‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Reviews J.D. Salinger Biopic ‘Rebel in the Rye’

rebelintheryeOn the latest episode of CinemAddicts we preview the September releases Mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, It, and American Assassin.

One smaller scale feature that’s worth a look is Rebel in the Rye, a biopic on Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult). Kevin Spacey is Whit Burnett, the writing teacher who had a huge influence on Salinger’s life and Zoey Deutch plays Salinger’s girlfriend Oona O’Neil (she would later marry Charlie Chaplin).

Directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye is based on the 2011 biography J.D. Salinger: A Life and it’s powered by a first rate performance by Hoult as the reclusive scribe. Strong has a ton of events (Salinger’s college life, Oona romance, WWII years) to fit into a 106 minute running time and he does it seamlessly. Fans of Salinger’s work looking for a bit more insight into the writer, or movie buffs who love narratives centered on the art of writing (the Salinger and Burnett relationship is the film’s strongest aspect) should definitely check out Rebel in the Rye.


Rebel In The Rye opens in select theaters September 8 via IFC Films. Check out this month’s episode of CinemAddicts and feel free to comment below!


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That’s a Wrap: Oscars, Melrose, Dancing With the Stars, The Favourite + More

145932_dws_s24-400x533Warren Beatty has issued a statement after Sunday’s Oscar mishap during the Best Picture presentation. “Rather than for me to respond to questions from the press about the Academy ceremony,” he said in a statement to the Associated Press, “I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible.” The Academy has issued their apology, stating they “deeply regret” the incident, adding, “To all involved — including our presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the filmmakers and our fans watching worldwide — we apologize.”

Benedict Cumberbatch has landed another TV role, as he’s set to star in the limited series Melrose for Showtime and Sky Atlantic. The five-part drama is based on a series of novels by Edward St. Aubyn. The novels follow a character named Patrick Melrose, who undergoes a harrowing journey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and eventually makes a turn toward recovery. Each episode will cover several intense days within the character’s life, which also spans decades and locations, with the south of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and London in the early 2000s all providing the background.

Get your groove on, it’s time for the reveal of the cast for the 24th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. In a bit of cross-promotion, The Bachelor star Nick Viall is on board to take part. The A-Team‘s Mr. T, Glee ctress Heather Morris, Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan, Las Vegas entertainer Charo, Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Erika Jayne, former SNL comedian Chris Kattan, bull riding star Bonner Bolton, former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross and NFL running back Rashad Jennings round out the cast.

This seems like a sitcom we can get behind. Happy Endings star Casey Wilson has been cast opposite Cougar Town‘s Busy Phillips as down-on-their-luck siblings in The Sackett Sisters. According to TV Line, 30 Rock scribe Luke Del Tredici is taking on the single-camera project, which centers on a pair of estranged sisters who perform a public act of heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together. Tina Fey will serve as the executive producer.

Just keep on talkin’! Chris Hardwick has inked a deal with AMC to host a weekly talk show. Hardwick already hosts Talking Dead, the post-Walking Dead recap show, for the network. According to TV Line, Talking With Chris Hardwick will premiere on Sunday, April 9 at 11PM ET, with the host sitting down for an hour long chat with people from pop culture. The show will reportedly air in the weeks that Hardwick is not hosting Talking Dead, which typically follows The Walking Dead and the Fear the Walking Dead spinoff.

Might we be seeing Bobby Moynihan‘s time at Saturday Night Live winding down? Deadline reports that the comedian has been cast as the lead in the CBS single-camera pilot Me, Myself & I. Moynihan is currently in his ninth season on NBC’s sketch comedy staple, but should the show get picked up, Moynihan would likely move on.

Former Ugly Betty cast member Ana Ortiz has landed a voice role in a still untitled sequel to the animated film Wreck It Ralph. According to The Tracking Board, Ortiz will have a small role in the film, which features the return of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer. Rich Moore, who directed the first movie, will co-direct the sequel with Phil Johnston.

On the big screen, Nicholas Hoult has just been cast in The Favourite, a period drama from The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos. According to Deadline, Hoult has been cast as Harley, a Tory Party leader during the reign of queen Anne. Past Oscar winners Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz have also been cast in the film.

‘CinemAddicts’ Reviews “Kill Your Friends” And “Miles Ahead”

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On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we cover three diverse films which features music as its backbone.

With credits such as Mad Max: Fury Road and X-Men: Days of Future Past, Nicholas Hoult continues to gain momentum as one of Hollywood’s up and coming lead actors. His latest film Kill Your Friends is an in-your-face, violent, and hedonistic laden look at an A&R exec (Hoult) who will do anything to make it to the top of his company.The picture is set in the Britpop era of the late 1990s and co-stars James Corden and Ed Skrein.

The documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First centers on how musicians persevered through the ban on music in Mali in 2012. Whether it’s leaving the country as refugees or spreading their music internationally (the group Songhoy Blues are featured in the film), these artists have weathered their share of struggles but continue to express their love for music.

Miles Ahead, a freewheeling and inspired look at Miles Davis (Don Cheadle), centers on the jazz great’s later years as he struggled to find his creative muse once again. Ewan McGregor is the diligent journalist who will do anything to get a feature piece of the legend, even if it means embarking on a dangerous mission, and Emayatzy Corinealdi co-stars as Miles’ first wife Frances Taylor. Directed by Cheadle, the film opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.

Check out this week’s episode of the Hollywood Outbreak/Cold Cockle Productions podcast CinemAddicts below:

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‘Warm Bodies’ Takes Box Office Crown With $19.5 Million

WARM BODIES (Summit Entertainment, Jan Thijs)Warm Bodies was the #1 film during a slow box office weekend, as it took in $19.5 million to easily beat the rest of the competition, as the comedy-drama proved that zombie features can draw a solid enough crowd. The Sylvester Stallone movie Bullet to the Head lived up (or is it down?) to its moniker, as the move absolutely bombed to finish sixth with $4.5 million.  Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came in at #2 with $9.21 million, which is a halfway decent showing considering its poor critical reception.  Here’s the top 10:

1.  Warm Bodies – $19.05 million.  To her Teresa Palmer talk about working with her Warm Bodies co-star John Malkovich, click on the media bar below:

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2.  Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – $9.21 million

3.  Silver Linings Playbook – $8.11 million

4.  Mama – $6.7 million

5.  Zero Dark Thirty – $5.3 million

6.  Bullet to the Head – $4.5 million

7.  Parker – $3.2 million

8. Django Unchained – $3.01 million

9. Les Miserables – $2.44 million

10. Lincoln – $2.41 million


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Warm Bodies Adds A Little Heat To Zombie Love

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Now playing nationwide, Warm Bodies centers on a sensitive zombie simply known as R (Nicholas Hoult) who, for some odd reason, is attracted to a young woman named Julie (Teresa Palmer). Although it’s hard to trust the undead in a zombie apocalypse, Julie slowly warms up to R, and he becomes her de facto guardian angel.

One of the more memorable moments in the film occurs when R shares a bedroom with Julie at an abandoned house. While sleeping on the floor, he catches a glimpse of her half naked body, and since blood really doesn’t rush through a zombie’s extremities, his feelings on the matter prove a bit perplexing.

During the Warm Bodies press junket, Nicholas Hoult talked about that specific scene and what was going through R’s mind.  To hear Hoult, click on the media bar below:

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Warm Bodies also stars John Malkovich and Rob Corddry.

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