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Set in a world where mystical creatures live side by side with humans. A human cop is forced to work with an Orc to find a weapon everyone is prepared to kill for. Release Date: 2017 Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Director: David Ayer Writer: Max Landis Stars: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace Bright official trailer courtesy of Netflix.



happy death day marshall The 8 Movies to Watch This Weekend

‘Happy Death Day,’ ‘Marshall’
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‘Happy Death Day’ sends Jessica Rothe on a horror ‘Groundhog Day’ loop, ‘Marshall’ targets adults and Jackie Chan is back with action-thriller ‘The Foreigner.’ On Netflix, filmmaker David Fincher releases his highly anticipated serial killers series ‘Mindhunter.’

Happy Death Day

In theaters

 


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The Universal horror pic, produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, stars Jessica Rothe as Tree, a college student who relives the day of her murder over and over until she discovers her killer’s identity. Directed by Christopher Landon, the pre-Halloween movie is rated PG-13.

The production only had two days to capture its key scene over and over again. Each time, a carefully choreographed chain of events occurs — a fraternity pledge passes out, a couple gets sprayed with a sprinkler — and Tree soon learns to predict what’s going to happen. And for other parts of the movie, the cast and crew also had to keep track which time loop they were shooting. “The challenge was tracking everything and making sure everything was consistent and was adhering to the rules of a time loop,” says Landon. “We had annoying graphs and charts, but I had written many drafts of the script. I think I ended up writing almost ten drafts. I lived it for a really long time, so I did have a clear, almost baked in knowledge and I felt very comfortable because most of that.”

The Foreigner
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Jackie Chan stars as a humble businessman whose teenage daughter is killed as a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. He is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. Martin Campbell directs the STXfilms action-thriller, based on Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel.

To American audiences, Chan is best known as one half of buddy comedies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. But his latest English-language release (his first since 2010’s The Karate Kid) is a departure from what domestic moviegoers are used to seeing from the 63-year-old star. “I’ve been working so hard for all these years in the film business,” he told. “I wanted to prove that I’m a good stunt man, I’m a good stunt coordinator, I’m a good director, I’m a good producer, that I can write. Now, I want them to say, ‘That Jackie, he is a good actor.'”

Marshall

In limited theaters


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Chadwick Boseman portrays the titular Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in American history. As a young NAACP lawyer, he reluctantly teams with a Jewish attorney (played by Josh Gad) to tackle an oft-forgotten case that helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement. Reginald Hudlin directs the Open Road courtroom thriller, which also features Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell.

“It’s a courtroom drama, but it’s also kind of a Western,” explains Hudlin of the movie. “Thurgood comes to town, delivers justice, and then he’s got to go to the next town…. And that’s where his name came from: Marshall. It’s his last name, but it’s also who he is.”

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
In limited theaters


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The superhero origin tale recounts how Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (played by Luke Evans) created the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. His feminist superhero — who was criticized by censors for her “sexual perversity” — was inspired by two empowered, real-life women: his wife and their lover. Angela Robinson directs the Annapurna biopic, also featuring Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote and Connie Britton.

“These three people went through an awful to stay together and to fight the restrictions of society to keep this love pure,” said Evans of the film.

Breathe

In limited theaters


 

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Andy Serkis directs the true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy). The young couple refuses to give up when Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, becoming confined to a hospital bed and only given a few months to live. Tom Hollander and Hugh Bonneville are also among the cast of the Participant Media and Bleecker Street release.

The film marks Serkis’ directorial debut. “His background as an actor makes it very reassuring — he understands how hard the rhythm of filmmaking is,” Garfield told THR of Serkis. “It’s also a little-known fact that he’s a fine artist — he’s a painter and a drawer, so his abilities with framing and color and creating beautiful imagery was an amazing thing to witness. He can really do it all, and it really didn’t feel like his first film.”

