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Interview: Nia Vardalos Talks Helicopter Mom (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Nia Vardalos Talks Helicopter Mom (Exclusive)

Endearingly encouraging your adolescent child to fearlessly explore their true identities, without harboring any concerns over how their personality will be perceived by their peers and community, can be a daunting experience. But supportive mother Maggie Cooper is so determined to remain close to her only son as he prepares to leave for college, that she’ll do whatever it takes to prove she’s supportive of his authentic personality in the upcoming independent comedy, ‘Helicopter Mom.’ Actress Nia Vardalos powerfully plays the at-times overbearing, but well-meaning, mother in director Salomé Breziner’s latest film, which is set to be released in theaters and on VOD next Friday, April 24. ‘Helicopter Mom’ follows  [ Read More ]

Categories: INTERVIEWS, MOVIES

Michelle MacLauren Leaves Wonder Woman

Posted by monique On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Wonder Woman Comic Con

Unfortunately, the production of “Wonder Woman” has had a setback. The director originally attached to the film, Michelle MacLauren, has left the film. It would seem that MacLauren left because of some quarrels between herself and Warner Bros. “Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLauren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct ‘Wonder Woman’ together,” said the studio in a statement. This isn’t the first time a female filmmaker has been let go from a comic book film, for instance, as The Hollywood Reporter points out, the time Patty Jenkins left Marvel’s “Thor 2.” No one knows if MacLauren left because of true creative  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, NEWS

The Children Know (I bambini sanno) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
The Children Know (I bambini sanno) Movie Review

Title: The Children Know (I bambini sanno) Director: Walter Veltroni Genre: Documentary Children have the power to see the world unfiltered. Too often their judgement is merely seen as naive and unrealistic, but if you sit down with them you’ll find they can be extremely influential philosophers. You might learn from their earnest – and at times ironic – decipherment of what occurs around us. This is the premise of the documentary ‘The Children Know’, made by the Italian writer, journalist and politician Walter Veltroni, former Mayor of Rome, who also served as leader of the Democratic Party within the centre-left opposition until 2009. ‘I bambini sanno’ (the original title  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS
Shake the Dust

Vimeo seems to be developing a niche for exclusive on demand film deals. The most recent download deal was with Spike Lee’s “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” and now Vimeo can say the now have legendary rapper Nas’ documentary “Shake the Dust” available on their service. “Shake the Dust” is now available as a 30-day exclusive digital download through Vimeo On Demand. The film will soon be available for those who don’t want to sit at home and want the full theatrical experience; “Shake the Dust” will have nationwide limited theatrical screenings starting May 15 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The documentary, directed by photographer Adam  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, NEWS

Mia Madre (My Mother) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Mia Madre (My Mother) Movie Review

Title: Mia Madre (My Mother) Director: Nanni Moretti Starring: Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati. ‘Mia Madre’ (which literally translates My Mother) is a poignant and delicate story of loss, with a touch of irony and self-irony used by the Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, who took home the Palm d’Or in 2001 for ‘The Son’s Room,’ and has been a regular fixture on Cannes’ Croisette with movies like ‘The Caiman’ and ‘We Have A Pope.’ Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins (John Turturro), who is quite a character on set. Away from the set,  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS
Forger poster

John Travolta is starring in Lionsgate’s “The Forger,” which will hit select theaters and On Demand Apr. 24. The film, directed by Philip Martin and written by Richard D’Ovidio, also stars Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Abigail Spencer and Jennifer Ehle. Travolta plays a man who can make a forged art piece so good that the experts can’t tell the difference. Now, he’s faced with his hardest work and most difficult heist yet. “The world’s best art forger (John Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull of an impossible heist – he must forge a painting by  [ Read More ]

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Tom Harper-The Woman in Black 2

“The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” is now available to haunt your horror film collection! The Hammer horror film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and includes the featurettes “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Chilling Locations,” “Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” (Blu-ray only), a deleted scene and the theatrical trailer. To celebrate the release, Shockya was able to interview the director of the film, Tom Harper. In the interview below, Harper discusses the intriguing decision to set the film in the middle of World War II, the theme of motherhood throughout  [ Read More ]

American Rescue Squad’s Images and Poster Unleash Superheroes

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
American Rescue Squad

The highly-anticipated spoof, ‘American Rescue Squad,’ is unleashing its seemingly powerful superheroes in the comedy’s newly released images, poster and trailer. The assets for the upcoming satire have been unveiled before the film will have its world premiere tomorrow at the Northern Virginia International Film Festival at 2pm. ‘American Rescue Squad’ was directed by Elliot Diviney, who’s known for editing such television shows as ‘Lost’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ He co-wrote the script for the action thriller, which stars Tony D. Czech, Douglas Sidney and KariAnn Craig, with Adam Diviney. The following official synopsis for ‘American Rescue Squad’: A group of mysterious villains known as “The Alliance” sets a trap for  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIE STILLS, MOVIES, NEWS, VIDEO
Christoph Waltz-Tonight Show

