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Neca Unveils Ace Ventura Shady Acres Action Figure with Wiggles the Dog

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Neca Unveils Ace Ventura Shady Acres Action Figure with Wiggles the Dog
Our favorite pet detective is back in action figure form, as the toymaker Neca has unveiled a new Ace Ventura: Pet Detective figure set to release this summer. This won't be the first Ace Ventura figure from Neca, as the company has previously released an alternate version of Ace with his trademark hairstyle and Hawaiian shirt. This new Neca figure will depict Ace as he appears when he goes undercover at the Shady Acres mental hospital to investigate the strange disappearance of Miami Dolphins kicker Ray Finkle.

Standing at 8" tall, the Shady Acres Ace Ventura figure is fully articulated. It comes clothed in a button-up shirt, plaid shorts, and pink tutu, just as Ace wore in the movie when he feigned mental illness to gain access to the facility's storage room. The figure also comes with two interchangeable heads, so you can change Ace's facial expression depending on how you want him posed.
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New Hollywood Podcast: From ‘Friday Night Lights’ To ‘Clemency’, Aldis Hodge Is Making His Mark On Hollywood

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New Hollywood Podcast: From ‘Friday Night Lights’ To ‘Clemency’, Aldis Hodge Is Making His Mark On Hollywood
Aldis Hodge has been acting since he was a child, but he caught the attention of Hollywood when he starred in the acclaimed Texas high school football drama Friday Night Lights as Ray “Voodoo” Tatum, the stone-faced, “I’m not here to make friends” Dillon Panthers quarterback who posed problems for Coach Taylor and the team. From there, Hodge continued have career glow-up as he landed roles in numerous TV series and films including the critically acclaimed Underground as well as the features Straight Outta Compton and Hidden Figures. Most recently he stars opposite Kevin Bacon in the Showtime drama City on a Hill and gives a stirring performance in a pair of prison reform dramas that includes the Tom Shadyac-directed Brian Banks and Chinonye Chukwu’s prison reform drama Clemency, which he co-stars with Alfre Woodard.

With an extensive resume of TV series and films, Hodge is determined
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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)

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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)
Why so serious? While some filmmakers get their start making cheaply made B-movies or horror films, there’s a new crop of directors emerging who previously cut their teeth making classic comedies. And while most haven’t abandoned their sense of humor entirely, they’ve finally been recognized at both the box office and awards circuit by veering into prestige pictures. The latest example is Todd Phillips, the director of “Joker,” which as the darkly disturbed origin story of the iconic Batman villain is no laughing matter. Here are some other directors who have re-emerged as more than just funny men.

Preston Sturges – Comedy Classic: “The Lady Eve”/Dramatic Turn: “Sullivan’s Travels”

Preston Sturges, one of the signature directors of Old Hollywood, would likely still be admired today based solely on the success of his screwball comedies like “The Great McGinty” and “The Lady Eve.” But he took a
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‘Brian Banks’ Is A Criminal Justice Film That Never Breaks Free of Its Premise

‘Brian Banks’ Is A Criminal Justice Film That Never Breaks Free of Its Premise
In the era of #MeToo, in which women are finally being given a voice against sexual predators, a movie about a false rape accusation feels like a tough sell. Brian Banks is an earnestly told true story of criminal injustice focusing on Banks (a terrific Aldis Hodge in a bust-out performance), a junior at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California, who’s headed to USC on a scholarship and a future NFL career as a linebacker. That future evaporates when Banks is wrongly accused of sexual assault by fellow
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Movie Review – Brian Banks (2019)

Brian Banks, 2019.

Directed by Tom Shadyac.

Starring Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Tiffany Dupont, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd, Dorian Missick, Xosha Roquemore, Matt Battaglia, and Morgan Freeman.

Synopsis:

A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.

Wisely, Brian Banks begins immediately following the decade-long wrongful imprisonment sentence that derailed the titular real-life figure’s likelihood of becoming a star in the NFL. Unfortunately, the film still finds time to show us superfluous details like what really happened and how solitary confinement was both punishment and therapeutic for Brian (there is even a mentor played by an uncredited Morgan Freeman giving spiritual advice). None of this would be a problem if the segments didn’t feel like exposition dumps more than anything, but at the very least the acting is strong throughout,
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Brian Banks – Review

Okay, sports (and film) fans, ready for another true tale of an underdog athlete overcoming the odds? Of course, since that’s a staple of this popular film genre. Ah, but this is of a somewhat “mixed” cinema breed. That’s because most sports flicks concern a player overcoming physical adversity, be it a disease (My All American) or injury (Bleed For This). Ah, but in this fact-based drama, the hardship is a prison record. So that “mix” is the inspirational sports biography and a “take on the system” courtroom drama. That’s’ the football/legal battle at the heart of the tale of the “real” man named Brian Banks.

