Kristin Chenoweth Gets First-Time Jitters — More Than 10,000 Times!

NUP_174512_2583.JPGThere are very few people with the talent that Kristin Chenoweth has. Chenoweth who has wowed audiences on the big stage, film, and television, takes her great talents back to the small screen for the much-anticipated live NBC music Hairspray Live airing Wednesday December 7 on NBC.

With having over 10,000 live stage performances under her belt, many would think for Chenoweth performing in a show comes very natural. That’s not the case, however, as she just hopes to makes it to the end of each performance in one piece!

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Posted by: Susan Brown

Jennifer Lawrence Intrigued By 120 Year Journey Behind ‘Passengers’


Director Molten Tydum received critical acclaim for his 2014 feature The Imitation Game, and now he’s back with the science fiction drama Passengers. While films like Interstellar and Arrival aim for a thematically epic scope, Passengers sounds like a much more tight-fisted and breakneck narrative.

The film centers on two “passengers” (Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt) who are on a 12- year mission to another planet. Their journey goes awry when their hibernation pods open up 90 years early, leading them to figure out if there was a culprit behind this malfunction. With their ship on the edge of destruction and with the lives of thousands of passengers at risk, solving this mystery is an absolute imperative.

Pratt is no stranger to science fiction thanks to the Marvel hit Guardians of the Galaxy, while Lawrence has seen her share of fantastical (and dystopic) narratives with The Hunger Games trilogy. Click on the media bar below to hear Lawrence talk about one of the intriguing aspects behind Passengers.

Passengers co-stars Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Ticket Sales Offer Special Promotions


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story doesn’t hit theaters until December 16th, but tickets are already on sale. In celebration of this standalone Star Wars story, several theater chains and ticket sellers are offering special promotions that should appeal to collectible enthusiasts.

Items offered up include a Mondo designed glass from Alamo Drafthouse and a Rogue One hoodie that’s up for grabs for people who order through Atom Tickets. Movie buffs who order via Fandango will automatically enter a sweepstakes to win a U-wing model. Starring Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story centers on a group of brave fighters who band together to steal plans to the Death Star. Gareth Edwards, whose previous credits include Monsters and Godzilla, directs the feature.

The recently released TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also features an appearance from Darth Vader. Check out the video below and tell us what you think!

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‘Moana’ Tops Box Office Weekend With $55 Million Showing


The hits train continues to run for Dwayne Johnson, as Moana was this weekend’s #1 movie, taking in $55.5 million (it made over $81 million during the five-day Thanksgiving period). Unfortunately, fellow newcomers Allied and Bad Santa 2 had disappointing debuts, coming in at #4 and #8 respectively. Rules Don’t Apply, Warren Beatty’s return to the silver screen after a 15-year hiatus, made just $1.575 million, coming in at #12. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. Moana – $55.5 million

2. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Continues its successful run with $45.1 million.

3. Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch is a success as a Marvel superhero. This weekend, Doctor Strange makes $13.4 million.

4. Allied Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in this WWII epic which managed just $13 million in its debut weekend.

5. Arrival – $11.2 million

6. Trolls – The animated hit makes $10.3 million and it’s already made over $280 million worldwide.

7. Almost Christmas – $7.6 million

8. Bad Santa 2 – The sequel is dead on arrival with just $6.1 million.

9. Hacksaw RidgeMel Gibson’s critically acclaimed WWII epic takes in $5.45 million. To date, it’s made over $52 million domestically.

10. The Edge of Seventeen – $2.96 million

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Review: Love and War With ‘Allied’

timthumb-1When you’re in the spy game, how well do you ever really know anyone? That’s a question that’s at the center of the new war drama Allied, as a relationship born on the job is put to the test.

The film starts with Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) parachuting into the French Moroccan desert where he’s picked up and driven to Casablanca where he’ll meet with an embedded operative named Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) who has been tasked with playing his wife. The couple is tasked with the assassination of a German leader during the rise of Hitler’s regime. During the lead up to the mission, Beausejour is understandably reticent about speaking on her past missions while she and Vatan each challenge the other building a somewhat shaky trust.

While there are a few things that seem off about his faux bride, the couple begin to bond and their spark leads to a pre-mission tryst in a car during a sandstorm before the big mission. Against all odds, Vatan and Beausejour complete their mission with both surviving and the spy wanting to explore their love even further by inviting her to be his real wife in London.

After a year of bliss that includes the birth of their first child, the rising military star Vatan is called in for what is expected to be a promotion, but turns out to be something unexpected. A high ranking official alerts Vatan that his wife is suspected of being a double agent, a German implant taking the place of the French spy and assuming her identity, who has been passing on information. They task him with a false feed to flush out the network. A begrudging Vatan eventually decides to go along with the mission to prove his wife is who she says she is, but attempts to go against orders to wage his own investigation. If Beausejour is proved to be the spy his higher ups think, Vatan must execute her or face hanging for treason. This is where the film starts to pick up, with Pitt wonderfully expressing the torment of Vatan and his impossible situation, with Cotillard delivering a brilliant performance leaving the audience in suspense about her true intentions right up to the end.

Robert Zemeckis directs the Steven Knight-written film and the enjoyment of the movie lies in how much you buy the payoff of the Vatan/Beausejour relationship. The dialogue is peppered with enough quotes that seem right in line with spy talk but not so much for a loving couple, leaving plenty of room for suspicion. In the end, Allied is a well-done war drama suspense thriller.

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Posted by: Ari Coine