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.
South’s painful past comes back to haunt in ‘Antebellum’
MIAMI – The South’s painful past comes back to haunt moviegoers in the new horror thriller “Antebellum.”The movie is the brain child of Miami filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, who left their successful South Florida public relations firm in 2017 to make their Hollywood dreams come true. “When we got here, it was within six months that we had a bidding war for our first picture, which is ‘Antebellum,’” Bush said. “Antebellum” is their first feature, a horror film not just on its surface, but at its core. The film resonates loudly with the social challenges our nation is facing right now in confronting its fractured past. With nods to Gone with the Wind, Bush and Renz wanted to set the record straight and show the Antebellum South how it really was, making moviegoers not just jump out of their seats, but also think.
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.
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.
Review: Why wait? ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ worth rushing to see
If the Hollywood mantra for making blockbusters is “faster, faster, faster,” then the creators of “Sonic the Hedgehog” have wisely ignored it. Sonic the Hedgehog at the "Halo" along Hall Road in Sterling Heights on Feb. 6, 2020. But things didn’t look too good when a trailer dropped last April that portrayed Sonic as more rat-like with creepy human teeth. One great sequence ends with everyone agreeing on a common enemy: hipsters. “Sonic the Hedgehog,” a Paramount Pictures release, is rated PG for action, some violence, rude humor and brief mild language.
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.
Academy mistakenly makes its Oscars predictions, confusing everyone
Well, it certainly appeared that way Monday night when the official Twitter account for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted a photo of its "predictions" for the 92nd annual awards show. Of course, if the Academy is tweeting its predictions, it begs the question: Are those the actual winners? We invited fans on Twitter to make and share your #Oscars predictions. — The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 4, 2020The tweet with the predictions was later deleted. But, if "Parasite" wins best picture, "Joker" star Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor and "Judy" star Renee Zellweger wins best actress, don't say we didn't tell you so.
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.
‘Mighty Ducks’ actor busted on burglary, meth charges
MARYSVILLE, Calif. – Childhood actor Shaun Weiss, who starred in “The Mighty Ducks,” series was arrested Sunday on charges of burglary and being under the influence of methamphetamine. Police discovered Weiss, 41, after a California homeowner alerted police that a stranger was sitting inside a car parked in the caller’s garage, USA Today reports. Weiss had broken the passenger window of the vehicle and was going through the items inside when found by police. According to the police report, Weiss “displayed symptoms of being under the influence of methamphetamine.”Weiss was previously arrested in 2018 for public intoxication. After starring as the team goalie in three “Mighty Ducks” movies, Weiss appeared in several television shows, including “Boy Meets World,” “Charles in Charge,” and “Freaks and Geeks.”
From #MeToo to trial: A look at the fall of Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse to attend jury selection in his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, in New York, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK, N.Y. – As Harvey Weinstein goes through his New York trial on rape and sexual assault charges, here's a look at the movie mogul's past and his multiple legal fights. A COLLAPSING CAREER:Following the deluge of allegations, Weinstein became a film industry pariah. Women globally began using the hashtag #MeToo to share their own stories of sexual assault. Los Angeles prosecutors allege he raped a woman at her Los Angeles hotel, then sexually assaulted a woman in his Beverly Hills hotel suite the next day.
‘Bad Boys’ Will Smith, Martin Lawrence named honorary Miami police officers
MIAMI – Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have patrolled the streets of Miami as police officers in the movies, but now the stars have some badges to back them up. The Miami Police Department named Smith and Lawrence honorary officers Monday, as well as giving the stars of “Bad Boys” a key to the city. “They’ve earned their police badges and are always welcome here in Miami,” the department tweeted. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence received the key to the city and were named Honorary police officers by Mayor Francis Suarez and Chief Jorge Colina. They’ve earned their police badges and are always welcome here in Miami.
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.
‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms
With “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opening in theaters Dec. 20, director J.J. Abrams expects more backlash. Several thousand fans signed a petition for Disney to remake “The Last Jedi,” which showed Luke Skywalker as a surly recluse disillusioned with his powers. “That in no way is a “Star Wars” phenomenon,” Abrams told The Associated Press. There’s a point at which the insanity of what it means to be working on a ‘Star Wars’ movie blinds you. Some also questioned why Rey was able to obtain Jedi-like abilities much quicker than Luke Skywalker.
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.
Enjoy Movies in the Park this summer at The Barnacle
For a really cool way to spend a night out with the family this summer, go no farther than The Barnacle Historic State Park. And for green-conscious visitors who would rather ride their bikes to the event, they may take advantage of a bicycle valet service at the park, provided by Bike Coconut Grove. For information, visit www.coconutgrove.com. Located at 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, 33133, The Barnacle Historic State Park is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. For information about all the fun events at The Barnacle, visit http://thebarnacle.org/events/communitynewspapers.com
Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios for reneging on movie deal
NEW YORK – Oscar-winning director Woody Allen is suing Amazon Studios for breach of contract, claiming it reneged on a deal to finance and distribute his future films without legal basis. According to the lawsuit, Amazon backed out of its agreement with Allen and his production company in June after Dylan Farrow became more vocal about her accusation that her father had molested her. "Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year-old, baseless allegation against Mr. Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen -- and, in any event it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract," the lawsuit said. According to the lawsuit, Amazon entered into an agreement with Allen's Gravier Productions to finance and distribute at least four Allen films. The lawsuit claims Allen completed the first, "A Rainy Day in New York," when Amazon "simply refused to make its guaranteed payment and purported to terminate" the contract.
Need for speed on hold as 'Top Gun' sequel bumped to 2020
LOS ANGELES – The "Top Gun" sequel is going to take a little longer to land in theaters. Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that "Top Gun: Maverick" is being pushed back a year to a June 26, 2020 theatrical release. The sequel was originally set to be released July 12, 2019. Details of the sequel, which is currently in production, have been mostly kept top secret, but Val Kilmer is also set to return as Iceman. There has been no word if Ryan, Skerritt or McGillis will return for the sequel.
Getting real with 'Last Jedi' production designer Rick Heinrichs
So, when writer-director Rian Johnson called him to ask if he'd be interested being the eighth episode of the Skywalker family saga, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Heinrichs was a bit taken aback. I think every person who takes on a new episode in 'Star Wars,' in the best way possible, wants to take it to the next step. "Rian always described the casino as like a Monte Carlo for galaxy a------s. The rich 1 percent of the galaxy," Heinrichs said with a laugh. "The reason he did it that way was specifically, so it could feel real. But for a "Star Wars" film, building as little as possible is not an option, as proven by the 125 sets on "The Last Jedi."
Filmmaker Jason Hall continues fight for veterans with 'Thank You for Your Service'
"As for 'Thank You for Your Service,' the depiction of what David Finkel did in the book was so frustratingly harrowing to me. Opening in theaters nationwide on Friday, "Thank You for Your Service" tells the compelling true-life story of Army Staff Sgt. "I think the effects of war are a battle of their own, in as much as the war continues to echo in, around and in front of these veterans," Hall said. At a certain point it's up to society to find a welcome these guys back in, because it's not just the VA," Hall said. Sometimes, Hall said, soldiers have been affected by war in ways most people wouldn't expect.
"Frozen 2" announced, coming to theaters in 2019
LOS ANGELES – For those whose children just can't "Let it go," there's good news on the horizon. Disney announced Tuesday that Frozen 2 will be coming to theaters in 2019. The sequel to the 2013 mega-blockbuster detailing the adventures of Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will be released on November 27, 2019. The original Frozen was Disney's top-grossing animated film of all-time, taking in $1.3 billion. Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, stars of the first film, tweeted out big news Tuesday afternoon.
'Saturday Night Fever' returns to big screen for 40th anniversary
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – "Saturday Night Fever" is dancing back into theaters for its 40th anniversary. A never-before-seen director's cut of the film will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 7 and May 10 at select theaters. The soundtrack featured several Bee Gees hits, including "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Night Fever," "More Than a Woman" and "You Should Be Dancing." "Saturday Night Fever" will be shown at theaters from Key West to West Palm Beach. The 40th anniversary director's cut will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning May 2.
'Sully' lands in theaters Friday
Here are the trailers for this week's new releases. "Sully"Tom Hanks stars as Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who piloted US Airways flight 1549 into the Hudson River in 2009 after the plane's engines failed. var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(['embed']);"The Wild Life"This Belgian-French animated reimaging of Robinson Crusoe is told from the perspective of the animals that inhabit the island where Crusoe and his dog are shipwrecked. var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(['embed']);
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