TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 06/21/2017
Running Time: 149
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins Josh Duhamel, Jerrod Carmichael, Tyrese Gibson and Stanley Tucci.
Crew: Director: Michael Bay. Producers: Ian Bryce, Matthew Cohan, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Daren Hicks, K.C. Holdenfield, J.J. Hook, Harry Humphries, Michael Kase and Don Murphy. Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Screenwriters: Michael Bay, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Ken Nolan and Akiva Goldsman. Cinematographer: Jonathan Sela.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Director Michael Bay has indicated that “Transformers: The Last Knight” will be his final go round helming the lucrative movie franchise.

It needs to be because “The Last Knight”—which is the fifth installment of the live-action series and a sequel to 2014’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”—is proof this story has worn out its welcome.

And believe me, “Transformers: The last Knight” will wear you out. It's a 2½ hours endurance test.

If Bay is serious about “The Last Knight” being a wrap, he’s going out with a bang, clang and a distinctly loud thud with this dud.

Plus, the time away from “Transformers” may allow him to direct his energy now toward his excellent television drama, “The Last Ship” on TNT. It’s currently on hiatus through Memorial Day while its lead star Eric Dane continues his battle with depression.

But I digress.

“Transformers: The last Knight” may be the shortest review I’ve written so far this year, but that’s because it’s one of the worst movies I’ve seen this year.

And I can’t recall a mainstream PG-13 movie where kids use the word “Bitch” so casually. At my screening, I sensed the uneasiness and embarrassment from a parent who was seated next to me with her two children.

In “Transformers: The Last Knight” there’s a medieval backstory about King Arthur (Liam Garrigan, TV’s “Once upon a Time”) and a world on the brink of destruction and at war with the Transformers alien race.

Merlin (Stanley Tucci, TV’s “Feud”) has this ancient staff/wand that wields a lot of power and is highly coveted. It’s part of the reason for the uprisings.

Some 1600 years later we learn that the Transformers planet of Cybertron is ruled with an iron fist by Quintessa (Gemma Chan, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”). She wants to decimate Earth and will do anything and recruit anyone to make it happen.

Saving the world from this group of space invaders falls squarely on the heroic shoulders of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg, “Deepwater Horizon”); Bumblebee, (a young Autobot scout and Optimus Primes' second in command who transforms into a yellow and black Camaro), Oxford Professor Viviane Wembley, (Laura Haddock, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2”) and an English Lord named Sir Edmund Burton ( a step way down for Sir Anthony Hopkins, the upcoming, “Thor: Ragnarok”).

For the record Hopkins should never utter the word “Dude.”

Col. William Lennox (Josh Duhamel, “CHIPS”) and every other super human soldier band together to save mankind. Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen) is in a precarious situation. Quintessa tells him that the only way their planet can be restored is by wiping out Earth. What side will he choose?

The majority of “Transformers: The Last Knight” is spent with such loud and lengthy fight sequences as these Rock-em, Sock-em robots/cars do battle.

After a while this movie has so many moving parts that fly everywhere, it becomes annoying trying to keep up with just who the bad and good guys really are.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is so uninspiring that it even borrows from movies such as “WALL-E,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “Star Wars.” Even Edmund’s robotic butler, Cogman (voiced by Jim Carter, TV’s “Downton Abbey”), is a carbon copy of C-3PO.

Jerrod Carmichael (TV’s “The Carmichael Show”) has a silly part as Cade’s jokester sidekick, Jimmy. Jerrod is funny on his TV show, but not so much here.

And Isabela Moner (TV’s “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”) isn’t convincing as one of the heroic kids either.

Since the first “Transformers” debuted in 2007, the series, which is based on the Hasbro toys and 1980s cartoon has become one of Paramount Pictures most successful franchises earning more than
$3.8 billion.

There’s no question that fans of the “Transformers” series will turn out to see this “final chapter”
 

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 06/16/2017
47 Meters Down

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 06/16/2017
The Book Of Henry

Rated: R
Opens: 06/16/2017
All Eyez On Me

Rated: R
Opens: 06/16/2017
Beatriz At Dinner

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 06/09/2017
My Cousin Rachel

Rated: PG-13
Opens: 06/02/2017
Wonder Woman


OLD SCHOOL VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

Lady Sings The Blues Title: Lady Sings The Blues
Year Released: 1972
Running Time: 144
Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Director of Photography: John A. Alonzo
Screenwriter: Suzanne De Passe
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: When you’ve watched a movie so many times that you basically know the dialogue verbatim, that movie really means something and resonates with you.

