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What's Worth Watching This Week: 'Snowpiercer,' 'Life After Beth,' 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'

Posted By Jenni Miller on Oct 20th 2014 5:35PM
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered. New on DVD and Blu-ray "La dolce vita" Even if you snagged "La dolce vita" on Blu-ray when it was available via Kino Lorber, you'll still want to upgrade to this fancy Criterion edition. This new release received the 4K digital restoration treatment, and the extras... read more

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Will Set a Very Expensive Marvel Record Once It's Finished

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
Marvel is upping its visual effects game with forthcoming "Avengers" sequel "Age of Ultron," as one of the studio's effects executives has revealed that the flick will have the most visual effects shots of any Marvel movie. Victoria Alonso, the executive vice president of visual effects and postproduction for Marvel Studios, told a crowd at the VES Summit this weekend that the studio is...

Here's Your First Look at Disney's 'Moana,' Setting Sail in 2016 (PHOTO)

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
Late last year, riding high on the success of female-centric flick "Frozen," Disney announced that another young girl would be at the heart of its next animated feature, "Moana." Now, the Mouse House has revealed a first look at concept art for the upcoming film, and announced a new, closer release date. The photo (click here for a larger version), released on Walt Disney Animation Studios's...

Forget 'Fury,' 'Birdman' and 'St. Vincent' Are the Real Box Office Titans

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2014
Michael Keaton and Bill Murray haven't been box office heavyweights for ages, but at the art-house, both men are setting ticket sales on fire, with "Birdman" and "St. Vincent," respectively. During what proved to be a ho-hum weekend for mainstream, wide-release movies, led by Brad Pitt's underperforming "Fury," Keaton and Murray were among the stars packing them in at the indie theaters. ...

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' Blasts 'Gone Girl' From Top of Box Office

Posted By The Associated Press on October 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. "Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film to second place. According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony's "Fury" captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend. Fox's "Gone Girl"...

Body of Missing 'August: Osage County' Actress Found in Ravine

Posted By The Associated Press on October 10, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) - The King County medical examiner has confirmed that a body found in a ravine in the Seattle suburb of Auburn is that of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in "August: Osage County," ''Frozen River" and "Django Unchained." In a statement, the medical examiner's office said Friday that the 32-year-old woman died Oct. 5. That's the day her family told police that the...

Ian McKellen Has Some Great Advice for Young Students

Posted By Jesse Ferreras on October 10, 2014
"The Lord of the Rings" star Ian McKellen stopped by the Chew Valley School, a performing arts college near Bristol, U.K. on Friday and dispensed some very helpful advice to students who stood outside its library. We could tell you what it is, but we think "Gandalf" says it better than anyone could describe. For all two of you who haven't seen "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the...

'The Book of Life' Review: Macabre Cartoon Almost Gets There

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations. For a film that has significant events that take place...

10 Things You Need to Know About Michael Keaton's Big Comeback Movie, 'Birdman'

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
Michael Keaton is perhaps best known for playing Batman in a pair of Tim Burton-directed superhero movies, whose visionary tone has set the standard for the genre until this day. And now he's stepping back into the superhero suit (sort of) for "Birdman," the latest film from "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. "Birdman" tells the story of an actor who has been immortalized in a series...

35 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Brad Pitt

Posted By Jonny Black on October 10, 2014
Since breaking out over 20 years ago in "Thelma & Louise," Brad Pitt has been difficult to miss. After landing his place in cinematic history as a hunky (and shirtless) criminal, Pitt's career blossomed with starring roles in critical and box office hits alike, such as "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "Seven" (1995), and "12 Monkeys" (1995) -- just to name a few. In the past two decades,...

The 'Frozen' Broadway Musical Is Still a Long Way Off

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
"Frozen" fans excited for the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the animated hit may want to let it go for a while: According to the man in charge of putting the show together, the final product is still in the early planning stages, with no concrete timeline in sight. In a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter about his many successes adapting popular Disney properties into hit...

The New 'Unbroken' Trailer Will Inspire You to Tears

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
A new trailer for "Unbroken," Angelina Jolie's sweeping period piece about Olympic track star and WWII POW Louis Zamperini, offers audiences a closer glimpse and the young man's struggle to survive in a Japanese war camp -- and how he uses his boyhood experiences to fuel his will to live. Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) grew up with an older brother who pushed him to do his best at all costs out...

Warwick Davis to Return to 'Star Wars' Universe in 'Episode VII' (VIDEO)

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
Warwick Davis has been part of both previous "Star Wars" trilogies, starring as Wicket the Ewok in "Return of the Jedi" (and two Ewok-centric spin-off films), and as young Anakin Skywalker's friend Wald in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." Now, the British actor is set to rejoin the franchise for its latest outing. The official Star Wars YouTube page revealed Thursday that Davis...

Bill Murray and the 'St. Vincent' Cast Talk Russian Strip Clubs and Cracking Each Other Up

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
Whenever you get Bill Murray in a room, you can expect to see a pretty good performance. But add in his "St. Vincent" co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd, and the one-liners were flying fast during a press conference held at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, where the film came in as a second runner-up for the fest's People's Choice Award. "If I can be very serious for a...

'Jem and the Holograms' Will Rock Theaters in October 2015

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
Universal's live action adaptation of beloved 1980s cartoon "Jem and the Holograms" finally has a release date: The flick will hit theaters on October 23, 2015. "Jem" focused on Jerrica Benton, and musical alter ego, Jem. While the series was totally '80s, this new version will be a modern take; according to Variety, "The musical fantasy reimagines Jem amid the current hyperlinked social...

Weekend Movies & TV: 'Fury,' 'Birdman,' 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' & More (VIDEO)

Posted By Jonny Black on October 10, 2014
This weekend, Brad Pitt and his battle-hardened platoon attempt a deadly mission in the WWII drama "Fury," Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor in the critically acclaimed off-beat comedy "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," the popular IFC show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" returns for a new season late Friday night, and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" wraps up its sixth season Sunday...

Watch Paul Rudd Invite Hundreds of Kansas City Royals Fans to a Party at His Mom's House

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
After the Kansas City Royals clinched a bid to the World Series -- the team's first appearance in the baseball championship since 1985 -- with a win over the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night, longtime Royals fan Paul Rudd knew of only one way to celebrate: Kegger at his mom's house. Rudd, who grew up in Kansas and was present for Wednesday's victory, told local news station KMBC that he...

The 31 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix Right Now

Posted By Sharon Knolle on October 10, 2014
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.) 1. "13 Going on 30" (2004) Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic...

Katniss Gets an Utterly Devastating Wake-Up Call in the New 'Mockingjay' Teaser

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2014
A new teaser trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" brings the war raging in Panem into sharp focus for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), as our heroine gets her first glimpse at the destruction inflicted on her home of District 12. The clip begins with District 13's President Coin (Julianne Moore) and former gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) discussing...

13 Period Piece Movie Mistakes That History Can't Undo

Posted By Jonny Black on October 10, 2014
It's no secret: filming a period movie is tough... really tough. A filmmaker's biggest challenge, of course, is taking a modern city and turning back the clock. Successfully disguising an area to make the audience believe they've actually stepped back in time is no small feat. It requires countless antique props and (very) vintage clothing, and the need to hide all things present day! ...

Actress Elizabeth Peña Dead at 55

Posted By Tim Hayne on October 10, 2014
Actress Elizabeth Peña, whose most recent role was that of the matriarch on El Ray Network's "Matador," has died at the age of 55. Her death was confirmed by her nephew, Latino-Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, in a touching obituary posted today. She died October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Peña's manager, Gina Rugolo, said the actress died after a brief...

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