William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died. He was 83.
Blinn died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, California, his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, said Saturday. Read More
The 2020 theatrical release calendar is getting even slimmer in the wake of the announcement that Regal cinemas are temporarily closing, although AMC, North America’s largest theater chain, says it will remain open.
Warner Bros. said late Monday that its sci-fi pic “Dune” will now open in October 2021, instead of this December. The studio also pushed back “The Batman” to March 2022 and moved up its “Matrix” sequel to Dec. 2021. Read More
Following the less-than-stellar theatrical debut of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” Warner Bros. is delaying its next big release, “Wonder Woman 1984,” to Christmas.
The postponement Friday of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which had been scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 2, comes on the heels of Hollywood’s boldest attempt to lure moviegoers back to theaters during the pandemic. Read More
Olivia de Havilland, the doe-eyed actress beloved to millions as the sainted Melanie Wilkes of “Gone With the Wind,” but also a two-time Oscar winner and an off-screen fighter who challenged and unchained Hollywood’s contract system, died Sunday at her home in Paris. She was 104.
Havilland, the sister of fellow Oscar winner Joan Fontaine, died peacefully of natural causes, said New York-based publicist Lisa Goldberg. Read More
by Jack Coyle NEW YORK, New York (AP) — A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, “Jaws” set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in. Since then, Hollywood has turned opening weekends into… Read More
Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” which had hoped to herald Hollywood’s return to big theatrical releases, has yet again postponed its release due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Warner Bros. said Monday that “Tenet” will not make its August 12 release date. Unlike previous delays, the studio this time didn’t announce a new target for the release of Nolan’s much-anticipated $200 million thriller. Read More
The closely watched arrival of Christopher Nolan’s big-budget sci-fi espionage film “Tenet” will finally happen on July 31, Warner Bros. announced Friday.
The studio said it would delay the release by two weeks and instead re-issue Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” in mid-July.
The release date for “Tenet” has been closely watched in all corners of the film industry, which has faced shuttered theaters due to the coronavirus since mid-March. Movie theaters plan to reopen in July for a vastly different summer season than the one the industry had planned. Read More
Something really interesting is happening at Malpaso Productions, Clint Eastwood’s movie production company. Eastwood’s films, especially in recent years, portray the best in the American character through real stories of ordinary Americans called by events to stand up and shine. In his latest, “Richard Jewell,” Eastwood continues exploring a theme I’ve called “American Greatness in the Shadow of 9/11.” The result is a body of work that is awe-inspiring and unlike anything we have seen before in American cinema. Read More
There is near-universal agreement among movie critics that Cynthia Erivo, who plays the title role in Harriet, not only carries the movie, but makes it engaging, suspenseful, and rousing. Erivo is nothing short of spectacular, said Breitbart’s John Nolte, and we agree. Read More
When Netflix’s bland new psychological thriller “Secret Obsession” was released last week, I never expected keen political insights, let alone a unique cinematic twist. (Warning: Some spoilers ahead.) Under closer scrutiny, however, the film solidifies the need for individual rights, and presents a damning picture of California’s unconstitutional gun laws. Read More
by Thaddeus G. McCotter Hollywood, the cultural epicenter of the “resistance” to the faux totalitarianism attributed to President Trump, has a vastly different approach to the real totalitarianism of Communist China: capitulation and self-censorship. As noted by Mark MacKinnon, the senior international correspondent for The Globe and Mail, the sequel to… Read More
by Grace Carr The pro-life movie “Unplanned,” which tells the story of a former abortion worker whose pro-choice stance changed after working at a clinic, brought in nearly triple the expected box office numbers at the weekend’s close. The movie hit theaters Friday and brought in over $6.1 million… Read More
by Helen Lamm Art imitates life, but to an even greater extent, life imitates art. Like culture and politics, the two are intertwined in an infinite feedback loop. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. The latest addition to the wildly popular Marvel cinematic universe,… Read More
by Grace Carr The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) officially gave the upcoming abortion film Unplanned an “R” rating Friday for “some disturbing/bloody images” of aborted babies. Movies are rated R for profanity, nudity, sex or violence. Unplanned contains no profanity, nudity or sex. “Ironically, the MPAA seems to… Read More
by Rachel del Guidice A movie about Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who went to prison after being convicted in connection with the deaths of three babies, hit the Top 10 films at the box office over the weekend. “We were [No. 10] on Friday and Saturday, but… Read More