The 1972 autobiographical drama, “Lady Sings the Blues” is the one for me. No matter how many times I see it, it never gets old.

Directed by Sidney J. Furie (“Iron Eagle” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”), “Lady Sings the...
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Wilson <b> (June 20) </b> Title: Wilson (June 20)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 94
Production Company: Fox Searchlight
Director: Craig Johnson
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"WILSON"

The new comedy/drama movie “Wilson,” from director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”) is a quirky, fun and funny movie that’s based on author Daniel Clowes’ 2010 graphic novel of the same name.

Woody Harrelson (“The Age of Seventeen” and the upcoming “War for the Planet of the Apes”) plays the title character “Wilson” and really shines.

Wilson (Harrelson) really wants to be a decent and honest man, but truth be told, he’s a lonely, neurotic misanthrope.

Yet there’s something about this guy that is endearing. Maybe some of his appeal has to do with his blunt honesty. Or it could be that we may even see a bit of ourselves in his character.

Wilson hates modern technology. He believes that social media is destroying every ounce of humanity. In fact, Wilson goes out of his way and intentionally invades people’s personal space just to get them to talk to him, but mainly to tick them off.

Life has dealt Wilson a few big blows. He regrets that he allowed his ex-wife, Pippi (an excellent Laura Dern, “The Founder” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) to slip away into a life of drugs and other unsavory things.
Wilson sinks further into a depressive funk when his father dies and his best friend and his wife move out of state. Now the only thing the guy has to keep him company is his beloved fox terrier.

He decides to track down Pippi (Dern) who was such a mess the last time he saw her. He’s curious if she will even know who he is.

When he finally meets Pippi, he’s surprised at how good she looks. Pippi works as a waitress has a nice place and has made something of her life.
While she isn’t entirely thrilled to see Wilson, she agrees to have some drinks and discuss old times. She throws him a curveball when she tells him that she had his child 17 years ago, but gave it up for adoption.

This news is just the sort of shot in the arm that Wilson needs to give his life new meaning. So much so, he wants to track down his newly discovered daughter Claire (Isabella Amara, TV’s “Nashville”) and wants Pippi to join him.

Turns out, Claire is living large with her new family in a suburban mansion. But Claire is just as messed up as her parents. She’s often bullied because she’s overweight and doesn’t look like the rest of the cool kids at school.

When Wilson decides to meet Claire’s real parents, it turns out to be a bad idea and their relationship begins to spiral out of control.

Wilson is so convincing as this obnoxious loser, you almost feel sorry for him. His predicament and behavior actually makes it easier to buy into his sentimental transformation that comes about after serving a bit of time in prison.

Yet, he keeps us laughing and cringing with his politically incorrect musings and especially his interactions with women he meets like pet sitter, Shelly (Judy Greer, upcoming “War for the Planet of the Apes”) and sex starved, Alta (Margo Martindale, “Table 19”).

If you didn’t catch “Wilson” during its run in theatres, now is your chance to enjoy this twisted, dark comedy.
(Recommended).

John Wick: Chapter 2<b> (June 13)</b> Title: John Wick: Chapter 2 (June 13)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 122
Production Company: Summit Entertainment
Director: Chad Stahelski
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2"

Keanu Reeves has found a dramatic action franchise series worth building upon.

The original 2014 “John Wick” movie was a thrilling, surprise hit directed by Chad Stahelski and “John Wick: Chapter 2” is an even more over the top, violent and wildly entertaining sequel.

Stahelski ups his game here and brings a dizzying and mostly CGI free display of bone-crunching brawls--that once again include a No.2 pencil--along with the entire bullet riddled mayhem.

“Chapter 2” finds John Wick (Keanu Reeves, “The Neon Demon”) trying to live peacefully in his stately house on Long Island.

He’s still distraught over the death of his wife Helen. (Bridget Moynahan, TV’s “Blue Bloods”). He also can’t forget or forgive the Russian mobsters who killed his dog and stole his classic 1969 Mustang.

So you can’t blame the guy for busting into a Russian chop shop to retrieve his ride and lighting up the goons responsible all while their boss, Abram (Peter Stormare, TV’s “Justice League Action” and “American Gods”) sits in his office shaking in fear. But John tells Abram it’s time for peace.

