Emma Watson, Tom Hanks team up for new tech thriller 'The Circle'

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:47 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 6:47 AM

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While many fans are waiting for this week's release of Emma Watson's live-action take on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," it is her next movie that may have fans reconsidering their online personas.

"The Circle" examines what happens when everyone lives their lives on social media.

Baised on Dave Eggers' 2013 novel, Watson portrays Mae Holland, who gets her dream job at a tech company called The Circle. 

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The company, founded by Eamon Bailey, played by Tom Hanks, monitors every moment of everybody's life and makes all those moments available to anyone online.

The movie's director, James Ponsoldt, told USA Today that, "Bailey's notion is knowing is good, and knowing everything is better."

"He believes all experiences should be available to everyone, not only the privileged or people who can afford to them. He's deeply interested in technology that can make people share all human experiences with everyone," Ponsoldt added.

Holland (Watson) adopts the no-holds-barred access by sharing everything with strangers via new camera technology that fits anywhere and broadcasts in real-time wirelessly.

She becomes famous, so much so the freedom of broadcasting her entire life becomes her prison.

And while movie-goers will see striking similarities to current tech companies, Ponsoldt told USA Today that it isn't based on any one company.

"'The Circle' is probably like many tech companies, pushing ethical boundaries over how much autonomy and freedom we should have and how much privacy we should have, Ponsoldt said.

"The Circle" also stars John Boyega, Patton Oswalt and Bill Paxton in his last movie. It hits theaters on April 28.

Orson Welles mysterious unfinished masterpiece to be completed by Netflix

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 5:03 PM

            Netflix announced it is restoring, completing and releasing the last film ever made by legendary 'Citizen Kane' filmmaker Orson Welles. Welles started making 'The Other Side of the Wind

One of the most famous unfinished films in cinema history is about to get an ending, a restoration and “wide release” by Netflix when it’s completed

The movie, “The Other Side of the Wind,” starring John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, and Dennis Hopper among others, was the last film by legendary producer, director and actor Orson Welles, but he died of a heart attack in 1985 before he could finish it.

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It was supposed to be Welles’ comeback movie when he returned to Hollywood after spending years in Europe, Vanity Fair reported.

Although the movie is about a director who returns to Hollywood after years away to make a comeback movie, Welles said the movie was not about himself.  

Netflix announced this week it had acquired the global rights to the film.

“Like so many others who grew up worshiping the craft and vision of Orson Welles, this is a dream come true,” Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos said in a statement about the company’s plans for the film.

“The promise of being able to bring to the world this unfinished work of Welles with his true artistic intention intact, is a point of pride for me and for Netflix,” Sarandos said. 

Netflix has acquired global rights to Orson Welles' unfinished final film.

Posted by Variety on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The original production manager on “The Other Side of the Wind” in 1970 was Frank Marshall. Marshall has led the effort to finish the film for the past four decades and will now act as producer in overseeing its completion.

“I can’t quite believe it, but after 40 years of trying, I am so very grateful for the passion and perseverance from Netflix that has enabled us to, at long last, finally get into the cutting room to finish Orson’s last picture,” Marshall said.

No word, yet, on when the film will be completed.

Production on “The Other Side of the Wind” -- which would have been Welles’ 28th feature film -- began in 1970 and continued sporadically until 1976, after funding had run out.

Posted by CBS News on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ advance ticket sales exploding, setting records

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 11:35 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

Disney’s new “Beauty and the Beast” movie is already setting records, and it hasn’t even opened yet.

The new live-action reboot of the fairy tale classic, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, is breaking records in advance ticket sales and is now the fastest-selling family film in history, according to online ticket seller Fandango.

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It’s beating “Finding Dory,” the previous family film record holder in advance ticket sales, Fandango reported, and could boast a $120 million opening weekend, if the pace of presales continues.

“‘Beauty is a beast in presales, and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis told Entertainment Weekly.

“It’s looking bigger than most Disney live-action adaptations, like ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Maleficent.’”

Davis also said the film’s presales are rivaling those of a superhero action movies like “Captain America: Civil War.

But the movie is also stirring up some controversy. Disney recently revealed that villain Gaston’s sidekick LeFou is gay, prompting a theater in Alabama to ban the movie remake.

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The movie’s cast of heavy hitters also includes Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans and Stanley Tucci.

The film opens in theaters on March 17.

'Beauty and the Beast' breaks Disney big screen barriers, has 'exclusively gay moment'

Published: Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 7:22 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 02, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

We're weeks away from the long-awaited live action version of the hit animated film "Beauty and the Beast" and this time, Disney is breaking social barriers.

Director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine that LeFou, who is the sidekick to Gaston, the villain, will have a side story about his sexuality.

Condon told the magazine "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston."

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He added about the character, played by Josh Gad, "He is confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."

This isn't the first time Disney has alluded to same-sex couples. 

"Zootopia" had two male antelopes named Bucky and Pronk. The Washington Post said the pair lived together, argued like couples do and had the same last name. The show "Good Luck Charlie" had a character with two mothers.

But the paper is saying that this is the first time a Disney movie has had an "overt depiction of a gay man."

Gad confirmed the report on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

Last year, there was an online push to make Elsa, the queen from the blockbuster movie "Frozen," a lesbian, The New York Times reported

"Beauty and the Beast" will hit theaters on March 17.

The Oscars 2017: Complete list of nominees

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 8:14 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 8:37 AM

            The Top Academy Award Nominees

The nominations are in for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony.

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On Tuesday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of nominees for each of the award show's 24 categories. The awards are meant to highlight the best in cinema each year.

Nominees, who are vying to win a coveted Oscar, are chosen by AMPAS' more than 5,000 voting members.

The 89th Academy Awards will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 26. It will be the first time the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host will present the Oscars.

See the nominees below: