New this week: 'Soul,' a Tom Hanks film & 'Bridgerton' on TV
This image released by Disney-Pixar shows the character 22, voiced by Tina Fey, left, and Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, in a scene from the animated film "Soul." But with more than half of U.S. theaters closed, two of the biggest movies of the year — “Soul” and “Wonder Woman 1984” — will be going straight to streaming. — Also arriving Christmas Day is “Wonder Woman 1984,” Patty Jenkins' sequel to her barrier-breaking 2017 film. With Gal Gadot returning, “Wonder Woman 1984” fast-forwards from 1918 to the “greed is good” decade. — AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy___Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.
Freeform’s ‘31 Nights of Halloween’ schedule is out, and it’s about to be spook-tacular
The best part about Halloween might be dressing up in a silly costume and loading up on pounds of your favorite candy, but for some, it’s all about watching endless hours of Halloween movies. That’s why Freeform is the hottest channel to visit during the month of October, because it has its annual “31 Nights of Halloween," and the network finally released its schedule of movies. The month-long marathon kicks off with the unofficial best Halloween movie ever created, “Hocus Pocus,” which stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. Even though the film came out almost 30 years ago, millennials everywhere have given it a second life due to the nostalgia factor. Other classic Halloween films you’ll be able to watch include both “Addams Family” movies, “Beetlejuice,” “Ghostbusters” and “Casper.”Freeform didn’t forget about the kids.
What to watch this weekend: ‘Pen15,’ ‘Ratched’ and more
Thinking that you’ve dried up the old Netflix cue when it comes to new shows and movies to watch? Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking for something new to watch this weekend. It kind of resembles another Netflix competition show, “Nailed It," in which amateur bakers are encouraged to just do their best. ‘Great British Baking Show’The tent is back, the tent is back! ‘American Barbecue Showdown’If you’re a fan of “Great British Baking Show,” then “American Barbecue Showdown” will be right up your alley.
AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening
AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Thursday, Aug. 20. To celebrate, guests at two Jacksonville locations will be able to enjoy the magic of the movies at AMC for 1920 prices: just $0.15 (plus sales tax). AMC confirmed that Disney’s much-delayed “New Mutants” will debut in theaters Aug. 28, with Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” to follow Sept. 3. AMC is also offering an array of $5 food and beverage treats, including regular popcorn, regular Coca-Cola Freestyle drink and KidsPacks, through the end of October. And all AMC Stubs members will earn double points on all ticket and food & drink purchases through the end of October.
What you need to know before streaming ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+ over the weekend
Since there’s likely to be a good chunk of people who will watch “Hamilton” over the weekend who’ve probably never seen it before, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know before experiencing the phenomenon. The “Hamilton” on Disney+ is a filmed version of the show, not a movie. It’s easy to call the version of “Hamilton” coming out on Disney+ a movie, but technically, it’s the stage version, filmed. An actual movie version of “Hamilton” will probably happen eventually, but this is a great way to really capture the magic of the stage version of the show. And because the people at Disney are incredibly smart, free trials of the streaming service have ended, so if you want to watch, you’re going to have to sign up.
Do you have what it takes? Submit a short film to the Black Life Film Fest
Now more than ever it’s so important to lift up and amplify black artists and creators, which is why a new film festival was created to do just that. The inaugural Black Life Film Fest will take place Sept. 5, and luckily for people who are interested in watching the selected films, the film festival will happen virtually, from the comfort of your home. Swirl Films and Mansa Productions are producing the festival, and the people there are asking for short film submissions that fit any kind of category. From documentaries and comedies to drama or animation -- as long as the film shows the black experience, it is eligible for submission. To find out more information about how you can submit your short film, or just general details pertaining to the new festival, you can visit the website here.
These movies, shows and documentaries about race should be required viewing
Netflix‘13th’Directed by Ava DuVernay (she’ll come up again in this list), the documentary shows you how America changed after the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, but also kickstarted the prison boom in America. ‘Moonlight’This Oscar-winning picture tells the story of a young black gay man living in Miami. chronicles the Central Park Five, a group of young black teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. The documentary tells the story of the days of protests, unrest and riots that followed. It’s a great film that shows how two different groups of people can react to fatal police shootings.
