‘Geostorm’ Review: Gerard Butler Punching Weather in the Face Would Make a Better Movie
Putting the “mental” in “environmental,” the not-screened-for-critics “Geostorm” is less a scare picture about ignoring climate change than a cautionary flop about trying to do too much in conjuring a perfect storm of genres: end-of-the-world porn, save-the-world triumphalism, space adventure, political thriller, family drama, and workplace romance. Maybe the little Indian boy’s dog doesn’t die when the big bad tornados threaten all of Mumbai — despite our general acceptance of millions of humans biting the dust in these things — but disaster movies might have just flatlined with director and co-writer Dean Devlin’s chaotically stupid bid to emulate his old. »
- Robert Abele
Weekend Box Office: 'Geostorm,' 'Snowman' Melt Down; 'Boo 2!' Eyes No. 1
Tyler Perry's comedy-horror sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is off to a solid start at the weekend box office, while environmental disaster epic Geostorm and Michael Fassbender starrer The Snowman are melting down, according to early returns.
Boo 2 is tipped to gross $7 million-$8 million on Friday from 2,388 theaters for a projected $22 million-$23 million debut — more than enough to win the crown, but behind the $28.5 million opening of Boo! A Madea Halloween in October 2016.
- Pamela McClintock
Actress Sean Young Alleges Harvey Weinstein Exposed Himself to Her
Sean Young has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The actress alleges Weinstein exposed himself to her while working on 1992 film “Love Crimes,” which was produced by Weinstein’s former company Miramax.
Young recounted the experience on the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show podcast in Austin, Texas. She said on set, she “personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants in order to shock me.”
“My basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I don’t really think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty,'” Young recalled. “And then leaving, and then never having another meeting with that guy again, because it was like, ‘What on earth?'”
She said she got a bad reputation for saying no. “The minute you actually stand up for yourself in Hollywood, you’re the crazy one,” she said.
Young also claimed she was harassed by Warren Beatty and was »
- Rebecca Rubin
Jessica Chastain’s ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Lands at A24, DirecTV
The movie had its world premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. The drama, also starring Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp, is directed by Susanna White from a screenplay by Stephen Knight.
Producers are Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Erika Olde, Richard Solomon, and Andrea Calderwood. The production companies are Bedford Falls and Black Bicycle Entertainment in association with Im Global, Potboiler Productions, and LipSync.
A24 and DirecTV are planning a 2018 release, in which A24 will give the film a national theatrical rollout in all major markets.
Chastain portrays Catherine Weldon, a widowed artist from New York in the 1880s, who travelled to North Dakota to paint a portrait of chief Sitting Bull, who is portrayed by Greyeyes. The duo strikes up an improbable friendship, joining forces to take on the U.S. government »
- Dave McNary
Brent Briscoe, Actor in 'Sling Blade' and 'A Simple Plan,' Dies at 56
Brent Briscoe, the busy character actor who appeared alongside Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade and A Simple Plan and played Det. Dave Macklay on the recently revived Twin Peaks, has died. He was 56.
Briscoe died Wednesday in Los Angeles, a friend announced on Facebook. No cause of death was immediately available.
