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Judd Apatow’s movies tend to run rather long for romantic comedies, but that pales next to the canvas that’s available on “Love,” a 10-part Netflix series that follows the slow-gestating relationship between Gus and Mickey, as well as the assorted oddballs that surround them. Highly specific to L.A., for good and ill, the show revolves around frequently irritating protagonists that will present a challenge to viewers’ rooting interest, but there are enough moments of sheer awkwardness and bawdy humor to make this a series a core audience should be able to like, if not, you know, love.
The first episode of the show, co-created by Apatow, Lesley Arfin and series star Paul Rust, introduces Rust’s Gus, an on-set tutor for the bratty 12-year-old star of a TV series, as he discovers his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Their subsequent breakup lands him in a temporary-living complex known as the Springwood, »
- Brian Lowry
The collision of American entertainment and anti-communism in the 1940s and 50s has inspired a dizzying array of movies, both fictional and factual. Time and again, Hollywood has returned to a subject that offers a heady cocktail of drama, politics and nostalgic showbusiness intrigue; from Irwin Winkler’s Guilty By Suspicion (1991), which cast Robert De Niro as a film-maker torn between losing work and naming names, to George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), which revisited TV journalist Edward R Murrow’s on-air battles with McCarthy, via Frank Darabont’s whimsical The Majestic (2001), in which Jim Carrey’s amnesiac screenwriter winds up restoring a small-town cinema after being hounded out of Tinseltown as an anti-war “red”.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
If you have been living and routinely interacting with other human beings over the last month, you’ve probably heard one or two words involving this year’s Academy Awards and the heated controversy over the startling lack of both films and people of color among the nominees. Personally, I think that the real focus of concern ought to be less on the back end-- awards handed out for films which were financed and/or studio-approved, scheduled for production and filmed perhaps as much as two or three years ago-- and more on addressing the lack of cultural and intellectual and experiential diversity among those who have the power to make the decisions as to what films get made in the first place. This is no sure-fire way to ensure that there will be a richer and more consistent representation of diverse creative voices when it comes time for Hollywood »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The agonies of screenwriting were on full view Thursday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, where 11 scribes nominated for WGA Awards took part in the guild’s Beyond Words program.
One of the biggest laughs from the full house came when “Spotlight” writer Josh Singer admitted that he and writer-director Tom McCarthy spent several years going through the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests.
“We did research for a long time,” Singer said. “Anything to put off writing.”
McCarthy admitted that interviews with the victims of the scandal was a turning point. “The story really came together once we talked with survivors,” he added.
Both “Spotlight” writers were effusive in their praise of the Boston Globe journalists portrayed in the film, noting that editor Martin “Marty” Baron (portrayed by Liev Schreiber) even supplied them with extensive emails to keep the timeline straight. They also credited the initial producers, »
- Dave McNary
Miley Cyrus has been named a key adviser for the upcoming Season 10 of NBC's two-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. Coaches for the upcoming season of The Voice are Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. The new season begins with a two-hour episode Monday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. Here's what NBC's Paul Telegdy had to say in a statement.
"When Miley speaks everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom. Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture."
A singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Miley hosted both the MTV Video Music Awards and Saturday Night Live in 2015 alongside being its musical guest. She was named Artist of the Year by MTV in 2013 and »
At 26, Alden Ehrenreich is in an enviable, though peculiar position. A young actor who's worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Warren Beatty, he's already built up an impressive résumé — although too often, he's done fine work in movies nobody saw (Coppola's sibling drama Tetro, the supernatural Ya romance Beautiful Creatures) or been relegated to the margins of good movies (Blue Jasmine). So perhaps it's fitting that, at last, his coming-out occurs in a movie filled with much bigger stars that requires this charming, nuanced performer to play the »
The Coen brothers are some of Hollywood’s, nay, the world’s most important directors. Since they entered the scene in 1984 with Blood Simple they’ve rightfully found huge success with their brand of offbeat stories and neurotic characters. Like Woody Allen before them, they’ve tried their hand at a variety of genres, yet kept their voice consistent throughout. They also have the rare distinguishment of appealing to the art-house crowds, while also finding commercial success in Hollywood and abroad. Like Allen, every so often they have a “pallet cleanser” project in between some of their “high-brow” fare that just doesn’t congeal the way it ought to. Hail, Caesar! falls into that latter category.