Review: Military Wives passes muster as inspiring, feel-good flick
The new British film Military Wives is a refreshing change and was inspired by real events that led to the creation of choirs at military bases around the world. She steps on the toes of these women -- led by Sharon Horgan (Game Night) -- who are more interested in holding informal get-togethers featuring alcohol rather than structured events. Kristin Scott Thomas as Kate (right) and Sharon Horgan as Lisa in Military Wives (Aimee Spinks/Bleecker Street)The pushback begins early resulting in a gigantic battle of wills. Military Wives is ably directed by Peter Cattaneo, who back in 1997 made, The Full Monty, an unexpected worldwide hit about six unemployed British men who band together to put on a male-stripper show. Military Wives winds up being an entertaining, inspiring and feel-good movie thats worth checking out.
Orange Park Mall offering free drive-in movies
Published: May 15, 2020, 5:01 pm Updated: May 15, 2020, 5:34 pm(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange Park Mall is hosting its first drive-in movie Friday night. The free “Cinema Under The Stars at Orange Park Mall” movie night requires one ticket per vehicle. Guests must reserve a ticket through EventBrite and present their ticket upon arrival. Reservations for Friday night’s movie is sold out, according to the website.
You should revisit these 11 movie franchises while quarantined
Luckily for us, there are tons of films that have gone on to become major movie franchises, with sequel after sequel bringing back some of the most beloved characters of all time. So, if you want to take a break from binging “The Office” for the 10th time and want to dig in to some classics, consider watching these movie franchises from front to back. ‘Star Wars’Writer and director George Lucas created a movie about a team of rebels fighting evil in a galaxy far, far away, and it’s gone on to become one of the most influential movie franchises of all time. ‘Toy Story’A lot of the movie franchises are for teens and adults, but the “Toy Story” movies are great because the entire family can enjoy them. ‘Marvel’Anyone who has gone to see a Marvel movie knows that there are a ton of them.
Finished ‘Tiger King’? 5 over-the-top things to watch next
Will anything ever compare to the antics of Joe Exotic, Doc Antle or Carole Baskin, of “Tiger King” fame? But we have to assume you’ve finished the show by now, which leads us to this next question: What will you watch next? The following five recommendations seem to be just as crazy as “Tiger King” -- not necessarily the same brand of crazy, but on par when it comes to unbelievability, like, “How can this possibly be real?”(OK, and from the sounds of it, No. 5 miiiiight be the same genre as “Tiger King.”)Anyway, to compile this list, we asked around and brainstormed ourselves. I’ll never get those two hours back.”Those weren’t exactly ringing endorsements, but we thought it was worth a mention.
What to watch on Netflix with your kids: 7 fresh ideas
We asked around for some of the best parent-endorsed picks when it comes to Netflix offerings. So, not only are you providing good entertainment for your kids, but you’re instilling a love of classic rock, as well. Although this one isn’t new or new to Netflix, we were surprised just how many parents hadn’t seen this one yet. "Masha and the Bear""My kids think this is the funniest show ever," one father of three said. I’m not suggesting you plop your kids down in front of a screen all day -- or even every day.
You can watch these new movies from the comfort of your couch
Thanks to the power of video on demand with streaming services Amazon Prime and Apple TV, most of the movies that planned on hitting theaters during this time are now available to watch from the comfort of your own couch. The movie tells a story of a modern world run by mythical creatures who use magic to do amazing things. ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’The final installment of the “Star Wars” movies already hit theaters around the holidays, but it’s now available to buy digitally so you can watch it at home. Since the rest of the “Star Wars” movies are on Disney+, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up there soon. It’s a psychological thriller that probably isn’t for everyone, but it is available to purchase and watch at home.
Oscars 2020: Pick your winners!
Awards season is in full swing as the 92nd annual Academy Awards take place this weekend. Leading with the most Oscar nominations is “Joker,” with 11 nominations in total. “The Irishman,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood” each received 10 nominations. What or who do you think will win? Let us know what you think in the comments or by voting in the polls below.
