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“Wonderstruck” Gets Oscar Buzz at Cannes Despite Mixed Reviews

wonderstruck-excerptThe Cannes Film Festival is in full-swing and acclaimed director Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Far From Heaven) highly-anticipated adaptation of Brian Selznick’s YA novel Wonderstruck was one of the first films screened at the fest — and it was met with reviews that ranged from raves to lukewarm.

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The Complete List of Winners from the 26th MTV Movie Awards

mtv movie awards excerptThe 26th annual MTV Movie Awards was not its usual event this weekend as it was the first time it combined movie and television categories and removed gendered categories. Beauty and the Beast was the big winner of the night, taking home multiple statues and being the inspiration for the event’s opening number.

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The Complete List of 2017 Tony Award Nominations

Great Comet ExcerptAs the lines between Hollywood and Broadway become more and more blurred, Christopher Jackson and Jane Krakowski announced the nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards Tuesday morning, with the War & Peace musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 leading the pack.

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Colin Trevorrow Drama “The Book of Henry” Set to Open L.A. Film Festival

book-of-henry-excerptThe Los Angeles Film Festival has scored the Colin Trevorrow-directed The Book of Henry for its opening night film. Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, and Sarah Silverman, the family drama-thriller from Focus Features follows a single mother and her genius son as they plan to help a girl who is hiding a dangerous secret.

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“Atlanta”, “VEEP” Among Those Named as Peabody Award Winners in Entertainment

atlanta-excerptThe Peabody Awards are rolling out the recipients of the prestigious accolade and today they announced their entertainment winners which included the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta created by and starring Donald Glover as well as the HBO comedy VEEP.

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Cannes 2017: “The Beguiled”, “Wonderstruck”, “Twin Peaks” Set For the French Film Fest Lineup

beguiled-excerptThe lineup for this year’s Cannes Film Festival (or as they call it in France, Festival de Cannes) has been announced and it is robust with Oscar bait, highly-anticipated premieres, star-studded features, and a lot of foreign and obscure films that if watched, will make you feel cinematically superior to everyone else.

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Amy Adams Named 31st Recipient of American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams ExcerptThough she still has yet to receive the Oscar, although she’s been nominated five times, Amy Adams will receive the American Cinematheque Award at this year’s ceremony on November 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Carrie Fisher to Be Among Those Honored as Disney Legends at D23 Expo 2017

Carrie Fisher ExcerptThe late Carrie Fisher will be among the nine recipients of the Disney Legend Award at this year’s D23 Expo in July. Her co-star Mark Hamill will also be receiving the awards.

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“Get Out” Leads MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations as Networks Breaks Ground with Non-Gendered Categories

get-out-excerptMTV is giving their annual entertainment award show two big changes this year. Plus, Jordan Peele’s hit horror film Get Out leads the nominations with six nods.

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“Atlanta”, “Luke Cage”, “This Is Us” Among Peabody Award Finalists

atlantaRecognizing excellence in radio, television, and online media, this year’s list of Peabody Award finalists doesn’t disappoint. From Marvel’s indestructible street hero Luke Cage to the emotional drama of the modern family in This Is Us, the finalists have definitely earned their place on the list.

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“Moonlight”, “Other People” Among the Winners at the 2017 GLAAD Media Awards

glaad-moonlight-excerptWith each passing year, the inclusion of the LGBTQ community in television, film, and media begins to grow more and more and it was very evident at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. Hosted by comedian Cameron Esposito, this year’s ceremony honored films including Moonlight and Other People as well as TV fave Transparent.

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Fox Debuts Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp Movies at CinemaCon, But “Apes” Still Reign Supreme

War for the Planet of the ApesThe first trailer for Kingsmen: The Golden Circle ends with Channing Tatum saying “fuck yeah!” and we’d like to echo that on behalf of fans, who will no doubt be quite pleased with the star-studded sequel.

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Universal, Focus Play Tug of War Over Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde” at CinemaCon as “Fate of the Furious” Debuts to Mixed Response

Fate of the Furious ExcerptUniversal Pictures delivered an uneven presentation at CinemaCon, which included a surprise screening of Fate of the Furious, following by the studio’s sister label Focus Feature, celebrating its 15th anniversary with an intriguing 2017 slate.

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Disney Plays Hard to Get at CinemaCon, Saving the Goods for D23

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2As expected with D23 just around the corner, Disney kept its cards close to its chest at CinemaCon, where the studio opted to debut Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in full instead of any new footage from its Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm stables.

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Paramount’s “Baywatch,” “Annihilation” and Matt Damon Get Tongues Wagging at CinemaCon

BaywatchParamount has a strong year ahead with new films from George Clooney, Alexander Payne and Darren Aronofsky, but will Viacom’s new mandate to incorporate content from its TV networks ultimately hurt the studio?

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STX Out to Make a Name for Itself at CinemaCon With Luc Besson’s “Valerian,” Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game”

Valerian Mollys Game STXThe upstart studio is making a major push into the action genre with Den of Thieves, Renegades, The Foreigner and Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming Mile 22.