His story begins at what should be the end of his long struggle. Brian (Aldis Hodge) is called into the police station office of his parole officer Mick (Dorian Missick). Seems that because of a new California law, all sex
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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ To Swat Away Five Wide Releases Including ‘Dora’, ‘Scary Stories’ & More – Box Office Preview

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Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw isn’t going anywhere and will stay put in No. 1 this coming weekend with $28M-$30M, a decline of 50%-53%. This as five wide entries flood the market: Paramount/Nickelodeon/Walden Media/Mrc’s storied IP Dora and the Lost City of Gold, CBS Films/eOne/Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Disney/Fox’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, New Line’s 1978 femme mobster pic The Kitchen and Bleecker Street’s Brian Banks.

Why so much stuff? Some of these movies are bound to step on one another demo-wise. Word is many rivals were trying to avoid The Lion King, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Hobbs & Shaw. Another factor slowing down business this weekend: Kids already are going back to school, with K-12 going from 96% out last Friday to 84% this Friday. That number will reduce to 30% K-12 schools out by August 30. Meanwhile,
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‘Brian Banks’ Film Review: Forgettable Film Squanders Powerful True Story

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‘Brian Banks’ Film Review: Forgettable Film Squanders Powerful True Story
Perhaps the worst thing a film can be, even more so than the binary of good or bad, is forgettable. That is the best way to reflect upon “Brian Banks,” the latest film in the canon of dramas that highlight the criminalization and mass incarceration of black people in the United States.

Director Tom Shadyac (“The Nutty Professor”) flatly tells the true story of the titular football star whose promising career came to a screeching halt when he was wrongfully accused and convicted of raping a young woman in 2002 (when he was 17 years old) and spent six years in prison. Though we see brief flashbacks of Brian in jail feeling defeated and struggling to navigate the system inside, much of the film is spent after his incarceration, as he tries in vain to find work despite having a criminal record while on a strict custody parole and fighting to clear his name.
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‘Brian Banks’ Is A Soapy Legal Drama That Never Rises Above Its Magical Sports Movie Tropes [Review]

For audiences who have been patiently awaiting the movie where comedy filmmaker turned feel-good inspirational director Tom Shadyac casts Morgan Freeman to basically play God again, well, that wait is finally over. But the small value beyond that in the sports drama “Brian Banks“— think, “The Blind Side,” and “Glory Road”— littered with a number of problematic plot points and unintentionally offensive narrative emblems, including the exasperating white savior cliché, is negligible.

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‘Brian Banks’ Review: Aldis Hodge Shines, But This Half-Baked Drama Does Not

There are few actors who could make the receipt of a Facebook friend request feel as cataclysmic as Aldis Hodge does during the unexpected turning point of Tom Shadyac’s fact-based drama “Brian Banks.” As the eponymous lead, Hodge is tasked with carrying the weight of a story that seems too wild and strange to be real: a heartbreaking tale of false accusations and wrongful convictions that literally hinges on an odd olive branch extended via social media. Hodge sells it, just as he sells the rest of an otherwise chintzy film, a Lifetime movie-like drama that falls short of engaging with the many thorny issues it dramatizes.

In the early aughts, Long Beach native Banks was a promising high school football player who committed to playing at USC when he was just a junior. While Banks is a straight arrow with his eyes firmly fixed on his athletic future,
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Brian Banks Movie Review

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Brian Banks Bleecker Street Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net linked from Rotten Tomatoes by: Harvey Karten Director: Tom Shadyac Screenwriter: Doug Atchison Cast: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Xosha Roquemore, Melanie Liburd, Tiffany Dupont Screened at: Tribeca, NYC, 6/5/19 Opens: August 9, 2019 When Spain in the 15th century determined to make the entire […]

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Brian Banks: Football Star Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned Shares His Story For “People Who Are Currently Voiceless”

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Brian Banks: Football Star Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned Shares His Story For “People Who Are Currently Voiceless”
The story told in Brian Banks is unfortunately all too familiar. The eponymous biopic, directed by Tom Shadyac, chronicles the true story of the All-American football player who had committed to USC by his junior year, then had his life upended when he was falsely accused and convicted of rape, to being exonerated, and finally reaching his goal of playing in the NFL.

Throughout his 10-years in the prison system, a sentence he received despite the lack of evidence to support the accusation, Banks never wavered in maintaining his innocence. Ultimately, with the help of Justin Brooks and the California Innocence Project, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012, his name was cleared, and he was finally free to pursue his NFL dreams.

Speaking at the 25th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, Banks described the film as a “full circle” moment. “It’s really surreal to have gone through such a traumatic experience…
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Oscars: 31 Upcoming Films That Could Enter the Awards Race

Oscars: 31 Upcoming Films That Could Enter the Awards Race
The year reaches the halfway mark on June 30, and traditionally films from the first six months have an uphill battle in the Oscar race. However, this year’s January-June crop might get a boost from the accelerated schedule: Nominations voting is a tight Jan. 2-Jan. 7, 2020. So if voters start their homework now, early films will have a leg-up over hopefuls that might get lost in the fourth-quarter glut.

So far, the festivals have offered strong possibilities, including Sundance’s “The Report”; and several from Cannes, including “Pain and Glory” from Pedro Almodovar; “Parasite,” from Bong Joon-ho; and “Rocketman.”