25 best romantic comedies currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu and more
Luckily, you don’t need to go digging through old DVDs to watch a few romantic comedies on Valentine’s Day. ‘Monster-In-Law’This is another mid-2000s romantic comedy that is just as funny today as it was when it premiered more than a decade ago. It’s a refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre, and pretty relatable to a lot of young women. ‘A Cinderella Story’There is no better teen romantic comedy than “A Cinderella Story,” and that’s just a fact. It’s a classic romantic comedy plot, but the performances by Wong and Park really make this one shine.
These 7 Disney villain deaths are oddly the most satisfying and savage of all time
We’re going over seven Disney villain deaths that we think are the worst, and we want you to choose which one you think tops them all. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - 1937 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)1. The Little Mermaid - 1989 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)2. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - 1996 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)3. RELATED: Take your love for Disney villains on the goWe took care of the hard part.
How do Netflix, Hulu stack up lately? What are the most popular shows by state for 2019?
(High Speed Internet)Now let’s get to the most popular Netflix show for each state this year. If you’re wondering how the website got the data, the team said it compiled a list of the most popular shows on Netflix in 2019. (High Speed Internet)“The Umbrella Academy,” by the way, was America’s overall most popular Netflix show in 2019. “Black Mirror” and “The Haunting of Hill House” were the most popular Netflix shows in eight and six states, respectively. Hulu also keeps shows around longer than Netflix.”Hulu also has a live streaming service called Hulu + Live TV.
These baby Yoda memes are driving the internet crazy
Whether you’re a fan of “Star Wars” or not, we’re sure you have fallen prey to the baby Yoda craze that is sweeping social media. Thus, the baby Yoda craze was born, but we’re not complaining. Well, we’ve scoured the web looking for the best baby Yoda memes the internet had to offer. Every single baby Yoda meme has been me like HOWWW pic.twitter.com/z4yLusRgYv — scandal (@eskandalowithak) November 29, 201921. We know the internet is full of other baby Yoda memes, so share your favorite in the comments below.
Frozen II hits theatres on Thursday and we can’t let it go!
The release date is set for Nov. 22, but it will be showing in a theatre near you on Thursday! While details about the film remain shrouded in secrecy for the time being, most of the original Frozen original cast members are expected to return, including Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and more. In addition to the original cast members, Frozen directors, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, are expected to return at the helm of the sequel. The original Frozen hit theaters in 2013, becoming an instant classic amongst both diehard Disney fans and casual moviegoers alike. Frozen went on to become not only Disney’s highest-grossing animated film but also the highest-grossing animated movie of all time – period.
5 screenwriters get career jumpstart with film academy honor
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards and presentation on Thursday night. "If it wasn't for the academy and my friends, I wouldn't be here," she said. Winners will receive guidance from academy members as they complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. Since 1986, the competition has awarded hundreds of fellowships, aiming to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. The academy says it doesn't acquire rights to screenwriters' work and doesn't involve itself commercially in the completion of scripts.
On the carpet and stage at the 75th Golden Globes
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards mark the unofficial beginning of the entertainment awards season, and this year the #MeToo movement has helped cast attention on sexual harassment, violence and gender inequality. The movement has found champions among the stars and birthed Time's Up, a newly launched anti-sexual harassment and assault initiative organized by more than 1000 women in entertainment.
Review: Action-packed 'John Wick: Chapter 3' stuffed with series staples
Audiences loved it, with “John Wick” earning $130 million worldwide. John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum Rated: R Run time: 2 hours, 10 minutes ★★★½ out of 5The second film did even better -- $180 million -- which naturally led to a third installment: “John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum.” (Parabellum comes from a longer Latin quote that loosely translated states, “If you want peace, prepare for war.") The story begins immediately after the end of the last movie, with Wick being pursued in New York by multiple assassins. Stahelski, back again for his third "John Wick" film, quickly follows that sequence with a second, equally-strong fight inside a New York stable, which includes the clever utilization of horses as weapons. With the door wide open for “John Wick 4,” the filmmakers just need to remember to keep it fresh.
