FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Eddie Redmayne’s acting momentum continues to the box office with a first place finish for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Oscar winning actor, who’s a huge J.K.Rowling fan, beat out good buddy Benedict Cumberbatch, whose Doctor Strange checked in at #2 with $17.67 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - $75 million

2. Doctor Strange - 17.67 million

3. Trolls - $17.5 million

4. Arrival - Sci-fi flick with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner makes $11.8 million

5. Almost Christmas - $7 million

6. Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson is back behind the camera, and his flick makes $6.75 million this weekend. Andrew Garfield headlines the WWII drama.

7. The Edge of Seventeen - Hailee Steinfeld teen comedy grabs $4.82 million in its debut. Film co-stars Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, and Haley Lu Richardson.

8. Bleed for This - Miles Teller boxing feature, which centers on the life of pugilist Vinny Pazienza, takes in $2.35 million. Aaron Eckhart co-stars as Vinny’s trainer Kevin Rooney.

9. The Accountant - $2.1 million

10. Shut In - $1.6 million


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The trailer for Detour, with its split diopter shots and split screen homage to Brian De Palma, promises a film that’s going to give us a heavy dose of visual style. Director/writer Christopher Smith may have an ace up his sleeve with this film, as he’s enlisted three of cinema’s most promising young actor’s (Joe’s Tye Sheridan, The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s Bel Powley, and Brooklyn’s Emory Cohen) to headline his narrative. This pretty looking film, rife with mayhem, may actually feature a trio of substantive performances.

Harper (Tye Sheridan) is a law student who believes his stepdad (True Blood’s Stephen Moyer) had a part in the car crash that left his mother comatose. After a night drinking whiskey with a grifter named Johnny (Emory Cohen) and his stripper companion Cherry (Powley), Johnny wakes up with the two strangers at his doorstep. After making a drunken deal with the pair, Johnny is caught in a web of deceit and violence, and what started out as a couple of drinks may lead to tragedy.

Running a tight 90 minutes, this R-rated thriller hits theaters and On Demand January 20, 2017. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!!





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After the successful Harry Potter series, author J.K. Rowling is going back to the well and starting anew with a prequel introducing new characters, but keeping the same magical fascination that thrived in her other books and films. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them centers on the arrival of acclaimed writer and magi-zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in the U.S.

Scamander arrives stateside with a suspicious suitcase seemingly ready to pop open at any moment. As we soon learn, the case is the portal to a world where the magi-zoologist has collected numerous magical species over the years and given them safe haven from the dangers of being discovered by the humans, or as they are known as in the film, the Non-Maj’s. A chance encounter with aspiring baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) at a bank leads to a mix-up that frees some of his creatures and threatens to put both on the radar of the Magical Congress.

Captured and taken in by Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), an agent who has fallen from grace, Newt must track down Kowalski before more creatures escape. After tracking down Kowalski, she offers them both housing for the evening before turning them over to the Magical Congress. After meeting Tina’s mind-reading sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) who takes a liking to Kowalski, Newt convinces the Non-Maj baker to join him and assist in locating the missing creatures. But their adventures do not fool Tina, who snags the suitcase they are hiding out in and turns it over to the Magical Congress.

There they learn that it is not a safe time for wizards in New York as a dark creature has been wreaking havoc on the city, with the head of security Percival Graves (Colin Farrell) hot on its tail. In addition, the news of dark wizard Gellert Grindewald’s horrific reign in Europe has humans on high alert.

While the Magical Congress are scapegoating Newt for the destructive beast, the wizard states that he’s pretty sure it’s an Obscurus, the dark force of a young wizard who has attempted to suppress their powers, that is responsible. Meanwhile, Graves has befriended a tortured youth named Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) that he believes will lead him to the source of the city’s issues while seemingly being okay with throwing Newt and Tina under the bus.

What transpires from there is a fantastic action flick as Newt and his newfound cohorts attempt to clear his name by tracking down the source of the Obscurus, with the film revealing a surprising bad guy by the time all is said and done, setting up what will inevitably be the start of a new series.

Director David Yates does a masterful job of unfurling a story with plenty of new characters, storylines and twists and turns that lay the groundwork for what’s to come while still being able to stand on its own as a solid film. The look of the ’20s era New York is solid from the wardrobe to the set design. And Redmayne, Fogler, Waterston and Sudol all own their characters and give them enough depth to establish themselves moving forward. It’s a marvelous first chapter of what promises to be a great adventure, and we’ll certainly be looking to find out where we can catch other Fantastic Beasts movies.


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lalalandThough the film has yet to be released wide, the Santa Barbara Film Festival will honor La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling with their Outstanding Performers of the Year. According to Deadline, the honor will be given to the actors on Feb. 3 at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre. The film opens Dec. 9.

According to Deadline, Matthew McConaughey is in negotiations to appear in White Boy Rick. The movie tells the story of Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant at the age of 4 and later became a major drug dealer before landing in jail. McConaughey would play Wershe’s working class father, while the lead role has yet to be cast. The film is being directed by Yann Demange.

