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Will Smith and Margot Robbie have stepped out together for the first time on Wednesday, Nov. 20, two weeks after rumors surfaced that the two were having an affair. The pals looked chummy as ever as they posed for pictures during the first photo call for their film Focus at El Zanjon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
All smiles, Smith, 45, and Robbie, 23, had their arms linked behind each other’s backs as they attended a press conference for the film. The stunning Australian actress donned a black silk top and flowing white pants for the big event. She also kept her long locks down and finished off the chic look with simple, silver stud earring. Meanwhile, Smith wore tight-fitting jeans and a colorful orange sweater. The two actors were joined by costars Rodrigo Santoro and Gerald McRaney.
Earlier this month, rumors surfaced that Smith cheated on his wife of 16 years Jada Pinkett Smith with Robbie during a playful photo booth session at the film’s wrap party. (In one shot, father of three Smith and Robbie appeared half-naked.) But alas, Robbie was quick to debunk any such fling.
“Been working nonstop, just catching my breath. There’s absolutely no truth to the ridiculous rumor in Star mag. It’s disappointing that goofing around on set could be taken so out of context,” she tweeted on Nov. 8.
“They’re not hooking up,” an insider told Us Weekly. “That was a photo booth on set that the producers got for everyone. It was the last day of filming and everyone was taking pictures. They were just goofing around. Will is just like that. There’s nothing more to it.”
As for Smith’s marriage with Pinkett? “Everything with them is great,” a second source added.
Focus was to originally have starred Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart in Smith and Robbie’s roles, respectively, before both stars pulled out of the comedy.
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Malcolm D. Lee‘s sequel The Best Man Holiday — opening nearly 15 years after the first film — could approach or cross $33 million in its North American debut, vastly exceeding expectations. The Universal comedy is pacing to gross $13 million or more on Friday, possibly eclipsing Thor: The Dark World for the day, although Thor 2 is still tipped to stay at No. 1 in its second weekend with a gross north of $37 million.
(EW.com) — ”That was some melodramatic s—!”
So says Quentin, the bachelor troublemaker played by Terrence Howard in “The Best Man Holiday.”
He’s talking about one of the film’s many heated, if not hysterical, fights, but he might be describing the movie as a whole. Back in 1999 “The Best Man” was an outrageously fresh comedy of love and backbiting, and not just because it marked Hollywood’s belated discovery that characters could be upscale and African-American at the same time.
The movie had wit, verve, spark, and surprise. But writer-director Malcolm D. Lee shouldn’t have waited 14 years to do a sequel. “The Best Man Holiday” reunites the characters for a Christmas-weekend house party, and what ensues is like a better-written Tyler Perry movie: too many life crises rooted in too much recycled backstory.
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The actors are winning, especially Taye Diggs as the now-struggling Harper, Regina Hall as the ex-stripper Candace, and the great Morris Chestnut as football star Lance. But “The Best Man Holiday” is an eggnog that’s sticky-sweet and heavy at the same time. Grade: B-
Jolie takes on the role of evil villain in Disney’s new twist on the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’
Via New York Times – By MANOHLA DARGIS
And a Child Shall Lead Them Into Space Battle
At one point inthe boy brainiac Ender Wiggin stands on a podium waving his arms. A vast, immersive image of outer space is spread out before him, and if you didn’t know better, you might think he was playing Wii on an Imax screen. It’s an amusingly self-reflexive moment in a humorless movie about children who play war games as part of their very grown-up military training. As he furiously moves spaceships and troops across computer screens, he looks, by turns, like a superexcited kid, an orchestra conductor, Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and even a Christ figure. Childhood can be tough in movies, but rarely do screen children suffer for our sins as they do here.
Based on the 1985 science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, the movie envisions a future world ruled by a monolithic militaristic government that trains children to fight large insectlike extraterrestrials called Formics or buggers. When the story opens, Ender () thinks he’s just another runt with a monitor jammed in his neck that allows the authorities, personified by Colonel Graff who, because he’s played by Harrison Ford, should have been called Gruff, and a psychologist, Major Anderson ( ), to observe each potential warrior’s words, moods and tears. Graff believes that Ender may be the child to lead them all, a sermon he preaches as Ender is tested first on Earth and then in the outer space battle school where the movie gets its game on.