'Ralph Breaks the Internet' directors realize cyber dreams
That's exactly what co-directors/co-writers Rich Moore and Phil Johnson have masterfully achieved with their new animated feature "Ralph Breaks the Internet," the long-anticipated sequel to the 2012 Oscar-nominated blockbuster "Wreck-It Ralph." In "Ralph Breaks the Internet," opening Wednesday in theaters nationwide, we find Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope within the 8-bit video game arcade from the first movie, until a crucial component breaks on her "Sugar Rush" game. While "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is big on comedy and action, Moore and Johnston astutely took the opportunity to use the film to address the ever-growing problem of the vitriol people encounter on social media. The directors felt that including a scene about Ralph being cyberbullied on social media was an absolute necessity. "We said, 'We don't want to just show good things about the internet and what's fun about the internet and what are the positive things.'
Elodie Yung finds happiness, hilarity on 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'
She will return as the newly-revived Elektra in Marvel's superhero mashup "The Defenders, " and in a pivotal role opposite Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in the high-energy action comedy "The Hitman's Bodyguard." In a phone conversation from Los Angeles Tuesday, Yung said she's certain her role in "Daredevil" and reprisal of it in "The Defenders" had something to do with her being cast in "The Hitman's Bodyguard," but not necessarily for the kick-butt skills she's known for. Yung stars in "The Hitman's Bodyguard" as Amelia Roussel, a French Interpol agent once romantically involved with ex-CIA Agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds). Elodie Yung in "The Hitman's Bodyguard"The problem with the transport is Bryce is still in a personal and professional tailspin from the breakup with Amelia. Perhaps the biggest departure on "The Hitman’s Bodyguard" from Yung's previous work was not only that the film was a comedy, but that she had a chance to help create the laughs.
Movie Review: 'The Fate of the Furious' brings action, racing and a baby
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Action-packed drama collides with betrayal and a baby in "The Fate of the Furious." While Dominic goes rogue, people from his past are forced to re-enter his life and he's a dad. 'Furious' is packed with more action than the submarine barreling toward the faithful furious in the movie trailer. Producers went above par to make this film memorable, with car collisions that could only be possible in the eighth film. Its difficult to maintain a believable story line, action and humor, but the faithful furious do it.
Movie Review: 'Power Rangers' shines with nostalgia
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –Being a kid in the 1990s involved Nintendo, Uno and Power Rangers. Now those Power Rangers are back on the screen in theaters this weekend. The movie "Power Rangers" is set in small town Angel Grove where five teenagers accidentally find five magic crystals. The downside, the editing doesn't always flow and those subpar special effects fighting scenes from the '90s are back! It's family friendly for 99 percent of the film but parents should be there with the little ones for the scary moments.
Movie review: Collide crumbs audience
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The plot: Casey (Nicholas Hoult) meets his dream girl and decides to give up a life of working for drug smugglers. Casey goes back to the street life one final time to steal enough money to save Juliette. Casey attempts to steal from Hagen Kahl (Anthony Hopkins), a successful businessman who lives a double life as a drug smuggler. After the plan fails, Casey depends on his old drug boss Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his girlfriend. This story is unbelievable because there is no way Casey gets away from the bad guys over and over again unless he's 007.
Movies to see (or not) this July 4th
The pursuit of happiness is right there in the Declaration of Independence. So on this Independence Day has our critic David Edelstein found happiness at the movies? He reports on the latest offerings, including "Independence Day: Resurgence," "Free State of Jones," "The Legend of Tarzan" and "The BFG."cbsnews.com
Colin Farrell left with warm feelings from work on 'Winter's Tale'
But for film star Colin Farrell, there was no hesitation committing to the lead role in his latest film, "Winter's Tale," given the first-timer was Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Capturing the essence of "Winter's Tale," as Farrell describes, wasn't easy. "Winter's Tale" boasts an impressive cast, including Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint. While in the midst of filming, in fact, Farrell viewed New York City as more of a character in "Winter's Tale" than just a setting. Making the film complete for Farrell, 37, was his first opportunity to work with Brown Findlay.
At the movies: Top 10 in 2011
Have fun at the movies in 2012. Wiig plays Annie, a hapless maid of honor to her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). The film during its theatrical release was criticized by some for being too cynical, but truthfully, it's not cynical enough. "The Help" -- Writer-director Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best seller Emma Stone features the best ensemble cast of the year. A brilliant ode to a bygone era, "The Artist" is by far the most unique -- and entertaining -- film of the year.