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Fox Searchlight announces voter registration drive tied to 'Birth of a Nation'

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced it will team up with various theater chains and voter organizations to launch a voter registration drive tied to the release of its upcoming slave-revolt drama “The Birth of a Nation.” The initiative will be launched at special advance screenings of the film...

Meet Haley Bennett, the woman at the center of 'The Magnificent 7' - and seemingly every other movie this fall

She’s the lone woman in “The Magnificent Seven.” She’s the (seemingly) perfect wife with a terrible secret in “The Girl on the Train.” And she’s playing a starlet opposite Warren Beatty in the veteran actor’s upcoming Howard Hughes movie, “Rules Don’t Apply.” But even with three major films arriving...

In a first, a VR short will become a Hollywood movie

Over its short life, virtual-reality entertainment has often been spun out of traditional Hollywood productions, whether an episodic piece based on “The Martian” or a more participatory experience derived from “Ghostbusters.” But the transom has rarely if ever gone the other way--an original VR...

'Magnificent Seven' wins box office shoot-out over 'Storks'

Shooting past all competition, MGM and Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” took over the weekend box office, surpassing fellow new release “Storks,” from Warner Bros. “Magnificent Seven” pulled in an estimated $35 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, meeting analyst expectations of $30 million...

Bill Nunn, Radio Raheem of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing,' dies at 63

Bill Nunn, a character actor best known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in director Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” has died. He was 63. Nunn’s wife, Donna, confirmed his death to the Associated Press and said he had been battling cancer. Word of his death first arrived via Instagram...

Box office: 'Magnificent Seven' remake rides to the top spot in its debut

Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic 1960 western “The Magnificent Seven” may not have lived up to its name with the critics, but the film still got off to a strong start at the box office. The film starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt as gunslingers-for-hire earned an estimated...

In 'Dirty 30,' Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart showcase their rapid-fire, quippy personalities

YouTube stars Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart stretch their talents to feature film length in “Dirty 30,” directed by Andrew Bush and written by Mamrie Hart and Molly Prather. This is the second feature film collaboration for the trio, after 2014’s “Camp Takota.” Each performer has individually...

Tribute to World War II hero in documentary 'Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story'

An evident labor of love that could have benefited from a sharper thematic focus, “Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story” pays tribute to the late WWII hero who earned a place in military lore for having led the last cavalry charge in U.S. military history. Illinois-born Ramsey, who died in 2013...

Monty Python's Terry Jones is diagnosed with dementia

Terry Jones, the 74-year-old star of the English comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia. The diagnosis was made public as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Jones was set to receive its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution...

Convoluted plot and tech issues undo gay romantic thriller 'The Gemini'

Well-intentioned and earnest, “The Gemini” is the type of film that you want to succeed. It openly rails against its native Myanmar’s laws against homosexuality, presenting a love story between two men with genuine emotion. But this melodrama struggles with serious post-production issues and an...

How the writers think tank at Warner Bros. animation is giving Disney/Pixar a run for its funny

Director Nicholas Stoller’s film sets are known for their heavy use of improvisation, with his actors and writers often ad-libbing the best lines in R-rated comedies like “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” as the cameras were rolling. Executives at Warner Bros. wanted to retain that spontaneity...

Astute performances and fine direction move 'Queen of Katwe' to the fore of chess movies

A lot of Disney’s fact-based sports movies stir the blood or, at the very least, satisfy our need for rousing underdog stories. Often the stories can be shaped so that a white protagonist runs the show, even if it’s not really their show. “Million Dollar Arm” was like that; so was “McFarland, USA,”...

'Seven Samurai' is the film gift that keeps on giving

The plot of director Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic, “Seven Samurai,” can be summed up in one sentence: Mercenaries are hired to protect a farming village from marauding bandits. Yet within that simple framework is a rich tale involving self-sacrifice, honor, male bonding and sympathy for the underdog....

AFI Fest highlights Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong

The upcoming AFI Fest announced Thursday that it will highlight “a trio of diverse female trailblazers” to be featured on the festival’s key art and included in the programming lineup. Dorothy Dandridge, Ida Lupino and Anna May Wong will all be given special recognition by the festival. "This year,...

Conspiracy theories converge in abysmal Italian non-thriller 'New World Order'

Vanity projects don’t get any weirder — or much worse — than the Ferrara brothers’ “New World Order.” An Italian conspiracy thriller utterly devoid of thrills, the film will be of interest only to fans of the quirkily wretched. Writer/director/editor Marco Ferrara and writer/director/cinematographer...

Battle for Native American rights is depicted in the documentary '100 Years'

The equally inspiring and enraging documentary “100 Years” emerges as a portrait of one remarkable rabble-rouser, the late Native American activist Elouise Cobell. If you’re unfamiliar with the 21st century plight of Native Americans at the hands of the U.S. government, prepare to get mad, and...

Curtis Hanson, a filmmaker and a film scholar, brought an openness to his work

I met Curtis Hanson through a mutual friend some 25 years ago, before his major successes like the Oscar-winning "L.A. Confidential.” He lived on one of those walking streets in Venice, to be near the ocean he loved, and it was his physical presence, the light in his eye and his nimble physical...

'The Lovers and the Despot' reveals the story of Kim Jung-il's private, kidnapped filmmakers

Lives there a film fan anywhere who doesn't wish his or her country made better films, who couldn't sympathize with Kim Jung-il when he's heard to say, "There's nothing new to our films. We don't have any films that get into film festivals. People here are so close-minded"? Kim Jung-il was no everyday...

The exotic 'Tanna' tells a tale of forbidden love that's as old as time

For time out of mind, or at least as far back as Robert Flaherty's 1926 "Moana" and F.W. Murnau's 1931 "Tabu," filmmakers have been going to the South Seas in search of exotic cultures and compelling stories. "Tanna" is the latest case in point, and one of the best. A prize winner in Venice and...

Kim Jee-woon's 'The Age of Shadows' is a gripping 1920s spy thriller

In the first of many commanding set pieces in “The Age of Shadows,” a superb cloak-and-dagger entertainment that’s set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, one man follows another through a courtyard while a wave of officers swarm across the rooftops in hot pursuit. Leaping in loose, nimble...

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