Today in Movie Culture: The Practical Effects of ‘Child’s Play,’ ‘Toy Story’ Franchise Recap and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Practical Effects of ‘Child’s  Play,’ ‘Toy Story’ Franchise Recap and More

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Chucky returns this weekend in a new form as the Child’s Play remake hits theaters. This time, the killer doll is voiced by Mark Hamill and is more of a robot action figure portrayed with practical animatronic effects. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of the new horror movie from Orion Pictures that shows how they brought the new Chucky to life:…

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This Rotten Week: Predicting Toy Story 4, Anna, Wild Rose, And Child’s Play Reviews

We’ve got a packed week of movies this time around. The big news is the return of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the screw. But there’s also assassins, country singers and killer dolls. Get ready for Toy Story 4, Anna, Wild Rose and Child’s Play.

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Kid’s eyesight ruined after parents let her play on phone every day for a year

A two-year-old Chinese toddler has developed severe short-sightedness after her parents allowed her to play on a mobile every day for a year. The girl Xiao Man, from the Jiangsu province, was recently diagnosed with severe myopia after her parents took her to see a doctor. The youngster is said to have started watching shows…
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‘My Next Opponent Is Not Too Bad.’ Roger Federer to Play Rafael Nadal in French Open Semifinal

(PARIS) — Roger Federer kept accumulating break points and then frittering them away against Stan Wawrinka in the French Open quarterfinals, failing to convert 16 of his initial 17 chances.

Then, after a 75-minute rain delay Tuesday, Federer got his 18th opportunity to try to break — and he made it count. Soon enough, in his first trip to Roland Garros since 2015, Federer would be wrapping up a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Wawrinka, his friend and Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup teammate, to make his way to the semifinals.

And what a semifinal it will be: On Friday, Federer will meet old rival Rafael Nadal, the 11-time French Open champion. It will be their 39th career meeting and their sixth in Paris. Nadal is 5-0 against Federer at the Grand Slam tournament he has dominated and leads 23-15 head-to-head overall.

“My next opponent is not too bad. He can play on clay, unfortunately,” a smiling Federer joked to the crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen. “What a pleasure, actually. If I decided to come back to play on clay, it was maybe to play Rafa.”

There was very little drama in Nadal’s quarterfinal, a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 stroll against No. 7 Kei Nishikori.

Federer vs. Wawrinka, meanwhile, lived up to the billing, a 3½-hour tussle between a couple of guys who go way back. Coming in, Federer held a 22-3 edge in their career meetings, but Wawrinka knew this: All three of his victories had come on red clay, including four years ago in the same round and on this same court at Roland Garros. That was the last time Federer entered the French Open; he missed it with a bad back in 2016, then sat out the full clay portion of the schedule the next two years to prepare for grass and hard courts.

Now he’s back and has dropped only one set so far. At 37, Federer is the oldest semifinalist at the French Open since 40-year-old Pancho Gonzalez in 1968.

Federer and Wawrinka were locked in a taut fourth set when the clouds overhead grew thick and charcoal-colored. Thunder rumbled nearby. It was tough to see, and there are no artificial lights. A couple of rain drops began to fall. Shortly after play was suspended, a real storm arrived. But it didn’t last long.

When action resumed, Federer needed only 10 minutes to take control, getting his second break of the match by smacking a big cross-court forehand to a corner that Wawrinka couldn’t handle. It was 5-4, and Federer only needed to hold serve once to end it.

That turned out to be a tad complicated. He double-faulted for the only two times in the entire match, once on his second match point. He was forced to deflect a break point for Wawrinka, doing so with a serve-and-volley winner. And then, finally, on his third match point, Federer closed it out with a volley, then hugged Wawrinka at the net.

The quarterfinals on the other half of the men’s draw are Wednesday: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 5 Alexander Zverev, and No. 4 Dominic Thiem vs. No. 10 Karen Khachanov.

In the women’s quarterfinals, 26th-seeded Johanna Konta eliminated 2018 runner-up Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4, grabbing 21 of the last 22 points she served.

