Rachel Weisz Fights ‘Denial’, Shia LaBeouf Leads Mad Band Of Kids In ‘American Honey’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall star in Bleecker Street’s Denial, opening this weekend only weeks after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The New York-based distributor is targeting its core adult audience for the bio-drama based on a true story. A24, meanwhile, will bow filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize-winner American Honey, starring newcomer Sasha Lane along with Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough. After a raucous party in…

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Maudie’, Period Romancer Starring Sally Hawkins & Ethan Hawke

Sony Pictures Classics is brushing up on its Canadian art history. The specialty unit has acquired U.S. and other territory rights to Maudie, which bowed at Telluride and went on to screen at Toronto. It tells the true story of Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.
SPC also has rights in Latin America, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, the UK…

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‘Counterpart’: Olivia Williams & Harry Lloyd To Co-Star In Starz Drama Series

Manhattan alumna Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) are set to star opposite JK Simmons in Counterpart, a sci-fi thriller drama series for Starz from MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films. The Imitation Game‘s Morten Tyldum executive produces and will direct the first episode. This is the first major movement on the series since Simmons came aboard over a year ago, with active casting now underway as the project gears up for production.
Described as an…

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Premature Evaluation: Solange A Seat At The Table

Solange  - A Seat At The TableSolange Knowles is no longer the Angry Black Woman. In the four years since Solange released her excellent True EP in November 2012, racial tension in America has only become more tumultuous. Trayvon Martin died earlier that year, and his killer George Zimmerman’s acquittal the following summer turned Martin into the first of many … More »

Tycho surprised released new LP ‘Epoch’ (listen)

“I’ve never been fond of handing in an album then waiting four months for it to be released. I wanted to be more connected to the people consuming the music. There is a kind of visceral fulfillment you get from sharing something that you’ve just created with other people. That’s a very satisfying feeling as an artist.” – Tycho’s Scott Hansen.

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Dane Terry – “One More Name In Nightlife”

Dane TerryWe last checked in on Dane Terry nearly two years ago with “Kids,” a highlight from the New York piano man’s Color Moves album. That song was a graceful, gorgeous pop-rock slow drift straight out of the ’70s. Terry’s latest record is also retro in a sense but worlds apart from the last one: … More »

‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Latest Paramount Pic To Bond With China

Paramount Pictures has unveiled its latest China investment deal on a movie today, saying its upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will receive a significant investment from a joint venture of Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group. The China companies will also join Paramount China as marketing partner on the sequel movie, from Paramound and Skydance, which will open in both China and U.S. theaters October 21.
This deal follows similar tie-ups with…

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‘Nocturnal Animals’ Ellie Bamber Set For Disney’s ‘Nutcracker And The Four Realms’

EXCLUSIVE: The 19 year-old British actress who plays India Hastings, the entitled daughter to Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Tom Ford’s upcoming Nocturnal Animals is adding to her dance card with Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Pic, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, is a live-action re-telling of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King which was the source material for the classic 1892 ballet scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  In Disney’s T…

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‘Notorious’ & ‘Pitch’ Hold Steady In Week 2 With No ‘TNF’ On CBS, ‘Grey’s’ Still Hot

Snapshot: New series Week 2: ABC’s Notorious (1.1 in 18-49, down -0.1 from fast national, even with final), Fox’s Pitch (1.1, down -0.1); Returning series all down, with the exception of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (2.4, even with its premiere fast national) and Fox’s Rosewood (0.8, up +0.1); Chicago Med (1.3) hits new series low; Grey’s Anatomy (2.4, 8.34 million viewers) is highest-rated and most watched program of the night. 
Rookies Notorious and Pitch and sophomore Rosewood

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Capone wishes MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN did more showing and less telling

Capone wishes MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN did more showing and less telling

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Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. The cries that director Tim Burton has righted his sagging string of recent efforts (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DARK SHADOWS, BIG EYES) with his adaptation of Ransom Riggs’s novel MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (screenplay by Jane Goldman) is a bit overstated, but it certainly is a step in the right direction. This is in large part thanks due to a warm and comforting performance from Eva Green as the headmistress of a special school for gifted kids. The biggest issue I have with the movie is that it’s told from the least interesting perspective, that of young Jake (HUGO’s Asa Butterfield), a seemingly normal child with an eccentric grandfather (Terence Stamp) who spins stories of a far away home where he met extraordinary children in his youth. But when grandpa dies under mysterious circumstances, Jake is somewhat mortified to the point where his parents (played by Chris O’Dowd and Kim Dickens) send him to a therapist (Allison Janney) to help him realize that the giant creature he saw in the woods that plucked his grandfather’s eyes out wasn’t real (hint: it was real). Thankfully, his grandfather left clues in his home that convince Jake he must head off to a small island community off the coast of Wales in search of Miss Peregrine and the answers about who killed his grandfather. Jake’s parents believe going there might help Jake discover that his fantasies aren’t real and make him snap back to

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