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Josh Gad and Kevin Hart team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer’

Josh Gad and Kevin Hart team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer’

January 15, 2015


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By Madeleine Marr Miami Herald (TNS) MIAMI — Interesting factoid: The guy who voiced Olaf, the snowman who pines for summer in “Frozen,” grew up in the Sunshine State. Josh Gad was born and raised in Hollywood, Fla., and wouldn’t mind a few shout-outs when he’s in town. The 33-year-old acto...

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

January 12, 2015


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Sam Taylor-Johnson had been working in secrecy for months when she finally got an opportunity to play footage of her new film for a fresh-eyed viewer — Beyonce. The London-born director is making one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, an adaptation o...

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Creates Fun For The Entire Family

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Creates Fun For The Entire Family

December 2, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) From their first appearance in “Madagascar,” Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico have been committing grand theft scene stealing. The four lovable, military-minded penguins became an instant fan favorite with their can-do attitudes. Finally, the Penguins ...

15 New Films You’ll Want To See This December

15 New Films You’ll Want To See This December

December 2, 2014


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By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) Nazis! Ghouls! Orcs! Kim Jong-un! Creepy hunters with sexist leers! What would the holiday movie season be without them? It’s the rush to the finish line, and the start of serious campaigning for awards season kudos, as 15-odd titles make their way to ...

On Movies: John DuPont, wrestling, tragedy

On Movies: John DuPont, wrestling, tragedy

November 18, 2014


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By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) “Foxcatcher” is director Bennett Miller’s chilling evocation of the real-life story of John Eleuthère du Pont, the Newtown Square, Pa., multimillionaire who operated a wrestling training center at his Foxcatcher Farm in the 1990s and who, on a J...

Mark Wahlberg Is A Chance-Taker; One Of His Biggest Is ‘The Gambler”

Mark Wahlberg Is A Chance-Taker; One Of His Biggest Is ‘The Gambler”

November 16, 2014


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (MCT) In 2003, Mark Wahlberg walked into the Santa Monica offices of HBO with an idea for a series. He’d already had acclaimed turns in admired movies — “Boogie Nights,” “The Basketball Diaries,” “Three Kings” — but hadn’t broken through as...

Hollywood Film Awards And Dubious History Land In Prime Time

Hollywood Film Awards And Dubious History Land In Prime Time

November 14, 2014


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By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (MCT) Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western “Django Unchained.” The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more we...

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ Wins Weekend Over ‘Interstellar’

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ Wins Weekend Over ‘Interstellar’

November 10, 2014


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Disney’s “Big Hero 6” soared past Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” at the box office this weekend, as both big-budget films had strong launches. According to studio estimates, Disney’s animated action comedy grossed $56.2 million in the...

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Wraps, Gets New Subtitle ‘The Force Awakens’

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Wraps, Gets New Subtitle ‘The Force Awakens’

November 6, 2014


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By Oliver Gettell Los Angeles Times (MCT) “Star Wars: Episode VII” has completed principal photography and gained an official title, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Thursday. The highly anticipated film shall henceforth be known as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Scheduled to hit theaters Dec. ...

‘Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies’ More Of A Head Trip Than A War

‘Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies’ More Of A Head Trip Than A War

November 5, 2014


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By Gina Mcintyre Los Angeles Times (MCT) Judging strictly from the title, it might seem safe to assume that “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the concluding installment in Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy of films based on the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien, would arrive as something of...

The Real Faces Of War: ‘Warsaw Uprising’ Is Culled From War Footage

The Real Faces Of War: ‘Warsaw Uprising’ Is Culled From War Footage

October 30, 2014


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (MCT) Filmmaker Jan Komasa described the Warsaw Uprising — the ill-fated 63-day struggle led by the Polish resistance Home Army to liberate the city from Nazi occupation — as “a massacre.” “Everybody thought it would only take three days to beat the Germ...

‘Mockingjay’ Could See Biggest 2014 Opening At Box Office

‘Mockingjay’ Could See Biggest 2014 Opening At Box Office

October 30, 2014


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (MCT) Looks like box office odds are in the third “Hunger Games” installment’s favor. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” could open to between $130 to $160 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That would make it the big...

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