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    Thank you, readers, for a decade of reviewing movies that started 10 years ago today. Everyone always asks, “How do you become a movie critic?” The answer is, you don’t — not the traditional way you get other jobs. There aren’t job postings for the gig, especially in D.C. You just have to get your foot in the door somewhere, while devouring movies in your spare time. I wish my “big break” came differently. WTOP Movie Critic Joe Barber died in September 2011 at age 53. He was a fixture of the community, seen regularly on WETA’s “Around Town” and heard every weekend on WTOP. One time, Joe spun a “Best Bets” segment of new films into a riff on Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in “The Gunfight at the OK Corral” (1957). “That’s my kind of guy,” I thought, hammering out copy on the WTOP news desk at age 27. When Joe passed, I was stunned. I drove to the DeVol Funeral Home in Glover Park to hear David Burd’s eulogy. I even picked up WTOP Political Analyst Mark...
    (CNN)On its face, "Sooyii" is a story of resilience in the face of unimaginable loss.The independent film, directed by Krisztian Kery, centers on a young Blackfoot man in the 1700s who sees his people decimated by smallpox after the arrival of European settlers in the Great Plains. But as much as "Sooyii" is a story about a specific period of Blackfoot history, about power and deadly disease and ethnic conflict, it's also a cultural artifact -- a 90-minute, cinematic record of an endangered tongue."Sooyii" is shot entirely in the Blackfoot language, a significant feat considering how few first language speakers there are among the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. Jesse DesRosier, a Blackfoot language teacher who served as a consultant on the film, estimates that his tribe -- one of four bands that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy -- has about 50 people who grew up with Blackfoot as their first language.That's precisely why he agreed to come on board the project. "Sooyii" was shot on the Blackfeet Nation reservation in Montana."If a language is gone, who are the people?" DesRosier...
    By Jocelyn Noveck | Associated Press “If you’ve ever owned a slave, please raise your hand,” Jeffery Robinson asks a live audience at the beginning of “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” a searing documentary based on a lecture he’s spent a decade perfecting. Obviously, nobody in the auditorium raises a hand. This is 2018 New York City! But the few seconds that follow the question are probably the only chance these audience members have to put some distance between themselves and the country’s sorry record of racial oppression. No, explains Robinson, slavery may not be our fault. But it is “our shared history.” And then Robinson, a longtime criminal defense lawyer and former deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, launches his harrowing journey through centuries of institutionalized racism. Along the way he points out both the well known (the plantations, the lynchings, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre) and the less widely known (the troubling third verse of the Star-Spangled Banner, or the advertised offer by future President Andrew Jackson of $10 extra for...
    By Jake Coyle | Associated Press Ring. Ring. Twenty-six years after the original, “Scream” calls again. We’re now up to the fifth film in the franchise, but the first since 2011’s “Scream 4.” Enough time has passed that this one, titled simply “Scream,” bears no number, no caller ID. That’s presumably because this “Scream,” which features the original cast and introduces a new generation of callers and stabbers, is sequel and reboot in one. Or, as one character explicitly defines in “Scream,” a “requel.” Part of the charm of the original “Scream,” a glossy, couldn’t-be-more-’90s slasher, was its knowingness. Wes Craven’s film, written by Kevin Williamson, made a plaything of genre conventions by having the characters openly discuss horror tropes while also being bludgeoned by them. The bright idea of the new “Scream” is to double down on the meta. Here, the long-running “Stab” movies — the fictional stand-in for the “Scream” franchise — is mocked as cheeseball shlock. In the movie’s opening phone call, one that mirrors the call Drew Barrymore received in the original, Tara (Jenna Ortega) —...
    A poignant three-minute film documenting the life of a Jewish community in Poland just one year before being rounded up and later wiped out by the Nazis has been turned into a full-length documentary.  The 1938 colour film was made by American traveller David Kurtz, whose family had emigrated from Poland in 1890. The short clip shows crowds of youngsters wearing yarmulkes (traditional Jewish caps) on a cobbled street in Nasielsk, eastern Poland, their faces beaming in innocent fascination at the camera. Also seen are families gathered in groups as they smile in front of Kurtz's camera.   After the Nazis' arrival in the town in December 1939, Nasielsk's residents were rounded up. Only 100 members of its community of 3,000 Jews would survive the Holocaust, in which an estimated six million men, women and children were murdered in a network of death camps. The film had lain forgotten in a battered tin can until being found by Mr Kurtz's grandson Glenn in the cellar of their family home in Florida. Originally intended as a holiday home movie, the 16-mm film...
    Armie Hammer was excluded from a series of individual promotional posters for the murder mystery Death of the Nile in the wake of sexual assault and abuse accusations against the actor, who has denied them. The individual promotional posters for the film, which were released by Disney Tuesday, include Kenneth Branagh, who stars in and directs the motion picture; as well as Gal Gadot, Letita Wright, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Emma Mackey and Tom Bateman.  Hammer, 35, is seen in an ensemble poster for the film, and was briefly seen in a trailer released last month, as he plays the role of Simon Doyle in the movie, which is a sequel to the 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express. The latest: Armie Hammer, 35, was excluded from a series of individual promotional photos for the murder mystery Death of the Nile, in the wake of sexual assault accusations against the actor, who has denied them. He was snapped in LA in 2020 Hammer fell into controversy last year after multiple women accused him of sex abuse and fantasies of cannibalism,...