Goodbye Christopher Robin

In limited theaters


 

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Domhnall Gleeson portrays beloved children’s author creator A.A. Milne, whose son Christopher Robin (played by Will Tilston) inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. The biopic follows the Milne family as they’re swept up in the international success of the books, which bring hope and comfort to England in the wake of WWI. Simon Curtis directs the Fox Searchlight biopic, which also stars Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald.

Though the father-son relationship in the film is complicated, Gleeson explained of the author’s bond with his son, “They had a beautiful relationship — they genuinely were good influences on each other’s lives, apart from this one big thing. I was struck by the tragedy and drama of that. It’s about enjoying being around each other while you have the time.”

Mindhunter
Friday on Netflix


 

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David Fincher’s highly anticipated Netflix crime drama releases it full 10-episode season. The 1979-set FBI series, executive produced by Charlize Theron, follows two agents in the serial crime unit, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), who set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers. Fringe star Anna Torv also stars as psychologist, Wendy.

Based on the 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the project is the Seven filmmaker’s first series for the streamer since directing episodes on House of Cards. Review compares the tone to Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac and says it starts off “compelling” and quickly “reveals itself as a suspense series hinging on after-the-fact investigations into the heads and hearts of known murderers.”

White Famous


 

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Producer and recurring star Jamie Foxx pulls from his own life for this new Showtime comedy with former Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah. In his first TV role since leaving the NBC sketch show, Pharoah turns in a “versatile and charismatic lead performance,” according to review.

The comedian plays Floyd, a content stand-up comic who strives to become “white famous” and transcend color, like Eddie Murphy or Will Smith or Foxx, who makes a cameo in the pilot as himself. “The most ridiculous thing is actually in the first episode,” Foxx teased.

dunkirk 3 7 Things to Watch This Weekend‘Dunkirk’
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    Dunkirk
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The Warner Bros. war drama centers on the British military evacuation of the titular French city in 1940, one of the biggest battles during World War II. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the film’s ensemble cast includes Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and One Direction’s Harry Styles.

In comparison to most war films, Dunkirk has very, very little dialogue and focuses and spans a relatively short period of time. “It places you so absolutely in the situation of conflict — you don’t learn the details of characters’ backstories or even their surnames. … You’re invited in to experience it as they’re experiencing it — as in, with not enough time to think or process things,” says Branagh. And since it has a PG-13 rating, Rylance hopes it speaks to a younger audience: “It’s good for young people to see a truthful war film like this. … young boys who are always fascinated by war can come and see just how awful and chaotic any war is. And if, God forbid, they come to a time when they’re going to be drafted or something like that, they’ll be a little more informed about what might be asked of them.”

Girls Trip
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The Universal comedy stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who behave badly while vacationing in New Orleans. Though the R-rated offering has its share of raunchy humor, it’s also filled with heartwarming moments and female empowerment — a combination that’s earned strong reviews.

“I wanted a counterbalance to women sniping at each other or throwing drinks in each other’s faces; I wanted some real relationships,” explained director Malcolm D. Lee. “And my wife’s book club watched the movie as one of my first audiences, and they laughed and loved it and said, ‘I love how soft they are with each other.’ If that’s part of the takeaway of this bold, outrageous comedy, that’s great.”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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Luc Besson’s passion-filled adaptation of the 1960s-era French comic book stars Dane DeHaan as the titular time-traveling hero, and Cara Delevingne as his partner Laureline. They both find themselves on an enormous space station called Alpha, which is home to thousands of species. Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Clive Owen and Rihanna round out the cast of the STX sci-fi thriller, which features a whopping 2,355 visual effects shots, some 600 more than Rogue One.

The high-budget project is a personal gamble for the director, who ended up investing his entire salary into the movie. “[The budget is] not my money, but at the last minute, the financing fell short, so they asked me, ‘Can you put your entire salary in?’ And I said yes,” said Besson, who has wanted to make this movie for decades. However, critics aren’t as enthusiastic about the finished project.

Landline
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The Amazon comedy from Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm — the team behind the beloved indie rom-com Obvious Child — stars Slate and Abby Quinn as sisters who, alongside their mother (played by Edie Falco), grapple with the fallout of their family patriarch’s affair in their unique ways.

The ’90s-set title is inspired by the writers’ own experiences. “Liz and I are both from New York City and our parents both divorced in the ’90s when we were teenagers and that’s sort of where this story started, with our personal lives,” says Robespierre. “Then through the course of writing it for a year it turned into something bigger. And that’s sort of how it started — over wine, as it always does.”

Ozark
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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in Netflix’s money-laundering drama, which released its full first season on Friday. Ozark sees Bateman, who is an executive producer and director on the series, in a much darker role than on his other Netflix show, Arrested Development. He plays Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial advisor who is laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. After a betrayal by his partner, the show takes a violent turn and Marty moves the operation, and his family — Wendy (Linney) and kids Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) — to Lake of the Ozarks.

Created by The Accountant‘s Bill Dubuque, THR‘s reviewer says the mystery drama is “four or five different shows doing battle at once — generally in the most familiar of moody and murky cable crime veins — but with a couple interesting characterizations and twists if you’re willing to focus in a way the show rarely is prepared to do itself.”

Ballers
Sunday, 10 p.m. on HBOBallers 7 Things to Watch This Weekend

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One week after Game of Thrones’ return, HBO’s Sunday night of originals kicks off its second hour with Dwayne Johnson’s football comedy. The Rock’s Ballers picks up after his character, Spencer’s, hip surgery and welcomes guest stars Steve Guttenberg, Steven Weber and Graceland‘s Serinda Swan.

After filming its first two seasons in Miami, the comedy, which is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, moved to California to film the third season. The season trailer sees Spencer and Joe (Rob Corddry) hitting up some familiar Los Angeles hotspots, talking about the next step in Spencer’s “global domination” and exploring launching a football team in Las Vegas.

Insecure
Sunday, 10:30 p.m. on HBO.Insecure 7 Things to Watch This Weekend

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The second season of Issa Rae’s acclaimed comedy Insecure picks up fresh in the aftermath of Issa’s breakup with Lawrence (Jay Ellis). “For me it just came down to telling human stories,” Rae told THR of creating a show where people of color could be seen as relatable. “Trying to be funny, putting people in realistic situations. We’re telling a very universally specific story.”

Insecure and Rae were high on the list of snubs after the 2017 Emmy nominations were announced. But the star and co-creator (along with Larry Wilmore) said she was “over it in a minute.” Telling Bravo’s Andy Cohen, “We really stand behind this second season. We’re so excited about it and, you know, it just motivates us to work harder next year to get noticed.” THR‘s reviewer agreed, calling Insecure in his second season review “a show you should be watching.”

Sandy Wexler Sandy Wexler (2017) Movie Review

Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix offering is an epic-length ode to its irritating star.

131 minutes. Let that sink in. One-hundred-and-thirty-one minutes. Two-hours-and-eleven. That’s the length of Sandy Wexler, the latest in what is sure to be a never-ending stream of Adam Sandler Netflix comedies. That is also, as a good friend pointed out on Twitter, 12 minutes longer than Citizen Kane, with which this tale of an astonishingly inept Hollywood manager shares some structural affinities.

It unfolds in flashback and features present-day testimonials from a gaggle of celebrities who have gathered to honor the titular Sandy (Sandler, sporting oversized glasses and speaking in a Jerry Lewis whine) for an initially unspecified reason. Among those on call (because what better way to get this review to word count): Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, David Spade, Conan O’Brien, Mike Judge, Janeane Garofalo, Henry Winkler, Jon Lovitz and—in the same bloody one-shot!—Penn Jillette, Vanilla Ice and Dr. Drew Pinsky. And hey, look, there’s Judd Apatow, the king of bloated running times! Cool meta aside there A-Sands, who co-wrote the script, such as it is, with Paul Sado and Dan Bulla.

