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Cannes 2017 Winners: Ruben Östlund’s “The Square”, Sophia Coppola Take Top Honors

cannes-excerptThe big winners of the 70th Cannes Film Festival were announced and Ruben Ostlund walked away with the Palme d’Or for his film, The Square. The film by the Force Majeure director is a satire of the art world and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West.

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“Ozark” Trailer Has Jason Bateman Doing Some Serious Money Laundering (VIDEO)

ozark-trailerIf you like Jason Bateman in Arrested Development then you’ll probably be taken off guard watching him shift gears from the Michael Bluth to a family man who is also a top money launderer for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico in the Netflix series Ozark. Yeah, it’s a tiny bit different from the culty absurd comedy.

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Sophia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” Divides Critics at Cannes, “Feminizes” the 1971 Film Starring Clint Eastwood

beguiled-excerptSome critics weren’t over the moon for Sophia Coppola’s latest, while others were praising it for flipping the script on the pulpy original. Either way, critics dug deep into the film’s exploration of gender roles.

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“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Film Review: The Swashbuckling Sequel Finds Its Sea Legs

pirates-excerptThe latest installment of the franchise breaks the mediocrity of the last two films as it returns to form with a fresh energy, “yo-ho-ho” humor, and high seas adventure that echoes the brilliance of The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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“Baywatch” Film Review: A Slo-mo Head-First Dive Into Shallow TV-to-Movie Remakes

baywatch-excerptEven with two huge marquee names leading the charge, this adaptation drowns itself in dated raunchy humor, stale dick jokes, gay panic riffs, and clunky writing that not even the Hoff could save.

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“Dirty Dancing” Review: Zero Rhythm, Soul, and Sex Appeal Found in this Unnecessary Remake

dirty-dancing-excerptIf a remake of Dirty Dancing had to be happen, then it was crucial that every detail was in order. If anything was out of place, wrong or tonally off, then rabid fans of the original would make it known. That said, ABC sure as better brace themselves for the wrath of Johnny Castle diehards.

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9 Things We Learned From the “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” Press Conference

captain-underpants-excerptFrom making this book series into a huge animated franchise to the biggest diva of the cast, director David Soren, creator Dav Pilkey (Turbo) and actors Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch gave us the scoop on the new animated feature.

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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 Dark Crystal” to be Revived as a Prequel Series at Netflix

dark-crystal-excerptJim Henson’s 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal is getting the Netflix treatment as a prequel series. The groundbreaking fantasy adventure is coming to the streaming giant as a prequel series titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

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“Patti Cake$” Trailer Drops a Sick Beat With its Unlikely Rap Star (Video)

patti-cakesSundance’s hip-hop hit Patti Cake$ starring breakout Aussie actress Danielle Macdonald has its first trailer and it is everything you wanted and more.

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ABC Releases Trailers For “The Crossing”, “Splitting Up Together”, “Alex, Inc.” and More (VIDEO)

abc-excerptIn addition to ABC prime time favorites like Fresh Off the Boat and Once Upon a Time returning for the fall, the network recently unveiled a hearty helping of new shows. They also recently released a boatload of trailers that gives audiences a preview of what to expect from its fall lineup.

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New Trailers For “The Orville”, “Ghosted”, “L.A. to Vegas” Show Off Fox’s New Comedy Slate (Video)

ghosted-excerptIn the wake of Fox’s mass cancellation of shows like Scream Queens, Making History, and Son of Zorn, the network has introduced a new batch of shows to take their place…and hopefully they’ll stick around for a while. Fox recently released trailers to give us peek at what to expect from their rookie shows.

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“The Gifted” Introduces a New Batch of Marginalized Mutants in First Trailer (VIDEO)

the-giftedWith the success of FX’s Legion, the X-Men universe continues to X-pand to Fox with The Gifted. More family drama than action series, the show follows a suburban couple whose lives are changed when their children come out of the mutant closet. In a world where mutants are marginalized, they join an underground network of mutants as they try to survive while running from a hostile government.

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“King Arthur” and His Sword Barely Pierce the Box Office, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Stays on Top

king-arthur-excerptThere were no huge surprises at the box office this weekend as Marvel Studios continued to dominate with its space opera sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As for newcomers Snatched and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, they made little impact with their debuts as they underperformed and raked in less money at the box office than expected.

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Josh McLaughlin Named President of Production at Focus Features (Exclusive)

focus-excerptJosh McLaughlin is set to replace Jim Burke as President of Production at Focus Features, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. Rather than hire an executive from outside the company, Focus decided to promote from within.