    Greek officials vowed Tuesday to track the people behind the filming of a gay sex scene on Athens' Acropolis, the country's most important archaeological site, after footage emerged online. A culture ministry spokesman said they had launched an investigation into the video, which shows a sexual encounter between two masked men at the UNESCO-listed site. They wanted to 'find as soon as possible those responsible for this illegal shoot', said the spokesman. Greek officials have launched an investigation after a 36-minute film showing two men engaged in a sexual encounter was shot at the Parthenon temple in Athens. The Parthenon is the most popular tourist attraction in Greece (file photograph)  A Parthenon is a Unesco-listed world heritage site. The movie featured two men who wore masks to protect their identity The anonymous producers of the short film called 'Departhenon' said the Parthenon symbolised 'nationalism, the cult of Antiquity' and 'patriarchy'. They described the erotic scene between the two men at the site as a 'political act'. But a statement Friday from the culture ministry said: 'The archaeological site of the...
    MARVEL Studios released their star-studded movie The Eternals to theaters in November 2021. Fans are getting excited for the release of the movie to Disney+, which is set for January 12, 2022. 9The cast of The Eternals Who is in the cast of The Eternals? Kit Harington as Black Knight 9Kit Harington will be taking on the role of The Black KnightCredit: Splash News Kit Harington will be taking on the role of The Black Knight, also known as Dane Whitman. Game Of Thrones fan know Kit as Jon Snow. His other big screen appearances include Pompeii, Seventh Son and Spooks: The Greater Good. Angelina Jolie as Thena 9Jolie is one of Hollywood's biggest namesCredit: Getty - Contributor Angelina Jolie will play Thena, a fierce warrior Eternal who can form any weapon out of cosmic energy and develops a close bond with Gilgamesh over the centuries. Jolie is one of Hollywood's biggest names, having made her name in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. From there she appeared in Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, Alexander, Mr & Mrs Smith, The...
    The child actor who portrayed the 'Irish little boy' in Titanic has revealed he still makes money from the film 25 years later. Reece Thompson, 30, appeared in the beloved movie when he was just five-years-old, playing a third-class passenger who died alongside his mother when the Titanic hit an iceberg. In a scene from the film, the boy, his mother and sister were among many passengers waiting for the third-class gates to open. Role: The child actor who portrayed the 'Irish little boy' in Titantic has revealed he still makes money from the film 25 years later However, the family never made it to the lifeboats and were later seen in their cabin where they tragically died. Reece now works as a digital marketing director at Brian Head Resort, a skiing resort in Utah.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'Modesty is what empowers me': Hugh Hefner's widow Crystal,... Hold onto your hat! Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm get into... Fresh Prince reboot Bel-Air revamps Uncle Phil, Carlton and... Kaia Gerber displays her model...
    8. For the second straight year, a Spider-Man movie will be the top-grossing film at the box office.This time it will be "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," the much-anticipated sequel to its 2018 Oscar-winning predecessor — which some (myself included) believe to be the best animated film ever made. 7. "Obi-Wan Kenobi" will surpass even "The Mandalorian" and inspire Disney to make a surprising feature film announcement. Disney will release "Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars Day, May 4, and the series will be so celebrated and beloved that by the end of the year Disney will make a follow up surprise announcement about the next feature film in the Star Wars universe — a movie based on Darth Vader’s exploits and exploration of the Dark Side of the Force set during the same time period. 6. Omicron destroys the Covidstan narrative.The strain will show the coronavirus is finally attenuating, and it spreads so much throughout the country that herd immunity is finally achieved. By summer, several European countries will return to close to normal, and that...
    Pakistani actor Humayun Saeed is set to play Dr. Hasnat Khan, one of Princess Diana’s partners after her divorce from Prince Charles of Wales, in the upcoming fifth season of the Netflix series The Crown, according to a report from Variety. Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell’s book Diana: The Royal Truth noted the significance of her relationship to Khan. He claimed Diana asked him “if it was possible to arrange a private marriage” between her and the British-Pakistani heart surgeon, recalling the princess saying that “this was her soulmate, this was the man she loved more than any other.” Dr. Khan said in a 2004 statement to cops in London that he was in a relationship with Princess Diana from 1995-1997, and that the pair moved on after Diana met film producer Dodi Fayed. In the same statement, which was later part of a 2008 inquest into Princess Diana’s death, Khan said that he and the Diana had discussed spending their lives together. The couple saw a move to Pakistan as the only solution to escaping the British press, he...
    Norman Jewison and Lee Grant reflected on the late Sidney Poitier's slap scene in the 1967 feature In the Heat of the Night during an interview with People that was published on Saturday. During the sit-down, the feature's director and leading actress lauded the performer's acting ability and professionalism while working on the feature. The legendary actor passed away at his home in Los Angeles this past Thursday at the age of 94. Looking back: Norman Jewison and Lee Grant reflected on the late Sidney Poitier's slap scene in the 1967 feature In the Heat of the Night during an interview with People that was published on Saturday In the feature, Poitier portrayed Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs, who becomes involved with a murder investigation taking place in Mississippi. During the much-lauded slap scene, Tibbs visited the residence of plantation owner Endicott, portrayed by Larry Gates, and asked him for any information he could provide regarding the case. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Harry Belafonte's daughter says that her father who united... 'He spent his last day surrounded...