by Grace Carr Film producers of “Gosnell,” a movie detailing the crimes of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, never trusted pro-lifers until they pulled together “brutal” murder evidence for the movie that changed their perspectives on abortion. “I never trusted or liked pro-life activists,” film producer Ann McElhinney told Lifesite. “I thought the… Read More
by Jordan J. Ballor I saw Incredibles 2 over the Father’s Day weekend, and just like its predecessor, there’s a lot to ponder beneath the surface of this animated film. In the real world we’ve had to wait 14 years, but the sequel picks up basically where the original left off. As the… Read More
by Ray Nothstine It was nearly 50 years ago that an infamous incident finished off the hopes of returning another Kennedy brother to the White House. A film about “Chappaquiddick,” released this month, offers more than a historical retrospective. It reminds us of important truths that lay beneath the tumultuous world of… Read More
Netflix, the global streaming giant that has dramatically changed the TV industry and clashed with movie theater owners, may be ready to move onto the big screen in a new and surprising way — by owning cinemas. Read More
Hollywood lost one of its top directors on Saturday when 86-year-old Milos Forman passed away in Connecticut. Forman’s rise in the film industry embodied the American dream. He arrived in the United States in the late 1960s as a poor man who knew the perils of an oppressive government. Read More
In “A Quiet Place” alien beasts descend upon the earth and kill anyone who makes a noise, which proves that one man’s horror movie is another man’s fantasy. The entire world a quiet car? Grisly death for cellphone gabbers, horn honkers, the drunken numskull who yells “Baba Booey” at golf… Read More
“But by the time 2001 A.D. rolls around, things may be more fantastic than the picture shows.” The future is here. That’s the feeling you get when you leave the theater after seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey, the most realistic science-adventure movie ever filmed. Read More
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is going into the future with his virtual reality adventure Ready Player One. Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, the film takes place in the dystopian world of 2045, while referencing 1980s popular culture. Set more than 25 years in the future, the characters… Read More
“This was a tough one for us,” filmmaker David A.R. White (shown above left) told LifeZette in an exclusive interview about his latest feature, “God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness,” a film he produced and in which he plays a lead role. Read More
Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a stable condition after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery, celebrity news website TMZ reported Friday. The 70-year-old actor turned activist was in a Los Angeles hospital Thursday to have a catheter valve replaced and developed complications, the gossip portal said, citing unnamed Schwarzenegger sources. Read More
“I like Donald Trump a lot and am extremely proud he is the American president. And I’m sorry if that offends you.” That quote — surprise! — comes from one of the entertainment industry’s most unique and successful artists. Vincent Gallo, the filmmaker behind such flicks as “Buffalo ’66” and… Read More
Whenever a faith-based film performs well at the box office, many in the industry may be surprised — while the rest of the country is not. This trend continued over the weekend with the release of “I Can Only Imagine.” The movie focuses on singer Bart Millard’s relationship with his… Read More
“It’s really easy to love people who think like you think. It is a very arduous task to treat someone who has polar opposite views with the same dignity and respect with which you would treat a friend,” actor Jim Caviezel told LifeZette in an exclusive interview by phone about… Read More
“I stopped watching this drivel when I realized the Academy was just a popularity contest and platform to promote every idiotic idea out there,” a reader wrote to LifeZette over the weekend on the subject of the Oscars. She is hardly alone. Many others posted comments on Facebook, Twitter and… Read More
“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” – Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association Enter Dr. Paul Kersey, devoted family man-turned-ruthless vigilante in “Death Wish.” Director Eli Roth (“Hostel”) reboots the classic 1974 revenge drama with… Read More
Few actors working today have the eclectic filmography of Rutger Hauer. He has worked with such acclaimed directors as Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez and Christopher Nolan, and at 74 years old, Hauer shows no signs at all of slowing down. The actor currently stars in “Samson,” which is out in… Read More
Lucasfilm announced plans Tuesday for a new series of “Star Wars” films made by the team behind “Game of Thrones,” as it seeks to build on the lucrative sci-fi franchise. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series, will write and produce new films… Read More
