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Late 'Batman' actor Adam West honored at Comic-Con

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:34:31 UT

Late 'Batman' actor Adam West honored at Comic-Con Filmmaker Kevin Smith, producer James Tucker, actors Ralph Garman and Lee Meriwether and about a thousand fans paid tribute to the late Adam West at the pop-culture convention Thursday night. West played Batman in the 1960s TV series and later voiced the character of Mayor West on "Family Guy." Smith said that when he shared those thoughts with West during his appearance on the "Fatman on Batman" podcast, West said: "That doesn't speak well of your parents." The presentation included highlight reels of West's work on "Batman" and "Family Guy," along with outtakes from the 2013 documentary "Starring Adam West," which was directed by his son-in-law. In those clips, West talks about meeting with fans and what he thinks his legacy might be.

Netflix makes Hall H debut with big budget Will Smith pic

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:17:07 UT

The film reunites Smith with his "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer and takes audiences to a gritty Los Angeles setting where two police officers, one human (Smith) and one orc (Joel Edgerton) have to contend with some mythical, evil forces plaguing the city. There is a difference between seeing a movie in a theater and seeing it on Netflix," Smith conceded, but added that he is "really excited" to see "whatever this new wave of entertainment is going to be. Netflix also trotted out the director and cast of its upcoming film horror pic "Death Note," which some Comic-Con attendees will get to see in full Thursday night before its Aug. 25 Netflix launch. Based on the manga series of the same name "Death Note" follows a high school student (Nat Wolff) who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants him the power to decide who dies and how.

'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Stranger Things' bring VR to Comic-Con

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:55:18 UT

The studios behind "Blade Runner 2049" and "Stranger Things 2" have created temporary installations in downtown San Diego where fans can soar through the Los Angeles of the future in a Spinner ship from "Blade Runner 2049" or visit the Hawkins, Indiana, house where Will Byers lives in "Stranger Things." The Netflix series centers on Will's mysterious disappearance and his friends' efforts to find out what happened to him.

Actor Red West, longtime Elvis confidant, dies

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:59:45 UT

Actor Red West, longtime Elvis confidant, dies (AP) — Actor and songwriter Robert Gene "Red" West, a longtime confidant of Elvis Presley, has died in Memphis. What Happened? The book, published shortly before Presley's death, included details about the singer's drug dependency and unhealthy lifestyle. Afterward, West became a full-time actor and appeared on TV shows and in movies.

Halle Berry downs a half pint of whiskey at Comic-Con panel

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:22:17 UT

The raucous panel promoting the film went to a new level when Berry downed the half a pint of whiskey that Tatum poured for her in one gulp. Berry and Tatum are new additions to the franchise as American spies called the Statesman. Audiences also saw a few sequences from the film, including one where Egerton faces off against Tatum's Kentucky cowboy Agent Tequila in a bourbon distillery and loses. Jeff Bridges, who plays a new character named Agent Champagne, was also there, as was Colin Firth whose character Harry Hart met an unfortunate demise in the first film.

Q&A: Casey Affleck goes under a sheet for 'A Ghost Story'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:41:00 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Affleck plays the ghost in the new David Lowery film, "A Ghost Story." For most of the movie, expanding wide Friday, he's silent and cloaked in a white sheet with eye holes cut out as he returns to his home to look in on his still-living partner played by Rooney Mara. Affleck, coming off of a best actor win for "Manchester by the Sea" and an awards season marred by intense public scrutiny around a past civil sexual harassment lawsuit, is dipping his toes back in the spotlight to promote the film. Congratulations on "A Ghost Story." Usually you have some sense of what a movie is going to be and this is probably the film that turned out most differently than what I expected. The ghost costume you have to wear is incredible. People have really latched on to that long take of Rooney eating the pie. Rooney had strangely never eaten a pie which is the weirdest thing. A good movie tends to bring out all of these ideas from other things that you read and this movie does that in a way that's really accessible. I would bet that he has a very long career marked by very different types of movies in the same vein as the Coen brothers or Stanley Kubrick. [...] you're directing a feature now too called "Light of My Life"? [...] the year was coupled with both a professional high in your best actor win and intense public scrutiny of you personally. The challenges of being spoken about personally in the media were very sobering and they really hurt, especially my family which is what I really cared about. [...] I couldn't and can't talk about it as it related to me because everyone involved signed something saying we wouldn't talk about it and that it has been settled to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.

'Dunkirk,' 'Get Out' may give Oscars a crowd-pleasing punch

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:38:25 UT

Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk" hits theaters Friday, but the overflowing reviews have already made it abundantly clear: [...] Dunkirk," which analysts expect to debut this weekend with $60 million-plus in domestic ticket sales, might not be the only box-office hit to crash this year's awards season. The zeitgeist-grabbing sensations "Get Out" and "Wonder Woman" could also be players come Academy Awards time. [...] it's far from uncommon for early breakouts to recede once the fall film festivals start firing out heavily anticipated releases from Hollywood's most acclaimed directors. Fury Road crashed the Academy Awards with 10 nominations and six wins. "The War for the Planet of the Apes" even has some buzz, including pleas for considering Andy Serkis' motion-capture performance as the ape Caesar. Jordan Peele's horror sensation "Get Out" ($252 million worldwide after opening in late February) could well be the first horror film nominated for best picture since 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs." Whereas Peele's film was received as landmark film for its fusion of genre with a satirical critique of race in America, "Wonder Woman" set a new record for top-grossing film by a female director. Usually, a highly relevant, socially conscious film from one of Hollywood's most celebrated filmmakers would be plunged right into awards season.

