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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:07 AM

Jul 16 ( - “Sex Tape” is one of the timelier films of the summer, a sly commentary on how, thanks to the ubiquity of cameras and porn, we're all now instilled with the desire to record and watch ourselves having sex, without really knowing as much as we should about the devices our cameras are attached to. In some cases, it's the very software that makes those gadgets so easy to use that can make our personal and professional lives so difficult. 

Though it offers at least two very good reasons not to document one's bedroom activities, “Sex Tape” is otherwise refreshingly nonjudgmental, even sympathetic, toward its central couple's desire to film themselves as they flip their way through “The Joy of Sex.” (That's not a euphemism; they actually find inspiration in the 42-year-old sex manual.) 

Married couple Annie and Jay (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) have a mighty long dry spell to hump their way out of, and they're so excited to finally have a night without the kids they decide to try something new. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 11:00 AM
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Director Ron Howard attends the Rush world premiere after party at One Marylebone on September 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Ferragamo)

Jul 16 ( - Ron Howard is set to direct a new authorized documentary about The Beatles and the iconic band's touring years, it was announced Wednesday by Apple Corps, White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. 

The film will be produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. 

White Horse's Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Imagine's Brian Grazer will produce with Howard, while Imagine's Michael Rosenberg and White Horse's Guy East will serve as executive producers along with Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde of Apple Corps.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 3:05 PM

Jul 15 ( - After a worldwide search, 10-year-old Neel Sethi has been cast as Mowgli in Disney's live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” the studio announced on Wednesday. 

Jon Favreau is directing from a script by Justin Marks. The new film will follow the adventures of Mowgli, the little human boy who's raised by wolves and who's friends with all sorts of jungle creatures. 

Neel, who will be the only actor onscreen in the film, is a newcomer from New York who was picked from thousands of auditions, and his role in “The Jungle Book” marks his first foray into acting. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:37 AM

Jul 15 ( - “Sex Tape” director Jake Kasdan learned everything he needed to know about homemade pornography from YouPorn, apparently.

The movie stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a boring, complacent married couple who tries spicing up their love life by making the titular sex tape, but then accidentally uploads it to “the cloud” and shares it with their network of friends. 

The Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker researched the movie premise in a most unconventional way — he worked with YouPorn, a popular YouTube-esque amateur pornography site. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:14 AM
Illustration by William Scalia

Jul 15 ( - Hollywood experts love to fret about the future of the movie business, but the industry has begun to embrace one group that is indisputably on the rise: the Hispanic audience. 

Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, and their passion for movies is unsurpassed. The group bought 25 percent of the tickets sold in 2013 though they comprise just 17 percent of the population, according to the Motion Picture Association of America's year-end study.

According to figures from the U.S. Census and a Nielsen report on movie audiences, Hispanics make up 15 percent of the population over the age of 12, and 19 percent of tickets sold for teens and older.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:10 AM
Randall Miller, CBGB West Coast Red Carpet Special Screening Daniel Tanner/

Jul 15 ( - “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin have surrendered to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for charges stemming from the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, a spokesperson for the department told TheWrap.

Both made bail and were released a short time later. 

Jay Sedrish, an executive producer of the Gregg Allman biopic, is also facing the same involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass charges that Georgia prosecutors announced earlier this month.

POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:37 AM

Jul 13 ( - Richard Linklater‘s adventurous and unconventional “Boyhood,” which was filmed over a period of 12 years as a young boy aged from preschool to high school graduation, broke out at the specialty box office this weekend. 

Distributor IFC Films opened “Boyhood” on five screens in New York and Los Angeles and it grossed $359,000 for a per-screen average of $71,800, the year's second-best limited debut, behind only “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

“Boyhood” was written and directed by Linklater and stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as the parents of newcomer Ellar Coltrane; the cast and crew reconvened for a few weeks each year to shoot new scenes, which were then assembled into a casual but singular portrait of a life.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:57 AM
Tina Fey in "Mean Girls" (Paramount Pictures)

About a decade ago, Tina Fey released Mean Girls—a film that ultimately came to define the teenage experience for a generation, thanks mainly to the Upper Darby High School-influenced antics shown on screen. Now, Fey returns to Delco for the film’s tenth anniversary with a special screening and Q&A session. 

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center will host Fey’s Mean Girls screening August 16, with proceeds from the event going to purchase the center a new sound system at the cost of around $300,000. Tickets for the event run $100, with passes for the Q&A session having already sold out since going on sale yesterday. 

As PAC marketing director Lauren Yacina told Mainline Media News:

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