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'The Lego Ninjago Movie': Film Review

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The product of three credited directors, six credited screenwriters, five editors and one executive producer who helmed two of the most uninspired trilogy enders in recent memory (Brett Ratner, of X-Men: The Last Stand and Red Dragon), The Lego Ninjago Movie is, finally, more or less the kind of advertainment observers expected from the first big-screen adventure featuring Lego toys. A perfectly adequate family film for kids who love watching things they've seen many times before (which is to say, most kids), it offers plenty of chuckles for their parents but nothing approaching the glee of that first Lego Movie.

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- John DeFore

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'Star Wars' Director Drama: How J.J. Abrams Jilted Paramount for 'Episode IX'

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mother! over the Sept. 15 weekend did not help in terms of revenue or perception.

One promising thing Gianopulos found waiting for him at the studio was the prospect of a movie directed by J.J. Abrams. The filmmaker has made his home at Paramount since 2006 with a deal now said to be worth a »


- Kim Masters

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Toronto Market Wrap: Studios Disappear From Dealmaking

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For those needing proof of a paradigm shift in the indie film world, look no further than this year's Toronto market, which is winding down following the festival's wrap on Sept. 17. After all, not a single veteran distributor — including Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics and Focus Features — made a move. In fact, every significant acquisition deal was struck by a buyer who didn't exist five years ago — from A24 to The Orchard to Netflix.

Among the most active newbies was 30West, a hard-to-define company (because they both buy and sell films) launched in April by auto »


- Tatiana Siegel

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Oscars: Kyrgyzstan Selects 'Centaur' for Foreign-Language Category

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Kyrgyzstan has selected Kentavr (Centaur), directed by Aktan Arym Kubat, as its submission for the best foreign-language film race at the Oscars.

Set in the mountains outside Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, the allegorical tale of humans, animals and nature centers on a horse thief who goes by the nickname Centaur.

The film premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin film festival this past February and won the Cicae Award.

Centaur was co-produced by Kyrgyzstan's Oy Art, France's Asap Films, Germany's Pallas Film and the Netherlands' Volya Films. The Match Factory handles international sales.

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- Vladimir Kozlov ,Nick Holdsworth

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Rob Reiner, Morgan Freeman Help Launch Committee to Investigate Russia

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Big Hollywood names have helped found the Committee to Investigate Russia, a nonprofit aiming to spread information about Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and create debate about possible threats to the country's institutions. The committee launched Tuesday in the U.S., with director Rob Reiner on the advisory board and actor Morgan Freeman featured in an introductory video.

"The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the United States has been exposed," reads a statement on the organization's website. "Using hacking, Twitter armies, and fake news, the Kremlin engaged in an »


- Vladimir Kozlov

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Russia's Communist Party Demands Ban of Armando Iannucci's 'Death of Stalin'

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Russia's Communist Party, the second largest in Parliament, have called for a ban on Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin as the movie "discredits" the late Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Alexander Yushchenko, the Communists' spokesman, was quoted by state-run news agency Ria Novosti as saying that the movie is "disgusting" and he hopes the culture ministry, which is in charge of issuing exhibition licenses for all movies, won't allow its release in Russia.

Sergei Obukhov, the secretary of the central committee of the Russian Communist Party, was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying that the movie is "another »


- Vladimir Kozlov

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Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards Finalists, Judges Revealed

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Actress Kerry Washington, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and Lionsgate exec vp and head of worldwide scripted television Chris Selak will serve as judges of the 62nd annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, it was announced Tuesday by Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president John Goldwyn and vp Tony Goldwyn.

The awards, which recognize excellence in dramatic writing, are given exclusively to students at UCLA.

The finalists for the 2017 awards are: Liz Buda for the screenplay Zero Hour; Godwin Itai Jabangwe for R.O.V.E.R.; Eric Mallory Morgan for Hole in the Sky; and Joey Siara for Goslinged.

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- Gregg Kilday

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Mulleavy Sisters Debut First Film at 'Woodshock' Premiere

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New York Fashion Week may have ended over the weekend, but there was a sequel of sorts in Los Angeles on Monday night when stylish sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy — co-founders of the fashion label Rodarte — rocked looks from their collection at the premiere of their directorial debut, Woodshock.

Similarly clad in head-to-toe Rodarte (in a preview of spring-summer 2018) and accessorized with a baby’s breath floral garland in her hair, the movie’s star, Kirsten Dunst, joined them on the red carpet outside the ArcLight Hollywood. Vogue’s Lisa Love was also on hand to dispel assumptions that the »


- James Patrick Herman

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