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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Fantastic Beasts,” Marvel’s latest Doctor Strange,“ Antoine Fuqua’s star-packed reboot of “The Magnificent Seven, “ Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in the hot space romance “Passengers,” to the big screen adaptations of the bestselling novels The Girl on the Train and The Light Between Oceans this fall is full of movies we can’t wait to see. From September to Christmas, audiences will be treated to Brad Pitt as a sexy spy, Ben Affleck as a nerdy accountant/assassin and Tom Hanks in not one, but two flicks. This is our top picks for the upcoming season.

September

The Light Between Oceans (9/2): More Oscar nods seem assured for Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, in this much-anticipated adaptation of the popular novel.  In post-WWI Australia, the childless and married lighthouse keepers discover a baby girl and raise her as their own — until the birth mother appears.

Sully (9/9): After landing a plane in New York’s Hudson River, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (9/16): In this third Bridget Jones film, our British heroine (Renee Zellweger) has split from Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). She’s seeing a new guy (Patrick Dempsey) — so who’s the Baby Daddy? Will true love triumph?

Snowden (9/16) Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s long-awaited film. The star-studded cast includes Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto

Blair Witch (9/16): She’s back, but this time Adam Wingard directs this follow-up, which centers on college students investigating the legend of the infamous witch and the disappearance of James’s sister. Perfect pre Halloween material.

The Magnificent Seven (Sept. 23): Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke reunite with director, Antoine Fuqua, for this remake of the classic western about mercenaries who come to the aid of a small town. Along for the ride. Chris Pratt as an explosive-loving gambler.

Storks (Sept. 23): This adorable animated film has storks delivering packages for an online megastore. When a machine starts accidentally churning out babies, they are back on the delivery route. Voiced by Andy Samberg and Jennifer Aniston.

Queen of Katwe’(9/23)David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o star in this inspirational biopic about Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga), who grew up in the Ugandan slum of Katwe and became the world’s first female chess master.

Deepwater Horizon (9/30): Mark Wahlberg stars in the story behind the devastating explosion on the titular offshore drilling rig in 2010.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (9/30): Tim Burton, directs this adaptation of the popular novel. Eva Green stars as the birdlike Miss Peregrine and Asa Butterfield is the lad who comes to work for her. She helps him discover his “peculiar.

Denial (9/30) Irving (Timothy Spall) wages a legal battle against historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) after she accuses him of denying the Holocaust.

October

The Birth of a Nation (10/7): Nate Parker not only stars in this festival hit, he also wrote and directed it. Parker playing Nat Turner, who led a violent slave uprising in 1831 Virginia. The stirring drama premiered at Sundance, where it won the Audience Award and the U.S. Grand Jury Prize.

The Girl on the Train (10/7): Emily Blunt stars in this thriller (based on the book that was hailed as “the next ‘Gone Girl’”). A lonely divorcée rides the train to and from work each day. One day, she spies something disturbing from her window seat and is soon caught up in a woman’s mysterious disappearance.

The Accountant (10/ 14): Ben Affleck is a math whiz and a forensics accountant who “un-cooks the books” for criminal organizations. He’s also very handy with a gun.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ (10/21) Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher, a man who goes back to his old military unit. He’s accused of murder and discovers a military conspiracy.

A Monster Calls: (10/21): A 12-year-old boy (Lewis MacDougall) deals with his mother’s illness and bullies at school by living in a world of fairy tales and monsters.Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson and Geraldine Chaplin star.

Inferno (10/28): Is the film we have been waiting for. This religious thriller is based on the best-selling book. While still suffering from amnesia, symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and his doctor (Felicity Jones) race against the clock and across Europe to foil a deadly plot that will help prevent an coming apocalypse.

November

Doctor Strange (11/4): Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange, need we say more?

Trolls (11/4): Justin Timberlake voices a grumpy troll survivalist and Anna Kendrick is the giddy Princess Poppy who team up to save Troll Town. James Corden also lends his voice talent.

Loving (11/4): Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (AMC’s “Preacher”) star in the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the law against interracial marriage. The film premiered at Cannes, where it received a standing ovation.

