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Weekend Preview -These Are The Movies You Release The Week After THE DARK KNIGHT

Steven Panzarella takes a look at the big releases of this weekend.

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This weekend’s list of new movies makes perfect sense. A week after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES hits theaters you have to totally stay away from the genre that will attract DARK KNIGHT fans to theaters. A list that contains an R-rated alien invasion comedy, another in the series of dancing flicks, and a rom-com about a book writer whose perfect character comes to life.

THE WATCH – Written By Seth Rogan and Directed by SNL writer Akiva Schaffer (the other guy in the digital shorts with Andy Samberg), The Watch follows four suburban men who begin a neighborhood watch to get away from their boring suburban lives. The men discover an alien invasion taking place in there town. The Watch trailers looked hilarious, and the cast is a solid group of very funny actors including Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayodade(Submarine). The Watch adds a new R rated comedy to the mix but according to critics may not be a very welcome addition. It is funny at times, but not all together and not for its whole run time. I intend on seeing The Watch eventually, but the question is, is it worth your $10.50?

STEP UP REVOLUTION-The 4th in the series of popular dancing films. Starring Kathryn McCormick(So You Think You Can Dance), Newcomer Ryan Guzman, and Peter Gallagher(The O.C, Covert Affairs). Step Up Revolution takes place in Miami, Emily(McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean(Guzman), the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily’s father’s development plans. Step Up 4  is directed by Scott Speer, who has directed nothing of note besides dancing videos which makes him aptly qualified to work on such a film. I am not a very big fan of the Step Up films and have never seen all of them in full which makes me unqualified to judge the film as a sequel. The reviews say the dancing and theatrics are impressive but the story is flimsy at best. I don’t expect much of story from these films and neither do the fans, if you are a fan of the films then of course you are going to see it, if not then do not waste your time.

RUBY SPARKS- Written and Starring the talented Zoe Kazan(Happythankyoumoreplease) along with her real life boyfriend Paul Dano(There Will Be Blood), and directed by Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Ruby Sparks follows Calvin(Dano) a writer who is dealing with writers block among other personal issues. His writers block gets cured when he falls in love with his newest creation Ruby Sparks(Kazan). Days after writing her, Sparks appears in real life and turns Calvin’s world upside down. I have not had a chance to see Ruby Sparks yet but I am excited. A quality cast that includes Chris Messina, Annette Bening, and Steve Coogan .A great cast and the people behind Little Miss Sunshine(fan and oscar favorite in 2006) its hard to resist. Critics love Kazan’s charming screenplay, and Dayton and Faris’s great direction, Ruby Sparks is a perfect change of pace for the summer. Ruby Sparks hit theaters on Wednesday in a limited release.

Next week the remake for Total Recall hits theaters along with the romantic-drama starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg Celeste and Jesse Forever, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

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Check Out The Trailer For HUSTLERS, Starring J Lo, Lizzo, and Cardi B!

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At long last, we are getting a look at the star-studded film “Hustlers.”

The movie seems to have it all for the 2019 world – stripping, revenge and a great heist.

Constance Wu of Crazy Rich Asians is the lead character, but today the buzz is all about Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B.

Let’s also give a shout for girl power! “Hustlers” is directed and scripted by Lorene Scafaria.

The movie hits US Screens on September 13.

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TRAILER: The New ‘Child’s Play’ Movie Looks So Chuckin’ Scary

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The new Child’s Play movie launches Chucky into the 21st century for some technologically advanced terror.

After watching this trailer, you may be packing your bags and heading to Amish country because Child’s Play looks like a technological nightmare brought to life. In the reboot of the classic 1988 film, Buddi Dolls are the toy on every child’s wishlist because their connection to technology allows them to truly become your best friend. These new and improved Buddi Dolls come complete with an app that links the doll to every electronic device in your home…enter updated, terrifying plot twist! When a young boy’s Buddi Doll, Chucky, becomes corrupt, he goes on a killing spree that promises to be even more gory than the film’s original!

Mark Hamill voices the murderous Buddi Doll, Chucky, as the film stars Gabriel Bateman as Andy, Chucky’s 13-year old owner, Aubrey Plaza as Andy’s mom and Brian Tyree Henry as the detective investigating the strange string of murders. The film is set to release on June 21 and you can bet I will be avoiding toy stores for the entire summer.

Check out the frightening trailer below!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ryan Murphy Announces Netflix Film Adaptation Of ‘The Prom’

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At a charity performance on Tuesday, Ryan Murphy took to the stage to announce his plans to adapt the Broadway musical for Netflix. Theater lovers everywhere were like:

Back in November a new musical hit Broadway and before you knew it everyone wanted to be back in high school. The Prom follows an Indiana teen who simply wants to bring her girlfriend to her high school prom. Once the PTA catches wind of the news, the openly gay teen is banned from going to dance altogether. A gaggle of Broadway performers with questionable intentions decide to head to Indiana to help the teen get to the prom of her dreams. The musical made history when the cast performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and featured the parade’s first same-sex kiss ever. The shows jam packed with talent as it is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and features such stars as Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Angie Schworer, Josh Lamon, Michael Potts and Isabelle McCalla.

On Tuesday, there was a benefit performance at the Longacre Theatre which helped raise money for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project. Ryan Murphy hosted the special performance and it was there where he made the big announcement. Murphy obtained the rights to turn The Prom into a Netflix film! It’s no surprise that Murphy has chosen to take on this project as he is a huge advocate for LBGT+ community having created such inclusive projects such as PoseThe Normal Heart, and Glee. The audience – filled with celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Jane Krakowski, Ben Platt, Gus Kenworthy, Sandra Bernhard, Laura Dreyfuss, Janet Mock, Matthew Morrison, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, MJ Rodriguez, and Christian Siriano – went wild when they heard the news. Murphy told the overjoyed crowd:

“I know, it’s exciting. I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting. I was absolutely blown away by Casey’s work and the incredible cast. I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding. I wish this show was around when I was a kid.”

It remains to be seen if any of the Broadway cast will appear in the film but what has been confirmed is the expected release date; September 2020. It’s no coincidence that the release date falls right around the 2020 election as Murphy closed his speech by saying “We want to change hearts, minds and votes.”

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