Films in 2019 general release have offered plenty of terrific work, including “Booksmart,” “Late Night,” Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday,” and Jordan Peele’s “Us,” plus the knockout “Shadow,” from master director Zhang Yimou (released domestically by Well Go USA Entertainment). Best picture possibilities? Hmm, maybe. If voting were held today, Disney-Pixar
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Magic 8 Ball Movie in Development at Blumhouse, Mattel

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It is certain that a “Magic 8 Ball” movie is in the works. In fact, you may rely on it.

A movie centered on the fortune-telling toy, which dates back to the 1950s, is being developed by Mattel Films and Blumhouse Productions. “Fantasy Island” director Jeff Wadlow is attached to helm and will script with collaborators Jillian Jacobs and Chris Roach.

The sooth-saying device contains a white 20-sided die floating in blue-tinted alcohol. Each of the die’s 20 faces has a brief message — 10 affirmative, five negative, and five non-committal — read through a window on the ball’s bottom. The replies are to be looked at after asking the ball a yes–no question and include “It is certain,” “You may rely on it,” “Better not tell you now,” “Ask again later,” “Don’t count on it” and “Outlook not so good.”

The latest roll of “Magic 8 Ball” was announced Monday as
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Brian Banks (2018) Movie Trailer: Aldis Hodge is Wrongly Convicted & Fights to Fulfill His NFL Dream

Brian Banks Trailer The movie trailer for Brian Banks (2018), directed by Tom Shadyac and written by Doug Atchison, has been released by Bleecker Street Media. Plot Synopsis Brian Banks‘ plot synopsis: based on the book by Brian Banks, “The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football [...]

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First trailer for Brian Banks starring Aldis Hodge and Greg Kinnear

Bleecker Street has released the first trailer and teaser poster for Brian Banks, a new drama from director Tom Shadyac and starring Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd and Melanie Liburd. Check them out here, along with the official synopsis…

The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.

Brian Banks is set for release in the U.S. on August 9th.

The post First trailer for Brian Banks starring Aldis Hodge and
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‘Brian Banks’ Trailer: Greg Kinnear Attempts To Get A Wrongfully Convicted Athlete Released From Prison

If you’re a casual film fan, you may not immediately know the name, Tom Shadyac. However, you are probably very familiar with his work. Shadyac is the director behind such comedy films as “Ace Venture: Pet Detective,” “Liar, Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Patch Adams,” and “Bruce Almighty.” And now, after years away from feature filmmaking, he’s back with a film about the true story of a young Black kid who gets wrongfully locked away in prison, derailing his pro football career.

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Aldis Hodge & Greg Kinnear in First Full Trailer for 'Brian Banks' Film

"How did you survive it?" "Almost didn't..." Bleecker Street has debuted the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Brian Banks, the latest from director Tom Shadyac, his first feature since making Evan Almighty in 2007. This premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, and just played at the Cleveland Film Festival earlier this month. The controversial film, based on a true story, is about a 16 year old football player who All-American high school football star who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, sent to prison after going through the broken legal system. Aldis Hodge stars as the titular Brian Banks, with a cast including Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd, Tiffany Dupont, Sherri Shepherd, Matt Battaglia, Xosha Roquemore, Dorian Missick, and Dean Denton. This looks an upsetting, poignant film lead by the very talented Aldis Hodge. Here's the first
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Remembering Mark Urman, an Independent Film Stalwart Gone Too Soon

Remembering Mark Urman, an Independent Film Stalwart Gone Too Soon
The following remembrance was written by Deborah Davis, Mark Urman’s wife.

From Anatole Litvak’s “Anastasia,” the first movie he saw as a child at a picture palace in the Bronx, to Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” (his choice for this year’s Best Picture), Mark Urman was a man with a boundless passion for cinema. In the course of his nearly 50 years in film, Mark felt blessed to work with some of the greatest luminaries in the business, from Joseph Losey, David Lean, and Bernardo Bertolucci to Roman Polanski, Sydney Lumet, and Julian Schnabel.

He also delighted in encouraging talents as they emerged, including Ryan Gosling, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Christian Bale, Liv Tyler, Marc Forster, Natasha Richardson, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Kevin Smith, Cary Fukunaga, Lee Daniels, and Bill Condon.

Mark was born in the Bronx on November 24, 1952, the
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Mark Urman, Veteran Independent Film Distributor, Dies at 66

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Mark Urman, Veteran Independent Film Distributor, Dies at 66
Mark Urman, a veteran independent film distributor who headed Paladin Films for the past decade, died on Saturday after a short illness. He was 66.

Urman executive produced “Monster’s Ball” and “Murderball,” and was involved in campaigns for Oscar contenders “Half Nelson,” “Affliction,” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” He broke into the entertainment business in the 1980s by working in publicity at United Artists in New York, followed by Columbia PicturesTriumph Films and Dennis Davidson Associates.

In 1997, he became a distribution executive at Cinepix Film Properties, which became Lionsgate. He moved to ThinkFilm in 2001 to head theatrical distribution and oversaw the release of “Half Nelson,” for which Ryan Gosling received a best actor Academy Award nomination; Oscar-winning documentaries “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels”; and docs “Spellbound,” “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” “Murderball,” and “War/Dance.”

After a brief stint at Senator,
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