Robert Davi’s background would make most actors blush. He’s been a part of two films (“The Goonies” and “Die Hard”), he’s been a Bond villain (“License to Kill”), and he’s been involved with some of the world’s most popular franchises (“The Expendables 3” and “Predator 2”). Read More
“12 STRONG” – 3 stars – Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes, William Fichtner; R (war violence and language throughout); in general release Once it gets past a few early stumbles, Nicolai Fuglsig’s “12 Strong” shapes up to be a dramatic and exciting war film. Based on the… Read More
“I didn’t want a movie that felt like homework,” producer Mickey Liddell told LifeZette in an exclusive interview about his upcoming film “Forever My Girl,” which hits theaters on Friday. The movie is in the vein of Liddell’s earlier work, through his company LD Entertainment, in that it harkens back… Read More
With 2017 coming to a close, movie buffs are looking forward to 2018. Although there are tons of movies set to be released in the new year, a few films have garnered more fan attention compared to others. Read More
What makes a film a holiday landmark? Not so much religious subject matter as much as its appeal for the whole family and audiences of all ages. This year, three high-budget films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the political thriller The Post and the musical The Greatest Showman, fit the… Read More
Director Clint Eastwood has reportedly won an appeal to overturn the R-rating on his latest film, ‘The 15:17 to Paris,’ which follows the true story of three American men who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train more than two years ago. Read More
The Hollywood legend rang in 101 years on Saturday and was showered in tributes from his famous family, reported the Daily Mail. The senior Douglas’ 17-year-old grandson Dylan posted a touching snapshot of himself planting a peck on his grandfather’s face on Instagram with the cheeky caption, “Happy birthday 101… Read More
The thunderous success of “Thor: Ragnarok” has helped Walt Disney Studios become the first distributor in history to hit $5 billion in annual global box office sales three times, it said Thursday. The superhero movie, made by Disney’s Marvel subsidiary, is on the verge of surpassing $800 million worldwide, putting… Read More
Thanksgiving overflows with traditions shared by households around the country — from extended families flying in to see loved ones to carving the delicious and well-prepared turkey to watching football after an incredible meal. One Thanksgiving tradition shared by some, but perhaps not as discussed as much as some others,… Read More
Many conservatives and right-of-center thinkers are no doubt feeling alienated from Hollywood and its mainstream output right now. The box office , and that’s largely because of poor output, a lack of original ideas, too many aggressively liberal stars, and . There are, however, still many artists who are creating… Read More
On the same day that another accuser came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey, news broke that the actor would be completely cut out of an upcoming film. Not only that, but filmmakers would also take the extraordinary step of replacing Spacey with another actor, even when the… Read More
“MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS” – 2½ stars – Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad; PG-13 (violence and thematic elements); in general release “There is right. There is wrong. There is nothing in between.” Hercule Poirot’s clear-cut… Read More
Stephen King’s epic sci-fi Western novel series about a mysterious structure tied to the fate of the universe finally got some big screen time, but the movie crumbled before critics and now looks for rebuilding with an ultra high-definition release in The Dark Tower (Sony Pictures Entertainment, rated PG-13, 95… Read More
Hollywood may be suffering through a spiritless patch but Halloween films can still lend a needed jolt, as Lionsgate’s new “Jigsaw” horror film and a clutch of other scary films showed by boosting an otherwise flimsy weekend box office. “Jigsaw,” the eighth chapter in Lionsgate’s “Saw” horror franchise, took in… Read More
“This film was made on faith, by faith and for faith,” screenwriter and actress Sam Sorbo (pictured above right) told LifeZette in an exclusive interview about her new movie, “Let There Be Light.” The story is about Dr. Sol Harkins (played by Sorbo’s husband, “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo). Harkins is… Read More
The Cannes film festival’s senior executives on Wednesday said sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein merit “only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation”, as more women continue to come forward with accusations. “We have been dismayed to learn of the accusations of harassment and sexual violence recently… Read More
J.D. Salinger’s greatest professional achievement, the 1951 novel “Catcher in the Rye,” has inspired more controversy — and more teens to read — than perhaps any other book. Salinger to this day is one of the most influential and yet mysterious authors to ever walk the Earth. Because he was… Read More
Spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” dominated North American box offices on its debut weekend, industry figures showed Monday. It ousted horror hit “It”, which had held the crown for two weeks. With a star-studded cast featuring Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and even Elton John, “Kingsman” raked in… Read More