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Attend A Free Screening Of 'Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life'


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free advance screening of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based on the popular series of novels by James Patterson. Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, and Rob Riggle star.

SYNOPSIS: MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight. Rafe has an epic imagination...and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do's and don'ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school's Code of Conduct. It's Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother's boyfriend -- a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear -- threatens to become his stepfather. Rafe's revolution leaps from the page to the screen in this ambitious live-action/animated comedy based on the New York Times bestseller “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by legendary novelist James Patterson.

The screening takes place on Saturday, October 1st at 11:00AM at AMC Tysons Corner. If you're interested in attending, simply register with the Gofobo ticketing site here and download an Admit-Two pass. Please note that all screenings are first come first served and having passes does not guarantee entry. You will want to arrive early to ensure receiving a seat. Enjoy the show!

Middle School opens October 7th.

Asa Butterfield Has An Interplanetary Romance In 'The Space Between Us' Trailer


The first trailer for sci-fi drama The Space Between Us was very well-received, and STX Entertainment jumped on that positive buzz immediately. They moved the Asa Butterfield-led film from its summer release date all the way to the busy holiday season, where it will land in the thick of potential Oscars movies. There's a potential for it to get lost there, but also for eager filmgoers to find it and catapult it into the awards race.

Directed by Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) with Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and B.D. Wong co-starring, the Allan Loeb-penned movie follows the first human born on Mars, and the life-changing experiences he has once arriving on Earth. What's the first thing he does? Fall for a girl, of course! The synopsis is below:

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

The Space Between Us will touch down on December 21st. 

The 'Rules Don't Apply' In Trailer For Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film


Younger moviegoers may not have a clue who Warren Beatty is, sad as that may be. The Hollywood icon hasn't directed a movie in 18 years and hasn't been in front of the camera much, either. But he's coming back in a big way with his long-developing Howard Hughes film, Rules Don't Apply, in which he gets to direct and share screen time with a pair of rising stars in Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins.

Also featuring Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen, the film follows a pair of young lovers who must hide their relationship from the reclusive, eccentric Hughes.  Here's the synopsis:

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

Rules Don't Apply opens November 23rd.

Tom Cruise Won't Give Up In New 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' Trailer And IMAX Poster


There wasn't a ton of clamor for a sequel to Jack Reacher, and the box office really didn't call for it, but when Tom Cruise wants something he gets it. Mission: Impossible is where he gets to pull dangerous stunts that show he's still young at heart, but it's in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back where he gets to kick the most butt and beat up people twice his size.

A new trailer and IMAX poster for the action flick has been released, and this time Reacher, the badass military vigilante from author Lee Child's popular books, must stop a conspiracy with ties to his past. Oh, and Cobie Smulders gets swept up in it, too. Here's the synopsis:

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed. Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens October 21st, directed by Ed Zwick.

2016 Middleburg Film Festival Lineup Includes 'Lion', 'Loving', 'Manchester by the Sea', And More


When La La Land is announced as a festival's centerpiece film, you might think it can only be downhill from there. Fortunately, the Middleburg Film Festival has once again kept up with their tradition of high quality, Oscars-level titles throughout their impressive slate. Today the full lineup for the 2016 event was unveiled and it may be the best of the festival's four years in existence.

The Opening Night film on Thursday, October 20th is Lion, Garth Davis' acclaimed drama starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, and Nicole Kidman, which tells the true story of Saroo Munshi Khan, who was separated from his family as a child in Calcutta and spent years attempting to locate them.

Kenneth Lonergan's coastal drama Manchester by the Sea (already reviewed here) starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler is one of the Spotlight films, alongside Barry Jenkins' Moonlight with Naomie Harris, Janelle MonĂ¡e and Mahershala Ali.

Jeff Nichols' interracial marriage drama, Loving, will be Sunday's spotlight film. Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in performances that have already earned strong praise, the true story centers on Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia interracial couple who were arrested and spent years in court battling for the right to be married.

Other major titles of note include teen dramedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, Jim Jarmusch's Paterson starring Adam Driver; Ewan McGregor's Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral; Courtroom drama Custody starring Viola Davis, Cataline Sanino Moreno, and Hayden Panattiere; Ken Loach's Palm d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake; Pablo Larrain's Neruda; and Asghar Farhadi's Cannes award winner The Salesman.

Plus a number of special guests will be on hand including La La Land director Damien Chazelle, and composer Henry Jackman who will be honored with a live performance of his most memorable film scores.

The Middleburg Film Festival runs from October 20th-23rd. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets go to their website here.

First Look At Margot Robbie And Domhnall Gleeson In 'Winnie The Pooh' Author Film


When gauging the Oscars potential of Fox Searchlight's untitled A.A. Milne biopic, it can go one of two ways. Either it ends up like 2003's J.M Barrie film, Finding Neverland, which earned seven nominations including one for Johnny Depp's lead performance. Or it could be quickly forgotten like P.L. Travers (authors and their initials!)  biopic Saving Mr. Banks, which only managed one for its musical score. Obviously the studio hopes its the former, and they're getting the buzz going early with some new photos right from the start of filming.

USA Today has debuted the first images from the movie, which stars Domhnall Gleeson as Winnie the Pooh author, A.A. Milne. Directed by Simon Curtis and previously titled Goodbye Christopher Robin, the film would center on the relationship between him and his son (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired Pooh, Eeyore, and the many characters of the 100 Acre Wood.  Margot Robbie plays Milne's wife, Daphne, who gets swept up in the books' international success during the height of WWI. But with the eyes of the world suddenly on them, could there be a cost to the family?

Also starring Kelly MacDonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the film will almost certainly get an awards season date next year.






Giveaway: Enter To Win 'Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising' On Blu-Ray!


We are happy to offer all of our readers the chance to win a copy of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising on Blu-Ray/DVD! The film reunites Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and  Rose Byrne from the hilarious 2014 comedy, joined by new additions Chloe Grace Moretz, Kiersey Clemons, and more.

SYNOPSIS: Now that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they'd reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a hard–partying, out-of-control sorority, led by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz). Mac and Kelly are forced to team up with their charismatic ex-neighbor and now secret weapon, Teddy (Zac Efron), since the ladies of Kappa Nu aren't going down without a fight.

To enter, simply complete the steps via in the Rafflecopter contest form below. Winners will be selected on Saturday, October 1st and contacted by email. Good luck!

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Hayley Atwell Keeps Hounding Marvel For An 'Agent Carter' Movie


A big part of the reason we had two abbreviated, sadly-canceled seasons of Agent Carter is that star Hayley Atwell really pushed for it. The character was introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger and has popped up as a critical figure in the MCU's history repeatedly. I think it's safe to say Peggy Carter is one of the most popular screen characters Marvel has, despite not having a movie to call her own. But if it were up to Atwell she'd have Carter joining the big screen club, too.

Speaking with CBR, Atwell talked about what's it been like since Agent Carter got axed, and the steps she's taking to get her in a solo movie...

“I don’t feel like I’ve said goodbye to her. She does still seem to live on a lot for the fans. And Marvel is still such a big part of my career, especially my professional family, that I would absolutely not rule out the idea of going back to Peggy at some point, seeing her in other avenues. I love her, and I hope that she has a life elsewhere at another time."

“I hound [Marvel Studios co-president Louis] D’Esposito on a regular basis, saying, ‘Give me a movie!’ I think the great thing about Peggy is, we know from ‘Winter Soldier’ that she lives a long life, so she can come back. I’m banking on, when I’m in my fifties, I’m like, ‘This is the time. Let’s see what Peggy’s up to in this decade.’ ”

Who knows if she'll get her shot? The chances of a new series are unlikely, especially with Atwell starring in ABC's Conviction. But a movie could possibly happen some day. Unfortunately, we had to witness Carter's death in Captain America: Civil War, but like Atwell said she leads a long and probably exciting life fighting HYDRA and other Marvel villains. I think it's more likely she continues to pop up when we least expect it in key flashback  sequences.

'Hamilton' Star Anthony Ramos Will Beg "Please Baby Please" In Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' Series


That we're even getting a Netflix series based on Spike Lee's breakout 1986 debut feature, She's Gotta Have It, is still kind of crazy to me. That Lee himself is directing each episode is what has me interested in seeing how it turns out. Because honestly, NOBODY can possibly hope to fill Lee's shoes as the original sneaker-obsessed Michael Jordan fanboy, Mars Blackmon. Lee thinks he's found a guy who can, though, and it's Hamilton actor Anthony Ramos.


Ramos, who played John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the Broadway smash, is the first to be officially cast in She's Gotta Have It. The 10 half-hour episodes will center on Nola Darling, a young, sexy, modern Brooklyn woman who is courted by three very different men. Blackmon is one of them, and the most eccentric of the bunch. He would often desperately plead with her using his signature catchphrase, "Please baby please." The other two men are the polite Jamie Overstreet and self-obsessed model Greer Childs. I take it the series won't follow Nola all the way to her eventual conversion into a Jehova's Witness, as seen in Red Hook Summer.

Filming on She's Gotta Have It begin in a couple weeks so expect the other two suitors to be cast soon.

Winston Duke To Play 'Black Panther' Villain Man-Ape


As expected, Chadwick Boseman will have more than one villain to square off against in Marvel's Black Panther. Already we know Michael B. Jordan will play his greatest rival, Erik Killmonger, and now another of T'Challa's foes, Man-Ape, has been cast.

Variety reports that Person of Interest actor Winston Duke has won the role of M'Baku aka Man-Ape. They describe it as a "key role", meaning he'll likely be teaming up with Killmonger to try and usurp power from Black Panther who rules the African nation of Wakanda. In fact, that's exactly what co-star Lupita Nyong'o said the plot would be some months ago, although at the time we didn't know who the two antagonists were. She is set to play Nakia, one of Panther's adored personal guard the Dora Milaje. The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira plays the other, known as Okoye. Duke apparently beat out a few others for the role, including The Get Down's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. I would have liked to have seen that.

Man-Ape always seemed like a possible addition to the story because he's such a physical threat, and this promises to be a film where Panther is tested as King and as a combatant. In the comics, Man-Ape was the second-greatest warrior in all of Wakanda only behind Black Panther. He joins the White Gorilla Cult and attempts to wrest control of Wakanda away, but is defeated. He gains his super-strength, speed, and endurance by consuming the flesh of a rare white gorilla and bathing in its blood. Y'know, the natural way.

So Black Panther remains the biggest and blackest Marvel movie ever, which is awesome. And with so many roles left to be filled expect more casting news to arrive. Martin Freeman's Everett K. Ross should also appear at some point, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a cameo by Andy Serkis as villain Ulysses Klaw. There are also rumors Sebastian Stan could bring Winter Soldier into the mix. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther opens February 16th 2018.