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We’re playing catch-up here on Nerdly – after a busy 2 weeks prepping for and then attending this years Frightfest there’s a number of weekly-release reviews to bring you up to speed on. So here they are, reviews of The Cabin, Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Longest Week.
Another one of those straight to DVD films that make up 99% of the horror films on sale at supermarkets, with the same generic cover art and shiny slipcase, The Cabin is destined to get mixed up with all the other cabin/lodge/house movies on the market when, in fact, it doesn’t deserve to – this film has little to do with the titular abode and more to do with the main characters bloodline (the original title of the movie) and his relationship with his faith.
The film tells the story of seminary student Brett Ethos (Matt Thompson »
- Phil Wheat
Ask Walter Bernstein what makes for a good screenplay, and he’ll answer you with a (possibly apocryphal) story about Henry David Thoreau. “He was living out at Walden Pond and a friend came to tell him that Samuel Morse had just made the first successful wireless telegraph transmission from Boston to Portland, or something like that,” Bernstein says with the practiced storyteller’s delight in a well-told tale. “And Thoreau asked, ‘But what did it say?’ That’s always stuck with me. With all the technology and everything else, what’s it about?”
“What’s it about?” is a question Bernstein, who turned 95 this month, has been asking himself in one form or another for most of his 65-year career, which has stretched from the early days of live television to the modern era of binge watching, and from the lionized “golden age” of the studio system to the low-budget indie renaissance. »
- Scott Foundas
September 5, 2014
Director: Jake Kasdan
Running time: 94 mins
Director: Rowan Joffe
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Adam Wingard
Running time: 100 mins
Director: David Wain
Running time: 81 mins
September 12, 2014
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Anton Corbijn
Running time: 122 mins
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running time: 120 mins
September 19, 2014
20,000 Days on Earth
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Phillip Noyce
Running time: Tbc mins
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Colin Firth, »
Harris left his run of the Tony award winning show, being replaced by Girls and The Book Of Mormon star Andrew Rannells. According to figures that were released from trading group Broadway League, the musical grossed $648,738 – which is still pretty good for a Broadway show, but it is far less than the $1,139,903 takings from Harris’ final bow the week before.
In other Broadway news two shows closed this weekend. The first being Woody Allen’s wonderful flop Bullets Over Broadway, which cost $14 million to make, closing just four months after its debut. The second, and the biggest Broadway surprise success of them all, was Disney’s Newsies (yes, a reboot of the movie musical that starred Christian Bale). The show ended on a high note, »
- Lucy Cave
Ridley Scott is a lot like Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen in that he’s become an incredibly prolific filmmaker in his 70s, but he differs from those two directors in that the projects he’s tackling are massive. In the last four years, Scott has directed Robin Hood, Prometheus, The Counselor, and most recently the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, and in between he found time to helm a pilot called The Vatican that Showtime ultimately passed on. Scott is next gearing up to shoot the sci-fi survival film The Martian with Matt Damon, and in a recent interview with EW he revealed that production on the pic—which revolves around an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must find his way home—will begin in November. But during the interview, Scott also revealed that Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2 are both completely written, adding that he »
- Adam Chitwood
Neil Patrick Harris may have hung up his five-inch pumps, but audiences are still lining up for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. According to figures from the Broadway League, the Tony-winning musical revival took in $648,738 for the week ending Aug. 24—the first with Book of Mormon alum Andrew Rannells in the cross-dressing title role. While that’s a steep drop from Nph’s final week, when the show grossed a whopping $1.14 million, it still represents an enviable 82 percent of the potential earnings for the 1,007-seat Belasco Theatre. (Harris’ star power enabled producers to sell many more “premium” tickets for well above the average price. »
- Thom Geier
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? This 18th century English romance is about Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a biracial woman raised by her aristocratic great uncle and aunt, Lord and Lady Mansfield. She grows up alongside her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) as equals and best friends, but as they come of age, their differences become all too apparent -- to each other and to their would-be suitors. Meanwhile, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) is facing a trial as Lord Chief Justice of England that could change the future of slavery. Will Dido find love on her own terms?
