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Movies Opening This Weekend – May 27th – 2016 [videos]

The weather is warmer and the movies are getting even hotter this weekend. Be sure to get your ticket for the latest installment of the X-Men, the age old ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ and an unusual French comedy you will surely enjoy. Are you a fan of alternative rock? If you are, then you’re certainly familiar with the band Crazy Town and the guiding force of Adam Goldstein, a DJ who survived a firefly plane crash in 2009, only to die of a drug overdose later that year. When it’s your time, it’s ultimately your time right? ‘As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM’ is the best music documentary of the year, pulling back the curtains of this amazing rags to riches story.

Hollywood also offers a French foreign film that uses laughter as its motivation to bring you to the theatre this weekend. Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway shine this weekend at your local movie house.

Enjoy the movies this weekend – I always do!

The Ones Below (2015)
(R) 87 min – Thriller
Director: David Farr
Stars: Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore, Laura Birn

A British couple brings a beautiful child into this world, and so do their neighbors living below. Being new parents is about the only thing they have in common and the interaction between these couples result in suspense, envy, and passion. That’s when they world begins to unravel. [watch trailer

Holy Hell (2016)
(NR) 100 min – Documentary
Director: William Francesco Allen
Stars: Amy Allen, Cristala Allen, Gina Allen, William Francesco Allen

This documentary brings fear, deception, suspicion and truth to reality as it chronicles the real life story of a Hollywood cult in the 80s that will remind you of David Koresh and the Peoples Temple Jim Jones. [watch trailer

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
(PG-13) 144 min – Fantasy
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

The celebrated X-Men must unite to defeat the world’s first mutant, and prevent the extinction of all mankind. The apocalypse is close than you think. [watch trailer]

Alice through the Looking Glass (2016)
(PG 13) min – Adventure
Director: James Bobin
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Alice returns to Wonderland, traveling back in time to help save the Mad Hatter. [watch trailer]

As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM (2015)
(NR) 109 min – Documentary
Director: Kevin Kerslake
Stars: DJ AM, A-Trak, Niko Achtipes, Nadia Angelini

The alternative rock band Crazy Town featured the spinning talent of DJ Adam Goldstein, known as DJAM. He left the band and turned his exploits on the ‘1’ and ‘2’ to the tune of millions of dollars and worldwide notoriety. This is the behind the scenes documentary of the most popular DJ of our time, and his tragic yet predictable death. [watch trailer]

Chevalier (2015)
(NR) 105 min – Comedy
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Stars: Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orphanos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Yiorgos Kendros

A group of men on a fishing trip begin to play the most dangerous game, competing for more than bragging rights. In an unusual foreign film, ‘Chevalier’ combines Eddie Murphy, Monty Python, and Will Farrell to entertain all who play along. [watch trailer]


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Angry Birds’ Successful Weekend at the Top

The Angry Birds movie was given a wide range of reviews heading into the movie’s opening, but it proved many wrong with a great first weekend. It was the number one movie this past weekend bringing in $39 in ticket sales. The movie also added over $100 million internationally.

With Sony itching to put out a successful movie, they gave Rovio most of the opportunity to profit from the movie. They backed the movie with $173 million and as such will be the main benefactors of all profits.

Captain America: Civil War brought in just over $30 million, bringing them to a total of just under $350 million through three weeks.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising finished in third this weekend with just over $21 million in ticket sales. It did not produce like many thought it would, as it received great reviews and it’s 2014 version did quite well.


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BET Awards Celebrating Hollywood Stars

The 2016 BET Awards are coming up fast and just recently they announced many awards to celebrate those in music and in Hollywood. The award show will be happening on June 26 at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, so make sure to mark your calendar. Let’s take a look at those actors and actresses who will be celebrated come end of June.

Best Actress
Gabrielle Union
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor
Idris Elba
Michael B. Jordan
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Best Movie
Creed
Dope
Beasts of No Nation
Concussion
Straight Outta Compton


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Louis C.K. Shows Off on Jeopardy

Louis C.K. is more than just a great comedian as he showed just the other day on Jeopardy! He and 14 other writers entered the arena that is Jeopardy! and attempted to win $50,000 for the charity of their choice.

Wednesday night we saw Louis C.K. play and boy did he impress. He beat some stiff competition as impressive finalists included Al Franken, Jonathan Capehart, and Anderson Cooper.

Louis C.K. donated to the Fistula Foundation with his $50,000 winnings, but that’s not the first time he’s given to them. He has donated large sums of money to them in the past and has encouraged others to as well via social media.

What an impressive showing by the comedian. If you missed it then you missed Louis C.K. showing off more than his humor. You can watch him here.


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Morley Safer, 60 Minutes Original Passes

Morley Safer, one of the industries’ leading voices of investigative journalism, has died at the age of 84. 60 Minutes, the CBS stalwart news programs for nearly 50 years, celebrated Morley’s life and journalistic accomplishments in a length piece just last week, as Morley announced his retirement.

All of the original 60 Minutes contributors are now gone as Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace, Dan Rather and Ed Bradley, along with producer Don Hewitt, have either died or retired from the news program. Morley didn’t mind getting his hands dirty to get the story, often times traveling to war raved counties to deliver a first-hand report of the battle. As an author, ‘Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam’ written by Morley in the early 90s is still considered the quintessential memoir of the Vietnam War.

Morley Safer was born in Toronto in 1931, growing up a newspaper man in the early 50s, joining CBS in its London offices in the mid-60s as a correspondent, joining a new investigative show called 60 Minutes in 1965.

Morley Safer is survived by his wife of many years Jane, and daughter Sarah also a journalist.


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