Arrival (11/11): Amy Adams is a linguist brought in to communicate with alien life residing in football-shaped spaceships.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (11/11): Ang Lee directed this adaptation of the novel about an Iraq war hero who’s sent on a “Victory Tour” around the U.S., including a big Dallas Cowboys game. Manchester by the Sea’ (11/ 18) Casey Affleck must raise his teenage nephew after the death of his brother in this Sundance hit from writer-director Kenneth Longergan. Oscar buzz is strong on this one.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (11/18): This is the most anticipated film of the year thanks to it’s author J.K. Rowling.  It is a spin off the Harry Potter series. Here magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) must track down an array of magical creatures in 1926 New York.

Nocturnal Animals (11/18): Jake Gyllenhaal is a character from a disturbingly violent novel that haunts Amy Adams. She believes it’s a veiled threat from its author, who happens to be her ex-husband (Armie Hammer).

Allied (11/23): Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are really, really ridiculously good looking spies. Of course they fall in love in this WWII thriller.

Moana (11/23): Young girl on a mission as the first Polynesian Disney princess. Lin Manuel Miranda wrote the music.

Rules Don’t Apply (11/23): The new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, plays a driver who’s forbidden to romance the starlet (Lily Collins) being groomed by eccentric mogul Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty).

December

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12/16): Felicity Jones and Diego Luna are rebels determined to steal the plans to the Death Star before it can be built.

Sing (12/21): The studio behind “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets” has an all-animal singing competition. Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey star.

La La Land (12/2): Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling together singing and dancing all over Los Angeles!

Office Christmas Party (12/9): Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman star in this insane comedy.

 The Founder(12/ 16): Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, the man who took McDonald’s from a small hamburger stand to the most successful fast food chain in the world.

Assassin’s Creed (12/21):

Michael Fassbender is both an ancient assassin and his descendant in this movie based on the Ubisoft videogame. Marion Cotillard also stars

Passengers (12/21): Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in space! With a hot sex scene! What more do you need to know?

 

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The Film “Twisters” Whips the Summer Season into a Climatic Frenzy Of Life and Death

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With this summer season of intense weather and a vast array of tornadoes touching down in state after state, there’s no better timing than now to release this film, “Twisters.” It’s a sort of sequel to its 28-year-old predecessor, “Twister” — directed by the now-retired Jan De Bont. The now 80-year old Dutchman is a retired cinematographer, director and film producer. He’s best known for directing 1994’s “Speed” and then “Twister” which were part of the rise of blockbusters such as “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Lethal Weapon.” He was the cinematographer of “Die Hard and Lethal Weapon 3”. He also was cinematographer of “Red October”, the first of the Jack Ryan series.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell

Chock full of dramatic moments we can all relate to, both films are terrifying. The various scenes of destruction are blood curdling. And given that a twister is far more fearsome than any creature fabrication like Godzilla — since storms are far less easy to reason with — the film resonates. As innovative as the original was, this edition explores all the investment in special effects to give audiences a truly close up look at what people have actually experienced when this weather phenomena destroys homes and sweeps people away into deathly oblivion.

But these films, especially the latest as directed by Lee Isaac Chung, aren’t merely fictionalized documentaries. There is a rich and fully rounded narrative of love lost and gained here. Most of that’s thanks to the fine casting of Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell —  who now seem to be the go-to guy for actors who display naturalistic grit and charisma.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell

As weather scientist Kate, Britisher Edgar-Jones provides a reasonable facsimile of a midwesterner obsessed with coming up with a Tornado-killer solution. The film opens as she is working with fellow students and friends to test a chemical solution to contain tornadoes. All goes awry and three of her team are swept away to their deaths.

Five years later, the other survivor, Javi (Anthony Ramos), comes to NYC to ask Kate to help him with a new project, a 3D tornado mapping system which has — as audiences realize later — insidious implications. They head to Oklahoma where they clash, at first, with tornado wrangler Tyler Owens (Powell), a high-energy social media sensation. Initially, the two teams compete but Kate eventually bonds with him and discovers that he has the scientific acumen to help her along the way.

As they wend their way to the film’s conclusion — repeatedly surviving death-dealing twisters — both find love and scientific solutions to quell the impact of these mega-death machines. It also opens the door to possible sequels, ones to be produced in a shorter time than nearly three decades.