Konta is the first British woman in the French Open’s final four since Jo Durie in 1983 — and, based on her previous track record, quite a surprise to make it this far in Paris.

Until this year, Konta had entered the clay-court major four times, losing in the first round each time. So she has gone from 0-4 before to 5-0 in 2019.

“I have never doubted my ability to play on the surface,” said Konta, also a semifinalist at the Australian Open and Wimbledon but yet to make it to a Slam final.

She improved to 3-0 against 2017 U.S. Open champion Stephens, all this season.

In the semifinals, Konta will play either No. 31 Petra Martic of Croatia or 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova.

“I’ve always said that whenever I step out onto the court, I’m always going to have a chance. I’m always going to have a shot,” Konta said. “I don’t think any player on tour can go on court against me and feel like they’ve definitely got it.”

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How the New Child’s Play Is Different

How the New Child’s Play Is Different

If you’re on the tech-is-terrifying train, the new reboot of Child’s Play is coming to reinforce all your worst fears. The film’s creators have been tightlipped about this new take on the franchise, choosing to leak only bits and pieces of the story and characters to get fans accustomed to a few significant changes and updates. But the casting of Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry in key roles as Karen Barclay and Detective Mike has been enough to drum up excitement that the…

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Harvey Keitel to Play Gangster Meyer Lansky in Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

Harvey Keitel will star as notorious gangster Meyer Lansky, a contemporary of Bugsy Siegel, in a biopic directed by Eytan Rockaway. Sam Worthington, Emory Cohen and Austin Stowell are also set to star in the picture, with Alexandra Daddario and Tony Danza in talks to join. Voltage Pictures has boarded the project and hopes to […]



The Google Play Store is nagging some users to get rid of old apps

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There have been a handful of updates to the Google Play Store’s operation that garnered headlines in recent days, such as the news that apps’ rating calculations will start being more heavily weighted toward the most recent user ratings. Meanwhile, some users have started seeing something new from the Play Store — a notification gently reminding them to remove apps they may have downloaded years ago and long since stopped using.

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‘Jeopardy!’ whiz James Holzhauer wins 22nd game, won’t play again for two weeks

The “Jeopardy!” juggernaut continues! James Holzhauer notched his 22nd straight win Friday night, walking off the soundstage with $ 82,381. That brings his total haul to $ 1,691,008. Though episodes are taped in advance, America won’t get to see the 34-year-old knock out any more contestants until May 20. Over the next two weeks, the Teachers Tournament…
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Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game

Robin Roberts is moving this week from mornings on ABC to primetime. And while the shift is temporary, the business machinations behind it are likely to continue. Roberts, best known for her regular appearances on “Good Morning America,” will serve this Thursday as an important presence during two nights of ABC’s coverage of the NFL […]



4.18.19 Google AI helping law enforcement solve crimes; Rock n Play recall; CVS catering healthcare towards wellness

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Global Roundup 4/19 – MUNY Casting, Corey Cott in WEST SIDE STORY, Encore Performance of ALIEN Play and More!

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Jenn Colella in PETER PAN, Patti LuPone, DEAR EVAN HANSEN London, and More Featured Content


Report: Jussie Smollett Loses Role In Broadway Play After Scandal

Jussie Smollett now has some new ish to worry about and it’s all because of his alleged hate crime situation in Chicago.

Specifically, his hate crime stunt looks to be the reason he’s out as the lead in the upcoming revival of the Broadway play Take Me Out.

The play’s originally run started in February, 2003 and had 355 performances. It also won a Tony Award for Best Play.

Fast forward to the present where Smollett, who is biracial and openly gay was supposed be the lead as  Darren Lemming, a mixed-race professional baseball player at the peak of his career who decides to come out of the closet.

The stage drama sounds like it was ripped from current headlines as it looks at issues like homophobia, racism, classism and toxic masculinity in men’s sports.

Wow. Sounds like the perfect role for Smollett. Or at least it would’ve been.

The story goes that Smollett auditioned for the role back in January, just 12 hours before he allegedly staged the faux hate crime involving two Nigerian brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo.