Briscoe starred as Lou Chambers, one of the three men who come upon a crashed plane filled »
- Mike Barnes
‘Another Story of the World’ ('Otra Historia del Mundo'): Film Review
Fake news is shown not to be all bad in the appealing, deceptively barbed satire Another Story of the World, in which a history teacher in a rural town decides to take control of the historical narrative to get a friend out of jail. In its combination of political comment and small-town drama, Guillermo Casanova’s second feature, following a 14-year gap, delivers little that’s new or particularly eye-catching, but that's no bad thing. Its virtues are instead the quiet, classic ones, and its wit, its bevy of engaging characters and its politically on-the-money message for these troubled times mean that »
- Jonathan Holland
‘Same Kind of Different as Me’ Review: Renee Zellweger Brings Grace to Faith-Based True Story
Evangelical Christian filmmaking is having a moment. After the surprise box office success of “God’s Not Dead,” the dam broke and the product has flowed freely, more or less divided into two content streams: insular, badly-made, confirmation-bias movies for the faithful (which, somewhat ironically, are often explicitly created to function as tools for evangelization), and less pointed stories of kindness, forgiveness, and supernatural miracles that feature movie stars more relevant than Kevin Sorbo. “Same Kind of Different as Me,” based on a true story, is the latter, and, graded on the competency curve many of these films flatly fail to. »
- Dave White
Jessica Chastain Western Drama ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Acquired by A24, DirecTV
A24 and DirecTV have acquired the U.S. rights to Jessica Chastain’s western drama “Woman Walks Ahead,” the companies announced Friday. The film made its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Susanna White, “Woman Walks Ahead” stars Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds and Bill Camp. Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Erika Olde, Richard Solomon and Andrea Calderwood produced, while the screenplay was written by Stephen Knight. Also Read: Jessica Chastain Wants 'Woman Walks Ahead' to Create Hope Amid Our Current 'Political System' (Exclusive Video) A24 and DirecTV are planning a 2018 release, with A24 planning a national theatrical roll. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Harvey Aftershocks: Hollywood’s Battle Against Sleaze Fatigue
With Harvey Weinstein gone, the entertainment industry operates under a new ruler: The gut check. He’s now a punching bag to represent abuse by powerful men, but now the real work begins. What about everyone else?
“Harvey is aberrant, to be sure, but no anomaly,” veteran screenwriter and USC professor Howard Rodman wrote me in an email. “He’s a rapist, but not the only rapist in our industry, and not the only serial predator by a very long shot. If we use his evident and overweening guilt to exculpate the rest of us, this will be for naught. What’s needed is a sea change. And maybe — just maybe — its time has come.”
Weinstein’s predation has a very, very long tail; new stories arrive daily, with the Los Angeles Police Dept. now opening an investigation into an alleged rape in 2013. “It’s been such crazy couple of weeks, »
- Anne Thompson
Amber Tamblyn Updates Stance on Charlyne Yi, David Cross Beef: ‘I Believe Her’
Amber Tamblyn has once again spoken out on the disagreement between her husband, comedian David Cross, and actress Charlyne Yi about racist comments Cross made when they first met. “I spoke to @charlyne_yi and her feelings/safety are all that matter to me. We’re good,” the actress, and “Paint It Black” writer-director said on Twitter on Thursday. “I owe you nothing, Twitter. You’re lucky to have me.” When another accused her of trying to protect her husband at the expense of a woman of color, Tamblyn wrote, “I’ll say it again. I spoke to Charlyne. I believe her. »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Blade Runner’ Star Sean Young Says Harvey Weinstein Flashed Her in Early 1990s
“Blade Runner” star Sean Young has come forward with a sexual harassment accusation against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, saying in a podcast interview that the mogul exposed himself to her in the early 1990s on a film produced by his former production company, Miramax. Young recalled working on the 1992 Miramax film “Love Crimes,” and said she “personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants.” “My basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I really don’t think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty,'” Young recalled telling him as she spoke on the “Dudley and Bob. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
The Timing for 'Geostorm' Couldn't Be Worse
When is the right time to see a film about a series of natural disasters destroying the planet? There may never be a “right time” for audiences to want to see Geostorm, the new film directed by Independence Day producer Dean Devlin, starring Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia. However, it is hard to imagine that this specific time — merely weeks after the devastating one-two-three punch of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and just a few days after the wildfires that ravaged Northern California — is anywhere near the right time. (The $120 million film is »
- Josh Spiegel
'Aida's Secrets': Film Review
Viewers will likely feel the urge to contact a genealogist after seeing Alon and Shaul Schwarz's fascinating and moving documentary about amazing revelations concerning their own family. Aida's Secrets unravels its complex scenario in compelling, page-turner mystery fashion, proving yet again that truth can be much stranger than fiction.