In addition to the sheer drama of the various set pieces constructed here, “Twisters” is also loaded with trenchant political, scientific and sociological notions. The ecological implications are obvious. There have been so many hyper-powerful tornadoes happening now in our real world. Are they due to authorities ignoring the cause of the surge?

For various reasons too complicated to go into here, greed and irrational climate deniers have made it harder to address the long term solutions necessary to make life in tornado alley more bearable. This film may have a touch of fanciful science built into it but it also provokes audiences to think of the implications of weather change and man-made global warming. “Twisters” may not make your summer more soothing but it does provoke more than just sheer terror.

Film: Twisters
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, Anthony Ramos, Brandon Perea, Maura Tierney, Sasha Lane

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24 BACK — (Via TV Line) The clock is ticking (again): A movie adaptation of the hit Fox drama 24  is in early development at 20th Century Studios, our sister site Variety reports.

Keifer Sutherland

Brian Grazer, who executive-produced the original series, teased the prospect of a film version in a June interview with MSNBC’s Squawk Box. In a discussion of different legacy IP brands at his production company Imagine Entertainment, Grazer mentioned a 24 movie in the works “that we’re going to do in a very interesting way with Disney and Fox.”

The project is still in the very early stages, though, so there’s no word yet if Keifer Sutherland will return to reprise his role as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the film. Sutherland starred as Bauer during 24′s original run, which aired for eight seasons on Fox beginning in 2001. The real-time thriller became a hit and won a number of awards, including Emmys for best drama series and for Sutherland as best lead actor in a drama. Sutherland returned as Bauer for the limited series 24: Live Another Day, which aired in 2014. Fox also tried a spinoff, 24: Legacy, in 2017 — with Corey Hawkins taking over the lead role — but that was scrapped after a single season.

The way I see if – and, as a longtime fan of both the show and Sutherland – is that if Keifer is not there, it’s not worth doing. Agreed?

Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford


SHORT TAKES — I watched an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on Today Wednesday and didn’t even recognize her. Check out the clip here: https://www.today.com/health/news/kathie-lee-gifford-hip-surgery-rcna162079 … Great Micky Dolenz interview from the Monterey Country NOW by Dave FariesMicky Dolenz of The Monkees – and much more – still thrives on stage with songs and stories. | Music | montereycountynow.com

Brad Balfour (Film Festival Traveler) interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome this week… Home Depot loads in their Halloween-toys and treats this weekend. It may seem a bit early, but October will here before you know it. A PR-source of ours was about to work on a Halloween-movie coming out in September and had a co-promotion event with the store and the movie; then it all fell apart. Seems to me this would have been a superb tie-in … One of the great A&R men of them all Ed Rosneblatt passed this week in LA. From Peter Gabriel to Madonna to Neil Young; Eddie had a hand in it. Take a look at this story from Hits:https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=341939&title=EDDIE-ROSENBLATT-1934-2024 

Cameron Crowe

Meryl Streep is set to essay Joni Mitchell in a film by Cameron Crowe. Big news for sure. Crowe’s Almost Famous is a stone-called classic; as is Crowe …

Francis Ford Coppola

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will be awarded to director Francis Ford Coppola, rock band Grateful Dead, blues and rock singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval and the venue The Apollo. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 8, for broadcast on Dec. 23 …

We haven’t weighed in on Apple +’s Presumed Innocent; the re-working of Scott Turow’s book (in 1987) and movie (in 1990), but the finale is next week and the show’s just been renewed for a second season. Jake Gyllenhaal has been great, as has Bill Camp, but David E. Kelly’s words have been just off the charts. For me, it’s the best Kelly’s done since Big Little Lies. If you haven’t seen this series yet, watch all the 8 episodes. It’s a gift for sure. Stunningly good … Just received: NYC’s legendary West Bank Cafe will close …

Tom Viola (by Tristan Fuge)

After an extraordinary run of 36 years, Broadway Cares’ Tom Viola is leaving. Bravo Tom! … RIP Bob Newhart!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Hoda Kotb; Roseanna Scotto; Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Shepherd; Monica Lynch; Robert Dragatta; Len Berman; Brad Balfour; Jim Milliot; Sue Simmons; Cindy Adams; Liz Smith; Claudia Cohen; Neal Travis; Richard Johnson; Howard Smiley; and SADIE!

