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“SECRET IN THEIR EYES” POWERHOUSE CAST: JULIA ROBERTS AND NICOLE KIDMAN FIRST MOVIE TOGETHER

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Award winning and Hollywood’s leading actresses Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman team up in a movie for the first time ever in the highly anticipated thrilling movie of the year “Secret in Their Eyes” along with Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”).

In the hair-raising dramatic thriller directed and written by Academy Award nominee Billy Ray, “Secret in Their Eyes” sees former FBI agent Ray (Ejiofor) haunted by the murder of the daughter of his good friend and former partner Cobb (Roberts) - a case left unsolved for the past 12 years. At the time, Ray and Cobb apprehended a suspect, Marzin, who was an informant during a counter–terrorism investigation while the nation was gripped by fear. Due to his importance in that plot and the fact that his confession was extracted under questionable means, Marzin was eventually released and Ray lost sight of him…until now. Ray returns to Boston and must confront his past, including Claire (Kidman), with whom he had a working relat…

OLIVIA COOKE ON DYING YOUNG IN “ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL”

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This is the story of three teens...the story of Greg, Earl and Rachel , a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of high-school senior year and all the crazy journey on finally getting to know themselves fully. The film’s head-on approach to the complex issues and emotions it tackles is not typical for teen movies wehre it is not just about first love or any of the usual things. It’s about a young man realizing what kind of person he wants to be and having to consider what could happen if one loses someone just as you’re getting to know them.
Headlining the cast of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” are three young actors at the beginning of their careers: Thomas Mann as Greg, Olivia Cooke as Rachel, and RJ Cyler as Greg’s best friend Earl.

Rachel is an unusual girl even before her illness, and her troubles merely accentuate her singularity. “Rachel has never been focused on being popular,” says director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. “She is …

ROCK LEGEND RICK SPRINGFIELD IN “RICKI AND THE FLASH”

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At Ricki’s (Meryl Streep) side, on lead guitar in Columbia Pictures’ new dramedy “Ricki and the Flash,” director Jonathan Demme cast rock legend Rick Springfield. Best known for his 80s-era hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” Springfield’s career has taken on new dimensions with multifaceted and complex acting roles.

“The part of Greg is definitely dual-purpose,” says Demme. “We needed a terrific actor capable of going toe-to-toe with Meryl Streep, but also an authentic shredder. I was worried about finding a great Greg. The assignment to our great casting directors was to find any actor who can play guitar and might have the capacity to step up. Find anyone in that age range – I’ll see anybody. And then Rick Springfield came in, we meet him, he’s very nice – and then he plugs in and he’s amazing.”

Later, Springfield had a second meeting with Streep – a meeting to ensure that the two actors would have chemistry together. “All of this authentic warmth comes out of him – he got Meryl to o…

“EVEREST” – FROM TRUE STORY TO BIG SCREEN ADVENTURE

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The summit of Mount Everest, the mightiest mountain on Earth, is more than five miles above sea level, close to the cruising altitude of a 747 jumbo jet. Its fearsome and unforgiving peak has hosted thousands of daring climbers who have felt compelled to rise to the greatest challenge in mountaineering.

The tragic events in May 1996 represented, at that time, the deadliest climb in the mountain’s history, and dramatized in Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic adventure “Everest.” The world’s media were transfixed by this story of human endurance, which became the subject of best-selling books and documentaries, often with contradicting accounts of the events.

Producer Tim Bevan first became interested in the story when he read Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air” soon after it was published in 1997. Krakauer, a journalist who had been part of Rob Hall’s Adventure Consultants team on the mountain that May, had first documented the events for an article in Outside magazine. Bevan’s producing partn…

REVIEW | Heneral Luna (2015)

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Jerrold Tarog’s highly anticipated factual-and-fictional biopic Heneral Luna portrays the brilliant but short-fused, abrasive, and strict commander of the revolutionary army during the Filipino-American war, played by the ever-competent John Arcilla. The film is a tribute to the temperamental, misunderstood General, whose ideals and passionate pursuit of freedom of the Filipino people either falls on deaf ears or is blatantly resisted just because people generally hate his guts.