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“Netflix My Ass!” Sony’s “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049” Steal the Spotlight from Spider-Man at CinemaCon

Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049Big, star-driven movies such as The Dark Tower and Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle also looked good, indicating a strong year ahead for Tom Rothman’s studio.

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Sizing Up the CinemaCon Awards, Which Are Pretty On Point This Year

Jordan Peele CinemaConAs they do every year, CinemaCon has bestowed more than a dozen awards upon actors, directors, producers and other members of the industry, so let’s take you through this year’s honorees, shall we?

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SXSW 2017 Audience Award Winners Include “Baby Driver,” “The Light of the Moon,” “Mr. Roosevelt”

the-light-of-the-moon-excerptSXSW recently announced their coveted Audience Award Winners which included Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated Baby Driver as well as the emotional drama The Light of the Moon starring Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz. Other big winners include Noel Wells’ (Master of None) directorial debut, Mr. Roosevelt as well as Netflix’s adaptation of Justin Simien’s Dear White People.

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George Lazenby Charms in “Becoming Bond”, “Bill Nye: Science Guy” Shows a Different Side of the TV Icon

becoming-bond-excerptThe documentary Becoming Bond takes a refreshing approach to the story of one-and-done 007 actor George Lazenby while Bill Nye: Science Guy gives the iconic TV personality the scientific credit he deserves.

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“Nobodies” Off to a Hilarious Start, “Hot Summer Nights” Delivers Lukewarm ’90s Thrills

nobodies-excerptComedy nerds will love how Nobodies puts an absurd slant on a specific part of the comedy community, while the ’90s-set pic Hot Summer Nights fails to pick a lane when it comes to tone.

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“Mr. Roosevelt” Brings Humor to the Humiliation of Heartbreak

mr-roosevelt-excerptWhatever you do, don’t call Mr. Roosevelt quirky. Thrift shop dresses are quirky. Ironic coffee shop wall art is quirky. This comedy is not. What could have been an ordinary, boilerplate indie rom-com of the SXSW ilk, is a solid feature debut with lively personality and perspective from Noel Wells.

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“I’m Dying Up Here” Brings the Right Amount of Laughs, Pain, and Tears to the World of Stand-up Comedy

iduh-excerptDavid Flebotte’s Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here attempts to put its finger on the pulse of the comedy world and does an admirable job of itwith the jokes, snark, and riffing. But the humor is merely a vehicle to show the emotional relationship between the characters, the pleasure and pain of dream-chasing, and the catharsis of comedy.

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“Gemini” is a Sleek and Simple Murder Mystery That’s So L.A.

gemini-excerptAaron Katz’s celeb murder mystery gives eerie vibes throughout, but as the film rolls along, the story loosens its grasp on the audience and makes for an ending that is simply satisfying rather than shocking.

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SXSW 2017: The Complete List of Jury and Special Award Winners

most-beautiful-island-excerptThe winners of SXSW’s Jury and Special Awards have been unveiled. Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata announced the winners at a special ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Ana Asensio’s psychological thriller Most Beautiful Island nabbed the top award in the Narrative Feature Competition while the captivating prison doc The Work earned the award for Documentary Feature Competition.

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Virus-Induced Violence Makes “Mayhem” Delightfully Infectious

mayhem-excerptA genre mash-up of 28 Days Later, The Raid, and Office Space, Mayhem is a non-stop gnarly ride of tortuous blood-soaked fights driven by rage — and it is unbelievably awesome.

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“Small Crimes” is Hugely Complicated and Moderately Satisfying

small-crimes-excerptEvan Katz tackles very heady material in this pulpy noir and although it entertains (to a certain extent) and is stacked with a phenomenal roster of actors, the film tends to become over-involved and twisted within itself.

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“Dear White People” Netflix Series Puts a Deeper, Sharper Focus On Identity Politics

dear-white-people-excerptThe film garnered acclaim at Sundance and turned the volume up a few of notches when it came to the conversation about identity politics. Now, with the new upcoming television adaptation, director Justin Simien plans to put the volume on blast with a series that allows the characters more room to grow with nuance and complexity that was originally planted with firm roots in the original film.

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“The Disaster Artist” Celebrates the Filmmaker Behind the Worst Movie Ever Made

the-disaster-artist-excerptThe adaptation of Greg Sestero’s non-fiction book of the same name tells the story of the author’s friendship with filmmaker and actor (if you want to call him that) Tommy Wiseau, the man responsible for bringing The Room into our lives — which is considered to be “the worst movie of all time.”

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“Atomic Blonde” Is a Bone-Breaking, Action-Packed Espionage ’80s Jamfest

atomic-blonde-excerptFrom beginning to end this is Charlize Theron’s shining moment as an action star. She’s like James Bond, but a lot cooler. Instead of shaken martinis, she guzzles down vodka on eyes and instead of nifty gadgets, she beats guys with everyday items like hoses, hotplates and house keys.

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