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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:46:50 GMT

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AMC Entertainment CEO backpedals: 'No texting allowed'

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:15:00 GMT

AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron is backpedaling on statements he made to Variety two days ago about being open to allowing texting in some theaters.

Following a social media outcry from moviegoers, the new head of AMC Entertainment said in a statement released to AMC guests on social platforms...




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James Cameron promises to make four 'Avatar' sequels

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:56:00 GMT

James Cameron will make four "Avatar" sequels, promising that the films will start hitting theaters in 2018.

The creator of the original "Avatar," the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion, said that his vision for a followup has expanded over time.

He first...




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Should movie theaters allow texting?

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:48:00 GMT

Update: Earlier this week AMC CEO Adam Aron said he was considering the idea of allowing audiences to text during movies; has since reversed course, saying in a statement that AMC Theateres will not be giving the OK to texting in its theaters: "Not today, not tomorrow and not in the foreseeable...




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'The Rhapsodes' sings praises of four 20th century film critics

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:19:00 GMT

I suppose it helps to be in the same line of work. But truly: If you have a driving or even just a drive-by interest in arts criticism, film writing and the love we share for all kinds of movies, David Bordwell's new book "The Rhapsodes" is a swift, terrific read, out this week via University of...




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Indie cancer dramedy starring Peter Frampton's daughter begins filming in Deerfield, north suburbs

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:51:00 GMT

Chicago hasn't seen much indie filmmaking this year so far, but the first non-studio project on tap for 2016 is a dramedy called "Hope Springs Eternal," which began filming in the northern suburbs earlier this week.

Mark Schimmel is the director and the script is from Los Angeles-based screenwriter...




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Sean Penn's 'The Last Face' competing at Cannes festival

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:10:00 GMT

Sean Penn's "The Last Face" about aid workers in Africa will compete at the Cannes Film Festival — along with movies about interracial marriage in 1950s America, illness and poverty in working class Britain and cannibal fashion models in L.A. — in a high-glamour yet socially conscious lineup announced...




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AMC Entertainment CEO might let people text in some theaters

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:51:00 GMT

 

Adam Aron has been head of AMC Entertainment for less than four months, but in that short time he's already orchestrated one of the most significant deals in the country's history. In February, AMC announced that it has an agreement to buy Carmike, propelling it from being the second-biggest...




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'Barbershop: The Next Cut' review: Ice Cube and company take on racial, political issues

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMT

Arriving 14 years after the original "Barbershop," and 12 after "Barbershop 2: Back in Business," "Barbershop: The Next Cut" is saddled with the task of taking a familiar property and bringing it up to date. In the hands of writers Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, and director Malcom D. Lee, the...




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Tribeca: An 'art terrorist's' tangle with U.S. Embassy officials

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 02:24:00 GMT

On a recent weekday, the self-appointed “art terrorist” AK47 – actual name: Andy Link – walked into the U.S. Embassy in London and sought to claim an item he knew would be tricky: a U.S. visa.Link is a former porn star and football hooligan who has been arrested a number of times. Oh yes, he also...




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'Charlie's Angels' is making a comeback with Elizabeth Banks as director

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:48:00 GMT

Apparently it's the season of reboots, and following a less than stellar box office year for Sony, the studio is looking to take some gambles. Insert Elizabeth Banks.

The actress-director will helm a revival of the "Charlie's Angels" franchise. The news was confirmed during Sony's presentation...




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Ben Affleck to direct Batman film, Warner Bros. chief says

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:11:00 GMT

Ben Affleck will direct a stand-alone "Batman" movie, says Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Affleck portrayed the caped crusader in this year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and had been rumored to be the studio's top choice to helm the film. Tsujihara confirmed they were moving...




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Tribeca Film Festival 2016 gives art-centric films their close-up

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:15:00 GMT

Perhaps it began with Banksy.

The street artist, after all, was at the center of "Exit Through the Gift Shop," the subversive documentary about identity and showmanship that became a phenomenon in 2010.

Or maybe it was 2012's "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," a well-regarded look at the...




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Paramount Pictures wilts under spotlight at CinemaCon

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMT

At the annual industry conference known as CinemaCon, movie studios try to wow theater owners with A-list movie stars, chats with famous directors and sizzling trailers for big-budget film projects.

But Paramount Pictures' presentation underwhelmed. Monday night's event at Caesars Palace included...




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First trailer for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' introduces Benedict Cumberbatch, the magic man

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:06:00 GMT

Marvel's cinematic universe just got a whole lot spookier, and a bit more magical. The world premiere of his new Marvel movie "Doctor Strange" (directed by longtime horror director Scott Derrickson) is loaded with lots of mystical charm with a serious twist. 

The footage premiered on "Jimmy Kimmel...




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Original 'Star Wars' trilogy heading back to theaters

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:55:00 GMT

On the heels of "The Force Awakens," the original "Star Wars" trilogy is coming back to theaters this summer.

The Alamo Drafthouse announced Tuesday that it will roll out a "Star Wars" road show beginning Aug. 6 in select cities. The three films — "A New Hope," ''The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return...




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Film, music and even love at CIMMfest

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:23:00 GMT

The story Laura Bialis wanted to tell in her film "Rock In the Red Zone" was about the rich music scene in Sderot, an Israeli town close enough to the Gaza Strip to endure thousands of deadly rocket attacks.

Upon hearing alert sirens in the distance, residents have 15 seconds to find safety in...




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Melissa McCarthy's worst movies have something in common: her husband

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:48:00 GMT

Melissa McCarthy is a hilarious comedian, and she also seems like a nice, grounded lady, which makes her latest amusement-free movie all the more disappointing. We want to root for the actress, but there's no way around it: "The Boss" is a letdown.

The premise had enough promise. McCarthy plays...




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'The Jungle Book' review: Mowgli and his wild, charming pack are back

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:41:00 GMT

Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" said it first, and best: "I don't want realism. I want magic!" Maybe it's the Blanche in me who prefers magic to realism in certain types of fairy tales, but I have a hard time loving any movie dominated by ultra-crisp photorealistic animation designed...




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It turns out Melissa McCarthy, not Superman, is the real box-office Kryptonite for critics

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:36:00 GMT

And here all those critics of critics were looking to Superman to prove their point: that even if critics pan a movie, it can still succeed at the box office.

But the latest evidence of critical invincibility comes from Melissa McCarthy's newest comedy, "The Boss," which opened in a near dead-heat...




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Where'd 'Krisha' go?

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:35:00 GMT

Ever wonder why some films end up playing one screen in a single Chicago area theater for a week, and then disappear? Then say hello/goodbye to “Krisha.”

On April 1 the debut feature from writer-director Trey Edward Shults, about a boisterous Thanksgiving gathering that undoes a precariously recovering...




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