recognized champion against racial injustice, roughly one decade before he'd take on the notorious O.J. Simpson case.

  • Posted 5/3/16 at 1:20 AM

Birdman Says Tha Carter V's Delay Isn't His Doing — and Other Highlights From His Hot 97 Interview

Amid ongoing label drama and claims to the contrary, Birdman tells Hot 97 he's not the one halting Lil Wayne's long-awaited Carter V. "Man, Wayne always been his own boss; I never interfered," he explains in his interview with Ebro and Laura Stylez, from the comfort of his multi-million-dollar home. "Me not putting out Tha Carter V, why wouldn't I? I got a lot of money invested into Young Money and Wayne. ... I think the world deserves a Carter V. Whatever he wants to do, I'm good with."

To try to prove his point, the Cash Money honcho says that, technically speaking, he could have stopped the other records Wayne has been releasing, but he isn't because he respects the younger rapper's hustle. Baby's lengthy chat, posted Monday, also touches on the future of hip-hop, forthcoming projects, and his pick for album of the year. Read on for more of those highlights:

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Bad Moms Trailer: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell Are Here to Redefine Fun Parenting

"I'm so tired of trying to be this perfect mom," Mila Kunis's character tells her fellow Bad Moms-in-the-making. "We all work too damn hard trying to make our kids' lives amazing and magical." That's why Kunis, along with Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, will make redefining motherhood and taking down flawless PTA despot Christina Applegate top priorities this summer. Are these the three new best friends that anybody could have? Maybe — catch the SFW trailer above and the NSFW red band below for a preview:

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Get Ready to Spend Your Hard-Earned Tubmans on a New Harriet Tubman Movie

Hollywood's looking to make a few Tubmans — two, to be exact. Deadline reports that a film about the life of Harriet Tubman, the former slave who became a crucial part of the Underground Railroad, is in the works. Called Harriet, the project's set to be directed by Seith Mann (Homeland), with a script from Gregory Allen Howard (Remember the Titans). Marco and New Balloon are financing the film. Meanwhile, Viola Davis is currently developing a Tubman project at HBO, which means we may be heading for a case of Capote vs. Infamous once again. More importantly, who will play Harriet in this project? And is Octavia Spencer free?

The Story Behind Keanu’s Hilarious Anna Faris Cameo

Writing about Keanu, which came out this past weekend, New York film critic David Edelstein said, "I’d estimate two-thirds of it works, and when it’s good it’s sooooo good — good enough to make you want to see Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key and director Peter Atencio and co-writer Alex Rubens do it again and go farther out." And arguably no scene is more sooooo good than the movie's one spectacular cameo. [Spoilers about this particular scene ahead.]

"It was definitely the most touched piece of the film, for sure." »

  • Posted 5/2/16 at 3:38 AM

Report: Get Ready to See More Diddy in or Around Your Movies, Because That’s All He Wants to Do After His Next Album

In a forthcoming Cigar Aficionado cover story, Sean Combs underlines his nearing music retirement. The mogul's next release, No Way Out 2, will feature his "most honest and best" work to date, and will signal a priority shift. "I'm going to put out my last album and devote 100 percent of my time to doing films … I want to stop at a great place," he says in the mag's June issue, per People. "A final album is a great place to stop. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it one last time." The report doesn't specify whether it'll be producing or acting after that, but Combs has done both — as well as some writing and directing — so be prepared for anything. The full interview, in which Combs talks more about his musical legacy, hits stands May 3. In the meantime, begin hoping this means at least one more Diddy Daddy appearance.

Captain America: Civil War Is a Busy — But Uninventive — Blockbuster

Given the relative dullness of the Marvel supervillains, the studio has resorted to making its colorful superheroes fight one another in Captain America: Civil War, a combination jamboree and ethical colloquium. There’s a lot of bloat, but the fanboy in us all will have a hard time not grinning when Spider-Man be-webs Captain America’s shield while Ant-Man scoots around pulling out wires in Iron Man’s suit.