    He was a bankrupt, a drug addict and a man who stood accused of seducing the 13-year-old half-sister of his murdered girlfriend, then paying for her to have cosmetic surgery so that she looked more like her sibling. Later, she became his second wife. Peter Bogdanovich was also a revered director, a splendid actor and an accomplished screenwriter. When he died on Thursday, at the age of 82, the film industry mourned.  ‘May he sleep in bliss for eternity, enjoying the thrill of our applause forever,’ said fellow director Francis Ford Coppola. Shortly after splitting up with Shepherd, Peter Bogdanovich started dating nude model and actress Dorothy Stratten (pictured), whom he had met at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion. In August 1980, the year in which she was Playmate of the Year in Playboy magazine, Stratten was murdered by her estranged husband, a nightclub promoter and pimp, who then shot himself And yet there was a time when his failures were celebrated.  ‘It isn’t true that Hollywood is a bitter place divided by hatred, greed and jealousy,’ another great director, Billy...
    Gene Kelly’s daughter is speaking out amid news that Chris Evans is in talks to step into the legendary actor’s shoes. On Jan. 4, a source told Variety that Evans is poised to play Kelly in a developing film project produced by John Logan. According to the insider, who is close to the project, the untitled movie is based on Evans’ original idea about a 12-year-old boy who works on the MGM lot during the ’50s and finds an imaginary friend in Kelly while working on his newest film. "I don’t have any information about this proposed film, so I can’t really comment," Kerry Novick told Fox News. "It does occur to me, though, that, if they are trying to imagine a kid’s perspective on my father, there are three of us who are his kids who might have something to contribute to that!" The outlet noted that a studio is not yet attached to the project. However, Evans will reportedly produce the film alongside Logan, who is writing the script. Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, who previously worked with...
    Halle Berry’s new movie “Moonfall” looks awesome. The plot of the movie with the legendary actress, according to the trailer’s YouTube description, is as follows: In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all — but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley, “Game of Thrones”) believe her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is. Does that have you interested? Just wait until you see the trailer. Give it a watch below. You’re going to love it! (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters) It feels...
    Lorne Michaels was intrigued when a Facebook campaign recruited nearly a million fans to petition to have Betty White host "Saturday Night Live" – but it wasn’t the first time the producer thought of the actress. The 77-year-old co-creator famously asked the beloved star three times between the ‘70s and ‘90s to appear in the show – and all three times he got rejected. It wouldn’t be until 2010, when the petition came to light, that White’s longtime agent and close friend Jeff Witjas finally convinced her to say yes. "It was one of the most incredible experiences – it truly, truly was," Witjas told People magazine following White’s death on Dec. 31 at age 99. "Betty didn’t really want to go to New York to do it, but I said to her, ‘You have to do it,’" he shared. "I mean, how could she not? And she trusted me." BETTY WHITE FILMED A TRIBUTE TO HER FANS JUST 10 DAYS BEFORE HER DEATH Nearly a million fans petitioned for Betty White to host ‘SNL’. (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU...
    Don't Look Up features a faux government PSA urging American citizens to call a certain 1-800 number for 'peace of mind' about the deadly comet speeding towards the planet. 'Right now, millions of you are having theses same doubts and questions about the approaching comet,' White House chief science advisor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) says in the film. 'That is why BASH Cellular, in conjunction with the United States government, is creating a new hotline, free of charge, to answer all of your questions. And who knows? Maybe, just maybe one of our scientists can be that friend we all need to lean on during uncertain times.'   Inside joke: Don't Look Up features a faux government PSA urging American citizens to call a certain 1-800 number for 'peace of mind' about the deadly comet speeding towards the planet RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EastEnders fans are left stunned after spotting Himesh Patel... 'Don't Look Up' director Adam McKay says 'editing mistake'... Share this article Share However, when viewers call 1-800-532-4500, it...
    MAGGIE Gyllenhaal wrote and directed the film adaptation of The Lost Daughter, which is based off of a novel by Elena Ferrante. The film was released via Netflix on December 31, 2021. 10The cast of The Lost Daughter and director Maggie Gyllenhaal The Lost Daughter cast: Olivia Colman as Leda Caruso 10Olivia Colman as Leda CarusoCredit: PA:Press Association Olivia Colman is an English actress known for her roles in television and film, including Hot Fuzz and The Crown. In The Lost Daughter, Leda is a middle-aged college professor who struggles with depression and raising her children. Dakota Johnson as Nina 10Dakota Johnson as NinaCredit: Alamy Live News Playing the role of Nina, Dakota Johnson portrays a new mother who forms an odd relationship with Leda. In reality, Dakota is an actress and model, mostly known for her role in the Fifty Shades franchise. Jessie Buckley as young Leda Caruso 10Jessie Buckley as young Leda CarusoCredit: Alamy In flashback scenes throughout the film, Leda Caruso's younger self is played by Jessie Buckley. Buckley rose to fame...
    Many stressed-out workaholics are slaves to their endlessly ticking watch telling them there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Now a high-tech device that straps on to your wrist can predict when you’re about to become too stressed – an hour before you even notice anxiety levels rising. The gadget is eerily similar to the app invented to monitor stress levels by tech tycoon Peter Isherwell – played by British actor Mark Rylance – in Netflix’s new hit film Don’t Look Up. The Nowatch is the first device on the market to monitor a person’s cortisol levels, the primary stress hormone. Now a high-tech device that straps on to your wrist can predict when you’re about to become too stressed – an hour before you even notice anxiety levels rising Higher levels of cortisol are associated with concentration problems, weight gain, insomnia, and heart disease. The app senses ‘electrodermal activity’ – the electrical current the skin conducts which depends on the state of our sweat glands, with even a tiny difference reflecting a change in our...
