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'The Conway Curve': Film Review

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Director/co-screenwriter Marian Yeager has some trouble pulling the narrative strings of her debut indie about a young woman who gets involved in various shady dealings thanks to her con-artist brother. Often lapsing into attempts at broad comedy that don’t quite come off, the tonally wobbly The Conway Curve is most notable for the appealing lead performance by Veronica Wylie, who displays deft comic chops even when forced to commit to such tired running gags as her character repeatedly hitting her head.

The ramshackle plot revolves around Natalie Conway (Wylie), whose older brother Luke (Bradley Snedeker) severed contact with the family »


- Frank Scheck

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'Purple Rain': THR's 1984 Review

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On July 27, 1984, Warner Bros. unveiled Prince's R-rated Purple Rain in theaters for moviegoers. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Purple Rain, starring rock star Prince, may create a surprise and sudden box office storm for Warner Bros. Sensitive and highly visual, this Albert Magnoli-directed film is an accomplished and sophisticated example of storytelling. Even those who aren’t Prince fans are likely to be captivated by its energy, enamored with its simple, often poignant storyline.

Prince stars as a headstrong, vulnerable young musician. He’s self-destructive, submerging his music in his anger and insecurities. In short, his music »


- THR Staff

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'It' Trailer Moments That Need a Closer Look

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The follow-up to It’s record-breaking first teaser is here, and there's plenty for Stephen King fanatics to dig into.

The trailer shows off director Andy Muschietti's decision to mix an '80s coming-of-age story with modern horror aesthetics, with the film adapting one half of King's 1986 landmark novel (this one focuses on the characters as kids, while a sequel is supposed to follow them as adults).

Let’s dive into the trailer for some key moments (and a warning, this contains a few spoilers for the novel):

Remember Derry

This fictoinal Maine town of »


- Jacob Oller

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'The Emoji Movie': What the Critics Are Saying

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Reviews for the Tony Leondis-directed Emoji Movie are flooding in, and it's not looking good for the animated comedy. 

The film follows the adventures of Gene (voiced by Silicon Valley alum T.J. Miller), an emoji with the unusual capability of showing infinite emotions, as he seeks to become a "normal" emoji. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore, any comparison to similar animated fare such as The Lego Movie or Inside Out isn't earned here. "Given the right combination of inspiration, intelligence and gifted artists, any dumb thing can be turned into an enjoyable film," he writes. "But Tony Leondis' The »


- Lauren Huff

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Zoe Saldana Launching Latino-Focused Digital Media Brand (Exclusive)

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Actress and producer Zoe Saldana is launching a digital media company that will focus on empowering Latinos.

BeSe (pronounced "bee-say") will debut by the end of 2017. The start-up will create cultural storytelling targeting millennial and Gen Z audiences, for distribution across social and digital platforms.

Saldana will serve as the founder and CEO of the company, with media and entertainment veteran Daniel Batista as president and COO. Backing BeSe is Plus Foundry, which partners with influencers and brands to ideate, develop and launch transformative ventures.

The name comes from the verb "to be" in two languages — in English »


- Rebecca Ford

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Kathryn Bigelow Turns the Hollywood Spotlight to 'Detroit' for Film's Premiere

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"I think this is a story that needed to see the light of day," director/producer Kathryn Bigelow said on the red carpet of the world premiere of her latest film Detroit — aptly held at Fox Theatres in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday night.

Lead John Boyega, who plays the security guard caught in the middle of a triple murder of three African American teenagers in the Algiers Motel during the 1967 12th Street Riot, spoke of the story that was largely unknown outside of the Motor City.

"Fifty years ago it wasn't a day of celebration, it »


- Ramona Saviss

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'Stranger Things' Star Natalia Dyer to Star in Indie 'Mountain Rest' (Exclusive)

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Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer will star in Mountain Rest, an indie drama that marks the directorial debut of writer-director Alex O Eaton.

Frances Conroy, Shawn Hatosy and Kate Lyn Sheil are also starring in the piece, which is set to go into production Sept. 10.

