First Teaser Trailer for Wild West Thriller ‘Hostiles’ with Christian Bale

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“Understand this – when we lay our heads down out here, we’re all prisoners…” To go along with the buzz out of the Telluride Film Festival, the first teaser trailer has arrived for Scott Cooper’s new wild west thriller Hostiles. Set in New Mexico in 1892, the film follows a legendary Army captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne war chief and his family through dangerous territory. Christian Bale stars as Captain Joseph J. Blocker, and Wes Studi stars as Yellow Hawk. It’s described as a “heroic odyssey of survival” that “becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation, and forgiveness.” The cast includes Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Q’orianka Kilcher, Timothée Chalamet, and Rory Cochrane. This did get quite a few great reviews at Telluride and plays at TIFF next, so keep an eye out for it if you’re intriuged. ›››

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You can watch the last glorious Adam West cameo in this unaired episode of ‘Powerless’

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Adam West may have passed away last week, but memorials to the iconic Batman actor continue to pour in.  

Along with the flood of tributes from his peers and admirers on social media and the touching Bat-signal display on the Las Angeles City Hall building, West’s last media appearances are making the internet rounds.   

The actor, who died at 88 from complications from leukemia, kept busy up until the end, as he was almost as famous for his career’s second act poking fun of and referencing the persona he created with his most famous role — but his final TV appearance, a cameo on NBC’s Powerless, never aired after the show was cancelled before it finished its first season.  Read more…

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Aubrey Plaza in First Red Band Teaser Trailer for ‘Ingrid Goes West’

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“Are you insane?!” Neon has unveiled the first teaser trailer, a wild red band teaser, for the indie dramedy Ingrid Goes West. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to quite a bit of buzz, mostly for the concept, but also for the performances from the two leading ladies – Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. The film is about an Instagram-addicted nobody (played by Plaza) who decides to move to Los Angeles to stalk another Instagram celebrity in hopes she can have her life, too. The cast includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Wyatt Russell. This is a nice tease, it doesn’t give away too much but does introduce you to all the craziness in this. I enjoyed it quite a bit, saying in my review it’s a “surprisingly entertaining indie comedy.” ›››

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Split Holds Top Spot Domestically, Journey to the West Opens Big in China

Split Holds Top Spot Domestically, Journey to the West Opens Big in China

Split holds top spot domestically, Journey to the West opens big in China

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (Universal Pictures) easily held on to the top spot at the domestic box office this week, dropping just 34% in ticket sales and adding $ 26.3 million. In two weeks, the thriller has earned $ 78 million. Internationally, Split grossed $ 14.8 million from 31 territories this weekend for an overseas total of $ 23.7 million. Combined with North America, the film has earned $ 101.7 million. As with 2015’s breakout hit The Visit — the most successful horror film of that year — writer/director/producer Shyamalan again teamed with Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, following the same low-budget model to provide Shyamalan creative filmmaking freedom. Made for just $ 9 million, Split stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, and Haley Lu Richardson.

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back debuted with an impressive $ 52.5 million in China on Saturday, marking the biggest day ever for a local Chinese title and the second-biggest opening of all time there. The film, directed by Tsui Hark and produced by Stephen Chow, broke the record set by The Mermaid and came in behind all-time leader Furious 7. The 390 IMAX screens that played the film generated $ 4.5 million of the opening day total and broke several IMAX records as well: Best day ever for a local language title; best opening day ever for a local-language title; best Chinese New Year opening day; and third-best day ever of any title after Warcraft and Furious 7.

Universal Pictures also claimed second place domestically with A Dog’s Purpose, which grossed $ 18.4 million from 3,059 theaters, an average of $ 6,010 per location. Universal launched the film in seven overseas territories, where it earned $ 3.4 million, while the international total including Mister Smith territories is $ 5 million. The worldwide total is $ 23.4 million. Produced by Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media, the Lasse Hallstrom-directed film received an A CinemaScore from audiences. Featuring Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad, A Dog’s Purpose cost $ 22 million to make.

20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures remained in third place in North America with $ 14 million, a dip of just 11% from last weekend. Made for $ 25 million, the film has now earned $ 104 million in North America. Directed by Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell and Kevin Costner.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter opened in fourth place with an estimated $ 13.9 million from 3,104 theaters, an average of $ 4,462. The video game adaptation performed better overseas, where it grossed $ 28.3 million from 44 markets for an international total of $ 64.5 million. Receiving a B CinemaScore, The Final Chapter has earned $ 78.3 million worldwide so far on a $ 40 million budget. Written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the movie stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, Lee Joon-Gi, William Levy, and Iain Glen.

Following a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, Damien Chazelle’s Golden Globe winner La La Land (Lionsgate) again rounded out the top five with $ 12 million. The film’s theater count was increased from 1,800 to 3,136 this weekend. The musical has earned $ 106.5 million so far. Overseas, La La Land earned $ 23.4 million from 73 markets for a foreign total of $ 117.1 million and impressive global sum of $ 223.5 million. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, was made for just $ 30 million.

Also, The Weinstein Company’s Gold bombed in tenth place with just $ 3.5 million from 2,166 theaters, an average of $ 1,602 per theater. Directed by Stephen Gaghan, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach.

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Sundance 2017: Intriguing Cautionary Comedy in ‘Ingrid Goes West’

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What a weird film this is. Ingrid Goes West is an indie comedy from director Matt Spicer, making his feature directorial debut. It’s about a self-centered, vain woman obsessed with Instagram who moves to Los Angeles to chase down, mimic and befriend another Instagram celebrity. Aubrey Plaza plays the deranged woman who has nothing to live for in life except “Likes”, so she takes some inheritance money and starts replicating the lifestyle of an internet-famous person living a “perfect” life. While this sounds like it could be a good drama, it’s actually a comedy with some wild laughs, even though they’re at the expense of people who live obsessive, narcissistic lives. The film is enjoyable overall, but has a few problems that hold it back. ›››

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Sundance review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ is the Instagram horrorshow you fear most

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PARK CITY, Utah — We’ve all been there: The 7th Circle of Instagram Jealousy Hell.

Maybe not the demonic depths to which Aubrey Plaza’s character goes in Ingrid Goes West — or with the same monstrous consequences — but its flames have licked at anyone who’s ever posted, liked, commented or cyber-stalked on Insta. 

Lookin’ at you, everyone with an account, ever.

As pervasive in our daily lives as social media-envy may be, movies (Men, Women & Children, Nerve) and TV shows (Black Mirror) have only begun to reckon with it — and nothing’s dredged up a more heinous, yet fully realized and relatable evil than Ingrid, the most blinding light yet shone into the ugly corners of human nature on social media.  Read more…

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Trump camp says Kanye West isn’t ‘traditionally American’ enough for the inauguration

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Kanye West, who famously said he did not vote, but would have voted for Trump, has more not doing stuff to look forward to. 

Speaking to CNN, Tom Barrack, chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, dispelled any rumors that Yeezy would perform for Trump this week. West, unlike seemingly every other person tangentially related to music, didn’t even get an invite. 

Damn @kanyewest couldn’t even get to perform at this friend @realDonaldTrump‘s inauguration b/c the event is “Traditionally American”pic.twitter.com/wu3EezncR2

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