    Max Julien, who starred with Richard Pryor in the iconic blaxploitation movie The Mack, died on New Year's Day. His wife Arabella found him that morning, his PR team told TMZ, but the precise cause of death has not been made public. Although it is thought that the day of his death was also his 89th birthday, the website reports that he was in fact born in July. Dearly departed: Max Julien, who starred with Richard Pryor in the iconic blaxploitation movie The Mack, died on New Year's Day; he is pictured in 2004 'During Julien's decades-long career, he was known for being bold, honest and straightforward,' said his PR team in a statement. 'He would live and speak his own truth both professionally and privately. He was thought of as a rare "man among men."' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis shows off cute new puppy... Lily Collins dons neon mini-skirt and booties to dance with... Share this article Share Max made his bones in the New York...
    The 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is currently on television. But is it available for free streaming? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an American film directed by renowned director Tim Burton from its original title. Released in 2005, it is a new adaptation of the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl. In this early 21st century, you can follow the amazing adventures of the characters played by Johnny Depp, Freddie Heimore, David Kelly, Annasophia Rob. And Deep Roy. The film is easy to watch comedy and Tim Burton classic. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie airs on TF1 on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 9.15pm. If you do not have the opportunity to watch live on TV, you can watch streaming on the Internet. Unfortunately not There is no way to see for free In streaming as it is available on the platform Netflix. You can rent or buy it Amazon Prime Video. Is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory available for free streaming? You can read Charlie and the Chocolate...
    Spider-Man: No Way Home is a box office success and Sony's top-grossing film ever raking in $516.4M domestically and $1.16B worldwide, according to Tuesday's box office numbers via Deadline. The third installment of the superhero franchise starring Tom Holland as the titular comic book character overtook the last big pre-pandemic blockbuster, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, which premiered in 2019. No Way Home's massive success, less than two weeks after it debuted in cinemas, gives a boost of hope to the movie theater business which many had deemed on life-support due to the rise in popularity of streaming services in light of the pandemic.   Superhero super hit! Spider-Man: No Way Home is a box office success and Sony's top-grossing film ever raking in $516.4M domestically and $1.16B worldwide, according to Tuesday's box office numbers via Deadline No Way Home also features Zendaya, 25, as the superhero's love interest Michelle 'MJ' Jones-Watson as well as previous Spider-Man stars Tobey Maguire, 46, and Andrew Garfield, 38. The third installment featuring Tom as the webslinger has become one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion...
    (CNN)In many ways, 2021 still felt more like the worst of times than the best for movies, with a lot of quality projects being made for (or winding up on) streaming services while theaters tried, often in vain, to rebound toward something approaching pre-pandemic viability.Yet there were still movies that mattered for various reasons, some having as much to do with what they represented as the films themselves, in what is clearly an evolutionary period for movies and movie-going.How much premium content is there? As one rather amusing sign, four movies were seriously considered for this list that were shot in black and white: "Belfast," "C'mon, C'mon," "Passing," and "The Tragedy of Macbeth."It's also worth acknowledging a few other admirable films omitted, beginning with "Dune," which played a little too conspicuously like "Part One," feeling almost incomplete until "Part Two" sees the light of day. "King Richard" represented another close call, with the strength of its performances (Will Smith in particular) elevating an otherwise fairly conventional sports framework.What did make the cut? Let's start with a group nod to a...
    (CNN)To all the girls who prefer baseball diamonds to rings, who consider themselves both strong and beautiful -- and to all children and their parents who ought to learn that this option exists --- Disney's "Encanto" offers an antidote and a new paradigm in female representation. Allison Hope"Encanto" is Disney's latest movie, the 60th in its animated repertoire, and hit the theaters in late November and Disney+ on Christmas Eve. The film is beaming with more positive, diverse female representations than any Disney movie, or even any other movie that I can think of. The story follows a magical, matriarchal family, the Madrigals, who live in the mountains in Colombia and serve as the spiritual guides and healers to the town's denizens. The movie's protagonist, Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, is the black sheep of the family, the only member of the household not to have any known superpowers. One sibling can lift anything, another can make roses out of thin air, Mirabel's mother can heal any wounds, a banished uncle can see into the future, her young cousin can...
    The animated Disney movie, Encanto, has been gaining a lot of attention for its animation style. The cast is filled with many talented actors, including the actor behind the voice of the already beloved character Bruno. 2Encanto is nominated for three Golden Globe awards What is Encanto about? The movie follows of a magical family, the Madrigals, who live in the mountains of Colombia in a village called Encanto. Alma is the matriarch of the family, and she has four children: Pepa, Julieta, Bruno, and Mirabel. In the Madrigal family, every child is a given a unique gift, and they are to use this gift to help serve the people of their village. However, it seems like Mirabel was not blessed with a gift. But, Mirabel finally may discover her gift when the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger. Encanto is currently nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture - Animated. Most read in EntertainmentTWEEN MOM Teen Mom Farrah's Sophia looks unrecognizable in Christmas card after backlashCHRISTMAS BABY? Kylie Jenner's fans think she gave birth after...
