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‘Stronger’s’ Jeff Bauman: It Took a ‘Long Time to Really Realize the Power of My Story’

Jeff Bauman was enjoying a self-professed “ordinary” life in Boston, until the day in 2013 when a bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where he was waiting for his then-girlfriend. Bauman lost his legs that day but gained a new path — one which led him to write his story in the 2014 memoir “Stronger.” It has now been turned into a feature film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman. “The bombing was only 15 seconds of my life,” Bauman says. “What’s important is the people around me.”

When did you realize the importance of sharing your story?

It took me a long time to really realize the power of my story. I was fighting a lot of battles that were in my own head and just taking direction from the people around me that were looking out for me. I met [author] Bret Witter about four months after I had gotten blown up, and I was really
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October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend

October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend
After September delivered record numbers, the month of October saw the 2017 box office return to its downward trend, delivering calendar grosses down 15.6% compared to last year, falling below $600 million for the first time in ten years. Perhaps most startling is that with 287 films in release, the average per film was just $1.9 million, making it the first time that average has ever fallen below $2.1 million for any individual month based on BoxOfficeMojo's records going back to 1982. That being said, the Fall movie season has since come to an end and overall the season showed a ~6% improvement compared to last year thanks in large part to the record setting release of WB's It back in September, which became the first Fall release to ever gross over $300 million domestically. In fact, Warner Bros. had a strong Fall season overall, leading the charge in August, September and again in October despite the fact the
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The Lego Movie Franchise: The Marriage of Movies and Merchandising

Sarah Myles on The Lego Movie franchise and the marriage of movie merchandising…

Forty years ago, there was a seismic shift in the film industry, when Bernard Loomis of Kenner Toys decided that Star Wars was ‘toyetic.’ That shift, all those years ago, has led us on a journey of courtship between movies and merchandising, that has brought us to The Lego Movie franchise. There have been many diversions along way – perhaps, most notably, Hasbro and the Transformers film franchise – but Lego… well, Lego is different. Lego – with all its flexibility and trans-generational appeal – has created the ultimate marriage between movies and merchandise.

The rise of movie merchandising

Bernard Loomis was a toy development executive who had worked for Mattel during the introduction of its Hot Wheels line of toy cars in the late 1960s, and proposed the animated television show that subsequently went along with it. Such an endeavour proved problematic,
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26 films in the running for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 26 films are in contention for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at next year’s 90th Academy Awards. Here’s the full list…

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

Cinderella the Cat

Coco

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

Ethel & Ernest

Ferdinand

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Moomins and the Winter Wonderland

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Star

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale

Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Academy members will vote on the above list, with the nominations set to be
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Despicable Me 3, Coco, The Lego Ninjago Movie Among 26 Animated Films Considered for 90th Oscars

Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

“The Breadwinner”

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

“The Star”

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”

“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

Ferdinand. Tm and © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run.
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Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ 2 Lego Movies Top List of 26 Oscars Animation Contenders

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Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ 2 Lego Movies Top List of 26 Oscars Animation Contenders
Twenty-six films have been entered in the Oscars race for Best Animated Feature, more than enough to give the category a full slate of five nominees. The films include Pixar’s “Coco,” which must be considered the closest thing to a front runner at this point; two Lego movies, “The Lego Batman Movie” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie;” DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie;” the sequels “Despicable Me 3,” “Cars 3” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village;” and a large number of indie productions, including “The Breadwinner,” “In This Corner of the World,” “Loving Vincent” and.
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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature

Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature
There won’t be any problem this year getting five nominees for Best Animated Feature. Twenty-six features were submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Frontrunners include Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead feature “Coco” and the Animation is Film Festival winner “The Breadwinner,” a GKids release backed by Angelina Jolie.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village
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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature

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Oscars 2017: 26 Films Could Vie for Best Animated Feature
There won’t be any problem this year getting five nominees for Best Animated Feature. Twenty-six features were submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Frontrunners include Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead feature “Coco” and the Animation is Film Festival winner “The Breadwinner,” a GKids release backed by Angelina Jolie.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village
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Oscars: 26 Animated Features Submitted for Academy Consideration

Oscars: 26 Animated Features Submitted for Academy Consideration
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 26 film have submitted for consideration in this year’s animated feature category.