Why We're In: It's an elegant period piece perfect for Jane Austen fans, and it's a subtle but effective examination of the intersection of class and race in 18th century England. Mbatha-Raw is fantastic, and director Amma Asante has an excellent eye for detail.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the »
- Jenni Miller
If this was a typical Sunday morning, I’d report that The One I Love, the latest quirky quasi-comedy exec-produced by the Duplass Brothers, had a solid but not scintillating debut weekend at the specialty box office. But this has not been a typical Sunday morning. When I opened my email from RADiUS-twc, I found not only their theatrical box office results for The One I Love but also the film’s VOD numbers. Wow!
The combined numbers arrived with no fanfare, just honest transparency. RADiUS deserves kudos for being a trailblazer here, and I at least want to make sure this moment is duly noted, and with enthusiasm. The company has given me non-theatrical metrics before, but to give it alongside theatrical is a first, and something unique that I hope quickly becomes common.
Last fall, Radius gave Deadline VOD numbers for its action pic Man Of Tai Chi, »
- Brian Brooks
Zach Braff says he had a blast making his debut on the Great White Way in Bullets Over Broadway, but as the show comes to an end this weekend, he admits that all that dancing and singing night after night has worn him out. "I am exhausted!" Braff, 39, told People at an "appreciation party" that his co-star, Vincent Pastore threw for cast members at The New York Beer Company in Manhattan after their Thursday show. "But I had more fun doing this than in any other time in my life." Of course, Braff is tired, added Pastore, who played Big Pussy on the HBO drama, »
- K.C. Baker
‘Love Is Strange’ movie review: Gay romantic drama is ‘beautiful in every way’ (photo: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in ‘Love Is Strange’) Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love of ethereal, aesthetic beauty in all its forms, it is a film that reaches for the truth — the deepest truths of what we often call “the human condition.” For all these reasons I love Ira Sachs’ movie as much as it wishes we would love each other. I love the artistry of it. I love what it has to say and that it’s something seldom said. I love that it is forgiving. Without hyperbole, I tell you that Love Is Strange is the stuff of Jean-Luc Godard (Notre Musique and In Praise of Love), Vittorio De Sica (Umberto D. »
- Tim Cogshell
Director Mat Kirkby had to wait in line behind another helmsman before starting production on his short film “The Phone Call,” but if you have to cede your turn to another director, it might as well be Woody Allen. Kirkby who's directed music videos for Adele, Muse and Basement Jaxx, decided to make the 20-minute short film while suffering a “crisis of faith” from filming Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials. (Apparently, not everybody needs a little KFC.) Watch and Vote in TheWrap's 2014 Shortlist Film Festival Here Then he waited around for a year while the film's leading lady, Sally Hawkins, wrapped work. »
- Tim Kenneally
Earlier this month, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow revealed that production has wrapped on this new adventure, which takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park. While there have been plenty of rumors regarding the story, which the filmmaker has confirmed is set on the original Jurassic Park location, Isla Nublar, star Vincent D'Onofrio revealed in a new interview that none of the rumored plot details are true.
"You know, I've seen a lot of the stories out there. None of them really have it. You have no idea what's in store. There really are a couple of, I would say more than five or six scenes in that, that are just totally iconic, like amazing."
