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Video Review – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 2019. Directed by Joachim Rønning. Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, David Gyasi, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Jenn Murray, Kae Alexander, Fernanda Diniz, Judi Shekoni, Robert Lindsay, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Miyavi, and Warwick Davis. In this video review, Ej Moreno shares his thoughts […]

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Movie Review – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 2019. Directed by Joachim Rønning. Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, David Gyasi, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Jenn Murray, Kae Alexander, Fernanda Diniz, Judi Shekoni, Robert Lindsay, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, Miyavi, and Warwick Davis. Synopsis: Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question […]

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Stars Attend 2019 Griot Gala Toast To Diversity And Inclusion

On Sun., Feb. 24, 2019, from 8 pm to 1 am the 2nd annual Griot Gala Toast to Diversity & Inclusion After Party took place at The District by Hannah An, Crustacean restaurant group’s latest concept.

Six hundred guests gathered to honor and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of today’s top entertainers, influencers and industry greats who represent today’s diversity, inclusion and the world becoming One. Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (Ahf), a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine, advocacy to over 1 million people in 43 countries and largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S, served as the charity partner onboard.

Famous faces to grace the event and it’s purple carpet included Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Craig Difranca + Brian Distance (Green Book), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dreamgirls), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Shervin Roovenpur (Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset), Chaz Dean (celebrity hair stylist), Vanessa A. Williams (Soul Food), Jayk
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Exclusive Stray Clip Will Leave You Petrified!

Tomorrow, Screen Media will be releasing their supernatural thriller Stray, which stars Japanese pop sensation Miyavi as well as Suicide Squad‘s Karen Fukuhara. To give you a brief taste of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that will leave viewers feeling quite petrified! Okay, seriously speaking, the clip is actually quite morbid and rather […] The post Exclusive Stray Clip Will Leave You Petrified! appeared first on Dread Central.
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Screen Media International kicks off Afm sales on supernatural thriller 'Stray' (exclusive)

Screen Media International kicks off Afm sales on supernatural thriller 'Stray' (exclusive)
Screen Media plans day-and-date North American release for the first half of 2019.

Screen Media International kicks off worldwide sales excluding China here on supernatural neo-noir Stray starring Karen Fukuhara from the Suicide Squad franchise.

The story centres on an orphaned teen who teams up with a detective to investigate her mother’s murder and confront the ghosts of her family’s past.

Screen Media plans a day-and-date North American release for the first half of 2019. Joe Sill’s makes his directorial debut and the cast includes Christine Woods, Ross Partridge, and Japanese singer-songwriter Miyavi.

J.D. Dillard and Alex Theurer co-wrote the screenplay,
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John C. Reilly May Get a Kong: Skull Island Spin-Off

John C. Reilly May Get a Kong: Skull Island Spin-Off
We have known for quite some time that Kong: Skull Island will further help set up Warner Bros.' Godzilla and King Kong franchises, with a post-credit scene that includes monsters King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan. That scene directly leads into 2019's Godzilla: King of Monsters, which will then connect to 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong. While the future of these franchises are certainly bright, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts recently teased another movie he wants to make happen within this franchise, a spin-off centering on John C. Reilly's character, Hank Marlow. If you haven't seen Kong: Skull Island yet, there will be some mild Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

Fans first meet Hank Marlow in the opening moments of the film, with Hank as an American fighter pilot engaged in a dogfight with a Japanese pilot Gunpei Ikari (Miyavi), who both crash on Skull Island.
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The 10 Best Modern World War II Movies

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The 10 Best Modern World War II Movies
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Bleecker Street’s release of “Anthropoid,” directed by Sean Ellis and starring Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy. “Anthropoid” is now playing in theaters.

This week, “Anthropoid” looks to join the ranks of a rich and complex cinematic history: films about World War II. A global conflict that has yielded global stories, World War II continues to be the basis for films that challenge our perceptions. “Anthropoid” uncovers an episode from before the fighting stopped, focusing on the attempt to assassinate high-ranking SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Writer/Director Sean Ellis uses the true-life mission as a backdrop for a talented ensemble, including Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones.

The best of these modern WWII films never lose sight of the idea that this was a conflict fought by individuals. Their weapons and their ideologies were varied, but this was history
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‘Unbroken’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Maddalena Ischiale, Vincenzo Amato, John Magaro, Luke Treadaway, Louis McIntosh, Jordan Patrick Smith, Spencer Lofranco, Dylan Watson | Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese, William Nicholson | Directed by Angelina Jolie

Hollywood is a whirring machine of marketing, it churns out movies with an expectation of them being hits and an aim of winning awards. I remember watching the first trailer to Unbroken and using the words “Oscar-bait” with its slick trailer and inspirational patriotic story. I don’t see this as a bad thing that is how the movie industry works. When it weakens the impact of the movie though, that is when the focus maybe should have been more on impact and not the art of making a “safe” movie.

Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) the bad kid who made good,
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Unbroken Blu-ray Review

Director: Angelina Jolie

Cast: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 137 minutes

Based on The New York Times’ bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an American Olympian forced to fight for survival following a near-fatal plane crash during World War II.

Since Universal originally acquired the rights in 1957 (re-purchasing them in 2011), Zamperini’s story has long been mooted for a big screen adaptation and you can see why. This unbelievable tale of endurance – including an extended stint stranded in shark-infested waters and torture in multiple prisoner of war camps – is difficult to fathom and the film only really scratches the surface of the man’s exceptional life story.

With Angelina Jolie returning to the director’s chair and featuring Ee BAFTA Rising Star Award winner Jack O’Connell in the lead role, this biographical drama merely
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'Unbroken' Blu-ray Preview with Angelina Jolie | Exclusive

'Unbroken' Blu-ray Preview with Angelina Jolie | Exclusive
Director Angelina Jolie takes us behind-the-scenes on the Australian set of Unbroken in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD, which is available starting today. The filmmaker, who makes her follow-up to her 2011 directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey with Unbroken, explains that this Australian location helps audience members "feel what they must have felt," stuck in the middle of "this dense jungle." She also adds that she wanted the audience to experience how overwhelming this place really was for the characters, after being stranded at sea for so long.

Unbroken follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II - only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps. The inspirational biopic is currently available on Digital HD,
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Exclusive: Angelina Jolie Gets Caught in the Rain Behind the Scenes of 'Unbroken'

Exclusive: Angelina Jolie Gets Caught in the Rain Behind the Scenes of 'Unbroken'
Angelina Jolie doesn't mind a little (or a lot) of rain!

While directing her film Unbroken, Jolie gets caught in a quick downpour while ironically talking about the struggles of filming in this exclusive clip.

"It has not been the easiest shoot. It's a little difficult!" says Jolie. "The weather does not always agree with you, but you get through it."

The Academy Award winning actress’ film follows the true, inspirational story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II – only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps.

Watch: The Story Behind Angelina Jolie's Passion Project 'Unbroken'

"His life is so full that it seems impossible to get into two hours," said Jolie of making the film. "We had to condense sections, but we didn't leave anything out -- we just
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Giveaway – Win A Copy of Unbroken

Unbroken follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II—only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps.

The inspirational biopic is on Digital HD now and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 24, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures. Directed by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, Unbroken chronicles the unbelievable true story about triumph over tribulation and the resilient power of the human spirit.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Unbroken is packed with exclusive bonus content that dives deeper into the life of Louie Zamperini and the legacy he left behind. Exclusive to the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack are deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes interviews and a closer look at the life of the real Louie
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Unbroken – The Blu Review

When Dana Jung reviewed Unbroken here at We Are Movie Geeks, he called it “an amazing testament to the human capacities for endurance and survival.” (read all of Dana’s review Here)

I too found Unbroken to be an outstanding film. Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken was the inspiring true story of Olympic winning medalist, Louis Zamperini, who went on to serve during World War and went through a string of unbelievable hardships. Unbroken opened with an incredibly strong action scene and as the story unfolded, Jolie gave us flashbacks of Louis’ childhood and upbringing. It is a bit formulaic in the sense that it follows pretty much the same conventions as most biopics have done in the past, but that old-fashioned approach worked best for this material. Even though you know the Liberator crew is going to crash, you can’t help but feel the sorrow of the loss
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Oscars 2015: What happened to diversity in this year's nominations?

Oscars 2015: What happened to diversity in this year's nominations?
For the first time since 1998, all twenty of the acting nominees competing at this year's Oscars ceremony will be white. For the first time since 2000, the Best Picture contenders will be exclusively stories about men.

This matters. There will always be those eager to dismiss criticism of the Academy and its practices with some variation on the phrase "Who cares about the Oscars anyway?" The answer is: the entire film industry. The Oscars impact filmmaking at every level, and pretending otherwise is wishful thinking. They affect who gets hired and how much they get paid. They affect what kinds of films get financed and distributed. And they affect what kinds of stories are seen as important.