John wants to enjoy some quiet time with his new, four-legged friend, a beautiful pit bull that he adopted from an animal shelter at the end of the original movie. They’ve warmed up to each other nicely.

Now that John is retired from the assassin business he’d like to keep a low profile.

John’s tranquility is short-lived when a former associate and mobster named Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio, “Burnt”) comes knocking at his door to cash in on debt John owes him for saving his life. Santino gives John a marker, a “Coin of Death.” That means John must follow through on Santino’s request and then his account will be settled.

Here’s the rub. Santino wants John to go to Rome to kill his sister Gianna, (Claudia Gerini, “The Passion of the Christ”) so he can take control of a clandestine international assassins' guild and take her place at the “High Table.”

John doesn’t want to do it and even tells him, he’s not that guy anymore. But Santino, isn’t one to take no for an answer. He heads out to his car, grabs a grenade launcher and blows up John’s house. He and his no-named dog manage to survive the explosion. John realizes he may not be so lucky next time and so he decides to go to Rome and make the hit.

Before leaving he pays a surprise visit to an old foe, Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne, TV’s “Black-ish”) who runs a scam homing/microchip pigeon ring among other things. Bowery offers John some sage advice about his mission.

John also stops in the swanky Continental Hotel in Manhattan which is run with the utmost professionalism by Charon, a dapper and considerate concierge (Lance Riddick, TV’s “Bosch”) and most notably the hotel’s head honchos, Winston (a fabulous Ian McShane, TV’s “American Gods” and “Game of Thrones”) and Julius (Franco Nero, “Django Unchained”).

Charon offers to watch John’s dog, while he’s away on his business trip.
When John arrives in Rome, he’s directed to the Continentale Hotel’s Sommelier (Peter Serafinowicz, TV’s “The Tick”) who knows as much about weaponry as he does fine wines.

The hotel is actually a one stop shop, complete with tailors that provide John with state of the art bulletproof vests and other services that no killer should be without.

John needs it all too because it’s not long before all holy hell breaks loose. John has his hands full going up against several of Gianna’s (Gerini) highly skilled bodyguards like Cassian (Common, “Suicide Squad” and “Selma”). This dude is a Kung-Fu, fighting monster that doesn’t go down easy. Then there’s Santino’s mute killer, Ares (Ruby Rose (“xXx: Return of Xander Cage”).

But we know John Wick is a bad, bad man. He drop kicks, stabs and pummels everybody that comes his way. It’s a sight to behold especially when Cassian and John are scrapping.

Director Chad Stahelski, who was also Reeve’s stunt double in “The Matrix” films, and stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott, have choreographed the fight scenes in "Chapter 2" so masterfully that they don’t look staged at all. In fact, Reeves, prepared for making “Chapter 2” by learning a combination of judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, tactical 3-gun, and standing judo.

“John Wick: Chapter 2” is better than the original because many of the characters are more fleshed out this time around. There’s also a meatier storyline to go along with all the bloody carnage.

“Chapter 2” leaves no doubt there’s more to come in this exciting saga.
(Highly Recommended).

A United Kingdom <b>(June 6)</b> Title: A United Kingdom (June 6)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 111
Production Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Amma Asante
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“A UNITED KINGDOM”

Director Amma Asante isn’t a one-hit wonder. After making an impressive debut with her 2013 critically acclaimed period drama, “Belle,” she follows it with the outstanding movie, “A United Kingdom.”

The romantic drama, set in the 1940s, is based on the real-life story of the interracial marriage between Prince Seretse Khama (a remarkable David Oyelowo, “Queen of Katwe” and “Selma”) --a charismatic heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (now Botswana)--and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl” and TV’s “Thunderbirds Are Go”), a white London office worker.

Khama and Ruth first meet at a dance held at a missionary church in London. It’s love at first sight. When Khama gets the nerve to talk to Ruth, he tells her that he’s in London to study law.

The prim and proper Ruth is attending the event with her younger sister Muriel (Laura Carmichael, “Downton Abbey”).

When Khama walks Ruth home they get halfway to her house before she tells him it’s probably best he doesn’t. Neither of them wants the magic of the night to end and wonder how they can see each other again. Well, they do.

Before long, Ruth is explaining to her shocked, tea trader father, George (Nicholas Lyndhurst, TV’s “Goodnight Sweetheart”), that she’s going to marry Khama.