A number of photos from the set and concept art confirm that there will be a fully-functional theme park with living dinosaurs in Jurassic World, which will reportedly include a number of new dinosaurs that haven't been seen before. »
Hi everyone! As previously mentioned in my last installment, I was originally planning on waiting to take a new look at Golden Globe predictions until the summer was over (so basically September), but I couldn’t resist. I’m back now with what’s my third look at the Golden Globe Awards, with this time around, a new theory to try and drum up some different predictions. Here goes nothing! To reiterate once again, the big difference you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they tend to go for the bigger names or the bigger productions. As such, I’ve again got Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and David Fincher’s Gone Girl ahead of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher here. You also still potentially lose certain indie players, as you’ll see evidenced by much smaller nomination totals (or even shutouts) for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, »
- Joey Magidson
The New York City skyline is one of the tired titans of American imagery. To put it more charitably, it’s awfully difficult to fill a movie with classic images of Gotham and finish with something original and interesting. In Ira Sachs‘s newest feature, Love Is Strange, one of his characters goes to the trouble of actually painting the view of Manhattan from a Brooklyn roof. This particular canvas becomes one of the most emotionally charged symbols of the film. In the hands of a less assured director, it would be entirely ponderous. Yet Sachs knows his way around the city, so to speak. His last feature, Keep the Lights On, charted the heartbreaking decline of a relationship against the backdrop of a hazy metropolis. Love Is Strange, on the other hand, finds a much clearer and brighter source of light. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are an aging couple finally, legally »
- Daniel Walber
Yes, "If I Stay" is yet another teen romance based on a young adult book. I will disclose that I read and loved Gayle Forman's best-selling book about a brilliant young cellist faced with the ultimate life-and-death decision after her entire family is involved in a devastating car accident. Mia Hall (Chloe Moretz in her first romantic lead role) is an invisible spirit watching over her unconscious body in an intensive care unit. As she ponders what the future holds for her (is she headed for Juilliard, as she once hoped, or should she just give in to the lure of letting go), Mia spends most of her time remembering what she loved most about her pre-crash life: her family, her best friend, and her rather amazing boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley).
Director R.J. Cutler's take on the supernatural teen romance changes a few things up while remaining faithful »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman August 14th, 2014
Despite his appearance and the roles you’ve often seen him in before, it turns out that actor John Turturro is one sexy stud! In Fading Gigolo he’s nothing like the nervous genius he played in Quiz Show, or the angry hothead from Do The Right Thing, or that weasel Bernie Bernbaum he played in Miller’S Crossing. No, in Fading Gigolo, which Turturro wrote, directed, and starred in, he played Fioravante, an honest-to-goodness gigolo whose eagerly-paying clientele include Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone! With Woody Allen as Murray, his unlikely pimp, Fading Gigolo sounds like the most oddball vanity project project to come down the pike in decades. But Fading Gigolo was a funny, gentle, and surprisingly sensitive comedy with a witty script, amusing characters and a jazzy sense of life in New York that felt like an old-fashioned Woody Allen movie, »
- Tom Stockman
The Deauville Film Festival heads have unveiled the make-up of the 40th edition of the fest, and naturally this coming September, we’ve got a Sundance-infused edition being readied for the North West coastal town. Celebrating several new American indie auteurs, noteworthy filmmakers from Park City include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels), Mark Jackson (War Story) and Damien Chazelle’s much acclaimed Whiplash. Also found in the 14 In Comp slate we find Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms — which our Nicholas Bell called “uneasy, uncomfortable, and certainly uncertain”. Also on tap: the French premieres of Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice. Here is the full selection and you can make a detour here to see who is being celebrated at the fest.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour
I Origins, »
- Eric Lavallee
Robin Williams' longtime friend and "Comic Relief" co-host Billy Crystal will lead the previously announced tribute to the late actor at the Emmy Awards next week. Emmy Awards executive producer Don Mischer revealed the news today at the red-carpet launch event outside L.A.'s Nokia Theater, where the Emmys will be held. "We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable," Mischer told E! Online. "Billy seemed like the perfect choice." "Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion," he added. "While we are all still coming to terms with this week's tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves." Crystal will speak in tribute to Williams at the telecast. He was relatively silent following the tragic news of the actor-comedian's death last week, tweeting "No words." Along with Whoopi Goldberg, Crystal and Williams teamed up »
- Dave Lewis
A year and a half after their mutual interest was first noted, Emma Stone has officially joined the Broadway production of “Cabaret.” Also read: Cameron Crowe Movie Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone Delayed to 2015 The “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Magic in the Moonlight” actress will make her debut on the Great White Way on November 11, replacing Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production. Stone's run will last nearly three months, with her last performance scheduled for February 1, 2015. See video: Emma Stone Is a Ghost Whisperer in First Trailer for Woody Allen's ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ In addition, »
- Jordan Zakarin
The Good Dinosaur is Being Released in 2015. Beginning with Cars in 2006, everyone’s favorite emotion factory Pixar has been releasing a feature length film a year. And while your initial reaction would be to assume that this kind of Woody Allen productivity might lessen the completed work, their track record remains [...]
- Frank Falisi
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