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  • Posted 5/1/16 at 6:03 PM
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Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time Is Getting an Official Release After a 30-Year Production

Part of the allure of the bearded enigma we call Terrence Malick is never knowing what his strange, seemingly erratic work schedule will produce, or when. He took five years between his first film, Badlands, and his second, Days of Heaven; he didn't release his third film, The Thin Red Line, for 19 years. Since 2005, Malick has released four sublime films, including this year's Knight of Cups. And as if that wasn't good enough (seriously, it's a profoundly gorgeous movie), we're getting an even more highly-anticipated Malick film: According to an IMAX press release, the long-awaited, 30-years-in-the-making Voyage of Time will finally get an official release on October 7. The documentary film, which dates back to the late 1970s and is now considered a sort of companion to The Tree of Life, will be released in two versions, a 40-minute IMAX version with narration by Brad Pitt, and a 35mm feature-length edition that will be narrated by Cate Blanchett. The release describes the film as

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Female Filmmakers Have It Just As Rough in Europe As They Do in Hollywood

A lot has been written on the gender disparity in Hollywood. But to suggest that this is problem unique to Hollywood, or to America, is silly. A recent study conducted by the European Women's Audiovisual Network between 2006 and 2013 in seven countries (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) found that only 21 percent of the films made in those countries were helmed by women. Eighty-four percent of the financing goes to men (it's worth noting that financing films in Europe is significantly different than it is in Hollywood, but the gender disparity is not any different), although 44 percent of film school graduates are female. The EWAN has called for affirmative action to rectify the problem.

Captain America Brings Freedom to Foreign Lands With $200 Million Overseas Opening

Do you hear that? That's the sound of freedom ringing. Captain America: Civil War, which doesn't open stateside for three more days, brought democracy and the #AmericanWay to foreign lands this weekend, sticking a flag in a $200 million gross. That's the 14th-best foreign opening for an American film ever. Domestically, The Jungle Book, which takes place in the Seoni, Madhya Pradesh jungle (which is not in America), came out on top, clawing its way to another $42.4 million, for a three-week $252 million cume. Roar!

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Why Mark Schultz Isn’t in Team Foxcatcher

In Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, sibling wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz were portrayed by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo (who got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor), respectively. Dave was murdered by John du Pont (Steve Carell and a hawkish prosthetic nose) in 1996. Mark Schultz, who wasn't a fan of Miller's film, doesn't appear in the new documentary Team Foxcatcher, which focuses exclusively on Dave and his relationship with the mentally unhinged du Pont. His widow, Nancy, tells The Hollywood Reporter why director Jon Greenhalgh made this decision:

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  • Posted 4/30/16 at 6:07 PM

A Teacher Thought It Was a Good Idea to Show The Human Centipede 2 in Class, But It Really Wasn’t

A Tennessee teacher decided to show their class Tom Six's revolting piece of torture porn excrement The Human Centipede 2 for reasons that remain ambiguous. (It is in black and white, which makes it an inherently artsy film.) The film series, orchestrated by "director" Tom Six, concerns a crazy doctor and his eventual acolytes abducting people and sewing them together, butt-to-mouth, creating the titular monster. The third movie involves a crazy warden who watches the movies on DVD and tries to emulate them with his prisoners. It's meta because the same actor who plays the doctor also plays the warden, get it? (Here's an oral history of the series, though perhaps anal history is more accurate.) The Jackson Sun obtained a copy of a letter sent by parents to the school's principal:

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The Original Ghostbusters Is Returning to Theaters for a Very Limited, Very Spooky Engagement

In the event Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot isn't ghostly enough for you, Sony Pictures just pulled out a proton-pack full of good news. As reported by Variety, the original 1984 supernatural comedy will be released "in over 750 theaters across the nation on June 8 for the film’s 34th anniversary, with an encore date set for June 12" by Fathom Events, which is shared by AMC, Regal, and Cinemark Theaters. (Translation: There's a extremely high chance it'll be coming to a theater near you before returning to the vault.) In addition, starting June 8, Brooklyn residents will be able to participate in a three-night event hosted by BBQ Films, where a giant warehouse will be transformed into the Ghostbusters headquarters. Hipster Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ensembles are encouraged.

The Flash Director Seth Grahame-Smith Leaves Film in a Hurry

Well, that was fast: Seth Grahame-Smith, the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies scribe, won't make his directorial debut with The Flash after all. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that creative differences caused a fissure between Grahame-Smith (who was supposed to work on that nonexistent Beetlejuice sequel) and Barry Allen, the fastest guy in the world. The film will still retain the script Grahame-Smith wrote, based off an early treatment by The Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The Flash, which has nothing to do with the pretty good TV show also called The Flash, is slated to hit theaters on March 16, 2018. Ezra Miller plays the very fast superhero; he made a bizarre cameo in Batman v Superman and will appear in next year's Justice League Part One. You could say we know his velocity.

