Will MoviePass Give Theaters A Jolt Of Innovation, Or Is It Doomed To Fail?
MoviePass is the answer to movie theaters’ prayers. No, it’s just another challenge for an already beleaguered industry. No, it’s a crazy idea that’s doomed to fail.
Industry watchers have voiced all three theories this week about a business that few had even heard of a week ago.
The subscription movie service, introduced in 2011, received publicity beyond its wildest dreams this week after it dropped its monthly price to $9.95 from $14.95. Many consumers were intrigued… Read
‘Super Troopers 2’ Gets Release Date; ‘Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends’ Sets Cast, Emerald Coast Lands ‘The Misfit Tribe’– Film Briefs
Fox Searchlight’s Super Troopers 2, the followup to 2001’s zany comedy from Broken Lizard, will arrive in theaters April 20, 2018. Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske are back as writers and stars with Chandrasekhar returning as the film’s director. In the installment, the Super Troopers–Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva — are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station when an international border… Read
Hollywood Reacts Fast To Steve Bannon Axing: Rosie O’Donnell Suggests Place For Tiki Torch
Well, that was fast. Hollywood celebrities reacted so quickly to the ouster of White House strategist Steve Bannon it almost seems they’d been hoping for this moment all along. Because, of course, they had.
From Rosie O’Donnell, who once offered to play Bannon on Saturday Night Live, to Don Cheadle, Bradley Whitford, and Conan O’Brien, the anti-Bannonites celebrated like it was Christmas, Independence Day and Mardi Gras all rolled into one.
“Hey bannon,” tweeted… Read
Foul Play Alleged In New York SAG-AFTRA Board Race
EXCLUSIVE: Allegations that the leaders of SAG-AFTRA's ruling party in New York used "inside information" to win an extra seat on the union's national board of directors are being leveled by members of the local's opposition party. The claims could set the stage for an election challenge after ballots are counted next week.
Only eight national board seats representing actors from New York were up for grabs on June 23, the deadline for candidates to submit election… Read
‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Review: Odd-Couple Pairing Of Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson Leads To Violent, Scattershot Mayhem
In the latest ripoff of the Midnight Run concept, in which a mismatched pair runs the gauntlet as one of them must deliver the other on a dangerous mission while the clock is ticking, The Hitman’s Bodyguard fortunately has casting that at least justifies the two hours of your life you will spend watching this frenetic thing.
Although the premise is stale, it fortunately has Ryan Reynolds as a down-on-his-luck protection specialist teamed with Samuel L. Jackson as a… Read
Jessie T. Usher Tapped As Son Of Shaft; Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree Reprise
EXCLUSIVE: New Line and director Tim Story have chosen Jessie T. Usher to play the progeny of detective John Shaft in Son of Shaft, which is gearing up to begin production later this fall. Samuel L. Jackson is negotiating a deal to return to reprise the role he played in the John Singleton-directed reboot of the Gordon Parks-directed 1971 action classic. Also returning, per sources, will be Richard Roundtree, who starred in the original film and returned in the 2000 film… Read
Emmy Predictions: Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Or Movie
Two past winners in the category face off against a certified movie legend and a two-time Oscar winner on his first Emmy nomination. Plus two stars of the same acclaimed HBO limited series, and another screen star joining the run of Fargo make this a distinguished lineup that may not be as competitive as the ladies', but holds its own intrigue nonetheless.
The Night Of
The new British star may be best known… Read
‘Marjorie Prime’ Arrives With Awards Hopes; ‘Patti Cake$’ Bows – Specialty B.O. Preview
Eighty-six year-old actress Lois Smith will receive an awards push for her portrayal in Marjorie Prime, which opens this weekend via FilmRise, the distributor that picked up the Sundance fest title last spring. Marjorie Prime, which also stars Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins, is among a fairly crowded slate of Specialty newcomers this weekend, heading into late summer. Brett Gelman, Judy Greer and Michael Cera star in Lemon from Magnolia Pictures, a dark comedy that… Read
Exhibition Stocks Battered On Report Studios Plan PVOD Without A Deal
When it rains on exhibition stocks, it pours. Major theater owners’ shares are getting walloped today following a Bloomberg report that says Warner Bros and Universal Pictures are talking to Apple and Comcast about introducing premium video on demand on their own — without making a deal with exhibitors.
They could introduce the changes “as soon as early next year” the news service says, citing “people familiar with the matter.”
The three major exhibition chains each… Read
Christopher McQuarrie On Why Making Release Date Won’t Be A Mission Impossible Despite Tom Cruise Ankle Break
EXCLUSIVE: When your star suffers a broken ankle filming a stunt, one that will shelve him as long as nine weeks, one might expect making a July 27, 2018 release date to be the kind of nail biter usually found in a Mission: Impossible plot. But not Christopher McQuarrie, who is confident that M:I 6 — Mission Impossible can be completed with time to spare. In fact, he said the deadline pressures were worse on the last Mission: Impossible film, which was the first one… Read
Gemma Chan Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Opposite Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie
EXCLUSIVE: British actress Gemma Chan has joined the cast of Working Title and Focus Features' Mary Queen Of Scots. Chan will play Bess of Hardwick, the friend and confidante of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) who, along with her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, eventually became keeper of the captive Mary, Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan) for 15 years. Pic also stars Martin Compston, who plays the Earl of Bothwell, and Jack Lowden, who plays Lord Darnley.
Stage director Josie… Read
‘Human Flow’ Trailer: Ai Weiwei’s Documentary About The Refugee Crisis
To celebrate World Humanitarian Day, renowned artist Ai Weiwei is debuting the trailer from his forthcoming documentary on the planet’s staggering refugee crisis and its impact.
Human Flow captures an eventful year in 23 countries, following a chain of human stories that stretches across the globe. The desperate search of people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico and Turkey for safety, shelter, and justice is… Read