Friday, August 29, 2014
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OPRAH WINFREY

When Lindsay Lohan gets out of rehab this summer, Oprah Winfrey will be waiting to talk to her.

Winfrey's cable channel, OWN, said Friday that Winfrey is getting an "exclusive" interview with Lohan that will tape and air in August.

In May, Lohan checked into a Southern California rehab center for a 90-day stay, part of a plea deal in a misdemeanor case filed after a car accident. She's expected to finish rehab around the end of July.

OWN says it also plans an eight-part documentary series with Lohan, to air in 2014.

The 27-year-old Lohan, whose credits include "The Parent Trap" and "Liz & Dick," has struggled with legal and other woes. OWN and Winfrey have scored ratings with other newsworthy celebrity interviews, including Lance Armstrong and Rihanna.

 

GROWN UPS 2

The critics have spoken, and it’s pretty bad.

Based on reviews and test screenings from across the country, “Grown Ups 2” is a clear front runner for worst movie of the summer.

The film starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade has received a ton of negative feedback ahead of its release in theaters today.

It earned only 7% positive notices, according to the aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. That’s a slight improvement from the initial round of reviews for the film, where a rock-bottom 0% of the “Grown Ups 2″ reviews were listed as favorable. At Metacritic, 

“Grown Ups 2″ received 21 out of a possible 100 points.

Compared to some of the summer’s biggest  fails according to critics, “Grown Ups 2″ has been trashed harder than Will Smith’s “After Earth” (11% positive reviews), Bradley Cooper’s “The Hangover Part III” (19%), Johnny Depp’s “The Lone Ranger” (26%) and Vince Vaughn’s “The Internship” (36%).

“This movie is what you’d call family fun,” argues Rock, in full sell mode during interviews for the movie. “It’s for the whole family. Now, who do you have in your family? You have a momma. You have a daddy. You have a sister, you got brothers. You got a cousins. All of them should see the movie.”

 

AVA DUVERNAY

Publicist-turned-writer-director-film distributor Ava DuVernay will take on the long-gestating Martin Luther King Jr. project “Selma.”

DuVernay’s most recent work was directing the ESPN documentary “Venus Vs.” She also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed independent p”I Will Follow” and “Middle of Nowhere.”

“Selma” chronicles King’s voting rights campaign of 1965. The original production for this film fell apart back in 2010, which would’ve featured the collaboration of producer Christian Colson, Brad Pitt’s production company, and director Lee Daniels. Now producers have another chance to get it right with DuVernay at the helm. Also signed for the project is David Oyelowo who starred for her in “Middle of Nowhere.”

The LA Times says DuVernay confirmed the deal for “Selma” and said she spent some time in Alabama scouting the project after the producers came to her with the project back in January.

No start date for production has been set but Ava DuVernay is no doubt excited about the movie.

“I’m thrilled to be working on this beautiful project with such a supportive, committed team,” DuVernay told the Times.

 

MLK FILM

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the March on Washington, Kino Lorber will release a newly restored and re-mastered edition of Oscar-nominated documentary “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis.”

The updated version of the 1970 film will get a special one-night, multi-city screening event on August 28. It will also be presented at BAM’s Rose Cinemas on August 12 and 13. Following that, a special screening will be held at New York City’s Film Forum on August 28, the anniversary of King’s speech.

The movie chronicles King’s life and work, from the start of his non-violent campaign for equal rights to his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Celebrity narrators include Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III and Joanne Woodward.

The doc was produced by Ely Landau and associate produced by Richard Kaplan. It was originally screened as a one-time-only event on March 24, 1970 and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature and to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

 
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