Katie Holmes & Jamie Foxx Finally Go Public After Dating for Years

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Why now? Why not! Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have kept their relationship so low-key for so long that they’ve even denied being a couple. However, they finally took their love public on Labor Day, getting photographed holding hands on the beach in Malibu.

Even though the photos look like paparazzi shots, it’s unlikely that Holmes and Foxx didn’t know their PDA would be seen, since Malibu is prime pap territory for TMZ, etc.

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx confirm their relationship as they hold hands on a beach https://t.co/9gKD6XXHWL pic.twitter.com/IJVlwPfbwX

— delcrookes (@hairydel) September 6, 2017

The stars have reportedly been dating since 2013, a year after Holmes’ split from Tom Cruise.

Here’s speculation on the timing, via LaineyGosip:

Well, a lot of people think that Katie’s divorce agreement from Tom Cruise stipulated that she couldn’t be seen with another man for 5 years. Those 5 years expired this summer. Summer unofficially expired this weekend. Hello Katie and Jamie. Hello Tom Cruise, who just broke his ankle while doing a stunt on Mission: Impossible 6.

Maybe?

Whatever the reason, fans were glad to see the pair out in the open:

Special Good Morning to Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx cause isn’t love great?! pic.twitter.com/ecPUKPuB2j

— Jazz Chappell (@jazzchappell) September 6, 2017

Seeing Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes going public pic.twitter.com/39TWBVc5nj

— Kim Sheehan (@Kimlovesfilms) September 6, 2017

I wanted them to come out in public for the longest time! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

— jfmkb8 (@jfmkb8) September 6, 2017

Well well well. Look at that. He denied the rumors didn’t he? https://t.co/YVw9EzR7Yk

— KC 1972 (@kolibri1972) September 6, 2017

Jamie and Tom Cruise did a movie together before. This is lowkey awk https://t.co/OTGqTPZB78

— HandYouAn L. Jackson (@SpecialistDK) September 6, 2017

Yeah, Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise were in the movie “Collateral” together in 2004. The photo at top of Holmes, Cruise, and Foxx is from a football game in September 2006. Holmes abruptly left Cruise in 2012, then started dating Foxx.

Congratulations to the “new” couple — several years later!

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Rumor: 007 to Marry in ‘Bond 25’?

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Now that we know Daniel Craig is back as James Bond, at least one more time, we can start speculating on the plot of the 25th installment. Or maybe we don’t need to, because apparently a plot synopsis has been leaked!

The New York Post’s Page Six has acquired some details from a source regarding the screenplay by also-returning writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. If you’re familiar with the 007 books and movies, this premise won’t seem too surprising, either. The rumor:

“Bond quits the secret service, and he’s in love and gets married.” The source continues that “his wife then gets killed,” bringing Bond back into action…“The film’s like Taken with Bond,” says the source, who adds that the suave spy is…
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Casts Another Role Created Just for the Movie

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“Aladdin” ain’t never had a friend like Prince Anders … ’cause he was invented for Disney’s new live-action movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Billy Magnussen (Rapunzel’s Prince in “Into the Woods”) has been cast as Prince Anders. They didn’t have more details, but Prince Anders is the second original role we know about, after Nasim Pedrad was cast as Mara. Mara was described as a handmaiden and friend to Princess Jasmine, in a comedic supporting role. It’s possible Anders is another new comedic role.

'The Magnificent Seven' New York PremiereSo far, the cast includes those two new roles, alongside Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, and Will Smith in the Genie role that Robin Williams made famous back in the 1992 animated classic.

Guy Ritchie is directing the new “Aladdin,” which started filming in August, but doesn’t have an official release date yet.

In addition to “Into the Woods,” you may know the Tony-nominated Magnussen from “As the World Turns,” “The Divide,” as Kato Kaelin in “American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson,” or as the new Russ in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Now Needs a Director; Rian Johnson Among Replacement Suggestions

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More than two years ago, Colin Trevorrow (above) was confirmed to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. At the time, Trevorrow stated in part: “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople.”

Trevorrow has now departed his “seat at a campfire.” According to an official statement: “Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”

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15 Things You Never Knew About Karl Urban’s ‘Dredd’

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When “Dredd” came out five years ago this week (on Sept. 21, 2012), it seemed that the box office dispensed Judge Dredd-style summary judgment against the film.

An effort to rescue the futuristic comic book anti-hero from the cringeworthy reputation he’d suffered as a result of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone/Rob Schneider version, the terse new “Dredd” earned a terse new verdict: Flop.

