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  • Independent film will dramatize Obamas’ 1st date Dec 9, 2014 8:08 AM
    An independent film that will dramatize President Barack Obama’s first date with Michelle Obama is in the works. Producer Stephanie Allain confirmed Monday that she and producer Tracey Bing are developing “Southside With You,” a drama about the first summer afternoon the Obamas spent together.

  • ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Selma’ among AFI movies of the year Dec 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    The American Film Institute on Monday named the coming-of-age tale “Boyhood,” the sci-fi epic “Interstellar” and the civil-rights drama “Selma” among its top movies of the year. But that's not all; the AFI actually chose 11 movies for its annual top 10 list.

  • BET to honor Kanye, Usher, Phylicia Rashad Dec 9, 2014 5:29 PM
    Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the BET Honors. West — who has called himself a visionary and more — will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by Wayne Brady.

  • Scott, Bale defend choice on ‘Exodus’ casting Dec 9, 2014 5:00 AM
    The biblical film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” has come under fire for casting white actors in the film’s main roles as Egyptians. Some have even called for a boycott of the film through a variety of Internet campaigns. But director Ridley Scott has a message for those trying to boycott the film: “I say get a life.”

  • Gifts for movie lovers that go beyond the box set Dec 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    When shopping for the movie lover on your list, why not think outside the box (set)? While DVD or Blu-Ray box sets can still make great gifts, here are other things to consider for your favorite cinephile this season.

  • Making ‘Wild’ a soul-baring ride for Witherspoon Dec 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    Once she’d decided to take on her gritty new role in “Wild,” there were a few things Reese Witherspoon DIDN’T want to change for movie studios. And so, Witherspoon says, she didn’t give them the chance. “It’s really important to me that the things I put out into the world are meaningful and thought-provoking. Otherwise, what am I doing?”

  • ‘Hunger Games’ tops slow weekend at the box office Dec 7, 2014 8:23 PM
    “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards season hopefuls “Wild” and “The Imitation Game” proved their might with impressive limited release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. “Mockingjay - Part 1” earned an estimated $21.6 million. Lionsgate’s penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • DVD previews: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ Dec 6, 2014 6:45 AM
    “Guardians of the Galaxy” manages the trick of being both an unironic sci-fi action-adventure flick and a zippy parody of one. The hit film comes to DVD Tuesday.

  • Are you still infected with ‘Frozen’ fever? Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than a year after its release, the world is still infected with “Frozen” fever. The theatrical release made $1.27 billion, the all-time champ among animated films. DVD and Blu-ray sales in North America have brought in another $280.8 million in a year when the No. 2 elease, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” made less than half that figure. And then there’s the merchandise, which includes ... duct tape?!

  • Reel life: Dann & Raymond aim for the stars Dec 4, 2014 8:51 AM
    What are the greatest science fiction films from the 1970s into the 21st century? Easy. Check out Dann & Raymond's Movie Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library to see “The Final Frontier — Science Fiction Part 2.” Free admission! Clips from “Blade Runner,” “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Wars” and more.

  • Experts see Korean parallels in Sony hack Dec 4, 2014 7:24 PM
    Some cybersecurity experts say they’ve found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

  • ‘Frozen’ short headed to theaters March 13 Dec 4, 2014 7:00 AM
    “Frozen” favorites Anna, Elsa, and Olaf are headed back to the big screen in a new short film. Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Wednesday it plans to show “Frozen Fever” in front of the live-action “Cinderella” that opens in theaters March 13.

  • Next Bond film gets retro name: 'SPECTRE' Dec 4, 2014 10:27 AM
    James Bond is back, in a new film with a retro title that evokes the series' past. The next 007 adventure will be called “SPECTRE,” the dastardly fictional terrorist organization featured in “Dr. No” and other early Bond films. Academy Award-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and wrestling star David Bautista are joining the cast, while Andrew Scott — master criminal Moriarty in BBC series “Sherlock” — will play an MI6 officer. Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux are the new “Bond girls.”

