Entertainment news round-up for May 1

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Josh Hutcherson is joining the cast of James Franco’s upcoming The Long Home. Hutcherson will play a young man in the 1940’s who goes to work for a Tennessee bootlegger, unaware that the man murdered his father. The script is based on William Gay’s novel of the same name. For more on the project, click here. […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 26

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Cleveland Playhouse is the newest recipient of the 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award. The Ohio theater is heading into its 100th season as a champion of new works. The rest of the Tony nominations will be announced on April 28. For more on the Cleveland Playhouse and the Tonys, click here. Jay Z took to Twitter […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 24

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Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is set to star in Ric Roman Waugh’s upcoming prison thriller Shot Caller. Coster-Waldau will play a gangster who is forced to commit a major crime shortly after his release from prison. Waugh went undercover as a volunteer parole agent to research prison gangs while he was writing the film’s script. For more on the project, […]

Short film round-up

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Minka Farthing-Kohl’s seven-minute Stray Dogs is a very strange short about a very strange summer day. It follows “Frank,” whose mundane wait at the bus stop turns into something much more dramatic when a distraught woman asks to borrow his phone. Much of the film feels like a very obvious Tarantino knockoff, but there’s enough originality to keep […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 19

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Penelope Cruz has joined the cast of Zoolander 2. Ben Stiller confirmed the news via Instagram and Twitter. Cruz joins Stiller and Owen Wilson in the film, which is set to open on February 12, 2016. For more on the project, click here. Josh Trank was a no-show at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA. […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 15

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Rumor has it that Patty Jenkins will step into the shoes vacated by Michelle MacClaren as director of the new Wonder Woman movie. MacClaren dropped out earlier this week due to creative differences with the studio. Production is still running on schedule, though, with the feature set to hit theaters in 2017. For more on the project, […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 10

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Kingsman: The Secret Service actress Sofia Boutella has nabbed a lead role in Star Trek 3. Particulars of her character have not yet been released. Directed by Justin Lin from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, the film will premiere on July 8, 2016. For more on the project, click here. Eddie Redmayne is […]

Short film round-up

Gwenn Germain’s two-and-a-half-minute Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux is beautiful but empty. Though its fantastical tale of a boy who literally falls into a world of magic and adventure is lushly animated, it feels choppy and rushed, moving through the story so quickly that it’s quite difficult for us to keep up. In fact, the whole […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 12

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Angela Lansbury took home her first Olivier Award for her supporting performance in the recent revival of Blythe Spirit. The prize for best new musical went to Sunny Afternoon, the show about rock band The Kinks, and the Young Vic’s A View from the Bridge won best play revival. For more from the Olivier Awards, click here. Paul Feig […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 5

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Winnie the Pooh will be the latest Disney property to undergo a live-action transformation. The Mouse House is developing a new film starring the honey-loving bear and friends. The story will follow an adult Christopher Robin. For more information on the project, click here. HBO has released the trailer for its Bessie Smith biopic, starring Queen Latifah. […]

Short film round-up

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Andre Hyland’s seven-minute Funnel is a neat little slice-of-life short about a man on a quest to fix his broken-down car. We hear the story through his side of a phone conversation as he treks to a gas station and back to his car. The short’s humor is based on its utter mundanity, though it’s […]

Entertainment news round-up for Apr. 3

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Disney’s Tangled is coming to the stage – though not the stage you’re probably thinking about. The show will be performed on the Disney Magic cruise ship later this year. Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater have written three new songs for the musical. For more on the show, click here. The Muppets may be […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 29

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Star Trek 3 cowriter and star Simon Pegg had a few words to say about the third installment in the film series. “I think we just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show,” Pegg said. “And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take […]

Entertainment news round-up for March 27

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Although the official Cannes lineup won’t be released for another three weeks, a few selections have already been unveiled. Pixar’s Inside Out will premiere at the festival, along with Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, which – in keeping with Allen’s no-awards policy – will probably not be in the running for any prizes. For more on Cannes, click […]

Entertainment news round-up for Jan. 22

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Western star Roy Rogers is headed to Broadway, and Alan Menken is coming along for the ride. Menken, of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid fame, will pen some new tunes for Happy Trails, a new biographical musical about the King of the Cowboys. The show is slated for a 2016 premiere. For more on the musical, click here. Robert Redford kicked […]

2015 Academy Awards nominations causes controversy

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This year’s Academy Award nominations came with a few surprises – and, perhaps more importantly, a few notable snubs.

Short film round-up: The Current short films, part 2

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Over the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look at the new short film series from The Current.  According to their website, “The Current is 10 attempts at alternative journalistic modes of communication, and 10 never before seen explorations of the news media. A creative supplement in the media landscape. It is entirely free […]

Entertainment news round-up for Jan. 15: Oscar Nominations

This year’s Oscar nominations brought a few surprises. Notable snubs include Selma, which was nominated only in the Best Picture category, and A Most Violent Year, which was heavily lauded by the National Board of Review but got no love from the Academy. Similarly ignored was The Lego Movie. As for pleasant surprises, the inclusion of Marion Cotillard (Two Days, […]

Entertainment news round-up for Dec. 12

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Former Batman Michael Keaton isn’t feeling any jealousy about Ben Affleck’s upcoming turn as the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman. “No,” he said when asked if he felt envious. “Do you know why? Because I’m Batman. I’m very secure in that.” Keaton also had some kind words to say about Tim Burton, who directed 1989’s Batman, in which the […]

Entertainment news round-up for Dec. 14

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The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin has a few words for journalists publishing leaked Sony documents. “Wouldn’t it be a movie moment if the other studios invoked the NATO rule and denounced the attack on Sony as an attack on all of us, and our bedrock belief in free expression?” he said in an op-ed for the New York Times website. […]

Short film round-up

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Seth Boyden’s one-minute B.O.T., created as part of CalArts’ 48 Hour Film Festival, has a cute gimmick but doesn’t quite hit its mark. The short follows the story of a robot and an astronaut looking for life on an unnamed planet. While the animation could have benefited from additional time, any roughness can be excused by the […]

Critic finds “Whiplash” underdeveloped

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Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, Whiplash does a great job with its main storyline but fails to flesh its world out effectively. Though its two lead characters are full of life, the rest feel like afterthoughts.

Entertainment news round-up for Dec. 6

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J.K. Rowling will release 12 Harry Potter stories coinciding with the 12 days of Christmas, according to an announcement made in a Pottermore newsletter. At least one of the stories will focus on Draco Malfoy. To read more on Rowling’s other Potter-related activity, click here. “Guardians of Peace,” the group responsible for the Nov. 24th […]

New faculty members join MFA Screenwriting program

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Three new faculty members have joined the new MFA in Screenwriting program. Richard Wenk, David Simkins, and David Golden, writers and producers for television and film, will join the program when classes begin in January 2015.

Entertainment news round-up for Nov. 16

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Daniel Bruhl will play the villain in Captain America: Civil War. Bruhl is known for his work in Rush and Inglourious Basterds, He joins Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Chadwick Boseman in the cast. For more on the film, click here. SAG-AFTRA and the major TV networks have come to an agreement on a new Network Television Code regarding nonprimetime shows. […]

Critic disturbed and fascinated by “Mysterious Skin”

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Watching Mysterious Skin is like waking up on a bright, sunny Saturday morning, making yourself a perfect cup of coffee, turning on your favorite cartoon, and finding spiders in your cereal. The nostalgic familiarity of the setting puts us at ease, but the subject matter rips us right out of our comfort zone. Written and […]

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