Many fans (and some movie news outlets, for that matter) have long since established in their minds that Christoph Waltz has to be playing Blofeld in the upcoming James Bond movie, “Spectre.” However, Waltz himself states that this idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Waltz has stated that he’s not playing Blofeld in the upcoming film. In fact, he seems a little irritated by the suggestion. “That rumor started on the internet and the internet is a pest,” he told GQ Magazine UK. “The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.” Of course, everyone is on tenterhooks particularly because of what happened with “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Benedict Cumberbatch  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Eddie Redmayne Talks The Theory of Everything

It looks like the “Harry Potter” franchise isn’t over yet! It was rumored a while ago that Warner Bros. Pictures was interested in adapting one of the wizarding world “textbooks” J.K. Rowling wrote, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” into a film, possibly launching a brand new series of Potterverse films. It seems like that mode of thinking is gaining steam with the announcement that Eddie Redmayne is in strong contention to play the lead role, author and magical zoologist Newt Scamander. The film will bring back “Harry Potter” film director David Yates as well as Rowling, who will be doing even more than acting as a consultant. The  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, NEWS

Surprisingly, there is little left to the imagination about the entire plot of “Terminator Genisys” in this brand new trailer. If you’re very worried about being spoiled, definitely don’t watch this trailer, since it gives away a very big plot-point. However, if you don’t care, then take a look at what you’ll see in the theater. The storyline and the actual big bad is rather interesting. Although, even as a person who isn’t a “Terminator” junkie, I wish they had saved a little for the actual theatrical release. People still like being surprised by their popcorn movies, right? The new stills, thankfully, are not spoiler-filled, so you can look at  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIE STILLS, MOVIES, NEWS, VIDEO
The New Trailer For Marvel's Ant-Man Shows Scott Lang Embracing His Inner Hero

Master thief Scott Lang is embracing his powerful abilities as a superhero, including the ability to shrink in size but increase in strength, in the newly released trailer for the anticipated comic book film adaptation, ‘Ant-Man.’ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has unveiled the clip for the sci-fi Marvel film, which features Paul Rudd as one of the founding members of The Avengers, who’s coming to the big screen for the first time. Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man,’ which was directed by ‘Bring It On’ helmer, Peyton Reed, is set to be released in U.S. theaters on July 17. The action-adventure film’s story was crafted by ‘Shaun of the Dead’ writer-director, Edgar Wright,  [ Read More ]

Categories: Action, MOVIES, NEWS, POSTERS, VIDEO
SLOW LEARNERS - Teaser Poster - Final

“Happy Endings” star Adam Pally and “Enlightened” star Sarah Burns are headlining the new comedy “Slow Learners.” The film, also starring comedy talents like Bobby Moynihan, Kate Flannery, Cecily Strong, Kevin Dunn, Reid Scott and Catherine Reitman, will make its word debut at the Tribeca Film Festival Apr. 20. “Slow Learners” follows two friends and co-workers who are horribly unlucky at love. Thinking the problem lies with them, they set out to transform themselves over the summer, which also involves tons of sex and tons of alcohol. The film is directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. The screenplay is by Matt Serword from a story by Serword and  [ Read More ]

Categories: Comedy, MOVIES, NEWS, POSTERS, VIDEO

True Story Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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TRUE STORY Fox Searchlight/ Regency Enterprises Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Rupert Goold Screenwriter:  David Kajganich, Rupert Goold, from Michael Finkel’s book “True Story” Cast:  James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 3/23/15 Opens:  April 17, 2015 If you are a journalist or aspire to be one, “True Story” should be on your must-see list.  More important than a tale about the writing of books and articles, though, is the human story, one that could make cynics and pessimists in the audience beam with pride about their understanding of human nature.  “True Story” is a yarn about manipulation, one  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Beyond the Reach Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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BEYOND THE REACH Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti Screenwriter:  Stephen Susco, from Robb White’s book “Deathwatch” Cast:  Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 4/7/15 Opens:  April 17, 2015 This year’s third month has gone down as the coldest March on record in those parts of the Northeast afflicted with a steady reading of five degrees on the Fahrenheit scale.  But as some say, there is no such thing as cold weather: there is only the wrong clothing.  If you wear the right layers of heavily insulated coats and pants, you can comfortably go out even in  [ Read More ]

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