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Fifty Shades Darker movie review: where is the fantasy?

MaryAnn’s quick take… Thank god this insult of a movie doesn’t try to fool us into believing that the controlling Christian Grey is appealing. That would be even more horrific… I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): appalled by the popularity of this series

I have read the source material (and I loathe it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Feels more like Groundhog Day, though, what with demure idiot Ana Steele jumping right back onto the horrific merry-go-round of her “relationship” with Seattle billionaire Christian Grey. It’s more of the same in Fifty Shades Darker that we saw in the first movie, Fifty Shades of Grey: He does something utterly inappropriate to violate her boundaries as a person, she bites her lip and unconvincingly murmurs “Go away,” he gets even more unpleasantly aggressive, and she gives in to him.
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Craig Pearce honoured with Awg’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Craig Pearce.

One of Australia.s most successful screenwriters, Craig Pearce, has been presented the Australian Writers' Guild's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Over the course of his 30 year career, Pearce has worked extensively with director Baz Luhrmann. Together they pair have co-written some of Australia.s most iconic films, such as Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge.

Pearce said it was a great honour to win such a prestigious award.

"I'm humbled and it is a huge honour particularly to be getting this award from fellow writers," he said..

Pearce will be officially presented the Lifetime Achievement Award tonight at the Awgie Awards in Sydney.

It will sit alongside Pearce's many other accolades, including an AFI award for best screenplay (Strictly. Ballroom), a BAFTA award for best adapted screenplay (Romeo + Juliet), a WGA nomination for best original screenplay (Moulin Rouge) and eight Academy Award nominations, including best film (Moulin Rouge).

Most recently,
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Adam Brody, Amanda Crew to Star in Thriller ‘The Wanting’

Adam Brody, Amanda Crew to Star in Thriller ‘The Wanting’
Adam Brody and Amanda Crew are set to star in the thriller “The Wanting” with “The Road” director Yam Laranas helming.

Rob Heydon is producing the adapted screenplay, which was written by “Milton’s Secret” scribe Donald Martin. Sid Ganis and Joni Sighvatsson are executive producing.

The film is based on a short story by Gin de Mesa and Laranas, about an all-American couple whose dream of starting a family is shattered after they move into the “perfect” New England neighborhood. Once settled, they descend into the depths of terror as they struggle to survive a genuine threat from a dark presence that appears to want to end their very lives.

Production is currently underway.

Brody currently stars in the Crackle series “StartUp” and will be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros. release “CHiPs.” He is repped by UTA.

Amanda Crew stars in the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” and has
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Zac Efron: Joking His Way to Movie Stardom

Zac Efron: Joking His Way to Movie Stardom
A lot of young women — or former young women — may disagree with me, but for a while there Zac Efron came off as a poster boy for the following notion: that it’s possible to be too good-looking to be a movie star. In the “High School Musical” films, of course, he was all mussy-coiffed, aqua-blue-eyed charm — a wholesome hunk who knew how to dance, and when he wasn’t dancing knew how to micromanage his charisma so that it fell right on the cusp between dewy and sexy. He was a classic teen idol — he looked like Sean Cassidy with hair gel — and when you’re sitting on top of that world, surrounded by screaming fans, it always seems, at least within the entertainment industry, like you can conquer anything.

It was all but forgone that Efron would get a crack at movie stardom, and he did, but when
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie review: ironically, it has no brains

A Mr. Collins of a movie: fatuous, self-important, and nowhere near as smart or as elegant as it thinks it is. There isn’t a lick of wit to be found here. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): found the book deeply terrible

I have read the source material (and I hate it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Even more so than something comparable could be said about the unreadable “novel” it is based on, this is the cinematic equivalent of that Chinese-restaurant game, the one where you add “in bed” to whatever it says on your fortune cookie. Pride and Prejudice… and zombies. That is the entirety of the joke, and it’s just as stale as your fortune cookie. Of course, the germ of a potentially interesting idea is contained in this concept: Why do zombie apocalypses always seem
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Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote And Matt Smith

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As a concept, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is the sort of absurd brainstorm that won't just sit on the page. The phrase almost giggles for you; we were doomed to experience it the moment it became a repeatable thought. The 2009 novel by Seth Grahame-Smith reworks Jane Austen's 1813 novel just enough to amplify the heroic qualities of a few characters into modernity, with some social conflicts replaced with zombie battles. And ninjas. The book also has a bunch of ninjas. The ninjas didn't end up in this film, but the movie directed by Burr Steers ("Charlie St. Cloud," "Igby Goes Down") keeps much of the rest of the span of Grahame-Smith's revamp, with Lily James delivering a muscular and effective star performance as Elizabeth Bennet. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is not a particularly good zombie movie, and it is never an inventive one. Nor is it much of a comedy,
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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Character Posters Are Ready for War

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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Character Posters Are Ready for War
When Jane Austen came up with the idea for her literary classic Pride & Prejudice, it seems unlikely that she would have thought about throwing zombies into the mix, way back in 1813. Thankfully, author Seth Grahame-Smith did, tweaking this beloved story and turning it into Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. While we wait for the movie adaptation to hit theaters on February 5, 2016, Imp Awards has debuted eight new character posters, which come just a few weeks after the first trailer arrived.

