The Tax Collector - Digital Director David Ayer is back with his latest, The Tax Collector, which is available on digital platforms starting August 7. Ayer is taking a break from big budget superhero movies, such as Suicide Squad, with a small scale crime thriller. Ayer is reuniting with Shia LaBeouf, with the two previously collaborating on Fury. It focuses on a pair of enforcers for a crime lord who face an uncertain future when an old rival unexpectedly reappears. Of note; LaBeouf actually got his entire chest tattooed for real for this role. So, even if this movie doesn't wind up standing the test of time, the actor will have a big, permanent souvenir to carry with him for the rest of his life. … [Read more...] about Streaming This Weekend: An American Pickle, The Tax Collector and More
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The whole two-hour show was a lovefest. It began with green glowing letters flashing trite stage banter (“Welcome to the showpiece of a nation,” “You’re looking good,” “Do you want to see a dolphin?,” “Shall we do it?”) before Pulp kicked off with four of their juiciest songs: “Do You Remember The First Time?,” “Mis-Shapes,” “Razzmatazz” and “Pencil Skirt.” Jarvis danced up into the balconies for the cheese-disco histrionics of “This Is Hardcore” and “F.E.E.LI.N.G. C.A.L.L.E.D. L.O.V.E.,” while “Sorted for E’s & Wizz” became a mock-rave with lasers, airhorn and a smoke machine. In the palatial surroundings of Radio City, Jarvis apologized for “our secondhand and slightly shabby form of glamour,” yet he seemed right at home. … [Read more...] about Pulp Make Triumphant U.S. Return at Radio City Music Hall
Adopting tactics from pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, protesters used umbrellas and homemade shields to guard themselves from projectiles, and shined laser pointers to disrupt the aim of agents. In federal court, Justice Department lawyers underscored injuries incurred by federal agents, including one hit by “a protester wielding a two-pound sledgehammer” and another “hit in the leg with a marble or ball bearing” from a slingshot. But the response by the federal agents was rarely directed at specific wrongdoers; the intention was mass punishment. In a nightly ritual, the feds burst out of the courthouse to scatter the crowd into the streets of downtown. An investigation by Physicians for Human Rights decried the “disproportionate, excessive, and indiscriminate,” federal violence, “that caused severe injury to innocent civilians.” … [Read more...] about Who Won the Battle of Portland?
“This time, I don’t know how much drama there’s going to be, probably less than usual, but we are going to find ways to make it interesting because it matters so much to the American people,” Woodruff said. “It is a chance for us to cover four days, four nights of what these parties have to say about where they want to take the country.” … [Read more...] about Networks Plot Coverage Of Scaled-Back Political Conventions: “We Have Never Seen Anything Like This”
The experiences with the cops paled beside a hurricane that swept through Schenectady, N.Y., while the movie was filming. Cooper was visiting De Niro when the storm hit and immediately drove back. "Everything was flooded," he says. "They had to go in with rowboats to take film from one place to the next." Even so, he and the crew were right back at work within 24 hours. … [Read more...] about Bradley Cooper: The Serious Evolution of a Leading Man