Ruth’s father vows to disown her. The only one that really comes to Ruth’s defense is her sister Muriel.

Meanwhile, Khama’s marriage news isn’t going over too well with his family either. Khama’s sister, Naledi (Terry Pheto, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) insists he can’t marry Ruth. If he does, Ruth would become the first white queen of an African nation that’s under the rule of the United Kingdom. And Khama’s uncle, Tshekedi Khama (Vusi Kunene, Eye in the Sky”), who raised him, demands his nephew abdicate his right to the throne.

Khama doesn’t want to have to choose between the love of his life and the love of his country. He tells his tribe and uncle that his ability to lead has nothing to do with the skin color of the woman he loves. He insists on a democratic vote by the people to determine if he should still be their leader.

But there are other major hurdles that Khama and Ruth must overcome such as threats of being exiled, and annulling their marriage. These politically motivated shenanigans come at the hands of the villainous Sir Alistair Canning an excellent Jack Davenport, TV’s “The Mindy Project” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) of the Foreign Office and district commissioner Rufus Lancaster (Tom Felton, TV’s “The Flash”).

They’re determined to maintain the status quo of the racist apartheid South African government, a forceful British ally and not upset the racist British authorities.

It takes some legal and clever maneuvering by Khama and supporters of his plight, to bring about change and justice for him and his wife.

Screenwriter Guy Hibbert (“Eye in the Sky”) does a superb job meshing the historical, political and romantic elements of “A United Kingdom” without turning it into a predictable and maudlin biopic.

While Pike brings a self-assuredness to her understated role as Ruth, it’s Oyelowo who is powerfully moving as Seretse Khama.

Oyelowo, who is long overdue for some major awards consideration, has shined in movies such as “Selma,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and most recently as the chess coach, Robert Katende in Disney’s “Queen of Katwe.”

He’s phenomenal in “A United Kingdom.”
(Highly Recommended).

Editor’s Note: Some of the bonus features on the “A United Kingdom” Blu-ray DVD include: The Making of “A United Kindgom." Filming in Botswana. The Legacy of Seretse and Ruth and the London Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere.

Fist Fight <b>(May 30)</b> Title: Fist Fight (May 30)
Year Released: 2017
Running Time: 91
Production Company: New Line Cinema
Director: Richie Keen
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Ice Cube and Charlie Day play high school teachers who just can't get along in the sophomoric comedy “Fist Fight.

The two wind up settling their differences as their unruly students encourage the beat down.

“Fist Fight” is an enjoyable, guilty little pleasure from director Richie Keen (TV’s “The Goldbergs” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). The movie takes lewd pranks and sight gags to a whole new level.

It seems EVERYONE is out of control at Roosevelt High School. You can’t blame their "wilding" ways on it being the last day of school either. These students have acted like fools all year.

They’ve defaced school property, run roughshod over the teachers, and especially their principal, Richard Tyler (Dean Norris, TV’s “Big Bang Theory”). Poor guy can’t go anyway without a Mariachi Band following him. What they do to his car is downright shameful.

A few of the teachers like Holly (Jillian Bell, “Office Christmas Party” and TV’s “SuperMansion”) are screw ups too. She’s an admitted recreational “meth addict” and is even more open about wanting to “sex up” some of the students and particularly one of the football players.

While other teachers at the school, accept this bad behavior, including losing, head football coach Freddie Coward (A very funny Tracy Morgan, “The Night Before.”), Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) sure doesn’t.

Ron keeps an N.W.A. scowl on his face the entire movie and really should be attending anger management courses hourly.

All the students test him, but Ron’s not softening his stance one bit even when the school hires Andy Campbell (Day), a mild-mannered English teacher.

Andy really needs this job. His wife Maggie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher (“TV’s “Pitch” and “Once Upon a Time”), is about to have their second child. So walking away from this absurdity—as tempting as it is--really isn’t an option for him.

Ron calls Andy in his classroom to help him figure out what’s going on with an old VCR monitor that keeps shutting on and off.

They soon realize a student is pranking them with an app on his phone. That’s the last straw for Ron. He grabs an axe and smashes, the kid’s desk in half as the rest of the class looks is stunned.

Before being summoned to Principal Tyler’s office to explain what happened, Ron reminds Andy that “snitches get stiches.” Yet when the principal threatens to fire both of them if they don’t come clean, Andy spills everything and tells him Ron did it.

