Pirates Lose Legal Battle Against Hollywood Studios in U.K.

The Motion Picture Assn., the international arm of the MPAA that protects the interests of Hollywood studios abroad, has won a legal bid in the U.K. to block access to 13 websites that carry pirated movies and TV shows. The blocks will go live in the next few days. The High Court orders, which fall… Read more »

‘Zeus’ Helmer-Scribe Miguel Calderon on Falcons, Humans and Relationships

MORELIA, Mexico – Mexico City-born Miguel Calderon, 45, is renowned for his work in a wide range of artistic media: From painting and sculpture to video and photography. Sometimes described as the ‘enfant terrible’ of contemporary art in Mexico, his work has even appeared in Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Even though “Zeus” is his… Read more »

Naomie Harris to Receive Variety Award at British Independent Film Awards

The British Independent Film Awards has revealed that Naomie Harris will receive this year’s Variety Award at the ceremony on Dec. 4. The award recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K. Previous recipients of the award include Benedict Cumberbatch,… Read more »

Tokyo: Japanese Actress Keiko Matsuzaka Joins Chen Kaige’s ‘Kukai’

Veteran Japanese actress Keiko Matsuzaka (“The Sting of Death,” “The Happiness of the Katakuris”) has joined the cast of Chen Kaige’s Chinese-Japanese co-production “Kukai.” The film is now in production in China and scheduled for release in 2018. The period drama is based on a novel by Yumemakura Baku and stars Sometani Shota and Huang… Read more »

HERC RADIO!! A TV Critic Reviews INFERNO!! STAR TREK DISCOVERY Getting New Klingon!!

HERC RADIO!! A TV Critic Reviews INFERNO!! STAR TREK DISCOVERY Getting New Klingon!! Plus Marvel, DC & Star Wars News!!

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Ron Howard’s “Inferno,” the new snooze-fest of a sequel to “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” is earning positive reviews from 22% of “top critics” polled by Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m a little surprised it’s doing that well. The original, which I hated not quite as much, only earned 8% from the same group a decade ago.
Hanks usually picks much better material and I can only assume he keeps doing these Robert Langdon movies as a favor to his old pal Ron Howard, who put Hanks on the movie map by hiring the “Bosom Buddies” actor for the superb “Splash” more than three decades ago. You’d be much better off by revisiting “Splash” or “Apollo 13” instead of dragging your ass down to this predictable awfulness about an effort to prevent a pandemic designed to cure overpopulation.
If you want to hear me chat more about “Inferno,” you can listen Friday 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time as I discuss it live on KERN-FM’s “The Ralph Bailey Show.” No matter where you are you need only hit the “Listen Live” button at kernradio.com.

“I almost count Homecoming and Ragnarok as two almost entirely different and brand new thing — even though there’s been other Spider-Man films and two other Thor films. They’re [both] very, very different,” Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige explains in Collider’s Thursday “Doctor Strange” interview. He also says the next “Avengers” movie begins shooting in January for 10 or 11 months. And he seems to

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Paramount Pictures Fined In China After ‘Transformers 4’ Dispute

A court in Chengdu, China has fined Paramount Pictures and 1905 Internet Technology, its Chinese production partner, over a breach of contract dispute relating to product placement and the filming of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” The companies were ordered to pay $300,000 (RMB2 million) in compensation and legal costs to Wulong Karst Tourism, an inland… Read more »