The Chicago Police Dept. alleged that the 33-year-old actor was lying and that he staged the hoax to boost his celebrity profile.

A source tells DailyMail that Smollett had already won the role in the play.

“Everything was set to go and the producers were planning to announce that Jussie and Zachary Quinto were starring in the play last month,” said one Broadway insider.

“Everyone was so supportive after the attack and then suddenly, everything shifted.”

Another DailyMail source close to the play said the events involving Smollett left them in shock.

“Here is a kid who is on a hit television show, has made a name for himself, and gets the chance of a lifetime.”

And whether Empire is cancelled or not, it would’ve been a great transition vehicle for Smollett.

“He would have come off the sixth season of Empire and kicked off the next leg of his career with a role on Broadway. And not just that, the lead role in one of the best plays of the century in his Broadway debut.”

That source then wondered what a lot of people are thinking about the actor:

“Why on earth would someone throw that all away?”

The DailyMail did add that a source involved in the production would only say that no casting had been announced or confirmed at this time. That individual also confirmed that Smollett took part in a reading of the play in January.

There was also no response from Smollett’s crisis manager, so it’s yet to be seen if Smollett may still make his Broadway debut.


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Next 3 R-rated Horror Thrillers: ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ ‘Brightburn,’ ‘Child’s Play’

Next 3 R-rated Horror Thrillers: 'The Curse of La Llorona,' 'Brightburn,' 'Child's Play'

Now in theaters, Hellboy features a new star (David Harbour), a new director (Neil Marshall) and a new approach to the material. Inspired by Mike Mignola's classic comic book series, the film includes an abundance of graphic violence and gore, earning its R-rating with abandon.

Three more R-rated horror thrillers will be hitting theaters soon. In a refreshing change, all three will feature women in the lead roles. Let's take a closer look.

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Don’t pretend every cop can play social worker

Some critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ThriveNYC initiative have taken aim at the progress of the NYPD’s Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT, program. And while the de Blasio administration has made numerous missteps on mental health, failing to expand CIT to the entire NYPD isn’t one of them. CIT trains patrol officers to ­respond…
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The Week in Movie News: Angelina Jolie Joins the MCU, Michael B. Jordan to Play 400-Year-Old Man and More

The Week in Movie News: Angelina Jolie Joins the MCU, Michael B. Jordan to Play 400-Year-Old Man and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:


Angelina Jolie to star in The Eternals: After being in the mix to direct Captain Marvel, megastar Angelina Jolie could finally join the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in front of the screen rather than behind the scenes. The actress is in talks to play an undisclosed character in The Eternals, a cosmic comic book adaptation that you can read all about here.

Michael B. Jordan to star…

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Everyone’s Talking About This Scrappy High School Play That Went Viral for Being Cool

A high school play is scoring some major buzz staging an unlikely flick: Ridley Scott’s 1979 hit movie Alien.

And from the looks of the lighting and costume design, New Jersey’s North Bergen High School put on quite the show.

They brought the film to life onstage for two nights only, Friday and Saturday.

That’s a short stint, but it was filled with enough dazzling visuals and a student-cut trailer that it’s made a lasting impression.

At the center of the spotlight of “Alien: The Play,” there’s a truly elaborate “xenomorph” costume that thrust the production into social media relevance.

The over-the-top extraterrestrial effects and sixteen students carried this show, which looks like it was as sheer, exuberant fun.

After 17-year-old student and crew member Justin Pierson posted a thread on reddit, users quickly rocketed the thread up the ranks.

“My school did a play version of Alien. Here’s a picture from opening night last night,” he wrote.

Some celebrities are already clamoring for the treat to make the jump to Broadway.

And it all hews closely to its source in both spirit and style. “It follows exactly like the movie with a few scenes added to kill time for scene changes,” according to the thread.

Without having a front row seat to the performance, one thing is clear.

This is one scrappy team. Working with a shoestring budget, students constructed the iconic alien costume with a plastic skeleton purchased on sale and some donated foam.

