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'Hellboy' casting prompts backlash over 'whitewashing'

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:03:45 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Hollywood film yet again finds itself responding to a social-media outcry over the casting of a white actor in a role that was originally Asian-American. British actor Ed Skrein earlier this week joined the cast of the "Hellboy" reboot "Rise of the Blood Queen," which is to be the third film in the comic adaptation franchise previously helmed by Guillermo del Toro. The character, Ben Daimio, is Japanese-American in Mike Mignola's "Hellboy" comics and his heritage is central to his backstory. Daimio's grandmother was a Japanese Imperial assassin in World War II. Many objected to the role not going to an Asian-American actor and called it another example of Hollywood "whitewashing" Asian characters.



Film Review: Animated 'LEAP!' sets a low barre

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:02:14 UT

An animated "Flashdance" meets "Cinderella," ''LEAP !" isn't so much bad as it is bewildering. The feature about an orphan girl who dreams of dancing professionally is set very vaguely in the 1880s, in Brittany and Paris, and contains nods to that general time — like an under-construction Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower. (Never mind that when work started on the Eiffel Tower in 1887, the Statue of Liberty was already perched in the New York Harbor). But the characters talk like it's present day (or in some cases, like it's 25 years ago, throwing out zingers like "it's Hammer time!") and dress like they're in a Barbie-steampunk production of "Fame." One aspiring ballerina wears a pink sweatband and leg warmers.



Review: Netflix's 'Death Note' gets lost in translation

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:18:20 UT

When "Death Note" begins, we learn that Seattle teenager Light Turner has a crush on a cheerleader at his high school. So when these two would-be lovebirds finally talk for the first time and really open up to each other, Turner has to be honest: "It's going to sound a little crazy," he tells her, "but I have a death god." Well, not to be too judgy, but, yeah, that actually does sound a little crazy. Even so, our hero manages to get his companion intrigued and not make a swift exit to calculus. If you don't have your own death god, you might also want to check out "Death Note" — until you tap out about three-quarters in and run off to calculus.



RZA, Lou Ferrigno, others celebrate Stan Lee's creativity

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:39:58 UT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Stan Lee was the subject of a love fest Tuesday night, as actors, directors, artists and illustrators lauded the Marvel Comics legend for creating a vast universe of fantastic, flawed, righteous and relatable superheroes. Mark Ruffalo, Aisha Tyler, Lou Ferrigno, RZA and comics creator Todd McFarlane were among the speakers at "Extraordinary: Stan Lee," a tribute hosted by Chris Hardwick and broadcast into more than 150 movie theaters across the country. The two-hour program mixed live appearances with video tributes and animated segments that told the story of Lee's career.



The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:23:29 UT

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending August 20, 2017: iTunes Movies US Charts: 1. Alien: Covenant 2. Baywatch 3. The Lion King 4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 6. Snatched 7. Fences 8. The Boss Baby 9. John Wick: Chapter 2 10. The Wall iTunes Movies US Charts - Independent: 1. Beatriz At Dinner 2. Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life 3. Colossal 4. Chuck 5. The Dinner 6. Pilgrimage 7. I, Daniel Blake 8. The Lost City of Z 9. 6 Days 10. Napoleon Dynamite __ (copyright) 2017 Apple Inc.



Review: In 'Crown Heights' a wrongful conviction in Brooklyn

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:53:28 UT

Matt Ruskin's "Crown Heights" takes its name from the Brooklyn neighborhood, but its story is both more pointedly individual and more broadly national than that suggests. It's a sober recounting of a case of wrongful conviction. Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) is a Trinidad-born 18-year-old from Crown Heights, a traditional bastion of Caribbean immigrants. He's arrested in April 1980 for a murder in neighboring Flatbush. Warner isn't a saint — he's shown stealing a car earlier in the day — but he had nothing to do with the crime, and doesn't even know the people involved. Warner's jail term stretches more than two decades.



Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award in 2018

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:15:52 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony. The actors union announced Tuesday that Freeman will accept its highest honor on Jan. 21, 2018. The 80-year-old Freeman has already received lifetime achievement prizes from the American Film Institute and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, among many other acting accolades. He has been nominated five times for an Academy Award and won for his performance in 2004's "Million Dollar Baby." Freeman's voice is among the most recognizable in entertainment. He has narrated many documentaries and lent his voice to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.



