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Chapter & Verse Starring Daniel Beaty and Loretta Devine Arrives on Digital HD May 30th and DVD June 13th

Making his feature-film debut as actor and writer, Daniel Beaty stars as a reformed gang leader trying to make a better life for himself in Chapter & Verse, arriving on Digital HD May 30 and on DVD and On Demand June 13 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Co-written and directed by Jamal Joseph (Knights of the South Bronx, Hughes’ Dream Harlem), the emotional drama also stars Loretta Devine, Omari Hardwick, Justin Martin, and Selenis Leyva. Hailed as a “powerful movie” by The New York Times, the Chapter & Verse DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (Beaty) reenters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, and unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison, Lance is
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Movie News: Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez to Star in New 'Overboard'; Watch Latest 'Kong: Skull Island' Trailer: That's a Lotta Monsters

Overboard: Anna Faris (Movie 43, above) and Eugenio Derbez (Miracles From Heaven, above) will star together in Overboard, a remake of the 1987 comedy that teamed Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The new version will swap the lead roles, so Derbez will play a rich, spoiled playboy who falls off his yacht and loses his memory; Faris will portray a working-class, single mother who convinces the playboy that he is her husband. Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher are attached to write and direct the movie. [Deadline]   The S---heads: Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson, who appeared together in Death at a Funeral (above), will reunite in The S---heads. They will star as "deeply unqualified" men who are charged with taking a wealthy, troubled teenager to rehab. Macon Blair will...

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Macon Blair Casts Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson as ‘The Shitheads’

Fresh off the success of his Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance — which also marked his directorial debut — I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, Macon Blair has already revealed his follow-up and has confirmed casting for his next project. According to Deadline, the actor-turned-director is developing The Shitheads in association with Imperative Entertainment, a dark comedy centered around two unqualified idiots tasked with escorting a millionaire to rehab — who just so happens to be a teenager.

Blair has found his leads with Tracy Morgan and Luke Wilson, who last teamed for the Death at a Funeral remake. They’ve both been confirmed for the film, which has been described as “The Last Detail by way of Bret Easton Ellis,” which seems to be right up Blair’s alley. Based on his debut, along with all three of his roles in Jeremy Saulnier’s films, Blair has
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Chris Rock Will Return to Stand-Up With 2 Comedy Specials For Netflix

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, is bringing its members two brand new comedy specials from one of the funniest and most influential comedians of all time: the one and only Chris Rock. Marking the multiple Emmy Award-winning comedian’s return to stand-up after an eight-year absence, Rock will tape two all-new specials that will debut on Netflix around the world. The first show will tape in 2017, following a new world tour being planned now.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer said:

"Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent.”

Rock added:

“I'm very excited to be working with Ted and Lisa and all the good people at Netflix. I can't wait to get back on stage.
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The Weekend Warrior 9/9/16: Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters,
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Chris Rock Will Host the 2016 Oscars

Chris Rock Will Host the 2016 Oscars
Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today. The 88th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005. Here's what producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin had to say about the new host in a statement.

"Chris Rock is truly the Mvp of the entertainment industry. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian - he's done it all. He's going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!"

With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo which premiered this month on HBO. In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature Top Five, and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of Good Hair.
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It’s Official – Chris Rock To Host 88th Academy Awards

Chris Rock / 77th Academy Awards (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

This just in from The Academy:

Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today. The 88th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005.

Chris Rock is truly the Mvp of the entertainment industry,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

“We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.
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Interview: Neil Labute Talks Dirty Weekend

The work of Neil Labute can be a nasty business. Particularly in his early writings for stage or screen, Labute's fiction placed an emphasis on humans with a flare for charismatic inhumanity, highlighting the worst aspects of society and its capacity for cruelty. A younger Labute could, in fact, be so tough on audiences that his first play was received with violent booing. But much has changed since plays/films like In The Company of Men or The Shape of Things scandalized their audiences. For one, Labute has accepted the Hollywood challenge of directing other writers' visions, like in Death at a Funeral or the remake of The Wicker Man (to varying degrees of reception). But as Labute told me over the phone, he's never been one...

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‘The Wedding Ringer’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, Corey Holcomb, Ken Howard, Colin Kane, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Aaron Takahashi, Olivia Thirlby | Written by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender | Directed by Jeremy Garelick

Confession time. I’m not the biggest Kevin Hart fan. I don’t mind the actor/comedian in small doses – a supporting actor in films such as the remake of Death at a Funeral and the Scary Movie franchise, but I can’t sit through any of his stand-up shows in there entirety and the last movie hes was the “star” of, Ride Along, was – frankly – awful. However I am always willing to give Hart’s film a go – especially when they look, albeit from the trailer, as hilarious as The Wedding Ringer.

And I’m happy to report The Wedding Ringer is not only a fantastic bro-mance flick (yes, they Do exist
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The 2014 Hit List: The Best of the Rest

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Everybody has their top ten trailer and poster round-ups, their year-end articles that rate Hollywood’s offerings in neat, succinct – completely biased – lists. But what happens to those throwaway moments that defy categorization?

Maybe Quicksilver’s “Time in a Bottle” sequence from X-Men: Days of Future Past should be getting more attention this year, but not too many people have a best musical moments list (but we do, and it’s good). MaybeGuardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Racoon doesn’t quite make the top ten characters of the year, but surely the foul-mouthed animal deserves some recognition!

And then there’s the ridiculous stuff; The “I just want to talk about why Peeta likes bread so much” kind of stuff.

Our Best of the Rest list aims to find those thrown away gems and shine light on their greatness (or lack thereof).

Let's get started.

Most Welcome Comeback: Keanu Reeves
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Kevin Hart First Actor In Sony Email Hacks To Respond

Kevin Hart let his 10 million Instagram followers know where he stood today on becoming part of the Sony Pictures hacking attack headlines currently ripping through Hollywood. His post comes in response to the publication yesterday of leaked emails written by Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper about UTA agent Jeremy Zimmer, who asked for money beyond Hart’s $3 million paycheck when the studio asked if the actor-comedian would tap his vast social media following to promote a film.

In the missives, Culpepper writes in what is believed to be a reference to Hart, “I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore.”

Hart’s response today:

As Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr reported yesterday, Hart and Culpepper spoke and laughed off the emails, writing that it’s not uncommon for them to talk to each other like that — or for Culpepper to talk to most people in Hollywood like that.
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Red-Band Trailer for Chris Rock’s Comedy Top Five

It’s been a few years since Chris Rock made a good film. The last movie he made was Grown Ups 2, but the last good movie that I saw him in and enjoyed was in 2010’s Death at a Funeral. He has a new film coming out called Top Five that he wrote, directed, and stars in. It looks like he made a great movie that his fans will enjoy, and I’m looking forward to checking it out. Today we have a red-band trailer for the film for you to enjoy.

Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s Top Five takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. Top Five digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding
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The Skeleton Twins movie review: oh brother how art thou?

Funny and sad and wise and wonderful… with an absolutely heartbreaking, career-changing performance by Bill Hader. I’m “biast” (pro): really like Kristen Wiig

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Oh my god, I love this movie. I love not only the movie itself — it is funny and sad and wise and wonderful — but I love how it snuck up on me and made me fall in love with it out of nowhere. (It’s so rare for me to be this surprised by a film!) I knew nothing about it except that it stars Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader… and that’s it. If I assumed anything at all, maybe it was that I was in for some sort of wacky comedy — but I don’t recall even that minimal level of expectation.

But this…
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Rage movie review: Nicolas Cage’s public mid-career crisis takes a pathetic turn

Sporadically hilariously awful, but mostly cheap, amateurish and so distasteful it borders on the vile. Poor Nicolas Cage and his foundering career. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

At first I figured that it was only that Nicolas Cage had seen what Taken did for Liam Neeson — gave him a boost as a late-middle-aged badass action hero — and figured he’d get in on that. The premise here, after all, is this: Once-was mobster — that would be Cage’s Paul Maguire; it was the Irish mob — goes on the offensive after his teenaged daughter is kidnapped, apparently by some rival Russian mobsters he once pissed off. What could go wrong for a worn-out actor we’re all tired of seeing who is desperate to jump-start his career?

In fact, Rage is so far down the
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Interview: Think Like A Man Too’s Regina Hall & Terrence J

Director Tim Story’s Think Like A Man Too opens in theaters next Friday on June 20. The film is the follow-up to the hit ensemble comedy Think Like A Man, which Story also directed and earned over $96 million at the worldwide box office.

In the sequel, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Screen GemsThink Like A Man Too reunites the original cast, including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Terrence J and Taraji P. Henson.

