"Bridge of Spies," Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama, opening Friday, comes with the tag "Inspired by true events." Most of those events concern a New York lawyer, James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, his defense of a captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance, and the subsequent negotiations to facilitate the release of Francis Gary Powers, the American spy plane pilot shot down and captured by the Soviets in 1960. It would be a swap: the American for the Russian.
"My wife and I were looking for a home to purchase, and I rolled past the house that my father grew up in and it was for sale," says Che Smith, the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist better known as Rhymefest, in the documentary "In My Father's House."
"Pan" fared even worse than expected in its dismal 3,515-screen debut. The $150 million live-action Peter Pan origin story netted $15.3 million in its first days in theaters according to Rentrak reported actuals on Monday. Sunday estimates had the film at a slightly better $15.5 million.
The manager of a private New Mexico ranch says he will continue to let movie productions film at the site after a studio squelched rumors that actors stole American Indian artifacts while filming "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" there.
This summer, with the success of movies like "Cinderella" in the bag, we wondered if maybe the PG rating had been unfairly maligned, and asked if perhaps studios would be wise to take another look at the category of the live-action all-ages adventure. Said studios were already on their way to testing the hypothesis, with a trio of such movies set for release within a few early fall weeks.
Ashley Judd had quite the career going for her in the 1990s, starring in lady-led thrillers and rom-coms. But toward the mid-aughts, she seemed to disappear out of her own volition and has resurfaced only in bit parts as moms and wives.
A century ago, author J.M. Barrie used a combative crocodile, a missing hand and a curved metal fastener for the back story of "Peter Pan's" flamboyant antihero. For the dazzling prequel "Pan," however, Hook is redesigned.
Parents need to know that "Pan" is an action-fantasy retelling of the "Peter Pan" story, focusing on how the legendary character went from being a London orphan to the "Boy Who Could Fly." Expect some intense scenes of brawls, sword fights, shootings, and explosions - some of which lead to off-camera/implied deaths - as well as a menacing crocodile. The body count, while notable, may go over the head of young viewers, since at least some of the departed turn into rainbow-colored chalk dust when they're dispatched. Language includes insults and exclamations like "daft," "imbeciles," "bloody hell," etc., and the romance is limited to a kissing scene shown in silhouette and some longing looks between Hook and Tiger Lily, who's a strong female character. The movie promotes teamwork and friendship and has a strong message about believing in yourself and your capability for greatness.
China has made a last-minute change to its submission for next year's Oscars because its Sino-French hopeful "Wolf Totem" failed to have enough Chinese among its creative staff to be eligible, state media reported Sunday.
Vin Diesel still struggles over the loss of his friend and "Furious" co-star Paul Walker, so taking on the role of an immortal in the upcoming film "The Last Witch Hunter" helped him deal with his grief.