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'Desolation': Film Review

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Horror films are often rightly criticized for their lack of character development and overreliance on cheap jump scares. Sam Patton's debut feature avoids such potential stumbling blocks with nuanced characterizations, well-crafted dialogue and a slow-burn, non-exploitative approach. Unfortunately, this tale about three people being stalked by a menacing psycho in the wilderness lacks one essential component – suspense. Its running time is a mere 78 minutes, but it feels like Desolation takes much longer getting to nowhere particularly interesting.  

The story concerns Abby (Jaimi Paige), her best friend Jen (Alyshia Oschse) and Abby's thirteen-year-old son Sam (Toby Nichols), who »


- Frank Scheck

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Sony Co-Producing Pablo Trapero's 'La Quietud' as First-Ever Argentine Feature

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Sony Pictures International Productions (Spip), the local-language production arm of Sony Pictures, has come onboard La Quietud, the new feature from El Clan director Pablo Trapero, as its first-ever Argentine co-production.

Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute the film in the U.S. as well as Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile, and will take television rights for the title across Latin America. Wild Bunch will handle international sales. 

In the intimate thriller, Martina Gusman (Lion’s Den) and Berenice Bejo (The Artist) star as two sisters who try to achieve closure on their common troubled past. Edgar Ramirez (Gold) co-stars. Trapero’s Matanza »


- Scott Roxborough

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Boom!: Disney-Fox Deal Puts Studio in Comic Book Business Again

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Disney’s acquisition of Fox has fans beside themselves over what it means for their beloved X-Men franchise. Political types are pondering the meaning of Disney CEO Bob Iger staying on until 2021 and his potential run for U.S. president.

Lost in the shuffle is the fact that Disney, which bought Marvel in 2009, is now involved with yet another comic book company, in this case, Boom! Studios. The studio finds itself with a minority stake in the company, after Fox became an investor in the indie publisher in June.

The two companies could not be more different. Marvel primarily focuses »


- Borys Kit

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Clint Eastwood Gets R-Rating on '15:17 to Paris' Overturned

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Clint Eastwood has won an appeal to overturn the R rating originally assigned to his upcoming film, The 15:17 to Paris. Instead, it will be rated PG-13.

The real-life drama recounts the much-publicized story about an attempted terror attack on a train from Brussels to Paris in 2015, which was thwarted by three former U.S. servicemen — played by the real-life heroes Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone in the film.

According to a source, the R rating was given for the train attack scene at the center of the film, which the Classification and Rating Administration described as »


- Mia Galuppo

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Annette Bening Talks Artists' "Important Role" in Political Climate

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On Wednesday (Dec. 13), the Museum of Moving Image in New York City honored Annette Bening with its 31st annual Salute, which benefits the museum’s education and community engagement initiatives. Following a screening of Bening's new film, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool at the Paris theater, the actress, husband Warren Beatty, Bening's past collaborators and other high-profile figures attended a dinner, award presentation and showing of clips that highlighted some of the actress’s most memorable roles.

During her acceptance speech, Bening thanked the museum and attendants for their consistent contributions to the arts. “You are supporting the art form and »


- Katherine Schaffstall

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James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie from 'The Hive' Director

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is continuing to keep up his horror chops.

Gunn will produce a new horror project to be helmed by David Yarovesky, the director of the 2015 film The Hive. He's a longtime collaborator of Gunn's (Guardians fans will undoubtedly have seen his viral music video "Guardians Inferno," starring David Hasselhoff). The untitled film will be a family affair, with James Gunn's brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn writing the script.

The H Collective is financing the film, and is producing with Gunn and his shingle Troll Court Entertainment. Executive producers include Brian »


- Aaron Couch

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Oscars Flashback: 1988's 'Roger Rabbit' Won 4 Awards the Hard Way

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit wasn't the first film to combine live action with cartoon animation (it had been done around 1920 with the Out of the Inkwell series), but the 1988 Disney/Amblin production was by far the most expensive and successful.