The submissions are:

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

The Boss Baby

“The Breadwinner”

“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie

Cars 3

“Cinderella the Cat

“Coco”

Despicable Me 3

The Emoji Movie

(more)“Ethel & Ernest”

“Ferdinand”

The Girl without Hands

In This Corner of the World

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Loving Vincent

“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

Napping Princess

A Silent Voice

Smurfs: The Lost Village

“The Star”

Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”

“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

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‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Blu-ray, 4K, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

Warner Home Video has announced release dates and comprehensive extras for all home video versions of The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Your first chance to catch Master Wu and his secret ninja force on the small screen comes on December 12th with the Digital HD release. The Lego Ninjago Movie 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD editions are slated to arrive on December 19th.

Jackie Chan headlines the ensemble cast that also includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña and Zach Woods. Though The Lego Ninjago Movie didn't live up to ticket sale expectations at the box office, it should prove quite popular on home video and introduce more potential new young fans to the franchise.

Pre-order The Lego Ninjago Movie on Blu-ray combo for a discounted price at Amazon.

The previous two Lego movie home video releases were stacked with extras
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Find Your Inner Piece This December When The Lego Ninjago Movie Arrives on Blu-Ray

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The second Lego movie to launch this year (following on from the successful debut of The Lego Batman Movie) will be coming into your home next month when it hits 4K/Blu-ray with a slew of bonus features.

Warner Bros. has announced that the latest Lego movie, Lego Ninjago, will launch on blu-ray later next month on December 19th. If you can't wait that long, you can snag it a little bit early, digitally, on December 12th. It might be a late month release, but it Is just in time for that last minute Christmas gift for your kiddos. Plus, it comes with a plethora of bonus features:

Laugh it up when “The Lego® Ninjago® Movie” arrives onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. “The Lego Ninjago Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson,
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Dave Franco, Ed Skrein and more join Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk

Back in July it was announced that Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has found his next feature with an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk, and now we have some casting news on the project.

As per Deadline, Dave Franco (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) have signed on to the film, along with Stephan James (Race), Colman Domingo (The Birth of a Nation), Brian Tyree Henry (This Is Us), Regina King (The Leftovers) and newcomer KiKi Lane.

If Beale Street Could Talk follows “Tish (Lane), a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.”

In addition to directing,
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Six women accuse Brett Ratner of sexual abuse by Jennie Kermode - 2017-11-01 15:17:43

Brett Ratner Photo: David Shankbone

Six women have accused director and producer Brett Ratner of sexual abuse, according to a report in today's Los Angeles Times. The accusations span more than a decade. Speaking through a representative, Ratner has "categorically" denied all the claims.

Species star Natasha Henstridge alleges that when she was 19 she fell asleep in Ratner's New York apartment while watching a film with friends, and that when she woke up and found that the others had left, he forced her to perform oral sex.

She told the La Times: "He strong-armed me in a real way. He physically forced himself onto me. At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.”

Olivia Munn, who recently contributed her vocal talents to The Lego Ninjago Movie, which Ratner produced, claims that in 2004 he masturbated in front of her when she met him in his trailer to talk about.
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‘The Matrix’ Code’s Hidden Meaning Has Been Revealed, and There’s Something Fishy About It

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‘The Matrix’ Code’s Hidden Meaning Has Been Revealed, and There’s Something Fishy About It
If you’ve ever wondered what that green text in “The Matrix” really meant, prepare for an answer that’s almost as anticlimactic as the third movie in the Wachowskis’ sci-fi trilogy: sushi. That’s according to production designer Simon Whiteley, who designed the “digital rain” but had his work go uncredited.

“I like to tell everybody that The Matrix’s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes,” Whiteley tells CNet in a new interview. He says he scanned the characters from his wife’s Japanese cookbooks and, “without that code, there is no Matrix.” Whoa.

Whether Whiteley also lobbied to have Keanu Reeves’ famous “I know kung fu,” declaration replaced with “I know how to make a spicy tuna roll,
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Secret Behind The Matrix Code Finally Revealed

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Secret Behind The Matrix Code Finally Revealed
The Wachowski siblings' 1999 breakthrough film The Matrix was not only a huge critical and commercial hit, but it also helped revolutionize the way movies are made, in a number of different ways. One of the most unique elements of the movie is The Matrix code itself, which is basically comprised of a perpetual stream of neon green icons running down vertically over a black screen. While we wait for more on the controversial and impending Matrix reboot, the creator of the actual Matrix code reveals that it was based on Japanese food recipes.