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Julianne Moore Boards New Take on Sebastian Lelio’s Film “Gloria”

julianne-moore-excerptThe yet-to-be-titled interpretation of the Sebastian Lelio’s original won’t be a direct remake of the film but will be inspired by the story and characters.

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“A Christmas Story” Set as the Next Live Musical Event at Fox

christmas-story-excerpt Following the success of Grease: Live, Fox has announced that the beloved holiday movie turned Broadway hit will be their next live musical event.

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Angela Bassett Set to Star in Ryan Murphy Procedural Drama “911” at Fox

angela-bassett-excerptAcademy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett is ready to tackle some emergency calls in the upcoming procedural drama 911. The project, which comes from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, recently received a 13-episode straight-to-series order at Fox.

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“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” Movie Review: A Camelot Catastrophe

king-arthur-excerptThe director who brought us stylized across-the-pond greatness like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels attempts to inject the same tough-as-nails swagger to Camelot lore but ends up making a tangled Arthurian mess.

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Amazon Nabs Streaming Rights to 40 Films from SXSW Including Festival Winner “Most Beautiful Island”

most-beautiful-island-excerptAmazon decided to go on a shopping spree and acquired the streaming rights to 40 films that screened at SXSW earlier this year. Among the films included in the huge purchase is Ana Asensio’s drama Most Beautiful Island, which won the Grand Jury Award for narrative feature.

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“Snatched” Film Review: Goldie Hawn Steals the Show in Schumer-fied Mother-Daughter Comedy

snatched-excerptThe Jonathan Levine-directed comedy written by Kate Dippold and produced by Paul Feig is spirited, surprisingly emotional, and obviously fun, but it lacks an extra layer of zest to make it a hit comedy that the world will be talking about six months from now.

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Master of None Review: Season 2

master of none excerptWith season 2, creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang mix experimental storytelling and Euro-auteur panache that doesn’t take away from the comedic sensibilities and socially-minded oeuvre set with their brilliant freshman season.

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“Alien: Covenant” Film Review: Ridley Scott Returns to Form With Chest-Bursting Thrills

alien-covenant-excerptThe latest installment of the sci-fi franchise twists the Alien storytelling formula enough so that it keeps the viewer engaged, the characters interesting, and doesn’t regurgitate the same story we have seen in these movies time and time again. It’s also bloody entertaining….literally.

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“3 Generations” Film Review: With All Its Good Intent, the Trans Drama is a Missed Opportunity

THREE GENERATIONSFrom MPAA ratings to transwashing, the controversies surrounding 3 Generations weighed the film down and made it lose its primary storytelling focus — which didn’t seem well-executed from the start.

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“The Defenders” Trailer Pits Netflix’s Marvel Street Heroes Against a Fierce Sigourney Weaver (VIDEO)

defendersThe new trailer for the highly anticipated Marvel street hero team-up builds up the excitement for the new series (dropping August 18) with action, style, and a stone cold villainous Sigourney Weaver.

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“Better Luck Tomorrow” Continues to Resonate With Asian American Hollywood After 15 Years

blt-excerptThe Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival took note of the social climate of whitewashing (see: Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell) and decided to set the 2002 drama Better Luck Tomorrow as the festival opener. The move not only sparked nostalgia for independent filmmaking but put a spotlight on the groundbreaking film that still resonates when it comes to diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

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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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Sundance Hit “The Big Sick” Starring Kumail Nanjiani Gets Its First Trailer (VIDEO)

big-sick-excerptThe new trailer perfectly packages the film — but gives away too much for my taste. It basically told the entire story in broad strokes, which is a good sell, but disappointing in that they should have kept some things a mystery.

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“It Comes at Night” Trailer Features Joel Edgerton Fighting Off a Mysterious Woodland Monster (VIDEO)

it-comes-at-night-excerptThere are plenty of “cabin in the woods” movies out in the world so if you’re going to make another one, it sure as hell better be fresh and original. Based on the new trailer for It Comes at Night, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, the horror-thriller follows in the footsteps of Drew Goddard’s subversive The Cabin in the Woods, adding a twist to the genre.

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“The Circle” Film Review: Because We Need Another Movie Telling Us Social Media is Destroying Humanity

circle-excerptThe Circle brings some very timely and heady topics to the forefront and even though I haven’t read the book from which it was adapted, I can already tell that this movie doesn’t do justice to its source material.

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