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There’s something inherently pleasurable about seeing actors or actresses see a second or third act to their career bring them to previously unseen heights. For Alec Baldwin, he’s seen his career begin as an A-list movie star, then transition to huge television icon. Now, he’s back on the small screen, while testing out the limits of leading man status on the big screen once again. It all sort of comes together to really showcase just how big Baldwin has actually hit it. You don’t always think of him as a huge star, but this past year has really brought him back into the fold. Baldwin’s star is once again really on the rise. This week, Baldwin lends his voice to The Boss Baby, an animated comedy featuring him as a very unusual infant. It’s not a good film in the least, but if there »
- Joey Magidson
Sony didn’t pull any punches while kicking off CinemaCon in Las Vegas Monday night, as the studio took a shot at Netflix while debuting dazzling new footage of ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ After previewing an extended clip from the sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner,” Sony chairman Tom Rothman remarked, “Netflix, my ass.”
Star Ryan Gosling was also on hand for the sneak peek, which showed the actor in a doom-laden Los Angeles that looks every bit as hypnotizing as the original film, but set in a future with sharper images, brighter lights, and more vivid colors.
“It was so surreal to be walking around in the universe of ‘Blade Runner,'” Gosling said, adding that the original film had a profound impact on him as a teen. “The craftsmanship on this film was really on another level. Every location was real, »
- Graham Winfrey
Back in October, Dalian Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin had to admit that, after years of exponential growth, the China box office was slowing. The numbers proved him right: 2016’s worldwide box office of $38.6 billion rose just 1 percent, mostly because of a drop in China. While 71% of the global box office is international, it’s now North America that’s growing.
If those are our bragging rights, they come at a very high cost. After several years of massive, 30 percent-40 percent growth, China seemed like the answer to the nagging problem of North America’s thoroughly mature theatrical market. DVDs might be dead, theater chains aren’t growing, admissions are stagnant — but hey, China has more than 1.3 billion people! And suddenly, “Now You See Me” was a global franchise.
Now, the 2016 box office decline in China ($6.6 billion, down from $6.8 billion in 2015) may not bode well for the studios’ current »
- Anne Thompson
2017 / Color / 2.40:1 widescreen / Street Date March , 2017
Cinematography: Stéphane Fontaine
Film Editor: Job Ter Burg
Written by David Birke
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Michèle Leblanc, glamorous entrepreneur of a successful video game company, is the calm at the center of many storms. Her son’s girlfriend has given birth to another man’s child, an employee is stalking her with anime porn and her botox-ridden mother is betrothed to a male prostitute.
In the face of all this outrageous fortune, Michèle remains cool, calm and collected, even in the aftermath of her own harrowing sexual assault.
Elle, the new film from the Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven, begins with that already infamous assault, our heroine struggling under the weight of her attacker while an unblinking cat perches nearby, watching. »
- Charlie Largent
There are two types of Scarlett Johansson roles that we’ve been getting over the past few years. One is affecting work in things like Her or Under the Skin, while the other is in action films, both of the Marvel ilk, as well as things like this week’s release Ghost in the Shell. I don’t mean this as an insult though. Johansson is possibly the best actress out there at transitioning between tugging at your emotions and entertaining you by kicking some ass. As such, this new release should continue raising her star wattage, paving the way for one of her future dramatic outings to finally get her that elusive Academy Award nomination. Ghost in the Shell is a science fiction / action film based on a very well regarded Japanese comic book. Set in the near future, it follows Major (Johansson), who is is the first of her kind. »
- Joey Magidson
Back in the day, when CinemaCon still was known as ShoWest, Adam Sandler was the conference’s standard bearer for A-list celebrity. In 1999, he won Comedy Star of the Year (for “The Waterboy”); in 2003, he received the conference’s Male Star of the Year (for “Punch-Drunk Love”). His popularity persisted once the conference was rebranded: In 2013, he took the stage on a chariot to promote “Grown Ups 2,” and won the Star award again in 2014 (“Blended”). Don’t expect to see him this year; he’s just signed his second four-picture deal with Netflix. However, the show that once helped define his career goes on.
