An official Whitney Houston documentary is in the works from Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. It will be the first to be authorized by the late pop superstar's estate since her death in 2012 at age 48. Altitude Film Entertainment announced the project on Thursday.
"Papa: Hemingway in Cuba," directed by Bob Yari, trumpets itself as the first Hollywood movie to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution. It is not, however, the first good Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba since the 1959 revolution; apparently we'll have to wait for that.
Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children's entertainment.
The smooth, cozy charm of writer-director Lorene Scafaria's "The Meddler" offers considerable seriocomic satisfaction in its story of a mother and a daughter, the meddler and the meddled with, respectively. I don't get the high-end praise for this medium entity. But as a performance vehicle it's nice and spacious.
Thrillingly suspenseful and laced with gut-busting macabre laughs, "Green Room" provides everything a fan would want in a survival drama. It's a Panzer tank of a movie, solid iron and well-nigh unstoppable.
A well-written song can resonate several pitches in a fast row, much like movies by Irish director John Carney. His Oscar-winning debut hit "Once" gave us a pair of songwriting collaborators on the Emerald Isle making sweet music together, having some good laughs and falling sort of in love - the imaginative holy trinity of Carney's creative powers.
Katy Perry will be lighting up the French Rivera like fireworks next month: The singer will perform at amfAR's annual "Cinema Against AIDS" event, the glitzy A-list fundraiser held annually during the Cannes Film Festival.
When most filmmakers look back on their youth, they create stories tinged with a gauzy sense of soft-focus nostalgia. For the new film "Green Room," writer-director Jeremy Saulnier opted to draw from his younger days in the hard-core punk rock scene and create an intense action thriller, a rough-and-tumble siege film that is more in the spirit of punk rock than it is about punk rock itself. Which is, of course, a super punk-rock thing to do.
Te'Aundra was 19, working two waitressing jobs and attending community college when she got the news: She had received a basketball scholarship to Kentucky State University. Her life was about to change.
"Viva" is Rocky in drag and sequins, transplanted to Havana. The movie is pure formula, but it's surprisingly effective anyway, because director Paddy Breathnach and screenwriter Mark O'Halloran don't sugarcoat the reality of life on the island. Instead, they incorporate the hardscrabble nature of their characters' existence into the story: The Irish perspective makes an unexpectedly good fit with Cuba (the movie was Ireland's submission for the 2015 Academy Awards).
Ernest Hemingway left Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro's revolution, as relations with the United States began to fall into a deep freeze. Over five decades later, the author of "The Old Man and the Sea" returns to the island thanks to the magic of the silver screen.
Modesto JC's Donovan Wallace scored three victories, including a record performance in the 100 meters, during the Big 8 Track Championships on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Modesto, Calif. (By Ron Agostini, email@example.com)