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FOLEY’S FUN — I watched Axel F: Beverly Hills Cop the other night and though everyone looked dreadfully old, I rather enjoyed in. Murphy was 23 when the first one came out in 1984 and was a massive hit; 40 years later, the demand is perhaps not the same, but I was surprised by how much of the original music was repeated in this one: from The Pointer Sisters on down to Bob Seger; it was almost like a walk down memory lane.

Kevin Bacon, as a corrupt police captain, is the big bad here and while he was good, he was nowhere near as bad as Stephen Berkof as Victor Maitland in the original. Face it, the badder the bad-guy is, the more it works. It was great seeing the original cast back; I love Paul Reiser, Judge Reinhold and John Ashton, but newcomers Taylour Paige, who essays Foley’s daughter, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt bring real gravitas to the screen. Levitt continues to impress every time I see him. I predict he’ll find that one big role and will be a major, major star.

The script by Will Beall; Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten is pretty bland, although one line that Murphy says to Paige is a killer:  I’ve been a father as long as you’ve been a daughter.

Don Simpson

If you’ve seen the trailer and it evoked similar feelings as the one in 1984, it’s because the studio brought back the original editor to do the new trailer. Smart move for sure. Also impressive was adding the name of producer ‘Don Simpson’ in the opening credits. Much missed.

TRUMP BIDNESS — After the weekend’s events with Trump, what can you say. He survived and the ;photos and videos have been used and viewed hundreds of times. We don’t even talk about a replacement for Biden anymore?

There still are some that say it was staged, but were the injured part of the plan too?. Even for me, that’s a bit cyclical.

I lived through the Kennedy (both); King; Wallace; Reagan and Scalise events and they were just terrible.

Still you’ve got give Trump credit for pushing on …. right?

SHORT TAKES — Hard to believe LIVE AID was 39 years ago last weekend. We we’re there, actually sitting in the row where they stopped to hose the crowd down. Was a terribly hot day at JFK Stadium. My main memory was Clapton, The Cars and Hall & Oates and of course, all of Phil Collins. Quite a day …

Have you seen this latest video from Ringo Starr? “Gonna Need Someone”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r0NthMLvtQ And that’s Nick Valensi (the Strokes) on guitar. Song was written by Linda Perry and from Ringo’s current EP Crooked Boy Sign Of The Times: LA’s famed Record Plant is closing after 55 years as one of the industry’s most in-demand recording studios. Hotel California and Rumours were recorded there. New York’s Record Plant closed their doors in 1987. Check this out from MIXhttps://www.mixonline.com/business/renowned-record-plant-studio-shutters?utm_term=2B400D4A-A644-43F4-980A-3A38D94AC1E6&utm_medium=email&utm_content=F16B421C-44D3-4A98-81C2-A992E5552E7D&utm_source=SmartBrief …

Jonathan Wolfson just sent us the new Daryl Hall album, D. Review next time …

Palm Restaurant

PR-pasha David Salidor’s book on the infamous Palm restaurant is due in September … Happy Bday Angelo Babbaro; Ron Shuter and Bill Evans. RIP Richard Simmons; Dr. Ruth; James B. Sikking; and Shannen Doherty.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Al Roker; Bruce Grakal; John Billings; Jane Blunkell; Chris Gilman; Peter Shendell; Barry Fisch; Eppy; Vinny Rich; Anthoiny Noto; Anthony Pomes; Matt Crutch; Lush Ice; Belinda Carlisle; Gary Gershoff; Steve Walter; Chubby O’Brien; Pat Walsh; Mike Shanley; and ZIGGY!

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ALEC BALDWIN — I’ve had my own issues with Alec Baldwin for years; then, literally on a dime, it all turned around and I found him to be pretty compassionate, intelligent and a nice guy. What happened in Santa Fe on the Rust set was an unspeakable tragedy, and his trial was halted yesterday and the case was dismissed due to evidence not being given to the Baldwin-team. The Santa Fe prosecutor Kari Morrisey seemingly told two different stories on the stand and outside the court room. She is, without a doubt, toast.