Deadline reports that Chloe Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane will star in the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Desiree Akhavan will direct the film about a young girl who is forced into a gay conversion therapy center.

According to Variety, Marc Forster has signed on to direct Christopher Robin, the live-action adaptation based on the Winnie the Pooh character. Forster’s credits include World War Z and the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEMEddie Redmayne stars in J.K. Rowling’s highly anticipated new film franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Not only was the Oscar winner very excited to star in a big budget special effects film,  it was also icing on the cake that he is a fan of J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series. Now he plays Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and stepping into Rowling’s universe was an exciting prospect.

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145070_0748-900x600Freeform have revealed that their successful series Pretty Little Liars will resume its final season on Tuesday, April 18. According to TV Line, the last 10 episodes will pick up right where the first half of the season left off, with Spencer fighting for her life. The network also revealed that the Bella Thorne-led drama Famous In Love will premiere in the slot right after Pretty Little Liars on April 18.

The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight has added a new face to the cast. Justin Bartha (The Hangover, National Treasure) will join the CBS series as Colin, a rising star in the State’s Attorney’s office. TV Line reports that sparks will fly between Colin and Lucca (Cush Jumbo) when they square off in court.

Sibylla Deen, last seen on FX’s Tyrant, has booked a role on the fourth season of TNT’s The Last Ship. Deadline reports that she is set to recur as Lucia, a survivor of the plague with a special interest in the fate of the world.

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Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of most prestigious actors working in film and television today.  Throughout his illustrious career, Hopkins has been nominated four times for an Oscar. Hopkins, who received an Oscar in The Silence of the Lambs for his work as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, has found another great role starring in the HBO hit series Westworld.

In a career that has spanned over 50 years and 50 movies, Hopkins has a lot of great memories of the films he has made. That being said, he still remembers his first film The Lion in Winter which starred his Idol Peter O’Toole and the legendary Katharine Hepburn. We spoke to Hopkins, who recalled auditioning for the film and he told us a great story working with the two icons. And only here will you hear Hopkins do a great Hepburn imitation! (Click on the media bar below to hear Anthony Hopkins)

Catch Anthony Hopkins in Westworld Sunday night 9/8c on HBO.

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As we are in the throes of “Noirvember,” it’s great news to hear that the film noir classic Sudden Fear is headed to Blu-ray on December 13. Directed by David Miller (Lonely are the Brave), the feature centers on Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford), an heiress and playwright who marries the actor (Jack Palance) that she fired from her recent production. After discovering her spouse is plotting to murder her with the aid of his mistress (In a Lonely Place’s Gloria Grahame), Myra engineers a plot to undermine their plans.

The picture, released in 1952, received Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Crawford), Best Supporting Actor (Palance), and Best Black & White Cinematography (Charles Lang Jr.). Prolific and revered composer Elmer Bernstein crafted the film’s score!

The 2K Restoration of Sudden Fear is being released by Cohen Media, a company that’s known for releasing first rate features (including Rams and documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut) and spotlighting classic films from yesteryear.

What are some of your favorite film noirs? Feel free to comment below!

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Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) gives an engaging performance in The Edge of Seventeen, a teen comedy which, although it has its share of laughs, also has its share of effectively rendered drama. Co-starring Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick, the flick is a welcome addition to a well worn genre.

The story centers on Nadine (Steinfeld), a teenager whose best friend (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating Nadine’s brother (Blake Jenner). This betrayal leads Nadine to become even more introverted as she continues to alienate her loved ones. That being said, the loss of Nadine’s father as well as her insecurities have driven her to this lonely place.

During our interview with Steinfeld, she talked about the close knits friendships in her life. “Some of my best friends, and when I say some, (it’s) the number I can count on one hand,” said Steinfeld. “I have known my whole life. I guess it’s just having that trust and mutual loyalty and love for each other. (Where) I can go away for a couple of months and pick up where we left off and it’s as if finished or ended the conversation. Having someone you know you can go to for anything that understand you and will tell you what you need to hear and not necessarily what you want to hear. Just having that someone as a best friend.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Hailee Steinfeld talk about how she defines “girl power.”



The Edge of Seventeen is now playing nationwide. For our review of the film, please listen to this week’s episode of CinemAddicts:




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JACKIE_1Sheet_ONLINE_4R2_MoreRed.inddThere are been many portrayals on film and television of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, the wife of the 35th President of the United States John Kennedy. Taking the role of an American iconic figure isn’t easy and hasn’t been done quite well until now. Oscar winner Natalie Portman might be the first actress to nail down the nuances of the first lady in the new biopic Jackie, which opens in theaters December 2. The film centers on First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s battles with tragedy and grief, as well as her fierce determination to cement her husband’s legacy in the annals of U.S. history.

For Portman, playing Jackie Kennedy was a challenging but gratifying process. Portman did extensive research on the physical aspects of Jackie Kennedy, but the work didn’t stop there. The actress also explored the emotional life of Kennedy, who was widowed at the age 34 and a mother of two young children. (Click on the media bar to hear Natalie Portman)

Jackie opens December 2.

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