    GOLDEN Globe nominated film, Licorice Pizza, is a comedy and drama film centered around a star studded cast. Some of the characters in the film are based on classic Hollywood actors, the cast of the movie help bring these figures to life on the big screen. 5Licorice Pizza is garnering glowing reviews among audiences and entertainment critics, the motion picture is a trip of nostalgia due to it's characterization of San Fernando Valley, California in the 1970s What is Licorice Pizza about and when was it released? Licorice Pizza was released on Friday, December 25 of 2021, and is already earning a notable amount of buzz. The film is centered around a young couple's coming of age stories in San Fernando Valley, California in 1973. On Rotten Tomatoes, the entertainment review website gave the movie a score of 92%. "Licorice Pizza finds Paul Thomas Anderson shifting into a surprisingly comfortable gear – and getting potentially star-making performances out of his fresh-faced leads," said the website's review. most read in filmtragic loss Everything to know about Jean-Marc Vallée's ex-wife Chantal CadieuxLegendary Director...
    DISNEY'S, Encanto, is a popular musical-comedy made for families to enjoy. The animated film's star-studded cast helps bring the magical characters to life. 12(L-R) Angie Cepeda, Rhenzy Feliz, Jessica Darrow, María Cecilia Botero, Stephanie Beatriz, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Wilmer Valderrama, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitán, Adassa, John Leguizamo, and Diane Guerrero attends the world premiere of Disney's EncantoCredit: Getty Images - Getty What is Encanto about and when did it release? Encanto tells the story of a Colombian family, the Madrigals, who live in a magical house in a town called, Encanto, within the mountains. Encanto's magic has "blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz)," describes Disney's website. "But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope." The Disney film was released on November 24, 2021 and received 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, tomatometer and an audience score of 93%. ...
    Dec. 24 (UPI) — Alec Baldwin released a pre-Christmas video online thanking supporters for their well-wishes in the wake of the fatal shooting on the set of the movie Rust. Baldwin, 63, posted a video to his Instagram account Thursday night with the caption, “Merry Christmas.” “I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the people who sent me such kind words and best wishes and strength and hope and prayers, thoughts and lots of encouragement,” Baldwin said. “I got hundreds, hundreds of emails from friends, family and colleagues and people I haven’t heard from in quite a while to send me strength and good wishes and so forth. I’m really grateful to them.” Watch below:  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta) California’s Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies are conducting ongoing investigations after an antique revolver being held by Baldwin on the Santa Fe set of Rust discharged a live round, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. Filmmaker Halyna Hutchins attends the...
    Comments made by Chris Noth when playing a rapist in a 2016 indie film, saying 'there's always dirty little secrets in a lot of men' and 'the instinct to be a predator is firmly in the male psyche', have resurfaced in the wake of allegations of sexual assault made against the actor.  The star, 67, famous for playing love interest Mr. Big in Sex And The City, was cast as a predatory New York lawyer in gritty drug drama White Girl. In one scene the character rapes a vulnerable young woman from behind after she passes out drunk. Social media users have drawn attention to the similarities between the scene and the recent allegations of rape made by two women, who both accused Noth of raping them from behind - one in 2004 and one in 2015. Noth vehemently denies the allegations and says the encounters were consensual.  One Twitter user wrote: 'If you watch that harrowing scene and read his accusers' accounts, the similarities are hard to miss.'  Others drew attention to press interviews Noth gave about the film at...
    For years they have had a love-hate relationship with the world's most famous spy. But this Christmas MI6 chiefs have fully embraced James Bond – on their festive greeting card. Santa takes the place of 007 in a homage to the gun barrel sequence from the films' opening credits, while his Walther PPK handgun appears to have turned into a candy cane. Current MI6 chief Richard Moore – or C – is known to be a Bond fan, calling the series 'wonderful', while stressing it is 'not reality'. Santa takes the place of 007 in a homage to the gun barrel sequence from the films' opening credits, while his Walther PPK handgun appears to have turned into a candy cane The film sequence has featured in every Bond film since Dr No in 1962. It is credited to title designer Maurice Binder who used a pin hole camera to film the inside of a real gun barrel. But he surely never envisaged Santa Claus in his red suit, hat and white beard shooting towards the camera. The card is understood...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pedro Almodóvar has a theory that his films with male protagonists, like his autobiographical 2019 film “Pain and Glory,” are darker and more somber. “I look inside myself when I talk about male characters,” says Almodóvar. “Parallel Mothers,” which Sony Pictures Classics begins releasing in theaters Friday, returns Almodóvar to more melodramatic territory. Penelope Cruz and Milena Smit play young mothers who meet at the hospital where their newborns are accidentally switched at birth. This secret plays out in unpredictable ways while the film also investigates another hidden past: Spain’s mass graves from the Spanish Civil War. In recent years, a national dialogue in Spain has brought renewed interest and political discord over exhuming the graves from Francisco Franco’s regime, which began with the 1930s civil war and ended with his death, in 1975. Some 19,000 of an estimated 114,000 victims have been recovered in the last four decades. “Parallel Mothers” may not be as self-reflective as Almodóvar’s last film, but it’s the 72-year-old director’s most politically introspective movie and his first...
    DISNEY'S Death on the Nile is scheduled to debut in February 2022, however, fans are now wondering if Armie Hammer will still be in it after he was accused of cannibalism. The allegations first started in January 2021 and with the movie right around the corner, fans want to know what they can be expecting. 2Armie Hammer was accused of cannibalism earlier this yearCredit: Reuters What are the Armie Hammer cannibalism allegations? In January 2021, Hammer was accused of "discussing cannibalism and kinky sex acts" after a DM went viral online from a woman who claimed she was previously involved. The actor allegedly wrote in one message: "I am 100 per cent a cannibal. I want to eat you." "I need to drink your blood," the Instagram user said in another exchange. "I'm going to be soooo naughty and kinky with you." In another shocking message, the user said: "I need to eat your entire body. "I need to touch every part of you, inside and out. I want to bite pieces off of you." Another message read:...
