Marnie Minervini recently lost her husband. The couple were very much in love and did everything together but her loss isn't going to stop Marnie getting on with her life. She moves from New Jersey to LA to be closer to her daughter and purchases a new flat near The Grove and a new iPhone which she won't let get the better of her.
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The filmmakers behind Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph join forces for this entertaining animated action comedy, which has clearly been planned as a franchise-launcher. Energetic and funny, the movie is packed with wonderfully engaging characters and animated with clever visual inventiveness. But even though it's a lot of fun, it's difficult to escape the feeling that Disney is trying to sell us a whole new range of products.
The setting is a world populated only by animals, where predators and prey have learned to get along. The story centres on feisty rabbit Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who grew up under pressure to work in the family carrot-farming business. But she wants to be a cop, even though no bunny has ever made the force. Top of her class at police academy, she's assigned to the Zootropolis Police Department, where Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) makes her a meter maid. But she's too ambitious to write parking tickets all day, and teams up with con-artist fox Nick (Jason Bateman) to look into the strange case of a missing otter, which might be linked to a series of unexplained events in which predators suddenly became aggressive and dangerous.
The writers and directors have a great time with the premise, peppering scenes with knowing references mainly to other movies but also to resonant aspects of society, such as the genius casting of sloths as government workers. And there are also much bigger themes rattling around the edges, from how other peoples' expectations constrain us to how politicians use fear to control the public. There's also a cleverly pointed undercurrent about prejudice and diversity. And at the centre, Goodwin and Bateman give solid vocal performances as natural enemies who find a way to trust each other. Of the supporting cast, Elba is the standout as a buffalo who is all bluster.
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Julie Delpy is more comfortable behind the camera nowadays because she has grown "sick" of seeing herself onscreen.
The 46-year-old French actress has starred in number of classic films in the past, including An American Werewolf in Paris and Europa Europa, but acting is no longer her passion.
Delpy has directed six feature length movies since 2002 and she is filled with delight at the thought of becoming a filmmaker full time after wrapping up a few more projects.
"I'm shooting The Bachelors with J.K. Simmons now in L.A.," she tells Variety of her next acting gig. "Then I'm going off to England to do my next film, a drama that I'm directing. It's a very, very dark movie. I'm in it as well, but that's it.
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This animated trilogy concludes on a very high note with this smart, involving and often hilarious adventure. Both the writing and the animation are especially strong this time around, drawing in bigger themes while still keeping things both thrilling and very silly. But it's the endearing central characters who make it resonate.
As the Dragon Warrior, the panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) is struggling to rise to the challenge to become a teacher, coaxed by his master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). He'd rather be out fighting battles with his five warrior pals Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper and Crane (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross). Then he meets his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston), who tells him of a secret homeland for pandas, where Po might be able to find himself. Meanwhile, the power-mad warlord Kai (J.K. Simmons) has broken through from the spirit realm, determined to collect the chi of every master in the mortal world. So it's rather urgent that Po discovers his own chi before Kai finds him.
This is far more than the usual story about discovering your place in life. It's a complex exploration of how our backgrounds and communities contribute to who we are, and why each of us has a distinct role to play. These themes emerge naturally through the snappy, sometimes exhilarating story and characters. In voicing Po, Black finds the perfect balance between goofiness and honest emotion that often eludes him in live-action roles. His interaction with all of the surrounding characters bristles with humour and insight, with sharply funny one-liners peppering every scene. Most of the side roles are spread very thinly, but both Cranston and Simmons register strongly, while Jolie and Hoffman get some solid scenes all their own. And Hudson's riotously flirtatious ribbon-dancing panda easily steals her scenes.
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Actor J.K. Simmons has joined the cast of the upcoming Justice League film as Commissioner Gordon.
The Whiplash star will feature alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman in The Justice League Part One, which is slated for release next year (17).
The movie is scheduled to begin production in April (16) and will be directed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice filmmaker Zack Snyder.
The character of Gordon has been portrayed onscreen by a slew of actors over the years, including Gary Oldman in The Dark Knight movie franchise, starring Christian Bale as Batman, while on TV, Ben MCKenzie tackles the role of police commissioner in Batman prequel series Gotham.