I did my best to go into this with an open mind. It was the Coen Brothers after all, and the trailers did their job well in alerting us to just how many Big »
- Sprocket the Dog
Miley Cyrus and her tongue will appear on the tenth season of The Voice as key advisers, the psychedelic pop star announced Wednesday. Like Taylor Swift and Rihanna before her, Woody Allen's latest star will give her musical two cents to all the show's teams, probably serve as a ratings boost, and maybe mess with everybody's seat heaters. "When Miley speaks everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom," NBC's Paul Telegdy said. "Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture." Miley joins returning coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, and Christina Aguilera (the last of whom had briefly subbed out for Gwen Stefani), and though the "Wrecking Ball" singer won't get her own button, that doesn't mean she won't try to share. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Miley Cyrus will be a key adviser in the 10th season of the NBC musical competition series “The Voice.”
“When Miley speaks everyone pays attention. Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the entertainment industry who is at the forefront of pop culture.”
Along with being a singer/songwriter, Cyrus has hosted the VMAs and “Saturday Night Live” and become an accomplished actress, appearing in “A Very Murray Christmas,” “The Night Before,” and a new Woody Allen series for Amazon.
The rock band Metallica will be »
- Jacob Bryant
Miley Cyrus has been named a key adviser for the upcoming 10th season of NBC’s “The Voice,” TheWrap has learned. Cyrus also shared the news on Twitter, along with a picture of herself licking a key set piece. She captioned the photo, “Lickin buttonz! @NBCTheVoice #keyadviser #season10” A singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Cyrus hosted both the VMAs and “Saturday Night Live” in 2015 in addition to serving as its musical guest. She was named Artist of the Year by MTV in 2013 and has released five No. 1 albums as well as seven top-10 songs. Also Read: Miley Cyrus Cast in Woody Allen Amazon. »
- Joe Otterson
The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”
Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety
In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The lingering question of who will replace Cynthia Lopez as New York City’s new film czar has an answer at last in Julie Menin, coming to the post directly from her current job as commissioner of the city’s department of consumer affairs. When she officially takes over as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Feb. 22, she’ll find herself tasked not only with maintaining and promoting the activity of a booming film and TV industry, but also ensuring its continued growth, maintaining the city’s competitive edge and confronting the challenges that go along with popularity.
What’s at the top of your agenda?
One of the things we’re very focused on is looking at existing real estate in the city to see how we can support the growth of the industry, and in particular, increase film and TV production and post-production spaces. »
- Gordon Cox
Paris — In the wake of France’s decision to increase the rate on its Tax Rebate for International Productions (Trip) rebate scheme from 20% to 30%, effective from the start of this year, a series of high-profile foreign productions have booked shoots in Gaul in 2016, including Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” lensing in Northern France in May, Neil Jordan’s 10-part Cote d’Azur-based TV crime series “Riviera,” and a yet undisclosed major U.S. TV Series expected to start production in the Fall.
France’s domestic tax rebate scheme, for official French productions, has also increased from 20% to 30%.
“The increase to 30% is a huge change,” says line producer John Bernard of Peninsula Film. “It’s been further amplified by the rising value of the dollar. It’s been absolutely essential.”