    The third film in the latest Spider Man reboot has now raked in $253 million in the US, giving it the third-highest grossing opening weekend behind Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War. Spider Man: No Way Home pulled in about $72 to $74 million on Saturday. It grossed $121.5 million on opening day Friday, along with $50 million during Thursday previews, according to Deadline. The two-and-a-half-hour movie stars Tom Holland as Spider Man, Zendaya as love interest Michelle Jones-Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange.  No Way Home has no overtaken 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made 247.966 million on opening weekend, as the third best opening of all time.  The film was directed by Jon Watts, who also directed Spider Man: Homecoming in 2017 and 'Spider Man: Far From Home' in 2019. It was written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Spider Man: No Way Home has now brought in $253 million in the US, giving it the third highest opening weekend after the last two Avengers movies The two-and-a-half-hour movie, starring Tom Holland and Zendaya Coleman, is...
    The creator of West Wing has waded into a row over identity politics while defending his decision to cast a Spanish actor as a Cuban character in the new film Being the Ricardos. Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter behind such Hollywood blockbusters as The Social Network (2010) and Steve Jobs (2015), criticised the trend of actors being limited to roles that reflect their true selves - for example, gay actors only playing gay characters. Mr Sorkin, 60, said in an interview with the Sunday Times Culture magazine: 'It's hearbreaking and a little chilling to see members of the artistic community re-segregating ourselves.'  The Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, from Gran Canaria, Spain, plays Cuban-born Desi Arnaz in the new film Meeting the Ricardos - avaialable to stream on Amazon Prime Video from Tuesday 21 December.    Mr Sorkin continued: ‘Spanish and Cuban are not actable. If I was directing you in a scene and said: 'It’s cold, you can’t feel your face'. That’s actable. But if I said: 'Be Cuban'. That is not actable.’ Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who penned West Wing and the screenplay...
    It’s been a tough year (again) for Hollywood. While event movies such as “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home” packed them in at the cineplexes, moderately scaled musicals, dramas and indies struggled to entice anyone to get off their couches. But 2021 did have outstanding titles, even if they often failed to flicker at the box office. Here then are my Top 10 films of 2021, a year wherein my top two picks came from overseas. “Drive My Car”: Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s profound adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story is a cinematic masterpiece, a film so observant, wise and compassionate you’ll want to reference it again and again in the years to come. Epic in length (3 hours), this methodically paced beauty centers on an actor-turned-director (Hidetoshi Nishijima) who contends with a tangled romantic past while working on an “Uncle Vanya” stage production. Taking that slim premise, the great Hamaguchi goes on to insightfully ponder the human condition, expounding on guilt, love, vulnerability, creativity and the dire need to find connection...
    (CNN)The trailer for "The Lost City" might be the best one you watch all year. No trailer this year has filled me with as much anticipatory glee as this one. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays a reclusive author Loretta Sage who, after years of writing adventures, finds herself in the middle of one. With Channing Tatum, as cover model Alan, by her side, they try to escape the grip of a maniac billionaire, Daniel Radcliffe, who wants Loretta to help him find a lost city. The cast. The ridiculousness. The jumpsuit. Perfection. Read MoreThe film premieres in theaters on March 25, 2022.
    NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of the American Film Institute and son of Oscar winning director George Stevens has a memoir coming out next year. George Stevens Jr.’s “My Place in the Sun” will be published May 17. “My great-grandmother was an actress born in San Francisco during the Civil War who started five generations of Stevenses in show business,” Stevens, 89, said in a statement Wednesday. “I’ve had a fascinating life working at the crossroads of Hollywood and Washington with captivating people. I’m a storyteller and this was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.” Stevens’ father was known for such classics as “Shane,” Woman of the Year” and “A Place In the Sun,” from which the book gets its title. George Stevens Jr. started out as a production assistant on his father’s movie, produced documentaries for the United States Information Agency in the 1960s and was the founding director of the American Film Institute, which began in 1967. In the 1970s, he helped create the Kennedy Center Honors, lifetime achievement awards for the arts held each year in Washington,...
    If you’re ever thirsty on Long Island, look for a dive bar called The Dickens. It’s a nice place, from all accounts. There are books everywhere, a group of sweet, lovable locals and a bartender who is a good soul with a tough exterior. The barflies somehow know when the Magna Carta was signed — 1215, silly! — and will line up to buy you a round of gin martinis if you get into Yale. Not sounding typical? Welcome to “The Tender Bar,” a coming-of-age film based on a real life that doesn’t feel entirely real. It’s a George Clooney-directed, Ben Affleck-starring celebration of men set in the ‘70s and ’80s that uses a charmed life to say remarkably little. “The Tender Bar” is the story of JR — first starring Daniel Ranieri as an 11-year-old and then Tye Sheridan as a young man — whose father left him and his mom when he was a kid and yet still haunts his son as a distant voice — he’s a DJ on the radio. A school psychologist theorizes that JR,...
