LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you've seen "The Walking Dead" season five, episode two, titled "Strangers."
After the adrenaline rush of last week's season premiere, "Strangers" gives our newly expanded group some much-needed breathing room, but as Abraham presciently points out during the hour, whenever our survivors get a chance to slow down, "shit inevitably goes down."
In the aftermath of the escape from Terminus, forgiveness is in the air; Rick and Maggie officially welcome Tara into the group despite her previous association with the Governor -- an especially poignant act of grace for Maggie, given what the Governor did to Hershel -- and Tyreese insists that the rest of the gang must forgive Carol for her actions back at the prison. Rick also shares another meaningful moment with Carol (during which she finally returns his long-lost watch), telling her that he owes her everything for helping to bring Judith back safely. Carol gives Tyreese most of the credit, but Rick recognizes the lengths she's gone to for the safety of her companions, simply offering her a "thank you" that contains multitudes.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - When it comes to sex and violence, the more parents see, the less they care.
That's the takeaway form a new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center on the attitudes that parents of children aged 6 to 18 have towards film content that may be objectionable or disturbing.
Researchers showed bloody or erotic scenes from PG-13 and R-rated movies such as "8 Mile," "Collateral," "Die Hard" and "Casino Royale" to 1,000 parents and found that they grew desensitized as the body count mounted and sexual activity heated up. The research was conducted online last January.
Brent LangLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Brad Pitt and a squadron of up-and-coming actors held off "Gone Girl" at the multiplexes this weekend as "Fury" topped box office charts with a $23.5 million debut.
Despite surrendering first place after two weeks wearing the crown, "Gone Girl" showed some impressive stamina. David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery dropped just 32% to $17.8 million. Its total now stands at $107.1 million and is striking distance of surpassing "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" ($127.5 million) as Fincher's highest-grossing domestic release. Water cooler effect achieved.
"It's one of those movies that it's so provocative that if you haven't seen it yet, you have to in order to be part of the conversation," said Chris Aronson, distribution chief at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind "Gone Girl." "It's as simple as that."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Brad Pitt's World War II drama "Fury" is ruling the battlefield.
"Fury" opened to No. 1 at the U.S. box office on Friday -- ahead of two-time champ "Gone Girl" and newcomer "The Book of Life" -- with $8.8 million. This includes $1.2 million from Thursday night showings. The tank tale looks to haul $25 million in its debut weekend.
Pitt stars as an army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany during the end of WWII. This is a record opening for director David Ayer, who wrote and directed 2012's "End of Watch" and scripted "Training Day." The movie also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Pena.
The 23rd annual Philadelphia Film Festival kicked off yesterday. Hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society, the 10-day festival will bring hundreds of films from all over the world to screens here in Philadelphia and our suburbs. We got the inside scoop from PFF Artistic Director Michael Lerman on what LGBT flicks are not to be missed in this year’s festival. From British lesbian erotica to a Brazilian coming-of-age story to a campy road trip set in Greece, this year’s festival has a lot of gay to experiment with.
"The Way He Looks:" Daniel Ribero’s "The Way He Looks" is the simple, sweet story of a blind teenager trying to gain independence from his family while fostering a secret crush on a boy in his class. Leonardo has been blind since birth and relies on his best friend Giovana for guidance, both physically and emotionally. When new student and heartthrob Gabriel shows up at school one day, Leo quickly develops a crush and complications soon arise. "The Way He Looks" is an affectionate coming-of-age story that reminds us of the complications of falling in love for the first time. Run time: 96 minutes. In Portuguese with subtitles. Friday, Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m. (Ritz Bourse) and Friday, Oct. 24 at 6:40 p.m. (Ritz East).
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ROME - Pope Francis is screening in 3D at the Rome Film Festival where Rupert Murdoch's Sky Italia paybox and the Vatican TV Center (CTV) world-preemed 3D docu "Canonization 2014: An Historic Event" and also announced that the pontiff's upcoming Christmas Eve mass will be getting the 3D TV treatment.
"Canonization 2014: An Historic Event" depicts the April 27 ceremony in St. Peter's Square when two of Pope Francis' predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, where canonised as saints in front of hundreds of thousands of attending pilgrims.
The unprecedented double canonisation event was aired live in 3D via Sky in Italy, Germany, and the U.K., and beamed for free in 1,000 movie theatres around the world via Nexo Digital.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Oscar-winner Christian Bale, who has played Batman and Moses, is about to take on another iconic figure: Steve Jobs.
Sources confirm the actor is in talks to star in "Jobs," Sony's biopic about the late Apple co-founder.
Based on Walter Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs," the real-life drama is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - G. Cameron Romero, son of George A. Romero, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the genesis story of his father's iconic "Night of the Living Dead."
The son, who will direct, launched the 30-day campaign Wednesday night through Indiegogo with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs at helptelltheorigin.com.
"I feel carrying on my dad's legacy is something that I not only want to do, but it's something I HAVE to do because I, like all my dad's fans, was raised on his creation," the younger Romero said.