Long Island Is Great For ‘Kevin Can Wait’

Kevin James is back at home on CBS with his new hit sitcom Kevin Is Here. Just like his previous hit series King of Queens took place in New York, so does his new show. Not only does it take place in Long Island, the series is also filmed in Long Island, something that is really unheard of in television.

James is grateful to CBS and Sony Television (producers of Kevin Can Wait) that they let the show shoot in Long Island and goes on to say that he is using real locations, restaurants and shops to be in the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kevin James)

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Fox Searchlight Spearheads Voter Registration With ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Director/Producer/Writer Nate Parker on the set of THE BIRTH OF A NATION. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights ReservedTo spotlighting the National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27, Fox Searchlight Pictures has launched a National Voter Registration initiative to encourage people to register to vote.

In collaboration with voting partners and theater chains, Fox Searchlight will hold voter enrollment in select theatre lobbies on National Voter Registration Day prior to screenings of its upcoming film The Birth of a Nation. The initiative will run through the opening weekend (October 7-9) of the film. Bow Tie Cinemas, Emagine Entertainment, Malco Theatres, Marcus Theaters, Amstar Cinemas, and Tower City Cinemas are among the theater chains participating in the initiative.

The Birth of a Nation actors Nate Parker (who also directed and co-wrote the film), Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, and Gabrielle Union are featured in the PSA below to raise voting awareness. Check out the video below:

A biopic on Nat Turner (Parker), The Birth of a Nation co-stars Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’s Way) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger).

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Review: ‘American Honey’ Finds Cinema In A Hopeful Place

americanhoneyUnwieldy, sprawling, and downright ambitious, American Honey introduces us to Star (Sasha Lane), a teenager who’s gradually coming into her own. But as the Lady Antebellum song claims, this “American Honey” is attuned to the “wild, wild, whisper” of adventure, even if that journey is met with its share of adversity.

Spending the day taking care of her half siblings and avoiding the advances of her creepy stepdad, Star wants a break from her norm, and after witnessing a stranger named Jake (Shia LaBeouf) and equally raucous buddies create a ruckus at a supermarket (to the tune of Rihanna’s “We Found Love”), she’s immediately smitten. After joining Jake and his ragtag crew, she learns that they travel the highways and byways of America selling door to door magazine subscriptions. Led by an unscrupulous, hard driving manager named Krystal (Riley Keough, absolutely intimidating in her laser focused fury), these young men and women also earn a little extra coin stealing valuables from various homes on their trip. Star’s lust for Jake, as well as her desire to belong to this extended family, leads her down a morally questionable path, as bilking people for cash is not the way to earn an honest dollar.

Director/writer Andrea Arnold (Wuthering Heights, Fish Tank) didn’t craft American Honey as an indictment on a misspent youth. Rather, she frames her narrative with an unabashedly personal eye, and seeing events unfold through Star’s point of view places even the film’s darker moments into proper context. In her debut role, Lane, who was discovered by Arnold at Florida’s Panama City Beach, is a total revelation. Though her physical beauty may be the first thing you notice, Lane carries the film with more than just a pretty face. She convincingly goes toe-to-toe with Keough and LaBeouf during the story’s more fiery moments, and she’s also able to shine throughout the tale’s more tender chapters (a conversation with a trucker as Bruce Springsteen’s “Dream Baby Dream” plays is subtly affecting).

Along with Lane’s “star” making performance, LaBeouf’s unpredictable yet always interesting approach to acting is the perfect match for American Honey’s oftentimes seductive yet occasionally perplexing story. The film’s 158 minutes may be too much for some viewers and, in fairness, the film could easily have worked as a tight, 95-minute road journey.

If you’re in the mood for a larger cinematic meal, however, American Honey has all the fixings. Whether it’s the frenetic craziness of the aforementioned supermarket incident, Star’s nighttime excursion with an oil worker, or in the cramped confines of the white van that drives Star’s group to their next stop, American Honey is also a visually arresting experience.

By the film’s close, we may wonder if Star, after living in her share of cheap hotel rooms and submerged in a toxic relationship with Jake, will make a change for the better. Still, Andrea Arnold wants us to see beyond her film and possibly soak in America on our own terms (the film is partly inspired by Arnold’s own road trips through the U.S.). Star’s infectious spirit and moxie should make her the perfect travel companion, even if magazine subscriptions isn’t your cup of tea.

American Honey opens in select theaters Friday, and I’ll be discussing the movie on this week’s CinemAddicts podcast.

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Has Magnificent $35 Million Box Office Debut

The Magnificent Seven

Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s top box-office draws, and he proved his power once again as The Magnificent Seven beat all comers with a $35 million debut. The animated flick Storks came in second with $21.8 million, and unfortunately Bridget Jones’s Baby’s second weekend took in just $4.5 million! Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. The Magnificent Seven – $35 million and expect this movie to make a decent profit for Sony.

2. Storks – $21.8 million

3. Sully – $13.8 million and to date the film has made over $126 million worldwide

4. Bridget Jones’s Baby – Although it bombed stateside, the picture has drummed up $67 million internationally.

5. Snowden – Director Oliver Stone’s movie is a box office misfire. This weekend, it made just $4.1 million

6. Blair Witch – $3.95 million

7. Don’t Breathe – This has been a huge hit for Screen Gems, as the $9 million budgeted thriller has taken in over $120 million worldwide.

8. Suicide Squad – $3.1 million

9. When the Bough Breaks – $2.5 million

10. Kubo and the Two Strings – $1.1 million

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Michael Fassbender Gets Criminal With ‘Trespass Against Us’ Trailer


Recently seen in the sobering romantic drama The Light Between Oceans with Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender is going the criminal drama route with Trespass Against Us. Directed by Adam Smith, the story centers on Chad Cutler (Fassbender), a man who’s determined to break the cycle of crime that’s been handed down from generation from generation. Now that his son Tyson (Georgie Smith) is coming of age, Chad attempts to shield him from the evils of the past while his own father Colby (Brendan Gleeson) is determined to keep them on the same path.

Gleeson, who was terrific and should have received an Oscar nod for his work in the 2014 flick Calvary, also stars with Fassbender in the upcoming adventure flick Assassin’s Creed. Watching the fireworks between Fassbender and Gleeson should be worth the price of admission when the film hits stateside early 2017. DirecTV will make this film available to its subscribers starting November 24, and considering Fassbender’s previous work with A24 yielded a first rate Western (Slow West) I’m looking forward to checking out Trespass Against Us.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!!

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