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J.K. Simmons , Michelle Schumacher - 15th Annual Gala 'Carnivale of Play' - Shane's Inspiration at The Globe Theater in Universal Studios Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 5th March 2016
JK Simmons - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016
Oscar winner J.K. Simmons is donning a police uniform to join Mark Wahlberg in Boston Marathon bombings movie Patriots' Day.
The Whiplash star will play Watertown Police Department Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, who was one of the officers who engaged in a firefight with brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the 2013 attack, which cost three people their lives and left 264 others injured during the famous Boston Marathon.
Director Peter Berg explains he chose Simmons for the role because he is confident he will handle the part respectfully.
"Beyond his considerable talents, J.K. Simmons is a person who respects the solemn trust that these real-life heroes are putting in our hands," reads a statement from Berg. "This is an actor who will represent the role in the best way possible."
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Po and The Furious Five return in Kung Fu Panda 3! Po might now be the undisputed Dragon Warrior but his mission of self-growth and protection for the citizens of the Valley of Peace. Taking advice from the person he trusts most, Master Shifu Po discovers that his real journey is just beginning as he must transition from warrior to teacher.
After finding his birth father, Li, Po finally feels he belongs to someone. Po's stepdad, Mr Ping on the other hand isn't so convinced that this new panda is a relative at all! The Panda's travel to a secret panda village where Po, for the first time, is surrounded by Bears - most clumsy - just like him.
When a supernatural beast named Kai comes to their region, he threatens to put the lives a of some of the animals Po loves most in danger. To survive the attack by Kai, Po must train his new family and teach them how to fight for themselves - after all, surely they all have some of the Dragon Warrior in them?
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Jimmy Price knows his days as a doubles tennis player are nearly over, and since he's made a few enemies on the pro circuit, things start to look bleak when his latest partner drops him. With no other option, Jimmy tries to revive his career by convincing his estranged brother (and former tennis partner) Darren to give their partnership another shot. With the help of an 11-year-old named Barry, the duo enter a grand slam tournament, but are they out of their depth?
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Actor J.k. Simmons Is Aiming For Another Shot At The Oscars After Reuniting With His Whiplash Writer/director Damien Chazelle For New Film La La Land.
The Juno star's performance as an abusive music instructor in the 2014 drama won him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at this year's (15) Academy Awards and now he has signed on to join the cast of Chazelle's forthcoming musical, La La Land.
His Whiplash co-star Miles Teller had previously been in talks to take on the male lead, opposite Harry Potter's Emma Watson, but they both dropped out and now Simmons will feature alongside Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who will play two aspiring artists who fall in love while trying to find fame in Los Angeles.
Production is expected to get underway later this year (15), ahead of a July, 2016 release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This declining franchise really needed a jolt to the head, but the producers disappointingly opt to play it safe with an unambitious script and child-friendly action. After the OK part 3 (2003's Rise of the Machines) and a weak part 4 (2009's Salvation), this film is unlikely to win new fans or keep the old ones hoping for more. Even though it's made to a high technical standard, the movie feels derivative and safe, avoiding any properly dangerous tension for a series of badly contrived action set-pieces.
It opens in 2029, as plucky rebel John Connor (Jason Clarke) is fighting the world-dominating Skynet machines with the help of his right-hand man Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney). When Skynet sends a Terminator (the young Arnold Schwarzenegger) back to 1984 Los Angeles to kill John's mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke), Kyle follows to rescue her. But he arrives to find the timeline already altered. Sarah had been attacked years earlier, rescued at age 9 and raised by an ageing Terminator she calls Pop (the present-day Arnie). Since everything has changed, Sarah and Kyle decide to jump forward to 2017 San Francisco so they can stop Skynet from taking over the planet with its Genisys operating system. But when they arrive, they realise that there's been even more jiggery-pokery in the timeline.
The way the film wraps in and around the 1984 original is clever, with added intrigue in the fact that Kyle and Sarah haven't yet fallen for each other and conceived John. So when he turns up in San Francisco, there are all sorts of mind-bending possibilities. Alas, the screenwriters can't be bothered to play with them. Instead they structure the film as a series of rambling expository conversations leading to yet another pointless flurry of explosive carnage. Honestly, if Terminators are literally indestructible, why bother trying to defeat them with guns? And yet everyone keeps shooting at them, just making them mad.
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9th January, 1955
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