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Tika Sumpter Joins Casey Affleck In ‘The Old Man And The Gun’

19 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Tika Sumpter, who starred as Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has been cast in David Lowery's The Old Man And The Gun, co-starring opposite Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford, who is attached to produce. Based on a 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann, the pic follows Forrest Tucker (Redford), an outlaw with 18 successful prison breaks and a lifetime of bank robberies to his name. Affleck plays a detective who becomes captivated… »


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12 Things We Hope To Learn At 2017 CinemaCon: ‘Thor: Raganok,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ And More

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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Vin Diesel’s annual lovefest with theater owners

The effective “franchise” of the “Fast and the Furious” series has made appearing at CinemaCon an annual event. Diesel pumps them up and the theater owners cheer him like he’s a political candidate. He probably hasn’t needed to even appear after the performances of “Fast Five” and “Fast & Furious 6,” but the personal attention has helped with international circuits and when he’s needed to push his other non-“Fast” releases such as “The Last Witch Hunter” ($119 million outside the U.S.) and “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage” ($300 million overseas).

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- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Baskets’ Review: Season 2 Finale Makes a Bold Move Toward a New Family Business

9 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Baskets” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Circus.”]

After a year that saw the Baskets family driven apart, Season 2 wrapped by bringing them all together — in an unexpectedly endearing manner. Christine (Louie Anderson), who literally skipped town a few episodes prior and tried out a new family in “Denver” (Episode 7), made the bold choice to go into business with her boys instead of being taken care of by Ken (Alex Morris). He offered. She said no. And now they’re “building an empire” — a circus empire.

For as much as we loved Dale and Chip’s journeys in Season 2, which saw an increased focus on Chip being rewarded for hard work and Dale being punished for immature behavior, this finale’s focus on Christine was more than fitting. Louie Anderson earned an Emmy for his performance in Season 1, and, if we’re comparing the two for such purposes, this year’s turn was even better. He could have more gold in his future. »


- Ben Travers

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