The $50.5 million film ($105 million today) brought in $161 million worldwide ($335 million today) and won Academy Awards for visual effects, sound effects editing and film editing. Plus, animator Richard Williams received a special achievement Oscar. (Despite the big box office, a 1990 Disney profit participation statement The Hollywood Reporter printed in 1992 showed that »


- Bill Higgins

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Fox Film Chief Stacey Snider Tries to Calm the Troops After Disney Deal

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Under normal circumstances, 20th Century Fox Film chairman-ceo Stacey Snider would have been in Washington on Thursday for the world premiere of Steven Spielberg's The Post, the Pentagon Papers drama starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

But Snider canceled the trip in order to speak with anxious executives following the official announcement that Disney intends to buy big parts of 21st Century Fox, including the film studio, which includes Fox proper, Fox 2000 and Fox Searchlight. The $52.3 billion acquisition, which must now be approved by regulators, would dramatically alter the Hollywood studio landscape by ending the decades-long rule of »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Bright' Cast on Its Racial Undertones and a Possible Sequel

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When Will Smith first read the the script for Netflix's Bright, the first word that came to his mind was "bizarre."

“It’s this gritty, hard cop drama," said Smith at the film's premiere Wednesday night in Los Angeles. "There’s L.A. streets and underworld and all that hard flavor, but there’s orcs and elves and fairies. It’s a mashup that I’ve never really read anything like this. The closest I’ve experienced is Men in Black had a little of that flavor, but not the hard, rated-r cop drama element.”

The fantasy film reteams Smith with Suicide Squad director David Ayer, which was a draw for the »


- Arlene Washington

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'The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story': Film Review

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A cheerleading portrait of the co-creator of the blockbuster Chicken Soup for the Soul self-help books, Nick Nanton's The Soul of Success: The Jack Canfield Story presents its subject as a selfless man who lives to inspire others. Light biography is paired with clips of public appearances and copious testimonials, all leaving the viewer with the notion that a bit of positive thinking can turn any life around. Given how successful Canfield is in selling tickets to day-long seminars, there seems to be some audience for the doc's niche theatrical release.

According to IMDb, Nanton and screenwriter Emily Hache have »


- John DeFore

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Sarah Paulson Debuts Dramatic 'Ocean's 8' Poster

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Every con has its pros … so says the recently debuted poster for Ocean's 8.

Star Sarah Paulson shared the one-sheet on Twitter, which sees her posing with co-stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina.

Gary Ross directed the Ocean's franchise spinoff, which follows Debbie Ocean (Bullock) as she assembles a crew to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s annual star-studded Met Gala.  

Ocean's 8 will hit theaters on June 8, 2018, via Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures.

See Paulson's original tweet below. 

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- THR Staff

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Darth Vader Played a Crucial Role in Helping Christoper Reeve Become Superman

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It's a small universe. 

When the late Christoper Reeve was auditioning for the role of Superman back in the late 1970s, he had everything the filmmakers were looking for — except his physique. At 6 feet, 5 inches and 170 pounds, he was a beanpole. 

Calling Reeve a "skinny little kid" when they met for his audition, director Richard Donner made Reeve promise he would be able to bulk up for the role in time for production to meet the 1978 release date. 

To make sure that happened, Donner made a call to none other than Darth Vader, actor David Prowse

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- Ryan Parker

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TCM Film Fest: 50th Anniversary Screening of 'The Producers' to Open 9th Edition

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The world-premiere screening of a restored version of The Producers, Mel Brooks' comedy that became a beloved classic following its release in 1968, will open the 9th TCM Classic Film Festival on April 26, the fest announced Thursday. Brooks, who won the best original screenplay Oscar for the film and later adapted it into a Tony-winning Broadway musical, will be in attendance for a Q&A as part of the pic's 50th anniversary celebration.