It’s no surprise that Mr. Card’s novel, which he followed with several sequels, has sold a zillion copies. The charismatic leader, the divine child, the possible Christ figure or potential Hitler stand-in (according to one notorious, widely circulated reading): Ender Wiggin is an expediently malleable figure. In the novel, he is also, shades of the Spartans, 6 when he ships off to battle school, which puts a distinctly ugly spin on a scene in the book in which he methodically brutalizes a bully, kicking the other boy repeatedly, including in the face. Ender has logically decided that by crushing the other boy, he will prevent future attacks, a prophylactic philosophy that mirrors the authorities’ attitude toward the buggers. He’s 12 in the movie, which doesn’t make that beating any better.
It’s taken decades for “Ender’s Game” to reach the screen, and it’s hard not to think that it had to wait for the right anxious moment. In the 1950s, adolescent alienation meant Sal Mineo’s Christ figure dying in the embrace of his surrogate parents in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Many years and sad stories later, the kids are still not all right, and while much remains the same, much has changed, including the familiar reality of the child who kills. Like the kids in the “Harry Potter” franchise and in “The Hunger Games,” Ender and his schoolmates do have childish moments. Yet what’s striking about the children in these pop culture behemoths is that, unlike in “Rebel,” they aren’t allowed to pretend to be adults, because the world compels them to assume those roles.
The adults in “Ender’s Game” come off as exceedingly creepy, despite Mr. Ford’s strained avuncularity and Ms. Davis’s flooding eyes. Ender is singled out because he seems to be a natural leader, which in the logic of both the book and the movie means someone who imposes his will on enemy and friend alike. He’s rational and brutal, which is a harder sell on the screen, where every punch carries an unsettling intensity that the director,, has trouble managing. Mr. Butterfield is one of those young performers whose seriousness feels as if it sprang from deep within. And while he’s an appealing presence, little Ender can’t help feeling like a pint-size psycho.
Mr. Hood, whose script winnows the novel into two hours of mostly action and a fair amount of talk, does better once the story shifts to space. (Ender’s home, where crammed bookshelves line one wall and his mother bustles alone in the kitchen like a 1950s housewife, has a pointless antediluvian quality.) Among the dividends are a barking sergeant, Dap (Nonso Anozie), and a giant geodesic-dome-like room in which trainees practice in zero gravity. It’s pleasant to watch these tiny untethered bodies float like cosmic motes and to follow Ender into an appealingly detailed animated computer game, in which he tumbles down a rabbit hole and discovers a mystery that will presumably only be fully solved in the sequels. His tribulations are likely not over.
“Ender’s Game” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). Genocidal violence and extreme fighting among children.
Opens on Friday.
Written and directed by Gavin Hood, based on the book by Orson Scott Card; director of photography, Donald M. McAlpine; edited by Zach Staenberg and Lee Smith; music by Steve Jablonsky; production design by Sean Haworth and Ben Procter; costumes by Christine Bieselin Clark; visual effects supervisor, Matthew E. Butler; produced by Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Mr. Card and Ed Ulbrich; released by Summit Entertainment. Running time: 1 hour 54 minutes.
WITH: Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Hailee Steinfeld (Petra Arkanian), Viola Davis (Major Gwen Anderson), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap) and Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham).
Marvel start Days of Future Past Promotion with the first official Trailer Wolverine may be the only hope for the X-men’s survival, as he is sent to the past to prevent a global catastrophe. Days of Future Past is set for release on May 23, 2014.…
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Interview: ‘Where Evil Dwells’ Director ‘Massimiliano Cerchi’ on his Film’s Rise to Cult Classic Status
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: ‘Massimiliano (Max) Cerchi ‘ Brings Horror To Life In ‘Where Evil Dwells’
Carla B. of EOTM chats with award winning director and producer Massimiliano (Max) Cerchi , about his latest film Where Evil Dwells, originality in the horror genre, the direct-to-video market and how he is helping bring new life back to the spine chilling films. In the true spirit of all things horror.
“Cerchi makes his living bringing to life things that go bump in the night. Distributing horror in the most visceral manner possible, with amazing detail. Nobody at the moment can make a horror film like Max. His movies are successful because they play on people’s fears and I think he enjoys it,” Carla B. of EOTM Media said.
“I am eagerly anticipating the release of his new films,” she added.
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As you would have guessed from the trailers, with Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón has made a horrifying movie about being stranded in space. But the best—and most surprising—thing about Gravity is that it’s also tasteful and elegant. It’s the minimalist blockbuster you never knew you’d been longing for.
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