The English teacher Perfecto Cuervo adapted the script from the movie and helmed the production as director while art teacher Steve Defendini oversaw the set designs and costumes.

Pop culture may have toasted the science fiction film before, but this might be the most charming example.

Even the official Twitter account for the original movie weighed in on the natural opportunity to comment on the fact that the cinematic masterpiece has managed to hold our attention for four decades.

“We are impressed! 40 years and still going strong…”

Online critics agree: It’s a smash. Judging from the enthusiastic response, this may not be the last we’ve seen of this rag tag team.

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Families and schools may play key roles in promoting adolescent self-confidence

Self-confidence is critical for teens as they prepare for the challenges of adulthood, and both families and schools may together play a vital role in boosting adolescents’ confidence even in the face of difficulties with family, according to researchers.
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Infants’ advances in speech processing play role in language-cognition link

A new study provides the first evidence that infants’ increasingly precise perceptual tuning to the sounds of their native language sets constraints on the range of human languages they will link to cognition.
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Will Smith Wants To Play Venus & Serena Williams’ Father In New Film, Black Twitter Has Questions

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Will Smith could be this close to signing up for one of his biggest roles yet!

According to Deadline, the 50-year-old actor is poised to play Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in the upcoming film King Richard

Based on 2018 The Black List runner up script by Zach Baylin, King Richard centers on the real-life father who with no tennis background coached his girls into becoming tennis icons, with his youngest Serena winning 23 Grand Slam titles.

As Deadline noted, “when his daughters were around the age of four, Richard Williams drew up a 78-page plan for their professional tennis careers. He began giving them tennis lessons and the girls learned the game on cracked, weedy public courts in Compton, reportedly after their father brawled with young toughs who were not fans of the sport and would not make way.”

It’s unclear when the film will go into production, but what we do know is that Tim White and Trevor White will produce the film under Star Thrower Entertainment, alongside Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment banner, Deadline wrote.

Granted, there are plenty of people excited to see Will take on such a misunderstood and powerful character, but it is hard to ignore the questions and concerns folks about this casting, especially around Will and Richard’s contrasting skin tones.

Here’s what some of Black Twitter had to say:

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Oscar Winner Rami Malek to Play the Next Bond Villain; Here’s Everything We Know

Oscar Winner Rami Malek to Play the Next Bond Villain; Here’s Everything We Know

For the 25th official installment of the James Bond franchise, fans expect something special. Fortunately, the next movie, which is currently known as "Bond 25," should be a treat. Not only is Daniel Craig planning to finish out his run as 007 with a bang, but the series also has a newly cemented Oscar winner set to play the movie’s villain.

Rami Malek, who has been garnering awards all season for his lead performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, is in final…

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Tyrese Set To Play Teddy Pendergrass In Upcoming Biopic

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This is pretty major. Tyrese has signed on to play Teddy Pendergrass in an upcoming biopic for Warner Bros. The film company has acquired the life rights to the late singer who passed away from cancer in 2010.

“I am honored to take this journey… this is the role that I feel I was born to play,” Gibson said. “Teddy Pendergrass embraced me and before he passed put the responsibility on my shoulders to tell his story. Being here in this time and in this space and moment with Lee Daniels, Donald De Line, Little Marvin and Warner Bros. is an answered prayer. Teddy, I just hope we make you, your wife and family proud… Here we go!!”

Pendergrass made headway back in the early 1970s as the lead singer of Harold Mevlin & The Blue Notes, becoming a massive success as a solo artist with five consecutive platinum albums and classic  songs such as “Turn Off The Lights” and “My Latest Greatest Inspiration”. He suffered a spinal cord injury in a 1982 car accident that left him paralyzed but he learned how to sign again and returned to performing in 1985, continuing his solo career until he retired in 2007.

Gibson will produce along with Lee Daniels. Pendergrass’ widow, Joan, will serve as an executive producer. Gibson has spent time between acting and singing since he broke through in the late ’90s with his hit “Sweet Lady,”. He’s been nominated for 6 Grammy awards and has been a fixture in the Fast & Furious movie series, starring in six movies.

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