the godmother

Jennifer Lopez is going to build herself a drug empire in The Godmother, a new movie based on the true story of Griselda “La Madrina” Blanco. Blanco was a Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and a major part of the Miami cocaine drug trade during the ’80s. Blanco was a major focus of the Cocaine Cowboys documentaries.

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hustlers trailer

Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B all star in Hustlers, a stylish new drama-comedy about a group of strippers who team up to rip off some Wall Street douchebags. In all seriousness, that premise sounds like it could make for the feel-good movie of the year. Watch the Hustlers trailer below.

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Santa Fight Trailer

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Bryan Cranston stars in the dueling Santa Claus holiday action thriller Santa Fight, created by a bunch of kids. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter sits down and runs around with some of the most sought after stuntwomen in Hollywood, and listen as Jennifer Lopez looks back on her most memorable roles from throughout her extensive career. Read More »

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m ready for the great Jennifer Lopez, Movie Star comeback tour. The J.Lo-naissance, if you will. And if anyone can make it happen, it’s going to be the folks at Annapurna, a company known for their critically acclaimed and edgy entertainment.

Lopez will star in The Hustlers, a fact-based thriller about a former high-class stripper who turns the tables on a bunch of Wall Street scumbags via some modern day Robin Hood-ing. Sign me up.

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second act trailer

Just when you thought the rom-com was dead and buried in the ground, Jennifer Lopez swoops in to help revitalize it. The queen of rom-coms is back with Second Act, which is not a sequel to Sister Act, despite appearances. In what feels like a spiritual sequel to her other iconic rom-com Maid in Manhattan, Lopez stars as a working-class woman who scams her way to the top of a cushy corporate job.

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Hanna gun

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • That Hanna TV series is definitely happening
  • Our first look at Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story
  • Jon Stewart’s HBO series goes up in smoke
  • Comedy Central’s The President Show earns more episodes
  • And more!

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The Phantom Simon Wincer interview

On February 17, 1936, Lee Falk’s comic strip hero The Phantom was introduced to the world. Over the following years—as the character reached millions of fans through an unparalleled-for-that-era level of worldwide syndication—The Phantom became an international sensation. The comic strip (clearly) excelled in many countries around the world, but perhaps none more so than Australia. So it seems fitting that, six decades later, the man who would finally bring this hero to the big screen would be an Australian himself: Simon Wincer.

To learn about how The Phantom was made, I spoke at length with Simon Wincer. But it took a little while before we even got to talking about the masked crusader. Because, frankly, there was just too much to talk about. Like how Wincer swooped into to replace the original director of Free Willy (and ended up helping to save that film). Or how he helmed an Emmy-dominant, prestige miniseries (years before such things were du jour). We spoke about all those things and much more (like the cinematic value of manure).  Below is a copy of our conversation…

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Boy Next Door trailer

We knew Jennifer Lopez as an actress before we knew her as a singer, but it’s been a long time since she’s had a real hit film. Sure, Ice Age: Continental Drift made lots of money, but she only lent her voice to that one. Who even remembers that ParkerWhat to Expect When You’re Expecting, and The Back-Up plan even existed, let alone that she was in them?

Nevertheless, she keeps on keeping on, and the next stop in her cinematic journey will be a thriller called The Boy Next Door. The movie itself doesn’t look all that promising, frankly, but at least the Boy Next Door trailer is kind of entertaining, in a so-bad-it’s-good sort of way. Check it out after the jump.

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Jennifer Lopez

In addition to moving Warcraft away from Star Wars Episode VII, Universal dated a slew of major movies on this Thanksgiving Eve. They are as follows:

  • An Untitled Michael Mann film starring Chris Hemsworth will be released January 16, 2015.
  • Jennifer Lopez‘s thriller The Boy Next Door opens January 23, 3015.
  • The long delayed epic Seventh Son gets the new release date of February 6, 2015.
  • Andy Muschietti‘s reboot of The Mummy hits April 22, 2016.

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Since co-writing Shrek Forever After a few years ago, Darren Lemke‘s built himself a nice career adapting classic kid-friendly fare into big-screen features. He’s one of the scribes behind the fairy tale retelling Jack the Giant Killer and has worked on reinterpretations of both The Nutcracker and The Wizard of Oz. Outside of the fairyland, he’s doing a fresh draft of the R.L. Stine-based Goosebumps for Columbia — and now he’s added the Jennifer Lopez-produced Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? movie to his plate as well. More details after the jump.

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