These one-sheets feature Jack Huston as Mr. Wickham, Lena Headey as Lady Catherine De Bourgh, Douglas Booth as Mr. Bingley, Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, Suki Waterhouse as Kitty Bennet, Matt Smith as Mr. Collins and Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet. If you're familiar with Jane Austen's original novel, these characters will all seem like old friends, but they certainly don't carry swords and firearms in the book, like
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First 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' TV Spot Rewrites History in Blood

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First 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' TV Spot Rewrites History in Blood
It began with the black plague. The dead began to rise. They overtook London, increasing their ranks one hundred fold. Now, they must bring the fight to them. This February, history gets rewritten in blood. The first TV spot has arrived for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. And it promises non-stop action and explosive thrills as two of the world's most iconic literary characters take on a walking dead invasion!

Based on the iconic characters created by Jane Austen, this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel puts a unique spin on a literary classic. In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer,
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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Trailer Goes Hunting for Human Flesh

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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Trailer Goes Hunting for Human Flesh
It began with the black plague. Within weeks, the dead began to rise. Hunting for human flesh. Now, the few that are left have only one way to survive. They must bring the fight to them. This February, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are going to have to put their life on hold as they battle off a horde of walkers in the exciting thriller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Today, we have the international trailer, which promises we'll see plenty of gore this Valentine's Day. We also get an epic new poster that brings these monster slayers together in fighting style.

Based on the iconic characters created by Jane Austen, this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel puts a unique spin on a literary classic. In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships
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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Poster Unleashes an Undead Army

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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Poster Unleashes an Undead Army
Following the first trailer and poster released last month, Sony Pictures has unveiled the second poster for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, set to hit theaters nationwide on February 5, 2016. Stars Lily James and Sam Riley are seen on this new one-sheet, both brandishing swords, preparing themselves for the zombie onslaught as the dead rise around them. Based on the iconic characters created by Jane Austen, this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel puts a unique spin on a literary classic.

In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies,
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UK Teaser Trailer And Poster For Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

UK Teaser Trailer And Poster For Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
After years of difficult development and a revolving door of directors and cast, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies has finally found its shuffling feet. And to prove it here's the new UK teaser trailer and poster. Burr Steers directed from his own draft of the screenplay, with Matt Smith, Lily James, Sam Riley, Charles DanceLena Headey, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth and Bella Heathcote the cast battling the sorry stricken.If it's passed you by so far, Seth Grahame-Smith's novel was at the vanguard of pastiche literary zom-com mash-ups that briefly crazed in bookshops a few years ago. P&P&Z sees weapons expert / martial artist Elizabeth Bennet (James) searching for love and independence as a zombie plague erupts around her and American wildlife inexplicably starts appearing in the Berkshire countryside.Steers was the director of Igby Goes Down, 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud, but seems to have taken
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Friday Report: 'Compton' Three-peats

Friday Report: 'Compton' Three-peats
Forecast Update: Looks like that headline, "'Compton' Three-peats," should have had a question mark behind it. Sony is reporting that War Room, the faith-based film from the Kendrick brothers, made $3.87M in Friday receipts while Universal reports that Straight Outta Compton made $3.83M. It may not be enough to take the weekend though as Sony is also projecting that War Room makes $10 - $10.5M by Sunday night. Universal places Compton at $12.3M. War Room's per screen average for Friday was $3,414 on 1,135 screens. That's close to the psa that Freestyle Releasing's Christian-themed God's Not Dead made last year in March when its Friday hit $2.8M on 780 screens, an average of $3,592 per. God's Not Dead, which ended the weekend with $9.2M and an eventual $60.8M domestic cume, opened in 4th on the charts but was in a much more crowded and competitive frame. Divergent, for example, was #1 with $54.6M that weekend.
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Wayward Pines Review – TV Fox

The best thing about Wayward Pines, the new, short-run effort coming to Fox, is watching how it attempts to learn from the mistakes of similar shows that have come before.

From the less-than-stellar “remake” of The Prisoner with Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen, to the largely goofball Persons Unknown (which was, sort of, The Prisoner 2: The Group), and everything else in the “trapped in a town” genre, the story can’t work if the characters are empty plot devices.

Wayward Pines is a rare example of setting out with the tropes and traps of a genre in order to dodge the pitfalls inherent in telling a type of story that can never fully distance itself from the fact that it’s pretty goofy. The problem is that while the show clearly tries to look at what made other efforts fall apart, and do those things differently, it isn’t
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Round-Up: Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake, Excerpt from Zombie Novel ‘Outbreak: The Hunger’, Watch First Episode of Wayward Pines

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Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.

Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with
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‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Set for Feb. 19, 2016

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Set for Feb. 19, 2016
Screen Gems has set “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” starring Lily James (“Cinderella”), Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote, for a Feb. 19 release.

Burr Steers (“Charlie St. Cloud”) is directing from a screenplay he wrote with David O. Russell. Producers are Cross Creek topper Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan.

James is portraying Elizabeth Bennet and Riley is playing Mr. Darcy. Heathcote has been cast Elizabeth’s sister and Matt Smith is playing Mr. Collins.

The project is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 novel, a mashup of the zombie horror genre with Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

EuropaCorp’s thriller “Shut-In,” starring Naomi Watts, has also been dated for Feb. 19.

Warner Bros. also announced Monday it’s moving its “Vacation” reboot forward two months to July 31 from Oct. 9.
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'Wayward Pines' Trailer: Matt Dillon Unravels a Mystery

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'Wayward Pines' Trailer: Matt Dillon Unravels a Mystery
Following the first trailer that debuted last month, Fox has released the second trailer for their highly anticipated event series Wayward Pines. We reported in December that the series will be released on May 14 in more than 125 countries around the world, making it the largest global launch ever for a scripted series. The mystery thriller was developed for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club, Runaway) and executive-produced by Donald De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Ashwin Rajan (Devil), Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan, who directed the premiere episode.

The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (Crash) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he's the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) better than anyone. They were more than
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Zac Efron's 5 Funniest Film and TV Roles

Zac Efron's 5 Funniest Film and TV Roles
Zac Efron certainly has come a long way since playing Troy. The actor got his start in the Disney Channel's High School Musical trilogy before branching out into a variety of film roles. Some were huge hits; others (read: Charlie St. Cloud), not so much. But Efron's career is hotter than ever, thanks in part to his willingness to go back to comedy, including 2015's Dirty Grandpa. So here are our picks for his five funniest roles thus far.  Read more Zac Efron on Career Reinvention, Addiction 'Struggle' and That Fight on Skid Row Neighbors This became summer's surprise hit,

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The 27 Most Important Shirtless Zac Efron Pictures

The 27 Most Important Shirtless Zac Efron Pictures
Like a fine wine, Zefron just keeps getting better.

Let’s get the words out of the way quick and move on to what you came for: The pictures. Happy Birthday, Zac Efron. You are now 27. We wish you would jump out of a cake for us, because what a happy birthday that would be.

Ok, Here Are The Shirtless Pictures:

1. When he sang in the shower for High School Musical 3, but the scene was cut probably because it would have sent millions of Disney channel watchers into premature puberty:

2. When he filmed the (almost) drowning scene in Charlie St. Cloud:

3. When he made sweet, sweet love in The Lucky One:

4. And then Taylor Schilling got to stick her hands down his pants:

5. Whatever was happening here in The Paperboy:

Watch: You need to see Zac Efron do the “Wiggle” dance

6. And whatever was happening here. Same movie.

7. The Paperboy again, but
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Game Of Thrones Stars Join Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was one of the first literary mash-ups, and probably the only one that successfully accomplished what it set to do: namely, put monsters into otherwise non-monstrous literary classics. It was only a matter of time before the book was adapted into a film; I’m actually surprised that it took this long. But now the Jane Austen/zombie narrative is getting its own movie, and has added a few Game of Thrones stars to the cast.

Charles Dance and Lena Headey, who play members of the oft-despised Lannisters on Game of Thrones, have joined Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. They are welcome additions to a cast that already includes Doctor Who star Matt Smith as Mr. Collins, Jack Huston as Mr. Wickham, and Lily James as Elizabeth Bennett. It’s not yet clear what parts Dance and Headey will be taking on, though I’ll
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Charles Dance and Lena Headey Join 'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies'

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What would Jane Austen do?

Chances are good that Austen could never have envisioned one of her most beloved novels being remixed into a weird zombie love story and then adapted for the movies - movies would blow her mind, for sure! - but we do think she'd approve of this casting.

"Game Of Thrones" cast members Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's book, "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," which is described as "an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem." Okay! Writer/director Burr Steers ("Charlie St. Cloud," "17 Again") has penned the latest iteration of the script. You might remember that Dance recently teased us about returning to Westeros, but it seems the "Dracula Untold" actor is keeping busy no matter what happens to Tywin.

Lily James is attached to star as Elizabeth Bennet,
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