Friday, November 27, 2015

POSTED: Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9:13 AM
Filed Under: Movies

Philadelphia Inquirer film critic Steve Rea gave "Creed" 4 stars, calling it a knockout and said it's not inconceivable to imagine the latest installment of the 'Rocky' franchise in the running for Best Picture when Oscar nominations are announced early next year.

In anticipation of the film's Wednesday release, here are Rea's ratings for all six of the previous 'Rocky' films.

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POSTED: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 12:32 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Disney)

After a new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer premiered during halftime of the Sunday Night Football game between the Eagles and the Giants, director J.J. Abrams said it would be the last before film’s premiere in December.

“The next thing is really going to be the movie,” said Abrams. “They’re be commercials, but no more trailers.”

As promised, the first official TV spot premiered online today, shared by the official Twitter account, a first for a major motion picture release:

POSTED: Monday, November 2, 2015, 12:27 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Pulitizer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger (left) called out Michael Moore's new film as "slanted" during a Q&A at the Prince Theater during the Philadelphia Film Festival. (CBS / Getty Images)

Polarizing filmmaker Michael Moore was in town Friday night to close out the 24th annual Philadelphia Film Festival with a screening of his documentary “Where to Invade Next” when he was interrupted by an audience member during a Q&A.

That audience member: Buzz Bissinger the local Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and author. Bissinger was seated in the front row as a guest of a friend when he interrupted with a 10-minute outburst, alleging Moore used a “slanted” handling of gay rights in Tunisia in the film.

“I think he’s very clever, but he’s not a documentarian,” Bissinger said in a phone interview Sunday. “He’s very manipulative and as a result, his films are very biased.”  

POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 1:21 PM
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan attends the New York premiere of 'The Visit' at Regal Cinemas Union Square on September 8, 2015 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

With M. Night Shyamalan’s latest release, The Visit, officially a hit, Universal Pictures has announced the local filmmaker’s next Philadelphia-filmed project with Split, which will see a Jan. 20, 2017 release.

Described by Deadline as a “supernatural suspense thriller,” Split will serve as another collaboration between Shyamalan, Universal and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Previously, that group joined together for The Visit, which was filmed on a $5 million budget and generated nearly $90 million worldwide.

Stars signed up for the project so far include James McAvoy of X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Happening’s Betty Buckley, as well as Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson, and Anya Taylor Joy.

POSTED: Monday, October 26, 2015, 12:06 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Tom Gebhardt of Central New Jersey is a normal guy with a wife and two kids who works at a pizza shop. But when there’s something strange in your neighborhood, he’s the guy you might want to call — after all, not everybody has a proton pack and Ecto-1 at their disposal. (Photo: Tommy Avallone, "Ghostheads")

Tom Gebhardt of Keansburg, N.J. is a normal guy with a wife and two kids, and who works at a pizza shop. But when there’s something strange in your neighborhood, he’s the guy you might want to call — after all, not everybody has a proton pack and Ecto-1 at their disposal.

“I may not be Dan Aykroyd, I may not,” he says. “But when I show up like that, I’m a Ghostbuster.”

Which, in a way, is true. Gebhardt, 30, is a “Ghosthead” — a member of the subculture dedicated to the Ghostbusters movie franchise that kicked off in 1984 and starred Bill Murray, Aykroyd, the late Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

POSTED: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:05 AM
Filed Under: Movies
A scene from the highly-anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Disney)

One opportunistic ticket buyer in Philadelphia appears to be taking a path down the dark side.

Following the premiere of a new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer during the Eagles-Giants “Monday Night Football” game, pre-sale tickets on Imax grossed $6.5 million, while Fandango, AMC and all saw record highs.

Unfortunately, record sales also crashed ticketing websites, as moviegoers tried in vain to obtain tickets for midnight showings of the film. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop thousands from purchasing tickets and immediately trying to sell them to panicking fans for outlandish amounts.

POSTED: Monday, October 19, 2015, 10:12 PM
Filed Under: Movies

ESPN, which is owned by Disney, released the final trailer for the highly anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," during halftime of the Eagles-Giants "Monday Night Football" game. 

Watch it above. And for good measure, here are the previous two teasers:

POSTED: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 2:48 PM
University of the Arts grad, filmmaker Kate McCabe. (Courtesy Image.)

When PhilaMoca presents Romance, Apocalypse and Moon Landings, the Twilight Worlds of Kate McCabe on Wednesday October 7, the event won't just feature the experimental filmmaker's newest cinematic work, You and I Remain.

The evening, a salon with the artist in tow, promises to be something between a roast and one of those Inside the Actor sessions with Will Ferrell.

Filmmaker McCabe may live a punk rock hermit's life mostly near the sandy flats of Joshua Tree, California (cue the music to High Plains Drifter).

If you turn your Internet radio dial to every Friday night, you can catch her doing her own brand of rural dance party musical program in front of her stove with “Mojave Kitchen Dance Diaries.” Yet, in reality, this desert doyenne is a Philly lass through-and-through º a graduate of the University of the Arts who made her first short film a good one.

1995's Go-Go Rama Mama shot at the infamous, now-defunct All in the Family Lounge on 13th Street (before the area was called Midtown Village/the Gayborhood).

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