Box Office: The Mummy tanks for Universal

Universal Pictures was hoping a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise would launch their Dark Universe franchise.  Unfortunately for the studio, critics and audiences alike panned the film. Starring Tom Cruise, the Alex Kurtzman-directed film finished this weekend in second place with an estimated $32.2 million at the box office.  In addition to Cruise, the film stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe.  Taking into account the four…

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Comic Books: Will a Transgender Superhero ever hit the Big Screen?

Are American audiences ready for their first transgender superhero to hit the big screen in a movie adapted from comic books? With the recent release of DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel’s Black Panther due out next February, this is a question that has been on my mind mostly due to communities that tend to be under-represented in television and film.  I’m a writer myself, mostly with a lot of ideas of television and film but…

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Produced By Conference: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos on the Cannes Film Debate

During a panel with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the Produced By Conference, presented by the Producers Guild of America, Sarandos opened up on the Cannes debate. The firestorm that happened recently during the Cannes Film Festival won’t go away but it’s led to publicity for the Netflix films that were screened: Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories. “I am not anti-theater,” Sarandos said during the panel, according to THR. “I’m very much against…

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Black Panther: Marvel releases Teaser Trailer during NBA Finals

Marvel Studios released the teaser trailer for 2018’s Black Panther during Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals. A new synopsis for the Marvel film was also released: Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle…

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Fargo: Noah Hawley Says Season 3 Might Be The Last

Addressing attendees during a panel on Friday at the four-day ATX Festival celebrating television in Austin, Texas, this weekend, Fargo producer Noah Hawley says that season 3 may be the last season for the anthology series. “I wasn’t sure if there would be a second season,” Hawley said during the panel.  “I wasn’t sure if there would be a third season. At end of season 1, [FX] said, ‘If you want to leave it there…

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Adam West: TV’s Batman dead at 88

Adam West, best known for starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the campy television series, has died of leukemia at the age of 88. The West family posted a statement on Facebook. It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him.…

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INTERVIEW: Jim O’Heir talks Middle Man, Parks and Recreation

Actor Jim O’Heir spoke to me early this afternoon in a phone call lasting nearly 15 minutes.  Our conversation covered Parks and Recreation, Middle Man, and baseball.  He is currently starring in Middle Man, playing in select theaters this weekend. Thanks for joining Solzy at the Movies today.  How are you doing? Jim O’Heir:  Good. When I last interviewed you two years ago, you were starring in the final season of Parks and Recreation and…

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Baywatch is A Complete Waste of Time

Baywatch had so much riding on it but it just couldn’t live up to the original series. Directed by Seth Gordon, Baywatch stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, with David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. The critics were not what brought down the movie.  It was just poorly executed.  No disrespect to the cast–they are all talented–but some things are just better left untouched.  Given the horrible…

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Megan Leavey: Kleenex Not Included

Megan Leavey is based on a true story about the war hero and her dog, Rex.  If your eyes aren’t watering by the final frame, you’re watching the wrong film or you simply don’t have a heart.  Take it from me, you’ll want to bring some Kleenex. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a screenplay written by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, Meagan Leavey stars Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford,…

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INTERVIEW: Josh McDermitt talks Middle Man and The Walking Dead

Actor Josh McDermitt, who also stars in AMC’s The Walking Dead, spoke to me late this morning in an interview as he promotes Middle Man.  The indie film opens in select theaters this weekend. Thanks for joining Solzy at the Movies today.  How are you doing? Josh McDermitt: I’m doing awesome.  You doing alright? Yeah, hanging in there.  What attracted you to the role of T-Bird in Middle Man? Josh McDermitt:  It’s something completely different…

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