The 9th TCM Classic Film Festival will take place — day and night — from April 26-29. TCM on-air host Ben Mankiewicz will host the event, which »


- Scott Feinberg

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Oscars: How 'Shape of Water' Music Evokes an Underwater Feeling

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Victoria & Abdul to 1927 in Wonderstruck up to the present day, with plenty of stops in the 1940s via Dunkirk, Mudbound and Darkest Hour and a quirky detour to 2002 for Lady Bird.

For composers, the era becomes another consideration when scoring a period piece, but they warn against being too doctrinaire when it comes to designing a sonic landscape confined to a specific time frame. "Principle rejection is a silly idea," says Thomas Newman, who composed the music for Stephen Frears' Victoria & »


- Melinda Newman

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Lawyer Bert Fields Drops Weinstein Co. Over Unpaid Bills

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Another prominent law firm is parting ways with The Weinstein Co., but this time it isn't related to the sexual harassment and assault allegations plaguing ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Greenberg Glusker, lead by veteran Bert Fields, is asking the court for permission to leave a rights dispute because it hasn't been paid — and, in doing so, the firm underscores that it is not involved in the ongoing sexual scandals.

Donald Borchers sued in August, asking the court for a declaration that he holds film rights to projects based on Stephen King's Children of the Corn. Borchers claims he »


- Ashley Cullins

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'Killing for Love': Film Review

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As long as there are crimes, there will be true-crime documentaries. The glut that permeates cable television has lately spread to cinemas, with the latest addition being Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger's examination of a 1985 double murder in Virginia. Featuring compelling real-life figures who practically invite casting guesses for the inevitable Hollywood dramatization, Killing for Love should easily satisfy viewers who can't get enough of this stuff.

The lurid killings of Derek and Nancy Haysom were tailor-made for tabloid consumption and, much to this documentary's benefit, led to a nationally televised trial. The prosperous couple lived in a well-appointed »


- Frank Scheck

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'Detroit': Why Questlove Nearly Passed on Writing the Film's Title Track

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Detroit is a relentlessly bleak look at the 1967 riots in the Motor City and, specifically, the Algiers Motel incident, during which three young black men were killed by the police. Questlove and his band The Roots provided the end title track, the searing "It Ain't Fair," which opens with gorgeous a cappella singing by Bilal before exploding into fierce raps by The Roots' Black Thought (aka Tariq Trotter).

The Roots, who are the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, created a song that reflects not only on the '67 riots, but also on »


- Melinda Newman

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'Deadpool' Can Stay R-Rated at Disney, Says Bob Iger

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Disney is ready and willing to get into the R-rated movie business – if the branding is right.

In a call with media following Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Iger addressed the future of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds' raunchy and lucrative R-rated Marvel franchise at Fox.

"It [Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-r brand for something like Deadpool," said Iger. "As long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine." 

Fox has had big success over the past »


- Aaron Couch

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Ryan Reynolds Trolls With Photo of Deadpool Getting Kicked Out of Disney Park

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Deadpool was looking to cause a little trouble this morning following Disney's announcement that it was acquiring his studio, 21st Century Fox. 

Ryan Reynolds shared a photo of Deadpool getting escorted out of a Disney park by security, after his character apparently acted in a way not becoming of a Disney guest. Reynolds captioned the photo this way: "Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn." (Read into that what you will.) The image is from artist Mutant 101.

Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn. pic.twitter.com/2bEAAcZrUv

Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, »


- Aaron Couch

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Disney Will Pay Fox $2.5 Billion If Regulators Block Acquisition

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The Walt Disney Co. has made a $2.5 billion bet that it will gain approval from regulators to consummate the proposed acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox. That's the termination fee outlined in the deal to create a global content powerhouse.

Now that Disney's Bob Iger and Fox's Rupert Murdoch have made their big announcement, the deal will be reviewed at the Justice Department and possibly by other agencies, like the Federal Communications Commission. Particularly scrutinized will be industry consolidation of large production studios, regional sports networks being put under the roof of the company that owns »


- Eriq Gardner

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