The script centers on an aging actress who, after sequestering herself in a small mountain town, calls her estranged daughter and granddaughter home for reconciliation and one final celebration.  

Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos of Exhibit and Renata Nascimento are producing.

Executive producing are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Márcia Mayer. Jonathan Gardner, »


- Borys Kit

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'The Emoji Movie': Film Review

5 hours ago

Here's what you tell yourself when you accept an assignment to review a cartoon about emoji: "Remember what you thought when you heard about The Lego Movie? That it was the most shameless bit of advertising-as-entertainment you could imagine, the nadir of Hollywood's intellectual-property dependence, and couldn't possibly be worth seeing? Remember how incredibly wrong you were?"

You were wrong then. Given the right combination of inspiration, intelligence and gifted artists, any dumb thing can be turned into an enjoyable film. But Tony Leondis' The Emoji Movie, a very, very dumb thing, comes nowhere near that magic combination. It is »


- John DeFore

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'Wolf Warrior 2': Film Review

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Wu Jing again stakes his claim as the natural heir to Jackie Chan with the sequel to his 2015 action movie that was a hit in his native China. Starring, directed and co-written by Jing, Wolf Warrior 2 is even bigger and bolder than its predecessor, which doesn’t always work in its favor. But genre fans will definitely relish the near-constant barrage of elaborate set pieces that are choreographed and filmed for maximum impact.

Jing again plays Leng Feng, now living a quiet life in Africa after having left the titular Chinese Special Forces unit under unfortunate circumstances depicted in »


- Frank Scheck

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Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike Political Thriller 'High Wire Act' Nabbed by Bleecker Street

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Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to director Brad Anderson's political thriller High Wire Act.

Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike head up the cast of the film written by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy).

The story centers on a top U.S. diplomat (Hamm) who leaves Lebanon in the 1970s after his wife is killed. Ten years later, he gets called back to a war-torn Beirut by CIA operatives (Pike, Dean Norris) with a mission only he can accomplish. The film also stars Mark Pellegrino, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Idir Chender and Jonny Coyne.

The »


- Tatiana Siegel

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Does the 'It' Trailer Get Stephen King Right?

8 hours ago

Does Thursday's most anticipated trailer have the "It" factor?

Andy Muschietti's Stephen King adaptation brings the scares (Pennywise! Creepy, apathetic adults!) and an '80s aesthetic strong enough to give Stranger Things a run for its money. Here, The Hollywood Reporter's resident It enthusiasts Ryan Parker, Pete Keeley and Aaron Couch take a closer look at the trailer.

Ryan Parker: This trailer is wonderful in that I felt totally creeped out afterward, which is a nice change of pace, because all the teaser did was make me sort of intrigued, but still somewhat cynical about the remake. This trailer, however, makes my skin crawl, which »


- Aaron Couch,Ryan Parker,Pete Keeley

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'Wind River': Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner Praise Taylor Sheridan in Directorial Debut

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Wind River stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen were full of praise for first-time director Taylor Sheridan — the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind Denis Villeneuve's Sicario and last year's best picture contender Hell or High Water — at Wednesday night's L.A. premiere

"Being a director is all about perspective. Taylor's perspective as a writer comes across in the first 10 pages," Renner said. "I get where he's going. He is patient and raw and unapologetic and harrowing. And when you get that in the first 10 pages you are like, 'Oh, fuck.'" 

In fact, Renner so enjoyed working with Sheridan that he vowed, "The »


- Mia Galuppo

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Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel'

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Amazon Studios is moving full steam ahead into film distribution.

The streaming giant behind such films as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick will self-distribute Woody Allen's upcoming film, Wonder Wheel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

It's a significant step for Amazon, which has previously partnered with traditional distributors like Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to put its films into theaters. Amazon's Bob Berney has always played a key role in the marketing of its films, but until now, the company has never had the infrastructure in place to book theaters and physically distribute movies. The company has been quietly building »


- Tatiana Siegel

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Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway Look Troubled in 'Serenity' (Exclusive Image)

9 hours ago

Why so serious, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway?

Here, The Hollywood Reporter debuts a first-look image from the upcoming movie Serenity, which features the duo (collaborating for the first time since Interstellar) with intense facial expressions — and a new blonde hair color for Hathaway.

