17 items from 2015
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will round out the second half of its 97-feature slate with a Spotlight section that includes the world premiere of a zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a documentary about New York’s “Cannibal Cop,” as well as a Midnight series and a handful of special screenings such as documentary “Mary J. Blige — The London Sessions,” to be followed by a concert performance by Blige.
A couple of work-in-progress screenings also will fill out the Tribeca lineup, following the announcement of the first half of the slate (including competition titles) earlier this week.
The 40 movies filed under Spotlight, which tend to feature the highest proportion of prominent creatives and star performers in Tribeca lineup, this year includes the debuts of films that star Mickey Rourke (Tony McNamara’s “Ashby”), Jessica Biel (Diane Bell’s “Bleeding Heart”), recent Oscar winner Patricia Arquette (Nick Sandow’s “The Wannabe »
- Gordon Cox
The Tribeca Film Festival already unveiled its main slate earlier this week and now finishing up most of their line-up. The festival has announced its Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections, as well as work in progress screenings. The 14th edition of the Festival will take place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City. World premieres in the Spotlight section include William Monahan's crime thriller "Mojave," starring Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Mark Wahlberg, and Walton Goggins; “Maggie,” the Lionsgate-owned zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that was pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival line-up at the last minute last fall; “Bleeding Heart,” which features Jessica Biel and “Girls” star Zosia Mamet; Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve lead “Dirty Weekend”; another Tim Blake Nelson directorial effort titled “Anesthesia” starring Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart and Corey Stoll; Rebecca Hall, Jason »
- The Playlist Staff
To Helen Mirren’s many roles, add Broadway fairy godmother, as Cherry Jones discovered when she was starring in in The Heiress, back in 1995. “I was in the shower at the Court Theater, for The Heiress. And I heard this gorgeous English voice come into my dressing room and talk to my dresser,” the Broadway actress told Vulture at the Roundabout Theatre’s gala on Monday. “And when I got out of the shower, I said, ‘Who was that?’ And she said it was Helen Mirren,” Jones said, laughing. “I said, ‘What?!’ And on a spiral-notebook page was this piece of paper from Helen saying that she was initiating ‘Broadway dish night,’ at Un Deux Trois, after the show on Thursday nights. And that first night there were 12 of us, and I can tell you who was there, including Eileen Atkins and Matthew Broderick and Robbie Baitz and Joe Mantello, »
- Bennett Marcus
Debuting in 2010, Adveture Time has become one of the weirdest, subservise, and downright entertaining cartoons in recent memory, developing a huge fan base among teenagers and adults, as well as it's target kid audience. Following teenager Finn and his magical talking dog Jake (voiced by veteran John Dimaggio, better known as Bender from Futurama) as they get into numerous, utterly barmy adventures in the magical Land of Ooo (actually a post apocalyptic earth ravaged by nuclear war, just one of the many details of the shows hidden, dark mythology), it has become a ratings hit for Cartoon Network, and has seen a number of high profile celebrities lend their vocals, including Neil Patrick Harris, Mark Hamil, Ron Perlman, George Takei, Matthew Broderick, and Andy Samberg. Now Adventure Time will be coming to the big screen with Warner Bros. charging The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee and the upcoming Lego Batman »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Seth Meyers had the cast of "Parks and Recreation" on his show Tuesday night for their big final goodbye. Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Retta, Jim O'Heir and Mike Schur discussed filming the finale, and revealed their own pitches for how they wanted the show to end. Since it's also the one-year anniversary of Seth's show, they sang an anniversary song for him, but they didn't rehearse it, so it didn't go too well. What did go very well was their "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" song on the way out -- complete with Jim (Gerry) and Aubrey (April) making out, to the surprise of everyone around them. »
- Gina Carbone
It doesn’t seem very long ago when Matthew Broderick played a high school kid playing hooky in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and now he’s figuring out how to talk about the sticky subject of sex with his son. “Tell me how you broach the subject of sex with James Wilkie?” David Letterman asked when Broderick visited CBS’s “The Late Show” on Tuesday. See photos: David Letterman: 13 Potential ‘Late Show’ Replacements (Photos) “That hasn’t come up,” said the actor, taking a nervous sip from his mug. “I know that it’s come up,” pushed Letterman, »
- Debbie Emery
One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.
The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.
The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »
- Frank Ochieng
Martin Short and Jimmy Fallon exchanged hilariously fake tales about actor Bill Paxton on Thursday night during a Tonight Show round of "Word Sneak." The game's objective is simple: work a series of random words and phrases into a conversation "as casually and as seamlessly as possible" – and in this case, it led to an extended back-and-forth on Paxton's back hair and public drunkenness.