The story is earnest; intent on enlightening us on the fascinating character of Antonio Luna— but the crude production watered down the compelling story. The unrefined cinematography, the ill-fitting and brand-new costumes, the pinkish blood, the chilli-con-carne open wounds, and some of the weak performances of the extras make Heneral Luna feel staged; a reenactment rather than an authentic experience. The production frustratingly takes away the credibility and the immersive experience that the story deserves…

REVIEW | Trainwreck (2015)

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Expect yourself to experience thigh-slapping, bursting-at-the-seams laughter in this very raunchy rom-com—whether or not you have a ribald sense of humor. This is because the R-18 movie is first and foremost a love story between a broken girl and a lonely boy—and that the broken girl just happens to be very promiscuous. And because it’s written by the lead star that plays the promiscuous girl—the stand-up comic superstar Amy Schumer, with award-winning comedy director Judd Apatow at the helm.

Amy (Schumer) is a hard-drinking, anti-monogamy wanton, and talented magazine writer who finds herself in a metaphorical trainwreck when she falls in love with a nerdy and lonely sports doctor, Aaron (Bill Hader), who represents everything she hates: coupledom and sports. Will they end up happily ever after? Of course! But how—well, you have to watch the movie.

Trainwreck has its share of forced and corny humor but they are outnumbered by the hilarious ones, which are powerful enough to put tears…

MERYL STREEP LEARNS TO PLAY GUITAR FOR “RICKI AND THE FLASH”

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Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in TriStar Pictures' “Ricki and the Flash.”

Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.

“We all have to live with our mistakes,” says Streep. “I think she wishes that her kids liked her more, understood her – I think that is a regret – but she’s pretty clear-eyed about it. Ricki lives in the moment – she acts on the impulse that feels imperative to her. It’s a relief to play someone who doesn’t act how everybody thinks she should be. She’s saying, ‘I can’t help being the way I am.’”

Though Streep was the first, best, and only choice to play the role, she would have to learn to play guitar to bring Ricki to life. …

SHOOTING BEGINS ON THRILLER “UNFORGETTABLE”

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Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson star in the film,
marking the directorial debut of Denise Di Novi

Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller “Unforgettable,” which is the first film in the director’s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Focus”).

Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses,” “Knocked Up”) and Rosario Dawson (the “Sin City” films) star in the film. “Unforgettable” marks a reunion for Heigl and Di Novi, who previously collaborated on “Life as We Know It.”

The main cast also includes Geoff Stults (TV’s “Zoo”), young actress Isabella Rice (“True Blood”), Simon Kassianides (TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Whitney Cummings (“The Wedding Ringer”), Robert Wisdom (TV’s “Chicago PD”) and film and television star Cheryl Ladd.

The film is being produced by Di Novi, Alison Greenspan (“If I Stay”) and Ravi D. Mehta (“Grudge Match”), from a screenplay by Christina Hodson.

Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the en…

“EVEREST” CHOSEN AS OPENING FILM OF 72ND VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

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Universal Pictures’ epic adventure “Everest,” directed by Baltasar Kormákur, has been selected as the opening film, out of competition, of the 72nd Venice Film Festival (September 2nd – 12th 2015).

The world premiere of “Everest” will be screened on September 2 in the Sala Grande theatre (Palazzo del Cinema) at the Lido. Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, “Everest” documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

“Opening the Venice film festival has proven to be good luck for the awards race, with the last two openers, `Gravity' and `Birdman,' netting a slew of nominations and some major wins,” says UK newspaper …

ACTION STAR JOHN CENA LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM IN “TRAINWRECK”

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As a WWE Superstar, 15-time World Champion and the current United States Champion, John Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic and genuine personality to make him one of the brightest stars in WWE.

Cena has had starring roles in many films including “The Marine,” “12 Rounds” and “The Reunion.”

An actor new to many fans of funny movies, Cena now stars in Universal Pictures’ hit comedy “Trainwreck” as Amy Schumer’s well-meaning boyfriend Steven—a committed guy who wants to make an honest woman of her. Although they have been seeing each other regularly when our story begins, Amy just can’t seem to remain faithful to Steven, who is deeply upset to discover sexts from other men on her cell phone.

When Cena came in for a table read, the star of Monday Night Raw surprised everyone. “He got bigger laughs than anyone in the entire movie,” recalls director Apatow. “We just fell in love with him as a comedic actor.”