CinemaCon hosts about 5,000 Nato exhibitors, studio chiefs and marketing staff, independent producers and distributors, concessionaires, agents, and press. When they’re not engaged in the battle over who owns the moviegoing audience, they expect the rituals to remain the same: Major studios present show reels, »
- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey
A fractured membership, breaking rank, warring factions — no, it’s not the Republican Party. It’s CinemaCon, the annual exhibitors’ convention that will run March 27-30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
CinemaCon is always a crucible for change in the motion picture industry. It’s a four-day snapshot of the symbiotic and sometimes difficult relationship between distributors and the National Association of Theater Owners, which represents some 40,000 movie screens in North America and cinemas in 50 countries.
However, that partnership has never been more fraught than it is now. Studios seriously flirt with bringing first-run major releases into homes, while exhibitors fight tooth and nail to get the public’s butts back into theaters: Their mutual interests are no longer the same.
- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey
Sarah Jessica Parker may be best known for her role as perennial city girl Carrie Bradshaw, but there's something else in her life that has stood the test of time: her marriage to fellow actor Matthew Broderick. Their love story reads like a Woody Allen movie: Sarah Jessica and Matthew met in 1991 after being introduced at a theater company by one of Sarah Jessica's brothers. They tied the knot in 1997 with a civil ceremony on Manhattan's Lower East Side - she famously wore a black wedding gown! - and have since become parents to son James Wilkie and twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta. They're not just one of Hollywood's longest-running celebrity couples, though - Matthew and Sjp are also widely recognized as famous figures in the Big Apple. They live in the West Village, champion important causes like arts education and music programs, and support the NYC Ballet and Unicef. »
- Brittney Stephens
The actor and comedian on marriage, children, and the records she should never have made
Born in Slough, Tracey Ullman, 57, won a scholarship to stage school at 12. She made her name in British TV comedy, before moving to the Us, where she had an award-winning series, The Tracey Ullman Show, from 1987 to 1990. Her film roles include Robert Altman’s Prêt À Porter and Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks. Her latest series, Tracey Ullman’s Show, is on BBC1. She is widowed, has two children and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
When I met my husband and had babies. They have made me happy ever since.
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel died in 1983, but his films continue to inspire many filmmakers today, including Woody Allen and David O. Russell. New York’s Metrograph theater is presenting a series of the surrealist filmmaker’s work from March 30 to April 6 entitled “Buñuel in France” that will feature five of his films. Buñuel directed 35 movies between 1929 and 1977.
Read More: Watch: Was Luis Buñuel a Fetishist? A Video Essay
Here are seven filmmakers who have listed a Buñuel film in their top 10 movies of all time.
Allen’s favorite Buñuel film is 1972’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the famous comedy about six middle-class people attempting to have a meal together. Allen wore his inspiration on his shirt sleeve in his 2011 fantasty-comedy “Midnight in Paris,” casting the actor Adrien De Van to play Buñuel in a scene also featuring the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and visual »
- Graham Winfrey
Given the advent of social media and up-to-the-second release of news footage real life is becoming just as fascinating to behold as anything fictional. Just look at the 2016 election. Woody Allen has never made anything that hilarious and heartbreaking. But with the miniseries now more popular than ever, these true events are now finding their way onto the screen in documentary-style and dramatized pieces (the 2016... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Kristen Stewart plays an American with a psychic sense who works as an assistant to a celebrity, in the French/English language film Personal Shopper. The film won Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Summer Hours) the Best Director Award at Cannes, and reunites the French director/writer with Stewart, who gave a striking performance for him in 2014’s Clouds Of Sils Maria in a supporting role.