Going by this year's nominations, the stories Hollywood sees as important are those of white men. Yes, the critically beloved Martin Luther King biopic Selma made it into the Best Picture field, but judging
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Movie Review – Unbroken (2014)

Unbroken, 2014.

Directed by Angelina Jolie.

Starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund and Luke Treadaway.

Synopsis:

The true and inspiring story of Louie Zamperini, Olympic athlete and WWII vet who survived air raids, 45 days in open sea with no food or water, and two years in Japanese Pow camps under torturous conditions.

Louis Zamperini may have bee an inspirational poster boy for never giving up against all odds and keeping the human spirit alive, but Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of his true-story is one that cannot deliver justice to the actual happenings. It’s a shame too because it is evident that Louis lived a life full of excitement and hardships, from Olympic running to surviving brutal torture in a Japanese Pow camp. In Unbroken however, all of these periods of his life come across as a blur poorly edited together, never
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2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions

Contributed by Michelle McCue, Gary Salem and Melissa Thompson

The countdown to the Oscars is less than 24 hours away.

While some of the presumed nominees, and the precursors, seemed like a done deal in the fall, Oscar watchers will know for sure on Thursday morning when the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are announced.

Will the guilds inclusion of American Sniper and perceived snubs that came with the lack of BAFTA, Directors Guild and Producers Guild nominations for Selma make any difference? What nominations will come out of left field?

The Academy expanded the Best Picture category for a possible 10 nominees with the intention of including big box-office hits that would help the show’s TV ratings. However, this year the race is dominated by specialty and independent labels with Gone Girl being the only contender with blockbuster status.

One thing is sure, this year’s race will have
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Oscar Nomination Predictions: Can Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal Find a Way In?

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Oscar Nomination Predictions: Can Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal Find a Way In?
What a difference four months, and some good campaigning, makes.

When “Nightcrawler” and “Cake” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in September, the former movie seemed too dark and creepy and the latter too small to figure in the Oscar race. But as PricewaterhouseCoopers reps prepare to unveil this year’s nominations to the Academy staff on Wednesday night and to the entire world on Thursday morning, both of those films have found themselves in the thick of the race, as two of the unlikeliest potential success stories of this year.

Although I thought they were both near-prohibitive longshots only a few months ago,
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Second Opinion – Unbroken (2014)

Unbroken, 2014.

Directed by Angelina Jolie.

Starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund and Luke Treadaway.

Synopsis:

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

When reviewing a film based on a true story, especially one as harrowing as a prisoner of war tale, you have to separate reality from film making. The story of Louis Zamperini’s survival against the odds during World War II is, on its own, one to be greatly admired but this movie version of his story offers precious little to admire as far as film making is concerned.

The question I kept asking whilst watching Unbroken was ‘why this man’s story?’ and I assumed that something would happen in
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The Brutal Scene That Made Unbroken's Cast Vomit And Pass Out

By all accounts, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken is a rather brutal piece of cinema - which isn't exactly too surprising given the incredible challenges that faced World War II hero Louis Zamperini during his time in a Japanese prison camp. Given the harshness of the film, it shouldn't be surprising that there was an emotional toll behind the making of the movie as well, but what you may not know is that one scene in particular was so hard to film that it actually resulted in star Jack O'Connell passing out and his co-star Takamasa Ishihara (a.k.a. Miyavi) vomiting. Spoiler Warning: The rest of this article contains major spoilers about the ending of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. If you haven't seen the film, and wish not to have it ruined for you, please click over to another one of our wonderful articles. In the climax of Unbroken, Zamperini
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Oscars news: Long road to film for 'Unbroken,' 5 myths about Academy Awards voting

Oscars news: Long road to film for 'Unbroken,' 5 myths about Academy Awards voting
Pete Hammond reports, "Among the Hollywood notables who passed in 2014 is Louis Zamperini, who only recently became relevant to movie audiences with the release of his life story 'Unbroken,' the Angelina Jolie-directed Universal Pictures film which stars Jack O'Connell and Takamasa Ishihara. Zamperini, who first made a movie deal for his remarkable life story 57 years ago, didn’t live long enough to see 'Unbroken' gross over $51 million domestic since its Christmas Day release. He died July 3 at age 97, but not before being shown a rough assemblage by its director. On a day when it is worth reflecting on great lives lived, 'Unbroken' producer Matt Baer guides us through the long struggle to bring Zamperini’s life to the screen, and how the subject’s unwavering persevering spirit extended well beyond a Pow camp in WWII Japan." Deadline -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 24 categories Sasha.
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