As part of a lively roundtable discussion, Wamg sat down with two of the film’s stars, Regina Hall and Terrence J to talk about the sequel.
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DVD Release: Some Velvet Morning

DVD Release Date: June 24, 2014

Price: DVD $26.95

Studio: Cinedigm

Writer/director Neil Labute (Death at a Funeral) looks at lust and love independent film Some Velvet Morning.

Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) stars in the drama as Fred, an attorney leaves his wife of 24 years then turns up on the doorstep of his former mistress, Velvet (Alice Eve, Men in Black 3), four years after they’ve broken up. While Fred is happy they can finally be together, Velvet isn’t so sure she wants that — or ever wanted that.

As Fred attempts to rekindle their romance, his persistence becomes obsession.

Rated R, the 2013 movie got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers, with some loving it (like Arizona Republic critic Bill Goodykoontz who said it’s “well worth watching and arguing over”) and others hating it (including the New York Observer‘s Rex Reed, who described it as “a sad example
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Ride Along review

Review Luke Savage 28 Feb 2014 - 07:35

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star in the big Us comedy hit Ride Along. So: is it any good?

Three things you should know about Ride Along: it’s got someone who calls himself ‘Lil P-Nut’ listed amongst its cast; Ice Cube’s funniest moment involves his straight-faced reading of the line ‘Thanks Assface’; and Laurence Fishburne turns up at one point, doing a pretty good impersonation of Laurence Fishburne slumming it.

If you’re happy with all that, then Ride Along is for you. If you’re wavering, let me try a pitch to sum up the film’s deft play with narrative and genre convention. Here goes: ‘Kevin Hart and Ice Cube go on a ride along’. No? Come on …

To be fair, Ride Along doesn’t pretend to have any ambition beyond what its trailer has already shown us. Ice Cube is a serious cop.
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What Kind of Television Does Neil Labute Really Want to Make?

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What Kind of Television Does Neil Labute Really Want to Make?
Way back in September, NBC announced that it was developing "Harmony House," a half-hour romantic-comedy series about a psychiatric resident who falls in love with a mental patient. It's an offbeat premise, but it's not half as strange as the announcement of who would write and serve as executive producer: Neil Labute. Labute is no stranger to career curveballs -- he followed his bilious black comedies "In the Company of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" with the odd satire "Nurse Betty," and a return to familiar territory of "The Shape of Things" with his wackadoo remake of "The Wicker Man" and a pair of work-for-hire jobs ("Lakeview Terrance," "Death at a Funeral"). He's an uneven filmmaker, not to mention divisive, with his caustic voice often curdling into airless misanthropy and misogyny whenever his portraits of male pathology lose their sense of autocriticism. But whatever can be said for his films and plays,
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Interview: Co-Stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall Tell ‘About Last Night’

Chicago – The path to this year’s remake of the 1986 film “About Last Night” starts right here in Chicago, based on the original 1974 stage version, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” by David Mamet. Two co-stars in the remake – Michael Ealy and Regina Hall – visited the source city to talk about their version.

After working mostly on stage in the late 1990s, Michael Ealy broke out in a big way (see the story below) in the popular “Barbershop” (2002). This led to steady work with roles in “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003), “Never Die Alone” (2004) and the pivotal part as “Tea Cake” in the Oprah Winfrey produced 2005 TV movie of the classic novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neal Hurston. Recently, he was featured in “Think Like a Man” (2012) and “Last Vegas” (2013). Ealy takes on the role of Danny in “About Last Night,” played in the 1986 version by Rob Lowe.

Michael Ealy on the Red Carpet in Chicago,
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Interview: Neil Labute Returns To His Theatrical Cinematic Roots

The past few years have been strange for Neil Labute. Not personally speaking, unless TMZ covers Labute’s life and I missed something, but his filmography took a turn with 2006′s The Wicker Man. He went from directing The Shape of Things to Nicolas Cage in a bear suit screaming about bees. He followed that YouTube sensation with Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral. He was trying his hand at new material, which in today’s world, is seen as strange. But Labute has returned to directing his own material, where the border between the stage and film is broken down. Some Velvet Morning is set in one location with two characters, Fred (Stanley Tucci) and Velvet (Alice Eve), working out their feelings with explosive results. For Labute, this film is a return to his roots. We got to talk to Labute about his writing process, what makes something cinematic and why he likely wouldn’t
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