There was a time, however, when Sandy wasn’t so beloved: “In the time, of course … of Timecop!,” as Master Shake intoned in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. (See, Adam? I haz referencez, too!) A billboard for the Jean-Claude Van Damme sci-fi action flick is just one of the many onscreen allusions (Fruitopia and Green Day are but two others) that situate the story of Sandy Wexler in the mid-1990s. That’s when our bespectacled, plaid-shirted, beeper-sporting protagonist is barely making a living catering to a talent-free roster of clients (chief among them Kevin James, as a ventriloquist with dreams of UPN network glory) and pissing off playing-themselves celebs like Arsenio Hall and Quincy Jones (who were hopefully, like all involved, handsomely paid and/or extremely well fed).

But Sandy’s bad luck takes an upward turn after he spots the divine Courtney (Jennifer Hudson) singing at an amusement park. What a voice! What talent! What a woman! She could be the next big pop sensation, and perhaps, as quickly becomes apparent, Mrs. Sandy Wexler. Uh … yuck. Sandler’s drool-accompanied ogling of the female form is now near Woody Allen levels of ick. And the idea that any character played by Jennifer Hudson — who deserves another Academy Award for the commitment she brings to her role — would give this moronic cretin the time of day is about the only amusing thing in the whole misbegotten enterprise. As with almost every Sandler vehicle, this is an adoring ode to a lifelong man-baby who mistakes his half-assed excretions for art. (You might at least make sure the boom mic doesn’t dip into frame, dude.)

It’s easy to hate a film that features Jane Seymour as Sandy’s horndog, 9-1/2 Weeks referencing neighbor, as well as that walking race-baiter Rob Schneider as an Iranian billionaire named Firuz. It’s easy to love one (a grain of wheat among the multitude of chaff) that features “Weird Al” Yankovic as both the voice of wisdom and heckler of Clay Aiken (how the American Idol mighty have fallen). I’m still trying to decide where a scene in which Terry Crews is near-anally-smothered by an especially obese sumo wrestler falls on the scale of offense. This is something to ponder. For 131 minutes, at least.

Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, Jane Seymour, Aaron Neville, Arsenio Hall

Director: Steve Brill

Screenplay: Paul Sado, Dan Bulla, Adam Sandler

Producers: Adam Sandler, Allen Covert

Executive Producers: Barry Bernardi, Tim Herlihy

Cinematography: Dean Semler

Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams

Editor: Tom Costain

Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake

131 minutes

Premieres: Friday, Apr. 14 (Netflix)

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XOXO follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night…

XOXO is a coming-of-age ensemble film about a group of 20-somethings on a crazy adventure to the biggest EDM festival in America, XOXO. The film follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night. At the center is Ethan, a young DJ who gets a last minute slot to perform after his tracks go viral online days before the festival. This is a huge opportunity… if he can just make it there in one piece.



%name Frankenweenie tops DVD sales chartThe animated movie “Frankenweenie” debuted at No. 1 on the DVD sales chart. (Disney / January 22, 2013)

The Tim Burton-directed animated feature “Frankenweenie” debuted at the top of the DVD sales charts, while “Looper” remained the most popular rental in the U.S. in the second week of January.

The horror movie “House at the End of the Street,” meanwhile, was the most popular video-on-demand rental.

Walt Disney Studios’ animated films have remained relatively popular purchases amid a long-running DVD slump, and “Frankenweenie” continued that trend, despite not having performed well at the box office.

Other new releases during the week ended Jan. 13 that it beat out on the sales chart included the action remake “Dredd,” which launched at No. 2, and No. 5 “End of the Street.”

“Frankenweenie” is not yet available to rent from Redbox or Netflix, leaving it off of the disc rental chart. However it proved far less popular on VOD, debuting at No. 7.