In the above clip, Fallon opens by asking Short what it's like working on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in It's Only a Play. Short sneaks in »
Chicago – Like the recent movie-to-stage-musical adaptations, “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein,” Chicago has become the proving ground before a Broadway premiere. The latest is almost a no-brainer, “The First Wives Club,” adapted from the 1996 film that starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.
The big news is that the original song writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) have reunited to write new music for the show, adding to their familiar hits “Stop in the Name of Love,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” 22 new songs have been added to “The First Wives Club” stage musical, representing the first new output in years from the famous songwriting trio.
Photo credit: First Wives Club The Musical
Portraying the threesome made famous in the film by Midler, Hawn and Keaton is Broadway baby Faith Prince, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sarah Jessica Parker has some very stylish children. The 'Sex in the City' star says her three children - James, twelve and five-year-old twins Tabitha and Marion with Matthew Broderick - have their ''own identity'' when it comes to fashion and they get to choose what they want to wear. She told People magazine: ''They're at an age - and have been for many years - where they really have their own identity. ''So Sunday through Thursday, the rule is they can wear whatever they want. And if we go to the theatre or to the ballet, I get a say. But it's really among choices that they approve of.'' Meanwhile, the 47-year-old actress previously admitted that children can ''distract'' from a relationship. She said: ''Kids can really distract you from your relationship. Maybe in good ways and bad ways. It's important to have all eyes on all parts of the relationship. »
Few films have captured the complex inner lives of American teenagers better than John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.” Released three decades ago on February 15, the movie, with its expert casting, pitch-perfect dialogue and refreshing sincerity, helped pave the way for others like “Heathers,” “Say Anything” and “Mean Girls,” as well as groundbreaking TV shows like “My So Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Virtually overnight, Hughes became the poet laureate of teen angst and a passionate chronicler of the modern high school experience. On the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.
10) Uncle Buck (1989)
John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, »
- Matthew Chernov
There have been several all-star smash Broadway play revivals so far in the 2014-15 season with a few more potential candidates to come before the Tony cut-off date of April 23. So the race for Best Play Revival is a lot hotter than the competition for Best Play which hasn’t featured as many runaway successes -Break- The biggest revival hit with audiences is Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play” which has proved to be such a huge smash it extended its limited run and changed theaters because its previous home, the Schoenfeld, had been reserved for “The Audience” starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. Originally produced Off-Broadway in 1986, “Play” is a wild backstage comedy taking place at the opening night party of the latest work by neurotic playwright Peter Austin (Matthew Broderick). This best friend, actor James Wicker (Nathan Lane) who turned down the lead in order »
It still holds up really rather well too, but that hasn't slowed down plans for a new take on the story. The remake, then, is currently in the hands of Project Almanac director Dean Israelite, and he's giving us an update on the project.
He confirmed that it's the film he's developing that "I hope will go next", adding that "we've been developing the script, and I think it's an exciting project. If there's ever a reason to remake a movie, it's WarGames. If there was ever a movie primed to say something new and bold and relevant for our time, it's WarGames. »
Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »
- Andre Soares
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
Reese Witherspoon has transformed herself from a rom-com queen into an Oscar front-runner. She was nominated for Best Actress by the Golden Globes for Wild, and she seems like a lock for an Oscar nomination, as well. So what.s next for Witherspoon 2.0? She.ll be re-teaming with the director of one of her most famous early works for a story that.s.well, basically like Ant-Man minus the heroics. As reported by The Wrap, Reese Witherspoon is joining the cast of Downsizing, which is directed by Alexander Payne. Aside from some Oscar nominations for his recent Nebraska, Witherspoon also knows Payne from their days working on Election together with Matthew Broderick. Downsizing is a peculiar little film (with emphasis on the "little"): in an alternate future not too far off from our present, humanity has developed size-shrinking technology. They can.t also talk to ants or fight crime »
In remembrance of 2014, we will be highlighting each of our contributor’s “Best of 2014″ on an individual basis. This isn’t limited to movies & television either. No, no, this bleeds over into memorabilia, music and so much more. Without further ado…
“Deliver Us from Evil” earns a spot on my list because it wasn’t “The Conjuring” and I still haven’t seen “The Babadook.” I know, shame, but there you have it. This movie, honestly, is here because Eric Bana is an excellent actor and, along with Joel McHale, the generic plotline here is knocked out of the park. Why? Because good actors elevate mediocre scripts, and as far as scripts go, this one isn’t far above the median line, but it has more than just great performances boosting its bottom line. The movie is ugly (tone, color, atmosphere) from the start. We don »
- C. Bryan Brown
17 items from 2015
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