    Hilaria Baldwin showed gratitude to those who have been supportive of her husband Alec Baldwin following the tragic fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust less than two months ago. Hilaria, 37, posted an Instagram post Tuesday of Alec, 63, speaking with a truck driver who told him that he was in his prayers, while he was passing by on the street. 'Grateful for people who stop my husband to say they are thinking about him, praying for him, "keep on, Alec", "hang in there", "we are here for you"…all of these messages are life changing for him,' she said. 'And also for our whole family. The latest: Hilaria Baldwin, 37, showed gratitude to those who have been supportive of her husband Alec Baldwin, 63, following the tragic fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust less than two months ago. She shared a shot of an exchange with Alec and a truck driver who said he was praying for the actor 'Grateful to this superhuman who said he was praying for...
    JK Rowling's credit barely features in the new Fantastic Beasts trailer amid an ongoing transphobia row that has seen the her get cancelled.   The trailer for 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore', released yesterday, features captions 'Warner Bros invites you' rather than 'J.K Rowling invites you' used in previous teasers.  Rowling's name appears in a minor publishing note at the end of the new trailer, despite her having co-written and co-produced the film, set for release in April 2022.  It comes amid the latest row over the Harry Potter writer's comments on transgender rights after she criticised Police Scotland for saying it will record rapes by offenders with a penis as being committed by a woman if the attacker 'identifies as a female'.   Rowling responded to Police Scotland, tweeting: 'War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman.' Her comments were a nod to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopian novel about a regime that manages to invert the truth to control its people.    
    Gilhermiers Marine –Journalist Marine has the most select flavors of the big and small screen enthusiasts and cast. Nevertheless, he has a passion for American cinema and swallows everything that comes his way, from the biggest blockbuster to the smallest independent film. Nicholas Cage can shoot a lot, some of his films have been released in theaters recently. An honor will be given to a genius in solid gold, a film in which he plays himself and its first films have now been released. Did Nicholas Cage finish the video directly? Nothing is certain, but let’s take a look at his last film, Big, which was not only released in theaters, but also appeared in competition at the Duville American Film Festival last September. The actor was first announced in the cast of a major studio film after a long hiatus: from Universal to Renfield, in which he played none other than Dracula. But that’s not all, his other weird project will be released in cinema: a talent in Tom Gormigan’s solid gold is expected on April 20, 2022 in...
    Leonardo DiCaprio didn't agree with Meryl Streep's character having a nude scene in their upcoming film Don’t Look Up. Director Adam McKay, 53, told The Guardian that DiCaprio, 47, expressed to him his disappointment that the character Streep, 72, played had a nude scene (with a body double standing in). 'You know who had a problem with it? Leo,' McKay said, adding that 'Leo just views Meryl as film royalty … although maybe royalty is not a compliment … but as such a special figure in the history of film.' The latest: Leonardo DiCaprio, 47, didn't agree with the character Meryl Streep, 73, plays in Don’t Look Up having a nude scene, according to director Adam McKay, 53 In the motion picture, Streep plays the role of President Janie Orlean, and the character is seen nude from behind in a scene in the movie. McKay said DiCaprio 'didn’t like seeing her with the lower back tattoo, walking for a second naked. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Golden Globe nominations SNUBS: Meryl Streep is left off the... ...
    Home Alone star Devin Ratray seems to have found himself in some hot water. The 44-year-old actor, who played Buzz McCallister in the 1990 Christmas film, reportedly got into such a bad fight with his girlfriend in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that police were called to the scene. The next day the unnamed girlfriend filed a police report that accused the star of strangling her while covering her mouth, and then punching her in the face, according to a Monday report from TMZ. Tough week: Home Alone star Devin Ratray reportedly got into such a bad fight with his girlfriend in Oklahoma City that police were called to the scene. The next day the unnamed girlfriend filed a police report that accused the star of 'strangling her while covering her mouth' The woman escaped into a stairwell as she waiting for the police, it was added. The incident allegedly took place 'earlier this week' at a Hyatt hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Golden Globe nominations SNUBS: Meryl Streep is left off the......
    Ultimate cool girl Dua Lipa is a global superstar with a string of Grammys, No.1s and magazine covers to her name.  But her younger sister Rina is poised to join her in the spotlight.  The budding actress, 20, has modelled for Red Valentino, bagged a Nasty Gal collaboration and has just landed her first major role in a horror film.  She has also been hailed the 'Gen Z It Girl you need to know' by Tatler magazine. But despite her dazzling success, Rina, who has 921,000 Instagram followers remains grounded.  She spent lockdown at her parents' home in Kilburn, north London, lives in a house share and celebrated her birthday at Soho Farmhouse with 'real friends' from school who knew her before her sister found fame.  Star on the rise: Rina Lipa, 20, the lookalike younger sister of pop sensation Dua, 26, has modelled for Red Valentino, bagged a Nasty Gal collaboration and landed her first major role in film. She has also been hailed the 'Gen Z It Girl you need to know' by Tatler (photo shoot above) Strike a pose:...
    Director Steven Spielberg said he refused to use subtitles for the Spanish-speaking scenes in his epic West Side Story remake for the purposes of “inclusivity” and to “respect the language” and to not give “English the power over the Spanish.” Speaking with IGN’s Simon Cardy, Spielberg said that no subtitles will be presented over the Spanish dialogue “out of respect for the inclusivity of our intentions to hire a totally Latinx cast to play the Sharks’ boys and girls.” According to Spielberg, who went through great pains to ensure the film’s authenticity, the language stemmed from a mandate he gave to the casting director to hire performers with close connections to “Latinx” countries. Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and the cast of West Side Story. (20th Century Studios/Amblin) “I wasn’t going to entertain any auditions that aren’t parents or grandparents or themselves from Latinx countries,” Spielberg said. “Especially Puerto Rico, we looked a lot in Puerto Rico, we have 20 performers in our film from Puerto Rico or they’re Nuyorican.” Spielberg believed that English subtitles would be giving the language “power over...