“Ted” and “The Bourne Legacy,” meanwhile, became available to rent from those outlets for the first time and landed at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, on the rental chart.

Below are the top selling DVD and Blu-ray discs and most popular VOD titles for the week ended Jan. 13 and most rented DVD and Blu-ray discs for the week ended Jan. 12.

Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales

  1. “Frankenweenie” (Disney). Week 1.
  2. “Dredd” (Lionsgate). Week 1.
  3. “Looper” (Sony). Week 2.
  4. “Ted” (Universal). Week 5.
  5. “House at the End of the Street” (Fox/Relativity). Week 1.
  6. “Pitch Perfect” (Universal). Week 4.
  7. “The Dark Knight Rises” (Warner Bros.). Week 6.
  8. “Total Recall” (Sony). Week 4.
  9. “Stolen” (Millennium). Week 1.
  10. “Resident Evil: Retribution”(Sony). Week 4.

Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray rentals

  1. “Looper” (Sony). Week 2.
  2. “Ted” (Universal). Week 5.
  3. “The Bourne Legacy” (Universal). Week 5.
  4. “The Dark Knight Rises” (Warner Bros.). Week 6.
  5. “Total Recall” (Sony). Week 4.
  6. “Trouble With the Curve” (Warner Bros.). Week 4.
  7. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (Fox). Week 5.
  8. “The Watch” (Fox) Week 9.
  9. “Dredd” (Lionsgate). Week 1.
  10. “Men in Black 3” (Sony). Week 7.

Top 10 video-on-demand rentals

  1. “House at the End of the Street” (Relativity). Week 1.
  2. “Pitch Perfect” (Universal). Week 4.
  3. “Hit & Run” (Universal). Week 1.
  4. “Looper” (Sony). Week 2.
  5. “Dredd” (Lionsgate). Week 1.
  6. “Ted” (Universal). Week 5.
  7. “Frankenweenie” (Disney). Week 1.
  8. “Trouble with the Curve” (Warner Bros.). Week 4.
  9. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (Fox). Week 5.
  10. “The Bourne Legacy” (Universal). Week 5.

%name Time Warner Cable, Blockbuster on Demand to launch on RokuThe Roku HD converter was a product unveiled in 2010 to display movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon on a TV. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Roku, the maker of devices for streaming music and video in the home, bolstered its entertainment offerings with the addition of Time Warner Cable, Blockbuster on Demand and Fox Now — among other services.

The company said it has surpassed 700 channels on the Roku platform with Monday’s addition of more television, music and games. Roku announced nine additional video partners, bringing shows from PBS, SyFy and A&E, new audio services, including iHeart Radio and Spotify, and interactive entertainment from Big Fish and others.

“When we launched the first Roku player in 2008, it was the very first device to stream Netflix to the TV and offered just that one channel,” said Steve Shannon, Roku’s general manager of content and services. “Today, the content universe is vastly different with many content producers and owners embracing delivery over the Internet … we have the best brands in streaming entertainment.”

The new distribution partnerships, announced before the official start of the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, are a sign of the mainstream nature of entertainment streamed via the Internet into the home. Entertainment companies are eager to reach a generation of consumers who watch video and listen to music via their game consoles and other Web-connected devices.

A projected 66 million U.S. households – or 54% of the total population – will access the Internet via game consoles, Blu-ray players, or connected TVs by 2017, according to a new report from Forrester Research analyst Jitender Miglani.

The Time Warner Cable agreement with Roku will allow its existing subscribers to watch live television via the streaming devices sometime this quarter.

Separately, Roku announced that its streaming technology will be integrated into a new generation of Internet-connected smartTVs, Blu-ray players and other devices from six new partners, Coby Electronics Corp.; Harman Kardon; Hisense Electric Co. Ltd.; TCL Corp.; Voxx Accessories Corp. and Westinghouse Digital.