Ron gets fired, but doesn’t leave before telling Andy he’s going to beat him down after school at 3 o’clock.

Andy is scared to death and even calls 911 to explain his situation, yet he’s laughed at by the operator (Kym Whitley, TV’s “Young & Hungry”) and her co-workers. She suggests Andy “go ahead and take his beat-down like a man.”

“Fist Fight” is loosely based on the 1987 teen movie, “Three O’Clock High,” which is about a nerdy student (Casey Siemaszko from TV’s “The Blacklist,”) counting down the minutes before squaring off against a bully (Richard Tyson, “The Perfect Weapon”).

It doesn’t get that intense in “Fist Fight,” but the buildup to the big duel is laugh out loud funny and the fight itself is a real doozy. Andy’s fear finally gives way to anger and he gets tough and gives Ron more than he expected.

Ice Cube and Charlie Day’s chaotic and manic energy is what gives “Fist Fight” much of its punch.

The Special Features on the “Fist Fight” Blu-ray DVD include: A
selection of deleted scenes as well as a presentation by the film’s cast and crew about the benefits of filming in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Recommended).
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  "REEL" MOVIE NEWS
BEING BLACK ENOUGH By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

DEVIN RICE'S “BEING BLACK ENOUGH” PREMIERES JUNE 10 AT THE TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES IN LOS ANGELES

Devin Rice Studios announced the world premiere of Devin Rice's “Being Black Enough” or (“How to Kill a Black Man”) at the 20th Dances With Films Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Los Angeles on June 10.

Based on writer-director-star Devin Rice's youth in Los Angeles, the semi-autobiographical drama touches on what it means to "be Black", how race is seen through the eyes of different people and groups and the consequences of these perspectives.

On the genesis of his directorial debut, Rice said, "Being Black Enough” is a very personal film, laced with my own life experience. All throughout my childhood, even up to today, I was made fun of for not being 'Black Enough.' This, based on the clothes I've worn, the way I speak, my interests in life and not just from White or Black people, but from people from all walks of life. Everyone seems to have this idea of what it means to be 'Black'. This unspoken thing that's understood all throughout America. It's like self-perpetuating slavery without chains."

Rice felt the need to make this project after he saw the increasing news coverage of Black men being shot by the police. "It made me frustrated and very angry...What if that was me who got shot by the police?"

Shortly after Rice wrote the script and he and his producing partner Jacqueline Corcos crowdfunded the film. They ended up making it for a meager budget and wore nearly all the filmmaking hats themselves, inspired by films like “El Mariachi” and “Clerks.”

Editor’s Note: “Not Black Enough” debuts on June 10 at the Chinese 6 Theatre in Los Angeles at 7:15 p.m. The theatre address is 6801 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028.

For tickets and more information log on to: https://danceswithfilms.com/being-black-enough/

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.


wonderwoman By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

“WONDER WOMAN: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE” OPENS AT THE ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE JUNE 1

“Wonder Woman: An IMAX 3D Experience”– the epic action adventure from Warner Bros. Pictures, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the title character--will open at the Esquire IMAX Theatre on June 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office and online at www.imax.com/sacramento.

The IMAX 3D release of “Wonder Woman” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of an IMAX 3D Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

The crystal-clear images, coupled with the Esquire IMAX Theatre’s six story high and 80 feet wide screen, customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

ABOUT WONDER WOMAN: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.

Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny. Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing).

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

“Wonder Woman” is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.

The Esquire IMAX Theatre is located at 1211 K Street in downtown Sacramento, CA. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 916-443-IMAX (4629) or visit the website at www.imax.com/sacramento.

ABOUT IMAX CORPORATION:

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined.

Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Dec. 31, 2016, there were 1,215 IMAX theatres (1,107 commercial multiplexes, 16 commercial destinations and 92 institutions) in 75 countries.

Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from IMAX publicity department.


OLD MAN AND THE GUN By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES DAVID LOWERY’S “OLD MAN AND THE GUN”

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that the company has acquired rights to Endgame Entertainment’s financed and produced true story “Old Man And The Gun” which recently wrapped production in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The film is written and directed by David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”) and is based on a short story by David Grann (“The Lost City Of Z”) for The New Yorker, one of Condé Nast’s preeminent titles.