Production For Maze Runner: The Death Cure Indefinitely Delayed Due to Dylan O’Brien’s ‘Very Serious’ Injuries

Last month, Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien suffered multiple injuries on set while shooting the third film in the series, Death Cure, temporarily halting production until he had sufficient time to recover. (He's the film's chief protagonist.) However, it appears his injuries are a lot more serious than previously reported, and the production for Death Cure has been indefinitely shut down because of it. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film's "cast and crew have been sent home, and a new start date will depend on O'Brien's recovery and the ability to reassemble the large cast and crew." O'Brien was reportedly shooting a scene in a harness on top of a moving vehicle before being abruptly pulled off and hit by another vehicle, where he then suffered from a "concussion, facial fracture and lacerations."

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A Brief Look at Will Ferrell’s Brief Involvement With a Ronald Reagan Dementia Movie

Earlier this week, Variety reported that Will Ferrell would play Ronald Reagan in a movie called Reagan, which he would also produce through his company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Last year, the screenplay for Reagan made the Black List, a collection of unproduced scripts most popular with film executives, and its log line is as follows, emphasis mine: "When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

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  • Posted 4/29/16 at 5:37 PM
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Why the Ghostbusters Trailer Is the Most-Hated Movie Trailer on YouTube

Before Paul Feig’s rebooted Ghostbusters squad can save New York City from a spectral threat this summer, they’ll be forced to battle a shadowy cabal that’s even more terrifying: straight men on the internet.

That’s my main takeaway from Mike Sampson’s ScreenCrush report noting that the trailer for Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters movie is the most disliked movie trailer ever to appear on YouTube. Though the official teaser only debuted last month, it has already received over 500,000 thumbs-down votes — so many down-votes that it has now entered the unfortunate pantheon of YouTube’s 100 most-disliked videos ever. Comments underneath the trailer include swipes like “This movie is pure feminazi propaganda,” and “When are people going to learn that women aren't funny?” while a YouTube search for the trailer is more likely to produce angry reaction videos like “5 Reasons the Ghostbusters Trailer SUCKS,” each one advertised with a very chill thumbnail image, like a guy flipping the bird or a guy cocking a finger to his head like he’s about to blow his brains out.

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Keanu Review: When Key and Peele’s Cat Comedy Is Good, It’s Soooo Good

The Key and Peele movie Keanu poses a question for brainy cult figures who want to make slapstick action comedies for the multiplex: Do they have the courage of their deadpan? The parodies that make up TV’s Key and Peele are outlandish, but they’re played more or less straight-faced, and the seemingly meandering conversations that break them up are buoyed by the stars’ deliciously tricky rhythms. You need a special kind of pacing for comedy like that — the kind that gives studios the heebie-jeebies, which get passed on to tyro filmmakers. The upshot is a business littered with the bones of cult comics who tried to make mainstream movies and lost their distinctive pulse.

Keanu is cause for hope. In my frequent role as “laugh accountant” for mainstream comedies, I’d estimate two-thirds of it works, and when it’s good it’s sooooo good — good enough to make you want to see Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key and director Peter Atencio and co-writer Alex Rubens do it again and go farther out.

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  • Posted 4/29/16 at 2:02 PM
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Watch Nicole Kidman Debate Going Topless in The Family Fang

In the new movie The Family Fang, Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman (who also directed) play adult siblings who are still reeling from their mixed-up childhood under the tutelage of performance-artist father Christopher Walken. Kidman’s character, especially, has found her unconventional upbringing hard to shake: Though she grew up to become a famous actress, she has a wild-child reputation that continues to dog her, as you’ll see in this exclusive clip where film director Josh Pais assumes that just because Kidman’s unmoored character is so scandal-tinged, she’d be willing to go topless for a scene in his movie. As she defiantly sulks in her trailer, Kidman’s character isn’t sure what to do … but ultimately, she decides to go big or go home, strutting to set in her birthday suit. You can see more of what Kidman has to offer in the movie itself, which opens in New York today, then in theaters nationwide (and on demand) May 6.

Richard Linklater on the Not-So-Inadvertent Gay Subtext of Everybody Wants Some!!

We've called Richard Linklater's latest film Everybody Wants Some!! accidentally gay, and almost a gay porn film based on the looks of the trailer alone. It's an observation that has confused at least one member of the cast. "Everyone keeps saying it's erotic, the way I'm posed in one scene on a couch," actor Tyler Hoechlin remarked. I literally sat down and I was like, 'How fucking lazy can I look right now?' It's not an erotic pose!"

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