Box Office Top 20: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' hits No. 1

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:05:09 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Hitman's Bodyguard" stole the weekend from the heist pic "Logan Lucky." Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" opened to $21.4 million, easily topping the weekend which continued the downward spiral of the summer movie season compared to last year. The horror pic "Annabelle: Creation" took second place in its second weekend in theaters with $15.6 million, while director Steven Soderbergh's "Logan Lucky," starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig, hobbled into third place in its first weekend in theaters with $7.6 million. Christopher Nolan's WWII pic "Dunkirk" placed fourth with $6.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $165.



A list of Jerry Lewis' films

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:53:32 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis films include: "My Friend Irma," 1949. "My Friend Irma Goes West," 1950. "At War With the Army," 1950. "That's My Boy," 1951. "Sailor Beware," 1952. "Jumping Jacks," 1952. "Road to Bali," 1952. "The Stooge," 1953. "Scared Stiff," 1953. "The Caddy," 1953. "Money From Home," 1953. "Living It Up," 1954. "3 Ring Circus," 1954 "You're Never Too Young," 1955. "Artists and Models," 1955. "Pardners," 1956. "Hollywood or Bust," 1956. "The Delicate Delinquent," 1957. "The Sad Sack," 1957. "Rock-a-Bye Baby," 1958. "The Geisha Boy," 1958. "Li'l Abner," 1959. "Don't Give Up the Ship," 1959. "Raymie," 1960. "Visit to a Small Planet," 1960. "The Bellboy," 1960. "Cinderfella," 1960.



'The Hitman's Bodyguard' outdoes 'Logan Lucky' at box office

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:05:17 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Critics loved "Logan Lucky" and gave a big collective shrug to "The Hitman's Bodyguard," but when it came to the test of the marketplace, audiences went their own way. The two action flicks faced off this weekend, and "The Hitman's Bodyguard" emerged the victor with a chart-topping $21.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, while "Logan Lucky" sputtered on arrival with $8.1 million. Both had notable stars, "Logan Lucky" has Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, while "The Hitman's Bodyguard" boasts Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, both were opening in over 3,000 theaters and both cost around $30 million to produce.



Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski loses latest bid to end criminal case for sexually assaulting teen 40 years ago

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:56:49 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski loses latest bid to end criminal case for sexually assaulting teen 40 years ago.



'Predator' actor Sonny Landham dead at 76

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:12:48 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sonny Landham, the muscular action-movie actor who co-starred in "Predator" and "48 Hrs," has died. He was 76. Landham's sister, Dawn Boehler, said the actor died from congestive heart failure Thursday at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital. Landham was a brawny, deep-voiced actor and stunt man who played a bit part in Walter Hill's 1979 street-gang thriller "The Warriors" before the director cast him as the trigger-happy criminal Billy Bear in 1982's "48 Hrs." Landham, who was part Cherokee and Seminole, was perhaps most known for playing the Native American tracker Billy Sole in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Predator." Landham entered the movie business after working in pornography in the '70s.



Details of 'Deadpool 2' stuntwoman's death released

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:29:46 UT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia's workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a "Deadpool 2" stuntwoman's death. The initial report by WorkSafeBC on Friday confirms witness accounts to Monday's accident during filming of the sequel to actor Ryan Reynolds' popular superhero movie. The report says SJ Harris had been rehearsing a stunt that involved driving a motorcycle out the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had been built over three stairs before coming to a stop. It says during the first shooting of the scene, she continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot, continued down a second ramp and across the road.



Review: 'Hitman's Bodyguard' a fun, action-packed escape

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:02:57 UT

There's not a whole lot that's new about "The Hitman's Bodyguard ." Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable badass whose favorite word is mother(expletive). And like many movie heroes past, they're tasked with taking down a brutal dictator. Yet that kind of familiar framework is what makes this action-packed mashup of gun battles, car chases, fist fights and international intrigue such a delight: Leave reality's chaos at the door, and lose yourself in a world where the bad guys get what's coming to them and Sam Jackson spontaneously breaks into song.



Daniel Craig, back as Bond, keeps 007 fans on edge

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:54:25 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Craig's 007-era will die another day. After months of gossip and denials, Craig on Tuesday night confirmed to Stephen Colbert on the "Late Show" that he will indeed return for another James Bond movie. The yet-titled film is due out November 2019. "We've just been trying to figure things out," Craig told Colbert. "I always wanted to. I needed a break." The 49-year-old actor's stewardship of James Bond has spanned four films — and now will go for a fifth — but it has generated enough rumors to power the kind of doomsday device Bond is usually trying to stop. Craig's time as Bond has been distinguished. His "Skyfall" remains a high-point in both dollars and quality for the 55-year-olf franchise.