“Old Man and the Gun” stars Oscar winner Robert Redford (“Ordinary People”), Oscar winner Casey Affleck (“Manchester By The Sea”), Oscar winner Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”), Danny Glover (“Beyond the Lights,” and “Dreamgirls”), Tom Waits (“Short Cuts, “Seven Psychopaths”) and Tika Sumpter (“Southside With You” and TV’s “The Have and the Have Nots”).

“Old Man and the Gun” is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

“We are thrilled to be part of a film with such an extraordinarily talented cast,” said Utley and Gilula. “David Lowery directing the incomparable Robert Redford in such a compelling and incredible real life story is exactly the kind of project we seek out.”

“It's just been a thrill to team up with so many legends and heroes in telling this wild and wooly tale, and I couldn't be more excited to have everyone at Fox Searchlight along for what's shaping up to be a pretty fun ride,” said director Lowery.

“Having the opportunity to work again with Robert Redford on David Lowery's film with such iconic resonance is a dream come true. And I can't think of a better partner than Fox Searchlight,” said producer Stern.

“Condé Nast Entertainment started with the express purpose of finding incredible articles like the one written by David Grann for The New Yorker in which the story of Forrest Tucker’s life really resonated with readers,” said Ostroff and Steckler. “It has been gratifying to work with our producing partners and the tremendous talents like David Lowery, Robert Redford and our amazing cast to bring this story to life on the big screen. We’re very happy that Fox Searchlight came on board.”

“Old Man and the Gun” is produced by Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern, Condé Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler, Wildwood Enterprises, Identity Films’ Anthony Mastromauro, Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston and Bill Holderman. Executive Producers on the film are Julie Goldstein, Lucas Smith, Patrick Newall and Tango Entertainment’s Tim Headington.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien with WME and CAA with Stern on behalf of Endgame. The film is overseen by Fox Searchlight’sCo-Heads of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, SVP of Production Anikah McLaren and Director of Production Taylor Freidman.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.

OTHER “REEL MOVIE” NEWS

KODAK CONGRATULATES SOFIA COPPOLA FOR WINNING BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL FOR “THE BEGUILED”

Eastman Kodak congratulated Sofia Coppola for winning the “Best Director Award” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Coppola’s film, “The Beguiled” was shot on Kodak 35mm film.

“The talent of all the motion picture artists at Cannes is self-evident but we are particularly proud of Sofia Coppola and her masterpiece “The Beguiled” as it was shot on 35mm film,” said Steve Bellamy, President of Kodak Motion Picture and Entertainment. “Sofia is only the second female director in the history of the Cannes Festival to win Best Director"

IN TOTAL THERE WERE SIX WINS FOR MOVIES SHOT ON KODAK FILM AT CANNES:

Best Director for Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”--DP Philippe Le Sourd.

Best Screenplay for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” – directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, DP Thimios Bakatakis.

Special mention by the jury for Short Films “Katto” – directed by Teppo Airaksinen, DP Aarne Tapola.

Directors’ Fortnight Prizes – Europa Cinemas Label Awards for “A Ciambra” - directed by Jonas Carpgnano, DP Jonas Carpgnano.

Un Certain Regard – Best Poetic Narrative for “Barbara” - directed by Mathieu Amalric, DP Christophe Beaucarne.

Critic’s Week - Feature Films – SACD Award for “Ava” - directed by Léa Mysius, DP Paul Guilhaume.

*“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” was a joint winner with “You Were Never Really Here.”

FILMS SHOT ON KODAK THAT WERE IN COMPETITION FOR THE PALME D’OR:

1.“The Beguiled” Directed by Sofia Coppola, DP Philippe Le Sourd. It stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst.

2. “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer” Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, DP Thimios Bakatakis. It stars Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and Colin Farrell.

3. “Good Time” Directed by Ben and Josh Safdie, DP Sean Prince Williams. It stars Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

4. “Wonderstruck” Directed by Todd Haynes, DP Edward Lachman. It stars Amy Hargreaves, Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

5. “The Meyerowitz Stories” Directed by Noah Baumbach, DP Robbie Ryan. It stars Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson.

6. “Jupiter’s Moon” Directed by Kornel Mundruczo, DP Marcell Rév. It stars Merab Ninidze, Zoltán Mucsi and György Cserhalmi.

7. “Redoubtable” Directed by Michel Hazavanicius, DP Guillaume Schiffman. It stars Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo and Louis Garrel.

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Editor's Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.