In Personal Shopper, Stewart plays Maureen Cartwright, a Paris-based American who works as a personal shopper for a famous jet-set client. But we first meet Maureen as she visits a deserted old French country house, where she is using her skills as a psychic medium to contact a spirit that maybe haunting the house. She is supposed to determine if the house »
- Cate Marquis
Brett Ratner is the director of three “Rush Hour” movies, one of the worst “X-Men” entries, the comedic ensemble flop “Tower Heist” and blockbuster franchise flop “Hercules.” However, you might be surprised that as a producer, he’s wielded his wallet behind Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s “The Revenant,” Warren Beatty‘s “Rules Don’t Apply,” that big Woody Allen documentary on PBS, that great John Cazale doc “I Knew It Was You,” and other projects that highlight his often-not-talked-about cinephile and business side.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: The Diceman cometh. Andrew Dice Clay, whose acting prowess was on display in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and HBO’s Vinyl, is in negotiations to play the coveted role of Lorenzo in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. The role is known to be significant and considered the comic relief in Warner Bros’ remake; Clay will portray Lady Gaga’s “very Italian” father in what’s said to be a scene-stealing role. A Star Is Born is about a singer (Lady Gaga) who falls in love… »
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Chronicling four decades in the life of a quintessentially French couple, Mr. & Mrs. Adelman reveals the highs and lows, passions and betrayals, pontifications and intellectual masturbation of a writer and his wife from the 1970s to the present day.
It’s an ambitious first feature for comic Nicolas Bedos and real-life partner Doria Tillier, who co-wrote and co-star in the film, but the result often feels closer to cinematic pastiche than to an actual movie. With references galore ranging from Woody Allen to Ingmar Bergman to Paul Thomas Anderson, and a pair of lead characters who can be more grating »
- Jordan Mintzer
One of the more unfair aspects of the awards season is that it truly isn’t a 12 month season. Only certain months tend to have Oscar contenders released in them. If you want Academy Award consideration, the early months of a given year are essentially no man’s land. The list of films nominated from January, February, and/or March is a short one. It can happen, but the odds are nowhere near if you’re a September, October, November, and/or December release. There’s just no contest. That got me thinking…will it change? Has there been progress lately? Why does it happen? Follow along as I ponder all this and more today. Historically, the biggest early year release, Oscar wise, is The Silence of the Lambs. Other nominees include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a few Woody Allen pictures like Radio Days, etc. They’re not all of the ones, »
- Joey Magidson
Back after a two week hiatus Supergirl combines art theft, intergalactic family feuds and lovelorn relationship issues in grand style. Guest starring Teri (Lois Lane) Hatcher as one part of the Daxam royal entourage, we get a non-threatening Airforce One frigate parked within Earth’s atmosphere throughout. Which sort of feels like your parents waiting to pick you up during a party you have no intention of leaving.
Having established early on that Kara and Mon-El are sickeningly loved up is sloppy and only signposts the inevitable break up to follow. That we have been aware of Mon-El and his transgression lessens the impact but still manages to retain our emotional engagement. This is mainly due to Melissa Benoist who does most of the heavy lifting while Chris Wood’s Mon-El gets to run the full range, from enraged to enlightened »
- Amie Cranswick
Are these new pilots from Amazon trash? Of course they are! Here’s a guide.Just Robb Stark over here, wearin’ shades in outer space
Crowds may not be able to fund things, but they can give opinions. Or, at the very least, that’s been the idea behind Amazon’s occasional Pilot Season, generating enthusiasm for their programming by giving ordinary folk like yourself the opportunity to watch pilots and say, gee, this blows and vote them a big n’ meaningful thumbs down. Last year, they took everything, so it might just be a load of promotional nonsense. But it might not.
So, what’s hip in this line of potential programing? Once canceled TV-hands like Steve Dildarian and Amy Sherman-Palladino return with their latest attempts to enthuse audience with binge-worthy hours of spectacle and movie men like James Ponsoldt and Kevin Macdonald try to get into this golden age of TV they’ve been hearing »
- Andrew Karpan
A version of this story originally appeared on EW.com.
The Pirates of the Carribean and Vanilla Sky actress will play the sister of murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace in Versace: American Crime Story. In 2009, the Spanish actress won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
- James Hibberd
The Vail Film Festival has announced that it will celebrate women filmmakers, honoring Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci and opening with Susan Johnson’s coming-of-age story “Carrie Pilby,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The 14th annual festival will run from March 30 to April 2, closing with Amanda Sharp’s family drama “Sticky Notes,” which stars Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta.
Julie Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award in recognition of her having directed, written, or acted in more than 50 films. She wrote and starred in the Richard Linklater trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” with co-writer and co-star Ethan Hawke, and received Oscar nominations for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Julie Delpy: ‘I Don’t Want to Be in My Films Anymore, »
- Dave McNary
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