The upcoming mystery tale was written and directed by Steven Knight. This is Knight’s third feature-length film as director; he previously directed Locke and Redemption (both with Im Global) and also wrote screenplays for numerous movies including Allied and Burnt.

In Serenity, McConaughey plays a fishing boat captain whose past is about to crash »


- Helen Murphy

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'Suburbicon' Trailer Makes Matt Damon-Starrer Look Like Mixture of 'Leave It to Beaver' and 'Goodfellas'

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Suburbicon appears to be a wild mixture of Leave It to Beaver  and Goodfellas.

The first trailer for the Matt Damon starrer dropped on Thursday, and it opens in a sleepy, cookie-cutter town that looks like something right out of a neighborhood in 1950s TV. 

Viewers soon find out something much more sinister is happening in the crime-comedy when the wife of Damon's character is murdered by the mob for unspecified debts he owes. 

A very blond Julianne Moore plays his sister-in-law. 

Damon's character finally has enough when the mob later tries to kill his son. He begins to go after gangsters who »


- Ryan Parker

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Nick Offerman to Star in Music-Themed 'Hearts Beat Loud'

11 hours ago

Nick Offerman has landed his first big-screen lead in Brett Haley's upcoming musical Hearts Beat Loud for Park Pictures, Burn Later Prods. and Houston King Prods.

Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette also join the cast that already included Kiersey Clemons.

Co-written by Haley and Marc Basch, the film centers on a father (Offerman) and daughter (Clemons) who form an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. Hearts Beat Loud will feature four original songs and a score by award-winning composer-songwriter Keegan DeWitt. Offerman and Clemons will both sing in the film.

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- Tatiana Siegel

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The Beatles Triumph in Ownership Fight Over Footage From Famous Concert

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On Aug. 15, 1965, The Beatles continued the British Invasion with a sold-out performance at Shea Stadium. In the years since, the concert has become legendary. A movie of the concert was broadcast on ABC in 1967. The concert was then used in the mid-1990s for a documentary series called The Beatles Anthology. And most recently, Ron Howard used footage for his own film, Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years. But who actually owned the tapes?

On Wednesday, a New York federal judge rejected the contention that it was Sid Bernstein's company. A huge promoter in the 1960s who worked with »


- Eriq Gardner

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'Valerian' Losses Hit Investors Hard as China Release Awaits

11 hours ago

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in May, Luc Besson said that as he was making his big-screen adaptation of the French comic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, he worried the source material would be "impossible" to film. Turns out he may have been right.

The most expensive indie film ever made, ringing up a $180 million price tag, Valerian has flopped at the U.S. box office with a dismal $17 million opening weekend. Since its July 21 release, it’s taken in a total of just $18.8 million.

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- Rhonda Richford

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Box-Office Preview: 'Emoji Movie,' 'Atomic Blonde' to Battle 'Dunkirk'

11 hours ago

If moviegoers ever wanted to hear Sir Patrick Stewart voice the poop emoji, they are about to get their chance.

This weekend, Sony Pictures Animation unfurls The Emoji Movie, based on the popular ideograms that have become their own, popular language. But it remains to be seen whether The Emoji Movie can pass up Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which opened to $50.3 million last weekend, and win the weekend.

The Emoji Movie is tracking to debut in the $25 million-$27 million, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $20 million.

Tony Leondis directed the original film, about an emoji named »


- Pamela McClintock

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'Circus Kane': Clown-Themed Horror Movie Gets Creepy First Trailer

12 hours ago

Yes, you should be afraid of clowns — and the first trailer for the horror film Circus Kane proves it.

The film stars Jonathan Lipnicki, and centers on a reclusive circus master who offers up $250,000 to anyone who can spend a night in his new house of haunts. A group of fame-craving social media stars take him up on his offer, but soon learn they will be fighting for their lives.

Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray direct the film from a script by James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward, based on a story by Sean Sellars. 

DeInstitutionalized's Gerald Webb and Christopher Ray are producing the project along »


- Aaron Couch

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