Rey finally gets place in Star Wars Monopoly sets sold in US

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:32:31 UT

The company began selling the set on its website a few days after The Associated Press reported Rey fans were still waiting to buy Monopoly sets that included the main character of Star Wars: The story revived the #WheresRey hashtag on social media and prompted a tweet from "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot: "For those 'sufficiently interested' contact Hasbro customer service to get your Rey Monopoly token!"

Review: 'Girls Trip' a wonderfully hilarious destination

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:41:18 UT

All four actresses have shining moments of comedy and heart in director Malcolm D. Lee's ode to female friendships, thanks to the winning script by Kenya Barris (black-ish) and Tracy Oliver Barbershop: A group of friends who called themselves the Flossy Posse back in college in the '90s travel there for a long-awaited reunion after one of their members, self-help guru Ryan (Hall), is invited to give the festival's keynote speech. Journalist Sasha (Latifah), who runs a celebrity-gossip website; Lisa (Pinkett Smith), an uptight, divorced nurse with two young children, and brash, outspoken Dina (Haddish), who hasn't stopped partying since graduation. There's crude language, overt sexual jokes, drug references, public urination, bar fights and full-frontal male nudity. The story is both outrageous and realistic, grounded by the women's friendship. Because the film was actually shot during the Essence Festival, there are countless cameos. Girls Trip," a Universal Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material.

Independent feature 'Icebox' to film in New Mexico

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:09:46 UT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will serve as the backdrop for a new independent feature film about a boy who is caught by U.S. immigration authorities after leaving his home in Honduras. The production will employ 80 New Mexico crew members, 40 principal actors from the state and about 500 extras.

Harvey Atkin, who played Morty in 'Meatballs,' dies at 74

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:34:51 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Atkin, the Canadian actor who played the summer camp director Morty in "Meatballs," has died. Atkin's longtime agent Larry Goldhar said Tuesday that Atkin died Monday night following a battle with cancer.

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:45:09 UT

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending July 16, 2017: iTunes Movies US Charts: The Fate of the Furious Beauty and the Beast (2017) The Zookeeper's Wife iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent Personal Shopper

Review: 'Landline,' a rom-com with love crumbling everywhere

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:31:50 UT

There's an eye-popping scene in the new film "Landline" when our heroine is walking around New York City and decides to check her phone messages. Technology back then may have been slow and adorably primitive but "Landline " proves personal relationships were just as messy and complicated. At the core of this film is three women at different stages of life confronting fidelity, with Slate playing a suddenly hesitant fiancee, her mother (Edie Falco, superb) simmering in what seems a broken marriage, and a rebellious younger daughter (played beautifully by Abby Quinn) unsure how to make lasting ties to people. Falco makes every minute of her small screen time sizzle and Quinn has great skill as a preternaturally mature teen. Baggy jeans, "Mad About You" jokes, rollerblades, fuzzy toilet seat covers, floppy disks, trench coats, and the sounds of a whirring dot-matrix printer and a 10,000 Maniacs song on a stereo. There are moments when the filmmakers seem a little too keen on playing up the nostalgia factor — there's an intimate scene interrupted by a skipping CD player — but it's clear 1995 was picked because that was still a time when technology hadn't yet drowned us in instant communication or so completely intruded into our lives. Landline," an Amazon Studios release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "crude sexual content, brief nudity and language throughout.

Besson hopes 'Valerian' is a remedy for your sequel fatigue

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:15:34 UT

Besson hopes 'Valerian' is a remedy for your sequel fatigue Valerian and Laureline are the lead characters of Besson's sci-fi epic, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" which hits theaters Friday. The filmmakers are seated in their shared office inside the Beverly Hills outpost of Besson's company EuropaCorp about a month before the "Valerian's" stateside debut. [...] they have three children, ages 15, 14 and 11, and have found they actually enjoy being partners at the office and home. [...] it works 10 times better than I expected. "Valerian" is by far the biggest film they've ever done — estimated to have a $180 million price tag. Both are coming off the success of Lucy and the decades of goodwill Besson has built up in wild-eyed, crowd pleasing genre fare like La Femme Nikita, ''The Professional and The Fifth Element. Both secured a historic collaboration between the two visual effects giants WETA and ILM to do the 2,700 VFX shots ("The Fifth Element" had around 200). With international sales, he says the film is 90 percent covered. Some of the studios were very interested by 'Valerian' but we were fearing that they were interested in controlling it — to let their big films first and treat 'Valerian' in a way like controlling the enemy.

Review: In 'Valerian,' cosmic splendor struggles for liftoff

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:11:56 UT

Watching "Valerian" is to simultaneously and acutely realize what's missing from so many other big films (visual inventiveness, freewheeling unpredictability) and appreciate what the more controlled studio project does so much better (precision pacing, half-decent writing). Had "Valerian" — a lifelong passion project for the French filmmaker that's been called the most expensive indie film ever made — been produced in the studio system, it would have been better. "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," adapted by Besson from Pierre Christin and Jen Claude Mezieres' comic book series, is just your average Dane Dehaan movie with extraterrestrial ducks, a pole-dancing Rihanna and a prominent cameo from Herbie Hancock — on hand, presumably, to channel the cosmic spirit of his album covers. In the opening montage of "Valerian" (its best sequence), the commander of the sprawling space station Alpha welcomes over time a steady stream of every nationality of Earth and then alien species, too, greeting each with a handshake. The dark secret ultimately leads to a beach planet inhabited by what appears to be a pale, slender civilization of high cheek-boned runway models whose natural resources are magic, life-giving pearls that are pooped out by scaly little genial creatures. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," an STX Entertainment release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language.