Posts by Matt McDaniel
- Matt McDaniel at Yahoo Movies10 hrs ago
"Whatever sins you have committed, you can't go back and undo them," - Mark Ciavarella
It was one of the most shocking stories of judicial corruption in American history, and now the full story of Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella is being told in a documentary film, "Kids for Cash." Ciavarella was convicted in 2011 on 12 counts of racketeering and fraud for accepting kickbacks in exchange for sentencing young people to a private, for-profit juvenile detention center.
Watch the exclusive trailer premiere for 'Kids for Cash':
Ciavarella and fellow judge Michael Conahan sat on the Luzerne County Court in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and in 2002 the pair made a deal with private prison developer Robert J. Powell to fill his detention facilities with young offenders. While he publicly was fostering an image of being tough on crime, in reality he was handing out harsh sentences for minor infractions. The county had a conviction rate for young people that was ten times higher than that of the rest of Pennsylvania. All told, Ciavarella and Conahan were paid $2.6 million for their cooperation.
- Matt McDaniel at Yahoo Movies14 hrs ago
Even in a holding cell Amy Adams still manages to look fab.
Adams and Bradley Cooper face off in this new exclusive clip from director David O. Russell's upcoming drama "American Hustle." The film brings together several veterans of Russell's previous films, including Adams and Christian Bale from "The Fighter," and Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook." Both Adams and Cooper were Oscar nominated the last time they worked with Russell, while their co-stars took home trophies.
In the movie, Adams plays con artist Sydney Prosser who is both in business and in bed with small-time operator Irving Rosenfeld (Bale). But she gets nabbed by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper), who enlists the couple to help him pull sting operations to nail corrupt politicians.
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies4 days ago
Samantha McCall (Allison Miller) and her new husband Zach (Zach Gilford) thought they were having the perfect wedding. So, of course, they recorded the whole thing. But then something happened during their honeymoon they don't remember. And Samantha began acting strange during her pregnancy. And then things really got scary.
"Devil's Due" is the new found-footage horror flick from directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, who previously made the segment "10/31/98" in the anthology film "V/H/S." It hits theaters on January 17.
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies5 days ago
Gal Gadot is getting her Amazon on.
The 28-year-old Israeli who broke out in "Fast & Furious" has been cast as Wonder Woman in director Zack Synder's "Batman vs. Superman," the sequel to "Man of Steel" that also stars Ben Affleck as Batman.
In a statement, Snyder said, "Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies6 days ago
Two days after Paul Walker's death, the star most closely associated with him spoke out about the tragic loss.
On Monday evening, Vin Diesel posted a brief message and an on-set photo of himself and Walker to his over 52 million followers on Facebook.
Diesel quotes Scottish poet Thomas Campbell's 1825 work "Hallowed Ground," and refers to Walker by the nickname "Pablo." The bond between Diesel and Walker was obviously strong, as they were in the midst of shooting "Fast & Furious 7," their fifth film together over the course of a dozen years.
Diesel also visited the crash site Monday night, and borrowed a megaphone from one of the sheriffs on the scene to address the crowd.
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies9 days ago
Paul Walker, the edgy action hero with all-American good looks who became an international star with "The Fast & the Furious" movie franchise, has died in a fiery car collision in Southern California. He was 40 years old. The sad news was confirmed Saturday night by Walker's camp via the actor's official Twitter account.
According to the statement put out by Walker's team and also posted on Facebook, the actor was "attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car.
"We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement continued. "Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences."
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies18 days ago
So how would you get $3 million in cash into Switzerland without U.S. Customs knowing? Jordan Belfort — also known as "The Wolf of Wall Street" — had an idea. It involved a woman, a Swiss passport, and a roll of packing tape.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the title role in director Martin Scorsese's upcoming film adaptation of Belfort's memoir about his meteoric rise and fall in the '90s. And in the first clip from the film, debuting exclusively here on Yahoo Movies, Belfort and partner Donnie Azoff (played by Jonah Hill) consider going to extremes to get money they had swindled from investors out of the country and into a Swiss bank.
- mattmcd at Yahoo Movies26 days ago
It really does run in the family.
Disney has released the first trailer for "Maleficent" -- the live-action take on "Sleeping Beauty" starring Angelina Jolie as the pointy-headed, sharp-cheeked (but ultimately misunderstood?) wicked witch -- and the teaser lets you really see and hear her in character for the first time. On top of that, though, you get a brief glimpse of another member of the Pitt-Jolie clan: 5-year-old Vivienne.
Watch the First Teaser Trailer for 'Maleficent':
Vivienne has a small role in the movie as the young version of Princess Aurora, and she can be spotted in the teaser trailer chasing a butterfly through a meadow. Jolie said this summer at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California that her daughter won the role because she wasn't intimidated by mom's extreme makeup.
- mattmcd at Movie Talk28 days ago
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR 'THOR: THE DARK WORLD' BELOW
If you stuck around for the credits of "Thor: The Dark World" -- and it's a Marvel movie, so you should know by now that you have to stay in your seat to the very end -- you saw a scene pop up in the middle that looked like it could be from another movie. And that's because it is (sort of).
In the scene, the Asgardian warriors Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) step cautiously through a room filled with large glass display cases containing alien lifeforms and artifacts. They carry a box emitting a faint red glow. Apparently they retrieved the Aether from the dark world of Svartalfheim, and as said in the beginning of the film, it cannot be destroyed, only hidden. They are then introduced to the white-haired Taneleer Tivan, better known as The Collector, played by Benicio Del Toro (who joins Natalie Portman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges in the ranks of Oscar-winning actors who appear in Marvel films).
- mattmcd at Movie Talk1 mth ago
We just got an early Christmas present ... for 2015.
After months of speculation, Walt Disney Pictures announced Thursday that "Star Wars: Episode VII," the next installment of the space saga, will open on Dec. 18, 2015.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for 'Star Wars: Episode VII,'" Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement, "where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture."