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Movie Review: Wonder
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Wonder
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Screenwriter: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Noah Jupe, Danielle Rose Russell
Distributor: Lionsgate
Rated PG | 113
Release Date: November 17, 2017

Based on the children’s novel of the same name, Wonder inspires with its virtuous themes that tell its audience to do the right thing. On the surface, Stephen Chbosky‘s film looks like one of those schmaltzy films so formulaic that you probably already know that it is going to hit all the right emotional notes at all the right times.

But sometimes predictability is not so bad, and underneath that surface, there is something honest and heartfelt about it. There is a refreshing message that reminds us when given the choice to be right or be kind, we should be kind. Check out my full review of Wonder below.

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Legendary Filmmaker and Producer Garry Marshall Has Died
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Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall, who brought some of the most remembered and successful sitcoms of the 1970s to American television and directed some notable films such as Pretty Woman, died on Tuesday in Burbank, CA, of complications from pneumonia following a stroke, according to Variety. He was 81.

Marshall’s programs, which pretty much dominated ABC-TV for the entire decade of the 1970s, consisted of The Odd Couple and Happy Days and its spinoffs, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy. With each of them came a kind of innocuous hilarity that had healthy doses of mild slapstick, easily resolved narratives, and always an emphasis on a slight surreal aspect of fun. Unlike say the socially conscious programs of the time that were being churned out by the stable of TV pioneer Norman Lear (like All in the Family and Maude), Marshall’s sitcoms, although they were rather perfunctory and innocuous by way of social redemption or awareness, held almost equal footing in terms of ratings success. And indeed, like many of the characters on Lear’s programs (Archie Bunker, Maude, Fred Sanford), Garry Marshall also helped create and was instrumental in bringing characters that were and have remained almost as iconic, such as The Fonz, Mork from Ork, Laverne, and Shirley.

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Garry Marshall Gives Us ‘Mother’s Day,’ The Ensemble Holiday Movie You Didn’t Ask For
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Garry Marshall and Julia Roberts

Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve director Garry Marshall isn’t quite done with directing romantic comedies that feature an ensemble cast tangled in an intertwining story that take place during the course of a celebrated holiday.

After nearly a three-year hiatus, the director has chosen Mother’s Day as his next holiday movie, and he has already got Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Jason Sudeikis set to star in the film. More on the story below.

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Julia Roberts To Star In ‘Batkid Begins’ Film Based on Documentary
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Batkid Begins documentary

Julia Roberts will produce and star in Batkid Begins, a feature film based on the Dana Nachman documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World.

The documentary, which is scheduled to make its world premiere tomorrow, Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT, follows the real-life story of BatKid Miles Scott, the 5-year-old boy suffering from leukemia who made headlines in 2013 when the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish to become Batman for the day.

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Check Out These Images from Relativity Media’s ‘Untitled Snow White’
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Relativity Media is jumping on the sudden tide of fairy tale-inspired films and television series so wonderfully started by the “classics” Beastly and Red Riding Hood with their upcoming film Untitled Snow White. Yes, you read that correctly, the film is called Untitled Snow White. Let’s hope the powers that be change that before the film releases, but for now that’s the title in the press release.

This reimagining of the classic story features Julia Roberts, Lily Collins (The Blind Side), Arnie Hammer (The Social Network), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), and Nathan Lane (The Bird Cage).

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Geek Peek: First Look At ‘The Blind Side’ Star Lily Collins As Snow White
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In the race of Snow White projects, Relativity Media seems intent on winning at all levels. The studio has the earliest release date (March 16, 2012), and now they’ve released the first official image from their movie…which doesn’t even officially have a title yet.

In the movie, Lily Collins (daughter of the legendary Phil Collins and star of The Blind Side and Abduction) appears as Snow, while Julia Roberts will be playing her stepmother and the Evil Queen, Game of Thrones star Sean Bean is King and father to Snow, and The Social Network star Armie Hammer is playing a prince and love interest. Tarsem Singh (The Cell, Immortals) is directing the movie.

The first official image from the movie shows Collins as Snow White, and you can see the pic by heading on over to the other side now.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star Sean Bean To Be King In New ‘Snow White’
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The most active of the many Snow White projects as of late is Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman, but let’s not forget the other high–profile Snow White projects being developed: Disney’s Snow and the Seven is still on the way, and Relativity Media also has one on the way that’s putting together its own decent cast.

The movie was once called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, but is now said to be “untitled,” so it’s unclear whether that title is still in play. This version of the fable stars The Blind Side and Abduction actress Lily Collins as Snow, with Julia Roberts playing her evil stepmother and Queen, and The Social Network and new Lone Ranger Armie Hammer playing her prince charming–type love interest.

Now the man you have to cast if you have the chance to cast him, Sean Bean, has been added to the party. Bean is in final negotiations to play the role of the King and father to Snow White.

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Julia Roberts Cast As Evil Queen In New ‘Snow White’
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And here we are again!

Upcoming films based on the tale of Snow White are all moving their pieces into place in an attempt to keep up with their competitors. We’ve heard about Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman lining up stars such as Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen, and Kristen Stewart for potential roles. Then came word that Disney, who’s coming back with another take on the story they used for the 1937 animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs titled Snow and the Seven, had hired the writer of Toy Story 3 to pen their script.

Being sure to keep pace with the others, Relativity Media’s adaptation of the tale, titled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, has acquired the services of a big name talent. In a press release sent out by the studio, they’ve announced that Julia Roberts has joined their film, and she will be playing their Evil Queen character.

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Confessions Of A Cinema Junkie: The Art Of Reversals, The Caper Film and Something Like A Comedy Of Manners In Tony Gilroy’s ‘Duplicity’
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“It’s called a confidence game. Why? Because you give me your confidence? No. Because I give you mine.”
— Mike from House Of Games

“Well, maybe I don’t! I had ten good years with Cole, and I want them back! I gotta have a partner! I looked and I looked and believe me, brother, I kissed a lot of fucking frogs, and you’re my prince!”
— Myra Langtry from The Grifters

“It’s like seeing someone for the first time, and you look at each other for a few seconds, and there’s this kind of recognition like you both know something. Next moment the person’s gone, and it’s too late to do anything about it.”
— Jack Foley from Out Of Sight

Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity is the ultimate cinematic cock tease. Duplicity has everything going for it right from the starting gate, but ultimately the film fizzles where it should sizzle. It is not a bad film, far from it, but after all is said and done, one wonders if they have just seen a comedy of manners written with enough reversals to give David Mamet a run for his money. Although “fuck” is never used enough to give it the traditional David Mamet touch, it is con game film. Tony Gilroy’s screenplay may be too smart for its good. Steven Spielberg had confessed that the film was too confusing for him to understand so he passed on directing it.

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