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While We’re Young
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach
At age 45, it feels like writer-director Noah Baumbach is getting soft. Best known for his caustic tragicomedies like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, and Margot at the Wedding, he took a turn in tone for his 2012 feature Frances Ha, which starred and was co-written by Greta Gerwig. So, though the warmth of that film might surprise someone familiar with his work, that it’s a collaboration with Gerwig explains at least part of that tone. While We’re Young, though, Baumbach’s newest film which premiered at Tiff this year and made a surprise appearance at the New York Film Festival, manages to carry that affection. It’s hard to top Frances Ha, but his newest is pleasant and impressive all the same.
- Kyle Turner
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 16, 2014; Digital Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $34.99
Acclaimed magician Stanley Crawford (Firth), has dazzled audiences across Europe with feats of supernatural amazement, but when it comes to explaining the inexplicable, Stanley is a dedicated skeptic. Enter Sophie Baker (Stone), psychic, soothsayer, and stunning seductress. As Stanley and Sophie embark on misadventures up and down the French Riviera, will they discover proof of a world beyond the laws of physics or have they fallen under the sway of a more earthly chemistry?
ABC's new romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story is reminiscent of one of Woody Allen's best films, Annie Hall. Although, neither character possesses the endearing bordering on annoying neuroticism. The premise is basic: two people, Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman), meet and begin dating with New York city as the backdrop.
In addition to dialogue, the audience gets to hear his/her versions of events through inner monologues from the characters as well. If the pilot of Manhattan Love Story is any indication, stereotypical differences between the sexes will abound. Peter gets a bit weepy, and she assumes he's gay. Dana wants to talk about her day, he's distracted by her bra. All hope is not lost. The characters' individual personalities give the gimmick a fresh twist, and if the secondary characters are compelling enough to make this more of an ensemble, there's a show with a wide demographic appeal. »
Awards Daily takes on the unfortunate phrase "but is it an Oscar movie?" in relation (partially at least) to Gone Girl.
i09 Be careful what you wish for. We've always wanted Christopher Walken in another movie musical. But this picture of him as Captain Hook is Terrifying
/bent 10 great queer films by straight directors. This was not prompted by Pride -- which you should totally see in theaters now -- but that also applies
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- NATHANIEL R
The critical hostility exhibited at the TV Critics Assn. tour to “Manhattan Love Story” felt puzzling, since being broad, derivative and slightly backward is hardly a new set of misdemeanors for network comedies, perhaps especially at ABC. Granted, the show’s central device — getting to hear the innermost thoughts of the central guy and gal — is straight out of the subtitled feeling-out exchange in “Annie Hall,” but at least the show’s leads are reasonably appealing. Clearly, though, the whole Venus and Mars thing, explored via internal monologue, is not only a slim conceit, but risks becoming quickly tedious.
Analeigh Tipton’s Dana is new to Manhattan, having just been hired by a publishing firm even as it engages in what euphemistically might be called “belt-tightening.” As such, the other employees not only resent her, but fear she’s just a less-expensive newbie recruited to do their jobs.
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- Brian Lowry
★★☆☆☆The fifth film in his decidedly varied career as a feature director, Fading Gigolo (2013) sees John Turturro helming, writing and starring in a pet project with an altogether different story than those of his previous directorial outings, which dealt with music and theatricality. Soliciting the help of established filmmaker Woody Allen - who both offered advice on the screenplay and co-stars - Turturro's latest tells the tale of an apprehensive male gigolo and his financially troubled cohort who's more than willing to don the role of personal pimp. Allen plays aging bookstore owner Murray, who's forced to close when sales begin to wane before convincing the reluctant Fioravante (Turturro) that there's money to be made in the gigolo business.
- CineVue UK
Alec Baldwin arrived in Rome to accept a Friend of Italy Award on behalf of the Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival, which singles out individuals who promote Italian culture abroad. The festival’s head Pascal Vicedomini led the evening’s festivities, which also feted composer Tony Renis for his recent appointment to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “I love to shoot in Italy, and in Rome especially,” Baldwin told reporters after receiving the silver mermaid statuette from acclaimed Django actor Franco Nero. “I look forward to coming back.” Baldwin had last filmed Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love
- Ariston Anderson
At one time though, it turns out neither Tom Cruise or Jamie Foxx were slated to star. Instead, it was going to be a vehicle for Adam Sandler and Russell Crowe. Talking about his upcoming cyber warfare thriller "Blackhat," Mann tells THR:
"Nothing's wrong with Adam Sandler, but it kinda envisioned a - it took place in New York, the Jamie Foxx character was a badly written Jewish cab driver, with the kind of stereotypes that can only come from someone writing that kind of a character who's foreign, who's not American, that doesn't live in New York."
Mann was referring to the film's Australian screen writer Stuart Beattie and the script which was originally entitled "The Lost Domino" and developed with Crowe and Sandler in mind. »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures Classics is making good on its promise to debut its Toronto acquisition Still Alice this year to qualify the film for an Academy run, announcing this morning that it will open the picture for one week in December on both coasts before releasing the film wider on January 16, 2015.
Spc acquired the Julianne Moore-starring film about a psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s this month at the Toronto International Film Festival in what was a low-seven-figure deal from filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Since premiering in Toronto, the film has gotten a fair amount of buzz for Moore who stars in the film with Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth.