“30% is a wonderful new development,” says line producer Raphael Benoliel, of Firstep. »
- Martin Dale
Josh Brolin, like his "Hail, Caesar!" co-star George Clooney, came into his own as a movie star after years of trudging through less than fab B fare. Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coen brothers and Oscar-winner "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit." Brolin has been on a roll (with the occasional "Jonah Hex") ever since, shooting Gus Van Sant's "Milk" (landing a supporting actor nom), Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers—see Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." He played a cop with a flat top in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," and 2015 brought strong turns »
- Anne Thompson
As we catch up with news of projects in the works, we note that Woody Allen has cast Elaine May and Miley Cyrus in his upcoming series for Amazon. Plus: Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are taking on the 1967 Detroit riots. Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson are re-teaming for The Commuter. Park Chan-wook will adapt Project Itoh's 2007 science fiction novel Genocidal Organ. Jared Harris will join Brad Pitt in Robert Zemeckis's untitled spy thriller. Harrison Ford and Anthony Hopkins are attached to star opposite Natalie Dormer, Paul Bettany and Martin Freeman in Official Secrets. Uma Thurman, Barkhad Abdi and Laurent Lafitte have joined Indian star Dhanush, Gemma Arterton, Abel Jafri and Seema Biswas in the cast of Marjane Satrapi’s The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir. And we've got much more. » - David Hudson »
Ever since his indie breakout Metropolitan in 1990, Whit Stillman has built a specific kind of comedy within class structure. From the strait-laced businessmen struggling to break free of themselves in Barcelona to the ambitious, two-faced college girls in Damsels in Distress, Stillman finds the laughter in the deviousness of human nature.
Love & Friendship, his fifth film, premiered at Sundance and is set to be released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions this spring. Adapted from Jane Austen‘s little-read, barely-published novella ‘Lady Susan,’ the costume-drama setting and biting social commentary allows for some of the funniest moments in Stillman’s career. It’s as though Austen was writing for a filmmaker like Stillman to adapt her. It’s a true match made in heaven.
Check out conversation with the director from Sundance 2016 below.
The Film Stage: Was this adaptation something that you had in your back pocket for some time? »
- Dan Mecca
Sorry, Barbie — American Girl just stole the headlines from you.
Amazon announced on Monday that it has inked a multi-year deal with the Mattel brand to produce four live-action specials, with the option to develop a series based on the popular collectibles.
Two specials will revolve around characters from American Girl’s BeForever historically inspired franchise, with a third to feature characters from the contemporary Girl of the Year line.
The first special is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, UK, Germany and Austria later this year. »
Filmmaker and actress Elaine May was just cast alongside Miley Cyrus for Woody Allen’s forthcoming series set up at Amazon. But May also had some recent work behind the camera get some attention as well with this year’s debut installment of the long-running PBS documentary series American Masters. The Graduate director Mike Nichols takes the […]
- Ethan Anderton
Irrational Man, 2015.
Directed by Woody Allen.
A philosophy professor, in the midst of an existential and a moral crisis, commits an irrevocable act of murder.
Nihilistic philosophy professor Abe (Joaquin Phoenix), a newly recruited member of the fictional college campus Braylin, is immediately sought after by fellow colleague Rita (Parker Posey) and one of his students Jill (Emma Stone). The first act is entrenched in a tonally jarring malaise; any semblance of believable character agency exerted by either of the two female leads is lost. Jill’s voice over describes Abe as a tormented genius, and an irresistible allure that she, both in this manner and toward her friends, family, and boyfriend Roy (James Blackley), cannot stop talking about him. Rita’s opening gambit to notify Abe of the campus’ gossip in the “who’s fucking who” category is brash, »
- Matthew Lee
Cyrus is ‘stoked’ to be in the veteran director’s new Amazon Prime show, but who could star alongside her?
Hannah Montana And Her Sisters, anyone? Miley Cyrus last week announced her new acting role with suitable gravitas on Instagram: “Fuck yeah! Stoked to be in Woody Allen’s first series!!!!” The twerking, hammer-licking 23-year-old popstrel will star in the veteran director’s as-yet-untitled 60s-set TV comedy, which starts shooting in March and will air this autumn on streaming service Amazon Prime. We helpfully suggest 10 other unlikely names Allen could cast – and the roles they could play…
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- Michael Hogan
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