Baldwin is still liable for civil suits, but this case is gone and he cannot be tried again. A win for sure, but the questions still remain: who brought live ammo onto the Rust-set. Clearly that may never, ever be determined.

Baldwin’s a good guy with a short fuse, but this situation, once and for all, is done.

Mirage

SHORT TAKES — Hard to believe the Las Vegas Mirage is closing … after 35 years. Opened in 1983 it was a great hotel and hosted The Beatles’ Love show. I have stayed there numerous times and loved it. The new owner will build a Hard Rock hotel there, with a HUGE guitar in front. Yet again changing the skyline of that town. It’ll open in 2027 …

Lyndsey Parker

Lyndsey Parker is a terrific writer. Her new site, Lyndsanity just posted a great interview with Micky Dolenz about his direction of the video “Love Is Dangerous” from Noel – masterminded by the Mael Brothers in 1979. Great piece, check it out here:  https://www.lyndsanity.com/music/micky-dolenz-on-directing-long-lost-dancing-is-dangerous-video-for-sparks-protege-noel-its-pretty-weird-huh/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR2W-9c0OfpLdT3WVy52ZWliQu7XTVoVjaYREbiUMSAUcdgJatcsL547X8c_aem_8St7LVBDI_U5Qp-ZJ5lxQA

… Hard to believe there are only 8 episodes left of CBS’ Blue Bloods. Salary concerns killed this show and it’s a shame as it was really superb for 15 years. Bad move on CBS’ part …

Zach Martin

Veteran-broadcaster Denny Somach joins Zach Martin’s NEW HD radio – https://newhdmedia.com/rock-and-roll-for-grownups-debut-denny-somach/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR1j_BeyvWnRksk6pRN7IUtWK-kzu5G35zKqcjBUjVJOJ3w_b4IVFjDE6UI_aem_hW0aEBIVaHEwpJXVTItulA

Benny Harrison

Whatever happened to Benny Harrison’s album Pages? It was a great one. Heard an early advance and loved it …And, (via Deadline)

Stevie Nicks

There are special guest stars, and then there’s extra-special guest stars. Which is what Harry Styles what is as he joined Stevie Nicks at her July 12 concert in the UK for versions of her hits “Stop Draggin’ My heart Around” and “Landslide.” Styles played guitar on stage and held up on the Tom Petty/Lindsey Buckingham vocal parts. It was familiar turf, as Styles has joined Nicks on stage several times in the past. Nicks was appearing at the BST Hyde Park concert series on Friday. Nicks told the audience in London that she asked Styles to help her in commemorating what would have been her late Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie’s 81st birthday … RIP Dr. Ruth!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Nancy Ruth; Mark Bego; Freda Payne; Jerry Brandt; Kent & Laura Denmark; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; David Kramer; Terry Jastrow; Steve Immerman; Jordan Immerman; Tony Seidl; Roy Trakin; Markos Papadatos; Sparks; Pat Prince; Cindy Adams; Tony LoBianco; Tone Scott; David Adelson; Joel Denver; Pat Prince; and SADIE!

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Come Celebrate Harry Potters Birthday at Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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In the first Harry Potter story, The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry turns 11 on July 31st. In honor of his birthday, Harry Potter: The Exhibition at 50 West 34th Street, is celebrating with a variety of birthday treats and specials for visitors, including: free admission for anyone named “Harry” , $11 ticket special for everyone else, with code HPBDAY2024 (on sale now!), free ice cream for visitors between 11am – 1pm , one-of-a-kind commemorative birthday buttons  and ticket giveaways & contests with Z100 host Crystal Garcia.


Harry Potter: The Exhibition
is the record-breaking exhibition taking visitors of all ages on a one-of-a-kind journey celebrating the entire Wizarding World and includes some of the most iconic moments from the beloved books and films of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Upon entry, everyone is given an exhibition wristband for a personalized experience using best-in-class immersive design and technology. From selecting a Hogwarts house (either Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin) to picking your wand and Patronus, visitors will be able to create their own, uniquely magical moments while earning points for their house with each interactive activity.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition closes August 11, 2024, so now is the perfect time to visit.

 

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