The story begins with the filmmakers' uncle, 67-year-old Izak, discovering that he has a long-lost brother. Izak was born in the displaced persons camp at Bergen-Belsen shortly after the end of World War II and was sent by his mother Aida to live with a foster family in Israel when he »
- Frank Scheck
Sean Penn Rep Rips ‘Delusional’ Kate del Castillo’s El Chapo Doc as ‘Cheap, National Enquirer-Esque’
Kate del Castillo’s documentary “The Day I Met El Chapo” is now available on Netflix, and that has Sean Penn’s camp seething. “This is nothing but a cheap, National Enquirer-esque tale spun by a delusional person whose hunger for fame is both tawdry and transparent,” Penn’s spokesperson Mark Fabiani told TheWrap via email. Reps for the “Dead Man Walking” star are angry with the streaming service, the documentary’s producers, and the telenovela star herself over the release of the project, which they think paints Penn in a negative light. Among the “Mystic River” actor’s issues »
- Tony Maglio
All 9 Tyler Perry Madea Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)
Tyler Perry‘s most famous character, Madea, has appeared in nearly half the director’s films: a gun-toting, “Hallelu-yer”-shouting force of nature, and an outrageous drag tribute to his mother and aunt. But some films in the Madea Cinematic Universe are gleefully manic, while others arrive in what appears to be a half-finished state of sad melodrama and mediocrity. Not counting her cameo appearance in the otherwise Madea-free “Meet the Browns,” or the animated kids offering “Madea’s Tough Love,” here’s where to find maximum Madea mayhem: 7. “Madea’s Witness Protection” To look at box office receipts, this »
- Dave White
‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Exits Apa as Agent Faces Sexual Assault Investigation (Exclusive)
“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard has parted ways with his agent after a former actor accused him of sexual assault, two individuals familiar with the matter told TheWrap. The Agency for the Performing Arts began investigating Tyler Grasham after Blaise Godbe accused him of plying him with alcohol and sexually abusing him a decade ago. Wolfhard is no longer signed with Apa’s Tyler Grasham, who was accused this week of plying former actor Blaise Godbe Lipman with alcohol and sexually assaulting him a decade ago when Lipman was still a teenager. It’s unclear at present where Wolfhard will land for representation. »
- Matt Donnelly
'Same Kind of Different as Me': Film Review
In 2014, Paramount Pictures announced a film adaptation of the bestselling non-fiction book Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together. It told the real-life story of Ron Hall and Denver Moore, respectively a wealthy white Southern art dealer and a Louisiana-born African-American homeless man who became friends after meeting in a shelter at which Ron was volunteering with his wife Deborah. The film was supposed to be released in early 2016, then was pushed to early 2017 until Paramount dropped it and the Christian company Pure »
- Keith Uhlich
How 'Jane' Captures the Legendary Primatologist – In Her Own Words
Long before he became acquainted with the subject of his documentary Jane, Brett Morgen assumed that the primatologist Jane Goodall was a "goody two-shoe[s]." The filmmaker was used to tackling figures with pronounced dark sides like Hollywood producer Robert Evans and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, not the type of scientific icons children study in grade school. "You were like Mother Teresa," he says, addressing Goodall, sitting on the couch beside him. She shoots back: "You didn't know me then."
Goodall, 83, may have a wry deadpan wit and seems to delight in skewering Morgen, »
Canal Plus, Telecom Italia Launch Joint Venture
Canal Plus and Telecom Italia have joined forces to launch a joint venture focusing on acquisitions and production of films and TV series.
The joint venture aims at bolstering the pay TV offer of Telecom Italia across linear and non-linear (Svod, VOD and catch-up) and allow the company to thrive amid a highly competitive landscape.
Under the partnership, the two companies will produce together Italian and international content as well as board co-productions. Telecom Italia and Canal Plus will also co-acquire sports rights, among others.
Telecom Italia will detain 60% of the joint venture, Canal Plus will have 40%.
Jacques du Puy, Canal Plus International president, said Italy was a major market.
“We delighted to be developing premium content with Telecom Italia and leverage our expertise »
- Elsa Keslassy
Women Animators Pen Open Letter on Sexual Harassment: ‘This Abuse Has Got to Stop’
More than 200 women, including gender non-conforming people, in animation have signed an open letter sent to all the major animation studios, demanding industry leaders take measures to end sexual harassment in the workplace. The letter was sent on Thursday to executives at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Bento Box, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse and Warner Bros. Aiming to “address and highlight the pervasive problem of sexism and sexual harassment” in the animation industry, the letter outlines the behaviors of men who contribute to a hostile work environment for others, from “crass sexual remarks” to. »
- Reid Nakamura
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