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A look at the short films up for Oscars

February 4, 2016


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By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) War and conflict (ethnic, religious, domestic) dominate the field in the live-action short-films competition for the 2016 Academy Awards. Although “Ave Maria,” from Arab Israeli filmmaker Basil Khalil, is comedic in tone, its depiction of the war...

A closer look at the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ cast

A closer look at the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ cast

February 4, 2016


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) Here’s a look at some of the actors in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”: BELLA HEATHCOTE Plays: Jane Bennet You know her from: “Dark Shadows,” Neighbours,” “In Time” On the film action: What I love about this is that they have taken all these things th...

Take a ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube

Take a ride with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube

January 14, 2016


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By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Take two of America’s most popular actor/writer/producers, one a stadium-packing comedian, the other a global rap phenomenon, team them up for a rapid-fire cop comedy and what do you get? When “Ride Along” costs $20 million to make and earns...

‘Star Wars’ is latest film to show why Hollywood wants you to buy tickets in advance

December 20, 2015


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By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (TNS) Alexis Ramsey spent 45 minutes online buying opening night tickets for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” when they went on sale in October, desperate not to miss out on what’s widely expected to be the movie event of the year. And she’s not even a “Star ...

Female-directed films rule a weekend box office topped by ‘Spectre,’ ‘Peanuts’

November 17, 2015


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By Tre’vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Women owned this past weekend’s theaters as directors of three high-profile premieres opened across the country — Jessie Nelson’s “Love the Coopers” and Patricia Riggen’s “The 33” nationwide and Angelina Jolie Pitt’s “B...

How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

November 17, 2015


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By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) In some movies — a lot of movies, actually — if you see a character eating ice cream, the actor is really licking mashed potatoes. And that great-looking cake? It may be frosting spread over Styrofoam. But in “Love the Coopers,” which opens this w...

‘Peanuts’ movie creators were dedicated to staying loyal to comic strip

‘Peanuts’ movie creators were dedicated to staying loyal to comic strip

November 4, 2015


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By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) Sixty-five years ago, a newcomer to newspaper comic pages asked for some advice from a neighbor. “I have deep feelings of depression,” a round-faced kid named Charlie Brown told a smart-aleck girl named Lucy in an early strip. “What can I do ab...

Halloween was no treat for movie box office

Halloween was no treat for movie box office

November 4, 2015


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By Tre'vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES _ Potential moviegoers found their treats largely outside of theaters this weekend as new releases "Burnt" with Bradley Cooper, "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock and "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" all suffered poor ticket sale...

‘Goosebumps’ a different experience for Jack Black

‘Goosebumps’ a different experience for Jack Black

October 20, 2015


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Jack Black is seated next to a real dummy. That’s not an insult to one of his co-stars from the new “Goosebumps” movie. The actor is in the chair next to Slappy, the ventriloquist dummy who comes to life in the film. Lots of creatures com...

‘Martian’ holds onto its space at the top of box office

October 12, 2015


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By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “The Martian” topped the box office for the second straight weekend as Matt Damon and science kept audiences entertained to the tune of an estimated $37 million in the U.S. and Canada, a drop of only 32 percent from the film’s opening. Dire...

‘The Martian’ leads box office with $55 million

October 6, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “The Martian” launched with an estimated $55 million weekend at the domestic box office, nearly matching the October record held by the 2013 stranded-in-space film “Gravity.” “The Martian,” which cost $108 million to make, met the...

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ wins box office, ‘Black Mass’ and ‘Everest’ open strong

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ wins box office, ‘Black Mass’ and ‘Everest’ open strong

September 23, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” ignited the weekend box office with an estimated $30.3 million domestic debut, while the Johnny Depp gangster film “Black Mass” opened with some heat of its own. Going into the weekend, tracking estimates...

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