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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • #ForceFriday: Disney unveils 'Star Wars' toys amid marketing blitz

    The release of the new “Star Wars” movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film. The massive marketing blitz, which Disney has named “Force Friday,” spans all kinds of media and included…

    Yahoo News Digest
  • Plot twist director Shyamalan goes for horror in 'The Visit'

    The movie tells the tale of two children who go to visit their grandparents, played by Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie, but the elderly couple's strange behavior begins to scare them. The movie also features some humor to relieve the tension -- a technique Shyamalan said was inspired by fellow…

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • New ‘Transporter’ movie takes on reigning champ ‘Straight Outta Compton’

    “The Transporter Refueled” didn’t get great reviews, but social media buzz and advance sales suggest it could surprise “Straight Outta Compton,” which remains the favorite to win the box-office title for ...

    MarketWatch
  • Composer A.R. Rahman Focuses on Projects Closer to Home in India

    Prolific Indian composer A.R. Rahman has decided to slow down in order to get more done. The composer, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” and was nominated for “127 Hours,” has decided to cut down his Hollywood assignments. His hitherto peripatetic life — he finished a summer concert series…

    Variety
  • Is the world ready for a ‘nerd-off’ between Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams?

    If you were a fan of The Colbert Report, you’re probably aware that although the political pundit is a fierce defender of freedom, he has another, nerdier passion that often takes precedence. Colbert loves The Lord of the Rings, he loves comic books and he loves Star Wars, which is why he’s going…

    BGR News
  • I See You -- Thoughts on Workplace Mentoring

    In the movie Avatar, people greet each other with "I See You," In the Na'vi language. "To see" is a cornerstone of Na'vi philosophy. "It is to open the mind and heart to the present, and embrace Pandora as if encountering it for the very first time."I think about the scenes from the movie and the…

    Huffington Post