The franchise has been in the news this year after Warner Bros. announced a new project which was described as a Matrix prequel. Simon Whiteley was the man who designed and created The Matrix code, who got his start in the movie business designing the opening title sequence for the 1995 smash hit Babe. While his role as
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‘The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

The latest in the long line of Traveller’s Tales tie-ins is this cumbersomely-titled effort, and as gaming experience it’s precisely what you would expect – a fact that brings a hint of comfort and a sprig of joy, but also a sense of laziness, and the nagging feeling that the well-worn Lego game formula is wearing thin.

After a grainy “FusionScope” introduction (such a shame that the ‘70s ninja movie vibe is not reflected in the tone or plot of the game or the movie), the player is thrown into Uncle Wu’s (Jackie Chan) training dojo for a tutorial, which culminates in a face-off against The Master Chicken. Everything you need to know about the game – from the typically irreverent humour to the simplistic gameplay – is contained in this first sequence.

The Lego games are basically puzzle adventures, although Ninjago’s core gameplay is naturally somewhat more combat-focused.
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Update: Lego Dimensions has officially been cancelled

Update: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has now officially confirmed that Lego Dimensions has been cancelled, with the publisher sharing the following announcment:

Original story follows…

Some rather sad news for Lego Dimensions fans today, as Eurogamer is reporting that Warner Bros. has made the decision to cancel the game a year earlier than originally expected, owing to lower than expected sales, particularly for the year two line.

According to the site, the Lego Dimensions packs were very costly to produce, particularly those which included unique Lego elements, and we often sold with little room for profit. Therefore, when retailers were forced to discount over-represented packs such as The Lego Movie, Ninjago and DC Comics, this effectively removed the profit margin.

Furthermore, the increased output for the Year Two waves put an incredible strain on Tt Games, and earlier this year the decision was made to sideline further development in favour
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Dave Bautista joins animated action-comedy Groove Tails

Deadline is reporting that Dave Bautista has signed on to join Jamie Foxx in the animated action comedy Groove Tails.

The film is being directed by Cameron Hood, animator on How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2, and takes place in a world where mice engage in a competitive street dance competition. Bautista will voice multiple characters, while Foxx is also on board as a producer and Jingle Punks (The Lego Ninjago Movie, Step Up) is developing the music.

Former WWE Superstar Bautista is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers 4, and has numerous projects on the horizon, including Avengers: Infinity War, Hotel Artemis, Escape Plan 2: Hades, Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station, and the Ip Man spinoff Ip Man Side Story: Cheung Tin Chi. He also recently signed on to star in his own action comedy franchise, which is being developed by Stx Entertainment.
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Dunkirk,’ Stan Brakhage, ‘Valerian,’ and More

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It’s time to catch up with some of the most interesting cinema-centric books of the last few months, and it’s a diverse list. There’s some Lego, some Nolan, some Star Wars (of course), and even some vintage Stan Brakhage. That’s range.

Off the Cliff: Making of Thelma & Louise by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)

The career of Ridley Scott is full of peaks and valleys. One of the peaks was the release of Thelma & Louise in 1991. The cultural impact of this story of two female outlaws cannot be overstated, and Becky Aikman’s account of the making of the film helps explain why. Thelma & Louise involved a unique cast of characters, including stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, as well as a young hunk named Brad Pitt. But the most memorable figures here are Scott, who knew his career needed a change but could not originally see
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Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

In 2014, many feared the worse from The Lego Movie. They dreaded a corporate, cold, product-flogging animation, devoid of cinematic value and joy, and while we did actually receive such a film in this year’s lamentable The Emoji Movie, The Lego Movie was a huge – and welcome – surprise. Filled with innovative set pieces, anarchic action, bullet-like gags, references aplenty and an unexpectedly poignant punch that took the title product and applied it to a really human story. Then, the Lego Cinematic Universe continued to click (if you will), with this year’s incredibly fun and loving parody/homage The Lego Batman Movie. So is it three times lucky for the Lego team?

Well there may be some level of debate about that but make no mistake about it this new instalment in the Lego movie series is still fun, if a lot more inconsistent. The Lego Ninjago Movie is based
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