    (CNN)Presenting a far richer story than a simple biopic, "Being the Ricardos" turns writer-director Aaron Sorkin loose again on the medium of television and produces one of the year's most satisfying movies. That it was made for a streaming service, Amazon, is a wrinkle even the legendarily foresighted Desi Arnaz surely couldn't have imagined.In a clever framing device, Sorkin builds the narrative around a "scary week" in the lives of Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and her husband/co-star Arnaz (Javier Bardem), as filtered through the recollections of those who worked on their top-rated sitcom, "I Love Lucy." The film then uses that confined window to revisit the couple's courtship and how they conquered TV through a series of deftly constructed flashbacks.The crises for the duo emerge on two fronts: An anonymous item from radio star Walter Winchell implying that Ball is a communist (there's an explanation, but not one that might satisfy red-baiting critics or nervous network executives); and tabloid photos of Arnaz with another woman, fueling Lucy's suspicions, despite his denials, about the philandering that would eventually break them apart.Those...
    More On: nicole kidman Nicole Kidman’s daughters are her ‘hardest critics’ Nicole Kidman show off abs in sexy dress at the 2021 CMAs Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s daughter Bella posts rare video of herself Catherine Zeta-Jones on working with Michael Sheen on ‘Prodigal Son’ Just call her the belle of the Ball. Nicole Kidman channeled Old Hollywood glamour at the Los Angeles premiere of “Being the Ricardos” on Monday night. The 54-year-old actress sported a strapless tulle Armani Privé ballgown with a sparkling sweetheart neckline, accessorizing with Jimmy Choo shoes, diamond jewelry and an Omega watch. Keeping things classic with her hair and makeup, Kidman teamed her bright red lip with a chic updo.  The retro style was fitting, as Kidman stars as Lucille Ball in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-directed biopic. While she’s previously said she almost changed her mind on playing the sitcom icon following the casting backlash, her performance is now generating Oscar buzz. She paired her shimmering gown with an elegant updo. Getty Images Two people who might not be rushing to watch though? Kidman’s two daughters, Sunday, 13,...
    Little beats cosying up to a festive movie with our loved ones in the run up to Christmas, be it a comedy or a classic romcom.  But criticism has been mounting over staples like Richard Curtis' Love Actually, The Holiday and It's a Wonderful Live, with women's lifestyle site Refinery29 taking festive films apart and lambasting the 'toxic' male characters.  Meanwhile social media users have been ripping into some of the country's most beloved movies, including Bridget Jones's Diary, starring Renee Zellweger, for 'sexual harassment, fatphobia and everyday sexism'.   So, would your favourite Christmas film escape the cancel culture crackdown? Read on to discover some of the 'offenders' most at risk...  LOVE ACTUALLY, 2003 'Creepy stalker' Mark, 'body shaming' of Natalie, and sexist treatment of 'passive' women  Are your Christmas movie favourites problematic? Love Actually has been branded sexist by viewers who believe it condones sexual harassment and 'sociopathy' (pictured: Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon). Some suggested Hugh Grant's character actually uses his power to flirt with his tea lady, who is played by Martine McCutcheon, before firing her after she is sexually...
    Alec Baldwin received a kiss from supportive wife Hilaria on Tuesday after the embattled actor denied firing the gun that killed a cinematographer on the set of his latest film.  The couple are understood to be in Long Island enclave the Hamptons, where they own a home, after Baldwin, 63, gave a sit-down interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos regarding the death of colleague Halyna Hutchins. The cinematographer was fatally wounded after a gun containing live rounds was fired on the California set of his now scrapped western, Rust.   Taking to Instagram just days after her husband's emotional interview, Hilaria, 37, shared a photo of the couple engaged in a kiss with the accompanying caption: 'Tis the season.'   Support: Alec Baldwin received a kiss from supportive wife Hilaria on Tuesday after the embattled actor denied firing the gun that killed a cinematographer on the set of his latest film On Friday Hilaria was seen riding horses and going shopping in the Hamptons, just one day after her husband denied firing the gun that killed a cinematographer in his first sit-down interview since...
    BOND girl Gemma Arterton shows her a-peel in an glitzy orange dress at her latest film’s premiere. The 35-year-old stars as Polly in Matthew Vaughn movie The King’s Man alongside fellow Bond actor Ralph Fiennes, 58. 4Gemma Arterton wowed in an glitzy orange dress at her latest film’s premiereCredit: Getty 4Gemma stars as Polly in Matthew Vaughn movie The King’s Man alongside fellow Bond actor Ralph Fiennes, 58Credit: PA The movie is a prequel to the two hit Kingsman films, which starred Taron Egerton, 32. Vaughn’s wife, model Claudia Schiffer, 51, was also there in London’s Leicester Square, with Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood, 55, and girlfriend Melissa Spalding, 37. Released on December 22, industry bosses are hoping the film will continue to revive the Covid battered industry which was given a much needed shot in the arm thanks to 007’s No Time To Die in October this year. Most read in The US SunSTANDING BY Anna with Josh at child pornography trial as 'Jill and Jedidiah to testify'TROJAN HORSE China feared to be hiding missiles on ships for strike ANYWHERE...