MoviePass, the long-beleaguered cinema subscription service that rewrote the rules for going to the movies, is shutting down today.Its New York-based parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. on Friday said that it would be “interrupting” MoviePass’ service for all its subscribers, citing failed efforts to raise capital for the money-hemorrhaging business.“The company is unable to predict if or when the MoviePass service will continue,” the company said in a statement.Helios & Matheson, the data company that bought a majority stake in MoviePass in 2017, said it has formed a committee of independent directors to explore “strategic and financial alternatives” for the company, including a sale of the firm as a whole, or a sale of all its assets, including MoviePass. Advertisement MoviePass was founded in 2011. It gained a large following in 2017 when Helios & Matheson reduced its price, allowing subscribers to see virtually … [Read more...] about MoviePass shutting down today after failing to raise capital
The rodeo film also took the Revelation prize for best first film and the Critics' prize. Annie Silverstein's Texas rodeo tale Bull topped the prizes at the Deauville Film Festival, taking the Grand Prize as well as the Revelation Prize for best first film and the Critics' Prize. Jury president Catherine Deneuve said that her panel, including Valeria Golino, Gaspard Ulliel and OrelSan, was divided and each member had a strong point of view they lobbied for. That was evident when they announced two Jury Prizes and a special prize for a total of four awards instead of the usual two. Directors Antonin Baudry, Claire Burger, Jean-Pierre Duret, Gael Morel and Nicolas Saada and actor Vicky Krieps rounded out the main jury, while the Revelation and Critics Prize are selected by separate panels. The Jury Prizes went to Michael Angelo Covino's The Climb and Robert Eggers The Lighthouse. The Special Prize went to Carlo Mirabella-Davis' Swallow. Silverstien was stuck in Austin after her flight … [Read more...] about Deauville: Annie Silverstein’s ‘Bull’ Takes Top Prize
Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Writer-director James Gunn has announced on Twitter the entire cast for his upcoming action movie, The Suicide Squad. "Don't get too attached," Gunn captioned a poster with all the stars' names. Returning for the sequel from the cast of 2016's Suicide Squad are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Newcomers to the DC Comics franchise include Steve Agee, Flula Borg, Alice Braga, Peter Capaldi, John Cena, Pete Davidson, Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, Jennifer Holland, Julio Ruiz, Storm Reid and Taika Waititi. The project will also reunite Gunn with Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker, who appeared in his Guardians of the Galaxy blockbusters. Production is underway on the film, which is slated to open in theaters on Aug. 6, 2021. The Suicide Squad movies follow a team of super-villains assembled to perform high-risk missions for the U.S. government. … [Read more...] about John Cena, Pete Davidson confirmed for ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel
Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Marvel's Avengers film franchise dominated the movie categories at Friday night's Saturn Awards in Los Angeles. Avengers: Endgame scored the prizes for Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release, Best Actor in A Film for Robert Downey Jr., Best Film Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Film Make-Up, and Best Film Special/Visual Effects. The Best Performance by a Younger Actor went to Tom Holland for Spider-Man: Far From Home and his co-star Zendaya won the award for Best Supporting Actress. Josh Brolin earned the honor for Best Supporting Actor for Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was named Best Animated Feature. Jamie Lee Curtis received the Best Actress statuette for Halloween and A Quiet Place was deemed Best Horror Film Release. HBO's Game of Thrones was voted Best Fantasy Television Series. Cast members Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Maisie Williams earned the accolades for Best Actress on a Television Series, Best Supporting Actor … [Read more...] about ‘Avengers,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win big at the Saturn Awards
For the last seven years, you could count on the eventual winner of the best picture Oscar to emerge from the three big film festivals that unofficially mark the start of award season. And to be sure, the crop of movies that premiered over the last two and a half weeks in Venice, Telluride and Toronto — including Noah Baumbach’s divorce dramedy “Marriage Story,” the comic-book character study “Joker” and Taika Waititi’s irreverent Hitler comedy “Jojo Rabbit” — will all shake up the Oscar race in a major way. I’m just not sure that any of them can beat Quentin Tarantino. After the festivals, Tarantino’s summer hit “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” still looks like our best-picture front-runner. A big-budget, big-screen movie with big stars, “Once Upon a Time” is a love letter to the art of moviemaking — the sort of thing Oscar voters typically trip over themselves to reward — … [Read more...] about After Toronto, Is Tarantino Still the Oscar Favorite?