Although Cena has already appeared in several films, the perfor…

REBIRTH OF A MONSTER IN “VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN” – TRAILER REVEAL

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Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel about the eccentric scientist, Victor Frankenstein, and his quest to create life, was first published in 1818 and has captivated generations of readers and later, cinema audiences, ever since.

With a screenplay by Max Landis, Paul McGuigan directs and his stellar lead duo – including James McAvoy as Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor give life to the beloved legendary monster in “Victor Frankenstein.” At the core of this new Frankenstein story – just like with Holmes and Watson – is the friendship between Frankenstein and Igor.

McGuigan’s film is an action adventure thriller where McAvoy plays the titular role of Doctor Victor Frankenste as a brilliant scientist at the forefront of pioneering medical research. He wants to save lives and then becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life itself.

Igor – a character that first appeared in movie versions of the story, but was not in the novel – is a lowly, downtrodden, disfigured clown at a…

DISNEY, PIXAR REVEAL DETAILS ABOUT UPCOMING ANIMATED FILMS

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Filmmakers from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios introduced D23 EXPO 2015 fans to an array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish. The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others. John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held secrets for the first time at the D23 EXPO.” Following are the films presented on behalf of both studios. THE GOOD DIN…

WINNER YOUNG ADULT BOOK –TO-MOVIE “ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL” IN CINEMAS SEPTEMBER 16

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“This is the story of my senior year in high school and how it destroyed my life,” so Greg said of his life in the highly acclaimed and award-winning movie based from the bestselling book by Jesse Andrews of the same title, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is this year’s winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2013, Jesse Andrews’ thought-provoking and moving young-adult novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl took readers by surprise with a truly contemporary coming-of-age story, packed with smart original dialogue and fully realized teen characters.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who had directed highly successful episodes in teen-oriented television series “Glee” perfectly captured the book’s offbeat humor, rare sensitivity and unique worldview in a feature film that chronicles a young man’s journey into adulthood as he learns what it means to be truly selfle…

LIVING ON A PLANET WHERE NOTHING GROWS IN “THE MARTIAN” SECOND TRAILER REVEAL

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Left alone to survive, Matt Damon takes on the titular moniker in the latest space adventure set in the 2030s “The Martian” where his character Mark Watney got stranded on Mars when he was accidentally left by his team in their haste to abort the mission.

Based on the bestselling novel self-published by Andy Weir, the trailer further revealed the overwhelming odds Damon’s character Watney faces in order to survive...and after being presumed dead. The trailer’s recent reveal held at Pasadena at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was attended by Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott together with the book’s author Andy Weir, astronaut Drew Feustel and NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director Dr. Jim Green.

In the reveal, NASA shared that the technology, the tools that helped the character survived in the 2030s are already being developed as it appears on the film. “'We're kind of on the cusp of being able to do everything that happ…

DISNEY, MARVEL, LUCASFILM SHOWCASE UPCOMING LIVE ACTION SLATE

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Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates recently at the D23 EXPO 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event. “It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 EXPO.” After welcoming the crowd to D23 EXPO 2015, Horn introduced Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, to present overviews of the Marvel Studios and Disney live action slates. Later Horn returned to the stage to pre…

OSCAR-WINNING FILMMAKERS FIND RIGHT TONE FOR “RICKI AND THE FLASH”

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Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody collaborate with Meryl Streep in TriStar Pictures’ “Ricki and the Flash.”

In an original film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.

Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.

“Everyone has part of their past they wish they could change,” says director Jonathan Demme. Ricki is a guitar-shredding, hard-rocking mama, filled with regret for the mistakes of her past, who now has a chance to make things right. “When Ricki sees her daughter in desperate straits,” Demme adds, “she understands that it’s a …

EPIC ADVENTURE “EVEREST” UNVEILS NEW POSTER, TRAILER

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Universal Pictures has released the new poster and trailer for its gripping, survival thriller “Everest.” The trailer may be viewed HERE.

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, “Everest” documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke (“Terminator Genisys”), Josh Brolin (“Gangster Squad”), John Hawkes (“Lincoln”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Prince of Persia”). They are joined by Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Emily Watson (“The Water Horse”) and Keira Knightley (“Pirates of the Caribbean”).

“Everest” is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (“2 Guns,” …