LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan. 10, 2016) – A hit with audiences and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS, is the “feel-good” movie of the year receiving an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and a Certified Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com. DreamWorks TROLLS, the fresh, music-filled adventure packed with humor and heart dances onto Digital HD on Jan. 24 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on Feb. 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
“The movie’s message, and it’s a lovely one, is that we all have a wild-haired, beaming doll of happiness inside. ‘Trolls’ will put you in touch with yours,” proclaims Owen Gleiberman of Variety.
*Singer/actress Janelle Monáe has two breakout roles in Golden Globe-nominated “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” and when she appeared at an AOL Build last recently, among other things, she opened up to host Ricky Camilleri about taking time off from music to make movies this year.
“I knew both of these films were bigger than Janelle Monáe. I knew that humanity needed this work. These are films that celebrate ‘the other’ — the person who’s often discriminated against because of their race, their gender or sexual identity,” she told Camilleri. “I want[ed] to make sure that I give it my all so I did have to take a break from recording to get in the mindset of Teresa and Ms. Mary Jackson. I had to do extensive research and it took up a lot of my time but it’s worth it when you talk about celebrating the often times uncelebrated.”
Monáe has been working on her next album for four years, and said roles in each film inspired her artistry, per Huff Post.
“It’s just exciting to go into these roles and you take a piece of those characters with you and I definitely have done that,” she said. “I feel more convicted about certain messages that I’ve wanted to push forward, certain sounds. It made me put a lot of things into perspective. I feel like there’s a lot at stake for women, for minorities and when I think about our future, I do feel as though I have a responsibility — an even bigger responsibility — to bring people together and I think music does that.”
“Moonlight” was chosen by American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2016, and has been nominated for numerous awards, including Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
Octavia Spencer earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her “Hidden Figures” role. The story follows African American scientist and mathematicians who, despite segregation, helped NASA launch the Mercury space program. Composers Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch were also nominated for their original score.
Lionsgate has released the first trailer for “The Shack,” a faith-based film adapted from William P. Young’s bestselling book of the same name.
Sam Worthington stars as a man who suffers an unimaginable loss and is summoned to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness, where he meets a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer), which is his wife’s name for God. Papa teaches him how to move on with his life and in the process, he also learns about himself.
Country star Tim McGraw co-stars in “The Shack” and also performs the film’s original song “Keep Your Eyes on Me” with wife Faith Hill.
Stuart Hazeldine directs the film, which arrives in theaters on March 3.
Here’s how the film’s website describes it:
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
*Remember when Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson called “Fast and Furious” co-star Vin Diesel a ‘candy ass’ in a shady Instagram post back In August? Well, the man recently voted People magazine’s most sexiest on the planet is gearing up for the next installment in the franchise, and says he has no regrets about blasting Diesel.
“I was very clear with what I said. I’ve been in the game a long time,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Would Universal [PICTURES] have preferred that didn’t happen? Sure, we talked about it. The irony is after that, and as they do their tracking and all their analysis, the interest shot through the roof to a whole other level.
Johnson took to Instagram in August to write that his female co-stars were always a pleasure to work with, but his male co-stars…not so much.
While The Rock did not specifically call out Diesel, subsequent posts seemed to allude to the actor more and more. Diesel even posted his own Facebook video to address the drama.
After various reports came out about the two stars going at it on set, Johnson told fans that their tension would come across on the big screen.
“When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling — you’re right,” the 44-year-old actor and former wrestler wrote.
Fast 8 roars into theaters April 14, 2017.
*Chris Tucker, one of the highest paid actors at one time, is back on the big screen in a big way in“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”
He is in the pivotal role of Albert, a film producer, and could change the lives of the Bravos—a group of celebrated Iraqi soldiers. He has the rights to the Bravo story and negotiates with a studio to bring the heroics of the squad to the big screen.
In addition to working with director Ang Lee, Tucker said at the Essex House in New York, he has great respect for the Armed Forces. He related a story that showed the feelings were mutual.
“I was traveling around the country doing stand up comedy and bumped into a lot of soldiers coming home,” he said. “I told the stewardess to tell the soldier with one leg he could have my seat in first class. I was going to do a show and was really tired. I guess he realized how exhausted I was and sent a note back saying, ‘No, thank. I know you’re really tired, Mr. Tucker. You’re getting ready to go and do a show and I really like you. I admire your movie. I loved you in ‘The Fifth Element.’
“I was like, ‘Man, this guy is great,’” Tucker continued. “A hero risking his life and with such [humility]. So doing this movie wasn’t just about bringing courageous soldiers to the screen, but a personal encounter I had with a soldier. Having met all of them at the airport, I had a personal connection. My character in the film has a personal connection to Bravo. He really roots for the Bravo guys and he wants to sell the movie rights and get their story told in a bigger way.”
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” opened in New York and Los Angeles last week but opens wide November 18.
Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at email@example.com
*Morris Chestnut (“The Perfect Guy”), Regina Hall (“Think Like a Man Too”), Romany Malco (“Weeds”) and Jaz Sinclair (“Paper Towns”) lead an all-star cast in the perfect date-night thriller “When the Bough Breaks,” debuting on digital December 13 and on Blu-ray and DVD December 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The story centers on John and Laura Taylor (Chestnut and Hall), a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as her pregnancy progresses, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on John. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.
The “When the Bough Breaks” Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases come loaded with bonus content, including deleted and extended scenes and commentary with director Jon Cassar, writer Jack Olsen and Jaz Sinclair. The releases also include a behind-the-scenes featurette, “The Have’s and the Have Not’s,” where Cassar and costume designer Olivia Miles discuss the process of designing the characters and Chestnut, Hall, Sinclair and Theo Rossi reveal their approaches to bringing their characters to life.
“When the Bough Breaks” was produced by Bob Shay and Michael Lynne and executive produced by Morris Chestnut, Dylan Sellers and Glenn S. Gainor.
*Disney Studios is teaming up with Ice Cube and Tommy Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, for a modern, musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
Twist tells the story of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of a gang of London pickpockets. Hardship, murders, and secrets waiting-to-be-revealed follow the boy. Cube, who is writing the treatment with Jeff Kwatinetz, is also attached to play Fagin.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s take will be a modern musical with sources describing it as crossing many genres, including hip-hop.
Disney adapted the story in 1988 as an animated movie, “Oliver and Company.” But perhaps the biggest impact on popular culture has been through its countless iterations of the stage musical Oliver!
Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was also behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Kwatinetz will be producing. Cube will also produce via his CubeVision banner.
Cube next stars in New Line’s “Fist Fight,” which opens Feb. 17, 2017.
Kail, best known for collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Broadway’s In the Heights and Hamilton, also directed Fox’s “Grease Live!,” which starred Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens.
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Six years after the murder of Attorney Calvin James, life has moved on. His daughter, Christina, now runs the day to day operations of the family firm, as her mother has retired from the practice. The two individuals responsible for the death of attorney James have altered their identities and have moved on with their lives assuming the incident is a thing of the past, as there has been no signs of pursuit by the police or otherwise. Approaching the anniversary of the murder, Attorney James’ illegitimate son surfaces and is seeking to stake his claim to his late father’s fortune. As emotions begin to run high and tempers flare it appears that no one is safe, and that all parties involved have agendas of retribution, financial gain and closure. When the pot gets stirred, who can you trust? Your family? Your friends? Or no one?
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