  • Witherspoon's brave, uncompromising performance a transformational joy in 'Wild' Dec 4, 2014 2:55 PM
    In the realistic “Wild,” Jean-Marc Vallee's raw and noble tale of a young woman's quest for personal redemption, Reese Witherspoon's vulnerability and charisma prove to be essential for this fact-based drama to succeed. We must love and embrace her character, because she's so flawed and unattractive in her choices and behavior that it would be too easy for us to simply dislike and dismiss her.

  • ‘Birdman’ takes top award at Gotham Awards Dec 2, 2014 7:16 AM
    The showbiz satire “Birdman” won best film at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, along with best actor for its star, Michael Keaton. The annual Gotham’s gala, held Monday night in downtown New York, was the first glitzy gathering in Hollywood’s three-month-long awards season. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” emerged as the night’s top winner.

  • Pee-wee (and a few friends) are back, just in time for the holidays Dec 1, 2014 6:15 AM
    Are you worried there will be nothing to look at once the holiday decorations come down? Here, in no particular order, is a list of 10 home-video goodies to fill the gap. They may not fit so well in loved ones' stockings, but they'll look just great on a video screen. (More good news: All can be purchased online and are typically available for less than the suggested list price provided here.)

  • Rupert Murdoch defends using white actors in ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Nov 30, 2014 10:14 PM
    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch responded to criticism that the cast of “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” a movie about Moses that his studio is distributing, is all white. Critics say the actors don’t accurately represent the Egyptian characters in the movie, the Hollywood Reporter said. But Murdoch disagreed in tweets he sent out over the weekend. “Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are,” he tweeted. “Of course Egyptians are Middle Eastern, but far from black,” he continued after his first tweet drew more criticism. “They treated blacks as slaves.” “Okay, there are many shades of color. Nothing racist about that, so calm down!” he concluded before his next tweet said, “Change the subject.” The Hollywood Reporter said it’s not the first time someone involved with the film raised such concerns. Actor Joel Edgerton, who plays Ramses, said earlier this year that he does “understand and empathize” with criticism of the casting, the Reporter said. But Edgerton said it “would have been very hard to say no to that job.”

  • Despite People magazine article, Kirk Douglas is not dead Nov 30, 2014 9:03 PM
    People magazine got caught mistakenly posting a pre-written obituary on legendary actor Kirk Douglas. The article appeared on its website Sunday with the words “DO NOT PUB,” in the headline. Variety has an image of the web post on its website. The article was taken down later Sunday. Douglas, Variety says, turns 98 next week. As Variety notes, it’s not uncommon for publications or news services to write obituaries of celebrities or important figures in advance. And a couple have seen the light of day before it was time. People itself started the legend of TV and movie actor Abe Vigoda, whom it referred to as “the late Abe Vigoda” in 1982, Variety says. Vigoda remains alive to this day, and a website, abevigoda.com, has long been dedicated to telling people whether he is alive or dead. Bloomberg made a similar gaffe, Variety notes, when it said in 2008 Steve Jobs had died, three years before the Apple co-founder’s actual 2011 passing.

  • Cumberbatch decodes Turing in ‘Imitation Game’ Nov 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    With characters like Sherlock Holmes, Julian Assange and Stephen Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch has accumulated a filmography littered with high IQs. Cumberbatch quickly points out that he has — like his spineless plantation owner of “12 Years a Slave” or his painfully shy son in “August: Osage County” — played some “pretty dull, ordinary” people: “Let’s say us. I’ve done us, versions of me and you,” he says.

  • Jolie film ‘Unbroken’ Jack O’Connell’s biggest challenge Nov 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Jack O’Connell, 24, is a hot property right now. Following his much-acclaimed performance earlier this year in the angry prison drama “Starred Up,” now he is receiving rave reviews for his part in director Yann Demange’s high-octane debut “’71.” And then there’s his highly anticipated role in director Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” later this year.

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