That could have been the end of it, but the movie’s dry satirical wit, stunning 3D effects, and fidelity to the uncompromisingly bleak and violent comic made “Dredd” a sci-fi cult favorite. That the film worked as well as it did was a triumph over its budget constraints and behind-the-scenes conflicts. Here’s how the makers of “Dredd” managed to lay down the law.
1. Judge Dredd originated in 1977, in the pages of British sci-fi magazine 2000 A.D., the creation of writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra. The Dirty Harry-meets-RoboCop lawman seemed a natural fit for the big screen, but the 1995 Disney version made several missteps that alienated old fans while failing to attract new ones.

2. Among the movie’s flaws: having Dredd (Stallone) remove his helmet and show his face (something he’s never done over his 35-year history in print), and giving him a comic-relief sidekick (Schneider). When producer-screenwriter Alex Garland (“28 Days Later,” “Sunshine”) began writing a reboot script in 2006, these were mistakes he was determined not to repeat.
3. Garland (above, on the set of “Ex Machina”) consulted with Wagner early on. The Shrewsbury, England restaurant where they met, The Peach Tree, gave its name to the 200-story slum where most of Garland’s movie would take place.

4. Initially, Garland had a much more epic story in mind, one that would exploit the comic’s vast setting, Mega City One, a sprawling future metropolis stretching from Boston to D.C. Eventually, however, he pared it down to one location and one 24-hour period. He also cut out robots and aliens from the comic’s vision of the future.
5. Pete Travis was a social worker who, late in his career, shifted to filmmaking. His stylish, mind-twisty thriller “Vantage Point” landed him the gig directing “Dredd.”

6. Karl Urban was coming off his first turn as Dr. McCoy in the rebooted “Star Trek” films when he heard about the development of “Dredd.” A lifelong fan of the comic, the New Zealand-born actor lobbied for the part and won it (“He knew ‘Dredd’ and he understood it backwards,” Garland said), then settled in for the challenge of conveying emotion with just his voice and his lower jaw, the only part of his face that would be visible beneath Dredd’s visor.
7. Urban became that rare movie star who actually wanted fewer lines of dialogue than he was given. He worked with Garland to revise the script so that he could say less, partly because Dredd is supposed to be a man of few words, and partly because the Eastwood-like rasp he adopted for the role put a strain on his vocal cords.

8. The female pioneers of 1970s punk and new wave served as inspirations for the movie’s two female leads. The creators of the comic based Cassandra Anderson, seen in the film as Dredd’s rookie partner, on Blondie’s Debbie Harry. The filmmakers based Ma-Ma, a fearless crime lord and drug kingpin, on rocker Patti Smith.
9. Originally, Ma-Ma was going to be a lot older and fatter, until the filmmakers cast lithe Lena Headey, who landed the role after her early success in “300” but before “Game of Thrones.”

10. Even before Garland’s script was finished or Travis was hired, the production team started working on the striking visuals needed to simulate the effects of “slo-mo,” the designer drug in the movie that makes users experience time at 1/100th the normal speed. (Much of the credit goes to the Phantom Flex camera, which can shoot 3,000 frames per second.) It also involved shooting in 3D, something that cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, who’d just won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire,” had never done before.
11. Even the music was slowed down, with composer Paul Leonard-Morgan simulating the sounds he’d heard on a Justin Bieber track that had been slowed down to 1/800th of normal speed. Getting the effects right was one reason post-production on the film took nearly two years.

12. Did Garland elbow Travis out of the director’s chair? The writer-producer has said that his unusual collaboration with Travis was something they’d worked out in advance. Even so, Urban said that, on the set, he would turn to Garland for direction, rather than Travis. And during the editing process, Travis’ absence led the Los Angeles Times to report that he’d been fired, a contention that Garland denied. Nonetheless, Travis received sole credit for directing “Dredd.”
13. To save money, the production shot in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa. The production was frugal in other ways, too. The rippling-flesh effect when characters get shot was achieved without digital trickery, just by using blasts of compressed air. And for the motorcycle scenes, the filmmakers saved money on a stunt driver; that’s really Urban on the bike.

14. “Dredd” cost a reported $45 million to make, a modest sum for a futuristic action epic with lots of digital effects. It earned back just $13 million in North America and a total of $41 million worldwide.
15. With figures like that, a sequel seemed out of the question. Yet “Dredd” found a following on home video, where it earned at least $20 million. A petition on a Facebook fan site calling for a sequel reached 80,000 signatures. Finally, in May 2017, a “Dredd” follow-up TV series was announced, with Urban revealing in August that he was in talks to reprise his starring role. Fingers crossed, Dredd-heads.