The film is based on the novel of the same name by author Lisa Genova and is produced by Marie Savare, Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Maria Shriver, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. »
- Anita Busch
Felix, a middle-aged atheist adrift without family ties, and Meira, a young Hasidic woman feeling lost and smothered under nearly the opposite circumstances, find tentative connection in one another in Canadian helmer Maxime Giroux’s somberly seductive “Felix and Meira.” Though set in present-day Montreal, this tender romance unfolds like an episode from another century, paying the sort of careful attention to social boundaries you’d expect to find in a classic forbidden-love novel. While neither Meira’s arc nor her Orthodox Jewish environment constitutes especially new territory, the pic distinguishes itself through its subtlety and sensitivity, offering quiet reflection for festival and arthouse auds.
The latest in a small run of films with narrative ties to the Hasidic community, “Felix and Meira” suggests that its characters would be happier if given more freedom and fewer restrictions — as John Turturro’s “Fading Gigolo” playfully demonstrated earlier this year. More surprising »
- Peter Debruge
It’s that time again…time to take a stab at Golden Globe predictions. As I 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 now), but I just couldn’t resist. Fast forward to today and I’m back now with what’s my fourth look at the Golden Globe Awards, with this time around, another new theory to try and drum up some different/more accurate predictions. Anyway, here goes nothing! To reiterate one more time, the biggest difference that 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 well as more European fare. So yes, films like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher are here, »
- Joey Magidson
The New York Film Festival is finally about to begin and here is Glenn on one of the must-sees of the fest, Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language.
Much like the film itself, you’ll have to bear with me here. If I get lost or end up on tangents then don’t worry – it’s not only to be expected, but probably the intent. This will probably be messy, but this is a film titled Goodbye to Language so I feel it’s a safe zone, yes? You see, there is a lot to talk about. How about the use of 3D that is perhaps the best I have ever seen. And then there’s the bravura directions that director Jean-Luc Godard goes even once you think you may have his shtick down. And that’s before we get into the concept of subjectivity of ideas. For all I know, »
- Glenn Dunks
Earlier this week, TNT’s Dallas made good on its promise to off one of the Ewings during the Season 3 finale, resulting in the series’ most explosive (too soon?) twist to date.
Related Dallas Finale Recap: Fall in the Family
TVLine spoke with executive producer Cynthia Cidre about how the Ewings will deal with Christopher’s death, when we’ll finally learn the identity of Elena’s baby daddy and, of course, how John Ross’ long-lost sister will play into the events of Season 4 (assuming the show is renewed).
Tvline | So, I have to ask… Why Christopher?
You know, we »
When you’re asked if you want to go to lunch with Adam Pally, the first thing you do is say yes. Then, from there, you and Adam can probably figure the rest of it out, in terms of what you want to talk about, what you can eat at 11 a.m., etc. In fact, your lunch might end up going a little something like this …
Having lunch at 11 a.m. can feel a bit odd, but it’s a fact that Pally will acknowledge before ordering lobster anyway.
Entertainment Weekly: So how are things going? When did you get here? »
- Samantha Highfill
Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."
- Anne-Katrin Titze
One key advantage of running a film company together is that it’s possible to be two places at once. That came in handy on a recent night at the Toronto International Film Festival when Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, canvassed the town. They both attended screenings of “Leviathan,” the Russian film they picked up at Cannes, and “Infinitely Polar Bear,” starring Mark Ruffalo. Then Barker stopped at an event for Martin Scorsese, while Bernard attended back-to-back dinners. They reunited later that evening to haggle over an acquisition deal for the buzzy Julianne Moore drama “Still Alice.”
It’s no wonder that after working in tandem for three decades, Barker and Bernard have perfected a way to navigate an industry that demands constant nurturing of relationships, a keen eye for talent and movies, and the financial discipline to survive the volatility of a business »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick Magic In The Moonlight plays is the one that fools us all.
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- Dan Bullock
Exclusive: Actress Marcia Gay Harden has signed with ICM Partners. Harden won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in 2000’s Pollock and was again nominated for 2003’s Mystic River. She next appears opposite Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in Millenium’s Elsa & Fred and will play mother to Christian Grey in Universal’s Valentine’s Day 2015 tentpole Fifty Shades of Grey. Harden recently starred on ABC’s Trophy Wife and will return to HBO’s The Newsroom as attorney Rebecca Halliday this fall. She also appears in Woody Allen’s latest, Magic in the Moonlight, with Colin Firth and Emma Stone. Her Broadway work includes God of Carnage, for which she won the Tony. On television, Harden nabbed an Emmy nod for a 2007 guest role on Law & Order: Svu and another for 2009’s The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. She was previously with UTA. Harden is also »
- Jen Yamato
Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a »
- Andre Soares
The recordings Woody Allen made of his comedy routines in the mid-Sixties will once again be available at an affordable price. November 25th will see the release of a comprehensive two-disc set – The Stand-Up Years: 1964 – 1968 – which will contain everything from the three records Allen released in the Sixties, along with a previously unreleased routine and more bonus audio. The additional material comprises 25 minutes of excerpts from the 2012 film Woody Allen: A Documentary, in which he discusses how stand-up comedy changed his life, as well as liner notes by the documentary's producer and director, »
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