Joan Freeman

  • 12 Magic Movie Moments That Happened By Mistake

    What should have happened: In a climactic scene of Chris Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, The Joker (Heath Ledger) casually walks away from the hospital, detonating the bombs he’s planted causing a huge explosion. Ledger never breaking character, stopped, gave the detonator a comical shake, tried the…

    Tom Butler
  • Making Mars Exploration 'Smart and Cool': NASA and 'The Martian'

    At a recent media event that previewed NASA's "Journey to Mars" and the Ridley Scott film opening in theaters on Oct. 2, the director of the U.S. space agency's planetary science division integrated images from the movie into his talk about NASA's real missions to the Red Planet, subtly blurring…

    SPACE.com
  • Lions Gate Has the Sweet Spot Among Media Stocks

    As a potential takeover target in a large pool of buyers, Lions Gate Entertainment is making strides while other media stocks are struggling.

    TheStreet.com
  • Minority winemakers look to change industry's stereotypes

    NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — Bertony Faustin didn't set out to be Oregon's first black winemaker. He just wanted to make good wine. But the disbelief that often comes when customers realize a black man owns the winery has worn on him.

    Associated Press
  • Kristen Stewart sci-fi 'Equals' fails to add up for Venice critics

    By Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - With Kristen Stewart of "Twilight" fame and Nicholas Hoult of "X-Men", the science-fiction film "Equals" is sure to have some box-office draw, but it failed to win much critical acclaim when screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Stewart and Hoult…

    Reuters
  • Telluride Film Review: ‘Heart of a Dog’

    Dogs have clearly become an avant-gardist’s best friend. First Jean-Luc Godard delivered a funny 3D valentine to a pooch named Roxy Mieville in “Goodbye to Language,” and now the New York-based musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson has woven a tide of personal stories, insights and…

    Variety
  • Child soldier drama makes Netflix award contender

    "Beasts of No Nation," Cary Fukunaga's child soldier drama, is the first Netflix feature film to be included in competition for a major film prize. Fukunaga spent more than a decade developing his project to make a film about child soldiers, an issue he first became interested in when studying…

    AFP
  • ‘King Of The Nerds’ Cancelled After Three Seasons On TBS

    The reality competition series hosted by  Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong won’t be returning for a fourth cycle. TBS has ended King Of The Nerds after three seasons. Armstrong announced the news on Twitter: Dearest nerds! Deeply sorry to announce that @KingofNerdsTBS will not be returning…

    Deadline
  • Venice Film Review: ‘A War’

    It's a line often spoken in war-at-home dramas, as returning soldiers struggle to relate to unscarred civilians: "You can't imagine what it's like out there."

    Variety
  • Tattooed 'Dance Moms' Suspect Reveals He Sent Maddie Ziegler 11 Packages

    In a jailhouse interview, Phoenix Sundown talked about communicating with the 'Dance Moms' girls in code.

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Relativity Bankruptcy: Justice Department Official Argues Against Bonus Pay

    Employee salary bonuses proposed as part of the Relativity Media bankruptcy should be denied because they are designed to retain executives and other workers and not to encourage a more optimal sales price when the company is auctioned Oct. 1, the U.S. Trustee’s office argued in a legal filing…

    Variety
  • 5 Must-See Batman Movies That May Be Under Your Radar

    While you're waiting for the next live-action Batman movie to hit the big screen, get your Caped Crusader fix with one of these 5 animated films.

    The Cheat Sheet
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    Star Wars fans feel merchandise force

    Star Wars fans feel the force of Disney merchandising as a new generation of intergalactic toys to mark the latest movie goes on sale around this planet. Grace Pascoe reports.

    Reuters Videos
  • Google Plans to Bring App Store to China, Without Media Sales (Report)

    Google has plans to re-enter China and give Chinese mobile users access to its Google Play app store as early as this fall, according to a report by the Information. However, the Chinese version of Google Play won’t make media companies a whole lot of money: To appease censors, Google is planning…

    Variety
  • Why IMAX Corporation Shares Dipped 16% in August

    Silence is golden -- except when a quiet news flow makes investors latch on to all the wrong signals that are driving rival stocks lower.

    Motley Fool
  • Telluride Cancels Aretha Franklin Doc Screening of ‘Amazing Grace’ (Updated)

    Update 3:51 p.m.: The Telluride Film Festival has canceled Friday night’s scheduled screening of the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” per a U.S. District court ruling in favor of an emergency injunction filed by the singer. Three screenings of the film are slated for release at the…

    The Wrap
  • Tye White Joins OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’; Joe Dinicol In ‘Blindspot’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    Tye White ( Drumline: A New Beat) has been cast as a series regular on OWN’s megachurch drama series Greenleaf, from Craig Wright and Lionsgate TV. Greenleaf focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch Greenleaf World Ministries, where…

    Deadline