Today in Movie Culture: New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Animated Shorts, John Cena as Shazam! and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Short Films of the Day:

New Star Wars: The Last Jedi characters BB-9E and a porg have some fun with BB-8 in new animated “blips” cartoons:

The Mirror Match. #StarWarsBlips pic.twitter.com/Gi05f5gNBm
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 2, 2017

Looks like Chewie may have a new wingman. #StarWarsBlips pic.twitter.com/vjpW2vh8QV
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 4, 2017

Casting Rendering of the Day:

John Cena has been rumored as a frontrunner for the lead in DC’s Shazam! so here’s BossLogic with what that could look like:

Can you or ‘CAN’T you SEE’ @JohnCena as #shazam ? @WWE…
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Colin Trevorrow Is Out as ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Director

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Yikes. Everyone should have a bad feeling about this.

In the latest Star Wars galaxy shakeup, Colin Trevorrow will no longer direct “Star Wars: Episode IX.” It is not clear yet who will direct Episode IX, but apparently that update will be coming later.

Lucasfilm posted this notice today on the official Star Wars site:

A STATEMENT REGARDING STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

There was thought that the horrible reviews for “The Book of Henry” might push Trevorrow out of directing Episode IX, or at least make Lucasfilm breathe so heavily down his neck that he’d want to leave. Maybe that’s the case. Maybe not. More details/rumors will surely trickle out soon.

Last we heard, Jack Thorne was tapped to rewrite the script for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” with production aiming to begin in January 2018. That was still when Trevorrow was attached as director, though.

Now what? Heck, maybe they’ll tag in Ron Howard again. Howard, as you know, stepped in after Lucasfilm fired Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo standalone movie.

Or, maybe they’ll give the job to Rian Johnson, who seemed to get away with filming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with very little to no drama. That seems to be a rarity in the Star Wars world nowadays. Plus, Johnson already filmed an Episode IX scene … although it’s unclear now if they’ll even use it.

Episode IX is scheduled to open in theaters on May 24th, 2019.

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Rami Malek Looks Exactly Like Freddie Mercury in First ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Photo

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Margot Robbie isn’t the only celeb who can expertly channel another well-known public figure: Rami Malek is also pretty amazing at transforming himself onscreen, as seen in the first photo of him as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The striking image, which was debuted by Entertainment Weekly, features Malek portraying the late musician during one of Mercury’s most iconic moments: Performing onstage at Live Aid in 1985. And from Malek’s closely-cropped haircut, to his mustache, to his tight white tank top, the actor looks every bit the part of the legendary singer.

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As he explained in an interview with EW, even Malek was taken aback by how much he resembled Mercury, who died of complications from AIDS in 1991.

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment,” the actor told EW of his first time in hair and makeup.

Malek also revealed that Mercury’s singing voice in the flick will be a mixture of original Mercury recordings, as well as Malek’s own voice and that of a sound-alike singer. If the actor’s pipes are anywhere as good as his looks, moviegoers are definitely in for a treat.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is due in theaters on December 25, 2018.

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

‘Blade Runner’: The Final Cut in UHD; Plus This Week’s New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what’s new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix.

Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical

Megan Leavey (biographical drama; Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Edie Falco, Common; rated PG-13)

Rough Night (comedy; Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoë Kravitz, Paul W. Downs, Ty Burrell, Demi Moore; includes gag reel; rated R)

Paris Can Wait (romantic comedy; Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin; rated PG)

The Wedding Plan (romantic comedy; Noa Koler, Oz Zehavi; rated PG)

Lost in Paris (romantic comedy; Fiona Gordon…
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‘mother!’ Buzz: Is Darren Aronofsky’s Latest the Year’s Most Controversial Movie?

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Darren Aronofky is generally a celebrated filmmaker. Since his debut, the indie thriller Pi, in 1998, he’s mostly directed features that are Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Of his six movies, only one was not: The Fountain has a 51% approval score from critics. And yet even that has some very serious defenders. Still, thanks to that one outlier, the Oscar-nominated director’s average is 79.5%.

His latest, mother!, is currently at 100% based on the first wave of reviews out of the Venice Film Festival, and if it remains so high it could bump Aronofsky’s score. But buzz on the movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple who receive sudden uninvited guests to their remote country home, is that it very well could be…
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