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Internet Trolls and Critics in the Age of Rotten Tomatoes - A Look at the Critical Response to GOTTI

Hate, intolerance, and cruelty are the most valued currencies in the digital age. Online publications deal in the same eye-catching tabloid headlines that were once exclusive to rags like WEEKLY WORLD NEWS and the NATIONAL ENQUIRER. The monetization of clicks is ruining many forms of journalism and film criticism is just one of them. When organizations can see what headlines are generating revenue its only natural that sensationalism would start to rise. There is no consorted hivemind like conspiracy to destroy certain films but rather internet activity that has boosted a certain type of writer. From the outside, online film critics share quite a bit with their Twitter troll counterparts.

The critical response to John Travolta's passion project Gotti has been less than favorable, in fact, it has been downright abysmal. A project over ten years in the making, Travolta has poured his heart and soul into this venture. And many writers seem to take pleasure in the film's failure.

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BIG Will Return to Movie Theaters Nationwide for 30th Anniversary July 15 and 18

Thirty years ago this summer, 12-year-old Josh Baskin uttered a secret wish to a carnival fortune-teller machine and made movie history as he grew up overnight, turning director Penny Marshall’s Big into a box-office smash and one of the defining films of the 1980s.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Big, Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Twentieth Century Fox are bringing its magic back to movie theaters throughout the U.S. as part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series. This special presentation will also include pre- and post-film commentary by TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz.

Tickets for Big can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD Trailer and Release Information

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of ScottyBowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide de camp and lover to many of Hollywood’s greatest male — and female — stars. In the 1940s and '50s, Scotty ran a gas station in the shadow of the studio lots where he would connect his friends with actors and actresses who had to hide their true sexual identities for fear of police raids at gay bars, societal shunning and career suicide. An unsung Hollywood legend, Bowers would cater to the sexual appetites of celebrities – straight and gay – for decades.

In 2012, he finally spilled his secrets in the New York Times bestselling memoir “Full Service,” which revealed a dramatic, pre-Stonewall alternate history of Hollywood. While the studio PR machines were promoting their stars as wholesome and monogamous, Bowers was fulfilling the true desires of many of them. This cinema-vérité documentary tells…

Fantasia 2018's Incredible Second Wave Announcement! World Premieres of TALES FROM THE HOOD 2, Blumhouse's HURT, and many more!

FANTASIA 2018 TO OPEN WITH DANIEL ROBY’S DANS LA BRUMEAND WORLD PREMIERE RUSTY CUNDIEFF AND DARIN SCOTT’STALES FROM THE HOOD 2

World Premieres of John Sayles-produced THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT and Satoshi Miki's LOUDER! CAN’T HEAR WHAT YOU’RE SINGIN’, WIMP!, bold new works from Sonny Mallhi and Dennison Ramalho, and a special Action! Achievement Award for Cynthia Rothrock are among the Montreal genre festival’s spectacular Second Wave announcements The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 22nd Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 12 - August 1, with its Frontières International Co-Production Market being held July 19 - 22. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced on June 28. In the meantime, the festival is excited to reveal a selected Second Wave of titles and events.

TRIPPING THE FOG FANTASTIQUE: DANIEL ROBY’S DANS LA BRUME IS FANTASIA 2018’S OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT FILM The festival’s 22nd editi…

MAYNARD to be Released on July 3rd

The remarkable story of the unparalleled success of Maynard Jackson Jr., Atlanta’s beloved longtime leader, is told in the compelling new documentary MAYNARD which will be released by Virgil Films on iTunes and digital platforms on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

He was Obama before Obama, Maynard Holbrook Jackson became first black Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia in 1973 and this film is an exploration into a man who had dreams and ambitions to be a public servant for his people seeing that it was the next logical step in the journey that had been started by Dr. King, and so many others who had blazed the trail during the years of horrific segregation.

Maynard interviews include President Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Vernon Jordan, Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Jesse Jackson, former Atlanta Mayor’s Sam Massell and Shirley Franklin, and current Mayor Kasim Reed to name a few.

Directed by Academy Award nominee, Emmy winner and 4 time Peabody Award winner Sam Pollard (“Slavery by Another…

HALLOWEEN Trailer

Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s Halloween on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween is also produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Gree…

THE OLD MAN & THE GUN Poster and Trailer

THE OLD MAN & THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.


THE OLD MAN & THE GUN will be in select theatres September 28th


Statement Rebuts Deadline Hollywood story regarding Relativity Media and Adam Fields

In response to a June 4, 2018 story in entertainment industry trade publication Deadline (HERE) regarding Relativity Media and its former Co-President Adam Fields, a spokesperson for Ryan Kavanaugh and Relativity issued this statement:

"Deadline editor Anita Busch has been and remains one of Adam Fields’ very close friends. This story shows both parties’ attempts to skew findings that are subject to a Confidential Arbitration. Ryan Kavanaugh was personally exonerated in this matter, despite Field’s year-long attempt to disparage him. Without breaching the confidentiality of the Arbitration, we cannot respond beyond this statement except to state the story is inaccurate and editorially unsound owing to Busch’s friendship with Mr. Fields.

"Relativity would have appealed the result of this Arbitration had Mr. Fields won anything of value; rather, he won a single count of breach of contract. Contrary to Deadline's statement that Fields won a judgement of $8 million dollars,…

DIRECTOR’S CUT Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack on June 12th

In Director’s Cut, Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) plays a disgruntled crowd funder who kidnaps the footage, and star, of the film he backed in order to create his own version starring himself. Ironically, the film was actually financed by an elaborate crowdfunding campaign that attracted over 6,000 backers. Written by Penn and directed by Adam Rifkin, Director’s Cut stars Missi Pyle, Harry Hamlin and Hayes MacArthur, who are playing both themselves as well as characters in the movie within the movie, and features cameos by Lin Shaye, Kristy Hill, Nestor Carbonell and Penn’s longtime partner, Teller.

Director’s Cut is currently available on demand after a short theatrical run. For a full list of available VOD platforms: HERE.

Pre-order at a discounted price of only $14.99 directly from Epic HERE. Features:
- Riffin' with Rifkin and Penn (32 minutes)
- Blount's BTS: Behind The Scenes of DIRECTOR'S CUT (20 minutes)
- 5 Deleted Scenes - KNOCKED OFF "Early Cut" (14…

A Leaked Internal Disney Report Blames Solo's Box Office on Poor Marketing

The following is taken from an internal Disney report that blames Solo's poor box office on the marketing. I normally don't publish stories like these but this is a pretty interesting look at Disney's post-mortem.

The soft box office performance of Solo has occasioned some concern that audiences may be suffering from Star Wars fatigue. We think this is probably not the case, and that Solo's biggest problem was an uncharacteristically (for Disney) poor marketing campaign. We rate Disney shares Market Perform.

Disney Needed To Sell Ehrenreich as Solo, but didn't. Solo has earned $149MM in domestic box office to-date, including a 65% w/w drop in its second weekend. If we had to guess, we would say the movie is probably on its way to around $200MM in ultimate DBO, which would be by far the lowest for any Star Wars film to-date - on an inflation-adjusted basis, less than half of the next-lowest film (Attack of the Clones at $476MM). International box office is running at …